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The second annual Computer Science Research Showcase brought together the most talented graduate students to demonstrate their research activity in UCI’s Department of Computer Science. This year’s showcase, which was held on May 10 in Donald Bren Hall, featured a morning of presentations from computer science faculty, including Gene Tsudik and Chen Li, followed by an afternoon of posters, demos and an awards reception.

“The students were highly engaged during the event and did a great job with their presentations,” said Ardalan Amiri Sani, who hosted the event with fellow computer science assistant professor Shuang Zhao. “I believe that the research showcase event provides a great opportunity for our students to advertise their research and to interact with their peers and other visitors.”

The three demo winners announced at the conclusion of the event were “Automated Projector Calibration and Registration for Arbitrarily-Shaped Multi-Projector Systems” by Mahdi Abbaspour Tehani; “Brain Visualization” by Nitin Agarwal; and “Social Data Analytics with AsterixDB and Cloudberry” by Taewoo Kim and co-presenters Jianfeng Jia, Xikui Wang, Gift Sinthong, Chen Luo and Shengjie Xu.

The top poster award went to “Towards Privacy-aware IoT Smart Spaces” by Primal Pappachan, while students Yu Guo and Zahra Montazeri were runners-up for their poster “High-Fidelity Modeling and Simulation of Complex Materials.”

Overall, the computer science students presented some 39 posters and demos this year, up from 30 presentations the previous year. Research areas included AI, big data, computer vision, databases, graphics, IoT, mobile systems, operating systems, privacy and security, reconfigurable hardware, and scientific computing.

Computer science professors Sharad Mehrotra, Elaheh (Eli) Bozorgzadeh, Rina Dechter and Marco Levorato assisted in rating the submissions as faculty judges.

Amiri Sani is already planning next year’s event with the goal of continuing the tradition of giving students a platform to showcase their research. “Our hope is to expand the size of the event and attract even more external attendees next year,” he said.

View photos from the event here.