In early October, the UCSB Department of Computer Science held its 9th annual Graduate Student Workshop on Computing (GSWC) at Corwin Pavilion. The daylong workshop of student talks and invited industry speakers was fully organized by graduate students in the department, who volunteered to select speakers, put together a workshop proceedings, and organize an industry panel.

Ceren Budak

Budak is an alumnus of the UCSB Computer Science department who graduated with a PhD in 2012. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New York where she studies computational social science, a field in the intersection of social sciences, computer science, and statistics. We asked her a few questions about her UCSB experience and beyond.

Ben Zhao is a computer science professor at UCSB who made the TR35 list in 2006 and has since become a sought-after expert judge for innovator lists, hackathons and other competitions.

If it’s in the realm of social networks, Internet security and privacy, and the modeling and mining of enormous graphs, you can bet Ben Zhao is on the cusp of something big.

This year eight teams of computer science and computer engineering undergraduates participated in the Capstone Senior Design course which pairs motivated students with industry leaders to tackle challenging problems in computer science with real world relevance.

Keith Avery

April 13, 2015

By Rich Kildare

Computer Science Teaching Assistant Keith Avery has received the 2014-15 Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and learning process of UC Santa Barbara.

Hunter Laux is a student in the UCSB Department of Computer Science's BS/MS program. He will receive his BS at the end of Fall 2014 and plans to complete his MS by the end of Fall 2015. Originally from Los Gatos, CA, Hunter graduated high school in 2004 before going to work at WISchip and later Broadcom Corporation. He then decided to attend De Anza Community College before transferring to UCSB in the Fall of 2012. We asked him a few questions about his UCSB experience.

Learn about Linda Petzold, one of Computer Science's most distinguished faculty members as she shares her views on various professional and personal topics.

Heather Zheng

Heather Zheng, a UC Santa Barbara Computer Science professor, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

Read more about Professor Zheng’s IEEE Fellowship here.

Tim Sherwood

March 24, 2015

By Rich Kildare

UC Santa Barbara Computer Science Professor Tim Sherwood has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.