Christos Papadimitriou has been chosen to receive the 2015 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) Distinguished Achievements award. This award is given to acknowledge extensive and widely recognized contributions to theoretical computer science over a life-long scientific career. Previous recipients of the EATCS Award represent a Who's Who of Theoretical Computer Science including EECS Prof.
James O'Brien and his colleagues Ben Cole and Eric Parker will be receiving a Technical Achievement award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Finite Element Destruction modeling. The software they developed has been used in over 60 Feature films during the last five years, including Harry Potter, Man of Steel, 300: Rise of an Empire, Godzilla, Life of Pi, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been named as an ACM Fellow for 2014. ACM Fellows have achieved advances in computing research and development that are driving innovation and sustaining economic development around the world. Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been recognized for his contributions to electronic design automation.
Murat Arcak has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher Prize. This prize is awarded by the IEEE Control Systems Society to recognize distinguished cutting-edge contributions by a young researcher to the theory or application of systems and control. Prof. Arcak is receiving the award for contributions to the theory and applications of nonlinear control, stability and passivity.
Research conducted by
Sayeef Salahuddin’s group, Laboratory for Emerging & Exploratory Devices, has been published in the online journal
Natural Materials titled "
Negative capacitance in a ferroelectric capacitor”. Capacitance is the ability of a material to store an electrical charge. The article describes the first direct observation of a long-hypothesized but elusive phenomenon called “negative capacitance. “This property, if successfully integrated into transistors, could reduce the amount of power they consume by at least an order of magnitude, and perhaps much more,” says the paper’s lead author
Asif Khan. That would lead to longer-lasting cell phone batteries, less energy-consumptive computers of all types, and, perhaps even more importantly, could extend by decades the trend toward faster, smaller processors that has defined the digital revolution since its birth.
Ana Arias’ research group, Flexible Electronic Devices and Systems Laboratory has a paper published in “Nature Communications” titled “
All-organic optoelectronic sensor for pulse oximetry”. Pulse oximetry is a ubiquitous non-invasive medical sensing method for measuring pulse rate and arterial blood oxygenation. Conventional pulse oximeters use expensive optoelectronic components that restrict sensing locations to finger tips or ear lobes due to their rigid form and area-scaling complexity. Prof. Arias’ group is developing a new organic optoelectronic sensor to create a device that could ultimately be thin, cheap and flexible enough to be slapped on like a Band-Aid during that jog around the track or hike up the hill.
UC Berkeley Newscenter
Dan Garcia was interviewed by NBC Bay Area’s Jessica Aguirre about
code.org and their
Hour of Code initiative that launches today as part of CS Education Week.
NBC Bay Area
On the 1 year anniversary of the first
Hour of Code, over 50 million students have tried the Hour of Code. President Obama kicks off the 2014 Computer Science Education Week with a new call to motivate students worldwide to try the
2014 Hour of Code. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 500 local high school students will come to UC Berkeley for
CS ED Day 2014, a full day of computer science related activities.
President Obama video
PATH (California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology) Research Engineer and Program Manager Wei-Bin Zhang has been elevated to IEEE Fellow. Prof. Emeritus
Pravin Varaiya nominated Wei-Bin for his contribution to cooperative highway automation systems and in recognition of his scientific leadership on numerous projects at PATH throughout the years.
Paul Debevec (advisor Prof.
Jitendra Malik) and a team of 3-D imaging specialists led by the Smithsonian Institute created the first 3-D modeling of a presidential portrait for Barack Obama. In the White House, Paul Debevec’s team assembled a modified Light Stage X, a high-speed system with eight cameras and 50 LED lights that capture detailed shape and reflectance properties of a face in seconds, recorded the President's facial features in high-resolution. The Light Stage data was processed by USC's ICT Graphics Lab team, and subsequently combined with additional data capture by the Smithsonian team to create a life-sized bust and life mask of the president. The first “
Light Stage” was constructed at UC Berkeley in 1999.