News Releases from 2011


Jacobs School Recruiting for 10 Positions in 2011-12

  The Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego currently is recruiting for 10 open faculty positions in the 2011-12 academic year. The positions fall within three strategic research focus areas identified by the school: energy, sustainability and environment; engineering in medicine; and information technology and applications. An additional position focuses on the applicants’ contributions to diversity, in addition to research and scholarship.  Full Story


National Geographic Explorers to Speak at UCSD

Two accomplished explorers — one who works in some of Earth’s highest places and the other who explores its depths — will describe their National Geographic adventures at a free public presentation at the University of California, San Diego, on Saturday, Oct. 1.  Hosted by John Francis, vice president of research, conservation and exploration at National Geographic, and Albert Yu-Min Lin, research scientist in the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, the event will be held at Mandeville Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.; doors will open at 7 p.m.   Full Story


Car Talk

  Calling all gamers: If you like to play first-person racing games, you may be able to help campus researchers better understand typical driving behaviors. The objective is to develop "intelligent" technologies that will help reduce accidents on the road. The behavioral research study is underway in UC San Diego's Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA), a sprawling set of spaces replete with cameras, microphones, computers and experimental facilities like the driving simulator. Led by Mohan Trivedi, a professor of electrical engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering and researcher in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), LISA is also bustling with more than a dozen graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in electrical and computer engineering, and cognitive science. Full Story


Accessible and Affordable Care at Heart of Healthcare Technology Grants

Five teams of scientists from multiple campuses of the University of California and a Southern California hospital have been awarded up to $100,000 each to commercialize their ideas for new, lower cost health care technologies that will address a long-standing need for more affordable and efficient chronic disease management and preventive health care, particularly in underserved communities. The commercialization grant program is led by the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.  Full Story


UC San Diego Invention Saving Consumers Trillions of Watt Hours and Millions of Dollars

A University of California, San Diego technology that significantly reduces the amount of energy wasted by chips in computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices has recently passed the trillion watt-hour milestone in energy savings, according to the technology’s current licensee, Tela Innovations. With residential energy costs at just over 11 cents per kilowatt hour, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the savings are significant and growing, so far totaling well over $100 million that consumers haven’t been charged on their electricity bills. Full Story


2011 Marconi Society Symposium Comes to UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego will host the 2011 Marconi Society Symposium next week in advance of Society’s Marconi Prize ceremony — an event that will honor two former UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering professors with what is widely considered to be the de facto “Nobel Prize” for  telecommunications. The symposium will feature two panel discussions about the future of the Internet. Full Story


Gert Lanckriet Recognized by MIT Technology Review as One of World's Top Young Innovators

University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Professor Gert Lanckriet has been recognized by MIT Technology Reviewmagazine as one of the world’s top young innovators for 2011. The magazine’s TR35 Honoree list recognizes the world’s top innovators under the age of 35, spanning energy, medicine, computing, communications, nanotechnology, and other emerging fields. Full Story


Wearable Electronics Demonstrate Promise of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Research conducted by a new member of the bioengineering faculty at the University of California, San Diego has demonstrated that a thin flexible, skin-like device, mounted with tiny electronic components, is capable of acquiring electrical signals from the brain and skeletal muscles and potentially transmitting the information wirelessly to an external computer. The development, published Aug. 12 in the journal Science, means that in the future, patients struggling with reduced motor or brain function, or research subjects, could be monitored in their natural environment outside the lab. It also opens up a slew of previously unimaginable possibilities in the field of brain-machine interfaces well beyond biomedical applications, said Professor Todd Coleman, who joined the Department of Bioengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering this summer. Full Story


UC San Diego's Bill Ping Piu Kuo Named 2011 Young Scholar by the Marconi Society

Bill Ping Piu Kuo, a photonics student who is about to receive his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, is one of three students worldwide to be honored by the prestigious Marconi Society. He was selected a Marconi Young Scholar in part because of key work developing wideband optical parametric mixers and ultrafast transmission schemes to send and receive signals of unprecedented speed and quality – and with record low power consumption.  The Marconi Young Scholar award is given to candidates who show the potential to win the Marconi Prize – the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in communications science – at some point in the future. Full Story


Breakthrough in Photonic Chip Research Paves Way for Ultrafast Information Sharing

Just as traffic signals keep people from driving (and crashing) their cars on the wrong side of the road, a new waveguide device developed by a Caltech-UC San Diego research team creates a way to keep light signals on a silicon chip from reflecting backwards and interfering with its operation. The breakthrough, published Aug. 5 in the journal Science, clears a major obstacle in photonic chip development. Photonic chips could replace electronic chips as the backbone of information technology and usher in a new era of information sharing that will be faster, more energy-efficient and a lot less expensive than today’s networked computing. Thanks to a unique capacity for combining near-field imaging and heterodyne interferometry in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, grad student Maurice Ayache was able to measure how the light traveled through the waveguide device, proving the system keeps light beams moving in the right direction. The top image shows that the light moves symmetrically going in one direction, while the bottom image shows how the light moves differently -- avoiding interference -- when it reflects backwards.   Full Story


San Diego Renewable Energy Innovators Win Fellowships to Commercialize Inventions

Graduate students from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University working on three separate renewable energy technologies have been awarded a von Liebig Center Fellowship to pursue the commercialization of their research through the San Diego Regional Technology Acceleration Program. An expert review panel composed of representatives from the private sector, investment community and the City of San Diego selected the renewable energy fellowship winners from a pool of 11 finalists. Selection was made based on the technological novelty of the project, the potential impact on fossil fuel usage, path to market and stage of development. Full Story


Engineering Hats for Opening Day at the Races

Two dozen girls participating in an engineering workshop at the University of California, San Diego have developed technology-inspired hats featuring mechanized horses for Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The workshop is run by by Sauri Naderi, a 2007 UCSD engineering physics graduate who now directs community outreach programs offered by MyLab @ Variability Expedition at the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). Full Story


Flexible, Printable Sensors Detect Underwater Hazards

A team of nanoengineers based in Calit2 at UC San Diego has a patent pending on a new way to print environmental and medical sensors directly on wetsuit fabric, opening the way for easier underwater detection of explosives or contamination. Full Story


There's a Mouse in the Maze: UCSD IEEE Organizes First-ever Southern California Robotic Mouse Competition

First, there was Mickey Mouse. Then came Mighty Mouse. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, comes micromouse, the little robot that could. Actually, a total of 13 micromice visited the UC San Diego campus last month, for a competition pitting teams from eight universities. It was the first Southern California competition hosted by UCSD IEEE at the Jacobs School of Engineering, but Kansas State University joined in the fun too. Fittingly, UCSD teams took first and second place in the competition. UCLA came in third. Full Story


Irwin Jacobs and Jack Wolf Win 2011 Marconi Prize, Known as the Nobel of Information Technology

  Irwin Mark Jacobs and Jack Keil Wolf—two engineers whose groundbreaking research and designs in digital communication helped propel the information revolution—are the winners of the prestigious 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize. Both men were longtime professors at UC San Diego. The prize is sometimes referred to as the Nobel of Information Technology. Full Story


New Directions in Data Storage Solutions

One day in the not-too-distant future, the entire contents of the Library of Congress might be stored on a device the size of a postage stamp. It seems far-fetched, but computer engineers at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are working to make it happen. Full Story


Bioengineered Medical Devices in Finals for $100K UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge

From hospital-borne infections that cause nearly 20,000 deaths each year to a debilitating dry eye disease that can lead to blindness, engineering students at the University of California, San Diego are developing medical devices that promise to lower costs, improve patient care and save lives. So it’s not surprising that two student teams from the UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering are in the running for $100K prize as finalists in the 5th Annual UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge on June 1. Full Story


Advocating for Graduate Student Research in Sacramento

Ramsin Khoshabeh, an electrical engineering Ph.D. student from UC San Diego, who is developing a 3D tool to help surgeons see more clearly inside the human body when doing laparoscopic procedures is one of 20 graduate students from across the UC system who represented the University of California at an event on May 11 in Sacramento. Full Story


Jack Keil Wolf, Prominent Information Theorist at UC San Diego, Dies

Jack Keil Wolf, a pioneer in information theory and its applications, died in La Jolla, California on May 12 at the age of 76, following a battle with cancer. A member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, Wolf made profound contributions to digital communication and data storage technology. Wolf served as a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego since 1984. Full Story


Research Expo 2011: a Snapshot of the Jacobs School of Engineering

From robots to UAVs, railway safety, social networks and grocery shopping technology for the blind, engineering graduate students at the University of California, San Diego presented their latest research to industry, potential investors and to fellow students and faculty at Research Expo on April 14, 2011. Full Story


RF MEMS Switch Wins Research Expo 2011

University of California, San Diego electrical engineering Ph.D. student Chirag Patel won the top prize – the Rudee Outstanding Poster Award – at Research Expo 2011 for his work on RF MEMS metal-contact switches. The switches could make their way into MRIs and other medical equipment, satellites, and electronic instrumentation such as spectrum analyzers and signal sources. Full Story


Microbubbles to Light the Way to Sentinel Lymph Nodes of Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are developing nonsurgical methods for identifying critical lymph nodes to help doctors determine courses of treatment for breast cancer patients. The “sentinel lymph node” is routinely biopsied or removed and dissected to determine the likelihood that the cancer has spread beyond the breast.  Dr. Andrew Goodwin, a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Nanoengineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering recently received a Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the U.S. Department of Defense to use novel microbubbles to mark and interrogate the sentinel lymph node by means of a simple ultrasound scan. Full Story


A NanoEngineer and an Electrical Engineer among Seven UC San Diego Faculty to Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

For promising research that could transform how solar cells and manufactured and how people search for new music, nanoengineer Jennifer Cha and electrical engineer Gert Lanckriet are among the seven young faculty members from University of California, San Diego to be awarded 2011 Sloan Research Fellowships. This year, UC San Diego earned more Sloan Research Fellowships than any other institution. Full Story


UC San Diego Video Processing Lab: Bringing 3D to the Operating Room

For all of their high-tech advantages, laparoscopic surgical systems are only capable of providing a two-dimensional visualization — or in other words, no depth perception. “This means that often surgeons can’t pinpoint the exact location of an organ until they brush up against it with their tools,” explains Ramsin Khoshabeh, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. “I hate to put it this way, but some surgical procedures are still done by brute force.” Full Story


UC San Diego Teams with Other Universities and Audi to Help Urban Drivers

A new research initiative launched by Audi, its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley, the University of California, San Diego and three other major U.S. research universities will develop technologies aimed at easing the congestion, dangers and inconveniences that often confront drivers in the world’s biggest cities. Full Story