News Archive

April 13, 2018

On April 12th, UCSB held the second Give Day event. In this year's event, the Computer Science Department has received a total donation of $376,595, which ranked at the top in the College of Engineering. Private gifts are a very important part of the university ecosystem. With this generous support from you, we are able to keep attracting the very brightest new faculty members, curious undergraduate and graduate students by offering state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding research opportunities.

April 9, 2018

Since 2016, computer science departments and universities in the Southern California region have heavily invested in Natural Language Processing (NLP) research, and several junior faculty members related to this area were hired across campuses. This includes Prof. William Wang (UCSB), Prof. Sameer Singh (UCI), Prof. Kai-Wei Chang (UCLA), Prof. Xiang Ren (USC), Prof. Vagelis Papalexakis (UCR), and Prof. Ndapa Nakashole (UCSD). 

April 7, 2018

Professor Emeritus Teofilo Gonzalez has been appointed as a member of the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) for the term starting July 2018 and ending July 2023. CAC overviews the ABET accreditation of about 100 computing programs (computer science, information systems and information technology) per year all over the world with the goal of improving undergraduate education. Professor Gonzalez has been an active participant as a Program Evaluator, Team Chair or Commissioner of the CAC accreditation process since 2004.

April 3, 2018

Prof. Tim Sherwood was recently named a Distinguished Lecturer at George Mason University's ECE Department, where he delivered a distinguished seminar on "Computer Architectures as an Instrument for Understanding the Nature of Practical Computation".

March 29, 2018

A team of UCSB Computer Science researchers just won the EDBT 2018 Best Demonstration Award at Vienna, Austria. The EDBT (Extending Data Base Technology)  ( conference is a well-known conference in the area of databases and information systems. 

March 20, 2018

UCSB Computer Science Assistant Professor William Wang receives an Adobe Faculty Research Award for his research on language and vision. Every year, Adobe funds a university faculty research program to promote the understanding and use of data science in the area of marketing. The goal is to encourage both theoretical and empirical development of solutions to problems in marketing.

March 6, 2018

UCSB Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Yu Su recently accepted a faculty position with Ohio State University (OSU) as Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department beginning Fall 2018. Currently, he is finishing up his Ph.D. with Dr. Xifeng Yan.

Yu's research covers a range of topics in the areas of natural language processing, and data mining, mostly from machine learning and data-driven perspectives. His current projects are focused on question answering, semantic parsing, and information extraction.

Congratulations to Yu on his new role!

March 5, 2018

In a recent report by the Brookings Institution, UCSB CS Prof. William Wang's research on automated fake news detection was discussed. The century-old American think tank discussed the challenges that fake news poses to journalism, and surveyed recent approaches to combat fake news and disinformation. In particular, Darrell West, the Vice President of Brookings Institution, quoted: