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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…

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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

ParentGuardian

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…  

ParentGuardian

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...

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  • Lovett Lecture on (Log Rank) Conjecture

    CSE Prof. Shachar Lovett was at MIT on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to give a talk on "New Advances on the Log Rank Conjecture." His colloquium was part of MIT's Theory of Computation lecture series. The log rank conjecture is one of the fundamental open problems in communication complexity. According to Lovett, the conjecture speculates that the simplest lower bound for deterministic protocols, the log-rank lower bound, is in fact tight up to polynomial factors.

  • Computer Engineering Edges Higher in U.S. News Best Colleges for Undergraduates

    The 2015 Best Colleges Guide put out by U.S. News and World Report for undergraduate programs was published Sept. 9. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #15 among engineering programs at public institutions, and compared to all engineering schools, it ranks #26, unchanged from last year. US News also ranked computer engineering undergraduate programs, the only specialty among CSE programs to be ranked this year. On that front, computer engineering (for both ECE and CSE majors) edged up to #15, from #16 last year.

    Looking more closely at the computer engineering ranking, UC San Diego shared the #15 spot with two other institutions: Rice University, and the University of Southern California (USC). Both are private institutions, where undergraduate tuition and fees cost $40,566 and $48,280, respectively. By comparison, in-state tuition and fees are only $13,302 at UC San Diego. Even for out-of-state students coming to UCSD, tuition and fees are $12,000 less than at USC.

    The undergraduate ranking methodology is different from what U.S. News uses for its more widely-watched graduate school rankings. To assess undergrad programs, U.S. News relies solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions (in our case, for universities where the highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate).

  • SoCal Theory Day 2014

    Be sure to mark Friday, October 17, 2014 on your calendar. Prof. Shachar Lovett is organizing SoCal Theory Day 2014. Reviving a tradition from long ago in CSE, SoCal Theory Day will host a series of external speakers in Theoretical Computer Science, as well as "ample time for mingling and networking." External speakers from Stanford, UCLA and Caltech will include: 

  • New Deadline for Students to Propose Venture Ideas, Enroll in Innovation Course

    Here's a heads-up for CSE students who have bright ideas that they might want to develop as entrepreneurial ventures. The von Liebig Center has extended the deadline for proposals from students who apply to be part of the NSF-funded I-Corps site at UC San Diego. The new deadline is October 9, and there will be an information session on October 7 from noon to 1pm in the Qualcomm Conference Room in Jacobs Hall.

    According to I-Corps site organizer Jay Gilberg, CSE students are particularly well suited to developing technology startups, because they typically have the ability to create a proof-of-concept themselves, without having to hire external (read: expensive) outside suppliers to build a prototype.  CSE students can also be matched with students from other disciplines who could benefit from a team member with strong programming skills.

    The I-Corps site program at UC San Diego is looking to select 10 teams for Fall 2014, then 15 more teams over the winter. For students without any business experience, I-Corps organizers recommend that students enroll (via TritonLink) this fall in ENG 201, the first in a three-course sequence in innovation and "venture mechanics" that continues in winter and spring, all taught by instructor Svetlana Eremenko. The curriculum includes the Lean Launchpad startup methodology of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank. Students in the course compete for $1,000 in funding for proof-of-concept development, plus mentoring support. At the end of the course, teams can compete for an additional $2,000, and the most promising startup teams can go on to compete for a $50,000 NSF I-Corps National award (like the one that CSE Ph.D. students Stephen Foster and Sarah Esper received to commercialize their CodeSpells game to help teach students how to code in Java.

  • CodeSpells Update: Kickstarter Campaign Hits Target After Seven Days

    Last week we reported on the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign by the CSE graduate students who developed CodeSpells, a magic-themed computer game designed to help teach students how to program in Java. The crowdfunding appeal aimed to raise $50,000 by early October to make the game more attractive and more fun to play, thanks to improved computer graphics and coding interface. Barely one week into the campaign, CodeSpells had supporters under its spell, putting the game and the company created by the CSE students, ThoughtSTEM, over the top. As of late Tuesday, Sept. 9, the CodeSpells campaign had raised over $58,500 from nearly 2,500 backers, with 24 days still to go in the month-long appeal that ends Oct. 2.



by Dr. Radut