Wenchao Li (advisor Prof.
Sanjit Seshia) has been selected to receive the 2015 SIGDA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award. This award is presented every year "in recognition of an outstanding PhD dissertation that makes the most substantial contribution to the theory and/or application in the field of electronic design automation".
Josephine Williamson, Director of Administrative Services and Christopher Hunn, Associate Director of Undergraduate Matters have been selected to receive the Berkeley Staff Assembly's Excellence in Management award for “inspiring their staff to excellence”. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m., in the Krutch Theater at the Clark Kerr Campus.
Matei Zaharia (advisor Profs.
Scott Shenker &
Ion Stoica) and
John Duchi (advisor Prof.
Michael Jordan) have won ACM (Assoc. for Computing Machinery) dissertation awards. Matei won the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his thesis “An Architecture for Fast and General Data Processing on Large Clusters”, and fellow AMPLab alum John Duchi won Honorable Mention for his thesis “Multiple Optimality Guarantees in Statistical Learning”. Matei and John are now faculty members at MIT and Stanford, respectively.
Jitendra Malik has been elected as a member to the
National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
EECS graduate student
Sam Coogan (advisor Prof.
Murat Arcak) has won the best student paper award at the Hybrid Systems Computation and Control (HSCC) conference for the paper "Efficient Finite Abstraction of Mixed Monotone Systems” by S. Coogan and M. Arcak.
Connie Chang-Hasnain has been selected to receive the
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ) Medal. UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations whose purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture. This medal recognizes the tremendous benefits that stem from progress in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. Prof. Chang-Hasnain is honored for her work in the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies.
Ruzena Bajcsy, who received the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science will be part of the “
Women in Science Showcase: A Story Collider Event”. This intimate, story-telling event gives a glimpse into the minds of some of science’s most visionary women featuring current and past Franklin Institute Award medalists. This event will be held Tuesday, April 21 at The Franklin Institute Awards Program in Philadelphia, PA.
EECS graduate students
Behnam Behroozpour (advisor Prof.
Bernhard Boser) and Phillip Sandborn (advisor Prof.
Ming Wu) have been chosen one of 8 winning teams of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. This fellowship was created with the belief that research and development is the key to harnessing the power of imagination and to discovering new possibilities. The goal is to enable students to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas. Behnam is a student in the
Bin Yu has been named the 2016 IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) Rietz Lecturer. The Rietz Lecturer is chosen every three years by the IMS Committee on Special Lectures. It is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the IMS, a member organization which fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability. In 2011, Prof. Michael Jordan delivered a Neyman Lecture, which is also one of the 5 IMS Special Lectures. Prof. Yu will give her lecture July 11-15, 2016 at the World Congress of Probability and Statistics in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
James Demmel has been selected to receive the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. This award honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. Prof. Demmel is receiving this award for his work on numerical linear algebra libraries, including LAPACK (Linear Algebra Package), a standard software library that forms part of the standard mathematical libraries for many vendors. The software and standards he developed enable users to transition their computer programs to new high-performance computers without resorting to basic building blocks.
Sylvia Ratnasamy has been selected to receive the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)
Grace Murray Hopper Award. This award is given to an outstanding computer professional selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. Prof. Ratnasamy is recognized for her contributions to the first efficient design for distributed hash tables (DHT), a critical element in large-scale distributed and peer-to-peer computing systems. Her innovative design and implementation of networked systems enables a data object in a network to be located quickly without requiring a central registry.
A new documentary film titled “
CODE: Debugging the gender gap” is premiering in NY next week. With 63% of college entrants female, why are on 18% majoring in computer science? And with Black and Latino enrollment in four-year colleges at an all-time high, why are less than 2% majoring in computer science? This documentary addresses the digital divide in the tech industry regarding gender and ethnicity. Prof.
Dan Garcia was a key consultant for the producers. The film debuts April 19th at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Another event related to this topic but separate from the film is “Breaking Through Gender Stereotypes with Dr. Jean-luc Doumont. In his talk, Dr. Doumont challenges received ideas about genders and about how one can fight stereotypes. This event is on Thursday, April 16, Noon-1:30pm, Banatao Auditorium, SD Hall.
EECS postdoctoral fellow Dr.
Wei Gao (research advisor Prof.
Ali Javey) has been chosen as one of the 2015
ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Awardees. This award honors talented young inorganic chemists, and provides a high-profile forum for them to present their research results. The DIC will provide a $1000 honorarium for each speaker and a plaque to commemorate her/his participation in the event.
EECS Professor Emeritus
Paul Gray (Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus) has been inducted into the
Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award recognizes engineers, technology leaders, and scientists within the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area communities. Other EECS recipients of this honor include
Ernest Kuh and