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Published: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:33:46 PDT

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Copyright: Copyright 2017, Regents of the University of California.
 



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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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.



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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Computer Science Students Demo Real-Time Multiplayer Games of Their Own

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer science professor Geoffrey M. Voelker teaches CSE 125 each spring. The course on "Software System Design and Implementation" gave 32 seniors this spring an opportunity to showcase everything they learned in the past four years. The course is a 10-week project to build a large, complex, distributed software system with real-time constraints. But to make it more exciting, the teams of six or seven students spend the quarter building a networked, real-time, 3D multiplayer game (hence the popular reference to CSE 125 as being "the videogame course"). Each final team demonstration doubles as the team members' final exams. 


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Transistor Contacts in the Making: Live Atomic Scale Dynamics

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoscale transistors have entered into an age of relentless shrinking of dimensions to a few atomic layers in both length and cross-sectional width and their performance have been greatly hindered with the increase of their electrical contact series resistance. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed strategies to control the atomic ordering at these contact interfaces to improve performance as they shrink.


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Earthquake Safe: 30 Years of Innovation at UC San Diego

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

When you drive across a highway bridge in California, there is a good chance that your safety depends on a piece of technology that has been developed and tested at the University of California San Diego. More specifically, many of the advances making California roads and bridges safer during earthquakes were tested at the Charles Lee Powell Structural Engineering Laboratories here on campus. The facility is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.


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UC San Diego launches education consortium in partnership with Baja California universities and high schools

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The University of California San Diego and 13 institutions in Baja California announced the launch of the CaliBaja Education Consortium at the Cross-border Innovation Summit that took place on June 9, 2017 on the UC San Diego campus. The new entity will serve the entire CaliBaja region and will allow researchers and students to work together across borders. Leaders of 10 institutions signed memoranda that brought the consortium to life during the event. 


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Six Times Around the World: UC San Diego Researchers Send a Balloon Around the Globe

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, just above commercial air traffic, a small, hydrogen-filled balloon is reporting on its whereabouts to researchers in a UC San Diego lab who are listening intently. The balloon—called a super pressure balloon—was launched by a group of UC San Diego students and researchers about 100 days ago from campus and is on its sixth lap around the globe. This is the first time a balloon from UC San Diego has made it across the country—let alone the world. The Feb. 12 launch is part of a unique program headed by structural engineering professor John Kosmatka and supported by NASA’s California Space Grant Consortium.


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Seniors Make Final Tweaks to CSE 125 Multiplayer Videogames

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It's not often that the final project presentations of an undergraduate computer-science course attracts a standing-room-only audience of students and visitors from across campus. But that's par for the course when professor Geoffrey M. Voelker's CSE 125 course draws to a close each spring quarter. 


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Engineer's Lifelong Dream of Becoming an Astronaut Comes True

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An alumnus of the University of California San Diego is part of the new class of astronauts NASA announced June 7, 2017. Robb Kulin earned his master’s and PhD degrees in materials science from UC San Diego.  He made nearly every decision in his career with an eye toward going to space, according to his Ph.D. advisor, nanoengineering professor Kenneth Vecchio from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. 


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Keysight Technologies, UC San Diego Demonstrate the World's Fastest 28 GHz 5G Band, Bidirectional Phased-Array

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) and the University of California San Diego today announced the world’s fastest bidirectional phased-array link in the 28 GHz 5G band. The achievement is an important milestone for delivering future applications in 5G, aerospace and defense.


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Computer Science Professor Recognized Not Once, Not Twice, but Three Times in Year-End Honors

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Computer scientist Christine Alvarado is no stranger to winning awards, particularly for her teaching. But what's unusual is that starting June 3, she will be accepting not just one or two such awards, but three. The honors will come from the Tau Beta Pi honors engineering society, the Jacobs School of Engineering, and the Academic Senate.


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A glove powered by soft robotics to interact with virtual reality environments

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at UC San Diego are using soft robotics technology to make light, flexible gloves that allow users to feel tactile feedback when they interact with virtual reality environments.  The researchers used the gloves to realistically simulate the tactile feeling of playing a virtual piano keyboard.


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A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The exploration of Martian soils began nearly two decades ago with the successful landing of an automobile-sized, one-ton robot on Mars. Now, students at UC San Diego are working to develop the next generation of Mars rovers. 


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Nanopore Technology Makes Leap from DNA Sequencing to Identifying Proteins

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In the May issue of PLOS Computational Biology, scientists from UC San Diego and the University of Notre Dame report on a study that could open up the field for nanopore-based protein identification – and eventually proteomic profiling of large numbers of proteins in complex mixtures of different types of molecules. 


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New brain mapping tool produces higher resolution data during brain surgery

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have developed a new device to map the brain during surgery and distinguish between healthy and diseased tissues. The device provides higher resolution neural readings than existing tools used in the clinic and could enable doctors to perform safer, more precise brain surgeries.


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Printed, flexible and rechargeable battery can power wearable sensors

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first printed battery that is flexible, stretchable and rechargeable. The zinc batteries could be used to power everything from wearable sensors to solar cells and other kinds of electronics. The work appears in the April 19, 2017 issue of Advanced Energy Materials.   


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QI Hosts Game Design Career Showcase for San Diego Students

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Some 150 high school students and 50 UC San Diego undergraduates converged on Atkinson Hall May 22 to learn something about jobs of the future, notably in game design and virtual reality. They were part of the Link2 San Diego program, launched by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in 2015 to introduce local students to exciting career opportunities in order to grow and retain talent for the San Diego region. 


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New UC San Diego Technology Accelerator Selects Five Teams for Its Inaugural Cohort

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Today the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) at the University of California San Diego announced team selections for its new technology accelerator. Five UC San Diego research teams, with innovations ranging from advanced healthcare diagnostics and medical device technologies to next generation LIDAR for autonomous-vehicle navigation, have been selected to join the new campus program.


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UC San Diego Electrical Engineering Professor Pam Cosman Wins Pinnacle Award

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pamela Cosman, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, is being honored for her exemplary leadership among women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Cosman was one of just seven recipients of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards, announced May 5, 2017.  [...]


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UC San Diego Engineer Talks Tech with Congressional Staff in Washington, D.C.

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Patrick Mercier met with staff members working for representatives for San Diego County and for California Senator Dianne Feinstein at an event on Capitol Hill, where he showcased wearable technologies that have the potential to revolutionize access to health care. 


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Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act. During a year-long investigation, researchers found code that allowed a car’s onboard computer to determine that the vehicle was undergoing an emissions test. The computer then activated the car’s emission-curbing systems, reducing the amount of pollutants emitted. Once the computer determined that the test was over, these systems were deactivated. 


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Eight Students Receive Engineering Leadership Award

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Five engineering undergraduate and three engineering graduate students were recognized for their outstanding leadership skills at the 8th Annual Engineering Leadership Awards Celebration, which took place May 12, 2017 at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. [...]


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3D-printed soft four legged robot can walk on sand and stone

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed the first soft robot that is capable of walking on rough surfaces, such as sand and pebbles. The 3D-printed, four-legged robot can climb over obstacles and walk on different terrains. 


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Nano fiber feels forces and hears sounds made by cells

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a miniature device that’s sensitive enough to feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells. 


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Giving Students a Place to Prep for Tomorrow's Virtual (Reality) Economy

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The laboratory looks like a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are virtual-reality headsets everywhere, and large flat screen 3D displays. College students work at computers, while teammates wearing goggles look from side to side, occasionally ducking or recoiling, as they react and engage with the virtual environments visible in their head-mounted displays. Welcome to the Virtual Reality Lab—the first of its kind at an American university. 


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Triton Entrepreneur Night: Pitch Perfect

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sensors that tell you if Chinese food from last weekend is still safe to eat. An app to let your professor know you have no idea what he’s talking about. A grocery store guide to find the exact aisle and shelf location of your favorite cereal. These aren’t just crazy ideas — they’re actual startups currently in development in The Basement, UC San Diego’s two-year-old incubator and accelerator program managed by the UC San Diego Alumni Office. 


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Bioengineering Professor Christian Metallo Receives 2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Christian Metallo, a bioengineering professor at the University of California San Diego, has been named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. Metallo is one of 13 faculty members nationwide to receive the honor from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.


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Engineered bone marrow could make transplants safer

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed biomimetic bone tissues that could one day provide new bone marrow for patients needing transplants.


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Engineering student places third in UC-wide science communication contest

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

With a three-minute talk entitled “Using Geometry to Build Better Birth Control,” engineering graduate student Geoff Hollett took first place at the UC San Diego Grad Slam competition held April 5. Now in its fourth year, the event challenges graduate students across campus to break down their research into bite-sized, jargon-free presentations that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. Hollett also placed third in the UC-wide Grad Slam event that took place May 4, 2017.  


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Proof-of-concept study suggests a noninvasive test for specific microbial population patterns - used to detect advanced nonalc fatty liver disease?

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — a condition that can lead to liver cirrhosis and cancer — isn’t typically detected until it’s well advanced. Even then, diagnosis requires an invasive liver biopsy. To detect NAFLD earlier and more easily, researchers in the NAFLD Research Center (http://nafld.ucsd.edu/) at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Human Longevity, Inc. and the J. Craig Venter Institute report that the unique microbial makeup of a patient’s stool sample — or gut microbiome — can be used to predict advanced NAFLD with 88 to 94 percent accuracy. 


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UC San Diego Researchers Selected for IBM Watson AI XPRIZE Competition

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has been selected to take part in the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE ®. The competition aims to accelerate the development and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that are truly scalable and have the capacity to solve grand challenges facing society. 


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Researchers receive $7.5 million grant to study memory capacity and energy efficiency in the brain

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers at the University of California San Diego and Stanford University has received a $7.5 million, five-year grant to try to answer two fundamental questions: what is the memory capacity of a brain; and how does the brain process information with maximum energy efficiency. The grant was awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).


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