Spotlight on Research and Discovery at CSE’s 5th Annual Research Open House

Feb 2, 2024
Graduate students show off their research during CSE's 5th Annual Research Open House

Robots to help in healthcare settings, self-driving vehicles, engineers exploring mangroves and oceans—not to mention numerous demonstrations of the broad range of research faculty and students are engaged in at UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Welcome to CSE’s fifth-annual Research Open House, a day-long event to highlight graduate student and faculty research and provide networking for alumni and graduate students.

The day began with the presentation of the CSE Distinguished Alumni Award to David Loo, who graduated in1991 with a degree in computer engineering. During his 35-year career, he worked his way up from software engineer to founding developer of ServiceNow and now CEO of Perspectium, the company he cofounded after leaving ServiceNow.


CSE Department Chair Sorin Lerner (l) with Distinguished Alumnus David Loo

In a Q&A with the Jacobs School of Engineering, Loo shared his trajectory from a first-generation immigrant born in Malaysia to founder of his own company that grew into a global enterprise with Global 1000 customers and about 80 employees.

“Going to UC San Diego wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better,” he recalled in the Q&A. “I was thrown into an open collaborative environment and allowed to fail. That experience set me up for the rest of my life.”

A keynote address was given by Tadayoshi Kohno, a distinguished faculty member at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington who spoke on "Ethical Frameworks and Computer Security Trolley Problems."

Eight faculty members talked about their research on topics including bioinformatics; systems and software engineering; embedded systems; systems and networking; artificial intelligence and machine learning; and robotics.

Graduate students shared their research in poster presentations (see a video here of several talking about their research).

And students from Engineers for Explorations, Healthcare Robotics Lab and the Cognitive Robotics Lab were on hand to give demonstrations of their various projects.