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Yan Zhu

UCR CS grad student Yan Zhu is featured in an ongoing TV-ad campaign for Microsoft Research (MSR)

January, 2017
Yan was recruited to intern at MSR in 2016, because of her unique expertise in using machine learning to classify insects. The one minute spot is available on youtube. Yan’s work has been reported in several entomological conferences, and in an upcoming submission to Nature Robotics. Yan is a member of Keogh’s Lab.
Ahmed Darki

UCR PhD student wins best student work award at CoNext 2016 student workshop!

January, 2017
UCR’s Ahmad Darki, Prof. Qian and Prof. Faloutsos have been awarded the Best Student Work award at the 12th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT 16) Student Workshop. The paper is titled: “Don't Trust Your Router: Detecting Compromised Routers.” The paper is joint work with colleagues from Drexel University. The work is sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Zhiyun Qian

Prof. Qian's commentary featured in an article on identity theft

December, 2016
Prof. Zhiyun Qian provided expert commentary as part of a recent article by wallethub on identity theft. The article ranks states based on frequency of identity thefts and the State's related policies (California is ranked second worst!). Zhiyun provides advice about how to guard against identity theft, and commentary on whether social networks contribute to these crimes.
Stefano Lonardi

Lonardi recognized as an ACM Distinguished Scientist

November, 2016
Prof. Stefano Lonardi is part of the 2016 ACM Distinguished member class; less than 50 ACM members were elected. A list of previous awardees can be found here. Congratulations, Stefano!
Israat Haque

Best paper award at ICNP

November, 2016
Congratulations to UCR's Israat Tanzeena Haque (post-doc CSE), and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh for receiving the best paper award at the 24th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), one of the premier conferences in computer networks. The paper, titled "CTCV: A Protocol for Coordinated Transport of Correlated Videos in Smart Camera Networks," is co-authored with Vinay Kolar and Vikram Munishwar from Cisco.
Nael Abu-Ghazaleh

Hardware vulnerability used to bypass operating system defense

October, 2016
UCR's Nael Abu-Ghazaleh with collaborators Dmitry Ponomarev and Dmitry Evtyushkin from Binghamton University developed a new attack that enables hackers to bypass an important Operating System defense called ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization). The attack targets a unit in modern processors called the branch predictor to expose the location of branches in the kernel, allowing the attackers to derive their ASLR offset. The attack, presented in a paper in the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (Micro), was reported on by a number of technical news outlets including Yahoo! Finance, Ars Technica, Computer World and PC World.
Michael Yeh

CSE PhD student wins two international competitions

September, 2016
Congratulations to CSE PhD student, Chin-Chia Michael Yeh, who won both tasks of the AALTD’16 Time Series Classification Contest and 2nd ECML/PKDD Workshop on Advanced Analytics and Learning on Temporal Data. Participants were challenged to classify multivariate time series data representing isolated gestures captured with a Kinect system by different users. Michael will travel to Riva del Garda in Italy to give a talk explaining his approach. It is shaping up to be a good year for Michael, who got three papers published in the highly competitive IEEE ICDM, two as a first author. Michael is a second year Phd student in Dr. Keogh's lab.
Keogh and Shelton

New $3 million NSF Research Traineeship award in Computational Entomology

September, 2016
Congratulations to Prof. Keogh and Shelton, and their colleagues in CNAS for winning a NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) award for $3 million dollars. This award will enable a team of investigators from Computer Science/Engineering and Entomology/Life Sciences to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to exploit the unreasonable effectiveness of data to understand insects by integrating the disciplines of computer science and entomological biology. The award anticipates training at least forty MS and PhD students, including twenty funded PhD trainees, through the various elements of the program, including classes, workshops and seminars.
Prof. Eamonn Keogh

Prof. Keogh publishes 30th paper in ICDM!

September, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Eamonn Keogh who got his 30th paper accepted to IEEE ICDM! Only two other individuals have achieved this landmark (Philip S. Yu, Jiawei Han). The conference is very competitive, this year’s acceptance rate for full papers was just 8.5%.
UCR Security team

Dangerous Internet vulnerability discovered by UCR team leads to Linux patch

September, 2016
Prof. Zhiyun Qian and Prof. Srikanth Krishnamurthy's group received news coverage from Ars Technica, ZDNews, Slashdot, and several other news outlets. The group discovered a serious Internet vulnerability that allows attackers to terminate connections between virtually any two parties and, if the connections are not encrypted, inject malicious code or content into the communication. The vulnerability is present on all Linux hosts since late 2012. The group has notified the Linux security team and patches are already out. The paper detailing the vulnerability appeared in the Usenix Security Symposium this year, and was a finalist for the Internet Defense Prize.
Rachid Ounit

Computing the microbiome: Faster and more accurate approaches developed at the CSE Department

September, 2016
A new bioinformatic tool for metagenomic analysis designed and developed by Rachid Ounit (CSE Ph.D candidate) has been featured in GenomeWeb, a leading online media that tracks innovations in genomics, genetics and bioinformatics. An article with more details on the new ultrafast sequence classification CLARK-S are published in Bioinformatics. Prof. Lonardi co-authored the manuscript.
UCR Security team

UCR team wins third place and "most creative idea" at GeekPwn

June, 2016
A CSE team consisting of Yue Cao, Zhongjie Wang, Tuan Dao and Professors Zhiyun Qian and Srikanth Krishnamurthy won the third prize in the popular and highly competitive hacking competition GeekPwn, in Macau, China. Their attack, which also won the most creative idea prize at the competition, was reported in popular news. The extremely dangerous attack allows an attacker to hijack TCP connections belonging to any machine provided they know the IP address for it.
Frank Vahid

Prof. Vahid awarded UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers' Innovative Teaching Award

May, 2016
Prof. Frank Vahid was awarded the UCR Academy of Distinguished Teachers' 2015/2016 award for Innovative Teaching. Prof. Vahid received the award for his interactive electronic textbooks and the way they allow instructors to customize them. Prof. Vahid will be recognized in the fall when he will present a lecture on his teaching practice. Congratulations, Frank!
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 awardees 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.
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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.
Alex Edgcomb

CSE alumnus and professor win best paper award

June, 2015
Alex Edgcomb (PhD, CSE 2014) and Professor Frank Vahid's paper won a best paper award at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE 2015) conference. The paper reported on a multi-university, cross-semester analysis of student performance before and after the adoption of an interactive textbook to replace a traditional textbook. Students in classes that used the interactive textbook substantially outperformed those in classes that didn't, in exams, projects and course score, resulting in an overall 13% class letter grade improvement.
Taeyoung Kim

CSE Student Taeyoung Kim Receives ACM SIGDA Ph.D. Forum Award

May, 2015
Ph.D. student Taeyoung Kim received the ACM SIGDA Ph.D. forum award from the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC 2015). The Ph.D. Forum at the Design Automation Conference is a poster session hosted by ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA). It has become the premier forum for Ph.D. students in Electronic Design Automation to present and discuss their dissertation research. Taeyoung also received the Richard Newton Young Fellow Award from DAC 2014, and the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) award from ICCAD 2014. Taeyoung Kim works in the VLSI System and Computation Lab (VSCLab) directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan of the ECE department.

CSE Faculty Neamtiu and Vahid receive Google gifts

May 2015

CSE faculty Iulian Neamtiu and Frank Vahid have received Google gifts as a part of Google’s growing efforts to support excellent research in academia. Neamtiu’s gift of over $46K will support research into “A Static Analysis for Finding Data Loss and Resume/Restart Errors in Android Apps”. Vahid’s gift of over $61K will support research in the area of “Why Interactive Online Material Works”.


CSE graduate students, visiting student and alumnus team up to win the "Best Paper" award

CSE graduate students Masruba Tasnim and Ei-Wen Yang, former graduate student Wei Li and visiting student Shining Ma have recently won the (only) best paper award at the 13th Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference (APBC) held in Jan., 2015. The award winning paper is entitled "Accurate inference of isoforms from multiple sample RNA-Seq data" and coauthored with their advisor Professor Tao Jiang. Wei Li is currently a postdoc at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health and Shining Ma a Ph.D student at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

CSE hires three new faculty

We are proud to add three new faculty to CSE this year: Zhiyun Qian, K.K. Ramakrishnan, and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh (Left to right in photo). Assistant Professor Qian's areas of interest span cyber-security, mobile computing and network systems including TCP/IP security, cellular networks security, and security of firewalls. Full Professor Ramakrishnan does research in computer network architecture protocols and systems as well as virtualization and cloud computing and information centric networks. Full Professor Abu-Ghazaleh joins both CSE and ECE with interest in computer architecture support for security, wireless, and sensor networks, and parallel computing.


CSE faculty Eamonn Keogh research leader in data mining

CSE faculty Eamonn Keogh was listed in the 6th place of "Top Research Leaders in Data Mining" by Microsoft Academic Search and kdnuggets.com. (Find the report here: here Dr Keogh is the only professor from a UC campus to make the top ten, although Padhraic Smyth of UC-Irvine appeared in eleventh place. And Keogh points out that his ranking is all that more impressive given how much younger he is relative to the top five. Way to go Eamonn, we're proud of you and your age!


CSE faculty Shelton lands solo DARPA grant

Christian Shelton was awarded a $700K DARPA grant as part of the agency’s Probabilistic Programming for Advanced Machine Learning (PPAML) program for his project, “Inference for Continuous-Time Probabilistic Programming.” The project is developing automatic inference engines to be employed in probabilistic programming languages, computer languages in which statistical processes can be described and reasoned with and in which the compiler automatically generates the necessary statistical reasoning code. The aim is to allow non-experts to model continuous-time processes efficiently and quickly.

Pazzani wins Classic Paper Award

CSE faculty Michael Pazzani won the 2014 AAAI Classic Paper Award for his 1996 paper demonstrating how a user’s interests and web browsing behavior could be identified by a machine learning algorithm. Co-authored with Daniel Billsus and Jack Muramatsu, the paper was the first at the AAAI conferences to explore the now-ubiquitous feature of content-based personalization.


CSE Best Paper on online education

CSE faculty Frank Vahid and Ph.D. student Alex Edgcomb authored a paper that received a best paper award at the main annual conference for American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2014. The paper showed that students using their web-native interactive zyBook achieve better learning outcomes than when using the best-selling textbook in online form, with especially-large gains by the initially-weaker students. Students also voluntarily spent twice as much time engaged with the material and reported higher engagement levels. Read the paper here 

CSE lands another NSF Fellowship. Congrats Nick!

CSE Ph.D. student, Nick Nobles, was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He is co-advised between Drs. Shinar and Zordan. The goal of the research is to determine shape and motion for optimal nanoswimmers through the use of physically-based simulation and an optimization process. Simulated findings can be used to guide the development of real-world nanoswimmers which have great potential in medical applications, targeting diagnosis and treating of maladies.


CSE faculty Brisk receives NSF CAREER award

CSE assistant professor Philip Brisk has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER grant for his research to create design automation software for laboratories-on-a-chip. The nearly $500K grant will help Brisk and his research team design and implement computer software that automatically converts biological applications into physical device layouts that can be fabricated. Successful completion of this project will enhance productivity and lower the barrier-to-entry for new users.

CSE start-up gets aquired!

StopTheHacker, an anti-malware company founded by CSE Ph.D graduate, Anirban Banerjee and adjunct CSE Faculty Michalis Faloutsos has been bought by CloudFlare, the web performance and security company who protects more than 1.5 million web sites and sees five percent of Internet traffic worldwide. StopTheHacker was co-founded by Banerjee shortly after he received his Ph.D. in 2008. Financial details of the acquisition are not being disclosed.


UCR graduate student wins 100K Gates Grand Challenge

CSE's Yanping Chen will develop an inexpensive and robust sensor to directly measure the real-time density of insect vectors that transmit parasitic diseases to help plan intervention and treatment programs. Preliminary results indicate that insects can be classified based on the frequency of their wingbeats, which also varies depending on the time of day. Chen will develop an accurate detection system by investigating combining wingbeat frequency with circadian rhythms and other behaviors. 

UCR alum wins Samsung GOLD!

Congratulations to Jilong Kuang (PhD 2011; Advisor: Prof. Laxmi Bhuyan) for winning the Gold Medal in the software research field at the Samsung Best Paper Award 2013. His paper "Absolute Zero-Copy Web-Object Cache Design for High-Performance Cloud Deployments", co-authored by Daniel G. Waddington and Juan A. Colmenares, was selected as the Best Paper in the software field among about 350 submissions from all Samsung branches, and it is one of the 9 Gold-Medal winners out of over 1,700 submissions in different technical fields.


CSE brings in $10 million in new funding.

CSE researchers secured over $10 million in new funding for the year 2013-14 and beyond. Noteworthy among the new grants are a project by Srikanth Krishnamurthy (PI), Harsha Madhyastha (Co-PI) and Iulian Neamtiu (Co-PI) from Army Research Lab (ARL), on a Collaborative Research Alliance on Cyber Security for $3.7 million for the first 5 years with renewal potential for the next 5 years, a project by Stefano Lonardi (PI) and K. Le Roch(Co-PI) from NSF on Algorithms and Software Tools for Epigenetic Research for $994,370 for 3 years and another project by Christian Shelton (PI) from DARPA on Inference for Continuous-Time Probabilistic Programming for $706,000 for 4 years. For more listing on recent projects, see here.

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CSE Krishnamurthy, Neamtiu, Madhyastha land $3.7M from Army Research Lab.

Professors Srikanth Krishnamurthy, Iulian Neamtiu and Harsha Madhyastha are co-principal investigators in a collaborative research alliance on cyber-security with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories and four other universities. Penn State is the leading university for the effort. The research alliance is supported by $ 23.2 million in funding for the first five years, with an additional $ 25 million for an optional five-year extension -- a potential total of $ 48.2 million for a possible 10 year collaborative effort. The PIs from UCR will receive $ 3.7 million over the first five years, with potentially an additional 3.8 million over the following five years.

CSE's Lonardi helps lands USAID funds to increase crop yield.

UCR Scientists, including CSE's Stefano Lonardi, received substantial funding (nearly $7 million) by way of two grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue their work on developing better yielding varieties of cowpea through new genomic resources and marker-assisted breeding — research by which UC Riverside directly impacts cowpea production in several countries in Africa. The grants support USAID’s agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. More here.

CSE team lands another BEST PAPER!

The 13th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases (SSTD'13) recognized the CSE team's work as Best Paper Award! The award goes to CSE's Roger Moussalli, Marcos Vieira, Walid Najjar and Vassilis Tsotras for their paper "Stream-Mode FPGA Acceleration of Complex Pattern Trajectory Querying". The paper demonstrated the mining of complex trajectory patterns from spatio-temporal streams at rates of GB/s, a feat previously thought of as unattainable using traditional Von Neumann computing for the application at hand. Have a look at the paper here: Paper Link (pdf).

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Keogh rocks!

Keogh receives Dissertation Mentor Award, CSE's second in a row!

CSE's Eamonn Keogh received the 2012-13 Dissertation Mentor Award this year. This award is given only to one person in UCR every year. Eamonn was selected among all nominees to be awarded the sole 2012-2013 Dissertation Mentor Award. Professor Keogh's students past and present wrote with great enthusiasm in support of his nomination, citing his dedication to each individual student's success. This is a well-deserved award. Notably, CSE's Rajiv Gupta also received the award last year and so it is a great honor for the department to be awarded two years in a row. Congratulations Eamonn! We are all very proud of you.

CSE receives "Best Paper" Award.

CSE faculty Victor Zordan and co-authors receive "Best Paper" Award at the ACM Siggraph/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2013. The paper, entitled "Control of Rotational Dynamics for Ground Behaviors" is ground-breaking research for physically driven motion in games and entertainment as well as having implication for robotics and beyond. The paper's novel idea for control over rotation for an articulated system earned the award for the international team of researchers from University of California Riverside, National University of Singapore and University of British Columbia. For a copy of the paper, check out Zordan's website.

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Prof. Neamtiu receives Bravo Zulu Award.

CSE Professor Iulian Neamtiu was acknowledged with a Bravo Zulu Award by Student Special Services University of California, Riverside. He was recognized for his strong participation in the UCR Veterans Support Team, as well as his exceptional support of student veterans and veterans' issues. This year marks the first-ever "Bravo Zulu" Award to recognize staff, faculty, and departments for their outstanding service to student veterans, and a job well done. Dr. Neamtiu is the first recipient of this honorable award.  Way to go Iulian!

One-liner paper puts Dr. Keogh as most prolific author of prestigious journal.

Dr. Eamonn Keogh has just become the (joint) most prolific author in the top data mining journal, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. His paper entitled "CID: An Efficient Complexity-Invariant Distance for Time Series" is his eleventh paper to appear in the journal. The only other author with eleven papers is Jiawei Han, who got his Phd sixteen years earlier than Dr. Keogh. Dr. Keogh noted "it is a very interesting paper, because the entire contribution can be written as a single line of Matlab code. Having said that, we did more experiments in that another paper in this area to convince the reviewers of the utility of this work."

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Online course for 2013 -- Intro to CS (CS 010V)

CSE proudly presents its first offering of CS 010V -- a fully-online equivalent to CS 010. Much more than video lectures on the web, the course uses new interactive animated web content to guide students step-by-step through the learning process, and includes state-of-the-art online homework and programming assignment feedback systems, plus plenty of online live interaction with the instructor, TAs, and other helpers. See more course info.

Welcome new faculty, Zizhong (Jeffrey) Chen.

Dr. Chen’s research interests include high performance computing, parallel and distributed systems, grid and cloud computing, and large scale simulation. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation, and Microsoft Corporation and he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2012. Chen's website.

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CSE contributes to NATURE article.

Prof. Tim Close (Botany) and CSE’s Prof. Stefano Lonardi supervised the UCR team which contributed the primary DNA sequence using a novel sequencing strategy. Of the paper, “This resource will serve as an essential reference for genetic research and breeding and help advance gene discovery and genome-assisted crop improvement,” says Close. This work is the result of a large international effort involving about seventy authors in nine countries (Germany, UK, Australia, USA, Finland, Japan, Israel, France, Italy). Of the seventy authors, nine worked on this project while at UC Riverside. Prof. G. Ciardo was also involved in this project. Close and Lonardi have been collaborating since 2003 on the barley genome. UCR press release.

CSE researchers received Best Paper at SIGKDD.

Thanawin (Art) Rakthanmanon, Bilson Campana, Abdullah Mueen, Gustavo Batista, Brandon Westover, Qiang Zhu, Jesin Zakaria, and Eamonn Keogh authored the winning paper, entitled “Searching and Mining Trillions of Time Series Subsequences under Dynamic Time Warping”. The 2012 paper was recognized at SIGKDD, a top conference in data mining. See the SIGKDD Awards.

CSE App helps protect from hackers on Facebook.

TechCrunch, the popular tech forum, discussed MyPageKeeper, a Facebook security app, developed by UCR CSE researchers (Rahman, Huang, Madhyastha, Faloutsos). "Protect Your Facebook Feed From Hackers With A University of California-Designed App". The app detects social spam posts on Facebook user profiles, with high accuracy and its findings were published in Usenix Security 2012. See the TechCrunch article.

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CSE’s Gupta receives 2012 2012 Doctoral Advisor/Mentor award.

"Professor Rajiv Gupta has been awarded by the UCR Graduate Council and Graduate Division as a recipient of the 2012 Doctoral Advisor/Mentor Award. In nominating him, Gupta's students emphasized his "admirable patience" and "unshakeable belief" in their potential. They praised his ability to guide students to find and pursue their own ideas rather than assigning and directing specific research tasks." See details here.

CSE Student, UCR Young Alumnus of 2012.

Shaohui "Steve" Chen, '05 M.S. Computer Science and '07 MBA Management, has been selected as the UC Riverside Alumni Association's Young Alumnus for 2012. This award is given to alumni under the age of 35 with a significant record of career and/or civic achievement and promise in their profession. For more details, see here.

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2012-2013 Internship Awards

 Congratulations to the following Computer Science graduate students for their internship awards this academic  year:

 Ahmed Atya: Samsung, San Jose
 Bailey Miller: Space Exploration Technologies
 Jesin Zakaria: Teradata
 Lei Wang: Xerox Business Systems
 Masoud Akhoondi: NEC Laboratories
 Md. Hasan: Teradata
 Md. Uddin: Microsoft, Colorado
 Mehran Kafai: Hewlett Packard
 Navin Kumar: Samsung, San Jose
 Olga Tanaseichuk: Target CW
 Pengcheng Zhao: Bestfit International, Inc.
 Robert Halstead: IBM, Digital System Design Group
 Santosh Sangalad: Amazon, Washington
 Shah Md. Rifat Ahsan: SAP, Palo Alto
 Shailendra Singh: NEC Laboratories
 Shiwen Cheng: Yelp, Inc.
 Yang Yang: Link A Media Devices
 Yuan Hao: Google
  Zhen Qin: eHarmony
  Zhixing Jin: Google


CSE Shines in New NRC Rankings

The National Research Council's long-awaited ranking of PhD programs, widely accepted as the gold standard, places CSE's in the top echelons of programs nationwide. Our relatively young program places well ahead of many solidly-established national leaders. This is not surprising - these rankings are based on actual data for 20 quality metrics, while typical rankings are greatly influenced by perception. CSE excels in Research, as well as in overall ranking of program quality. NRC's rankings have been designed not to skew in favor of large programs, a typical bias in most rankings. CSE's outstanding per-capita productivity allows CSE to showcase its quality. NRC uses two ranking approaches, called the S- and the R-rankings, respectively. S-rankings are computed by asking respondents how each of the 20 quality metrics should be weighted while the R-ranking method first obtains ratings for a set of programs by asking respondents to rate random subsets. It then derives the weights implicit in these ratings by regressing the program ratings against the values for the metrics.  See for yourself how well CSE compares with other programs in the University of California, as well as nationwide.  For more information on the process and to download the data, see the NRC website.

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CSE Student Wins Best Student Paper at IEEE MDM 2012 Conference

CSE Ph.D. student Muhammad Reaz Uddin was recently awarded Best Student Paper at the 13th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (IEEE MDM 2012). The paper is coauthored by Chinya Ravishankar and Vassilis Tsotras, and is entitled, "Online Identification of Dwell Regions for Moving Objects". Congrats Muhammad!

CSE Researchers Discover Relationship between Twitter and Financial Markets

CSE Professor Vagelis Hristidis, CSE PhD student Eduardo Ruiz and their collaborators found that the Twitter activity is correlated with the exchanged volume and price of stocks in the stock market. In particular, they found that the more distinct topics, which they refer as "connected components", are discussed about a company, the higher its exchange volume. They also found a weaker correlation with the stock price. Using this technique to augment a trading strategy led to better profitability in a limited study. This study introduces novel ways to quantify the activity in microblogging networks by leveraging the relationships between users, posts and topics. The techniques employed can potentially be used to study the relationship of microblogging activity to other applications like public health monitoring or detecting social trends. The findings of this study have been covered by many media, including Forbes, Yahoo, The Telegraph (UK), The Independent (UK), Daily Mail (UK), La Republicca (Italy), Univision TV, and NewsTalk 92.5 FM.

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Computer Security Startup Founded by CSE Professor and Alumnus Raises $1.1 Million

Technology start-up StopTheHacker founded by Anirban Banerjee (PhD 2008 UCR) and Prof. Michalis Faloutsos (UCR) has raised $1.1 million from Runa Capital, private investors, and the NSF SBIR program. The startup has developed novel techniques for helping web site owners prevent, detect and recover from hacker attacks. This is the more recent instance of the surge of startup activities at UCR.

CSE's Harsha Madhyastha Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant professor Harsha Madhyastha has been awarded a CAREER award by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER program identifies outstanding new faculty whose vision aims to significantly advance the state of the art in both research and education. Madhyastha will receive a total of $499,309 over five years to fund his efforts in enabling cost-effective deployments of applications in the cloud. Today, the performance and availability of any application deployed on the cloud is limited by the characteristics of the cloud service on which the application is deployed. Madhyastha's work will develop novel algorithms and software systems that will enable application providers to obtain better availability and performance, while keeping costs low, by planning and managing application deployments that span multiple cloud services. Madhyastha's CAREER award winning project also has a significant education component with the introduction of new graduate and undergraduate classes, and public talks to increase awareness about cloud services among small and non-profit businesses.

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CSE's Iulian Neamtiu Receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant professor Iulian Neamtiu has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. The CAREER program targets outstanding new faculty who intend to develop academic careers involving both research and education. Neamtiu will receive a total of $498,228 over five years to fund his efforts in improving software evolution. Changes made to source code in the course of evolution might not have the intended meaning (fix bugs, add features), which negatively impacts both software producers and software consumers, and has high economic costs. His work will use type theory and empirical software engineering to better understand, and facilitate the software evolution process. The results of this research will also help uncover certain kinds of errors before software is deployed, and reduce the incidence of, and costs associated with, software bugs and incorrect software updates.

CSE's Srikanth Krishnamurthy Elected IEEE Fellow

Dr. Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy, a professor in the CSE Department, has been elected to the rank of IEEE Fellow. Dr. Krishnamurthy was elevated for his contributions to "Cross Layer Protocol Design in Wireless Networks." Over the last ten years, Dr. Krishnamurthy has made significant contributions to understanding the interactions between the protocol stack in wireless networks. IEEE Fellow ``is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation." The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership.


CSE's Rajiv Gupta Elected AAAS Fellow

CSE's Rajiv Gupta has been elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow. The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. Each year the AAAS Council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” Dr. Gupta's areas of research interest include Compilers and Architectures for Parallel Systems, Software Tools for Monitoring and Debugging, and Dynamic and Static Program Analysis. His research has been funded by NSF, DARPA, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, and HP. He has published over 225 articles in refereed conferences and journals and he holds 8 US patents.


2011-2012 Internship Awards

Congratulations to the following Computer Science graduate students for their internship awards this academic year:

Abhijith Kashyap: ENC Corp
Bing Hu: General Electronics
Huy Hang: Los Alamos Lab.
Indrajeet Singh: AT&T
Jesin Zakaria: Teradata
Jianxia Ning: Cisco
Lei Wang: Supply Chain Data Services
Li Yan: Google
Md. Mahbub Hasan: Teradata
Mehran Kafai: Hewlett Packard
Nandita Nayak: LAwrence Berkeley National Lab.
Olga Tanaseichuk: Novartis Inst. for Functional Genomics
Roger Moussalli: IBM
Seyed Mirebrahim: UCSD, Supercomputer Center
Shailendra Singh: NCE, New Jersey
Tai-Ching Li: Symantec Corp.
Xiaoqing Jin: Toyota
Xuetao Wei: Qualcomm
Yang Zhao: NASA Ames Research Center
Yi Wang: Sprint (Burlingame)
Zhen Qin: Sharp Labs.
Zhixing Jin: Storm8, Redwood City



CSE's new faculty, Dr. Vagelis Hristidis

Vagelis Hristidis joined as Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, Google, IBM and the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Center, including the NSF CAREER Award. His main research addresses the problem of bridging the gap between databases and information retrieval, with particular interest in the interdisciplinary direction of Healthcare Informatics. His work has received more than 2,500 citations according to Google Scholar. He has also edited and co-authored the book “Information Discovery on Electronic Health Records”.

CSE's new faculty and inaugural chair, Dr. Tamar Shinar!

Tamar Shinar will join CSE faculty as the inaugural Amrik Singh Poonian Chair in Fall 2011. Currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Courant Institute at New York University, Shinar earned her Ph.D. in scientific computing and computational mathematics from Stanford University in 2008. Her research focuses on mathematical simulations of fluid and solid behaviors and computational algorithms for physically based simulation. The Amrik Singh Poonian Chair in Computer Science and Engineering was established through a generous endowment gift from Duane and Kelly Roberts, keepers of Riverside’s historic Mission Inn and Spa. For more info see here. here. Congratulations and welcome, Tamar!


CSE Ph.D. wins prestigious national HP award

Tony Givargis (Ph.D. 2001 UC Riverside, now Associate Professor of Computer Science at UC Irvine) was selected to receive the 2011 Frederick Emmons Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education. The prestigious national award, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, is bestowed annually upon an outstanding young electrical engineering educator in recognition of his/her contributions to the profession, including the publication of an electrical engineering textbook judged to be outstanding by peers. The textbook recognized by the award committee was the widely-used and field-defining book "Embedded System Design" (John Wiley and Sons, 2001), co-authored by Givargis while at UCR with Professor Frank Vahid. The award includes an honorarium, medal, and presentation scroll, to be presented to Givargis at the Frontiers in Education Conference in October (2011), where Givargis will give a keynote speech. The award's namesake, Silicon Valley pioneer F.E. Terman, was an electrical engineering professor and Stanford University administrator known for mentoring students who went on to establish successful businesses, including William Hewlett and David Packard.

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CSE student wins National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship

CSE Ph.D. student Jonathan Dautrich Jr. has been recently awarded the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship. Jonathan won this award based on his scholarship and proposed research on investigating metrics for measuring privacy loss in outsourced encrypted databases, and devising algorithms for computing those metrics efficiently. The award provides support for dissertation research up to four years. Congrats Jonathan!

UCR adds Games Academy

CSE joins forces with Game Developers Academy to offer a new summer program on Video Game Creation and Design. The summer academy is geared toward incoming freshmen and lower-division undergraduates as an introduction to the game development industry and provides a hands-on experience in state-of-the art software environments. The program is being offered through the Extension Center in July this summer. For details, download the course description or visit the Extension website.

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CSE Ph.D. graduate publishes in Nature

Vladimir Vacic, CSE Ph.D. graduate from 2008, now post-doc at Columbia University is first author on a recent article in Nature. Vlada and his collaborators from Cold Spring Harbor Lab and Columbia University found a new schizophrenia gene (a neuronal cell receptor called VIPR2). It caught the interest of Nature and was mentioned on its cover likely because the discovery is one of the most exciting findings in schizophrenia in recent years with possible drug implications.

2010-2011 Internship Awards

Congratulations to the following Computer Science graduate students for their internship awards this academic year:

Mustafa Arslan. NEC Laboratories, New Jersey. Fall 2010-Summer 2011.
Pamela Bhattacharya
. Microsoft Corporation, WA. Summer 2011.
Michael Butkiewicz
. Los Alamos National Labs, CA. Summer 2011.
Zi Feng
. AppFolio Incorporated, CA. Summer 2011.
Ed Fernandez.Jacquard Computing Incorporated, CA. Summer 2011.
Yingsheng Gao
. Facebook, Incorporated, CA. Summer 2011.
Chen Huang. Facebook, Incorporated, CA. Summer 2011.
Marios Iliofotou. Narus, CA. Winter 2011.
Mehran Kafai. Hewlett-Packard, CA. Summer 2011.
Monik Khare. AT&T Interactive, CA. Summer 2011.
Mohammad Khorramzadeh. STEC, CA. Summer 2011.
Ted Lappas. Boston University, MA. Fall 2010-Summer 2011.
Wei Li. Novartis, CA. Summer 2011.
Roger Moussalli. IBM, NY. Summer 2011.
Abdullah Mueen. Hewlett-Packard, CA. Summer 2011.
Jianxia Ning. Cisco Systems, Inc., CA. Summer 2011.
Kishore K. Pusukuri. Intel, OR. Summer 2011.
Md. Sazzadur Rahman. VMwarein, CA. Summer 2011.
Thanawin (Art) Rakthanmanon. Nokia Research Center, CA. Summer 2011.
Indrajeet Singh. Alcatel-Lucent, NJ. Summer 2011.
Md. Reaz Uddin. ESRI, CA. Summer 2011.
Nick Valler. Los Alamos National Labs, CA. Summer 2011.
Marcos Vieira. ESRI, CA. Winter - Spring 2011 & IBM TJ Watson, NY. Summer 2011.
Yan Wang. Amazon Corporate, WA. Summer 2011.
Yi Wang. Facebook, CA. Winter 2011 & Sprint, CA. Summer 2011.
Jian (Jarod) Wen. Teradata, CA. Fall 2010 & Summer 2011.
Guowu Xie. Narus, CA. Fall 2010 & Summer 2011.
Yang Zhao. NASA Ames Research Center, CA. Summer 2011.

CSE's Twitsper mobile app for Android makes a big noise!

CSE Ph.D. students Indrajeet Singh and Michael Butkiewicz, advised by Drs. Harsha Madhyastha and Srikanth Krishnamurthy, have released a new application that enables users of Twitter to control who can view their tweets. The new application, called Twitsper, is currently available for mobile phones that run the Android operating system. Twitsper, released on November 15th to the public, has seen nearly 500 downloads within its first weeks of release. There have been a number of articles in the online media about Twitsper, including in the Huffington Post, who claim "Twitsper, group tweeting app, could change Twitter as we know it".  Articles have also appeared in the Inland News Today and Inland Empire Weekly. To learn more, have a look at the Twitsper Project Page.

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CSE students' game wins Microsoft competition

A team of UC Riverside students has been named one of three winners of the Microsoft's Imagine Cup "Solve This" international mobile game design competition. In April 2011 they will head to Seattle to compete for the final grand prize. Four members of the CSE student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), who adopted the name Team Inspiration, won for their design of Trash Boy, a game designed for mobile phones where players protect fish by preventing trash from entering the ocean. See the whole story here. Go Team Inspiration!

UCR alumnus wins major award in Thailand

Dr. Chotirat "Ann" Ratanamahatana, who obtained her Ph.d from CSE in 2005 (advisor: Dr. Eamonn Keogh), and is now with the Department of Computer Engineering of Chulalongkorn University, has won Thailand 2010 Young Technologist Award from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology for her research on "Dynamic Time Warping". The award is to recognize young Thai researchers with outstanding scientific achievements each year to encourage young scientists to perform research work of quality. The awards are among the most prestigious awards of their kind within the Thai scientific community. Congratulations to Ann!

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CSE Chair enters "Hall of Fame" at Wayne State University

Laxmi Bhuyan, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Bourns College of Engineering Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was inducted into the Wayne State University Engineering Hall of Fame. Selected by a college committee made up of WSU College of Engineering faculty and deans, Hall of Fame honorees are recognized with a plaque with their name and image on a wall in the college’s Hall of Fame Lounge. We're proud of you Laxmi!

Lin receives Best Paper Award at PACT

CSE Ph.D. graduate student, Changhui Lin, recently received a Best Paper Award at the PACT conference.  Student of Rajiv Gupta, Changhui has reason to be proud.  Out of 266 submissions, less than 2% were selected for best paper. The paper is coauthored by Changhui Lin, Vijay Nagarajan, and Rajiv Gupta, and is entitled, "Efficient Sequential Consistency Using Conditional Fences".  For more information, visit the PACT awards page, here. This award adds to CSE's growing list of (5) best paper awards from the past year! Congrats to Changhui!


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CSE jumps 12 points in national graduate program rank

The 2011 US News and World Report has ranked CSE at 53rd best graduate program in computer science along with UC Santa Cruz, Arizona State University, Indiana University, and University of Pittsburgh. This is a notable jump from 65th where CSE was ranked previously. "We always knew that we belonged in top 50, but it takes time for the ranking agency to recognize it," remarks CSE Chair Bhuyan. For complete ranking of the computer science program, see US News website.

Welcome new faculty hire Professor Madhyastha!

The Department is thrilled to have hired new faculty member, Harsha V. Madhyastha. Harsha tackles the research challenges associated with building large-scale distributed systems across the Internet and inside data centers. Professor Madhyastha is putting together a heterogenous cluster equipped with cutting-edge technology to test and evaluate the solutions his group develops on real-world applications.

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CSE paper recognized with "Test of Time" award.

Professor Michalis Faloutsos' paper receives the prestigiouys ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award. The awarded paper "On Power-Law Relationships of the Internet Topology", by Michalis Faloutsos, Petros Faloutsos, and Christos Faloutsos was published in SIGCOMM 1999. The award recognizes work published 10 to 12 years that is deemed to be an "outstanding paper whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today". The co-authored brothers' paper is also known widely as the "three Faloutsos paper" and has been cited over 3000 times according to Google Scholar.

Keogh among most prolific authors at ICDM

CSE Professor Eamonn Keogh achieved the rare feat of getting 5 papers in a single year in the prestigious ICDM conference. This accomplishment has only happened five times in the conference history, mostly by heads of major labs (i.e Philip Yu, head of IBM of the Software Tools and Techniques group at IBM 2008, and Zheng Chen Manager of Microsoft Research Asia in 2006) and brings Dr. Keogh's total to 18 ICDM papers and makes him the fifth most prolific authors in that conference to date. Dr. Keogh's co-authors on the five papers are: Alessandro Camerra, Jin Shieh, Themis Palpanas, Qiang Zhu, Doruk Sart, Abdullah Mueen, CSE Professor Walid Najjar, Vit Niennattrakul and Chotirat Ann Ratanamahatana.

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Wang receives his second "Best Paper" award

CSE graduate student Wei-Bung (Bob) Wang wins the best paper award at the 9th LSS Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference (CSB) held in August 2010. His award winning paper is entitled "Inferring haplotypes from genotypes on a pedigree with mutations, genotyping errors and missing alleles" and jointly authored with his advisor Professor Tao Jiang. The prize includes a laptop computer and free registration for the next CSB. This is Bob's second best paper award. He also won the best paper award at the International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW) in 2008.

CSE graduate student earns top two honors in Mobile Future Forward Student Paper Contest

Smruti Parichha, a CSE graduate student working towards her Ph.D. under the advisement of Mart Molle, earned top two placement in Mobile Future Forward's student paper contest. The contest asked for papers to imagine new technologies, new experiences, new applications and services, new use cases, and new business models of the mobile future. Smruti's top two placement gets her a travel expenses paid trip to attend the Mobile Future Forward conference, an executive summit bringing together the top industry leaders of mobile technology. Congratulations, Smruti!

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  • CSE team lands $800K for DARPA research

    Iulian Neamtiu, Stefano Lonardi, and Eamonn Keogh landed an 800K grant. The award is a subcontract to GE's ProLiFic proposal, which was accepted under DARPA BAA 10-36--Cyber Genome Program. The project will look at ways to defend against cyber attacks by quick malware identification and neutralization and tracing malicious code to its origins. “We are very excited to work on this project” says Keogh, “The team at GE came to us, after having surveyed the literature and decided that we had the best possible academic team in the US to work on this problem”. The whole grant is for $5.3M, out of which $800K will go to CSE.


  • 100th Ph.D. Graduate

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering Celebrates its 100th Ph.D. Graduate!! UCR's CSE Department grew out of CS-oriented degree tracks in the departments of Mathematics and Applied Science in the early 1970s, and became a department in 1990. We are proud to announce that we have now graduated 100 Ph.D. students and would like to recognize Mr. Scott Sirowy with this distinction as our 100th, under the supervision of Dr. Frank Vahid! Scott graduated with his bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from UCR and entered our Ph.D. program in the Fall quarter of 2005. He officially completed his dissertation "Emulation of SystemC Applications for Portable FPGA Binaries" on May 26, 2010. Scott had a degree conferral date of June 11, and we wish him luck as he begins his employment at ESRI in Redlands. Good luck to Scott and to all of our 09-10 graduates!


  • NSF awards CSE graduate student Fellowship

    Dan Grissom was one of four BCOE graduate students award the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. Dan joined CSE in Fall 2009 and is working under the advisement of Philip Brisk. His awarded proposal is on the topic of microfluidic system design. Microfluidics is a novel and exciting technology which allows execution of biochemical assays on a LoC. Currently, Microfluidic chips are designed for a specific application. Dan's proposal seeks to design a programmable, digital microfluidic system by solving critical challenges such as deadlock-free routing, scheduling, and fault-tolerance.


  • Alumnus Ricky Sethi named Computing Innovation Fellow

    Ricky Sethi, who earned his Ph.D. in 2009 from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been chosen as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow), a highly competitive award given annually by the Computing Research Association (CRA). The one-year award will be for $140,000 for tuition, salary and expenses to support Sethi’s post-doctoral research with Prof. Jenn Wortman Vaughn in the UCLA Department of Computer Science, beginning in November 2010. The award is tentatively for one year but is extendable to two years. Typically, about 10 percent of applicants are chosen as CIFellows and in 2009 only 47 were given to scholars across the country. Details appear here.


  • 2009-2010 Internship Awards

    Congratulations to the following Computer Science graduate students for their internship awards this academic year:

    Abdullah Mueen. Microsoft, CA. Spring 2010Abhishek Ray. Acorn Technology Corporation, Spring and Summer 2010
    Bilson Campana. Google Research, CA. Summer 2010
    Chen Huang. Amazon Corporate, Washington. Summer 2010
    Doruk Sart. Marvell Semiconductor, CA. Summer 2010
    Guangdeng Liao. Intel, Oregon. Summer 2010
    Guanqun Shi. Tagged Incorporated, CA. Summer 2010
    Guowu Xie. Narus, CA. Summer 2010
    Huseyin Hakkoymaz. ESRI Incorporated, CA. Fall 2009; Winter, Spring and Summer 2010
    Ji Adam Dou. Google, CA. Summer 2010
    Jian Wen. Teradata Corporation, CA. Summer 2010
    Jianxia Ning. Cisco Systems Incorporated, Spring 2010 - and - Google, CA. Summer/Fall 2010
    Jilong Kuang. FutureWei Technologies, CA. Summer 2010
    Jonathan Dautrich. Microsoft, CA. Summer 2010
    Konstantinos Pelechrinis. Microsoft Research, England. Fall 2009
    Li Yan. PageBites, CA. Summer 2010Marcos Vieira. ESRI, CA. Summer 2010
    Marios Iliofotou. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA. Fall 2009
    Md. Sazzadur Rahman. Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. Summer 2010
    Mustafa Arslan. NEC Laboratories America, Inc., New Jersey. Summer 2010
    Peng Wang. FutureWei Technologies, CA. Summer 2010
    Qiang Zhu. NASA Ames Research Center, CA. Fall 2009 - and - Mitsubishi Electric, CA. Summer 2010
    Roger Moussalli. USC, CA. Summer 2010
    Sima Lotfi. OPENSgi, CA. Summer 2010
    Ted Lappas. IBM, Zurich. Winter and Spring 2010 - and - Yahoo, CA. Summer 2010
    Wenyu Huo. Amazon Corporate, Washington. Summer 2010
    Xiaoqing Jin. Google, CA. Summer 2010
    Xiaoyue Wang. Nokia, CA. Spring and Summer 2010
    Yang Zhao. National Institute of Aerospace, VA. Summer 2010


  • CSE graduate student receives best paper award

    Ph.D. student Bilson Campana (advised by Dr. Eamonn Keogh) won the best student paper award at the 2010 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining. His paper introduces a new distance measure for comparing images, which significantly outperforms the current state of the art measures. The work was singled out because of its amazing generality, the measure can correctly group data as diverse as spiders, historical manuscripts, and as shown in the image above, butterflies and moths. Earlier this year Bilson won a Google fellowship, and he will be interning this year with Google.


  • Lonardi on Team Battling Malaria

    CSE Professor Stefano Lonardi is part of a UCR team that has identified a mechanism that allows malaria parasites to intensively replicate themselves in human blood. The discovery could lead to new drugs to combat the spread of the deadly disease. Study results have been published in the journal "Genome Research." Elena Harris, a Ph.D. student researcher in Lonardi's lab, was joint first author of the paper. Harris and Lonardi have been responsible for the analysis of this large dataset and extracting new biological knowledge in the process. Details appear here.


  • Princeton Review recognizes CSE for top program in games

    CSE's program in video game design ranks in the Top 50 of 500 North American universities, according to The Princeton Review and GamePro Media. The Princeton Review developed its “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs” list – the first project of its kind – in partnership with GamePro, one of the most respected brands in the video game industry, reaching over 3 million gamers a month. UC Riverside is one of two UC campuses named to the Top 50 list and is featured in an article that will appear in the April issue of GamePro magazine. Details appear here.


  • Faloutsos Awarded $1.5 Million for Army Network Science Research

    CSE Professor Michalis Faloutsos has been awarded $1.5 million over five years by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to help createa collaborative technology alliance in network science. The research will focus on integrating and guiding research on understanding properties of large complexsystems and developing methods to model and predict their evolution. Details appear here.


  • Digital Design, Second Edition released

    The second edition of CSE Professor Frank Vahid's successful "Digital Design" textbook hit bookstores in February 2010. The book redefines the field to embrace modern design methods used to build the 21st century's billion-transistor chips, and to expose students to modern "hardware/software codesign" concepts. Rich with applied examples that students enjoy, the book has already been adopted by dozens of top universities, including Univ. of Michigan, UC San Diego, Univ. of Arizona, , UC Irvine, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Temple, Univ. of Washington, Texas A&M, Univ. of Hawaii, Boston Univ., Washington Univ. St Louis, New Mexico State, Univ. of Virgina, and many more.


  • New CSE Faculty

    The Department is delighted to welcome Philip Brisk into its ranks. Philip conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of Reconfigurable computing; application-specific and customizable processors; computer architecture; compilers. You can find out more about Philip here.


  • 2009-2010 Distinguished Lecture Series

    Computer Science and Engineering is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 Distinguished Lecture Series, which includes five outstanding speakers: Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice U), Deborah Estrin (UCLA), Barbara Liskov (MIT), Prabhakar Raghavan (Yahoo! Labs) and Eugene Myers (HMMI Janiela Farms). More information can be found here.


  • Gupta Named Fellow of ACM

    CSE professor, Rajiv Gupta, has been elevated to the status of Fellow in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), one of 47 international members named 2009 ACM Fellows. Achieving the status of Fellow denotes exceptional contributions in the computing field. Gupta's citation is "for contributions to program analysis and optimization and professional service to the computer science research community.  Fellows were selected from the world's leading universities, industries and research labs and received this honor for both their contributions to the knowledge of the field and in generating innovation in focus areas including industry and education.


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    CSE Researchers Secure $6 Million in Funds

    CSE researchers raise over 6 million in funding for next five years and beyond. See: CSE AY 09-10 Grants List.   NSF has awarded CSE PI's $800,000 to develop hardware/software hybrid high performance computing. Laxmi Bhuyan is the PI on the project. Rajiv Gupta and Walid Najjar are Co-PIs. Michalis Faloutsos also lands funding as part of a grant with the ARO’s Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS CTA.) CSE’s part of the grant is $320K/year for 5 years, renewable to 10.


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    UCR Barley Research Gets Boost

    CSE's Stefano Lonardi joins Botany's Tim Close to land $1M. The UCR researchers will advance their work on sequencing the barley genome and breeding new barley varieties thanks to a two-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project will build upon resources that the researchers already have developed at UCR from several USDA and National Science Foundation projects.


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    US News and World Reports recognizes CSE's Lonardi in medical advance

    CSE faculty Stefano Lonardi contributes to an effort for "Predicting Who Will Survive Skin Cancer" with researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center. US News and World Reports showcased the research in a recent article. For related research papers, see Lonardi's related publications.


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    Faloutsos' lands funds to study properties of complex systems

    Michalis Faloutsos lands funding as part of a grant with the ARO’s Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NS CTA) with BBN as the lead in the Interdisciplinary Research Center. CSE’s portion of the grant is $320K/year for 5 years, renewable for another 5 years. Faloutsos’ focus is on integrating and guiding research across the center on understanding fundamental properties of large complex systems. UCR also participates in the BNN Center.


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    Semistructured data to get closer look by Tsotras and team

    Current indications are that the IT world will soon be awash in a sea of semistructured data. Professor Vassilis Tsotras is part of a team from UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC San Diego that are targeting the problems related to semistructured data with an emphasis on scale. The team brings together five researchers drawn from the three UC campuses, with expertise spanning structured, semistructured, and unstructured data. The National Science Foundation is providing $2.7 million to design and implement an open source platform to be shared and used by research groups around the country who have semistructured information management needs.


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    Barley Genome Research Gets Boost

    Stefano Lonardi joins Botany's Tim Close to land $1M grant. The UCR researchers will advance their work on sequencing the barley genome and breeding new barley varieties thanks to a two-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project will build upon resources that the researchers already have developed at UCR from several USDA and National Science Foundation projects. Read the full article here.


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    Hybrid Multiprocessor for High-performance Computing

    Laxmi Bhuyan is working to demonstrate the feasibility of hybrid high-performance computing, where part of the program is executed in software and the other part by specialized hardware. The National Science Foundation has awarded him $800,000 to support his research to develop hardware/software partitioning of applications, redesign the architectural components, optimize the compiler, and develop reconfigurable hardware.


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    NSF Grant Provides $600,000 for Scholarships

    Bourns College of Engineering students in financial need will gain assistance from a National Science Foundation S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant. The $600,000, five-year grant will fund the College's S-STEM project, designed to aid low-income, academically talented engineering students.  Associate Dean Chinya Ravishankar, Principal Investigator for the grant, says the project's focus is on helping students succeed academically and professionally and encouraging them to pursue graduate level degrees in engineering disciplines. A scholarship committee will review the applications and choose the recipients.


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    Bilson Campana Awarded Hispanic College Fund Scholarship

    Bilson Campana, a second year CS student, has won a 2009-2010 Hispanic College Fund Scholarship for $10,000. Bilson was one of only 18 winners nationwide. In addition to the scholarship, winners will attend a two-day retreat at Google headquarters. Bilson expects to use the money to support his research on video data mining. He is advised by Dr. Keogh.


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    Iulian Neamtiu recognized for work on Ginseng

    Faculty member Iulian Neamtiu was mentioned in a recent article in MIT's Technology Review for his work on Ginseng. His work is in the refinement of Dynamic Software Updating (DSU), eventually obviating the need for operating system restarts after security updates. You can find the article here.


  • 2008-2009 Internship Awards

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

    Denisa Duma. Intel Research, Pittsburgh, Visiting Scholar: Summer 2009
    Jianbo Chen. Benson Liao Insurance & Financial Corporation, California: Summer 2009.
    Marios Iliofotou. Telefonica Investigacion and Desarrollo S.A. Unipersonal, Madrid. Summer 2009.
    Monik Khare. Wolfram Research, Illinois. Summer 2009.
    Antony Lam. NSF EAPSI research fellowship, University of Tokyo: Summer 2009.
    Yuling Li. PlantCML, California: Spring 2009. Bloomberg L.P., New York: Summer 2009.
    Abdullah Mueen. Microsoft Research, Washington: Summer 2009.
    Konstantinos Pelechrinis. Thomson Research, France: Spring 2009. Microsoft Research, England: Fall 2009.
    Cheng Sheng. Google, California: Summer 2009.
    Jin-Wien Shieh. Microsoft Corporation, Washington: Summer 2009.
    Li Yan. Google, California: Summer 2009.
    Qiang Zhu. NASA Ames Research Center, California: Summer 2009.


  • Wei-Bung (Bob) Wang

    Wei-Bung Wang Gets Best Paper Award at GIW 2008

    Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Wei-Bung (Bob) Wang whose paper, "A new model of multi-marker correlation for genome-wide tag SNP selection" won the Best Paper Award at the 19th International Conference on Genome Informatics (GIW 2008) recently held in Gold Coast, Australia. The paper is co-authored with his Ph.D advisor Professor Tao Jiang. GIW is the longest running international conference in bioinformatics, and this is the second best paper award that Professor Jiang's lab has received from the conference.


  • Iulian Neamtiu

    New CSE Faculty

    The Department is delighted to welcome Iulian Neamtiu into its ranks. Iulian conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of Programming Languages, Software Engineering and Operating Systems.


  • Victor Zordan

    Victor Zordan receives Innovative Teaching Award

    The UCR Academy of Distinguished Teaching has selected Dr. Victor Zordan for this year's Innovative Teaching Award. Professor Zordan is being honored for the design and implementation of his innovative Engineering course, CS 134: Video Game Development and Design. In this course, students are divided into teams and actually design and construct their own video game.


  • Cisco visits UCR


    Five Cisco researchers visit CS UCR to check up on existing joint research projects and to explore new research opportunities.


  • Eamonn Keogh

    Dr. Keogh Designated University Scholar

    Eamonn Keogh, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been chosen as this year’s UCR University Scholar. The prestigious award comes with a $75K prize over three years in recognition of his influential research, which includes over 100 published research papers (at least 10 with over 100 citations each) and several best paper awards, making him one of the most cited researchers in the area of data mining and databases.


  • Google

    Google and Microsoft visit UC Riverside

    Google decided to put more effort in recruiting our students, in an event nicknamed Google Day. Check out some pictures of the event.  Both Google and Microsoft visited UCR recently to collect resumes and discuss potential jobs at their companies. Both were interested in attracting students to their college internship programs. Google has hired seven of our CSE Ph.D. students in the past two years, and Microsoft has recently hired two CSE students.


  • Tao Jiang Rajiv Gupta

    Tao Jiang named ACM Fellow and Rajiv Gupta named IEEE Fellow

    The Department congratulates Professor Tao Jiang, who was named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computational biology and computational complexity, and Rajiv Gupta, who was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to computer architecture and optimizing compilers.


  • Digital Design by Frank Vahid

    New Textbook by Vahid Being Widely Adopted

    The new textbook, “Digital Design” by Prof. Frank Vahid of UCR's Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering has been widely adopted in its first year. Several top-ranked engineering schools, including Univ. of Michigan, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Univ. of Arizona, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame, have adopted the book, along with many dozens of other schools worldwide. The book not only provides a modern introduction to digital computer circuits, but inspires students through the use of numerous examples demonstrating engineering as a social discipline with significant positive impact on human lives.


  • Rajiv Gupta

    New CSE Faculty

    The Department is very excited to welcome Professor Rajiv Gupta in its faculty. Professor Gupta's area of research includes Compilers, Embedded Systems, Software Engineering, and Program Analysis.


  • Laxmi Bhuyan

    Laxmi Bhuyan Appointed CSE Chair

    Laxmi Bhuyan is appointed as Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department starting July 2007.


  • Engineering Building Unit II

    Over $5M in Grants for 2007

    The year 2007 has brought a large number of new grants: 7 NSF grants, 3 DoD/ARL/AFOSR, and 5 industry grants and gifts. Most of these grants are starting in the summer of 2007 and will last for 3 years. The total estimated amount of these new grants exceeds $5M.


  • Tao Jiang Walid Najjar

    Tao Jiang named AAAS Fellow and Walid Najjar named IEEE Fellow

    The Department congratulates Tao Jiang, who was named an AAAS Fellow and Walid Najjar, who was elevated to IEEE Fellow.


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