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  • MIT Enterprise Forum to Be Moderated by CSE's Smarr

    CSE Prof. Larry Smarr will moderate a discussion on "The Quantified Self Movement," the title of an upcoming MIT Enterprise Forum organized by the Forum's San Diego chapter.  The January 15 event will take place from 5pm to 8:30pm in the UCSD Medical Education and Telemedicine Building on the UC San Diego campus. Smarr - the founding director of Calit2 and "defacto evangelist" of the quantified-self movement - is the "poster man for the medical strategy of the future," according to a 2012 article in the MIT Technology Review. As promoted by the MIT Enterprise Forum, the session and "lively panel discussion" will attempt to answer certain questions: What is the Quantified Self movement and why are fitness buffs, techno geeks and patients with chronic conditions obsessively monitoring their various personal metrics?  Is this trend the beginning of a major shift in how we look at our health?  What is the distinction between digital health and self-monitoring? Why are global sports clothing companies investing in this technology? According to organizers, attendees will also learn about the "growing availability of inexpensive monitoring devices, personal genetic profiles, and the increasing sophistication of software apps and social networks which promise to fuel the self-tracking revolution around personal health and fitness."  Click here to register and attend the Forum.

  • CSE Prof. Scott Klemmer on Peer Assessment in Online Education

    Is it possible to teach classes with creative, open-ended projects on a massive scale? Difficult, but not impossible, according to CSE Prof. Scott Klemmer. Massive online courses benefit from the 'wisdom of the crowd,' he says, which can actually enhance a crucial element of creative coursework: peer assessment. The challenge, according to Klemmer, speaking at a lecture organized by the Qualcomm Institute's Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Initiative, is that students must know what 'good' means, which can be difficult when they are sitting behind computer screens scattered all over the world. But the path is smoother now that Klemmer and colleagues have developed a set of best practices enshrined in what he calls the Seven Habits for Highly Effective Peer Assessment, which have been used in more than 100 massive open online courses (MOOCs). Klemmer's research is informed by his own collaboration with Coursera in 2012 to launch the first massive-scale class -- a design course - with self and peer assessment. Read news release about peer assessment.

  • U.S. Patent Issued to CSE Professor and Former Postdoc

    CSE Prof. Andrew Kahng (pictured at left) and former CSE postdoctoral scholar Hailong Yao (right) are named on one of only two patents awarded by the U.S. Patent Office in the first half of 2013 to researchers in the Jacobs School of Engineering. That’s according to the UC San Diego Technology Transfer Office. The patent filed through the campus protects the intellectual property developed by Kahng and Yao for “layout decomposition for double patterning lithography” (U.S. Patent # 8,402,396). The invention, first submitted in 2010, provides systems and methods for layout decomposition to produce exposure layouts that can be used to perform double patterning lithography (DPL). Yao spent two years in Kahng’s lab. Then in 2009, he returned to China to become an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, where he had earned his Ph.D. in 2007. “In my postdoctoral research, I focused on the areas of design for manufacturing, delay and leakage optimization, etc.,” said Yao. DPL layout composition was also the topic of a joint 2010 paper Kahng, Yao and other colleagues published in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. The paper focused on process nodes of 45 nanometers or below. Yao’s current research group in Beijing focuses on the area of VLSI physical design, including topics of floor-planning, placement, routing, clock tree synthesis and routing, timing analysis and optimization.

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  • SDSC Researchers Recognized by White House for Data Science Contributions

    Two researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) who will play key roles in CSE’s pending Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) program in the Jacobs School of Engineering were recognized at a White House.meeting on accelerating R&D and collaborations in data-enabled science and engineering. Chaitan Baru (pictured at right) and Natasha Balac are engaged with the department at instructors for MAS program in Data Science and Engineering. The Obama Administration held an event called Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships, in the second week of November, highlighting centers of excellence, including those led by the two SDSC researchers: Baru’s Center for Large-scale Data Systems Research (CLDS), and Balac’s Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE).

    Natasha Balac (at left) was recognized for a project she is coordinating with Clean Tech San Diego and OSIsoft to develop a “sustainable communities” infrastructure for downtown San Diego, in part to reduce power consumption. Chaitan Baru was invited to attend the White House event in recognition of coordinating a collaboration among industry, academia and government to develop industry-standard, application-level benchmarks to evaluate hardware and software systems for big data applications. The BigData Top100 List is a new open, community-based big data benchmarking initiative coordinated by a board of directors that includes representation from SDSC, University of Toronto, and corporations including Facebook, IBM, and Google.   

  • CSE Undergraduate Develops Mobile Tour App, Now Part of Kickstarter Campaign

    CSE senior Jesus Rios (pictured at right in Osaka) spent the summer in Japan on a Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) research internship with Japan's National Institute for Information and Communication Technology. The specific project, however, was organized by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), which saw the opportunity to develop the next iteration of mobile apps to be used by cultural institutions in Balboa Park. The result is the Japanese Friendship Garden Haiku Hunt -- a 21st century scavenger hunt for visitors to the garden in Balboa Park with Android smart phones. The hunt is enabled by a Japanese location-sensor Wi-Fi chip, called the PlaceSticker, and the Android app developed by CSE undergraduate Rios full-time in Japan during the summer and part-time since then. 
    Now BPOC and its partners are in the middle of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that ends on November 24. They are seeking $2,500 in funds to put finishing touches on the app and deploy the PlaceStickers in the Japanese Friendship Garden. “We have wanted to use Kickstarter for awhile,” noted BPOC Director Vivian Kung Haga. “The Haiku Hunt is our first Kickstarter and we felt that it was a great fit for a crowdsourced campaign, because the app itself was built on a crowdsourced contest.” That's because over the summer, visitors to the Garden's website were asked to create riddles to ten locations in the form of Japanese haiku poems, and sumi-e ink brush drawings, the best of which became clues in the Haiku Hunt app (at left). If visitors solve all ten clues, they get a coupon reward. No one wants to see the Kickstarter campaign succeed more than Jesus Rios. Now a CSE senior has experience with Java, C/C++ and Javascript programming, and his interests include mobile development and front-end engineering.  “The Haiku Hunt was designed to give the user a different kind of experience in the garden,” notes Rios. “The user can learn more about the garden’s collections, and also have fun in the process.” Read the full news release.
  • CSE Student's Online Discount Venture Gets Support from Moxie Center

    Another CSE undergrad, Dexin Qi (left), is the co-founder of a new online iPassStore, launched with a little help from marketing and engineering interns and office space in the Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship. The company's first product is the Triton Pass, which so far has attracted some 3,000 Likes on iPassStore's Facebook page. It's a virtual discount card that offers UC San Diego students discounts on eateries such as Subway, Panda Express, Roma Cafe and a few others on campus. The virtual card is saved on a smart phone and shown at participating stores to receive the 10% discount. For the moment, Triton Pass is only at UCSD, and the company recently launched Aztec Pass for students and stores on the San Diego State University campus. As it grows, iPassStore hopes to expand to other university campuses. Qi's partner in the venture is a chemical engineering major Ford Wang. The iPassStore hopes to launch the service via Google Wallet "coming soon." Find out more about the iPassStore here, or visit the Triton Pass page on Facebook.

  • SimpleCard App for iPhone Developed by CSE Junior

    Mobile app development also led to the creation of another CSE student-run startup, Swipe Development. The undergraduate, Daniel Brim, developed a service called SimpleCard, and put simply, it offers a new way for students to use flashcards. As stated on their website, "most other flashcard apps are geared towards students who are studying material that doesn't take up a lot of space on a flashcard. SimpleCard was made originally for college students who want to study lots of complicated material that can't be boiled down into a couple of sentences. It is also one of the few flashcard apps that focuses first and foremost on user experience and design, instead of providing unnecessarily bloated features." According to Brim, who is a junior majoring in computer science with a minor in business, "Studying should be straightforward and simple. Our app gets straight to the point." The flashcard app and website are targeted at students who deal with large data sets which require implementing memory recycling concepts to present the flashcards dynamically when needed. For the moment, SimpleCard is only available for the iPhone. Click here to learn more about the SimpleCard app.

  • CSE Students Join Interdisciplinary Team Documenting Ancient Sites in Calabria

    An interdisciplinary team of Ph.D. students from UC San Diego, including two CSE Ph.D. students, visited Calabria in the boot of Italy Oct. 8-15 to participate in several excavations. But David Vanoni and Vid Petrovic (pictured deploying thermal imaging equipment) weren’t using picks or shovels. Instead, they were documenting progress at each site as the excavation season came to an end. The visit coincided with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UC San Diego’s Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) and the Department of Archaeology and Art History of Italy’s University of Calabria (UNICAL). “This is an important partnership because the two sides have interests that are closely aligned,” said CISA3 Director Falko Kuester. “Calabria is the location of some of the most important archaeological finds in Europe going back many civilizations, and UC San Diego is developing technologies and new methodologies that will enhance our ability to uncover the secrets of our past.”

    In addition to Vanoni and Petrovic (pictured at left with structural engineering student Michael Hess at the Murgie di Santa Caterina site), other UC San Diego grad students on the expedition came from structural engineering, materials science, and anthropological archaeology. At an early medieval monastery, the CSE students brainstormed with Italian counterparts on ways to improve data collection, processing and analysis, and to build a virtual model of the site. Technologies used at the Castello Svevo high above the medieval city of Rocca Imperiale included photogrammetry, laser scanning, Structure-from-Motion imaging, thermal imaging and stereoscopic (3D) photography. At another site, they also used x-ray fluorescence to determine the structural health of an 11th century church. CSE’s Vanoni and Petrovic also briefed archaeologists from the University of Calabria on topics including data management, visualization of archaeological data, and user interfaces. Read full news release here.

  • An "Uncanny Ability": Stefan Savage Honored with SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award

    On Nov. 5, CSE Prof. Stefan Savage received the 2013 ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award during the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) in Farmington, PA. “Professor Savage’s work crosses the boundaries from technology challenges to public policy implications of cybersecurity,” says CSE Chair Rajesh Gupta. “His work is a prime example of how computer science is catalyzing scientific advances and solving societal problems.” Nominees must be less than 20 years into their careers; Savage (at right and below giving thumbs-up) earned his Ph.D. and joined CSE in 2001 – the same year as the award itself was launched to honor Mark Weiser’s long career at Xerox PARC. The Weiser Award goes to individual researchers who are chosen based on contributions to computer systems research that are “highly creative, innovative, and possibly high-risk.”

    “Stefan Savage is, by far, the most creative person working in the hugely important fields of network security, privacy and reliability,” according to materials submitted as part of his nomination. “He has an uncanny ability to ask exactly the right question, propose exactly the right solution, and see that solution through to impact.”

    Savage’s reputation was not built on a single contribution. Nominating materials credit him with “a collection of individually high-impact contributions that point in a single, critically important direction: analyzing Internet attacks and attackers as elements of an integrated technological, societal, and economic system, and recognizing that no one-dimensional intervention has a prayer of succeeding… Our inability to select a single ‘greatest hit’ does not make The Beatles a lesser band; rather, we recognize that any one of their better songs would have been sufficient to catapult a lesser band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” Savage’s Ph.D. advisors at the University of Washington are previous winners of the Weiser Award: Brian Bershad in 2004, and Tom Anderson in 2005. “This recognition of Stefan’s work underlines the department's success in identifying compelling junior talent and cultivating them to reach heights in their research careers,” observed CSE’s Gupta. “Stefan is also an extraordinarily pleasant colleague to work with, one who is solidly at the core of the collegial culture of this department.” Savage is a member of the Systems and Networking  Currently Savage is the Director of the Center for Networked Systems (CNS) and Co-Director of the Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CCIED).  Read the full news release.

  • Amazon Cloud Services for Student Startups

    The Moxie Center's mission is to educate student entrepreneurs and encourage them to "dream, design, develop" their ideas into businesses. To further that mission, the center has announced a partnership with that will provide Moxie Center-based student startups with free access to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) new  AWS Activate program for early-stage companies. The Amazon program will provide each eligible Moxie Center startup with a substantial grant for use of the AWS cloud computing platform, including servers, databases, payment services, etc.  These resources will allow for support of online applications ranging from simple websites to complex software as a service (SaaS) applications.  Moxie Center startups will also receive free training, one year of free AWS Business Support, access to Startup Forums, and other AWS Activate services. 

    Jacobs School alumni and others interested in the Moxie Center and its programs have the opportunity to network and learn about them this Wednesday, November 6 from 5:30-7:30PM in the Qualcomm Conference Center of Jacobs Hall. Attendees will be able to see first-hand how students develop product prototypes, learn about entrepreneurship and live the Moxie Incubator Experience, as well as explore mentoring opportunities. 

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