News Archive

January 22, 2015

A new wireless protocol known as “60 gigahertz” and “WiGig, is more than 10 times faster than current WiFi connectivity. The technology is so fast it may eradicate the need for cable connections between devices such as monitors and printers.

January 21, 2015

Computer Science Graduate Student Yibo Zhu ( has been awarded the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship 2015. Yibo is a member of the SAND Lab (, co-advised by Professors Heather Zheng and Ben Zhao. He has been actively working on projects related to data center networks, wireless and mobile systems, as well as social networks. 

ICDT 2015 Test of Time Award
January 16, 2015

By Rich Kildare

The "ICDT 2015 Test of Time Award" will be presented to Professors Agrawal and El Abbadi during the EDBT/ICDT 2015 Joint Conference. The conference is held March 23-27 in Brussels Belgium.

Both Professors work in the Department of Computer Science, UC Santa Barbara.

January 16, 2015

Tripping the Light Fantastic

UCSB College of Creative Studies student Abe Karplus gets a major crowdfunding boost for his artsy-techy Kinetic glove.

Read the full article here.

Professor Petzold recieves the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
January 6, 2015

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.

December 29, 2014

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.

The full interview can be found here.

December 27, 2014

Prof. Matthew Turk gave a keynote presentation at the 17th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT 2014) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on December 22nd. The conference was held at Daffodil International University near Dhaka, the bustling capital city of Bangladesh. 

December 7, 2014

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.

November 25, 2014

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.

November 25, 2014

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.