News Releases from 2022


Students earn top marks in Mars rover competition

The UC San Diego Yonder Dynamics student team made a triumphant return to the first in-person University Rover Challenge since 2019, claiming 1st place in the science portion of the Mars rover robotics competition, and 8th place overall out of 26 teams from around the world.   Full Story


New phylogenetic tool can handle the SARS-CoV-2 data load

Researchers at UC San Diego, in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz, have developed a new software tool for tracing and mapping the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that is capable of handling the unprecedented amount of genetic data being generated by the quickly evolving pathogen. The software is used to efficiently and accurately track new variants of this virus on what’s known as a phylogenetic tree: a visual history or map of an organism’s genetic changes and variations over time and geography. Full Story


Class of 2022 honored with Awards of Excellence

The Jacobs School of Engineering will honor the undergraduate class of 2022 at its annual Ring Ceremony on Saturday, June 11, after the campus convocation. Six students who have made significant contributions to their department and the Jacobs School community will be honored with Awards of Excellence. Full Story


UC San Diego students win 2nd place in nation-wide autonomous, electric go-kart race

A team of engineering and data science students from UC San Diego came in 2nd place at the  second annual autonomous, electric (EV) GrandPrix go-kart race hosted at Purdue University in May. Chaztine Embucado, an electrical engineering student at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, was part of this year’s team. She shares how she got involved, and what the experience was like, in this Q&A. Full Story


Alumni Q&A: David Loo, serial entrepreneur on his journey and inviting luck into your professional life

David Loo graduated from UC San Diego in 1991 with a degree in computer engineering. During his 35-year career, he worked his way up from software engineer to founding developer of ServiceNow and CEO of Perspectium, the company he cofounded after leaving ServiceNow. In this Q&A, Loo talks about his journey and gives some advice about how to invite luck into your professional life.   Full Story


Using everyday WiFi to help robots see and navigate better indoors

UC San Diego engineers have developed a low cost, low power technology to help robots accurately map their way indoors, even in poor lighting and without recognizable landmarks or features. The technology uses WiFi signals, instead of light, to help the robot "see" where it’s going. Full Story


Multi-tasking wearable continuously monitors glucose, alcohol, and lactate

Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much to drink, and track your fatigue during a workout, all in one small device worn on your skin. UC San Diego engineers developed a prototype of such a wearable that continuously monitors several health stats at once. Full Story


'Eye-catching' smartphone app could make it easy to screen for neurological disease at home

UC San Diego researchers developed a smartphone app that could allow people to screen for Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and other neurological diseases and disorders—by recording closeups of their eye. The app uses a smartphone's built-in near-infrared camera and selfie camera to track how a person's pupil changes in size. These pupil measurements could be used to assess a person’s cognitive condition. Full Story


Opioid treatment tracking startup celebrates string of successes

CARI Health, a startup in the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur's MedTech Accelerator, was named a Connect "Cool Company," on the heels of winning the $300,000 grand prize at the San Diego Angel Conference. Full Story


Tara Javidi awarded $1M NSF grant to make wireless networks more resilient

Tara Javidi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego, has received a $1M award from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Computer and Network System as part of NSF’s new Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems (RINGS) program. Javidi was awarded the grant to design a new generation of wireless networks that are resilient to unforeseen disruptive events, such as a weather event that can disable base station operations. Full Story


Sun and solar panels shine at 40th Research Expo

Nanoengineering master’s student Tala Sidawi had her time in the sun at the 2022 edition of Research Expo. Sidawi took home the grand prize for her work to model how solar panels “breathe” water in real time. Such a model could help researchers design solar panels that last longer and perform better in humid environments, and also cost less to build.   Full Story


ICRA 2022 preview: from robots inspired by insects to helping robots navigate and interact

From algorithms that help robots better navigate and interact with the world and humans, to robots inspired by insects, researchers at the University of California San Diego are making significant contributions to the field of robotics at the 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation taking place from May 23 to 27, 2022  in Philadelphia.   Full Story


Research Expo enters its 4th decade

Connected systems take center stage at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s 40th annual Research Expo on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Join us to hear from more than 100 graduate students from all six Jacobs School of Engineering departments, as they present their groundbreaking engineering and computer science research. Full Story


A new brain-computer interface with a flexible backing

Engineering researchers have invented an advanced brain-computer interface with a flexible and moldable backing and penetrating microneedles. Adding a flexible backing to this kind of brain-computer interface allows the device to more evenly conform to the brain’s complex curved surface and to more uniformly distribute the microneedles that pierce the cortex. The microneedles, which are 10 times thinner than the human hair, protrude from the flexible backing, penetrate the surface of the brain tissue without piercing surface venules, and record signals from nearby nerve cells evenly across a wide area of the cortex.      Full Story


'Project in a Box' helping kids find their passion at San Diego Library

Electrical engineering students in the Project-in-a-Box student organization teamed up with the San Diego Public Library to bring hands-on projects to elementary school students in San Diego. Full Story


Let There be Light

After arriving in the United States from Myanmar at age 13, UC San Diego alumnus Lin Thu Hein is now using his degree in electrical engineering to bring solar-powered lighting to people off the grid and displaced by the recent unrest in his home state of Kachin in Myanmar. He received an Echoing Green Fellowship for this work. Full Story


New sensor grids record human brain signals in record-breaking resolution

A new array of sensors can record electrical signals directly from the surface of the human brain in record-breaking detail: 100 times higher resolution than today's clinical tools. This could improve neurosurgeons' ability to remove brain tumors safely and surgically treat drug-resistant epilepsy.  Full Story


UC Riverside Joins UC San Diego, UC Irvine in Multidisciplinary Research Institute Calit2

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, is expanding to include a third University of California campus. The UC Office of the President has approved a plan for University of California Riverside to join founding members UC San Diego and UC Irvine in the multidisciplinary research institute. Calit2 was created by the state of California over 20 years ago to ensure the state remains on the leading edge of information technology, communications, and other 21st-century technologies. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla also announced that Ramesh Rao, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the current director of the UC San Diego division of Calit2 – known as the Qualcomm Institute – has been appointed interim director of the three-campus institute.  Full Story


Introducing the second cohort of Racial Equity Fellows

Seven UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering students have been selected to serve as Racial Equity Fellows. In this role, they will act as student advocates on the Jacobs School Student and Faculty Racial Equity Task Force, each bringing their demonstrated interest in diversity, equity and inclusion to the Task Force. Full Story


A new method to make AI-generated voices more expressive

Researchers have found a way to make AI-generated voices, such as digital personal assistants, more expressive, with a minimum amount of training. The method, which translates text to speech, can also be applied to voices that were never part of the system’s training set.   Full Story