Computer Science and Engineering

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Welcome to Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of California, Riverside!

Fostering groundbreaking research and producing graduates who are in demand, our department has established itself as a leader in the field of computer science and engineering. In recognition of the quality of our research and educational opportunities, the department has been highly ranked by the National Review Council, the Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report. Read More...

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Faculty Positions

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, Riverside invites applications for tenure-track and/or tenured faculty positions in the areas of Cyber Security, Data Science, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering and Autonomous and Intelligent Embedded Systems, to begin in the 2016-17 academic year. To apply, please register through the weblink at http://www.engr.ucr.edu/facultysearch/

In the News

Vagelis Papalexakis

Prof. Papalexakis receives best student paper award at SDM!

May, 2016
Prof. Vagelis Papalexakis received the best student paper award at the 2016 SIAM Data Mining conference (SDM). The paper is titled "Automatic Unsupervised Tensor Mining with Quality Assessment." Congratulations, Vagelis!
New Faculty

Six new faculty to join CSE

May, 2016
Six new faculty will be joining the department starting in July of 2016. The faculty (left to right in the picture) include Professor Heng Yin whose research focuses on malware analysis for mobile environments; he joins UCR from Syracuse University. Prof. Vagelis Papalexakis' research is in the area of algorithms for large scale data analytics. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Prof. Mohsen Lesani joins UCR from MIT; his research interests are in the design, implementation and verification of distributed systems. Prof. Craig Schroeder received his PhD from Stanford, and did a post-doc at UCLA. His research interests are in computer graphics and scientific computing. Prof. Chengyu Song joins UCR after finishing a PhD at Georgia Tech. His research interests are in system security, program analysis and privacy protection. Prof. Ahmed Eldawy joins UCR from the University of Minnesota where he did his PhD in the area of Big data systems, and spatial databases. Welcome!
Stefano Lonardi

UCR team awarded large National Science Foundation grant to study the Cowpea genome

March, 2016
A team of UCR researchers headed by Prof. Timothy Close from the UCR Department of Botany and Plant Science, and including Prof. Stefano Lonardi from CSE was recently awarded a large ($1.5 million USD) grant from the National Science Foundation to study the Cowpea genome. The research is of high importance to global food security since the cowpea, which includes black-eyed peas, is one of the most widely grown legume crops in the world and number one source of protein in the human diet in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, please check the UCR press release.
Frank Vahid

ZyBooks, a startup co-founded by Prof. Vahid of CSE, secures $4 mil funding!

February, 2016
zyBooks is a company, co-founded by Prof. Frank Vahid of CSE, that provides interactive STEM (Science, Technology, engineering and Math) learning material to replace classic textbooks. zyBooks received a $4 million investment led by Bialla Venture Partners. For more details, please refer to this ucr today article.

CSE students place first in HackingEDU!

January, 2016
Haasith Sanka (CSE freshman) and Sultan Khan (CSE senior) have won 1st place at the 2015 HackingEDU – the world’s largest education hackathon hosted at San Mateo. Over 1000 international programmers have competed at this event!
Stefano Lonardi

Lonardi Elected IEEE Fellow

December, 2015
Prof. Stefano Lonardi was elected a fellow of the IEEE, for his contributions to computational biology and data mining. IEEE fellow is the highest grade of membership awarded by the IEEE Board of Directors for extraordinary accomplishments. Less than 0.1% of the IEEE voting members are fellows. Congratulations, Stefano!
Walid Najjar

Najjar Elected ACM Distinguished Scientist

November, 2015
Prof. Walid Najjar was recently elected ACM Distinguished Scientist. Walid joins this prestigeous group of scientists, to which less than 50 scientists worldwide are selected annually. A list of previous awadees can be found here. Congratulations, Walid!
Zhiyun Qian

UCR Security Research in the News

October, 2015
Prof. Zhiyun Qian's group received news coverage from Ars Technica and Marketwired. The group found that Android rooting, a process where users intentionally bypass the protections on their phone to get around manufacturer and Android built-in protections, is supported by large companies that package many well-engineered and (sometimes publicly unknown) root exploits into nice apps. The practice offers opportunities for malicious attackers to use the same exploits to compromise systems. They showed that the majority of these exploits cannot be detected by commercial Anti-virus software. The research was published in the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS).
Vassilis Tsotras

Department awarded GAANN fellowships

September, 2015
The US Department of Education recently awarded $885,834 to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (PI: Vassilis Tsotras; Co-PIs: Eamonn Keogh and Tamar Shinar) as part of the GAANN Program (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need). This grant provides support for eight Fellowships (6 from the Department of Education plus two more from UCR's Graduate Division). GAANN Fellowships are need-based and are open to domestic PhD students.
CS MS top 50

MS program ranked 37th best in the US

September, 2015
The Financial Engineer ranked the MS program in Computer Science 37th out of 242 programs in the US. This follows the latest National Research Council high ranking of the CS PhD program, where the program placed in the top 15 in several research and scholarship metrics. Congratulations!
Sai Charan Koduru

Best Student Paper Award at LCPC 2015

September, 2015
A paper by CSE's Ph.D. student Sai Charan Koduru with CSE Professors Rajiv Gupta and Iulian Neamtiu received the 'Best Student Paper' award at the 28th International Workshop on Languages and Compilers for Parallel Computing (LCPC) 2015. The winning submission is entitled 'Size Oblivious Programming with Infinimem' and was funded in part by a Google Research Award to Professor Gupta.
Keogh, Shelton and Dahanukar

UCR researchers receive $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation

August, 2015
Dr. Eamonn Keogh, Dr. Christian Shelton and Dr. Anupama Dahanukar (Entomology) have won an NSF award for $1,100,000 to study “Machine Learning for Agricultural and Medical Entomology. The four year project will enable a team of computer scientists and entomologists at the University of California-Riverside to develop sensors and software that will allow the classification of flying insects. The ability to automatically and accurately classify flying insects has the potential to have significant impact human affairs, because insects spread disease, feed on crops and livestock, and ruin food stores, at a combined annual cost of billions of dollars and incalculable human suffering.
Eamonn Keogh

Prof. Keogh part of Microsoft's Project Premonition

August, 2015
Dr. Eamonn Keogh and Dr. Anandasankar Ray (Entomology) are part of the recently announced Project Premonition by Microsoft. Project Premonition seeks to detect pathogens in animals before these pathogens make people sick. It uses drones and new robotic mosquito traps to capture many more mosquitoes from the environment than previously possible, and then analyzes their body contents for pathogens. Pathogens are detected by gene sequencing collected mosquitoes and computationally searching for known and unknown pathogens in sequenced genetic material.
Stefano Lonardi (CSE) and Timothy Close (Botany)

UCR Researchers sequence large portions of barley genome

August, 2015
A team led by researchers at University of California, Riverside from the Department of Botany and Plant Science and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has published details of its successful efforts in sequencing large gene-rich portions of the barley genome. The results, published last week in The Plant Journal, have greatly expanded the scientific knowledge of barley genetics, and could go a long way toward fully elucidating the genetic code of barley and other important crops, such as wheat. The research team led by Prof. Close (Botany) comprises investigators from more than two dozen public and private organizations and includes about 20 people that carried out this work while at UC Riverside, including several Computer Science PhD students. Prof. Lonardi (CSE, co-first author on the manuscript) supervised the computational analysis involved in sequence assembly and data analysis. Prof. Jiang (CSE) also contributed to the early stages of this project.
New Faculty 2015

CSE hires three new faculty

July, 2015
CSE is very happy to welcome three new faculty that are joining the department: Professors Michalis Faloutsos, Jiasi Chen and Zhijia Zhao (Left to right in photo). Professor Faloutsos returns to UCR after two years as department chair at the University of New Mexico; his research interests include Internet protocols and measurements, peer-to-peer networks, social networks, network security, and ad-hoc networks. Assistant Professor Chen joins UCR after earning a PhD from Princeton University. Her research interests include Internet video streaming, wireless and mobile networks, network economics, and sensor networks. Assistant Professor Zhao earned a PhD from the College of William and Mary. His research spans programming systems and run-times for parallel computing, big data, and mobile computing.

Recent internships

Congratulations to the following Computer Science graduate students for their recent internship awards:

Ahmed Atya: Samsung, CA. Summer 2013 & NEC Laboratories America Inc. Winter 2014
Md. Azim: Microsoft. Summer 2015
Brian Crites: National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Summer 2015
Ioannis Gasparis: DOCOMO Innovations. Spring- Summer 2014 & Fall 2014-Winter 2015
Mengyi Guo: Dese Enterprises. Winter 2014
Yuan Hao: LinkedIn. Fall 2013
Priyanka Khire: Intel. Fall 2014
Mohit Morarka: Intel Corporation, OR. Fall 2014
Kenneth O’Neal: Intel Corporation. Fall 2014
Ashwin Ramadevanahalli: Cisco Systems. Summer 2015
Anil Savaliya: Sears Holdings. Summer 2015
Aditya Tammewar: Qualcomm, CA. Summer 2014
Li Tan: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Summer 2014
Panruo Wu: Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Fall 2013
Zhigang Wu: Onescreen Inc. Summer-Fall 2013 & Onscree. Fall 2013
Jesin Zakaria: Teradata. Summer 2013

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