Jacobs School News Archive


2004 News Releases

CSE Holiday Party Features Skits by Faculty, Staff and Students

CSE Holiday Party Features Skits by Faculty, Staff and Students

December 22, 2004

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. Full Story


UCSD-TV to Air von Liebig Forum Talk by Venture Capitalist Bill Stensrud

UCSD-TV to Air von Liebig Forum Talk by Venture Capitalist Bill Stensrud

December 21, 2004

Venture capitalist Bill Stensrud will talk about venture capital and commercialization of early-stage university research in a program that will begin airing Monday, January 17 at 8pm on UCSD-TV.  The talk was videotaped on Nov. 17 as part of The von Liebig Forum speaker series.     Full Story


UCSD Bioinformatics Researcher Studies Tumor Genome Architectures with  Career Award

UCSD Bioinformatics Researcher Studies Tumor Genome Architectures with Career Award

December 16, 2004

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


IEEE Elects Two New Fellows from UC San Diego Engineering Faculty

IEEE Elects Two New Fellows from UC San Diego Engineering Faculty

December 14, 2004

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. Full Story


Wireless Patient Monitoring Device Designed to Save Lives

Wireless Patient Monitoring Device Designed to Save Lives

December 13, 2004

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


From Dinosaurs to Birds: UCSD Researchers Derive Lessons about Human Evolution from Chicken Genome

From Dinosaurs to Birds: UCSD Researchers Derive Lessons about Human Evolution from Chicken Genome

December 8, 2004

 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


UC San Diego Computer Scientist Andrew Chien Elected ACM Fellow

UC San Diego Computer Scientist Andrew Chien Elected ACM Fellow

December 7, 2004

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 Engineers Join International Consortium to Advance 'Invisible' Computing

UCSD Engineers Join International Consortium to Advance 'Invisible' Computing

December 6, 2004

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. Full Story


UCSD Computer Programmers to Represent U.S. at World Finals in China

UCSD Computer Programmers to Represent U.S. at World Finals in China

December 1, 2004

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


UCSD Shakes 70-Ft.-Tall Wind Turbine In Real-Time Earthquake Demonstration of  World's First Outdoor Shake Table

UCSD Shakes 70-Ft.-Tall Wind Turbine In Real-Time Earthquake Demonstration of World's First Outdoor Shake Table

November 15, 2004

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

UC San Diego Scientist Wins Award from IEEE Information Theory Society for Breakthrough in Coding Theory and Practice

November 9, 2004

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. Full Story


Von Liebig Center Co-Hosts 'Invention to Venture' Workshop

Von Liebig Center Co-Hosts 'Invention to Venture' Workshop

November 7, 2004

The William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) co-hosted and organized a day-long workshop at UCSD on November 6 called Invention to Venture. Full Story


Fujitsu Donates 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Research on Next-Generation Networks at UC San Diego

Fujitsu Donates 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Research on Next-Generation Networks at UC San Diego

November 5, 2004

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


Student Research Benefits from DPAC Technologies Deal with Cal-(IT)2

Student Research Benefits from DPAC Technologies Deal with Cal-(IT)2

November 4, 2004

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


UCSD Computer Security Expert: Touch-Screen Voting Machine Concerns Persist

UCSD Computer Security Expert: Touch-Screen Voting Machine Concerns Persist

October 29, 2004

 A computer security expert at the University of California, San Diego who has analyzed the software of one of the most popular touch-screen voting machines says election officials should regard any touch-screen machine that operates suspiciously on Tuesday as part of a “crime scene” to be investigated by computer forensics experts. Full Story


CSE Graduate Students Take Top Two Spots in UCSD Programming Contest

CSE Graduate Students Take Top Two Spots in UCSD Programming Contest

October 18, 2004

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


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Wins 2004 Packard Foundation Fellowship

UCSD Bioengineering Professor Wins 2004 Packard Foundation Fellowship

October 15, 2004

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

UCSD Undergraduates Showcase Research Findings from Cyber Infrastructure Projects in Asia, Australia

October 14, 2004

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]. Full Story


Thirty Years Later, Computer Scientists Who Popularized Early PC Language Return to UCSD Pascal's Birthplace

Thirty Years Later, Computer Scientists Who Popularized Early PC Language Return to UCSD Pascal's Birthplace

October 11, 2004

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


Adaptive Refinement Promises Faster Rendering on Graphics Chips

Adaptive Refinement Promises Faster Rendering on Graphics Chips

October 4, 2004

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


CSE's Jensen Named to List of

CSE's Jensen Named to List of

October 4, 2004

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. Full Story


West Coast Scientists Lead NSF Effort to Prototype Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education Access to Ocean Observatories

West Coast Scientists Lead NSF Effort to Prototype Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education Access to Ocean Observatories

September 30, 2004

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.   Full Story


Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories Leads List of NSF Information Technology Grants Awarded to UC San Diego

Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observatories Leads List of NSF Information Technology Grants Awarded to UC San Diego

September 30, 2004

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


A New Effort to Analyze Interactive Computing on the Internet

A New Effort to Analyze Interactive Computing on the Internet

September 30, 2004

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


Von Liebig Center Announces Sixth Solicitation for Funding Applications

September 27, 2004

The  von Liebig Center today announced its sixth solicitation for project funding. Funding up to $50,000 is available for new projects or the continuation of existing projects. The funding may be used to assess and confirm the commercial potential of UCSD technologies, including prototype development, proof-of-concept demonstrations, feasibility testing and market studies. Full Story


Three at UCSD Named to List of Top 100 Young Innovators

Three at UCSD Named to List of Top 100 Young Innovators

September 20, 2004

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. Full Story


California Scientists Wage Joint War on Internet Plagues

California Scientists Wage Joint War on Internet Plagues

September 20, 2004

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


Undergraduates Report Results of Summer Research in Asia, Australia

Undergraduates Report Results of Summer Research in Asia, Australia

September 9, 2004

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. Full Story


Von Liebig Center Appoints New Managing Director

Von Liebig Center Appoints New Managing Director

August 31, 2004

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


Jacobs Undergraduates Post Fast Time in Human Powered Submarine Contest

Jacobs Undergraduates Post Fast Time in Human Powered Submarine Contest

August 4, 2004

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 Launches University-Industry Research Alliance to Address Challenges to Future Shared Networked System Infrastructures

July 22, 2004

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


Smart Cars, Safe Cars: UCSD's Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles

Smart Cars, Safe Cars: UCSD's Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles

July 20, 2004

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


Funding to Commercialize Technologies of UCSD Engineers Tops $1.2 Million

Funding to Commercialize Technologies of UCSD Engineers Tops $1.2 Million

July 14, 2004

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


UCSD Undergraduates Participate in Collaborative Studies Abroad on Cyberinfrastructure

UCSD Undergraduates Participate in Collaborative Studies Abroad on Cyberinfrastructure

July 8, 2004

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. Full Story


Computer Science Undergraduates Complete Multiplayer, Online Games

Computer Science Undergraduates Complete Multiplayer, Online Games

June 21, 2004

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


UCSD Hosts Launch of Project on Tactical, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

UCSD Hosts Launch of Project on Tactical, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

June 17, 2004

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 Students to Provide Technology Solutions for San Diego Community Organizations

June 15, 2004

 San Diego, CA  June 15, 2004-- UCSD undergraduate students will put their technical and creative skills to work for San Diego non-profit organizations through a new program being launched by the Jacobs School.  Through the UCSD Teams in Engineering Service (TIES), multi-disciplinary teams of UCSD students will design, build and deploy projects that solve technology-based problems for local community organizations. Full Story


Large-Scale Bridge Test to Validate Cost-Effective Construction Technique

Large-Scale Bridge Test to Validate Cost-Effective Construction Technique

June 11, 2004

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


MAE Senior Organizes First Triton Junkyard Derby

MAE Senior Organizes First Triton Junkyard Derby

June 1, 2004

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

Technology Institute at UC San Diego Appoints New Directors to Oversee Research in Homeland Security and Medical Informatics

June 1, 2004

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). Full Story


ViaSat Co-Founder Steve Hart Receives Outstanding Executive Award at Jacobs School Recognition Banquet

ViaSat Co-Founder Steve Hart Receives Outstanding Executive Award at Jacobs School Recognition Banquet

May 26, 2004

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


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Disaster Drill Tests New Wireless Technologies Developed at UCSD and
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May 17, 2004

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


UCSD Structural Engineers Honored for Contributions to New Bay Bridge

May 10, 2004

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


UCSD Bioengineers Develop First Genome-Scale Model of Gene Regulation

UCSD Bioengineers Develop First Genome-Scale Model of Gene Regulation

May 5, 2004

 San Diego, CA, May 5, 2004-- It has taken more than 50 years to accumulate the current body of knowledge on Escherichia coli, a bacterium which is one of the best studied organisms in biology.  Now, bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have integrated this knowledge into the first genome-scale model of the gene regulatory system in E.coli.  The computational model helps to define the rules governing cell function and quickly enabled an exponential increase in the understanding of the regulatory system in E. coli. Their work, which is published in the May 6, 2004 issue of Nature, represents a new way to systematically drive biological discovery Full Story


UCSD Receives Additional $4.4 Million Contract for Construction of Bomb Blast Simulator

May 5, 2004

San Diego , CA – May 5, 2004   The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has received a new $4.4 million federal contract for the bomb blast simulator now under construction at UCSD.   The Explosive Loading Laboratory Testing Program at UCSD is supported by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), the federal interagency organization for combating terrorism.  The new contract brings TSWG’s total support for construction of the UCSD blast simulator to $8.6 million. Full Story


UCSD Launches Residential Summer Academic Program for Top High School Students

May 4, 2004

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


UCSD-TV Documentary on QUALCOMM's Irwin Jacobs Now Available Online and On-Air

April 29, 2004

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


UC San Diego Engineering Professor Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

April 27, 2004

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


Cal-(IT)2 and UCSD Select Entree Wireless to Supply Mobile Gateways for Homeland Security

Cal-(IT)2 and UCSD Select Entree Wireless to Supply Mobile Gateways for Homeland Security

April 19, 2004

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

UC San Diego Names Ramesh Rao to QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies

April 9, 2004

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]. Full Story


NSF Funds Summer Research Program Abroad for Undergraduates at UC San Diego

NSF Funds Summer Research Program Abroad for Undergraduates at UC San Diego

April 7, 2004

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


UCSD Medicine, Engineering Schools Among Top 20 in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

April 2, 2004

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


UCSD-Based Wireless Traffic Report for San Diego Motorists Tops 25,000 Calls Per Month

UCSD-Based Wireless Traffic Report for San Diego Motorists Tops 25,000 Calls Per Month

April 2, 2004

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

UC San Diego Bioinformatics Experts Help Reconstruct the Genomic Makeup of our Ancestors as International Consortium Completes Rat Genome Sequencing

March 31, 2004

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

UCSD's Trivedi and Sen. Leahy Discuss Legal and Technical Challenges to Video Surveillance; Webcast Now Available

March 29, 2004

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


UCSD and SDSC to Host National Computational Molecular Biology Meetings

UCSD and SDSC to Host National Computational Molecular Biology Meetings

March 23, 2004

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