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August 15, 2014

From flash mobs at the local mall to trending activist hashtags, social networks have quickly integrated themselves into modern human life and become a tool for instantaneous global communication. Every day, an estimated 700 million people (out of billions of registered users) worldwide are weighing in on the top social networking sites, swaying others, making decisions and forming relationships in a constant torrent of information.

August 14, 2014

Prof. Fred Chong is co-principal investigator with Prof. Ken Brown (GATech) on a new $480K National Science Foundation research grant to study quantum error correction schemes. The main challenge for building a quantum computer is that quantum components are prone to error. Chong and Brown will investigate surface codes, a new class of error correction codes for quantum computers. Surface codes are ensemble codes that more efficiently code redundancy into large collections of quantum bits. They have the potential to make quantum computers significantly easier to build.

August 7, 2014

PayScale recently ranked colleges based on the earning potential of computer science graduates and UCSB ranked #3. Rankings were based on the median staring salaries and mid-career salaries of computer science alumni.

The top 20 list can be found in the Network World article here.

August 6, 2014

In the era of Internet and social media, where much of our communication happens online, it’s easy to take our privacy for granted and to trust that the messages we send and transactions we perform are kept unreadable to prying eyes.

But according to UC Santa Barbara cryptologist Stefano Tessaro, even the most widely used standardized cryptographic algorithm, the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), could be only a break-in away from being catastrophically compromised.

August 4, 2014

Recently KCLU's Lance Orozco interviewed Prof. Giovanni Vigna to discuss a recent National Science Foundation grant to study trust violations in smartphones. The adoption of smartphones has steadily increased in the past few years, and smartphones have become the tool with which millions of users handle confidential information, such as financial and health-related data.  As a result, these devices have become attractive targets for cybercriminals, who attempt to violate the trust assumptions underlying the smartphone platform in order to compromise the security and privacy of users.

July 31, 2014

Dr. Martin Holoien passed away on July 18, 2014. Marty had a long association with the Department. He joined as a Lecturer back in early 80's when the department consisted of only eight faculty members. He moved from Minnesota after a distinguished career as Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Moorhead State College (now Moorhead State University) and Director of its Computer Center. He published several computer science textbooks and taught many different courses at UCSB including introductory courses for computer science and for engineering students.

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Events

October 10, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
August 26, 2014 - 10:00am
August 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
Mehmet Sabır Kiraz, Mathematical and Computational Sciences Lab TUBITAK BILGEM, Turkey
August 20, 2014 - 11:00am
Jaewoo Seo, Weta Digital
August 18, 2014 - 10:00am
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July 29, 2014 - 2:00pm