EECS News Spring 2005
Professor David Wagner is co-principal investigator of a new endeavor called A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections (ACCURATE). The National Science Foundation will provide $7.5 million over five years for researchers at UC Berkeley and five institutions nationwide to improve the reliability and trustworthiness of electronic voting technology. >>More
Graduate students Zheng Guo, Sriram Balasubramanian, Radu Zlatanovici, and professors Tsu-Jae King and Borivoje Nikolic won the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design in San Diego, CA (ISLPED), for their paper "FinFET-Based SRAM Design".
EECS PhD graduate Weilun Chao received the prestigious Werner Meyer-Ilse Award for excellence in x-ray microscopy, awarded at the tri-annual International X-ray Microscopy meeting, held this year (July) in Himeji, Japan. His work was recently published in Nature titled, "Soft X-ray Microscopy at a Spatial Resolution Better than 15 nm".
Ken Goldberg received a 3 year grant from the National Science Foundation for a new research project: Collaborative Observatories for Natural Environments. This project is a collaborative effort by computer scientists and engineers from Texas A&M and UC Berkeley.
Ming Wu’s research results on a new device called “optoelectronic tweezers” was published in the July 21 issue of Nature titled, "Massively Parallel Manipulation of Single Cells and Microparticles Using Optical Images". An “optoelectronic tweezer” will enable researchers to easily manipulate large numbers of single cells and particles using optical images projected on a glass slide coated with photoconductive materials.
Two EECS professors have won the 2006 IEEE technical field awards:
Scott J. Shenker, the IEEE
Internet Award, for contributions towards an understanding
of resource sharing on the Internet.
Fearing’s research on biologically inspired synthetic gecko
adhesives appeared in an “Economist” article titled “Technology
that Imitates Nature”. The article describes “Biomimetics” where
engineers study nature when looking for solutions to design problems. >>Article (pdf)
Wong will be presented this Saturday, June 18, in Virginia, with
the 2005 IEEE
Founders Medal, one of the highest honors in the IEEE. It
is given for outstanding contributions in the leadership, planning,
and administration of affairs of great value to the electrical and
electronics engineering profession. The citation reads: "For leadership
in national and international engineering research and technology policy,
for pioneering contributions in relational
Bajcsy has been elected
to membership in the American Philosophical
Society. She was elected “for
promoting useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence
in scholarly research”. The American Philosophical Society is the
oldest learned society in the country. Benjamin Franklin was its
founder, Thomas Jefferson was one of its early presidents.
EECS alumna Margo Seltzer was
one of six professors awarded 2005 Harvard
College Professorships. Harvard
recognizes professors who not only shine as researchers and writers but
exceed expectations in teaching as well. Margo received her Ph.D. from
the CS Division, Mike Stonebraker was her advisor.
Zakhor is featured in a new UC Berkeley NewsCenter series that
interviews professors about their fields and the paths that led them
there. The interview is titled, “The
Hungry Mind: Prof. Avideh Zakhor on being a science nerd in Iran, why
Larry Summers made her mad, and what the heck a 4D model is.”
The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the
nation's premier funder of unencumbered scientific exploration whose
early dabbling in computer network design gave rise to the Internet,
recently acknowledged to Congress that they were shifting their focus
away from blue-sky research and toward goal-oriented and increasingly
classified endeavors. Column
by Washington Post writer Rick Weiss…
of Dust Networks appeared in a SF Chronicle article, “Networking
nodes share data: Wireless devices can act as remote controls for household
Sastry has been named
the new director of the Center for Information Technology Research in
the Interest of Society (CITRIS). The appointment, which is effective
immediately, was announced today by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J.
U.S. News and World Report magazine has rated U.C. Berkeley's graduate
electrical/electronic/communications engineering as the nation's #1 program,
tied with MIT. >>More
Shankar Sastry was
announced as recipient of the 2005 Ragazzini Award for outstanding contributions
in automatic control education. It will be awarded at the American
Control Conference early July 2005.
Wainwright has been selected as an Alfred Sloan Fellow for
2005 in Computer Science. This is one of the most prestigious awards
available to junior faculty in the sciences. See the full
list of winners...
Professors David Culler, Roger
Howe and William Kahan have been elected to
the National Academy of Engineering:
Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain has
been selected to be one of four recipients of the Lillian M. Gilbreth
Lectures by Young Engineers award this year. The award is given to the
best speakers voted by attendees of the NAE Frontiers of Engineering
meetings. Professor Chang-Hasnain will present her talk, "Progress
and Prospects of Enabling Optoelectronic Devices for Broadband Communications" at
Lectures Symposium, Beckman Center in Irvine, CA on Feb. 10, 2005.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is
Professor James O'Brien was
featured in a Time Magazine article titled "What
Does Wind Really Look Like?" about his work as "one of the world's
top experts on how to make computers simulate complex physical systems."
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