News Archive

October 26, 2010

Scrutinizing Facebook Spam

Researchers downloaded 3.5 million profiles to see how accounts are used to send out spam.

By Tom Simonite (MIT Technology Review)

A study that involved downloading more than three million Facebook profiles has provided the largest-ever snapshot of the methods used by spammers on the world’s biggest online social network.

October 26, 2010

Aydin Buluç, 2010 Alvarez Fellow

As the 2010 Luis W. Alvarez Fellow, Aydin Buluç, a 2010 graduate, will apply his expertise in combinational scientific computing primarily to increasing the reliability of the electrical grid and improve the nation’s ability to respond to energy disruptions as a member of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Research Department (HPCRD). His research interests include parallel computing, combinatorial scientific computing, high performance graph analysis and sparse matrix computations.

October 26, 2010

UCSB Computer Scientist Develops New Security Software to Neutralize Established Viruses

By Santa Barbara Independent

Consider the common cold. You can take active measures to avoid catching one, but if the virus manages to invade your system, you are powerless to keep it from running its course.

October 13, 2010

Spreading Technology
UCSB Prof Improving Internet in Africa

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By Chris Salcedo, Santa Barbara Independent

Internet access is a fundamental human right. Right?

October 11, 2010

Prof. Matthew Turk delivered a keynote presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications, and Systems (BTAS 2010). The conference, held in Washington, D.C. on September 27-29, 2010, is the premier conference for research in biometrics, focusing on advances in fundamental pattern recognition techniques, new algorithms, and new technologies for biometrics-based authentication. Prof. Turk’s lecture was entitled “Grand Challenges in Biometrics.”

October 10, 2010

The computer science department at UCSB has received four TR35 awards in the past decade: Prof. E. Belding (2002), Prof. H. Zheng (2005), Prof. B. Zhao (2006), and Prof. C. Kruegel (2010). The department is among top-4 computer science programs that received the highest number of TR35 awards.

October 10, 2010

Computer Science at UCSB Jumps into the Top 10

Santa Barbara, California, October 18, 2010—The National Research Council (NRC) has released its rankings on a broad range of university graduate programs. The College of Engineering at UCSB, and in particular, the Department of Computer Science, has shown an impressive rise in the rankings; moving from 48th in the nation in 1995 to a top 10 department–an unprecedented move.

October 8, 2010

Prof Rich Wolski and others who founded Eucalyptus Systems Inc., a company that builds private, cloud-based systems, have been recently highlighted by President Obama’s CTO, Aneesh Chopra (Wall street Journal).

September 28, 2010

Christopher Kruegel Recognized by MIT Technology Review’s Prestigious
TR35 Listing of the World’s Top Young Innovators for 2010

August 28, 2010

Making Three-dimensional Imaging a Reality using Mass-Market Digital Cameras, Camcorders and Phones (A short movie of a 3D head model built by Visualsize is available at