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CENS 8th Annual Research Review

Agenda (with links to slides) (PDF) | Poster Abstracts | Posters


We are pleased to announce the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) 8th Annual Research Review – Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at the Sunset Village Grand Horizon Ballroom, UCLA Campus.

CENS is a major research enterprise engaged in the development of wireless sensor systems and the application of revolutionary sensing technology to critical scientific and social applications. Included in this scope is recent work focused on leveraging mobile technologies in Participatory Sensing systems for applications in community data gathering and engagement, personal health and wellness, and education. Each year, members of the Center and partners from across the world gather for a day-long symposium to communicate recent results and accomplishments in this rapidly developing field. We invite you to join us as we highlight our current sensing technologies and applications and look ahead to future developments.

In addition to presentations highlighting recent developments by our researchers, we are pleased to host our keynote speakers: Mark Frauenfelder, Founder & Editor of Boing Boing and Editor-in-Chief of MAKE magazine and Michael Zimbalist, Vice President of Research & Development Operations for The New York Times. The day will be rounded out by a poster/demonstration session spotlighting the technical innovations developed at the Center.

Date:  October 20, 2010
Time:  8:30am – 3:00pm
Location: UCLA Campus, Covel Commons 3rd Floor - Sunset Village Grand Horizon Ballroom

Agenda (pdf version)

Keynote Speakers:

Mark FrauenfelderMark Frauenfelder
Founder & Editor, Boing Boing
Editor-in-Chief, MAKE

Keynote Title - DIY Research and Development

Do-it-yourselfers are using new technologies and resources that enable them to use their backyards and basements as full-fledged R&D labs. Everyone, from urban homesteaders to amateur satellite makers, is enjoying unprecedented access to information, materials, and manufacturing technologies to create things that would have been affordable only to well-funded research centers just a few years ago. I'll also explore what this revolution means for the future of innovation.

About Mark Frauenfelder

"Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of the most popular blog in the world, Boing Boing with more than 5 million unique visitors a month. He is also the editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, the leading publication of the do-it-yourself movement. He has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and The Colbert Report and has written for Wired, The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, CNN, and Business 2.0. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters."

More about Mark Frauenfelder...


Michael ZimbalistMichael Zimbalist
Vice President
Research & Development Operations,
The New York Times Company

Keynote Title - Social networks and the News: Implications for the Development of Participatory Sensing

The news industry has undergone a profound transformation during the past decade. While this transformation has its roots in the broad acceptance of the consumer internet, it has arguably been even more deeply affected by the ubiquitous cloud computing infrastructure, the proliferation of connected mobile devices, and most of all, the rise of social networks. These developments have given shape to a new news ecology that greatly resembles a network of distributed sensors. Each sensor is a participant in the network whose behavior may be governed by a wide variety of motivations. This talk will describe the evolving shape of the participatory news network, and share some early learnings about the motivations of the human beings who constitute its "nodes."

About Michael Zimbalist

"Mr. Zimbalist leads the development and management of [The New York Times] Company's newly formed R&D group. He clarifies and sets the group's vision to build a vibrant, long-term innovation capability for the Company. He also oversees mobile technology initiatives for the Company."

More about Michael Zimbalist...



RSVP: Please register for the Research Review by completing the registration form.
An email confirmation will be mailed to you.


UCLA - Sunset Village Grand Horizon Ballroom
Covel Commons Building - 3rd Floor
350 De Neve Drive, 131707
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1317
Phone: (310) 825-2075

View a printable map of the UCLA Campus. [pdf]

View an interactive, detailed map of the UCLA campus, Covel Commons can be found by searching for "Covel Commons" in the drop down list of buildings.


From LAX Airport:

  • Follow signs to Century Blvd.
  • Take Century Blvd. to the 405 Freeway North
  • Exit the 405 on Wilshire Blvd., heading East (to Westwood).
  • Turn left on Westwood Blvd.

From the 405 Freeway traveling North or South:

  • Exit the 405 on Wilshire Blvd., heading East (to Westwood).
  • Turn left on Westwood Blvd.

Follow Westwood Blvd all the way up to the UCLA campus. The Parking Information Kiosk will be on the left. Tell the attendant that you are here for the “CENS Research Review” and they will give you a parking pass and direct you to the Sunset Village Parking lot (PSV) or Lot 7 (P7). Please note, currently there is heavy construction going on near Sunset Village.  Please make sure to ask the parking attendants at the kiosks for directions and help getting to the parking structure.

The cost for a guest parking pass is $10 per day.

Additional driving directions and info can be found on the UCLA Homepage.


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