Martin Wainwright has been awarded the COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Presidents’ Award, at the Joint Statistical Meetings earlier this month. This award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of Statistics, a most prestigious award for young researchers in Statistics.
Dan Garcia was interviewed for an article in the Center for Digital Education online publication titled “
California Shores up Support for Computer Science Education”. Lawmakers and educators are taking steps to make computer science now count toward high school graduation requirements for math and science.
Jitendra Malik has been awarded the
King-Sun Fu Prize from
IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition) to be presented at annual conference in Stockholm. This award is given in recognition of an outstanding technical contribution to the field of pattern recognition. Prof. Malik is being honored for contributions to fundamental algorithms and their theoretical underpinnings in computer vision.
The paper authored by EECS grad students Ruoxi Jia, Ming Jin and Prof.
Costas Spanos was featured in a MIT Technology Review article titled “
An Indoor Positioning System Based On Echolocation”. Satellite-based global positioning systems have revolutionized the way humans interact with our planet but a serious weakness is that GPS doesn’t work indoors. Based on a form of sound system called echolocation, Ruoxi, Ming and Prof. Spanos have developed a simple and inexpensive mechanism that can accurately identify different rooms based on a relatively small dataset gathered in advance.
Kuang Chen (Ph.D. ’11, advisor Profs.
Joseph Hellerstein and
Tapin Parikh) has been named in MIT Technology Review’s 2014 Innovators Under 35 list. Kuang’s research focuses on data management systems and developed the technology to capture paper-bound data in countries that had yet to fully harness the power of computing. He founded a company called Captricity that uses a combination of computing and brainpower to read information on paper forms dozens of times faster and more cost-effectively.
Kurtis Heimerl (Ph.D. ’13, advisor Prof.
Eric Brewer) has been named in MIT Technology Review’s 2014 Innovators Under 35 list. Kurtis, who is now a post-doc in the TIER lab focused on how to provide cellular communications to some of the estimated 1 billion people worldwide who live outside the range of cellular carriers. Kurtis developed “The Village Base Station” using an open-source technology to implement a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) base station for providing off the grid cellular coverage that can be used for communities and villages outside the range of cellular carriers.
Blum Center for Developing Economies article
Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS", a paper written by EECS Grad Students
Peter Bailis and
Shivaram Venkataraman, with their advisors
Joseph Hellerstein and
Ion Stoica, has been published as a "Research Highlight" selection in this month's Communications of the ACM. Since 2007 the CACM has published selected papers appearing in ACM conferences that represent significant advances in the field. These papers are chosen by an ACM Committee and are typically expanded to appeal to the broader CACM readership. The resulting article is preceded by a "Technical Perspective" written by an expert in the field, in this case, Philip Bernstein, a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research.
The research of
Alexei Efros was featured in a UC Newscenter article titled “
New tool makes a single picture worth a thousand – and more – images”. Prof. Efros, who is a member of the
Visual Computing Lab, and his research team have developed a new software that seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images. This research was presented at the 2014 SIGGRAPH Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
EECS graduate student Kun (Linda) Li (advisor Prof.
Connie Chang-Hasnain) has been named recipient of the Lam Research Graduate Fellowship. This prestigious award is a key component of the continuing partnership between UC Berkeley and Lam Research.
An article titled
“RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoCs” written by
Krste Asanović and
David Patterson is in today’s issue of EE Times. Companies with successful instruction set architectures (ISAs) like ARM, IBM, Intel, and MIPS have patents on quirks of their ISAs, which prevent others from using them without licenses that academia and many small companies can't afford. The article states the case for having open ISAs, and that there is no good technical reason for the lack of free, open ISAs.
Prof. Emeritus Arthur Bergen passed away on Saturday July 19 in Oakland, after a brief bout with kidney disease, at the age of 91. Prof. Bergen joined the EECS faculty in 1958, bringing distinction to our department in the area of power systems. He was awarded the Berkeley Citation in 1991 for service to the University well above and beyond the call of duty, including 10 years as Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. His family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the East Bay Regional Park Trail Maintenance Fund. Checks can be made out to: EBRPD-Ivan Dickson Volunteer Trail Maintenance Program Fund, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605. We will share information regarding his memorial service when it becomes available.
Michael Jordan has been awarded the 2015
Rumelhart Prize for Cognitive Science. This award is a prestigious honor reserved for those who have made fundamental contributions to the theoretical foundations of human cognition. Prof. Jordan is recognized for his theoretical and experimental work in the field of human motor learning, and for his development of a wide range of new models and methods in the field of statistical machine learning. His research interests also address problems in distributed computing systems, natural language processing, signal processing and statistical genetics.