On Friday, March 16, 2018, the UC Santa Barbara Computer Science Department will host summit.cs -- a chance to bring together undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners in a day-long program of sharing ideas and making connections.



Breakfast with Industry

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Start the day off right with a catered breakfast and networking between students, companies, and faculty.  The summit sponsors will have tables set up, and many other visitors will be present for discussions.  Use this time to share resumes, swap business cards, explore internship opportunities, and discuss your various ongoing projects.

Undergrad Capstone

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Photo Credit: ms.akr

Teaming up with industry leaders, students worked on projects addressing a wide range of topics.  A list of this year’s projects can be found at the capstone homepage

Graduate Student Distinguished Lectures

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Graduate Student Distinguished Lectures showcase the best research in Computer Science at UCSB.


Poster Session

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Lunch will be catered and provides even more opportunity for discussion and networking.  This is a chance to interact with the people behind the work.  Each of the undergraduate capstone teams, along with a collection of graduate and undergraduate researchers, will be available to explain their ongoing work (with the help of a poster), and in some cases even provide demonstrations of their creations.  In addition, student organizations relating to computer science will be available to discuss their activities and how students, alumni, faculty, and guests can get involved.

iCTF (Capture The Flag Competition)


At the summit, the Computer Security Group will host its annual Capture The Flag (iCTF) competition. The UC Santa Barbara Capture The Flag competition is a multi-site, multi-team hacking contest where a number of teams compete independently against each other.

In traditional editions of the iCTF competition, the goal of each team is to maintain a set of services such that they remain available and uncompromised throughout the contest. At the same time, each team attempts to compromise (hack into) other teams' services. Before the game starts, all teams will receive an identical copy of the virtual host containing vulnerable services. Each team will then find vulnerabilities in their copy of the host (and fix them without disrupting the services). Meanwhile, teams leverage their knowledge about the vulnerabilities they find to compromise the servers hosted by other teams. Compromising a service allows a team to bypass the security mechanisms of that service and to "capture the flag" associated with it.

Being one of the oldest academic CTF in the world, the iCTF contest is organized by Prof. Giovanni Vigna of the Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara together with team Shellphish. Check out the competition, including a live view of the scoreboard, and dive into the exciting world of computer security and hacking.

Our Keynote Lecture will be delivered by David Culler from UC Berkeley. David is the Friesen Professor of Computer Science and a member of UC Berkeley’s EECS faculty since 1989. His research addresses the extremes of networked systems.  His early work on high-performance clusters, including Berkeley Network of Workstation (NOW) Project and PlanetLab laid foundations for today's cloud.  His research on embedded wireless sensor networks, including the Berkeley Motes, TinyOS, and 6LoWPAN, shaped the Internet of Things. He is currently focused on creating the robust, secure network systems infrastructure for cyberphysical systems and its data analytics, including energy efficient buildings, smart grids, and sustainable transportation. David won the Okawa Prize in 2013 and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an ACM Fellow, and an IEEE Fellow. He was named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Researchers and the creator of one of MIT's Technology Review's "10 Technologies that Will Change the World." 


  • 8:00am - 9:15am: Breakfast with Industry and Networking

  • 9:15am - 9:30am: Opening Remarks

  • 9:30am - 12:00pm: Undergraduate Capstone Presentations  

  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch with Poster Session and Networking

  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Graduate Student Distinguished Lectures

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Meet and Greet with the Distinguished Lecture Speaker

  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Distinguished Lecture

  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm: Fireside Chat with David Culler

  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm: Networking with Industry (and Hosted Bar)


Announcement of the Capstone winners will be made at 1:30pm, prior to the Distinguished Graduate Student Lectures.

Announcement of the Distinguished Graduate Student Lecture winner will be made at 3:30pm, prior to the Distinguished Lecture.

Live Stream

Stream the event live by following this link to Youtube.

Event Sponsors




Capstone Team Sponsors