News Releases from 2004


IEEE Elects Two New Fellows from UC San Diego Engineering Faculty

Two Jacobs School faculty members have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Jeanne Ferrante and Truong Nguyen are among 268 senior researchers from the private and public sectors named to the organization's highest membership level, effective January 1, 2005. Their election brings to 24 the number of IEEE Fellows on the school's faculty. Full Story


Wireless Patient Monitoring Device Designed to Save Lives

Electrical and Computer Engineering students are participating in class projects to help develop a wireless-enabled pulse oximeter to help emergency officials monitor the health of disaster victims remotely. The projects are one part of a new partnership between DPAC Technologies and Cal-(IT)2. Full Story


UCSD Engineers Join International Consortium to Advance 'Invisible' Computing

UCSD engineering faculty including CSE's Rajesh Gupta and ECE professor Ramesh Rao have joined a consortium of mostly European scientists setting out to network together the billions of electronic devices in everyday use. Funded by the European Union, the Reconfigurable Ubiquitous Networked Embedded Systems (RUNES) project will create a standardized computing infrastructure that can adjust itself to different environments and different demands placed on it. Full Story


Fujitsu Donates 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Research on Next-Generation Networks at UC San Diego

Fujitsu Laboratories of America is contributing a high-speed networking switch to UCSD for deployment in the new CSE Building, to link computer clusters that are part of two next-generation networks led by CSE faculty: FWGrid, led by Andrew Chien; and the OptIPuter, led by professor and Cal-(IT)2 director Larry Smarr. Full Story


UCSD Undergraduates Showcase Research Findings from Cyber Infrastructure Projects in Asia, Australia

Eight students participating in UCSD's inaugural Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program recently presented the results of their research projects, and talked about the value of the experience to undergraduates in science, engineering and other disciplines at UCSD.  The undergraduates - all enrolled in the Jacobs School - worked specifically on research projects related to the development and deployment of cyberinfrastructure on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.  The PRIME program is funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from UCSD and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)2]. Full Story


Adaptive Refinement Promises Faster Rendering on Graphics Chips

CSE professor Henrik Wann Jensen and Ph.D. candidate Craig Donner have developed a technique that accelerates certain graphics computations by two or three orders of magnitude, at very little cost. "It's really simple and requires only a few extra lines of code," says Donner. The idea applies adaptive refinement to graphics chips, and was presented recently at SIGGRAPH, the leading academic conference for computer graphics. Full Story


West Coast Scientists Lead NSF Effort to Prototype Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education Access to Ocean Observatories

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today awarded $3.9 million over four years to the University of Washington (UW), the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and partner institutions to build the Laboratory for the Ocean Observatory Knowledge Integration Grid (LOOKING). It is the largest of nearly 120 awards from the agency's Information Technology Research (ITR) program this year, which total $130 million to be disbursed over the next five years. CSE professor and Cal-(IT)2 director Larry Smarr is co-PI on the ITR project.   Full Story


California Scientists Wage Joint War on Internet Plagues

The NSF has awarded $6.2 million under the Cyber Trust program to create a new Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CIED). The project is led by Computer Science and Engineering professor Stefan Savage, with the research to be carried out jointly with the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a UC Berkeley affiliate. CIED  will develop technologies to detect, analyze and defend against large-scale Internet attacks. Full Story


UCSD Launches University-Industry Research Alliance to Address Challenges to Future Shared Networked System Infrastructures

UCSD and four international technology leaders have committed approximately $9 million over three years to the Center for Networked Systems (CNS), a new university-industry alliance focused on developing technologies for robust, secure, and open networked systems. The founding members include AT&T, Alcatel, Hewlett-Packard and QUALCOMM Incorporated, and the Center's sixteen founding faculty members are drawn from ECE, CSE, Cal-(IT)2 and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Full Story


Smart Cars, Safe Cars: UCSD's Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles

The Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) is located within UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering but including faculty from Psychology, Electrical Engineering and Cognitive Science. Led by ECE professor Mohan Trivedi,  the lab is developing "smart" car systems based on on-board cameras and other sensors, computer-vision processing, and new tools to assist the motorist to drive more carefully. Full Story


UCSD Undergraduates Participate in Collaborative Studies Abroad on Cyberinfrastructure

Nine undergraduate students from the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering have arrived in Asia and Australia to conduct collaborative research on a wide variety of topics related to cyberinfrastructure. They are part of a new Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program funded by the NSF. This summer's host institutions are in Osaka, Japan; Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan; and Melbourne, Australia. Full Story


UCSD Hosts Launch of Project on Tactical, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

Over 65 scientists, engineers and research officers attended the kickoff meeting June 15 in San Diego on a project funded by the Department of Defense's Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) to develop "space-time processing for tactical mobile ad-hoc networks." The project is led by ECE research scientist James Zeidler, and includes four other ECE faculty members as well as researchers on three other UC campuses, Brigham Young University, and Canada's McMaster University. Full Story


Technology Institute at UC San Diego Appoints New Directors to Oversee Research in Homeland Security and Medical Informatics

To accommodate rapid growth in the size and scope of its operations on the UCSD campus, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²] is reinforcing its executive ranks with the appointment of two associate directors: Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor William Hodgkiss will have overall responsibility for the institute's initiatives in homeland security; and Leslie Lenert will play the same role in medical informatics. Both will report to the institute's division director at UCSD, ECE professor Ramesh Rao (pictured above). Full Story


Disaster Drill Tests New Wireless Technologies Developed at UCSD and
Cal-(IT)²

Researchers from the Jacobs School and Cal-(IT)² participated in a full-scale disaster drill led by San Diego's Metropolitan Medical Strike Team. First responders tested several new technologies developed for emergency response by the NIH-funded WIISARD project, led by UCSD School of Medicine professor Leslie Lenert and ECE professor Ramesh Rao. Full Story


Cal-(IT)2 and UCSD Select Entree Wireless to Supply Mobile Gateways for Homeland Security

Entrée Wireless, a leading developer of Mobile Wireless Gateways, and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Cal-(IT)²] will deploy Entrée’s technology solution to provide high-speed wireless connectivity in the field for first responders in disaster situations. The project is led by ECE professor Ramesh Rao, director of the institute’s San Diego division.  Full Story


UCSD-Based Wireless Traffic Report for San Diego Motorists Tops 25,000 Calls Per Month

More than 5,000 people are now regularly using a toll-free wireless traffic information service that allows motorists to get real-time information on traffic speeds and delays along the major highways they travel in San Diego County.  According to developers of the service at UCSD, the San Diego Wireless Traffic Report now receives between 25,000 and 30,000 calls per month. Full Story


UCSD's Trivedi and Sen. Leahy Discuss Legal and Technical Challenges to Video Surveillance; Webcast Now Available

3.29.04 -- Jacobs School of Engineering professor of electrical and computer engineering Mohan Trivedi participated in a blue-ribbon panel March 23 in Washington D.C. on "Video Surveillance: Legal and Technological Challenges." The conference is now available for viewing online (see below). Full Story


UC San Diego Researchers Win Pentagon Funding to Develop Ad-Hoc Wireless

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego will lead a six-university effort to enable troops to set up mobile communications networks on the battlefield, using lightweight wireless equipment during commando raids and in other hostile and rapidly changing environments. The project to develop "space-time processing for tactical mobile ad-hoc networks" will receive approximately $3 million in funding over three years from the U.S. Department of Defense, which will have the option to extend funding to $5.25 million over five years. Full Story


Jacobs School's Mohan Trivedi Invited to Participate in Blue Ribbon Panel on Video Surveillance

San Diego, CA, March 17, 2004 -- A bipartisan organization in the nation’s capital has selected Jacobs School electrical and computer engineering professor Mohan Trivedi to sit on a blue-ribbon panel to examine the technological development and legal regulation of video surveillance. The discussion will focus on the impact of new and emerging video surveillance technologies on privacy and civil liberties. Full Story