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Susanne Kauer, Director of the EECS Center for Student Affairs, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients for the Excellence in Management Award. This year’s theme, “Connectivity: Reaching Across the Gap,” recognizes supervisors and managers who are addressing the needs of their units and individual employees to successfully navigate impending changes in the workplace.
April 23

Alexandre Bayen was selected as the recipient of the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for 2014. Prof. Bayen was selected "for pioneering design and deployment of mobile sensing and measurement to the design and management of civil engineering systems, and path breaking research on algorithm design and implementation in the control and optimization of transportation networks." The selection committee particularly noted Bayen's contribution to the Mobile Millennium project, begun in 2008. The Huber Prize is awarded to ASCE members who demonstrate notable achievements in research related to Civil Engineering. It is generally given to members under 40 years of age who can be expected to continue long and fruitful careers in research.
April 10

Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz served as technical consultants for the movie “Transcendence,” directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. A talk will be given by Wally Pfister, Profs. Carmena and Maharbiz with an introduction by Prof. Claire Tomlin on Wednesday, April 9 from 7-8PM in the Genetics and Plant Biology building, room 100 More>>
April 9

Jean Richter has also been chosen to receive the Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award. Jean is being recognized for her contributions to the campus academic personnel task force which dealt with the tremendous undertaking of mapping out the various steps and procedures involved in all types of academic personnel actions, in preparation for some of those steps being handed off to CSS.
April 7

EECS staff members Shirley Salanio and Christopher Hunn have been chosen to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award (COSA). COSAs are among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor and are presented to individuals and teams who, in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also demonstrate exceptional initiative in contributing to the UC Berkeley campus community.
April 4

Two papers from the Intel Berkeley Research Lab collaboration will receive the NSDI (Networked Systems Design and Implementation) Test-of-Time award. The first paper “ Trickle: A Self-Regulating Algorithm for Code Propagation and Maintenance in Wireless Sensor Networks”, authors Philip Levis, University of California, Berkeley, and Intel Research Berkeley; Neil Patel, University of California, Berkeley; David Culler, University of California, Berkeley, and Intel Research Berkeley; Scott Shenker, University of California, Berkeley, and ICSI, won best paper when it appeared in 2004. The second paper is titled “ Operating System Support for Planetary-Scale Network Services”, authors Andy Bavier, Princeton University; Mic Bowman and Brent Chun, Intel Research; David Culler, University of California, Berkeley; Scott Karlin, Steve Muir, and Larry Peterson,Princeton University; Timothy Roscoe, Intel Research; Tammo Spalink and Mike Wawrzoniak, Princeton University.
April 2

Pieter Abbeel is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2014 Faculty Early Career Development Award. This is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Prof. Abbeel's work under this award will be on "Apprenticeship Learning for Robotic Manipulation of Deformable Objects."
April 1

Prof. Emeritus George Turin recently passed away, more information will be shared at a later date. Prof. Turin joined the EECS faculty in 1960 and served as chair of the department from 1980-83 and later served as Dean at UCLA before returning to UCB. He also served as Vice President, Technology, of Teknekron Corporation, a Bay Area firm he helped found in 1968. Teknekron specialized in starting high-technology firms with close links to researchers in universities and other research institutions. He also served as a consultant to numerous industrial and government organizations.
April 1

This weekend, BERKE1337 (UC Berkeley's cybersecurity competition team) placed first in the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition! Over 18 hours, the team defended a highly misconfigured and insecure network against a professional team of attackers, all while keeping services up and constantly adding new features. The team will be proceeding on to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, TX at the end of April. More information on the competition and the team's experiences there will be posted soon on their website.
March 31

Tsu-Jae King Liu has been chosen to receive the 2014 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. Each year, the SIA University Research Award recognizes faculty whose record of professional contributions has been influential in setting directions for integrated circuit technology chosen by their peers at the SIA. The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S.-based manufacturers since 1977. SIA member companies comprise more than 90% of U.S.-based semiconductor production.
March 19

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Save the Date!
Memorial Symposium
"Remembering Emil: Bridging the Theory and Practice of Cloud Security"
Symposium Sign-Up Form
Saturday, April 26, 2014
12:30 - 3:00 PM
Wozniak Lounge, Soda Hall

Friday, April 25

Solid State Seminar: Dimensionality, Feedback and Carbon Nanotube Thermionics
Alireza Nojeh, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1-2 p.m., 540 A/B Cory Hall

Recent Progress with Nanowires: Growth and Energy Applications
Prof. Lars Samuelson, Nano Structure Consortium Founder, Lund University, Sweden
2-3 p.m., 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Dissertation Talk: Applying Probabilistic Models for Knowledge Diagnosis and Educational Game Design
Anna Rafferty, UC Berkeley
2-3 p.m., Beach Room, 3105 Tolman Hall

Dissertation Talk: Towards High Assurance HTML5 Applications
Devdatta Akhawe, UC Berkeley
2-3 p.m., 373 Soda Hall

Dissertation Talk: Distributed Control and Synchronization of Diffusively Coupled Systems
Yusef Shafi, UC Berkeley
3-4 p.m., 400 Cory Hall

Monday, April 28

NCD Seminar
Yudong Chen, EECS, UC Berkeley
3-4 p.m., 521 Cory Hall

Can every sequential computation be efficiently parallelized? (or, towards the KRW conjecture on composing Boolean functions)
AVI WIGDERSON, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
4-5 p.m., 430-438 (Wozniak Lounge) Soda Hall

Tuesday, April 29

EconCS: "Learning and Stability in Large Games"
Ehud Kalai, Northwestern (Kellogg School of Management)
12:15-1:30 p.m., 531 Cory Hall

Multiple Optimality Guarantees in Learning: Computation, Communication, and Privacy as Constraints on Estimation
John Duchi
1-2 p.m., 405 Soda Hall

Wednesday, April 30

AMP Seminar Series: What Machine Learning Can Learn from Econometrics and Vice Versa
Hal Varian, Google / UC Berkeley
12-1 p.m., 405 Soda Hall

Randomness
AVI WIGDERSON, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
4-5 p.m., 306 (HP Auditorium) Soda Hall

Friday, May 2

Developing Quantum Dot Solids for Thin-Film Photovoltaics
Prof. Matt Law, UC Irvine, Chemical Engineering
2-3 p.m., 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building