Looking back, it might seem an untimely decision to start a new student club just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the UCI campus and surrounding community. Yet Commit the Change, started in March 2020 by a group of students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), pressed on with their goal of developing high-quality software for nonprofit organizations while creating hands-on learning opportunities for UCI students. Now, more than a year’s worth of Zooms later, the club has close to 60 active members, a portfolio of four project collaborations with local nonprofits, and a 2021 Anteater Award for Best New Organization.[Read more…]
For decades, UCI has been known for its impressive Machine Learning Repository. With more than 580 publicly accessible datasets, the repository serves as a tremendous resource for empirical and methodological research in machine learning. It also serves as a great learning tool for UCI students, thanks to the second annual ML Hackathon, a student competition funded by the National Science Foundation. The UCI research community donated nine challenge datasets from the repository for the event and the Research Cyberinfrastructure Center (RCIC) provided the computational resources.[Read more…]
The CHOC Research Institute, in partnership with UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), will launch a new data science pediatric capstone project that will explore innovative, data-driven approaches to improve pediatric health and train the next generation of leaders in the field of healthcare data sciences.[Read more…]
Each year, the Academic Senate presents Distinguished Faculty Awards to recognize those who have brought distinction to UCI through their research, teaching, mentorship or service. Two faculty members from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) received awards for the 2021-22 academic year: Sandy Irani received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, and Sameer Singh received the Distinguished Early-Career Faculty Award for Research.
“These awards are conferred by the Academic Senate to recognize sustained and distinguished contributions to teaching and research,” says ICS Dean Marios Papaefthymiou. “They are among the most prestigious awards University of California faculty members can receive from their colleagues.”[Read more…]
When Daniel Cheng first came to UCI in 2013, he wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science because of its “applicability to many other fields.” Now, as a Ph.D. student in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), he’s practicing that applicability with real-world impact. Specifically, he has led the development of the Calving Front Machine (CALFIN), a program that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning and neural networks to help Earth science researchers monitor glacier loss. He collaborated on CALFIN with researchers from UCI, the University of Washington, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (where he’s an intern), and the team outlined their work in a paper published by The Cryosphere. Their efforts were further spotlighted in “An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers,” an article pointing out that this “neural network is capable of recognizing and measuring the edges of glaciers in satellite images of Earth’s surface nearly as well as a trained scientist, except it’s autonomous, quick, and can reliably process countless more glaciers than any human being ever could.” Here, Cheng talks about his interdisciplinary research and how computer science can help us better understand climate change.[Read more…]
Professor Nikil Dutt
Facebook operates data centers at unprecedented levels of system complexity and scale, creating critical power management challenges for hyperscale data center computing platforms. Facebook saw an opportunity to leverage prior successes from Computer Science Distinguished Professor Nikil Dutt’s research group (DRG) on self-aware energy-efficient and power-aware runtime management of mobile and embedded systems. Facebook awarded an unrestricted $80,000 gift to Professor Dutt and computer science Ph.D. student Biswadip Maity for applying lessons learned from their earlier research on mobile and embedded energy-efficient and power-aware runtime management policies to hyperscale data centers. Maity previously interned with Facebook in summer 2020, and is currently working on developing adaptive, reflective energy-efficient resource managers for emerging data-centric applications. “I am extremely grateful for this research gift, and I’m excited to make Facebook data centers more energy-efficient for billions of everyday users,” says Maity, who intends to pursue a career in research after his planned graduation in 2023.
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) welcomed two new leaders on July 1, 2021 with the appointments of Tony Givargis as chair of the Computer Science Department and Melissa Mazmanian as chair of the Informatics Department. Both start their three-year term with more than a decade of experience in ICS, a great appreciation for their predecessors, and excitement about the prospect of leading faculty and students to success in cutting-edge research and education with real-world impact.[Read more…]
Hindawi, one of the world’s largest open-access journal publishers, recently introduced its inaugural Article of the Year award. “Year after year, researchers from across the world publish exceptional work in Hindawi titles, helping to advance scientific knowledge for the betterment of society,” reads the announcement. “To celebrate Hindawi authors and their invaluable contribution to the advancement of science, we asked our Chief Editors to select the original research or review article published in 2020 which they consider to be exciting and impactful.”
Emiliano Tramontana, chief editor of the journal Scientific Programming, selected the article, “A Fortran-Keras Deep Learning Bridge for Scientific Computing,” by Jordan Ott, Mike Pritchard, Natalie Best, Erik Linstead, Milan Curcic and Pierre Baldi.[Read more…]
On behalf of Chancellor Gillman, I am pleased to announce that Marios Papaefthymiou has been appointed to a second five-year term as the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences. Under his leadership, the School has made great strides in fundraising, program development, faculty recruitment, student success and increased visibility with partners and alumni.[Read more…]
The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) is pleased to recognize four faculty members who recently received the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Join us in congratulating Stacy Branham and Roderic Crooks from the Department of Informatics, and Stephan Mandt and Sameer Singh from the Department of Computer Science.[Read more…]