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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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In the News

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 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).

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