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2017 News Releases

2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

December 22, 2017

It has been a banner year here at the Jacobs School of Engineering. As we prepare to welcome in 2018, below is a list of highlights for our institution from the past 12 months.  Full Story


Undergraduate engineers, Birch Aquarium collaborate on innovative exhibits

Undergraduate engineers, Birch Aquarium collaborate on innovative exhibits

December 19, 2017

Ten UC San Diego undergraduates left an indelible mark on the Birch Aquarium this summer thanks to the Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) internship program. SEE was designed by the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to provide sophomore and junior engineering students with hands-on experience creating, pitching and developing a project from start to finish.  Full Story


Driving Robotic Rehab

Driving Robotic Rehab

December 18, 2017

Rehabilitation robotics, although still an emerging field, is getting a shot of adrenaline because of sheer necessity. University researchers are developing novel approaches for using robotics to help our wounded veterans live more active lifestyles. Dr. Michael Yip, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab (ARCLab), at the University of California San Diego is working with the U.S. Navy to create robotic orthotics and prosthetics that adjust to the wearer's activities. Full Story


Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

December 15, 2017

Tortuga Logic, a hardware security company co-founded by computer science professor and Qualcomm Institute academic participant Ryan Kastner and two computer science alumni, is now positioned for new growth thanks to $2 million in seed funding from a venture-capital firm. Tortuga Logic offers a suite of hardware design tools to identify security vulnerabilities throughout the process of designing a semiconductor, including Prospect and Unison (used in the semiconductor, aerospace and defense industries). With its new funding, Tortuga Logic will develop new products and increase the feature sets of existing products. Full Story


ECE Professor Elected ACM Fellow in Class of 2017

ECE Professor Elected ACM Fellow in Class of 2017

December 14, 2017

A faculty member affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Alexander Vardy, is one of three UC San Diego faculty elected Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced on December 11.  Full Story


New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

New UC San Diego Chapter Sends LGBT+ Delegates to oSTEM Conference

December 14, 2017

For the first time, a delegation of faculty and students from the University of California San Diego attended the annual Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) National Conference. The four-day conference took place Nov. 16 to 19 in Chicago.  Full Story


Three UC San Diego Computer Scientists Elevated to Be ACM Fellows in Class of 2017

Three UC San Diego Computer Scientists Elevated to Be ACM Fellows in Class of 2017

December 14, 2017

Three computer scientists from the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego have been elected Fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.  Full Story


Less than skin deep: humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

Less than skin deep: humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

December 13, 2017

How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown. Full Story


Computer scientists develop a simple tool to tell if websites suffered a data breach

Computer scientists develop a simple tool to tell if websites suffered a data breach

December 12, 2017

Computer scientists have built and successfully tested a tool designed to detect when websites are hacked by monitoring the activity of email accounts associated with them. The researchers were surprised to find that almost 1 percent of the websites they tested had suffered a data breach during their 18-month study period, regardless of how big the companies' reach and audience are. Full Story


Updated brain cell map connects various brain diseases to specific cell types

Updated brain cell map connects various brain diseases to specific cell types

December 11, 2017

Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers have identified 35 different subtypes of neurons and glial cells and discovered which of these subtypes are most susceptible to common risk factors for different brain diseases. Full Story


Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

Computer Graphics and Vision Expert Elected ACM Fellow

December 11, 2017

UC San Diego computer science and engineering professor Ravi Ramamoorthi has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. Ramamoorthi is the founding director of the Center for Visual Computing at UC San Diego. Full Story


UC San Diego Researcher Named Semi-Finalist for Women's Safety XPRIZE

UC San Diego Researcher Named Semi-Finalist for Women's Safety XPRIZE

December 7, 2017

UC San Diego’s Debashis Sahoo is one of 21 semi-finalists in the $1 million Anu & Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE, which challenges competitors around the world to develop technological solutions to improve women’s safety in instances of violence or harassment. Sahoo is a professor in the departments of pediatrics and computer science and engineering. Full Story


Smartphone case offers blood glucose monitoring on the go

Smartphone case offers blood glucose monitoring on the go

December 7, 2017

Engineers at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors have developed a smartphone case and app that could make it easier for patients to record and track their blood glucose readings, whether they’re at home or on the go. Full Story


Five Engineering Faculty Named Most Influential in Their Fields

Five Engineering Faculty Named Most Influential in Their Fields

December 7, 2017

Thirty two faculty members at the University of California San Diego, including five at the Jacobs School of Engineering, are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, based on their publications over the past decade.  Clarivate Analytics, which provides insights and analytics on research trends, compiled its 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list of more than 3,300 scientists from around the world whose studies were among the top one percent most-cited publications in their field over a recent 11-year period. Full Story


Teaching the joy of coding

Teaching the joy of coding

December 7, 2017

CSE 190 is a computer science class at the University of California San Diego that is designed to prepare undergraduate students to teach others how to code in the wild—in libraries, as well elementary, middle and high schools. The class is taught by Sarah Guthals, who earned a Ph.D. in computer science at UC San Diego in 2014 and received a Forbes 30 Under 30 award in 2016 for her efforts to teach children how to code. Full Story


Smart earplug company developed by UC San Diego undergrads acquired by Bose

Smart earplug company developed by UC San Diego undergrads acquired by Bose

December 7, 2017

Hush, a noise-cancelling smart earplug startup that was conceptualized by UC San Diego engineering undergraduates in professor Nate Delson’s Product Design and Entrepreneurship class has been acquired by audio giant Bose.  Full Story


Roberto and Colleen Padovani establish scholarship for electrical engineers at UC San Diego

Roberto and Colleen Padovani establish scholarship for electrical engineers at UC San Diego

December 6, 2017

Roberto and Colleen Padovani are establishing a $1 million endowed scholarship focused on exceptional undergraduates with financial need in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story


Experimental drug blocks toxic ion flow linked to Alzheimer's disease

Experimental drug blocks toxic ion flow linked to Alzheimer's disease

December 5, 2017

A new small-molecule drug can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. The molecule, called anle138b, works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger nerve cell death. Scientists envision that this drug could be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and ALS. Full Story


Self-Described School False Starter Aims to Pay It Forward in EdTech

Self-Described School False Starter Aims to Pay It Forward in EdTech

November 30, 2017

What if we could use artificial intelligence to dramatically reduce the number of students who drop out of STEM-related majors? That's the question Monal Parmar, a first-generation UC San Diego alumnus, who is currently working on a master's at the Jacobs School of Engineering, asked himself. Parmar developed a device to that could help answer this question in the affirmative. He has received advice from the Jacobs School's Institute for the Global Entrepreneur. His efforts were rewarded when he was invited recently to compete in the Entrepreneurs' Organization's (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition, held on Nov. 14. Full Story


Irwin Jacobs, Founding Muir College Faculty Member and Qualcomm Co-founder, Shares Stories of Success and Inspiration

Irwin Jacobs, Founding Muir College Faculty Member and Qualcomm Co-founder, Shares Stories of Success and Inspiration

November 30, 2017

When Irwin Jacobs left Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take a job UC San Diego, the professor of computer science and engineering knew there was something distinctive about the university. “The thing that I noticed the most when I came here was it was very small and there were very few people—and that had very positive aspects,” Jacobs said. “For example, at MIT I was mostly involved with people who were engineering because I was engineering. But here, there were so few people that you had to be involved with many people from all backgrounds.” Full Story


Researchers trained neural networks to be fashion designers (sort of)

November 28, 2017

Researchers from the University of California San Diego and Adobe Research have demonstrated how artificial intelligence and neural networks could one day create custom apparel designs to help retailers and apparel makers sell clothing to consumers based on what they learned from a buyer's preferences. Full Story


UC San Diego Mars rover team sets their sights on top 10 finish

UC San Diego Mars rover team sets their sights on top 10 finish

November 27, 2017

After making it to the final round of the 2017 University Rover Challenge (URC)— an international competition where college students build rovers that could one day work on Mars— University of California San Diego student robotics organization Yonder Dynamics is back at it again and hoping to crack the top 10 in 2018. Full Story


Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

November 21, 2017

The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts. Full Story


Researchers discover specific tumor environment that triggers cells to metastasize

Researchers discover specific tumor environment that triggers cells to metastasize

November 21, 2017

A team of bioengineers and bioinformaticians at the University of California San Diego have discovered how the environment surrounding a tumor can trigger metastatic behavior in cancer cells. Specifically, when tumor cells are confined in a dense environment, the researchers found that they turn on a specific set of genes and begin to form structures that resemble blood vessels.  Full Story


Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs

Scripps Scientists Use Photomosaic Technology to Find Order in the Chaos of Coral Reefs

November 20, 2017

In a study published recently in Coral Reefs, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll, and made surprising discoveries around coral spatial ecology. The scientists, led by graduate student Clinton Edwards, canvassed more than 17,000 square feet of reef, and 44,008 coral colonies, taking more than 39,000 images that were then stitched together to create 3D photomosaics that encompassed the reef.   Full Story


Controls expert Miroslav Krstic holds record seven fellowships in technical and scientific societies

Controls expert Miroslav Krstic holds record seven fellowships in technical and scientific societies

November 20, 2017

2017 is turning out to be a banner year for Miroslav Krstic, a controls expert at the University of California San Diego who also serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for research here on campus.  Full Story


Improving prediction accuracy of Crohn's disease based on repeated fecal sampling

Improving prediction accuracy of Crohn's disease based on repeated fecal sampling

November 20, 2017

Researchers at the University of California San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) have found that sampling the gut microbiome over time can provide insights that are not available with a single time point. The findings could help doctors and researchers more accurately determine if a patient has Crohn's disease. The findings were published as a letter in Gut on October 21, 2017. Full Story


Franklin Antonio, UC San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder, gives $30M toward new campus engineering building

Franklin Antonio, UC San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder, gives $30M toward new campus engineering building

November 17, 2017

University of California San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio is donating $30 million to the university in support of programmatic expansion of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In recognition of the generous gift, UC San Diego will name a planned building for engineering research and education Franklin Antonio Hall. Full Story


Let It Snow Crystalline Dendrites

Let It Snow Crystalline Dendrites

November 16, 2017

This image of a crystalline dendrite, captured by nanoengineering Ph.D. student Kevin Kaufmann, wins the first annual Jacobs School of Engineering Art Contest. The contest provided engineers at UC San Diego an opportunity to share their research through original artwork. Full Story


UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Pfizer as Corporate Member

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation Announces Pfizer as Corporate Member

November 15, 2017

Pfizer has joined the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation as a platinum-level industry sponsor. According to Center director Rob Knight, this relationship aims to build on recent evidence connecting the microbiome to drug response and, together with our other partners in microbiome methods and data science, will potentially help us move from reading out changes in the microbiome to using it to improve patient care. Pfizer will have the opportunity to influence the research directions of the Center by holding two seats on the corporate member board, as well as having regular communication with the center team of experts.  Full Story


Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants

Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants

November 13, 2017

A faster collision detection algorithm could enable robots to work more fluidly in the operating room or at home for assisted living. The algorithm, dubbed “Fastron,” runs up to 8 times faster than existing collision detection algorithms. It uses machine learning to help robots avoid moving objects and weave through complex, rapidly changing environments in real time. Full Story


UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment

UC San Diego Honored for Cross-Border Commitment

November 9, 2017

For leadership that fosters opportunity and cross-cultural collaboration, the University of California San Diego has received the Cross-Border Collaboration Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber honored the university at a tribute dinner Oct. 25. in part for its open dialogue, multiple exchange programs and development of resources that help increase student access and success. Research initiatives led by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies and Jacobs School of Engineering were highlighted.  Full Story


A Steady Increase in Women Leading the Biggest Research Grants

A Steady Increase in Women Leading the Biggest Research Grants

November 9, 2017

Eight of the top 10 research grants awarded to UC San Diego departments outside of health sciences this year are led by women. And Karen Christman, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, is one of them. Christman brought in $2.8 million dollars in research grants from the State of California.  Full Story


Fruit fly brains inform search engines of the future

Fruit fly brains inform search engines of the future

November 9, 2017

Salk and UC San Diego scientists have discovered that the fruit fly brain has an elegant and efficient method of performing similarity searches. For flies, it helps them identify odors that are most similar to those they’ve encountered before, so they know how to behave in response to the odor, such as to approach or avoid it. New details on the fly’s computational approach to smelly similarity searches, described in the journal Science on Nov. 9, 2017, could inform computer algorithms of the future. Full Story


UC San Diego's Biomedical Engineering Society earns top honor

UC San Diego's Biomedical Engineering Society earns top honor

November 8, 2017

UC San Diego’s chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) was recognized with the Chapter Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2017 BMES annual meeting. Full Story


Five UC San Diego bioengineering graduate students selected for prestigious Siebel Scholars program

Five UC San Diego bioengineering graduate students selected for prestigious Siebel Scholars program

November 3, 2017

Five bioengineering graduate students from the University of California San Diego have been named 2018 Siebel Scholars.  Full Story


 Immune cells mistake heart attacks for viral infections

Immune cells mistake heart attacks for viral infections

November 3, 2017

A study led by Kevin King, a bioengineer and physician at the University of California San Diego, has found that the immune system plays a surprising role in the aftermath of heart attacks.  The research could lead to new therapeutic strategies for heart disease. Full Story


UC San Diego Takes the Driver's Seat for Intelligent Vehicles

UC San Diego Takes the Driver's Seat for Intelligent Vehicles

November 2, 2017

The Contextual Robotics Forum brought the leading intelligent vehicle companies and researchers together on campus Oct. 27 to take stock of the developments and challenges in the space, highlight the university’s plans to roll out autonomous vehicle testing, and align research efforts. Full Story


Mapping the Microbiome of' Everything

Mapping the Microbiome of' Everything

November 1, 2017

In the Earth Microbiome Project, an extensive global team co-led by researchers at University of California San Diego, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory collected more than 27,000 samples from numerous, diverse environments around the globe. They analyzed the unique collections of microbes — the microbiomes — living in each sample to generate the first reference database of bacteria colonizing the planet. Thanks to newly standardized protocols, original analytical methods and open data-sharing, the project will continue to grow and improve as new data are added.  Full Story


UC San Diego Scientists Create Device for Ultra-Accurate Genome Sequencing of Single Human Cells

UC San Diego Scientists Create Device for Ultra-Accurate Genome Sequencing of Single Human Cells

October 31, 2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a technology for very accurate sequencing and haplotyping of genomes from single human cells. Their findings were published online in advance of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)* print edition.“Accurate sequencing of single cells will enable the identification of mutations that cause cancer and genetic disease,” said senior author Kun Zhang, a professor of bioengineering in the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. “At the same time, precise haplotyping will allow for the genotyping of haplotypes, combinations of different genes or alleles as a group from either parent.” Full Story


Can Organisms Sense via Radio Frequency? A Team of UC San Diego Researchers Awarded Grant to Find Out

Can Organisms Sense via Radio Frequency? A Team of UC San Diego Researchers Awarded Grant to Find Out

October 31, 2017

Can organisms use radio frequencies to sense surroundings? A new project by researchers at the University of California San Diego will investigate this biological mystery. Full Story


SMART: Facial recognition for molecular structures

SMART: Facial recognition for molecular structures

October 30, 2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has developed a method to identify the molecular structures of natural products that is significantly faster and more accurate than existing methods. This development could represent a paradigm shift in the chemical analysis, pharmaceutical and drug discovery fields since 70 percent of all Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs are based on natural products such as soil microorganisms, terrestrial plants and, increasingly, marine life forms such as algae. Full Story


UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute Director Receives Qualcomm Chancellor's Endowed Chair in Robotic Systems

UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute Director Receives Qualcomm Chancellor's Endowed Chair in Robotic Systems

October 27, 2017

Henrik Christensen, an internationally renowned expert in robotics, has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Endowed Chair in Robotic Systems at the University of California San Diego. The chair was made possible by a generous $1 million gift from Qualcomm Incorporated and a $500,000 match from the campus Chancellor’s Chair Challenge, a program created to support the recruitment and retention of quality tenured faculty. Christensen leads the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego and serves as a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department  at the Jacobs School of Engineering. This gift contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego. Full Story


Self-driving carts to make their debut on UC San Diego roads in January

Self-driving carts to make their debut on UC San Diego roads in January

October 26, 2017

The University of California San Diego will turn its campus into a test bed for self-driving vehicles starting in January 2018. The project will be implemented in stages. The first will be to put self-driving mail delivery carts on the road. The carts will run on algorithms developed by UC San Diego researchers who are part of the Contextual Robotics Institute. Back-up drivers will initially ride in the carts as a safety measure. Full Story


11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships

11 UC San Diego Faculty Members Honored with Hellman Fellowships

October 26, 2017

Husband and wife Warren and Chris Hellman established the Hellman Fellows Program at UC San Diego in 1995 to support and encourage junior faculty to pursue research projects and creative endeavors with the goal of enhancing their candidacy for tenure. This year, 11 faculty members representing a variety of academic disciplines have been awarded a total of approximately $500,000.The UC San Diego Hellman Fellowship Program was launched by the Hellman Family Foundation with an initial gift of $2.5 million. The program proved so successful that it has since been rolled out at all 10 University of California campuses. At UC San Diego, the foundation has committed a total of $7.5 million to date for the program. The Hellmans have stated that “creating the Hellman Fellows Program is one of the best things our family has ever done with our giving.” Full Story


Machine Learning Detects Marketing and Sale of Opioids on Twitter

Machine Learning Detects Marketing and Sale of Opioids on Twitter

October 25, 2017

Using advanced machine learning, a cross disciplinary team of University of California San Diego researchers developed technology that mined Twitter to identify entities illegally selling prescription opioids online.  The findings, published online in the American Journal of Public Health in October, detected 1,778 posts that were marketing the sale of controlled substances, 90 percent included hyperlinks to online sites for purchase. Full Story


Shirley Meng featured on ECS podcast

Shirley Meng featured on ECS podcast

October 23, 2017

NanoEngineering professor and SPEC Director Shirley Meng is featured in an in-depth interview on the Electrochemical Society (ECS) podcast. Full Story


Cybercrime Fighter Wins Genius Award

Cybercrime Fighter Wins Genius Award

October 19, 2017

A few weeks ago, Stefan Savage, a UC San Diego computer science professor started receiving calls on a daily basis—sometimes more than once a day—from a phone number with a Chicago area code. The caller didn’t leave a voicemail. Savage never answers calls from a number he doesn’t recognize. He is a security researcher and at least one of his collaborators has been targeted by cybercriminals. So he looked up the phone number. To his relief, it tracked back to the MacArthur Foundation’s headquarters in Chicago. A few phone calls later, after he was asked to prove his identity, Savage found out that he was one of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows. Better known as the MacArthur “genius” award, the prestigious, no-strings attached five-year fellowship awards a total of $625,000 to each recipient. Full Story


The Microbial Anatomy of an Organ

The Microbial Anatomy of an Organ

October 19, 2017

​University of California San Diego researchers have developed the first 3D spatial visualization tool for mapping “’omics” data onto whole organs. The tool helps researchers and clinicians understand the effects of chemicals, such as microbial metabolites and medications, on a diseased organ in the context of microbes that also inhabit the region. The work could advance targeted drug delivery for cystic fibrosis and other conditions where medications are unable to penetrate. Full Story


Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground

Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground

October 18, 2017

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) researchers and colleagues on the East Coast have for the first time quantified the number of bacteria in the guts of a broad range of ant species in the Amazon rainforest. They found that the primarily herbivorous ants that live in the canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria than those that live on the ground. The work has implications for the way microbiome studies are conducted. The authors published the study July 27 in Integrative and Comparative Biology. Full Story


Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress

Model predicts how E. coli bacteria adapt under stress

October 13, 2017

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a genome-scale model that can accurately predict how E. coli bacteria respond to temperature changes and genetic mutations. The work sheds light on how cells adapt under environmental stress and has applications in precision medicine, where adaptive cell modeling could provide patient-specific treatments for bacterial infections.  Full Story


Laser cavities take on new shapes and functionalities

Laser cavities take on new shapes and functionalities

October 12, 2017

Bending laser light around sharp turns and corners—without scattering—is now possible thanks to a new laser cavity developed by electrical engineers at UC San Diego. This is the first laser cavity that can fully confine and propagate light in any shape imaginable: triangle, square, loop with jagged edges. The work could lead to faster computers and optical fibers that perform well even when they’re bent in different directions. Full Story


Contextual Robotics Forum 2017: designing the intelligent vehicles of 2025

Contextual Robotics Forum 2017: designing the intelligent vehicles of 2025

October 12, 2017

The University’s Contextual Robotics Institute is convening world experts on autonomy, robotics, user experience and computer vision for its fourth annual Contextual Robotics Forum on Oct. 27. The theme this year is “Intelligent Vehicles 2025” in preparation for that date. Register to attend the Forum here. Full Story


UC San Diego Cybersecurity expert Stefan Savage receives prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship

UC San Diego Cybersecurity expert Stefan Savage receives prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship

October 11, 2017

Stefan Savage, a renowned cybersecurity expert and professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, has been awarded a fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation. Perhaps better known as the MacArthur “genius” award, the prestigious no-strings attached five-year fellowship awards a total of $625,000 to each recipient. Full Story


This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you

This soft robotic gripper can screw in your light bulbs for you

October 10, 2017

How many robots does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer: just one, assuming you’re talking about a new robotic gripper developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego. The engineering team has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and needing to be trained.  The gripper is unique because it brings together three different capabilities. It can twist objects; it can sense objects; and it can build models of the objects it’s manipulating. This allows the gripper to operate in low light and low visibility conditions, for example. Full Story


Researchers receive NSF award to build nanolabs on a chip

Researchers receive NSF award to build nanolabs on a chip

October 6, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are leading a project to develop high-density nanowire arrays that can be used to measure and control multiple individual cells in large networks. Researchers envision that these nanodevices, combined with a patient’s own cells, could create low-cost, predictive drug-screening platforms to accelerate drug discovery and personalized treatments for neurological and cardiac diseases.  Full Story


The discovery of ordered, segregation-induced superstructures at general grain boundaries challenges a traditional view in physical metallurgy

The discovery of ordered, segregation-induced superstructures at general grain boundaries challenges a traditional view in physical metallurgy

October 5, 2017

A team of researchers found that randomly selected, high-angle, general grain boundaries in a nickel-bismuth (Ni-Bi) polycrystalline alloy can undergo interfacial reconstruction to form ordered superstructures, a discovery that enriches the theories and fundamental understandings of both grain boundary segregation and liquid metal embrittlement in physical metallurgy.  Full Story


Using Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

Using Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

October 5, 2017

“UC San Diego is a community of changemakers and innovators,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla Sept. 28 as he welcomed a crowd in Atkinson Hall at the IBM-UC San Diego signing ceremony celebration. “It is not an exaggeration to say that at this campus, which in its short time of 57 years is the top ten in the country and top 15 in the world, we must have done something right. And I think what we did right was really understand how to solve problems that impact humanity on a day-to-day basis. This partnership that we are putting in place right now, and we are here to celebrate, is actually addressing one of those problems.” Full Story


Computer Scientist Receives National High-Risk, High-Reward Award

Computer Scientist Receives National High-Risk, High-Reward Award

October 4, 2017

Melissa Gymrek, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will receive the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. The award is part of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) 2017 High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program.  Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Hires 26 New Faculty in Fall 2017

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Hires 26 New Faculty in Fall 2017

October 2, 2017

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering hired 26 professors this year. In the last four years alone, the Jacobs School has hired more than 75 new professors. Women and men from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering make up one third of these hires.  Full Story


Smart molecules trigger white blood cells to become better cancer-eating machines

Smart molecules trigger white blood cells to become better cancer-eating machines

September 28, 2017

A team of researchers has engineered smart protein molecules that can reprogram white blood cells to ignore a self-defense signaling mechanism that cancer cells use to survive and spread in the body. Researchers say the advance could lead to a new method of re-engineering immune cells to fight cancer and infectious diseases. The team successfully tested this method in a live cell culture system.  Full Story


Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Celebrates Diversity in Computer Science

Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship Celebrates Diversity in Computer Science

September 28, 2017

The Center for Networked Systems (CNS) at UC San Diego established the Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship in 2015 to encourage a more diverse community in computer science education and research. The award honors the memory of Alan Turing, the mathematician and cryptanalyst who founded the field of computer science. During World War II, he devised the techniques that led to breaking codes produced by Germany’s Enigma machine—a breakthrough credited with accelerating the Allied victory by more than a year. After the war, he was persecuted for being gay. He died by his own hand in 1954. Full Story


IBM Research and UC San Diego Collaborate to Advance the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

IBM Research and UC San Diego Collaborate to Advance the Use of Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living

September 28, 2017

IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the University of California San Diego have announced a multi-year project to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center (AIHL), located on the campus of UC San Diego. The groundbreaking center will bring together the technology, artificial intelligence and life sciences knowledge of IBM and UC San Diego to promote critical research and applications in two thematic areas: Healthy Aging and the Human Microbiome. Full Story


Good Bugs v. Bad Bugs: New breakthroughs in Microbiome Technology

Good Bugs v. Bad Bugs: New breakthroughs in Microbiome Technology

September 22, 2017

San Diego, Calif., September 20, 2017 - The second in a series on disruptive technology, Good Bugs v. Bad Bugs was put on by the MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego on September 20, 2017 at Knobbe Martens in San Diego, and featured Rob Knight, professor of pediatrics and computer science and engineering and director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego, Richard Gallo, MD, Ph.D., chair of the department of dermatology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Mark S. Wilson, co-founder and CEO of MatriSys Bioscience, Inc.  Full Story


From self-folding robots to computer vision: UC San Diego makes strong showing at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

From self-folding robots to computer vision: UC San Diego makes strong showing at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

September 20, 2017

From self-folding robots, to robotic endoscopes, to better methods for computer vision and object detection, researchers at the University of California San Diego have a wide range of papers and workshop presentations at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (or IROS) which takes place from Sept. 24 to 28 in Vancouver, Canada. UC San Diego researchers also are organizing workshops on a range of themes during the event. Full Story


Squeezing light into infinitesimally thin lines

Squeezing light into infinitesimally thin lines

September 19, 2017

Researchers have demonstrated a new mode of electromagnetic wave, called a "line wave," which travels along an infinitesimally thin line along the interface between two adjacent surfaces with different electromagnetic properties. The scientists expect that line waves will be useful for the efficient routing and concentration of electromagnetic energy, such as light, with potential applications in areas ranging from integrated photonics, sensing and quantum processes to future vacuum electronics. Full Story


When Artificial Intelligence is Funny

When Artificial Intelligence is Funny

September 15, 2017

What do you do if you’re an animal shelter and have to name a big litter of guinea pigs that suddenly become available for adoption and need to be named? Why, contact Janelle Shane, who earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at UC San Diego, of course. Shane works on lasers in her day job, but her hobby is using neural networks to create paint color names, band names and much more.Her efforts have received an onslaught of media coverage, from Gizmodo, to Wired, to The Atlantic Online. When the Morris Animal Refuge in Portland, Ore., came to her, Shane agreed. Full Story


CMI Researchers Receive Grant to Address Grand Challenges in Microbiome Science

CMI Researchers Receive Grant to Address Grand Challenges in Microbiome Science

September 13, 2017

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation (CMI) researchers have been awarded $140,000 to address one of the grand challenges in microbiome science workflows – establishing standards for validating microbiome-focused workflows and enabling robust meta-analyses. The grant was awarded by CMI and was made possible in partnership with BASF, Biota, Illumina, Janssen and QIAGEN. Full Story


Undergraduate Bioengineering Program at UC San Diego Ranks #6 in the Nation and #2 among Public Engineering Schools

Undergraduate Bioengineering Program at UC San Diego Ranks #6 in the Nation and #2 among Public Engineering Schools

September 12, 2017

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges guidebook rankings are out today and the bioengineering undergraduate program at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is ranked #6 in the nation and #2 among public schools. Full Story


These mutations could be key to understanding how some harmful conditions develop

September 11, 2017

A team of researchers led by a bioinformatician at the University of California San Diego has developed a method to help determine whether certain hard-to-study mutations in the human genome, called short tandem repeats or microsatellites, are likely to be involved in harmful conditions. The team, which also includes scientists from the New York Genome Center, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, details their findings in the Sept. 11 issue of Nature Genetics. Full Story


New dental imaging method uses squid ink to fish for gum disease

New dental imaging method uses squid ink to fish for gum disease

September 7, 2017

Squid ink might be a great ingredient to make black pasta, but it could also one day make getting checked for gum disease at the dentist less tedious and even painless. By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient’s gums that is non-invasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the state of the art. Full Story


Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages

Engineers develop tools to share power from renewable energy sources during outages

September 5, 2017

 A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed algorithms that would allow homes to use and share power from their renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, during power outages. The approach involves strategically disconnecting the devices, called solar inverters, from the grid.  Full Story


Computer Scientists Receive NSF Grant to Model  Human-Robot Teamwork in Uncertain Environments

Computer Scientists Receive NSF Grant to Model Human-Robot Teamwork in Uncertain Environments

August 29, 2017

Laurel Riek, associate professor of computer science at the University of California San Diego, will lead a three-year National Science Foundation project on new methods for coordinating teams of robots and people in complex, uncertain environments.The $750,000 award* is shared by UC San Diego and Northeastern University, where Riek’s collaborator, Christopher Amato, is a professor in the College of Computer and Information Science.  Full Story


Drone Truthing

Drone Truthing

August 25, 2017

A team of researchers from across UC San Diego is developing a new approach for detecting damage to buildings during earthquakes and other extreme events. They came together at the Geisel Library recently to use lasers and drones to create a digital record of the structure that will serve as a baseline health assessment. In the event that a sizeable earthquake hits nearby, the team will reconvene to retake the digital measurements and assess any damage to the building such as tilting or cracks. (View photo gallery.)  Full Story


Four Physician-Engineer Teams Funded by UC San Diego

Four Physician-Engineer Teams Funded by UC San Diego

August 25, 2017

Four physician-engineer teams from UC San Diego have been selected to receive the 2017 Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) awards. This is an initiative of UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) and UC San Diego Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM). It brings engineers and clinicians together to develop innovative technologies that can be applied to solving challenging problems in medical care. This year’s projects address challenges in the areas of cardiology, ophthalmology, radiology, and reproductive medicine. Full Story


Help UC San Diego Scientists Study Link between Body Bacteria and Autoimmune Diseases

Help UC San Diego Scientists Study Link between Body Bacteria and Autoimmune Diseases

August 23, 2017

The public's help is being enlisted in the Microbiome Immunity Project, what's thought to be the biggest study to date of the human microbiome — the communities of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body, where they influence our health.  Full Story


Incoming Graduate Student Co-Authors Guide to 'Machine Learning for Humans'

Incoming Graduate Student Co-Authors Guide to 'Machine Learning for Humans'

August 23, 2017

Samer Sabri is an incoming first-year M.S. student in Computer Science at the University of California San Diego. He is part of a two-person writing team that developed "Machine Learning for Humans," an easy-to-read online primer on what machine learning is all about. Together with entrepreneur Vishal Maini, Sabri wrote the five-part "roadmap" that went live on the website Medium on Aug. 19. The full series is available for download (and will soon be published as an e-book). Full Story


Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

August 22, 2017

A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices.  Full Story


A $100K gift from Cognex to UC San Diego Supports Research at Intersection of Deep Learning and 3-D Image Reconstruction

A $100K gift from Cognex to UC San Diego Supports Research at Intersection of Deep Learning and 3-D Image Reconstruction

August 18, 2017

The University of California San Diego has received a $100K gift from Cognex Corporation, a leader in machine vision. The gift will allow teams of professors and graduate students at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering to explore research at the intersection of deep learning and 3-D image reconstruction.  Full Story


What's Your Gut Instinct?

What's Your Gut Instinct?

August 17, 2017

It’s no secret that diet, exercise, medicine usage, and other habits affect your health and lifestyle, but how they do so is different for everyone. The Internet is filled with opinions on the matter. A quick Google search on “how do diet, exercise, medicine usage, and other habits affect your health and lifestyle” yields more than 3,000,000 results! A new project at UC San diego has set out to help alleviate some of the confusion by creating an educational platform for people to ask and answer gut health-related questions. Full Story


Drug-delivering micromotors treat their first bacterial infection in the stomach

Drug-delivering micromotors treat their first bacterial infection in the stomach

August 16, 2017

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time using micromotors to treat a bacterial infection in the stomach. These tiny vehicles, each about half the width of a human hair, swim rapidly throughout the stomach while neutralizing gastric acid and then release their cargo of antibiotics at the desired pH.  Full Story


Computer Security Experts Honored for Research that Stands the Test of Time

Computer Security Experts Honored for Research that Stands the Test of Time

August 16, 2017

Denial of service attacks (DoS) have crippled even the likes of Google and Amazon in recent years, topping at a reported 1.1 terabits per second in 2016. But they were a relatively unexplored phenomenon in the year 2000, when three computer scientists from the University of California San Diego set out to find out how prevalent they were. Their research and resulting academic paper won the Best Paper award when it was presented at the 10th USENIX Security Symposium in 2001.  Full Story


Researchers receive an NSF award to develop new neural mapping technologies of the brain

Researchers receive an NSF award to develop new neural mapping technologies of the brain

August 15, 2017

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new way to record neural activity in the brain by combining macro-scale electrophysiology with micro-scale optical imaging. The combination of the two recording modalities will provide temporal and spatial resolution previously unattained. The new imaging capability could lead to new discoveries on information processing in the brain and circuit dysfunctions for neurological disorders such as epilepsy, depression and memory disorders.  Full Story


Qualcomm Institute's CARI Therapeutics Awarded NIH Grant for Opioid Sensor

Qualcomm Institute's CARI Therapeutics Awarded NIH Grant for Opioid Sensor

August 10, 2017

Researchers at the University of California San Diego, in collaboration with CARI Therapeutics of the University's Qualcomm Institute Innovation Space, have begun development of a biosensor that will detect the presence of opioids in patients in recovery and might ultimately transform the way opioid use disorders are diagnosed, monitored, and treated. The sensor also relies on research by Drew Hall, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.   Full Story


Nature Names UC San Diego a Top 15 Research Institution Worldwide

Nature Names UC San Diego a Top 15 Research Institution Worldwide

August 9, 2017

The University of California San Diego is the world’s 14th best university for developing research that is used to create products or services that benefit society and spur economic growth. The new rankings by Nature, one of the world’s leading academic journals, also praise the campus for its research output: nearly half of UC San Diego’s natural science papers appear in the Nature index, which measures research productivity in the globe’s top science journals.  Full Story


2017 Massry Prize Honors Microbiome Research Pioneers

2017 Massry Prize Honors Microbiome Research Pioneers

August 9, 2017

Microbiome researchers Rob Knight, PhD, University of California San Diego, Jeffrey Gordon, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Norman Pace, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, will share this year’s Massry Prize, splitting the $200,000 honorarium. These researchers lead a field that works to produce a detailed understanding of microbiomes — distinct constellations of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that live within and around us — and methods for manipulating microbiomes for the benefit of human and environmental health.The Meira and Shaul G. Massry Foundation established the Massry Prize in 1996 to recognize outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and the advancement of health. The nonprofit foundation promotes education and research in nephrology, physiology and related fields. Shaul Massry, MD, is professor emeritus at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. The Massry Prize Lectures, which the winners give every year, are held on the USC Health Sciences campus. This year’s lectures are scheduled for October 2017. Twelve Massry Prize recipients have gone on to win Nobel Prizes. Full Story


UC San Diego Teams with Toyota on Autonomous, Connected Vehicle Safety Technologies

UC San Diego Teams with Toyota on Autonomous, Connected Vehicle Safety Technologies

August 8, 2017

After five years of working with Toyota on automotive safety technologies, the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) at the University of California San Diego is launching a new research effort with the automaker’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC).On July 26, Toyota’s CSRC announced a sweeping set of new research programs to study the opportunities and address the challenges of emerging vehicle technologies. The 11 projects, launched in partnership with eight leading research universities in North America and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, are the first launched under CSRC Next, a five-year program begun last January to support “a safer transition to the future of mobility.” Full Story


Students Developing Low-Cost Device for Monitoring HIV Levels in Blood Win National Competition

Students Developing Low-Cost Device for Monitoring HIV Levels in Blood Win National Competition

August 4, 2017

A team of UC San Diego students is working to help curb the HIV epidemic by developing a low-cost device for people in low-resource areas to monitor the amount of HIV virus in their bloodstream. They recently took first place in the National Academy of Engineering 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS) business plan competition. The team will use the $25,000 in prize money to help them translate their research to the clinic as part of a public benefit corporation they recently created called Worldcare Technologies. Full Story


4D camera could improve robot vision, virtual reality and self-driving cars

4D camera could improve robot vision, virtual reality and self-driving cars

August 4, 2017

Engineers at Stanford University and the University of California San Diego have developed a camera that generates four-dimensional images and can capture 138 degrees of information. The new camera — the first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera — could generate information-rich images and video frames that will enable robots to better navigate the world and understand certain aspects of their environment, such as object distance and surface texture.  Full Story


Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls

Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls

August 2, 2017

Ultrasound brain surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancers, but getting therapeutic sound waves through the skull and into the brain is no easy task. To address this problem, an international team of researchers has developed a window-like cranial implant through which doctors can deliver ultrasound treatments on demand and on a recurring basis — without having to perform repeated craniotomies, which are highly invasive procedures used to access the brain. Full Story


Engineers harness the power of 3D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times

Engineers harness the power of 3D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times

August 2, 2017

A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a recent study, researchers showed that allowing surgeons to prep on a 3D-printed model of the patient’s hip joint cut by about  25 percent the amount of time needed for surgery when compared to a control group. The team, which includes bioengineers from the University of California San Diego and physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital, detailed their findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics.  Full Story


From Theory to Microgrid: New Ideas from the Sustainable Power and Energy Center Research Summit

From Theory to Microgrid: New Ideas from the Sustainable Power and Energy Center Research Summit

July 31, 2017

Software that can design new materials for energy storage. X-ray visualization techniques to “see” inside batteries and solar cells. Green processes for making batteries. These were some of the projects presented at the Sustainable Power and Energy Center (SPEC) Research Summit at the University of California San Diego on July 18. Full Story


With Help from UC San Diego Grad Student, Google Estimates $25 Million in Ransomware Payouts

With Help from UC San Diego Grad Student, Google Estimates $25 Million in Ransomware Payouts

July 28, 2017

$25,253,505. That is the best estimate to date of how much money was paid by victims of ransomware attacks in the past two years in order to unlock their computer disks and get their data back. As a result, ransomware – malware  that encrypts victims’ data and demands a payoff in exchange for the key to unlock the data – “has become one of the largest cybercrime revenue sources,” according to Google presenters at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference in Las Vegas this week. Participants in the study on “Tracking Ransomware End to End” included researchers from UC San Diego, New York University (NYU), and the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis. (Blockchain is the public, decentralized ledger of transactions in Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency most widely used to settle ransomware demands.) Full Story


UC San Diego takes part in RoboCup competition for the first time

UC San Diego takes part in RoboCup competition for the first time

July 27, 2017

A team of computer scientists from the University of California San Diego are taking part for the first time in the international RoboCup @ Home competition, which this year takes place July 27 to 31 in Nagoya, Japan. Full Story


Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego Ranks First in USA, according to New Ranking from ARWU

Mechanical Engineering at UC San Diego Ranks First in USA, according to New Ranking from ARWU

July 26, 2017

University of California San Diego ranks first in the nation and second in the world for Mechanical Engineering, according to a new subject area ranking from Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) from ShanghaiRanking. The new rankings, which are based on five hard-data metrics, place the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering among the top programs in the nation and the world in a wide range of areas.  Full Story


Engineers talk VR, AI and nanotechnology at San Diego Comic-Con

Engineers talk VR, AI and nanotechnology at San Diego Comic-Con

July 20, 2017

It’s not every day that engineers get to speak side by side with the people behind hit movies and TV series. But that is exactly what two engineering faculty members are doing this week at Comic-Con in San Diego.  Full Story


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Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego
Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood

July 18, 2017

Engineering researchers are putting a two-story wooden structure through a series of powerful earthquake simulations at the University of California San Diego shake table this week. The goal is to gather the data required to design wood buildings as tall as 20 stories that do not suffer significant damage during large earthquakes. Full Story


High School Students Get a Taste of Studying Computer Science at UC San Diego

High School Students Get a Taste of Studying Computer Science at UC San Diego

July 14, 2017

Many of the students studying and living on campus this month look decidedly younger than usual for the University of California San Diego, primarily because they are younger. One group of 205 high school students moved into dorms this week to attend the 2017 California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a month-long residential program that also exists on three other University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine and Santa Cruz).  Full Story


Nanoengineer receives award from Energy Department to advance solar power technologies

Nanoengineer receives award from Energy Department to advance solar power technologies

July 13, 2017

University of California San Diego nanoengineering professor David Fenning has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to lead a new project aimed at advancing research in solar photovoltaic technologies. The project will focus on developing a high resolution tool that can detect moisture in photovoltaic modules and predict how it will affect the modules’ performance. Full Story


Low-cost smart glove converts signs of American Manual Alphabet to text

Low-cost smart glove converts signs of American Manual Alphabet to text

July 12, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smart glove that wirelessly converts signs of the American Manual Alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures. The device, which engineers call “The Language of Glove,” was built for less than $100 using stretchable and printable electronics that are inexpensive, commercially available and easy to assemble. Full Story


UC San Diego part of international team to develop wireless implantable microdevices for the brain

UC San Diego part of international team to develop wireless implantable microdevices for the brain

July 11, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are part of an international collaboration led by Brown University to develop a wireless neural prosthetic system that could record and stimulate neural activity with unprecedented detail and precision and lead to new medical therapies for people who have lost sensory function due to injury or illness. Full Story


Scientists at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation invent new tool for the Synthetic Biologist's toolbox

Scientists at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation invent new tool for the Synthetic Biologist's toolbox

July 10, 2017

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have invented a new method for controlling gene expression across bacterial colonies. The method involves engineering dynamic DNA copy number changes in a synchronized fashion. The results were published in the July 10, 2017 online edition of Nature Genetics. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico

UC San Diego Engineering Professor Olivia Graeve Named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico

July 6, 2017

University of California San Diego, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor Olivia Graeve has been named one of the “100 mujeres más poderosas de México” – one of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico, according to a Forbes 2017 ranking. Full Story


'Near-zero-power' temperature sensor could make wearables, smart home devices less power-hungry

'Near-zero-power' temperature sensor could make wearables, smart home devices less power-hungry

June 30, 2017

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on only 113 picowatts of power — 628 times lower power than the state of the art and about 10 billion times smaller than a watt. This "near-zero-power" temperature sensor could extend the battery life of wearable or implantable devices that monitor body temperature, smart home monitoring systems, Internet of Things devices and environmental monitoring systems. Full Story


High-Tech Baby Monitor Company Co-Founded by UC San Diego Computer Science Alumnus Raises $4 Million

High-Tech Baby Monitor Company Co-Founded by UC San Diego Computer Science Alumnus Raises $4 Million

June 29, 2017

Cocoon Cam, a computer-vision-based baby monitor company co-founded by University of California San Diego computer science alumnus Pavan Kumar (M.S. Computer Science 2015), recently announced that it closed a $4 million Series A funding round. Cocoon Cam is a baby monitor that relies on computer vision technologies to track breathing and other vital signs. It offers instant alerts and sleep analytics that can be accessed by parents anytime through a smartphone app.  Full Story


Graduating seniors say hands-on experience defined their time at the Jacobs School

Graduating seniors say hands-on experience defined their time at the Jacobs School

June 29, 2017

At Ring Ceremony 2017 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Ryan Hill, the outgoing president of the Triton Engineering Student Council challenged his peers to change the world. “In my time here, I’ve seen students be the first ones in the world to 3D-print rockets and send them to space. I’ve seen students build their own biofuel reactors, create virtual reality experiences to interact with nanoparticles…There is no magic formula...One day they said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if I did X’…and didn’t look back.” Full Story


UC San Diego and Bermuda Officially Launch First Digital 3D Shipwreck Mapping Website

UC San Diego and Bermuda Officially Launch First Digital 3D Shipwreck Mapping Website

June 28, 2017

Bermuda’s Ministry of the Environment and the University of California San Diego have officially launched a first-of-its-kind effort to scan underwater shipwrecks and reef in three dimensions and at an unprecedented level of detail – while making the 3D environments accessible online to viewers worldwide. The project, known as the Bermuda 100 Challenge, pushes the frontier of engineering technology and showcases the fascinating marine history and beauty of Bermuda’s underwater landscape. The Bermuda 100 website (http://bermuda100.ucsd.edu) presents an exciting addition to the Ministry’s conservation, research and educational outreach program.Now anyone can “dive” Bermuda’s culturally and historically significant wrecks from anywhere in the world. The goal is to map 100 wrecks and significant sites of natural beauty and ecological importance. The data will be used by marine scientists, historians, students, archaeologists and conservationists to monitor the wrecks and reef over time.  Full Story


Soon-to-Be-Alumnus Accepts Tenure-Track Faculty Position at University of Illinois

Soon-to-Be-Alumnus Accepts Tenure-Track Faculty Position at University of Illinois

June 28, 2017

When he graduated from China’s Nanjing University, Tianyin Xu was turned down by 24 graduate schools in the United States. The following year he applied and was accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of California San Diego. Now, almost six years later, Xu is finishing his Ph.D. this summer, and top-notch schools were competing to offer him a tenure-track faculty position.  In the end, Xu received five offers and accepted the one from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), which he’ll join as an assistant professor next January in the Department of Computer Science."I loved all the schools that made offers, which made the decision-making process excruciating," observed CSE Ph.D. candidate Xu. "In the end, I had to follow my gut." While he had offers from Pennsylvania State, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara and Canada’s University of Waterloo, Xu selected UIUC partly because his advisor, CSE Prof. Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou, taught there for seven years before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 2009.  Full Story


Alert system for seniors who want to stay active takes first place at 2nd annual Design Competition

Alert system for seniors who want to stay active takes first place at 2nd annual Design Competition

June 26, 2017

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, ten interdisciplinary teams from the University of California San Diego Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) and Cognitive Science Departments presented prototypes of innovative products designed to improve the lives of senior citizens. The UC San Diego undergraduates presented to an audience of  Electrical & Computer Engineering alumni, members of the La Costa Glen senior retirement community and the UC San Diego Retirees Association. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Scientist Welcomes New Jobs Partnership with Tech San Diego

UC San Diego Computer Scientist Welcomes New Jobs Partnership with Tech San Diego

June 26, 2017

A new initiative in San Diego will help find more interns and full-time employees for technology companies from among students in college or getting ready to graduate. The non-profit organization Tech San Diego announced that it is boosting regional talent efforts by hiring a director for its recently-launched University Talent Initiative. The effort starts out as a partnership with the University of California San Diego to improve the local talent pipeline, from talent access to internships, research and collaborations, while building tools to help local companies find qualified workers.  Full Story


Six Things That Are Contributing to Student Success at the Jacobs School

Six Things That Are Contributing to Student Success at the Jacobs School

June 26, 2017

At the University of California San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Achievement. The IDEA Engineering Student Center fosters an inclusive and welcoming community, works to increase retention and graduation rates, and promotes a culture of academic excellence among all engineering students at UC San Diego. Full Story


5G Wireless and Beyond: From Evolution to Revolution

5G Wireless and Beyond: From Evolution to Revolution

June 21, 2017

From a technical standpoint, fifth generation mobile wireless – or 5G, as it’s commonly known – is more about “evolution” than “revolution.” In many ways 5G simply builds upon the mobile infrastructure established by the current wireless standard, 4G LTE. From the standpoint of the imagination, however, 5G is poised to reshape the technological world as we know it. Full Story


Fighting Global Warming and Climate Change Requires a Broad Energy Portfolio

Fighting Global Warming and Climate Change Requires a Broad Energy Portfolio

June 19, 2017

Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by 21 of the nation’s leading energy experts, including David G. Victor and George R. Tynan from the University of California San Diego, describes a more complicated reality. These researchers argue that achieving net-zero carbon emissions requires the incorporation of a much broader suite of energy sources and approaches. Full Story


Robots do some heaving lifting at annual robotics competition

Robots do some heaving lifting at annual robotics competition

June 19, 2017

She was about to drop out of an engineering design class that culminates in a robotics competition. But Shushoma Sravostee’s classmates stepped in to help, offering support and reassurance. On June 13, she and her three teammates won the overall competition, taking home intricate 3D-printed trophies—and bragging rights.  Full Story


Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

June 15, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new electrolytes that enable lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20 degrees Celsius. The new electrolytes also enable electrochemical capacitors to run as cold as -80 degrees Celsius -- their current limit is -40 degrees Celsius. Full Story


Nuvve and UC San Diego to Demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid Technology through Energy Commission Grant

Nuvve and UC San Diego to Demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid Technology through Energy Commission Grant

June 15, 2017

The United States is home to more than half a million electric vehicles. What if all those vehicles could be turned into virtual power plants, feeding energy back into the grid while connected via a charger? Thanks to a $7.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission, San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation will demonstrate how this technology could work on a large-scale with help from UC San Diego. Full Story


Structural Engineering Students Design, Build and Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wings

Structural Engineering Students Design, Build and Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wings

June 15, 2017

Structural engineering students got an opportunity to test their skills at creating unmanned aerial vehicle wings out of composite materials as part of a new structural engineering senior design class at UC San Diego. The class, called SE143, includes all three stages of the industrial aircraft wing production cycle—designing, building and testing.As part of a complete revamping of the Jacobs School of Engineering Structural Engineering Department curriculum, undergraduates in the department now have the option to specialize in one of four areas: civil structures, aerospace structures, structural health monitoring, or geotechnical engineering. Previously, all structural engineering seniors took the same senior design class. Now, Hyonny Kim and John Kosmatka, both professors of structural engineering, have come up with the new SE143 senior design class focused on aerospace structures. Full Story


Computer Science Students Demo Real-Time Multiplayer Games of Their Own

Computer Science Students Demo Real-Time Multiplayer Games of Their Own

June 14, 2017

Computer science professor Geoffrey M. Voelker teaches CSE 125 each spring. The course on "Software System Design and Implementation" gave 32 seniors this spring an opportunity to showcase everything they learned in the past four years. The course is a 10-week project to build a large, complex, distributed software system with real-time constraints. But to make it more exciting, the teams of six or seven students spend the quarter building a networked, real-time, 3D multiplayer game (hence the popular reference to CSE 125 as being "the videogame course"). Each final team demonstration doubles as the team members' final exams.  Full Story


Earthquake Safe: 30 Years of Innovation at UC San Diego

Earthquake Safe: 30 Years of Innovation at UC San Diego

June 13, 2017

When you drive across a highway bridge in California, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at the University of California San Diego. More specifically, many of the advances making California roads and bridges safer during earthquakes were tested at the Charles Lee Powell Structural Engineering Laboratories here on campus. The facility is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Full Story


UC San Diego launches education consortium in partnership with Baja California universities and high schools

UC San Diego launches education consortium in partnership with Baja California universities and high schools

June 12, 2017

The University of California San Diego and 13 institutions in Baja California announced the launch of the CaliBaja Education Consortium at the Cross-border Innovation Summit that took place on June 9, 2017 on the UC San Diego campus. The new entity will serve the entire CaliBaja region and will allow researchers and students to work together across borders. Leaders of 10 institutions signed memoranda that brought the consortium to life during the event.  Full Story


Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

June 8, 2017

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, just above commercial air traffic, a small, hydrogen-filled balloon is reporting on its whereabouts to researchers in a UC San Diego lab who are listening intently. The balloon—called a super pressure balloon—was launched by a group of UC San Diego students and researchers about 100 days ago from campus and is on its sixth lap around the globe. This is the first time a balloon from UC San Diego has made it across the country—let alone the world. The Feb. 12 launch is part of a unique program headed by structural engineering professor John Kosmatka and supported by NASA’s California Space Grant Consortium. Full Story


Seniors Make Final Tweaks to CSE 125 Multiplayer Videogames

Seniors Make Final Tweaks to CSE 125 Multiplayer Videogames

June 7, 2017

It's not often that the final project presentations of an undergraduate computer-science course attracts a standing-room-only audience of students and visitors from across campus. But that's par for the course when professor Geoffrey M. Voelker's CSE 125 course draws to a close each spring quarter.  Full Story


Engineer's Lifelong Dream of Becoming an Astronaut Comes True

Engineer's Lifelong Dream of Becoming an Astronaut Comes True

June 7, 2017

An alumnus of the University of California San Diego is part of the new class of astronauts NASA announced June 7, 2017. Robb Kulin earned his master’s and PhD degrees in materials science from UC San Diego.  He made nearly every decision in his career with an eye toward going to space, according to his Ph.D. advisor, nanoengineering professor Kenneth Vecchio from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Full Story


Keysight Technologies, UC San Diego Demonstrate the World's Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array

Keysight Technologies, UC San Diego Demonstrate the World's Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array

June 1, 2017

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) and the University of California San Diego today announced the world’s fastest bidirectional phased-array link in the 28 GHz 5G band. The achievement is an important milestone for delivering future applications in 5G, aerospace and defense. Full Story


Computer Science Professor Recognized Not Once, Not Twice, but Three Times in Year-End Honors

Computer Science Professor Recognized Not Once, Not Twice, but Three Times in Year-End Honors

June 1, 2017

Computer scientist Christine Alvarado is no stranger to winning awards, particularly for her teaching. But what's unusual is that starting June 3, she will be accepting not just one or two such awards, but three. The honors will come from the Tau Beta Pi honors engineering society, the Jacobs School of Engineering, and the Academic Senate. Full Story


A glove powered by soft robotics to interact with virtual reality environments

A glove powered by soft robotics to interact with virtual reality environments

May 26, 2017

Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments.  The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard. Full Story


A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

May 25, 2017

The exploration of Martian soils began nearly two decades ago with the successful landing of an automobile-sized, one-ton robot on Mars. Now, students at UC San Diego are working to develop the next generation of Mars rovers.  Full Story


Nanopore Technology Makes Leap from DNA Sequencing to Identifying Proteins

Nanopore Technology Makes Leap from DNA Sequencing to Identifying Proteins

May 25, 2017

In the May issue of PLOS Computational Biology, scientists from UC San Diego and the University of Notre Dame report on a study that could open up the field for nanopore-based protein identification – and eventually proteomic profiling of large numbers of proteins in complex mixtures of different types of molecules.  Full Story


New brain mapping tool produces higher resolution data during brain surgery

New brain mapping tool produces higher resolution data during brain surgery

May 24, 2017

Researchers have developed a new device to map the brain during surgery and distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues. The device provides higher resolution neural readings than existing tools used in the clinic and could enable doctors to perform safer, more precise brain surgeries. Full Story


Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors

Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors

May 24, 2017

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics. The work appears in the April 19, 2017 issue of Advanced Energy Materials.    Full Story


QI Hosts Game Design Career Showcase for San Diego Students

QI Hosts Game Design Career Showcase for San Diego Students

May 24, 2017

Some 150 high school students and 50 UC San Diego undergraduates converged on Atkinson Hall May 22 to learn something about jobs of the future, notably in game design and virtual reality. They were part of the Link2 San Diego program, launched by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in 2015 to introduce local students to exciting career opportunities in order to grow and retain talent for the San Diego region.  Full Story


New UC San Diego Technology Accelerator Selects Five Teams for Its Inaugural Cohort

New UC San Diego Technology Accelerator Selects Five Teams for Its Inaugural Cohort

May 23, 2017

Today the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) at the University of California San Diego announced team selections for its new technology accelerator. Five UC San Diego research teams, with innovations ranging from advanced healthcare diagnostics and medical device technologies to next generation LIDAR for autonomous-vehicle navigation, have been selected to join the new campus program. Full Story


UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Pinnacle Award

UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Pinnacle Award

May 22, 2017

Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, is being honored for her exemplary leadership among women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Cosman was one of just seven recipients of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards, announced May 5, 2017.   Full Story


UC San Diego Engineer Talks Tech with Congressional Staff in Washington, D.C.

UC San Diego Engineer Talks Tech with Congressional Staff in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2017

UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Patrick Mercier met with staff members working for representatives for San Diego County and for California Senator Dianne Feinstein at an event on Capitol Hill, where he showcased wearable technologies that have the potential to revolutionize access to health care.  Full Story


Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

May 18, 2017

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation, researchers found code that allowed a car’s onboard computer to determine that the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test. The computer then activated the car’s emission-curbing systems, reducing the amount of pollutants emitted. Once the computer determined that the test was over, these systems were deactivated.  Full Story


Eight Students Receive Engineering Leadership Award

Eight Students Receive Engineering Leadership Award

May 17, 2017

Five engineering undergraduate and three engineering graduate students were recognized for their outstanding leadership skills at the 8th Annual Engineering Leadership Awards Celebration, which took place May 12, 2017 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Full Story


3D-printed soft  four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

3D-printed soft four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

May 16, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains.  Full Story


Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

May 15, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that’s sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.  Full Story


Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

May 11, 2017

The laboratory looks like a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are virtual-reality headsets everywhere, and large flat screen 3D displays. College students work at computers, while teammates wearing goggles look from side to side, occasionally ducking or recoiling, as they react and engage with the virtual environments visible in their head-mounted displays. Welcome to the Virtual Reality Lab—the first of its kind at an American university.  Full Story


Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect

Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect

May 10, 2017

Sensors that tell you if Chinese food from last weekend is still safe to eat. An app to let your professor know you have no idea what he’s talking about. A grocery store guide to find the exact aisle and shelf location of your favorite cereal. These aren’t just crazy ideas — they’re actual startups currently in development in The Basement, UC San Diego’s two-year-old incubator and accelerator program managed by the UC San Diego Alumni Office.  Full Story


Bioengineering Professor Christian Metallo Receives 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Bioengineering Professor Christian Metallo Receives 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

May 10, 2017

Christian Metallo, a bioengineering professor at the University of California San Diego, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Metallo is one of 13 faculty members nationwide to receive the honor from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Full Story


Engineered bone marrow could make transplants safer

Engineered bone marrow could make transplants safer

May 8, 2017

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed biomimetic bone tissues that could one day provide new bone marrow for patients needing transplants. Full Story


Engineering student places third in UC-wide science communication contest

Engineering student places third in UC-wide science communication contest

May 4, 2017

With a three-minute talk entitled “Using Geometry to Build Better Birth Control,” engineering graduate student Geoff Hollett took first place at the UC San Diego Grad Slam competition held April 5. Now in its fourth year, the event challenges graduate students across campus to break down their research into bite-sized, jargon-free presentations that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. Hollett also placed third in the UC-wide Grad Slam event that took place May 4, 2017.   Full Story


Stool Microbes Predict Advanced Liver Disease

Stool Microbes Predict Advanced Liver Disease

May 3, 2017

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — a condition that can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer — isn’t typically detected until it’s well advanced. Even then, diagnosis requires an invasive liver biopsy. To detect NAFLD earlier and more easily, researchers in the NAFLD Research Center (http://nafld.ucsd.edu/) at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Human Longevity, Inc. and the J. Craig Venter Institute report that the unique microbial makeup of a patient’s stool sample — or gut microbiome — can be used to predict advanced NAFLD with 88 to 94 percent accuracy.  Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Selected for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

UC San Diego Researchers Selected for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

May 2, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has been selected to take part in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE ®. The competition aims to accelerate the development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are truly scalable and have the capacity to solve grand challenges facing society.  Full Story


Researchers receive $7.5 million grant to study memory capacity and energy efficiency in the brain

Researchers receive $7.5 million grant to study memory capacity and energy efficiency in the brain

May 1, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego and Stanford University has received a $7.5 million, five-year grant to try to answer two fundamental questions: what is the memory capacity of a brain; and how does the brain process information with maximum energy efficiency. The grant was awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Full Story


Students Seek to Ban Plastic Water Bottles from Campus

Students Seek to Ban Plastic Water Bottles from Campus

April 28, 2017

Zero waste by 2020—that’s one of the goals of the UC Office of the President’s Sustainability Practices Policy for all UC campuses. Several students at UC San Diego’s Student Sustainability Collective (SSC) are working to make that a reality. Full Story


UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online

UC San Diego and edX Offer Professional Virtual Reality Courses Online

April 27, 2017

Virtual reality is one of the hottest emerging technologies in the entertainment industry today. Millions of VR devices have been sold in the United States alone, but most software developers have no formal training on the technology. Now, virtual reality researchers from UC San Diego are hoping to bridge that gap and develop in-demand skills via a new series of courses delivered through the edX online learning platform. Full Story


Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil

Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil

April 26, 2017

Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet’s red soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients. Instead, they would just need to apply pressure to compact the soil—the equivalent of a blow from a hammer. These are the findings of a study published in Nature Scientific Reports on April 27, 2017. The study was authored by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and funded by NASA.  Full Story


UC San Diego nanoengineer selected as the U.S. nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

UC San Diego nanoengineer selected as the U.S. nominee for 2017 ASPIRE Prize

April 25, 2017

Nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang at the University of California San Diego has been selected as the U.S. nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE). Zhang won the nomination for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications.  Full Story


Nanoparticles for treating bacterial infections take top prize at Research Expo 2017

Nanoparticles for treating bacterial infections take top prize at Research Expo 2017

April 24, 2017

B.J. (Byungji) Kim, a materials science and engineering graduate student at the University of California San Diego, won the grand prize at Research Expo 2017 for her work on nanoparticles that help the body’s immune system fight infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria—without the use of antibiotics. Kim received the Lee Rudee Outstanding Poster Award and a $1,000 cash prize, as well as the Katie Osterday Best Poster in mechanical engineering, which came with a $500 cash prize.  Full Story


Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking on University Campuses

April 21, 2017

A free UC San Diego campus event on April 25 will feature people share stories about human trafficking, a massive global problem that is also a problem in San Diego. Full Story


Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams

Sensor-filled glove could help doctors take guesswork out of physical exams

April 20, 2017

Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could use to accurately measure muscle stiffness in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other muscle control disorders. The level of muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, is typically rated based on a doctor's touch and feel. However, these ratings are subjective and often vary from one doctor to another. As a result, patients receive doses of medication that are too low or too high for their actual level of muscle stiffness. The new glove will enable doctors to come up with objective, accurate and consistent number ratings when evaluating spasticity in patients undergoing treatment. Full Story


Hacking into a Lost World

Hacking into a Lost World

April 20, 2017

Somewhere in the at-risk ruins of Khirbat en-Nahas in the Faynan region of southern Jordan lie untold stories of copper mining and smelting industries from the time of David and Solomon and the Edomite kings. Stories that, until now, could only be told in words, maps and photographs. Thanks to UC San Diego engineering and archaeology students that teamed up for the world’s first cyber-archaeology hackathon, the story of King Solomon’s copper mines now exists in virtual reality. Full Story


A Wearable Sensors Research Center in Beijing Is Named After UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Joseph Wang

A Wearable Sensors Research Center in Beijing Is Named After UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Joseph Wang

April 20, 2017

A wearable sensors research center at Beijing University of Science and Technology has been named in honor of UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor and chair Joseph Wang, who also serves as Director of the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors. Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Science Degree #3 for 20-Year Return on Investment

UC San Diego Computer Science Degree #3 for 20-Year Return on Investment

April 18, 2017

What's a computer science undergraduate education worth to computer science graduates of UC San Diego?  In the 20 years after graduation, UC San Diego alumni are averaging a return on their investment of more than a million dollars. 2017 PayScale report ranks computer science at UC San Diego #3 for return on investment  Full Story


Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

April 17, 2017

A partnership between computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. The researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection—albeit for a limited amount of time—and how they made money. Full Story


UC San Diego CHO Systems Biology Center pioneers efforts to improve cell production of high-value pharmaceuticals

UC San Diego CHO Systems Biology Center pioneers efforts to improve cell production of high-value pharmaceuticals

April 13, 2017

Optimizing CHO (Chinese hamster ovary) cell lines to accelerate biologic drug development is a goal of the CHO Systems Biology Center at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Center researchers are developing new technologies and training the next generation of cell line engineers and systems biology specialists to advance CHO cell engineering research. Full Story


Undergrads Create New Rocket Fuel as Part of Engineering Design Class

Undergrads Create New Rocket Fuel as Part of Engineering Design Class

April 13, 2017

How many undergraduates can say they published a paper on a new rocket fuel? Students in a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior design class at UC San Diego can.The Jacobs School of Engineering students and their instructor designed, tested and published a paper on rocket fuel composed of nearly 10 percent water. They found that their water-infused fuel performed as well, if not better, than pure rocket fuel. The study was presented at the Joint Army Navy Air Force (JANNAF) Liquid Propulsion meeting in December. Full Story


Researchers develop new tools to optimize CHO cell lines for making biologic drugs

Researchers develop new tools to optimize CHO cell lines for making biologic drugs

April 13, 2017

Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the workhorses behind more than half of the top-selling biologics on the market today. Humira, Avastin and Rituxan are a few. Researchers at the UC San Diego CHO Systems Biology Center are developing new tools, such as genome-scale metabolic models, to optimize CHO cell production of biologic drugs in the hope of driving down their costs. Full Story


American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects UC San Diego Chancellor and Three Professors

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects UC San Diego Chancellor and Three Professors

April 13, 2017

Three faculty members of the University of California San Diego and Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s most esteemed honorary societies and independent policy research centers.  Full Story


Family honors legacy of Jacobs School alumnus Sho Funai with an endowed prize

Family honors legacy of Jacobs School alumnus Sho Funai with an endowed prize

April 11, 2017

By the age of 23, Sho Funai had already embarked on a promising engineering career. His research contributed to aspects of safely using composite materials such as those found on the newest Boeing aircraft.  After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in structural engineering at the University of California San Diego, he went on to earn a master’s at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego and started working full time at Goodrich Aerostructures. He was weeks away from submitting his master’s thesis on impact damage to composite materials when his life, full of promise was cut short in a hit and run collision in March 2012. Full Story


'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs to treat neurological diseases

'Neuron-reading' nanowires could accelerate development of drugs to treat neurological diseases

April 10, 2017

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The new nanowire technology could one day serve as a platform to screen drugs for neurological diseases and could enable researchers to better understand how single cells communicate in large neuronal networks. Full Story


Microgrid Business Models Analyzed in UC San Diego Study

Microgrid Business Models Analyzed in UC San Diego Study

April 6, 2017

UC San Diego researchers published a systematic analysis of microgrids in Southern California to better understand business cases for private investment in microgrids. From the abstract: “Decentralization [of the electric power grid] could radically reduce customer energy costs, but without the right policy framework it could create large numbers of small decentralized sources of gas-based carbon emissions that will be difficult to control if policy makers want to achieve deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.” Full Story


UC San Diego Designated as a Changemaker Campus

UC San Diego Designated as a Changemaker Campus

April 6, 2017

The University of California San Diego has been designated as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U for its role as a leader in social innovation education. Only 40 universities around the world have received this designation and UC San Diego is the first University of California campus to be recognized.  Full Story


UC San Diego Biologists Discover Timesharing Strategy in Bacteria

UC San Diego Biologists Discover Timesharing Strategy in Bacteria

April 6, 2017

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered that, when food becomes scarce, communities of bacteria employ a time-sharing strategy. The findings are published April 6 in the journal Science. Full Story


Wide range of cutting-edge research projects at Research Expo

April 6, 2017

Research Expo provides a unique venue for getting an insider’s look at a wide range of cutting-edge research projects being taken on by some of the top labs in the world. The one-day event features research posters by more than 200 engineering graduate students from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, industry-focused faculty talks, and a networking reception with faculty, students, industry partners and alumni. Full Story


What is that image on the Research Expo 2017 website?

What is that image on the Research Expo 2017 website?

April 5, 2017

The image on the Research Expo 2017 website and postcards. What is it? It’s an experimental setup for a better way to detect DNA mutations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). It is being developed by a research team at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering led by professor Ratnesh Lal, who is affiliated with mechanical engineering, bioengineering, and materials science.  Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Christine Alvarado Honored for Diversity Work in Computer Science Education

UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Christine Alvarado Honored for Diversity Work in Computer Science Education

March 30, 2017

UC San Diego computer science teaching professor Christine Alvarado has been honored by campus with a 2016 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Diversity Award.Alvarado works tirelessly to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science... through her teaching, research and mentoring, according to colleagues who wrote nominating letters.For example, Alvarado helped develop the AP Computer Science Principles curriculum and test, a new AP Computer Science course aimed at bringing more students into computing by showcasing its broad range of ideas, applications and impacts.   Full Story


Computer Scientists Honored for 'Tracing' Research That Stood 10-Year Test of Time

Computer Scientists Honored for 'Tracing' Research That Stood 10-Year Test of Time

March 30, 2017

UC San Diego computer science professor is part of the team that accepted the annual test of time award for the most influential paper among those presented a decade ago at the USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI) . Full Story


UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Honored with Appointment to French National Institute

UC San Diego Computer Science Professor Honored with Appointment to French National Institute

March 28, 2017

INRIA, the French national institute for computer science and applied mathematics, has created a new International Chair and appointed American computer engineer Rajesh Gupta to the part-time position. Gupta is a professor and former chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego.Gupta will hold the International Chair for a period of five years. Starting this summer, he will engage with researchers in INRIA’s research center in the cathedral town of Rennes in eastern Brittany. The position enables him to spend as much as a year spread out over the five years of his appointment. Full Story


Discovery of a new regulatory protein provides new tool for stem cell engineering

Discovery of a new regulatory protein provides new tool for stem cell engineering

March 28, 2017

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a protein that regulates the switch of embryonic stem cells from the least developed “naïve” state to the more developed “primed” state. This discovery sheds light on stem cell development at a molecular level. Full Story


Bermuda 100 Challenge: Preserving Shipwrecks, Pixel by Pixel

Bermuda 100 Challenge: Preserving Shipwrecks, Pixel by Pixel

March 28, 2017

Researchers from the University of California San Diego, collaborating with the Bermuda government, nonprofit agencies and other partners in the region, aim to create a comprehensive digital atlas of shipwrecks and natural habitats in Bermuda’s waters – an historical crossroads of shipping between the United States, Europe and the Caribbean Full Story


Alumnus Taner Halicioglu Kicks off Campaign for UC San Diego with $75 Million Gift

Alumnus Taner Halicioglu Kicks off Campaign for UC San Diego with $75 Million Gift

March 27, 2017

As a child, Taner Halicioglu discovered how things worked by dissecting electronic equipment—it could be a radio or walkie talkie, and even a TV at one point. At UC San Diego, the self-described nerd didn’t mind that the campus lacked a football team—access to the Supercomputer Center was just as exciting. And today, he is a visionary: with a $75 million gift, Halicioglu will ensure that his alma mater represents the future of data science. Full Story


UC San Diego bioengineers and physicians receive $2.8 million grant from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

UC San Diego bioengineers and physicians receive $2.8 million grant from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

March 27, 2017

Researchers led by Karen Christman, a bioengineering professor at the University of California San Diego, were awarded nearly $3.1 million by the governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine March 23. Full Story


Nine Jacobs School Project Teams that Highlight Opportunities for Engineering Undergraduates

Nine Jacobs School Project Teams that Highlight Opportunities for Engineering Undergraduates

March 24, 2017

From brewing beer on the moon to competing in Disney Imagineering competitions, our students are breaking boundaries in education. Check out our Top 5 engineering student stories to learn about some of the things they've been working on. Full Story


Bioengineering Student Awarded Winston Churchill Scholarship

Bioengineering Student Awarded Winston Churchill Scholarship

March 23, 2017

Fourth-year bioengineering-bioinformatics major and UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program student Angela Zou has been awarded the Winston Churchill Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards in the world for students of science, mathematics, and engineering. Zou will receive a one-year scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in biological sciences at Winston Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. She will also have the opportunity to work in a lab that applies computational biology approaches to studying immune responses. Zou is the third UC San Diego student to be awarded the scholarship since 1963. Full Story


'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips

'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips

March 23, 2017

Researchers have developed a wearable, flexible biosensor glove that can rapidly detect toxic nerve agents with the touch of a finger. The so-called "lab-on-a-glove" could help improve both defense and food security measures. The team, led by nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego, published their work this month in ACS Sensors. Full Story


Gene Editing Technique Helps Find Cancer's Weak Spots

Gene Editing Technique Helps Find Cancer's Weak Spots

March 23, 2017

Genetic mutations that cause cancer also weaken cancer cells, creating an opportunity for researchers to develop drugs that will selectively kill them, while sparing normal cells. This concept is called “synthetic lethality” because the drug is only lethal to mutated (synthetic) cells. Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed a new method to search for synthetic-lethal gene combinations. The technique, published March 20 in Nature Methods, uncovered 120 new opportunities for cancer drug development. Full Story


Students Propose Solutions to Critical Health Issues at Annual Hackathon

Students Propose Solutions to Critical Health Issues at Annual Hackathon

March 23, 2017

From virtual reality to crowdsourcing ideas, participants at UC Health Hack 2017 combined creativity and problem-solving to create projects addressing critical issues in health systems and global health. The 181 participants focused on one of two tracks: health care delivery or refugee health. UC Health Hack 2017, the third annual interdisciplinary health-focused two-day hackathon at UC San Diego, was a collaboration between UC San Diego Engineering World Health, UC San Diego Health, UC Irvine Health, and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The competition featured more than 35 proposals, with support from 57 mentors and judges from interdisciplinary fields, and awarded $12,000 in prize money. Full Story


New Technology Accelerator Launching at UC San Diego

New Technology Accelerator Launching at UC San Diego

March 21, 2017

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at the University of California San Diego is launching a unique Technology Accelerator to fast-track early stage, high impact technologies and effectively shorten the timelines for UC San Diego innovations to enter the market. The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. Full Story


UC San Diego Students, Alumni Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Smart Mirror

UC San Diego Students, Alumni Launch Kickstarter Campaign for Smart Mirror

March 21, 2017

Computer engineering alumnus Noah Martin has launched a campaign to fund his latest brainchild – the Firefly Smart MirrorFull Story


UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Diversity Award

UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Diversity Award

March 17, 2017

Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been named a UC San Diego 2016 Diversity Champion. Full Story


Engineering Students Hope Design Based on Tuna Tail Fin Will Power Them to Win Submarine Race

Engineering Students Hope Design Based on Tuna Tail Fin Will Power Them to Win Submarine Race

March 16, 2017

With a propulsion system inspired by the tail fins of tuna, UC San Diego engineering students aim to win an annual human-powered submarine race this summer. The race pits student teams from around the world against each other—with each team aiming to be the first to get their submarine cross an underwater finish line.The International Submarine Races provide an opportunity for teams of students around the nation to develop and race one- or two-person submarines that rely on a wide variety of techniques for propulsion, steering and guidance. The submarine cabins fill with water when submerged, and crew members are outfitted with scuba masks and tanks in order to breathe. They use a combination of pedaling something akin to a bike pedal and propulsion to move the submarine from one end of the basin to the other. Full Story


UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Darren Lipomi Wins Diversity Award

UC San Diego NanoEngineering Professor Darren Lipomi Wins Diversity Award

March 16, 2017

NanoEngineering professor Darren Lipomi has been awarded a UC San Diego Diversity Champion Award. Professor Lipomi is well known for research at the intersection of energy, biomimetic materials and devices, green chemistry and manufacturing – research that is often aimed at saving energy and improving human well-being. But he is also known for more than his research at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Inside and outside the lab and the classroom, Lipomi is recognized as a dedicated teacher, mentor, and champion of diversity. Full Story


UC San Diego Spinout Genomatica is Helping Lead a Transition to More Sustainable Everyday Products

UC San Diego Spinout Genomatica is Helping Lead a Transition to More Sustainable Everyday Products

March 14, 2017

One of the chemicals that UC San Diego bioengineering spinout Genomatica is decoupling from fossil fuels, at an industrial scale, is BDO (1,4-butanediol). BDO is a widely used chemical essential in the manufacture of thousands of products from plastic packaging to coffee capsules to automotive parts. Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked #13 in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Ranked #13 in 2018 U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings

March 14, 2017

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering ranks #13 in the nation, up from #17 last year, in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report best engineering graduate schools rankings. The Jacobs School of Engineering ranks 8th among the nation’s top public engineering schools.  Full Story


New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

New nano-implant could one day help restore sight

March 13, 2017

A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light. The researchers demonstrated this response to light in a rat retina interfacing with a prototype of the device in vitro.  Full Story


UC San Diego Nanorobots highlighted in Science Robotics

UC San Diego Nanorobots highlighted in Science Robotics

March 13, 2017

The Tiny Robots Will See You Now. That’s the headline for a recent news story in IEEE Spectrum by Megan Scudellari that highlights a review paper written by UC San Diego researchers in the journal Science Robotics. This new journal is published by AAAS, the publisher of Science magazine. Full Story


Visualizing the Future of Surgery

Visualizing the Future of Surgery

March 9, 2017

Before Dr. Sonia Ramamoorthy, chief of colon and rectal surgery at UC San Diego Health, took a scalpel to Larry Smarr, director of Calit2, she first took a virtual tour of his large intestine. It encompassed an entire room.Then Smarr, Harry E. Gruber Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, shared a more modest, life-sized 3D-printed model of his suspect organ. With sometimes chagrined colleagues watching, surgeon and patient scrutinized its colonic curves and convolutions, revealing previously undetected complexities and, perhaps, the future of surgery. Full Story


Center for Networked Systems Adds New Faculty Members

March 7, 2017

The Center for Networked Systemsat the University of California San Diego now has 22 faculty members following the addition of two new professors to its ranks.  Both newcomers – Deian Stefan and Aaron Schulman – joined the faculty as assistant professors recently, with Stefan starting to teach last fall, and Schulman this winter.  Full Story


Graduate students launch NanoXpo to show off real world impact of nanoengineering

Graduate students launch NanoXpo to show off real world impact of nanoengineering

March 7, 2017

Biofuel cells that are powered by human sweat. 3D printed heart tissue. Tiny robots that could deliver drugs. Stretchable and wearable electronics. These are just a few ways that nanoengineers at UC San Diego are making a big splash—at the nanoscale level. Full Story


UC San Diego Professor Receives Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award

UC San Diego Professor Receives Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award

March 7, 2017

University of California San Diego electrical engineering professor Bhaskar Rao will receive the 2016 Technical Achievement Award this week from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). The formal ceremony takes place in New Orleans during the 42nd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2017). Full Story


New blood test could help detect and locate cancer early on

New blood test could help detect and locate cancer early on

March 6, 2017

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing. The study could provide a way to diagnose cancer early on without having to do invasive surgical procedures like biopsies.  Full Story


How 3D printing could save lives

How 3D printing could save lives

March 2, 2017

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have 3D printed a lifelike, functional blood vessel network that could pave the way toward artificial organs and regenerative therapies. The new research addresses one of the biggest challenges in tissue engineering: creating lifelike tissues and organs with functioning vasculature — networks of blood vessels that can transport blood, nutrients, waste and other biological materials — and do so safely when implanted inside the body. Full Story


Cell 'stickiness' could indicate metastatic potential

Cell 'stickiness' could indicate metastatic potential

February 28, 2017

How strongly tumor cells adhere to surrounding tissue could indicate how likely cancer will spread to other parts of the body, according to a new study led by bioengineers at the University of California San Diego. Using a spinning disc device, the researchers found that tumor cells that adhere weakly are more likely to migrate and invade other tissues compared with strongly adherent cells.  Full Story


UC San Diego Launches Online Courses with edX to Advance Careers in Data Science

UC San Diego Launches Online Courses with edX to Advance Careers in Data Science

February 28, 2017

The University of California San Diego is launching an online series of courses in Data Science that will roll out through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. The four courses will be part of edX’s MicroMasters®  program, offering a credential for career advancement after successful completion of all four courses and the potential to accelerate a master’s degree.  Full Story


Decoding the genome's cryptic language

Decoding the genome's cryptic language

February 24, 2017

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new tool to identify interactions between RNA and DNA molecules. The tool, called MARGI (Mapping RNA Genome Interactions), is the first technology that’s capable of providing a full account of all the RNA molecules that interact with a segment of DNA, as well as the locations of all these interactions — in just a single experiment. Full Story


TowerJazz and UC San Diego Demonstrate Best in Class 5G Mobile Transmit-Receive Chips with Greater than 12 Gbps Data Rates

TowerJazz and UC San Diego Demonstrate Best in Class 5G Mobile Transmit-Receive Chips with Greater than 12 Gbps Data Rates

February 23, 2017

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and UC San Diego, a recognized leader for microwave, millimeter-wave, mixed-signal RFICs, and phased arrays, demonstrate for the first time a greater than 12 Gbps, 5G phased-array chip set. Full Story


Two UC San Diego engineering professors named 2017 Sloan Research Fellows

Two UC San Diego engineering professors named 2017 Sloan Research Fellows

February 21, 2017

Two engineering professors from the University of California Jacobs School of Engineering, computer science professor Daniel M. Kane and electrical engineering professor Siavash Mirarab, have each received $60,000 in the form of a 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship. Kane and Mirarab are among six early-career faculty members from UC San Diego to receive this prestigious fellowship. Full Story