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Fall events at Jacobs Hall

The Jacobs Institute will produce a range of public talks and events in the fall semester.

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New Joint Maker Pass Announced

The CITRIS Invention Lab and the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation are launching a new joint Maker Pass, enabling integrated access to these two spaces for prototyping and fabrication.

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Design Field Notes: Charles Huang

Entrepreneur and Guitar Hero co-creator Charles Huang will share stories on “designing fun into products” as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series of informal talks. This talk is co-presented with the Arts + Design Initiative.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: James Tichenor and Joshua Walton

Microsoft HoloLens’ James Tichenor and Joshua Walton will share their insights with the Berkeley community.

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Courses: Fall 2016

CE 186: Design of Cyber Physical Systems

This course involves the design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Possible design projects, incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology, include watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowdsourced applications, traffic management and more.

Scott Moura | 3 units | Class number: 26687

CS294-84 / ME290U: Interactive Device Design

This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype, and fabricate interactive devices and smart hardware products. The first half of the semester is dedicated to a survey of relevant techniques in 3D modeling and fabrication; electronics and circuit board design; sensing and actuation for interaction; embedded software development, wired and wireless communication with mobile devices, computers, and networks; and user interface programming. In the second half of the semester, students carry out a significant design project of their own choice in groups.

Bjoern Hartmann & Paul Wright | 4 units | Class number: 33264 (CS), 28558 (ME)

DES INV 190-1 / ME 292B: Reimagining Mobility

This project-based course, open to advanced undergraduates and master’s-level students from across campus, will explore mobility futures with a focus on problem-finding and the early stages of the design process. Course participants will envision meaningful interactions between people and new transportation modalities, from car sharing to automation. By the end of the semester, student teams will build on their ideas and produce a concrete prototype. The course will be taught by an expert design instructor from the Jacobs Institute and will feature input, mentorship, and guest speakers from Ford Research and Innovation Center and Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

Rob Hennigar | 3 units | Class number: 34151 (DES INV), 34274 (ME)

BioE 292: Senior Design Projects

In this course, advanced bioengineering design theory is accompanied by project-based learning in small teams around need-based solutions for biomedicine. Course content includes solution generation (ideation) and selection, setting specifications, hands-on prototyping, and quantitative testing, as well as aspects of regulation, intellectual property, and project management.

Amy Herr | 4 units | Class number: 26317