An $18.5 million gift from a UC San Diego alumnus will set the computer science and engineering department on a new course into the future, funding new faculty endowed chairs, top-of-the-line teaching labs, support for graduate students, and expanded mentoring and tutoring programs for the next generation of undergraduates.
“This is a game-changing gift for UC San Diego – both in terms of alumni support and in terms of the tremendous impact it will have on our computer science and engineering department,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla.
This gift puts the computer science and engineering department more than half of the way to the $25 million goal for its “Inspiring Imaginations” initiative.
The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has published a case study of how one CSE professor, Yoav Freund, is using SDSC's newest high-performance computing system, Gordon, to move software to the data rather than the traditional approach of moving data to the software for operations on large data sets. Prof. Freund is a recognized authority in big data analytics, and he recently taught a graduate-level class in which students used a dedicated Hadoop cluster on Gordon to analyze data sets ranging in size from hundreds of megabytes to several terabytes. Student projects were diverse. They included: analysis of temperature and airflow sensors on the UC San Diego campus; detection of failures in the Internet through the analysis of the communication between Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) nodes; and predicting medical costs associated with vehicle accidents. However, all the projects had one need in common: the need for rapid turnaround of data analysis.
Professor Andrew Kahng will receive several recognitions June 5, 2013 at the 50th Anniversary Banquet of the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference. He is one of the 10 most cited authors, the third most collaborative author in DAC’s 50-year history, and he is in the “DAC 40 club” with 40+ DAC papers.
The Nerode Prize 2013 Committee, consisting of Georg Gottlob (University of Oxford, UK), Rolf Niedermeier (TU Berlin, Germany; chair), and Peter Widmayer (ETH Zurich,Switzerland), unanimously decided to award Chris Calabro (Google Inc., Mountain View, USA), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego, USA), Valentine Kabanets (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Ramamohan Paturi (UC San Diego, USA), and Francis Zane (Alcatel Lucent, Murray Hill, USA) the 2013 EATCS-IPEC Nerode Prize for outstanding papers in the area of multivariate algorithmics. Their series of papers, on ways to develop (tight) lower bounds for NP-hard problems, is a subject that is now a required reading in multivariate algorithmics.