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DNA Robotics Research Earns Undergrads a Gold Prize

11-21-11

Undergraduate students Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman have won a gold award at the 2011 International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD). BIOMOD is a competition for undergraduate teams who design research to address the control of biomolecules on the nanometer scale. The Caltech team's challenge was to make a synthetic DNA robot that has the ability to take a random walk —instead of walking on set path or track—on a two-dimensional origami surface that was also made out of DNA. The team is mentored by Professor Erik Winfree and sponsored by the Molecular Programming Project. [Caltech Feature] [Video of Project]

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Auctions, Traffic, Selfishness, and Data Privacy

11-08-11

Problems where a conflict or tension exists between individual incentives and more global objective are one of the foci of Professor Katrina Ligett's research. "I'm interested in new algorithms, in understanding how difficult it is to solve problems," Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, says. "There aren't that many places where computer scientists and economists actually talk to each other. At Caltech, people are really interested in and committed to investigating at this intersection, and that's very appealing." [Caltech Feature]

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New Institute for Quantum Information and Matter

10-14-11

Caltech has been awarded $12.6 million in funding by the National Science Foundation to create the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), the center will bring physicists and computer scientists together to push theoretical and experimental boundaries in the study of exotic quantum states.  The co-directors of this institute are Professors Jeff Kimble, Jim Eisenstein, Oskar Painter, and John Preskill. "When you bring innovative scientists and engineers together and provide them with the facilities and collaborative spaces they need, magic happens. The magic involves transforming the way we think about and impact our world," says EAS Chair Ares Rosakis. [Caltech Press Release]

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Charles Seitz Receives Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award

10-07-11

Former computer science faculty member Charles Seitz is the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Professor Seitz is known for creating new disciplines of digital design, and was recognized “for innovations in high-performance message-passing architectures and networks.”  While at Caltech Seitz focused his research on very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design and concurrent computing. [Learn more]

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Solar Decathlon Team

10-03-11

The high-tech house built by a joint team of students from Caltech and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), known as Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype (CHIP), placed 6th at the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In the category of Energy Balance we tied for first place; in the categories of engineering and home entertainment, we placed 2nd, and in affordability we placed third. [Final scores and photos] [Walkthrough video of CHIP]

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Rapporteur for Quantum Computation

09-29-11

Professor John Preskill has also been selected as the Rapporteur for quantum computation at the 25th Solvay Conference on Physics. This conference, "The Theory of the Quantum World" chaired by David Gross, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Solvay conference held in 1911. Preskill will be joined by fellow Rapporteurs Anthony Leggett (quantum foundations), Ignacio Cirac and Steven Girvin (control of quantum systems), Subir Sachdev (quantum condensed matter), Frank Wilzcek (particles and fields), Edward Witten (string theory), and Alan Guth (cosmology).

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Professor Preskill Named Aisenstadt Chair

09-29-11

John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, has been named the 2011 Aisenstadt Chair at the Center de Recherches Mathe'matiques (CRM) in Montreal. The Chair recipient gives a series of lectures, the first of which must be accessible to a large public. Preskill will lecture on quantum information at CRM this October. Among past Aisenstadt Chair recipients are many world-famous mathematicians, including eight of the last eighteen Fields medalists. [List of Recipients]

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Professor Low Receives 2011 Okawa Foundation Research Grant

09-27-11

Steven Low, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2011 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research project entitled "Uncertainty Mitigation for Renewable Energy Integration".  This prize honors top young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. 

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CHIP Goes to Washington

09-06-11

The high-tech house built by a joint team of students from Caltech and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), known as Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype (CHIP), is heading to Washington D.C. for the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition. The SCI-Arc / Caltech team has been supported by a variety of people including Richard Murray, Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, and Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director, Resnick Sustainability Institute. CHIP will be competing with 18 other teams for the title of the most energy-efficient, affordable, and attractive house. [Caltech Feature] [Walkthrough video of CHIP]

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Summer Engineering and Computer Science Institute

08-29-11

Computing and Mathematical Sciences Lecturers Michael Vanier and Donnie Pinkston partnered with the Caltech Center for Diversity to work with 23 diverse and gifted high school sophomores and juniors who came to Caltech as part of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Summer Engineering Institute.  The student's summer projects included a Sudoku solver, a "15-puzzle" sliding-tile puzzle game, and a Pong game. The games were a great hit at the final presentations involving Caltech faculty and staff, parents, and representatives from Apple Inc. [Caltech Feature]

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