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Accelerating Design Times for High-Performance Systems-on-Chip 7/29/16
Accelerating Design Times for High-Performance Systems-on-Chip
A team of computer scientists and electrical engineers from four U.S. universities have been awarded a joint project with nearly $5 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Led by University of California San Diego computer-engineering professor Rajesh Gupta, the group of nine faculty members -- five from UC San Diego, one each from UCLA and the University of Michigan, and two professors from Cornell University – will develop a “synthesis methodology for accelerator-centric systems-on-chips and tool flows” that goes by the name CERTUS (Latin for definite, trustworthy or reliable).  
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KnuEdge, UC San Diego Host Conference to Drive Next-Gen Machine Learning 7/28/16
KnuEdge, UC San Diego Host Conference to Drive Next-Gen Machine Learning
In partnership with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at UC San Diego, KnuEdge™ announced the Heterogeneous Neural Networks (HNN) Conference, to be held in spring 2017 in San Diego, Calif. KnuEdge’s LambdaFabric neural computing technology accelerates machine learning and signal processing, The event will also include a KnuEdge-sponsored research paper competition, challenging participants to enable the next-generation of machine learning performance and efficiency through developing heterogeneous neural network algorithms.
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With $2.5M grant from DOE SunShot, UC San Diego and Sandia engineers will develop novel dielectric metasurface solar concentrators 7/28/16
With $2.5M grant from DOE SunShot, UC San Diego and Sandia engineers will develop novel dielectric metasurface solar concentrators
University of California San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Boubacar Kante will lead a three-year, $2.5 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative aimed at making solar energy systems cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. With this funding, the researchers plan to develop a new class of solar collectors – based on dielectric metasurfaces –  that focus sun rays spanning a wider angular range and allow scaled-down, less expensive tracking systems.  
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Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinatios Ripe for Precision Medicine 7/25/16
Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinatios Ripe for Precision Medicine
In an effort to expand the number of cancer gene mutations that can be specifically targeted with personalized therapies, researchers at University of California San Diego looked for combinations of mutated genes and drugs that together kill cancer cells. Such combinations are expected to kill cancer cells, which have mutations, but not healthy cells, which do not. The study, published July 21 in Molecular Cell, uncovered 172 new combinations that could form the basis for future cancer therapies.
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UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing 7/25/16
UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing
“MouthSense” and “SmartFoam,” two new inventions by engineers in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego, have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners, a venture-capital firm specializing in the commercialization of early-stage technologies.
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UC San Diego Introduces Hybrid Biological Data Science Specialization 7/22/16
UC San Diego Introduces Hybrid Biological Data Science Specialization
For students who recognize how the world of Big Data is already revolutionizing the fields of biology and medicine, the University of California San Diego is introducing a new program that combines online and classroom education. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is introducing Biological Data Science, a 10-course, accelerated Master’s degree program.
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Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics 7/21/16
Computer scientists find way to make all that glitters more realistic in computer graphics
Iron Man’s suit. Captain America’s shield. The Batmobile. These all could look a lot more realistic thanks to a new algorithm developed by a team of U.S. computer graphics experts. The researchers, led by Professor Ravi Ramamoorthi at the University of California San Diego, have created a method to improve how computer graphics software reproduces the way light interacts with extremely small details, called glints, on the surface of a wide range of materials, including metallic car paints, metal finishes for electronics and injection-molded plastic finishes. 
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Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release 7/20/16
Synthetic Biology used to limit bacterial growth and coordinate drug release
Researchers at the University of California San Diego and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a strategy for using synthetic biology in therapeutics. The approach enables continual production and release of drugs at disease sites in mice while simultaneously limiting the size, over time, of the populations of bacteria engineered to produce the drugs. 
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