Nov 13, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter New data science institute to help scholars harness ‘big data’
The Moore and Sloan Foundations are putting $37.8 million toward a new data science initiative to advance data-driven scholarship in the social and physical sciences. Their five-year million grant will be shared by UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and New York University to encourage collaboration on new ways of supporting researchers and students to mine today’s data flood for new discoveries.
Nov 06, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter New measures to make Berkeley labs, workshops safer
Mark Freiberg, executive director of the campus Office of Environment, Health and Safety, discusses new University of California policies on personal protective equipment and lab safety training and how they will affect UC Berkeley researchers.
Nov 05, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Helping dissenters evade foreign eavesdropping
Yahel Ben-David, a computer science doctoral student, has been working with other Berkeley Engineering researchers to create an Android application that will allow activists and citizens to communicate anonymously even when oppressive governments try to shut down communications channels.
Nov 01, 2013 MIT Technology Review 3-D gesture-recognition chip could be a boon to wearable gadgets
Researchers at Berkeley Engineering and UC Davis are developing a tiny chip that uses ultrasound waves to detect a slew of gestures in three dimensions. The technology, called Chirp, could eventually be used in everything from helmet cams to smart watches.
Oct 31, 2013 USA Today Researchers developing brain-controlled prosthetic devices
Scientists at the UCSF-UC Berkeley Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses are among many teams nationwide working on brain-machine interfaces, promising bionic limbs controlled by users' thoughts. "We're still very far from decoding thoughts," says Berkeley bioengineer Amy Orsborn of the CNEP team. "These devices are not for mind control. They're for providing new means of control for sensory processes."
Oct 31, 2013 NBC News Cracked encryption? Back doors? Cellphone snooping may be easier than ever
Computer science professor Vern Paxson weighs in on the National Security Agency's interception of wireless communications, noting that even modern encryption may have flaws if done incorrectly. He also worries about allegations that the NSA is vacuuming up information at a heretofore unimagined scale.
Oct 23, 2013 College of Engineering Berkeley crowdfunding symposium produces international research agreement
The first international agreement to share research data on crowdfunding — an increasingly popular financing model that allows entrepreneurs to raise capital using social media — was framed during an Oct. 17–18 symposium organized by the College of Engineering’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
Oct 22, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Luck, smarts lead from Uganda to UC Berkeley
The amazing journey of Christopher Ategeka, who went from teenage orphan and human scarecrow in Uganda to mechanical engineer at UC Berkeley (two degrees down, one more in the works), winning honors and prizes, founding a nonprofit and a biotech company, even giving a TED talk.
Oct 18, 2013 Daily Californian Campus information security office works to stay ahead of hackers
UC Berkeley’s Information Security and Policy Office, aided by EECS graduate students and professors, is undergoing a three-year overhaul to strengthen the campus's online security.
Oct 17, 2013 Berkeley Engineering General Motors Foundation funds grant for new student programming
The General Motors Foundation has donated $160,000 to Berkeley Engineering to help fund 10 student organizations and two important college projects, including the Engineering Scholars=Engaged Scholars (ES Squared) program. “You guys are our future," GM engineer Charlie Baker said at a ceremony celebrating the grant.
Oct 15, 2013 Daily Californian A carbon map to development
In a Daily Cal op-ed, Dean Shankar Sastry calls for an international roadmap for economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation that also contributes to controlling greenhouse gas emissions.
Oct 11, 2013 UC Berkeley NewsCenter Crowdfunding symposium to address innovation in social finance
A new symposium from Berkeley Engineering's Fung Institute will explore the world of crowdfunding, an increasingly popular financing model that harnesses the power of social networks to raise money. The event will be the campus’s first international academic symposium on the innovative funding technique that has allowed small businesses and start-up ventures to raise needed capital.