EECS News Spring 2016
The AMP (Algorithms, Machines and People) Lab was featured in the NEA Venture Capital Firm’s blog by Peter Sonsini titled, “Veriflow: The next great startup with Cal connections”. Veriflow is the 3rd and latest EECS UC Berkeley startup to join the NEA portfolio. The successes surrounding Cal’s computer science program stem from the uniqueness of its “lab” model—the open and collaborative project-based approach that focuses on specific objectives over a specific period of time.
Microsoft Research brought together top-notch computer science PhD student researchers who are about to embark on their careers with researchers and engineers who have proven research and technology impact for the 2-dayStudent Summit on Mobility, Systems, and Networking. During the summit, students presented their work to an ideal audience—their academic peers and a small group of Corporate Vice President-nominated engineers and researchers from Microsoft’s worldwide labs. 2 out of the 4 students recognized in the “Best Of” competition are EECS student Mathias Valentin for Best Poster and Colin Scott received Honorable Mention.
EECS graduate students Zack Phillips and Michael Chen, who work with Prof. Laura Waller in the Computational Imaging Lab, have been selected to receive a 2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. They will receive $100k over one year to build a novel new computational illumination microscope attachment for cheap and easy biological microscopy in a portable device.
The paper written by Prof. David Culler and former students Joseph Polastre and Jason Hill titled “Versatile low power media access for wireless sensor networks", Proceedings of the 2nd international Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems has been selected as a winner of the inaugural SIGMOBILE Test of Time award 2016. The Berkeley MAC (B-MAC) was a pioneering contribution to media access control in TinyOS-based wireless sensor networks. B-MAC and its underlying low-power listening principle became a facto standard in sensor networks. It plays a lasting role in the development of new low power wireless technologies such as IoTs.
Prof. Scott Shenker has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The strength of the Academy lies in the intellectual leadership of its members and the wide range of expertise they bring to its studies and publications. The Academy membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions: mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences and humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts. Among the Academy's Fellows are more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners.
The paper "SMT-Based Observer Design for Cyber Physical Systems Under Sensor Attacks," co-authored by EECS postdoctoral researchers Yasser Shoukry and Pierluigi Nuzzo with professors Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli andSanjit A. Seshia, in collaboration with researchers from UCLA and UCSB, supported by the TerraSwarm and ExCAPE projects, received the Best Paper Award at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, ICCPS 2016.
The Mu Chapter of UC Berkeley has been selected to receive the 2014-15 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Chapter Award. This award is presented to IEEE-HKN chapters in recognition of excellence in their chapter administration and programs. Recipients are selected on the basis of improving professional development; raising instructional and institutional standards; encouraging scholarship and creativity; providing a public service, and generally further the established goals of IEEE-HKN.
11 EECS graduate students have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP). In EE they are Sidney Douglas Buchbinder, Regina Eckert, Laura Hallock, Sang Min Han, Michael Kellman, Efthymios Papageorgiou and Margaret Payne. In CS they are Abhishek Gupta, Grant Ho, Ethan Jackson and Gregory Kahn. The NSF GRFP program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.
The paper "Control Improvisation with Probabilistic Temporal Specifications," co-authored by Ilge Akkaya, Daniel Fremont, Rafael Valle (graduate students), Alexandre Donze (postdoctoral researcher) and Professors Edward A. Lee andSanjit A. Seshia, based on research conducted in theTerraSwarm Research Center, received the Best Paper Award at theIEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation, IoTDI 2016.
The EECS Department is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from the Hopper-Dean Foundation in support of diversity initiatives in Computer Science. Over the next two years, we anticipate this effort will touch thousands of students at Cal and high schools nationwide. The Hopper-Dean Foundation funds will support a comprehensive outreach and retention model that combines best practices in high school teaching with an expansion of the recent - but already proven – Berkeley CS Scholars program. More>>
Prof. Vern Paxson has been selected as 2016-17 Signatures Innovation Fellow. Prof. Paxson, who leads the Networking and Security Group at ICSI (the International Computer Science Institute) in Berkeley, hopes to develop a technology he calls VAST (Visibility Across Space and Time) that will provide the forensic data needed to assess the damage from a cyberattack. VAST would capture and retain a high-fidelity archive of cyber activity at the scale of an entire network to enable sites to determine if the attack succeeded, and, if so, the extent of the compromise and damage.
Prof. Michael Jordan has been selected to receive the 2016 IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence) Research Excellence Award. The Research Excellence award is given to a scientist who has carried out a program of research of consistently high quality yielding several substantial results. Professor Jordan is recognized for his groundbreaking and impactful research in both the theory and application of statistical machine learning.
Prof. Costas Spanos has been selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award and Prof. Laura Waller has been selected to receive the 2016 Graduate Student Mentoring Award Junior Faculty. Nominated by faculty colleagues and current and former graduate students, the award recipients have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to helping UC Berkeley graduates to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. The award ceremony will be held April 13, 2016 in the Anna Head Alumnae Hall.
EECS graduate student Cameron Rose is featured in a National Geographic article titled “Dreams of the World: Flight Simulation of Robotic Birds with Cameron Rose, UC Berkeley”. Cameron, who is Prof. Ron Fearing’sBiomimetic Millisystems Laboratory has helped design and build the mechanical bird called the H2 Bird. His research focuses on modeling and control of flapping-winged robots in flight away from equilibrium. He is also featured in a Berkeley Graduate News article titled“Graduate Student Mimics Flight of Birds with Robots”.
Prof. Ken Goldberg’s “People and Robots” CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) initiative is in Part 2 of Rolling Stone’s “Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report”. One of the projects Prof. Goldberg is working on is the development of surgical robots to do the tedious work, allowing surgeons to focus on the important tasks.
Courses related to ham radio taught by Prof. Michael Lustigare featured in a National Association for Amateur Radioarticle titled “UC Berkeley Trains, Tests Hundreds of New Hams”. The entry-level course exposes newcomers to ham radio and the advanced course goes into the theoretical applications of digital signal processing, filter design, modulation/demodulation, decoding subcarriers, APRS audio interface techniques, and antenna design.
Prof. Pieter Abbeel is featured in a Rolling Stone article titled“Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 1”. Algorithms are the basis for modern day computing – data goes in, the computer does its thing, and the algorithm spits out a result. What’s new is that scientists have developed algorithms that reverse this process, allowing computers to write their own algorithms. This is called machine learning and is the idea behind the science of artificial Intelligence.
EECS alumna Diane Greene (Computer Science M.S. ’88) was ranked #1 of 26 most powerful female engineers in 2016 byBusiness Insider. Greene was a co-founder of VMware that sold to EMC for $635M. She then went on to become a big angel investor while working on her new startup BeBop, which Google bought for $380M while she was on the board at Google. Greene is currently running Google’s cloud computing business and on the boards of Intuit and MIT. She is also recipient of the 2016 EECS Distinguished Alumni Award in Computer Science and will be this year's CS commencement speaker. More>>
The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2017” has placed our Electrical Engineering program at #1, tied with Stanford and MIT, and our “Computer Engineering” program ranked #2, tied with Stanford. For the U.S. News rankings of graduate engineering programs, 215 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed.More>>
Prof. Bernhard Boser has been selected to receive the 2016 NSF I/UCRC (National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Program) Alex Schwarzkopf prize. This prize recognizes an individual or team whose research is judged to have made the greatest contribution to technological innovation.
EECS alumnus Srinivas Devadas has been named a 2016 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. The MacVicor Faculty Fellows Program honors MIT’s best teachers and mentors, who have made outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Prof. Devadas is currently the Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has been on the MIT EECS faculty since 1988. More>>
It is with sadness to announce that Prof. Chitoor V. Ramamoorthy (“Ram”) passed away on Thursday, March 10 at UCSD’s Thornton Hospital. All extended family members and friends are being directed to a workshop which will be held on May 5th in La Jolla for a memorial: www.TransKS.org. Sympathy cards may be sent to Mrs. Ramamoorthy at 558 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville, CA 94506. Donations may be directed to theC.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Research Award.
Prof. Jeff Bokor is featured in a Berkeley News article titled“Experiments show magnetic chips could dramatically increase computing’s energy efficiency”. As computing increasingly moves into “the cloud”, electricity demands of the giant cloud data centers are multiplying, collectively taking an increasing share of this country’s and the world’s electrical grid. Prof. Bokor and UC Berkeley researchers have shown for the first time that magnetic chips can actually operate at the lowest fundamental energy dissipation theoretically possible under the laws of thermodynamics.
Prof. Dan Garcia has been selected to receive a National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentoring (URM) Award. This award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit U.S. Institutions for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.
Kay Ousterhout recently won the Google Ph.d. Fellowship. This is one of the highest honors a CS grad student can win. It is extremely selective, with only a small number universities invited to submit two nominees each. Kay is a 5th year student of Prof. Sylvia Ratnasamy. The Google Phd Fellowship was created in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in Computer Science (CS) and related disciplines.
Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy and her team have been selected for a 2016-17 award from the Signatures Innovation Fellow Program. This program supports innovative research by UC Berkeley faculty on projects that hold commercial promise and supports visionary faculty entrepreneurs and leadership teams onto building great companies. Prof. Bajcsy’s project is Individualized Human Modeling for Medical Diagnosis and Prescription of Assistive Devices.
Prof. Pieter Abbeel is profiled in a Berkeley Research article titled "Deep Learning: A Giant Step for Robots". Prof. Abbeel, who was selected to be a Bakar Fellow in 2015 has been working on what artificial intelligence researchers call deep learning, that enables robots to perceive its immediate environment including the location and movementof its limbs, and reinforcement learning, improving a task by trial and error.
EECS alumna Sherry Li (CS ’96) has been selected to lead the Scalable Solvers Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division (CRD). Dr. Li is a senior scientist at Berkeley Lab, and joined the Lab in 1996. She was one of the first hires in the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) when that facility was relocated to Berkeley Lab. Dr. Li’s background is in applied mathematics and computer science and is well known internationally for her work on methods and software for sparse matrix computations. More>>
Prof. Jim Demmel achieves has won the SIAM 2016 Siag/Supercomputer Best Paper prize for his work with colleagues entitled "Communication-Optimal Parallel and Sequential QR and LU Factorizations”(SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing Vol. 34, No. 1, 2012, pp. A206-239). The winner is chosen from nominations of papers published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the four calendar years prior to the year of the award and making significant contributions in parallel scientific and engineering computing.
The research team in the HART (Human-Assistive Robotic Technologies) Lab comprised of EECS grad students Robert Matthew, Sarah Seko, Laura Hallockand Patrick Ciccone, led by Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy won 2 competitions at the WRA (Wearable Robotics Association) Innovation Challenge. Their work on human modeling and assistive device design won both the Judges Innovation competition and the Peoples Choice award.
Prof. Nir Yosef has been selected for a 2016 Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Prof. Yosef’s research areas are in biosystems and computational biology.
Profs. Pieter Abbeel and Sayeef Salahuddin have been named recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach. Prof. Abbeel studies deep learning in robots, and Prof. Salahuddin develops nano-scale electronic and spintronic devices for low power logic and memory applications and heads the Laboratory for Emerging and Exploratory Devices.
EECS alumni Rick Garcia and Prof. Avideh Zakhor won the best paper award at the SPIE Electronic Imaging Conference on 3D Image Processing measurement. Their paper titled “Markerless Motion Capture With Multi-view Structured Light” is also the title of Rick’s Ph.D. thesis. More>>
Prof. Pieter Abbeel is the inaugural winner of the 2016 CRA (Computing Research Association)-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes individual faculty members who have provided exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and, in parallel, guidance on admission and matriculation of these students to research-focused graduate programs in computing. Prof. Abbeel's lab hosts a very large number of undergraduate researchers, an amazing number of whom go on to prestigious graduate programs.
Prof. Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig are the inaugural winners of the AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence)/EAAI (Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence) Outstanding Educator Award. Their landmark textbook, "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” formed the foundation of this recognition. The book dominates the field, and stands as another cornerstone of Berkeley impact: educational attainments that reach beyond the boundaries of the campus to influence students around the world. Peter, as a distinguished alumnus of our program, continues to give back to Berkeley through his numerous roles as an advisor to campus research activities.
The research work of Prof. Robert Full and students in his Poly-PEDAL Lab are featured in a Berkeley News article titled “Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks”. Prof. Full and his students have studied how animals walk, run, jump, glide, crawl and slither to understand the basic biomechanical principles that underlie locomotion, and that can be used to design better robots. From their research they created the CRAM robot, inspired by cockroaches that can crawl even when squished to half its size.
A special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, the most highly cited general-interest journal in electrical engineering and computer science, on the evolution of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and its future developments, features papers from a number of research groups in EECS. The issue, including Prof. Robert Brayton and Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli as guest editors, has brought together for the first time multiple perspectives on the future of EDA and the challenges ahead. The significant contributions from EECS professors, students, and alumni witness the groundbreaking, continuous role of Berkeley EECS faculty and students in shaping the field. More>>
The research led by Prof. Ali Javey is featured in a Berkeley News article and video titled “Let them see you sweat: What new wearable sensors can reveal from perspiration”. Prof. Javey and his team developed the first fully integrated electronic system that can provide continuous, non-invasive monitoring of multiple biochemicals in sweat that is vitally important for the health and well-being of an individual.
The research group of Prof. Ana Arias is highlighted in the Nanotechnology science series produced by NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF). "Nanotechnology: Super Small Science" is a six-part series that shows viewers how atoms and molecules that are thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair can be used as building blocks to create future technology. Prof. Arias’ research group focuses on printed and flexible electronic systems for energy and medical applications and is featured in Episode 3.
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>>
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>>
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.
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>>
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.
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.
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”.
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>>
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