Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Pierre Baldi has co-authored a new paper, “Deep Learning for Drug Discovery and Cancer Research: Automated Analysis of Vascularization Images,” with a group of researchers from UCI. Appearing in the May/June 2019 issue of the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the paper presents a machine learning model that takes a first step toward automating data analysis for high-throughput drug screening.[Read more…]
The second annual UCI Innovator Awards ceremony was held at the Cove @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation. Launched with support from the Beall Family Foundation, the Innovator Awards celebrate UCI researchers and faculty from campus. Tony Givargis was nominated for Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year.
Read the full story at the UCI Beall Applied Innovation News site.
Computer scientists from the University of California, Irvine are making a splash in the art world this year through their participation in Italy’s Venice Biennale, one of the oldest and most prestigious cultural festivals.
The team – led by Alexandru Nicolau, UCI Distinguished Professor and chair of computer science, and Alexander Veidenbaum, UCI professor of computer science – collaborated with Israeli-Romanian artist Belu-Simion Fainaru to create three art installations for the event. One is on display at the Romanian Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale, and the other two are at the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice.
Read the full story at UCI News.
Amazon unveils the latest class of Alexa Prize competitors, who will set out to make conversational bots.
Read the full story at CNET.
An innovative interdisciplinary team from Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Psychology presented their collaborative research at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Symposium on May 18. The team had been mentored by School of Education Alumna Veronica Ahumada Newhart, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science; Jeff Krichmar, Professor of Cognitive Science; Graduate Student Research Tiffany Hwu (Cognitive Science); and PhD Candidate Hirak Kashyap (Computer Science). The team’s poster has been selected for display in Aldrich Hall.
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The ICS Distinguished Lecture Series in Information Technology & Society is welcoming Nobel Laureate in Economics Alvin Roth, professor of statistics at Stanford University, to UCI’s Calit2 Auditorium on June 7, 2019. Roth will sign copies of his latest book during a lunch reception that takes place from 12-1:30 p.m., before delivering an afternoon talk on “Who Gets What? The New Economics of Matching and Market Design” from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the ICS Distinguished Lecture Series website.[Read more…]
Middle school students found ways to escape ghosts in The Silent Forest, battle monsters in Pyramid Escape, and avoid balloon-popping birds in Piggy Pop — the top three mobile app games at a 2018 AppJam+ showcase. But the students weren’t merely playing the games — they had developed them through the AppJam+ program, part of the Dreams for Schools organization founded by UCI alumnus Nithin Jilla ’13. “The whole experience is a crash course in mobile app development and computer coding, designed to get kids excited about STEM, specifically computer science,” says Jilla. “In creating their own mobile app video games, students are able to create something they see in their everyday lives and relate it back to how versatile knowledge in STEM can be.”[Read more…]
Artificial intelligence has the potential to completely transform the healthcare industry. As noted in a recent Forbes article, “its impact promises to be truly life-changing.” To realize this potential, however, researchers first must tackle a variety of challenges.
To better understand these challenges and how best to address them, UCI’s Institute for Genomics (IGB) and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) are sponsoring the AI & Biomedicine Symposium on May 31, 2019. The all-day event, being held in the Calit2 Auditorium, opens at 10 a.m. with the talk, “Deep Learning in Genomics and Biomedical Image Analysis,” by Computer Science Professor Xiaohui Xie.
It has been more than 15 years since Computer Science Professor Nalini Venkatasubramanian first realized the relevance of her research to firefighting. “We started looking at the area of information flow for emergency response soon after 9/11,” she says, referring to her work with Computer Science Professor Sharad Mehrotra on a large National Science Foundation (NSF) Information Technology Research project called Rescue. “In the process of working through the project… it came to our attention that firefighting was a domain that could use a lot of the technologies we were developing.”