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EECS News Spring 2002

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Professor Ron Fearing appeared in a San Jose Mercury News article titled "Tiny flying robots in works to aid war, exploration efforts."
July 27, 2002

Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli was awarded the 2002 Aristotle Award given by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The award recognizes "faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and consequently a significant impact for SRC members over a long period of time."
July 22, 2002

Professor Andy Neureuther has been awarded the 2003 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award, with the following citation: "For pioneering contributions to modeling and simulation of the lithographic materials, processes, and tools used in microelectronics manufacturing."

The scope of the Brunetti Award is "miniaturization in the electronic arts." Professor Neureuther is the fourth EECS faculty member to receive or share in the Brunetti Award since its inception in 1978.
July 19, 2002

Professor Bob Meyer has been honored with the 2003 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, with the citation reading "For inspirational classroom teaching, outstanding mentoring and developing excellent teaching materials in microelectronic circuit design."
July 17, 2002

EECS Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering Richard Newton appeared in a San Jose Mercury News article titled "Ties between universities, venture capital." http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/business/3647476.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp
July 12, 2002

Professor John Canny has been selected to hold the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Distinguished Professorship, beginning July 1, 2002, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to computer science, the EECS Department, and UC Berkeley.
July 9, 2002

EECS alum Gene Kan died June 29, at the age of 25. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1997. He started his professional career as a Gnutella pioneer and was best known for his research in the field of peer-to-peercommunications.
July 8, 2002

Professor Tsu-Jae King was featured in a New York Times article titled "Chips of the Future, Wrought With Good Old Mechanics."
http://query.nytimes.com/search/abstract?res=F30E15F73E550C778CDDAE0894DA404482 (registration required)
July 4, 2002

Professor David Wagner appeared in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Security analysts dismiss fears of terrorist hackers."
June 30, 2002

Graduate student Hesham Kamel and his advisor, Professor James Landay, were featured in a United Press International article titled "Program lets blind 'see' and draw."
June 30, 2002

Professor Tsu-Jae King appeared in a San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Computer chip idea could bring smaller, cheaper, faster machines." http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/06/20/MN129223.DTL
June 20, 2002

Professors Ron Fearing and Kris Pister and EECS alum Anita Flynn were featured in an Oakland Tribune article titled "Sci-fi turns real as Cal devices fly."
June 16, 2002


Computer science postdoctoral researcher Adrian Perrig was featured in a Los Angeles Times article titled "In a User-Friendly World, One Picture's Worth 1,000 Passwords: Image-driven log-ons are easier to use and more secure, high-tech researchers claim."
June 4, 2002

Professor Vivek Subramanian appeared in an East Bay Business Times article titled "Molecular Millionaires."
May 31, 2002

ERL director and professor Al Pisano appeared in an article titled "Silicon Medicine," about medical advances using micro-electro-mechanical systems technology, in the San Jose Mercury News.
May 30, 2002

Professor Ron Fearing appeared in an article titled "Leaping Lizards Help Robots" in The Times (London). The article reports that "an artificial version of the microscopic hairs that geckos use to scale walls ceilings has been developed, paving the way for a new generation of robots that can move across any surface... The artificial hairs were developed by a team at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Ron Fearing."
(No link available online)
May 27, 2002

Lecturer Dan Garcia was chosen as the 2002 recipient for the Diane S. McIntyre Award for Excellence in Teaching.
May, 2002

Professor Vivek Subramanian has been named in Technology Review magazine's 2002 World's Top 100 Young Innovators, a list of the top 100 innovators under the age of 35.
May 15, 2002

U.C. Berkeley EECS alum J.W. (Billy) Kluver has received the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration. Kluver received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering here in 1957, working with Professor John Whinnery.
Paris, France, May 2002

Professor David Wagner appears in an article from Business Week Online titled, "Enlisting Math to Defend the Homeland; America's number whizzes say their science ha a key role to play -- and they just met in D.C. to show their stuff."
May 1, 2002

Hesham Kamel, EECS graduate student, was the subject of an article titled, "U.C. Student Draws Blind into C's", in the Contra Costa Times.
May 1, 2002

Professor Randy Katz has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
May, 2002

Wired Magazine highlights Professor Vivek Subramanian's work on barcode replacements.
May 2002

Professor Leon Chua was named "one of the top 15 most highly cited authors in the engineering discipline," abed on total citations from papers indexed from 1991-2001, by ISI.
April 2002

Manual Blum, EECS professor emeritus, was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
April 2002

Michael Helmbrecht, EECS graduate student and BSAC researcher, was part of the Adaptic team that won both U.C. Berkeley's Business Plan competition and MBA Jungle's national business plan competition in New York City on April 26, 2002. Ben Wild, an EECS graduate student, is part of the E-Mask team, which took home two prizes in the U.C.
Berkeley Business Plan competition: the $10,000 cash prize and the $5,000 People's Choice Award.
April 24, 2002

Congratulations to our colleague Dick Karp for his election to the Academy of Sciences of France as a Foreign Associate. Fe'licitations, Dick!
April 24, 2002

Please join us in congratulating the Center for Undergraduate Matters in EECS: Sheila Humphreys, Susanne Kauer, Jennifer Hall and Jeannie Lee on winning the Women in Engineering Program Award, for their Excellence and Diversity Programs in EECS, awarded by the Women in Engineering Programs and Networks (WEPAN) group: Women in Engineering Programs and Networks.

The citation reads: "Your program is discipline based but it demonstrates sustained local and national impact on pre-college, undergaduate and graduate women. Many of the programs are innovative such as the "parent policy" and the Berkeley Virtual Development Center".

Our Undergrad EECS center is a model for many efforts and a leader in innovative new programs!!
April 17, 2002

UCSEE, our local student branch of IEEE, has won the IEEE Region 6 competition for the best student branch WWW.presence. Please congratulate our students! IEEE Region 6 includes 11 western U.S. States. U.C. Berkeley IEEE Student Branch: Region 6.
April 15, 2002

Professor Edward Lee appeared in the New York Times, in an article titled, "Can Technology Foil Hijackers?"
New York Times, "Can Technology Foil Hijackers?"
April 11, 2002

The New York Times covered Professor Vivek Subramanian's work on organic gas sensors for food expiry detection, in an article titled "WHAT'S NEXT; With an Organic Sensor, a Food Wrapper Sniffs Out Trouble."
New York Times
April 4, 2002

EECS Alum Valerie E. Taylor, who received her PhD in 1991, was awarded the 2002 A. Nico Habermann Award, which honors those making outstanding contributions to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing research community. Dr. Taylor is now an Associate Professor at Northwesternern University, researching performance of parallel scientific applications, computer architecture, and visual supercomputing environments.

Chair Shankar Sastry discusses the Digital Human Project and its ultimate goal to model "an entire human body from intercellular through the tissue level through the organ level right up to the functioning of the entire body."

To see the entire article go to http://www.techreview.com/index.asp, titled,"Keep It Simple", in The Virtual Cell, by Gary Taubes.
April 2002 (subscription required).

Professor George Necula received the Grace Murray Hopper ACM award, "For his seminal work on the oncept and implementation of Proof Carrying Code, which has had a great impact on the field of rogramming languages and compilers and has given a new direction to applications of theorem proving to rogram correctness, such as safety of mobile code and component-based software."
March 2002

Professor Robert Meyer was awarded the National Semiconductor Distinguished Professorship at the opening f the National Semiconductor Laboratory, Cory Hall. At the opening, Prof. Meyer presented his talk entitled, "A (Brief) History of Integrated Circuits (IC) Research & Teaching at Berkeley."
February 20, 2002

EECS alum Kevin Kornegay, who received his PhD in 1992, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Award. Dr. Kornegay is now an Associate Professor at Cornell University, where he directs the Advanced Integrated Microsystems Research Group at Cornell and the Cornell Broadband Communications Research Laboratory.

Congratulations to Associate CS Chair, Christos Papadimitriou, elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to complexity theory, database theory, and combinatorial optimization." Papadimitriou joins 86 other UC Berkeley faculty in NAE membership, one of the top professional honors for U.S. engineers.
February 20, 2002

Richard Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security, spoke at UC Berkeley, sponsored by the EECS Seminar Series, "Digital Defense Issues in Security, Privacy, and Critical Infrastructure Protection."
SFGate, February 19, 2002

EECS Center for Undergraduate Matters held an Innovation Workshop Saturday January 26 to kick off the Virtual Development Center at Berkeley.

The Workshop brought together students, faculty, staff and members of the disabled community at Soda Hall to generate ideas for the Virtual Development Center (VDC), an industry-supported partnership of universities and communities aimed at increasing women's participation in technology. UCB became the eighth university site in for the VDC this Nov.
Berkeleyan, February 14, 2002

"Desirable Dust": The Economist covers Professor Kris Pister's SmartDust Project
Jan 31, 2002

Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher spoke at UC Berkeley, sponsored by the EECS Center for Undergraduate Matters. Magolis of UCLA and Fisher of CMU discussed their findings on gender and technology, the results of 5 years of research with women computer science students and others, published in the book "Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing."
SF Chronicle, January 30, 2002
San Jose Mercury News, January 30, 2002

Congratulations to CS undergraduate, Alex Fabrikant, third prize winner of the 2002 Google Scholarship program. Alex is honored for his research on degree distributions in a class of random graphs. Two other undergraduate EECS students, Jana van Greunen and Alan Shieh, received Honorable Mentions.
January 29, 2002

Chair Shankar Sastry discusses post-.com trends and the rise in applications in academic computer science and engineering departments with the San Francisco Chronicle.
SF Chronicle, January 28, 2002

Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy, CITRIS Director and EECS Adjunct Professor, received the 2001 ACM / AAAI Allen Newell award to be presented at the AAAI in Toronto in April 2002. This is the second consecutive year that the award has honored Berkeley faculty (Professor Lotfi Zadeh won the award in 2000).
January 23, 2002

Professor Ion Stoica is the recipient of this year's Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Dissertation Award, a major honor for a young computer scientist presented by ACM annually to the authors of the best doctoral dissertations in computer science and engineering. Professor David Wagner was awarded the distinction of Honorable Mention for his dissertation in computer security.
January 10, 2002

Professor Kris Pister discusses his research on microbatteries with a wireless network based on MEMS technology in New York Times. Professor Pister is best known lately for his mind-boggling Sensorweb and smart dust research.
New York Times
January 10, 2002

Soda Hall's "Rainbow Bits" sculpture, a beautiful and intriguing array of recycled CDs tracing the edges of a novel mathematical solid (a polyhedron made up of 20 equilateral triangles and 60 kite-shaped quadrilaterals), by George W. Hart featured in Science Magazine.
Science News Online, Vol. 160, No. 25

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