News Releases from 2009


Computer Scientists Explore Energy Efficiency in Multi-Scale Computing Systems

The University of California, San Diego and nine other universities are members of a new research center charged with finding ways to improve the design of computing systems ranging from large data centers to tiny brain sensors. In its first three years, the Multi-Scale Systems Center (MuSyC) will focus on tackling a critical issue affecting multiple scales: energy efficiency. Full Story


San Diegans and their Cell Phones will help Computer Scientists Monitor Air Pollution

You want to go for a run, but you don’t want to run in polluted air that might aggravate your asthma. University of California, San Diego computer scientists are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help you avoid air pollution hot spots that exist exactly when you are planning your route. The system will provide up-to-the-minute information on outdoor and indoor air quality, based on environmental information collected by hundreds, and eventually thousands, of sensors attached to the backpacks, purses, jackets and board shorts of San Diegans going about daily life. Full Story


Undergraduate Team Dukes it Out in BattleBots Competition

Last fall, 10 self-professed robotics geeks with very different backgrounds rallied together behind a common mission: to create a robot so limber and so destructive that it would take no prisoners. Full Story


University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering 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 15th in the world for computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Full Story


Electrical Engineers Go Head to Head with Genius on Music Playlists

  Electrical engineers recently pitted Genius – the music recommendation system in Apple’s iTunes – against two experimental music recommender systems. Genius appears to capture acoustic similarities among songs within the same playlist, the researchers found. Full Story


Students Explore Topics Outside Comfort Zone

 The Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) held its first “Boot Camp” from August 10-22 at UC San Diego. Full Story


invent@UCSD Features Electrical Engineering Professor Ian Galton

Electrical engineering professor Ian Galton is the featured innovator in the September 2009 issue of “invent@UCSD”—the newsletter of the UC San Diego Technology Transfer Office. Galton leads the Integrated Signal Processing Group within the Jacobs School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Full Story


UC San Diego Scientist's Work Will Contribute to Better Understanding of Nuclear Ignition

 As the nation’s nuclear weapons are aging (think the beginning of the Cold War), the U.S. government is turning to researchers and scientists at universities such as UC San Diego to figure out safe and reliable ways to estimate their longevity and to understand the physics of thermonuclear reactions in the absence of underground testing currently prohibited under law. Full Story


Scalable Energy Efficient Data Centers

A UC San Diego-led team of computer scientists and optical interconnection systems technologists in the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) is developing Scalable Energy Efficient Data Centers (SEED, for short). It consists of novel optical interconnection technologies for a multi-stage network topology. The goal is to build SEED as an integrated solution encompassing physical layer hardware, protocols and topologies — while offering tomorrow's data centers greater scalability, bisectional bandwidth, fault tolerance and energy efficiency. Full Story


UC San Diego NanoTumor Center and NanoTecNexus Win Telly Award for Educational Video

The University of California, San Diego NanoTumor Center and NanoTecNexus (NTN) (formerly NanoBioNexus)—a leading nanotech education organization—won the 2009 Bronze Telly Award for the production of a video on approaches to fighting cancer using nanotechnology. The three minute video, entitled “Fighting Cancer with Nanotechnology,” is embedded below and can be viewed at NanoTecNexus, YouTube and around the Web. Full Story


Robot Learns to Smile and Frown

  A hyper-realistic Einstein robot at the University of California, San Diego has learned to smile and make facial expressions through a process of self-guided learning. The UC San Diego researchers used machine learning to “empower” their robot to learn to make realistic facial expressions. Full Story


Jacobs School Undergrads Go International this Summer with PRIME

  Twenty four Jacobs School undergraduates are among the 33 University of California, San Diego undergraduates working as researchers in laboratories across the Pacific Rim and India this summer. Full Story


Two-Antenna Quad-Beam 11-15 GHz Phased Array RFIC Targeted at Satellite Systems and Advanced Radars

High speed SiGe process replaces 8 GaAs chips, lowering cost and increasing integratio Full Story


At ENSPIRE Engineering Undergrads Inspire Local Eighth Graders

Imagine 420 eighth graders arriving at your doorstep and expecting you to inspire, teach, entertain and feed them all day. This is exactly the challenge the undergraduates from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering took on earlier this year at ENSPIRE, one of the many events that make up Engineers Week at UC San Diego. Full Story


Toward Cheaper Imaging Systems for Identifying Concealed Weapons on the Human Body

  Electrical engineers from UC San Diego have created high-performance W-Band silicon-germanium (SiGe) radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) for passive millimeter-wave imaging. This advance could lead to significantly less expensive imaging systems for identifying concealed weapons, for helping helicopters to land during dust storms, and for high frequency data communications. Electrical engineers from UC San Diego presented this circuit at the 2009 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium. This work was also selected as one of the best three student papers at RFIC 2009. Full Story


Toward Cheap Underwater Sensor Nets

  UC San Diego computer scientists are one step closer to building low cost networks of underwater sensors for real time underwater environmental monitoring. At the IEEE Reconfigurable Architectures Workshop in Rome, Italy, on May 25, computer scientists from the Jacobs School of Engineering presented a paper highlighting the energy conservation benefits of using reconfigurable hardware rather than competing hardware platforms for their experimental underwater sensor nets. Full Story


From a Queen Song to a Better Music Search Engine

 At a recent IEEE technology conference, UC San Diego electrical engineers presented a solution to their problem with the song “Bohemian Rhapsody,”—and it’s not that they don’t like this hit from the band Queen. Full Story


Robotic Mouse Makes Maze Debut at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

An intrepid group of UC San Diego undergraduate engineers designed and built a robotic mouse from scratch as part of the IEEE MicroMouse competition. Watch the video here. Full Story


New High Frequency Amplifier Harnesses Millimeter Waves in Silicon for Fast Wireless

New imaging and high capacity wireless communications systems are one step closer to reality, thanks to a millimeter wave amplifier invented at the University of California, San Diego and unveiled on Feb 11, 2009 at the prestigious International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, Calif. Full Story


Jacobs School Engineers Closing the Gap Between High-Speed Data Transmission and Processing

 Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have achieved world-record speeds for real-time signal processing in an effort to meet ambitious goals set by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop the first Terabit-scale technology for optical processing. The technology could have widespread ramifications for networking, computing, defense and other industries. Full Story