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Scientists set to roam the world
If you toss a dart at a map of the world, there's a good chance it'll land in a region where scientists from San Diego County will do research this summer. Dozens of scholars from local universities will travel to places as remote as the Bay of Bengal, which generates horrific storms in India, to South America's Atacama Desert, where dry air can leave a person breathless.
4.14.14 Mercury News
Apple vs. Samsung: iPhone maker's high-paid experts defend patent rights
Apple's well-paid experts told a federal jury Monday that Samsung has violated key patents on the iPhone and iPad, as their trial over rights to smartphone and tablet technology moved into its second week. During a day of dry, technical testimony, two Apple experts said they had reviewed technology in Samsung's smartphones and tablets, and concluded it infringed on three of the five Apple patents at issue in the trial
When Computers Can Read You Like A Book
Emotionally sensitive computers aren't anything new at UC San Diego's Early Childhood Education Center. For the past 10 years, toddlers here have been playing with a robot named Rubi. Rubi kinda looks like a desktop Teletubby. She has a computer screen for a face and she likes to ask questions like "where is the donut?" When kids tap the donut image correctly on her iPad belly she exclaims, "Excellent!"
4.14.14 Architect Magazine
Redesigning the Human Body
Researchers at UC San Diego are blurring the line between what is made and what is born.
4.14.14 PBS News Hour
Using 'gooey' caps and Bluetooth to keep Parkinson's patients moving
For Parkinson's sufferers, the connection between the brain and the body breaks down. The disease causes nerve cells to die, which leads to rigid movement and tremors. With the help of computer technology and the brain's ability to rewire itself, Parkinson's patients may regain some of the control they have lost. Using a cap fitted with electrodes, Gert Cauwenberghs, a bioengineer of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego...
4.11.14 Wall Street Journal
Vertical Venture Partners Joins Micro-Fund Bandwagon With First Close of Debut Vehicle
Vertical Venture Partners has held a first close of what will be a roughly $40 million maiden fund targeting early stage enterprise startups coming out of the University of California at San Diego and other spots. The firm is the latest in a string of "micro" venture capital firms to emerge, as mid-sized funds have failed to dazzle most limited partners and capital has pooled in large mega-funds like those recently closed by Accel Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. Related Jacobs School Link »
Software VC Tucks Fund for UC San Diego Deals into New Venture Fund
David Schwab, a managing director at Sierra Ventures, has created a new venture fund with an unusual provisio--20 percent of the capital raised will be focused on commercializing innovations coming out of UC San Diego. Schwab, who joined Menlo Park, CA-based Sierra Ventures 18 years ago, said in a phone call yesterday that he is leading a group of UC San Diego alumni in the formation of a fund within a fund--the Triton Technology Fund within his new Vertical Venture Partners fund. Related Jacobs School Link »
Venture fund targets UCSD technology
A group of alumni from UC San Diego has created an early stage venture capital fund that will target startup companies created by university students, faculty and graduates. The modest, roughly $8 million Triton Technology Fund unveiled late Wednesday expects to provide capital to entrepreneurs looking to commercialize technology developed at the university. Related Jacobs School Link »
Computers are learning to read human emotions
A University at Buffalo professor has taken part in a study with a computer system that reads emotions better than humans. UB Communication professor Mark Frank says the study involved showing videos of a person in real pain and in fake pain, and asking humans which is which. "The human, on the average, they were getting somewhere around chance accuracy about 52 percent," Frank explained. "Whereas, the machine learning techniques does considerably better, closer to 85 percent accuracy."
4.8.14 Scientific American
Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable
When your home computer is hacked, the things at risk are your identity, finances and other digital assets. A cyber attack that can take control of your car?especially while you?re driving--raises the stakes considerably. As carmakers transform their vehicles into networked computers on wheels, concern has grown about hacker attacks on automobile systems and the seriousness of the threat.
Cubic's next step in transit
Not long from now, transportation agencies not only will tell you when gridlock clogs the freeway that you take to work, they'll suggest alternatives on your smartphone with incentives, such as bus fare discounts or toll credits -- maybe even a coupon at Starbucks for your trouble. Sound farfetched? Pieces of this vision are happening today. They are the centerpiece of a package of new technologies that San Diego?s Cubic Corp. is bringing to the transportation industry.
MiP: a collaboration between Wowwee and UCSD | Gizmag
"MiP was designed in a collaboration between Wowwee and the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of California, San Diego. It balances just like the Segway, using the mobile inverted pendulum principle (hence its name) -- in a nutshell, this means that the bottom of the robot is constantly moving back and forth, in order to keep the weight of the top section centered above it."
Self-balancing MiP robot is ready to roll
You may never be able to afford your own Segway, but soon you'll be able to buy something similar for just a hundred bucks. You won't be able to ride it, but it might ultimately end up being more fun. It's Wowwee's MiP toy robot, which performs a variety of activities while balancing on its two wheels.
4.1.14 IEEE Spectrum
New Computer Vision System:
A new computerized system is better than humans at telling a genuine expression of pain from a fake one. Researchers who developed the system say it could be used to detect when someone is feigning illness or pain to escape work. It could also spot attempts to minimize or mask pain, which could be useful during, say, interrogations or health assessments.
Computer accurately detects pain
Pretend to hurt to get out of work or school? Researchers led by a UC San Diego scientist have found a way to give you a real pain. The researchers have developed a computer system that detects whether pain is faked. And it's far more accurate than the best human observers. With more development, the system could find uses helping doctors spot those in true pain, employers nail malingerers, and even warn drivers when they are dozing off behind the wheel.
UC San Diego Computer Is Better Than You At Spotting Fakers
You're looking at someone with a painful expression on their face. They've got their arm submerged in a bucket full of water. It might be ice water, and the person might be grimacing because they're actually freezing and feeling real pain. Or maybe the bucket is filled with lukewarm water and they're acting, completely faking that pain. Would you be able to call their bluff? Well, you probably couldn't beat the computer built by UC San Diego researcher Marian Bartlett and her colleagues.
4.1.14 Medical News Today
They know when you are faking it: computer recognizes mock pain
More and more, computers are showing their superiority over humans in a multitude of tasks. A new study reveals that a computer system is able to detect - with better accuracy than a human - whether our expressions of pain are genuine or phony.
Your phone will read people's emotions better than you ever could
Computers stole your job; now they know your pain. Using a combination of facial recognition software and machine learning algorithms, researchers have trained computers to be dramatically better than humans at reading pained facial expressions. And they're working on new programs to help clue you into what your friend, coworker, or client is feeling.
Computer better than a human at telling if you're faking it
A computer-vision system able to detect false expressions of pain 30 percent more accurately than humans has been developed. Authors of the study, titled Automatic Decoding of Deceptive Pain Expressions, believe the technology has the potential for detecting other misleading behaviors and could be applied in areas including homeland security, recruitment, medicine and law.
This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain
You can tell when someone's faking a smile or pretending to be in pain, right? Sure you can. But computer scientists think they can build systems that do it even better. There's already a Google Glass app in beta testing that claims to provide a real-time readout of the emotional expressions of people in your field of view. And a new study finds that the same technology can detect fake expressions of pain with 85% accuracy -- far better than people can, even with practice.