News Archive

September 21, 2014

UCSB Department of Computer Science Professors Heather Zheng and Ben Zhao have received a 3-year grant from the NSF EARS program (Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum). The EARS program seeks to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute to significant improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization. This project will develop efficient spectrum monitoring and enforcement systems to detect and locate unauthorized spectrum users.

September 18, 2014

Department of Computer Science Professor Ben Hardekopf is one of three UCSB faculty to receive the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

“An NSF CAREER award makes it possible for an assistant professor in science or engineering to launch an ambitious research program,” said Michael Witherell, UCSB vice chancellor for research. “We are extremely pleased that two of our engineering faculty and one of our physics faculty have won these extremely competitive awards.”

September 17, 2014

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September 16, 2014

Eucalyptus Systems, which was started in 2009 by Professor Rich Wolski, UCSB Computer Science researchers Chris Grzegorczyk, Daniel Nurmi, Graziano Obertelli, Neil Soman, Dmitrii Zagorodnov, and local entrepreneur Woody Rollins, has agreed to be acquired by Hewlett Packard.

September 9, 2014

UCSB Professor Divy Agrawal was a featured keynote speaker at the 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2014) in Hangzhou, China. The keynote address was structured as a joint talk comprising an industrial and academic speaker. The industrial speaker with Dr. Agrawal was Dr. Shivakumar Venkataraman, Vice President of Advertising Infrastructures from Google. The two of them spoke on the topic of datacenters as a new architecture from an engineering perspective and from a database research perspective.

September 9, 2014

Buggy software is as annoying as it is a waste of both time and money. With more web-based software being downloaded into more devices every day — as opposed to native software dedicated to specific machines — the potential for stalls and diminished functionality grows. Additionally, bugs can leave devices vulnerable to security breaches. And, they’re just aggravating.

August 28, 2014

UC Santa Barbara computer science professor Matthew Turk has been elected Fellow by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is cited by IAPR for his "contributions to computer vision and vision-based interaction."

Turk was chosen from a select group of IAPR members: Only .25 percent of the organization’s membership is eligible for election to Fellow in any given two-year period. He received his award at a ceremony of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in Stockholm, Sweden.

August 26, 2014

Professors Matthew Turk and Tobias Höllerer of the Four Eyes Lab were awarded a $477,428 National Science Foundation grant for a project titled "Crowd-Sourcing the World: Scalable Methods for Dynamic Structure from Motion.

August 22, 2014

Around 400 of the best cryptology researchers met at UCSB this past week for CRYPTO 2014, one of the world's premiere cryptology conferences. For five days, attendees were immersed in talks and presentations on campus, both formal and informal, on a dizzying array of topics related to cryptology: random number generation, cipher models, security and attacks, password protection, new technologies and trends in the digital world, just to name a few.

August 20, 2014

UCSB alumnus Aydın Buluç is working on energy-efficient parallel graph and data mining algorithms as part of a 2013 DOE Early Career award grant at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In recent years technological advances have led to an explosion of data that is being generated faster than it can be analyzed. Graph abstractions provide a natural way to represent relationships among these large data sets, but existing algorithms consume too much energy per operation. Dr.