Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Pierre Baldi has received a $980,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop tools that will lead to insights into circadian oscillations and their role in health and disease. He is the Principal Investigator on the grant, “Bioinformatics Tools for Circadian Biology,” which runs through April 2020.
Three Ph.D. students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships: Amari Lewis, Samantha McDonald and Arash Nabili.
Since 1952, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has helped the NSF develop a globally engaged workforce, recruiting high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers who work to advance the nation’s science and engineering research and innovation. In particular, GRFP aims to increase the diversity of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, supporting master’s and doctoral students from various geographic regions as well as women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans.
If you visit the LinkedIn page of graduating senior Kevin (Zijia) Ke, you’ll see several mottos, two of which are “never give up” and “stay positive.” Such optimism no doubt helped the computer science major progress from being an undeclared freshman who spoke very little English in 2014 to being a senior who finished his coursework in Winter 2018, and now has a job offer from Amazon and graduate school admission letters from both UCI and UC San Diego.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Nikil Dutt and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Fadi Kurdahi have received a $900,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will investigate the development of next-generation “information processing factory” chips that build on recent innovations in manufacturing in which network-connected tools, robots, sensors and computers act in concert to perform complex processes. The project is in tight collaboration with, and complemented by a parallel German Research Foundation-funded research project at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Technical University of Munich.
The advanced chips being designed will come equipped with on-chip sensors to monitor and control performance and health status – keeping track of temperature, energy consumption, wear and tear, and even security threats. Achieving this will require a holistic methodology that encompasses hardware design, software development and new approaches to network architecture. More details on this project can be found here.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Nikil Dutt has been appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India. IIT Bombay is a premier institution for research and education in computer science and engineering in India, with a long history of producing outstanding researchers and entrepreneurs. Besides research interactions with faculty and students at IIT Bombay, Dutt will also help guide their CSE department as they grow their research profiles in the areas of computer systems and computer architecture.
In its 2018 listing of the best computer information systems (CIS) degree programs, College Factual ranked UCI’s CIS program 24 out of 347 nationwide, and 2 out of 10 in California. This makes UCI’s CIS one of the top programs in the U.S. to study computer information systems. UCI improved its national ranking position two slots over the previous year’s ranking of 26. See the full ranking by CIS major. The program has also been ranked the second best in California two years in a row. See the full ranking of CIS programs in California.
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7 fields of advanced study place in top 10 among public universities on annual list.
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Advanced medical electronics, autonomous vehicles, smart manufacturing – these and other technological innovations call for integrated circuits that can manage complex processes, self-monitor and adapt to rapidly changing requirements.
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and Germany’s Technical University of Braunschweig and Technical University of Munich have launched a joint project to develop next-generation computer components to meet the new challenges of digitization. The goal is to build “information processing factory” chips that bundle numerous functions and capabilities on a single platform.
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Back in 1975, UCI alumnus Barbara Kew was one of two female computer science students in her class and, as she has noted, female ICS role models were scarce. By 2017, Kew had been inducted into the ICS Hall of Fame, and the number of female ICS undergraduates had grown to 685. Furthermore, there is now a plethora of available resources and mentors, thanks to UCI’s Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS) student organization.