News Archive

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

September 21, 2009

Dr. Ben Hardekopf joined our department as an assistant professor. He received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University in 1997, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from SUNY at Utica/Rome in 2000 while serving as an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009.

September 16, 2009

The Department of Computer Science is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Computer
Science Graduate Student Workshop on Computing. The focus of this workshop
is to highlight top student research within the department, promote the
exchange of ideas among students, faculty and industry, and familiarize new
graduate students with the research conducted within our department and the
larger computer science community. Top research papers from graduate
students will be presented as fifteen minute talks. The workshop will also

August 24, 2009

Christopher Kruegel received the 2008 National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award. CAREER awards, given to future academic leaders, are NSF’s most prestigious grants for young scholars. The award provides support for research in the amount of 400K dollars over a five-year period. Prof. Kruegel becomes the 17th NSF CAREER Award winner in our department.