EECS News Spring 2011
Lotfi Zadeh has been inducted into the AI/Intelligent Systems Hall of Fame by the IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine. Launched in 2010, this hall of fame was created in appreciation and respect for the trailblazers who have made significant contributions to the field of AI and intelligent systems and to honor them for their notable impact and influence on the field and our society. Prof. Zadeh was also inducted in 2006 to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame and the Nixdorf Computer Museum in Germany. More>>
Maneesh Agrawala has been selected as one of the participants for the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. This is an invitation-only symposium, which brings together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators. It also aims to introduce participants to other outstanding engineers and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.
Eli Yablonovitch has been awarded the 2012 IEEE Photonics Award. This award is given for outstanding achievements in light-generation, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection and the optical/electro-optical componentry and instrumentation used to accomplish these functions in relation to photonics. Prof. Yablonovitch has been recognized for pioneering contributions to photonic crystals, the photonic bandgap and photonic bandgap engineering.
The government of Singapore has awarded Randy Katz the “2011 Public Service Medal”, given to those who have performed commendable public service in Singapore or for their achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and labor movement. Prof. Katz has been honored for his valuable contributions over many years on the Scientific Advisory Board for Institute for Infocomm Research.
Professor Robert Brayton and EECS Research Scientist Alan Mishchenko are the recipients of the 2011 SRC (Semiconductor Research Corporation) Technical Excellence Award for SRC-funded work advancing the synergy of synthesis and verification steps used in testing and validating semiconductor chips. Prof. Brayton is being honored for his exemplary impact on semiconductor productivity through the cultivation of technology and talent. More>>
EECS grad student Venkatesan Ekambaram and Professors Kannan Ramchandran (EECS) and Raja Sengupta (CEE) have been named one of 6 teams to win the U.S. DOT’s (Department of Transportation) RITA (Research and Innovative Technology Administration) national competition seeking ideas for using wireless technology to enable vehicles to communicate with each other. The winning ideas may be incorporated into ongoing research on using technology to improve vehicle safety and transportation operations. More>>
The research work of Erika Chin, an EECS graduate student studying smartphone security was featured in a Consumer Reports online magazine article titled “Def Con 19: Android apps ask for too much power”. Erika and principal researcher Yekaterina Tsipenyuk O’Neil reported that after studying dozens of Android apps, 30 percent of them were over privileged and creates a larger security risk to your personal information and phone.
Alekh Agarwal and Matei Zaharia have been named 2011 Google Ph.D. Student Fellowship winners. Alekh Agarwal has been working with Professor Bartlett, focusing on solving large-scale machine learning problems. Under the direction of Professors Scott Shenker and Ion Stoica, Matei Zaharia's work focuses on operating systems for cluster computing. The Google PhD Student Fellowship Program was created to recognize outstanding graduate students doing exceptional work in computer science, related disciplines, or promising research areas. The fellowship aims to nurture and maintaining strong relations with the academic community.
Prof. Leon O. Chua has been awarded the prestigious “TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professor Award” from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), considered the MIT of Europe. This award is rarely given, and is only given to exceptional personalities and researchers of international prominence who have not only significantly shaped their own discipline, but have also inspired other areas in the scientific community. More>>
The exhibit of their new media installation “ARE WE THERE YET?”, a responsive audio installation by Gil Gershoni and Ken Goldberg at the Contemporary Jewish Museum doesn't just challenge visitors, it questions them. Cameras track each visitor, then a computer uses statistical models to understand who is where, where they've been, and where they're heading. It is now available as a short video on Youtube to document and continue sharing questions at the project website. It is also available as an iphone app, and on twitter. More>>
Martin Vetterli has received the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Award for "fundamental contributions to signal processing theory, technology and education." This award honors outstanding technical contributions and leadership within the scope of the Signal Processing Society and was formally presented during the ICASSP 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jean Walrand has been named the 2012 winner of the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award. The Kobayashi Award is named in honor of Dr. Koji Kobayashi, who has been a leading force in advancing the integrated use of computers and communications. Prof. Walrand is recognized for his contributions to fundamental algorithms in high speed switching and network resource allocation and for leadership in education in computer and communication networking.
Beresford Parlett, Professor Emeritus with EECS and the Math departments, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). This program was established in 2008 to honor SIAM members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline. Prof. Beresford is recognized for contributions to numerical linear algebra.
Sylvia Ratnasamy is joining EECS as assistant professor in Computer Science July 1, 2011. Her research area is in networking, and she spent several years as a lead researcher at Intel Berkeley focusing on the “big” problems in networking (design, implementation, analysis and deployment of networked systems) in work that consistently combines conceptual elegance with practical impact.
Ana Arias joined EECS as an acting associate professor in EE, January 2011. Her research area is in Physical Electronics - Printed Organic Flexible Electronics, and her interests are in solution processed electronic materials for flexible sensors; fully printed systems (dosimeters and medical devices); and correlation of materials deposition conditions and morphology on device performance.
The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) have today announced the appointment of Bernhard Boser to the newly created ATIC Professorship for Semiconductor Research. Prof. Boser’s research interests lie in the area of analog and mixed signal circuits, with a special emphasis on analog-digital interface circuits (ADCs) and micromechanical sensors and actuators. More>>
Ken Goldberg has been appointed Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. The mission of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative is to advance information and communications technologies such as mobile applications and social media that will allow individuals of all backgrounds to enhance their individual and collective awareness, participation, discovery, and decision-making related to critical civic and societal issues. More>>
We are deeply saddened to announce EECS alumnus Timothy Huang, Ph.D. in CS (focus in artificial intelligence) passed away from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Timothy joined the faculty of Middlebury College, Vermont as a member of the Computer Science department in 1997. He was a great teacher. In the summer of 1995 he received a 6.3 HKN rating teaching CS61A, the highest in the department for that course for more than 14 years. Shortly after his appointment at Middlebury, he received a prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award and in his 3rd year of teaching he received the Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching. He leaves behind a wife and a young daughter, and will be greatly missed.
Research on the efficiency of running computers on nanomagnetic chips was featured in a Wired magazine article titled “Nanomagnetic Computers Are the Ultimate in Efficiency”. The results of this research is being published in Physical Review Letters, paper authored by EECS grad students Brian Lambson, David Carlton and Prof. Jeffrey Bokor.
An "outright record for solar energy conversion by any single junction photovoltaic device", 27.6%, was reported in a paper titled "Solar cell efficiency tables (version 37)", consolidated tables showing an extensive listing of the highest independently confirmed efficiencies for solar cells and modules. The new record for cells was made at the company, Alta Devices, a startup by Eli Yablonovitch. His student Owen Miller predicted that high external fluorescence yield is, counter-intuitively, the key to these high electrical efficiencies in a pre-print posted at http://optoelectronics.eecs.berkeley.edu.
Intel announced today they have selected UC Berkeley as the headquarters for the Intel Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing. The academic PI is David Wagner and also includes David Culler, Anthony Joseph, Vern Paxson, Sylvia Ratnasamy, Scott Shenker, Dawn Song, and Doug Tygar. The center, funded by Intel at a level of $2.5 million per year, focuses on scientific research to make computing technology safe and secure for users.
The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship enables Ph.D. students in electrical engineering and computer sciences (in a team of two) to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas. In 2011, the Fellowship received 146 applications from teams in 11 of the top US schools. Out of the 8 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2011 winners includes 2 EECS grad students, Mohit Bansal and Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, recommended by Prof. Dan Klein, for their proposal on “Automatic Summarization of Mobile Search”.
Susan Graham has been named one of 3 new members of the Harvard Corporation after a five-month search that yielded more than 500 nominations. Prof. Graham graduated from Radcliffe, was a Harvard Overseer from 2001 to 2007 and chaired the Board of Overseers in 2006-07 when she also served on the presidential search committee. The Harvard Corporation has the responsibility for the University’s academic, financial, and physical resources and its fundamental institutional health and progress. More>>
Lotfi Zadeh has been chosen to receive the 2011 Transdisciplinary Award and Medal of the Society for Design and Process Sciences for his contributions and "inspiring vision of the rapidly evolving science and technology." The Award and Medal will be formally presented at the 2011 International Conference on Transformative Science, Engineering, and Business Innovation, along with a showing of a recording of his keynote lecture "The concept of a Z-number--Toward a higher level of generality in uncertain computation”.
David Patterson has been selected to receive the 2011 ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SIGARCH Distinguished Service Award. Prof. Patterson is receiving this award for his contributions to the computer architecture community, as ACM President, SIGARCH Chair, training and advising generations of computer architects, and to computer architecture education through his seminal textbooks.
Jose Carmena has been awarded the 2011 IEEE EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) Early Career Achievement Award. This award is given annually for “Significant contributions to the field of biomedical engineering as evidenced by innovative research design, product development, patents, and/or publications made by an individual who is within 10 years of completing their highest degree at the time of the nomination.” Prof. Carmena is receiving the award for his many contributions to the technological development of cortical brain-machine interfaces for the restoration of sensory-motor function in neurologically impaired patients.
Vern Paxson has been selected as the winner of the 2011 SIGCOMM (Special Interest Group on Data Communication) Award. SIGCOMM is the flagship annual conference on the applications, technologies, architectures, and protocols for computer communication. Prof. Paxson is being awarded for seminal contributions to the fields of internet measurement and Internet security, and for distinguished leadership and service to the internet community.
Kam Lau has been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2011 Benjamin Oliver Gold Medal for Engineering from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International. Prof. Lau received this award for his contributions to the technology and implementation of fiber optic transport of high speed real time and RF signals enabling remote high speed single-shot data acquisition in nuclear weapons tests and in aerial electronic countermeasure systems for protection of U.S. combat aircrafts against missile threats. This research was performed by Prof. Lau in the early 1980s in his capacity as founding Chief Scientist of Ortel Corp.
EECS alumni Diane B. Greene and Mendel Rosenblum, co-founders of VMware, have been named recipients of the 2011 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award. This award is given to individuals whose entrepreneurial leadership is responsible for the growth of some segment of the computer industry. Greene and Rosenblum received the award for creating a virtualization platform that profoundly revolutionized modern computing. More>>
EECS alumnus Gary May was announced as the dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech effective July 1, 2011. Professor May has been Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Georgia Tech since 2005.
Chenming Hu has been awarded the 2011 SIA (Semiconductor Industry Association) Research Award for his vision, innovation and leadership of the semiconductor industry. This award is given to university researchers who demonstrate exemplary research and who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the electronics industry and our national economy.
The Intel Corporation has announced the 3-D Tri-Gate transistor, a new three-dimensional transistor design that will enable the production of integrated-circuit chips that operate faster with less power. This design has its roots in the “FinFET” (Fin Field Effect Transistor), an unusual transistor design that grew from the joint work of professors Chenming Hu, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and Jeff Bokor. Intel’s 3-D Tri-Gate transistor will be used in 22-nanometer-technology microprocessors slated for high-volume manufacturing by the end of the year.
Chenming Hu has been awarded the 2011 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 of this award significantly exceed the standards of excellence in their fields and their contributions to UC Berkeley are manifestly above and beyond the call of duty.
Jim Demmel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.
Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli will be recognized by the Government of Israel for his significant contribution to the semiconductor industry. The award will be presented by Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Minister of Science and Technology at the plenary session of ChipEx2011 on May 3, 2011, where Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli has been invited to give the keynote on "Application Driven Design – New directions require new tools".
Michael Jordan has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy was founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin and John Hancock with the purpose of providing a forum for a select group of scholars, members of the learned professions, and government and business leaders to work together on behalf of the democratic interests of the republic. Also included in the 2011 class of scholars are Bob Dylan, Dave Brubeck and Paul Simon.
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $25 million, five-year grant to launch the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium (BAPVC). The consortium, jointly led by UC Berkeley, co-director Ali Javey, and Stanford University, co-director Yi Cui, seeks to spur research and development of new materials and manufacturing processes that will cut costs, significantly increase production volume and improve the performance of solar cells and devices. More>>
Dan Garcia and Colleen Lewis were awarded a CS4HS grant from Google to host a two-day of professional development workshop for local high school teachers from our CSTA Golden Gate chapter. This will be their second year running this workshop.
David Culler will be presenting one of the key note talks at Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Week 2011. Leading researchers from around the world will meet in Chicago for a weeklong conference on built-in intelligent computer/communications technology that promises to enhance efficiency while simplifying daily life. Prof. Culler’s talk, titled “Enabling a Sustainable Energy Infrastructure - A CPS Grand Challenge”, explores how to apply lessons of the Internet, i.e., design principles for building distributed and robust communications infrastructures, to develop an architecture for a cooperative energy network that promotes reduction in use and penetration of renewable sources.
The 2011 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing marked the 10th anniversary of the conference series, held in San Francisco, CA. Richard Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Dept. of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University who has inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics and computer science. For this year’s conference David Patterson was General Chair and Juan Vargas, Microsoft Research was Deputy Chair. The conference had a record number of attendees and UC Berkeley won the Gold Supporter Award for the largest contingent.
Michael Lustig’s research on magnetic resonance imaging was featured in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine’s editorial article titled, “Focus on Compressive Sensing”. Professor Lustig thinks compressive sensing has the potential to revolutionize MRI technology, opening the door to faster medical imaging and, potentially, even video-style.
Several companies announced their support today for the Open Network Foundation, a non-profit created by networking faculty at Berkeley and Stanford to provide the professional open-source technical development of their Open Flow research necessary to make it a viable standard for future networks. Scott Shenker and Nick McKeown have spearheaded the effort. In the NYTimes article, John Markoff states, "The group, to be called the Open Networking Foundation, hopes to help standardize a set of technologies pioneered at Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, and meant to make small and large networks programmable in much the same way that individual computers are." More>>
Sheila Humphreys has received the 2011 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award. These awards are among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor and are presented to staff and teams who in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also take initiative and go above and beyond in their contributions to the UC Berkeley campus community. Sheila was recognized for spearheading and administering all of the EECS Department’s student diversity programs for nearly 25 years.
Katalin Voros has received the 2011 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award. These awards are among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor and are presented to staff and teams who in addition to performing all their normal job duties with excellence, also take initiative and go above and beyond in their contributions to the UC Berkeley campus community. Katalin was recognized for “growing this modest facility (Microlab) in the Department of Electrical Engineering from a small specialized laboratory serving less than 20 faculty into a world class facility serving more than 100 Principal Investigators.
The UC Berkeley Association of Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (AWE) program has been selected to receive the ReturnPath Student Seed Fund grant. This grant is given to student organizations who promote increased women in computing and IT programs and is funded by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).
Connie Chang-Hasnain has been awarded the 2011 IEEE David Sarnoff Award. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity. Prof. Chang-Hasnain is being honored for her contributions to the physics and design of Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) have shaped their use in modern technology, The award will be presented on 8 March 2011 at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
Ivan Kaminow has won the 2011 Frederic Ives Medal/Quinn Prize, the Opitical Society of America's (OSA) highest award for overall distinction in optics. Prof. Kaminow is honored for his pioneering research in high-speed modulators, ridge-waveguide lasers and wavelength-division-multiplexed optical networks, each of which has had a profound impact on modern communication systems. He will receive a certificate, a silver medal, and a $10,000 honorarium at OSA’s Annual Meeting, “Frontiers in Optics”, which will take place in San Jose this October.
Ming Wu will be appointed to Nortel Networks Distinguished Professorship Endowed Chair in EECS, for a five year term, effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2016.
Papers written by two EECS research groups have been given Best Paper Awards at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper was awarded to the paper titled, "A 90GHz-Carrier 30GHz-Bandwidth Hybrid Switching Transmitter with Integrated Antenna", authors Amin Arbabian, Bagher Afshar, Jun-Chau Chien, Shinwon Kang, Steven Callender, Ehsan Adabi, and Ali Niknejad. Collaborating authors include Stephani Dal Toso (University of Padiva) and Romain Pillard and Daniel Gloria (ST Micro). Another paper was awarded the 2010 Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology-Directions Paper titled, "Demonstration of Integrated Micro-Electro-Mechanical Switch Circuits for VLSI Applictions". UC Berkeley authors include Matthew Spencer, Rhesa Nathanael, Abhinav Gupta, Hei Kam, Vincent Pott, Jaeseok Jeon, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and Elad Alon. Collaborating authors include Fred Chen, Hossein Fariborzi, Vladimir Stojanovic (MIT) and Chengcheng Wang, Dejan Marlovic (UCLA).
Michael Jordan and Nelson Morgan are 2 out of the 4 plenary speakers invited to give the keynote talks at ICASSP 2011 in Prague this coming May. ICASSP is world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on signal processing and its applications. More>>
Pieter Abbeel and Koushik Sen are 2011 recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Sloan Fellowships are given for distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
The internet has become the public “meeting” space of the 21st century and in recent events governments have blocked access. One year ago Hillary Clinton started the call for a global commitment to internet freedom to protect human rights online as we do offline and the Department of State launched “Opinion Space”, a research project of Ken Goldberg, an interactive site now hosted on State.gov that seeks to foster global conversations on foreign affairs. Opinion Space, developed jointly by the Dept. of State and the UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media (BCNM), is accessible to anyone around the world. A new version has just been launched.
EECS alumnus and professor at Cornell University Hakim Weatherspoon is a 2011 recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship. Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. Sloan Fellowships are given for distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Chenming Hu will be the recipient of the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented at the 10th annual Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) event on February 26, 2011 in Seattle. This event honors Asian American Scientists, Engineers and corporate/government leaders. This will be the highest honor during the award ceremony. Chenming is in good company in this, as the first recipient of this award was the late Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien who won it in 2002.
The Chancellor has approved the appointment of Claire Tomlin to the Charles A. Desoer Endowed Chair in Engineering, in the Department of EECS for a five year term, effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2016.
Elwyn Berlekamp has been invited by the University of Southern California to give the annual "Viterbi lecture" at USC on March 3rd. Andrew Viterbi is the legendary communications figure who helped open the doors to the digital age with the Viterbi Algorithm, an original mathematical formula for eliminating signal interference. Today, his algorithm is used in all four international standards for digital cell phones, as well as in data terminals, digital satellite broadcast receivers and deep space telemetry.
Andrew Neureuther is the recipient of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Zernike Award, given by the in recognition of Andy's pioneering contributions and leadership of university research on modeling and understandings of lithography physics for semiconductor manufacturing including electromagnetic scattering, optical imaging, resist profile evolution, defect printability and phase-sifting masks for precision instruments. In other words, most of the hard work needed to make Moore's Law reality. More>>
Jitendra Malik has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Prof. Malik was elected for contributions to computer vision and image analysis. More>>
The EECS Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley-Information Technology for Sustainability (SUPERB- ITS) has received a new 3 year grant from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program, Principal Investigator, Prof. David Culler. SUPERB-ITS prepares and motivates groups of diverse, competitive candidates for graduate study. The research focus of the REU site will be computer science in the context of information technology for sustainability. More>>
The Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance (SRCEA) announced research opportunity funding for 9 UC Berkeley undergraduates majoring in science and engineering, 5 are in EECS through a $1.4 million grant given by the Intel Foundation. The SRC Alliance will distribute these funds thru Undergrad Research Opportunites (URO), an innovative program that provides undergraduates with valuable research experience and mentoring. URO seeks to attract a diverse student population, including women and other under-represented groups to prepare them for careers in higher education and research. More>>
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