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February 5, 2015

By Rich Kildare


Over the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 weekend, over 500 participants gathered at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion and surrounding areas to compete for prizes in the SB Hacks challenge. During this first iteration of SB Hacks, the annual event attracted students from all over California. Teams worked the entire weekend to create impressive solutions for a variety of problems. Here are the winning teams:

February 4, 2015

As reported in the latest issue of “The Current,” UCSB has a new Center for Digital Games Research. The newly established center takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study and design of digital media and games. Take, for example, Computer Science Professor Matthew Turk’s Four Eyes Lab.

January 23, 2015

Elizabeth Belding, a Computer Science Professor at UCSB, received a new NSF award, joint with Penn State and other universities. The award funded a research planning trip to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.  Together with two of her Ph.D. students, Prof. Belding is studying the Internet and wireless connectivity resources and needs of camp residents, and working with UNHCR officials to improve wireless availability.  As a result of the award, the team had an exciting and informative trip to Za’atari in January 2015.

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.