San Diego, April 19, 2011 -- Venture capitalists will have to choose between green expectations and biophotonics, or stem cell research and virtual infrastructure, during the Third Annual La Jolla Research & Innovation Summit.
Also on the agenda: a plenary session moderated by Calit2 Director Larry Smarr on “coping with the exponential deluge” of data. “UC San Diego has been at the forefront of innovating cyberinfrastructure for data-intensive scientific research for over a decade,” says Smarr. “We are now building up a critical mass of novel biomedical applications enabled by this unique infrastructure, with a goal of shifting those new modes of research to the private sector, which can generate new jobs and new businesses for California.”
Three UCSD faculty members will join Smarr on the “Data, Data Everywhere” panel: UC San Diego School of Medicine Chief of Genetics Trey Ideker; San Diego Supercomputer Center Director Mike Norman; and Kevin Patrick, a professor of family and preventive medicine and Director of Calit2’s Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems. Patrick will talk about disruptive wireless systems pointing to a “new world of preventive predictable medicine.” SDSC’s Norman will focus on high-performance data infrastructure, and Ideker is set to discuss the growth of biomedical data produced by a wide range of scientific instruments.
The program will focus on five well-funded areas of research currently underway in La Jolla and San Diego, each of which has significant potential to translate into commercializable products. The summit agenda is notable for the number of faculty from UC San Diego who are moderating or speaking on the panels.
A second panel will explore “Virtual Infrastructure: The Backbone of Environmental Advances.” The session will be moderated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor John Orcutt, who leads the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure project, which is based in Calit2. "The NSF-sponsored ocean observatory cyberinfrastructure is the largest effort to date to develop an end-to-end solution integrating large numbers of instruments, platforms and networks into a comprehensive observatory system,” says Orcutt. “The new information technologies, including messaging in lieu of explicit IP technologies [e.g., FTP or HTTP], enhance error recovery, security and interaction with the 'cloud.'" The panelists all work on the OOI Cyberinfrastructure project; they include Calit2 researcher and Computer Science and Engineering professor Ingolf Krueger, Scripps Research Geophysicist Frank Vernon, and OOI-CI Program Manager Matt Arrott.
The Director of UC San Diego’s Stem Cell Program, Lawrence Goldstein, will chair a panel on “Regenerative Medicine: A Fresh Outlook for Neuro, Cardio and Cancer.” The session highlights the ties that now bind UC San Diego, TSRI, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, which jointly created what is today the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. The consortium has brought roughly $260 million in grant funding to San Diego from the state stem-cell agency since 2006. The Summit panel includes Kristen Brennand and Inder Verma (both from the Salk Institute); and Mark Mercola, an adjunct professor in pediatrics and pathology at UCSD, and director of the muscle development and regeneration program at that Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.
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very short time scales,” said Kleissl. “This will enable more efficient operation of transmission capacity and ramping of conventional power plants. Our software tools to conduct such forecasts present a significant improvement over other existing techniques.”
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