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December 15, 2017
Company Based on UC San Diego Technology Gets Infusion of Capital

The company Tortuga Logic -- cofounded by a UC San Diego computer science professor and two CSE alumni -- has received $2 million in seed funding from Eclipse Ventures to expand engineering, sales and marketing.[more]

 

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10.19.2006
"Orange County Register"
Nicholas to Give UCI More Than $10 Million

Henry T. Nicholas III, former co-chairman of Broadcom Corp., plans to donate more than $10 million to UC Irvine and mentioned Calit2 as one of his interests at the university.
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10.14.2006
"Orange County Register"
The Bridge Doctor

Calit2 academic participant Maria Feng places vibration sensors on area bridges to gauge how well they are holding up to the endless pounding of traffic.

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10.12.2006
"Grid Today"
PRAGMA to Enhance Grid Collaboration with NSF Funding

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed its support for a grassroots effort by U.S. and Pacific Rim engineers who develop cyberinfrastructure and software tools in tandem with application scientists who use those grids to advance "collaborative science" research projects.
"We are building an international community of developers and users of advanced Grid technologies," said Peter Arzberger, PRAGMA principal investigator and director of Life Science Initiatives at UCSD. "This five-year renewal sends a clear signal that the U.S. recognizes the importance of international cooperation in Grid technologies to benefit collaborative team science."
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10.1.2006
"Optics and Photonics"
The OptIPuter

In a special issue, the journal profiles the Calit2-led OptIPuter project, calling it "an information superhighway for terabytes."
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9.30.2006
"Orange County Register"
UCI Engineers to Study San Pedro Bridge

UC Irvine engineers Maria Feng and Masanobu Shinozuka, who are also Calit2 academic affiliates, placed remotely operated sensors on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. to begin measuring how the iconic structure handles vibrations from traffic, winds and earthquakes.


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9.28.2006
"Orange County Weekly"
Light, Bright

The Beall Center's latest exhibition, "Quantizing Effects: The Liminal Art of Jim Campbell," is a dark room with a bunch of lights and some sound. Campbell works most notably with small LEDs and assorted forms of opacity: glass and paper, upon which LEDs and projectors help produce various forms of motion.
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9.13.2006
"San Diego City Beat"
A digital genius

The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) housed within Calit2, is deeply intertwined with the institute. CRCA's director of visual arts, Sheldon Brown, was just named Calit2's first artist-in-residence. His appointment seems especially appropriate given that Brown's work takes place in both the physical and the computer-generated worlds, often exploring the relationship between the two, and especially how our interaction with the physical world can be influenced by our experiences in the computerized one. Brown's most recent project, "The Scalable City," is an interactive virtual landscape based on algorithms.
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9.12.2006
"Grid Today"
Globus Turns 10: Time for Celebration and Reflection

Globus is turning 10 years old...given this milestone, I will spend some time here recapping history and reflecting on where we have come and what we have learned. This era saw many pioneering efforts such as the NSF Metacenter, led by Charlie Catlett and Larry Smarr, and Legion, led by Andrew Grimshaw. However, for the most part, every application was constructed from scratch.

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9.11.2006
"San Diego Union Tribune"
Fun with physics, Specialized chip brings new realism to video games

Today's games look realistic, but the objects in them don't behave realistically. Because of the computing muscle needed to calculate all those snowflakes and their interactions, avalanches were pretty much out of the question...until the emergence of a new breed of computer chips that use physics. "These physics algorithms have been around since Newton and Galileo," said Sheldon Brown, director of the Experimental Game Lab in Calit2 at UCSD.
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9.1.2006
"IEEE Spectrum"
Bursting Tech Bubbles Before They Balloon

"There are roughly a billion PCs on the Internet, and they're 98 percent available for computing," says Larry Smarr, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. "That's like having a billion-processor computer just sitting there, with nobody using it."
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9.1.2006
"The Scientist"
Sweet Music

Ajit Varki came to the United States to hear 1970's superbands. He stayed to do super glycobiology research. According to Derek Toomre of Yale University, Ajit Varki - professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at UCSD and Calit2 participant - came to the United States for the music. "At least that's what he told us," says Toomre, Varki's former graduate student. "He was a top medical student in India and he was drawn here because he liked rock and roll."
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8.31.2006
"Computer World"
Putting wireless networks to the terrorism test

University of California, San Diego researchers last week got a chance to test out a host of network technologies on something they hope they will never really have to be used for: a terrorist attack. The Operation College Freedom drill involved a coordinated effort by the school and local emergency and law-enforcement officials to respond to a simulated terrorist attack.
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8.30.2006
"ITechTips"
University of California test terrorist-proof wireless network

The drill involved a system test called the Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters (WIISARD) that's designed for tracking mass casualties, coordinating triage and managing medical data.
"This full-scale exercise is the culmination of a three-year, US$4 million research project carried out by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology," said Calit2 Associate Director Leslie Lenert...

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8.29.2006
"UCSD News"
UCSD Visual Arts Project Featured at World-Famous Digital Media Festival

Sheldon Brown, professor of visual arts at UCSD and head of the UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, working with a small team, shows how urban planning can benefit from computational power and, in the process, demonstrates software that does work that might otherwise require dozens or even hundreds of animators and artists. The algorithms underlying Scalable City automatically create beautiful cityscapes, magnificent in an aerial perspective, but also reveal fundamental problems of scale as they intersect with geographic, political, economic and aesthetic zones of conflict.
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8.27.2006
"San Diego Union-Tribune"
A bumpy tenure

Eleanor Yang Su profiles UC President Robert Dynes, noting that "he wants to create more centers like Calit2, a state-funded research institute at UCSD that allows doctors, computer scientists, musicians, artists and others to work together on society's problems."
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8.26.2006
"10 News"
UCSD Students Put Together High-Tech Soda Machine

Inside a secure room on the UCSD campus is a highly sophisticated biometric system on a soda machine -- a student experiment funded by CSE professor Stefan Savage.
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8.23.2006
"San Diego Union-Tribune"
Emergency training now more high-tech

Science reporter Bruce Lieberman reports on the disaster drill at Calit2 and the challenge of developing technologies such as WIISARD's to help first responders at the scene of a mass-casualty emergency. Calit2 division director Ramesh Rao is quoted.
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8.23.2006
"CTWatch Quarterly"
Developing End-to-End Cyberinfrastructure for Multiscale Modeling in Biomedical Research

This lengthy report in the August 2006 issue on the science underlying the UCSD-based National Biomedical Computation Resource is co-authored by several Calit2 participants, including NBCR director Peter Arzberger.
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8.23.2006
"Technology News Daily"
New Technologies in Disaster Drill being Tested

Report on testing of WIISARD and RESCUE technologies during a disaster drill.
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8.22.2006
"KFMB-TV Channel 8 (CBS)"
UCSD Holds Emergency Response Drill

The TV station reports that UCSD telecommunications researchers developed some of the technologies during an emergency drill on campus.
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8.21.2006
"San Diego Union-Tribune"
Need for Speed

Personal technology reporter Jonathan Sidener reports on new technologies that will require unbelievable speeds. He quotes Calit2 UCSD division director Ramesh Rao as saying "massive storage, processing and bandwidth will enable compelling services" in areas such as health care.
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8.17.2006
"CBS Evening News"
Smog Blog Takes Flight

Calit2 academic affiliate Beatriz Da Costa set out to discover whether pigeons, often considered a public nuisance, could be enlisted to do some public good by monitoring air pollution with tiny tracking devices on their backs.
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8.14.2006
"San Diego Business Journal"
BioRenewable Looking to Clean Up on Clean Technologies

Katie Weeks interviewed Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible and ECE professor Deli Wang for this article on clean energy technologies. Both are academic participants in Calit2 at UCSD.
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8.12.2006
"San Diego Union Tribune"
Panel says U.S. is losing ground in math, science

Inspiring students to delve into science, math and engineering will also require bold investments from government and industry. One prime example is a $400 million initiative that California launched in 2000 to form four scientific institutes. Three of them focus on biomedical research, nanotechnology and the social sciences. UCSD is home to the fourth facility - the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, also known as Calit2. Among other things, the institute combines strengths in advanced computing and wireless technology.
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8.11.2006
"San Diego Source"
UCSD professor named to Indian Institute of Technology

Ajit Varki, M.D., professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, has accepted an invitation to be an honorary distinguished professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.
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8.9.2006
"Mercury News"
Follow the bouncing squirrel

Karaoke Ice. It sounds inane, but get a load of this: As a part of the ZeroOne San Jose festivities, a squirrel will be driving a truck, luring pedestrians to sing familiar songs to the beat of ice cream truck-like music -- for ice pops.
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8.8.2006
"The Mercury News"
Film sees end near for libraries

The idea is to create viewing spaces -- or "story zones" -- that envelop the viewer, explained director Adriene Jenik, Richard Jenik's sister and an associate professor of computer/media arts at the University of California-San Diego. Director Jenik's largest images - almost 40 feet wide by 30 high - will rival some IMAX screens. Her "near-future fiction" unfolds in the year 2030 and brings to mind Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World."
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8.6.2006
"The New York Times"
At ZeroOne, Paintings Are So Last Century

ON Tuesday a small fleet of homing pigeons will be released from a plaza near the San Jose Museum of Art to fly back to their trainer about 10 miles away. But these are not your average birds. Each will be carrying, in a tiny nylon backpack, some very small equipment that gives their journey a larger purpose: a global positioning system unit for tracking their latitude, longitude and altitude; a pollution monitor for gauging carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides; and the fundamentals of a cellphone for sending this data to a Web site.
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8.4.2006
"Seed Magazine"
COMPUTER-ANIMATED BLONDS HAVE MORE FUN

"There's been a lot of work on human skin," said Henrik Jensen, a computer graphics specialist at the University of California, San Diego. "Of course, humans-and many other creatures, [such as] King Kong-need to have hair, as well."
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8.3.2006
"CNET News"
Want a soda? You'll need to get fingerprinted

A group of computer science graduate students at UCSD have created a novel device: a biometric vending machine that automatically deducts money from a student account, ensuring security with the use of a fingerprint reader. The contraption, which we first learned about on Slashdot, has a mini webcam to identify you, as well as a fingerprint scanner to recognize your account and charge you for your drink.
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8.2.2006
"Science Grid This Week"
From Microscopes to Middleware

The Telescience Project started over a decade ago as an effort to make rare scientific instruments globally accessible. "We have found that the most rate-limiting step in creating grid-based environments for scientific processes is not the deployment of the grid software stack, but rather the speed at which we can grid-enable and integrate existing domain applications", says Steven Peltier, NCMIR Executive Director.
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8.1.2006
"Slashdot"
UCSD Biometric Vending Machine

students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are creating the first biometric vending machine. The current machine comes equipped with a barcode scanner, a fingerprint reader, and a web cam for facial recognition.
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7.31.2006
"San Diego Business Journal"
Touch? President Bush, state to fund stem cell research

"I remain committed to advancing stem cell research in California, in the promise it holds for millions who suffer from chronic diseases and injuries," Schwarzenegger said in a letter to the state's director of finance, Mike Genest. "California is poised to lead not only this country, but all countries on stem cell research." Local scientists have formed the Joint Center for Molecular Modeling through a $2.1 million federal grant, announced July 21.
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7.31.2006
"Contactless News"
Grad students in San Diego build biometric vending machine

A group of grad students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are in the process of creating what one of the students calls the "most over-designed soda machine in the world." Right now, the machine has attached to it a barcode scanner, a fingerprint reader, and a web cam for facial recognition. Want a Coke? Stick your thumb on the reader so the machine recognizes you as having an account, take out the drink, scan it with the barcode reader, then walk way, never having had to reach into your pocket for change.
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7.28.2006
"Science Magazine"
COMPUTER SCIENCE: New Life for Neural Networks

As many researchers have found, the data they have to deal with are often high-dimensional--that is, expressed by many variables--but may contain a great deal of latent structure. Discovering that structure, however, is nontrivial. To illustrate the point, consider a case in the relatively low dimension of three.
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7.28.2006
"Sydney Morning Herald"
Cortex Interruptus

Every day feels like a long string of interruptions with only the gaps in between to get anything done. When Calit2 academic affiliate Gloria Mark, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, set out to quantify the problem, she found that on average workers got just three sustained minutes of work in before being diverted.
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7.26.2006
"The New York Times"
One man's spam is another's art

For the last several years, the Romanian-born computer artist has applied techniques in computational modeling and information visualization to invent a new form of artistic expression. One of his more notable projects involved creating what he calls Spam Plants.
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7.26.2006
"CNET"
Turning spam into art

The ASCII values found in the text of spam messages determine the attributes and qualities of Alex Dragulescu's Spam Plants. In this article, you can see a gallery of his spam art.
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7.24.2006
"KPCC AirTalk"
AirTalk at the U.S.-Mexico Border

In a special two-hour edition of AirTalk on the Los Angeles-based public-broadcasting affiliate KPCC, ECE professor Mohan Trivedi was interviewed live about technologies used for border enforcement, and specifically his Eagle Eyes computer vision-based project. Trivedi's comments begin 35 minutes into this hour-long program: KPCC (Real player required).
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7.24.2006
"PC Magazine"
The 10 Coolest Technologies You've Never Heard Of

In its report on "ten coolest" dubbed "unreal telepresence," the magazine's Courtney McCarty reports on Calit2's experiments with 4K projection and other high-resolution visualization technologies, quoting Calit2 director Larry Smarr on the future of "telepresence".
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7.24.2006
"Medical News Today"
Joint Center For Molecular Modeling Established By Burnham Institute For Medical Research & UC San Diego

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Adam Godzik at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, is designing tools to accelerate the interpretation, and potential use of, information gleaned from the human genome project.
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7.22.2006
"Med India"
Joint Center for Molecular Modeling Instituted by Burnham Institute for Medical Research & UC San Diego

A group of researchers led by Dr. Adam Godzik at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research is creating tools to speed up the understanding of information gathered from the human genome project. Rich with $2.1 million funding available to them over a three year period, this consortium, under the name Joint Center for Molecular Modeling, will seek to provide adequate support to scientists from Burnham and UCSD's Computer Science and Engineering department as they team up to develop innovative software.
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7.21.2006
"San Diego Union Tribune"
UCSD, Burnham hope to map out proteins with $2.1 million grant

The Burnham Institute and UC San Diego aim to jointly develop computer software that rapidly offers a more detailed view of proteins - the building blocks of cells and the elusive targets of disease-fighting drugs. Pevzner and Godzik (both Calit2-affiliated scientists), along with other consortium scientists plan to take genetic code from the Human Genome Project and develop software that will predict the 3-D structure of proteins that make up those genes.
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7.21.2006
"San Diego Business Journal"
A model effort on a molecular scale

Led by Dr. Adam Godzik, who oversees Burnham's bio-informatics and systems biology programs, researchers will collaborate to develop software for predicting protein structures produced from genes. The National Institutes of Health funded the project.
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7.21.2006
"The New York Times"
Brainy Robots Start Stepping Into Daily Life

AThese are some fruits of the research field known as artificial intelligence, where reality is finally catching up to the science-fiction hype. Robert Hecht-Nielsen is seeking to build an electronic butler called Chancellor that would be able to listen, speak and provide in-home concierge services. He contends that with adequate resources, he could create such a machine within five years.
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7.21.2006
"O.C. Register"
Lifechips Grant for UCI

UC Irvine has been awarded $2.9 million to create a LifeChips program that will train graduate students to "combine the practices of engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences and medicine to produce small-scale technologies that benefit human health."
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7.21.2006
"Business Week Online"
Do-It-Yourself DeCaf

Calit2 academic affiliate Ken Shea comments on a new company that uses molecularly imprinted polymers to remove caffeine from drinks.
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7.20.2006
"Christian Science Monitor"
E-mail spam as a masterpiece in the making

Computer languages and algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives, but they're hidden, Dragulescu says, so his projects are intended to "expose" them. "Spam was this material that was discarded and hated by everybody. It was good material for us...and then I said, 'What else can I do with this?'" Dragulescu earned his master of fine arts degree last year, and now he's manager of the Experimental Game Lab at UCSD's Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at Calit2.
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7.20.2006
"Detroit Free Press"
Projects Test how Hydrogen Cars Work

A select group of government workers, academics and individuals are testing hydrogen-powered vehicles in demonstration projects across the country. Calit2 academic affiliate Scott Samuelson, from UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center, comments.
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7.18.2006
"Orange County Register"
Generating Interest in Fuel Cells

UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center, a Calit2 affiliate, presents their Fuel Cell Exhibit at this year's Orange County Fair.
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7.17.2006
"Laboratory Product News"
Canada and California forge a strategic partnership

The first proof-of-principle demonstration of the CANARIE/CENIC interconnection was successfully carried out last week. When completed, this Canadian-California "superhighway" for data will permit individual research projects to have dedicated capacity to support enormous streams of data transfer that would overwhelm a conventional shared network like the Internet. The two institutions that were connected in last week's test were Canada's Communications Research Centre (CRC) in Ottawa and the UCSD's division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). This test was the first step toward CRC becoming the first Canadian partner of the U.S. National Science Foundation's "OptIPuter" computer science research project (www.optiputer.net).
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7.12.2006
"ARTE TV (France)"
Leonardo da Vinci: Masked Masterpieces

The European arts cable channel today aired an 80-minute program originally produced by Channel 4 in the UK. It describes the efforts by CISA's Maurizio Seracini to find the "Battle of Anghiari" and uncover the underpainting of the "Adoration of the Magi".
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7.11.2006
"Orange County Register"
How Wired is Too Wired?

UC Irvine researchers Gloria Mark and Victor Gonzalez studied 36 information technology workers and found that the employees not only had to constantly juggle constant interruptions but widely differing tasks.


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7.6.2006
"Orange County Register"
'Flower Power' Reigns at the Fair

The National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine, a Calit2 affiliate, will show off how fuel cells can help provide renewable round-the-clock electricity to homes, businesses and even cars. This is the first U.S. appearance for the exhibit, which drew 2 million visitors at the 2005 World Expo in Japan.

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7.5.2006
"Long Beach Press Telegram"
Flower Power

UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center, a Calit2 affiliate, is displaying a fuel cell at this year's O.C. Fair to demonstrate how the devices can help provide renewable round-the-clock electricity to homes, businesses and even cars.
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7.5.2006
"Dallas News"
Cameras to focus on lawbreakers

The Police Department in the South Texas city is installing three cameras with special capabilities to catch drug smugglers and thieves and isn't interested in the immigration status of suspects. New software, developed by engineers at the University of California at San Diego with federal grants of about $1 million, will alert officers monitoring the high-resolution video to any suspicious activity.
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7.4.2006
"Chron.com"
South Texas city posts high-tech cameras at border bridge

Like many border cities these days, Eagle Pass is turning to cameras to watch for lawbreakers crossing from Mexico. But the Eagle Pass Police Department is using its new high-tech surveillance tools to catch drug smugglers and thieves and isn't interested in the immigration status of suspects.A new software, developed by engineers at the University of California at San Diego with federal grants of about $1 million, will alert viewers of the high-resolution video to any suspicious activity.
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7.1.2006
"Academe"
Can Empathy Be Taught?

UC Irvine Professor Kristen Renwick Monroe, a Calit2 academic participant, teaches students about developing empathy. In this editorial, she shares her approach to overcoming prejudice and discrimination.
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6.26.2006
"Orange County Register"
The CODA Genomics Executives

Sidebar to UCI's Gene Machine
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6.26.2006
"GRID today"
The OptIPuter: 21st Century E-Science

The OptIPuter project - named for its use of optical networking, computer storage, processing and visualization technologies - is a 21st-century prototype cyberinfrastructure that tightly couples computational resources over parallel optical networks using the internet protocol (IP) communication mechanism.

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6.25.2006
"San Francisco"
THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVACY As technology makes life richer and easier, we leave a trail of information that is susceptible to prying eyes

Americans' rights to privacy will be tested even more in the next few years as biometric technology creeps into everyday arenas. For example, at UCSD, biometric experts are testing a soda machine that uses recognition technology. "The students are very excited about getting it working," Serge Belongie, a Calit2 participant and UCSD professor, says in a phone interview. "People think it's very cool...No one uses money. They have accounts.

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6.24.2006
"New Scientist"
How Interruptions Can Destroy Your Day

Office life can be a constant stream of distractions that send productivity plummeting. Can technology save the working day? Calit2 academic affiliate Gloria Mark researchs office interruptions.

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6.22.2006
"CIO India"
Futuristic Optical System Tackles Image Processing

Researchers led by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at San Diego are creating an IP-based computing system that can help scientists visualize and analyze massive amounts of data from multiple locations connected via optical networks. The federally funded Calit2-led OptIPuter project is focused on earth, ocean and biosciences applications, where researchers have large repositories of 2-D and 3-D images.
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6.22.2006
"Salon.com"
The artist as mad scientist

Calit2 participant, Natalie Jeremijenko, explains that her work is "all about creating interfaces that draw people into the environment and get them to reimagine collective action."
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6.22.2006
"Irvine World News"
UCI Students Learn from Great Park

A class titled "The Great Park and Urban Sustainability," was started at UCI out of a discussion between Great Park CEO Wally Kreutzen and UC Irvine's Scott Samuelsen, Calit2 academic affiliate and director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center and professor of mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering.

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6.21.2006
"News @ Nature.com"
Paul Gilna, executive director, Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA) project, San Diego, California

A recurring theme of Paul Gilna's career has been to serve the scientific community while working at the cutting edge of computational biology. His new role is executive director of the CAMERA project, which provides computational and data-analysis tools to decipher the collective genetic codes obtained from as-yet unculturable ocean microbes.
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6.21.2006
"Scripps Institution of Oceanography News"
New Scripps Study Reveals San Andreas Fault Set for the 'Big One'

The new study shows that the fault has been stressed to a level sufficient for the next "big one" - an earthquake of magnitude seven or greater-and the risk of a large earthquake in this region may be increasing faster than researchers had believed, according to Yuri Fialko of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
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6.19.2006
"India West"
Kalam Exhorts U.S., Indian Scientists to Work Together

"Today what we are witnessing is an example of making virtual presence from India to the University of California," said Kalam. "We should aim at making the bandwidth available without hindrance and at no cost. Making the bandwidth available is like government laying roads. In the modern digital economy driven by knowledge products, bits and bytes traverse the network and create wealth and this will recover the cost of investments in the bandwidth."


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6.15.2006
"Network World"
Futuristic Optical System Tackles Image

Researchers led by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at San Diego are creating an IP-based computing system that can help scientists visualize and analyze massive amounts of data from multiple locations connected via optical networks. The federally funded Calit2-led OptIPuter project is focused on earth, ocean and biosciences applications, where researchers have large repositories of 2-D and 3-D images.
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6.13.2006
"The New York Times"
In a Ruined Copper Works, Evidence That Bolsters a Doubted Biblical Tale

In biblical lore, Edom was the implacable adversary and menacing neighbor of the Israelites. Today, the Edomites are again in the thick of combat - of the scholarly kind. Calit2 participant, Thomas E. Levy, a leader of the excavations, said in an interview last week that the findings there and at abandoned mines elsewhere in the region demonstrated that the Edomites had developed a complex state much earlier than previously thought.
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6.13.2006
"Hindustan Times"
India, Mexico to jointly study water issues

The two countries will also study how to address water issues in semi-urban areas. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Calit2, one of the four public-private initiatives of the California Institute for Science and Innovation of the University of California.


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6.12.2006
"The Chronicle of Higher Education"
The Inner Beauty of Spam

A visual artist at the University of California at San Diego has found a use for spam - not the gelatinous meat product, but the kind that clogs up your e-mail inbox with offers of cheap Rolexes and rapid weight loss. Alex Dragulescu, manager of the university's Experimental Game Lab, makes art out of Internet trash by "recycling" junk e-mail messages into intricate computer art.
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6.8.2006
"Gallup Management Journal"
Too Many Interruptions at Work?

It's discouraging to put in a busy 10-hour day, yet feel that you haven't accomplished anything. From constant e-mails and phone calls to coworkers with quick questions that take all morning, it sometimes seems like the single most prominent part of work is interruption. Well, you're right, probably more so than you realize. Gloria Mark, Ph.D., associate professor at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, a Calit2 academic affiliate and a leading expert on work, researched workplace interruptions and came to a fascinating conclusion: We don't have work days -- we have work minutes that last all day.




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6.7.2006
"Science Grid This Week"
Biomedical Research Feels the BIRN

The Biomedical Informatics Research Network is pioneering the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure for biomedical research. Their main goal is to get biomedical scientists collaborating like never before. "The amount of data we acquire in biomedical research now is huge and dollars are extremely tight," says Mark Ellisman, director of the BIRN Coordinating Center. "The BIRN is a way of distributing and reducing the costs by using advanced technology to make data and resource sharing easier."

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6.6.2006
"Sify"
Reliance links Rashtrapati Bhavan, US university

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, had given the keynote address of the summit organised by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). The President's address was beamed live from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to a larger audience in San Diego using 50 Mbps bandwidth through Reliance's Virtual Private Network (VPN) services.
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6.1.2006
"TMC Net"
CENIC's California Research & Education Network Supports Historic US-India Summit on Education, Research, and Technology

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) today announced that the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) was used to enable a HDTV videoconference between the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, and 250 attendees at yesterday's US-India Summit on Education, Research, and Technology at the University of California, San Diego.
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5.31.2006
"San Juan Islander"
FiRe 2006 Conference a Success

The Future in Review Conference, hosted by local entrepreneur Mark Anderson, has just concluded its fourth successful run at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. During the conference, the group toured - and began a longer-term relationship with - the new Calit2 supercomputing / supervisualization laboratory, just opened at UCSD under SNS Member Dr. Larry Smarr.
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5.30.2006
"Math - Club"
Be There and Be Square

It's a cool afternoon in the stylish Beachwood Canyon section of Los Angeles. The Hollywood sign glows in the distance. Fancy cars and oh-so-casually fancy people meander through the winding lanes. It could be a scene from Entourage, except you're not headed to some starlet-studded soiree. No, you're on your way to something far more exotic: Math-Club.
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5.26.2006
"CNet News"
Keeping computers in check

Computers can be mighty tools in creating video games or simulations of urban environments, but humans must maintain control over the machines to keep the results from running amok, warns techno-philosopher Sheldon Brown.
[more]

5.26.2006
"Orange County Register"
UCI's Gene Machine

Two UCI professors and Calit2 academic participants, Wes Hatfield and Rick Lathrop, formed CODA Genomics, a startup that combines biology and computer science to create and repair genetic building blocks.

[more]

5.24.2006
"we-make-money-not-art (blog)"
Telepresence and social implications

Larry Smarr the Director of California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology was giving the first keynote tonight about telepresence and its social implications. And by telepresence he is talking about videoconferencing systems where the technology has intuitive interactions and the present difference between interactions face-to-face and a videoconferencing interaction will not be sensed - also called transparent telepresence.


[more]

5.23.2006
"IFTF's Future Now (blog)"
Larry Smarr on the past and future of telepresence

At tonight's Technology Horizons conference, Larry Smarr gave a terrific talk on the history and future of telepresence-- i.e., systems that "eliminate distance between individuals who want to interact with other people and with other computers."
[more]

5.23.2006
"digitalcommons (blog)"
IFTF Conference, day 1

The keynote speech after dinner was by Larry Smarr. Smarr is, as he puts it, living in the future--when it comes to bandwidth and computing power. His center has 1.8 miilion feet of gigabit cabling.
[more]

5.23.2006
"AZoNano.com"
Microfluidics Device Tracks Breast Cancer Cell Movements

Noo Li Jeon, UC Irvine Calit2 participant,has designed a new microfluidics device that tracks how breast cancer cells move in response to chemical signals.
[more]

5.19.2006
"PC Magazine"
Life, At A Gigabit Per Second

Imagine what you could do with a gigabit connection to the Internet. That's Larry Smarr's job. At the new Calit2 Center at UC San Diego, their mission, according to Smarr, the center's director, is to "live in the future". Smarr addressed the Future in Review 2006 conference this week, and explained exactly what that means.

[more]

5.17.2006
"The Seattle Times"
Super high-def video: Eyes open wide for tech on the way

Show him or her the stuff being developed at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, a collaborative research venture of the University of California campuses at San Diego and Irvine.


[more]

5.16.2006
"The Seattle Times"
Divining Tech's Future This Pundit's Idea of Fun

Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, predicted genome research will lead to another industrial revolution as entrepreneurs capitalize on the research and experimentation done by nature over the ages
[more]

5.11.2006
"Red Herring"
Making Computers Smarter

Dr. Hecht-Nielsen, director of the confabulation laboratory at UCSD, said Chancellor uses technology that allows a machine to predict language. While it demonstrates grammatically correct English, he said it has shown similar proficiency in Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.


[more]

5.10.2006
"Bio-IT World"
Gilna to Captain CAMERA

Later this summer' coinciding with the publication of the first peer-reviewed paper on results from J. Craig Venter's worldwide voyage sampling ocean genomes, researchers will gain access to version 0.5 of CAMERA-the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis.
[more]

5.10.2006
"CentralPointNews.com"
World-Famous Mathematician Ronald Graham To Give Lecture At Oregon's PSU, May 17

Chief Scientist at Calit2, Ronald Graham, will give a lecture where he will describe a variety of mathematical problems in which computers have had, may have or will probably never have a significant role in their solutions.

[more]

5.2.2006
"Phsyorg.com"
T Cell 'Brakes' Lost During Human Evolution

A significant difference between human and chimpanzee immune cells may provide clues in the search to understand the diverse array of human immune-related diseases. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have uncovered a a specific type of molecule expressed on non-human primate T cells, but not human T cells. T cells are important orchestrators of the immune system.

[more]

5.2.2006
"CONNECT Newsletter"
UC San Diego and UC Irvine Partner with SETsquared to Further US

In an effort to catalyze innovation between technology clusters in the United States and the UK, UC San Diego and UC Irvine have entered into an agreement with the SETsquared Partnership to link research and commercialization efforts. SETsquared, a UK-based business accelerator, was awarded a $2.6 million grant by the UK?s Department of Trade and Industry. Grant funds will seed collaborative applied research projects in high-growth areas such as the life sciences, new materials, stem cells, and tissue engineering. ?The San Diego region has one of the highest concentrations of high-tech companies in the United States and the third largest concentration of biotech companies in the nation,? says California State Senator Christine Kehoe. ?The state of California, the sixth largest economy in the world with a gross state product of nearly $1.5 trillion, is committed to improve collaborations between universities such as the SETsquared Partnership to develop leading-edge research results that will lead to economic development and job creation.?
[more]

5.2.2006
"CONNECT Newsletter"
SDSU Center for Homeland Security Receives Grant

San Diego State University recently received a $563,775 grant to evaluate potential homeland security technologies for local fire, law enforcement and emergency response agencies. SDSU received the grant from the City of San Diego in partnership with the San Diego County Unified Disaster Council and the Regional Homeland Security Technology Partnership, following a similar startup grant for $25,000 earlier this year. ?The goal of the new project is to improve the region's homeland security preparedness by helping our first responder and emergency management personnel work together most effectively using the best available technology,? says Bob Welty, director of homeland security projects for the SDSU Research Foundation and the project's program manager.
[more]

5.1.2006
"This Week @ UCSD"
Q&A with Sheldon Brown, Calit2 Artist in Residence

The UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) has announced the appointment of its first Artist in Residence. The honor for an initial two-year term went to visual arts professor Sheldon Brown, who will juggle the new position with his own new-media art and job as director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).
[more]

5.1.2006
"Orange County Business Journal"
Bits and Pieces

Carl Zeiss SMT and UCI's Calit2 open a center for nanotechnology and materials characterization in the Calit2 Building.
[more]

5.1.2006
"Orange County Register"
UCI's Global Climate Thinkers

UCI Calit2 academic participant Soroosh Sorooshian is mentioned among a prominent group of researchers looking into climate change and Earth patterns.
[more]

4.28.2006
"HPC Wire"
DOE Genome Scientist to Direct CAMERA Project

Paul Gilna will become the executive director of the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA) project. He was appointed to the position by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
[more]

4.28.2006
"news bureau"
Events at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from May 4 through 21

"High-Performance Collaboration: The Jump to Light Speed." Larry Smarr, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. 7 p.m. NCSA Building. NCSA 20th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series/Supercomputing Applications.
[more]

4.21.2006
"Orange County Register"
UCI 'Massive' Game Conference Looks at Future

Visitors and insiders at UCI conference discover 'World of Warcraft,' Blizzard's multiplayer giant, is fueling creativity and business plans.

[more]

4.21.2006
"EE Times"
U.S. Tech Lead Challenged by Globalization of Innovation

The U.S. retains its innovation edge in electonics, but experts said the globalization of innovation is transforming the technology landscape in ways that could threaten U.S. leadership.
[more]

4.18.2006
"Worldchanging.com"
Greenscanner

UCI's Bill Tomlinson developed GreenScanner, a public database of consumer opinions about the environmental accountability of over 600,000 products.
[more]

4.17.2006
"Orange County Register"
World of Multiplayer Games Converges at UCI

The world of massively multiplayer online games has become so huge it's taking a team of anthropologists, scholars and industry folks to figure out the future of this genre of computer games.

On Thursday, UC Irvine's Institute of Software Research hosts the conference called "MASSIVE, The Future of Networked Multiplayer Games."

[more]

4.16.2006
"Yahoo! News"
Robots embedded at school in quest to bond with humans

It is an everyday scene at one US nursery school, where robots are immersed among children to find out what it takes for machines and humans to develop long-term relationships. Fumihide Tanaka, part of Sony Intelligence Dynamics Laboratories, has been working on the project jointly with the University of California at San Diego, led by Machine Perception Laboratory director Javier Movellan.

[more]

4.13.2006
"SoCalTech.com"
Podcast with Wes Hatfield and Rick Lathrop

CODA Genomics' founders and UCI professors Wes Hatfield and Rick Lathrop are interviewed by Frank Peters about their technology and resulting spinoff company.
[more]

4.7.2006
"Nanotechnology Now"
When Things Get Small

Production company Not Too Serious Labs lives up to its name with their latest production, When Things Get Small. Covering - among other things - the science of magnetic nanodots (1) in the lab (2) of UCSD physicist Dr. Ivan Schuller (who is himself a wacky fellow) When Things Get Small asks - then answers - the question "What could a stadium-sized bowl of peanuts, a magic tennis ball, shrinking elephants, and a crazed hockey player possibly teach us about nanoscience?"?Entertaining and informative, in a "make me laugh but teach me something" way. When Things Get Small has been favorably compared to the Food Network's Good Eats program.
[more]

4.6.2006
"The Globe and Mail (Toronto)"
Just a moment while I type this in

Consumers can type in a product's UPC (Universal Product Code) number and get information about it posted by others with a device developed by Bill Tomlinson, UC Irvine associate professor and Calit2 academic participant. GreenScanner will say which company makes a product, as well as other items produced by that manufacturer.
[more]

4.5.2006
"Technology Review"
Converting Light Wavelengths within Fiber

Fiber-optic networks zip billions of bits of information across the world every day, using light with a wavelength of 1,550 nanometers, which is well suited for snaking through kilometers of glassy fiber. And, because telecommunications uses this wavelength, many important devices, such as light sources, amplifiers, switches, and light detectors, are fine-tuned for that wavelength. The research group, led by Stojan Radic, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), showed that wavelengths of light between 1,541 and 1,560 nanometers could be used to generate visible green light with wavelengths between 515 and 585 nanometers -- all within the confines of an optical fiber. Their results were presented last month at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference in Anaheim, CA.
[more]

4.3.2006
"KPBS San Diego"
Calit2 monitors future horizon for newest technologies

It's kind of difficult to sum up exactly what Calit2 is. It may best be described as a group of scientists and artists who like coming up with cutting edge ideas and testing them out, without the publish or perish pressure of academia or working for profit-driven companies. Dr. Smarr says the institute helps make theories into reality, that aim to address the problems facing California in areas like medicine, transportation and the environment.


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3.31.2006
"HPC Wire"
Moores UCSD Cancer Center Creates Bioinformatics Center

"I am delighted to have been asked to lead this endeavor at the Cancer Center," Schork said. "It is the beginning of an effort that will grow to serve the entire UCSD campus." According to Schork, analyzing this information and making it useful is a challenge, but UCSD is perfectly positioned to become a national leader in this effort. "UCSD is home to a number of sophisticated resources that carry out computational or statistical analysis and other kinds of quantitative research. We just need to bring our varied and dispersed talents together," he said. "For example, UCSD recently launched the Information Theory and Applications Center, based at Calit2. Its faculty members are developing methodologies to understand how signals can be received and sent using wireless technologies, and are using sophisticated computational techniques to decipher the signals. Those people have extensive math and statistical skills that, if applied to a problem in, for example, medical imaging or genomics could result in major advances to the field."
[more]

3.30.2006
"Physorg.com"
Engineers Demonstrate Revolutionary Photonic Technology

 Researchers from Calit2's new photonics lab at UCSD "have demonstrated a way to build on the dominant infrastructure rather than replace it -- by "translating" optical signals between the current infrared standard and a wide range of other bands of light."

[more]

3.24.2006
"HPC Wire"
Accelerating Data Transport Over Hybrid Networks

As partners in the National Science Foundation's OptIPuter project, EVL and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are proving it is economical to have point-to-point connections once you have the right endpoint technologies in place. "We are propagating a scalable, economical networking solution that puts high-performance networking resources into the control of individual scientists," said Tom DeFanti, EVL co-director and OptIPuter program co-PI. "Lambda services offer scientists a networking means to solve problems that are cost prohibitive to do any other way."
[more]

3.21.2006
"NAMC Newswire"
UC San Diego to Celebrate Exemplary Faculty at March 21 Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony

The NAMC Newswire, published by New Age Media Concepts, reports on the recognition ceremony held in Calit2's UCSD building March 21, which honored five UCSD faculty for excellence in research, teaching and community. Four of the Faculty Excellence Award winners have links to Calit2: bioengineer Bernhard Palsson, computer scientist Geoff Voelker, psychologist Hal Pashler, and school of medicine professor James Dunford.

[more]

3.20.2006
"Connect Newsletter"
UCSD Computer Scientist Works With Researchers to Understand How Cancer Genome Evolve

Three years ago, Ben Raphael knew very little about cancer biology. Then a team of cancer researchers approached his research supervisor at UCSD, Computer Science and Engineering professor Pavel Pevzner, about developing new computational techniques for understanding the rearrangement of genes in tumors. "When working in bioinformatics, understanding the biology is a huge advantage," recalls Raphael, a fourth-year postdoctoral researcher in the Jacobs School of Engineering who earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from UCSD. "I work in a field that requires collaboration between biologists and computer scientists, and it helps to have knowledge of both disciplines."
[more]

3.19.2006
"Orange County Register"
Local Security Cameras Cut Crime and Costs

Expanding use of surveillance cameras cuts crime and costs, but there are privacy issues to consider.
[more]

3.14.2006
"Science Grid This Week"
iGrid 2005 Receives CENIC Networking Innovation Award

A demonstration of more than four dozen scientific applications running on very-high-bandwidth optical networks-many of them linking different countries on different continents-has won the CENIC 2006 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental/Developmental Applications.
[more]

3.13.2006
"Orange County Business Journal"
Funding, UCI Ties

Coda Genomics Inc., a biotechnology company based in Irvine, said last week it closed a second round of funding worth about $1.6 million. The company was started in 2004 to commercialize National Science Federation-supported DNA assembly and protein expression technology from the laboratories of two University of California, Irvine professors—Richard Lathrop and G. Wesley Hatfield.


[more]

3.13.2006
"Electronicstalk"
Mission Learns US Wireless Sensor Secrets

The state is investing heavily in innovative new institutes and commercialisation strategies to secure a lead in key emerging technologies. The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), which opened a week before the mission arrived, was hugely impressive on two fronts: its $400 (GBP 225) million budget and its determined approach to interdisciplinary futuristic research. 'Artists, performers and computer games designers will work alongside engineers and computer scientists', says Paul Garner of BT. 'I believe that exciting new opportunities for WSNs in pervasive computing will emerge through this combination of creatives and technologists'.
[more]

3.13.2006
"This Week @ UCSD"
Calit2 Researchers Deploy Disaster Communications Network at San Diego Mardi Gras Festivities

Mardi Gras is supposed to be a little wild, and maybe even a little out of control. But no one wants the celebrations to get out of hand to the point that revelers are danger. So last month, a team of nearly 30 researchers from Calit2 joined forces with San Diego law enforcement to make sure San Diegans and out-of-town visitors had a safe Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter.
[more]

3.8.2006
"Nanotechnology Now"
"When Things Get Small" things get funny on UCTV

Calit2 director Larry Smarr hails the new UCSD-TV documentary "When Things Get Small," co-produced in conjunction with Calit2 and "starring" UCSD physicist Ivan Schuller.
[more]

3.8.2006
"AZoNano News"
UCTV to Broadcast Entertaining Nanoscience Program on TV and Internet

In a report on an upcoming documentary about nanotechnology, the new service reports that Calit2 co-funded the program "When Things Get Small," which was produced by UCSD-TV.
[more]

3.3.2006
"Orange County Register"
Sciencedude Blog

Money donated to UCI by Joan Irvine Smith will be used by researchers William Tang, Abraham Lee and James Fallon in a collaborative project at UCI's Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Tang and Lee are Calit2 academic affiliates.
[more]

3.3.2006
"Science"
Two Cultures

In its Newsmakers section, the publication report on a new documentary featuring UCSD physics professor Ivan Schuller, following his quest to build the world's smallest magnet -- and educate audiences about nanoscience in the process. Schuller is a former layer leader for Materials and Devices in the UCSD Division of Calit2.
[more]

3.1.2006
"Dallas Morning News"
Drivers may be slow to accept safer cars

Writer Terry Maxon reports on various research efforts to make cars safer, including Calit2 participant Mohan Trivedi's project to develop "smart" air bags that would be much more safely if deployed just before the accident. The UCSD electrical engineering professor is paraphrased as saying "any safety system has to monitor what the driver is doing – paying attention, looking away from the road or nodding off."
[more]

3.1.2006
"Science Grid This Week"
The Future of Digital Data

In a report on the "Expanding Universe of Digital Data Collections" symposium at the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Katie Yurkewicz quotes SDSC director Francine Berman saying: "We used to look at compute only and ask what you can do in your local environment and what you need to go outside for. Now we need to look at data like that too. One of the things we see across many communities is the desire to put together different kinds of data to answer bigger questions."
[more]

3.1.2006
"KFMB Channel 8"
Da Vinci Decoded

The San Diego CBS affiliate's Shawn Styles reports on the work of UCSD engineering alumnus Maurizio Seracini, who recently spoke at Calit2 on his use of new imaging techniques to look below the surface of Leonardo Da Vinci artworks. [Real player is required to view]
[more]

3.1.2006
"Campus Technology"
New Leadership for Network Research at UCSD

In its roundup of "Campus Briefs," the magazine reports that "computer scientist Amin Vahdat has taken the reins as director of the University of California-San Diego’s Center for Networked Systems (CNS). Vahdat is also an academic participant in the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)."
[more]

2.28.2006
"Red Herring"
Coda Genomics Snags $1.6M

Biotech developer CODA Genomics, which was incubated in the CBRL lab at UCI's Calit2 Building, closed on a second round of funding worth $1.6 million, led by an angel investor group, Life Science Angels.
[more]

2.24.2006
"New York Times"
A Page Turner, Real-Life Echoes Included

Matt Richtel reports on the life of venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and quotes von Liebig Center executive director Paul Kedrosky, who says venture capitalists are "all looking for influence beyond being a glorified banker."
[more]

2.24.2006
"HPCwire"
National LambdaRail Completes Infrastructure Deployment

The news service reports that the National LambdaRail (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, has announced that it has completed deployment of a nationwide advanced optical, Ethernet and IP networking network infrastructure, already being used by research projects including the Calit2-led OptIPuter and CAMERA projects.
[more]

2.23.2006
"Photonics Spectra"
Zeiss and UCI Develop Research Center

Carl Zeiss SMT Inc., a semiconductor and nanotechnology instrument manufacturer in Thornwood, N.Y., and California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, Irvine, (UCI) have established a center for nanotechnology and biotechnology research and advanced materials development.
[more]

2.22.2006
"CTWatch Quarterly"
PRAGMA: Example of Grass-Roots Grid Promoting Collaborative e-Science Teams

Calit2 participants Peter Arzberger and Phil Papadopoulos co-author a report on the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) that promotes interaction and collaboration in grid middleware among cyberinfrastructure researchers in the U.S. and Pacific Rim nations.
[more]

2.21.2006
"Lightwave"
National LambdaRail completes nationwide network infrastructure deployment

National LambdaRail completes nationwide network infrastructure deployment
[more]

2.13.2006
"San Diego Business Journal"
UCSD Database May Aid Startups

The weekly publication's Katie Weeks reports that "researchers at UC San Diego are creating a massive database that scientists worldwide will use to identify new genes in microscopic marine life." The report refers to a partnership led by Calit2 and J. Craig Venter Institute, and quotes Calit2 participant Peter Arzberger, director of Life Science Initiatives at UCSD.
[more]

2.13.2006
"This Week @UCSD"
Information Theory and Applications Center Inaugurated in Calit2

"UCSD has created a new research center to explore and apply the basic theory that underpins the digital revolution," reports the weekly e-zine of the universty.
[more]

2.9.2006
"New York Times"
A Real-Life Mystery: The Hunt for the Lost Leonardo

Ian Fisher reports on the hunt for the Battle of Anghiari mural in Florence -- Leonardo Da Vinci's lost masterpiece -- by Calit2 researcher Maurizio Seracini.
[more]

2.8.2006
"Connect Newsletter"
Calit2 Cyberinfrastructure Project Could Spawn Economic Development, Including New Start-Ups

The $24.5-million, seven-year grant was given by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in January to the UC San Diego Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) to build a state-of-the-art computational resource and develop software tools that will decipher the genetic code of microbial communities in oceans around the world.
[more]

2.8.2006
"TV Technology"
Tech Retreat 2006: Display's the Thing

Robin Berger reports that Calit2's Tom DeFanti will present "International Developments in Digital Cinema" at a TV-technology meeting in late February. The article notes that Calit2 has installed one of the first Sony SRX-R110 4K projectors, and "successfully transmitted 4K digital video over Gigabit IP optical-fiber networks between San Diego and Tokyo last September."
[more]

2.2.2006
"The Courier Mail"
New Blog for High-Fliers

Later this year 20 pigeons will take to the skies above San Jose, Calif., each carrying a GPS receiver, air pollution sensors and a basic cellphone. They will measure levels of pollutants they encounter, and beam back their findings as text messages to a blog in real time. The research is a project of Beatriz da Costa, UCI Calit2 academic participant. Article also appeared in:Manchester Evening NewsReuters, New Scientist, The South African Star, Stuff Magazine,Slashdot.org, vnunet.com, Telecommunications Industry News ,
[more]

1.31.2006
"Yahoo! Finance"
SGI Highlights Key Sales, Groundbreaking New Products in Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006

In a news release over PRNewswire, Silicon Graphics reports that Calit2 "purchased SGI visualization and storage technology for the new Richard C. Atkinson Hall to provide research scientists, media artists, educators, and entertainers with the most cutting-edge visualization environment available today."
[more]

1.27.2006
"HPCwire"
The OptIPuter Gets Real

In his lead story for the weekly online publication, Michael Feldman, editor of HPCwire, asks: "What do you get when you combine one of the most advanced computational infrastructures in the world with one of the most renowned genomic research organizations? We're about to find out. Larry Smarr recently spoke with HPCwire about how OptIPuter technology is poised to transform scientific research and discovery."
[more]

1.27.2006
"HPCwire"
Optical Race

NCSA research editor Kathleen Ricker reports on the Electronic Visualization Lab partnering with TRECC to deploy new visualization and other user interface technologies at the TRECC facility in West Chicago as part of the Calit2-led OptIPuter project. She notes that EVL's Jason Leigh is leading the project to make TRECC and OptIPuter node, and quotes Leigh saying, "they should be extremely display-rich environments, with the ability to wallpaper a high-definition video stream and high-resolution visualization content, and to be able to work collaboratively with this data over distance."

[more]

1.26.2006
"R&D Magazine"
Photonic Switches Put the Internet on Steroids

Richard Gaughan reports on the coming revolution in optical networking, and quotes Calit2 director Larry Smarr on the challenges ahead: “There’s something deadly wrong with the infrastructure when the natural rate of the PC is so much higher than the bandwidth interconnecting them.”
[more]

1.26.2006
"News-Gazette Online"
Formal dedication of new center held; NCSA marking 20 years

Greg Kline reports on the dedication of a new National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He notes that "also on hand was Larry Smarr, who needed supercomputing power for his research as a cosmology professor, helped spearhead the NCSA's founding at the UI and ended up as its first director. He now lives in California [where he directs Calit2]."
[more]

1.23.2006
"GRIDtoday"
CAMERA Project First Persistent App for Smarr's OptIPuter

Report on the joint venture led by Calit2 director Larry Smarr and genome pioneer Craig Venter in marine microbial genomics and the role of grid computing and new cyberinfrastructure tools.
[more]

1.23.2006
"This Week @UCSD"
UCSD Partners with Venter Institute to Decipher Genetic Code of Marine Microbes

Writer Ioana Patringenaru reports on the news conference announcing a joint venture between Calit2, UCSD and J. Craig Venter Institute to develop cyberinfrastructure for studies in marine microbial genomics.
[more]

1.23.2006
"Information Week"
First The Body, Now The Oceans

Chappell Brown of EETimes reports that "after helping crack the human genome, computer technology, data mining, and optical networking will be put to work to give biologists worldwide a window into ocean life." Calit2 director Larry Smarr is quoted. 
[more]

1.19.2006
"HPCwire"
UCSD, Venter Institute Launch Metagenomics Project

Calit2 is leading a joint venture with J. Craig Venter Institute in marine microbial genomics, and the high-performance computing news service included this news release in its weekly e-zine as well as its main website.
[more]

1.18.2006
"Chronicle of Higher Education"
Project for Collaborative Research on Marine Genomics Could Be Model for Online Teamwork in Other Fields

Technology writer Vincent Kiernan reports on a joint venture led by Calit2 director Larry Smarr and Craig Venter, who led the first successful effort to decode the human genome. The CAMERA project will develop and deploy cyberinfrastructure to support marine microbial genomics research.
[more]

1.18.2006
"San Diego Union-Tribune"
UCSD scientists join massive ocean study

Science reporter Bruce Lieberman reports on the announcement of a joint venture between UCSD and J. Craig Venter Institute to develop infrastructure and tools for marine microbial genomics research. Project leader (and Calit2 director) Larry Smarr is quoted as saying, "This is an ocean planet. . . . To understand ourselves – after all, we're basically water – we really have to understand our own planet."
[more]

1.18.2006
"North County Times"
UCSD venture seeks to map 'planet's life system' of marine microbes

"This is just raw discovery," Craig Venter is quoted saying at a news conference to announce a joint venture to develop cyberinfrastructure for marine microbial genomics research. Calit2 director Larry Smarr, who is leading the joint venture between UCSD and J. Craig Venter Institute, is also quoted.
[more]

1.18.2006
"KPBS Radio"
Deep ocean exploration seeks to uncover past

Host Tom Fudge reports that local scientists are taking the plunge to uncover some of the ocean's deepest mysteries with hopes of shedding light on the evolution of life on Earth. His guest in the studio: Larry Smarr, director of Calit2 , whose group "is providing new information and research on marine ecosystems."  Click on the "Listen Here" icon.
[more]

1.17.2006
"Orange County Register"
The Place to go in OC for Tech + Art Today

 "5 'til 12" by Knifeandfork (a group show that includes artists Susan Huang and Brian House) opened at the Beall Center this week.
[more]

1.16.2006
"New York Times"
Sharing Broadband to Increase Speed

John Markoff reports that "Mushroom Networks, which was started at the University of California, San Diego," has built a prototype of "simple wireless systems that make it possible for groups of neighbors to share their D.S.L. or cable Internet connections." Company founder and Calit2 participant Rene Cruz is quoted. Mushroom's co-founder, Cahit Akin, is a researcher in Calit2.

[more]

1.16.2006
"Information Week"
You Call Yourself a Manager? Well, You're Not Alone

Managers now make up 10 percent of the U.S. IT workforce, up from less than 7 percent in 2000, and manager jobs outnumber those in categories such as IT support specialist and network or data-communications administrator. Business-process outsourcing of functions such as human resources and accounting may actually increase IT-management payrolls, since some companies assign an IT manager to help administer these types of outsourced services, according to Ken Kraemer, UC Irvine information sciences professor and Calit2 academic affiliate.
[more]

1.16.2006
"Computerworld"
Private Office or Cubicle for Developers: The Debate Goes on

Which is more productive: a closed office or an open cubicle? Walt Scacchi, acting director and a research scientist at UCI's Institute for Software Research, and a Calit2 affiliated researcher, comments.
[more]

1.12.2006
"Irvine World News"
Engaging Kids to Appreciate Habitat Restoration

EcoRaft, a project that a merges the arts (drama, visual art) with computing, ecology and education, was created by Bill Tomlinson and F. Lynn Carpenter, UCI professors and Calit2 academic participants.
[more]

1.10.2006
"CONNECT Newsletter"
Renowned UCSD Professor Opens Neuroscience Lab at Calit2

The weekly e-zine reports that "one of the nation's leading neuroscientists," Robert Hecht-Nielsen, has established a lab in Calit2 at UCSD "to explore and expand upon a radical new theory to explain how humans think."
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1.10.2006
"USA Today"
FBI Checking Prints in Death Row Cases

The FBI is reviewing the cases of all state and federal prisoners scheduled for execution to determine whether bureau fingerprint examiners made errors that led to death sentences. The move comes amid increased attention to fingerprint analysis. Fingerprints, long thought to be unique to individuals, have been used in U.S. courts since the early 1900s. But critics such as Simon Cole, a professor of criminology at the University of California, Irvine, say fingerprinting is not backed by sufficient scientific research.
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1.8.2006
"New York Times"
In Love With Reality Truly, Madly, Virtually

In an article on new-media efforts, museum curator Michael Rush reports on the successes of CAVE and other virtual-reality environments that are attracting a new generation of artists. Calit2 visualization leader Tom DeFanti, a co-PI on the OptIPuter and original developer of CAVE at University of Illinois.
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1.1.2006
"CONNECT Newsletter"
Calit2 Cyberinfrastructure Project Could Spawn Economic Development, Including New Start-Ups

Editor Andrea Siedsma reports on the recent linkup between Calit2 and the Venter Institute to form an initiative to build the cyberinfrastructure needed to explore new data in marine microbial genomics.
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1.1.2006
"ABC Good Morning America"
Schools Become High Tech

Parenting correspondent Ann Pleshette Murphy reports on the wave of high tech innovation in classrooms, including experiments at UCSD with the robot Asobo to help very young children learn. Machine Perception Lab director Javier Movellan, based in Atkinson Hall, was interviewed. (Flash video can be viewed from the news site.)
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1.1.2006
"China Radio International Online"
U.S. researchers use advanced technology to locate tomb of Genghis Khan

The English language version of CRI runs a story from Xinhua News.
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1.1.2006
"FreshNews.com"
Ortiva Wireless Named to SiliconIndia's List of Top Ten Wireless Technology Companies

The online news service notes that the company started by Calit2 participant Sujit Dey, Ortiva Wireless, has been named to SiliconIndia magazine's list of Top Ten Technology Companies founded and managed by Indians within the U.S.
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1.1.2006
"HPCwire"
UC San Diego Researchers Visualize Cultural Patterns

The high-performance networking news service reports on the award of 330,000 hours of time on DOE supercomputers for the Calit2-based Software Studies Initiative.
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