About the Symposium

January 26, 2016 at Tokyo International Forum G405
Presented by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering



The Technology Symposium in Tokyo offers attendees access to a wealth of cutting-edge research projects at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. The theme for the symposium this year is "Nanotechnology and Its Applications." Nanotechnology plays a key role in many tough challenges facing modern society, ranging from healthcare and medicine, energy and sustainability, communications, sensing, and advanced manufacturing. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with key Jacobs School of Engineering leaders and directors and learn about how exciting research projects at UC San Diego might change the way we live, work and innovate.

At this half-day event, you have the opportunity to learn about the emerging research initiatives at the Jacobs School of Engineering, including:

  • The Contextual Robotics Institute. In October 2015, the University of California, San Diego launched the Contextual Robotics Institute. This Institute is focused on developing safe and useful robotics systems that function in close proximity to people based on the contextual information they perceive in real time. Elder care and assisted living, disaster response, medicine, transportation and environmental sensing are just some of the real-world applications. Collaborations between engineers and cognitive scientists are a key aspect of this Institute, which is a partnership between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego.
  • The Sustainable Power and Energy Center. Center researchers develop higher-performance and lower-cost materials and devices for energy generation, storage and conversion. Many industry areas such as electric vehicles, microgrids, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and wearable sensor devices stand to benefit from the Center’s work, which is rooted in thoughtful analyses of the economics of distributed energy. UC San Diego’s world-renowned microgrid serves as a real-world test-bed for the Center projects.
  • The CHO Systems Biology Center. UC San Diego is a world leader in both systems biology and CHO (Chinese Hamster Ovary) cell line research. The CHO Systems Biology Center is uniquely positioned – and driven – to develop new resources and techniques that empower the biopharmaceutical industry (a $140 Billion annual market) to rationally engineer and optimize CHO cell lines for drug development.
  • The Center for Wearable Sensors. This Center accelerates the pace of innovation in wearable sensor systems by tackling the toughest research challenges and technical bottlenecks. Researchers are working to create a series of the world’s most advanced “lab on the body” systems. These efforts are built around close collaborations between world-renowned faculty and students and our industry partners.

The Technology Symposium will precede the Jacobs School’s research showcase at the “nano tech 2016” International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conferences at Tokyo Big Sight on January 27-29, 2016.

UC San Diego ranks fifth among top US universities in federal R&D dollars, with over $1 billion in expenditures for fiscal year 2014-2015. UC San Diego has consistently ranked among the top 10 US research universities in R&D funding for more than a decade.

In addition to federal research funding, the Jacobs School of Engineering also has a long history of successful collaborations with industry. On average, about 40 percent of research funding at the Jacobs School of Engineering comes from industry partners. The volume and balanced sourcing of research funding highlights the Jacobs School of Engineering’s commitment to research that is both fundamental and relevant.

Researchers at the Jacobs School are solving problems in robotics, biotechnology, engineering and clinical medicine, nanomaterials, energy and sustainability, networks, security and cybersecurity, wireless, wearable sensors, advanced manufacturing, computational systems, information sciences and many other areas that have great potential for addressing the tough challenges facing our global society.