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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...

  • Sustaining Up-to-Date CS Curriculum in Secondary Schools

    CSE assistant teaching professor and lecturer Beth Simon (at right) is a co-principal investigator on a new $1 million project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help three of the San Diego region's school districts develop model "villages" for introducing and sustaining up-to-date computer science courses in their curriculum. The project is called Computer Science-Creating a Village for Educators, or CS-CaVE. This district-supported approach of sustainable professional development programs and qualified master teachers is intended to enable UC San Diego to provide timely course content updates and help prepare master teachers to share it with their peers, and through them, with students. The project tests this model, which could be more widely used to help high schools throughout the region teach current and meaningful computer science courses.

    According to PI Diane Baxter, associate director for education in the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), "workforce training must evolve with technology innovations to maintain a vibrant economy. The slower pace of K-12 curriculum revision poses a significant systemic challenge to an innovation-drive U.S. economy."

    CS-CaVE will roll out an Advance Placement course on Computer Science Principles in the local high school districts. The course will be based UC San Diego's Computer Science Principles pilot program developed by CSE's Simon, who is senior associate director of Learning Sciences and Technology in CSE's Center for Teaching Development. The Computer Sciences Principles program provides students with a foundational understanding of the problem-solving approaches related to computational thinking. CS-CaVE will support and study how the three school districts -- including Sweetwater Union and San Diego Unified -- integrate the AP course into a broader K-12 strategy for introducing computing into pre-college curriculum. In addition to the new course, the CS-CaVE program aims to create ongoing links between the university and school districts for keeping the course and related computing classes current and in step with new technologies and global challenges that place increasing demands on the workforce skills and knowledge need by high school graduates.

  • CSE Inaugurates Graduate and Undergraduate Awards

    CSE Undergraduate and Graduate Awards 
    at End-of-Year BBQ

    Friday, June 5, 2015
    11:30am - 3:00pm
    Calit2 Auditorium (Atkinson Hall) and CSE Courtyard

    The end of the academic year is upon us. Come celebrate with us at the CSE end-of-year BBQ on June 5. We will begin in the Calit2 Auditorium in Atkinson Hall at 11:30 with an awards ceremony, followed by food in the courtyard. This year, we are extremely excited to announce the inaugural CSE Undergraduate and Graduate Awards, which celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students. The awards will be in four categories: Research, Teaching, Service and Contributions to Diversity. Come down to the Calit2 Auditorium at 11:30 to find out who won! Also, to get food, you will need to have a ticket, and tickets will be distributed in the Calit2 Auditorium.

  • Gary Gillespie Honored for Excellence and Mentoring

    He's not of Greek extraction, nor is he particularly involved with sororities or fraternities on the UC San Diego campus. But CSE lecturer Gary Gillespie (pictured below) was awarded the Outstanding Professor Award given out by the Panhellenic Association at UC San Diego. He accepted his award at the 9th annual Panhellenic Scholarship Banquet on May 27. The Panhellenic Association is made up of all the sororities with UCSD chapters, and a majority of chapters voted to honor Gillespie after reading a convincing nomination letter. It turns out that he was nominated by one of the students who took his CSE 12 course last quarter. He was cited for continuing excellence in teaching and research, as well as his "helpfulness to the students in the Greek community." Again, the mention of the "Greek" community refers to the sororities that make up the Panhellenic Association, not students with Greek names. Indeed, the banquet underscored how universal and mainstream the so-called Greek community has become: the banquet's catered dinner was Italian fare, not Greek.

    Gillespie was also singled out by Thurgood Marshall College, which put him on the college's home page in the "Featured Faculty" in the Leadership Spotlight section of the website. Gillespie is a participant in Marshall's Faculty Mentor Program for incoming transfer students.  His current student, Charly Xie, was Gillespie's CSE 15L student in the Fall quarter, a CSE 12 student in the Winter, and this quarter, Xie is taking Gillespie's CSE 110 course.  "My student last year, Navid  Jalali Heravi, is doing really great," adds Gillespie. "He's still on the Softwrare Engineering Tools project he joined last year, and he's going to be one of my lead tutors for my CSE 12 class in Fall 2015.  He's well integrated into the CSE tutor community, and it's just great to have him around and to see him frequently." Gillespie reports that Charly Xie will be interning at a San Diego startup company this summer, while Navid Jalali Heravi will be interning over the summer at Microsoft.

    This fall Gillespie will be teaching his 50th instance of CSE 12, and he also continues to teach CSE 15L and CSE 110. He also runs the Tutor Training program for the CSE department.

  • Graduate Town Hall Followed by Student-Run BBQ Social Hour

    Graduate Town Hall, followed by Student-Run BBQ Social Hour
    Friday, May 29, 2015
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    CSE 1202 and CSE Courtyard

    Come join us for our regular graduate student town hall in CSE 1202. The town hall will start this Friday, May 29, with an information session from 2:00pm to 2:30pm, about the new MS program requirements. Everybody is welcome to attend this session, but we suspect it will be most useful for MS students. Then starting at 2:30pm through 4:00pm we will have a town hall for MS and PhD students, where we will answer any questions or concerns that students might raise. After the town hall, we will move over at 4:00pm to the the student-run BBQ social hour in the CSE Courtyard. Come join us for an afternoon of fruitful and open discussion! [Pictured at right: Graduate student Narendran Thangarajan winning this year's award for best CSE poster at Jacobs School's Research Expo.]

by Dr. Radut