Calit2.Life : A day in the life of Calit2, every day.

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) has divisions, people and buildings at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. This website gives readers an inside look at the day-to-day, behind-the-scenes activities of the institute from the perspective of a cross-section of contributors from different parts of Calit2 on each campus.

Calit2 Summer Scholars Poster Session - Wednesday, 9/21

By Maureen Curran

SS2011_posterSess_3-5_200.jpgPlease join us as two dozen UCSD undergraduates showcase their summer research findings at a poster session and reception on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 3-5 p.m., in the Calit2 Lobby, Atkinson Hall. This year's Calit2 Summer Scholars are from 16 different majors, working with faculty advisors across the campus.

We hope to see you there! Please pass this invitation on to interested colleagues and/or post invitation your group.

For more information on this year's scholars and projects, go to: http://ucsdstudents.calit2.net/studentlist.php

Please address questions and RSVP to Amy Nguyen, a1nguyen@ucsd.edu.

Stories on this year's scholars:
Undergrads Spending the Summer as Full-time Researchers

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Don't Trash That Pen!

By Tiffany Fox

In partnership with TerraCycle and OfficeMax, Calit2 at UC San Diego is participating in a new campuswide program called the "Writing Instrument Brigade." Used pens and other writing instruments will be sent to TerraCycle, which will "upcycle" them and make them into fun and innovative products. 
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But wait, there's more! TerraCycle will donate two cents for every writing instrument received to support the Sustainability Resource Center on campus. All pens, mechanical pencils, correction tape dispensers and markers are acceptable including Sharpies, highlighters, and dry erase markers. 

Calit2 has set up a pen recycling box on each of the floors in the mail room area, next to the ...

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Discussion Follows NYTimes Article on Supercomputers Altering Science

By Doug Ramsey

Ever since the New York Times published John Markoff's article, Digging Deeper, Seeing Farther: Supercomputers Alter Science, about the fundamental way in which high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure are changing the way we do science, the April 25 story has touched off an ongoing discussion about some of its conclusions.


Calit2 figured prominently in the article, which included quotes from its director, Larry Smarr, and director of visualization, Tom DeFanti. Smarr told Markoff that the "profound thing is that today all scientific instruments have computing intelligence inside, and that's a huge change." But it was another quote that provoked the discussion, when Smarr argued that ...

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Albert Lin Nominated for Asian Heritage Award

By Doug Ramsey

CISA3/IGERT research scientist Albert Yu-Min Lin has been nominated for an Asian Heritage Award in the "cultural preservation" category. Lin is leading the non-invasive effort to locate the tomb of Genghis Khan while preserving large areas of Mongolia in pristine condition for future generations.  The Asian Heritage Society/Asia Media will announce the winners of awards in 14 categories on Aug. 20, at a gala dinner at Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay. Lin runs the UCSD-National Geographic Engineers for Exploration program.

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Dominguez at MIT, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 and upcoming events

By Micha Cardenas

Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 in Digimag is out today:

We are Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 - EDT2.0. As a collective, we are already many. As a multiplicity, our goals, hopes and intentions are multiple. Our shared goals include the disturbance of borders: national, gender, genre, disciplinary, fiction/non, through the exploitation and re/performance of technology, poetry and the imaginaries of each... We create media viruses, dislocative border disturbance technologies and Electronic Civil Disobedience actions in order to imagine and bring about desired futures. We exploit existing media technologies in order to conjure spirits of mayan technologies and queer technologies in the ...

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Channel Your Inner DJ/VJ with '[Crowd] Control'

By Tiffany Fox

The party is in your hands (or rather, at your feet) with Calit2 Media Specialist Mike Toillion's "[Crowd] Control," an immersive, interactive audio/visual installation that will take over the UCSD Visual Arts Facility Performance Space from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 11. 

Toillion, who is also a graduate student in UCSD's Visual Arts program, describes "[Crowd] Control" as "turning an electronic music party inside-out."

"There is no DJ providing sound, no VJ providing visuals," he adds. "The audience is responsible for their experience."
 
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The installation features a dance floor equipped with six force-sensitive pressure pads. Each pad acts as a toggle to switch for one instrument ...

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Your Country (and the San Diego Science Festival) Need You

By Tiffany Fox

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In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama emphasized the importance of STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education and careers for building our nation's future. Here's your chance to answer the President's call-to-action by participating in the San Diego Sciences Festival, the largest celebration of science and engineering on the West Coast. 

The third annual San Diego Science Festival, organized by UC San Diego, provides a week of free, interactive STEM activities to engage and inspire kids of all ages starting March 19 and culminating in EXPO Day at PETCO park on March 26. To learn about volunteer opportunities or other ways you can participate, please ...

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Highways Performance Space Presents Calit2/CRCA artist/researchers in somatic SENSOR

By Micha Cardenas

Calit2 and CRCA artist/researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are co-curating and performing in a new art show in Los Angeles. The press release is below and more information is available at transreal.org. The show includes the work of a number of UCSD MFA candidates as well. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PERFORMANCE, VISUAL ART

CONTACT: Patrick Kennelly
(310) 453-1755
admin at highwaysperformance dot org


Highways Performance Space Presents somatic SENSOR, featuring Performance, Digital and Networked Media, Drawing and Soft Sculpture that Opens Borders Between Realities and Bodies

Friday and Saturday, January 21 + 22, 2011 at 8:30pm
Highways Performance Space
at the 18th Street Arts Center
1651 ...

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Appointment of Micha Cardenas as Interim Associate Director of Art and Technology for Sixth College

By Micha Cardenas

Cali2 and CRCA artist/researcher Micha Cardenas has been appointed to a new position at UCSD. The announcement from Sixth College Director of Academic Programs, Liz Losh, follows. 


From: Losh, Elizabeth
Date: 2011/1/6

Dear Sixth College colleagues,

Please join me in warmly welcoming our interim Associate Director of Art and Technology, Micha Cardenas. With degrees in Computer Science, Critical Theory, and Visual Arts and long-standing relationships with UCSD arts communities and committees to promote diversity, we feel very fortunate to have Micha join us in Academic Programs. Micha is an artist/theorist whose transreal work mixes physical and networked spaces in order to ...

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Calit2 Summer Scholars Poster Session - Tomorrow!

By Maureen Curran

The twenty-five UCSD undergraduates who participated in the 2010 Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program are ready to showcase the results of their work -- everyone is invited! 

Wednesday, September 22
2-3 p.m. Short Presentations by five Summer Scholars during the Calit2 General Staff Meeting
3-5 p.m. Poster Session
Location: Calit2 Auditorium and First Floor Lobby, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

Five of the Calit2 Scholars will make short presentations during the next Calit2 General Staff Meeting on September 22 at 2pm, followed by a Poster Session at which all of the summer scholars will talk about and show their work. In addition, the poster ...

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Artist/Researcher and Lecturer Micha Cardenas Publishes Book Chapter

By Micha Cardenas

UCSD Lecturer and Calit2/CRCA Artist/Researcher Micha Cardenas has published a new book chapter in the book Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. Cardenas' chapter is titled "I am Transreal: A reflection on/of Becoming Dragon". It begins with her research at Calit2 into immersive interfaces for Second Life and their intersection with possible futures of gender, sexuality and new forms of embodiment.

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About the book: In the 15 years since the release of Gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein's groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today's transgenders and other ...

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b.a.n.g. lab researchers present at Art and Resistance Workshop in Chiapas

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are currently in Chiapas, Mexico teaching a two day workshop on "Digital Activism: From ECD to Mixed Reality". The workshop is part of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics' summer course Art and Resistance. Other presenting artists include Jesusa Rodriguez, 2boys.tv and the Fortaleza de Mujer Maya.

We're really enjoying participating in the workshop and the intense dialogue here with the rest of the artists and scholars at this event. You can read more about our workshop and the rest of the event at these sites:

Art and Resistance course blog (in English)

Arte y Resistancia blog by two participants from the Universidad ...

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Tom DeFanti Honored at his Alma Mater

By Doug Ramsey

Calit2 visualization director and research scientist Tom DeFanti earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1973, and his Master's in 1970, both in computer science. The computer graphics pioneer developed the original version of the GRAphics Symbiosis System (GRASS) programming language for his dissertation. Now a "virtual" DeFanti is back at OSU, on his alma mater's Hall of Fame.DeFanti_OSU_Composite.jpg


The main text panel on the three-panel rotating display explains that arguably the most famous appplication of the GRASS 3D, real-time system was the "attacking the Death Star will not be easy" briefing room scene in the original Star Wars.

DeFanti also co-conceived the CAVE virtual reality environment, originally ...

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PCs That Work While They Sleep

By Doug Ramsey

virtual_x220.jpgTechnology Review, the magazine published by MIT, is out with a great article by Duncan Graham-Rowe about SleepServer, a "stripped down, virtual copy of a machine. Software running on a remote server maintains a version of a PC's operating systems and applications. The software... carries on tasks on behalf of the desktop machine while it is put into a low-energy sleep mode." Developed by CSE researcher Yuvraj Agarwal in the lab of CSE professor Rajesh Gupta (who is also associate director of Calit2's UCSD division), SleepServer "lets desktop computers continue to function in sleep mode [and] could reduce the energy consumption of office networks by around 60 percent," according to TR (which ...

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San Diego CityBeat Film Critic Praises Calit2 4K Theater

By Tiffany Fox

oldmoney.jpgIn a recent article for San Diego CityBeat, film reviewer Anders Wright praises Calit2's 4K theater in UCSD's Atkinson Hall, calling it 'gorgeous.' He also plugs the upcoming screening of "Old Money" by local filmmaker Jay Drose, which takes place in the Calit2 theater at 8 p.m. Friday, June 18.

We have one correction to the story, though: The 4K Theater is not the new kid on the cinematic block -- the theater will be five years old in October.


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The 'Geek Elite' Movement, Featuring Calit2's Larry Smarr

By Tiffany Fox

LarrySmarr.jpgCalit2 Director Larry Smarr is one of the people profiled in Lisa Krieger's article about the "geek elite movement" called "The Quantified Self," where individuals "measure the minutia of moods, weight, pain, muscle mass, even their innermost thoughts, in an effort to know themselves better and improve their lives."

The article turned up in the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and SiliconValley.com
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Deadline This Friday for Undergraduate Summer Scholar Applications

By Maureen Curran

2009summer_scholars_reid-oda.jpgThe deadline for submitting an application for a 2010 Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship is this Friday, March 5, by NOON. UCSD undergrads in all majors are encouraged to apply. 

This will be the tenth year of the highly successful program; more than 225 UCSD undergraduates from dozens of majors have been Calit2 Summer Scholars. Many have successfully used their experience as summer scholars as springboards to graduate school as well as positions in industry.

The scholarship program pays undergraduates a $3,000 scholarship to work as paid, full-time student researchers for a 10-week period during the summer in faculty labs across the campus. The students make a contribution ...

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technesexual performance and artist talk next week in Durham

By Micha Cardenas

Next week, CRCA and b.a.n.g. lab researchers Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas are heading out to Durham, North Carolina to do a performance and artist talk at Duke University. They will also be meeting with the Experiencing Virtual Worlds interdisciplinary research group at Duke to discuss some of their recent writing.

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a mixed reality performance
1/25 @ 6pm, SoundSense Studio, CIEMAS

Erotic Mixed Reality Performance
an artist talk
1/27 @ 4pm, Nasher Museum Auditorium

Sponsored by:
The Experiencing Virtual Worlds Working Group
Information Science + Information Studies
Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Women's Studies

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PRIME Info Session for Undergrads Wanting to do Summer Research Abroad

By Maureen Curran

Lao-She-Tea-House.jpgIf you're a UCSD undergrad (or know one) who is interested in working as a researcher in a laboratory at one of 13 host institutions across the Pacific Rim and India this summer, read on. The Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program is holding an information session tomorrow.

2010 PRIME Info Session
Thurs,, 01/14/10 - 5 p.m.
in UCSD's Natural Sciences Auditorium

(The Natural Sciences Building is on the Revelle Campus, on Scholars Drive south, near the Commons)

PRIME is a unique program which provides undergraduates with hands-on, full-time research experiences lasting nine weeks in internationally collaborative settings. Against the backdrop of living abroad in another culture, the ...

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Media Frenzy over the Transborder Immigrant Tool

By Micha Cardenas

The Transborder Immigrant Tool was the subject of a whirlwind of media attention in the past week. The project has been developed by the Electronic Disturbance Theater, consisting of artists Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum, Amy Sara Carroll and Micha Cardenas. The media coverage included television, radio and print stories including the Associated Press, BBC World, NBC, Fox, and the UCSD Guardian. While the actual stories are too many to list here, the following is a list of some of the major articles. Many media outlets improperly reported it as an Iphone app, others attempted to discredit the project saying it is illegal, and some interviewed Enrique Morones of the Border Angels, one of ...

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Greening the Future

By Doug Ramsey

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As noted in a news release from Calit2 this morning, Calit2's Larry Smarr, Tom DeFanti and Jerry Sheehan (with CANARIE's Bill St. Arnaud) have co-authored the lead article in the November-December issue of EDUCAUSE Review. It's an overview of the challenge facing universities in the age of 'global climatic disruption,' and provides a roadmap for campuses to help pave the way for a greener future. The article is accompanied by a backgrounder that EDUCAUSE is offering as a Web Exclusive, focused on the scientific basis for concern about continued carbon emissions into the atmosphere -- and how carbon regulation will impact universities financially.

The article was published in time for the ...

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b.a.n.g lab Articles in Vice Magazine and Augmentology.com

By Micha Cardenas

Vice magazine wrote a long article this month about Calit2 PI Ricardo Dominguez and the b.a.n.g. lab. The article covers numerous Border Disturbance Art projects, including the Freephone, but focuses on the Transborder Immigrant Tool.

FOLLOW THE GPS, ESE:THE TRANSBORDER IMMIGRANT TOOL HELPS MEXICANS CROSS OVER SAFELY



Also, b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas/Azdel Slade published a new article on Realityshifting on Augmentology.com last week. It includes a short machinima she produced as well as other videos and links. Check it out and leave a comment with your thoughts!

Reality Shifting - Part 1: Rezzing...

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'Inexpensive Desalination: Harnessing Natural Forces'

By Tiffany Fox

Join the UCSD Sustainability Solutions Institute and the Campus Water Collaborative Wednesday, Nov. 18 for their second technical seminar, "Inexpensive Desalination: Harnessing Natural Forces." Thumbnail image for watercollab_droplet.jpg

The hour-long seminar begins at 4 p.m. in Atkinson Hall Room 4004 and features Michael Motherway, President of DXV Water Technologies. The agenda includes a 25-minute presentation, followed by an open discussion with question and answer opportunities. Refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited so please RSVP to msession@ucsd.edu.
 
SSI encourages faculty, researchers, staff and students to attend, particularly to hear from experts outside your discipline. For more information about the UCSD Campus ...

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Recent Reviews and Articles about b.a.n.g. lab Projects

By Micha Cardenas

Calit2 artist/researchers working with the b.a.n.g. lab have had a number of reviews and articles published about their work this month. The new article Micha Cardenas co-authored with Felipe Zuniga entitled "IO NON HO NIENTE DA DIRE (I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY)" is in the current issue Digimag, an italian new media magazine. Since its only in Italian, you can find english text here. The article discusses the Emergency - Emergent Agency / Emergencia - Agencia Emergente project, which Ricardo Dominguez was also a part of, for the Dialogos y Interrogantes portion of the Proyecto Civico exhibition at CECUT in Tijuana.

coperta2.jpg Gabriel Menotti wrote a really interesting review of Artivistic TURN*ON for Furtherfield.org ...

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Calit2 Staff Photographer Wins ACP Award

By Tiffany Fox

UCSD undergrad and Calit2 staff photographer Erik Jepsen won first place in the sports photo category in the Associated Collegiate Press' annual Photo Excellence Awards. volleyball.jpg

Jepsen took his aerial shot of a UCSD volleyball player (shown at left) for the UCSD Guardian while perched in the rafters of RIMAC arena (although he likes to tell people that he set the camera's self-timer and tossed it above the player just before his overhand serve). Click here to see the other winning entries.

Jepsen's photograph of Calit2 researcher Albert Yu-Min Lin was also recently featured on National Geographic's Web site. NatGeo ran Jepsen's pic of Lin standing in front of the institute's HIPerSpace Wall with its ...

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Student Captures the World and Data

By Maureen Curran

MichaelNekrasovKentingLab_3271.jpgUC San Diego undergrad Michael Nekrasov spent nine weeks this summer as a Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) student in Taiwan. He worked on a project of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Calit2, engineering a system that will allow researchers to monitor coral reefs in real time ("Coral Reef Observing through Data Capture, Data Streaming, and Automation").

His project involved integrating cameras into environmental observing systems, as well as using fluorescence to detect coral health, particularly focusing on coral larvae. One of the major goals for the project was to use the system for the automated counting of coral larvae as they are released (a process which takes ...

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Happy Halloween from Calit2

By Tiffany Fox

Thumbnail image for pumpkins.JPG... and a happy birthday to all those at Calit2 who celebrate an October birthday!

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QAMA(TM) Calculator Goes Online (and hits the Times of London)

By Tiffany Fox

10_14_09_qama_screengrab.jpgIt's the calculator that "thinks" only if you think, too -- and now it's available online.

QAMA(TM), or Quick Approximate Mental Arithmetic, is a new kind of calculator designed and developed by Ilan Samson, an "inventor-in-residence" at the University of California, San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Having prototyped and tested a hand-held version of the calculator at UC San Diego and San Diego's High Tech High School, Samson has now launched an online version of the device that allows users to perform any calculation, from simple arithmetic to complex calculations involving scientific functions. But here's the twist: The result is shown ...

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Facebook Makes News at Calit2 UC San Diego

By Doug Ramsey

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When Facebook's VP of Technology, Jeff Rothschild, delivered a lecture at Calit2 Oct. 8 at the invitation of the Center for Networked Systems (CNS), he divulged some key statistics that made news in high-tech publications that follow the data center industry. Rothschild's talk was webcast live by Calit2 and the archived version of "High Performance at Massive Scale" is now available for on-demand viewing [Windows Media player and broadband connection required]. As the blog High Scalability reports, Rothschild divulged that "Facebook handles 30K+ machines, 300 million active users, 20 billion photos, and 25TB per day of logging data."

Then in the Oct. 13 issue of Data Center Knowledge, Rich ...

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Calit2 Affiliate James Fowler Featured in Heavy-Duty Media Blitz

By Tiffany Fox

new-york-times-masthead.jpgThe publication of UC San Diego political science Professor and Calit2 affiliate James Fowler's new book: "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives" has led to an onslaught of media attention in some noteworthy publications.

Fowler's research (conducted with colleague Nicholas Christakis of the Harvard School of Public Health) was the lead story on CNN.com this morning.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review ran a piece about Fowler's book in its last Sunday edition, and the story has also received recent pick-up in USA Today, NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Fowler is an affiliate of Calit2's Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems (CWPHS). ...

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Xconomy.com Features Calit2's Larry Smarr in a Two-Part Series

By Tiffany Fox

Larry-Smarr-of-Calit2.jpgXconomy.com, a nationwide, Web-based publication that features stories on exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation, recently featured Calit2 Director Larry Smarr in a two-part series about the "Origins of the Internet, Innovations in IT, and Insights on the Path Ahead."

One highlight: "(Smarr) views Calit2 as a 'time machine' because the advanced capabilities of the institute's high-performance network enable researchers to develop software applications five or 10 years before they can be deployed commercially. That's something that could be true of any academic research center, although innovations developed for the Internet may stand in a class by themselves."

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Calit2 Summer Scholars Posters Now Online

By Maureen Curran

RobertTurnerPosterWinner800.jpgIf you missed the poster session last week, or if you made it and want to know more, copies of the 2009 Calit2 Summer Scholars' Posters are now available on the Summer Scholars website.

Poster session winner for best poster, Robert Turner, is in photo here. Turner is just beginning his sophomore year as a computer science and engineering (CSE) major this month. He worked with faculty advisor Beth Simon of CSE on his project entitled, "Integrating the Ubiquitous Presenter to receive information from the web, iPhones and iClickers."

The posters are the culmination of 10-weeks of intensive research by 24 undergraduates majoring in 15 different fields who worked with faculty advisors from across ...

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Mixed Relations / Technesexual - Mixed Reality Live Audio Performances and Workshops

By Micha Cardenas

CRCA researchers Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand will be doing a performance entitled Technesexual thattechnesexual2_090924_121547.jpg uses DIY biometric sensors that were made by hand to create live audio which will be heard in real space and virtual space at the same time. It is a Mixed Reality performance exploring relationality between people and between people and technology.

Cardenas and Mehrmand will be performing Technesexual in Tijuana at Entijuanarte on Oct 4th, in San Francisco at Arse Elektronika on Oct 2nd and in Montreal at Artivistic. They will also be doing a 3 day workshop in Montreal from Oct 15-17th, sharing the technology used for the performance with workshop participants including DIY electronics, ...

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Larry Smarr Speaks to UC San Diego New Arrivals

By Doug Ramsey

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On Tuesday evening, Calit2 Director Larry Smarr was the keynote speaker at the 2009 Convocation, which welcomed thousands of transfer students and freshmen to the UC San Diego campus. In his talk, Smarr went out of his way to challenge the students to work on solving the big challenges facing humanity, including global climate change. Here's the full text of his speech:

It is a great honor to be part of this Convocation, welcoming all of you new students to UC San Diego. Most of you are still settling in, starting to make friends, and figuring out how to get around the campus. I can still remember the excitement that I felt, nine years ago when I was arriving here as a new faculty member, ...

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Calit2 Summer Scholars Poster Session Tues. 9/22

By Maureen Curran

SSp_RChoi-3.jpgPlease join us in celebrating the hard work of the 2009 Calit2 Undergraduate Summer Scholars. Their end-of-summer Poster Session will be held next Tuesday.

This event is the culmination of 10-weeks of intensive research by 24 undergraduates majoring in 15 different fields who worked with faculty advisors from across campus as full-time researchers this summer. This is the ninth year of the highly successful program; more than 225 UC San Diego undergraduates have been Calit2 summer scholars.

Calit2 Summer Scholars Poster Session
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Atkinson Hall foyer (aka the prefunction area, PFA)

For more information about the scholars and their research: Summer Scholars ...

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UCSD's James Fowler to Appear at Warwicks for Discussion/Book Signing

By Tiffany Fox

james_fowler_pic.jpgUC San Diego political science Professor James Fowler, an affiliate of Calit2, will make an appearance at Warwick's Bookstore, 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 to discuss and sign his new book, "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives."

Fowler's research (conducted with colleague Nicholas Christakis of the Harvard School of Public Health) has repeatedly made front-page news nationwide. The authors' new book explains why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer and even how we find and choose our partners.

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Virtual and Physical Spaces Unite -- Mixed Relations

By Erik Jepsen

A performance art developed by Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas, "Mixed Realtions" looks at the connection between bodies and technology within a virtual and physical existence, and explores the virtual world's ever increasing influence, socially and physically, in society.


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Elle Mehrmand and Micha Cardenas performing in actual space and artificial space using Second Life.



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Mobile HCI Community Practices and Locative Media Workshop

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas will be presenting at the Mobile HCI conference in Bonn, Germany tomorrow morning at the Community Practices and Locative Media Workshop. She will be presenting a paper on the Transborder Immigrant Tool. The pdf of that paper is here and it was co-written by Cardenas, Ricardo Dominguez, Amy Sara Carroll and Brett Stalbaum of the Electronic Disturbance Theater.

Here's the summary:

The Transborder Immigrant Tool: Violence, Solidarity and Hope in Post-NAFTA Circuits of Bodies Electr(on)/ic

Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll, Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum
EDT, Calit2, B.A.N.G. Lab, UCSD/Michigan

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New in Class -- Digital Signage

By Tiffany Fox

P1010004.JPGA number of classrooms at UC San Diego have received a new addition -- just in time for the 2009-2010 academic year.

LED digital signs have been installed in five classrooms in UCSD's Center Hall, with 13 more expected to be installed throughout campus in the coming months. Initially, the signs will display the time and, at the top of the hour, information about the course itself, including the professor's name and the course title. ("That gets asked about a million times a day on the first day of class," says the project's lead, Calit2 Principal Development Engineer Doug Palmer.)

But eventually, the signs will be used to alert students during emergency situations, such as during a fire or in ...

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Union-Trib Highlights Ocean Observatories Funding

By Doug Ramsey

OOI_map2.jpgThe San Diego Union-Tribune's technology writer Mike Lee picked up on the joint Calit2-Scripps Institution of Oceanography release about overcoming the final obstacle to start receiving roughly $32 million in stimulus funding for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cyberinfrastructure project. The funding comes from NSF, via the semi-governmental Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and had been initially announced in 2007, before an overhaul of Ocean Leadership's predecessor organization -- and budget problems -- put the award on hold. The funding will allow the OOI Cyberinfrastructure project to staff up, primarily at Calit2 where the project is based, under the leadership ...

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B.A.N.G. Lab Researchers Summer Exhibitions

By Micha Cardenas

b.a.n.g. lab researchers at Calit2 have been very busy and have a handful of upcoming and recent exhibitions! Follow these links to find out more!



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Transborder Immigrant Tool tool at ISEA 2009


The Transborder Immigrant Tool will be exhibited in 'Space is the Place' exhibition at the Gallery of the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, as part of the program of ISEA 2009 which takes place in Belfast and Dublin Ireland this year. The exhibition will run from the 27th August - 1st September 2009. The exhibition includes a number of video poems written by Amy Sara Carroll and designed by Calit2 researchers Ricardo Dominguez, Micha Cardenas, and CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand. The voice ...

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Welcoming New Assistant Project Scientist: Derek Lyons

By Bill Tomlinson

This week a new Assistant Project Scientist named Derek Lyons is joining our research group. Derek and I worked together at MIT in the summer of 2001 on the AlphaWolf project. Since then, Derek has been busy, finishing up an M.Sc. at Oxford as part of his Rhodes Scholarship, going back to MIT for an S.M. at the Media Lab, doing his dissertation at Yale in Cognitive Psychology, and spending a year at Reed College (his undergraduate alma mater) as a Visiting Assistant Professor. For the next two years, we'll be working on an NSF-funded project titled "Narrative-Centered Computing for Childhood Environmental Computing." It's great to have him in the group!...

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Calit2 Composer-in-Residence Roger Reynolds Named University Professor

By Tiffany Fox

roger_reynolds.jpgCalit2 extends its deepest congratulations to UC San Diego Music Professor Roger Reynolds, who has been appointed University Professor by the University of California Board of Regents -- the highest honor that can be bestowed on UC faculty.

Reynolds, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, is the first artist to be awarded the title and only the 36th UC faculty member since 1960 to be so honored. The designation is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are recognized and respected as teachers of exceptional ability.

Reynolds joined the UCSD Department of Music in 1969. He became founding director of the Center for Music Experiment (now called the Center for Research in Computing and ...

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Midterm Presentations by Calit2 Summer Scholars This Week and Next

By Maureen Curran

The 24 UC San Diego undergraduates who are Calit2 Summer Research Scholars are about half way through their summer of full-time research. They will be making their midsummer presentations this week and next.

Everyone is invited to attend and learn about the many interesting multidisciplinary projects that these talented undergraduates are working on.

Group A Presentations: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

Group B Presentations: Thursday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m.

Group C Presentations: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

Group D Presentations: Thursday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.

Location for all presentations: Atkinson Hall, Room 4004

Each session will last approximately an hour, with six students giving a 5-8 minute ...

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Jailbreaking

By Rajesh Gupta

There are basically two models of mobile software distribution: access controlled such as iphone and symbian and community rated such as android.

Given the popularity of iphone, developers have sought to bypass Apple control -- also needed for such things as background processing beyond Apple's sandbox for communications transport -- via Jailbreaking. Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, the ACLU of software developers, had filed exemption request to jailbreaking from DMCA to enable applications obtained from sources other than Apple Appstore.

http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/dmca_2009/RM2008-08.phoneunlocking.exhibits.pdf

Last week, Apple strongly came out against jailbreaking and the ...

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4K Film Premiere and Videoconference Link Calit2, Brazil, Japan

By Doug Ramsey

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On Thursday, July 30 Calit2 and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) were part of the first super-high-bandwidth 4K feature film premiere streaming on three continents. The film by Brazilian director Beto Souza, "Enquanto a Noite nao Chega" (While the Night Doesn't Come), made its debut to a packed theater at the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE 10) world festival in Brazil. Simultaneously, the film (actually, 4K is a video format) was streamed in real time over high-speed optical networks to the Calit2 Auditorium in Atkinson Hall at UC San Diego, and to Keio University's Design Media lab in Yokohama, Japan.

With only ...

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Micha Cardenas at Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics' Summer Encuentro 2009

By Micha Cardenas

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b.a.n.g. lab researcher Micha Cardenas will be presenting a workshop at this year's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (HEMI) Summer Encuentro in Bogota, Colombia. The title of her workshop is "New Hacktivism: From Electronic Civil Disobedience to Mixed Reality Performance". The outline for the workshop is below. The Encuentro's theme is "Staging Citizenship". From the description of the Encuentro: "Our 7th Encuentro invites interested participants to investigate "cultural rights" and their complex relationship to citizenship in both historical and contemporary contexts. We understand cultural rights as a juridical figure, a technology of power and an articulation that brings ...

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Ricardo Dominguez in Creative Fix

By Micha Cardenas

UCSD MFA candidate Sheryl Oring's project Creative Fix invites audience participants to record a short statement on how they would "fix the country". She then shares the videos for the public on YouTube.com. Watch this Creative Fix featuring Calit2 PI and UCSD Professor Ricardo Dominguez.


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Becoming Dragon at the I-5 Gallery in Los Angeles

By Micha Cardenas

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If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, come by the I-5 gallery in the Brewery Artist Complex and see a 25 minute documentation video of Becoming Dragon. In addition to Calit2/CRCA researcher Micha Cardenas, several UCSD MFA candidates including James Enos, Glenna Jennings and Clare Parry are also in the show. There will be two artist talks held to discuss the work in the show as well.

MFA Conversations Part II
At I-5 Gallery in the Brewery Artist Colony
July 17th, 2009 7PM to 10PM
July 17 to September 11, 2009
Artist Talks: July 25 and August 22
2PM to 4PM

Conversation: (NOUN) 1. An informal spoken exchange of thoughts and feelings; a familiar talk.
2. Social intercourse; close association. ...

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Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics

By Tiffany Fox

tower.jpgThose lucky enough to be in Geyserville, Calif., this weekend will have the unique opportunity to hear "Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics," the work of Calit2-affiliated composer and UCSD Assistant Theatre Professor Shahrokh Yadegari. The composition will be performed in Ann Hamilton's Tower, a one-of-a-kind venue (complete with double helix staircase) that is rarely open to the public.

Yadegari's ground-breaking multi-channel sound piece and composition begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and will feature performances by:

  • Siamak Shajarian, vocals
  • Kate St-Pierre, vocals
  • Keyavash Nourai, violin
  • Dmitri Mahlis, oud
  • Satnam Ramgotra, tabla and percussion
The composition interweaves traditional ...

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