News Archive

August 15, 2014

From flash mobs at the local mall to trending activist hashtags, social networks have quickly integrated themselves into modern human life and become a tool for instantaneous global communication. Every day, an estimated 700 million people (out of billions of registered users) worldwide are weighing in on the top social networking sites, swaying others, making decisions and forming relationships in a constant torrent of information.

August 14, 2014

Prof. Fred Chong is co-principal investigator with Prof. Ken Brown (GATech) on a new $480K National Science Foundation research grant to study quantum error correction schemes. The main challenge for building a quantum computer is that quantum components are prone to error. Chong and Brown will investigate surface codes, a new class of error correction codes for quantum computers. Surface codes are ensemble codes that more efficiently code redundancy into large collections of quantum bits.

August 7, 2014

PayScale recently ranked colleges based on the earning potential of computer science graduates and UCSB ranked #3. Rankings were based on the median staring salaries and mid-career salaries of computer science alumni.

The top 20 list can be found in the Network World article here.

August 6, 2014

In the era of Internet and social media, where much of our communication happens online, it’s easy to take our privacy for granted and to trust that the messages we send and transactions we perform are kept unreadable to prying eyes.

But according to UC Santa Barbara cryptologist Stefano Tessaro, even the most widely used standardized cryptographic algorithm, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), could be only a break-in away from being catastrophically compromised.

August 4, 2014

Recently KCLU's Lance Orozco interviewed Prof. Giovanni Vigna to discuss a recent National Science Foundation grant to study trust violations in smartphones. The adoption of smartphones has steadily increased in the past few years, and smartphones have become the tool with which millions of users handle confidential information, such as financial and health-related data.

July 31, 2014

Forbes recently ranked the most entrepreneurial universities in the US based on the percentage of alumni who became business founders and owners and this year UCSB came in at #20.

The full list can be found here.

July 31, 2014

Dr. Martin Holoien passed away on July 18, 2014. Marty had a long association with the Department. He joined as a Lecturer back in early 80's when the department consisted of only eight faculty members. He moved from Minnesota after a distinguished career as Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Moorhead State College (now Moorhead State University) and Director of its Computer Center. He published several computer science textbooks and taught many different courses at UCSB including introductory courses for computer science and for engineering students.

July 31, 2014

You’re on your smartphone, browsing through Facebook. In a fit of productivity, you search for, say, a project management app to help you use your non-Instagram and cat video time more effectively. You download and install the first one you come across … only to find that it doesn’t do anything. No reminders, no calendar, no clock, nothing.

Oh, well. You exit the app and go back to Facebook.

July 30, 2014

Professor Tevfik Bultan recently received a National Science Foundation grant for a project titled "Data Model Verification". The three-year, $499,888 grant will seek to develop innovative approaches to software verification, particularly focusing on code that manipulates and updates the data in modern software systems.

July 2, 2014

Professor Ambuj Singh has been appointed the new Chair of the Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2014. Singh takes over the reins from Prof. Subhash Suri, who is returning to full time research and teaching after serving as Chair for the past three years.