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Lars Rohrbach, Manager of the Infrastructure Development and Support Group (IDSG), is the winner of the 2014 Wil Zeilinger Staff Excellence Award. The Zeilinger Award honors a staff member of the EECS department or ERSO who exemplifies a spirit of service cheerfully given for the general good.
October 9

Laura Waller is among a few highly talented researchers who have been selected to each receive $1.5 million over the next five years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, as part of the foundation’s Data-Driven Discovery Initiative. This initiative is committed to enabling new types of scientific breakthroughs by supporting interdisciplinary, data-driven researchers. Prof. Waller’s research involves simultaneous design of optical systems and computational algorithms for creating microscopes that employ simple hardware, yet achieve contrast modes not otherwise possible.
UCB News Center article
October 2

The National Institutes of Health announced its first research grants through President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, including three awards to the University of California, Berkeley, totaling nearly $7.2 million over three years. These initial awards are part of a 12-year scientific plan focused on developing the tools and technologies needed to make the next leap in understanding the brain. Michel Maharbiz’ proposal on the use of ultrasound to create ‘waveguides’ that can steer light below the surface of the cortex, stimulating photoswitches that enable the study of neurotransmitters and was chosen with 5 other proposals. More>>
October 1

The EECS Department is proud to congratulate three outstanding Masters students - Matthew Fong (5th Year MS), Henry Lu (5th Year MS), and Johanna Ye (M.Eng.) on joining the class of 2015 Siebel Scholars. The Siebel Scholars program was established by the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering. All UC Berkeley scholars were honored at a lunch with Tom Siebel and the Dean of the College of Engineering, Shankar Sastry.
September 19

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. More>>
August 28

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.
August 28

EECS alumnus 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. More>>
August 20

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In Memoriam: EECS/ME Alumnus Derek Tat
The EECS Department mourns the loss of 2012
EECS/ME alumnus Derek Tat who died on October 17
in an automobile accident. Derek was an active
member of the Carmena lab at Cal and was enrolled
as a graduate student in biomedical engineering at
the University of Michigan. He will be missed by
his peers and colleagues. (memorial announcement)

Friday, October 24

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar
Dr. Chung-Hsun Lin, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center
1-2 p.m., 521, The Hogan Room Cory Hall

Special EECS Seminar
Shyam Parekh, AT&T Labs
3-4 p.m., Hughes Room (400 Cory Hall) Cory Hall

Etsy Tech Talk
5:30-7 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Saturday, October 25

Palantir Puzzle Hunt
12-7 p.m., Memorial Glade

Monday, October 27

IXL Learning Info Session
6:30-7:30 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Tuesday, October 28

BSAC Technology Seminar - CEA-Leti Presentations
Julien El-Sabahy, CEA-Leti; Romain Mahieu, CEA-Leti
12:30-1:30 p.m., 540 Cory Hall Cory Hall

Monthly Undergrad Social
2-3 p.m., Wozniak Lounge Soda Hall

Dissertation Talk: A Framework for Composing High-Performance OpenCL from Python Descriptions
Michael Anderson, UC Berkeley ASPIRE Lab
3:30-5 p.m., 430-8 Soda Hall

Spokeo Info Session
5:30-6:30 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Wednesday, October 29

Fireside Chat with Max Levchin: All things Data, Fintech, and How to Solve Hard, Valuable, and Fun Problems.
Max Levchin, Co-founder and CEO of Affirm
4-5 p.m., 306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium) Soda Hall

Zazzle Info Session
5:30-6:30 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Thursday, October 30

Programming Languages Seminar: Functional Geometry and the Traité de Lutherie
Harry Mairson, Brandeis University
12-1 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall