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Published: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15:11 PDT

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

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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What's Your Gut Instinct?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Nature Names UC San Diego a Top 15 Research Institution Worldwide

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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2017 Massry Prize Honors Microbiome Research Pioneers

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Computer Science Professor Honored for Cognitive Science Contributions

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer Science Professor Gary Cottrell is being honored for his work in cognitive science, including the 12 years he has been director of the UC San Diego-based Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science of learning center that he heads with Professor Andrea Chiba in the Department of Cognitive Science. 


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

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Nanoengineer receives award from Energy Department to advance solar power technologies

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Low-cost smart glove translates American Sign Language alphabet and controls virtual objects

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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5G Wireless and Beyond: From Evolution to Revolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Fighting Global Warming and Climate Change Requires a Broad Energy Portfolio

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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Robots do some heaving lifting at annual robotics competition

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

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


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