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UC San Diego Participates in Coursera Global Skills Initiative

August 5, 2015

The Qualcomm Institute and SDSC are producing online courses about the Internet of Things and Big Data, respectively. The courses, to debut in the fall, represent two of the three series of courses announced this week by Coursera' new Global Skills Initiative.

The mystartupXX Program Wins Award from U.S. SBA

August 5, 2015

The mystartupXX accelerator program, a collaboration of the California Institute for Innovation and Development at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been chosen for a second time as one of the winners of the national Growth Accelerator Fund competition and recipient of a $50,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

NSF Gives Green Light to Pacific Research Platform

August 3, 2015

NSF has awarded Calit2, CITRIS and nearly 20 participating institutions a $5 million, 5-year grant to create the Pacific Research Platform to enable a science-driven data freeway system in the western U.S. with speeds 1,000 times faster that today's traffic between campuses.

Computer Scientists Work to Help Individuals with Locked-in Syndrome Thanks to Moxie Foundation

August 3, 2015

A $300,000 gift from the Moxie Foundation will support computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego who are researching and developing high-tech assistive technology to help individuals with disabilities.

Boxfish Shell Inspires New Materials for Body Armor and Flexible Electronics

July 30, 2015

The boxfish’s unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. Engineers also describe how the structure of the boxfish (Lactoria cornuta) could serve as inspiration for body armor, robots and even flexible electronics.

Two UC San Diego Scientists Receive Stem Cell Technology Grants

February 2, 2015

The governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded two University of California, San Diego researchers almost $3 million in combined funding to pursue new technologies intended to accelerate advances moving stem cell therapies out of the lab and into the clinic.

Two UC San Diego Computer Scientists, One Electrical Engineer Named IEEE Fellows

December 2, 2014

Three members of the Jacobs School of Engineering faculty at the University of California, San Diego have been elevated to be Fellows in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Prof. David Kriegman was honored for his contributions to computer vision, and CSE Prof. Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou was cited for her “contributions to scalable algorithms and tools for computer reliability.” Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Prof. Young-Han Kim was honored for his contributions to feedback communication and network information theory. All three faculty members are also affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute.

Vegetable Oil Ingredient Key to Destroying Gastric Disease Bacteria

November 25, 2014

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is strongly associated with gastric ulcers and cancer. To combat the infection, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering developed LipoLLA, a therapeutic nanoparticle that contains linolenic acid, a component in vegetable oils.

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Triumph at Data Processing Competition

November 7, 2014

After a two-year hiatus, a team from the Center for Networked Systems (CNS) at the University of California, San Diego came roaring back to set three new world records in a data processing competition for industry and academe. CNS associate director George Porter, former CNS director Amin Vahdat (now at Google), and Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student Michael Conley set a world record in the 100 Terabyte Daytona (think speed) GraySort category. They outperformed everyone else, sorting 100 TB in less than 23 minutes, but tied with the startup company Databricks (which sorted the same amount of data in 23.4 minutes). Both used the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light into Heat

October 30, 2014

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity. Their work, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, was published recently in two separate articles in the journal Nano Energy.
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