Volume 2, Issue 11, November 9, 2015
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World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 Comes Alive on Computer Screens
For the last 18 years, Lisa Snyder has been bringing to vibrant life the bygone glory of a true architectural, social, and cultural wonder: the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, known to many as the Chicago World's Fair.

For six months on the cusp of a new century, more than 27 million people fr
om all over the world came to the 663-acre site in Chicago's Jackson Park to marvel at this stunning showcase of ingenuity, invention, industrial achievement, and entertainment spread out among more than 200 temporary and permanent structures that represented 46 nations, including grand pavilions and vast exhibition halls. Read the full story here.

News & Publications

Like Being There: The Next Generation of 3D Holograms

Center for Integrated Access Networks tackles bandwidth challenge to bring 3D holograms to your living room.

Imagine watching the World Cup or the Super Bowl in 3D in the comfort of your own home. That option may be available sooner than you think. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), optical scientist Nasser Peyghambarian and his team at the University of Arizona are working to make next-generation holograms possible. The researchers foresee the day, possibly within the next decade, when laser-generated holograms will be transmitted anywhere in the world, in real time.

Transmitting a video rate hologram takes an enormous amount of bandwidth and power -- think 10,000 times the rates for high-definition television. At the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), the vision is to create transformative technologies for optical access networks that can do just that: transmit huge amounts of data to a broad population anywhere, at any time. The broader impacts of CIAN's research could be felt in almost every home. Ultra-high data bandwidth and cost effective services could contribute to business innovation, improve educational opportunities, enhance distribution of medical services, minimize the environmental impact from infrastructure and pollution, enable new and varied entertainment opportunities, and increase overall national security, just to name a few possibilities.

CIAN is one of the NSF Engineering Research Centers, which are interdisciplinary, multi-institutional centers that join academia, industry, and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems, along with engineering graduates who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy. CIAN is a multi-institutional research effort consisting of the University of Arizona (lead) and its partner institutions: the University of California at San Diego, the University of Southern California, the California Institute for Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Norfolk State University and Tuskegee University.

The research in this episode was supported by the NSF award #0812072, NSF Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN).

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Marsha Walton, Science Nation Producer

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

HPC and Big Data Analytics using Comet: SDSC's latest Computing Resource through XSEDE 

Comet, a petascale supercomputer at San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC), is one of the latest key resources within the NSF's XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) program, which comprises the most advanced collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. Researchers may apply for "free" computer time on Comet via XSEDE.

UCLA IDRE and SDSC are organizing this workshop in order to introduce the Comet system and its usage for HPC and Big Data Analytics to UCLA researchers. The participants will be able to get hands-on experience on the Comet system during different sessions of the workshop. RSVP here. Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 9:00-4:30 pm in Math Sciences (5628 IDRE Portal)

Physiologically Based Simulations of Airflow and Particle Transport in the Lung

Abstract: Pulmonary diseases are typically caused by inhalation of toxic airborne materials over a long period of time. Diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cause a substantial burden worldwide. The coupling of multi-physics simulations with animal or human experiments is necessary to validate model predictions and to improve emerging medical technology. While recent advances in computational resources have enabled sophisticated simulations of airflow and particle transport in the pulmonary airways, it is not currently feasible to simulate airflow and transport for al length and time scales of the lung. To address this challenge, the computational domain may be split into sections, where lower-dimensional models of the small airways may be connected to the three-dimensional (3D) models of the large airways. In this seminar, experimentally parameterized 3D-0D and 3D-1D finite element simulations of airflow and particle transport in the lung will be introduced. The novel 3D-1D transport framework enabled transport to be determined throughout the respiration cycle. Excellent agreement was found when comparing regional deposition to image-based experimental data in rodent lungs. In addition to these findings, future directions in optimizing drug delivery in asthmatic patients and potential health consequences to electronic cigarette aerosol exposure will be discussed.

Speaker: Jessica Oaks
Affiliation: UC Berkeley

Friday, November 13, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm in  38-138 Engineering-IV. 

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

3D Printing at UCLA: Global Visions of the Future 

Doug Daniels, an employee of UCLA Library for over two years and most recently as a full-time employee in the Library's IT department, will offer a presentation on the 3D printing industry on November 17th to all interested: 

"I'm very excited to welcome you to a presentation on the state of the 3D printing industry. I recently attended EuroMold, an international conference on the 3D printing industry, in Düsseldorf, Germany. As the Library explores ways in which to offer 3D printing services to its campus community, I went to EuroMold with the goal of learning as much as possible of the state of the industry, it's current innovations, and where the industry is headed. I'll be addressing a wide range of topics regarding 3D printing, including: 
  • Why has 3D printing all of a sudden become so widespread? 
  • What is the current state of the industry both at home and abroad? 
  • What are the current breakthroughs in the aerospace, medical, and material science fields? 
  • Where is the 3D printing industry headed? What does the future of 3D printing look like? 
  • And much more!
I would be honored and thrilled if you could attend. I'm working daily towards bringing 3D printing services into the Library, and your support has been (and will be) invaluable. Please feel free to extend this invitation to any and all parties you think might be interested. I anticipate the presentation to be no longer than 30 minutes, and will have plenty of time afterwards to answer any questions you might have."

Doug Daniels 
UCLA Library 
Technical Projects Specialist 

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 12:30-1:30 PM in the Charles E. Young Research Library Conference Room.

Workshop IV: Decision Support for Traffic

The net decade will see numerous decision support tools emerge for traffic management. This is mainly due to the fact that all pieces necessary for the development of these tools are now at our disposal, and have emerged in the recent years. This includes sensing, communication, high performance and modeling capabilities. All over the world, several Departments of Transportation have started to investigate the steps required to build tools capable of advising humans in charge of optimization of mobility at the scale of a city. Specific breakthroughs are already visible in Australia, France, and in the Netherlands. Such tools require significant amount of modeling (the interplay of various control schemes on a distributed parameter system, which can be modeled as a partial differential equation), which will be presented in the first subtopic of the workshop (for which we will invite experts who already have experience in successfully building such systems). Decision support tools also require the solution of the very difficult problem of dynamic traffic assignment, known to be NP hard in the discrete setting, and which has only been superficially studied at the continuous level (i.e. with traffic modeled by PDEs), in a dynamic setting. The dynamic traffic assignment is a fundamental problem in this field, which is at the heart of any allocation algorithm which attempts to optimize flow on a network. The second subtopic will focus specifically on the dynamic traffic assignment. Finally, in the last subtopic we will invite experts in the field of games and incentivization, which is one of the future backbones of control and ties with decision support. In this last topic, we will assemble a panel of experts who have worked on mechanisms which can be used to incentivize users of the transportation network to change their patterns based on options given to them by the system, or by a game in which they take part.

This Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM) workshop will include a poster session; a request for poster tiles will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop. Apply and register here. November 16-20, 2015 in 460 Portola Plaza. 

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