Anna Patterson

April 22nd, 2019 — 3:30-5:00 PM
ESB 2001
Co-sponsored by the Computer Science department and the College of Creative Studies

Dr. Anna Patterson will talk about "Trends in AI: Insights by a curious and passionate entrepreneur"


Anna is the Managing Partner at Gradient Ventures, overseeing the fund’s global activities. Anna is an accomplished leader in the field of artificial intelligence, a serial entrepreneur, with a long history at Google. Prior to starting Gradient Ventures, Anna was Google’s Vice President of Engineering in AI - integrating AI into products across Google. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Square, Inc. Early in her career at Google, she helped launch and scale Android to over a billion phones, launched Google Play, and led the search, infrastructure, and recommendations horizontals. Anna was the principal architect and inventor of TeraGoogle, Google’s search serving system, which increased the index size over 10X at the time of launch. She also helped lead search ranking efforts through Google’s IPO to determine the top ten search results. Anna co-founded Cuil, a clustering-based search engine, and wrote, the first keyword-based search engine and the largest index of the Internet Archive corpus. She wrote “Why writing your own search engine is hard” in the ACM Queue detailing this experience. Prior to that, Anna co-founded and co-authored a search engine Xift. Recognized for her technical contributions as well as her commitment to championing women in tech, Anna was awarded the Technical Leadership ABIE Award in 2016. Anna received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Then she became a Research Scientist at Stanford University in Artificial Intelligence, where she worked with Carolyn Talcott and one of the founders of AI, John McCarthy. For her undergrad, she double-majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington University in St Louis. Anna resides in the Bay Area, where she wrangles her 4 kids, 2 horses and her Irish husband.

Anna Patterson
Anna Patterson

Randy Modos and Giovanni Vigna

November 14th, 2018 — 3:30-5:00 PM
HFH 1132

Randy Modos and Giovanni Vigna share their insights about enterpreneurship in CS in this conversation about "How to start a startup?"


Randy Modos is the president and co-founder of PayJunction. He provides vision and leadership for the company as it pioneers green payment technology for businesses, helping to reduce costs and eliminate fraud. Entrepreneurship started early for Modos, who spent his after school hours as a child selling everything from lemonade and artwork to wooden sculptures. Modos met his co-founders at UCSB while pursuing his B.S. in Computer Science. Together, they took an inspired idea and grew it into a company that process over $4 billion annually. PayJunction is a leader in ethical payment processing and prioritizes long-term relationships over short term profit. Modos has been a champion of this approach throughout PayJunction's 18 years in business.

Giovanni Vigna is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research focuses on vulnerability analysis, web security, malware analysis, and the security of mobile platforms. He is the director of the Center for CyberSecurity at UCSB, the co-director of the Security Lab, which is part of the iSeclab group, and he is the founder of the Shellphish hacker group.

Dr. Vigna is one of the co-founders of Lastline, Inc., a company that develops innovative solutions to detect and mitigate advanced malware (APTs) and targeted threats. Every year, he organizes the International Capture The Flag (iCTF), one of the world's largest attack-defense hacking competitions.

Randy Modos Giovanni Vigna
Randy Modos Giovanni Vigna

Brian Fox

November 15th, 2017 — 3:30-5:30 PM
HFH 1132

"Brian's talk is (surprisingly!) about Open Source and how and why. He will speak for about 45 minutes with a portion of that being his bio mixed in with the history of the genesis of open source, and then a completely open question and answer period for another 45 minutes. The final 30 minutes are reserved for post-talk interaction and mingling."

Bio: Brian Fox is the CEO and co-founder of Opus Logica. He was the first employee of the Free Software Foundation, the first member of project GNU, wrote everyone's favorite shell (bash), built the first online banking software and created a web programming language a decade before rails.
Brian Fox

Imposter Panel

June 1st, 2017 — 12:00-1:50 PM
HFH 1132

"If you have experienced feelings of self-doubt and not belonging, you are not alone! Come hear our amazing faculty and students have a candid conversation about the "Imposter experience" in our upcoming panel discussion.

Chandra Krintz Tim Sherwood Bolun Wang Emilie Barnard
Chandra Krintz Tim Sherwood Bolun Wang Emilie Barnard

Learn about the panelists here!

Chandra Krintz - UCSB Professor

Tim Sherwood - UCSB Professor

Bolun Wang - Graduate Student

Emilie Barnard - Alumni

This event is part of:

Come hear advice from and mingle with UCSB CS Alumni to discuss undergraduate, graduate, and post-UCSB life!

Panel: Reports From Your Future

UCSB CS Alumni share their wisdom

March 6th, 2017 — 3:00-3:45 PM
Corwin Pavilion

Q & A with UCSB CS Undergraduate Alumni

Scott Herriman Christina Morris Carina Rammelkamp Michael Rosengarten
Scott Herriman-Invoca Christina Morris-Goodreads Carina Rammelkamp-Workday Micheal Rosengarten-Persista

Learn about our panelists at the Array of Talks Facebook

This event is part of:

Come hear advice from and mingle with UCSB CS Alumni to discuss undergraduate, graduate, and post-UCSB life!

Undergraduate Career Panel:

UCSB CS Alumni share their wisdom

March 4th, 2016 — 2:30-4:00 PM
Corwin Pavilion East

Q & A with UCSB CS Undergraduate Alumni

Alex Allen Sarah Feldman Christian Rivera Jared Roesch
Alex Allen, Illumna Sarah Feldman, Tesla Christian Rivera, Procore Jared Roesch, PhD student at UW

Learn about our panelists at the Array of Talks Facebook Page or read all their bios here

Manico Design Goes here

Hear from the author of
"Iron Clad Java:
Building Secure Web Applications".

Free pizza and prizes!

Application Security:
Looking Forward

A talk by Jim Manico

The best time to address secure software is before most developers even start writing code. Months—sometimes years—before most developers even start writing code, various open source or corporate developers work together to build software frameworks—the platforms that other developers leverage to build applications.

The decisions made by framework designers ripple though time and have a large impact on the security posture of software that is built upon these frameworks.

Bio: Jim Manico is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He is also the founder of Brakeman Security, Inc. and is a investor/advisor for Signal Sciences. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. Jim is also a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. He is co-author (with August Detlefson) of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications from McGraw-Hill. For more information, see Jim Manico's LinkedIn Profile.

RSVP and invite friends
at our Facebook Event

Nov 4, 2015
HFH1132—3:30-5:00 PM

Talk, followed by Q & A.
Pizza and soda will be served.

Learn about our events at the Array of Talks Facebook Page

Come hear advice from and mingle with UCSB CS Alums to discuss undergraduate, graduate, and post-UCSB life! Free pizza and prizes!

If only I had known:

UCSB CS Alums share their wisdom

RSVP and invite friends
at our Facebook Event

Jan 14th, 2015
Corwin Pavilion—3:00-5:00 PM

Q & A with UCSB CS Alums,
followed by meet and greet with Pizza

Aisha Browne Leif Dreizler Michael Hinrichs
Aisha Browne, BeyondTrust
Leif Dreizler, Redspin
Michael Hinrichs, Procore
UCSB BA Geography 2012

Sarah Jones Pablo Ortiz Justin Rushing
Sarah Jones, AppFolio
MS CS 2013
Pablo Ortiz, MIT PhD Candidate in CS
MIT MS CS 2013
Justin Rushing, Apple

Learn about our panelists at the Array of Talks Facebook Page

Maria Klawe
President, Harvey Mudd College.
Member, Board of Directors, Microsoft Corporation.

Impostor Syndrome

Self-doubt in the face of success

Feb 24th, 2014
Corwin Pavilion—3:30-5:00 PM

A panel chaired by Maria Klawe, featuring:

Linda Petzold Matthew Turk Charles Munger Nina Kaufman
Linda Petzold
UCSB CS Dept &
Matthew Turk
& MAT Program
Charles Munger
Software Engineer,
UCSB CS alum
Nina Kaufman
UCSB 3rd year CS major,
Intern, Procore

About Impostor Syndrome

Maria Klawe is a President of a prestigious college, on the board of directors of a major corporation (#35 of Fortune 500), and was previously Dean of Engineering at an Ivy League school. These are only a few of her impressive accomplishments.

Yet she, like each of us, has moments when she wonders whether she "belongs". Even highly accomplished people sometimes doubt their own abilities. This is known as Impostor Syndrome. Stereotypes can play a significant role, but Impostor Syndrome can affect anyone.

Hear from Dr. Klawe, two UCSB senior faculty, a recent UCSB alum and a current CS Undergraduate about their experiences with Impostor Syndrome, and how to overcome it. There will be brief panel presentations, and an opportunity for Q and A.

Refreshments will be served.

Elizabeth Belding

Bridging the Digital Divide

Jan 15th, 2014
HFH 1132—3:30-5:00 PM

Featuring a presentation by Elizabeth Belding and the MOMENT Lab

About Bridging the Digital Divide

In the United States and other Western countries, digital communication is instantaneous and ubiquitous. However, this is not the case for many parts of the world, especially in rural Africa. Come find out how UCSB students and faculty work to bring modern and fast digital communication via wireless networks to Zambia with Prof. Belding's VillageNet architecture.

UCSB's Security Group

"Just the Hackers You Need"

Nov 20th, 2013
HFH 1132- 3:30-5:00 PM

Featuring a presentation by Professor Giovanni Vigna and a faculty panel.

About UCSB's Computer Security Group

Come find out why The Santa Barbara Independent called UCSB's Computer Security Group (Seclab) "just the hackers you need" and how they are "fighting the biggest crime wave in human history"!

Free pizza will be provided!

Image Credit: Paul Wellman, Santa Barbara Independent.

Why Games?

Computer Games and Education

May 22nd, 2013
ESB 1001- 3:30-5:00 PM

Kimberly Voll will speak about the Computer Game Industry, and Game Development in Computer Science Education.

About Kimberly Voll

Kim holds a PhD in computer science, and an honours degree in cognitive science. A professor of software engineering, game design and health informatics at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, BC, her areas of specialization include artificial intelligence, language modelling, user experience, game design, software engineering, and innovative educational methods. Passionate about video games since the age of two, Kim runs the Vancouver chapter of the Global Game Jam (one of the largest chapters in the world), helps coordinate FullIndie (a meetup for Vancouver independent game developers), and is a huge supporter of the Vancouver video-game community and beyond. Whenever possible, Kim does volunteer consulting for new startups or small companies, including crowdsourced funding strategies and design/development strategies for games and apps. On the side, Kim is a 2D concept artist, an occasional graphic designer, a writer, and a game developer.


From Academia to Business

January 23rd, 2013
Harold Frank Hall 1132 - 5:00-7:00 PM

Come join esteemed personnel from local technology startups in a panel-style discussion. Both professional and student panelists will discuss their experiences working for and creating startup companies. If you have any questions about the startup experience, bring them with you and get valuable insight into the world of technology startups!

Student Panel

Entrepreneur Panel


Allosphere and Friends

Visualizing the Future

October 24th, 2012
Elings Hall - 3:00-5:00 PM

This is a special demonstration of the UCSB AlloSphere to Computer Science Undergraduates. Prof. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, director of the AlloSphere research facility will welcome you to this 30-foot diameter capsule built inside a 3-story near-to-anechoic (echo free) cube and demonstrate its capabilities of synthesis, manipulation, exploration and analysis of large-scale data sets. This environment can simulate virtually real sensorial perception.
We will also have presentations and demonstrations by the research labs directed by the following Professors, all working in the general area of interactive graphics and media:

Dennis Shasha

Frustration to Innovation

April 9th, 2012
Corwin Pavilion - 3:30-5:30 PM

What drives inventions in computing? Necessity seems to play only a minor role. Anger at the way things are is much more powerful, because it leads to easier ways to work (e.g. the invention of new computer languages). A general dissatisfaction with the practical or theoretical structure of the world can open up whole new approaches to problems (complexity theory and cryptography). Finally, a genuine collaboration between people and machines can lead to an entirely new kind of engineering for devices that will travel to far-off planets or to hostile environments.

The talk will discuss the work of several inventors in computing and engineering, their inventions, and how they came up with them and how they plan to come up with more in the future. The ensuing discussion will address the fundamental nature of invention in a world partly populated by intelligent machines.

Dennis Shasha is a professor of computer science at the Courant Institute of New York University where he works with biologists on pattern discovery for microarrays, combinatorial design, network inference, and protein docking; with physicists, musicians, and financial people on algorithms for time series; and on database applications in untrusted environments. Other areas of interest include database tuning as well as tree and graph matching. Because he likes to type, he has written six books of puzzles about a mathematical detective, a biography about great computer scientists, and technical books about database tuning, biological pattern recognition, time series, and statistics. He has co-authored over sixty journal papers, seventy conference papers, and fifteen patents. He has written the puzzle column for various publications including Scientific American. He is co-author of Natural Computing.

Brian Fox

A bash with Brian Fox

GNU Software & Entrepreneurship

November 16, 2011

How can releasing free software and making money go hand in hand? Brian Fox will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of leveraging free software using his extensive experience in the free software movement and the start-up world.

Brian has over 30 years of technology and business experience. In 2004, Brian founded The Okori Group, a consulting firm specializing in helping companies go from product concept to product realization. Prior to the Okori Group, Brian co-founded and led the technology team in a number of successful startup companies, In his career as a consultant he has completed a variety of high profile projects, including the world's first Internet banking system for Wells Fargo in 1995. In 1985 Fox was the first employee of the Free Software Foundation (Project GNU) where he worked with Richard Stallman. During his tenure at the FSF, Fox authored the BASH shell, widely used in all modern version of *NIX, GNU Makeinfo, GNU Info, GNU Finger, and the readline and history libraries, as well as contributing significantly to GDB and Emacs.

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Kevin Fu

Life And Death

Designing Safe Software for Medicine

April 15, 2011

Today it would be difficult to find a medical device that does not critically rely on computer software in its function, manufacture, or use in clinical decision making. Despite the lessons learned by the radiation accidents of the Therac-25 twenty years ago, medical devices that rely on software (e.g., drug infusion pumps, linear accelerators for radiation) continue to injure or kill patients in preventable ways.

Kevin Fu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kevin's research has led to improvements in security and privacy of pervasive devices, promoting the vision of safer and more effective technology for consumers. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served on numerous program committees of leading conferences in computer security, and has given dozens of invited talks world-wide to industry, government, and academia on the topic of security and privacy. Kevin is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, NSF CAREER Award recipient, and MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year. He also holds a certificate of achievement in artisanal bread making from the French Culinary Institute.

Kent Demaine

To Experience is Everything

From Minority Report to Star Trek

January 26th, 2011

Kent Demaine is the CEO of OOOii, a very successful visual effects studio that creates the futuristic interfaces you see in movies like Minority Report and Star Trek. Kent will be discussing what goes into creating those interfaces and the computer science that is used every day to make movie magic. Kent has a B.S. from the University of Virginia in Computer Science / Engineering.



To inspire enthusiasm for Computer Science, intellectual exchange, and a sense of community among CS undergraduates, faculty, and professionals.


We would like to thank an anonymous donor for providing the funds to make this series of talks possible. We would also like to thank the faculty, staff and especially the undergraduate members of the UCSB CS department Undergraduate Affairs Committee for their work in organizing this series. Finally, thanks goes out to the entire CS Department for its support.


If you would like to suggest speakers, get involved in the planning of these talks, and/or have comments and criticisms, you can reach us at You can also reach us on our Facebook page.

Undergraduate Affairs Committee, 2011-2019: Madhu Kanna, Richa Wadaskar, Jake Guida, Carolyn Hanson, undergraduate members; Nicole McCoy, staff; John Gilbert, Tobias Höllerer, Yekaterina Kharitonova, Diba Mirza (chair), Jianwen Su, Lingqi Yan; faculty. Web design by Brian Field.
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