Assoc. Director for Outreach
UC Irvine Donald Bren School of ICS
Sandra Irani has had a strong interest in increasing the presence of women and other underrepresented groups in the field of computer science and in the ICS community. For the last two years she has worked closely with the NSF Advance project at UC Irvine to help achieve gender equity for faculty, implementing faculty mentoring programs and working on faculty recruitment. She has also been active at the undergraduate level, working to recruit female students to the ICS major. Another recent activity has been to give presentations to junior high and high school students encouraging young women to choose careers in information technology.
Her research interests are in algorithm design and analysis, with a specialization in the area of online algorithms. In an online problem, input is given incrementally and the algorithm must make decisions about the output with only partial knowledge of the problem. Online problems arise in a wide variety of applications including scheduling, robot motion planning and computational finance. Her research focuses on online algorithms for resource allocation as applied to computer systems and operations research. Typically she uses formal analysis to evaluate and compare algorithms, although she has been involved in a number of empirical studies as well. Recently she has been working with colleagues in Embedded Systems on online algorithms for power savings. Other projects have included the design and analysis of algorithms for web caching.
Professor Irani graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Electrical
and Computer Engineering. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC
Berkeley in 1991 before joining the faculty at UC Irvine.