Jacobs School Hires 15 Faculty in Key Focus
The Jacobs School recently hired 15 new faculty, strengthening UCSD’s
expertise in nanotechnology and embedded systems, structural damage diagnostics,
and optical networking and sensors. Other new hires enhance focus areas
of bioinformatics, data mining and machine learning, computer graphics
and network systems.
An expert in the area of materials and nanotechnology, Sungho
Jin has joined the School’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Department as the Kazuo Iwama Professor of Materials Science. A National
Academy of Engineering member, Jin specializes in ultra-small materials
for many applications including implantable medical devices and optical
Research in sensor networks is increasingly critical to environmental
and critical infrastructure monitoring, and the School further strengthened
its Department of StructuralEngineering with the addition of Michael
Todd, who specializes in damage diagnostics and using sensor
technologies to monitor the health and performance of naval, civil, and
Two additional faculty with expertise in optical networks joined the
School’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. George
Papen specializes in fiber optic communications systems while
Joseph Ford focuses on optical devices for applications
including data storage, telecommunications, and optoelectronic computing.
The ECE department also added two faculty in the area of signal processing.
Nuno Vasconcelos specializes in signal processing, computer
vision, and pattern recognition and works on retrieval of images, video,
audio, speech, or DNA sequences. Curt Schurgers works
on power-efficient embedded systems for sensor and signal networks.
The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department leads this year’s
recruitment with six new faculty. Strengthening the Jacobs School’s
focus on nanotechnology and networking is Rajesh Gupta,
Qualcomm Professor of Embedded Microsystems. Gupta is an expert in embedded
systems and mobile computing, including the integration of software and
hardware to make computers more portable and energy efficient. Alex
Snoeren also joins the department and adds expertise in computer
systems with a focus on secure and robust wide-area mobile computing.
The CSE Department enhanced its computer graphics and machine vision
program with two new faculty: David Kriegman is a widely
cited expert on face recognition, a crucial component
of vision-based security systems. Henrik Wann Jensen
specializes in rendering of realistic images of natural phenomena. In
the area of data and pattern recognition, Sanjoy Dasgupta
focuses on machine learning and uncovering patterns in high dimensional
data such as genomic information and environmental data. Alin
Deutsch specializes in integrating data from multiple sources.
The Department of Bioengineering added two experts in bioinformatics
and systems biology. Jeff Hasty engineers gene networks
in order to gain insight into gene regulation and the control of cell
function. Xiaohua Huang focuses on nanotechnology devices
for massive parallelization and miniaturization of biochemical reactions
and biomolecular analyses. The department also hired Wayne Giles,
whose appointment further enhances the strong ties between Bioengineering
and the School of Medicine in molecular cardiology and cardiovascular
engineering. Giles studies the electrical impulses and chemical signals
that control heart beat.