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UC Davis hosts first women-focused hackathon

From April 23 – 25, Davis Women in Computer Science (WICS) and SacHacks co-hosted Lovelace Hacks, UC Davis’ first women-focused hackathon. This hackathon aimed to create a space for people of all majors, backgrounds and experience who identify as women and gender minorities to grow their interest in technology and data science.

Aditya Thakur receives DOE Early Career Award

Computer Science (CS) Assistant Professor Aditya Thakur has received an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The annual awards support the research programs of outstanding scientists and engineers who are early in their careers with a $150,000 each year for summer salary and research expenses.

UC Davis Mourns the Loss of Hissah Almousa, Victim of Solano Park Fire

It is with deep sadness that we share that Hissah Almousa died after she was seriously injured in an apartment fire at Solano Park apartment complex on May 8. Hissah was married to UC Davis graduate student Mohamed Alkaoud. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mohamed and his extended family and friends. We grieve with you.

We ask that the community respect Mohamed’s privacy during this difficult time.

Arboretum bench dedicated in honor of late CS student

A bench tile in the UC Davis Arboretum was dedicated this spring in honor of Antara Bhowmick ‘19, a computer science (CS) M.S. alumna who passed away in September 2019. Bhowmick is remembered as a dedicated student, teaching assistant and researcher and loyal friend who maintained a tight-knit social group at UC Davis.

Artificial Intelligence: Can We Trust Machines to Make Fair Decisions?

Artificial Intelligence touches almost every aspect of our lives, from mobile banking and online shopping to social media and real-time traffic maps. But what happens when artificial intelligence is biased? What if it makes mistakes on important decisions — from who gets a job interview or a mortgage to who gets arrested and how much time they ultimately serve for a crime?

Prem Devanbu Wins ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award

Computer science professor Prem Devanbu was named the winner of the 2021 Outstanding Research Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT).  The Outstanding Research Award is a lifetime achievement award and one of the highest honors in software engineering. Devanbu was cited for “profoundly changing the way researchers think about software by exploring connections between source code and natural language.”

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Richard “Dick” Walters

The UC Davis Department of Computer Science mourns the passing of its first chair, professor emeritus Richard “Dick” Walters. A visionary in his field, a leader at the university, an exceptional teacher to his students and friend to his colleagues, Walters is remembered by the immeasurable impact he had on the many people he taught, mentored and worked with in more than 50 years at UC Davis.

Julian Panetta: Re-Inventing Design

Computer science assistant professor Julian Panetta creates new shapes for a living. While he’s not literally re-designing the square, he develops computer algorithms that design new shapes and structures with unique mechanical properties and brings them to life with digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing.

Hao Chen and Vladimir Filkov named ACM Distinguished Members

Computer science professors Hao Chen and Vladimir Filkov were named Distinguished Members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their outstanding scientific contributions to the field of computing. Distinguished membership recognizes the top 10% of ACM members with at least 15 years of experience as role models who have gone above and beyond in their service to the field through research, teaching, leadership and/or service.