The New Year began on a very sad note, as we learned of the death of our colleague and our friend, Richard Newton. As Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, Rich was a visionary leader whose belief in technology's ability to alleviate human suffering was a driving force in CITRIS's creation. He was also one of our greatest champions. We joined with our friends in the College of Engineering on February 11 for A Celebration of the Life of Richard Newton, which was both moving and inspiring.
Although we mourn our loss, we also take comfort in knowing that Rich's legacy continues in the important work we are doing here at CITRIS, and in the research and activities he inspired. One such activity is the subject of our first feature. Big Ideas, a UC Berkeley campus initiative started by Tom Kalil, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Science and Technology, is providing students with the resources they need to change the world and giving people like you an easy way to donate and help them achieve those goals.
Our second feature looks at an inspiring collaboration between CITRIS's former director Ruzena Bajcsy and Lisa Wymore, an assistant professor in Berkeley's dance department. Wymore is using Bajcsy's tele-immersion lab to explore new possibilities in the realm of dance. At the same time, Bajcsy and her team are learning from the dancers what scientists need to do to improve the technology. Their group, the Resonance Project, calls this pioneering approach "performance as research." We were honored to present their first performance at our holiday party in December.
As always, we thank you for your interest in and support of the work we are doing here at CITRIS. We welcome your comments and ideas.<!-- InstanceEndEditable --> <!-- InstanceBeginEditable name="Director" -->
Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society