February ’05 Newsletter

Dear Members and Friends of CITRIS,

Professor
Ruzena Bajcsy, the Founding Director of CITRIS, stepped down on
November 1, 2004, from her position to return to her research and
teaching the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
at Berkeley. Although the official date of her return to full time
teaching and research was November 1, she stayed on in her position
until a new director is able to assume this role.

"Ruzena's
leadership of CITRIS throughout its critical start-up phase to the
present has been outstanding. Her passion for the role that information
technology can play in improving the lives of Californians, as well as
people throughout the world, has set an important tone for the
Institute," said former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl.

In
his role as Chancellor, Berdahl also served as the Director and
Chairman of the CITRIS Governing Board, a position from which he gave
strong support to CITRIS and which permitted careful observation of the
launch phase and growth of the Institute.

"CITRIS has become a
model for collaboration between UC campuses and industry," said
Chancellor Berdahl. Under Prof. Bajcsy's leadership, more than 200
faculty from four campuses have become involved with CITRIS. She has
aggressively sought and promoted collaborations with a growing list of
international industrial partners, expanding that group well beyond its
initial size. She has expanded the societal impact of the research in
CITRIS by championing strong interactions with researchers in the
social sciences, humanities, law, and business.

Prof. Bajcsy's
own research in real-time 3D visualization and image transmission
("tele-immersion") is beginning to have enormous implications in the
field of distance learning, medicine, and the arts. Interested readers
may wish to visit the website for this project at citris.citris-uc.org/about_citris/tele.htm.

All
of her faculty colleagues, her industrial partners, and the staff of
CITRIS extend to Prof. Bajcsy the fondest wishes for continued success
in her teaching, research, and contributions to society. "We are
fortunate that Ruzena will remain at Berkeley as a faculty member; she
will still be very much involved in CITRIS as she provides continuity
and continued counsel in the operation of the Institute," said Gary
Baldwin, the Executive Director of CITRIS. "Her contributions have been
seminal. She will be sorely missed on a day-to-day basis, but we hope
she knows that she won't get off easily; we plan to call on her often
for her continuing insights and guidance."

We hope you enjoy this issue of the CITRIS newsletter.

February 2005

  • CITRIS is having an Open House as part of the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS)
    on Thursday, February 10th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Our Open house will be
    in Room 475 of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building. We will have
    informational posters, demonstrations, and complimentary box lunches.

January 2005

December 2004

November 2004

  • CITRIS,
    along with the three other California Institutes for Science and
    Innovation, received a permanent operating budget which ensured
    continued operations as we move forward with our building plans and
    research agenda.
  • Live web cameras activated to document
    construction of new Davis Hall North building, future headquarters for
    CITRIS at UC Berkeley: 1). The Co-Opticon Camera atop Cory Hall and 2). A camera located in Soda Hall is collecting high resolution images for a Time-Lapse experience of the construction site.
  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony introduced the new Vodafone Laboratory, which will provide space for wireless education and research at the UC Berkeley campus.
  • CITRIS received the spotlight in a San Francisco Business Times article. (PDF file)
  • Sun's High Performance Computing Consortium:
    "Bridging Research Communities" took place in Pittsburgh, PA.

October 2004

September 2004

July 2004