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The Atlantic Meets the Pacific | Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, Oct 4th

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Lab Tours

The Atlantic Meets the Pacific is enhanced by exclusive “insider” visits to groundbreaking research labs and interactive laboratories.

Registered attendees will select one of the first five labs listed below to tour on Thursday afternoon, October 3rd. Information on lab tour sign-up will be emailed to all registered attendees. On Friday, October 4th, all attendees will be invited to participate in tours at Calit2.

Please note there will be considerable walking, including up and down stairs, and standing at the various labs. If you need special consideration, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

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Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, Oct 4th

Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, Oct 4th

‘Living Labs’ and the Human Brain
9500 Gillman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093


The Qualcomm Institute is the University of California, San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) – a partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine. The institute was created by the State of California in December 2000 to foster innovation, to create knowledge, and to maintain the state’s leadership in existing industries. Hundreds of students participate in research projects in the institute’s ‘living laboratories,’ which were designed to foster advances in hardware, software and systems. By training the workforce of the future, the institute helps to drive the economy and enhance Californians’ quality of life.

The Qualcomm Institute's strategic vision calls on its 325 participating faculty to develop technologies that can be applied to four areas of societal interest that are being transformed by telecommunications and information technology: culture, energy, the environment, and health. The institute's faculty, staff and student researchers are also focused on advances in four enabling technologies: wireless communications, photonics, cyberinfrastructure, as well as nanotechnology and micro-electromechanical systems (nano-MEMS). For more information, please visit the institute website at www.calit2.net.


Immersive Visualization Laboratories
On Friday, October 4, attendees will have the opportunity to experience Calit2’s unique immersive virtual-reality labs, including the StarCAVE, the NexCAVE, and the TourCAVE. The StarCAVE consists of five walls with three screens each, plus floor projection. With a total of 34 projectors – two JVC HD2K projectors for each screen and four projectors for the floor – the StarCAVE provides a captivating, 3D and 360-degree view for visitors. The NexCAVE – inspired by the StarCAVE – was designed and developed by Calit2 Research Scientist Tom DeFanti, Virtual Reality Design Engineer Greg Dawe, Research Scientist Jürgen Schulze and Visualization Specialist Andrew Prudhomme. The NexCAVE includes 17 JVC panels, arranged into five columns, and produces data resolution close to human visual acuity (defined as 20/20 vision). The 17 JVC panels are very bright, which means that, unlike the StarCAVE, the NexCAVE can be used under normal room lighting levels. The TourCAVE is a lower-cost version of the NexCAVE and consists of 14 LG 65-inch 3D displays mounted on their sides. With full HD resolution, the TourCAVE system has roughly 28 Megapixels, or 14 Megapixels per eye (7560x3840 pixels).

Audio Spatialization Laboratory
A dark, cave-like space with high walls and rows of audio mixing boards, the Audio Spatialization Laboratory (or Spat Lab, for short) is ground zero from the Qualcomm Institute’s Sonic Arts R&D group, directed by UCSD music professor Peter Otto. The group does much of its development work in audio spatialization and sonification in the lab, which has been on of the institute’s signature labs devoted to audio research and music composition. “Our focus is on auditory realism,” says Otto. “We are able to simulate, emulate, reproduce or predict the auditory signature of a particular acoustic or architectural environment, or spatially isolating or highlighting particular sound sources while suppressing others.”

Presentations on the Brain
The visits to three of the labs will include demos and short presentations by leading UC San Diego faculty members affiliated with the Qualcomm Institute who share a common interest: the human brain. They include: Jacopo Annese, director of the Brain Observatory, who will use the Calit2 Theater’s large-scale Vroom system to display super-high-resolution photographs of slices from one of the most famous human brains in history; also in the Theater, neuroscience and radiology professor Anders Dale, a leader in UCSD’s new Center for Brain Activity Mapping (CBAM); and in the Calit2 Auditorium, Mark Ellisman, director of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) and the Whole Brain Catalog.

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    5:30 PM:
    Registration and Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Roni Zeiger
    8:15 PM:
    Big Data, Big Disease, Mining for Medical Breakthroughs
    • Russ Altman
    • Eric Horvitz
    • Steve Miller
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Scripps Seaside Forum
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview
    • Deepak Chopra
    9:30 AM:
    What’s next in Medical IT: Wireless Health and Wearable Trends
    • Todd Coleman
    • Mick Ebeling
    • Ian Shakil
    • Halle Tecco
    10:20 AM:
    Virtual Headline Interview
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee
    11:00 AM:
    Scanning the Horizon: Accelerating Innovation in Cancer Care
    • Scott Lippman
    • David Sadava
    • Christopher Slapak
    • Greg Sorensen
    • Kristiina Vuori
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch
    1:15 PM:
    Chronic diseases: How Technology Is Changing the Patient Experience
    • Pat Christen
    • Naser Partovi
    • Jordan Shlain
    • Peter Yu
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
    2:30 – 4:30 PM:
    Lab Tours (attendees tour one of five institutes)
    5:30 PM:
    Cocktail Reception
    6:30 PM:
    7:30 PM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: How Far Away is a Cure for Cancer?
    • Clifton Leaf
    8:15 PM:
    Headline Interview: Transformative Trends in Medicine
    • Eric Topol
    9:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Calit2's Qualcomm Institute
    8:00 AM:
    8:55 AM:
    Welcome and Headline Interview: Future Trends in Technology
    • Chris Anderson
    9:40 AM:
    Technology for Social Change
    • Clark Gibson
    • Jamie Alexandre
    • Peggy Johnson
    10:20 AM:
    Headline Interview: Global Health and Global Threats
    • Laurie Garrett
    11:10 AM:
    Living Longer, Living Smarter: Innovations in Longevity Research
    • Kunal Sarkar
    • Larry Smarr
    • Deborah Szekely
    12:00 PM:
    Buffet Lunch and Lab Tours on Visualization Technology
    1:15 PM:
    Brain Mapping: Pushing the Frontiers of Neurology
    • Nicholas Spitzer
    • Kris Famm
    • Ralph Greenspan
    2:00 PM:
    Closing Remarks
  • *Please Note: All speakers confirmed, dates and times subject to change.
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The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

Find a Hotel

The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

For a list of other hotels in the area,
please click here.

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