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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.
December 16

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.
CITRIS press release
December 16

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 press release
December 10

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 video
December 8

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
December 8

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. More>>
December 5

EECS alumnus 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.
Smithsonian article
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December 3

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has awarded $5.7M to 5 groups of researchers working in one of three fundamental areas in the field of artificial intelligence (AI): machine reading; diagram interpretation and reasoning; and spatial and temporal reasoning. Maneesh Agrawala and Jeffrey Heer (U. of Washington) have been named recipients for their work on developing computational models for machines to “read” scientific charts and diagrams so they can extract useful data and relationships to drive improved information applications.
GeekWire article
December 3

The paper titled “ Analyzing Log Analysis: An Empirical Study of User Log Mining” written by S. Alspaugh, Beidi Chen, Jessica Lin, Archana Ganapathi, Marti Hearst and Randy Katz has been chosen “Best Student Paper” at USENIX (The Advanced Computing Systems Association) LISA 2014. This conference recognizes the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, and has developed a highly-curated program around 5 key topics: Systems Engineering, Security, Culture, DevOps, and Monitoring/Metrics. More>>
November 20

The paper written by Prof. Brian Barsky, EECS alumnus Fu-Chung Huang, Gordon Wetzstein and Ramesh Raskar titled “ Eyeglasses-free Display: Towards Correcting Visual Aberrations with Computational Light Field Displays” has been named “ World Changing Ideas 2014” by Scientific American. The magazine annually chooses 10 problem-solving, planet-improving, lifesaving advances set to drive progress in the years ahead.
November 20

The National Science Foundation will be honoring EECS graduate student, Veteran and NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient Bradley Wheeler on Wednesday, November 5 at the NSF headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The ceremony will highlight 11 Veterans including Bradley and their contributions to STEM fields. The ceremony will be followed by a poster session. Both the ceremony and poster session are open to the public. University officials, alumni, and affiliates that may be in the DC area are invited to attend.
November 5

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Calendar Highlights

Thursday, January 15

Dissertation Talk: Metal Optics Based nanoLEDs: Creating a fast, efficient, nanoscale optical emitter
Michael Eggleston
9-10 a.m., 521 Hogan Rm Cory Hall

Tuesday, January 20

Dropbox Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Wednesday, January 21

Evernote Info Sesison
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Thursday, January 22

A9 Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Friday, January 23

LinkedIn Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Monday, January 26

Lockheed Martin Info Session
6-9 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Tuesday, January 27

EMC Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Wednesday, January 28

Rocketfuel Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Thursday, January 29

Yelp Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Friday, January 30

Fluke Networks Tech Talk
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Monday, February 2

Arista Networks Info Session
6-9 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall

Tuesday, February 3

Keysight Technologies Info Session
5-8 p.m., Wozniak Lounge/430/438 Soda Hall