Dec 6, 2021
This Framework Will Improve the Security of all Firefox Users

Researchers from the University of California San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, and Mozilla have designed a new framework, called RLBox, to make the Firefox browser more secure. Mozilla has started deploying RLBox on all Firefox platforms this week.  RLBox increases browser security by...Read More

Intel’s Alder Lake processor, showing the heterogeneous design, combines 6 high-performance cores and 8 low-power cores.

Dec 3, 2021
The Core of Powerful, Power-Efficient Processors

By Katie E. Ismael   The high-performance yet low-power processors running billions of today’s laptops and mobile devices come thanks to research by computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and HP Labs. Their work, which began nearly two decades ago, has influenced the...Read More

Graph showing volume of traffic for Zoom, with the spikes in usage indicating the start of remote learning.

Dec 1, 2021
How the Pandemic Lockdown Impacted UC San Diego Undergrad Internet Use

By Josh Baxt   University of California San Diego computer scientists recently investigated how the COVID-19 pandemic influenced internet browsing during the lockdown. Armed with de-identified internet use data from UC San Diego dorm Wi-Fi, the researchers examined how online school and...Read More

A high-level illustration that shows how SugarCoat modified code within API to protect private data.

Nov 19, 2021
This tool protects your private data while you browse 

By Ioana Patringenaru   A team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Brave Software have developed a tool that will increase protections for users’ private data while they browse the web. The tool, named SugarCoat, targets scripts that harm users’ privacy -- for...Read More

CSE research describes a new algorithm that solves a classical geometric problem: Find a surface of minimal area bordered by an arbitrarily prescribed boundary curve.

Nov 10, 2021
A Brief History of Minimal Surfaces and the Ants that Love Them

By Josh Baxt   Consider a soap bubble. The way it contains the minimal possible surface area is surprisingly efficient. This is not a trivial issue. Mathematicians have been looking for better ways to calculate minimal surfaces for hundreds of years. Recently, Computer Science and...Read More

An example of how dialogue can be rewritten to make it easier for AI systems to understand.

Nov 9, 2021
Want to Throw Off Your Chatbot? Use Figurative Language

By Ioana Patringenaru   Computer scientists recently examined the performance of dialog systems, such as personal assistants and chatbots designed to interact with humans. The team found that when these systems are confronted with dialog that includes idioms or similes, their performance drops to...Read More

CSE Assistant Professor Rose Yu is the lead investigator on a new Department of Energy project

Nov 5, 2021
Rose Yu Heads Major Scientific Machine Learning Project

Researchers at UC San Diego, UC Irvine and Columbia University have received a $3.6 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop new machine learning methods to understand climate data and predict its ramifications on a warming world. “We want to understand what is driving extreme heat in...Read More

CSE Undergrad McKenna Lewis is featured in this Q&A in CRA's Conquer.

Nov 5, 2021
CSE Undergrad McKenna Lewis Featured in CRA’s Conquer

From CRA’s Conquer: Supported Research Experiences Cultivating Confidence in Computing This Q&A highlight features McKenna Lewis, recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2021 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researchers award program. McKenna is a computer science major and currently works as...Read More

Researchers are investigating whether older adults are using (or not using) voice assistant technology and how it can be improved with the Voice Assistant for Quality of Life and Healthcare Improvement in Aging Populations or VOLI project.

Nov 1, 2021
Making Voice Assistants Accessible for Older Patients

By Josh Baxt   Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri have tremendous potential to help people manage their health as they age. Using these eye- and hands-free tools, patients could make appointments, confer with clinicians, receive medication reminders and perform other...Read More

GradWIC takes full advantage of UC San Diego’s proximity to La Jolla Shores by hosting beach bonfires with smores and more (June 2021).

Oct 22, 2021
Graduate Women in Computing Wins International Award to Boost Diversity and Engagement in CS

By Katie E. Ismael   The Graduate Women in Computing organization (GradWIC) at UC San Diego is one of seven universities in the world to be selected for this year’s Xilinx Women in Technology University Grant Program. The program seeks to increase the representation, participation, and...Read More