Spotlights

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 4, 2018) –When the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami struck Dec. 26 of that year it took the lives of more than 227,000 people. Despite being well into the Internet Era, warning systems on a broad international scale were nonexistent, as remote areas of Indonesia, Thailand and India suffered unfathomable loss. But 14 years later, gaps still remain in rural communities – even in the United States.

Diba Mirza from the Department of Computer Science has been named as a co-recipient of the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. 

The SIGMOBILE Test-of-Time awards recognize papers that have had a sustained and significant impact in the SIGMOBILE community over at least a decade. The award recognizes that a paper's influence is often not fully apparent at the time of publication, and it can be best judged with the perspective of time.

Two National Science Foundation grants awarded to Prof. Belding provide support for her research. 

Assistant Professor and cryptographer Stefano Tessaro receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award for "The Theoretical Foundations of Symmetric Cryptography." 

ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society

The Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara is continuing a period of strategic growth, with plans for new faculty positions that will add to core strengths, explore new and emerging areas of the field, and leverage opportunities across disciplinary boundaries. Towards this goal, the department invites applications for tenure-track or tenured appointments at the Assistant/Associate/Full Professor levels, for the 2019-2020 academic year. For primary consideration apply by November 16, 2018; however, positions will remain open until filled.

Having wrapped up his duties as principal architect of this year's summit.cs, Prof. Giovanni Vigna offers his take on the well-attended event. 

Congratulations to Prof. Linda Petzold for being selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award!

On Friday June 12, the Department of Computer Science held its first End-of-Year Award Ceremony, honoring our outstanding undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty members. 

Professor Linda Petzold was named the inaugural Mehrabian Endowed Chair in College of Engineering. 

Stephanie's office is located at 5102 Harold Frank Hall.

Cyber security is the topic for this Facebook Live audience Q&A


CS Professor Elizabeth Belding is the Principal Investigator of a recent $2 Million, three year NSF grant titled "PuebloConnect: Expanding Internet Access and Content Relevance in Tribal Communities".  The project is a collaboration with Marisa Duarte (Arizona State), Morgan Vigil-Hayes (Northern Arizona University), Ellen Zegura (Georgia Tech) and Jennifer Nevarez (Community Learning Network).  Prof. Vigil-Hayes is a 2017 Ph.D. graduate of UCSB, who worked in Prof. Belding’s research group.

Drop off your donation today to HFH 2104 and/or Trailer 698! We will be running our Holiday Food Drive, November 14th to December 14, 2018. 

Congratulations to Professor William Wang for receiving a prestigious 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award! William was presented the award in Washington, D.C. In the past two years, William has successfully grown the Natural Language Processing Lab into one of the most prolific NLP groups in the world. CSRankings.org ranks UCSB #3 in NLP in 2018.

On Monday, November 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am, Professor Chandra Krintz will be giving a keynote at the 2018 International Conference On Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). 

This year, the CS Summit at UCSB's Department of Computer Science was held on Friday 03/16 at the Corwin Pavilion. 

This year event includes breakfast with industry and networking, undergraduate capstone presentations, lunch with poster session and networking, graduate student distinguished lectures, a distinguished lecture, and a fireside chat with Dr. David Culler. 

“Richert has encouraged my passions and has given me opportunities to grow as an artist, student leader, and person. He has always been so understanding and has helped me feel grounded.”

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Find out more about Prof. Richert Wang's involvement with UCSB College of Creative Studies and the Game Development Club in this article!

The Computer Science Department is delighted to announce that Prof. Yu-Xiang Wang, an expert in machine learning, will be joining the faculty in Fall 2018. Here's our first interview with Yu-Xiang.

The University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Department of Computer Science for 2019-2020 academic year with the potential for a joint appointment in another department, in areas encompassing Computer Science and Neuroscience that include, but are not limited to: network science, neuro-computer architecture, computational vision, biologically-inspired machine learning, and computational neuroscience. For primary consideration apply by November 30, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

UCSB Department of Computer Science Professor Christopher Kruegel will give an ISSTA keynote talk, and Professor Tevfik Bultan is this year's ISSTA General Chair.

The Department of Computer Science welcomes Dr. Trinabh Gupta, who will join the faculty in Spring 2018.

With Goleta Beach as the backdrop for our 2017 Spring BBQ celebration, four graduate students and three teaching assistants were honored with awards for their outstanding academic performance. We applaud their achievements! 
[Photo Credit: William Wang]

Congratulations to Prof. Agrawal for this distinguished recognition from one of the world's foremost scientific societies!

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) partners with the brightest entrepreneurs to turn disruptive ideas into world-changing businesses. KPCB has helped build and accelerate growth at pioneering companies like Amazon, Google, Lending Club, Nest, Twitter, Uber, and Mandiant.

Social networks have not only created new ways of interaction between people, but they have also become a source of information for research on human behavior and for the development of tools for collective action. This is the field of research that motivates Saiph Savage, who earned her PhD at UC Santa Barbara in the Four Eyes Lab. Prof. Savage has been recognized by the MIT Technology Review as a 2018 Innovator under 35 Latin America.

Memory systems are often the largest dollar cost as well as the largest consumer of energy in the datacenter. Moreover, many of the problems we see in the memory system are cross-disciplinary in nature and their solution would likely require work at all levels, from applications to circuits.  In their recent award winning paper in MEMSYS, recent UCSB Computer Science graduates Heba Saadeldeen and Zhaoxia (Summer) Deng, along with Professor Tim Sherwood and Univ.

As the first faculty member hired into the Computer Science Department when it was formed in 1979, Professor Richard "Dick" Kemmerer shares an engaging look back.  

Prof. Jiawei Han is widely known as the pioneer in the field of Data Mining. To date, he has published over 900 papers, and he is certainly a legend in creating impacts in Data Mining: His papers have attracted more than 150,000 citations according to Google Scholar, making him one of the most cited Computer Scientists.

Augmented reality (AR) is one of today's most fascinating and future-oriented areas of computer science and technology. By overlaying computer-generated information on views of the real world, AR amplifies human perception and cognition in remarkable new ways. Do you like the virtual first-down line in football games on TV? That's AR. And AR apps are rapidly coming to billions of smartphones, too. Working in AR requires knowledge from diverse disciplines, including computer vision, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction (HCI).

Graduating PhD student Kevin Deweese and advisor John Gilbert received the Best Paper Award from the 2018 SIAM Workshop on Combinatorial Scientific Computing for their paper "Evolving Difficult Graphs for Laplacian Solvers," which Kevin presented at the workshop in Bergen, Norway on June 6.

Kevin has accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington. Congratulations, Kevin!

 

The Institute for Energy Efficiency announced this year’s Peter J. Frenkel Foundation fellows. This award is made possible through the generous support of The Peter J. Frenkel Foundation and is granted to two advanced doctoral candidates in recognition of their outstanding research contributions to the field of energy efficiency.

UCSB MOMENT Lab Ph.D. student Esther Showalter has received the prestigious 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Esther is currently advised by Prof. Elizabeth Belding.

To celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month Dr. Vigna will discuss how AI is used in security and the (little understood) pitfalls of adversarial machine learning.

Technology for augmented reality (AR) remote collaboration initially developed by CS Professor Matthew Turk and former PhD student Steffen Gauglitz was unveiled this year with much fanfare and under its new identity, Project Chalk, at the world's largest AR and VR annual event.

In a competition considered the Olympics of hacking, UC Santa Barbara’s resident hackers took home the bronze this year.

Anneclaire joins the Computer Science Department after four years at UCSB's Department of Physics. 

Computer scientist Rich Wolski named to the Duval Family Presidential Chair in Energy Efficiency, made possible by a gift from Glenn ’80 and Bettina Duval.

PhD student Stratos Dimopoulos, and his research advisors Profs. Chandra Krintz, and Rich Wolski recently received the Best Paper Award for their paper "Justice: A Deadline-aware, Fair-share Resource Allocator for Implementing Multi-analytics" at the IEEE Cluster Conference to be held September 5th - 8th in Hawaii.

UCSB's College of Engineering and Computer Science students bestowed the honor during June 2017 Graduation

IBM created the Ph.D. Fellowship program in the 1950's to recognize and support outstanding graduate students. The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.

UCSB Department of Computer Science Prof. William Wang and Ph.D. student Jiawei Wu are the recipients of a 2018 Facebook Research Award to work on Low-Resource Machine Translation. 

Featuring keynote speaker Jeffrey Dean, the second annual summit.cs offered a full day of sharing ideas and making connections among students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners. Attendees converged on Corwin Pavilion for Dean's standing room only presentation. 

 

Computer Science is pleased to welcome Lecturer Richert Wang to UC Santa Barbara. Check out our first interview with Richert.

UCPath Online, our new self-service portal, will be open to all employees Thursday, September 27th!

UCPath Online will be available for viewing, accessing, and updating your personal information, 24/7.

Prof.  Xifeng Yan is serving as program co-chair of the 2019 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19), which will be held in Calgary, Canada between May 2 and 4, 2019.  The conference is sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Data Mining and Analytics and held in cooperation with the American Statistical Association.

Professor Tevfik Bultan received an Amazon Research Award for his research on "Automatically Detecting Bugs in Identity and Access Management Policies." 

Prof. Tobias Hollerer received an Early Innovator Award at the IEEE ISWC/Ubicomp joint conference, the main conference venue for research in wearable and ubiquitous computing. The award recognizes the paper from the first ISCW conference that has had the most impact in the subsequent 20 years.

Thirteen of our women students attended the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing conference that was held from Oct 4 - Oct 6 in Orlando, Florida. The conference had more than 18,000 attendees from industry and academia and there were numerous keynote talks by inspiring speakers such as Melinda Gates and Dr. Fei-Fei Li. 
 

Winner of the 2016 SIGKDD Ph.D. Dissertation Runner Up Award 

December 12, 2018 - Professor Rich Wolski was featured on Hill.TV's "Boundless" series where he explained how smart farming will increase access to food. 

Randy Modos and Giovanni Vigna share their insights about entrepreneurship in CS in this conversation about "How to start a startup?"

Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, November 20th: Giovanni Vigna, Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to Internet security and cybercrime prevention.

Nicole McCoy joins Department of Computer Science

Prof. William Wang receives gift fund from Bytedance Inc. to explore the area of image and knowledge guided language generation problems. 

We couldn't have asked for a better turn out this Halloween! The Staff came together and pulled off pretty awesome decorations and amazing costumes! And... the efforts paid off! We are proud to announce we won 2nd place for the Staff Assembly's Spooky Halloween Competition! 

We would like to recognize our faculty who are currently Fellows with organizations such as IEEE, ACM, AAAS, NAE, ASME, SIAM, and IAPR. Each of these organizations and their members' mission is to inspire, innovate, and contribute to having a positive impact in the global community for a better tomorrow.

It is our honor to spread the announcement! Professor Elizabeth Belding named 2018 ACM Fellow for her for contributions to communication in mobile networks and their deployment in developing regions.

We are pleased to congratulate Daniel Spokoyny on his outstanding achievement of being selected to receive the Chancellor's Award for Excellent in Undergraduate Research.

Prof. Tevfik Bultan is serving as the Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).

UCSB Computer Science alumnus, Gianluca Stringhini, currently Assistant Professor at Boston University, received Best Paper award at IMC 2018! 

During the Winter 2017 quarter, Dr. Mirza will be teaching CMPSC 16 (Problem Solving with Computers-I), and conducting a pilot tutor-training program. Prior to UCSB, Dr. Mirza was an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, where she received her PhD and MS in Computer Engineering. 

PhD Candidate May ElSherif (center) wins Graduate Mentoring Award

Viral Shah, Ph.D. UCSB (CS) 2007 and CEO of Julia Computing, who subsequent to his UCSB degree created the very popular Julia language (with co-founders Stefan Karpinski of UCSB, Alan Edelman of MIT, and Jeff Bezanson of MIT) has announced after 9 years Julia 1.0 has been released and taken the internet by storm! 

Professor and Department Vice Chair Ömer Eğecioğlu has been a Computer Science Department faculty member at UC Santa Barbara since 1985. He also holds a joint-appointment in UCSB's College of Creative Studies (CCS).  

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome Prof. Yufei Ding, who has accepted our tenure-track faculty job offer in Spring 2017. She joined the department faculty in November 2017.

The Department of Computer Science congratulates Prof. Rachel Lin for winning the Best Paper Award at EUROCRYPT 2018, one of the top conferences in the area of Cryptography. This joint work, entitled "k-Round MPC from k-Round OT via Garbled Interactive Circuits," is a collaboration between Prof. Lin and IBM Researcher Fabrice Benhamouda at IBM Research, Yorktown Heights.

Prof.  Xifeng Yan is serving as program co-chair of the 2019 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19), which will be held in Calgary, Canada between May 2 and 4, 2019.  The conference is sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Data Mining and Analytics and held in cooperation with the American Statistical Association.

The Department of Computer Science End of Year Awards Ceremony will be held in the Engineering Science Building Room 1001 and will begin at 9 AM Friday, June 14 with a lunch reception immediately following.

Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a student-run group open to students, staff, and alumni in the computer science department at UC Santa Barbara. The organization’s mission is to support and empower women in computer science at UCSB

Benji talks about his SmartFarm research and all things UCSB.


We are all set to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our students, staff and faculty at the very first Department of Computer Science End of the Year Awards Ceremony!  We will acknowledge and honor students, staff and faculty who have received campus or external awards throughout the academic year.  We will also give new awards to Graduate and Undergraduate students, as well as, award our very first Distinguished Alumnus awards for undergraduate and graduate alumni.  

Elijah Baker started in the Computer Science department in July 2018. An alumnus of UCSB, he graduated with a BA in Environmental Studies, Winter 2018. He has previously worked on sustainability initiatives with Associated Students and at UCSB Housing supporting and advising students.

In his leisure time, Elijah enjoys trivia, saving the environment, hiking, and enjoying sunsets at the Lagoon.  

 

The Department of Computer Science welcomes Margaret Salisbury to the role of Undergraduate Advisor

 

UCSB Computer Science welcomes Professor William Wang  

Computer Science Professor Chandra Krintz recently gave a TEDx talk entitled Transforming us into a society of food producers. In her talk, which can be found here, she discusses how the same data analysis and prediction techniques used by tech companies such as Amazon and Google for targeted advertisement and marketing could be used to make farmers and ranchers more productive.

ACM UMAP is the premier international conference for researchers and 
practitioners working on systems that adapt to individual users, to 
groups of users, and that collect, represent, and model user information.


Title: Easy to Please: Separating User Experience from Choice Satisfaction

The UCSB Department of Computer Science is pleased to host an Undergraduate Research Poster session for undergraduate students who have presented research and for students in the Distinction in the Major or Early Research Scholars programs.

 

Prof.  Xifeng Yan is serving as program co-chair of the 2019 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM19), which will be held in Calgary, Canada between May 2 and 4, 2019.  The conference is sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Data Mining and Analytics and held in cooperation with the American Statistical Association.

Computer Science Contracts Analyst Danielle Spahn.

IEEE is the world's leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity

The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that Prof. Elizabeth Belding has received the “N2Women: Stars in Computer Networking and Communications” award, previously known as “10 women in networking/communications that you should KNOW”. This year, 10 women were selected internationally.  The organization N2Women represents women in the field of networking and communications, with over 850 members internationally.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Computer Science undergraduate teams who won this year’s Capstone project awards! 
 

1ST PLACE
Team "CitrixNChill," mentored by Citrix
 

2ND PLACE
Team "Under Construction," mentored by Procore
 

3RD PLACE 
Team "Euphoria," mentored by Sonos

Welcome to the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara! 

Previously, Benji served as CS Undergraduae Program Coordinator and Advisor.

Computer Science names Contracts and Grants Manager