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Alumni Spotlight: Deb Frincke ’85, ’89, ‘92

Since her time as a computer science student at UC Davis, Deb Frincke, B.S. ’85, M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’92 has been at the forefront of cybersecurity as it has become an increasingly important part of modern life. With experience in academia, national laboratories and government—most recently as the Director of Research for the National Security Agency (NSA)—she has made a profound impact on the field through her leadership, mentorship and research.

CS undergraduate Matthew Sotoudeh wins silver medal in POPL student research competition

Third-year computer science undergraduate Matthew Sotoudeh placed second in an undergraduate student research competition at the 2020 International Symposium on Principles of Programming Language (POPL). Sotoudeh, part of assistant professor Aditya Thakur’s lab, presented his poster and gave an oral presentation at the top programming languages conference from January 19-25 in New Orleans.

Cindy Rubio-González named 2020 Better Scientific Software Fellow

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.

AI for Social Media Headline Editing

Any social media professional will tell you the headline is one of the most important parts of any post, because without an attention-grabbing title, readers are likely to scroll past your stories in favor of something else. Though large organizations have professional social media editors, smaller companies and individual content creators don’t have the money to compete with larger outlets.

Developing an App to Connect Women in Computer Science

A team of undergraduate students at UC Davis are working to create a mobile app for women in computer science to connect with one another and nurture a sense of belonging to overcome academic and social adversity.

Hao-Chuan Wang Receives Distinguished Paper Award from IMWUT Vol. 2

Associate Professor Hao-Chuan Wang’s 2018 paper, “SoberMotion: Leveraging the Force of Probation Officers to Reduce the Risk of DUI Recidivism,” received the Volume 2 Distinguished Paper Award from the Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT).

Randy O’Reilly: Using Computers to Model the Brain

As artificial intelligence improves and becomes more prominent, researchers try to make these machines more responsive, more receptive and, ultimately, more human. However, giving a machine that human touch requires understanding what that is in the first place. New computer science professor Randy O’Reilly plays a key role in this as a part programmer, part neuroscientist working to understand how the brain works through computer models.