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New $1 million NSF grant secured by UCR researchers
UCR team consisting of Amr Magdy and Vassilis Tsotras from CSE, and Serge Rey and Ran Wei from Center for Geospatial Sciences wins the NSF award titled "Scalable Geospatial Analytics for Social Science Research" for $1 million.
Unfixable security vulnerability covered by ACM
The USENIX Security work done by PhD student Weiteng Chen and Prof. Zhiyun Qian got covered by ACM TechNews and Communications of ACM. The vulnerability allows a blind attacker to hijack TCP connections initiated behind Wi-Fi routers. The attack leveraged a fundamental design of Wi-Fi --- half-duplex --- which is unlikely to be…
Khasawneh invited to give a talk at IBM Research workshop
Khaled Khasawneh (CS PhD) has been invited to give a talk at the 2018 IBM Workshop on Architectures for Secure, Cognitive, and Datacenter Computing, held at IBM Research in Yorktown, NY.  This workshop is an invitation-only workshop organized by IBM Research to bring top PhD students as well as leading researchers to interact with…
MAD Lab collaboration with Snap Research featured in the news
The research division of Snap Inc.  donated gift funding to Prof. Papalexakis' Multi-aspect Data Lab that establishes their research collaboration on the lab's efforts in fake news detection. As part of the collaboration, Prof. Papalexakis is working closely with Dr. Neil Shah, a Research Scientist at Snap, on designing new…
ScienceNews article on UCR fake news detection research
The fake news detection work by the Multi-aspect Data Lab was featured in a Science News article. In this work, Prof. Papalexakis with two graduate students Gisel Bastidas (MS, pictured right) and Sara Abdali (PhD, pictured left), and Dr. Neil Shah, a collaborator from Snap Research, show how their method can detect fake news…
SpectreRSB: new Spectre vulnerability wins best paper award!
Ph.D. students Esmaeil Mohammadian Koruyeh (pictured) and Khaled Khasawneh, working with Prof.'s Chengyu Song and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, discovered a new variant of the specter class vulnerability which targets speculative execution in modern CPUs.  The new attack relies on poisoning the Return Stack Buffer, a structure used in modern…
Best paper runner-up award at MobiSys 2018!
Runtime changes, like screen rotation/resizing, or keyboard attachment, commonly occur during the user interaction with mobile apps. However, as shown by Umar Farooq and Prof. Zhao, such simple changes can cause inappropriate behaviors, or even crashes, for mobile apps. To address these issues, they propose a new runtime change…
Five CS students awarded scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration Conference!
Congratulations to our UCR Computer Science students Saheli Ghosh, Shirin Haji Amin Shirazi, Wendy Li, Elise Lin and Fatemah Alharbi on receiving a GHC Scholarship Grant to attend this year’s Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing! Saheli is a third-year PhD candidate, Shirin is a first-year PhD student and Fatemah is a…
ACM student chapter concludes exciting year!
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The chapter activities this year focused on preparing members with the technical and professional skills. The chapter hosted over 30 technical workshops with participation from members, alumni, and invited industry professionals. The chapter also created events to connect members with companies such as Google, Facebook and Esri…
Prof. Zhao wins National Science Foundation CAREER award
Congratulations to Prof. Zhao for winning a CAREER award, the most prestigeous National Science Foundation grant for young faculty! The award, titled "CAREER: Transducer-Centric Parallelization for Scalable Semi-Structured Data Processing", supports research on the parallelization of basic computation models, such as automata and…
More than 300 students from 33 colleges compete in Citrus Hack 2018!
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The fifth edition of Citrus Hack, a hackathon organized by the ACM and IEEE student chapters at UCR, was held in the BCOE college of engineering at UCR. It brought together over 300 students from across 33 colleges in California to UCR. The competitors worked in a variety of events over 24 hours to create innovative technology and…
UCR crypto research on subverting backdoored encryption in the news
Professor Richelson's recent work "How to Subvert Backdoored Encryption" has been featured on Bruce Schneier's blog and Cory Doctorow's Blog, and spent some time on the front page of Hacker News. The paper describes a protocol for secure communication in an Orwellian world where citizens' only legal method of communication is via…
First Riverside Security and Privacy Workshop kicks off new security center
The first Riverside Security and Privacy Workshop was held in the Alumni center in UCR with attendance that exceeded 70 cybersecurity experts and enthusiasts from Southern California and beyond. The workshop featured four keynote speakers: Prof. Xiaofeng Wang, Distinguished Professor from Indiana University; Dr. Xiaoning Li, the…
UCR Researchers win best paper award for work identifying fake news; featured in press enterprise
CSE PhD student Seyedmehdi Hosseinimotlagh and Professor Vagelis Papalexakis recent paper on identifying different types of fake news articles won the best paper award at the Misinformation and Misbehavior Mining on the Web workshop! The paper demonstrates a new approach with very promising preliminary results to automatically…
UCR security research part of the dangerous Meltdown/Spectre attack
Professor Abu-Ghazaleh's work on attacking branch predictors (with Dmitry Evtyushkin at College of William and Mary, and Dmitry Ponomarev at Binghamton University) provided an important ingredient behind the dangerous Meltdown and Spectre attacks. Branch predictors are a core component of modern processors. The vulnerabilities…
Faloutsos leads large grant on smart campus security
Prof. Michalis Faloutsos (pictured middle) is the lead investigator on a large grant (over $3.5 million USD) from the University of California Office of the President. The project's aim is to secure future smart campuses that integrate intelligent buildings and autonomous systems. The collaborative team includes two other CSE…
UCR Researchers part of a team that sequences the Barley Genome
University of California, Riverside researchers are among a group of 77 scientists worldwide who have sequenced the complete genome of barley, a key ingredient in beer and single malt Scotch. The research, 10 years in the making, is the cover article of the journal Nature. The sequencing and assembly was a daunting task, as the…
Qian receives a National Science Foundation CAREER award
Professor Zhiyun Qian received a Faculty Early Career (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation to fund his proposal titled: "CAREER:  Empowering Attacker-Centric Security Analysis of Network Protocols."   The highly competitive NSF CAREER grants are described by NSF as: "the most prestigious awards in support of early-…
UCR CS grad student Yan Zhu is featured in an ongoing TV-ad campaign for Microsoft Research (MSR)
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.  
UCR PhD student wins best student work award at CoNext 2016 student workshop!
UCR’s Ahmad Darki, Professor Qian and Professor 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…
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