In a paper to appear at the 2018 European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS), a team of researchers from UC Irvine, New York Institute of Technology and University of Padova (Italy) reveal a new attack: Secret Information Leakage from Keystroke Timing Videos (SILK-TV). The UCI researchers include Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik and undergrad exchange students Martin Georgiev and Nikita Samarian.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik and two of his Ph.D. students, Tyler Kaczmarek and Ercan Ozturk, have developed a novel technique aimed at mitigating “Lunchtime Attacks.” Such attacks occur when an insider adversary takes over an authenticated state of a careless user who has left his or her computer unattended. Tsudik, Kaczmarek and Ozturk have come up with an unobtrusive and continuous biometric-based “de-authentication,” i.e., a means of quickly terminating the secure session of a previously authenticated user after detecting that user’s absence. They introduce the new biometric, called Assentication, in a paper appearing at the 2018 International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS).
Although Stephen McAleer first became interested in artificial intelligence after reading the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, it wasn’t until Google’s AI program AlphaGo beat the world champion of the game Go that he decided to switch careers from finance to AI research. Now, as a Ph.D. student working with Chancellor’s Professor Pierre Baldi in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), he has helped tackle a new deep-learning challenge.
At UCI’s graduation, 49 students will wear a blue and gold shoulder cord with their commencement regalia, indicating that they are recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award of Distinction. The UCI Alumni Association honors outstanding graduating seniors with this award to acknowledge their “exceptional academic achievement and commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership and service to UCI.” Two students from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) have been honored this year with this distinction: Christian Morte and Ayesha Syed.
For the second time in just three years, Ramesh Jain, Bren Professor of Computer Science, has won the IEEE MultiMedia “Best Department Article” award. This year, he received the award for “Social-Sensed Multimedia Computing,” which he co-authored with Peng Cui and Wenwu Zhu of Tsinghua University, China, and Tat-Seng Chua of the National University of Singapore.
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Vijay Vazirani recently received a grant of $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal, “Algorithms for Matching, Markets, and Matching Markets.” All three problem areas — matching, markets, and matching markets — have deep and rich algorithmic theories and numerous applications. For example, applications of matching markets range from assigning interns to hospitals, to assigning query keywords to advertisers in the multibillion-dollar online ads markets of search engine companies such as Google. Over the years, Vazirani has made foundational contributions to all three problem areas, and in the current proposal, he has identified several new problems.
UCI Applied Innovation has recognized Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Michael Franz as its inaugural Innovator of the Year. The new award aims to recognize researchers who have developed a breakthrough idea, process or technology and demonstrated its transformational potential to improve lives and create economic value.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Michael T. Goodrich has received nearly half a million dollars for his grant, “Geometric Realizations and Evolving Data.” He will be working with Professor Gill Barequet at Technion on this joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) grant, which is part of the Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program. The program supports transformative research and projects that advance the design and rigorous analysis of algorithms.
UCI Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science David Eppstein’s latest book, Forbidden Patterns in Discrete Geometry (Cambridge University Press, 2018), is now available. “Many of the famous problems in discrete geometry share deep connections,” explains Eppstein, “as I discovered when I started to write a survey paper on this material and it got out of hand. The result is this book.”