Department of Computer Science
contacting me: email is best. However,
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8562
Phone: (530) 752-7004
Fax: (530) 752-4767
- I use a spam filter that filters out most common spam.
have also configured the spam filter with additional rules to treat as
spam any mail from sites that, in my experience, apparently do nothing
to stop spam. (Some sites are entire countries, regions, or ISPs.)
So, if you are sending me mail from one of those sites, your mail
will be considered spam and you won't get a reply. If you don't
hear from me in a reasonable time, then send me mail from another site
(e.g., get a yahoo or hotmail account). You might also complain
to your site's administrators so perhaps they will become responsive to
- Mail with a blank, non-descriptive, or non-ASCII text Subject
will most likely be considered as spam.
Always use an appropriately descriptive, yet short Subject field.
- After reading the remaining items below, if you still believe
I will want to read your mail, then you can bypass my spam checker by
including the exact ASCII string <Olsson unspam>
in the Subject field of your message. (Be sure to include the < and
- Current or prospective students in my classes.
For current students,
consult the course syllabus
about whether it is appropriate to email me or to post a message to SmartSite;
in most cases, the latter is the appropriate
and I will likely not respond to your email message.
If you do email me,
be sure to include the course number
enclosed in brackets in the Subject field of your message;
(Be sure to include the [ and
] and do not include any spaces within the brackets.)
- Prospective graduate students. Due to the high volume of
requests, I am able to respond only to messages from students who have
already been admitted to our program
(unless, of course, I already know
you). To others, sorry, but please do not send me application
information, vitas, etc.; instead, follow the directions on the
department's graduate admissions page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Incoming or current UCD graduate students looking for advising.
Email your advising questions to our graduate
- Prospective research assistants, research associates,
postdocs, (graduate, undergraduate, high school, etc.) interns, etc.
Sorry, but I am
not currently looking to hire anyone in such a position. However, I
will consider candidates who have their own sources of funding, but be
sure to clearly indicate that you do in your message; otherwise, I'll
likely just ignore it. (If my plans change, I will update this
I typically do have a few UCD undergraduates work with me on research
for independent study credit.
However, I take on
students who I have already had in class, who have done very well, and
generally only after they've had ECS140B, since that's the skill set
and level of sophistication the
students need to assist in my work.
To those outside of UCD:
Sorry, but I don't have the time to serve as a mentor, advisor, etc.
on your project, etc.
- Current or prospective UCD undergraduate majors looking for advising.
Sorry, but I'm not one of the faculty who does advising.
Email your advising questions to our undergraduate
or see another advisor during advising hours.
- Prospective employers or others
looking to hire or contact our students.
Please email details to
a staff advisor
and they will post the information to our students.