EECS News Spring 2016

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EECS graduate students Grant Ho, Robert Nishihara and Jacob Andreas have been selected to receive Facebook Fellowships. Everyday Facebook confronts complex technical problems and believe that close relationships with the academic community will enable them to solve them. As part of their ongoing commitment to academic relationships they started the Facebook Graduate Fellowship Program. Jacob Andreas was also selected to receive a Microsoft Fellowship. More>>
January 22

The research paper written by EECS alumna Beth Trushkowsky (now a Professor at Harvey Mudd) , AMP Lab researchers Tim Kraska (now a Professor at Brown) and Purna Sarkar (now a Professor at UT Austin) and Prof. Michael Franklin, titled “Answering Enumeration Queries with the Crowd” has been published in Communications of the ACM. Each month Communications of the ACM publishes one or two “Research Highlights” chosen from across the field of computer science, intended to showcase cutting edge work in various sub-disciplines of computer science for the wider tech audience. More>>
January 22

Teaching Prof. Dan Garcia and EECS graduate student/teaching assistant Michael Ball were interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) titled "Adding 'Beauty And Joy' To Obama's Push For Computer Science Teaching". In President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, he laid out a new goal of expanding computer science in America’s schools. According to Prof. Garcia, not only are there not enough computer science teachers in public schools, once courses are created, educators must make sure they're reaching a diverse audience.
January 19

EECS alumna Alexandra Meliou (Ph.D. ’09), now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a $550,000 National Science Foundation grant to design and develop new technologies that will help those who work with data avoid errors and false information. According to Prof. Meliou, many researchers now looking at this problem make the mistake of looking at data out of context, but her approach will take into account how the data is accumulated and shared. More>>
January 14

Prof. Sanjam Garg and EECS alumnus Peter Bailis were named in Forbes “30 Under 30 Class of 2016”. Prof. Garg is listed under the “ Science” category and is noted for his research project developing a way to render the code of a computer program functional, but unintelligible to anyone who tries to reverse engineer it. Computer Science alumnus Peter Bailis was listed under the “ Enterprise Technology” category for his work on large-scale data management and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
January 8

EECS alumni Gene Luen Yang has been selected as the new national ambassador for Young People’s Literature. This literary ambassador program was created in 2008 “to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to literacy, education and the betterment of the lives of young people”. After graduating UC Berkeley in 1995, Yang went to work as a computer engineer for two years but came to the realization he was meant to teach. He left his job as an engineer to teach computer science at a high school. During this time he also wrote stories and began self-publishing comic books and in 2006 began winning awards and gaining notoriety for his graphic novels.
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January 7

A multi-university team led by Profs. Vladimir Stojanovi? and Krste Asanovi? has demonstrated the world's first microprocessor that can use light to communicate with the external world. This chip was fabricated in a foundry using a standard CMOS process, and features the RISC-V open instruction set architecture (which was originally developed in our CS Division) in addition to photonic I/O for more energy-efficient data transmission. A paper covering this major technical achievement is published in the journal Nature in an article titled “ Single-chip microprocessor that communicates directly using light”.
January 4

Prof. Emeritus Chenming Hu has been named recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by the White House, our Nation’s highest honor for achievement and leadership in the field of technology. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce. A distinguished independent committee representing private and public sectors submits recommendations to the President. More>>
January 4
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