2007 News Releases

    UC San Diego Wireless Expert Named IEEE Fellow

    An interview with Pamela Cosman, an electrical engineering professor from UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering who has been elected an IEEE fellow for her contributions to image and video compression and wireless communications. Full Story

    Jacobs School Undergrads Shine at Conference for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

     Jacobs School undergraduates Jorge Ortiz and Robert Valtierra took home awards for their research at the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Breena Fraga, a UC San Diego chemistry major, was also recognized. Full Story

    Two ECE Profs, Two Spin-Outs, Two Product-Award Nominations
     Products from two different companies spun out by electrical engineers at UC San Diego are finalists for CONNECT’s 2007 Most Innovative New Product “MIP” Award – in the Communications Technology & Hardware category. Full Story
    A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs

    UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. Full Story

    Flip-Flopping Gene Expression Can Be Advantageous

    One gene for pea pod color generates green pods while a variant of that gene gives rise to the yellow-pod phenotype, a feature that helped Gregor Mendel first describe genetic inheritance. However, many modern-day geneticists are focused on the strange ability of some genes to be expressed spontaneously in either of two possible ways. UCSD researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that variability due to the phenomenon is larger and persists much longer than they had expected. Full Story

    Renewable Plastics, Poster Initiative and E. coli: UCSD Bioengineering Grad Student Wins Leadership Award

     The plastic containers Adam Feist uses to carry his lunch to his UC San Diego lab are petroleum based. This may change. Feist – a bioengineering Ph.D. candidate at UCSD – is doing fundamental research that could lead to more efficient ways to churn out renewable biopolymers for “green plastics” using microorganisms as factories. Within the bioengineering department at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, Feist is a natural leader, a dedicated team player and a top-notch metabolic engineer. This combination of leadership, service and scholarship has earned him the 2007 Woolley Leadership Award. Full Story

    UCSD Engineering Honor Society Wins Most Outstanding Chapter Award

    Flip through the 133 page record of the 2006-2007 activities of UCSD’s engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and you’ll see why they recently took home the “nation’s most outstanding chapter” award. Full Story

    Most Complex Silicon Phased Array Chip in the World Developed at UC San Diego


    UC San Diego electrical engineers have developed the world’s most complex “phased array” – or radio frequency integrated circuit. This DARPA-funded advance is expected to find its way into U.S. defense satellite communication and radar systems. In addition, the innovations in this chip design will likely spill over into commercial applications, such as automotive satellite systems for direct broadcast TV, and new methods for high speed wireless data transfer. Full Story

    Undergrads Dream with QUALCOMM Chips
     The biggest challenge for one of the four winners of last weekend's QUALCOMM Innovator Challenge came at a surprising moment: after his team won first prize and $5,000 in the engineering design contest. Over the phone, freshman David Wong had to convince his parents to hand over his social security number so he could fill out the necessary tax-related paperwork to get his cut of the $5,000. Money the team won for their ideas for what is possible with QUALCOMM’s new ultra powerful chip set for mobile devices, called Snapdragon. Full Story
    UCSD Researchers Give Computers Common Sense

    Using a little-known Google Labs widget, computer scientists from UC San Diego and UCLA have brought common sense to an automated image labeling system. This common sense is the ability to use context to help identify objects in photographs. For example, if a conventional automated object identifier labels a person, a tennis racket, a tennis court and a lemon in a photo, the new post-processing context check will re-label the lemon a tennis ball.
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    Will Breast Cancer Spread? UCSD Bioengineers Answer


    One of the many unknowns facing women who are diagnosed with breast cancer is the likelihood that the cancer will spread to other parts of the body – metastasize. Researchers from UC San Diego are looking to change that. UCSD bioengineering professor Trey Ideker is pioneering a more accurate approach for predicting the risk of breast cancer metastasis in individual patients. Full Story

    In Human Grid, We are the Cogs

    In a position paper presented at Interactive Computer Vision (ICV) 2007 on October 15 in Rio de Janeiro, computer scientists from UC San Diego led by professor Serge Belongie outline a grid system that would allow CAPTCHAs to be used help someone who is visually impaired do their grocery shopping. Full Story

    Which came first, the chicken genome or the egg genome?

    New research published in Nature Genetics provides the first evolutionary history of the duplications in the human genome that are partly responsible for both disease and recent genetic innovations. This work marks a significant step toward a better understanding of what genomic changes paved the way for modern humans, when these duplications occurred and what the associated costs are – in terms of susceptibility to disease-causing genetic mutations. Full Story

    UCSD Engineering Dynamo Honored by National Academy Of Engineering

    Stanford S. "Sol" Penner, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Emeritus at UC San Diego, will receive the 2007 Founders Award from the NAE "for pivotal studies on thermal radiation, propulsion, combustion, and energy systems, directing government studies, founding a university department and energy center, and training future leaders."  Full Story

    Online Game Feeds Music Search Engine Project

    UC San Diego electrical engineers and computer scientists are working together on a computerized system that will make it easy for people who are not music experts (like the senior author’s mom) to find the kind of music they want to listen to – without knowing the names of artists or songs. Full Story

    Primate Sperm Competition: Speed Matters
     UC San Diego and UC Irvine researchers have reported that sperm cells from the more promiscuous chimpanzee and rhesus macaque species swim much faster and with much greater force than the sperm of humans and gorillas. Full Story
    Making Buildings Safer from Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

    NSF's Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation has awarded a $3.6 million grant to study the seismic performance of nonstructural ceiling-piping-partition systems, with structural engineers at the Jacobs School and Calit2 participating in the multi-campus project. Full Story

    Donors Forge New Group to Support UC San Diego Center Championing Scientific Approach to Preserving Artistic Treasures

    Private donors working closely with the JAcobs School have established "Friends of CISA3" -- a philanthropic initiative to support the activities of the Calit2-based research center devoted to innovating and using new technologies to better understand and preserve artistic treasures.  Full Story

    Learning How Embryonic Stem Cells Become Heart Cells

    Three teams of San Diego scientists are using a comprehensive new systems-biology approach to learn how to prompt mouse embryonic stem cells to differentiate in the laboratory into cardiac muscle cells, results that could eventually be used to develop completely new treatments for human heart disease Full Story

    Computer Scientists Take the Why out of WiFi

     UCSD computer scientists have designed a system that automatically analyzes the behavior of all the WiFi connections in the UCSD computer science building. “In the end, we can say ‘it’s because of this that your wireless is slow or has stopped working’ – and we can tell you immediately,” said computer science professor Stefan Savage, a senior author on the paper presented last week in Kyoto, Japan at ACM SIGCOMM, the premier computer networking conference. Full Story

    Controlling Bandwidth in the Clouds

     If half your company’s bandwidth is allocated to your mirror in New York, and it’s the middle of the night there, and your sites in London and Tokyo are slammed, that New York bandwidth is going to waste. UC San Diego computer scientists have designed, implemented, and evaluated a new bandwidth management system for cloud-based applications capable of solving this problem. Full Story

    Computer Science Grad Lands on TR 35 List

    Tadayoshi (Yoshi) Kohno – the wave-making computer security expert with a computer science Ph.D. from UC San Diego – has landed on Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of innovators under 35, the TR 35. Full Story

    Medical Devices Affinity Group Meets to Brainstorm New Technologies

    Nearly 40 researchers, clinicians, basic scientists and engineers from the Jacobs School, Calit2 and UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Surgery met to brainstorm about potential collaborations to develop new medical and research devices. Full Story

    Render Smoke and Fog without being a Computation Hog

      Computer scientists from UC San Diego have developed a way to generate images like smoke-filled bars, foggy alleys and smog-choked cityscapes without the computational drag and slow speed of previous computer graphics methods. Full Story

    UCSD Computer Scientists Shed Light on Internet Scams


    Computer scientists from UC San Diego have found striking differences between the infrastructure used to distribute spam and the infrastructure used to host the online scams advertised in these unwanted email messages. This discovery should aid in the fight to reduce spam volume and shut down illegal online businesses and malware sites. Full Story

    Computer Graphics Spills from Milk to Medicine

    A new UC San Diego computer graphics model capable of generating realistic milk images based on the fat and protein content will likely push the field of computer graphics into the realms of diagnostic medicine, food safety and atmospheric science, according to a new study. Full Story

    How Cells Change the Pace of Their Steps

    Scientists at UCSD have discovered how cells of higher organisms change the speed at which they move, a basic biological discovery that may help researchers devise ways to prevent cancer cells from spreading throughout the body.


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    SIGGRAPH in San Diego: Graphics, Video and Rock

    American Idol and Comic-Con have come and gone, but fun in San Diego’s summer sun has just begun. From August 4 to 9, the top computer graphics and interactive media folks from around the world will flood San Diego for the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference – and UC San Diego is part of the action. Full Story

    Ten New Faculty Members Join Jacobs School

     The Jacobs School of Engineering is adding 10 faculty members who will enhance the school’s strengths in bioengineering, biomaterials, bio-fluid mechanics, security and networks, systems and controls, and nanoengineering. Full Story

    UC San Diego Establishes Department of NanoEngineering

    Seeking to capitalize on the potential of a new generation of multi-functional nanoscale devices and special materials built on the scale of individual molecules, UC San Diego has established a new Department of NanoEngineering within its Jacobs School of Engineering effective July 1, 2007.  Full Story

    Professor Frank Talke Wins Prestigious Humboldt Award

    Frank Talke, professor of mechanical engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, has received a 2007 Humboldt Research Award. Full Story

    One Student, One Professor - a Pivotal Moment

    The recent announcement by the National Academy of Engineering that Yuan-Cheng "Bert" Fung would receive the $500,000 Russ Prize for 2007 was particularly poignant for Erin McGurk, who received a M.S. degree in bioengineering from UC San Diego in 1986. She recalled how Fung had helped her in her early days when she was struggling with a difficult class assignment. Full Story

    Computer Science Seniors Complete Networked 3D Multiplayer Computer Games

    The CSE 125 course gave students hands-on experience with software system design and implementation, but even non-engineering majors could appreciate the students' final team projects demonstrated June 8 to a large audience: distributed, real-time 3D multiplayer games called Super Hurtball, Icarus, WoAH (World of Absurd Heroes) and Tertisiege. Full Story

    The University of California Sweeps RFIC Student Paper Awards at IMS 2007
     Engineering graduate students from three University of California campuses -- Berkeley, Davis and San Diego -- won first, second and third places respectively for the best student papers in the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) portion of the prestigious 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2007) held in Honolulu, HI, last week, June 3-8, 2007. Full Story
    The Jacobs School of Rock...Rocked!
     The Jacobs School of Rock did, in fact, rock. More than 100 people gathered at Porter’s Pub on June 8 to hear five bands affiliated with the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story
    Air Force Says Basic Research at UC San Diego Helps U.S. 'Anticipate Threats'

    Pentagon official tells Congress that 5-year-old, $7 million UC San Diego nanostructured supersensors project is evidence that basic research can help U.S. anticipate threats; ECE's Yu-Hwa Lo is a co-PI on the multidisciplinary team that includes engineers in Calit2's Nano3 cleanroom facility. Full Story

    Wood Chips in - Biofuel out

    California researchers plan to make biofuels without using any food crops or microbial fermentation and reduce the load on landfills in the process. A new research effort involving three University of California campuses (San Diego, Davis, and Berkeley) and West Biofuels LLC, will develop a prototype research reactor that will use steam and catalysts to efficiently convert forest, urban, and agricultural “cellulosic” wastes directly into alcohol that can be used as a gasoline additive. Full Story

    Butterfly Beats Kitchen: UCSD Graphics Competition
     A pink and black butterfly and its reflections within drops of water has edged out an intentionally bad photograph (too much flash) of a kitchen: welcome to the Spring 2007 edition of UC San Diego’s “rendering algorithms” graphics contest. In place of paints and brushes or cameras, computer science students at the Jacobs School of Engineering created realistic, 3D graphics by leveraging number crunching algorithms with the art and science of computer programming under deadline pressure. Full Story
    Stem Cell Research Facilities Expanding at UCSD

    A new stem cell grant will support the creation of a new 2,775 square-foot satellite core facility to be located at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

    $75,000 Pay Out at Student-Run UCSD Business Plan Competition June 9
    What started as a series of happy hours has morphed into a UC San Diego student-run event in which $75,000 in cash prizes is on the line. On Saturday June 9, five teams of student entrepreneurs affiliated with UC San Diego will compete head-to-head in a business plan competition run by the Triton Innovation Network (TIN), a new organization run entirely by UCSD graduate and undergraduate students. The winning team will walk away with as much as $45,000 in cash to support their new business, and the two runners up will receive up to $15,000 each. Full Story
    Signaling Molecules Videotaped Delivering Messages in Cells

    Scientists have captured on video the intracellular version of a postal delivery service. Reporting in the June 2007 issue of Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), bioengineering researchers at UCSD published time-lapse images of a message-carrying protein called paxillin moving abruptly from hubs of communication and transportation activity on the cell surface toward the nucleus. Full Story

    Engineers Will Rock Porter's Pub at UCSD

    At rock shows, the engineers are often backstage operating the sound equipment and running the computer systems; but at UCSD, the engineers are moving out front. Serge Belongie, a computer science and engineering (CSE) professor, has started a new concert series featuring bands affiliated with UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

    Engineering Professor Elected to Royal Society

    Paul Linden, a professor in UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has been elected as a fellow to the United Kingdom's National Academy of Science in recognition of his worldwide influence on the scientific field of experimental fluid dynamics. Full Story

    Nanoscale Pasta: Toward Nanoscale Electronics
     Pasta tastes like pasta – with or without a spiral. But when you jump to the nanoscale, everything changes: carbon nanotubes that look like nanoscale spiral pasta have completely different electronic properties than their non-spiraling nanotube cousins. Engineers at UC San Diego, and Clemson University are studying these differences in the hopes of creating new kinds of components for nanoscale electronics. Full Story
    UCSD Researchers Win Commercialization Grants

    Hopping robots? Liquid shoes? Generating electricity from heat? A not-so-whacky university-based center for entrepreneurism has funded some, well, somewhat unusual research projects that actually may have commercial potential. Full Story

    Electrical Engineering Grad Student Racks Up Awards
     For his work on how semiconducting nanowires grow and behave, Shadi A. Dayeh, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, has recently earned a series of awards. Full Story
    $1 Million Telemedicine Center

    The UCSD School of Medicine has received a $1 million grant from the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC) to support the development and implementation of a Southern California Telemedicine Learning Center (TLC). Full Story

    Jacobs School Associate Dean Jeanne Ferrante Receives 2007 Educator Pinnacle Award

    Jeanne Ferrante, professor of computer science and associate dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, received the 2007 Educator Pinnacle Award from Athena, the leadership organization for women executives in San Diego’s technology, life sciences, and healthcare sectors.  Athena Pinnacle Awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on the development and promotion of skilled and talented women.

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    Google Chief Internet Evangelist Sees Changing Shape of the Web

    Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf – Google's Chief Internet Evangelist – spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Atkinson Hall on April 19. His talk was hosted by the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), where Cerf also sits on the Advisory Board.
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    Why Nanowires Make Great Photodetectors

      The geometry of semiconducting nanowires makes them uniquely suited for light detection, according to a new UC San Diego study that highlights the possibility of nanowires as light detectors with single-photon sensitivity.  Nanowires are crystalline fibers about one thousandth the width of a human hair, and their inherent properties are expected to enable new photodetector architectures for sensing, imaging, memory storage, intrachip optical communications and other nanoscale applications, according to a new study in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters. Full Story

    Earthshaking Visualizations

     San Diego Supercomputer Center Virtual Building Helps Jacobs School Engineers Explore Performance of Seven-Story Structure During Earthquake Shake. Full Story

    Widely Used Iron Nanoparticles Exhibit Toxic Effects on Cells

    Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested in the treatment of several human diseases can be toxic to nerve cells and interfere with the formation of their signal-transmitting extensions. Full Story

    New Algorithms from UCSD Improve Automated Image Labeling

    A Google image search for “tiger” yields many tiger photos – but also returns images of a tiger pear cactus stuck in a tire, a racecar, Tiger Woods, the boxer Dick Tiger, Antarctica, and many others. Why? Today’s large Internet search engines look for images using captions or other text linked to images rather than looking at what is actually in the picture. Electrical engineers from UC San Diego are making progress on a different kind of image search engine – one that analyzes the images themselves. This approach may be folded into next-generation image search engines for the Internet; and in the shorter term, could be used to annotate and search commercial and private image collections. Full Story

    Elementary School Shakeup -- with Engineering Help

    More than 1,100 fifth- and sixth-grade students from schools in Escondido and Del Mar, CA, in March 2007 participated in a unique earthquake-safety competition organized by Philip Yu, a graduate student in the Jacobs School of Engineering’s Structural Engineering Department. Full Story

    IEEE Computer Society Honors Internet Pioneer and Calit2 Director Larry Smarr

    Computer Science and Engineering professor Larry Smarr has received the IEEE Computer Society's Tsutomu Kanai Award for his "outstanding contributions in the area of distributed computing systems." Smarr is the director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Full Story

    Long-Distance Mentoring Over Email
     Long-distance relationships are often tough. But when it comes to mentoring, the distance can turn out to be a good thing. Over email, a mentor who is hundreds or thousands of miles away can give advice and feedback based on a perspective that you might not get from an advisor down the hall.  At no charge, UCSD engineering, mathematics or science undergrads, grad students, postdocs and new faculty can link up with a mentor over email thanks to a partnership between UCSD and MentorNet – an e-mentoring network promoting diversity in engineering and science. Full Story
    Ericsson Funds Two Outstanding Wireless Researchers at UCSD, Calit2
     For their excellent work in the field of wireless communication, Geoff Voelker and Rene Cruz – professors at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and Calit2-affiliated researchers – have been named Jacobs School Ericsson Distinguished Scholars. Full Story
    Packet Dropping and a Reinvented Internet

    Imagine an Internet design where dropping packets is part of the plan. This “science fiction” version of the Internet is not all fiction: computer scientists and electrical engineers at UC San Diego are at work determining how feasible an Internet with a planned-packet-dropping protocol might be.  At the January 2007 UCSD Center for Networked Systems (CNS) Research Review, computer science and engineering professor Alex Snoeren and electrical and computer engineering professor Bill Lin, both from the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, described their research on a possible Internet of the future. Full Story

    Launching the Global Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Research and Analysis (CAMERA)

    CSE professor Larry Smarr, principal investigator on Calit2's CAMERA marine microbial genomics project, announced in Washington D.C. that the database of metagenomic information from the first phase of Craig Venter's Global Ocean Sampling expedition is now available to scientists worldwide. Full Story

     The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in mixed-signal, microwave and millimeter-wave RFICs, today announced that it has developed an 8-element RFIC phased array receiver covering the 6-18 GHz frequency range. The chip was designed and tested by Kwangjin Koh, a Ph.D. student at UCSD in Prof. Gabriel M. Rebeiz’ group, and was sponsored by the DARPA SMART (Scalable Millimeter-Wave Array Technology) program under the direction of Dr. Mark Rosker, and under a subcontract to UCSD from Teledyne Scientific Corporation in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Full Story
    Jacobs School Is Home to Two of Five Winners of UCSD Faculty Excellence Awards
     Joseph Pasquale and Pavel Pevzner – professors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering – are two of the five UCSD faculty members honored by the UCSD Chancellor’s Associates on March 5, 2007 for excellence in teaching, research and community service. Full Story
    Corporate Recruiters Vie for UCSD Engineering Graduates

    An annual one-day, student-run recruiting fair at UC San Diego posted a 46 percent increase this year in the number of high technology companies and research institutes seeking engineering students and graduates for internships and full-time positions. Full Story

    Maurizio Seracini: In Search of History

    Calit2 and the Jacobs School have created a Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), and lured a pioneer of the field from Florence to run the new center and several high-profile projects also announced yesterday. Full Story

    Engineering Week at UCSD

     San Diego, February 20 - 23, 2007:  From flying tomatoes, to undergraduate research, graduate poster competitions at Research Expo, a heavy-hitting job fair, and a semi-formal party just for students, the Jacobs School of Engineering celebrated National Engineering Week in a big way. Individual students and student organizations including the Triton Engineering Student Council were at the heart of it all -- from the games, to the research, to the work of recruiting companies to attend the job fair. 
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    Computer Science Grad Student Wins Symantec Fellowship

     A third-year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering has won one of three Graduate Fellowships from Symantec Research Labs for the 2007-2008 academic year. Justin Ma will spend this summer in a Symantec research lab in Santa Monica, California, working elbow to elbow with senior security researchers on real-world problems. Symantec will also pay Ma’s tuition and fees and provide a stipend for the 2007-2008 academic year. Full Story

    Single Photon Detector Wins UCSD Engineering Research Competition
     With a flash of light, photons simultaneously fly toward the face of a person waiting to be identified for security purposes. The packets of light bounce off the face and land on a specially engineered photon sensor that clocks when each photon arrived and uses the information to reconstruct a three dimensional image of the face almost instantaneously. Full Story
    Second Annual Information Theory and Applications Workshop Presents Diverse Program

    Earlier this month the UCSD division of Calit2 hosted the week-long, second annual Information Theory and Applications Workshop, with over 500 researchers attending more than 270 talks in four parallel tracks throughout the week.
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    EUReKA Highlights Jacobs School Undergraduate Research

    Who says graduate students have all the research fun? At an annual event at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering held this Wednesday, undergraduates strutted their research stuff on topics as varied as better biodiesel generators, cartilage in the knees and wireless networks that will  “think.” Full Story

    Engineering Undergrads Cuddle Tomatoes in Search of Golden Calculator

      Tomatoes falling from the sky. Duct-tape miracles. Paper-plate parachutes. Whipped cream in faces. A big blue balloon over Warren Mall. Is that a pair of sumo wrestler in the distance?

    Welcome to E-Games 2007, a day of engineering inspired competitions between a variety of UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering student organizations. E-Games, organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council, is the kick-off event for National Engineers Week at UCSD. Full Story

    ECE Professor Shayan Mookherjea Receives NSF CAREER Award


    Shayan Mookherjea, an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty. Full Story

    UCSD Cell Phone Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering
     If you like the slim cell phone that you hardly know is in your pocket or purse, one of the many people you have to thank is Peter Asbeck, an electrical engineer from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. And while you’re at it, congratulate him on earning one of the highest professional distinctions possible for an engineer – election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Full Story
    University of California, San Diego Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences Ranked 9th in the World

    The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is the 9th best in the world for engineering/technology and computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published online this month by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.    Full Story

    The Road Ahead for the NSF-Funded OptIPuter Project

    The "road ahead" was the overall theme of this year's OptIPuter All Hands Meeting and Open House. In its fifth and final year, the project's principal investigator, CSE professor Larry Smarr, and other partners and affiliates came together to celebrate accomplishments, discuss the final year and identify partners for the future. Full Story

    Simulating Human Metabolism

    Bioengineering researchers at UCSD have painstakingly assembled a virtual human metabolic network that will give researchers a new way to hunt for better treatments for hundreds of human metabolic disorders, from diabetes to high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Full Story

    Information Theorist Named to QUALCOMM Endowed Chair at UC San Diego

    The third QUALCOMM Endowed Chair awarded through Calit2 in the Jacobs School of Engineering goes to professor Alon Orlitsky, director of Calit2's Information Theory and Applications Center. The announcement coincides with the start of a five-day conference organized by the information-theory center. Full Story

    Origami Lens Slims High Resolution Cameras

    Engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications.  “Our imager is about seven times more powerful than a conventional lens of the same depth,” said Eric Tremblay, the first author on an Applied Optics paper published February 1, 2007, and an electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. candidate at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

    Information Sessions for Calit2 UCSD Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships

    Calit2's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program is going on seven years, and expand in 2007 to include more students as well as higher stipends. The deadline to apply is March 5, and information sessions will be held this Thursday, January 25, and Feb. 14 in Atkinson Hall. Full Story

    UC San Diego and Calit2 Host Indian Ambassador on Extended San Diego Visit

    Calit2 at UCSD hosted India's Ambassador to the United States, Ronen Sen, during a four-day visit to San Diego, where he talked up the recent civilian nuclear-power deal with Washington and the need for expanded research links between U.S. and Indian universities. Full Story

    Successful Kickoff for New Joint Initiative on Medical Device Development

    Fostering novel cross-disciplinary research collaborations, the UCSD division of Calit2 has become the home of the new Medical Device Affinity Group, a three-way initiative borne of Calit2, the UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Surgery and the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

    Cross-fertilization of Ideas at San Diego-Based Learning Center

    Professors, researchers, teachers and students looking to build a science of how time and timing affect learning met in San Diego this week for an “all hands meeting.” The recently established Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) is based at UC San Diego and funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. A multidisciplinary and multi-institution group of TDLC members met for three days of brainstorming, sharing scientific expertise, building community, meeting new colleagues and strengthening established research collaborations. Full Story

    UC San Diego Launches Environmental Education Initiative to Keep Middle School Girls Interested in Engineering and Technology Careers
     University of California, San Diego (UCSD) engineering faculty and students, together with San Diego Supercomputer staff, are launching an environmental education initiative they hope will keep middle school girls excited about science, and eventually, careers in engineering. The UCSD team will help San Diego county students monitor the air quality, solar radiation, and other environmental factors surrounding their own schools, and will use the environmental research concepts and techniques to create a multi-player online science challenge game designed specifically for 12-15 year-old girls.  Full Story
    Novel Multimodal Computer Vision Techniques Promise Improved Recognition and Tracking of Human Activity

    UCSD researchers led by ECE's Mohan Trivedi have developed techniques to improve recognition of human activity using cameras that operate at different wavelengths than those used in human vision -- with potential applications in surveillance, auto safety, smart spaces and human-computer interfaces. Full Story

    Y.C. Fung Wins Russ Prize
    The National Academy of Engineering has announced that UCSD's Yuan-Cheng "Bert" Fung will receive the 2007 Russ Prize. Full Story
    UCSD Students Launch $50,000 Entrepreneurship Competition

    The Triton Innovation Network (TIN), a UC San Diego student organization, has officially launched the UCSD $50,000 Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition culminates in May when $50,000 in prize money will be awarded to the student teams with the best business plans. Full Story