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February 25, 2003

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San Diego, Feb. 25 -- “DATA to Decision: Predicting, Assessing, and Responding to Today's Challenges” is the topic of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering’s 22nd Annual Research Review, which will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the campus’ Price Center. The conference will also be webcast live on the Internet (see below).

“This year’s event builds on our successful program last year that highlighted sensors and sensor networks across a variety of industries such as defense, healthcare and transportation,” said Anne O’Donnell, Director of the School’s Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP). “Research Review 2003 goes the next step and addresses the challenges of managing the information collected by the sensors and resident in the databases to get to the decision point of a problem. It’s really the inside story of how technology solves problems.”

From DNA databases to video and sensor networks, engineers increasingly have a goldmine of new types of data at their fingertips. The process of analyzing and extracting meaningful information from the data promises to revolutionize traditional fields of engineering. Bioengineers are devising ways to predict and control cellular function, structural engineers are using remote sensor data to monitor the health of lifeline structures, computer scientists can predict credit card fraud or provide early warning of Internet attacks, and electrical engineers are beginning to use video monitoring to help respond to crisis situations. Research Review speakers will discuss their new systems for analyzing data and for putting the data to use.

This year’s featured speakers include:

  • Hossein Eslambolchi, President and Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Labs. Self-Operating Network and the Emerging Services;
  • Larry E. Rosenberger, Vice President of Research and Development, Fair, Isaac and Company. Better Decisions Through Data at Fair Isaac;
  • Peter A. Freeman, National Science Foundation, Assistant Director for the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. Revolutionizing Science and Engineering with Cyberinfrastructure;
  • Esin Gulari, National Science Foundation, Acting Assistant Director for Engineering. Engineering Bridges from Sciences to Societal Benefits.

These prominent speakers will be joined by six Jacobs School faculty who will discuss topics ranging from systems biology and genetic circuits to advances in biometrics and facial recognition.

In keeping with tradition, Research Review will also feature more than 170 research posters by Jacobs School graduate students, and technical displays by members of the Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), the primary sponsor of the event. CAP is a service through which the Jacobs School cultivates and sustains relationships with industry. CAP membership currently comprises 50 top technology companies.

For more details and to register for Research Review, visit A $25 fee covers parking, continental breakfast, lunch and reception.

For anyone unable to attend Research Review in person, the Jacobs School of Engineering will provide a live streaming video feed from the campus. During conference hours between 8:30 a.m. PST and 12:30 p.m. PST, open your RealOne Player or RealPlayer and paste the following URL in the address line: download RealOne or RealPlayer at no cost, go to Conference proceedings will be archived for on-demand viewing in early March at

A San Diego Software Industry Council (SDSIC) breakfast and panel of industry speakers that will precede the Research Review. The SDSIC event, titled New Ventures in Data to Decision Technology, begins at 7:15 a.m. at UCSD’s Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR). Speakers include Christy Joiner-Congleton, CEO, Stone Analytics; Rick Gessner, CEO, Eventropy; and Neil Senturi Chairman, Mohomine. The cost for the SDSIC breakfast is $15, in addition to the $25 fee to attend Research Review. For more information on the SDSIC pre-Research Review breakfast and Research Review, contact Anne O’Donnell at 858-822-5963 or

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