Friday, December 18, 2009
Due to the mandatory system wide furloughs and scheduled holidays, UC San Diego and the Jacobs School of Engineering will be closed from December 19th through January 3rd. The campus will resume normal business operations on Monday, January 4th.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I finally got around to getting my brain around the Brain Observatory at UC San Diego. Jacopo Annese’s Brain Observatory has been all over the news all over the world...the attention peaked recently when Annese and his colleagues "voyaged through the brain of the most famous medical patient in the history of science, Patient H.M., acquiring anatomical images and collecting 2401 paper-thin tissue sections during a 53-hour procedure." (The quote is from the Brain Observatory Web site.)
The story has been all over the news, but I'm partial to Greg Miller's story (prior to the huge media deluge) in the news section of the journal Science...and not just because I used to work there...it's a good story. You can read the PDF of the story at:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Below, I have pasted the Engineering/Physical Sciences Technologies:
Engineering/Physical Sciences Technologies:
High-Efficiency, High-Linearity, Acoustic to Ultrasonic Power Amplifier for Low-Cost Underwater Modem Applications (SD2010-161 and SD2010-817)
A Zero Turn-On Voltage Rectifier for Efficient Wireless Power Supplies and Energy Harvesting (SD2010-135)
A New Method to Synchronize Data Streams Over a Local Area Network (SD2010-035)
Improved Perfusion Imaging Using MRI With Velocity-Selective Arterial Spin Labeling Without Spatial Selectivity (SD2001-175)
Residential Broadband Access (SD2004-122)
Measuring User-Experience in Mobile Gaming Environments (SD2010-171)
A Digitally Controlled High-Frequency, Low-Power, Pulse Width Modulator for Wireless Communications (SD2010-110)
GUSTO: General Architecture Design Utility and Synthesis Tool for Optimization (SD2010-170)
If you are interested in any of the technologies listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the case number in the subject line.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"Energy is one of the key issues to be solved in order for systems to work more efficiently," said UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering professor Tajana Simunic Rosing, who is leading MuSyC's Large-Scale Systems effort. "At a very small scale such as a brain-machine interface, without energy you cannot do anything at all. At a very large scale such as a data center, if you are not efficient about how you deal with energy, you go bankrupt."
Monday, December 14, 2009
Jacobs School alumnus Albert Lin (Ph.D. 2008)is one of the world's top adventurers, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. Below are a couple of paragraphs from the Calit2 story on the award.
It’s not often that a materials scientist by training gets to be labeled one of the world’s top adventurers. But that’s the honor bestowed on Calit2 research scholar Albert Yu-Min Lin, 28, in the December 2009-January 2010 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. Lin is affiliated with Calit2’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3).
Lin earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering in 2008. After graduation, “his mother, a former Hong Kong movie star, and his father, an astrophysicist, both urged him to get on with things as soon as possible, to find a job that would allow him to eat more steak, less ramen,” writes Luke Dittrich in the feature article, “Conjuring the Great Khan”, that is part of NG Adventure’s cover story. “Instead, Lin decided to begin his post-[doctoral] graduate career by organizing a high-risk, high-stakes project, one that offered little stability and even less promise of success.”
Read the full story on the Calit2 Web site.
Friday, December 11, 2009
"The average American consumes about 34 gigabytes of data and information each day — an increase of about 350 percent over nearly three decades — according to
a report published Wednesday by researchers at the University of California, San Diego," the NYTimes wrote.
In the Calit2 story, Larry Smarr says:
"What is clear is that we consume orders of magnitude more information than can be stored on hard drives or transmitted over today's Internet," said Internet pioneer Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and a computer science professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. "Even small changes in how Americans consume information would have serious implications for network planners and require large-scale investments."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The big idea is that the bioengineers are working to re-create the physical consitions and cues within organisms that guide (at least in part) the differentiation process from stem cells to heart cells.
Read the Technology Review story here.
Read the Jacobs School of Engineering summary of the research here.
Below is related video from the Engler lab, which is part of UC San Diego's Institute of Engineering in Medicine.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Here is the cell phone and pollution monitoring story from KPBS.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The CitiSense leadership team (l-r) includes computer science professor William Griswold, computer science professor Ingolf Krueger, School of Medicine/Calit2 professor Kevin Patrick, computer science professor Tajana Simunic Rosing, and computer science professor Hovav Shacham. (Not pictured: computer science professor Sanjoy Dasgupta).
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at the CALIT2 Auditorium at Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Reception: 4:00 PM
Program: 4:30 PM
As we reach the beginning of December, there are looming signs that the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen will not reach an agreement. What lies ahead and how can we reach an agreement to stem the growth in emissions?
Join the Greenovation forum at UC San Diego to learn about a more sustainable approach to sustainability. We will discuss how sensor technology can help achieve sustainability at lower cost. The San Diego region is home to a number of promising sensor companies. Come and join the discussion about how sensor research and commercialization can pave the way for a more sustainable future!
The program will feature the following speakers:
Professor Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2) and computer science professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Shimon Gersten, Chief Technology Officer, Talon Communications
Professor Jan Kleissl, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Professor Vish Krishnan, Rady School of Management
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://ssi.ucsd.edu/greenovation.
The team—led by investigators from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and School of Medicine—recently published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
“When you are insulin resistant, your metabolism suffers. If you take a TZD for your insulin resistance, will the drug fix the dysfunction in muscle and fat tissues? Will these changes be functionally related to drug efficacy? These are some of the questions we addressed in our new study,” say UC San Diego faculty members Dr. Shankar Subramaniam and Dr. Dorothy Sears, co-corresponding authors of the new paper. The collaborative project involved Dr. Subramaniam’s Bioinformatics and Systems Biology laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering, Dr. Sears and her colleagues in the Department of Medicine, and Pfizer, Inc.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band rank players based on how good they are at replicating a musical performance,while Herd It gives props based on how good they are at predicting the "herd's" opinion on the style, emotion, instrumentation, etc. of music. All of this happens in realtime via Facebook -- check out http://www.blogger.com/www.herdit.org.
They also embedded the music search engine YouTube video.
IGN is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets...lots of interested eyes!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In a recent paper in Applied Physics Letters, Prabhakar Bandaru, a professor in the UCSD Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, along with graduate student Mark Hoefer, have found that artificially introduced defects in carbon nanotubes can aid the development of "supercapacitors" that could be used in batteries and battery charging technologies of the future.
Read Andrea Siedsma's full press release here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ernesto Ramirez has designed and built "Active Desk" — a raised work station connected to a standard treadmill that allows him to walk while he works. Ramirez is affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego. (Read the full story by Tiffany Fox from Calit2, excerpted below).
His project stems from a body of scientific research that links sedentary behavior (like sitting at a desk all day) with an elevated risk of mortality from all causes and from cardiovascular disease.
Currently located on the sixth floor of Calit2's headquarters in Atkinson Hall, the work station consists of a $200 Ikea desk and a $100 treadmill that allows the user to control his or her walking speed. Ramirez says his average pace is 1.5 miles per hour — fast enough to burn about 2.54 calories per minute, but not so fast that it makes him too breathless to have a conversation.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Below is an email from a Jacobs School undergraduate who is taking advantage of the many research opportunities available to undergraduates at the Jacobs School and at UC San Diego, more generally.
My name is Caleb Sotelo; I'm a third year in pursuit of a BS in Computer Science, and an undergrad member of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center. This past summer I was funded by CAMP (California Alliance for Minority Participation) through UCSD's Academic Enrichment Programs office to find and engage in a research project for [CSE] 199 credit.
I decided I wanted to pursue data mining, without any substantial knowledge of the discipline. Finding a project was as easy as searching the CSE website for professors by their research interests. I met with computer science professor Charles Elkan, who recommended a project based on my experience with Java and software engineering.
I was privileged enough to receive a travel scholarship to present my research at the SACNAS National Conference in Dallas, TX, where I received an award for Outstanding Contribution and Research Presentation in the area of Computer and Information Technology. The software is now nearly release-ready, and we're hoping to submit a paper to a Machine Learning journal by the end of the month. My experience researching as a UCSD undergrad been excellent.
My mentor, Charles Elkan, has entrusted me with much responsibility and is eager to provide me with advice, resources, and more, and programs like AEP and SACNAS are invested in my success. The Jacobs School of Engineering is a top-notch engineering school and a rewarding place to invest your time; I would highly recommend taking 199 [Independent Study for Undergraduates] to any engineering student to get your feet wet.
A GRAPHICAL INTERFACE FOR VISUAL DISCOVERY OF PATTERNS IN DATA
Caleb D. Sotelo, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
A typical challenge in data mining is the discovery of patterns that are actually interesting to the user, as opposed to patterns that are coincidental or already well-known. A solution to this problem is to create a system that allows the user to fluidly explore the rule space and facilitates discovery by users of significant patterns. One such system was proposed and implemented by Lei Zhang and others  for Motorola Inc., but to our knowledge no similar system exists as open source software. Rapidminer is a widely-used, highly functional, and robust open source data mining environment written in Java. We are developing a graphical interface extension to Rapidminer that will allow for intuitive and user-friendly pattern exploration, inspired by the Motorola system. Future work will add novel interactive capabilities.
 Zhang, L., Liu, B., Benkler, J., Zhou C. “Finding actionable knowledge via automated comparison.” IEEE ICDE, 2009.
Kris Gibson gave me a quick description of his de-hazing for video at the poster session at the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) recent Research Review (PDF of agenda).
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Watch him give you a snapshot of the issue, in less than two minutes!
Ankit talked to me at last week's poster session for the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) research review. I also talked to Cynthia Taylor "Will Starbucks Serve Servers? aka Thin-Client Computing with your Skinny Latte?"
Video Stabilization with Haleh Azartash
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Not that anyone WANTS another oil spill...but when there is one, it would be nice to have a better idea of where the ocean currents are going to carry the oil. Presumably, this information would be useful in damage mitigation as well as clean-up efforts.
This oil-spill-tracking-via-swarms-of-coordinated-robots idea gets fleshed out more in a press release out today from the Jacobs School of Engineering about an almost $1.5 million NSF grant to a team led by MAE associate professor Jorge Cortes. The funding will enable the engineers to figure out how to implement the controls systems that keep swarms of underwater ocean robots in the kinds of formations that will enable them to collect the data necessary to figure out what is going on with ocean currents in the area.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers who are also on the grant say that there is a whole heck of a lot that we don't know about these kilometer-scale ocean currents...and if we did know more, we could use that knowledge to better understand ocean process, to figure out where we need marine protected areas, and to really understand where sewage is going once it is pumped out into the ocean.
At the same time, those Scripps researchers are leading a related grant to further develop the ocean robots.
Image credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Monday, November 9, 2009
If you are new to the Jacobs School blog, stick around, click around and learn something new. If you're are part of the Jacobs School community (almni included of course) and have ideas about what you'd like to see on the blog, leave a comment or send me email at dbkane AT ucsd DOT edu
And while we're at it, check us out on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/UCSDJacobs
And on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/jacobsschoolnews
...later on in the story...
Tech-savy baristas may be asking you these kinds of questions, if the thin-client research that computer science PhD student Cynthia Taylor is working on takes off. At the poster session at the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) research review on Friday, Taylor gave me a quick rundown on her research.
Take home message: she wants to turn your iPhone (and related PDAs and comm devices) into an input/output device that hooks into local servers as well as servers across the Web. This would let you do all kinds of things that are too demanding for the local computational resources of a PDA.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This first interview is with Haleh Azartash, who is a graduate student in electrical engineering professor Dr. Truong Nguyen's Video Processing Group.
Her poster describes her work on software and algorithmic methods for minimizing and eliminating camera motion and shake in video footage: Real Time Affine Global Estimation using Phase Correlation
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Bit by bit, I am transfering videos to one YouTube video channel:
Below is a video profile of Jacobs School electrical engineering professor Pam Cosman.
Note to Photoshop-fiends, Picasa-pros, and Gimp-Geniuses: you're NOT ALLOWED to digitally alter your photos after you take the picture. So think ahead and do all the cool effects on the front end, WHEN you take the picture. It's more fun that way. (And read all the fine print here...not that there is much to say...)
I'm excited to see what comes in. Every time I leave my office, I see something and think, "that would make a great photo."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Technology Review featured the music search engine video from the Jacobs School on their Technology Review editors blog. What's cool is that the video includes a past winner of Technology Review's "TR 35" a prestigious list of top young innovators: UC San Diego computer science professor Serge Belongie. Serge sings and plays guitar with his band S03 in the second video clip of the YouTube video. Learn more about S03 on their myspace page:
Learn more about Serge Belongie's computer science research at:
But that's not all. One of professor Belongie's Ph.D. students is Carolina Galleguillos, the vocalist for Juna and the first performer you see in the Jacobs School music search video (in the silver dress). I also interview Galleguillos later on in the video...so be sure to watch through to the end...the video ends with her.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Update: Weds Nov 4
This story is now one of the rotating news stories on http://ucsd.edu/ Check out the screen shot below.
See many more photos on the IEEE Web site:
Friday, October 30, 2009
Jacobs School Grad Students Helped San Diego Region Win $154.6 Million in Bonds to Install Solar Panels
Under the guidance of environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl, a group of Jacobs School graduate students, including Michael Gollner (bottom photo) and Karl Olney (middle photo) helped schools and other San Diego public institutions win more than $154 M in bonds for installing rooftop solar. (Prof. Kleissl is in the shades in the top photo with Gollner and Olney.)
San Diego County has snagged 20 percent of $800 million in federal stimulus-backed financing for government solar projects nationwide, thanks to a team effort by city officials, school leaders, engineers and college students.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Carl Frazen included Luke Barrington's research into iTunes Genius (and how the UC San Diego homegrown algorithms can create equally good playlists by just analying audio content and not using any collaborative filtering).
Watch the related video on how the same music-tagging algorithms create at UC San Diego are being used to create a new kind of music search engine.
The University of California, San Diego again ranks sixth among top U.S. universities in federal research and development expenditures for fiscal-year 2008, with $491 million in federal R&D money and $842 million in total R&D expenditures. The numbers were announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Johns Hopkins University led the survey, followed by UC San Francisco, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Michigan (all campuses combined), UCLA, UC San Diego, Duke University, the University of Washington, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University. UC Davis and UC Berkeley ranked 16th and 18th, respectively.
UC San Diego’s faculty and alumni have created nearly 200 start-up companies, including many regional biotech companies. According to a recent study of the university’s economic impact, UC San Diego contributes more than $7.2 billion in direct and indirect spending and personal income each year to the California economy, generating more than 39,000 jobs. Read the full press release, written by UC San Diego’s Paul K. Mueller.
The North County Times covered this story, and included a nice graph.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Electrical engineers at UC San Diego have created a new breed of search engine for music (as well as Facebook games that provide researchers with the information needed to improve the new search engine). This video highlights the capabilities of the new music search engine (http://herdit.org/music/index.html), which will be available for beta testing next week. Register for the music search engine beta test at: http://herdit.org/music/
Watch the same video on YouTube:
Help Luke Barrington out: Play his music discovery games on Facebook:
If you only have 15 seconds, watch the video below: