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  • Jul 8
    2021
    Steven P. DenBaars(link is external), UC Santa Barbara professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, has been chosen by the American Association for Advances in Functional Materials (AAFM) as one of two recipients of its 2021 AAFM-Nakamura Award. Named for Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura, also a UCSB professor, the award recognizes “an outstanding... read more »
  • Jul 8
    2021
    Fifteen years ago, UC Santa Barbara electrical and materials professor John Bowers pioneered a method for integrating a laser onto a silicon wafer. The technology has since been widely deployed in combination with other silicon photonics devices to replace the copper-wire interconnects that formerly linked servers at data centers, dramatically increasing energy efficiency... read more »
  • Jun 30
    2021
    When it comes to understanding and predicting trends in energy use, the internet is a tough nut to crack. So say energy researchers Eric Masanet, of UC Santa Barbara, and Jonathan Koomey, of Koomey Analytics. The two just published a peer-reviewed commentary in the journal Joule discussing the pitfalls that plague estimates of the internet’s energy and carbon impacts. The... read more »
  • Jun 16
    2021
    Classical computing is built upon the power of the bit, which is, in essence, a microtransistor on a chip that can either be on or off, representing a 1 or a 0 in binary code. The quantum computing equivalent is the qubit. Unlike bits, qubits can be in more than one “state” at a time, enabling quantum computers to perform computational functions exponentially faster than... read more »
  • Jun 10
    2021
    The United States is winning a global battle for domination in integrated photonics, thanks in part to a Manufacturing USA innovation institute that the Obama administration stood up in 2014. And manufacturers embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning will benefit greatly. That is according to John Bowers, acting CEO of the Manufacturing USA innovation... read more »
  • May 24
    2021
    "Wind power is one of the fastest-growing renewable sources that works well at scale, but it isn't perfect. What if we could scale down wind turbine power to something that could fit on your roof? And be self-contained with smaller moving parts ... or maybe no blades or moving parts at all? Let's look at some future alternatives for harnessing wind power." -Undecided with... read more »
  • May 14
    2021
    The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made to the field of optics and photonics. This prize will is presented to an early career professional who has demonstrated innovative ideas in their accepted presentation during the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference. The recipient receives $3,000 prize, an invitation to the... read more »
  • May 10
    2021
    Professor John E. Bowers receives the 2021 IPRM1 Award for his contribution to the development of III-V/Si photonics and heterogeneous integration techniques with the pioneering demonstration of hybrid indium phosphide/Si laser. John E. Bowers is the Fred Kavli Chair in Nanotechnology and is the Director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and a Distinguished Professor... read more »
  • May 5
    2021
    TIMES UNION Author: Larry Rulison The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, or AIM Photonics, a $600 million national semiconductor manufacturing program located in Albany and Rochester, appears to be on the cusp of lining up another round of government funding that could sustain it for the rest of the decade. AIM Photonics, which develops computer... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2021
    Joseph Incandela, professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara and the campus’s vice chancellor for research, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins more than 250 other new fellows and international members of the prestigious organization. His selection brings to 42 the number of UC Santa Barbara faculty members who have been named fellows of... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2021
    California is a leader when it comes to environmental stewardship, with a history of being the first to implement ambitious air quality measures that stretches back to the 1940s. That still holds true in the 2020s, with what is perhaps the state’s most forward-looking effort to date: the goal of reaching statewide carbon neutrality by 2045. Through the 2019 Budget Act,... read more »
  • Apr 22
    2021
    President Joe Biden is pledging to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, in the latest push by the administration to aggressively combat climate change. The target, announced Thursday, more than doubles the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, when the Obama administration set out to cut emissions 26% to 28% below 2005... read more »
  • Mar 30
    2021
    A year ago scientists everywhere were scrambling to get their minds around the SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that caused the pandemic from which we are only now beginning to emerge. The world clung to every new development, every bit of science that could provide clues to managing life in the presence of this mysterious killer. Many science-backed COVID-19 management... read more »
  • Mar 25
    2021
    While conducting the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau took a new approach to ensure that data collected from individuals and households remained confidential. They implemented a powerful new disclosure avoidance tool based on differential privacy (DP) to withstand modern privacy threats and protect data. DP is a mathematical definition of privacy that provides provable... read more »
  • Mar 15
    2021
    Mark Abel has recently been recognized as the inaugural Distinguished Computer Science Affiliate. This is an honorary title that was created to recognize individuals who make significant contributions to the Department of Computer Science. Mark is a very valuable partner for our department, and we hope that this title not only recognizes his ongoing efforts on behalf of... read more »
  • Mar 9
    2021
    For his pioneering development of a mathematical theory that has enabled solutions for previously intractable problems, UC Santa Barbara’s Igor Mezić has received the biennial J. D. Crawford Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Dynamical Systems (SIAG/DS). Established in 2000, the Crawford Prize recognizes contributions... read more »