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  • Computer Science and the Art of the Doodle

    “Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect,” or so say researchers quoted in a July 29 article in the Wall Street Journal. Those experts include two CSE co-authors behind a 2011 study that lent credibility to the pro-doodling argument.

  • Ph.D. Student’s ‘Unconventional Odyssey’ to SMART Fellowship

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded CSE Ph.D. student Natalie Larson a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship for three years to finish her doctorate. The fellowship will cover all of her costs in return for a commitment to work the next two summers and at least three years in a DoD lab after graduating in 2017.

  • Whova App on Display at Women Investing in Women Summit

    CSE Prof. Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou’s Whova team was out in force July 18-19 at the inaugural Women Investing in Women (WIIW) Summit in San Diego – appropriately enough, given that Whova was founded by two women (Zhou and former postdoc Soyeon Park).

  • In Facebook Open Academy, CSE Undergrad Earns Oculus Rift VR Kit

    In February, Facebook expanded its Facebook Open Academy to UC San Diego and nine other top computer science schools, in addition to Stanford and 14 other schools admitted in 2012 and 2013. The 2014 program kicked off with approximately 250 students and faculty from 25 schools assembling at Facebook headquarters to meet with mentors from 22 open-source projects (such as Ruby on Rails, Mozilla Firefox and Wikimedia). The Open Academy specifically encourages practical, applied software-engineering experiences for undergraduates by matching them with active open-source projects and mentors.

  • Deciphering CSE's Upcoming Presence at Crypto 2014

    CSE professors Mihir Bellare and Daniele Micciancio will be in Santa Barbara August 17-21 for the 34th International Cryptology Conference at UC Santa Barbara. The conference is sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), and the general chair of the conference is CSE alumna Alexandra (Sasha) Boldyreva (Ph.D. ’04), who worked in Bellare’s lab and is now an associate professor in Georgia Tech’s Information Security Center.

  • Best-Paper Prize for Computational Cognitive Modeling

    At the 36th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society which runs from July 24-26 in Quebec City, CSE Prof. Gary Cottrell (at right) and his Cognitive Science Ph.D. student Ben Cipollini will be honored with a best-paper award. This Thursday, July 24, they will receive the Computational Modeling Prize for Perception/Action.

  • CSE Faculty Win Qualcomm Institute Research Funding

    CSE professors Ryan Kastner and Steven Swanson (pictured l-r) are leading two projects awarded seed grants from the Qualcomm Institute’s Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunities (CSRO) program. It’s the third round of CSRO grants totaling $1,673,000 to 35 one-year projects that got underway effective July 1.

  • New Hire in Computer Graphics and Vision

    “Much of my research lies at the interface of computer graphics and computer vision,” says Ravi Ramamoorthi, the senior faculty hire this year for the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of California, San Diego. “I have published and been active in both of these communities, so I have tried to build bridges between them.”

  • CSE Mathematician Honored with Simons Fellowship

    The Simons Foundation has announced its prestigious slate of 2014 Simons Fellows in Mathematics. Prof. Sam Buss (at right), who has joint appointments in Mathematics and CSE, is one of the 40 people selected for the honor in 2014. Buss is also the first professor from UC San Diego to be named a Simons Fellow in Mathematics since 2012, when the foundation began making the math awards.

  • Computer Science Graduates in Strong Demand

    They didn’t track graduates of UC San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering program specifically, but there is plenty of good news in a new report from UC San Diego Extension. In its sixth annual report on “Hot Careers for College Grads and Returning Students,” Extension reports that the single hottest career nationwide is… computer systems analysts.

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