Computer science major Ryan Yang has been at UCI for less than a month, but he’s already making headlines with the Boba Watch app he developed with two friends from UCLA, Alexander Chen and Callista Wu. As Yang, a transfer student from Pasadena City College, has noted, the free app had more than 800 unique hits with 500 registered users within the first 48 minutes of going live. It turns out that these three friends aren’t alone in their boba tea obsession and desire to track related expenses.[Read more…]
There are reminder apps for people who frequently forget to take their medication, but what about for those who don’t think they need the medication in the first place?
“Culturally bound, negative beliefs about medications, and a preference to replace medications with natural remedies, are common in disadvantaged Latino communities,” states a recent grant proposal, “but are rarely discussed with health providers due to language barriers, low health literacy and cultural distance.” The proposal comes from two UCI researchers, Sergio Gago-Masague and John Billimek, who are working to address this issue.[Read more…]
“Social engineering is about influencing someone to take an action that may or may not be in their best interest,” says Ian Harris, a computer scientist at the University of California Irvine. These techniques are not new, he adds. “Now we have the technology that makes it easier to reach people.”
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The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences is pleased to introduce the following eight faculty who joined ICS in calendar year 2019. These outstanding researchers and educators advance our school’s strategic priorities in the areas of data science, artificial intelligence, and big data systems while strengthening our expanding collaborations across campus in the areas of health informatics and computational science and engineering. With these new hires, the number of tenure-track faculty in our school has increased by 40% within three years, bringing the total count to an all-time high of 93, and reflecting the unprecedented growth in our enrollments and research activity.[Read more…]
Incoming faculty member Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, a postdoc at VMware Research who will join the Department of Computer Science in July 2020, was selected to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) last month as a young researcher. Each year, 200 early career researchers from across the globe are chosen — through a multi-step application and selection process — to attend the event and network with laureates of mathematics and computer science.[Read more…]
For the past three years, Taneisha Arora has been double majoring in software engineering and data science, straddling all three departments in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). With software engineering being offered by the Department of Informatics jointly with the Department of Computer Science, and data science offered through the Department of Statistics, the double major supported her work at the intersection of machine learning and statistics. In addition to her studies, Arora volunteered for the AppJam+ program, mentoring middle school students on STEM concepts, and won a “Best Web App” hackathon award. Then, she spent the past summer in Boulder, Colorado, interning at Google. Now, as she starts her senior year, she decided to swap her software engineering major for a minor in ICS, allowing her more time to focus on her research and take classes that excite her.
Vijay Vazirani discusses the expansion of matching markets using an old parable.
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To foster professional excellence and societal contributions, the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Multimedia Computing (TCMC) established three new awards this year: the Impact, Rising Star and Service awards. Winners were recently announced, and the IEEE TCMC Impact Award went to Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences, Ramesh Jain, for his “pioneering and wide-spread impact to multimedia computing for the past four decades.”[Read more…]
Vijay Vazirani gives the inaugural lecture of the Simons Institute Richard M. Karp Distinguished Lecture Series, providing a sweeping overview of three great threads in matching theory (stable matching, market equilibria, and online matching), and concluding with a 40-year-old open problem connected to finding a polynomial-time algorithm for the Hylland-Zeckhauser market equilibrium.
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Radiation therapy is one of the most widely used cancer treatments, but a drawback of the procedure is that it can cause collateral damage to healthy tissue in proximity to cancerous growths. Identifying organs at risk via CT scans is a difficult and labor-intensive process, but UCI computer scientists and researchers from other institutions have developed an automated technique to perform this function using a deep-learning algorithm. Their work was published recently in Nature Machine Intelligence.[Read more…]