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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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  • CSE Faculty Participate in New Funding Channel for Research

    More than 100 UC San Diego researchers will be involved in a two-year pilot program on Benefunder, a San Diego-based philanthropic research funding platform for higher education institutions. Benefunder and UC San Diego signed a Memorandum of Understanding to embark on the pilot program, and their long-term goal is "to allow junior and senior faculty in diverse disciplines to create funding relationships with private supporters from across the country, and generate one-time and recurring donations to fund their work and vision." According to Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown, UC San Diego researchers "work on some of the most critical issues facing the world today. Benefunder is a way for donations to have a direct and powerful effect—to help understand and solve problems and enhance the quality of lives around the world. The hope is that working together we will actively expand funding opportunities for our researchers through new engagements.”

    Indeed, UC San Diego has the largest presence among universities on Benefunder to date, in part because ECE Prof. Gert Lanckriet is a co-founder of the platform, which is pending status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Well over half the existing profiles feature UC San Diego faculty, with a fair number featuring CSE professors. They include Ryan Kastner ("extending the limits of human exploration using drones and 3D imaging"), Scott Klemmer, pictured at left ("leveraging human-computer interaction for social and psychological design excellence"), Stefan Savage and his "Fast & Furious Cybercrime-Stompers," Lawrence Saul (pictured at top), whose focus is on "Ending Malware Mayhem", and former CSE Prof. Serge Belongie (now at CornellTech). Presumably more CSE faculty members who want to attract philanthropic support will be added to the roster as more UC San Diego professors are featured on the website.

  • CSE, UCSD-TV Sign Partnership for 'Computing Primetime'

    Get ready to watch more news and discussion about the world of computing on UCSD-TV and the University of California-TV. After extensive discussions about the way forward, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and UCSD-TV have signed a joint production agreement that will put new programming on the television network's schedule as early as October 2014.

    "It's my pleasure to announce the launch of our Computing Primetime broadcast initiative," said CSE Chair Rajesh Gupta. In the first year, he added, "this partnership will provide for production and broadcasting of eight programs to be aired on UCSD-TV and UCTV throughout California on a must-carry community channel." The programs will also be available on cable stations around the country and via a free channel on the high-speed streaming service, Roku. The programming will also be available online through a variety of video-on-demand websites, including iTunes U and YouTube. There is even a free mobile UCTV app from Apple's iTunes store to help with downloading or streaming video or audio-only versions of the programs.

    The programs will be produced as a partnership between CSE and UCSD-TV. Half the programs will be produced in the studio as one-on-one interviews with "visionaries in computing." The other programs will be hour-long faculty or guest lectures. Each program will air at least four times in primetime hours across UCTV and UCSD-TV, and a total of at least 45 times around the clock during the 12 months following each program's premiere showing. In addition, UCSD-TV will continue to air field reports and programs produced by CSE personnel in conjunction with Calit2's Qualcomm Institute and the Jacobs School of Engineering. In announcing the agreement Aug. 11, CSE's Gupta encourage faculty members to propose topics and potential speakers for future programs. "With this, we take our first steps into creating an important step in educating the general public about the importance of computer science and its impact on society and life," said Gupta. "We hope that Computing Primetime will also earn us important name recognition for a young department."

  • Undergraduates Prepare for Summer Research Conference

    The 2014 UC San Diego Summer Research Conference takes place August 14 from 8am to 4pm in the UC San Diego Price Center. It is open to all undergraduate student speakers who are working on a research project in the San Diego area this summer, including at universities other than UC San Diego. Non-UC San Diego speakers come from Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene, SDSU, San Diego City College, and University of San Diego. Other speakers include students from institutions outside of California who had the opportunity to do research in San Diego. Each panel will consist of a faculty moderator and a group of between four and eight student speakers. The event is organized by the Academic Enrichment Programs office in Student Affairs.

    All told, more than 230 students will present their research. Panel #6 on Electrical and Computer Engineering will be moderated by CSE's Mia Minnes, and the panel will include a student mentored by Minnes (math major Matthew Kleinsmith), and another by CSE's Ryan Kastner (Howard University computer science major Jeremy Blackstone, who is investigating how to add flexibiilty to memory architecture in development using Open Computing Language, or OpenCL). On Panel #25, computer science major Ryan Soscia (at left), with a specialization in bioinformatics, will talk about the work he is doing as part of the Qualcomm Institute's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Working with neuroscientist Maryann Martone in the institute, Soscia is developing a Research Optimization Model to construct "knowledge vectors" to represent the robustness of integrated experimental results, using neuroscience as a case study. Finally, on Panel #30, computer science major Henry Truong will talk about his protein-modeling project with Skaggs School professor Peter Rose. According to an abstract for his talk, Truong's aim is "to develop an algorithm that requires less memory while striving to be as accurate as possible" without relying on using every single atom to create the surface of the protein for algorithms to render proteins. (A total of six Calit2 Scholars from the Qualcomm Institute will be presenting at the Summer Research Conference.

    Read the full conference schedule.
    Download the final conference program in PDF format.

  • Petition and Report at DEF CON Echo CSE Report on Automotive Hacking

    Remember the headlines when a team of computer scientists from CSE and the University of Washington called attention to the dangers of automobiles being hacked? They first made the news in 2010, when CSE Prof. Stefan Savage and CSE alumnus Tadayoshi Kohno (MS '04, Ph.D. '06), now a professor at UW, presented a peer-reviewed "Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile." The two groups of researchers had come together in a Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security, primarily with funding from the NSF, and their landmark paper was presented at the 2010 IEEE Symposium on Security and Policy. Well now, four years later, a group of cybersecurity experts at DEF CON 22, the annual conference on hacking that ended Aug. 10 in Las Vegas, have responded with a policy prescription that they call a "Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Program." The informal group calls itself "I Am The Cavalry", and the five stars of the title refer to five areas where they say action is needed to keep cars safe from hackers. They include: safety by design; third-party collaboration; evidence capture; security updates; as well as segmentation and isolation. Those five "critical capabilities" are also at the core of a public petition to the automotive industry, posted on Change.org by The Cavalry, calling on the automotive industry to "set a new standard for safety."

    Read the 2010 Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile.  
    Learn more about the Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Program.
    Change.org open letter to the automotive industry.



by Dr. Radut