EECS Announcements 8/28/08

General Events
Open House @ Cal Corps Public Service Center, 2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE 2009)

Upcoming Infosessions and Workshops
Academic Job Search Series - Social Sciences & Humanities, Google Tech Talk

Undergraduate Research Information
NSF Study On Explosive Volcanic Eruptions, mm-Wave Ultrawideband Imaging for Medical Applications, Project: Diary of Activities, Development of a Software Simulator for the Morphogenesis of the Epithelium of the Fruit-Fly Embryo, Spring 2009 UC Berkeley Washington Program

Class Information
How Would Nature Do That? IB 296, E98, C/CS/Phy 191: Qubits, Quantum Mechanics and Computers

Career/Job Information
Web Site Assistant, Campus Ambassador, Information Retrieval, web 2.0 Product, Readerships

General Events (Back to Top)

You are invited to...

Open House @ Cal Corps Public Service Center
F riday, August 29th
10am - 3pm
505 Eshleman Hall

Get involved and make a difference in the world.
Find ways to connect with the off-campus community.
Meet Cal Corps student leaders and staff.
Snacks provided!

2009 World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE 2009)
March 31 - April 2, 2009
Los Angeles/Anaheim, USA


The Los Angeles/Anaheim area is known for its many renowned attractions, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Very few cities in the world offer as much entertainment, excitement and diversity as Los Angeles/Anaheim does.

CSIE 2009 intends to be a global forum for researchers and engineers to present and discuss recent advances and new techniques in computer science and information engineering. CSIE 2009 consists of the following Technical Symposiums:

CSIE 2009 conference proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society and all papers in the proceedings will be included in EI Compendex, ISTP, and IEEE Xplore. In addition to research papers, CSIE 2009 also seeks exhibitions of modern products and equipment for computer science and information engineering. Important Dates: Paper/Abstract Submission

Deadline: September 30, 2008
Review Notification: November 15, 2008
Final Papers and Author Registration Deadline: December 7, 2008

Organizing Committee: General Chair: Adrian Martin, World Research Institutes, USA Program Chair: Mark Burgin, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Symposium Chairs: Chan H. Ham, University of Central Florida, USA Simone Ludwig, University of Saskatchewan, Canada Weilian Su, Naval Postgraduate School, USA Sumanth Yenduri, University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Publicity Chair: Nitin Upadhyay, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India


Upcoming Infosessions and Workshops (Back to Top)

Academic Job Search Series - Social Sciences & Humanities
Starts Thursday, Sept 4

Whether you plan on wading or plunging into the market next fall, here’s a chance to learn a little more about what you’re getting into. Thursday, Sept 4th is the start of a three-part workshop on the Academic Job Search sponsored by the Career Center and conducted by Andrew Green, Ph.D. counselor. The sessions take place Thursday evenings from 5pm - 6:30pm and are held in the Career Center Info Lab (2111 Bancroft Way, just past the car wash, between Oxford and Shattuck. Take the elevator to the second floor, and enter the Info lab just across the hall).

Sept 4 – Understanding the Process & Finding Job Announcements.
Sept 11 – Preparing your Written Application Materials
Sept 18 – Going Live: Interviews, Job Talks, and Negotiating the Offer

Before returning to Berkeley, Dr. Green survived the academic job search and spent six years at Connecticut College - serving on numerous search committees. These workshops are free, and don’t require advanced registration.

Andrew Green, PhD Assistant Director & PhD counselor
Career Center
University of California, Berkeley

(510) 642-1714

Google Tech Talk to start at 6PM on September 10th!
Soda Hall HP Auditorium (306)
Full Title: Navigating the network of knowledge: mining quotations from massive-scale digital libraries of books
Speaker: Bill Schilit

Bio: Bill Schilit is part of the Google research team and an adopted member of the Book Search group. Before joining Google, Bill was codirector of the Intel Research lab in Seattle, managed digital library and mobile computing research at Fuji-Xerox (FXPAL), worked on distributed computing at AT&T's Bell Labs, and was part of the team that developed Ubiquitous Computing at PARC. He is Associate Editor-in-Chief of Computer Magazine and a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society. Bill received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1995.

Abstract: Scanning books, magazines, and newspapers is widespread because people believe a great deal of the world's information still resides off-line. In general after works are scanned they are indexed for search and processed to add links. In this talk I will describe a new approach to automatically add links by mining repeated passages. This technique connects elements that are semantically rich, so strong relations are made. Moreover, link targets point within rather than to the entire work, facilitating navigation. Our system has been run on a digital library of over 1 million books (Google Book Search), has been used by thousands of people, and has generated the world's largest collection of quotations. I will also present a follow-on project based on the theory that authors copy passages from book to book because these quotations capture an idea particularly well: Jefferson on liberty; Stanton on women's rights; and Gibson on cyberpunk. These projects suggest that mining quotations for links and ideas is an important mechanism for understanding the knowledge contained in books. (This work is in collaboration with Okan Kolak, Google Research and Google Book Search.)


Undergraduate Research Information (Back to Top)

This spring I received funding from the National Science Foundation to study explosive volcanic eruptions. This project involves both lab experiments and computer simulations. I am hoping to find an undergraduate interested in helping to do the visualization of the computer simulations. One of the challenges is to convey the physics and structure of these complex and time dependent flows in a way that makes processes apparent. In the past, undergraduates involved in these projects have done excellent work and their contributions resulted in refereed publications ( for an example). During the academic year I am also hoping that students would do this research as a URAP project; I have funding to pay students in the summer.

If you are interested please email.

Michael Manga,

I'm searching for a URO student for the following project:

mm-Wave Ultrawideband Imaging for Medical Applications

We are proposing a completely new kind of mm-wave/microwave imaging system based on a multitude of radiators operating over a broad frequency range using different signaling techniques. Our research group was the first to demonstrate functional CMOS circuits operating up to 104 GHz in 90nm digital technology. While our previous focus was to enable Gbps data communication, this technology also has very promising applications in the medical field. The application of “digital” CMOS results in dramatic cost savings and the possibility to integrate hundreds, if not thousands, of radiators and detectors, in a system. By utilizing a beam forming array, based on a novel true time-delay element, we can increase the power of the radiated beams dramatically and focus it in the desired direction. By receiving scattered waves with thousands of elements separated by fractions of a wavelength, we can realize a much higher resolution image, analogous to an optical CMOS imager. The technology required to perform this imaging using traditional techniques is expensive, high power, and very bulky. The proposed solution would be small, portable, and dissipate comparatively low power, allowing a wide application of this technology in the field or in clinics. This mode of imaging will never replace MRI or CAT scans, but due to the dramatically lower cost and relatively weak photon energies (compare meV to keV), this technology can be used safely and frequently to complement existing imaging for early detection of tumors.

Required Background: A student with a background in electromagnetics (EECS 117 or equivalent) or a student with a good background in digital/analog design (EECS 140, 141).


The Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) Lab sponsored by Pirelli and Telecom Italia, located in Downtown Berkeley near the University campus, develops wireless sensor networks technologies for applications in automotive, building auotmation, and assisted living.

Project: Diary of Activities

The goal of the project is to build a prototype system for the recognition of the daily activities of a person. The project requires to define, implement and test classification and segmentation algorithms based on the data collected by sensors placed on the human body and in the environment. The project will use the SPINE open source framework ( that is developed by a community of researchers in the academia and the industry.

Desired knowledge and skills:

Marco Sgroi
Wireless Sensor Networks Lab
sponsored by Pirelli and Telecom Italia
1995 University Ave. Suite 225
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 666-0174 ext. 101

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Development of a Software Simulator for the Morphogenesis of the Epithelium of the Fruit-Fly Embryo

Professor Claire Tomlin and Dr. Alessandro Abate are looking for a motivated undergraduate student, interested in being engaged in a research project during the Fall 2008 Semester, with possible continuation throughout the Spring 2009 Semester. The project deals with the improvement and the extension of an already existing software simulator for a dynamical model of the epithelium of the embryo of the fruit-fly. The simulator is currently in use to perform experiments in collaboration with a team of biologists. The experiments aim at furthering the understanding of particular features associated to the morphogenesis of the embryo. The current software runs on MATLAB. The student should be proficient with this language, and possibly have expertise on other programming languages that may be interfaced to MATLAB (such as C, or C++). A keen interest for the biological aspect of the project is considered to be an asset, however no prior knowledge on this field is required. Possible deliverables for the project are the implementation of a GUI, the improvement of the software performance, and the programming of new features.

Contacts: Dr. Alessandro Abate (), Prof. Claire Tomlin ()

An Application form for the Spring 2009 UC Berkeley Washington Program is now available online, at:

Each Fall and Spring, the UCB Washington Program sends undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB (but not after they actually graduate).

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the brand new UC Washington Center at Scott Circle and UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Applications for the Spring 2009 UCDC Program are due Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 4 p.m.

Candidate interviews will be conducted in mid-October 2008 for the Spring 2009 UCDC Program. Accepted students will be notified in the 12th week of class in the semester they apply.

I will conduct several information sessions during the early weeks of Fall Semester. An alum of the UCDC Program will speak about his or her experiences and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment with me.

All UCDC info sessions will be held in 291 Barrows Hall:
Weds., Sept. 3 4-5:30 P.M.
Tues., Sept. 9 12 noon-1:30 P.M.
Tues., Sept. 16 4-5:30 P.M.

Information about how to locate internships in DC is available on a bulletin board outside the UCB Washington Program Office and at the Information Sessions. The Program Office is at M24 Wheeler Hall, and generally will be open 9-12 and 1-4 on Mondays through Thursdays.

More details about the program can be obtained by e-mailing , by visiting M24 Wheeler Hall, or by calling 510/642-9102.


Class Information (Back to Top)

How Would Nature Do That? IB 296, special section 002 Graduate seminar in Bio-inspired Design
Dwinelle 223, Monday and Wednesday, 12-2 PM
Faculty: Feldman, Full, Isaacs New for Fall, 2008!

Graduate level seminar in biologically inspired design using case studies from research labs, bio-design consultants, and companies currently using or marketing biomimetic products. Course draws from experts in Biology, Bioengineering, Design and Business. Highlights research, product development and business applications. Focus will be on problem-solving through innovation, team collaboration and integrating information from disparate sources. Will combine lecture, problem-solving in interdisciplinary teams and visits to field sites and laboratories. Open to students from any department, graduate or undergraduate with permission of instructor. No prerequisite.

More information contact: Tom McKeag, course moderator .

Freshman Engineers: Sign up for E98!

Got questions? E98 has answers. Engineering 98 is a one unit, P/NP DeCal class that was designed by upper division engineering students to help you get the most out of being here at Berkeley. Each section meets once a week for one hour with 2-3 upperclassmen engineering students teaching 20 lower division students, providing a relatively intimate discussion setting.We're here to guide you through your first semester at Cal and tell you how we succeeded. Hopefully you'll catch onto a couple of our tips and tricks, and other random stuff that they don't really teach you in Math 53.

We have a total enrollment of 240 students, but please sign up soon as spaces are filling up fast! If you miss the first week, you can still take the class. Just register on Telebears and show up!

For course information, please see the official website at

Professor Umesh Vazirani (EECS) and Professor Brigitta Whaley (Chemistry) will be teaching an Interdisciplinary course this Fall 2008:

C/CS/Phy 191: Qubits, Quantum Mechanics and Computers
Prof. Umesh Vazirani (EECS) and Prof. Brigitta Whaley (Chem)
Tu/Th 12:30-2:00PM, 180 Tan Hall

Quantum computers are revolutionary not only because of their exponential advantage over classical computers for certain tasks, but also because they have changed our understanding of the nature of information and of quantum physics. We will start the course by introducing qubits and quantum gates - the building blocks of quantum computation, quantum information and cryptography. This simple starting point will also provide an accessible introduction to the relevant aspects of quantum mechanics for non-physics majors.

The main focus of the course will be the design of quantum computers and of quantum algorithms. We will study quantum algorithms for factoring and search, the limits of quantum algorithms, the design of unconditionally secure quantum cryptographic schemes, and quantum error-correction schemes for protecting quantum information. We will explore several schemes for the physical realization of quantum computers. In each case we will study the physics of the relevant qubits and basic architecture issues.

The course is designed to provide a forum for interdisciplinary communication between students in EECS, Physics, and Chemistry, and should be excellent preparation for students wishing to specialize in nanoscience.

Prof. Umesh Vazirani


Career/Job Information (Back to Top)

Job Title: Web Site Assistant
Hourly Rate: $ 18.50
Positions: 1 Start
Date: ASAP

Description: Assist campus research project with maintenance of project web sites, calendars, directories, and databases. Some graphic design, web site navigation, page layout and digital media applications (specifically video conferencing). Communicate with user about web content. Help with related administrative tasks. Qualifications: Prior experience/familiarity required: (both MAC and PC based) Windows and OS operating systems, Web authoring tools such as DreamWeaver, graphics tools such as Photoshop, and HTML/XHTML, and CSS. Keen interest in visual presentation and user interface design. Preferred skills: Quick learner, self-motivated, ability to articulate in both verbal and written English technical ideas to non-technical users, good customer service skills. Ability to work independently and multitask, good organizational and record keeping skills, attention to detail important. Database maintenance, web page, and/or brochure design experience. Desirable technical skills/experience: Web content management sysems, MySQL or other databse management systems.

If you have any questions/concerns please contact me back via email or in the office (510) 643-6480. Thank you once again for your help.

Regards, Rubal Sekhon

Campus Ambassador Job Description
Requisition 559978 - Campus Ambassador - Berkeley
Location: Bay Area, CA


Free and Open Source Software is changing the world not just for programmers but for all of society. Sun is the largest supporter of Free and Open Source Software in the world and we invite you to help us change the world by becoming a Sun Campus Ambassador. Sun is looking for talented student software developers who are passionate about open source community development. As a Sun Campus Ambassador, you will organize tech demos and hands-on activities with the latest innovative and open technologies such as Java, OpenSolaris, mySQL and NetBeans. You'll also be able to point your fellow students to valuable resources such as free web-based courses and special certification programs for students. Most importantly, you'll connect students at your university with a global community of student developers all participating in Sun's open source student communities around the world. You'll be provided with training, give-aways and the resources you need to be successful and have lots of fun in the process.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS: Full time student at University of California, Berkeley Looking for enthusiastic students of technology with a passion around Sun's technology and open source software.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE: Sun is looking for graduate or senior level students with a strong background in software development to work part time as a Sun Campus Ambassador. This opportunity provides extensive training on the latest technologies and offers valuable work experience with one of the world's leading IT companies. You'll also develop your leadership skills and learn about industry changing open source software communities and software development models.





MINIMUM LEVEL OF EDUCATION: upper division undergrad student

FIELD OF STUDY: Computer Science or Engineering

ADDITIONAL COURSE WORK: must be full time student

Grace Caulfield
Global Government, Education and Healthcare
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Phone/Fax: 650-257-4024

We are looking to hire some assistance along the lines of the following draft notice. The main task is to retrieve information related to patents in a batch mode from some commercial or public databases, either web servers or on-disk databases. The student is expected to understand the structures of databases or server, use relevant languages (SQL, Perl, Python, XML, etc) to write programs to retrieve relevant information. Previous experience in massive data retrieval would be great. No knowledge about patent information is required.

Please contact Brian Wright at

We are looking for talented individuals who have the time and passion to commit to a web 2.0 product throughout the year. Experience is a bonus but again having the time and technical skills are the most important factors we are looking for.

Contact: Alvin Tse, 650-862-4608 (US), 62017378 (HK),

Fall '08 EECS Paid readership position are available. The pay is $12.00 an hour.

A readership provides an excellent way to solidify your knowledge of course material by exposing you to lots of different solutions to homework exercises. You should have at least a 3.0 GPA, with a B+ or higher in the course for which you'd like to work.

To apply:

The following EE courses are filled:

EE 42/100
EE 141

Additonal CS Reader Information:

Opportunities are available in all the lower division CS programming courses to earn credit in CS 300 for tutoring or helping answer questions in a lab section. The workload is generally three hours per unit, sometimes including a staff meeting. Contact Jenny Jones (jennyj@eecs) in 339 Soda to sign up. Information on staff meetings for these courses will be distributed by the instructors.

There are also paid readership positions ranging from 6 to 10 hours per week of work. For these, fill out the online application at Generally, one needs previous CS 300 experience working for units, demonstrable familiarity with the material of the course, and at least a 3.0 grade point average to get hired for pay. We expect readers to be selected sometime next week.

Here's what the various tutors/lab assistants/readers do: In CS 3 and 61ABC, lab assistants set up a weekly schedule of hours in the lab, answer student questions, and help find bugs. Occasionally they do online grading of short programming exercises. Readers grade the bigger assignments, either by taking home and marking up a bunch of listings or by running programs online and keeping track of what goes wrong with them. Staff are expected to know (or to be able to learn very quickly) Scheme for CS 3 and 61A, Java for 61B, and C and SPIM assembler language for CS 61C. CS 3 and CS 61A use computers in C30 and C50 Hearst Field Annex, respectively; CS 61B and CS 61C use EECS computers in Soda Hall.

A new wrinkle for CS 61C is that it's being taught this semester as CS 61CL in lab-centric format, where most of what students learn comes from hands-on lab activities. Help students receive from you in the lab is thus even more crucial to their learning. The expanded lab activities provide more opportunity for learning as well as for teaching.

In the self-paced courses, tutors staff the Self-Paced Center, doing face- to-face consultation and evaluation of programming assignments and quizzes. The self-paced courses are run as an administrative unit, so tutors deal with a gamut of assignments and programming languages, and should know more than one of Matlab, Pascal, C, C++, Scheme, Java, Python, and UNIX. In contrast to working with a lecture course, where staff see a lot of one particular problem (the assignment due in a particular week), self- paced staff will see a wide variety of programs throughout the semester. This makes some people very insecure, and they burn out quickly; others thrive on the challenge of saying something intelligent about a program they've never seen before. Staff meetings are Mondays 4-5pm; attendance is required of all self-paced staff. Positions are for a minimum of 6 hours per week.

Jo Bullock
Student Affairs Officer
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Room 205 Cory Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
510/642-1786 direct
510/642-7644 fax