News

  • Jun 16
    2022
    The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) has created a crisis in computing and a significant need for more hardware that is both energy-efficient and scalable. In both AI and ML, a key step is making decisions based on incomplete data, and the best approach for this is to output a probability for each possible answer. Current classical computers... read more »
  • Jun 9
    2022
    Faculty at UC Santa Barbara seeking to develop breakthrough energy-efficient software will have the opportunity to receive seed funding thanks to a new $450,000 gift to the College of Engineering’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) from the Investment Group of Santa Barbara (IGSB). The firm offers early-stage investments to companies with outstanding business models... read more »
  • Mar 15
    2022
    Kerem Çamsari, an assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department, has received a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). One of thirty-two junior faculty nationwide selected by ONR in 2022, he will receive a three-year, $510,000 grant in support of his work to design a probabilistic computer... read more »
  • Feb 9
    2022
    "We catch up with the 2006 Millennium Technology Prize winner, Shuji Nakamura, to reflect on the impact of the award, his illuminating LED invention – and what he’s achieved since. Shuji Nakamura astonished the scientific community in 1993. More than a century after Thomas Edison created the incandescent lightbulb, Professor Nakamura took the last step in finding a super-... read more »
  • Feb 3
    2022
    Three UC Santa Barbara professors selected to serve as authors on the Fifth National Climate Assessment Three UC Santa Barbara professors — Halley Froehlich(link is external), Eric Masanet(link is external) and Lint Barrage(link is external) — have been selected by the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to serve as authors for the Fifth... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2022
    The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected six faculty from UC Santa Barbara, including John Bowers, a distinguished professor in the Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments, to its newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the... read more »
  • Jan 20
    2022
    Lithium (Li) is the active ingredient in rechargeable batteries that power today’s smart phones, laptops and electric vehicles. However, lithium’s scarcity and high price have led researchers to seek another, more abundant element to replace it. Many have turned to sodium (Na), which is below lithium in the periodic table and shares many of its properties. Sodium is... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2021
    Four professors in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering have been recognized by their peers as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, announced its major awards and recognitions for 2022. Umesh Mishra, the Donald W. Whittier Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2021
    IEE Director John Bowers has been selected as a top researcher to participate in Intel’s recently opened Intel® Research Center for Integrated Photonics for Data Center Interconnects. This center will focus on research accelerating optical I/O technology innovation in performance scaling and integration. Intel acknowledges that collaboration with academia to develop new... read more »
  • Dec 13
    2021
    Silicon photonics research and commercialization has intensified as both photonic component performance and photonic integration complexity have been dramatically improved and expanded in the past decade. Silicon photonics enables a wide range of applications from datacom and telecom to sensors including light detection and ranging (LIDAR), gyroscopes, biosensors, and... read more »
  • Dec 10
    2021
    Henley Hall was recently the recipient of several awards recognizing its unprecedented design and sustainable architecture. The four most recent awards are as follows, both the AIA Pennsylvania Architecture Merit Award and COTE (Committee on the Environment) Award of Excellence, AIA Santa Barbara Honor Architecture Award, and the AIA Philadelphia Architecture Award. Each... read more »
  • Dec 3
    2021
    The sleek and shimmering modern building that houses UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency is earning major accolades for its overall design and for its sustainability features. Designed by the firm KieranTimberlake, a leader in practice-based architectural research and sustainable buildings, Henley Hall has received The American Architecture Award for 2021.... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2021
    We are thrilled to announce that Henley Hall, the extraordinary new purpose-built home of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2021 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Henley Hall is a 49,900 GSF building that consists of both wet... read more »
  • Nov 16
    2021
    UC Santa Barbara professor Shuji Nakamura is the recipient of the 3rd Annual Richard J. Goldstein Energy Lecture Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Established in 2019, the award recognizes “pioneering contributions to the frontiers of energy, leading to breakthroughs in existing technology, leading to new applications or new areas of... read more »
  • Nov 16
    2021
    Nine UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list released by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The annual list identifies researchers in the sciences and social sciences who demonstrated significant influence in their respective field or fields through... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2021
    The automotive industry is becoming electric. Packaging companies are using compostable plastic. Clothing manufacturers are embracing ‘vegan’ and ‘eco-friendly’ materials. By supporting these companies, we could be on track toward a bright and sustainable future. Except that we’re not, argues UC Santa Barbara industrial ecologist Roland Geyer. After decades spent studying... read more »