EECS500 Spring 2014 Department Seminar

Ryan Kastner
Engineers for Exploration
University of California, San Diego
Glennan 313
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
May 8, 2014

Engineers for Exploration (http://e4e.ucsd.edu/) is a one of a kind program that develops intelligent systems to aid research in conservation, cultural heritage, and exploration. We work closely with scientists from a variety of conservation and research organizations (including National Geographic, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute, San Diego Zoo Global, NOAA, San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, USC Archaeologists, and the California Wolf Center) to develop technology to aid in their missions. These technologies span land, air, and sea, and include underwater vehicles, multirotor copters, aerial balloons, fixed wing planes, camera traps, and terrestrial vehicles. All of the projects are aimed at understanding a scientific research problem; these range from determining population counts for endangered and rare animals (e.g., Vaquitas, Whale Sharks, Mexican Gray Wolves, and Tamaraw) to creating and visualizing data to understand and undercover ecological and archaeological discoveries (e.g., invasive species studies in the San Dieguito River Valley, understanding environmental impacts on coral reefs, and mapping Mayan structures in Guatemala). This talk with highlight these applications and the technologies that we developed in order to address and solve the various scientific problems.


Ryan Kastner is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.. He received a PhD in Computer Science (2002) at UCLA,, a Masters degree in engineering (2000) and Bachelor degrees (BS) in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1999), all from Northwestern University. He spent the first five years after his PhD as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Professor Kastner’s current research interests fall into three areas: hardware acceleration, hardware security, and remote sensing. He is the co-director of the Wireless Embedded Systems Master of Advanced Studies Program. He also co-directs the Engineers for Exploration Program. He has published over 150 technical articles, and has authored three books, “Synthesis Techniques and Optimizations for Reconfigurable Systems”, “Arithmetic Optimizations for Polynomial Expressions and Linear Systems”, and “Handbook on FPGA Design Security”. He has served as member of numerous conference technical committees spanning topics like reconfigurable computing (ISFPGA, FPL, FPT), hardware design (DAC, ICCAD, DATE), hardware security (HOST), and underwater networking (WUWNet).