EECS News Fall 2005
Professors David Patterson and Randy Katz are establishing a new research center called RADLab, a laboratory to create core technology for robust, adaptive, distributed systems. It is a burgeoning partnership between the College of Engineering and Google, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems and falls under the CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) umbrella.
Three EECS professors have been elected to IEEE Fellow:
Four members of EECS have received the honor of “unsung hero” by UC Berkeley undergraduates completing the campus-wide UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) last Spring. Nominees were staff people or instructors who had gone beyond the call of duty to provide them or their fellow students with help in personal or academic matters by extraordinary acts of kindness and dedication that had either rescued them for failure or personal tragedy or transformed their lives.
UC Berkeley Computer Science graduate student Cynthia Bruyns is designing a software called Vibration Lab, created to simulate the sound of any percussive instrument, real or imagined, in a computer. Along with applications in electronic music, Cynthia hopes that her software could be used as a tool for real world instrument designers . >>More
Paul R. Gray, UC Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost and Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, has decided to step down from his position on July 1, 2006, to return to teaching and research in the College of Engineering. >>More
In optoelectronics, adjusting the speed of light is part of an effort to overcome a bottleneck in optical communications. Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain's research team has created a device that uses a laser amplifier to slow the speed of light more than one million-fold and has made a dramatic advance to slow light down for applications in speedier communication networks.
Mike Lieberman has been awarded the 2006 Will Allis Prize for Study of Ionized Gases by The American Physical Society “For his ground-breaking and insightful experimental and theoretical work on the physics of electrical discharges and their applications to plasma processing.”
Research on the keyboard sound detection work of Professor Doug Tygar's group was covered in a SF Chronicle article titled “Stealing the Sound of Your Password Cyber-thieves May Learn to 'Hear' Personal Data by Translating the Tapping of Keystrokes.”
Professor Michael Jordan was named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for contributions to graphical models and machine learning. The institute fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability.
Professor David Wagner was quoted in an Inside Bay Area news article titled, “ E-vote Paper Trail Bill on Governor's Desk,” a proposed bill requiring the use of paper trails for recounting electronic votes.
EECS welcomes new faculty for Fall 2005: Maneesh Agrawala, Microsoft Research, visualization, human-computer interaction and graphics; Jose Carmena, Duke University, biomimetic robotics and brain-machine interfaces; Ali Javey, Harvard, nano-electronics; Sanjit Seshia, Carnegie Mellon, dependable computing and computer security; and Claire Tomlin, Stanford, hybrid systems, traffic control and modeling biological cell networks. >>More
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