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Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:14:40 PDT

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Engineering Students Design Experiment to Test Whether Beer Can Be Brewed on the Moon

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Can beer be brewed on the moon? A team of UC San Diego engineering students is hoping to find out. They are finalists in the Lab2Moon competition being held by TeamIndus, one of the four teams with a signed launch contract to send a spacecraft to the moon as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE challenge. The experiment will test the viability of yeast on the moon—and result in a freshly brewed batch of beer.


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Strength of hair inspires new materials for body armor

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego investigate why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. The findings could lead to the development of new materials for body armor and help cosmetic manufacturers create better hair care products. 


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Teaching Computers to recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new proof-of-concept study by researchers from the University of California San Diego succeeded in training computers to “learn” what a healthy versus an unhealthy gut microbiome looks like based on its genetic makeup. Since this can be done by genetically sequencing fecal samples, the research suggests there is great promise for new diagnostic tools that are, unlike blood draws, non-invasive. 


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Award to Graduate Women in Computing at UC San Diego to Help Expand Mentoring

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mentoring for women who are graduate students in computer science on campus got a boost this week, when the University of California San Diego chapter of Graduate Women in Computing received an award from the National Center for Women and Information Technology to support their programs. The $5,000 Amplification Award from the National Center is co-sponsored by Google.org and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing. 


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Students Crack the Code on How to Graduate in Three Years

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Earning a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in just three years may seem like a daunting feat, but recent alumni such as Siyi Ye, Brianna Lonquich and Albert Chang did so despite having either double or capped majors and studying abroad.Why do some alumni attempt to graduate early? UC San Diego is a top 10 public university and recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious research campuses—so it’s already a rigorous academic experience for students who graduate in four years.


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New laser based on unusual physics phenomenon could improve telecommunications, computing and more

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated the world’s first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications. 


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Electrical Engineering Summer Research Internship Program at UC San Diego

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is launching a new, ten-week electrical engineering research internship program this summer. 


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Reinventing the Wheel: Former Triton Racing members invent novel public health device

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

What do race cars, aerospace engineering and HIV/AIDS have in common? They all played a part in the making of FluxErgy, a medical diagnostics company started by two UC San Diego aerospace engineering alumni.[...]


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Software system labels coral reef images in record time

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have released a new version of a software system that processes images from the world’s coral reefs anywhere between 10 to 100 times faster than processing the data by hand.This is possible because the new version of the system, dubbed CoralNet Beta, includes deep learning technology, which uses vast networks of artificial neurons to learn to interpret image content and to process data.CoralNet Beta cuts down the time needed to go through a typical 1200-image diver survey of the ocean’s floor from 10 weeks to just one week—with the same amount of accuracy. Coral ecologists and government organizations, such as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, also use CoralNet to automatically process images from autonomous underwater vehicles. The system allows researchers to label different types of coral and whether they’ve been bleached, different types of invertebrates, different types of algae—and more. In all, over 2200 labels are available on the site.


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Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Controls engineers at UC San Diego have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes. Using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors, each drifting balloon becomes part of a ``swarm’’ of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity. This new, comparatively low-cost sensing strategy promises to provide much-needed in situ sampling of environmental conditions for a longer range of time and from many vantage points within developing hurricanes. This has the potential to greatly improve efforts to estimate and forecast the intensity and track of future hurricanes in real time.


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Bert's Biomechanics

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Bioengineering professor emeritus Dr. Yuan-Cheng (Y.C.) "Bert" Fung, now age 97, was a successful aeronautical engineering professor at Caltech when his mother developed acute glaucoma in 1958. He was on sabbatical in Germany that year and immersed himself in the glaucoma literature in a library near the aerodynamics research institute. He sent summaries of what he learned to his mother’s physician back in China.


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Shake, Burn and Learn

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

On a recent afternoon, two Jacobs School engineers equipped with 3D glasses stood in front of a towering 12’ digital reproduction of a six-story building, projected onto a curved wall of screens. They had tested the building a few weeks before, putting its light-weight steel frame through a series of increasingly powerful earthquake and fire tests on the world’s largest outdoor shake table at UC San Diego. Now researchers were zooming in and out of the building’s digital twin to assess damage.


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Compact videocamera captures panoramic images in high resolution

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

By combining 3D curved fiber bundles with spherical optics, photonics researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a compact, 125 megapixel per frame, 360° video camera that is useful for immersive virtual reality content.


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Bioengineer receives NSF award to study cell migration in a 3D environment

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.1 million CAREER award to Stephanie Fraley, a bioengineering assistant professor at the University of California San Diego. The five-year award will allow Fraley and colleagues to continue developing a unique and innovative technology to study how cells migrate in a 3D environment. The work has applications for the study of cancers, wound healing and regenerative medicine. 


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Dennis Abremski appointed as Executive Director of the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur at UC San Diego

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Abremski as the Executive Director of The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE). The Institute is a collaboration between the Jacobs School of Engineering and Rady School of Management, dedicated to training global technology leaders and translating university discoveries to market.


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Engineers develop a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. 


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Israel's Journey to the Moon

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In 2010, Yonatan Winetraub, a citizen of Israel, sat down with two friends at a bar and said, “I have a crazy idea. Why don’t we be the first Israelis to land a spacecraft on the moon?” Six years later, the company they founded, SpaceIL, is making history as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition aimed at placing an unmanned spacecraft on the moon's surface before the mission deadline of December 31, 2017. 


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UC San Diego Computer Scientist Honored as ACM Fellow

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s leading computing society, named University of California San Diego professor Rajesh K. Gupta to be an ACM Fellow. The professor of Computer Science and Engineering is one of 53 ACM members elevated to fellow status. Gupta was cited by ACM for his “contributions in design of embedded systems and hardware-software codesign.” ACM will formally recognize its 2016 Fellows at its annual Awards Banquet, to be held in San Francisco on June 24, 2017.


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From round to square

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the University of California San Diego for the first time have revealed why the shape of the feather shaft changes from round to square when it’s put under stress in a paper published in recent issue of Science Advances


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Creating Clinical Bioengineers

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In a clinical bioengineering class, students observe physicians, identify problems in their clinical practices, and propose engineering-based solutions to bridge the gap between the bench and the bedside. In some cases, students have even obtained funding to turn their solutions into reality.


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UC San Diego Alum Wins Global Competition Aimed at Fighting Wildlife Trafficking

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new tool for fighting wildlife trafficking developed by a team led by a UC San Diego mechanical engineering alum has been selected as the overall winner of the inaugural global ‘Zoohackathon” sponsored by the U.S. Government’s Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking.Called WildTrack, the new text-messaging system was developed by a team led by Nick Morozovsky, who received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from UC San Diego in 2014.


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Staff Member Aims for Seven Marathons on Seven Continents in 12 Months

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A fund manager at the University of California San Diego has embarked on an ambitious effort to become the first patient with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to run seven marathons on seven continents in a single year. Next week, on Dec. 11, Computer Science and Engineering department employee Cheryl Hile and husband Brian will be in Hawaii to run the Honolulu Marathon. It’s their third 26.2-mile race since their running year began in September. 


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New technique to study how proteins and ligands interact

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers has developed a more accurate and less disruptive method to study how proteins and the small molecules that bind to them, known as ligands, interact. The method, called Transient Induced Molecular Electronic Spectroscopy (TIMES), could be used as a tool to better understand protein chemistry and to accelerate drug discovery and development.


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Engineering teams get a boost at Triton Innovation Challenge competition

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Three teams with ties to the Jacobs School were recognized at this year’s Triton Innovation Challenge at the University of California, San Diego. LifeCycled Materials, led by two Jacobs School alumni, won the competition and a $10,000 prize. Evolution Solutions, a startup cofounded by students at the Jacobs School and the Rady School of Management, came in third and received $2,500. Finally, One Village Philippines, a team that is part of the Jacobs School’s Global TIES program, won the competition’s social venture track and $2,500. Now in its fifth year, the Triton Innovation Challenge is an annual business competition focused on fostering creativity and developing environmentally focused technologies generated by members of the UC San Diego community. This year’s event boasted a record crowd of more than 250 attendees. The challenge organizers accepted submissions in October which were reviewed by an expert panel. Ten teams were selected to pitch at the final event held on Nov. 29. 


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Keysight Technologies, UC San Diego Collaborate to Prove Viability of 5G Communication with Record-Setting Data Rates of 2 Gbps at 300 m, and more

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), with the University of California San Diego (www.ece.ucsd.edu) today announced the world’s longest bidirectional phased-array link in the 60 GHz band. At a link distance of 300 m, the 32-element array achieved a data rate of greater than 2 Gbps over all scan angles up to ±45 degrees. Data rates were 4 Gbps at 100 m and 500 Mbps at 800 m over most scan angles. Initial tests by a leading wireless provider suggest the system can deliver content to eight homes at a time at up to 300 m.


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Free Coding Faire for Kids at UC San Diego Computer Science Department

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A heads-up for alumni, staff and faculty of the University of California San Diego and other San Diegans with young kids: the university’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering  will be the venue for a free Coding Faire that will introduce students from ages 7 to 12 to the joys of software programming through hands-on activities. The Coding Faire will take place on Sunday, December 11 from 10am to noon in the CSE building between Warren Mall and the landmark granite Bear statue in the Engineering Courtyard.  The free event is being organized by ThoughtSTEM, a local computer-science education startup company co-founded by three UC San Diego students prior to completing their Ph.D. degrees: Sarah Guthals (Ph.D. ’14) and Steven Foster (Ph.D. ’15) in Computer Science, and Lindsey Handley (Ph.D. ’15) in Biochemistry.


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A Conversation with ThoughtSTEM co-founder and co-author of Learning to Mod for Dummies, Sarah Guthals

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

When University of California San Diego alumna Sarah Guthals (Computer Science BS ’10, MS ’12, Ph.D. ’14) got into the pre-med program at UC San Diego, she thought she was prepared for a lot of hard work.[...]


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Coming Home: Alumni Faculty Share Why They Came Back to Campus

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

It’s no secret that UC San Diego’s reputation as a top-ranked university is a major draw for prospective students—but it’s also pulling many graduates back to campus to serve as members of the faculty. In classrooms and labs across the university, our alumni are leading new directions in research and helping to train the next generation of innovators.


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Alums Take on Emerging Field of Nanoscale Virtual Reality

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Virtual reality (VR) headsets such as the Oculus Rift will line store shelves this holiday season, and UC San Diego alumni startup Nanome, Inc. plans to capitalize on that by creating VR apps for the consumer market, the classroom, and beyond.[...]


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Future NASA rovers could be sporting new gears, thanks to work by UC San Diego alumni

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Moving a research lab can be a huge headache. Equipment needs to be dismantled. Experiments are put on pause. But for former UC San Diego materials science and engineering Ph.D. student Laura Andersen, her lab’s move opened up an exciting opportunity—a summer internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, better known as JPL, developing wear resistant gears for spacecraft.  


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UC San Diego Computer Scientist Elevated to IEEE Fellow

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Not all computer scientists are likely to qualify to become a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Now, among three University of California San Diego faculty named IEEE Fellows in the class of 2017, one computer scientist made the grade, along with two electrical engineers.


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VisComp Faculty Members Elevated to IEEE Fellows' Class of 2017

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the organization’s ultimate status for top electrical engineers, computer engineers and computer scientists. This week, IEEE announced its list of newly-elevated Fellows for 2017, including two members of the Center for Visual Computing (VisComp).


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Jacobs School Recruiting for 16 Positions in 2016-17

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego is recruiting for 16 open faculty positions in the 2016-17 academic year.  Many recruitments have been posted—each of which can lead to more than one hire. The positions include 11 research faculty and six teaching faculty. Areas of focus include robotics, plasma science and engineering as well as and the social impact of science, medicine and technology.



Metallic Glass Gears Make for Graceful Robots

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Douglass Hofmann, a 2004 University of California San Diego graduate from the Jacobs School of Engineering, is leading efforts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to build better gears for robotics and spacecraft. Hofmann is the lead author of two recent papers on gears made from bulk metallic glass, a specially crafted alloy with properties that make it ideal for robotics and space applications.


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Scientist, Entrepreneur, Robotics Expert Will Speak to Downtown Collaboratory 'Game Changers'

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The fourth presentation in the Game Changers Series features Todd Hylton, a professor of practice at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and executive director of the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute.The presentation, free and open to the public, will be held 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Downtown San Diego Partnership offices at 401 B St., Suite 100.The field of robotics is poised to change all aspects of modern life, from driving to housekeeping to our jobs. Hylton -- who has worked at Brain Corporation and DARPA, cofounded 4Wave, and is an inventor and entrepreneur who has earned 19 patents throughout his career -- is well-positioned to explain what is fueling the increased interest and investment into robotics and how this emerging field will affect not only our region but also the global economy.


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UC San Diego's Center for Energy Research Shares $13.5M Grant for Campus-National Lab Collaborations

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Center for Energy Research (CER), an organized research unit at the University of California San Diego, will share a $13.5 million, three-year University of California grant to encourage collaboration between the UC campuses and the Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.


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Bioengineer Among Five UC San Diego Professors Named 2016 AAAS Fellows

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nation’s largest general science organization, has awarded the distinction of fellow to 391 members, including five from the University of California San Diego.New fellows will be honored for “their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished” on Feb. 18 during the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston. Continuing a tradition started in 1874, AAAS members are considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by a steering group of their respective sections, by three existing fellows or by AAAS’s chief executive officer.


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UC San Diego Engineering Professor and Wife Boost the Arts on Campus with $1 Million Gift

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Siavouche “Sia” Nemat-Nasser and his wife, Éva, recently gave the arts on campus a boost with their $1 million gift to the Division of Arts and Humanities.


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Hacking for Defense: UC San Diego Students Tackle Military Challenges as Part of New Program

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new program at UC San Diego called Hacking for Defense gives students opportunities to leverage the culture of rapid innovation to address national security challenges. 


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Big data for chemistry: new method helps identify antibiotics in mass spectrometry datasets

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

An international team of computer scientists has for the first time developed a method to find antibiotics hidden in huge but still unexplored mass spectrometry datasets. They detailed their new method, called DEREPLICATOR, in the Oct. 31 issue of Nature Chemical Biology.  


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