News Releases from 2006


Ian Galton Named Best ECE Teacher

Professor Ian Galton has been awarded the ECE Best Teacher Award. Galton primarily teaches subjects related to integrated circuit design with applications for communication systems. Full Story


Group Engineering Projects, Learning and Fun -- ECE 191

Have you ever been to a final exam scheduled for a Friday night that is open to the public and includes dinner and sometimes a movie? If not, you haven’t been to the final exam for ECE 191 – Engineering Group Design Project – an upper level electrical and computer engineering (ECE) undergraduate class at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.   Full Story


Scalable Video Coding and Other Wireless Highlights

 During a live video conference, people with wildly different technical constraints are all watching the best possible version of your video even though you’re only providing one video stream. This ability to serve up just one video stream for many different users requires “scalable video coding” – one of the hot topics in wireless communications discussed at a UC San Diego research review on November 9, 2006 at UCSD. Full Story


UCSD Grad Grabs Venture Funding

Quanlight, an emerging LED (light-emitting diode) company whose core technology was developed at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, today announced a recent series A investment of $1 million from Blackbird Ventures Inc., a private venture funding group in San Diego. Quanlight anticipates closing its Series B round in the spring of 2007. Full Story


UCSD Grad Wins Award for Functional Brain Imaging Insights

 David Wipf, a recent graduate of the electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. program at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2006 NIPS Conference -- Neural Information Processing Systems -- for his work on human functional brain imaging. Full Story


Two Jacobs School Engineering Students Honored for Leadership

Sourobh Raychaudhuri and Barath Raghavan, both Ph.D. candidates at UC San Diego’s Jacob’s School of Engineering, have received the R.B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. The $5,000 award recognizes continuing graduate students who have a record of notable academic achievements and demonstrate leadership in professional and Jacobs School activities. Full Story


Calit2 Takes Top Honors in San Diego Architectural Foundation Awards

Calit2's headquarters in UCSD's new engineering courtyard was selected as San Diego's best architectural work of the past four years, in the Orchids & Onions awards handed out Nov. 17 by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Full Story


Optofluidics Researchers and Industry Representatives Meet To Discuss Future Work

The UCSD division of Calit2 and ECE professor Shaya Fainman recently hosted the Optofluidics Translational Research and Commercialization Workshop. The invitation-only meeting brought together academic researchers affiliated with the DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration and industry representatives. Full Story


IEEE Information Theory Society Honors UC San Diego Engineering Researchers

ECE and CSE professor Alon Orlitsky and two former graduate students have been selected to receive the IEEE Information Theory Society's Best Paper Award -- the second time in three years that Jacobs School researchers have been honored with the award. Full Story


NSF Renews Pacific Rim Grid Engineering Project

The NSF has renewed PRAGMA, a UCSD-based effort to promote cyberinfrastructure research interactions among U.S. and Pacific Rim engineers and scientists, including many from the Jacobs School. The program is a collaborative effort of SDSC, Calit2 and Center for Research in Biological Systems. Full Story


Four UCSD Students Win Prestigious Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense

 Four UC San Diego students are among the 32 nationwide recipients of the 2006 Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program run by the U.S. Department of Defense. Full Story


Jacobs School Welcomes Eleven New Faculty

The Jacobs School welcomes 11 new faculty hires, bringing the School’s total faculty membership to 175.  The new faculty help advance the School’s focus on nanotechnology and nanomaterials, and  compliment existing strengths in earthquake engineering, broadband communications, computer architecture, information theory, machine learning, and visualization.  Full Story


Space-Time Processing for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks

The UCSD-based, Pentagon-funded Multi-University Research Initiative led by Electrical and Computer Engineering senior lecturer James Zeidler held its second annual meeting and reported substantial progress on developing innovative methods for space-time processing in tactical, mobile ad-hoc networks. Full Story


UC San Diego Engineers, ER Physicians and County First Responders Test New Technologies in Disaster Drill

More than a dozen technologies to help first responders, developed by Calit2's WIISARD and RESCUE projects, will be tested during a large-scale disaster exercise Aug. 22 centered on the institute's headquarters building at UCSD. Full Story


Calit2 Staff Researchers Bring Their Expertise into Jacobs School Classrooms

Staff researchers from Calit2 teach and mentor courses in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, giving students a taste of real-world engineering. Full Story


Eagle Pass, TX Police and UCSD Engineers Deploy Video Surveillance System on Camino Real Bridge along U.S.-Mexico Border

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) engineers unveil a novel wide-area, multi camera, computer-vision system for monitoring a key U.S.-Mexico border crossing between Eagle Pass, TX and Piedras Negras, Mexico. The prototype system will be used to deter and detect criminal activity and ensure smooth traffic flow around the Camino Real International Bridge which crosses the Rio Grande River and serves as a commercial thoroughfare between Texas and Mexico. Full Story


Short Course on Fundamentals of Wireless Communications Now Available in Streaming Video

The Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center at Calit2 hosted a short course -- seven sessions during nine hours over two days -- taught by one of the leading experts on wireless communication and information theory: UC Berkeley professor David Tse, co-author of "Fundamentals of Wireless Communications." The course is now available in streaming video over the Internet. Full Story


Indian President Promises More Connectivity in Country's Drive to Become a Developed Nation by 2020

The Calit2-organized U.S.-India Summit on Education, Research & Technology is now history, but the links between the institute and India's science and technology sector are just beginning. The Summit was co-chaired by Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and QUALCOMM CEO Paul E. Jacobs. Full Story


Indian Science and Technology Minister Visits UC San Diego for High-Tech Talks with Calit2

Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and QUALCOMM CEO Paul E. Jacobs will co-chair the U.S.-India Summit on Education, Science & Technology on May 31 in Atkinson Hall. The summit will be hosted by the UCSD Division of Calit2 and its director, electrical and computer engineering professor Ramesh Rao. Full Story


UC San Diego's Entrepreneurism Center Funds Nine New Faculty Projects for Technology Commercialization

UCSD's von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement has awarded approximately $430,000 to nine projects led by faculty from the Jacobs School of Engineering. The projects include a bioengineered treatment for anemia; and a miniature camera for certain types of minimally invasive surgery. Full Story


UCSD Joins MentorNet, Connecting Students with Scientists and Engineers Employed in Industry and Academia

UCSD has become a partner in MentorNet, a program that uses email to facilitate one-on-one mentoring relationships between successful engineers, scientists and mathematicians, and college students who aspire to careers in those fields.  Full Story



Electrical Engineers at UC San Diego Demonstrate Revolutionary Photonic Technology

ECE photonics faculty have demonstrated a way to "translate" signals in optical fiber between the current infrared standard and a wide range of other bands of light -- technology that could benefit airborne, undersea, sensing and other communications. Full Story


San Francisco Mayor Receives Broadband Honor at Calit2

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (center) took a tour of Calit2 at UCSD and received an award from FirstMile.US, a non-profit group that honored his work on behalf of spreading broadband access to all Californians. Full Story


Summer Science Program for High School Students Expands Enrollment

The COSMOS program administered by the Jacobs School will bring nearly 50 percent more talented high school students to the UCSD campus for a month this summer, with a March 16 deadline for applications. Full Story


Getting Down to Business: Student-Run Career Fair is a Record-Breaking Success

By any measure, the 2006 Disciplines of Engineering Career Fair (DECaF) was a success for both recruiters and student job seekers.  The student-organized event raised $36,000 in corporate sponsorship fees, making it the largest single fundraiser to benefit engineering student organizations.  In all, 50 companies sent over 150 recruiters to DECaF, more than doubling last year’s participation of 20 companies.   Those employers saw nearly 1,500 engineering students eager for internship or full-time employment opportunities. Full Story


Bridge-Monitoring Poster Wins Grand Prize at 2006 Research Expo

Apresentation on bridge-performance monitoring by Hong Guan, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Structural Engineering, was judged the best poster at Research Expo 2006. Full Story


New Scholarship Fund to Help Aspiring Engineers in Region

Jacobs School undergraduates of limited means have a new avenue to fund their education, thanks to a QUALCOMM Inc. commitment of $250,000 for a new scholarship fund to help students pursuing engineering degrees at UCSD, SDSU or Cal State San Marcos. Full Story


Streaming Video from Information Theory and Applications Workshop

Faculty from Bioengineering, CSE and ECE were among more than 400 experts from around the world who participated in a weeklong workshop to inaugurate Calit2's new Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center. Streaming video of key presentations and tutorials is now available for on-demand viewing. Full Story


UC San Diego Inaugurates Information Theory and Applications Center in Calit2

Calit2 at UCSD inaugurates an Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA) to explore the basic theory that underpins the digital revolution and develop related applications in communications, computer science, bioinformatics, statistics, finance and other disciplines. Full Story


UCSD Bioengineering Professor Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Bernhard O. Palsson, a professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Full Story


CNS Research Review Talks Now Available for On-Demand Viewing

UCSD's Center for Networked Systems, in collaboration with Calit2, held its half-yearly Research Review in Atkinson Hall this week, with presentations from CNS faculty as well as the center's corporate members. The talks are now available for on-demand viewing. Full Story


UCSD, Calit2 Researchers Develop Better Power Amplifiers, RF Circuits for Wireless

Three staff researchers of Calit2 at UCSD and five affiliated engineering faculty, along with more than a dozen graduate students, co-authored papers or talks at MTT Wireless 2006, covering topics ranging from power amplifiers to RF MEMS. Full Story


Cymer Pledges $175,000 in Scholarships for Jacobs School

Cymer, Inc., awards $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program. Full Story


ECE Adjunct Professor Opens Neuroscience Lab in Calit2

Professor Robert Hecht-Nielsen has established a neuroscience lab in Calit2 to explore and expand on a radical new theory about the way humans think. Full Story