CSE Student Marjori Pomarole was named a 2013 finalist for the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.
Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang have been working with Robert Hundt from Google. Their research, to be presented this year at ISCA, shows that Google can save a tremendous amount of money by pairing specific software tasks with specific types of processors. They found that if Google were to more carefully match applications with chips, it could improve the speed of its entire operation by as much as 15 percent.
UCSD graduate students Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster, advised by Bill Griswold, have released the beta version of CodeSpells. A videogame designed to teach the art of programming to younger audiences, the player in CodeSpells is a magician who has lost their memory and must remember their spells (programs) and learn to make and execute new ones. Their research is detailed in their recent paper "On the Nature of Fires and How to Spark Them When You're Not There".
Rick Ord has been selected by the Committee on Senate Awards as a recipient of 2012/13 Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Members to be confirmed by the representative assembly later in April.
For the department, the only other news that matches in celebration is Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate Students awarded to our Kevin Webb who serves as Master TA for the department."Congratulations and congratulations to us all for recognizing the gems in our midst!" Rajesh Gupta