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Symposium on how CITRIS researchers are "Engineering a Better World"
 

11 December 2006

ATTENTION: Technology and energy reporters

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu


WHAT
"Engineering a Better World," a symposium by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at the University of California, Berkeley. Speakers will present an overview of UC Berkeley research that is meeting the energy challenges of the future, including the use of sensors to create "smart meters" that monitor real-time power usage and innovative solutions to fuel efficiency.

In addition, attendees will hear how people in developing countries are being helped by UC Berkeley technology, such as a telemedicine project that helps doctors diagnose patients remotely. Panelists will also address the role of university research in California's industry and economy.

WHEN
1-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. A full program is available online at: http://www.coe.berkeley.edu/citris/symposiumProgram.pdf.

WHERE
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, located on the northeast quadrant of the UC Berkeley campus

WHO
Speakers include Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley chancellor; Richard Blum, vice chairman of the UC Regents; Eric Brewer, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences; Beth Burnside, UC Berkeley vice chancellor for research; Fiona Doyle, acting dean of the College of Engineering; Shankar Sastry, CITRIS director; David Tennenhouse, vice president of A9.com; and Paul Wright, CITRIS chief scientist.

DETAILS
CITRIS is one of four California Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2001 to develop the next generation of technologies that will be critical to sustaining California's economic growth and global competitiveness. The institute combines the skills and talents of more than 200 researchers from four UC campuses -- Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz -- with those from private industry to develop innovative technology that tackles some of society's most pressing problems.

Currently, there are more than 150 research projects in areas such as environmental monitoring, energy management, health care and disaster preparedness.

More information about CITRIS is available online at: http://www.citris-uc.org.