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Third Annual UCLA JRI Mini-Symposium

California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UCLA, May 2-3 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza
Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095


The Annual Mini-Symposium of the UCLA-Peking University Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering (JRI), now in its third year, is held alternately at UCLA or PKU campuses each year.  UCLA is proud to host in 2012. 

The Symposium will provide a forum for exchanging latest research results in the areas of science, engineering and medicine. The event also fosters new collaborations between UCLA and Peking University faculty members.

Topics for afternoon sessions are Innovations in Material Sciences, Innovations in Information Technology, Environment and Epidemiology, and Biological and Medical Sciences.  Each session will showcase new developments from leading faculty at both universities.

The second day concludes with lab visits and discussing next steps for collaborations.

Current Schedule of Events

May 2


Sign-in and breakfast.  Chancellor Block will meet and greet symposium attendees.


Opening Remarks, CNSI Auditorium

  • UCLA’s international engagement, Cindy Fan, UCLA

  • Science and engineering research profile of Peking University, Xiaoming Li, PKU

  • JRI progress update, Jason Cong, UCLA

  • Remarks from Chinese Consuls from Education, Science and Technology


Plenary Session I, CNSI Auditorium

  • Formation processes and health impacts of atmospheric pollution in megacity Beijing and North China plain, Tong Zhu, College of Environmental Science, PKU

  • Introduction to the Center for Translational Science (CTSI), Steven Dubinett, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA


Break, CNSI lobby


Plenary Session II, CNSI Auditorium

  • A brief introduction to the School of Life Sciences at PKU (abstract), Hongya Gu, Life Sciences, PKU

  • Named Data Networking and the future of civic and cultural information technology, Jeff Burke, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA

  •  Remarks from Stephen Cheung, Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Business Policy

  • Remarks from Provost Scott Waugh, UCLA


Photo session


Lunch, CNSI lobby


Break-Out Sessions - Two tracks, CNSI Presentation Space, 5th floor


Track 1, CNSI North Presentation Space, 5th floor

Innovations in Information Technology

  • Top-K Processing in Search Engines, Xiaoming Li, Computer Science, PKU

  • Finding wisdom from social data (abstract), John Cho, Computer Science, UCLA

  • Research and practice of CCN on P2P and video streaming: our understanding, approaches and targets (abstract), Kai Lei, Center for Internet Research and Engineering (CIRE), PKU

  • Uncovering Myths in your mobile charging over 3G Networks, Songwu Lu, Computer Science, UCLA

  • Wiki-like search (abstract), Yan Zhang, Computer Science, PKU

  • Think different: buidling serverless applications via Named Data (abstract), Lixia Zhang, Computer Science, UCLA

Track 2, CNSI South Presentation Space, 5th floor

Environment and Epidemiology

  • PM2.5 and roadside air pollution in Beijing, Mei Zheng, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, PKU

  • Near-roadway air pollution: A tale of two cities (abstract) , Yifang Zhu, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA

  • Exposure and Elimination to Pollutants Based on Biomarker Analysis: Case of PAHs (abstract) , Xinghua Qiu, Environmental Sciences, PKU

  • Cardiovascular effects of air pollution, Jesus Araujo, Cardiology, UCLA

  • Indoor air pollution and lung cancer among Chinese female non-smokers, (abstractShen-Chih Chang, Epidemiology, UCLA

  • Have transportation policies made a difference in Beijing’s air quality? (abstract) , Rui Wang, Urban Planning, UCLA

Break, CNSI lobby


Track 1, CNSI North Presentation Space, 5th floor

Innovations in Material Sciences

  • Photovoltaic research projects at the College of Engineering (abstract), Dong Wang, Engineering, PKU

  • Exploration and study of LED lighting system for the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, XiaoDong Hu, Physics, PKU

  • Kinetic Competition Model and Phase Control in 1-D Nanostructures (abstract) , Yu-Huang, Materials Science and Engineering, UCLA

  •  High Performance Tandem Organic Thin Film Solar Cells (abstract), Yang Yang, Materials Science and Engineering, UCLA

  • Lensfree on-chip microscopy and tomography toward telemedicine applications, Aydogan Ozcan, Electrical Engineering, UCLA

  • Terahertz quantum cascade lasers (abstract), Ben Williams, Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Track 2, CNSI South Presentation Space, 5th floor

Biological and Medical Sciences

  • Making a zebrafish ear (abstract), Dong Liu, Life Sciences, PKU

  • New molecules that fight aging – back to the future, Jing Huang, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA

  • Modeling age-dependent neurodegenerative disorders in mice, William Yang, Neuroscience, UCLA  

  • Aging and vascular aging (abstract), Xiao-Li Tian, Molecular Medicine, PKU

  • A collaborative degradomics study in plants, Chentao Lin, Life Sciences, UCLA

  • Adaptation to low temperature - a group of fast expanding Arabidopsis thaliana along the Yangtze River (abstract), Hongya Gu, Life Science, PKU


Reception, CNSI lobby



May 3


Lab visits


Lunch and theme-wide discussion on possible collaborations, CNSI Presentation Space, 5th floor


Tour of LA Port and air quality improvements, San Pedro

The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours and take guests through the Port of Los Angeles, the largest port in the United States.  It offers views of the various terminals, facilities, and sea life, with an emphasis on air quality and environmental improvements.

Parking in Structure 9

Please check back for updates as event draws nearer.


Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute, Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering by Peking University and UCLA, California NanoSystems Institute, Peking University

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