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Computational Tools Fuel Reconstruction of New and Improved Bird Family Tree

April 1, 2024

Computational Tools Fuel Reconstruction of New and Improved Bird Family Tree

Using cutting-edge computational methods and supercomputing infrastructure at UC San Diego, researchers have built the largest and most detailed bird family tree to date—an intricate chart delineating 93 million years of evolutionary relationships between 363 bird species, representing 92% of all bird families. The updated tree reveals sharp increases in effective population size, substitution rates and relative brain size in early birds in the aftermath of the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. And by closely examining one of the branches of this tree, researchers found that flamingos and doves are more distantly related than previous genome-wide analyses had shown. Full Story


Electrical Engineering Professor Mohan Trivedi Endows Forum Focused on South Asia

March 21, 2024

Electrical Engineering Professor Mohan Trivedi Endows Forum Focused on South Asia

UC San Diego electrical engineering professor Mohan Trivedi and his wife Nayana and family have established an endowment fund that makes a new South Asia-focused forum at UC San Diego possible. The inaugural lecture is at 5 p.m. April 17, 2024 at Great Hall at UC San Diego. The Trivedi family’s Gulistan (meaning land of flowers) South Asia Endowment Fund will support the forum in perpetuity. Full Story


UC San Diego Professor Awarded Signal Processing Society’s Highest Honor

March 19, 2024

UC San Diego Professor Awarded Signal Processing Society’s Highest Honor

University of California San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Bhaskar Rao has received the prestigious IEEE Signal Processing Society’s (SPS) Norbert Wiener Society Award. The prize is the society’s highest honor, recognizing Rao’s “sustained and pioneering contributions to research and education in sparsity, array processing and wireless communications.”   Full Story


Electrical Engineering Transfer Student Awarded Fellowship for Women in Aerospace

February 29, 2024

Electrical Engineering Transfer Student Awarded Fellowship for Women in Aerospace

UC San Diego electrical engineering student Grecia Paola Siono Gutierrez has been named a 2024 Brooke Owens Fellow, which recognizes exceptional undergraduate women and gender minorities in aerospace. Siono Gutierrez is the sixth recipient from the Jacobs School of Engineering in the eight-year history of the fellowship.  Full Story


Three Early Career Faculty Members Selected to Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

February 22, 2024

Three Early Career Faculty Members Selected to Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Electrical engineering Professor Abdoulaye Ndao is one of three UC San Diego early career faculty to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship.  Full Story


These Tiny Power Converters Run on Vibrational Energy

February 20, 2024

These Tiny Power Converters Run on Vibrational Energy

The University of California San Diego and CEA-Leti scientists have developed a ground-breaking piezoelectric-based DC-DC converter that unifies all power switches onto a single chip to increase power density. This new power topology, which extends beyond existing topologies, blends the advantages of piezoelectric converters with capacitive-based DC-DC converters. Full Story


Visualizing the Invisible with MEG

February 14, 2024

Visualizing the Invisible with MEG

Ramesh Rao, who is UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute (QI) director and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor in the UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, shares a video conversation with the co-directors of QI’s new Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center.  Full Story


UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Doubles Size of Early-Career Faculty Acceleration Program

February 8, 2024

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Doubles Size of Early-Career Faculty Acceleration Program

The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has doubled the size of its Accelerating Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations for Early-Career Faculty program, which it launched last year. The big-picture goal of the program is to help early-career faculty build interdisciplinary research collaborations to the point that they are competitive for multi-year research funding.  Full Story


UC San Diego Students Win MLPerf Contest at 2023 Supercomputing Conference

January 29, 2024

UC San Diego Students Win MLPerf Contest at 2023 Supercomputing Conference

A team of UC San Diego undergraduate students won third place in the annual Student Cluster Competition (SCC), which was held at the recent 2023 Supercomputing Conference . Full Story


Transforming Clinical Recording of Deep Brain Activity with a New Take on Sensor Manufacturing

January 17, 2024

Transforming Clinical Recording of Deep Brain Activity with a New Take on Sensor Manufacturing

Sensors built with a new manufacturing approach are capable of recording activity deep within the brain from large populations of individual neurons–with a resolution of as few as one or two neurons–in humans as well as a range of animal models, according to a study published in the Jan. 17, 2024 issue of the journal Nature Communications. The research team is led by the Integrated Electronics and Biointerfaces Laboratory (IEBL) at the University of California San Diego. Full Story


Transparent Brain Implant Can Read Deep Neural Activity From the Surface

January 11, 2024

Transparent Brain Implant Can Read Deep Neural Activity From the Surface

Researchers have developed a thin, transparent, flexible neural implant that can capture high-resolution information about activity deep inside the brain while sitting on its surface. Full Story


2023 Jacobs School Highlights

December 19, 2023

2023 Jacobs School Highlights

It was another busy year at the Jacobs School of Engineering, as our students, faculty, staff, and industry and community partners worked together to pursue engineering and computer science for the public good. From research breakthroughs in robotics, AI and healthcare, to launching new centers for microelectronics and computing, here are just a few highlights from 2023.   Full Story


UC San Diego Engineering Professors Elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

December 12, 2023

UC San Diego Engineering Professors Elected Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

Eric Fullerton, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Prashant Mali, a professor in the Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering, have been named 2023 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Full Story


Pamela Cosman Bridges Disciplines to Build a More Efficient, Equitable Future

November 30, 2023

Pamela Cosman Bridges Disciplines to Build a More Efficient, Equitable Future

Electrical engineering professor Pamela Cosman is the recipient of multiple research and diversity awards, a published author, a tenured faculty member with the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, a mother of four and director of the NeuroDiversity in Tech internship program at the university’s Qualcomm Institute (QI). She has won multiple awards for her research in image and video compression, and for promoting mentorship and gender equity in her field. Full Story


Electrical Engineer Receives Eckman Award for Research in Control Theory

November 28, 2023

Electrical Engineer Receives Eckman Award for Research in Control Theory

Jorge Poveda, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, has been named the recipient of the 2023 Donald P. Eckman Award in honor of his contributions to the field of automatic control. To mark this achievement, Poveda and his lab members explain in this video what control theory is and how it applies to our daily lives.  Full Story