News Archive

December 9, 2009

On December 4th, 2009 the largest hacking competition ever carried out was held at UCSB. The competition included 56 teams from North America, South America, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia.

December 7, 2009

UCSB faculty Matthew Turk, Tobias Höllerer, Chandra Krintz, and Rich Wolski, along with Media Arts and Technology professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, have received $1.25M in infrastructure funding from the National Science Foundation to equip the first generation AlloSphere, a large, three-story spherical environment for synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale data sets, with applications in science, design, art, and entertainment. For more information on the AlloSphere, visit

December 7, 2009

A team of UCSB computer scientists is part of a consortium chosen to establish an Information Networks Academic Research Center (INARC) by the US Army as a part of its Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS CTA). The information networks multi-campus collaborative effort is led by the University of Illinois, and also includes IBM and City University of New York. The total effort will be funded at about $16.75 million, of which the UCSB team will receive approximately $3.6 million.

October 25, 2009

Prof. Divyakant Agrawal is serving as Program Chair for SIGMOD 2010, which will be held on June 6-11, 2010 in Indianapolis, USA. The annual ACM SIGMOD conference is the most prestigious international conference for database researchers, practitioners, developers, and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences.

October 20, 2009

The Summit is composed of a “dream team” of computer security experts gathered to develop “game-changing” national IT strategies for the Obama administration.

October 12, 2009

A research team lead by Prof. Kevin Almeroth, Christopher Kruegel, and
Giovanni Vigna, at the University of California at Santa Barbara hijacked
the Mebroot botnet for about a month and used it to study drive-by
downloading. Drive-by downloading involves hacking into a legitimate site
to covertly install malicious software on visitors’ machines or redirect
them to another site.

October 11, 2009

The Department of Computer Science Women in Computer Science (WiCS) group
hosted its third annual Fall potluck in October 2009 to welcome its new
female graduate students. The Department of Computer Science’s graduate
program is currently almost 24% female, well above the national average of
about 20%. Welcome to all of our new students and we encourage you to check
out the WiCS homepage!

October 11, 2009

Prof. Christopher Kruegel and Prof. Xifeng Yan are the first scholars appointed to
the Eugene Aas Endowed Chair and the Venkatesh Narayanamurti Endowed Chair
in Computer Science. A special inaugural celebration will be held October
22, 2009. Details are available on our Endowed Chairs webpage.

October 6, 2009


3:30 – 4:30
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Subhash Suri

Computer Science, UC San Diego

Title: Getting an Edge at High Speeds: Randomized Algorithms and
Networking Hardware


September 23, 2009

To deal with the complexities of modern software, computer scientists are
increasingly reliant on special software tools such as data-race detectors,
memory bounds checkers, and data flight recorders. However, these tools can
make the programs being tested run hundreds to thousands of times slower
than normal. In their paper on “Quantifying the Potential for Program
Analysis Peripherals”, UCSB students Mohit Tiwari and Shashidhar Mysore,
along with their advisor Professor Tim Sherwood, show that significant