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EECS News Fall 2012

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Lotfi Zadeh has been awarded the 2012 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) category. This award has been given to Prof. Zadeh for the invention and development of fuzzy logic. In the last fifty years, this methodology has generated over 50,000 patents in Japan and the U.S. alone. More>>
January 16

Armando Fox was interviewed on a PBS NewsHour video segment (start at 20:23) on MOOCS (massive open online courses). UC Berkeley has joined edX, a not-for-profit enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Dan Garcia was also featured in “ One Professor's Approach to Online Learning: He's Learning Too”, speaking on his methods for teaching an online course.
January 16

Eli Yablonovitch is the winner of the 2012 Harvey Prize in Science and Technology. This award recognizes men and women who have truly contributed to the progress of humanity. Prof. Yablonovitch received this award for "pioneering discoveries in photonics, optoelectronics, and semiconductors that impacted our lives." Richard Karp won this award in 1998.
January 7

Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel have been awarded a 3.5M grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research exploring how robots can enhance the work of humans rather than replacing them. The four-year project, a collaboration of experts at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, UC Santa Cruz and the U. of Washington, will focus on ways that robots can be trained by humans to perform “multilateral manipulation,” with one or more humans providing perception and adaptability and robots providing speed, precision, accuracy and dexterity. More>>
December 19

Alistair Sinclair, Ion Stoica and Katherine Yelick have been awarded the distinction of ACM Fellow. Fellow is ACM’s most prestigious member grade, bestowed only upon ACM members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding technical and professional achievements. Prof. Sinclair is recognized for contributions to randomized algorithms and their applications to statistical physics, Prof. Stoica for contributions to networking, distributed systems, and cloud computing and Prof. Yelick for contributions to parallel languages that improve programmer productivity. More>>
December 11

Dan Garcia has received the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Distinguished Educator Award. This award is given to those who demonstrate excellence in teaching, devoting exceptional effort to designing, conducting, and evaluation of classroom or other experiences and provides innovative learning experiences to foster critical thinking, motivating students to excel.
December 11

Ruzena Bajcsy and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli have received the titles of Honorary Doctors at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden for their research and interaction covering large parts of three KTH centers, ACCESS, the Centre for Networked Systems, CAS, the Centre for Autnonomous systems, and ICES, the Centre for Embedded Systems.
December 11

David Hodges has been inducted into the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame for his research contributions in mixed-signal integrated circuit design, his service to the IEEE, and his work as Chair of EECS and Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He is also a former Director of Silicon Image, Inc. and of Mentor Graphics Company. The Silicon Valley Hall of Fame honors those who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community.
December 5

Ali Niknejad and Kameshwar Poolla are among the 2013 class of IEEE Fellows. IEEE Fellowship is given to those with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Prof. Niknejad is recognized for his contributions to millimeter-wave radio frequency systems. Prof. Poolla is recognized for his contributions to system identification, robust control, and applications to semiconductor manufacturing.
November 28

Ivan Kaminow has been awarded the 2013 IEEE Edison Medal. This award was created in 1904 by a group of Edison's friends and associates, and has become the IEEE's principal medal, to recognize "a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering or the electrical arts." Past recipients of the Edison Medal include George Westinghouse, Alexander Graham Bell, and Nikola Tesla. Prof. Kaminow is awarded for his pioneering, life-long contributions to and leadership in photonic devices and networks instrumental to global high-capacity optical networks.
November 28

Björn Hartmann has received the Okawa Research Grant, which is awarded to young researchers in the fields of information and telecommunications. Bjoern won this grant with a proposal on "Interfaces and Algorithms for Crowdsourcing ExpertWork. More>>
November 21

Richard S. Muller and Richard M. White are the recipients of the 2013 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, one of the IEEE medals. They are receiving the award for pioneering innovation and leadership that catalyzed mechanical miniaturization via micro electromechanical systems technology. This medal is given by IEEE, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
November 21

The WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) has granted final approval for the MAS-IC (Master of Advanced Study in Integrated Circuits) degree, the second distance education program to receive such approval on the campus. The MAS-IC is an online part-time degree program focused on developing an in-depth and advanced knowledge in the field of Integrated Circuits, including but not restricted to the digital, mixed-signal and radio-frequency domains. The program is targeted to working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers by getting in-depth state-of-the-art knowledge and becoming a true expert in the field of Integrated Circuits, which has revolutionized society over the past five decades and will continue to do so even more in the decades to come. More>>
November 20

CS grad student Andrew Krioukov, EECS undergrad students Gabe Fierro, Nikita Kitaev and David Culler were awarded Best Paper at BuildSys 2012, the 4th ACM Workshop on Embedded Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings for their paper titled, “Building Application Stack (BAS. More>>
November 15

Sylvia Ratnasamy has just been named a recipient of the 2012-13 Yahoo! ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award. This award is given to young faculty working in Yahoo!-related fields. Selections are made by Yahoo! Lab Scientists and Campus Relations Managers.
November 15

EECS graduate students Alberto Puggelli (co-advisors Prof. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Prof. Alon), John Crossley (advisor Prof. Alon) and Hanh-Phuc Le (co-advisors Prof. Alon and Prof. Sanders) won the Margarida Jacome GSRC Best Poster Award at the Review of the Gigascale Systems Research Center, one of six research centers funded under the Focus Center Research Program (FCRP), a Semiconductor Research Corporation program. The winner is selected by a committee of sponsor company members. More details will be available at www.gigascale.org.
October 31

The project proposal “ENergy-Aware CompuTing (EN-ACT)” coordinated on behalf of the University of Bolzano – Bozen by EECS former Visiting Student Researcher, Post Doc and Visiting Scholar F. Pianegiani (faculty advisor and host, Professor A. L. Sangiovanni Vincentelli), has been awarded a grant of about $1 million from the European Commission. Within the next three years, the project aims to develop a computing environment built on a set of specifications, a compiler and an operating system designed for the execution of software that will allow a drastic reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions of services supported by cloud and embedded platforms. More>>
October 24

EECS alumni Kevin Wang was recently featured in a NY Times article titled “ Fostering Tech Talent in Schools”. Kevin went on to study education at Harvard and became a teacher in the Bay Area. Now an employee at Microsoft, he founded the program Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) that now has 120 volunteer computer science teachers in 37 schools across the country. He's using The Beauty and Joy of Computing designed by Brian Harvey and Dan Garcia as the curriculum for his "Intro CS" class.
October 11

EECS aluma Barbara Simons (Ph.D. '81, advisor, Prof. Richard Karp) was interviewed by Charlie Rose discussing her book “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?” Dr. Simons is an expert on electronic voting and on the board of advisors for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In 2005 she became the first woman to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering of U.C. Berkeley.
October 10

17 EECS undergraduate and graduate students attended the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held Oct.3-6 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Grace Hopper Celebration is designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering.
October 8

EECS undergrad students Amy Pavel (advisor is Bjoern Hartmann) and Peter Nejenga (advisor is Ana Arias) were selected to present their research papers at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) 14th Annual TECHCON conference held in Austin, Texas. To participate in the conference, undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit an abstract for review by a SRC-coordinated committee. Student selection for the presentations is based on numerous criteria including the best level of research.
October 2

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), UC San Diego and George Mason University have received a $10 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the roles played by economics and social interactions in Internet security. Vern Paxson and Stefan Savage (UC San Diego) are the lead researchers of this project focusing on the motivation of cybercrime and ways to track interactions amongst the criminals. More>>
September 26

Lotfi Zadeh is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iranian-American Alliance. Presentation of the Award will take place at a Gala Banquet in New York on September 28. Prof. Zadeh has published extensively (over 200 single-authored papers) on a wide variety of subjects relating to the conception, design and analysis of information/intelligent systems. His current research is focused on fuzzy logic, semantics of natural languages, computational theory of perceptions, computing with words, extended fuzzy logic and Z-numbers.
September 25

Andy Neureuther has been awarded the 2012 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award. This award was created by the SRC Board of Directors to recognize supported faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and consequently a significant impact for members over a long period.
September 24

Post-doctoral scholar Nuo Xu (Ph.D. Spring 2012) received the Category II Gold Prize and the Academy Award (highest honor among all 3 categories), from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) Outstanding Student Research Award. Nuo currently works with Tsu-Jae King Liu's Device Group. More>>
September 18

Brian Harvey and Dan Garcia are developing a new advanced placement computer science course geared in part at increasing historically low female and minority enrollment in the field. The course, which is anticipated to be offered in high schools nationwide starting in the 2015-16 school year, aims to fill a critical gap in computer science education and a lack of gender and racial diversity in computer science. More>>
September 11

EECS graduate students Yunlong Li (advisor Prof. Ali Javey), Antonio Lupher, Brandon Wang, Wei Wu have been named recipients of the 2013 Siebel Scholars Award. The Siebel Scholars Foundation rewards excellence among top students at the most prestigious business, bioengineering, and computer science graduate programs and brings together these talented individuals to form a vibrant, active community of leaders who collaborate, communicate, and institute meaningful change. More>>
September 10

EECS graduate student Bill Marczak (advisor Prof. Joe Hellerstein) was featured in a New York Times article titled, “ Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents”. This summer Marczak, along with Google engineer Morgan Marqui-Boire chased an elusive surveillance tool from Bahrain across 5 continents. What they found was the widespread use of sophisticated, off-the-shelf computer espionage software by governments with questionable records on human rights targeting political dissidents.
September 5

Ruzena Bajcsy has been awarded the 2013 IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation. This award pays tribute to technologists who have impacted technology, society, and the engineering profession. Prof. Bajcsy is recognized for her contributions to computer vision, the active perception paradigm, and medical robotics.
September 4

Eli Yablonovitch has been named recipient of the 2012 IEEE Photonics Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding discovery, significant scientific or technological advancement, important invention and impact on the field of Photonics. Considered a “father of photonic bandgaps,” Prof. Yablonovitch’s pioneering contributions effectively created the new field of photonic band engineering for a variety of advanced technologies. More>>
August 30

The project “EFRI BioFlex: Flexible Resorbable Organic and Nanomaterial Therapeutic Systems (FRONTS)” led by Michel Maharbiz, in collaboration with Ana Arias and Vivek Subramanian have been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop flexible bioelectronics systems to advance medical care. When implanting therapeutic electronics within the body, one concern is how to remove them after the therapy is complete. To advance wound healing, the investigators aim to design, develop, and characterize novel flexible systems – constructed with nanomaterials, devices, interconnects, electrodes, and batteries – that can be safely absorbed by the body.
UC Newscenter article
August 28

EECS graduate student Rashmi K. Vinayak (faculty advisor is Kannan Ramchandran) is a recipient of the Facebook Fellowship 2012-13. This fellowship is given to outstanding Ph.D. students pursuing exciting and challenging research in the areas of distributed systems, computer security, machine learning, and more. Rashmi is currently researching new encoding mechanisms for distributed storage systems with a goal of significantly improving their reliability and elasticity.
August 27

EECS graduate student Mosharaf Chowdhury (faculty advisor is Ion Stoica) is a recipient of the Facebook Fellowship 2012-13. This fellowship is given to outstanding Ph.D. students pursuing exciting and challenging research in the areas of distributed systems, computer security, machine learning, and more. Mosharaf, a student in the AMPLab, hopes to elevate the datacenter network to become a first-class resource in cloud computing environments.
August 24

EECS graduate student John C. Duchi (faculty advisor is Michael Jordan) is a recipient of the Facebook Fellowship 2012-13. This fellowship is given to outstanding Ph.D. students pursuing exciting and challenging research in the areas of distributed systems, computer security, machine learning, and more. His research focuses on algorithms and techniques for scaling machine learning to the real world — problems with too much data to store on one computer.
August 24

The ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award has been given to Ali Ghodsi, Vyas Sekar, Matei Zaharia, and Ion Stoica for the paper titled "Multi-Resource Fair Queueing for Packet Processing". The paper provides a scheduling algorithm for routers/switches that enables efficient multiple resource sharing, while being robust to strategic manipulations and misbehavior. It builds on their previous DRF work on sharing resources in the cloud computing context.
August 22

Computer Science course CS 10, taught by Dan Garcia is featured in a Daily Cal article titled Lecture Lust: A list of famous courses at Cal”. Named “The Beauty and Joy of Computing,” the class was created in 2009 by the Computer Sciences department as an alternative for those who did not take AP Computer Science in high school.
August 20

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