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Pieter Abbeel and Michael Lustig are two of five UC Berkeley faculty members selected as 2014-2015 Bakar Fellows. Launched in 2012, the Bakar Fellows Program supports innovative research by early career faculty at UC Berkeley with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise. Prof. Abbeel’s current research helps to program robots to deal with three big challenges in navigating complex tasks: translatable perception, environmental variability and uncertainty. Prof. Lustig’s work in compressed sensing speeds up magnetic resonance imaging by reducing the scan time and enabling dynamic imaging at a higher frame rate and resolution than conventional MRI. More>>
May 27

Stuart Russell is featured in a Wired Magazine article titled “ This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns”. After a long time contemplating the power and perils of artificial intelligence, in January, 2015 Prof. Russell drafted and signed an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful and the need for "meaningful human control". Since then, thousands of people have signed the letter, including leading AI researchers at Google, Facebook, Microsoft as well as top computer scientists, physicists and philosophers around the world. He is also featured in a UC News Center article titled " Beyond drone warfare: Prof. warns of 'automated killing machines'. More on this topic is also in the Nature online journal article titled " Robotics: Ethics of artificial intelligence.
May 26

Research led by Profs. Pieter Abbeel and Trevor Darrell with graduate students Sergey Levine and Chelsea Finn are featured in a NY Times article titled “ New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed”. Their new approach to machine-learning includes a powerful artificial intelligence technique known as “deep-learning”. They have found this can be used to improve the actions of robots working in the physical world on tasks that require both machine vision and touch. Learning from both visual and sensory information connected directly to the motion controller software of the robot achieves a significant advance in speed and accuracy of learning.
UC News Center article
May 21

Coached by Prof. Paul Hilfinger, the Berkeley Blue team of EECS grad students Yi Wu (advisor Prof. Stuart Russell) and Biye Jiang (advisors Profs. John Canny and Maneesh Agrawala) and Math Dept. grad student Luhang Lai won the silver medal at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). This is the premiere global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. Teams of 3 students represent their universities in multiple levels of local to regional competitions. This year a record 42,229 students from 2,534 universities in 101 countries on 6 continents competed in regionals. From the regionals, 128 teams representing the best of great universities on 6 continents competed in the World Finals held on May 20 in Marrakech, Morocco. More>>
May 21

The 2015 EECS+CoE Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Session was held on May 7 in the Wozniak lounge. Undergraduate students (ranging from freshmen to seniors) presented their research on a wide range of projects across the EECS department and the College of Engineering. This event provides undergraduates with a forum to share their work and for the department and college to develop an undergraduate research community. Special thanks goes to Gireeja Ranade (EECS Ph.D. '14, advisor Prof. Anant Sahai) for conceiving and organizing this symposium. EECS and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Intel (SRC) sponsored lunch for the event and Microsoft Research donated two Xbox Ones for the raffle. Photos from the event can be viewed at 2015 EECS Undergrad Research Symposium.
May 21

It is with much sadness to announce Prof. Emeritus Martin Graham passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2015. Prof. Graham received his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1952 and began his academic career at Rice University in 1957. He left Rice in 1966 and was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley that same year. He served as Associate Director of the Computer Center from 1966 to 1968, and Chair of the Computer Science Department from 1970 to 1972. He also served as Secretary of the Academic Senate from 1978 to 1980. He retired from teaching in 1993, but continued his dedication to EECS with acts of kindness and devotion. He will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St (at Rose) on Tuesday, May 19 at 3 pm. It is open to all. Rabbi Yoel Kahn will be speaking at the service and would welcome stories, reminiscences or observations from his colleagues and students. Please send these to him directly at There will be an opportunity at the service for friends and colleagues to speak briefly if they wish.
May 18

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Calendar Highlights

Wednesday, June 10

Art and Science Evening (LASER)
John Edmark, Stanford; Robert Lang; Kathryn Roszak, Danse Lumiere; Piero Scaruffi,; Anna Davidson
7-9 p.m., 306 HP Auditorium Soda Hall

Monday, June 15

TRUST Women's Institute in Summer Enrichment
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Unit 2 Residence Hall

Monday, June 29

2nd RISC-V Workshop June 29 - 30, 2015
Krste Asanovic, UC Berkeley
9 a.m.-5 p.m., International House

Tuesday, June 30

BSAC Technology Seminar - Carbon Nanotube Sensors
Prof. Dr. Christofer Hierold, ETH Zürich
12:30-1:30 p.m., 531 Cory Hall

Wednesday, August 26

Apple Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Thursday, August 27

Airbnb Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Friday, August 28

Palantir Technologies Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Monday, August 31

Facebook Info Session/Tech Talk
6-9 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Tuesday, September 1

Linkedin Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Wednesday, September 2

Twitter Info Session/Tech Talk
4-7 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Thursday, September 3

Cisco Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Friday, September 4

Workday Info Session/Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall