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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

Pacific Interlude

Four of the 10 UCSD undergraduates in the 2014 Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program are CSE majors. (L-r) Allen Nguyen and Lok Yi (Nicole) Wong did research in Japan, while Matthew Schwegler and Katerina Zorko spent the summer in Australia. Read more…


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

Photo Finish

CSE alumna Brina Lee (M.S. ’13) was the first full-time female engineer hired at Instagram. Then Instagram was purchased by Facebook, and now Lee is spending much of her time talking to female students about opportunities in computer science. Read more… 

Brina Lee

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

Research Expo 2014

At the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Research Expo 2014, CSE Chair Rajesh Gupta (pictured) briefed industry and visitors, and Ph.D. student Matthew Jacobsen won best CSE poster for “Hardware-Accelerated Online Boosting for Tracking.” Read more…

Research Expo 2014


Ph.D. student Laura Pina won best paper with Microsoft colleagues at PervasiveHealth 2014 for developing ParentGuardian, a mobile app/sensor detecting stress in parents of children with ADHD. The system helps parents cope with stress in real time. Read more…  


New Faculty

Former UC Berkeley professor Ravi Ramamoorthi joined CSE’s visual computing faculty, and he is one of six new CSE faculty hires in 2014. Others include assistant teaching professors Mia Minnes and Leo Porter, and assistant professors George Porter, Daniel M. Kane and Julian McAuley. Read more…

Ravi Ramamoorthi

Fun and Functional

CSE 145 teaches students about embedded systems design, and they do capstone projects. For one team, that meant building Ruku, a robot and mobile app that solves a Rubik’s Cube in 30 seconds. (L-r): William Mutterspaugh, Daryl Stimm and Jonas Kabigting. Read more…

Ruku to solve Rubik's Cube

Overclocked Enthusiasts

CSE alumni, students, staff and faculty turned out in force to run, walk or just cheer on the Overclocked CSE Enthusiasts, the department's main team entered in the Chancellor’s 5K run in June. Prof. Christine Alvarado ranked #1 in her division. Read more…  

5K Race

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...

  • Faculty to Share Experience of ‘Transformational Projects’ in IDI Showcase Events

    Faculty from CSE and other departments are invited to attend one of the three showcase events organized by the Integrated Digital Infrastructure (IDI) program on May 6 and 7 at different locations around campus. The IDI was conceived a year ago to provide a campus-wide approach to applying advanced IT services to support the wide variety of disciplines that increasingly depend on digital data. To ensure that faculty members recognize the value of IDI, most of the speakers at each forum will be faculty who are already receiving IDI mini-grants for the 2014-'15 academic year. They will share how they interacted with IDI to enhance the cyberinfrastructure that supports their research or instruction. In addition to viewing those successes, attendees will also learn how to apply for next year’s support for their own Transformational Projects.
    • Wednesday, May 6, 10am - noon, Learning Center Room 143, Education and Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2pm - 4pm, 4500 Hubbs Hall, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • Thursday, May 7, 10am - noon, 15th Floor Meeting Rooms, The Village at Torrey Pines, West Campus
    Speakers affiliated with the CSE department will include instructor Jurgen Schulze and SDSC's Ilkay Altintas at the first session, while pediatrics professor Rob Knight, who has a partial appointment in CSE, will speak at the Thursday meeting. At each event, faculty speakers will describe their research and how IDI supported that work. Registration information, the full agenda for speakers and location maps are available at IDI’s website
    “This will be real celebration of a wide range of pioneering projects,” says IDI Director and CSE Prof. Larry Smarr (above, viewing quantitative health data), also founding director of Calit2. “We hope the entire campus community will attend these inaugural Showcases to learn how IDI can help lead them to similar successes.”
  • CSE Students Explore Platform to See World Through Others' Eyes

    The Basement is the campus-wide incubator operated by the Alumni & Community Engagement office, and an article in the Jacobs School of Engineering blog showcased four of the ventures now using the facility to expand on their entrepreneurial ambitions.

    Among the students profiled in the article: Ryan Hill (left), a computer engineering sophomore, who is part of a CSE-heavy team focusing on "providing a platform that allows users to explore the world and share their adventures via a Google map-like interface that results in a photo/video map of the world," Hill told the blog. "We want you to see breaking news, historical wonders, local celebrations and much more, all through the eyes of those who are there to experience them live." Hill's teammates on the project include Thomas Chang (human computer interaction), Mike Shi (math and computer science), and Joseph Le (computer science). "The concept is brand new and we are only a recent admit to The Basement, so it's hard to tell exactly where my team and I will end up," admitted Hill. "However, I know our entrepreneurial spirit will push us to continue working, even if the idea doesn't." Hill is also juggling duties as an officer of the Triton Engineering Student Council and as professional development chair for the Computer Science and Engineering Society. But he has talked with a few large venture capital firms in the Bay Area, "and the idea really found traction with two of them," added Hill.

  • Savage Comments on Possible Spear Phishing Attack by Russian Hackers

    There is a new type of cyberwar that goes beyond phishing scams. A security firm reports that in so-called "spear phishing", a group of hackers get hold of confidential "lure" documents that can be dangled in front of officials to get them to open emails with malicious attachments. The first large-scale case of spear phishing was the attack on Sony Pictures, but now the security firm Lookingglass says a dedicated group of hackers -- probably on behalf of Russia -- was successful in getting Ukrainians military, counterintelligence, border patrol and local police to open the attachments, making it possible for the hackers to place malware on Ukrainian computer systems to gather confidential documents. In a report on National Public Radio, CSE Prof. Stefan Savage warned that in cyber attacks such as this one, the evidence is usually circumstantial because "researchers have the digital version of tire tracks and gun casings --- not DNA and fingerprints," reported NPR. Savage noted that anyone could have carried out the attack technically. "The question as to be, 'who else would have the motivation to do it?", because this is a significant piece of work," said Savage. "It's effort."

    Read or listen to the full NPR article on spear phisphing.

  • Business Plan Contest Offers $100,000 in Prizes

    The UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge has set the deadline for submissions in one of its most lucrative contests for students. The organization announced the 2015 $100,000 Business Plan Competition, and set Monday, May 18 as the deadline for registering to compete in this year's competition. The semi-finals are scheduled to begin at 5pm on Friday, May 22.

    In previous competitions, the Entrepreneur Challenge has awarded more than $800,000 in cash awards and pro-bono professional services to winners of Business Plan competitions, and the winners have chalked up a strong record of funding and other awards following success in the UC San Diego challenge. Two startups -- Cognionics (the 2010 winner) and DevaCell (2014) -- went on to win prestigious innovation awards from the San Diego Business Journal, and other past winners including Nasseo and Biological Dynamics followed up their wins with significant rounds of private funding. Any team can compete in the $100,000 Business Plan Competition as long as they have at least one full-time UCSD student, postdoctoral researcher or recent graduate (as long as it has been less than a year since graduation).

by Dr. Radut