Faculty

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.

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. 

Sean Peisert named editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy

July 10, 2020

Computer science associate adjunct professor Sean Peisert has been named the new editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, IEEE Security and Privacy. Peisert, who is currently an associate editor-in-chief, will begin his new, three-year appointment on January 1, 2021.

Cindy Rubio González: Faculty Assistant to the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

July 01, 2020
In March, computer science professor Cindy Rubio González was appointed the College of Engineering’s first faculty assistant to the dean for diversity and inclusion. In her new role, Rubio González will help Dean Jennifer Sinclair Curtis attract, retain, serve and recognize diversity in students and faculty populations in the college.

Cindy Rubio-González named 2020 Better Scientific Software Fellow

January 22, 2020
Assistant professor Cindy Rubio-González was named a 2020 Better Scientific Software (BSSw) Fellow, one of three scientists and engineers to receive the honor this year. Rubio will receive $25,000 to develop training materials and organize events that promote high-quality scientific software.

Kwan-Liu Ma and Ken Joy Inducted to IEEE Visualization Academy

November 18, 2019
Distinguished professor Kwan-Liu Ma and professor emeritus Ken Joy are part of the inaugural class of inductees to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Visualization Academy.