Monthly Archives: April 2018

Students Present Blueprints for New AR/VR Theater Experiences

April 24, 2018

The end of the winter quarter represented merely the halfway point for students enrolled in Informatics 295/190: AR/VR Theater, the two-quarter course taught by Informatics Professor Josh Tanenbaum in collaboration with Broadway/film producer Tim Kashani. As noted in an earlier article, the experimental class aims to develop three augmented and virtual reality theater projects in collaboration with Apples & Oranges Arts, a nonprofit organization founded by Kashani and his wife, Broadway actress Pamela Kashani.

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Senior Spotlight: Matthew Ardeleanu Exemplifies Perseverance on Road to Success

April 23, 2018


When Matthew Ardeleanu first started at UCI, the aspiring radiologist with an interest in computer science thought he was invincible. Half-way through his college career, while working 30 hours a week, he learned that wasn’t the case. Juggling school and work proved more challenging than expected, but now, after mastering time management and overcoming academic disqualification, he is graduating this summer with a B.S. in health informatics and plans for continued success.

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Game Developers Week: Save the Date!

Want to learn more about life and work in the gaming industry from professional developers? If so, then save May 22 through May 25 for Game Developers Week 2018. For four nights, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 6011 of Donald Bren Hall, students will have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals such as:

  • Tim Ford, a lead software engineer at Blizzard working on Overwatch (May 22 at 6 p.m.),
  • Nikki Crenshaw, an associate UX researcher, also from Blizzard, and UCI alumna who received her Ph.D. in Informatics (May 24 at 6 p.m.), and
  • Earl Baylon, a voice actor whose game work includes Tomb Raider (May 24th at 7 p.m.).

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Researchers from the Department of Informatics Explore Sustainable Food Systems

April 20, 2018

When you think of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), farming might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet research being conducted in the Department of Informatics is advancing the use of technology for sustainable agriculture.

sustainable food system “brings farmers closer to consumers by producing fruits and vegetables, or raising livestock or fish closer to the places they are sold.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a move towards sustainable food has become an important component of public and environment health.”

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Professor Gloria Mark on Team Receiving $8 Million in IARPA Funding to Study Workplace Performance

April 17, 2018

Informatics Professor Gloria Mark is co-lead with Notre Dame Professor Aaron Striegel on a study that aims to predict workplace performance using mobile sensors. Mark and Striegel have teamed up with researchers from seven other universities to work on Project Tesserae, a 21-month study of 750 professionals working in cognitively demanding positions. The team has received $8 million in funding from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

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Senior Spotlight: Celine Deleon ’18 Is a Source of Inspiration for Girls Studying Technology

April 16, 2018

From serving as a resident advisor for UCI’s Middle Earth Housing and volunteering to teach high school girls how to code, to studying at the University of Manchester and acting as a study-abroad peer mentor, Celine Deleon has made the most of her college experience. The informatics senior is now ready to graduate this spring and already has a user experience job lined up at Disney. For someone who decided back in high school that she wanted to inspire women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Deleon is off to a great start.

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The Atlantic: “The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet” (Mimi Ito quoted)

April 12, 2018

“There’s huge incentives for [kids] and families to lie about age”—as in, confirming that kids are 13 or older when they’re not—“so even the data [about users that companies keep] gets corrupted,” Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist and professor at the University of California, Irvine, told me. Kids (and parents) want engaging, cheap, or free videos regardless of how old they are ….

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

Informatics Ph.D. Candidate Reyhaneh Jabbarvand Named Google Ph.D. Fellow

April 11, 2018

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Informatics, was recently awarded a Google Ph.D. Fellowship in programming technology and software engineering. Google started the program almost a decade ago to support graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science and related disciplines. This year, Google named 39 new Fellows from North America, Europe and the Middle East, providing the recipients with financial support and matching them with a Google Research Mentor.

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Geoffrey C. Bowker Recognized as Donald Bren Professor

April 10, 2018

On April 4, 2018, staff, students, faculty and friends gathered to celebrate Geoffrey C. Bowker as he was formally recognized as Donald Bren Professor in Information and Computer Sciences. During opening remarks for the event, André van der Hoek, Chair of the Department of Informatics, referred to Bowker as “someone who reflects a lot on the state of the world and how we’ve gotten to where we are.” Such reflections can be found in his many publications, including Science on the Run (1994), Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences with Susan Leigh Star (2000), and the award-winning Memory Practices in the Sciences (2008).

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ICS Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Three Ph.D. students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences have received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships: Amari Lewis, Samantha McDonald and Arash Nabili.

Since 1952, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has helped the NSF develop a globally engaged workforce, recruiting high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers who work to advance the nation’s science and engineering research and innovation. In particular, GRFP aims to increase the diversity of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce, supporting master’s and doctoral students from various geographic regions as well as women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans.

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