Two ICS professors are participating in events hosted by UCI’s Africana Institute for Creativity, Recognition and Elevation (AICRE) for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. AICRE aims to “create a dynamic exchange of cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual knowledge between local communities and academia to positively impact the next generation, so people of African descent can equitably contribute to a more sustainable society and command respect worldwide.” Informatics Professor and AICRE Fellow Aaron Trammell and Computer Science Professor Magda El Zarki will be presenters at two of the public events, contributing to this exchange of knowledge.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik has been awarded an honorary 2017/18 Visiting Professorship at the Technical University (TU) Dresden in Germany. The competitive position comes with a grant of about $30,000 (€25,000) from the TÜV Süd-Foundation, which has been awarding visiting professorships at TU Dresden since 2014. The visiting professorship allows renowned international scholars, such as Tsudik, to be invited to the university for a period of up to three months to contribute to the academic discourse, as well as engage in dialogue with scholars and students. This year, the foundation was looking to award the professorship to an expert in the field of security, which falls in line with Tsudik’s research interests that include privacy, computer and network security, and applied cryptography.
Students, faculty and staff in Donald Bren Hall (DBH) will soon have access to apps stemming from the first IoT Hackathon held in the School of ICS. Last June’s event challenged students to develop apps that exploit data for a “smart” campus while preserving user privacy. Organized by UCI Postdoc fellow Roberto Yus, the focus on user privacy stems from the TIPPERS (Testbed for IoT-based Privacy-Preserving PERvasive Spaces) project, which is part of DARPA’s Brandeis program.
Don’t complain about your commute to Vince Steckler ’80. The UCI graduate with BS degrees in both math and computer science was commuting from Singapore to San Francisco as the senior VP of worldwide consumer sales at Symantec before becoming CEO of security giant Avast. “It was a fairly long commute — 22 hours,” he says, explaining why he left Symantec to start his own business in Singapore. But instead of eliminating the commute, he got a call from a colleague who put him in touch with the Prague-based Avast, which Steckler viewed as “a diamond in the rough. They had a great product but no real marketing or sales behind it.” So he joined Avast in 2009, at which point he says the online-security company had about 40 employees and sales of under $20 million a year. He reports it has since grown to 2,000 employees and over $750 million in sales, and its security software is stopping 3.5 billion attacks per month.
Last week, internet pioneers, including Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Wozniak, sent a letter to Congress, asking members to call on the Federal Communications Commission to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality: “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create.” Two days later, a group of House Republicans sent their own letter, telling the FCC that its repeal of net neutrality would “restore internet freedom” by clearing the way for investments that will “advance our internet architecture for the next generation.” So, does last week’s repeal of net neutrality threaten or advance the internet?
UCI’s Marie Curie Global Fellow Amir M. Rahmani’s multidisciplinary collaboration on four projects is proving how IoT technology can transform healthcare.
“Would you ride in a car if you wrote the software that controlled its brakes?”
That’s a question Ray Klefstad sometimes asks his students to emphasize the implications of their work. Klefstad, who recently became the associate professor of teaching in the Department of Computer Science, further explains: “What they’re doing is important. People’s lives could be at stake.”
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marco Levorato participated in the five-day DARPA Software-Defined Radio Hackfest that took place Nov. 13-17, 2017, at the NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif. DARPA initiated the SDR Hackfest this year to “explore software radio technology in new and interesting ways that are likely to become consequential in both civilian and national security contexts.”
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science David Eppstein presented material from his forthcoming book, Forbidden Configurations in Discrete Geometry, in an invited plenary talk at the 5th International Combinatorics Conference (5ICC) in Melbourne, Australia, on Dec. 7. The International Combinatorics Conference is a mathematics conference held approximately every 10 years. The previous conference was in 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand.
After receiving a B.S. in computer science from UCI, Jim Sherriff ’79 went on to have a successful career in the tech industry, working first at Hewlett-Packard and eventually becoming senior vice president of sales and development at Cisco. He’s now using his 30-plus years of experience and expertise to train military veterans for high-tech sales jobs. His new company, Tech Qualled, provides veterans with seven weeks of free training in sales, technology and business acumen to help them transition from active duty into successful careers at leading technology companies.