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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Honorary Ph.D. for the 'Da Vinci Detective'

By Doug Ramsey

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On Monday, June 8, our own Maurizio Seracini, director of Calit2's Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), was in Canada to be honored at commencement ceremonies of McMaster University. They gave him an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, to add to his previous degrees in bioengineering (from UC San Diego, Class of '73) and electrical engineering (University of Padua). According to the Hamilton Spectator newspaper reporter covering the Calit2 scientist's address to the McMaster Convocation, Seracini "is a modern-day Renaissance man approaching problems in the same way Leonardo did five centuries ago."

Reporter Mark McNeil added that Seracini "urged ...

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Freephone Art Project Provides Deported People with a Phone Call

By Micha Cardenas

Check out this project by Calit2 researchers Micha Cardenas and Chris Head, CRCA researcher Elle Mehrmand and UCSD MFA grads Katherine Sweetman, Felipe Zuniga and UCSD Undergrad alumni Camilo Ontiveros.


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The Freephone is an art project that aims to provide people just deported
from the US with a free phone call. To achieve this, a group of UCSD
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students and graduates are coming together to
present the phone at the Lui Velazquez gallery in Tijuana, just a few feet
from the turnstiles where people who are deported are dropped off by the
border patrol. The project is by the artists Chris Head, Micha Cardenas,
Elle Mehrmand, Katherine Sweetman, ...

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GRAIN takes seed at UC San Diego

By Tiffany Fox

GRAIN_200.jpgA group of multi-disciplinary researchers affiliated with the UC San Diego division of Calit2 convened in Atkinson Hall yesterday for the launch of GRAIN, the Global Responsibility and Innovation Network.

The founders of GRAIN seek to connect academic institutions, non-governmental agencies and industry to generate projects and products that "are successful and sustainable -- culturally, economically and environmentally -- from idea to implementation."

"Were talking about the most multidisciplinary effort you could ever think of," said co-founder Garrett Smith, a bioengineering Ph.D. candidate. "We want to facilitate a way for the UCSD community to engage with industry and NGOs to design technologies ...

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Talking Math

By Doug Ramsey

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Calit2's chief scientist Ron Graham will take part in a bit of history-making next week. That's because on April 8, Graham will give one of five plenary lectures at the 61st annual British Mathematical Colloquium. The history? It's the first time that the Colloquium has been held outside the United Kingdom. This year, the British are teaming with the Irish Mathematical Society to hold a joint meeting at the National University of Ireland's Galway campus.

As for Graham's talk, it's on "the combinatorics of solving linear equations." A major branch of modern combinatorics, usually called Ramsey theory, studies properties of structures which are preserved under partitions. Its guiding philosophy ...

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Composer in Residence Honored

By Doug Ramsey

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Calit2's composer in residence at UC San Diego, Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds, is getting a rare concert honor: On March 29, "Roger Reynolds and his Proteges" will echo through a concert hall in Toronto, Canada, as part of the New Music Concerts 2008-2009 season. The aforementioned proteges include composers David Felder of SUNY Buffalo, Israel's Chaya Czernowin, Juan Campoverde from Ecuador, and Brazilian Antonio Borges-Cunha. All of the proteges are well-known composers who earned their Ph.D.'s under Reynolds in the UC San Diego Music graduate program in Composition.

The concert by the New Music Concerts Ensemble (with David Swan on piano and Robert Aitken on flute ...

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Calit2 Artist Ricardo Dominguez Talks Sound, Science, Theory and Crisis

By Tiffany Fox

ricardo.jpgCalit2 aritist and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Ricardo Dominguez has a busy month ahead of him, with appearances at two events in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C.

  • As a contributor to the Sound + Science Symposium, Dominguez (pictured) will present "Sounding out the Matter Market" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium at UC Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public (parking at UCLA is $9 per day). The full symposium takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 5-6.
  • Dominguez will also be giving the keynote address at this years Cultural, Social, and Political Thought gathering from 9:20 to 10:50 a.m. March 7 at the University of ...

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Australians Talk about OptIPortals, Connectivity and Smarr

By Doug Ramsey

On his three-month sabbatical, Calit2 director Larry Smarr is Down Under, barnstorming Australia's major research universities to talk up why today's scientists need more optical networking and visualization facilities. Writing in The Australian newspaper, Andrew Trounson notes that "Smarr is visiting Australia on behalf of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue to exhort vice-chancellors and government to invest in, and adapt to using, the expanding bandwidth capacity to ensure Australian researchers continue to compete." The feature article is extensive, and highlights Smarr's belief that a social and cultural transformation is needed among researchers and universities, in order to take ...

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Mind-Blowing Monkey Business at CARTA

By Tiffany Fox

ayumu.jpgI'm live-blogging from Price Center East at UCSD, where the half-day opening symposium for the new Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) is taking place all afternoon (Calit2-affiliated professor Ajit Varki is co-director of the center, while Calit2 and SDSC will support CARTA with IT and telecom technologies). The symposium, "Anthropogeny: Defining the Agenda," features experts from all over the world, representing the many facets of anthropogeny, or the study of human origins.

Professor Tetsuro Matsuzawa, director of primate research at Kyoto University in Japan gave a particularly engaging presentation on primatology that featured a chimpanzee named Ayumu. Ayumu ...

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Late Psychologist Lev Vygotsky is the "It-Man" at ISCAR

By Tiffany Fox

vygotsky.gifI've been listening in on a few sessions of the Second Congress of the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research (ISCAR) this week, and one conclusion I've come to is that Lev Vygotsky -- who died of tuberculosis in 1934 -- still has a loyal worldwide following.

Even if you've never heard of the late Soviet psychologist, plenty of people at ISCAR know his work well, and their lectures this week have been peppered with references to Vygotsky's research in developmental psychology, the philosophy of science and methodology of psychological research, child development, education, the psychology of art, the study of learning disabilities and the interrelation between language and ...

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BBC at Calit2: Bring on the Bandwidth

By Doug Ramsey

inbusiness_banner416x76.jpgPeter Day, whose program "In Business" on BBC Radio has a wide following, spent time at Calit2 in San Diego recently. Now, his documentary "Bring in the Bandwidth" hit the airwaves last night in the UK, and will eventually play on BBC World Service as well... but you can already listen to his interview with Calit2 Director Larry Smarr (and eavesdrop on his tour of the StarCAVE at UCSD with Trish Stone) by downloading an .mp3 podcast of the program at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/worldbiz/worldbiz_20080904-2030a.mp3. Peter also mentions Larry and Trish in a preview on the BBC website, explaining how the story arose from his first interview with futurist George Gilder more than 20 ...

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FILE 2008 Press Coverage

By Michael Toillion

Symposium-talk1.pngThe Electronic Language International Festival, known as FILE, has officially closed. During its twenty-six days of exhibition, FILE has attracted over 37,450 visitors to the FIESP/SESI center in Sao Paulo. This event also caught the attention of press organizations from all over the world, including Rollingstone, Yahoo and Brazil's own O Globo television network.

A full list of FILE's press coverage can be found below.

O Globo [article / video]
UOL: Diversao e Arte [article / video]
Folha Online [article / video]
RollingStone: Brasil [article / video]
Epoca: Sao Paulo [article / video]
Limao [video]
Link: Sua Vida Digital [article]
Yahoo! Technologia: Brasil [article]
Dica de Teatro [article]
Revista ...

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Swedish Parliament Visitors Experience American IT

By Anna Lynn Spitzer

IMG_7361_crop.jpgMembers of the Swedish Parliament's Committee on Transport and Communications spent the day at the Irvine division of Calit2 on Wednesday. One of 15 parliamentary committees in the "Riksdag," as the Parliament is called, the group is responsible for matters concerning road, rail, air and shipping transport, as well as postal services, electronic communications and IT policy. UCI was the committee's last stop on a 10-day California visit that also included UC Berkeley. The group, whose visit was arranged by UCI Extension, was led on a tour of the Calit2 Building by Stu Ross and saw several Calit2 demonstrations and presentations. Among them: the Carl Zeiss Center of Excellence, ...

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Student Presentations via HD Streaming... from Down Under

By Doug Ramsey

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Next Tuesday, August 19 at 5:00pm, you are invited to attend a special international HD video transmission linking mentors at Calit2 with undergraduate researchers spending the summer in Australia as part of the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program, with primary funding from NSF and support from Calit2 at UCSD.
 
Seven students are working on cyberinfrastructure-related e-science projects involving visualization, bioengineering and other topics in Monash University's Faculty of Information Technology with professor David Abramson. All are working on projects that use Nimrod, a software tool developed at Monash that enables users to harness multiple, distributed computers ...

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NLADR Assistant Director Discusses the Future of Scientific Workflows

By Tiffany Fox

ikay_altithas.jpgIlkay Altintas, assistant director for the National Laboratory for Advanced Data Research (NLADR) and manager of Scientific Workflows Automation Technologies (SWAT) at UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center, presented a lecture and slide-show this week to undergraduates at Australia's Monash University, where seven UCSD students are currently enrolled as part of the Calit2-based Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program.

The lecture was titled "Accelerating Scientific Discovery Using Scientific Workflows and Kepler Scientific Workflow System" and was streamed live in high definition video from Calit2's HD Studio to Monash, where PRIME students are working this summer on diverse ...

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Electronic Language International Festival (FILE 2008)

By Michael Toillion

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thanks.pngOla! I am reporting live from the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE 2008) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On the 4th of August, Calit2 and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) made history by hosting the first official 4K Digital Cinema presentation in all of South America.

The show, entitled "Two Thousand and Eight Million Pixels," was attended by the Brazilian Secretary of New Media, artists, academics, and videophiles from all over the world. Journalists were in high concentration as well, and included television networks such as Globo, TeleCultura and Oy.

The show featured such works as Scalable City by CRCA Director and UCSD professor Sheldon Brown; Era ...

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CRCA, Calit2 Make a Splash in Sao Paulo

By Doug Ramsey

file_scalable_city.jpgOur colleague Sheldon Brown, director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), is at the FILE new-media art festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, along with others from Calit2 and CRCA: Peter Otto, Todd Margolis and Mike Toillion. He says his Scalable City installation and festival of 14 4K films have been well-received. "For the first time, the interactive installation of Scalable City is seen side-by-side with its 4K film version, creating a more complete experience of its multiple media forms," writes Brown from the festival. "CRCA and Calit2 have worked with FIOLE to create the first 4K film screening in Brazil. Along with the Scalable City film, 4K fare such as Mike Toillion's ...

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Calit2 Artists Travel to Sao Paulo for International FILE Festival

By Tiffany Fox

FILE_stock1.pngFour artists affiliated with Calit2 at UC San Diego are in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week for the Electronic Language International Festival (FILE), an annual gathering of innovators within the fields of art and technology, including digital art, games, documentary films, electronic music and -- for the first time in the festival's nine-year history -- digital 4K cinema.

Calit2's contributions fall under the latter category, with Sheldon Brown, Peter Otto, Todd Margolis and Mike Toillion presenting 30-minute lectures at the festival's Symposium this Friday (translated to Portuguese in real-time), followed by screenings of their work in the newly emerging medium.

Brown, director of Calit2's Center ...

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Wer suchet, der findet?

By Doug Ramsey

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CISA3 director Maurizio Seracini discovered 'Cerca Trova' on a painting in the Palazzo Vecchio: 'Seek and Ye Shall Find' is the closest translation in English, and 'Wer suchet, der findet?' turns out to be the German translation. I only know that because it's the sub-title of a profile of Seracini's research on Germany's Monsters & Critics entertainment site. Actually, it's a review of the 2006 British documentary on Seracini's work on two Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces, including the search for his long-lost "Battle of Anghiari" -- a major project now of CISA3. The documentary aired last weekend in continental Europe on the ARTE cable network. If you speak German, read all about ...

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SLAP: Silicone Illuminated Active Peripherals

By Jim Hollan

slap.jpgMultitouch technology has spread rapidly in the research community and is starting to appear in consumer products like the Apple iPhone. In collaboration with other Calit2 researchers, my students and I are building a number of large multitouch tables. In our lab we are exploring a large projection desk for novel interaction with video. We are also collaborating on the design of a multitouch interface for the Calit2 HIPerSpace Wall. Both systems make use of Frustrated Total Internal Reflection (FTIR). We shine infrared LEDs into the edges of a large sheet of acrylic placed in front of a rear-projection display screen. IR light leaks out the back of the acrylic every place it is touched. ...

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Here today and here tomorrow

By Ramesh Rao

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Prime Minister Singh's remarks after securing the necessary votes on the "Vote of Confidence."

http://www.hindu.com/nic/pmspeech-confidencevote.pdf

Perhaps my most memorable celebrity moment was an opportunity to exchange a few pleasantries with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a reception in Blair House. This was about two years ago when he was in DC to secure the US-India Nuclear agreement. Today his government proved it had the votes to ensure passage of the agreement in the Indian Parliament. It was a cliff hanger and the PM's comments are worth reading....

Lapsing back into my own reverie, we in Calit2 have been looking for ways to help pave the way for a high level engagement ...

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Head of Corporate Research and Technology at Carl Zeiss Visits Calit2 at UCSD

By Tiffany Fox

stietz.jpgFrank Stietz, head of corporate research and technology at Carl Zeiss AG, toured Calit2's Atkinson Hall today as part of a one-day visit to UC San Diego (see a webcast of Stietz's presentation about Carl Zeiss).
Carl Zeiss, a German high-tech company best known for its optics, microscopes, and semiconductor equipment, collaborated with Calit2 at UC Irvine three years ago to create the ZEISS Center of Excellence for nanotechnology and biotechnology research and advanced materials development and innovation. Now Zeiss is looking into potential collaborations with the institute's UCSD division, possibly in the areas of 3-D data visualization and molecular imaging.

Stietz's UCSD tour included a stop ...

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Rediscovering Leonardo: UCSD Osher Lecture Now on YouTube

By Doug Ramsey

Seracini_Osher_YouTube_UCSDTV.jpgCalit2's Maurizio Seracini, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), was invited to give a lecture earlier this summer to participants in the UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program. Calit2 hosted the meeting, and UCSD-TV filmed the event, which is now airing at various times on the broadcast network (it premiered on June 16). The talk, "Rediscovering Leonardo", is also available on UC-TV's YouTube channel. Osher is part of UCSD Extension, and provides a wealth of opportunities for retirees and others age 50 or older. In his talk, Seracini noted the important role that donors are playing through "Friends of ...

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Maurizio Seracini Documentary Airs in Europe

By Doug Ramsey

seracini_arte.jpgIt was first produced and aired by Britain's Channel 4 in 2006, but the documentary about CISA3 director Maurizio Seracini's work on two Leonardo da Vinci masterpieces aired again this evening in Europe on the ARTE TV channel. The 80-minute film tracks Seracini's multispectral scans of the "Adoration of the Magi" painting in the Uffizi Gallery, and the 30-year search for the "Battle of Anghiari", a mural by da Vinci that disappeared from the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence 450 years ago. Originally aired in English as "The Da Vinci Detective", the documentary is airing in France as "Léonard de Vinci: Chefs-d'oeuvre masqués" or "Leonardo da Vinci: Masked Masterpieces"....

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UK News Service Says, 'Now That's a Big TV'

By Doug Ramsey

hiperspace_biggest_tv.jpgA number of international reporters have been inquiring about Calit2's HIPerSpace, unveiled this week in all its 286 million pixels of glory. Marc Chacksfield of Britain's TechRadar online service calls HIPerSpace the "highest-resolution display systems for scientific visualisation in the world." (If you look closely at the words below the photo on TechRadar, the caption reads: "Now that's a big TV.") The writer ends his article with some dry humor: "And what are they displaying on the, er, display. Well, it's certainly not re-runs of Hollyoaks, more footage from the National Geographic and the like." Ironically, and apparently unknown to Chacksfield, the very first group treated to ...

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PRIME Students Settling In Down Under

By Doug Ramsey

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Seven of the students participating in this summer's Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program, funded by NSF with Calit2 support, are spending their ten weeks at Monash University in Australia. And based on a news release from Monash about the UCSD interns, they're off to a great start (and don't seem to mind that it's winter in Melbourne, and they're missing summer in San Diego!). The students are doing e-science and grid engineering research in the university's Faculty of Information Technology, with professor David Abramson. All are working on projects that use Nimrod, a software tool developed at Monash that enables users to harness multiple, distributed computers ...

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BBC Radio Visits Calit2 at UCSD

By Doug Ramsey

peter_day.jpgAn old acquaintance from my early days in broadcasting paid us a visit today. Peter Day (pictured), one of the top "presenters" at the BBC Radio 4 in London, who reports on business and technology, is doing a documentary on the future of bandwidth, asking the question: "Do we really need more pixels?" After a long interview with Larry Smarr, Peter got a good feel for super-high-definition conferencing on the 4K auditorium projection system, and was taken with the animation showing research network bandwidth across the world (courtesy of our OptIPuter partners at the University of Illinois). We also treated Peter to a "ride" in the StarCAVE, and he interviewed Kai Doerr in ...

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Next Stop for Bioinformatics Undergrads: UBER-GRID

By Doug Ramsey

pevzner.gifEarlier this week CASB director Pavel Pevzner's undergraduate bioinformatics program made headlines for an important publication on an emerging field in bioinformatics called comparative proteogenomics. The program is funded by Pevzner with his fellowship grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and in a feature story on the HHMI website, Pevzner says the undergraduate program will take their experiment on experiments to the whole world. Called UBER-GRID--the Undergraduate Bioinformatics E-Research Grid--it will be a platform for worldwide, distributed bioinformatics research projects, Pevzner says. "We will put all our projects on the web and invite every student in the world to ...

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Former PRIME Undergrad Co-Authors Avian Flu Research

By Doug Ramsey

Lily Cheng went to Beijing in 2006 as part of the NSF- and Calit2-funded Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) summer research program in cyberinfrastructure. Since then, she has continued that research on avian influenza with Wilfred Li, Peter Arzberger and others, identifying more than two dozen promising and novel compounds to combat bird flu. In the Flash video above, Lily talks about her research, just published (with Cheng as first author) in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. For more, read the news release "UC San Diego Researchers Identify Potential New Drug Candidates to Combat Bird Flu".

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Italian Broadcaster Visits Calit2 - Watch Video!

By Doug Ramsey

One of the top TV anchors from Italy's largest broadcast network, RAI, spent half a day at Calit2 yesterday with his crew from Italy. Roberto Giacobbo interviewed CISA3 director Maurizio Seracini and associate director Falko Kuester, and shot HD video of some of the cool visualization tools -- the StarCAVE, HIPerSpace wall, 4K -- being used in the search for Leonardo da Vinci's long-lost mural, "The Battle of Anghiari". Giacobbo's video will be shown at the end of the project, in conjunction with the National Geographic Channel's documentary (for which RAI purchased Italian broadcast rights). Hover over image and click on the right arrow to watch a short clip of the interview with Seracini ...

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Will You Take Beans With That Solar Cooker?

By Doug Ramsey

SolarCooker_Calit2_UCSD.jpgIt was a strange site on the UCSD campus today, when an interdisciplinary collection of researchers got together to eat some beans -- cooked on a new type of solar cooker, designed primarily for use in developing countries. It's the brainchild of Ida Lunde Jorgensen who is collaborating with Lasse Lorentzen, a Danish researcher who is working at Calit2 in the lab of Ricardo Dominguez. Lasse and Ida have formed the collective project Innovative Reflections where they are working on re-inventing the solar cooker as their first project inventing a more sustainable product, process and business. Members of Calit2's India Initiative, including manager Srinivas Sukumar, participated in the demo. Pictured ...

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Adolpho Muniz Heads to India for CISA3 Ethnographic Research

By Tiffany Fox

adolpho2.jpgArchaeologist and UCSD lecturer Adolpho Muniz -- an affiliate of CISA3 at Calit2 -- is headed off to Tamil Nadu, India, this Sunday to complete ethnographic research for CISA3. The center is spearheading an effort to document and study the "lost wax" bronze-casting technique used among artisans in the village of Swamimalai.

Muniz's research is part of the Traditional Indian Technologies Project led by CISA Associate Director Tom Levy. The project is aimed at using digital technologies to create a new way of researching, recording, analyzing and partnering with traditional craftspeople in India to conserve their traditions and help artisans market their works.

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National Geographic Visits Calit2 in San Diego

By Doug Ramsey


National Geographic Society, with its magazine and TV network, are partnering with Calit2's CISA3 project in Florence to find the long-lost "Battle of Anghiari" mural by Leonardo da Vinci. Leading that project: Maurizio Seracini, recently named a National Geographic Fellow. And this June 16-18, a delegation from the Society led by Mission Programs EVP Terry Garcia (pictured) are in San Diego to explore other potential collaboration with Calit2 researchers. On Tuesday, June 17 at 2:30pm, the UCSD community is invited to attend a lecture by Garcia and participate in a discussion afterwards about the use of cutting-edge technology in modern exploration. [Photo by Omar Mohsen, Business Today - Egypt] ...

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