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EECS News Spring 2009

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Ali Javey, Dawn Song, and recent grad student Jeffrey Heer Ph.D. '09 (2009 recipient of the C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Research Award) are among an elite group of 35 young scientists to watch, according to the Technology Review's just-released 2009 list of Top Young Innovators Under 35. They were chosen from more than 300 nominees in research fields spanning medicine, computing, communications, nanotechnology and more worldwide. Prof. Javey was chosen for his work "painting" nanowires into electronic circuits, and Prof. Song for her work on defeating malicious software, or malware, through automated software analysis. More>>
August 19
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Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli was awarded the IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on August 11. The award was presented by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a ceremony followed by lunch with the Duke (photo reproduced with the permission of The Royal Society of Edinburgh and Gary Doak, photographer). More photos can be viewed at Gary Doak Photography.
August 11
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Chenming Hu has been chosen to receive the 2009 Semiconductor Research Corp.(SRC) Aristotle Award. The Aristotle Award winner is chosen from nominations submitted and/or supported by former students of the nominees and recognizes outstanding teaching in its broadest sense. Professor Hu has a long record of producing not only outstanding research, but also students whose accomplishments are a testament to his teaching abilities.
August 6
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EECS alumnus Kevin Yu Cao (Ph.D. ’02) has been selected to receive the 2009 ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award. Prof. Cao, now teaching at Arizona State University is the fourth EECS alumni to win this award in seven years. The other winners were Prof. Dennis Sylvester (Ph.D. ’99), U of Michigan in 2003; Kaustav Banerjee (Ph.D. ’99), UCSB in 2004; and Prof Michael Orshansky (Ph.D. ’01), UT Austin in 2007.
July 30
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Prof. Jose Carmena’s research in the field of brain-machine interfaces has been published in PLoS Biology titled "Emergence of a Stable Cortical Map for Neuroprosthetic Control". Stunning new research now reveals that the brain can also achieve motor memory with a prosthetic device, providing hope that physically disabled people can one day master control of artificial limbs with greater ease. Articles are also featured in the NY Times, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review and UC Berkeley NewsCenter.
July 21
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Kameshwar Poolla has won the 2009 IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award.
July 20
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Kam Lau has been awarded 2009 J.J. Thomson Medal for achievements in electronics from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (formerly IEE of U.K.). Kam was nominated “For seminal contributions to Ultra-High Frequency Linear Fiber Optic Systems”, which is also the title of his new book published by Springer.
July 20
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EECS alumna Cecilia Aragon was among the 100 researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers. Aragon was recognized for her groundbreaking research in data-intensive scientific workflow management, for pioneering development of innovative methods for visualization, analysis and organization of massive scientific data sets and for her dedication to community service. More>>
July 17
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Ivan Kaminow has been honored with the 2010 IEEE Photonic Award for his seminal contributions to electro-optic modulation, integrated optics, and semiconductor lasers, and leadership in optical telecommunications. The award is presented for outstanding achievements in photonics, defined as the science and technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon.
July 10

Tsu-Jae King Liu has been awarded with the 2010 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. This award recognizes outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications in the IEEE fields of interest. The award consists of a bronze medal, certificate, and $10,000 prize.
July 10
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Research led by Prof. Ali Javey was featured in a MIT Technology Review article titled, “Nanopillar Solar Cells, A new solar-cell design could cut costs and is suitable for large-scale flexible panels”. They have created a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil. The design could lead to solar cells that cost less than conventional silicon photovoltaics. The paper on this research, “Three-dimensional nanopillar-array photovoltaics on low-cost and flexible substrates” was recently published in Nature Materials, July 5, 2009.
July 6
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Professors Susan Graham, recipient of the 2009 IEEE John Von Neumann Medal, Chenming Hu, recipient of the 2009 IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal, and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, recipient of the 2009 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award were honored at the IEEE 125 Years of Engineering the Future anniversary celebration on June 25, 2009.
July 6
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The paper “MIS: A Multiple-Level Logic Optimization System”, coauthored by Robert Brayton, Richard Rudell, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, and Albert Wang has been selected to receive the first ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation by the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation. This award honors a person/persons for an outstanding technical contribution within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidenced by a paper published at least ten years before the presentation of the award and is based on the impact of the contribution.
June 11
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Michel Maharbiz has been awarded the NSF Career Award. This award is given in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Prof. Maharbiz’s research is also featured in a Technology Review Special Report titled “Biological Machines: Michel Maharbiz's novel interfaces between machines and living systems could give rise to a new generation of cyborg devices.”
June 4
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EECS professor and Director of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Kathy Yelick was part of a roundtable conversation with KTVU’s Jon Fowler. Prof. Yelick explains how Green Flash, a radically new computer architecture using the same highly efficient processors found in cell phones and other electronics could lead to supercomputers that are more energy-efficient and more powerful than today's biggest supercomputers. More>>
May 27
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EECS grad students Divya Ramchandran and Ekaterina Gonina (selected as a finalist) have been awarded 2009 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships. Established in 2004, this scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Anita and her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. Since first awarding the scholarship to 8 women in 2004, the Google Anita Borg Scholarship program has expanded to include Anita Borg Scholarship programs for women studying computer science in Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East & North Africa, and New Zealand.
May 26
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EECS alumni Costis Daskalakis (Ph.D. ’08) won the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation on "The Complexity of Nash Equilibria" which provides a novel, algorithmic perspective on Game Theory and the concept of the Nash equilibrium. He received this award for advancing our understanding of behavior in complex networks of interacting individuals, such as those enabled and created by the Internet. Costis was supervised by Christos Papadimitriou. More>>
May 26
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EECS grad student Jike Chong is a 2009 recipient of the Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests. Fellowships are available at select U.S. universities, by invitation only, and focus on Ph.D. students who have completed at least one year of study. The fellowship includes a cash award (tuition/fees/stipend), an Intel mentor, and the opportunity to participate in an internship at Intel.
May 22
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EECS grad student Bryan Catanzaro was awarded an NVIDIA Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year. NVIDIA fellowships recognize and support research worldwide in computing with Graphics Processors. Bryan's research focuses on application frameworks for Computer Vision and Machine Learning, facilitating the use of highly parallel processors such as GPUs in areas other than graphics rendering. Recipients receive funding for their research, an NVIDIA GPU, and the opportunity to work closely with mentors at NVIDIA.
May 22
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An article written by CS grad student Dan Gillick titled “Spam Grows Up” is in the latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review. The article features the research work of EECS professors Vern Paxson, Dawn Song and John Chuang, and CS grad student Prateek Saxena whose research focuses on different aspects of technical security, tracking and analyzing malicious spam and software.
May 19
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CS grad student Subhransu Majihas been awarded the Google Fellowship in Computer Vision Object Recognition. These awards are presented to exemplary Ph.D. students in computer science or related research areas. Students awarded this fellowship are acknowledged for the contributions to their areas of specialty and provide funding for their education and research. Recipients receive a cash award which covers tuition, research, conference attendance and a personal computer, as well as Android-powered Phone and Service, Google Mentor, invitation to Google Fellowship Forum, and opportunity to apply for paid Summer Internship.
May 18
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EECS Ph.D. Student Christian Claudel and incoming EECS Ph.D. Student Aude Hofleitner gave a demonstration of the Mobile Millennium project to France’s Secretary of Education and Research, Valierie Percresse and a delegation including members from her office, members of the General Consulate in San Francisco and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. during a visit to UC Berkeley on April 16, 2009. More>>
May 18
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Research developed by professors Ali Javey and Ron Fearing called “nanowire (NW) connectors” was featured in a Nanotechweb.org article titled “Nanowire forests get sticky”. Conventional connectors, such as buttons, Velcro and zips, typically rely on mechanical interactions and mate interlocking to join components together. Nanowire utilizes chemical interactions and can be reduced to nanoscale dimensions without losing their sticking power. Nanowire, in contrast to conventional connector technologies, makes it easier to integrate them in a variety of applications.
May 11
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EECS grad students Karl Skucha and Octavian Florescu have won again, this time placing third in the Haas Business Plan Competition and People's choice award for their company, “Silicon Biodevices”, under the name of “Integrated Diagnostics”. They have applied CMOS IC technology to encapsulate the performance of a laboratory immunoassay in the palm of the hand at a cost comparable to current strip-based tests.
May 5
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David Tse has won the American Society for Engineering Education Terman Award. The Terman Award is given annually to "an outstanding young electrical engineering educator in recognition of the educator's contributions to the profession". Qualifications include outstanding achievements in teaching, research, guidance of students and related activities.
May 4
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EECS undergrad Ali Rathore has won a prestigious 2009 Haas Scholars Program scholarship to conduct summer research in the area of nanowire solar cells. Professor Ali Javey will be serving as his research mentor. The Robert & Colleen Haas Scholars Program at UC Berkeley funds financial aid eligible, academically talented undergraduates to engage in a sustained research, field-study or creative project in the summer before and during their senior year at Berkeley. Each year, twenty Haas Scholars are selected from all disciplines and departments across the University on the basis of the merit and originality of their project proposals.
April 30
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The Computer Science “0” project titled “CSO: The Beauty, Joy and Awe of Computing” has won a “2009 Bears Breaking Boundaries Contest for Curricular Innovation" award. The project team includes CS grad students Colleen Lewis, Jeremy Huddleston, and research scientist Nathaniel Titterton. Faculty advisors are Michael Clancy, Dan Garcia, and Brian Harvey. “Bears Breaking Boundaries" is a UC Berkeley “idea competition” that encourages student teams to propose the next generation of research, education, and service activities on the UC Berkeley campus. Prizes range from $5,000 - $2,000 and will be announced at the award ceremony on Wednesday, April 29.
April 28
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Christos Papadimitriou has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished achievements in original research by the entire NAS membership across all fields of science and competition is very tough. Election is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer This is a great honor for Christos and for computer science at Berkeley.
April 28
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US News and World ReportThe latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Graduate Schools 2010" has placed our Computer Science program at #1, tied with Stanford and MIT, and our Electrical Engineering program at #1, also tied with Stanford and MIT.
April 24
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EECS grad students Karl Skucha and Octavian Florescu won 4th place in the Rice University Business Plan Competition 2009 for their company, Silicon Biodevices. They are developing a low-cost microchip called the HemaScreen that can quickly and easily diagnose HIV. Professor Bernhard Boser is their advisor. More>>
April 23
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EECS undergrad student Kevin Lam has been selected to receive a 2009 Chancellor's Public Service Award in the category of Civic Engagement for his participation in Cal Berkeley Habitat for Humanity. The Chancellor's Public Service Awards ceremony and reception will be held Friday, April 24th from 4-6pm in Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center.
April 22
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SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has elected Jim Demmel and Richard Karp in its first slate of Fellows. SIAM membership approved the SIAM Fellows Program in 2008 to honor members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM.
April 17
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Yahoo! Inc. announced it has expanded partnerships with top U.S. universities to advance cloud computing research. UC Berkeley, Cornell University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Carnegie Mellon University will be using Yahoo!’s cloud computing cluster to conduct large-scale systems software research and explore new applications that analyze Internet-scale data sets, ranging from voting records to online news sources. More>>
April 9
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Connie Chang-Hasnain has been awarded a 2009 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment in their field and were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
April 7
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Richard Karp was interviewed in an Investors.com article titled “Math King Karp Makes It Add Up”.  At the age of ten, he used his math skills to analyze baseball strategy using baseball statistics which led to the realization that mathematics had applications in everyday life.  His work on algorithms for solving problems helped spur the computer industry and has drawn numerous awards, including the Turing Award and the Kyoto Prize.
March 17
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EECS alumni Sehat Sutardja, Pantas Sutardja and Weili Dai, founders of Marvell Technology Group Ltd., were featured in a Wall Street Journal.blogs article titled “Fabs, in Berkeley? Yes, With Help From Marvell Founders”.  Marvell donated more than $20M for Sutardja Dai Hall, the 141,000-square-foot building that is now home for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).
March 16
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Three EECS professors have won National Science Foundation (NSF) career awards. Ali Javey for "Heterogeneous Integration of Nano-Engineered Materials for High Performance, Flexible Sensor Tapes", Yun Song for "Computational Methods for High-Throughput Sequencing and Population Genomics Analysis" and Tom Griffiths for "Connecting Human and Machine Learning through Probabilistic Models of Cognition". Recipients are chosen because they exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.
March 6
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The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) held its opening ceremony on Friday, February 27. CITRIS is a multi-disciplinary program that combines the skills and talents of more than 300 faculty researchers and thousands of students from four UC campuses - Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz - with industrial partners from more than 60 corporations. Claire Tomlin’s research project called “Starmac” was highlighted in a SF Gate article titled “New UC labs focus on ideas useful to society" (registration may be required).
March 2
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Ruzena Bajcsy and Lotfi Zadeh will be honored “The Best of the Best” by the Franklin Institute with six other preeminent trailblazers in science, business and technology. Six Benjamin Franklin Medals will be awarded at the gala event being held April 23 in Philadelphia.
February 19
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Jose Carmena
has been selected to receive the 2009 Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Recipients are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. More>>
February 17
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John Roy Whinnery
, Professor Emeritus and former dean of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a distinguished innovator in the field of electromagnetism and communication electronics and recognized as one of the country's top experts on the fundamentals of quantum electronics, died Sunday, Feb. 1, at his home in Walnut Creek, CA. He was 92. A fund has been established in Whinnery's memory to support fellowships for graduate students in electrical engineering and a campus celebration of Whinnery's life is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club.
February 17
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Ali Javey is the recipient of the 2009 NAS Award for Initiatives in Research. Javey is being recognized for seminal advances in carbon nanoelectronics,utilizing and synthesizing concepts from chemistry, physics, and engineering. The prize of $15,000 is awarded to recognize innovative young scientists and to encourage research likely to lead toward new capabilities for human benefit.
January 30
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Richard Karp is the 2008 winner of the Dickson Prize in Science, which includes a medal and $50,000 award. The Dickson Prize in Science is awarded annually to the person who has been judged by Carnegie Mellon University to have made the most progress in the scientific field in the U.S. for the year in question.
January 26
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Jan Rabaey has been chosen as the next recipient of the 2009 European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the state of the art in electronic design, automation and testing of electronic systems in their life. In order to be eligible, candidates must have made innovative contributions which have impacted the way electronic systems are being designed.
January 22

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