The BEST Lab has two major theme areas. (1) The Berkeley Expert Systems Technologies (BEST) Lab addresses cutting edge research in applied Artificial Intelligence, Expert Systems, Human-Computer Interaction and Soft Robotics. (2) The Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Lab focuses on sustainable communities, sustainable product design, alternate energy and appropriate technologies.
The BEST Lab is located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Professor Alice Agogino. The BEST has moved to its new design loft in the Mezzanine of Hesse Hall.
PPN Culturally-Sensitive Sustainable Housing project in the news. The project is being developed into a case study with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) as an exemplary of tribal architecture. The case studies were presented t the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. on May 2, 2013.
The project was also covered by Indian Country:
Berkeley's Design Fest is an open house event where Berkeley students will show and tell their current projects. This open house event will showcase the diversity and magnitude of the design activity occurring in departments throughout Berkeley. The first phase of Design Fest will take place at the College of Environmental Design from 10am-noon. The north campus phase of the Design Fest will take place from 2-5pm in the CITRIS Atrium, Blum Center and patio. Or join us in the center of campus in our oldest building South Hall mid-afternoon.
10-noon Wurster Hall Lobby and Cal Design Lab, 494 Wurster Hall
1-2:00 pm Keynote Launch Talks, Sutardja Dai Hall Auditorium
2-5:00 pm: Posters, Atrium Sutardja Dai Hall, Patio and the Blum Center
2-3:30 pm: Design Presentations, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
3:30-5 pm: Design Presentations, Product Design, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
2-3:30 pm iSchool, 210 South Hall
4-6:00 pm Capstone Industry Posters, Blum Center
4-7:00 pm 60 Evans Hall
For more information contact Alice Agogino or Wendy Ju at email@example.com
With Fulbright funding, Danny will be spending 9 months in India conducting his doctoral research on biomass combustion for cooking, its impact on health and poverty, and black carbon aerosol's effects on the local and macro environment.
The ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) has awarded Jennifer Wang the Apprentice Educator award with a $2,000 travel grant to attend the ASEE Annual Conference. The award was named the Mara H. Wasburn Early Educator Grant (EEEG) in honor of Dr. Wasburn, whose passion for encouraging young female engineering educators was reknowned. The Mara H Wasburn EEEG is awarded to a woman planning to pursue a career in engineering education, who has a demonstrated commitment to innovation in teaching, and/or potential for substantial contributions to the field. Jennifer's dissertation research is her work with the Ingenuity Lab: A Tinkering and Engineering Learning Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Alice M. Agogino has been honored by AAAS for her efforts to significantly increase the number of women and African- and Hispanic-American doctorates in mechanical engineering. She will receive the 2012 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement during a 15 February ceremony at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, where she will be joined by doctoral students Ryan Shelby and Anna Pereira.
Drew Sabelhaus is working with Vytas SunSpiral and Adrian Agogino from the Intelligent Systems Division of the NASA Ames Research Center on a revolutionary soft robotics concept that integrates biomimetics and tensegrity structures. Tensegrity robots are composed of purely tensile and compressive components (cables and rods). We are exploring co-robot applications (where humans and robots work as partners) since they are unlikely to harm their environment or human users.
BEST Labbers won an award from the DOE/LBNL Max Tech and Beyond Compeition for their project titled: User-Centric Model-Predictive Lighting Retrofit System. The BEST Lab team members in the photo are: Alex Chen, Susie Kim, Diana Diaz, Andrew Sabelhaus, Adriana Segurado, Mo Zhou and Chandrayee Basu.
Ryan has a fellowship at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington D.C. He met Arne Duncan at the CEP (Committee for Education Funding) dinner last week. (Photo from left to right: Gina Adam, Arne Duncan, Ryan Shelby).
Danny Wilson was recently in the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's news for his graduate research in soot science. Danny researches atmospheric black carbon as well as combustion and life cycle analyses of cook stoves - the Darfur Stove, in particular. The project uses a weather balloon instrumented with a device to measure black carbon in the upper atmosphere in areas where cook stoves and other pollutants have troubling environmental impact. Danny is particularly interested in launching in Nepal due its prevalent use of cook stoves and atmospheric conditions that contribute to global warming. A skilled photographer, Danny attached two cameras to the balloon to produce an incredible video as the balloon rose 12 miles into the stratosphere.