Engineers for Exploration

Ryan Kastner, Co-director, Engineers for Exploration and CSE Professor


Date: 2016-05-18
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Location: Room 1202, CSE Building, UC San Diego

Guest Speaker: Ryan Kastner, CSE, UC San Diego
Co-Director, Engineers for Exploration


This seminar with CSE Prof. Ryan Kastner about the student program he co-directs, Engineers for Exploration, is part of the Design@Large lecture series of The Design Lab at UC San Diego.

Engineers for Exploration is a one of a kind program that develops intelligent systems that aid research in conservation, cultural heritage, and exploration. We work closely with archaeologists, biologists, ecologists, and marine scientists to create technologies to facilitate their scientific research. Applications include determining population counts for endangered and rare animals (e.g., vaquitas, whale sharks, and Mexican gray wolves). and creating and visualizing data to undercover ecological and archaeological discoveries (e.g.,  understanding environmental impacts on coral reefs and mapping Maya structures). The program centers around student led teams that undertake a systematic design process beginning with the development of detailed project plans, continuing with proof of concept prototyping, and finally deploying the system in the field alongside scientists and explorers. This talk describes the iterative process of imagine, design, prototype, test, and deploy for a subset of these remote sensing technologies.


RYAN KASTNER is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He received a PhD in Computer Science at UCLA,a masters degree (MS) in engineering and bachelor degrees (BS) in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, all from Northwestern University. He is the co-director of the Wireless Embedded Systems Master of Advanced Studies Program. He also co-directs the Engineers for Exploration Program. His current research interests reside in three areas: hardware acceleration, hardware security, and remote sensing.


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