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.
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.
UCI Computer Science Professors Rina Dechter and Alexander Ihler are collaborating with Charles River Analytics (CRA), which has a contract with the U.S. Air Force to develop probabilistic reasoning tools for satellites. CRA’s work is part of its Probabilistic Reasoning for Enhanced Course of Action Generation (PRECOG) grant, which is focused on research to help satellites autonomously determine the best course of action.
UCI Computer Science Professor Harry Xu and UCLA Professors Miryung Kim and Jens Palsberg have been awarded a $4.9M grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to support their work on reducing software inefficiencies. The grant, “Synergistic Software Customization: Framework, Algorithms, Tools,” will run from 2018-2022.
Two dozen UC Irvine computer science and engineering students spent 24 hours holed up in a room with heads buried in their laptops. They were participating in IEEE’s worldwide programming contest, IEEEXtreme 11.0 . This global online challenge pits teams of IEEE student members, advised and proctored by an IEEE member, against each other to solve a set of programming problems.
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Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Gene Tsudik received a $90,000 unrestricted gift from Cisco Systems Inc. in response to a research proposal on “Addressing Mobility/Caching and Security/Privacy Challenges in Wireless/Mobile Edge Content-Centric Networks,” which reflects the company’s global commitment to making a positive impact. The gift is half of a $180,000 award split between Tsudik and Northeastern University Professor Edmund Yeh.
When it comes to the best universities in the world for studying computer science, UCI is No. 49. The Times Higher Education just released its World University Rankings for the top 500 universities in engineering and technology and the top 300 universities in computer science. For engineering and technology, UCI ranked No.101-125, and for computer science, UCI cracked the top 50.
The Times Higher Education data team ranks institutions worldwide, focusing on detailed performance information across core areas of university activity — teaching and the learning environment, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income/innovation. The subject rankings use the same methodology as the World University Rankings, but they’re recalibrated based on the individual field. For computer science, slightly more weight was given to the innovation metric and slightly less to citations.
Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science Nikil Dutt and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marco Levorato have received a $300,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for designing a personalized ubiquitous healthcare framework using the Internet of Things (IoT). Dutt and Levorato are leading the research project “IoCT-CARE: Internet of Cognitive Things for Personalized Healthcare” jointly with Finnish partners at the University of Turku, the Turku University Central Hospital and VTT Finland. The two-year project investigates a self-aware cognitive IoT architecture for ubiquitous health monitoring that can predict the early onset of critical health conditions such as heart attacks. The project is funded as part of the NSF WiFiUS program, which is jointly managed by the Academy of Finland and the U.S. National Science Foundation, and aims to expand research collaboration between Finland and the United States in new areas of wireless telecommunications research.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science Marco Levorato and Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Solmaz Kia have received a $500,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Autonomous Systems program. The project, “Cognitive and Reflective Monitoring Systems for Urban Environments,” investigates an innovative urban IoT-based monitoring architecture for smart cities. In the envisioned system, mobile drones and sensors interoperate with the layered citywide networking and computation infrastructure to jointly optimize distributed data acquisition, transportation and processing, as well as drones’ navigation. The project leverages recent IoT architectures such as fog and edge computing, and introduces a new notion of architecture level intelligence for mobile sensor networks.