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September 17, 2014

Want to be an entrepreneur? Don’t go to Wharton or Harvard. Instead, grab your surfboard and head to UC Santa Barbara....

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September 16, 2014

Eucalyptus Systems, which was started in 2009 by Professor Rich Wolski, UCSB Computer Science researchers Chris Grzegorczyk, Daniel Nurmi, Graziano Obertelli, Neil Soman, Dmitrii Zagorodnov, and local entrepreneur Woody Rollins, has agreed to be acquired by Hewlett Packard.

September 9, 2014

UCSB Professor Divy Agrawal was a featured keynote speaker at the 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2014) in Hangzhou, China. The keynote address was structured as a joint talk comprising an industrial and academic speaker. The industrial speaker with Dr. Agrawal was Dr. Shivakumar Venkataraman, Vice President of Advertising Infrastructures from Google. The two of them spoke on the topic of datacenters as a new architecture from an engineering perspective and from a database research perspective.

September 9, 2014

Buggy software is as annoying as it is a waste of both time and money. With more web-based software being downloaded into more devices every day — as opposed to native software dedicated to specific machines — the potential for stalls and diminished functionality grows. Additionally, bugs can leave devices vulnerable to security breaches. And, they’re just aggravating.

August 28, 2014

UC Santa Barbara computer science professor Matthew Turk has been elected Fellow by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is cited by IAPR for his "contributions to computer vision and vision-based interaction."

Turk was chosen from a select group of IAPR members: Only .25 percent of the organization’s membership is eligible for election to Fellow in any given two-year period. He received his award at a ceremony of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Stockholm, Sweden.

August 26, 2014

Professors Matthew Turk and Tobias Höllerer of the Four Eyes Lab were awarded a $477,428 National Science Foundation grant for a project titled "Crowd-Sourcing the World: Scalable Methods for Dynamic Structure from Motion.

August 22, 2014

Around 400 of the best cryptology researchers met at UCSB this past week for CRYPTO 2014, one of the world's premiere cryptology conferences. For five days, attendees were immersed in talks and presentations on campus, both formal and informal, on a dizzying array of topics related to cryptology: random number generation, cipher models, security and attacks, password protection, new technologies and trends in the digital world, just to name a few.

August 20, 2014

UCSB alumnus Aydın Buluç is working on energy-efficient parallel graph and data mining algorithms as part of a 2013 DOE Early Career award grant at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In recent years technological advances have led to an explosion of data that is being generated faster than it can be analyzed. Graph abstractions provide a natural way to represent relationships among these large data sets, but existing algorithms consume too much energy per operation. Dr.

August 15, 2014

From flash mobs at the local mall to trending activist hashtags, social networks have quickly integrated themselves into modern human life and become a tool for instantaneous global communication. Every day, an estimated 700 million people (out of billions of registered users) worldwide are weighing in on the top social networking sites, swaying others, making decisions and forming relationships in a constant torrent of information.

August 14, 2014

Prof. Fred Chong is co-principal investigator with Prof. Ken Brown (GATech) on a new $480K National Science Foundation research grant to study quantum error correction schemes. The main challenge for building a quantum computer is that quantum components are prone to error. Chong and Brown will investigate surface codes, a new class of error correction codes for quantum computers. Surface codes are ensemble codes that more efficiently code redundancy into large collections of quantum bits.