Monday, May 17, 2010

Larry Smarr is the mystery photo in UT Science Quest

From Science Quest in the San Diego Union Tribune:

In the print edition of Monday's Quest section, we ran a photo with the headline, "Who is it?" Were you able to guess who it was? No? You're looking a Larry Smarr of UC San Diego, who is considered to be among the world's most influential computer scientists.

Luke Barrington and Brian McFee have been awarded the 2010 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Congratulations to electrical engineering (ECE) PhD student Luke Barrington and computer science (CSE) PhD student Brian McFee. Luke and Brian have been awarded a 2010 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF), for their proposal, "Location-, Demographic-, Preference- and Content-Based Music Search and Recommendation," with their advisor Gert Lanckriet (ECE professor). Lawrence Saul (CSE professor) supported the proposal as secondary mentor.

The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship selective is very selective and provides $100,000. In 2o10, it was awarded to six out of 80 submissions from five universities (Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and UCSD).

Luke and Brian's project proposes advances in signal processing and machine learning to provide personalized, mobile music search and discovery.