August ’05 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of CITRIS,

first glance, the two projects featured in this month's newsletter
couldn't seem more different. The Tagging of the Pacific Pelagic (TOPP)
program being co-led by UC Santa Cruz's Daniel Costa aims to construct
a map of the Pacific Ocean that's unprecedented in detail, while Steven
Glaser's Berkeley-based Terra-ScopeTM project aims to make an existing
technology used to measure and understand the effects of earthquakes
more readily available.

But what both of these projects have
in common is their reliance on small MEMS and sensors, technology that
has been developed and advanced by CITRIS researchers.

Costa's project, small, satellite-equipped sensors placed on marine
animals are transmitting daily updates on their whereabouts and
habitats. When combined with big-picture data gathered by satellites,
this "organism's eye" view is a powerful tool in the hands of
climatologists, fisheries, and conservationists. Glaser, on the other
hand, is sending his sensors far below the earth to build models of how
soil at a specific site will respond to a major earthquake, information
that is incredibly useful when building or retrofitting a building in
an earthquake-prone area.

We hope you share our excitement in
reading about how seeds planted in the early days of CITRIS are being
harvested today. As always, your feedback is welcome. We are grateful
for your interest and support.

Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

CONSRT, a DARPA-funded nano-opto center with ten professors from six universities, is hosting the first Nano-Optoelectronic Workshop
(NOW). This Workshop will bring together researchers of nano-opto
community to network and to present the latest progress in
nano-optoelectronic materials. The event is taking place at UC Berkeley
on August 21-23