This year’s Butterworth Product Development Competition was finally in person again, after the global pandemic forced a 2020 cancellation and 2021 virtual edition. Sponsored annually since 2010 by UCI alumnus Paul Butterworth, the competition offers students from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) a unique opportunity to team up with other UCI students and experience real-world product development and entrepreneurship.[Read more…]
Michael Goodrich and David Eppstein, both Distinguished Professors of Computer Science in UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study algorithms for geometric graphs. They will be receiving $800,000 over the next four years for their work on this project, which is a collaboration with Computer Science Professor Stephen Kobourov of the University of Arizona. Kobourov will receive $400,000 over the next four years, bringing the total budget to $1.2 million.[Read more…]
The University of California, Irvine has been awarded a five-year, $14 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study brain circuits that are susceptible to aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The research findings will advance the development of early diagnostic tools and the discovery of new treatment strategies.[Read more…]
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Pierre Baldi of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) was recently in Italy to discuss AI and deep learning. On May 19, 2022, the University of Padova kicked off a weeklong celebration of its 800th anniversary with various panels and talks. The University of Padova, founded in 1222, is the second-oldest university in Italy and the fifth-oldest surviving university in the world. Copernicus and Galileo were both students of Padova. So, it’s no surprise the celebration would include thought-provoking academic discussions of theory and practice.
Baldi, director of UCI’s Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, gave a talk on deep learning focused on “The Quarks of Attention,” and participated in a panel discussion comprised of leading experts addressing “Mathematical Challenges in an AI-Driven World.”[Read more…]
A digital twin is a virtual representation of a real system – a building, the power grid, a city, even a human being – that mimics the characteristics of the system. A digital twin is more than just a computer model, however. It receives data from sensors in the real system to constantly parallel the system’s state.
A digital twin helps people analyze and predict a system’s behavior under different conditions. The systems being twinned are typically very complex and require significant effort to model and track.
Digital twins are useful in a wide variety of domains, including supply chains, health care, buildings, bridges, self-driving cars and retail customer personas to improve efficiency and reliability. For example, a warehouse operator can optimize a warehouse’s performance by exploring the response of its digital twin to various material handling policies and equipment without incurring the cost of making actual changes.
Even a wildfire can be represented by a digital twin. Government agencies can predict the spread of the fire and its impact under different conditions such as wind velocity, humidity and proximity to habitats, and use this information to guide evacuations.
Read the full article at The Conversation.
“A box, bicycle, or traffic cone may be all that is necessary to scare a driverless vehicle into coming to a dangerous stop in the middle of the street or on a freeway off-ramp, creating a hazard for other motorists and pedestrians,” says Qi Alfred Chen, professor of computer science at the University of California, Irvine, and coauthor of a new paper on the findings.
Chen recently presented the paper at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego.
Read the full story on Futurity.
When a driverless car is in motion, one faulty decision by its collision-avoidance system can lead to disaster, but researchers at the University of California, Irvine have identified another possible risk: Autonomous vehicles can be tricked into an abrupt halt or other undesired driving behavior by the placement of an ordinary object on the side of the road.
“A box, bicycle or traffic cone may be all that is necessary to scare a driverless vehicle into coming to a dangerous stop in the middle of the street or on a freeway off-ramp, creating a hazard for other motorists and pedestrians,” said Qi Alfred Chen, UCI professor of computer science and co-author of a paper on the subject presented recently at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego.[Read more…]
Given the many unknowns about large language models and potential for powerful but flawed chatbots to cause trouble, Google should consider inviting outsiders to do more than just try limited demos of LaMDA, says Sameer Singh, a fellow at Allen Institute for AI and [ICS associate] professor at University of California, Irvine. “There has to be more conversation about how they’re making this safe and testing so outsiders can contribute to those efforts,” he says.
Read the full story on Wired.
Three students from UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship: Thanasi Bakis, Pratyush Muthukumar and Samuel Showalter. Two additional ICS students, Mikaela Nishida and Hayden Freedman, received an honorable mention.[Read more…]
Do you love traveling and exploring new places? Do you love immersing yourself in nature by mountaineering and surfing? Ludovico Verniani does too, so much so that he created an app called Quadra to reward and encourage exploration.
Verniani graduated from UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) in 2021 with a B.S. in computer science, and he’s been furthering his passion for programming and technology in recent months by building Quadra. Quadra is a newly launched decentralized app that employs blockchain technology, including web3 and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), to get people out and about.[Read more…]