2004 News Releases
- 01/20/2004 - Engineering research and technology advances to be featured at 23rd Annual Research Review
- 01/12/2004 - UC San Diego Computer Theorist and Mathematician Ronald Graham Elected to AAAS Council
- 01/08/2004 - SYS Technologies Partners With Jacobs School
The Computer Science and Engineering department threw itself a holiday party in early December. In what has become an annual tradition, the event included skits written and performed by staff, graduate students and faculty members. Video clips of the skits are now downloadable online.
CSE postdoctoral researcher Ben Raphael is one of only eleven scientists nationwide honored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for work at the intersection of computer science, math, and biological research. The mathematician and computer scientist will receive $500,000 over five years to support his research in the area of high-resolution analysis of tumor genome architectures. Raphael works in the Bioinformatics Lab of CSE professor Pavel Pevzner. Full Story
Two Jacobs School faculty members have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Jeanne Ferrante and Truong Nguyen are among 268 senior researchers from the private and public sectors named to the organization's highest membership level, effective January 1, 2005. Their election brings to 24 the number of IEEE Fellows on the school's faculty.
Electrical and Computer Engineering students are participating in class projects to help develop a wireless-enabled pulse oximeter to help emergency officials monitor the health of disaster victims remotely. The projects are one part of a new partnership between DPAC Technologies and Cal-(IT)2. Full Story
Experts in bioinformatics at UCSD from the Jacobs School and the Department of Mathematics have co-authored with other scientists the first large-scale comparison of mammal and bird genomes, published in the December 9 edition of Nature. The journal's cover story includes a draft sequence of the chicken genome assembled and analyzed by members of the International Chicken Genome Sequencing Consortium. Full Story
CSE professor Andrew Chien is one of only 20 computer scientists newly elected as Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the scientific and professional society for computer science and information technology. Chien was cited for his "contributions to high-performance computing systems." Full Story
UCSD engineering faculty including CSE's Rajesh Gupta and ECE professor Ramesh Rao have joined a consortium of mostly European scientists setting out to network together the billions of electronic devices in everyday use. Funded by the European Union, the Reconfigurable Ubiquitous Networked Embedded Systems (RUNES) project will create a standardized computing infrastructure that can adjust itself to different environments and different demands placed on it.
Three computer science students from UCSD will be among the teams representing the United States at the 29th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Shanghai, China, next April. The wild-card slot was awarded after the UCSD team's strong runner-up finish at the Southern California regional finals. Full Story
Released December 01, 2004 by Nanogen--Nanogen, Inc. (NASDAQ: NGEN), developer of advanced diagnostic products, announced today that it has agreed to provide $300,000 of funding over a two-year period to support the nanotechnology research of Michael Heller, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and cofounder of Nanogen. Full Story
UCSD Shakes 70-Ft.-Tall Wind Turbine In Real-Time Earthquake Demonstration of World's First Outdoor Shake Table
A 70-ft.-tall, 23,400-lb. wind turbine shook and shivered while it was subjected to historical ground motions from the 1992 magnitude 7.3 Landers earthquake, as the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering today demonstrated the unique capabilities of the world’s first outdoor shake table for testing full-scale buildings and structures. Full Story
UC San Diego Scientist Wins Award from IEEE Information Theory Society for Breakthrough in Coding Theory and Practice
The Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society has selected an article by Jacobs School professor Alexander Vardy and a colleague from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the top publication in information theory during the past two years. The article developed an improved decoding algorithm for error-correcting codes that are used today in communication and storage devices ranging from computer hard drives to deep-space probes.
Fujitsu Laboratories of America is contributing a high-speed networking switch to UCSD for deployment in the new CSE Building, to link computer clusters that are part of two next-generation networks led by CSE faculty: FWGrid, led by Andrew Chien; and the OptIPuter, led by professor and Cal-(IT)2 director Larry Smarr. Full Story
Graduate and undergraduate engineering students on wireless-related senior projects and Cal-(IT)2-sponsored research will be able to test their hardware and software solutions on evaluation kits and modules donated by DPAC Technologies under an agreement between the company and the institute. Full Story
First-year graduate students in Computer Science and Engineering took the top two spots in UCSD's annual ACM Programming Contest on Saturday, Oct. 16. Michael Vrable and Chris Chang each solved all six problems, and are guaranteed positions on one of the four UCSD teams to compete Nov. 13 in the Southern California ACM Collegiate Programming regional contest. Full Story
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Trey Ideker, an assistant professor at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, as one of this year’s 16 recipients of the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Ideker and each of the other fellows will receive unrestricted research grants of $625,000 over five years. Full Story
UCSD Undergraduates Showcase Research Findings from Cyber Infrastructure Projects in Asia, Australia
Eight students participating in UCSD's inaugural Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program recently presented the results of their research projects, and talked about the value of the experience to undergraduates in science, engineering and other disciplines at UCSD. The undergraduates - all enrolled in the Jacobs School - worked specifically on research projects related to the development and deployment of cyberinfrastructure on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The PRIME program is funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from UCSD and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)2].
Thirty Years Later, Computer Scientists Who Popularized Early PC Language Return to UCSD Pascal's Birthplace
Dozens of alumni who worked on a ground-breaking language for what would later be called the personal computer will gather at UCSD on Oct. 22 to mark the 30th anniversary of the computer language. The UCSD Pascal Reunion Symposium will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, CA, and is organized by UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering and its Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. Full Story
CSE professor Henrik Wann Jensen and Ph.D. candidate Craig Donner have developed a technique that accelerates certain graphics computations by two or three orders of magnitude, at very little cost. "It's really simple and requires only a few extra lines of code," says Donner. The idea applies adaptive refinement to graphics chips, and was presented recently at SIGGRAPH, the leading academic conference for computer graphics. Full Story
Computer Science and Engineering professor Henrik Wann Jensen has been honored by Popular Science. In its October 2004 issue, the magazine includes Jensen on its "Brilliant 10" list -- the ten best and the brightest among young scientists. He was cited for his pioneering research in rendering translucent materials, notably skin.
West Coast Scientists Lead NSF Effort to Prototype Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education Access to Ocean Observatories
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today awarded $3.9 million over four years to the University of Washington (UW), the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and partner institutions to build the Laboratory for the Ocean Observatory Knowledge Integration Grid (LOOKING). It is the largest of nearly 120 awards from the agency's Information Technology Research (ITR) program this year, which total $130 million to be disbursed over the next five years. CSE professor and Cal-(IT)2 director Larry Smarr is co-PI on the ITR project.
Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories Leads List of NSF Information Technology Grants Awarded to UC San Diego
The National Science Foundation (NSF) today awarded more than $9 million from its Information Technology Research (ITR) program to create six novel research projects at the University of California, San Diego, with broad societal impact. For the third year in a row, a Jacobs School faculty member and Cal-(IT)2 director is the principal investigator or co-PI on the year's largest ITR project. Full Story
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year $1.3 million Information Technology Research (ITR) grant to UCSD Professor Fan Chung Graham to derive the analytical tools needed by organizations that rely on the Internet for eCommerce, database sharing, searching, or other activities broadly defined as interactive computing. Results of the research would be relevant to a variety of fields of business, science, and engineering, particularly to groups involved in security, finance, information retrieval, and bioinformatics, to name a few. Full Story
CSE professor Serge Belongie, 29, as well as a postdoctoral medical researcher and a chemistry graduate student from UCSD have been named to the 2004 list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators, which was announced Sept. 20 by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation.
The NSF has awarded $6.2 million under the Cyber Trust program to create a new Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CIED). The project is led by Computer Science and Engineering professor Stefan Savage, with the research to be carried out jointly with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a UC Berkeley affiliate. CIED will develop technologies to detect, analyze and defend against large-scale Internet attacks. Full Story
Nine students participating in UCSD's inaugural Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program -- all of them Jacobs School students -- are now back in San Diego after summer internships at major research institutions in Asia and Australia. On Friday, September 17, they will present the results of their research projects, and talk about the value of the experience to undergraduates in science, engineering and other discipilnes at UCSD.
The Jacobs School's William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement appointed Stephen J. Halpern as its new managing director. Halpern is a seasoned entrepreneur, senior executive, educator and consultant to Fortune 100 and technology start-up companies. Full Story
A team of engineering students from the University of California, San Diego posted the top speed in the one-person submarine category at the 2004 Human Powered Submarine Contest held July 28 through Aug. 1 in Escondido, CA. The UCSD students, undergraduates enrolled in the Jacobs School of Engineering, pedaled their fluorescent green submarine to a top speed of 6.035 miles per hour. Full Story
UCSD Launches University-Industry Research Alliance to Address Challenges to Future Shared Networked System Infrastructures
UCSD and four international technology leaders have committed approximately $9 million over three years to the Center for Networked Systems (CNS), a new university-industry alliance focused on developing technologies for robust, secure, and open networked systems. The founding members include AT&T, Alcatel, Hewlett-Packard and QUALCOMM Incorporated, and the Center's sixteen founding faculty members are drawn from ECE, CSE, Cal-(IT)2 and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Full Story
The Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) is located within UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering but including faculty from Psychology, Electrical Engineering and Cognitive Science. Led by ECE professor Mohan Trivedi, the lab is developing "smart" car systems based on on-board cameras and other sensors, computer-vision processing, and new tools to assist the motorist to drive more carefully. Full Story
The von Liebig Center has awarded $300,000 to six projects of Jacobs School faculty, to help commercialize technologies that could show up in the form of better cell phone cameras, wireless video instant-messaging, a way to quantify an individual's risk of suffering an aneurysm, and more powerful photovoltaic cells that could drive down the cost of solar energy. Total awards since the Center was set up in 2001 now top $1.2 million. Full Story
Nine undergraduate students from the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering have arrived in Asia and Australia to conduct collaborative research on a wide variety of topics related to cyberinfrastructure. They are part of a new Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program funded by the NSF. This summer's host institutions are in Osaka, Japan; Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan; and Melbourne, Australia.
Earlier this month, five teams of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) students showcased their respective online, multiplayer games to a packed audience in Peterson Hall on the UCSD campus. The games were part of CSE 125, a project-based course on Software System Design and Implementation, taught each spring by CSE professor Geoff Voelker. Full Story
Over 65 scientists, engineers and research officers attended the kickoff meeting June 15 in San Diego on a project funded by the Department of Defense's Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) to develop "space-time processing for tactical mobile ad-hoc networks." The project is led by ECE research scientist James Zeidler, and includes four other ECE faculty members as well as researchers on three other UC campuses, Brigham Young University, and Canada's McMaster University. Full Story
UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering structural engineers performed a large-scale seismic test on a 50 foot-long, 20 foot high and 14 foot-wide bridge to gauge how it would respond in an earthquake. The bridge superstructure is made with apre-cast segmental construction technique similar to the design of the Skyway portion of the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span. Unlike traditional “cast-in-place” designs, this approach uses pre-cast concrete sections which are held together by strong steel tendons. Because the deck pieces can be manufactured elsewhere and then fastened to concrete columns upon arrival, they offer an economical solution to bridge construction. Full Story
Dozens of engineering students participated in the first-ever Triton Junkyard Derby on the UCSD campus, organized by MAE senior Ben Graham with support from various campus organizations including the Triton Engineering Student Council and the UCSD Alumni Association. Full Story
Technology Institute at UC San Diego Appoints New Directors to Oversee Research in Homeland Security and Medical Informatics
To accommodate rapid growth in the size and scope of its operations on the UCSD campus, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²] is reinforcing its executive ranks with the appointment of two associate directors: Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor William Hodgkiss will have overall responsibility for the institute's initiatives in homeland security; and Leslie Lenert will play the same role in medical informatics. Both will report to the institute's division director at UCSD, ECE professor Ramesh Rao (pictured above).
ViaSat Co-Founder Steve Hart Receives Outstanding Executive Award at Jacobs School Recognition Banquet
The UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering awarded its 2004 Outstanding Executive Award to Steve Hart (pictured above), UCSD alumnus and co-founder and chief technology officer of ViaSat, Inc., during the School’s Eighth Annual Recognition Banquet on May 2. The Recognition Banquet celebrates the School’s partnerships with industry and is primarily supported by members of its Corporate Affiliates Program. Nearly 550 people attended the event titled “The Thrill of Engineering” which was co-hosted by AT&T and Raytheon with reception sponsor Office Pavilion San Diego. The 2004 Outstanding Alumna Award was presented to NASA/JPL thermal systems engineer Shonte Wright. Additional awards included the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Professor Award to Stefan Llewellyn Smith, the Undergraduate Leadership Award to Benjamin Graham, and the Graduate Student Research Award to Valerie Liu Tsang. Full Story
Researchers from the Jacobs School and Cal-(IT)² participated in a full-scale disaster drill led by San Diego's Metropolitan Medical Strike Team. First responders tested several new technologies developed for emergency response by the NIH-funded WIISARD project, led by UCSD School of Medicine professor Leslie Lenert and ECE professor Ramesh Rao. Full Story
San Diego, CA, May 10, 2004 --The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) will honor two University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering faculty and a UCSD alumnus with the 2004 Leon S. Moisseiff Award for their co-authored paper titled, “Cyclic Testing of Built-Up Steel Shear Links for the New Bay Bridge,” that was published in the June 2003 issue of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. The award will be presented at the 2004 Structures Congress & Exposition in Nashville, TN on May 25. The paper describes research to improve welding details on a new self-anchored suspension bridge, currently being built to replace the existing San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span, which was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Full Story
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The University of California, San Diego has been named the fourth campus in the UC system to host the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a four-week residential academic experience for top high school students. COSMOS at UCSD is administered through the Jacobs School of Engineering and will place a strong emphasis on technology and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. Full Story
Computer Science and Engineering seniors Alex Simma and Stefan Dorsett bested more than 120 other students who showed up on May 1 to compete in a software version of the BattleBot contest. They edged out the team of James Heffron and Gunny Lee for the top spot and prize money of $1,000 apiece. Full Story
On April 28, UCSD-TV began airing a 60-minute documentary called "Irwin Mark Jacobs: Pioneer of the Wireless Future." The program focuses on the QUALCOMM founder's influence on San Diego, UCSD, and the global telecommunications industry. To make the program available for viewers outside the San Diego region, the documentary is also now available on-demand as streaming video [RealPlayer or RealOne Player required]. Full Story
Jacobs School computer science and engineering professor Russell Impagliazzo has been appointed a Guggenheim Fellow and cited for his work on "heuristics, proof complexity, and algorithmic techniques." The 80th annual fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation total $6.9 million and were awarded this year to 185 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 3,200 applicants. Full Story
Entrée Wireless, a leading developer of Mobile Wireless Gateways, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²] will deploy Entrée’s technology solution to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in the field for first responders in disaster situations. The project is led by ECE professor Ramesh Rao, director of the institute’s San Diego division. Full Story
UC San Diego Names Ramesh Rao to QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies
Professor Ramesh Rao has been appointed the first holder of the QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in the Jacobs School of Engineering. Rao is an electrical and computer engineering professor in the School, and directs the San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²].
Undergraduate students from UCSD will do research this summer at laboratories in Japan, Taiwan and Australia. They will take part in a three-year, $156,000 program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), led by Cal-(IT)² layer leader Gabriele Wienhausen (pictured) to help prepare more U.S. engineers and scientists to work on international projects. Full Story
In the annual survey of graduate programs released today by U.S. News, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering were ranked among the nation’s best. Full Story
More than 5,000 people are now regularly using a toll-free wireless traffic information service that allows motorists to get real-time information on traffic speeds and delays along the major highways they travel in San Diego County. According to developers of the service at UCSD, the San Diego Wireless Traffic Report now receives between 25,000 and 30,000 calls per month. Full Story
UC San Diego Bioinformatics Experts Help Reconstruct the Genomic Makeup of our Ancestors as International Consortium Completes Rat Genome Sequencing
San Diego, CA, March 31, 2004 -- Scientists have generated and begun to analyze the rat genome, paving the way for comparisons with the two other mammalian genomes sequenced so far -- human, and mouse. The primary results of the Rat Genome Sequencing Project Consortium (RGSPC) are presented in the April 1 issue of Nature, and an additional thirty manuscripts describing further detailed analyses are contained in the April issue of the journal Genome Research.Full Story
UCSD's Trivedi and Sen. Leahy Discuss Legal and Technical Challenges to Video Surveillance; Webcast Now Available
3.29.04 -- Jacobs School of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering Mohan Trivedi participated in a blue-ribbon panel March 23 in Washington D.C. on "Video Surveillance: Legal and Technological Challenges." The conference is now available for viewing online (see below).Full Story
San Diego, CA, March 23, 2004 -- Faculty and researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) are preparing to host what has become one of the most influential conferences in the world dealing with bioinformatics. This year's Research in Computational Molecular Biology -- RECOMB 2004 for short -- will take place March 27-31 in San Diego (http://recomb04.sdsc.edu/), and will feature the best research in bioinformatics, combined with invited talks from experimental biologists. "This is a scientific forum for theoretical advances in computational biology and their applications in molecular biology and medicine," says UCSD pharmacology professor Philip Bourne, who is Director of Integrative Biosciences at SDSC and also Conference General Chair of RECOMB 2004. "The origins of the conference came from the mathematical and computational side of the field, but the effective use of computational techniques for biological innovation is also an important aspect of the conference." SDSC took the lead in sponsoring the 2004 conference.Full Story
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego will lead a six-university effort to enable troops to set up mobile communications networks on the battlefield, using lightweight wireless equipment during commando raids and in other hostile and rapidly changing environments. The project to develop "space-time processing for tactical mobile ad-hoc networks" will receive approximately $3 million in funding over three years from the U.S. Department of Defense, which will have the option to extend funding to $5.25 million over five years.Full Story
San Diego, CA, March 17, 2004 -- A bipartisan organization in the nation’s capital has selected Jacobs School electrical and computer engineering professor Mohan Trivedi to sit on a blue-ribbon panel to examine the technological development and legal regulation of video surveillance. The discussion will focus on the impact of new and emerging video surveillance technologies on privacy and civil liberties.Full Story
San Diego, CA, March 9, 2004 -- Six faculty members of the University of California, San Diego have been selected as Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows in 2004 -- double the number in the period 1999-2002 combined. They are among the 117 academics receiving the distinction this year, and UCSD ranked among the top tier of academic institutions winning Sloan awards: Stanford led with eight, UC Berkeley and Princeton tied for second place with seven fellows each, and UCSD tied for third place with Caltech. The fellowships are awarded each year to young academics who "show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge," according to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Full Story
Founder of UCSD Bioengineering Program Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from Asian American Engineers
San Diego, CA, Monday, March 1, 2004 -- A Chinese engineer who came to the United States right after World War II and went on to do pioneering research in aeronautics and bioengineering has been honored by his fellow Asian American engineers. On Feb. 28, Yuan-Cheng Fung received the Distinguished Life Time Achievement Award at the 2004 CIE EWEEK Asian American Engineer of the Year Award Banquet in Santa Clara, CA.Full Story
Jacobs School Professors to Receive Funding from von Liebig Center to Commercialize Academic Research
San Diego, Monday, February 23, 2004 -- The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has awarded $275,000 to six projects led by faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering. The projects range from bio-sensors to nano-photonics, and include technologies to create synthetic bone for use in dental implants or prosthetics; to put anti-virus and other Internet networking functions on auto-pilot; and to enable affordable, predictable and reliable wireless data services (details below).Full Story
California Scientists Unveil Pilot Project at UC San Diego for Automated Monitoring of Animal Behavior in Medical Research
San Diego , Tuesday, February 10, 2004 -- Computer scientists and animal care experts at the University of California , San Diego (UCSD) have come up with a new way to automate the monitoring of mice and other animals in laboratory research. Combining cameras and distributed, non-invasive sensors with elements of computer vision, information technology and artificial intelligence, the Smart Vivarium project aims to enhance the quality of animal research, while at the same time enabling better health care for animals.Full Story
Canadian Government, Academic and Industry Leaders Visit UC San Diego to Forge Technology Research Relationships
San Diego, CA, and Edmonton, Alberta, Jan. 27, 2004 -- A delegation of senior government officials and business leaders from Alberta, Canada, today visited the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²] to talk about campus-led technological innovation and potential cooperative research ventures.Full Story
Jacobs School Computer Science Professor to Receive Academy Award for Computer Graphics Breakthrough
San Diego, CA, January 21, 2004 -- A computer science professor from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) who has helped pave the way for photo-realistic, computer-generated humans in the movies will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Henrik Wann Jensen will receive a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy at a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA, on February 14.Full Story