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2005 SURF-IT Schedule

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology
University of California, Irvine

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Information Technology (SURF-IT) presents a four-part summer seminar series, featuring faculty projects involving SURF-IT students. The program will conclude with a poster session.


Tuesday, June 28

12:00 pm 1:30 pm

SURF-IT Orientation & Calit2 Tour

Calit2, Room 3008

Tuesday, July 12

11:45 am 1:00 pm

Seminar #1
Professor William Tomlinson --
The Eco-Raft Project
Professor Zhibin Guan -- Materials Design at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology

Calit2, Room 3008

Tuesday, July 26

11:45 am 1:00 pm

Seminar #2
Professor Jia Grace Lu
Professor Simon Cole


Tuesday, August 9

11:45 am 1:00 pm

Seminar #3
Professor Kristen Monroe
Professor Hamid Jafarkhani

Calit2, Room 3008

Tuesday, August 23

11:45 am 1:00 pm

Seminar #4
Professor Falko Kuester
Professor Charles Zender

Calit2, Room 3008

Thursday, Sept. 1

2:00 pm 5:00 pm

SURF-IT Poster Session

Calit2, Atrium

Seminar #1 Abstracts:

Speaker:   William Tomlinson
                Assistant Professor of Informatics
                Assistant Professor of Drama

Title: The Eco-Raft Project

Abstract: The goal of this project is to combine research in computer science, mobile computing, interactive animation and restoration ecology in order to develop a novel computational platform for environmental education. This platform will serve as the basis for regionally specific interactive exhibits that will be installed in science centers and museums around the United States. The interactive platform consists of a heterogeneous network of fixed and mobile computational systems, inhabited by autonomous animated agents (virtual species). This paradigm involves several stationary computer screens that serve as "virtual habitat patches" inhabited by small populations of the animated species, and several Tablet PCs that serve as "virtual rafts," or dispersal mechanisms, with which people carry the species from patch to patch. This project has already been accepted to the Emerging Technologies venue at SIGGRAPH 2005; a major mid-summer milestone will be to present the group's work at that conference.

SURF-IT Fellow: Uel McMahan -- The EcoRaft Project

Speaker: Zhibin Guan
              Professor of Chemistry

Title: Materials Design at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology

Abstract: Our research program is developing new concepts and strategies at the interface with biology for the design of well-defined polymeric materials. This presentation will highlight our recent work on the synthesis and single molecule nanomechanical studies of new biomimetic modular multi-domain polymers. Inspiration from natural biopolymers is used in our lab to design macromolecular materials having precise secondary structures for advanced mechanical properties. Modular domain structures are commonly seen in natural biopolymers such as adhesion proteins and skeletal muscle protein, titin, which have important mechanical functions in biological systems. The remarkable combined strength and toughness of titin was proposed to derive from its modular structure comprising a linear array of domains, in which each domain is held together by secondary forces. We have synthesized titin-mimicking modular polymers having various supramolecular modules.

This talk will discuss the design principle, synthesis, single molecule studies, and correlation of single molecule and macroscopic mechanical properties of the modular polymer.

SURF-IT Fellow: Vahe Gabuchian -- Biomimetic Modular Design for Advanced Biomaterials

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in Information
Technology (SURF-IT) presents the second in its four-part summer seminar
series, featuring faculty projects involving SURF-IT students.

The seminar session will include a light lunch, served at 11:45 a.m.,
and two 20-minute research talks.

The session will be held:
July 26, 2005 (Tuesday)
Calit2 Building, Room 3008



Seminar #2 Abstracts:

Speaker:   Jia Grace Lu
                Assistant Professor
                Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Title: Semiconducting Nanowires as Nanoelectronic Building Blocks

Abstract: In general, this project incorporates fundamental science and technological application of nanostructured materials, with the aim to build integrated  nanoscale devices crucial for future information technology, fitting with the vision of Calit2. This work focuses particularly on the electrical, optical, magnetic and  chemical sensing properties of individual single-crystal semiconducting nanowires, configured as field effect transistors. They demonstrate enhanced transistor property with large on-off ratio, strong polarization-dependent photoconductivity, and high sensitivity to toxic gases such as NO2, NH3, and CO. At present, we are working to obtain n-type and p-type metal-oxide nanowires with uniform electrical properties, and fabricating vertically aligned field effect transistors and logic gates in order to fully utilize the scaling advantage of these nanomaterials. In addition, magnetic doping in the nanowires is being explored to study low-dimension  ferromagnetic ordering and to develop efficient spin injectors and spin transistors. The objectives of the student's project are to understand the effect of reduced dimensionality on the properties of semiconductors; and to design, create, and characterize coupled nanostructures. 

SURF-IT Fellow: Lei Huang

Speaker:   Simon Cole
                Assistant Professor
                Criminology, Law, & Society

Title: Fingerprint Data Collection and Analysis

Abstract: This talk will cover current controversies over the reliability of forensic fingerprint identification, focusing on the  role that automated fingerprint identification systems are playing in this controversy and what role they might play in the future. The speaker will briefly discuss, and solicit comments on, research being carried out this summer using an automated fingerprint identification system. 

SURF-IT Fellow: Robert Carpenter

Future seminars will be held August 9 and August 23.
For further information: Stuart Ross, or 824-9602



Seminar #3 Abstracts:

Speaker:   Kristen Monroe
                Professor of Political Science
Director, UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study
Title: The Compassionate Self: Can Video and Computer Games Evoke the Empathic Involvement that Fosters the Altruistic Perspective?

Abstract: In general, this project studies the problem of what drives ethical treatment of others, can it be taught, and if so, how can we best do this. Literature on what causes ethical treatment of others traditionally offers 2 approaches: disposition versus situation. This project proposes a third route: phenotypic - multifaceted self, with diverse parts evoked by stimuli from external environment, e.g., friends, context.

SURF-IT Fellow: Cathryn O'Neill

Speaker:   Hamid Jafarkhani
                Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Title: Channel modeling in wireless communication

Abstract: This talk will begin with a general discussion of wireless communications and its different components, continuing with description of different impairments in wireless channels. It will show how one can mathematically model the physical phenomenon's in a wireless channel and how to use these mathematical models to analyze and design wireless communication systems. In conclusion, the speaker will briefly illustrate the implementation of these mathematical models using
computer simulation.

SURF-IT Fellow: Pooya Monajemi

The final SURF-IT seminar will be held August 23.



Seminar #4 Abstracts:

Speaker:   Falko Kuester
                Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Title: Earth and Planetary System Science Game Engine (EPSS-GE) -- Virtual Calit2

Abstract: Both projects are integrated into the Calit2 Center of GRAVITY (Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging Technology), which includes faculty from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Earth System Science and Studio Art. The objective of the "EPSS" project is to develop gaming technology for the exploration and manipulation of environmental systems, using scientifically accurate geophysical simulations. Such games would provide an engaging means for large groups of people to collectively learn the effects of various actions on the global environment. The EPSS-GE project work for this summer is focused on interacting with a reduced model of geophysical forcing using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Atmospheric Model (CAM). The team is studying simulation and data exchange between UCI's Earth System Modeling Facility, the game server grid, and user interfaces. We are currently extending the functionality of a prototype by completing a series of focused short term projects. The work includes integrating earth system databases into existing game engines, designing and testing new visualization techniques, analyzing geophysical models, and developing intuitive feedback and interaction mechanisms. Effort is also focused on studying the variety of ways scientific visualization has already been used to demonstrate geophysical and temporal scales, model interpretation and data exchange -- reviewing computer games such as "SimEarth", movies such as "A Perfect Storm", and display interfaces such as "Orb".  

The "VirtualCalit2" project is aimed at creating a photorealistic 3D computer model of the institute's entire building, to assist in using the building as a living laboratory. The model will include animation, so that interiors and exteriors can be viewed in various ways. This model will serve as a tool for research areas such as emergency management, real-time structural monitoring, augmented reality and location-based games. The work includes many modeling, animation and visualization tasks, based on photographs and construction drawings of the actual building.

SURF-IT Fellow:  Dirk Groeneveld, Daniel Repasky

Speaker:   Charles Zender
                Associate Professor of Earth Systems Science

Title: Distributed Data Reduction and Analysis: An overview with Applications to Californian Climate and Energy Demand

Abstract: Distributed Data Reduction and Analysis (DDRA) refers to the task of crunching datasets stored in separate physical or network spaces. DDRA has emerged as both an opportunity and chokepoint for collaborative research in high performance computing applications. For example, Climate simulations prepared for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reside on a distributed network of storage archives known as the Earth System Grid (ESG). I will describe how we use DDRA techniques to get the data from the ESG and use it to characterize the envelope of future Californian climate contained within these datasets. Our goals are two-fold: 1. To quantify the Californian climate expected under a variety of IPCC forcing scenarios; and 2. To benchmark, characterize, and reduce bottlenecks encountered in DDRA of geophysical datasets.

SURF-IT Fellow: Michael Brown

PLEASE NOTE ALSO: The concluding ceremony, reception, and post session
for SURF-IT will be on Thursday, September 1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in
the atrium of the Calit2 building.

For further information: Stuart Ross, or 824-9602