Calit2@UCI Visit and Demos

BiON (Bio-Organic Nanofabrication Facility), Dexter Humphrey
A 4,000 sq. ft. clean room facility dedicated to developing technologies targeted to biomedical and life science. The facility contains tools uniquely capable of performing micro- and nanofabrication on materials such as polymers, hydrogels, collagens, proteins and even living tissue. The cleanroom contains two tissue culture hoods and supporting facilities for growing tissue culture. Current projects in the BiON facility include lab-on-a-chip, cellular microarrays, drug delivery devices, micro-electrodes, and implantable sensors. The facility supports ongoing work at UCI in the areas of bio/nanotechnology, advanced materials, BioMEMS, environmental sensors, medical devices and biological research. The facility also serves Southern California’s biomedical and biotech industries.

Microscopy – Lexi Laboratory, Jian-Guo
The Laboratory for Electron and X-ray Instrumentation (LEXI), which consists of Calit2 Microscopy Center and Materials Characterization Center (MC2), is a university-wide shared user facility, focusing on the investigation of crystal structure, surface topography, materials microstructure and chemical microanalysis. LEXI offers a wide range of materials characterization instrumentation and techniques, including 3D light microscopy, 3D vibrometer and surface metrology, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), focus ion beam (FIB), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), together with a comprehensive specimen preparation facility.

Visualization Lab, Aditi Majumder
Research and development of next generation displays, are life size and seamless and allow multiple users to interact with them. Camera-based calibration and custom algorithms in a scalable system automatically align images and eliminate color variations in large displays, regardless of screen configuration or surface variations. Camera based sensing allows for tracking and interpreting gestures from multiple users and respond to it interactively. Scalable distributed algorithms allow the technology to scale to multiple devices, multiple users and multiple applications.

Center for Networks Relational Analysis, Carter Butts
The Center for Networks and Relational Analysis supports interdisciplinary research and training relating to the study of network structure and the analysis of relational systems. Our research emphases include social networks, spatial modeling and analysis, networked systems, stochastic models of complex data, and related techniques, with applications spanning the social and behavioral sciences, health, chemistry and biology, and information technology. Housed within the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Center provides a common institutionalized locus for students and researchers, including support for the development of shared infrastructure and co-located activities. The Center promotes the use of information and communication technology in studying social structure and systems design. Our open house exhibit will showcase some of our current and ongoing research activities.

eHealth Collaboratory, Mark Bachman
The eHealth Collaboratory develops empowering healthcare technology for well, injured and disabled individuals enabling active participation in their health and improving daily life. The eHealth Collaboratory works alongside numerous healthcare professionals within the University such as Nursing Science, Center for Autism, and School of Medicine as well as outside institutions such as the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital, and the Samueli Institute. Projects from the collaboratory include:

Music Glove: An interactive real-time glove allowing people with stroke to engage in meaningful, entertaining, and motivating therapy by learning to play music with the glove. The glove also provides a quantitative measure of hand function providing feedback to both patients and therapists.

Exergaming: A robust gaming system that transforms any piece of exercise equipment into a gaming controller, enabling injured and disabled individuals to control video games with their own specialized equipment. Exergaming systems are being deployed at the VA Hospital in Long Beach to encourage exercise among Spinal Cord Injury patients.

WENDI: A complete hardware and software interface providing a standard communication protocol between all healthcare devices within the home and any internet enabled device (phones, tablets, TVs). WENDI connects all healthcare devices to the internet, allowing patients or doctors to monitor their health remotely.

Musculoskeletal Dance Science Research Laboratory Science & Health in Artistic Performance, Kelli Sharp
Dancers typically exhibit capabilities of the musculoskeletal system that are considerably beyond those of the average person. They also are known to have an extremely high incidence of injury. In many ways these performers are athletes; thus, this laboratory is applying research principles used widely in sports medicine and collaborating with engineering and science disciplines to advance the field of performing arts medicine and science. The demonstrations will include biomechanical analysis of dancers balance stability assessment in dancers, and clinical measurements to evaluate predisposing factors of knee pain in dancers.

Micro/Nano Fluidics, Abe Lee
The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) will advance research and education on the science, engineering, and applications of integrated microfluidic design and scalable production through dedicated, continuing industrial partnerships. This center has been devised to concentrate and deploy resources and people to launch a transformation in ubiquitous diagnostics by creating the design tools, methods, and manufacturing technologies that will enable low-cost, simple, rapid assessment anywhere and everywhere – the environment, agriculture, food and water supplies, and ultimately for human health and safety.”

CalPlug, Arthur Zhang
The California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug) is the leading enabler for energy efficiency solutions in the use and design of appliances and consumer electronic devices. CalPlug is initially sponsored by the California Energy Commission and Regents of the University of California to promote a cleaner, more efficient State of California. The center focuses on emerging technologies and user behavior studies for plug load devices. CalPlug addresses challenges in plug load efficiency for both residential and commercial buildings by collaborating closely with utilities, manufacturers, advocacy groups, research institutions, and energy policy makers.