News Archive

November 13, 2017

The Internet Society recently held an Indigenous Connectivity Summit focused on connecting Indigenous communities in North America to the Internet.  Prof. Elizabeth Belding spoke on a panel titled “Advocating for Community Networks” about the work she has done with her Native American partner organizations to understand how Indigenous people use the Internet, and to build Internet access and architectural solutions that are more inclusive of Indigenous populations.

November 10, 2017

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate PhD students Victor Zakhary, Theodore Georgiou, Cetin Sahin, and Prof. Amr El Abbadi for 2nd Place Vision Paper at SIGSPATIAL 2017 for their paper "LocBorg: Hiding Social Media User Location while Maintaining Online Persona". Nice work!

October 18, 2017

Prof. Yinghui Wu, a former postdoc in Prof. Xifeng Yan's lab, receives the 2017 SIGMOD Best Paper Award. Prof. Wu spent three years as a postdoctoral research scientist during Aug 2011 - Aug 2014 at UCSB's CS Department, and then went on to become a professor in the School of EECS at Washington State University.

October 11, 2017

Sayan Ranu, a PhD graduate from Prof. Ambuj Singh's lab, is recently featured in the Hindu Business Line for his work that appears at the Bioinformatics journal. After graduated from UCSB's CS department, Dr. Ranu became a researcher at IBM Research Bangalore, and then an assistant professor at the renowned IIT Madras. Last year, Dr. Rano moved on to the CSE department at IIT Delhi. 

October 5, 2017

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone. It was the introduction of iPhone's Siri that for the first time in history, spoken dialogue systems were made widely available to the general public. Over the years, Siri has improved over time, and new intelligent assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Cortana were also introduced to the market. But how are they now? 

October 4, 2017

CS Prof. Wim van Dam was awarded a single-PI NSF grant of $450k for a three year period to work on the project "Quantum Data Structures and Algorithms".

October 3, 2017

CS Prof. Matthew Turk, who is widely known for his seminal work in face recognition and computer vision, gave an invited talk to the Santa Barbara City College Math Club ( on Friday, September 29, on “Mathematics for Seeing,” discussing mathematical models and methods used in computer vision.