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Triton 5K 2015

Over 140 CSE alumni, students, staff and faculty registered to run as part of Team Race Condition. As a result, the department took home the prize for the largest turnout and donation at the 2015 Chancellor’s 5K run in early June. Read more…  


2015 Student Awards

CSE Chair Rajesh Gupta and Profs. Christine Alvarado and Sorin Lerner with graduate and undergraduate student recipients of the inaugural awards given by the department for graduating students.. Read more…


Dissertation Medal

CSE alumna Sarah Meiklejohn (PhD '14) was singled out for her dissertation, "Flexible Models for Secure Systems", as the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor's Dissertation Medal. Meiklejohn is now a professor at University College London. Read more…


Research Expo 2015

At the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Research Expo 2015, more than 25 CSE graduate students showcased their research during the poster session visited by hundreds of campus, industry and community members. Read more…


Best Poster

Graduating M.S. student Narendran Thangarajan won the award for best Computer Science and Engineering poster at Research Expo 2015. He analyzed social media to characterize HIV at-risk populations in San Diego. Read more…  


Computer Graphics on EdX

After announcing the launch of the Center for Visual Computing, the Center's director, CSE Prof. Ravi Ramamoorthi, announced that in August 2015 he will launch an online course on computer graphics over the edX online platform. Read more…


$2 Million Alumni Gift

CSE alumnus Taner Halicioglu, an early employee at Facebook, is donating $2 million to the CSE department to recruit, retain and support the professors and lecturers whose primary mission is to teach and mentor students. Read more…


Big Pixel Hackathon

Seventeen CSE students, most of them graduate students, participated in the first Bix Pixel Hackathon organized by the Qualcomm Institute to demonstrate how data science can be harnessed to tackle public policy issues. Read more...


Paul Kube Tribute

CSE honored retiring lecturer Paul Kube with a tribute and the subsequent announcement that CSE is creating the Paul R. Kube Chair of Computer Science to be awarded to a teaching professor, the first chair of its kind in the department. Read more...


Integrated Digital Infrastructure

CSE Prof. Larry Smarr leads a two-year initiative to deploy an Integrated Digital Infrastructure for the UC San Diego campus, including grants to apply advanced IT services to support disciplines that increasingly depend on digital data. Read more...


Query Language for Big Data

CSE Prof. Yannis Papakonstantinou and Couchbase Inc., are collaborating on a next-generation query language for big data based on the UCSD-developed SQL++, which brings together the full power of SQL with the flexibility of JSON. Read more...


Honoring Academic Integrity

At 5th annual Academic Integrity Awards, CSE lecturer Gary Gillespie (center, with Leo Porter and Rick Ord) accepted the faculty award in Apri. Then in May, he received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Panhellenic Association. Read more...


Non-Volatile Memories

In March 2015, CSE Prof. Steven Swanson talks to 220 attendees at the 6th annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop which he co-organized, and which he said was "moving onto deeper, more Interesting and more challenging problems." Read more...


Frontiers of Innovation

At least five CSE graduate students and a similar number of undergraduates were selected to receive inaugural Frontiers of Innovation Scholarship Program (FISP) awards initiated for 2015-'16 by UC San Diego. Read more...


Not-So-Safe Scanners

A team including CSE Prof. Hovav Shacham (right) and Ph.D. student Keaton Mowery released findings of a study pointing to serious flaws in the security of backscatter X-ray scanners used at many airports. Read more...


Stereo Vision for Underwater Archaeology

As co-director of Engineers for Exploration, Prof. Ryan Kastner led expeditions to test an underwater stereo camera system for producing 3D reconstructions of underwater objects. Here Kastner is shown with the camera system in a UCSD pool. Read more…  

Kastner Underwater

Girls Day Out

The UCSD chapter of Women in Computing (WiC) held its second annual Girls Day Out in May, bringing roughly 100 girls from San Diego high schools to tour the campus and do hands-on experiments in electronics. Here, girls visit the Qualcomm Institute’s StarCAVE virtual reality room. Read more…  

Girls Day Out

Coding for a Cause

Then-sophomore Sneha Jayaprakash's mobile app, Bystanders to Upstanders (B2U), matches students with opportunities to volunteer for social causes. Together with fellow CSE undergrads, she won a series of grants and awards, and is now doing a startup. Read more...

Sneha Jayaprakash

Internet of Things

Computer scientists at UCSD developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security. The tool tags then tracks critical pieces in a hardware’s security system. Pictured (l-r): Ph.D. student Jason Oberg, Prof. Ryan Kastner, postdoc Jonathan Valamehr. Read more…

Internet of Things

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

CSE capped the 2012-'13 academic year with the announcement of an anonymous $18.5 million gift from an alumnus – making it the largest-ever alumni gift to UC San Diego. Read more...

  • CSE Expands Presence at 2016 Contextual Robotics Forum and Technology Showcase

    The idea of enabling humans to do more is central to the 2016 Contextual Robotics Forum at UC San Diego, which will take place this Friday, October 28 at UC San Diego. Leaders in robotics research and manufacturing will convene to discuss Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction. “We chose the theme because we are getting to the era of deploying robots in all places – but in almost every case, there needs to be a human interacting with them,” said Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego. “We invited global and local thought leaders to discuss the question, ‘How do we build robots that empower people to do things that they couldn’t do before?’”  The Forum is jointly sponsored by the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Division of Social Sciences, and the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego (which will host the conference in its Atkinson Hall headquarters).

    The university hired Christensen in July 2016 to lead the Institute and serve as a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Jacobs School. In his talk to the Forum, Christensen will discuss big trends in robotics – where the field is going, and how it plays into the broader ecosystem of intelligent homes, workspaces and appliances.

    (Pictured l-r: Christensen, Riek, Gupta, Rosing, Kuester and Kastner)

    Other CSE faculty will be on hand, and a handful are slated to present as part of the Forum's Technology Showcase (which will run from 2:45pm to 4:30pm). CSE Prof. Laurel Riek will demonstrate human-robot teaming and healthcare robotics. CSE Prof. Rajesh Gupta will jointly present machine- learning projects with Cognitive Science professor Zhuowen Tu (related to the Northrop Grumman Autonomy Challenge Project). CSE Prof. Tajana Rosing will showcase "drones that sniff out forest fires."  Structural Engineering professor Falko Kuester, who has a faculty-affiliate appointment in CSE, will have his Drone Lab team doing demos on the second floor of Atkinson Hall, and CSE Prof. Ryan Kastner and some of his students will be displaying various underwater robotics systems with a focus on computer vision for underwater platforms. 

    Kastner is a co-director of the student Engineers for Exploration program, as is Qualcomm Institute research scientist Curt Schurgers (the latter will present the program's unmanned vehicle survey of the Belizean jungle in the Technology Showcase). Other exploration-themed projects include the SphereCam (for underwater 360-degree imaging), developed by CSE second-year Ph.D. student Antonella Wilby. The SphereCam (at left) triggers recording if it recognizes the specific clicking sound made by the endangered vaquita porpoise as part of its echo-location vocalization. The clicks are in the 122-150kHz range and can be picked up by an ultrasonice hydrophone in the SphereCam. In future, the SphereCam can also be repurposed to find and record other underwater species with unique signature vocalizations.

  • Understanding the Visual Dynamics of Opinions and Purchases

    CSE Professor Julian McAuley will speak on Wednesday as part of the Design Lab's Design@Large Fall 2016 lecture series. His topic: "Understanding the Visual Dynamics of Opinions and Purchases".

    Date: Wednesday, October 26
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    Location: Room 1202, CSE Building

    Abstract: Services such as Amazon, Yelp, Netflix etc. aim to personalize content to users by means of so-called "recommender systems." Such systems work by modeling users' previous activities (ratings, purchases, clicks, and so on) in order to estimate how they will respond to new content in future. In this talk, McAuley will give a high-level introduction to such systems, and discuss in particular how the visual appearance of items can be modeled for applications such as clothing recommendation. Understanding the visual dimensions of people's opinions can help to provide better recommendations, but also to understand how visual preferences (i.e., "fashions") have changed over time.

    Bio:  Julian McAuley has been an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of California San Diego since 2014. Previously he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University after receiving his Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 2011. His research is concerned with developing predictive models of human behavior using large volumes of online activity data.

  • Computer Scientists, Others Brief IBM on UC San Diego Research

    Two faculty members with appointments in the Computer Science and Engineering department were among those professors and university administrators making presentations  to a delegation of senior IBM researchers who visited UC San Diego in mid-October. The delegation of five IBM executives was led by the company's senior vice-president for research, John Kelly, who expressed keen interest in the broad, diverse areas of research already underway on campus. Against the backdrop of the Qualcomm Institute's high-tech wizardry in Atkinson Hall, the IBM group received in-depth briefings on contextual robotics, microbiome research, and the university's Smart Cities collaboration with the City of San Diego.

    In her introductory remarks, Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown emphasized that UC San Diego is strongly positioned to lead and partner in large-scale projects -- especially those that are integrative in nature and require a 'deep dive' into research areas. Brown added that UC San Diego has become a 'living lab' to test technologies resulting from productive relationships with private industry, and an impressive record for creating spinoffs, startups and other drivers of economic growth.

    CSE and Pediatrics professor Rob Knight, who directs the Center for Microbiome Innovation on campus, spoke to the value of medical and clinical 'big data' and associated insights as the basis for a possible partnership, citing existing partners Illumina as well as Jansson / Johnson & Johnson. Separately, CSE Prof. Larry Smarr, who directs the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), cited UC San Diego's prominent role in big data research associated with medicine, and suggested that the university could potentially apply IBM technology to 13 million patients.

    In addition to computer scientists, IBM executives heard from social scientists and engineers. Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Al Pisano led the presentation on contextual robotics, stressing the campus’s “encompassing vision” of the technology’s possibilities and promise, and Social Sciences Dean Carol Padden emphasized the key role that cognitive science plays in the field of robotics. The conversation also turned to aging, deep learning, brain development, wearable sensors, big data and UC San Diego's multidisciplinary vision. Noted Vice Chancellor Brown: "UC San Diego does a great job of integrating the scientific research done here, and with our healthcare partners, into the community."

  • Exploiting Structure in the Stable Matching Problem

    Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. candidate Daniel Moeller is scheduled to stage the final defense of his dissertation this week on the topic of "Exploiting Structure in the Stable Matching Problem."  His advisor, CSE Prof. Mohan Paturi, will chair the panel that includes fellow CSE professors Sanjoy Dasgupta and Russell Impagliazzo, as well as ECE Prof. Massimo Franceschetti and Joel Sobel, a professor in the Department of Economics.

    Date: Friday, October 28
    Time: 11am
    Location: Room 3109, CSE Building

    Stable matching is a widely studied problem in social choice theory. For the basic centralized case, an optimal quadratic time algorithm is known. However, we present several notions of structure and use them to provide tighter convergence bounds and faster stable matching algorithms for structured instances.

    First, we consider the decentralized case, where several natural randomized algorithmic models for this setting have been proposed that have worst case exponential time in expectation. We describe a novel structure associated with a stable matching on a matching market. Using this structure, we are able to provide a finer analysis of the complexity of a subclass of decentralized matching markets.