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As society increases the use of technology to manage daily life, so does the need for professionals to help advance technological progress. Luckily, new findings from Glassdoor identified that the top jobs are in computing technology.

Undergraduate and graduate students in UC Santa Barbara’s Computer Science Department have received numerous prestigious accolades from top academic conferences and organizations in the past few months, ranging from best-paper awards to highly competitive fellowships. Department leaders see the national recognitions bestowed on their students as confirmation of the interdisciplinary, supportive, and solutions-driven efforts of the faculty and staff in computer science, the College of Engineering, and the university.  

Congratulations to fourth-year Ph.D. candidate Yuke Wang, selected as one of the 10 recipients (globally) of the prestigious NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship 2022-2023. NVIDIA is the inventor of the Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and the world's leading company in computer graphics, scientific computing, and artificial intelligence. Yuke Wang works with Professor Yufei Ding at the CS department of UCSB.

Congratulations to third-year Ph.D. student Sanjay Chandrasekaran, selected as one of the three recipients (globally) of the prestigious M-Lab Research FellowshipM-Lab is an open Internet measurement lab led by Google Inc. and Code for Society and Sciences teams. Sanjay works with Professor Arpit Gupta at Systems and Networking Lab, UCSB.

The NLP Group researchers Aesha Parekh was named the 2022 CRA’s Outstanding Researchers Award Finalist (Top-10 Nationally) and Samhita Honnavalli was named Honorable Mention.

First-year Ph.D. student Gyuwan Kim was awarded Best Paper in November 2021 for his paper titled, "Length-Adaptive Transformer: Train Once with Length Drop, Use Anytime with Search" at SustaiNLP 2021 Workshop at EMNLP 2021, along with his co-author Kyunghyun Cho, Associate Professor for Computer Science and Data Science at New York University.

UCSB Assistant Professor Misha Sra, along with collaborators from MIT Media Lab and Osaka University, recently published a paper titled, "AI-generated characters for supporting personalized learning and well-being" in Nature Machine Intelligence. This paper was also featured in MIT News.

UCSB's Assistant Professor Lei Li was awarded the Best Paper at the ACL (Association of Computational Linguistics) in August 2021.

Congratulations to fourth-year Ph.D. student Sharon Levy, who has been selected to receive an Amazon Fellowship in Natural Language Processing.

Four professors in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering have been recognized by their peers as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, announced its major awards and recognitions for 2022. 

A new collaboration between UC Santa Barbara researchers and Cisco Systems aims to push the boundaries of quantum technologies.

Jonathan Balkind awarded an IEE seed grant.

Two UC Santa Barbara scientists, Sujaya Maiyya and Shaimaa Azzam, are among the roughly 150 women nationwide who have been invited to the prestigious Rising Stars Workshop.

The Computer Science Department is pleased to announce that Shiyu Chang is joining UCSB as an Assistant Professor. His research centers on machine learning and its applications in natural language processing and computer vision.

Join us in welcoming Professor Eric Vigoda to the UCSB Computer Science Department! His main research interests include Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods, Randomized algorithms, Phase transitions in Statistical Physics, and Markov chains in Evolutionary Biology.

A paper titled “Teaching testing with modern technology stacks in undergraduate software engineering courses” by Scott Chow, Tanay Komarlu and Prof. Phillip Conrad was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Paper at ITiCSE’21, the 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.

The Computer Science Department would like to officially welcome Lei Li to UCSB! He will be an Assistant Professor in the CS Department. 

A paper titled “Optimal Dynamic Regret in Exp-Concave Online Learning” written by Assistant Professor Yu-Xiang Wang and PhD candidate Dheeraj Baby was selected as one of two best student papers at COLT 2021. The Conference on Learning Theory is widely regarded as the top conference for machine learning theory.

In the paper, the researchers show that the natural relationship between modern decision tree algorithms, new advances in race logic, and the underlying sensors themselves provides new opportunities for extremely efficient classification.

Prof. Xifeng Yan & Assistant Prof. William Wang are leading the UC Santa Barbara team that was selected to participate in the Alexa Prize TaskBot Challenge. Only ten teams out of 125 applicant teams were selected to compete in this unique artificial intelligence competition. 

George Tzimpragos, a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, co-authored an article titled “Temporal Computing With Superconductors” which was featured in the “Top Picks From the 2020 Computer Architecture Conferences” edition of IEEE Journals & Magazine.

The 2021 CS Summit event was hosted virtually by UCSB’s Department of Computer Science on Friday, March 12, 2021.
Mark Abel has recently been recognized as the inaugural Distinguished Computer Science Affiliate.
Wenhu Chen is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, advised by William Yang Wang and Xifeng Yan. Chen received a competitive “Best Student Paper Award - Honorable Mention” from WACV 2021.
Professor Yufei Ding was featured in The UCSB Current "A Quantum Leap"
UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering has welcomed seven new facultythroughout the 2020-21 academic year, including Zoë Wood, who has joined theComputer Science Department as a lecturer and teaching professor.
2020 Rising Star, Deeksha Dangwal Story by Andrew Masuda, edited by Natalia Diaz AmabilisFor the original story go here.  Three UC Santa Barbara scientists are among the one hundred fifty women nationwidewho have been invited to the 2020 Rising Stars in Electrical Engineering and ComputerScience (EECS) Workshop. Esmat Farzana, a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials
University of California, Santa Barbara’s Professor Sharon Tettegah and Professor Tim Sherwood have been awarded Google’s Award for Inclusion Research.
Congratulations to Vivek Adarsh from the MOMENT lab for winning Best in Class for his project “SARAS: Intelligent Edge Acceleration Using SmartNICs” at the 2020 HPE Virtual Intern Project Fair!
Verizon has announced its partnership with the University of California, Santa Barbara, which aims to test the use of AI and machine learning to develop improved security around the flow of information and how it is interpreted and used.
Yu-Xiang Wang has received a new NSF Award to support his research in “Optimal and Adaptive Reinforcement Learning with Offline Data and Limited Adaptivity”.
UCSB Alumni Antonio Bianchi and his team at Purdue University have receives a grant from DARPA to aid a project called “Assured Micropatching.”
UCSB’s Assistant Professor Yu Feng received the ACM Special Interest Group On Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) Distinguished Paper Award at the 35th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE'20).
Saiph Savage, a UCSB Alumna, has been named as one of the 2020 keynote speakers at The Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation’s (NeurIPS) annual conference.
CS Ph.D students, Vaishali Surianarayanan & Peter Gartland, have papers accepted to FOCS2020, one of the two premier conferences in theory of computer science.
The UCSB team, led by computer science professors Arpit Gupta, Elizabeth Belding, and Yu-Xiang Wang, will be developing a wireless network management system that leverages reinforcement learning to optimize the quality of experience (QoE) for end-users.
Professor William Wang appointed as Mellichamp Chair in Artificial Intelligence & Designs. 
On Friday, June 12th, the Department of Computer Science held its 3rd Annual End of Year Awards & Graduate Celebration virtually.
Prof. William Wang received JPMorgan Chase Faculty Research Award for his proposal, " Combining Knowledge Base and Unstructured Text for Open-Domain Financial Question Answering" 
Prof Rich Wolski co-authored the article "Doing Data Science on the Shoulders of Giants: The Value of Open Source Software for the Data Science Community" was published by Harvard Data Science Review.