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New Book Examines Emergency Response Technology

A new book co-authored by Berkeley Mechanical Engineering graduate student Joel Wilson and Prof. Paul Wright describes the development of new technologies to support first-responders more effectively and more safely manage large urban/industrial incidents.

Workshop on the Cyberhuman – Extending Control

On June 19 and 20 Professor Ruzena
Bajcsy led a two day workshop in Denmark looking at the future relationships
between machines and humans. This workshop was sponsored by CITRIS and
the University of Copenhagen. Various topics were tackled,
including robot controlled cars, face recognition, virtual communications,
unmanned airplanes and robotics in the home, just to name a few.

Bringing WiFi to Rural Poor

Eric Brewer, a professor of computer
science at UC Berkeley, has spent the last five years seeking ways to
use WiFi to improve life in rural communities in the developing world. He shared his views and experiences in a keynote to a group of fellow
academics and engineers at recent workshop

Ming Wu appointed Chief Scientist at UC Berkeley

Ming Wu has been appointed the new Chief Scientist for
CITRIS at Berkeley. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Sciences at Berkeley, and Co-Director of Berkeley Sensors and
Actuators Center (BSAC).

June 2008 Newsletter

Dear Friends of CITRIS,

Can CITRIS reduce the costs of fuel to consumers? The two articles in this month's newsletter suggest we just might. Certainly …

Squeezing Through the Solar Bottleneck: Predicting Direct Solar Irradiance

Within 15 years, solar power could produce as much as 15 percent of all the energy consumed in California. However, given our current inability to predict reliably the amount of direct solar irradiance available to the state’s energy grid at least a day or two in advance, utility companies cannot risk relying on this highly productive source. CITRIS researchers are working to solve that problem.