UC San Diego CyberLink Publishes Final Issue of 2013

San Diego, Dec. 17, 2013  -- The year-end issue of UC San Diego CyberLink is out. It's a monthly digest of news and events related to cyberinfrastructure from across the University of California, San Diego . Campus organizations participating in the e-newsletter include the Qualcomm Institute (the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2), San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego Libraries, Administrative Computing & Telecommunications (ACT), and the Center for Research in Biological Structures (CRBS). Following is a digest of news in the December 2013 issue of the newsletter, followed by upcoming events in January:

The December 2013 edition of UC San Diego CyberLink

With ‘Cool Gizmo,’ Research Team Hopes Citizen-Sensors will Improve World Health
The Distributed Health Labs in Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute has launched a $50,000 campaign on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website to seek funds to finish R&D, production, and deployment of 1,000 networked sensor devices to monitor personal and environmental health.

CoNEXT 2013: Bullet Trains, Express Lanes… and Aspen Trees
Computer science researchers from the Center for Networked Systems and the Jacobs School presented three papers at the 9th ACM International Conference on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies. They included a fresh look at ‘bullet train’ burst behavior in data center networks when viewed at microsecond timescales.

Longtime Participant in Calit2 Becomes Data Science Associate Director at NIH
Phil Bourne has worn many hats at UC San Diego: Professor of Pharmacology; SDSC researcher; Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Alliances; Associate Director of the Protein Data Bank; Chair of the recent 3D Virtual Cell conference series. But now he heads to NIH in early 2014 to become its first permanent Associate Director for Data Science.

ACM Recognizes Two UC San Diego Computer Scientists
Professors YY Zhou and Mihir Bellare were two of the 50 researchers worldwide recognized in the 2013 class of ACM Fellows. Zhou was cited for her work on software reliability, while Bellare earned the honor for his work on “provable security methods supporting high-quality, cost-effective cryptography.”

New WAVE Display Technology Rises at UC San Diego
The Qualcomm Institute has built a new, large-scale display called the Wide Angle Virtual Environment (WAVE). True to its acronym, the system is shaped like an ocean wave, with a curved wall array of 35 55-inch LG commercial LCD monitors. The WAVE was deployed in the new Structural and Materials Engineering Building.

UC San Diego Anthropology Professor Becomes Chair-Elect of ASOR Committee
Expect more discussion about cyberinfrastructure and digital tools for cyber-archaeology now that the top Calit2 expert, UC San Diego Anthropology Professor Tom Levy, was elected in late November to be Chair-Elect of the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR) Committee on Archaeological Policy.

Jacobs School Recruiting for 21 Positions in 2013-14
The Jacobs School of Engineering is recruiting for 21 open faculty positions in the 2013-14 academic year. Positions fall within the strategic research focus areas of: energy, sustainability, and environment; engineering in medicine; and information technology and applications.

Shankar Subramaniam, Bioengineer and SDSC Researcher, Named AAAS Fellow
Bioengineering professor Shankar Subramaniam is among the six UC San Diego professors named 2013 AAAS Fellows. The AAAS has recognized Subramaniam for “unique and outstanding contributions at the interface of engineering, life sciences, and informatics, particularly in applications to systems biology and medicine.” Much of the systems biology work has been done in collaboration with SDSC.

Peer Assessment in Online Education: Training Students to Know What’s ‘Good’
Computer Science and Engineering Professor Scott Klemmer says it’s difficult, but not impossible, to teach classes with creative, open-ended projects on a massive scale. He also told a Calit2 Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Initiative audience that the wisdom of the crowd can enhance peer assessment.

Understanding Information: How We Get It, How We Use It, How to Benefit from It
Jacobs School Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Tara Javidi received a $1 million NSF grant with colleagues from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon to support development of a new theoretical framework for understanding how to best control information flow in large cyber-physical systems, such as data centers or smart energy grids.

ACT Moving the University’s Web Content Management System (CMS) to the Cloud
ACT now uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host UC San Diego websites using the Campus CMS. A pilot project, the CMS websites are also published to servers at ACT to monitor performance, activity, and cost. In addition, ACT recently published Guidelines for Cloud Computing to help the UC San Diego community better understand security ramifications and variations of cloud computing services.

Wireless Door Locks at UC San Diego
ACT recently published guidelines on wireless door locks. With the devices becoming more popular at UC San Diego, the guidelines will help the campus community understand how policies and practical matters affect what type of lock one can and should install.

Networked Earthquake Shake Table Honored
The Jacobs School’s earthquake shake table received a Best of What’s New award from Popular Science magazine. The NSF-funded Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table is connected to a widespread network of research institutions, enabling real-time data sharing and collaboration.

Anyone interested in cyberinfrastructure services on campus should contact UC San Diego Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI), a campus-wide initiative.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR... for these upcoming cyberinfrastructure-related events and training sessions. All events will be held at UC San Diego (except where noted otherwise).

PACE Tech Talks
Please join us for a new series of monthly talks presented by SDSC's Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE). These talks help fulfill PACE's mission to educate in the area of predictive analytics, and feature a wide variety of experts in the areas of data information, access, data mining techniques, and more. Information on upcoming PACE Tech Talks can be found on PACE's home page.

January 8, 6pm, UC San Diego International Center Lounge
NSF PRIME 2014 Information Session
Organizers and alumni of the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program will offer guidance and background about international research internships and cultural experiences for students who will work on cyberinfrastructure-related research projects in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, and other Pacific Rim institutions next summer.

January 11, 18, and 25, all day, SDSC Auditorium
SDSC GirlTECH: Figuring Out the Universe, One Solar System at a Time – A Three Part Series
As part of SDSC’s new GirlTECH program, high school students (sophomore and up) are invited to attend a three-part series on exploring the universe using hand-on activities and discussing the latest advances in astronomy. Students must have a working knowledge of basic trigonometry and an interest in astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering.

January 15, 11am – Noon
IPP Webinar: From Games to Science: Building A Raspberry Pi Cluster for Visualization and Teaching
Rick Wagner, SDSC’s manager of HPC systems, will present an overview on building a Raspberry PI cluster for visualization and teaching at this free Industrial Partners Program (IPP) seminar.

January 23, 9am – 8pm, Room 1202, CSE Building
Computer Science and Engineering Day
Talks and panels will explore the many sides of computer science and computer engineering in the Jacobs School, and students are encouraged to ask questions about topics and potential job opportunities in industry and academe. Special panels will focus on how to create a startup, how to ‘get that tech career!’ and more. Plus talks on topics including embedded computer vision (by Professor Ryan Kastner), and mobility (by Life Technologies’ John Stevens).

Coming in early 2014 (date TBD)
ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee Meeting
The International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will be holding their first joint technical committee meeting, organized by Wo Chang, co-chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Big Data Working Group. The meeting is free and open to the public. Details to come in the next CyberLink!

Note: If you have news regarding cyberinfrastructure-related research, applications, or activities on the UC San Diego campus, please contact the communications staff in your unit, or send them directly to cyberlink@sdsc.edu.

Media Contacts

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