Join UCI Applied Innovation at TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo where we will be hosting panels, providing access to faculty researchers, featuring listings of the top ready-to-license technologies from UCI, and offering information on UCI facilities and tools available for industry use. Visit us at the UC Pavilion.

TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo connects top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. The 2018 TechConnect World Innovation event includes the annual SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference, Spring Defense TechConnect, the TechConnect Technical Program and the Nanotech Conference Series – the world’s largest and longest running nanotechnology event.

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Featured Faculty @ TechConnect*

Monday, May 14 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor Mohammad Al Faruque


Professor Faruque’s current research is focused on system-level design of Internet-of-Things (IoT), Embedded Systems and Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS) with special interests on design automation methodologies, data-driven modeling techniques including machine learning for design, CPS security, etc.

Secret Key Generation For Wireless Communication In Cyber-Physical Automotive Systems

Physical Layer Cryptographic Key Generation Utilizing PMD to Secure Optical Fiber Link (PENDING)

A Physical Layer Security Key Generation Technique for Inter-Vehicular Visible Light Communication (PENDING)


Monday, May 14 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor Reg Penner


Professor Penner is an electrochemist whose research group develops methods based upon electro-deposition for making nanomaterials, such as nanowires, composed of metals and semiconductors.

Process For Electrodepositing Manganeese Oxide With Improved Rate Capabilities For Electrical Energy Storage

Enhanced Cycle Lifetime With Gel Electrolyte For Mn02 Nanowire Capacitors


Tuesday, May 15 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor Yun Wang


Dr. Wang’s work emphasizes exploration on fundamentals of the physicochemical processes in advanced energy systems. His current research activities focus on the computational modeling and experimental diagnostics of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs).

Energy Harvester From Breath-Associated Belly Movement


Tuesday, May 15 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor Shane Ardo


Shane is the lead inventor on three patents, lead author of a book chapter on dye-sensitized solar cells and a co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Devices For Integrated Solar Photodialysis Of Salt Water



UCI Applied Innovation Panels*

Wednesday:  May 16 – 10:00 to 10:50

IP & Data Rights: What You Need to Know

Session Chair: John Williams, SBA, US
S. Koziol, USPTO, US
N. Nodianos, UCI Applied Innovation, US
J. Glover, SBTC, US


Wednesday:  May 16 – 11:00 to 11:50

Making the Sales Pitch: Insights Around Pitching Your Business Plan

Session Chair: Mike Sovacool, San Diego District Office, SBA, US
J. Reynolds, DoD-MDA, US
N. Washington, OCTANe, US
B. Waldo, SBDC @ UCI Applied Innovation, US


*Subject to change



Top Available Technologies

Methods for Producing Neocartilage with Functional Potential

Tech ID: 29129

Methods for Enhancing Cell Populations for Articular Cartilage Repair 

Tech ID: 29131

Ultra-Durable Concrete with Self-Sensing Properties

Tech ID: 29112

Portable Waterborne Pathogen Detector

Tech ID: 28879

Shape Reconfigurable Materials And Structures For Shape Morphing, Energy Absorption And Tunable Phononic

Tech ID: 27071

Continuous, Efficient Production of Medical Radioisotopes

Tech ID: 25985

Electrical Conduction In A Cephalopod Structural Protein

Tech ID: 29033

Process for the Fabrication of Nanostrucured Arrays on Flexible Polymer Films 

Tech ID: 25037

Silicon On Sapphire Based Plasmonic And Metasuraface Design For Optical Light Manipulation 

Tech ID: 24844

Fast Sensitive Hydrogen Gas Detection Using Single Palladium Nanowires 

Tech ID: 19588

Successive Transmit Beamforming Algorithms for Multiple-Antenna OFDM Systems 

Tech ID: 18797

Ultra-High Strength, Energy-Absorbing Metal-Ceramic Composites 

Tech ID: 23591

Bladder Denervation For Treating Overactive Bladder 

Tech ID: 23747

Directed Facial Nerve Stimulation 

Tech ID: 25566

Coulter Counting and Particle Shape Sensing with a Single Pore Membrane 

Tech ID: 22811

A General Noise Suppression Scheme With A Reference Beam In Optical Heterodyne Spectroscopy 

Tech ID: 28768




Recharge Facilities

UCI laser Spectroscopy Labs

UCI Materials Research Institute

UCI Institute for Design and Manufacturing Innovation

Campus Center for Neuroimaging

Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF)



Special Research Programs (SRPs)

Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science


School Centers

Advanced Power and Energy Programs (APEP)

Center for Administrative Data Analysis

Center for Aerospace Research and Education (CARE)

Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation

Center for Chemical and Structural Biology

Center for Citizen Peacebuilding

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering (CENCE)

Center for Computational Morphodynamics

Center for Environmental Biology

Center for Evolutionary Genetics

Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS)

Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources (CLEANR)

Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems

Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing

Center for Tissue Engineering

Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

Experimental Social Science Laboratory

Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21 C)

Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies

Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI)

School of Physical Sciences Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology

Secure Computing and Networking Center (SCONCE)

UCI Center for Healthspan Science


Other Research Centers and Institutes

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL)

Digital Media and Learning Research Hub

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research

National Fuel Cell Research Center

Neuroscience Imaging Center (NIC)

Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center

Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

UC Irvine Health Diabetes Center


Organized Research Units (ORUs)

Atmospheric Integrated Research at UCI (AirUCI)

Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

Center for Complex Biological Systems

Center for Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems (CECS)

Center for Virus Research

Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute (GERI)

Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics (IGB)

Institute for Immunology (IFI)

Institute for Mathematical and Behavioral Sciences (IMBS)

Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

Institute for Software Research (ISR)

Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS)

Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games (IVECG)

Reeve-Irvine Research Center (RIRC)


Campus Centers

Center for Hearing Research (CHR)

Newkirk Center for Science and Society

UCI Water-Energy Nexus Center