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.
The research work of
Brian Barsky was featured in a MIT Technology Review article titled “
Prototype Display Lets You Say Goodbye to Reading Glasses”. Prof. Barsky, in collaboration with researchers from MIT and Microsoft are developing a technology that uses algorithms to alter an image on a display based on a person’s glasses prescription to anticipate and adjust images beforehand so that what you see appears clear.
Post doc Dr. Lei Tian, working with Prof.
Laura Waller won the Best Overall Paper Award at the Optical Society (OSA) Imaging Systems Conference last week. The paper, titled
Multiplexed coded illumination in Fourier Ptychography was on a collaborative project with Prof. Waller, Prof.
Kannan Ramchandran and his postdoc Simon Li.
David E. Culler has ended his two year term as the EECS Chair, 2012-2014, and his four year term as CS Division Chair, 2010-2014. As a world leader in sensor networks, he will continue to focus on his research endeavors related to sustainable energy networks. He is currently the i4Energy Faculty Director.
Michael J. Franklin is the newly appointed Chair of the Computer Science Division and Associate Chair of the EECS Department. He holds the Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science and also serves as Director of the Algorithms, Machines and People Lab (AMPLab), the leading academic research lab in Big Data. He is a pioneer in distributed database and data management technologies and has done influential work in areas such as stream-processing, internet of things, and hybrid crowd/cloud computing systems. Professor Franklin was founder and CTO of Truviso, a real-time data analytics company acquired by Cisco Systems. He is an ACM Fellow and two-time winner of the ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award (2013 and 2004). His recent awards include the Best Paper awards at ICDE 2013 and NSDI 2012, a "Best of VLDB 2012" selection, two CACM Research Highlights selections, and the Outstanding Advisor Award from the Computer Science Graduate Student Association at Berkeley.
Tsu-Jae King Liu is the newly appointed Chair of the EECS Department. Professor King Liu is a visionary and innovator in the field of semiconductor devices and process technology and the pre-eminent expert worldwide on silicon-germanium thin films and their device applications. Most recently, she has received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award (2010), the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for contributions to nanoscale MOS transistors, memory devices, and MEMs devices (2010), the Electrochemical Society Thomas D. Callinan Award (2011), the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012), and the SIA University Researcher Award (2014). She served as Associate Dean for Research of the UCB College of Engineering from 2008-2012 and also served as Faculty Director of the Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory in 2012. She is the Conexant Systems Distinguished Professor.
Vivek Subramanian has been selected to be a co-recipient with Kaustav Banerjee (
Prof. Chenming Hu's former PhD student, who is now on the ECE faculty at UC Santa Barbara) of the 2015 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. This award recognizes outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. Prof. Subramanian is being recognized "for contributions to nano-materials, devices, circuits, and CAD, enabling low-power and low-cost electronics.”
Vern Paxson has been selected to be a co-recipient with KC Claffy (at UC San Diego) of the 2015 IEEE Internet Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility, and/or end-use applications. Prof. Paxson is being recognized "for seminal contributions to the field of Internet measurement, including security and network data analysis, and for distinguished leadership in and service to the Internet community by providing open-access data and tools." The 4 primary researchers who formed the 1999 ICSI internet research group (Sally Floyd, Scott Shenker, Mark Handley, and Vern Paxson) have all received this award now.
Research being conducted by
Christos Papadimitriou and
Umesh Vazirani on traditional applications of game theory to evolution is featured in an article titled, "
The game theory of life" in UK newspaper,
The Guardian. In what appears to be the first study of its kind, an algorithm discovered more than 50 years ago in game theory and now widely used in machine learning is mathematically identical to the equations used to describe the distribution of genes within a population of organisms. The original article appeared in Quanta magazine.
Three students from EECS192, Mechatronics Design Lab, Emily Chen (l), Maruchi Kim(r), and Michael Lin, took first place at the annual Natcar competition, held at UC Davis on May 24. Among 30 teams from UCB, UCSD, UCLA, UCSB, UCD, CSUF, CSULB and Univ. of Oklahoma, two groups from EECS192 took 1st and 2nd place. Natcar teams design, build and race autonomous cars using a line camera on a track marked by white tape.
David Culler and
PlanetLab (an open platform for developing, deploying and accessing planetary-scale services) are the winners of the 2014 USENIX Software Tools User Group (STUG) Award! This award was publicly announced today during the opening remarks of the 2014 USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Philadelphia. It recognizes significant contributions to the community that reflect the spirit and character demonstrated by those who came together in the STUG. Recipients of the annual STUG award conspicuously exhibit a contribution to the reusable code-base available to all and/or the provision of a significant enabling technology to users in a widely available form.
SNAP, a new DNA Sequence Aligner developed in the AMPlab, helped save a boy's life. The Scalable Nucleotide Alignment Program (SNAP) was developed by a team from the AMPlab, Microsoft, and UCSF. It's a new sequence aligner that is 3-20x faster and just as accurate as existing tools like BWA-mem, Bowtie2 and Novoalign.
"This tool was recently used to successfully diagnose and treat Joshua Osborn, a teenager with severe combined immunodeficiency who lives in Wisconsin. He went to hospital repeatedly, and was eventually hospitalized for weeks without successful diagnosis. His condition worsened, so he was placed in a medically induced coma. In desperation, they asked his parents to try one more experimental test.
Ruzena Bajcsy is being honored by the Tecnhique Universität Darmstadt MAKI (Multi-Mechanism-Adaptation for the Future Interne) by naming a lecture series delivered by distinguished female scientists the “Ruzena Bajcsy Lectures on Communications”. Prof. Bajcsy is recognized as a role model for female scientists and “her love of engineering and her zeal to thrive in a field that to this day is underrepresented by women is exemplary. Celebrating Ruzena Bajcsy, the SFB MAKI brings leading female scientists to TU Darmstadt”. Prof. Bajcsy will give the first lecture on June 16, 2014.
A research project developing new techniques for tackling mental illness was announced by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of its Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program. The heart of the project lies at the
Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses (CNEP), UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco collaboration. Prof.
Jose Carmena is co-director and will coordinate the UC Berkeley research team on this project. This project will be funded $26M over 5 years.
Alexandre Bayen has accepted the position of Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, effective July 1, 2014. Prof. Bayen is uniquely qualified to lead the Institute by his distinguished research and scholarship in the field of Transportation, and his proven ability to lead and manage complex research projects, involving large teams of faculty, staff and students.
Ana Claudia Arias and
Laura Waller are two of five UC Berkeley faculty members selected as 2014-2015 Bakar Fellows. Launched in 2012, the
Bakar Fellows Program supports innovative research by early career faculty at UC Berkeley with a special focus on projects that hold commercial promise. Prof. Arias’ current research focuses on flexible printed devices and integration that leads to mechanically flexible electronic systems. Prof. Waller heads the Computational Imaging Lab, which develops new methods for optical imaging, with optics and computational algorithms designed simultaneously
Ali Javey has been chosen as one of three UC Berkeley researchers among 30 national finalists for the 2014 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists. “The Blavatnik National Awards remind us that some of today’s most exciting research is being pursued by talented young scientists,” said Nobel Laureate Richard Roberts, a member of the 2014 Blavatnik Awards national jury. “This kind of recognition has a positive impact on their careers.”
EECS graduate student Aadithya Karthik (advisor
Jaijeet Roychowdhury) has won first place (in the Graduate research Category) at the Grand Finals of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student research competition, across all fields under ACM’s purview. Aadithya won this honor for his work on ABCD (Accurate Booleanization of Continuous Systems).
A paper written by ASPIRE Director
Krste Asanovic while a graduate student at Berkeley working with fellow former graduate student Jeff Bilmes and former undergraduate Chee-Whye Chin under the supervision of Prof.
James Demmel has been selected for inclusion in the “25 Years of International Conference on Supercomputing” volume. Their paper, titled “Optimizing matrix multiply using PHiPAC: a portable, high-performance, ANSI C coding methodology” was one of 35 out of approximately 1800 selected for inclusion in the volume.
Connie Chang-Hasnain has been selected to receive the
2014 Quantum Device Award at the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors. This award honors pioneering contributions to the field of compound semiconductor devices and quantum nanostructure devices that have made a major impact in the past two decades. New device concepts and structures, device physics and modeling as well as device realization and characterization are covered by the Award. Prof. Chang-Hasnain is recognized “for seminal contributions to vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) arrays and tunable VCSELs”.