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UC Davis hosts first women-focused hackathon

April 21, 2021

From April 23 – 25, UC Davis student organizations Davis Women in Computer Science (WICS) and SacHacks are hosting Lovelace Hacks, UC Davis’ first women-focused hackathon. The hackathon aims to create a space for women and gender minorities to grow their interest in technology and build a community attendees can take with them in the upcoming school year. The hackathon is open to people of all majors, background and experience who identify as women or gender minorities.

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

April 13, 2021
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

March 02, 2021

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.”

Aditya Thakur receives NSF CAREER Award

February 05, 2021

Aditya Thakur, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal, “Provable Patching of Deep Neural Networks.”

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Richard “Dick” Walters

February 02, 2021

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

January 19, 2021

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

January 04, 2021

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.

Dipak Ghosal named Prem Chand Jain Family Presidential Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

November 20, 2020

Computer science professor Dipak Ghosal has been named the inaugural Prem Chand Jain Family Presidential Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This new role will provide an opportunity for graduate students within the College of Engineering to expand their entrepreneurial mindset by providing resources to implement their innovative ideas.

Ph.D. student Sung Kook Kim wins Young Researcher Best Paper Award

November 19, 2020
Sung Kook Kim, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department advised by assistant professor Aditya Thakur, was awarded the Radhia Cousot Young Researcher Best Paper Award at the 27th Static Analysis Symposium (SAS 2020) for his paper, "Memory-Efficient Fixpoint Computation."

Nina Amenta wins Test of Time Award for paper on computer analysis of real-world objects

November 17, 2020

Computer science professor Nina Amenta has received a test-of-time award from the peer-reviewed journal Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications for her 2001 paper, “The power crust, union of balls, and the medial axis transformation.” The award honors papers published in the journal that are at least 10 years old and have left a legacy on the field of computational geometry. She and her co-authors will receive certificates and a cash prize, split among them. 

Securing Electronic Voting

October 30, 2020

As Election Day approaches, keeping the voting booth safe is as important as ever. For UC Davis’ Matt Bishop, 2020 is just another year of work to keep electronic voting safe. As a cybersecurity expert and professor of computer science, Bishop helps election officials vet electronic voting systems and the electoral process they’re a part of to find and fix as many security issues as they can to make elections as secure as possible.

Computer Science Students Tackle COVID-19 at Berkeley Lab

October 27, 2020
As a part of the Computational Research Division’s (CRD) summer student program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, four graduate students from UC Davis researched a method that could allow doctors and researchers to leverage valuable health information in the battle against COVID-19 while also preserving patient privacy in COVID-19-related electronic health records.