EECS News Fall 2013
David Wagner was quoted in a USA Today College article titled “ Are college students our best hope in the war against cybercrime?” Cybercrimes such as theft of intellectual property, confidential business information and digital fraud cost the U.S. about $100 billion annually, according to a report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in July. The students who tackle these projects are preparing themselves for careers in a field that has grown drastically along with the explosion in digital commerce.
Eli Yablonovitch will receive a 2014 Rank Prize in Optoelectronics. The Rank Prizes are presented every two years by the charitable Rank Foundation in the United Kingdom. The prizes are awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to certain scientific fields, including optoelectronics, "where an initial idea has been carried through to practical applications that have, or will, demonstrably benefit mankind." Prof. Yablonovitch is being honored for conceiving the use of strain to enhance the performance of a semiconductor laser. This concept is used in almost all semiconductor lasers today, for optical telecommunications, in optical mice, in DVD players, and in laser pointers.
Michael Luby and Yoky Matsuoka have been named recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Computer Science. Michael Luby, Ph.d. ’83, is currently VP of Technology at Qualcomm. Previously, he was the co-founder and CTO of Digital Fountain, which was acquired by Qualcomm. Mike has also worked at ICSI, where, in 1996-97, he led the team that invented Tornado codes. He has won the IEEE Eric Sumner Award with Amin Shokrollahi in 2007, and, in 2011, the IEEE Richard Hamming Medal, also with Amin Shokrollahi. Yoky Matsuoka, B.S. ’93, started out as a serious tennis player in her teens. Sidelined by injuries, she was determined to create a robotic tennis partner. Her design for a robotic hand led to her winning a MacArthur award in 2007. Yoky taught at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Washington for a number of years, but more recently, she's moved to industry, now working as the VP of Technology for Nest, at the intersection of human and machine learning. She continues to be interested in how robotics can make life better for people with disabilities.
Ivan Kaminow, Adjunct Professor in our department since 2004 and whose contributions to lightwave technology revolutionized telecommunications, passed away on Dec. 18, 2013 at the age of 83. To make a memorial donation in honor of Prof. Kaminow, please do so at the Optical Society website ( www.osa.org/donate) or Union College ( www.union.edu/giving/). More>>
Susan Graham has been appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy (PCAST). PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people.
Ben Recht, who is a new EECS faculty member and EECS alumna Sara Bergbreiter have been named recipients of the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. More>>
EECS graduate student Cameron Rose, a member of Prof. Ron Fearing’s Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory was featured in a National Geographic article titled, “ Dreams of the World: Flight Simulation of Robotic Birds with Cameron Rose, UC Berkeley”. A licensed pilot, Cameron talks about his work on the H2Bird, a 13 gram flapping-winged robot that includes custom-designed electronics for sensing and control.
Alexandre Bayen has been awarded the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Research Prize for his contributions to control and estimation of partial differential equations with applications to large scale sensing in traffic flow and shallow water systems - in reference to the Mobile Millennium and the Floating Sensor Network. This award recognizes distinguished cutting-edge contributions by a young researcher to the theory or application of systems and control. (Antonio Ruberti was one of the early pioneers of geometric control methods for nonlinear systems.)
Marti Hearst and Satish Rao have been awarded 2013 ACM Fellows, the Association for Computing Machinery's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Prof. Hearst is recognized for contributions to information retrieval and computational linguistics, and Prof. Rao for contributions to algorithms for graph partitioning and for single- and multi-commodity flows. More>>
Dan Garcia and Brian Harvey are working with Microsoft's TEALS program to partner engineer with computing teachers to offer their Beauty and Joy of Computing course. This was just featured on a Fox News affiliate (starts at 1:28), as part of their coverage of the Hour of Code.
Michael Lustig appeared in an interview with Prof. Dave Donoho of Stanford, who has received the Shaw Prize, an international prize that honors individuals whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. Prof. Lustig shares research on Pediatric MRI projects with Prof. Donoho. The Shaw Prize carries a $1M monetary award, which Prof. Donoho has donated a portion to support Prof. Lustig's research. The interview appears on The Pearl Report” (start 14:50, Prof. Lustig starts at 19:03), a popular science TV program broadcast in Hong Kong.
Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu and Dr. Mark Liu are the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Electrical Engineering. Dr. Chiu, Ph.D. (’83) in EE was advised by Prof. William Oldham. He is the CEO and Executive Director at SMIC and was instrumental in advancing the semiconductor industry in China. He is also a philanthropist who sponsors the living stipend of 150 students under “Zhejiang Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation.” Dr. Mark Liu, MS/Ph.D. (’80 and “83) was also advised by Prof. Bill Oldham. Dr. Liu is President and co-CEO of TSMC and is serving as a member of Board of Directors in Silicon System Manufacturing Company in Singapore. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President of Operations from 2009 to 2012. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Vice President responsible for the Advanced Technology Business at TSMC.
A paper by EECS graduate students Rashmi K. Vinayak and Nihar B. Shah has received the IEEE Data Storage Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards for the years 2011 & 2012. The paper, titled “Optimal Exact-Regenerating Codes for Distributed Storage at the MSR and MBR Points via a Product-Matrix Construction,” designs algorithms for reliable and resource-efficient distributed storage that are also provably optimal. The paper is co-authored with P. Vijay Kumar from the Indian Institute of Science.
David Culler has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Okawa Prize, which is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications. This prize recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to research, technological development and business in these fields. Prof. Culler was selected "For pioneering contributions to the design and development for wireless sensor networks." Lofti Zadeh and John Whinnery each are past recipients (in 1996 and 1997, respectively) of this prestigious award.
Krste Asanovic has been selected as an IEEE Fellow for 2014. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade. Prof. Asanovic is recognized for his contributions to computer architecture.
EECS graduate student Aadithya Karthik (advisor Jaijeet Roychowdhury) has just won first place (the gold medal) at the ACM Student Research Competition (Design Automation category) at this year's ICCAD for his work on ABCD (Accurate Booleanization of Continuous Dynamics), a project they are doing jointly with Bob Brayton. More>>
EECS alumni Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Ms. Weili Dai are the first recipients to be jointly awarded the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Dr. Sutardja is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, and Ms. Dai is President and Co-Founder of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Marvell). The duo of successful business partners will be presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, December 12, 2013. More>>
Ari Rabkin (Amplab alum, now post-doc @ Princeton) and Parlab graduate student Leo Meyerovich received the best paper award at OOPSLA for their work on the " Empirical Analysis of Programming Language Adoption" .
Bjorn Hartmann and Eric Paulos were featured in a Forbes Magazine article titled “ Educating A Maker: The Berkeley Perspective”. Two classes, “ Interactive Device Design”, taught by Prof. Hartmann and “ Critical Making”, taught by Prof. Paulos are designed to fashion student “Makers” at UC Berkeley by bridging the gap between theory and practice.
New work by the team led by Sayeef Salahuddin was published in a Nature Nanotechnology|Letter article titled “ Spin Hall effect clocking of nanomagnetic logic without a magnetic field”. This new research could soon transform the building blocks of modern electronics by making nanomagnetic switches a viable replacement for the conventional transistors found in all computers. It was also featured in a UC Berkeley Newscenter article titled “ New milestone could help magnets end era of computer transistors”.
Students from Dan Garcia and Jeremy Huddleston Sequoia's CNM190 Advanced Digital Animation class (Fall 2012-Spring 2013) won the Napa Valley Film Festival Favorite Animated Short Audience Award and Best Animated Short Honorable Mention Jury Award for their animated short film "Horsepower". Led by senior Olivia Shetler, the 11-person team worked for two semesters on their winning 30-second animation.
Congratulations to Juan A. Colmenares, former postdoc in the Par Lab (Advisor: Prof. John D. Kubiatowicz) and current visiting researcher in the Swarm Lab, for winning the Gold Medal in the software field at the Samsung Best Paper Award 2013. His paper "Absolute Zero-Copy Web-Object Cache Design for High-Performance Cloud Deployments", co-authored by Daniel G. Waddington and Jilong Kuang, was selected as the best paper in the software field among about 350 submissions from all Samsung branches, and it is one of the 9 Gold-Medal winners out of over 1,700 submissions in different technical fields.
The research work of EECS graduate student Richard Przybyla was featured in and MIT Technology Review article titled “ A Gestural Interface for Smart Watches”. Richard Przybyla, who is working with the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators (BSAC) research center and UC Davis researchers, is developing a tiny chip that uses ultrasound waves to detect a slew of gestures in 3-D.
The paper authored by EECS graduate student Mehdi Maasoumy (advisor Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli) has been selected as the Best Student Paper Award Finalist in the 2013 ASME Dynamics and Control Systems Conference (DSCC) held in Stanford CA October 21-23, 2013. Co-authors are Barzin Moridian, Meysam Razmara, Mahdi Shahbakhti and Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli.
The De Novo Group is in the news again! Working with researchers from Stanford University and UC Berkeley, they launched a new project bringing affordable broadband Internet access to rural communities. Google.Org has provided $2 million to the De Novo Group to help develop this technology which can bring an open source solution for more affordable wireless networks to communities around the world.
Christos Papadimitriou has received the 2012 Honorary Doctorate from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. Prof. Papadimitriou is renowned for his contributions in the field of algorithmic complexity, databases, and combinatorial optimization. More>>
Alexandre Bayen and Sylvia Ratnasamy have been named recipients of the 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant. This award recognizes promising young faculty in information technology and promotes international scientific cooperation.
EECS Prof. Benjamin Recht is quoted in a Simon’s Foundation Quanta Magazine article titled “ The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come”. Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.
Katalin Voros, Operations Manager of the Microlab, has retired this past June, after 30 years with the Department. Upon retirement she received the title R&D Engineering Manager Emerita. Katalin documented the activities of the Microlab, now the Marvell Nanolab, in Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2013-158, History of the UC Berkeley Microlab.
EECS graduate student Juan Pablo Duarte has received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 International Conference on Simulation of Semiconductor Processes and Devices (SISPAD) for the paper "Unified FinFET Compact Model: Modelling Trapezoidal Triple-Gate FinFETs". His co-authors are Navid Paydavosi, Sriramkumar Venugopalan, Angada Sachid and Prof. Chenming Hu, all of EECS department, UC Berkeley.
EECS graduate students Derrick Cheng, Cheng-yu Hong and Stephanie Rogers have been named recipients of the 2014 Siebel Scholars awards. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes the most talented students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, bioengineering, and computer science. Today, nearly 870 Siebel Scholars are active in a program that nurtures leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. More>>
Project “ Rangzen”, led by EECS graduate student Yahel Ben-David and advisor Prof. Eric Brewer were featured in a SF Chronicle article titled “ Helping dissenters evade foreign eavesdropping”. “Rangzen” is a project of the the TIER (Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions) research group led by Prof. Eric Brewer and co-advised by Prof. Scott Shenker.
The article "Low-cost coarse airborne particulate matter sensing for indoor occupancy detection", by students Kevin Weekly, Donghyun Kim, and Lin Zhang (visiting scholar from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China), led by Professors Alexandre Bayen, William Nazaroff, and Costas Spanos won the QSI Best Application Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE). The work presented in this article proposes to use a low-cost sensor to infer the local movement of occupants in a corridor by sensing the resuspension of coarse particles. The award was presented to EECS PhD student Kevin Weekly at the CASE Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Computer Science division at UC Berkeley has been named the best college for computer science majors by AC Online, an organization that lists comprehensive college rankings focused on affordability, value, and best ROI (return on investment).
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