News Archive

June 12, 2015

A multi-university team that includes three professors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a five-year grant, totaling more than $6 million from the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program.

Professor Tim Sherwood
June 12, 2015

Prof. Tim Sherwood and several students from the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering took some time to leave their mark, in the form of the new waterwheel at Anisq ‘Oyo Park in Isla Vista. “The waterwheel had been broken for years — decades,” said UCSB professor Tim Sherwood, who oversaw the group of mostly mechanical engineering students who tackled the project over the winter and spring quarters.

To read the full article by Sonia Fernandez, go here.

June 10, 2015

By Rich Kildare

Capstone 2015 top prizes were announced at the Capstone poster presentions held on June 4th, 2015, at UCSB.

Best Computer Engineering CS189A/B Capstone Project
Struct By Lightning: smart assistant integrated with video-conferencing that observes the stream and provides real-time assistance and info.
Team: Trevor Frese (lead), Evan Crook, Britt Christy, Kevin Malta

Matthew Turk
June 5, 2015

CS Prof. Matthew Turk recently delivered the opening keynote presentation at the 2015 IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, held May 4-8, 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, providing an overview and historical perspective of face processing by computers. In addition, Prof. Turk gave a separate invited talk on his 10-year vision for the community, entitled “Building the Prosopagnosic Computer.”

CS logo
June 4, 2015


The Department of Computer Science recently hosted a two-day Advisory Board visit April 26-27, 2015. This advisory board, consisting of eight distinguished scientists and leaders from academia and industry, has the principal mission of providing guidance and strategic feedback to the department as it continues to build on its progress and accomplishments and to address the challenges ahead.

CS Professor Phill Conrad
June 3, 2015

CS graduating seniors have chosen Professor Phill Conrad as “Outstanding Faculty Member.” Phill Conrad joined the faculty of the CS Department in January 2008, and in July 2012 was promoted to Lecturer (SOE), a career-oriented position focusing on undergraduate education.  Dr. Conrad's focus is the lower-division curriculum, and he is the faculty undergraduate advisor for CS majors. Professor Conrad received the “Faculty Senate Distinguished Teaching Award” in 2011 and has twice before, in 2012 and 2013, been chosen “Outstanding Faculty Member” by graduating seniors.

2015 Technology Management Program’s New Venture Competition Winners
May 29, 2015

The 2015 UC Santa Barbara Technology Management Program’s New Venture Competition featured CS students in four of the six teams in the finals.
The six teams that won the finals came from an original pool of about 20 teams that entered the eight-month TMP tech entrepreneurship program and competition.

The winning teams involving CS students:

May 28, 2015

UC Santa Barbara has once again placed among the top 10 in Leiden University’s annual rankings of the 750 best major universities in the world, in terms of impact in the field of the sciences. UCSB took the No. 7 spot overall.

To read the full article, please visit The Current website.

May 7, 2015

Google announced on its cloud platform blog that it is teaming up with AppScale to allow more flexibility for its App Engine. AppScale is a startup company born out of a UCSB Computer Science research project.