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Sastry and the Berkeley
Aerial Robot (BEAR) group
were featured in a campus press release.
December 15, 2004
Jordan, and Kannan
Ramchandran have been
of the IEEE.
The Times Higher Education Supplement has ranked UC Berkeley as the
No. 1 engineering and information technology university in the world.
December 10, 2004
Professor David Wagner was quoted in a Science News article on randomness
December 4, 2004
Professor Emeritus Mike Stonebraker has been selected to receive the
John von Neumann Medal" for contributions to the design, implementation,
and commercialization of relational and object-relational database systems."
Professor Leon Chua has
received the first IEEE
Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award "for seminal contributions to
the foundation of nonlinear circuit theory, and for inventing Chua's
Circuit and Cellular Neural Networks, each spawning a new research area."
Discovery Channel in Canada aired a piece highlighting the mote
research projects led by Professor David
Culler on November 22.
Graham and the Harmonia Research Group have announced the second release
an XEmacs plug-in that provides language-based services to the programmer while
Jack Welch's SETI
research using the Allen Telescope Array was highlighted in the December
issue of the College of Engineering's Lab Notes.
Chang-Hasnain has been elected as an honorary member of the A.
F. Ioffe Institute in St. Petersburg. The Institute is one of the
world's leading research organizations in basic and applied physics
and has a total of 19 honorary members outside Russia.
The fall 2004 undergraduate engineering and science poster session
was held November 17th from 11-1 in the lobby of the Bechtel Engineering
In an article titled "Panel Urges Washington to Finance Fast Computer," The
New York Times reported that "a panel of leading computer scientists
warned in a report issued on Monday that unless the federal government
significantly increased support for advanced research on supercomputing,
the United States would be unable to retain its lead on that technological
front." Professor Susan
Graham was co-chairwoman of the panel.
November 9, 2004
Lawrence W. Stark, professor emeritus in the School of Optometry, the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the Department
of Mechanical Engineering, recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the use
of control and information theory to characterize neurological systems,
died Friday, Oct. 22.
Costas Spanos has accepted the position of Associate Dean, Research, in the College
of Engineering, effective October 1st 2004. Among his duties as Associate Dean,
Professor Spanos will head the new College research administration unit. He will
also continue in his position as Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory,
during the transition period.
David Wagner appeared in a Business Week article titled "Are The Copyright
Wars Chilling Innovation?"
October 11, 2004
Professor Ken Goldberg was featured in an Oakland Tribune article titled "It's
not Big Brother, but someone's watching at Cal: Student project mounts camera
above Sproul Plaza to generate discussion about privacy issues," about Goldberg's
(article is no longer available)
October 7, 2004
Professor David Wagner and graduate student David Molnar appeared in an article
titled "Are book tags a threat?" in the Christian Science Monitor, about
the use of RFID tags in libraries.
October 5, 2004
Hearst appeared in a NY Times article titled "WHAT'S NEXT; Making a
Web Search Feel Like a Stroll in the Library," about her research project
NY Times article (requires registration)
The Flamenco project was also featured in an International Herald Tribune
article titled "Strolling the stack: A Web browser plays bookworm".
Ken Goldberg's Demonstrate project (http://demonstrate.berkeley.edu)
unveils a new, state-of-the-art robotic webcam at Sproul Plaza, the heart of
activity on the UC Berkeley campus, as the University prepares to commemorate
the 40th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement.
Demonstrate project was also featured in the Contra Costa Times, in an article
titled "Web camera gives visitors a look at UC."
September 30, 2004
Berkeley NewsCenter published the following story about Professor Connie
Chang-Hasnain's research: RESEARCHERS
USE SEMICONDUCTORS TO SET SPEED LIMIT ON LIGHT
a nod to scientific paradox, researchers at UC Berkeley have slowed light
down in an effort to speed up network communication. They have shown for
the first time that the group velocity of light can be slowed to about
6 miles per second in semiconductors. The achievement, researchers say,
marks a major milestone on the road to ever faster optical networks and
higher performance communications.
full story is online at:
Kris Pister appeared in an article in The Washington Post titled: "Tiny
Sensors That Can Track Anything Potential Seen for Security, Home, Habitat."
September 24, 2004
David Wagner appeared in a Contra Costa Times article titled "Voting
machine manufacturers answer to activists, politicians."
September 20, 2004
Kris Pister was featured in a Wall Street Journal article titled "Low-Cost
Device For Monitoring Is Set for Market," about the motes and
other components now being sold by his company, Dust Networks.
story on this topic appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:
September 20, 2004
James O'Brien and alum Michael Helmbrecht (PhD, 2002) have been named
to the 2004 list of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology
Review, MIT’s Magazine of Innovation. The TR100 consists of 100
individuals under age 35 whose innovative work in technology has a profound
impact on today’s world.
September 20, 2004
alum and former EECS assistant professor James Eaton (PhD, EECS, 1962)
passed away September 1, 2004, at the age of 70. Eaton spent 40 years
working for IBM, working on such diverse technologies as supermarket
scanners, the electrical power grid, and magnetic tape data storage.
IBM Almaden Research Center article (no
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