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December 13, 2016

Engineers develop a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. 

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November 9, 2016

UC San Diego Hosts Wearable Sensors Summit

The Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering recently hosted its annual research summit.“The summit was a great opportunity for us to discuss and chart the future of wearable sensors with the forward-looking faculty we have as well as industry who know the field,” said Center co-director and electrical and computer engineering professor Patrick Mercier. Research in the Center features interdisciplinary collaborations to produce innovative technologies in the field of wearable sensors. For example, Center co-director and nanoengineering professor Joseph Wang’s lab have worked with electrical engineers in Mercier’s lab to develop a mouth guard sensor and an alcohol sensor.

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November 3, 2016

Tackling Changes and Challenges With Robotics

 An aging, and sometimes ailing, population. An increasing number of self-driving cars and delivery drones. More complex and automated factories. These are just some of the coming changes discussed at the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute’s third annual forum. The overarching topic, “Shared Autonomy: New Directions in Human-Machine Interaction,” will be important for defining the future of human health and well-being at the level of individuals, communities and societies.      

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November 2, 2016

Engineers develop new magnetic ink to print self-healing devices that heal in record time

NanoEngineers at UC San Diego have developed a magnetic ink that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits. The work represents an important step towards widespread practical applications for long-lasting printed electronic devices. Such devices could be integrated into a wide range of health- and environment- monitoring applications and beyond. 

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September 27, 2016

Five Ph.D. students named Siebel Scholars

Five engineering graduate students from the University of California, San Diego have been named 2017 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering and provides them with a financial award for their final year of studies. 

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September 20, 2016

UC San Diego Names Computer Engineer to Fratamico Endowed Chair

Tajana Rosing has been named the John J. and Susan M. Fratamico Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering. Her wide-ranging work includes use of drones to detect areas of higher air pollution collaboratively and dynamically, and to provide this feedback in real time in emergencies (e.g., forest fires), and in normal daily life (such as air pollution due to recent fertilization of nearby fields, or due to higher than normal and localized smog conditions).

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September 6, 2016

'Inside Innovation' Series at UC San Diego Kicks Off with Todd Coleman

“Inside Innovation,” a new series of free, public presentations, will feature the latest innovation technologies by UC San Diego, with opportunities for participants to get an inside look at what’s happening in our labs, explore commercialization opportunities, and inquire about licensing.

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August 10, 2016

UC San Diego, SDSU to Roll Out Research Platform to Improve Hearing-Aid Technologies

Engineers from UC San Diego, including Patrick Mercier from the Center for Wearable Sensors, and audiologists from SDSU have set out an ambitious timetable for delivering two new electronic platforms to dramatically improve and accelerate research on better hearing aids.

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August 2, 2016

Flexible wearable electronic skin patch offers new way to monitor alcohol levels

Engineers at UC San Diego have developed a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately measure a person’s blood alcohol level from sweat and transmit the data wirelessly to a laptop, smartphone or other mobile device. The device can be worn on the skin and could be used by doctors and police officers for continuous, non-invasive and real-time monitoring of blood alcohol content.

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July 25, 2016

UC San Diego Inventions Gain $6-Million Venture-Capital Backing

“MouthSense” and “SmartFoam” are two inventions by UC San Diego engineers that have attracted funding from NextWave Venture Partners. MouthSense is a salivary diagnostic sensor that can be worn in the mouth or used externally for continuous non-invasive real-time monitoring of saliva biomarkers, such as lactate, cortisol and uric acid – a marker related to diabetes and gout. SmartFoam is an intelligent, ultra-compliant composite foam that could be used in wearable biomedical sensors.

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May 26, 2016

No. 1 From the Start

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have helped us understand why atherosclerosis develops and how it is impacted by blood flow. They have pioneered the development of very thin, small and flexible sensors that stick to the skin and monitor vital signs, such as the brain activity of a newborn. They also developed injectable hydrogels that can help muscle tissues heal after a heart attack. Researchers celebrated their achievements over the past five decades and looked to the future during a three-day 50th anniversary celebration May 19 to 21.

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May 23, 2016

Engineers take first step toward flexible, wearable, tricorder-like device

Engineers at UC San Diego have developed the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and electric signals in the human body. The Chem-Phys patch records electrocardiogram (EKG) heart signals and tracks levels of lactate, a biochemical that is a marker of physical effort, in real time. The device can be worn on the chest and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone, smart watch or laptop. 

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April 28, 2016

The frontier of wearable sensors discussed at summit

Scores of industry leaders and researchers turned out to participate in the Jacobs School's wearable sensors summit run by its Center for Wearable Sensors.

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April 7, 2016

Lipomi Lab is Stretching the Limits of Wearable Devices

UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Darren Lipomi is stretching the limits of wearable devices for a wide range of health- and wellness- monitoring applications and beyond. Lipomi is a key member of both the Center for Wearable Sensors and the Sustainable Power and Energy Center.

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March 31, 2016

Health Data Exploration Projects Show Value of Personal Health Data and Devices

A series of reports from recipients of five Health Data Exploration (HDE) grants demonstrate a growing awareness and appreciation for systems and devices that monitor personal health data, advance the use of personal health data for research and encourage healthy living.

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February 1, 2016

Jacobs School Researchers Cited Among 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'

Four researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego were included on the 2015 listing of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” an annual compendium of “Highly Cited Researchers” by Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information company.

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January 12, 2016

Brain monitoring takes a leap out of the lab

Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that’s comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laboratories. The researchers are working toward a world where neuroimaging systems work with mobile sensors and smart phones to track brain states throughout the day and augment the brain’s capabilities.

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