Mar 26, 2013 The Atlantic Making art out of earthquakes
Industrial engineering professor and artist Ken Goldberg discusses his latest project – an "Internet-based earthwork" called Bloom, which makes the constant low-level seismic action of the Hayward Fault near campus visible as a dynamic artwork.
Mar 26, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Making living matter programmable
A dozen of the pioneers of synthetic biology, including SynBERC director and bioengineer Jay Keasling, gathered on campus March 25 to discuss the revolutionary potential of “programming life,” which some compared to the digital revolution.
Mar 26, 2013 Berkeley Research Mind over matter
Neuroengineer Jose Carmena and bioengineer Michel Maharbiz do research in BMI, an emerging technology for retraining the brain to operate a prosthetic device such as an artificial limb. They are supported by the campus's new Bakar Fellows Program, which helps early-career faculty pursue innovative research with commercial potential.
Mar 25, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Artificial intelligence expert Robert Wilensky dies at 61
Robert Wilensky, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of computer science and one of the campus’s first faculty members in the field of artificial intelligence, has died at age 61.
Mar 22, 2013 SynBERC BIOFAB engineers cooperate to establish precision grammar for programming cells
Researchers at BIOFAB, a collaboration among academia, industry and government, have created a professional-grade collection of public domain DNA parts, in effect establishing rules for the first language for engineering gene expression and greatly increasing the reliability and precision by which biology can be engineered. Bioengineering professor Adam Arkin is BIOFAB's co-director.
Mar 22, 2013 Berkeley Lab Researchers use metamaterials to observe giant photonic spin Hall effect
Engineering a unique metamaterial of gold nanoantennas, Berkeley Lab researchers, led by Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Xiang Zhang, were able to obtain the strongest signal yet of the photonic spin Hall effect, an optical phenomenon of quantum mechanics that could play a prominent role in the future of computing.
Mar 22, 2013 Berkeley Lab Simulations yield clues to how cells interact with surroundings
Cells interact constantly with their surroundings, but it’s very difficult to observe the main player in this interaction – a protein called integrin. Mohammad Mofrad, associate professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering, and bioengineering graduate student Mehrdad Mehrbod have developed a computer model of integrin that gives researchers a new way to explore how the protein connects a cell’s inner and outer environments.
Mar 19, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Engineering grad students find privacy vulnerability in T-Mobile smartphones
A security flaw discovered by two graduate students during a computer security course at UC Berkeley would allow attackers to eavesdrop on and even modify calls and text messages sent via T-Mobile’s “Wi-Fi Calling” feature.
Mar 19, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter BioE's Terry Johnson among 5 Berkeley distinguished teachers
Terry Johnson, lecturer in bioengineering, is one of five UC Berkeley faculty members selected as recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching.
Mar 18, 2013 CITRIS Connected Corridors aims to boost efficiency of existing roads
Connected Corridors, a project led by engineering professors Alex Bayen and Roberto Horowitz, is developing technologies to help Caltrans gather and analyze traffic data. A goal of the research: to make existing roadways more efficient, rather than launching new highway-construction projects.
Mar 14, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter In Richmond, a hands-on approach to energy tech
Just three miles from the future Richmond Bay Campus, the Northern California Workshop for Energy Technologies, organized by the College of Engineering, underscored the need for businesses, governments and educators to work together to create jobs in advanced manufacturing.
Mar 05, 2013 Wired Return of the Borg: How Twitter rebuilt Google’s secret weapon
Borg is a Google software system that coordinates tasks across the search giant's vast fleet of servers. At Twitter, a small team of engineers has built a similar system using Mesos, an open-source software platform developed by UC Berkeley researchers. Ben Hindman, who founded the Mesos project as an EECS Ph.D. student, now oversees its use at Twitter.