News Archive

April 21, 2008

The team of Alexander Kuo and Colin Langton won the UCSB Programming Battle, a head to head competition in which UCSB Undergrads program strategies into tiny “bots” over a 5 hour marathon coding session to capture objectives and defeat their opponents. At the end of the 5 hours, the programs play against one another in simulation to discover the wining teams. It was an incredibly close battle this year, with undergrads Bryan Donyanavard and Marc Mendonca tied 1-1 with the eventual champions going into the final round. Special thanks to Ph.D.

April 3, 2008

Two CS staff members were recognized by the university for their outstanding service. Students Affairs Manager Greta Carl-Halle and Systems Administrator Don Voita received the Citation of Excellence Award from the UCSB Staff Assembly. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievements and meritorious service of the career staff. With these two new awards CS staff will have three Citation of Excellence Awards in the last three years. Graduate Program Assistant Amanda Hoagland received the Citation of Excellence Award in 2006.

February 5, 2008

Two young faculty members, Wim van Dam and Tobias Hollerer, both received the 2007 National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award. CAREER awards, given to future academic leaders, are the foundation’s most prestigious grants for young teacher-scholars. The awards each provide support for research in the amount of half a million dollars over a five-year period.

January 2, 2008

The world’s largest computer hacking competition ever went down at UCSB on Friday, December 7, with 35 teams from nine countries logging in from their home bases and trying to take down each other’s mock websites…read the full article

December 6, 2007

Professor Subhash Suri has been elected a Distinguished Scientist by the Association of Computing Machinery, the leading professional society for Computer Science. Prof. Suri is one of the 20 engineers and scientists to receive this award in 2007, which recognizes “significant accomplishments or significant impact on the computing field”. Professor Suri directs the Applied Algorithms research lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

November 26, 2007

This year at SuperComputing (SC07), the spinoff company commercializing Prof. John Gilbert’s group’s work, Interactive Supercomputing, won the HPC Challenge for productivity. The goal of the competition is to focus the HPC community’s attention on developing a broad set of HPC hardware and HPC software capabilities that are necessary to productively use HPC systems.

November 15, 2007

23rd Annual Computer Security Applications Conference 2007 Distinguished Practitioner is Dr. Richard Kemmerer, UC Santa Barbara, speaking on “So You Think You Can Dance?”

November 14, 2007

Richard Kemmerer, a renowned professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the first scholar appointed to the Leadership Endowed Chair in Computer Science.

The Leadership Chair was established in 2006 with a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

November 8, 2007

Cha Lee, Stephen DiVerdi, and Tobias Höllerer’s recent paper at the ACM Virtual Reality Software and Technology (the premier ACM conference in the field of Virtual Reality) on “An Immaterial Depth-Fused 3D Display” was selected to receive the Best Student Paper Award. The Depth-Fused 3D Effect exploits the fact that strategically coordinated images on transparent surfaces at different depths from the observer can fuse to a true 3D image in the observer’s mind.

November 7, 2007

The Undergraduate Affairs Committee in Computer Science, chaired by Professor Chandra Krintz, is soliciting feedback from all Computer Science undergraduate students on the strengths and weaknesses of the current curriculum.