News Releases from 2007

UC San Diego Wireless Expert Named IEEE Fellow

An interview with Pamela Cosman, an electrical engineering professor from UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering who has been elected an IEEE fellow for her contributions to image and video compression and wireless communications. Full Story

Two ECE Profs, Two Spin-Outs, Two Product-Award Nominations

 Products from two different companies spun out by electrical engineers at UC San Diego are finalists for CONNECT’s 2007 Most Innovative New Product “MIP” Award – in the Communications Technology & Hardware category. Full Story

A Unique Way To Lower Energy Costs

UC San Diego undergraduate students have designed, built and deployed a network of five weather-monitoring stations as a key step toward helping the university use ocean breezes to cool buildings, identify the sunniest rooftops to expand its solar-electric system, and use water more efficiently in irrigation and in other ways. Full Story

UCSD Engineering Honor Society Wins Most Outstanding Chapter Award

Flip through the 133 page record of the 2006-2007 activities of UCSD’s engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and you’ll see why they recently took home the “nation’s most outstanding chapter” award. Full Story

Most Complex Silicon Phased Array Chip in the World Developed at UC San Diego

  UC San Diego electrical engineers have developed the world’s most complex “phased array” – or radio frequency integrated circuit. This DARPA-funded advance is expected to find its way into U.S. defense satellite communication and radar systems. In addition, the innovations in this chip design will likely spill over into commercial applications, such as automotive satellite systems for direct broadcast TV, and new methods for high speed wireless data transfer. Full Story

Undergrads Dream with QUALCOMM Chips

 The biggest challenge for one of the four winners of last weekend's QUALCOMM Innovator Challenge came at a surprising moment: after his team won first prize and $5,000 in the engineering design contest. Over the phone, freshman David Wong had to convince his parents to hand over his social security number so he could fill out the necessary tax-related paperwork to get his cut of the $5,000. Money the team won for their ideas for what is possible with QUALCOMM’s new ultra powerful chip set for mobile devices, called Snapdragon. Full Story

UCSD Researchers Give Computers Common Sense

Using a little-known Google Labs widget, computer scientists from UC San Diego and UCLA have brought common sense to an automated image labeling system. This common sense is the ability to use context to help identify objects in photographs. For example, if a conventional automated object identifier labels a person, a tennis racket, a tennis court and a lemon in a photo, the new post-processing context check will re-label the lemon a tennis ball. Full Story

Online Game Feeds Music Search Engine Project

UC San Diego electrical engineers and computer scientists are working together on a computerized system that will make it easy for people who are not music experts (like the senior author’s mom) to find the kind of music they want to listen to – without knowing the names of artists or songs. Full Story

Primate Sperm Competition: Speed Matters

 UC San Diego and UC Irvine researchers have reported that sperm cells from the more promiscuous chimpanzee and rhesus macaque species swim much faster and with much greater force than the sperm of humans and gorillas. Full Story

Computer Science Grad Lands on TR 35 List

Tadayoshi (Yoshi) Kohno – the wave-making computer security expert with a computer science Ph.D. from UC San Diego – has landed on Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of innovators under 35, the TR 35. Full Story

Medical Devices Affinity Group Meets to Brainstorm New Technologies

Nearly 40 researchers, clinicians, basic scientists and engineers from the Jacobs School, Calit2 and UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Surgery met to brainstorm about potential collaborations to develop new medical and research devices. Full Story

SIGGRAPH in San Diego: Graphics, Video and Rock

American Idol and Comic-Con have come and gone, but fun in San Diego’s summer sun has just begun. From August 4 to 9, the top computer graphics and interactive media folks from around the world will flood San Diego for the SIGGRAPH 2007 conference – and UC San Diego is part of the action. Full Story

Ten New Faculty Members Join Jacobs School

 The Jacobs School of Engineering is adding 10 faculty members who will enhance the school’s strengths in bioengineering, biomaterials, bio-fluid mechanics, security and networks, systems and controls, and nanoengineering. Full Story

UC San Diego Establishes Department of NanoEngineering

Seeking to capitalize on the potential of a new generation of multi-functional nanoscale devices and special materials built on the scale of individual molecules, UC San Diego has established a new Department of NanoEngineering within its Jacobs School of Engineering effective July 1, 2007.  Full Story

The University of California Sweeps RFIC Student Paper Awards at IMS 2007

 Engineering graduate students from three University of California campuses -- Berkeley, Davis and San Diego -- won first, second and third places respectively for the best student papers in the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) portion of the prestigious 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2007) held in Honolulu, HI, last week, June 3-8, 2007. Full Story

The Jacobs School of Rock...Rocked!

 The Jacobs School of Rock did, in fact, rock. More than 100 people gathered at Porter’s Pub on June 8 to hear five bands affiliated with the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

Air Force Says Basic Research at UC San Diego Helps U.S. 'Anticipate Threats'

Pentagon official tells Congress that 5-year-old, $7 million UC San Diego nanostructured supersensors project is evidence that basic research can help U.S. anticipate threats; ECE's Yu-Hwa Lo is a co-PI on the multidisciplinary team that includes engineers in Calit2's Nano3 cleanroom facility. Full Story

$75,000 Pay Out at Student-Run UCSD Business Plan Competition June 9

What started as a series of happy hours has morphed into a UC San Diego student-run event in which $75,000 in cash prizes is on the line. On Saturday June 9, five teams of student entrepreneurs affiliated with UC San Diego will compete head-to-head in a business plan competition run by the Triton Innovation Network (TIN), a new organization run entirely by UCSD graduate and undergraduate students. The winning team will walk away with as much as $45,000 in cash to support their new business, and the two runners up will receive up to $15,000 each. Full Story

Engineers Will Rock Porter's Pub at UCSD

At rock shows, the engineers are often backstage operating the sound equipment and running the computer systems; but at UCSD, the engineers are moving out front. Serge Belongie, a computer science and engineering (CSE) professor, has started a new concert series featuring bands affiliated with UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

Electrical Engineering Grad Student Racks Up Awards

 For his work on how semiconducting nanowires grow and behave, Shadi A. Dayeh, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, has recently earned a series of awards. Full Story

$1 Million Telemedicine Center

The UCSD School of Medicine has received a $1 million grant from the California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC) to support the development and implementation of a Southern California Telemedicine Learning Center (TLC). Full Story

Google Chief Internet Evangelist Sees Changing Shape of the Web

Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf – Google's Chief Internet Evangelist – spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Atkinson Hall on April 19. His talk was hosted by the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), where Cerf also sits on the Advisory Board. Full Story

Why Nanowires Make Great Photodetectors

  The geometry of semiconducting nanowires makes them uniquely suited for light detection, according to a new UC San Diego study that highlights the possibility of nanowires as light detectors with single-photon sensitivity.  Nanowires are crystalline fibers about one thousandth the width of a human hair, and their inherent properties are expected to enable new photodetector architectures for sensing, imaging, memory storage, intrachip optical communications and other nanoscale applications, according to a new study in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters. Full Story

New Algorithms from UCSD Improve Automated Image Labeling

A Google image search for “tiger” yields many tiger photos – but also returns images of a tiger pear cactus stuck in a tire, a racecar, Tiger Woods, the boxer Dick Tiger, Antarctica, and many others. Why? Today’s large Internet search engines look for images using captions or other text linked to images rather than looking at what is actually in the picture. Electrical engineers from UC San Diego are making progress on a different kind of image search engine – one that analyzes the images themselves. This approach may be folded into next-generation image search engines for the Internet; and in the shorter term, could be used to annotate and search commercial and private image collections. Full Story

Long-Distance Mentoring Over Email

 Long-distance relationships are often tough. But when it comes to mentoring, the distance can turn out to be a good thing. Over email, a mentor who is hundreds or thousands of miles away can give advice and feedback based on a perspective that you might not get from an advisor down the hall.  At no charge, UCSD engineering, mathematics or science undergrads, grad students, postdocs and new faculty can link up with a mentor over email thanks to a partnership between UCSD and MentorNet – an e-mentoring network promoting diversity in engineering and science. Full Story

Ericsson Funds Two Outstanding Wireless Researchers at UCSD, Calit2

 For their excellent work in the field of wireless communication, Geoff Voelker and Rene Cruz – professors at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering and Calit2-affiliated researchers – have been named Jacobs School Ericsson Distinguished Scholars. Full Story

Packet Dropping and a Reinvented Internet

  Imagine an Internet design where dropping packets is part of the plan. This “science fiction” version of the Internet is not all fiction: computer scientists and electrical engineers at UC San Diego are at work determining how feasible an Internet with a planned-packet-dropping protocol might be.  At the January 2007 UCSD Center for Networked Systems (CNS) Research Review, computer science and engineering professor Alex Snoeren and electrical and computer engineering professor Bill Lin, both from the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, described their research on a possible Internet of the future. Full Story


 The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in mixed-signal, microwave and millimeter-wave RFICs, today announced that it has developed an 8-element RFIC phased array receiver covering the 6-18 GHz frequency range. The chip was designed and tested by Kwangjin Koh, a Ph.D. student at UCSD in Prof. Gabriel M. Rebeiz’ group, and was sponsored by the DARPA SMART (Scalable Millimeter-Wave Array Technology) program under the direction of Dr. Mark Rosker, and under a subcontract to UCSD from Teledyne Scientific Corporation in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Full Story

Corporate Recruiters Vie for UCSD Engineering Graduates

An annual one-day, student-run recruiting fair at UC San Diego posted a 46 percent increase this year in the number of high technology companies and research institutes seeking engineering students and graduates for internships and full-time positions. Full Story

Maurizio Seracini: In Search of History

Calit2 and the Jacobs School have created a Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), and lured a pioneer of the field from Florence to run the new center and several high-profile projects also announced yesterday. Full Story

Engineering Week at UCSD

 San Diego, February 20 - 23, 2007:  From flying tomatoes, to undergraduate research, graduate poster competitions at Research Expo, a heavy-hitting job fair, and a semi-formal party just for students, the Jacobs School of Engineering celebrated National Engineering Week in a big way. Individual students and student organizations including the Triton Engineering Student Council were at the heart of it all -- from the games, to the research, to the work of recruiting companies to attend the job fair.  Full Story

Single Photon Detector Wins UCSD Engineering Research Competition

 With a flash of light, photons simultaneously fly toward the face of a person waiting to be identified for security purposes. The packets of light bounce off the face and land on a specially engineered photon sensor that clocks when each photon arrived and uses the information to reconstruct a three dimensional image of the face almost instantaneously. Full Story

Second Annual Information Theory and Applications Workshop Presents Diverse Program

Earlier this month the UCSD division of Calit2 hosted the week-long, second annual Information Theory and Applications Workshop, with over 500 researchers attending more than 270 talks in four parallel tracks throughout the week. Full Story

EUReKA Highlights Jacobs School Undergraduate Research

Who says graduate students have all the research fun? At an annual event at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering held this Wednesday, undergraduates strutted their research stuff on topics as varied as better biodiesel generators, cartilage in the knees and wireless networks that will  “think.” Full Story

Engineering Undergrads Cuddle Tomatoes in Search of Golden Calculator

  Tomatoes falling from the sky. Duct-tape miracles. Paper-plate parachutes. Whipped cream in faces. A big blue balloon over Warren Mall. Is that a pair of sumo wrestler in the distance? Welcome to E-Games 2007, a day of engineering inspired competitions between a variety of UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering student organizations. E-Games, organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council, is the kick-off event for National Engineers Week at UCSD. Full Story

ECE Professor Shayan Mookherjea Receives NSF CAREER Award

  Shayan Mookherjea, an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty. Full Story

UCSD Cell Phone Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

 If you like the slim cell phone that you hardly know is in your pocket or purse, one of the many people you have to thank is Peter Asbeck, an electrical engineer from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. And while you’re at it, congratulate him on earning one of the highest professional distinctions possible for an engineer – election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Full Story

University of California, San Diego Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences Ranked 9th in the World

The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is the 9th best in the world for engineering/technology and computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published online this month by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.    Full Story

Information Theorist Named to QUALCOMM Endowed Chair at UC San Diego

The third QUALCOMM Endowed Chair awarded through Calit2 in the Jacobs School of Engineering goes to professor Alon Orlitsky, director of Calit2's Information Theory and Applications Center. The announcement coincides with the start of a five-day conference organized by the information-theory center. Full Story

Origami Lens Slims High Resolution Cameras

Engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications.  “Our imager is about seven times more powerful than a conventional lens of the same depth,” said Eric Tremblay, the first author on an Applied Optics paper published February 1, 2007, and an electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. candidate at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

Information Sessions for Calit2 UCSD Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Calit2's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program is going on seven years, and expand in 2007 to include more students as well as higher stipends. The deadline to apply is March 5, and information sessions will be held this Thursday, January 25, and Feb. 14 in Atkinson Hall. Full Story

UC San Diego and Calit2 Host Indian Ambassador on Extended San Diego Visit

Calit2 at UCSD hosted India's Ambassador to the United States, Ronen Sen, during a four-day visit to San Diego, where he talked up the recent civilian nuclear-power deal with Washington and the need for expanded research links between U.S. and Indian universities. Full Story

Successful Kickoff for New Joint Initiative on Medical Device Development

Fostering novel cross-disciplinary research collaborations, the UCSD division of Calit2 has become the home of the new Medical Device Affinity Group, a three-way initiative borne of Calit2, the UCSD School of Medicine's Department of Surgery and the Jacobs School of Engineering. Full Story

Novel Multimodal Computer Vision Techniques Promise Improved Recognition and Tracking of Human Activity

UCSD researchers led by ECE's Mohan Trivedi have developed techniques to improve recognition of human activity using cameras that operate at different wavelengths than those used in human vision -- with potential applications in surveillance, auto safety, smart spaces and human-computer interfaces. Full Story