It is with much sadness we announce the news that our colleague Prof. Ernest Kuh passed away today at the Summit Hospital in Oakland from pneumonia. Prof. Kuh joined the EECS faculty in 1956 and made pioneering contributions in electronic design automation of integrated circuits. He served as Department Chair from 1968 to 1972, then as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1973 to 1980 he was instrumental in establishing the college as a leader in engineering education. He will be missed by all who knew him well. His family would like to arrange a memorial on campus in September. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
EECS graduate student
Varun Jog (advisor Prof.
Venkat Anantharam and co-author of the paper) is a winner of the 2015
IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award for the paper "
On the Geometry of Convex Typical Sets" that was presented at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. This award is given to up to 3 outstanding papers for which a student is the principal author and presenter.
Christos Papadimitriou has received a honorary doctorate degree from Université Paris-Dauphine. Dauphine has always been an innovative institution for both research and education, and is recognized as one of the premier European universities.
An article featured in Bloomberg Business titled “
Five of the Best Computer Science Classes in the U.S” has named EECS
CS 61A in the top 5. The number of college graduates who got degrees in computer science in 2011 was 2,000% higher than it was in 1970 according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. This course is taught by Prof.
John De Nero. A notable alumni of this program is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, ’86.
Beauty and Joy of Computing” class has just been endorsed by NSF (National Science Foundation), College Board and
code.org as an AP CS Principles course. There are many types of this non-majors course, and to be chosen as the endorsed few is an honor. Created in 2009 by Profs.
Dan Garcia and
Brian Harvey, it is now the first introductory computing course at UC Berkeley to have more women than men in it.
Joseph Cheng (postdoc at Stanford and Dr. Shreyas Vasanawala is the clinical PI for this work), in collaboration with Prof.
Michael Lustig, has been awarded the 2015 ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine) W.S Moore Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research for the paper "Free-breathing pediatric MRI with nonrigid motion correction and acceleration". Prof. Lustig has been collaborating with Dr. Cheng for over 6 years on this paper, other authors are Tao Zhang, Nichanan Ruangwattanapaisarn, Marcus T. Alley, Martin Uecker, John M. Pauly and Shreyas S. Vasanawala.
Martin Uecker, a research associate in Prof. Lustig’s group has been a major contributor by developing the
BART (Berkeley advanced reconstruction toolbox) that is the reconstruction engine for this work, which is used clinically at Lucile Packard Children's hospital. This award is the ISMRM’s equivalent of best paper award and was announced at the 2015 conference in Toronto, Canada.
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.
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.