UC San Diego's Einstein Robot Has 'Emotional Intelligence'

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Albert Einstein may have written his last scientific theory more than half a century ago, but he's still honing his emotional intelligence in a laboratory at the University of California, San Diego. Scientists at UC San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) have equipped a robot modeled after the famed theoretical physicist with specialized software that allows it to interact with humans in a relatively natural, conversational way.

UC San Diego Engineers Bring Down the House

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Recent simulated earthquake tests conducted by UC San Diego engineers are expected to lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. The structural engineers tested a structure similar to those that were built in California in the 1920s that have masonry-infilled walls and reinforced concrete frames.

Learning from Katrina: Importance of Mass Media Communication Activities and Community Readiness During a Natural Disaster

submitted by: jackykim

This study focuses on the importance of mass media communication activities and the role of community outreach before, during, and after a natural disaster, specifically the October 2007 San Diego Wildfires. Using the events that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a framework, this study analyzes how the actual media coverage of each event was portrayed to the public – which includes printed publications, broadcast journalism, and internet-based blogs.

Reintroducing Community in a Land of Sprawl

submitted by: ahirvine

This research examines the features of sprawl that have such negative impacts on community, livability, and sense of place, and commences in a comparative city analysis of policies enacted to reverse the effects of these land use patterns. Looking at the efficiency, feasibility, and cost-benefits of these programs and new theories in urban design, the aim was to find solutions for this problem that could be used in the larger context of the world.