Baskin School of Engineering showcases research advances on October 17

Data science, mobile and pervasive computing, and regenerative medicine are featured topics at BSOE's annual Research Review Day at UC Santa Cruz

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Peter Skomoroch
Peter Skomoroch
Robert Klein
Robert Klein
Mary Baker
Mary G. Baker

The latest developments in three exciting areas of technological innovation--data science, regenerative medicine, and mobile and pervasive computing--will be presented by faculty in the Baskin School of Engineering at the school's annual Research Review Day on Thursday, October 17, at UC Santa Cruz. In addition to faculty research presentations, the event will include plenary talks by industry experts in the three focus areas and a graduate student poster session. The event is free, but advance registration at is required.

"This event provides an overview of exciting and innovative research that our faculty and graduate students are doing in several areas as we develop technology for a changing world. Topics in this year's focus areas are changing the technology landscape in Silicon Valley and around the world," said Art Ramirez, dean of the Baskin School of Engineering.

Invited speakers include Peter Skomoroch, principal data scientist at LinkedIn; Mary G. Baker, senior research scientist at HP Labs; and Robert Klein, president of Klein Financial Corporation. Skomoroch will give a plenary talk on "Data Science, Measurement, and Intuition," discussing the implications of current trends in data science and why a solid foundation of science, theory, and intuition are more important than ever in a world of big data.

Baker's plenary talk on mobile and pervasive computing, "The Sound of Silence," will explore how sensor-equipped smart phones and wearable devices have opened up a world of new applications and experiences for consumers. The Sound of Silence is an HP project using audio to support easier content sharing and other group activities.

Klein, former chair of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, will give the plenary talk on regenerative medicine, titled "A Start Towards Solutions for the Crisis in Communication and Funding on Scientific Research."

Faculty presentations will take place throughout the day. Speakers include Lise Getoor, professor of computer science, on "Big Data Science;" Herbie Lee, professor of applied mathematics and statistics, on "Learning from Data with Bayesian Statistics;" Neoklis Polyzotis, professor of computer science, on "Odyssey: A system for evolutionary analytics over big data;" Sofie Salama, research associate in biomolecular engineering, on "Using stem cells to study brain development in a dish;" Camilla Forsberg, associate professor of biomolecular engineering, on "Understanding hematopoietic stem cell trafficking to improve stem cell therapies;" Josh Stuart, professor of biomolecular engineering, on "Searching for the wiring diagram of a single tumor;" Katia Obraczka, professor of computer engineering, on "Towards the Internet of the Future;" Matthew Guthaus, associate professor of computer engineering, on "Ultra-low power computation for mobile and embedded sensor systems;" and J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, professor and chair of computer engineering, on "New directions in packet switching for pervasive mobile computing and the Internet of Things."

All presentations will be held in the Engineering 2 Building on the UCSC campus. Faculty presentations will be followed by a reception and graduate student poster session. Additional information about Research Review Day, including a detailed program with a complete list of presenters and topics, is available online at