Research Exchange: Leveraging Machine-learning and Crowdsourcing to Process Text Messages in the world’s Less-resourced Language

Text-messaging has quickly become the dominant form of remote communication in much of the world, surpassing email, phone calls and even grid electricity. This has social development and crisis response organizations to leverage mobile technologies to support health, banking, access to market information, literacy and emergency response.

October 2010 Newsletter

This newsletter covers the recent SCHEME meeting to promote collaborations of engineers, doctors, and health administrators; and the Teleimmersion for Physicians project

Research Exchange: The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform

The proposed Google Book Search (GBS) settlement can be viewed as a way to achieve copyright reform through the class action settlement process. This is especially evident in its plan for commercializing orphan works and in the compromises it embodies concerning revenue splits for authors and publishers in respect of ambiguous contracts about e-book rights and its new procedures to ensure that author reversion rights will be effectuated.

Workshop: Enabling Technologies Development Project

The goal is to develop new and innovative technologies that will lead to 10x the capabilities of current products at 1/10x the cost. An additional even more challenging goal is to also achieve 10x reliability. The intent of the project is to also promote research collaboration between the universities, national laboratories, and private industry.

July newsletter online

This recent newsletter has stories on (1) Cory Hall Testbed project through i4Energy, which installed a network of
monitoring equipment to track the flow and use of electricity, and (2) a new program, Cleantech to Market, that is
partnering with CITRIS to help select suitable clean energy projects and bring them to

Making Clean Energy Real: C2M

A new Haas School of Business program, called Cleantech to Market (C2M), is partnering with CITRIS to help select suitable projects and bring them to market.

Teaching a Computer to Win Human Friends and Influence People

UCSC scientist Marilyn Walker has been looking hard at how humans express themselves, not just at what they say–but also at how they say it–in an effort to develop algorithms that will enable computer animations to employ those same techniques to express themselves more richly and compellingly.

Online Constellation of Opinions

Opinion Space, launched on the Department of State’s main website on March 15, is an analysis and visualization tool  that employs dimensionality reduction algorithms to depict thousands of opinions on several issues in one simple, two-dimensional animated illustration.

Research Exchange: Real-time Monitoring of Managed Aquifer Recharge

California is highly dependent on groundwater to satisfy fresh water demands, but supplies are increasingly stressed and groundwater in many basins is overdrafted, leading to resource degradation and loss of storage. Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is strategy by which excess surface water is infiltrated into the ground in natural or engineered structures, often as part of a broader effort to conjunctively manage and enhance linked surface water and groundwater resources.

i4Energy Seminar: Printed Energy Storage Devices for Micro-power Supplies

As electronic devices become smaller in volume and more specialized in functionality, a paradigm shift in energy storage design and manufacture is beginning to emerge and can be realized with the development of simple, low-cost, solutions-based processing methods to incorporate custom energy buffers directly onto a device.