CSE research highlights


Led by CSE and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Andrew Kahng, the new AI Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale, or TILOS, is housed in UC San Diego’s Halicioğlu Data Science Institute, and is funded by the NSF. Eleven CSE and CSE-affiliated faculty are engaged with the Institute to pursue foundational breakthroughs at the nexus of artificial intelligence and optimization.

Researchers Uncover Spectre Vulnerability

Professor Dean Tullsen, his Ph.D. student Mohammadkazem Taram and collaborators at University of Virginia discovered a new line of attack that breaks current Spectre defenses, making billions of computers and other devices vulnerable to attack.

New System Helps Robots Navigate EDs

Professor Laurel Riek, Ph.D. student Angelique Taylor and team have created a navigation system that helps robots move through busy clinical areas, including emergency departments. The researchers have also developed open source videos to train future robotic navigation systems.

Faking Out Deepfake Detectors

Researchers in Professor Julian McAuley’s lab have shown, for the first time, that systems used to detect deepfakes – videos that manipulate real-life footage – can be deceived by inserting manipulated inputs called adversarial examples into each frame, forcing detection systems to make mistakes.

$7.5 Million to Study Photonic Networks

Associate Professor George Porter and colleagues will study photonic network topologies in data centers with funding by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and the California Energy Commission.

MURI Award for Robust Human-Machine Collaborations

Associate Professor Kamalika Chaudhuri is part of a multi-university team that has won a prestigious U.S. Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Award to develop rigorous methods for human-machine collaborations against adversaries.

Study Finds Neglected Mutations May Play Important Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to research led by Melissa Gymrek, a professor of Medicine and Computer Science and Engineering, mutations that occur in certain DNA regions may play a significant role in autism spectrum disorders. Called tandem repeats, these mutations are often overlooked by researchers.

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