News Archive

October 15, 2015

Viet Tung Hoang, who is currently a postdoc in the cryptography laboratory at UCSB, and his co-authors, Professor Jonathan Katz and Ph.D student Alex Malozemoff (University of Maryland), received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2015 ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) taking place in Denver, CO. CCS is one of the top-tier conferences in the broad area of computer and network security.

October 1, 2015

UCSB Computer Science Professors Ben Zhao and Heather Zheng are working on a National Science Foundation funded project to model online user behavior. Using logs of online and smartphone user action, referred to as "clickstreams", the researchers hope to build natural, data driven models of human behavior.

The full article in the UCSB Current can be found here.

September 25, 2015

Computer Science Professor Tevfik Bultan has been awarded a DARPA grant for his project “Integrated Symbolic execution for Space-Time Analysis of Code (ISSTAC)”.

September 9, 2015

U.S. News & World Report ranks UCSB number 8 among the country’s top public universities. See more at:

September 3, 2015

A two-week boot camp for new graduate students kicks off right before the beginning of the academic year, introducing and refreshing skills around programming, software, and data.
This project is supported by the Network Science IGERT through the National Science Foundation, and by the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

To read more about the Boot Camp, please visit the IGERT site here.

August 27, 2015

Computer Science Professors Giovanni Vigna  and Christopher Kruegel have been awarded a grant for the project “Continuum: Finding Space and Time Vulnerabilities in Java Programs.” The Principle Investigator is William Robertson at Northeastern University. The Co-PIs are Engin Kirda at Northeastern University, and Giovanni Vigna and Christopher Kruegel, both at UCSB.

August 19, 2015

Computer Science Professors Ben Zhao and Heather Zheng have been awarded an NSF grant for their project “User Behavior Modeling and Prediction in Anonymous Social Networks”.

Dr. Muath Alkhalaf
July 20, 2015

CS alumnus Dr. Muath Alkhalaf received the 2015 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled: “Automatic Detection and Repair of Input Validation and Sanitization Bugs.” Dr. Alkhalaf’s dissertation focuses on input validation and sanitization errors in web application code. According to the OWASP’s Top Ten Project, which lists the top ten sources of vulnerabilities in web applications, these types of errors are the most common cause of security vulnerabilities.