New Malware Technique Bypasses Traditional Defenses

Information Week | November 25, 2008

Two University of California, San Diego computer science graduate students -- Erik Buchanan and Ryan Roemer -- have demonstrated a way to turn good computer code into malicious instructions using a technique called "return-oriented programming."... Full Story


Hack Turns Application Code Against Itself

Dark Reading | November 25, 2008

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have devised a technique that basically lets an attacker bypass built-in system defenses aimed at blocking malware, and then execute instructions from inside the application. The process uses an application's vulnerability to turn it against the system on which it runs. Full Story


Return-oriented Programming, una nuova minaccia per la sicurezza

Programmazione.it | November 25, 2008

Il metodo richiedeva per una faticosa codifica manuale; ora Erik Buchanan e Ryan Roemer entrambi graduate student alla UC San Diego hanno automatizzato la procedura e l'hanno estesa alle macchine con architettura RISC. Full Story


A Fast, Programmable Molecular Clock

Technology Review | November 25, 2008

A molecular timepiece that ticks away the time with a flash of fluorescent protein could provide the basis for novel biosensors. Full Story


The Clock That Breeds

Discover Magazine | November 25, 2008

Thats why its so impressive that scientists at the University of California at San Diego have just made the movie Ive embedded below: glowing bacteria keep time with their blinks. Full Story


Spying on Your Keys

NBC San Diego 7/39 | November 25, 2008

Computer scientists at UCSD have built a program that duplicates keys using pictures taken from hundreds of feet away without the owner even noticing. Full Story


How a camera can steal your keys

MSNBC | November 25, 2008

Hide those keys. A quick camera phone picture could unlock your doors. Scientists in California have developed a software algorithm that automatically creates a physical key based solely on a picture of one, regardless of angle or distance. The project, called Sneakey, was meant to warn people about the dangers of haphazardly placing keys in the open or posting images of them online. Full Story


'Stealing' Keys by Camera Proven Easy

Discovery Channel Online | November 25, 2008

Hide those keys. A quick camera phone picture could unlock your doors. Scientists in California have developed a software algorithm that automatically creates a physical key based solely on a picture of one, regardless of angle or distance. The project, called Sneakey, was meant to warn people about the dangers of haphazardly placing keys in the open or posting images of them online. Full Story


Microsoft strategist Craig Mundie looks to future

Los Angeles Times | October 20, 2008

Microsoft strategist Craig Mundie looks to future during QA at UCSD with Los Angeles Times journalist. Full Story


Put the protein pieces together with algorithms: Solving 'the mass spec data mess'

Genetic Engineering News | October 20, 2008

UC San Diego engineers and scientists have received a five-year $4.94M grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop algorithms and software for deciphering all the proteins that are present in biological samples. Full Story


UCSD-LED national team is researching role that lipids play in diseases

San Diego Union Tribune | October 20, 2008

Work by a national team of researchers led by scientists at UCSD, including the chair of the bioengineering department,is shedding new light on the active role that these molecules, known as lipids, play in diabetes, stroke, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and many other ailments. Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Create Enhanced Light Sources For Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography

4Engr.com | October 20, 2008

A breakthrough discovery at University of California - San Diego may help aid the semiconductor industrys quest to squeeze more information on chips to accelerate the performance of electronic devices. So far, the semiconductor industry has been successful in its consistent efforts to reduce feature size on a chip. Smaller features mean denser packing of transistors, which leads to more powerful computers, more memory, and hopefully lower costs. Full Story


Snails Crawling on water—upside down

North County Times | October 12, 2008

During billions of years of evolution, living creatures have adopted numerous means of locomotion. UC San Diego engineer Eric Lauga has recently explained one of the strangest: that of a snail that moves on the water's surface, upside down, on ripples of slime. Full Story


Invention: Universal Detector

New Scientist | September 26, 2008

Kevin Tetz a Jacobs School alumnus in electrical engineeringand colleagues in the Ultrafast and Nanoscale Optics Group at the University of California, San Diego, have designed a system to exploit that to test for any surface contamination on the surface of, well, anything. Full Story


Android vs. i Phone

San Diego Channel 6 TV | September 26, 2008

San Diego Channel 6 came to the Jacobs Schoolon Tuesday Sept 23 to find out what our tech-savvy student body thought about the new Google phones unveiled in New York. Full Story


Origami Optics

Popular Science | September 15, 2008

In 2003, a program funded by the Pentagons Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) known as MONTAGE asked universities to find ways to squeeze unprecedented levels of magnification and resolution from small, super-thin lensestechnology that could be used in future imaging devices for finding, tracking, and identifying military targets. With some advice from his adviser Joseph Ford, UCSD graduate student Eric Tremblay decided to use an old idea... Full Story


ViaSat interns present projects, earn employment

San Diego Daily Transcript | September 9, 2008

Jacobs School of Engineering students hired by ViaSat for the summer presented their work at an event covered by San Diego Daily Transcript reporter Erin Bridges. Theres no possible way we could get this experience in academic environments, said Stephan Kemper, an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego, during his presentation. He and his teammates were exposed to more of the business side of engineering -- working with vendors and facing the h... Full Story


Coaster-sized origami-optics lens boosts focal length, shrinks photog egos

Engadget | September 8, 2008

Sports photogs aren't compensating for something by swinging gigantic, monopod-mounted lenses; they need the focal length. Focusing and zooming on outfielders usually means glass far from the camera body, but not so when using so-called "origami optics," flat lenses being researched at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering that use internal reflection to achieve long focal lengths. Full Story


Online Books

San Diego Channel 6 TV | September 8, 2008

A back-to-school segment about online and digital textbooks. MAE professor Tom Bewley is interviewed about his online text book. You can access the book online for free and pay a small fee to print out individual chapters. Full Story


Stem cell center moving ahead

La Jolla Light | September 8, 2008

Plans to build a center that would bring together the area's top stem cell researchers in one facility on land across from UCSD are entering another phase with the release of a draft report on the project. Proponents say a new state-of-the-art facility is needed to bring the best scientific minds on Torrey Pines Mesa together and create an environment in which they can thrive. Full Story


Analyze This

Voice of San Diego | September 8, 2008

This overview story about San Diego as a hub for analytics mentions the important contributions of UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering to this growing area. Full Story


Origami Optics

Engineering TV | September 8, 2008

Most camera lenses refract light, leading to the familiar cylindrical tube geometry. In some cases, where extended focal length or reduced track length are required, concentric mirrors can be used to effectively reduce barrel length. Recent advances in diamond machining and image processing make it possible to take this approach to a new extreme. With up to 8 reflections, large ray angles, and a lens shaped more like a lens cap than a tube, so-called Origami Optics allowed researchers a... Full Story


Nationwide effort to make buildings earthquake safe

Science Today | September 8, 2008

Engineering researchers from UC San Diego and the University of Arizona have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings across the nation... Full Story


Making a Hopping Robot

Popular Science | September 5, 2008

What started as an academic problem in a robotics classhow to build a robot that can hop like a pogo stick, roll on wheels, and walk up stairshas grown into a concept that could one day help with search-and-rescue missions. UCSD grad students Christopher Schmidt-Wetekam and David Zhang solved the problem with three innovations. Full Story


New router algorithm offers hope for old routers

NetworkWorld | August 29, 2008

A team of computer scientists from UC San Diegohas proposed a new algorithm that makes routers operate more efficiently by automatically limiting the number of network route or link-state updates they receive. Full Story


Giving Hair “The Matrix Treatment”

California Science & Technology News | August 29, 2008

Imagine avatars of your favorite actors wandering through 3D virtual worlds with hair that looks almost exactly like it does in real life. This level of realism for animated hairstyles is one step closer to the silver screen, thanks to new research being presented at SIGGRAPH, one of the most competitive computer graphics conferences in the world. The breakthrough is a collaboration between researchers at UC San Diego, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) and the Massachusetts Inst... Full Story


Fat trees and skinny switches

Storagemojo (Tech Blog) | August 29, 2008

In their paper, A Scalable, Commodity Data Center Network Architecture, (pdf) Mohammad Al-Fares, Alexander Loukissas and Amin Vahdat, 3 UC San Diego computer scientists, present an architecture that may do just that. They propose to leverage commodity Ethernet switches to support the full aggregate bandwidth of clusters. Full Story


New Algorithm Boosts Network Efficiency

Slashdot | August 28, 2008

Jacobs School computer scientists recentlypresented this work at ACM SIGCOMM, and now it has landed on the venerable Slashdot site. Full Story


Could 'fat-tree' switch setup trim data center costs?

PC World | August 26, 2008

Buying faster switches might not be the only way to amp up performance across data center networks, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, who this week proposed a network architecture that would enable commodity Ethernet switches to deliver better performance at a lower cost than their 10 Gigabit Ethernet counterparts. Full Story


Could 'fat-tree' switch setup be key to trimming data center costs?

NetworkWorld (print and online) | August 24, 2008

Buying faster switches might not be the only way to amp up performance across data center networks, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, who this week proposed a network architecture that would enable commodity Ethernet switches to deliver better performance at a lower cost than their 10 Gigabit Ethernet counterparts. Full Story


Local School Ranked Among Best In Nation

NBC San Diego | August 24, 2008

The publications annual America's Best Colleges was released Thursday by the publication and lists UCSD at No. 7 among the top public universities in the nation. UCSD is tied at seventh with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The local school was also recognized in the list of Up and Coming Schools as 14th among national universities, and the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering was No. 17 in the engineering-school category. Full Story


Rigorous Earthquake Simulations Aim To Make Buildings Safer

Science Daily | August 24, 2008

Engineering researchers from UC San Diego and the University of Arizona have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings across the nation. Full Story


T. Rex-Chicken Controversy Roils Protein Scientists

Bloomberg News | August 24, 2008

Pavel A. Pevzner,* Sangtae Kim, Julio Ng published a technical comment in response to the paper "Protein Sequences from Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus rex Revealed by Mass Spectrometry." The technical comment appeared in the 21 August 2008 issue of the journal Science. Pevzner Abstract: Asara et al. (Reports, 13 April 2007, p. 280) reported sequencing of Tyrannosaurus rex proteins and used them to establish the evolutionary relationships between birds and dinosaurs. We argue that the repo... Full Story


Fresh doubts over T. rex chicken link

Nature | August 24, 2008

Pavel A. Pevzner,* Sangtae Kim, Julio Ng published a technical comment in response to the paper "Protein Sequences from Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus rex Revealed by Mass Spectrometry." The technical comment appeared in the 21 August 2008 issue of the journal Science. Pevzner Abstract: Asara et al. (Reports, 13 April 2007, p. 280) reported sequencing of Tyrannosaurus rex proteins and used them to establish the evolutionary relationships between birds and dinosaurs. We argue that the repo... Full Story


Thinking Like an Engineer

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Bulletin | August 24, 2008

Bioengineering professor Robert Sah is profiled in the cover story of the latest HHMI magazine. Full Story


Scientists Create Flowing Locks for Cartoons

Discover Magazine | August 24, 2008

As the paparazzi wait for celebrities to walk by with perfect hair, researchers have found a way to create perfect hair graphically. Scientists at the University of California at San Diego used cameras and light sources in a new way to create ultra-realistic hair on animated figures. Full Story


Telemedicine boosted by stroke study

North County Times | August 24, 2008

Stroke patients can be diagnosed with dramatically greater effectiveness by a program that connects them to doctors through the Internet, according to a UCSD Medical Center study. Full Story


Grad Student Develops Software To Keep Track of Stolen Laptops

San Diego Business Journal | August 24, 2008

A graduate student at UC San Diego helped develop free software that tracks stolen or lost laptop computers. Called Adeona, the software tracks personal information such as the computers identification, called Internet Protocol Address, which network its using, and on newer Macintoshes with built-in cameras, Adeona even takes pictures of those using the laptop. Full Story


Rigorous Earthquake Simulations Aim to make Buildings Safer

Science Daily | August 24, 2008

Engineering researchers from UC San Diego and the University of Arizona have concluded three months of rigorous earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale three-story structure, and will now begin sifting through their results so they can be used in the future designs of buildings across the nation. Full Story


Hairstyles for games and movies

ZDNet | August 18, 2008

U.S researchers have announced at the SIGGRAPH 2008 conference that they have developed a new method for accurately capturing the look of a persons hairstyle for use in animated films and video games. The research team used multiple cameras, light sources and projectors. Full Story


Hollywood Hair is Captured at Last

PhysOrg.com | August 18, 2008

Imagine avatars of your favorite actors wandering through 3D virtual worlds with hair that looks almost exactly like it does in real life. Now imagine this hair blowing in the wind and shining in the sun. This level of realism for animated hairstyles is one step closer to the silver screen, thanks to new research being presented at ACM SIGGRAPH, one of the most competitive computer graphics conferences in the world. Full Story


Game images to go slicker

IndiaTimes | August 18, 2008

WASHINGTON: Most of the images that serve as computer screen or 3D video games background are often hand painted and expensive. But a breakthrough by a University of California graduate offers game developers the possibility of high quality yet lightweight images, free of stretch marks, flickering and other problems. Full Story


3D Video Games Get Better With New Advances

Red Orbit | August 18, 2008

The images of rocks, clouds, marble and other textures that serve as background images and details for 3D video games are often hand painted and thus costly to generate. A breakthrough from a UC San Diego computer science undergraduate now offers video game developers the possibility of high quality yet lightweight images for 3D video games that are generated on the fly and are free of stretch marks, flickering and other artifacts. Full Story


Rendering High-Quality Images On-the-Fly

Dr. Dobb's Portal | August 18, 2008

The images of rocks, clouds, marble and other textures that serve as background images and details for 3D video games are often hand painted and thus costly to generate. A technique by game programmer Alex Goldberg now offers video game developers the possibility of high-quality, yet lightweight, images for 3D video games that are generated on-the-fly and are free of stretch marks, flickering, and other artifacts. "It should be pretty easy for video game developers to integrate our r... Full Story


Images for 3D Video Games Without High Price Tags or Stretch Marks

PhysOrg.com | August 18, 2008

The images of rocks, clouds, marble and other textures that serve as background images and details for 3D video games are often hand painted and thus costly to generate. A breakthrough from a UC San Diego computer science undergraduate now offers video game developers the possibility of high quality yet lightweight images for 3D video games that are generated "on the fly" and are free of stretch marks, flickering and other artifacts. Full Story


Images For 3-D Video Games Without High Price Tags Or Stretch Marks From UC San Diego

Science Daily | August 18, 2008

A breakthrough from a UC San Diego computer science undergraduate now offers video game developers the possibility of high quality yet lightweight images for 3D video games that are generated on the fly and are free of stretch marks, flickering and other artifacts. Full Story


Même les avatars ont leur coiffeur

L'Atelier (French technology magazine) | August 18, 2008

L'UC San Diego dveloppe un systme capable de reproduire de manire trs raliste une chevelure pour personnages virtuels. En partant d'images relles, son algorithme gnre des modles capillaires, au cheveu prs. Full Story


State agency allots $13 million for local stem cell researchers

San Diego Union Tribune | August 18, 2008

Six San Diego scientists will receive more than $15 million in funding from the state stem cell institute, to support projects ranging from the development of a therapy to halt acute leukemias to research into therapies to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Shyni Varghese, an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, who will receive $2.3 million. Varghese will explore embryonic stem cell-based transplantation the... Full Story


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San Diego Business Journal | August 18, 2008

A graduate student at UC San Diego helped develop free software that tracks stolen or lost laptop computers. Called Adeona, the software tracks personal information such as the computers identification, called Internet Protocol Address, which network its using, and on newer Macintoshes with built-in cameras, Adeona even takes pictures of those using the laptop. Full Story


UCSD Undergrad Designs Cheap High-Quality Images for 3-D Video Games

Chronicle of Higher Education | August 14, 2008

An alumnus of the University of California, San Diegos Jacobs School of Engineering presented yesterday a technique to create on the fly cheap, lightweight and undistorted background images for 3-D video games that he designed while he was still a computer science undergraduate student. Full Story


New Website Helps Women Find A Fresh New Look

News 8 San Diego | August 14, 2008

A new website can give you a new look. It's fast, free and women all over the world are trying out the latest fashions on their faces. You say you want to change your hairstyle and makeup, but your afraid of making a major mistake? Taaz.com (a Jacobs School startup)might just be the answer. Full Story


One Way To Keep Track Of Your Lost Laptop

San Francisco Chronicle | August 2, 2008

Two computer science students--Thomas Ristenpart at the University of California, San Diego, and Gabriel Maganis at the University of Washington in Seattle--have developed free software to track lost or stolen laptops. Full Story


Robot Teachers

Voice of San Diego | August 2, 2008

A recorded physics lecture plays on a computer screen as Jacob Whitehill's face erupts into a wide grin. Immediately, the onscreen professor who is scribbling formulas on a whiteboard springs into high speed, his voice squeaky and high-pitched as if Whitehill had pressed fast forward on a remote control. As the smile subsides and Whitehill's face relaxes, the bearded professor simultaneously slows, and his movements and speech return to a normal pace and pitch as if Whitehill had presse... Full Story


On teaching and reading faces

Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2008

The science behind reading faces isfascinating. Sometimes it'sobviouswhen someone is confused, happy, sad, angry, distracted etc. and other timeswhat you can seein someone'sface issubtle andhard to read. Distilling facialexpressions into mathematical formulas that can be put into a computer program,withthe panoply ofhuman emotions we allexperience and observe in others,must be really... Full Story


Discovery could lower cost of semiconductor chips

North County Times | July 14, 2008

A new manufacturing method can bring down the cost of the next generation of semiconductor chips, says a UC San Diego researcher whose team developed the technology. Full Story


Discovery could lower cost of semiconductor chips

North County Times | July 14, 2008

A new manufacturing method can bring down the cost of the next generation of semiconductor chips, says a UC San Diego researcher whose team developed the technology. Full Story


Discovery Could Lead lower cost of semiconductor chips:

North County Times | July 9, 2008

A new manufacturing method can bring down the cost of the next generation of semiconductor chips, says a UC San Diego researcher whose team developed the technology. Full Story


A Computer That Can Read Your Mind

ABC.com | July 7, 2008

At the University of California at San Diego, for example, a graduate student has developed a program that will slow down or speed up a video based entirely on changes in his facial expressions, like a slight frown, or a smile. The purpose of this particular program is to make robotic instructors more responsive to their student's needs, but there are many other potential applications for the work. Full Story


Scientists developing robotic teaching tools

The Daily Texan | July 3, 2008

Robotic teachers may become increasingly prevalent in classrooms and online. The Machine Perception Laboratory at the University of California-San Diego, which builds computers called Intelligent Tutoring Systems, has developed technology that may revolutionize the way students and teachers interact - whether the teacher is a human or a machine. Full Story


UC San Diego Undergraduates Forge New Area Of Bioinformatics

Medical News Today | July 3, 2008

A group of undergraduate students from the University of California San Diego have forged a new area of bioinformatics that may improve genomic and proteomic annotations and unlock a collection of stubborn biological mysteries. Their work will be published in the July issue of the journal Genome Research. Full Story


Robots That Can Read Your Facial Expression On The Way

Gizmodo | July 3, 2008

If robots are ever going to get to the point where they can interact with people, they're going to have to figure out how to read someone's face. If a robot can't decode my expression, it totally won't pick up on my biting sarcasm and will take everything I say at face value, and I don't think I need to tell you what kind of hilarious misunderstandings can spring from that. Jacob Whitehill, a computer science Ph.D. student from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, has created a... Full Story


A Single Mechanism for Hypertension, Insulin Resistance and Immune Suppression Found in University o

PharmainInfo.net | July 1, 2008

Many of the 75 million Americans with essential hypertension also develop diabetes and other complications in addition to their high blood pressure, and researchers have discovered a common molecular mechanism in a strain of rat that explains why such metabolic disorders arise together in mammals. Full Story


Using the Weather to Go Green

Ivanhoe TV - Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science | July 1, 2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- If you're looking for ways to bring your energy costs down you may want to take a look outside. The weather can save you big money if you learn how to work with it. Full Story


Using the Weather to Go Green

Ivanhoe Broadcasting | July 1, 2008

If professor Jan Kliessl is right this little computer will shave ten percent off University of California, San Diego's energy bill. From athletic fields to utility poles to a rooftop robot -- Kleissl's engineering students track climate conditions across campus. The cool coastal conditions on one side and hot inland conditions on the other side of campus make UCSD an ideal lab for using weather to cut energy costs. Full Story


A single mechanism for hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression

Physorg.com | June 30, 2008

Many of the 75 million Americans with essential hypertension also develop diabetes and other complications in addition to their high blood pressure, and researchers have discovered a common molecular mechanism. Full Story


Single mechanism underlying hypertension, insulin resistance, immune suppression identified

Daily India | June 30, 2008

The study conducted by bioengineering experts at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering has also revealed that a drug may effectively counteract the underlying molecular mechanism. Full Story


A single mechanism for hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression

Bio-Medicine | June 30, 2008

In a paper published June 30 in the online version of Hypertension, Frank DeLano, a research scientist at UC San Diego, and Geert Schmid-Schnbein, a professor of bioengineering, describe how they successfully reversed the SHR animals symptoms of high blood pressure, a pre-diabetes condition called insulin resistance, and immune suppression. Full Story


A single mechanism for hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression

ScienceCodex | June 30, 2008

The SHR strain is a model for essential hypertension in humans because both the rodent and many humans with hypertension also develop a variety of other metabolic complications when high blood pressure strikes. Full Story


Single mechanism underlying hypertension, insulin resistance, immune suppression identified

SmasHits | June 30, 2008

A study on rats has led to the discovery of a mechanism that may help scientists understand why metabolic disorders like hypertension, insulin resistance, and immune suppression arise together in mammals. Full Story


A Single Mechanism for Hypertension, Insulin Resistance and Immune Suppression

Biocompare | June 30, 2008

Researchers identify the underlying molecular mechanism for hypertension, insulin resistance and other metabolic complications. Full Story


Molecular mechanism behind metabolic disorders identified

Yahoo News | June 30, 2008

University of California researchers showed that a drug developed for humans was effective in counteracting molecular mechanism in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR), a strain predisposed to develop high BP. Full Story


New Molecular Trigger Described for Hypertension, Diabetes

US News & World Report | June 30, 2008

A newly discovered molecular malfunction may explain the development of high blood pressure, diabetes and immune problems, researchers report.Rogue versions of enzymes known as proteases roam the body, clipping off working segments of the receptors that allow insulin to enter cells and do its job, according to a report in the June 30 online issue of Hypertension. Full Story


New Molecular Trigger Described for Hypertension, Diabetes

HealthDay | June 30, 2008

Out-of-control enzymes do damage in both conditions, study finds. Full Story


Single Mechanism For Hypertension, Insulin Resistance And Immune Suppression

Science Daily | June 30, 2008

In a paper published June 30 in the online version of Hypertension, Frank DeLano, a research scientist at UC San Diego, and Geert Schmid-Schnbein, a professor of bioengineering, describe how they successfully reversed the SHR animals symptoms of high blood pressure, a pre-diabetes condition called insulin resistance, and immune suppression. Full Story


Hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression links

News-Medical.Net | June 30, 2008

The bioengineering researchers at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering also showed that a drug developed for unrelated purposes in humans was effective in counteracting the underlying molecular mechanism in the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR), a strain predisposed to develop high blood pressure. Full Story


A single mechanism for hypertension, insulin resistance and immune suppression

e! Science News | June 30, 2008

In the circulation of SHR rodents, Schmid-Schnbein and DeLano found significant levels of proteases, which are enzymes that break down proteins. Natural enzyme inhibitors found in normal healthy rats did not lower the level of protease activity in the SHR strain to normal levels. Full Story


New Molecular Trigger Described for Hypertension, Diabetes

Washington Post | June 30, 2008

A newly discovered molecular malfunction may explain the development of high blood pressure, diabetes and immune problems, researchers report. Full Story


New Molecular Trigger Described for Hypertension, Diabetes

MedicineNet.com | June 30, 2008

Rogue versions of enzymes known as proteases roam the body, clipping off working segments of the receptors that allow insulin to enter cells and do its job, according to a report in the June 30 online issue of Hypertension. Full Story


Using your face for remote control

ZDNet | June 27, 2008

A UC San Diego computer scientist has turned his face into a remote control. One of his goals is to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. Full Story


Gurning is a way of control

Nature | June 27, 2008

student in America has worked out how to turn his face into a remote control. PhD student Jacob Whitehill, of UC San Diego, used facial recognition technology to monitor the expressions of test subjects watching video lectures. By detecting confusion, he believes, lectures can be slowed or even replayed over difficult sections. Full Story


Lost the remote? Use your face

NetworkWorld | June 27, 2008

A researcher has discovered a way to use facial expressions to speed and slow video playback. By using a combination of facial expression recognition software and automated tutoring technology Jacob Whitehill, a computer science Ph.D. student from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is leading the project that ultimately is part of a larger venture to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. Full Story


Lost the Remote? Use Your Face

Slashdot | June 27, 2008

"A researcher has discovered a way to use facial expressions to speed and slow video playback. By using a combination of facial expression recognition software and automated tutoring technology Jacob Whitehill, a computer science Ph.D. student from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, is leading the project that ultimately is part of a larger venture to use automated facial expression recognition to make robots more effective teachers. Full Story


Man's Face Becomes Remote Control Device

Live Science.com | June 27, 2008

Jacob Whitehill has built an innovative smile detector that can turn his face into a remote control device that can send simple commands to a computer. Full Story


Coming Soon: The Robot Teacher That Reads Your Face

Discover Magazine | June 27, 2008

If facial recognition software that can compare your features to a criminal database, or gather data for advertisers, wasnt futuristic enough for you, consider this: Someday when youre taking a class from a robot instructor, it might be able to tell how well you understand the material solely based on your facial expressions. Full Story


Facial expression recognition for robotic teachers

CrunchGear | June 27, 2008

Jacob Whitehill of UC San Diegos computer science Ph. D program has developed software that recognizes common facial expressions and then translates those expressions into commands that either speed up or slow down the playback of certain video lectures. Full Story


Expression recognition turns humans into remote controls... for robots

Engadget | June 27, 2008

Jacob Whitehill at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering has demonstrated a proof of concept that allows his facial expressions to speed-up and slow-down video playback. Pretty sweet. But we're more interested to hear that his project is part of a larger effort at the UCSD Machine Perception Lab (gulp) to use automated face recognition to "make robots more effective teachers." We can see the future now... Full Story


Face Control

Earth & Sky | June 27, 2008

I hate it when I cant find my TV remote. Once I even managed to leave it in the refrigerator (dont ask) and couldnt find it for three days. But the days of TV remote losing may soon be over, if a UC San Diego computer science grad student named Jacob Whitehill has his way. Hes invented a system that allows him to control video playback with his face. Full Story


Around the Web 6.28.08

Los Angeles Times Technology Blog | June 27, 2008

So might the remote control. Use your face instead. NetworkWorld... Full Story


Facial-Recognition Software Could Give Valuable Feedback to Online Professors

Chronicle of Higher Education | June 27, 2008

Many professors who teach online complain that they have no way of seeing whether their far-away students are following the lectures or whether the students have fallen asleep at their desks. But researchers at the University of California at San Diego say they have a solution. They recently tested a system that can detect facial expressions of online students and determine when they find the material difficult, so that cues could be sent to the professors telling them to slow... Full Story


Modern Marvels: Super Hot

History Channel | June 9, 2008

Explore the world of extreme temperatures. See what happens to Pyroman, a life-size mannequin, as he is exposed to over 3,000 degreesF. Visit Underwriters Laboratories and see how common household appliances can go lethal. Follow geologists as they take lava samples from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Finally, journey into a fusion facility in San Diego, California and watch as scientist's heat plasma to over 200 million degreesF in hopes of someday creating an inexhaustible power... Full Story


Lunar Concrete May Form Buildings on the Moon

National Geographic | June 9, 2008

Yu Qiao is a materials scientist at the University of California, San Diego, who has also worked on lunar infrastructure materials but was not involved in Chen's study. He called the new technique "very promising" but said the material will have to pass long-term durability tests. "Many epoxies may be fragile after a few years of exposure to radiation, and radiation at the lunar surface is very intense," he said. Qiao also noted that some materials more lightweight than epoxy might also... Full Story


Bhaskar Rao: Conquering Space and Time With MIMO

LinuxInsider.com | June 6, 2008

Bhaskar Rao is a space explorer. His expertise, however, lies in MIMO space, not outer space. Work in multiple input multiple output technologies has opened a new door for wireless communications based on space as well as frequency. "Space is the new dimension in communication," Rao said. Full Story


Bhaskar Rao: Conquering Space and Time With MIMO

CRM Buyer | June 6, 2008

Bhaskar Rao is known for his discoveries in the realm of space exploration. However, he's never ventured beyond the atmosphere of Mother Earth. His space-related technology expertise lies in innovative advances in the world of signal processing. His explorations resulted in the emergence of MIMO, or multiple input multiple output. Full Story


Bhaskar Rao: Conquering Space and Time With MIMO

E-Commerce Times | June 6, 2008

An electrical engineer from the University of California at San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, Rao's discoveries are contributing to advances in wireless communications networks. His work will help to develop ways for high-quality video and other high-data-rate content to flow across wireless channels without increased power consumption or bandwidth usage. So far, this technology is only effective in areas where wireless channel conditions are suitable. Full Story


Bhaskar Rao: Conquering Space and Time With MIMO

TechNewsWorld | June 6, 2008

Bhaskar Rao'swork in electrical engineering is reflected in more than 200 journal and conference publications involving signal processing, estimation theory, speech coding, multiple-antenna transmission and space-time coding. One of his latest accomplishments was sharing the 2008 Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in the field of communications systems. This award was given jointly to Rao, fellow electrical engineering professor Rene Cruz and Cruz's doctoral student, Bongyong Song. Full Story


Space is 'current frontier' for engineer working on next-gen wireless technologies

PhysOrg.com | May 16, 2008

Bhaskar Rao is a space explorer, though he is no astronaut. The electrical engineer from UC San Diegos Jacobs School of Engineering explores the space frontier that has opened up with the emergence of MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technologies for wireless communications. In MIMO systems, both transmitters and receivers contain multiple antennae, which means that space and not just time is in play when it comes to signal processing strategies for i... Full Story


University working to create nanostructures to raise thin-film solar cell efficiency

EDN Electronics Design, Strategy, News | May 16, 2008

Professor Edward Yu, the principal investigator on the grant explained that the most recent estimate of the maximum power conversion efficiency under normal illumination conditions that one can expect with this approach is approximately 45%, which is a very large improvement over the 31% maximum theoretical efficiency for today's solar cells with classic p-n junctions. Full Story


New Devices Could Lead to Big Gains in Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency

AZO Optics | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film "single junction" solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America program. Full Story


Nanostructures Raise Thin Film Solar Cell Efficiency

AZoNano.com | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film single junction solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This UC San Diego effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energys Solar America program... Full Story


Nanostructures Will Raise Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency

Science Daily | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film single junction solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energys Solar America program. Full Story


Nanowires May Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Imperial Valley News | May 16, 2008

San Diego, California - University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires that could lead to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the future. Full Story


New nanostructures will raise thin-film solar cell efficiency

Nanowerk | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film single junction solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This Jacobs School effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energys Solar America progra... Full Story


UCSD nanostructures will raise thin-film solar cell efficiency

PhysOrg.com | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film single junction solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This UC San Diego effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energys Solar America p... Full Story


Nanotech to make solar panels more efficient

EurActiv.com | May 16, 2008

Engineers at the University of California, San Diegohave demonstrated thatnanoparticlescan increase the efficiency with which sunlight can be converted into electricity in thin-film photovoltaics, opening new prospects for solar electricity. Full Story


Nanostructures Will Raise Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency

Nano Tech Wire | May 16, 2008

Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film single junction solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This Jacobs School effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energys Solar America... Full Story


Nanowires May Boost Solar Cell Efficiency, UC San Diego Researchers Say

Environmental Expert | May 16, 2008

University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires that could lead to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the future. Full Story


Researchers shake it up in the name of building safety, durability

San Diego Daily Transcript | May 16, 2008

In early May engineering researchers at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center, near Scripps Ranch, began subjecting a three-story, precast concrete structure to a sequence of shake tests equivalent in magnitude to ground motions measured during notable national earthquakes. Full Story


UCSD quake simulation tests strength of precast concrete

Los Angeles Times | May 8, 2008

Groaning and trembling slightly, a three-floor, 400-ton concrete structure was playing its part Wednesday in an earthquake simulation project meant to help prepare California for the Big One. Full Story


UCSD quake simulation tests strength of precast concrete

Los Angeles Times | May 8, 2008

Researchers in San Diego believe advances in the materials composition could help structures withstand powerful tremors. Full Story


Illumina-Genpathway ChIP-Seq Partnership Raises Questions About Future of ChIP-Chip

BioArray News | May 6, 2008

Bioengineering professor Trey Ideker comments onconversion catalysts. Full Story


Moving closer to a 'Matrix'-style virtual world

MSNBC | May 5, 2008

What if a computer could make you a picture-perfect glass of milk, let you feel the tension as it pulled an ants leg from another room, and chat you up with the charisma of Oprah Winfrey? No one machine can do all three yet. But some sophisticated new projects are showing just how far weve come toward creating an I cant believe its not real virtual world. Full Story


Treatment for Severe Blood Loss: Less is More

UCOP Science Today | May 5, 2008

Intravenous administration of isotonic fluids is the standard emergency treatment in the U.S. for patients with severe blood loss, but UC San Diego bioengineering researchers have reported improved resuscitation with a radically different approach. Full Story


Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

US News & World Report | April 29, 2008

Currently, intravenous administration of isotonic fluids is the standard emergency treatment for patients with severe bleeding. Previous research has shown that intravenous fluids eight times saltier than normal saline may be beneficial. Building on that research, the UCSD team combined hypertonic saline with viscosity enhancers that thicken blood. Full Story


Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

Atlanta Journal Constitution | April 29, 2008

UCSD researchers found this approach resulted in dramatic increases in beneficial blood flow in the small blood vessels of hamsters who'd lost as much as half of their blood. The combined hypertonic saline and viscosity enhancement significantly improved the hamsters' functional capillary density, a key measure of healthy blood flow through tissues and organs. Full Story


Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

News8, (New Haven, Connecticut) | April 29, 2008

"Of course, trauma physicians want to get the blood flowing as soon as possible, and increasing the viscosity of blood may not make any sense to them," team leader Marcos Intaglietta, a professor of bioengineering, said in a prepared statement. Full Story


Thicker Blood Better in Trauma Cases

Ivanhoe Newswire | April 29, 2008

Conventional wisdom says thinner blood is the way to go when trying to overcome massive blood loss due to trauma. New research out of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) begs to differ. In a study conducted in hamsters, researchers found much better results from a strategy aimed at thickening up the blood instead. Full Story


Hyperviscous fluids: Better treatment for severe blood loss

Science Centric | April 29, 2008

Intravenous administration of isotonic fluids is the standard emergency treatment in the U.S. for patients with severe blood loss, but UC San Diego bioengineering researchers have reported improved resuscitation with a radically different approach. Full Story


Thicker Blood Equals Better Recovery from Blood Loss in Animals

MedPage Today | April 29, 2008

La Jolla, Calif., April 29 -- The effects of traumatic blood loss may be eased, paradoxically, by thickening the plasma that remains, researchers here suggested. Full Story


Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

Forbes.com | April 28, 2008

Viscosity enhancers that thicken the blood are highly effective in treating severe bleeding, according to a study by University of California, San Diego, bioengineering researchers. Full Story


For the young at art: New Children's Museum will let youngsters unleash their inner Picasso

San Diego Union Tribune | April 27, 2008

Architect Rob Wellington Quigley got help from Paul Linden, a professor of engineering at UCSD, when he designed the building. Nearly half of the museum has no mechanical heating or cooling systems; officials estimate that the design will decrease energy consumption by about half. Full Story


Creating Faster Integrated Circuits by Slowing Light

PhysOrg.com | April 25, 2008

Slowing light, something that college physics textbooks don't even mention, is now increasingly looked upon by scientists as a viable way to enable the transport of information optically rather than with wires, a breakthrough that, in theory, would significantly enhance computer performance and lower the power required by future computer systems. Full Story


Coolest University Tech Lab Projects in the Works

Slashdot | April 21, 2008

Slashdot recognized the Network World article on "the 25radical network projects you should know about." The bandwidth control in the clouds project from the UCSD computer science depatment is among the 25: "While universities like MIT, Berkeley and CMU don't tend to shout as loudly about their latest tech innovations as do Google, Cisco and other big vendors, their results are no less impressive in what they could mean for faster, more secure and more useful networks, computers, etc. Full Story


Computer Science Fog Machine Improves Computer Graphics

Innovations Report | April 18, 2008

UC San Diego computer scientists have created a fog and smoke machine for computer graphics that cuts the computational cost of making realistic smoky and foggy 3-D images, such as beams of light from a lighthouse piercing thick fog. Full Story


Breakthrough Website Taaz.com Offers Makeovers on the Internet!

Inventor Spot | April 18, 2008

If you have ever wondered what you'd look like with a different makeup scheme, a radically different hairstyle or, well, say something a bit more unusual - the creators of Taaz.com can help you. According to its Web site, "Taaz.com is a fun, easy-to-use website that gives women the opportunity to try on the hottest makeup and hairstyle looks from the convenience of their homes. From creating the perfect smoky eye to painting on a dramatic ruby-red lip for a night out on t... Full Story


Computer Science Fog Machine Improves Computer Graphics

PhysOrg.com | April 18, 2008

By cutting the computing cost for creating highly realistic imagery from scratch, the UCSD computer scientists are helping to pull cutting edge graphics techniques out of research labs and into movies and eventually video games and beyond. The findings are being presented this week at Europes premier computer graphics conference, Eurographics 2008 in Crete, Greece on April 17. Full Story


25 radical network research projects you should know about

NetworkWorld | April 17, 2008

University of California at San Diego computer scientists say they have developed a TCP-based bandwidth management system that works across global networks. Full Story


A new way to improve computer graphics

ZDNet | April 17, 2008

Computer scientists at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) have developed a fog and smoke machine for computer graphics which dramatically cuts computing costs for generating bright images. Theyve used photon mapping algorithms, a subset of the more computationally intensive ray tracing algorithms and with better results. This could lead to better computer graphics for movies and video games. Now, the researchers are adapting their algorithms to rende... Full Story


New computer graphics program is unveiled

United Press International (UPI) | April 17, 2008

SAN DIEGO, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. computer scientists Thursday announced creation of a fog and smoke program for computer graphics. The University of California-San Diego researchers said their program cuts the computational cost of making realistic smoky and foggy 3-D images, such as depicting beams of light from a lighthouse piercing thick fog. Full Story


A Better Fog and Smoke Machine

CCN (California Computer News) | April 17, 2008

UC San Diego computer scientists have created a fog and smoke machine for computer graphics that cuts the computational cost of making realistic smoky and foggy 3-D images, such as beams of light from a lighthouse piercing thick fog. Full Story


Scientists Explore Human Gene Pool With Help From Microsoft Research

Microsoft | April 17, 2008

Bioengineering professor Trey Ideker and Richard Karp propose to help explain the associations captured by genome wide association studiesin terms of known gene and protein interactions by developing computational tools that help explain linkages between signaling, regulatory and metabolic pathways to the genes that are associated with a disorder. If successful, this research could have a positive impact on a broad range of genomic studies. Full Story


Scientists turn to ray-tracing for advanced graphics effects

TG Daily | April 16, 2008

San Diego (CA) It is no secret anymore that lots of people and scientist are looking for new ways to increase the realism of graphics other then pushing the limits of traditional rasterization techniques. Ray-tracing is a term that comes up frequently these days and apparently, there is a lot of potential in tuning already existing algorithms to make them more suitable for general computing platforms: UCSD scientists have discovered a lightweight approach to simulate fog... Full Story


Q&A with Bob Slapin, executive director of the SDSIC

bizSanDiego | April 16, 2008

We also have an excellent relationship with the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. The Jacobs school is also very committed to the field of software analytics. - Bob Slapin... Full Story


A Better Fog And Smoke Machine From Computer Scientists

Science Daily | April 15, 2008

UC San Diego computer scientists have created a fog and smoke machine for computer graphics that cuts the computational cost of making realistic smoky and foggy 3-D images, such as beams of light from a lighthouse piercing thick fog. Full Story


Web site lets users test out new looks: UCSD team's algorithm is used on facial images

San Diego Union Tribune | April 13, 2008

David Kriegman is a balding, bespectacled 46-year-old professor of computer science at UCSD who does not wear makeup. Full Story


Get credits from UCSD when you attend ESC

Embedded.com | April 10, 2008

Engineers attending embedded computing conferences from Boston to Bangalore, India to Silicon Valley can earn university continuing education credits through an innovative global partnership between the UC San Diego Extension and TechInsights, owners of Embedded.com and the global Embedded Systems Conference (ESC). Full Story


Researchers eliminate drug discovery bottleneck

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | April 8, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development. But this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


UCSD Strives to Be ‘Greenest’ University

San Diego Business Journal | April 7, 2008

Administrators at UC San Diego say the school will soon lead the nations universities in the use of renewable energy sources. Full Story


UC San Diego going "green"

San Diego Union Tribune | April 4, 2008

The University of California San Diego announced Thursday that it's trying to become the "greenest" university in the nation through efforts such as buying power generated by environmentally friendly means, using alternate-fuel vehicles and conducting research projects on global warming and related topics. Full Story


Renewables Boost UC San Diego's Green Credentials

Environment News Service | April 4, 2008

The University of California-San Diego will soon generate 10 to 15 percent of its annual electrical needs with alternative generating capacity. Full Story


U. of California at San Diego Plans Projects in Renewable Energy

Chronicle of Higher Education | April 4, 2008

The University of California at San Diego has announced a set of renewable-energy projects that will provide 10 to 15 percent of the universitys power. Solar arrays on the tops of campus buildings and parking structures will provide up to 2 megawatts of electricity. Full Story


Renewables Boost UC San Diego's Green Credentials

NBC11 San Francisco | April 4, 2008

UC San Diego signed a contract in March to build one megawatt of photovoltaic capacity. Full Story


UCSD Announces Plans To Go Green

10News | April 4, 2008

The University of California, San Diego is on its way to becoming a leader in green campuses, 10News reported. The university announced it is launching new energy saving practices to become a waste-free campus by 2020. Full Story


UCSD Aims to Join Top Tier of "Green" Universities

KPBS | April 4, 2008

UC San Diego aims to become one of the "greenest universities in the country. Full Story


Fast way created to ID compound structures

United Press International (UPI) | April 3, 2008

SAN DIEGO, April 2 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said they've created new computational protocols that can quickly determine the structure of unknown natural compounds. The University of California-San Diego researchers said their technology cuts the time it takes to determine the structure of peptides derived from natural compounds from six months or a year to as little as one day. Full Story


UC San Diego researchers eliminate drug discovery bottleneck

CheckBiotech.org | April 3, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


A New Tool In The Search Of 'The Next Cyclosporine' Presented At RECOMB 2008

Medical News Today | April 3, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development - but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


Aiding drug discovery

Scientist Live | April 1, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development - but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


Researchers eliminate drug discovery bottleneck

PhysOrg.com | April 1, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


UC San Diego researchers eliminate drug discovery bottleneck

Genetic Engineering News | April 1, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) on March 31 in Singapore. Full Story


Drug Discovery Bottleneck Eliminated With New Protocol

Science Daily | April 1, 2008

Determining the structure of unknown natural compounds is a slow and expensive part of drug screening and development -- but this may now change thanks to a new combination of experimental and computational protocols developed at the University of California, San Diego and presented at RECOMB 2008 (Research in Computational Molecular Biology) in Singapore. Full Story


Need New Look? Online Makeover Is Fan-Taaz-Tic

Lockergnome.com (tech blog) | March 26, 2008

Thanks to a Jacobs School startup company whose site, Taaz.com went live today, the cosmetics counter isnt the only place to try out the latest makeup trends. The new way is easier, faster, and much more private. Anyone with a digital photograph can now apply more than 4,000 makeup products with the click of a mouse. Its all at taaz.com the creation of two Jacobs School computer scientists turned entrepreneurs. Full Story


How to try 4,000 makeup products online

ZDNet | March 24, 2008

Two researchers of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have used their skills in computer graphics to build a new free service on the web named Taaz. According to the computer scientists, Taaz is derived from the Hindi word Taaza, meaning fresh, and related to the word Taj, which means crown. This free and fun service allows women to try more than 4,000 makeup products with the click of a mouse. Taaz users just have to upload a p... Full Story


Replacing Wire With Laser, Sun Tries to Speed Up Data

New York Times | March 24, 2008

Sun Microsystems is trying to do for computing what all the kings horses and men failed to do for Humpty Dumpty. For decades, the semiconductor industry has broken silicon wafers into smaller chips to improve manufacturing yields. Suns partners on the project are Stanford and the University of California, San Diego, and two silicon photonics firms, Luxtera and Kotura. The Sun bid was chosen over three competing teams from Inteland Hewlett-Packard; I.B.M.; and the Ma... Full Story


Seed money to grow 'clean' startups

San Diego Union Tribune | March 22, 2008

In a collaboration with UCSD's von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, the city of San Diego plans to provide $140,000 in seed money to accelerate development of environmentally friendly clean technologies. Full Story


UC to turn Capitol Park even greener on Tuesday

Sacramento Bee | March 3, 2008

Capitol Park is usually a pretty green place anyway, but the University of California will add to the "green" theme by showing off its sustainability innovations. UC San Diego researchers will show how microweather stations help make smart decisions about how to design and operate buildings, manage irrigation and monitor air pollution exposure. Full Story


From 2-D pictures to 3 dimensions

PhysOrg.com | March 3, 2008

Your pictures of the Grand Canyon, Times Square or other destinations may be pretty good, but wouldn't it be nice to show them off in three dimensions? An award-winning 3-D reconstruction algorithm designed by a team of computer science researchers from UC-San Diego brings this dream within the grasp of reality. Full Story


Hopping Robot is a Springboard for Student Engineers

KPBS FM radio | February 22, 2008

San Diego is a hotbed of ideas in science and medicine. Some of the nation's most successful biotech companies are here. When those companies want fresh ideas, they often turn to the young minds at UC San Diego. It's "Engineer's Week" on campus. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps visited an "extreme science fair." He has this report. Full Story


Sea Cliff Erosion, Hemp Construction Materials and More to be Presented at UCSD Engineering Conferen

AZoBuild.com | February 18, 2008

Sea cliff erosion prediction, an automatic cameraman, wall boards made from hemp and plant-based glues, computers with common sense, origami optics, privacy-preserving surveillance systems, the strength of toucan beaks, and stem cell control with nano-science are just a few of the more than 250 research projects from every corner of the engineering world that will be presented by UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering graduate students on Thursday 21 February 2008 at Research Expo... Full Story


Will we be able to tell reality from artificial imagery?

Financial Times | February 13, 2008

There have been other, startling, developments. Henrik Wann Jensen of the University of California at San Diego is an expert in developing images in which light interacts with other materials - the patterns of light and shade created as sunlight filters through a glass of brandy, for example. Now, he has built a mathematical model based on the absorbtion and reflection of light which can create the image of a material when given its constituents. And it works in reverse: given an ima... Full Story


Talking Back to Teacher

Chronicle of Higher Education | February 6, 2008

Interactive slides, digital notes, and student blogs about study tips help revitalize the classroom lecture. Beth Simon, a faculty member in computer science and engineering at San Diego, says, "I've even had students submit 'I'm lost.' That's been great. Then we can go over just what the confusion is." But what if students could get and submit inked slides on whatever computer they owned? Ms. Simon and her San Diego colleague William G. Griswold decided to try that with a progr... Full Story


The life puzzle solver

Scientific Computing World | February 1, 2008

Like many mathematicians Pavel Pevzner likes to solve puzzles. The puzzles he has chosen to solve are those of the biological world concerning the very basic stuff of life itself; proteins and DNA. Full Story


Spyware forum: Computer users cause major problems

InfoWorld | February 1, 2008

Computer Science professor Stefan Savage is quoted from a talk he gave in Washington, DC at a security conference: "In addition to problems caused by users, there's a healthy underground market for the kinds of data compromised by spyware and other malware, said Stefan Savage, director of the Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses at the University of California in San Diego. The center monitored a popular malware-trading IRC forum for about six months in 2006 and... Full Story


UCSD project is lauded for startup help

San Diego Union Tribune | January 25, 2008

The William J. von Liebig Center at the University of California San Diego is a model in how to promote the commercialization of discoveries made in the university's classrooms and laboratories, according to a national study released yesterday. Full Story


Kauffman Foundation Analyzes New Approach to Moving University Innovations to Market

Centre Daily Times | January 24, 2008

An emerging approach to identifying, funding and commercializing university-based innovation is proving quite effective at seeding new companies, according to research conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Max Planck Institute of Economics. Full Story


Filling Seed-Stage Funding Gap

FinancialContent.com | January 24, 2008

According to the Kauffman Foundation, proof of concept centers are an effective vehicle to help launch the commercialization of university innovation and to fill the seed-stage funding gap for new technologies. Full Story


Kauffman Foundation to form network to facilitate proof of concept center development

Charlotte News & Observer | January 24, 2008

An emerging approach to identifying, funding and commercializing university-based innovation is proving quite effective at seeding new companies. Full Story


New Campus Construction Goes Greener

UCSD Guardian | January 22, 2008

UCSD's 1,200-acre campus: cool ocean breezes caress joggers along Torrey Pines, the Eucalyptus forest peppers passing students with shade and Regents Lot bakes drivers in its desert heat. A team of campus scientists will finish a complete weather monitoring project later this year studying these different microclimates in the hopes of making UCSD more environmentally friendly. Full Story


UC Claims EUV source breakthrough

EE Times | January 11, 2008

A new, cheaper laser light source for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography has been patented by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in cooperation with Cymer Inc.--a maker of laser illumination sources for photolithography systems. Full Story


Atmospheric ambition: UCSD sensors will monitor campus weather, adjusting water, energy use to fit c

San Diego Union Tribune | January 10, 2008

When the summer sun bakes the upper campus at UC San Diego, it's probably time to turn on the air conditioning. But for university buildings closest to the ocean, temperatures might be cool enough to open vents and windows and let breezes do the work for free. Full Story


Researchers create enhanced light sources for lithography

Physorg.com | January 9, 2008

A breakthrough discovery at UC San Diego may help aid the semiconductor industrys quest to squeeze more information on chips to accelerate the performance of electronic devices. Full Story