News Archive

March 21, 2014

Prof. Matthew Turk is quoted in a recent New York Times story and a​ Wired article on automatic facial expression analysis, commenting on a recently published study on detecting real vs. fake facial expressions.

March 20, 2014

Prof. Ben Hardekopf has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Award for his research on static analysis of dynamic languages. The CAREER Award is one of the NSF’s most prestigious awards in honor of exceptional junior faculty and will support Prof. Hardekopf’s research with a $500,000, five-year grant. Prof.

March 20, 2014

As Winter quarter comes to a close, and the 2013-2014 academic year continues to fly by faster than any of us can hope to keep up with, the Graduate Affairs Committee would like to take a moment to look back and recognize those students who were truly exceptional in their positions as Teaching Assistants in Fall quarter 2013:

Daniel Kudrow:
Daniel was nominated by Bryce Boe for his standout efforts in CS 24

Sourav Medya:
Sourav was nominated by Ambuj Singh for his dedication to students in CS 130A

March 10, 2014

UC Santa Barbara scholars dissect the popular — and polarizing — digital currency. See more at

March 6, 2014

UCSB Four Eyes Lab PhD student James Schaffer, researcher John O’Donovan, professor Tobias Höllerer, and colleagues at SA Technologies, the US Army Research Lab, and Carnegie Mellon University have received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA 2014), which took place in San Antonio, TX on March 3-6, 2014.

March 5, 2014

The Department of Computer Science, along with the Center for Information Technology in Society, present Dr. Judea Pearl on Friday, March 7, as a CS Distinguished Lecture. The talk is at 11:00am in ESB 1001; refreshments are served at 10:30am.

Dr. Pearl is a Turing Award recipient – his bio and an abstract of his talk, entitled ”The Mathematics of Cause and Effect,” are below.

March 4, 2014

An article in MIT Technology Review, entitled “Augmented Reality Gets to Work,” quotes Prof. Tobias Höllerer on the increasing use and importance of Augmented Reality.

March 1, 2014

PhD student Madhukar Kedlaya and Professor Ben Hardekopf received a Best Paper Award at the recent Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (VEE 2014), which took place on March 1-2, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The award was given for the paper “Deoptimization for Dynamic Language JITs on Typed, Stack-based Virtual Machines,” co-authored with Behnam Robatmili and Calin Cascaval from Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley.

Congratulations Madhukar, Ben, and collaborators!

February 21, 2014

Professor Giovanni Vigna discusses cybercrime on NPR’s All Tech Considered. Here’s the link.


February 6, 2014

Lara Deek, a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science department, is conducting research on designing more efficient and powerful wireless systems for emerging wireless networks. Lara has a B.S. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Click here to learn more about Lara’s research and her plans for being at the forefront of innovation in wireless solutions.