EECS News Fall 2009

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Ali Javey was selected for the Mohr Davidow Ventures Innovators Award. This award recognizes extraordinary faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford for their innovative approaches to important challenges and for their entrepreneurial spirits. Prof. Javey has been given this award for his early-career innovations and will support his research and development on nanopillar photovoltaics. It includes $50k to help launch the project and many opportunities to network with investors.
December 16
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Sue Graham and Jerome Feldman are the recipients of the 2009 Berkeley Citation. Recipients of this award must have a record of highly distinguished achievement in his or her academic field and a broad impact within, and perhaps beyond, the University. Recipients must also have a record of truly notable service (other than teaching and research) to the University as a whole, or to a significant part of it.
December 16
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The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review features the research of Tsu-Jae King Liu, Elad Alon, and Sayeef Salahuddin on transistors in an article titled, “Reinventing the Transistor: Breaking the silicon barrier” and Jose Carmena’s research on the brain-machine interface titled, “Plugging Back In: Can brain-machine interfaces empower paralyzed patients?”. EECS grad student Octavian Florescu’s start-up company, Silicon Biodevices, (in Bernhard Boser's lab) is creating a device that uses an integrated micro-chip circuit to detect miniscule amounts of antigen in a drop of blood, urine, or saliva, featured in the article titled, “Can You Heal Me Now? Using cell phones to diagnose disease”.
December 9
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Joe Hellerstein and Martin Vetterli have been elected to the Fellows of ACM Program. ACM Fellows are recognized and honored for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. Prof. Hellerstein is recognized for his contributions to database systems and data management, and Prof. Vetterli is recognized for his contributions to multimedia compression and communication.
December 7
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Seth Sanders has been elected to the class of 2010 IEEE Fellows for his contributions to integrated passive component technology and digital control of power electronic systems. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is bestowed by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest and who have demonstrated outstanding proficiency and distinction in their profession.
December 3
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Bernd Sturmfels has been selected as the 2009 SIAM John von Neumann Lecturer. The John von Neumann lecture is SIAM's most prestigious prize, awarded for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community. The prize committee cited Prof. Sturmfels’ role in developing and applying algebraic and algebraic-geometric ideas to problems arising in biology, statistics, optimization, and the numerical computation of polynomial systems.
November 30
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Randy Katz has won the 2010 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal. This medal is presented annually for a career of outstanding contributions to education in the fields of interest of IEEE. Professor Katz has been chosen for his excellence in teaching and ability to inspire students, leadership in engineering education through publication of course materials and writings on engineering education, leadership in the development of programs in curricula or teaching methodology, contributions to the engineering profession through research, engineering achievements, and technical papers, and participating in the education activities of professional societies.
November 24
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EECS graduate students Seth Fowler and Leo Meyerovich are the winners of one of two 2009 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships. The Fellowship competition asked for research proposals developed by teams of two graduate students from UC Berkeley and Stanford. Their proposal, “Parallel Web Browser for Mobile Devices” was selected among 23 Berkeley submissions. The two winning teams are awarded a $100,000 fellowship for submitting the most innovative ideas.
November 19
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Michel Maharbiz’ research on developing MEMS devices for implantation into insects has been selected as one of “The 50 Best Inventions of 2009” by Time magazine. Armed with funding from the Pentagon's research wing, the engineering team has devised a method of remotely controlling the flight of beetles. By attaching radio antennas and embedding electrodes in the insects' optic lobes, flight muscles and brains, they can manipulate their subjects into taking off, hovering in midair and turning on command.
November 16
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A new research center based at UC Berkeley headed by Endowed Chair and Professor Jan Rabaey will create a comprehensive and systematic solution to the distributed multi-scale system design challenge. Named MuSyc (MultiScale Systems Center), its grand challenge is the development of “energy-smart” distributed systems—systems that are deeply aware of the balance between energy availability and demand, and adjust their behavior in response through dynamic and adaptive optimization through all scales of design hierarchy. This center will be a part of the Semiconductor Research Corp. Focus Center Research Program (FCRP) bringing together leading national universities to advance semiconductor and systems industry research. More>>
November 9
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EECS undergrads Adam Liu, Richard Mar, Thien Nguyen, and Bing Xia are part of a team of students who won "Best Software Tool" and a gold medal for the second year in a row at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM). Students from all over the world gather at MIT to present projects which build biological systems and operate them in living cells. The team’s instructor is EECS Ph.D. grad and post doc Douglas Densmore and was sponsored in part the Center for Hybrid Embedded Systems Software (CHESS).
November 4
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EECS graduate student Jike Chong is the recipient an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, supported by the Intel Corp. This is a highly competitive program where students must be selected by the university to apply and then are reviewed and handpicked by the Intel Fellows and their designees. The award covers tuition, stipend, connection with an Intel technical leader working in the student’s area of study and a travel grant to meet their Intel technical leader. Jike’s current research interest is the exploitation of communication and computation pattern across application domains to efficiently map concurrent applications onto parallel platforms, his research advisor is Prof. Kurt Keutzer. More>>
October 19
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Doug Tygar was featured in a CBS 5 news article titled “Security Flaws Discovered In Calif. EDD Website”.  Prof. Tygar was key in indentifying security flaws in the Caljobs website, a state-run web site that may have put  hundreds of thousands of Californians at risk of identity theft.  To get unemployment benefits you have to post your resume on CalJOBS, the state's job site.
October 22
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Kathy Yelick, EECS professor and director of the National Energy Research Scientific  Computing Center (NERSC) was featured in a Daily Californian article titled “Campus Researchers to Launch Study on Cloud Computing: UC Berkeley Scientists Receive $16 Million DOE Stimulus Grant to Fund Magellan Project”.  The lab's study of cloud computing, which is funded by stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will evaluate the cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency of cloud computing for scientific use. The lab is sharing a $32 million grant with Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
October 19
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EECS graduate student Jike Chong is the recipient an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, supported by the Intel Corp. This is a highly competitive program where students must be selected by the university to apply and then are reviewed and handpicked by the Intel Fellows and their designees. The award covers tuition, stipend, connection with an Intel technical leader working in the student’s area of study and a travel grant to meet their Intel technical leader. Jike’s current research interest is the exploitation of communication and computation pattern across application domains to efficiently map concurrent applications onto parallel platforms, his research advisor is Prof. Kurt Keutzer. More>>
October 19
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EECS graduate student Xuening Sun, whose advisor is Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, has been named a winner of the UC Berkeley Mayfield Fellowship, a year-long program designed to bring together graduate students from the Haas Business School, College of Engineering, and School of Information Management. The program provides a broad entrepreneurship experience by combining ongoing mentoring with faculty, company executives, venture capitalists and Silicon Valley networking activities. Fellows further have an opportunity to travel and study entrepreneurship in Asia in the summer.
October 14
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Eric Brewer has won the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award, the highest award in operating systems. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated creativity and innovation in operating systems research based on "contributions that are highly creative, innovative, and possibly high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser".
October 13
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Research on automated collision avoidance algorithms that can be used for civilian aircraft in the air traffic control system by Claire Tomlin and her team is featured in a National Science Foundation (NSF) online magazine article and video titled, “Unmanned Helicopters Could Help Air Traffic Controllers”. They have developed “quadrotors”, about two feet by two feet, snap together like Legos and look more like toys than airliners. But, the technology the quadrotors are used to test could translate to systems that better protect the flying public. More>>
October 13
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Connie Chang-Hasnain has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in future. More>>
October 13
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EECS Prof. Emeritus Larry Rowe is the 2009 winner of the prestigious ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. This award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions over a researcher's career, cited Prof. Rowe's "pioneering research in continuous media software systems and visionary leadership of the multimedia research community."
October 12
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EECS graduate student, Changhwan Shin, who is advised by Professors Tsu-Jae King Liu and Bora Nikolic, won both the Best Paper Award and the Best Student Paper award at the 2009 IEEE International SOI Conference, for the paper entitled "SRAM Yield Enhancement with thin-BOX FD-SOI."
October 9
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Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aalborg in Denmark on November 2nd. This is right after Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli received the Maxwell and Newton awards.
September 25
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Maneesh Agrawala has been named a MacArthur fellow, one of 24 recipients chosen nationwide for the annual award. This award comes with a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago. Fellows can use the money any way they want over the next five years. Prof. Agrawala develops visual methods to help people to more easily sort through information. As a graduate student, he created an automated program that creates easy-to-decipher route maps that make it clear where to turn and which road to take. Later, he developed a system that creates simple assembly instructions - with three-dimensional views - for such things as furniture and toys. He said he may use the grant to explore how radio journalists use words and sound to produce rich, descriptive and compelling stories. More>>
September 22
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Dan Klein has won the Okawa Foundation Research Grant for 2009. The Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications was established in 1986, and every year awards this research grant to a select few for their accomplishments and promise in this area. This prestigious award comes with a $10,000 research gift.
September 16
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The Siebel Foundation announced that five EECS graduate students have been named Siebel Scholars. Each of the Class of 2010 Siebel Scholars will receive a $35,000 award for his or her final year of graduate studies. The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders. Today, more than 540 of the world’s brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. New Siebel Scholars and program alumni comprise a distinctive and diverse community that brings together the best and brightest to solve some of society’s most pressing issues. The 2010 UC Berkeley Siebel Scholars in EECS are: Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, Percy Liang, Adrian Mettler, Benjamin Rubinstein, and Jason Wolfe. For more information please visit www.siebelscholars.com. More>>
September 16
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Katalin Voros, EECS M.S. ‘84 and Berkeley Microlab Operations Manager was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for her outstanding dedication and achievement among Hungarian Americans. The Gold Cross was presented to Mrs. Voros by His Excellency Balázs Bokor, Ambassador of Hungary and Consul General of Hungary in Los Angeles who described Mrs. Voros’ work as instrumental to "helping maintain the identity of the Hungarian community in Northern California and solidifying the interaction of Hungarian scientists with the United States". More>>
September 9
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Kris Pister has received the 2009 International Society of Automation (ISA) Albert F. Sperry Founder Award. This is ISA's outstanding achievement award and recognizes an outstanding technical, educational or philosophical contribution to the science and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation. The award is named for Albert F. Sperry who was internationally recognized for his contributions to the advancement and development of instrumentation as an innovator, a business executive and a Society leader. He served as the first ISA President and was elected an Honorary Member of ISA in 1956.
September 2
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new CITRIS/EECS instructional lab was held in 200 Sutardja Dai Hall, next to the Cyber Cafe. Thanks to a generous gift from Apple this new lab, called "the Orchard" is filled with 30 new Mac Pro workstations and displays. It will serve as the primary lab for several EECS courses, Joy and Beauty of Computing (CS39N), Machine Structures (CS61C), UC Berkeley Undergraduate Graphics Group (UCBUGG), Macintosh Student Developers of OS X (MS-DOS X) and Advanced Digital Animation (CNM190).
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September 2
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Koushik Sen is a co-winner of this year's Haifa Verification Conference (HVC) Award. The HVC Award recognizes the most promising contribution to fields of verification and test in the last five years. The award was decided by a committee of experts from formal verification, software testing, and simulation based hardware verification. The work selected for this honor is titled “DART: Directed Automated Random Testing”, published in ACM SIGPLAN 2005 Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI 05) which was the basis for his thesis.
September 2
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EECS graduate student Matthew Moskewicz is one of seven recipients of the 2009 Computer Aided Verification (CAV) Award, which includes a $10,000 prize. This award is given in recognition of a “specific fundamental contribution or a series of outstanding contributions to the field of Computer Aided Verification". Matthew is honored for his work with former Berkeley Ph.D. student Sharad Malik on the Chaff SAT solver.
August 31
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Ruzena Bajcsy has been chosen to receive the 2009 Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award. This award is given to a woman who has inspired the women’s technology community through outstanding technological and social contributions. Over the past four decades Prof. Bajcsy has had an astounding impact in the fields of active vision, computer vision algorithms for medical imaging and telepresence and has pioneered new research fields, guided national policy and lead the computing community in addressing social issues. She has broken barriers and opened up access for women as a role model, mentor and advocate.
August 26


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