Computing Around UC
Computing and its applications as practiced around the entire UC System.

Date: 10/13/2017
The growth of computer processors has shaped modern life and yet we still have so many important and fundamental questions remaining. UCSB Professor Tim Sherwood discusses the unexpected state of the art in computing.

Date: 9/22/2017
The growth of computer processors has shaped modern life and yet we still have so many important and fundamental questions remaining. UCSB Professor Tim Sherwood discusses the state of the art in computing and how the demands for energy efficient and intelligent systems is driving the creation of entirely new approaches to the problem. Recorded on 07/05/2017.

Date: 6/30/2017
Although Internet-of-Things (IoT) have their roots in ideas that are decades old, it is a hot topic these days causing both excitement and concern. Proponents see traffic flowing more smoothly, electric grids operating efficiently, environmental sensing, and monitoring health. On the other hand, there are a range of security and privacy concerns that need to be addressed. Margaret Martonosi, Computer Science at Princeton, discusses key technology and policy challenges for future IoT applications and devices, and outlines particular technical issues for researchers to address. Recorded on 05/01/2017.

Date: 6/1/2017
Self-driving and autonomous automobiles present new challenges that are not only technical, but also of a broader social, legal, and even ethical nature. Such issues will become more urgent and important as collisions and accidents involving self-driving or semi-autonomous vehicles occur more often harming, injuring or even killing humans in the real world. Mohan Trivedi, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, founding director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) at the University of California San Diego, discusses these challenges from the perspective of a researcher. Recorded on 05/03/2017.

Date: 4/3/2017
Todd P. Coleman of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering discusses multi-disciplinary efforts to develop noninvasive tools to monitor health status. He shares novel ways of interpreting the collected data for prediction, diagnosis, and prevention of disease, with a particular focus on chronic disease management and healthy aging, as well as the ethics of data collection, privacy, and assessment methods.

Date: 3/3/2017
Rob Knight explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses -- and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.

Date: 9/23/2016
A profile of Rob Knight, recipient of the 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his work to understand the human microbiome and its role in human health. Recorded on 06/20/2016.

Date: 9/23/2016
Mobile devices are an integral part of our daily lives. But with their growing functionality and capability comes increased risk to personal privacy and security. At a fundamental level, mobile devices are incredibly hard to secure. Ben Zhao, Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara, discusses some of the fundamental security and privacy risks in mobile device and recent work in identifying and addressing the problem of "Sybil Devices," software code that pass themselves as mobile devices to manipulate and attack mobile apps from within. Recorded on 07/12/2016.

Date: 9/23/2016
Using the web and mobile devices, we now have comprehensive maps of the great outdoors, our planet and its mountains, plains and oceans. But what about the places where GPS does not work, such as underground, in buildings and megastructures, under dense tree canopies, on board ships or inside aircraft? Research cartographer Keith Clarke is working toward mapping the great indoors using new technologies. See what that entails and what it enables. Recorded on 07/21/2016.

Date: 6/16/2016
Researchers are using wearable cameras and location-tracking devices to observe how people behave in real life. They look at how daily behavior patterns relate to health. Some of the participants are not worried about the information captured by these wearable devices, some are. While there is an ethical framework to protect participants the challenge is how to share accumulated data with other scientists. How can we balance protecting participant privacy and advancing scientific methods, which require outsiders to repeat our analyses?