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Stereo Vision for Underwater Archaeology

As co-director of Engineers for Exploration, Prof. Ryan Kastner led expeditions to test an underwater stereo camera system for producing 3D reconstructions of underwater objects. Here Kastner is shown with the camera system in a UCSD pool. Read more…  

Kastner Underwater

Pacific Interlude

Four of the 10 UCSD undergraduates in the 2014 Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program are CSE majors. (L-r) Allen Nguyen and Lok Yi (Nicole) Wong did research in Japan, while Matthew Schwegler and Katerina Zorko spent the summer in Australia. Read more…


Girls Day Out

The UCSD chapter of Women in Computing (WiC) held its second annual Girls Day Out in May, bringing roughly 100 girls from San Diego high schools to tour the campus and do hands-on experiments in electronics. Here, girls visit the Qualcomm Institute’s StarCAVE virtual reality room. Read more…  

Girls Day Out

Coding for a Cause

Then-sophomore Sneha Jayaprakash's mobile app, Bystanders to Upstanders (B2U), matches students with opportunities to volunteer for social causes. Together with fellow CSE undergrads, she won a series of grants and awards, and is now doing a startup. Read more...

Sneha Jayaprakash

Photo Finish

CSE alumna Brina Lee (M.S. ’13) was the first full-time female engineer hired at Instagram. Then Instagram was purchased by Facebook, and now Lee is spending much of her time talking to female students about opportunities in computer science. Read more… 

Brina Lee

Internet of Things

Computer scientists at UCSD developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security. The tool tags then tracks critical pieces in a hardware’s security system. Pictured (l-r): Ph.D. student Jason Oberg, Prof. Ryan Kastner, postdoc Jonathan Valamehr. Read more…

Internet of Things

Research Expo 2014

At the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Research Expo 2014, CSE Chair Rajesh Gupta (pictured) briefed industry and visitors, and Ph.D. student Matthew Jacobsen won best CSE poster for “Hardware-Accelerated Online Boosting for Tracking.” Read more…

Research Expo 2014


Ph.D. student Laura Pina won best paper with Microsoft colleagues at PervasiveHealth 2014 for developing ParentGuardian, a mobile app/sensor detecting stress in parents of children with ADHD. The system helps parents cope with stress in real time. Read more…  


New Faculty

Former UC Berkeley professor Ravi Ramamoorthi joined CSE’s visual computing faculty, and he is one of six new CSE faculty hires in 2014. Others include assistant teaching professors Mia Minnes and Leo Porter, and assistant professors George Porter, Daniel M. Kane and Julian McAuley. Read more…

Ravi Ramamoorthi

Fun and Functional

CSE 145 teaches students about embedded systems design, and they do capstone projects. For one team, that meant building Ruku, a robot and mobile app that solves a Rubik’s Cube in 30 seconds. (L-r): William Mutterspaugh, Daryl Stimm and Jonas Kabigting. Read more…

Ruku to solve Rubik's Cube

Overclocked Enthusiasts

CSE alumni, students, staff and faculty turned out in force to run, walk or just cheer on the Overclocked CSE Enthusiasts, the department's main team entered in the Chancellor’s 5K run in June. Prof. Christine Alvarado ranked #1 in her division. Read more…  

5K Race

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

CSE capped the 2012-'13 academic year with the announcement of an anonymous $18.5 million gift from an alumnus – making it the largest-ever alumni gift to UC San Diego. Read more...

  • UCSD Computer Science Ranked #11 in World; UCSD Overall in Top 20

    UC San Diego is one of only five public universities in the U.S. to make the top 20 list in a new ranking of the world’s top 500 colleges. The campus took the #18 spot in U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever global ranking of universities, which measures factors such as research, global and regional reputation, international collaboration as well as the number of highly-cited papers and doctorates awarded. The five U.S. public universities cracking the global top 20 were UC Berkeley at #3, UCLA #8, followed by the University of Michigan, University of Washington and UC San Diego.

    Computer Science

    Adding to the excitement as the top-20 ranking for UC San Diego blew up on social media, U.S. News also published their "computer science indicator rankings" for the same universities. Overall, the computer science program at UCSD ranked #11 worldwide. CSE ranked #8 for total citations, which was slightly worse that two measures of highly-cited papers, resulting in a normalized citation impact putting us at #11. UCSD's research reputation didn't do so well: our global reputation put us at #25, while our regional reputation (i.e., in North America) sank to #39. Another drag on our ranking, however, was that CSE did very poorly on our level of international collaboration. Computer science at UCSD ranked #136 in that area, which accounts for 10% of our overall ranking. (This was also a factor in the high ranking of four institutions that beat UCSD into the top 10 in computer science: China's Tsinghua University; Singapore's Nanyang Technological University; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.)

    Nevertheless, research publications and citations, taken together, represented more than 50% of the weight on which computer science at UCSD was graded, hence the #11 overall ranking in computer science. In addition to beefing up our profile in reputation surveys and doing more international collaborations, UCSD computer science could also gain ground by increasing the number of Ph.D.'s the university awards, a metric on which CSE lags behind many of the older academic institutions in the survey.

    Going back to the overall UCSD rankings, the criteria are different from those used for the magazine's Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings of U.S. programs. However, UCSD's #18 ranking is consistent with other global rankings which have also listed UCSD among the top 20 for the world’s best universities. The campus was recently ranked the 14th best university in the world for the second consecutive year, by the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). UC San Diego was also named the 20th best by the Center for the World University Rankings (CWUR).

  • Computer Science and Cultural Heritage

    It's been a busy month for some of the CSE Ph.D. students who are part of the NSF IGERT project in cultural heritage based in the Qualcomm Institute's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).

    In late September, CSE Ph.D. student David Vanoni (at right) was in the 2,000-year-old city of Lecce on the southeastern heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. He presented his research at the first International Conference on Augmented and Virtual Reality (Salento AVR 2014). Vanoni, whose doctoral research has focused primarily on augmented reality, recounted his experience with the "Intuitive Visualization of Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Interactive Analysis of Cultural Artifacts." As with most CISA3-related research, Vanoni collaborated with colleagues from other departments for the underlying research presented in Lecce, i.e., with structural engineering Ph.D. student Li Ge, and with their other co-author, structural engineering professor Falko Kuester, who is a faculty-affiliate in CSE and director of CISA3.

    Vanoni and fellow CSE Ph.D. candidate Vid Petrovic (at left) later accompanied Kuester to the second annual CyArk 500 Summit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. October 7-8. The event focused on democratizing cultural heritage by enabling access to information, technology and support. Government ​ministers, ​corporate ​executives, ​diplomats, ​scholars, ​and ​heritage ​professionals ​attended the event to learn about ​new ​technologies ​that are ​benefiting ​and ​augmenting ​heritage ​preservation. ​ ​Specifically, the summit aimed to update progress in meeting the ​CyArk ​500 ​Challenge, whose goal is ​to ​digitally ​preserve ​500 ​heritage ​sites ​in ​five ​years in order to “save these cultural heritage sites digitally before more are ravaged by war, terrorism, arson, urban sprawl, climate change, earthquakes, floods, and other threats.” Kuester gave an invited talk on digital archives for cultural heritage diagnostics and preservation, while Petrovic and Vanoni had the opportunity to deliver related research involving their respective computer-science contributions to cultural heritage. Petrovic focused on "Visual Analytics Techniques for Big Data," while Vanoni explored "Augmented Reality Techniques for Multi-Spectral Data Analysis." CyArk was founded in 2003 to create a free, 3D online library of the world’s cultural heritage sites using laser scanning and other technologies of the sort used by CISA3 for projects in art, archaeology and historic structures. 

  • Larry Smarr to Speak at Trillion Sensors Summit

    Faculty from the Jacobs School of Engineering, including CSE, will be speaking at the upcoming Trillion Sensors (TSensors) Summit in San Diego (which itself is sponsored by the Jacobs School). The industry-academic event will cover topics ranging from  ubiquitous sensing for health and wellness care to sweat-powered sensors. Organizers say the summit is for decision makers from industries planning to participate in, and benefit from, trends such as the Internet of Everything, mHealth, etc. CSE will be represented at the podium and on a panel by Prof. Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). He will speak on Nov. 12 at 12:30pm in a session on "TSensors for Healthcare Abundance." Smarr will talk about what he calls "the assay lab within your body," focusing on biometrics and biomes. The following day, he'll take part in a panel discussion  on "Closing the Loop in Wellness Care via Trillion Sensors." Others on the panel will include Jacobs School Dean Albert P. Pisano, ECE Prof. Patrick Mercier (who is also associate director of the new UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors), and NanoEngineering Prof. Joseph Wang.

  • Magazine Reports on CSE Graduate Student Fellowship Recipient

    As we reported recently, CSE Ph.D. student Dustin Richmond (at left, with CSE Prof. Ryan Kastner behind him) is one of 31 UC San Diego students to receive a graduate fellowship from the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation for 2014-15 academic year. Now San Diego Metropolitan magazine picked up the story, noting that ARCS fellowships support the growth of scholarship in science, engineering and medical research. The national nonprofit is led entirely by women.

    According to the magazine, the third-year CSE Ph.D. student builds complex computer hardware systems with the power to process large data sets such as the data involved in DNA sequencing. The Metropolitan also notes that Richmond helped the company Cognex design an ultra-high-speed image processing pipeline for active 3D scanner, which can decompress and process 20,000 images per second. It's one of several technologies used in connection with the Engineers for Exploration program and its recent expedition to Guatemala to survey Mayan ruins using laser scanners."I like the applications side of my work because I get to help people and learn new fields," Richmond told the magazine. "I help them access the computational power that enables fellow researchers to work with really large data sets."

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 3rd

  1. Colloquium Speaker: Stefan Savage
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, November 3rd
    • End time: 12:00pm

Monday, November 10th

  1. DLS Speaker: Phillip Rogaway
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, November 10th
    • End time: 12:00pm

Monday, November 17th

  1. DLS Speaker: Song Chun Zhu
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, November 17th
    • End time: 12:00pm

Monday, November 24th

  1. DLS: Dan Jurasky
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, November 24th
    • End time: 12:00pm

Monday, December 1st

  1. DLS Speaker: Emery Berger
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, December 1st
    • End time: 12:00pm

Monday, December 8th

  1. DLS Speaker: Fabian Monrose
    • Start time: 11:00am
    • End date: Monday, December 8th
    • End time: 12:00pm

by Dr. Radut