We are pleased to announce the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award presented to Professor Linda Petzold. The UC Santa Barbara Computer Science professor was recognized at the CS @ ILLINOIS Awards Banquet held October 24, 2014. The University of Illinois Department of Computer Science annually recognizes alumni who have made professional, technical, educational, or service contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the university.
UCSB computer security Professor Giovanni Vigna was recently interviewed by the Santa Barbara Independent to discuss his views on the recent hack of Sony Pictures. Professor Vigna shared why he doesn't believe North Korea is responsible for the attack and what this means for our digital privacy.
Congratulations to UCSB CS Professor Tim Sherwood, who was recently named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Member. This year the ACM selected 49 scientists, engineers, and educators from universities, corporations, and research institutions for their significant contributions to the field of computing. ACM President Alexander Wolf hailed these ACM members as “drivers of the advances and inventions that are propelling the information revolution in new directions.
The ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction has awarded Prof. Matthew Turk the inaugural ICMI Community Service Award, presented at the ICMI conference banquet on November 13th, for his contributions to the multimodal interaction research community.
Haitao (Heather) Zheng, Professor of Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, has been named an IEEE Fellow (class of 2015, effective 1 January 2015). She is being recognized for contributions to dynamic spectrum access and cognitive radio networks.
UCSB Professor Ben Zhao was recently interviewed for an LA Times article regarding user privacy and tracking concerns of Whisper, a social media application where users post anonymous confessions. Location privacy is an issue as Whisper uses location information to customize user experiences, though not all users consent to the company knowing their exact location. Prof. Zhao contacted the company in the spring when his research group found a security flaw which allowed the exact location of a Whisper user to be identified.
Journalist and blogger Marin Gazzaniga recently asked PhD student Yan Shoshitaishvili for advice on commonly heard ways to prevent hacking attempts. He suggests tweaks on commonly heard advice such as using long, easy to read passphrases instead of short strings of jibberish.