Professor Ambuj Singh has been appointed the new Chair of the Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2014. Singh takes over the reins from Prof. Subhash Suri, who is returning to full time research and teaching after serving as Chair for the past three years.
Each year a committee of industry experts and faculty chooses 10 papers from the top conferences to highlight in the annual "Top Picks" issue of IEEE Micro — and UCSB yet again has a paper on the list. This year the paper is titled "SurfNoC: A Low Latency and Provably Non-Interfering Approach to Secure Networks-On-Chip" and represents a collaboration between UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and the Naval Postgraduate School.
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to a project led by Prof. Giovanni Vigna to model trust between users and smartphones. The model will explore how cybercriminals can take advantage of users' misplaced trust and will consider ways to secure these weaknesses. See the full announcement here.
Paul Schmitt, a second year PhD student in CS, received the UCSB Dean's Fellowship for 2014-15. Paul is a member of the MOMENT Lab where he is advised by Prof. Elizabeth Belding. His research is focused on developing wireless network solutions to provide or improve Internet connectivity and performance in under-resourced regions.