Spotlights

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.

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

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.

Meet Joseph Colicchio, an undergraduate student in Computer Science at UCSB from Anaheim, California. Find out more about Joseph as he shares his insights into our undergraduate program and life at UCSB.

Meet Lara Deek, a PhD student in Computer Science at UCSB from Lebanon. Find out more about Lara as she shares her insights into our graduate program and life at UCSB.

In his prescient novel “1984,” English author George Orwell predicted a future that bears an uncanny resemblance to current reality — except for a simple twist. Rather than Big Brother watching, today we have big brothers — plural — in the form of huge Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, which log every keystroke.

Everyone in the CS department is deeply saddened by the tragic events of May 23rd. Our sorrow is very personal: four of the victims were enrolled in CS courses, one majoring in Computer Science and two in Computer Engineering. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of these students, who will be greatly missed by our students, staff, faculty, and administrators. We wish for the full and quick recovery of all those injured during this incident.