Ray Klefstad, a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, has been awarded the honor of 2017 Lecturer of the Year. In order to be considered, the campus community must first nominate individuals to be recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Nominees are then competitively selected by members of the Council on Teaching, Learning, & Student Experience, the Office of the Vice Provost for the Division of Teaching & Learning, and the Center for Engaged Instruction.
Cybersecurity professionals looking at top destinations for work-life balance will want to consider Newport Beach and Irvine,according to a recent report by GoodCall LLC, which ranked the Orange Counties No. 4 and No. 26, respectively, out of 221 U.S. cities for available cybersecurity jobs and high salary potential, as well as affordable living and generous amenities. The two Southern California cities ranked high for offering continuous sunshine, coastal living and master-planned convenience to residents. In particular, Newport Beach scored high on salary and amenities potential for new and seasoned cybersecurity experts alike.
When it came to the number of jobs available in the cybersecurity sector, Irvine was ranked No. 34, coming out just above Newport Beach at No. 35.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Michael Franz will be discussing Cyber Attacks and Defenses: Trends, Challenges, and Outlook at the March 8 Meetup for the Orange County ACM Chapter. The Meetup is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on March 8 at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation. His talk will present a time-line of attacks and defenses, clearly illustrating a “cat and mouse game” in which defenses are almost always reactive to attacks that have already happened. Franz will also discuss his vision of how to get ahead of the attackers, and close by stating why, in spite of the bleak situation today, he is confident that we will eventually be able to stop most kinds of cyber attacks completely.
Bringing together faculty experts from ICS and engineering, the one-year full-time master’s program will enroll its initial class this fall.
UC Irvine will be the first university in the U.S. to offer a professional master’s in embedded and cyber-physical systems (MECPS). Set to enroll its inaugural class of students this fall, the one-year full-time master’s program will train students in the foundation, skills and hands-on practices of embedded and cyber-physical systems design, optimization and evaluation.
Five accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills.
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 recipients of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Dean’s Awards, where accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills. Recipients are peer- and self-nominated, garnering a certificate and a $500 discretionary award for their achievement.
On January 26, 2017, 11 high school students from around Orange County came to UCI to participate in the National Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO).
NACLO is a fun and educational contest for U.S. and Canadian high school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as an engaging introduction to a field which many high school students have never encountered before. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of only 12 international high school science olympiads. This year, the international olympiad will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from July 31-August 4.
Communications of the ACM (CACM), the monthly flagship publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is publishing an abridged version of a research paper co-authored by Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik, titled “Authentication Using Pulse-Response Biometrics,” in the Research Highlights section of its February 2017 issue. Tsudik’s paper originally appeared at the 2014 Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium. According to the paper’s abstract, the paper proposes a new biometric based on the human body’s response to an electric square pulse signal, called pulse-response, and how it can be used to enhance security.
Professional poker player Jason Les will join three other players in a head-to-head competition against a poker-playing bot whose artificial intelligence was engineered by a computer science team at Carnegie Mellon University.
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UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences was ranked as of the top 40 Master of Computer Science programs in the United States by The Financial Engineer (TFE) Times. Out of 242 colleges, UC Irvine was ranked 36th for its master’s in computer science, beating schools such as UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis.
TFE Times, which considers itself one of the most comprehensive rankings systems for graduate programs in the U.S., uses GRE/GMAT scores, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rates and employment data as its ranking components. A score for each program is the weighted average of each of the components respective score, where the weights sum to 100%. The final scores are normalized and are not rounded.
Researchers from seven institutions received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research on the anatomy and function of the nerves that control the heart.
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, will serve as the lead researcher. The title of the project is “Comprehensive Structural and Functional Mapping of the Mammalian Cardiac Nervous System.”
The principal investigators from the other schools are Viviana Gradinaru, PhD (California Institute of Technology), Stephen Liberles, PhD (Harvard University), Charless Fowlkes, PhD (University of California, Irvine), Irving Zucker, PhD (University of Nebraska Medical Center), Beth Habecker, PhD (Oregon Health and Science University) and David Paterson, DPhil, DSc (Oxford University).
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