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Scholar List - 2008

Peter Mason Bretan

Junior, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: David Borgo, Music

Communicating abstract sound through Cochlear Implants

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Understanding the perception of music through the use of cochlear implants and realizing how such a perception can influence music in general.

Sage Browning

Senior, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: Jurgen Schulze, Calit2


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The aim of Portia is to develop a low cost, high accuracy method of three dimensional location tracking that can be constructed with commonly available parts, and set up with relative ease. Portia is intended to be used as an interface for a matrix of computer displays, named OptiPortal, also developed at CALIT2.

DJ Capelis

Junior, Computer Science

Advisor: Alex Orailoglu, CSE

Protecting Application Data without a Trusted Software Stack

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Work on a system which provides security on a trusted device without reliance on the security of the underlying software stack. This type of system could allow secure computation on public computing infrastructure, mobile devices and other types of systems where the operating system may not be secure.

Alex Dooraghi

Senior, Physics

Advisor: Prab Bandaru, MAE

Accurate measurement of the thermal conductivity of nanostructured thermoelectric materials for energy harvesting application

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The determination of thermal conductivity of nanostructures, in addition to its scientific importance, is applicable to characterization of heat utilization efficiency and energy conversion. My objective is to develop a thermal conductivity measurement system for nanoscale devices, based on the 3-omega method.

Isabelle Fanchiu

Sophomore, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: Janos Negyesy, Music

The Electronic Violin Project

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The purpose of this project is to experiment with interaction between two electronic violins and develop a compositional model themed after information technology and telecommunications. The product of this summer's work will be a performance at CalIT2, demonstrating not only the new electronic violin composition but some of the unique features of the Calit2 auditorium.

Anna Freed

Sophomore, Bioengineering

Advisor: Bradley Messmer, UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Immunostimulation of Dendritic Cells Using Single Stranded DNA Nanoparticles with CpG sequences

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Rolling circle amplification is used to create nanoparticles which consist of long single stranded DNA of an immunogenic sequence, specifically, a CpG sequence. The ssDNA coils into a spherical nanoparticle structure which will stimulate the patients own immune system to rid itself of cancer.

Jia Gu

Senior, Art History

Advisor: Lev Manovich, Visual Arts

New Software Interfaces for Image Collections

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My project objective is to design a new interface that maximizes usability of digital image collections based off current methods utilized in sites such as ArtStor, Flickr, Panoramio

Utsav Gupta

Sophomore, Bioengineering

Advisor: Robert Sah, Bioengineering

Development of Image Processing Methods for the Quanitifcation of Immunohistochemical Staining: Applications to Cartilage Tissue Engineering

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In cartilage tissue engineering for the treatment of OA, it is useful to stain for collagen I, II and VI to determine the extent of redifferentiation, a measure of how well the procedure worked, as well as the type and relative amount of matrix produced by chondrocytes. It would be useful to be able to measure the amount of staining and percentage of positive cells other than manual methods by the researcher; development of a method to evaluate immunohistochemical (IHC) results semi-quantitatively using an automated computer program which can evaluate images procedurally can make IHC an effective alternative for studying the results of cartilage tissue engineering.

Sylvia Hon

Junior, Bioengineering

Advisor: David Gough, Bioengineering

Falling into Hypoglycemia Warning Device

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My project involves researching on the versatile dynamics of hypoglycemia and how it can affect individuals differently. By doing so, I can identify specifications for an alarm device that can be tailored to each individual's needs, so the device can warn the hypoglycemic individual before his or her glucose level falls below a certain threshold.

Sarah Jurick

Sophomore, Psychology

Advisor: Tony Yang, Psychiatry

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Personal Information Database

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I intend to design a database that will encompass information from clinical data, genetic information, functional magnetic resonance information, and high-resolution anatomical functional for a sizable amount of patients. It will allow for easy access to this information, and a way to quickly add or edit information in the database.

Jimmy Kan

Sophomore, Physics

Advisor: Deli Wang, ECE

An Integrated Nanoscale Device for Disease Detection, Tracking, and Elimination

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The project aim is to further the applicability of nanoscience in medicine by developing a fully integrated and functional nanoscale device designed to accurately sense disease markers, target affected cells, and precisely deliver treatment. The coupling of nanoscience and medicine opens doors that are certain to provide a wide range of applications that will transform the way that we deal with and think of illness.

Aditya Kher

Junior, Engineering Physics

Advisor: Yeshaiahu Fainman, ECE

Plasmonics for Sensing Applications

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Surface plasmons are oscillations in electron density formed at the interface between a metal and an insulator. The project will focus on studying optical properties of the plasmonic field on 2D nanohole arrays, with applications to sensing.

Vishal Kotcherlakota

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Massimo Franceschetti, ECE

A Distributed Acoustic Localization System Using Clusters of Microphones

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There currently are systems that can determine with relative accuracy the source of a sound, but these systems rely on a central unit to process all necessary calculations. The goal of my project is to explore a distributive method which generates vectors and computes the location cooperatively among all the clusters, and compare it to the centralized method in existence.

Brian Lao

Sophomore, Bioengineering

Advisor: Robert Sah, Bioengineering

Bioengineering Synovial Fluid with Modulated Hyaluronan Molecular Weight and Function

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This project seeks to gain a better understanding of (1) how cytokines regulate the molecular weight (MW) of the synovial fluid (SF) lubricant molecule hyaluronan (HA), and (2) the relationship between HA MW and lubricating function, to aid in bioengineering functional SF in bioreactors. The regulatory effects of SF cytokines on HA MW will be assessed by image-processing analysis of a novel separation and staining method, and the lubricating function will be assessed with a cartilage-on-cartilage friction test.

Han-liang Lim

Senior, Bioengineering

Advisor: Shyni Varghese, Bioengineering

Soft mechanical actuators: Applications in artificial implants, biomimicking devices, and stem cell culture.

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Our project will be focused on the development of a multifunctional oscillating hydrogel device that undergoes reversible, time dependent and sinusoidal volume/mechanical changes in response to temperature perturbations. These oscillating hydrogels will then be employed inregulating musculoskeletal differentiation of stem cells in the context of regenerative medicine.

Benjamin Lotan

Senior, Cognitive Science

Advisor: Ricardo Dominguez, Visual Arts

Virtual Reality, where can we take it?

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Immersive virtual environments can be seen as an expressionistic media form, unique in its ability to activate and extend sensory perceptions in ways never before possible. The goal of my research is to understand the potential of such environments in terms of the social and self awareness they can facilitate.

Agatha Man

Senior, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Communications

Structures of Massive Multiplayer Online Communities

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Communities, such as guilds and groups, in massive multiplayer online worlds have been structured differently from one world to another. This research is to investigate the causes of the different community structures in online worlds and, specifically, how the design of the synthetic worlds shape the way players manage their communities.

Atsushi Ohoka

Senior, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: Deli Wang, ECE

Fabrication of vertical silicon nanowire arrays using nanolithography

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"The precise positions of Si nanowires are defined by lithography. Nanowire arrays will be placed in microfluidic channels and individual nanowire is addressed electrically through the bottom contact (patterned arrays in x direction) and top electrodes (patterned arrays in y direction) so that they function as chem.-FET biosensors."

Eric Olson

Senior, Anthropology

Advisor: Thomas Levy, Anthropology, Judaic Studies and CISA3

Pottery Informatics 3D-Pottery Scanning of Ancient Ceramics, the Road to Virtual Reality at CISA3, Calit2

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My research project will be the conversion of ancient Iron Age (ca. 1200-500 BCE) artifacts recovered from UCSD's field excavations in Southern Jordan into a digital medium through the use of 3D scanning technology. The potential for 3D scanning technology in the digital world enables researchers to access physical objects such as artifacts without ever coming into direct contact with them, thus promoting cultural evolution by creating fingertip access to data which in the past was limited to the analysis of a select few.

Anna Ostberg

Junior, Cognitive Science

Advisor: William Griswold, CSE

Manipulating Large Interactive Public Displays

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I will be studying how best to use a cell phone to quickly and efficiently manipulate information on a large public display. The goal is for users to be able to employ the familiar interface of their cell phone to conveniently, accurately, and quickly navigate and interact with a display.

Scott Ouellette

Senior, Structural Engineering

Advisor: Michael Todd, SE

Corrosion-Enabled Powering Approach for Structural Health Monitoring Sensor Networks

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The goal of this project is to power a novel sensor node by creating a battery from corroding reinforced concrete. The application of this technology would benefit civil infrastructure by implementing an autonomous power source for Structural Health Monitoring sensor networks.

Jun-Young Park

Freshman, Bioengineering

Advisor: Bernhard Palsson, Bioengineering

Advances to the Biochemical, Genetic and Genomic (BiGG) Database

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The BiGG database is a widely used resource for sharing genome scale metabolic reconstructions. We will add several requested features and improve the user interface.

Anand Patel

Junior, Computer Science

Advisor: Vineet Bafna, CSE

Modeling Fragmentation Patterns of ECD/ETD Mass Spectrometers

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Mass spectrometers are sophisticated instruments that detect the mass of ionized molecules, which is useful in the field of chemistry and most recently proteomics. Newer spectrometers ionize and fragment molecules with different specificity and resolution, which requires understanding and applying these newer fragmentation patterns to current peptide sequencing algorithms like InsPect.

Ted Sanders

Sophomore, Engineering Physics

Advisor: Ed Yu, ECE

Efficient Solar Power

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I will model quantum-well solar cells and simulate various designs. The simulations will be compared to previous experiments, and used to test novel designs.

Andrea Tan

Senior, Computer Science

Advisor: Jan Kleissl, MAE


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My current small project that im just doing right now for Professor Jan Jkleissl and the team in MAE171B is simply a scrap and fetching the generated data. the idea of integrating php as a scrapper and a shell script to fetch the data that has been generated by the php itselfto help getting valuable datas from many weather channels on the internet that are out there.

Luke Thivierge

Senior, Electrical Engineering

Advisor: Gert Lanckriet, ECE

A Game-Based Approach for Collecting Semantic Music Annotations

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To create a collection of online games to generate significant amounts of high-quality semantic lables that will be used to organize, search, recommend, retrieve and describe huge - and growing - music collections. Imagine an extensive music database like Pandora where you can search for music by describing it like 'fast tempo with bagpipes, distorted guitar, and multipart vocal harmonies' or 'eerie halloween music on a synthesizer.'

Charlene Wang

Junior, Biology & Anthropology

Advisor: Thomas Levy, Anthropology and CISA3

Digital Archaeology in the Southern Levant

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In an effort to update and modernize the field of archaeology, site architectural plans, stratigraphic profiles, and ceramic plates will be digitalized and vectorized to be presented in a queryable online database. The creation of a queryable database, to replace print media, would allow for complex statistical and analytical computations between and within archaeological sites.

Jing Wu

Sophomore, Bioengineering

Advisor: Tony Yang, Psychiatry

Statistical-based Control Wrapper for Automated Neuroimaging Data Processing

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The field of functional neuroimaging heavily utilizes numerical data processing, but a lack of uniformity and standarization of subject data and statistical testings heavily cripples working efficiency. This project plans to produce a statistical-based control wrapper that attempts the automated implementation of standarization given an unknown workspace.

Toshiro Yamada

Senior, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts

Advisor: Peter Otto, Music

Wave Field Synthesis Research

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Wave field synthesis is an emerging sound reproduction technique that is capable of producing 3D sound field. This research is aimed to investigate a practical use of this technology.

Mengzi (Mabel) Zhang

Freshman, Computer Science

Advisor: Jurgen Schulze, Calit2

Promoting Future Communication: A Dynamic 3D Digital Model of the Calit2 Building

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Building from an existing project in the Calit2 Immersive Visualization Lab, this research will continue to develop a 3D model of the Calit2 building and its surroundings, where dynamic elements such as light source, operating elevators, opening doors, stylized people, and other data obtained from sensors will be added to offer a realistic sense to the artificial model. The goal of the research is to utilize computer science technology effectively in telecommunications by simulating environments where a more tangible connection is built among users, thus paving the way to a network of interpersonal communications through high-end technology.