News Archive

June 30, 2014

A team of researchers at UCSB, led by Prof. Ben Zhao have explored a practice they've coined "crowdturfing" in which organizations create a false positive reputation on social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.  They've discovered that much of the activity on crowdsourcing websites involves asking workers to follow or like particular social network posts. In an effort to identify crowdturfing they have developed machine learning software which can detect crowdturfers on China's version of Twitter with 95 to 99 percent accuracy.

June 27, 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to a project led by Prof. Giovanni Vigna to model trust between users and smartphones. The model will explore how cybercriminals can take advantage of users' misplaced trust and will consider ways to secure these weaknesses. See the full announcement here.

June 9, 2014
Outstanding Graduate Student: Aaron Elmore
Outstanding Publication: Ivan Bocic, Madhukar Kedlaya
​Outstanding Dissertation: Gianluca Stringhini, First Place
                                Muath Alkhalaf, Honorable Mention
                                Steffen Gauglitz, Honorable Mention
June 6, 2014

Paul Schmitt, a second year PhD student in CS, received the UCSB Dean's Fellowship for 2014-15. Paul is a member of the MOMENT Lab where he is advised by Prof. Elizabeth Belding. His research is focused on developing wireless network solutions to provide or improve Internet connectivity and performance in under-resourced regions.

May 30, 2014

ShadowMaps, the team that created a cloud-based service software, including Computer Science PhD student Danny Iland, took home the grand prize in the recent New Venture Competition at UCSB, sponsored by the Technology Management Program. Congratulations, Danny and the ShadowMaps team!

For more information, see the Noozhawk article here.

May 28, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who plan to graduate in 2014 with a Master's degree from the CS department:

Nadav Caspi
Leah Chatkeonopadol
Christopher Coakley
Siladitya Dey
Angus Forbes
Vivek Goswami
Erdinc Korpeoglu
Smruthi Manjunath
Sivabalan Narayanan
Yifan Shen
Zhe Song
Yilei Wang
Nazli Dereli
Geoffrey Douglas
Shivapriya Hiremath
Christopher Horuk
Kyle Macnamara
Sean Maloney
Alex Morales
Mock Suwannatat
Bo Yang
Liang Xia

May 28, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who have graduated over the past year with PhD degrees from the CS department:

Nan Li
Hebatallah Saadeldeen
Hassan Wassel
Aaron Elmore
Jaideep Nijjar
Maha Alabduljalil
Muath Alkhalaf
Adam Doupe
Kyle Klein
Gianluca Stringhini
Hakan Yildiz
Adam Lugowski
Wei Zhang
Zengbin Zhang
Steffen Gauglitz
​Jeff Browne
Arijit Khan
Bita Mazloom
Lara Deek

May 28, 2014

Congratulations to the following students who plan to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science in 2014:

May 22, 2014

Prof. Diana Franklin was a Program co-Chair for two recent key computing conferences: the Southern California Celebration of Women in Computing that took place in the San Diego area in April, and the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers that took place ths week in Cagliari, Italy.

May 17, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Ventura, who received his PhD from the department in 2012, is joining the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Ventura was a member of the Four Eyes Lab, advised by Prof. Tobias Hollerer, and his dissertation topic was "Wide-Area Visual Modeling and Tracking for Mobile Augmented Reality." He also received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Science at UCSB.

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