News Archive

Yun Teng
February 17, 2015

Graduate student Yun Teng has been awarded the 2015 Google Fellowship in Computer Graphics. Yun Teng’s research works to simulate virtual human interactions more efficiently, especially with difficult interactions, such as body contact and water interaction.

February 12, 2015

Computer Science professor Ben Zhao has been recognized for his contributions in the area of Internet research and technology development with the inaugural Early Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Internet Technical Committee.

Read the entire article at the UCSB College of Engineering website here.

February 5, 2015

Rich Wolski, a UC Santa Barbara Computer Science professor, was recently interviewed about his pioneering efforts in cloud computing. Professor Wolski oversaw the development of Eucalyptus, an open source infrastructure for cloud computing on clusters. The professor gives his thoughts on the current state of cloud computing and current, popular cloud platforms.

Read the full article here.

Professor Heather Zheng
February 5, 2015

Heather Zheng, a UC Santa Barbara Computer Science professor, has received a Google Faculty Research Award for her “Outdoor 60GHz Picocells for High-Bandwidth Communications” research.

For more information about her research, please see this article.

For more information about the Google Faculty Research Award, go here.

SB Hacks logo
February 5, 2015

Over the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 weekend, over 500 participants gathered at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion and surrounding areas to compete for prizes in the SB Hacks challenge. During this first iteration of SB Hacks, the annual event attracted students from all over California. Teams worked the entire weekend to create impressive solutions for a variety of problems. Here are the winning teams:

February 4, 2015

As reported in the latest issue of “The Current,” UCSB has a new Center for Digital Games Research. The newly established center takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study and design of digital media and games. Take, for example, Computer Science Professor Matthew Turk’s Four Eyes Lab.

January 23, 2015

Elizabeth Belding, a Computer Science Professor at UCSB, received a new NSF award, joint with Penn State and other universities. The award funded a research planning trip to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.  Together with two of her Ph.D. students, Prof. Belding is studying the Internet and wireless connectivity resources and needs of camp residents, and working with UNHCR officials to improve wireless availability.  As a result of the award, the team had an exciting and informative trip to Za’atari in January 2015.

January 22, 2015

A new wireless protocol known as “60 gigahertz” and “WiGig, is more than 10 times faster than current WiFi connectivity. The technology is so fast it may eradicate the need for cable connections between devices such as monitors and printers.

January 21, 2015

Computer Science Graduate Student Yibo Zhu ( has been awarded the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship 2015. Yibo is a member of the SAND Lab (, co-advised by Professors Heather Zheng and Ben Zhao. He has been actively working on projects related to data center networks, wireless and mobile systems, as well as social networks. 

January 16, 2015

The "ICDT 2015 Test of Time Award" will be presented to Professors Agrawal and El Abbadi during the EDBT/ICDT 2015 Joint Conference. The conference is held March 23-27 in Brussels Belgium.

Both Professors work in the Department of Computer Science, UC Santa Barbara.

The award recognizes a paper from the ICDT 2005 proceedings that has had the most impact in terms of research, methodology, conceptual contribution, or transfer to practice over the past decade.