News Archive

November 14, 2007

Richard Kemmerer, a renowned professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the first scholar appointed to the Leadership Endowed Chair in Computer Science.

The Leadership Chair was established in 2006 with a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

November 8, 2007

Cha Lee, Stephen DiVerdi, and Tobias Höllerer’s recent paper at the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology (the premier ACM conference in the field of Virtual Reality) on “An Immaterial Depth-Fused 3D Display” was selected to receive the Best Student Paper Award. The Depth-Fused 3D Effect exploits the fact that strategically coordinated images on transparent surfaces at different depths from the observer can fuse to a true 3D image in the observer’s mind.

November 7, 2007

The Undergraduate Affairs Committee in Computer Science, chaired by Professor Chandra Krintz, is soliciting feedback from all Computer Science undergraduate students on the strengths and weaknesses of the current curriculum.

August 29, 2007

This year’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering Senior “Capstone” Project Day covered by Santa Barbara ABC Affiliate KEYT 3. The event was sponsored by Google and featured final projects from CS 189, ECE 189, ECE 188 and the Leadership in Team Engineering Program. Pictures and movies can be found on the Computer Engineering Website.

August 21, 2007

After four years of tremendous service, Linda Petzold is ending her tenure
as department chair, a position to be filled by Amr El Abbadi starting
July of 2007. In August 1987 Professor El Abbadi joined UC Santa Barbara,
where he has become a world leader in information management and
distributed systems. Over his career to this point he has co-authored more
than 200 research papers and graduated 11 Masters and 24 PhD students,
placing many in top industry and academic institutions. In 2007 Professor El

August 1, 2007

The Security Group at UCSB recently completed an analysis of the
Sequoia electronic voting system as part of a “Top-to-Bottom Review”
of the electronic voting systems used in California. The study was
commissioned by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

July 18, 2007

Ben Zhao, Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department, has
been selected for ComputerWorld magazine’s “40 under 40″ list of top IT
innovators for his work on developing structured peer-to-peer overlay
networks. A profile of him and his research is published in the July
print and web editions of ComputerWorld magazine. The list, which
honors 40 top innovators under the age of 40, said Zhao’s work in
large-scale networks made him among the “people to watch” in the coming

June 15, 2007

Professor Ibarra received the 2007 Blaise Pascal Medal for Computer Science from the European Academy of Sciences. Blaise Pascal Medal was established by the European Academy of Sciences to recognize outstanding and demonstrated personal contributions to science and technology and the promotion of excellence in research and education.

June 13, 2007

UCSB Computer Science Department is ranked 16th according to a recent study on
U.S. Computing Graduate Programs. The ranking is based on publication data from
1995 to 2003. The data was collected from the INSPEC bibliographic database.
The article describing the study was published in Communications of the ACM (June
2007, vol. 50, no. 6).

June 13, 2007

Matthew Allen, a PhD candidate in Computer Science Department, will be
recognized with two awards in the commencement ceremony this year. Matthew
will receive the University Award of Distinction which is presented to
students who have made an outstanding contribution to a particular area of
UCSB student life. This award recognizes in-depth or focused involvement
and significant achievement in campus or community activities.