News for year 2003

 
 
December 18, 2003
ECE Experts Available to Speak on Primary Issues
As the 2004 primary and general elections draw near, the Department of Media Relations published a list of faculty that are available to speak to the media as experts on national and international issues.The ECE faculty on the list and their areas of expertise include:TERRORISM/SECURITY ... Read more...
 
 
December 13, 2003
ECE Students Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
The following students have accepted nominations by ECE for membership in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and were inducted on the evening of December 4: Erin Boyd, Saim Qidwai, Anup Doshi, Peter Battaglino, and Gerard Tse. ... Read more...
 
 
December 4, 2003
Bhagavatula Presents Dowd Seminar Dec. 10
ECE Professor and Dowd Teaching Fellow Vijayakumar Bhagavatula will speak about his book, "Correlation Pattern Recognition: Theory and Applications" on Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. in Hamburg Hall 1000. He will discuss the MATLAB-based face and fingerprint verification demonstrations used in his Pattern Recognition Theory course, 18-794. Three ... Read more...
 
 
December 1, 2003
Stancil Elected IEEE Fellow
Dan Stancil, Professor of ECE; Director, Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking (CWBN), has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) "for contributions to the theory and development of microwave and optical devices using magnetic garnet thin films and ... Read more...
 
 
November 26, 2003
Fuel Cells Will Start Small...
...with micro-research at Carnegie Mellon
...with micro-research at Carnegie Mellon
Many engineers now think he first fuel cells to come into wide use will be tiny power sources that replace—and outperform—batteries in wireless electronics. Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) is helping to pave the way. Read more...
 
 
November 26, 2003
New Light In Optics
How a little-known ECE Lab scored a series of firsts
How a little-known ECE Lab scored a series of firsts
"Great laboratories are vertically integrated," says Harold Lessure. "...we can go from understanding the quantum mechanics of materials to developing complete commercial devices based on that understanding." Read more...
 
 
November 20, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Tap Biology To Fend Off Computer Worms, Virus Attacks
Carnegie Mellon University professors Mike Reiter and Dawn Song are studying cyberdiversity in a collaborative effort with the University of New Mexico. Their research is designed to ward off attacks by worms, viruses and other cyberintruders.Reiter and Song seek to reduce computer vulnerability by automatically changing ... Read more...
 
 
November 11, 2003
Koopmans 25th Patent Earned With Hendrey, ECE Alumnus
Associate Professor of ECE and CS Philip Koopman (P.h.D. ECE, 1989), his former student Geoff Hendrey (M.S. ECE, 1999), and Hirohisa Tanaka were awarded a patent for their method and system for analyzing advertisements delivered to a mobile unit. Hendrey is the first-named inventor for U.S. Patent #6,647,269, which is owned by Telcontar, a ... Read more...
 
 
November 1, 2003
Scientific American: Tiny Robots Make Big News
Novembers Scientific American features An Army of Small Robots, by ECE Department Head Pradeep Khosla and graduate students Robert Grabowski and Luis Navarro-Serment. The authors are building millibots: teams of tiny robots that work together for espionage, surveillance, and search and rescue missions. With modules for mobility, control, and ... Read more...
 
 
October 29, 2003
Carnegie Mellon's Prestigious Cybersecurity Reporting Awards Go To ABC News, ABC Nightline, MSNBC.com and The Washington Post
ABC's World News Tonight and ABC NEWS Nightline won top honors in the broadcast reporting category of Carnegie Mellon University's 2003 Cybersecurity Journalism Awards program at the National Press Club Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C. Specifically, Kendra Gahagan and Richard Sergay of ABC's World News Tonight won for spot news ... Read more...
 
 
October 26, 2003
"Welcome Home, Engineers! Homecoming A Success
Alumni from across the country kicked off their Homecoming celebrations with the Carnegie Institute of Technology's (CIT) reception. About 125 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the event. Dean John Anderson spoke about the new construction and initiatives in CIT, and honored the alumni, while Morgana Martin, a senior in Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, reflected upon her time at the University. Alumni had the chance to catch up with friends, browse memorabilia, see demonstrations of projects, and chat with faculty members and students. Read more...
 
 
October 24, 2003
Welcome Home ECE Alumni
Over thirty ECE alumni participated in Carnegie Mellon Universitys homecoming last weekend, October 24-26. Graduates from 1943 to 1997 registered for the ECE segment of the festivities, which launched with a presentation entitled ECE Today and Tomorrow. The update on the Department included information on our curriculum, students, research, ... Read more...
 
 
October 24, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Names Six Finalists For Prestigious Cybersecurity Reporting Awards
Six national journalists will vie for top honors at Carnegie Mellon University's 2003 Cybersecurity Journalism Awards program at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The finalists include Robert O'Harrow Jr. of The Washington Post and John Markoff of The New York Times in the print ... Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Experts Join Panel To Discuss Reporting Cyberterrorism
A panel of reporters and researchers from Carnegie Mellon University will examine media coverage of cybersecurity in the wake of September 11 and the war on terrorism Monday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Susan Bennett, Newseum director of international exhibits, will moderate ... Read more...
 
 
October 22, 2003
CyLab Launches New Site
Advances in computer technology unfortunately come along with security vulnerabilities that can harm everyone from the home computer user to small businesses, large corporations and anyone dependent on the nation's telecommunications and financial systems. To counter that threat, Carnegie Mellon University has launched a security initiative designed to protect all computer users from interference by cyber terrorists and hackers. Read more...
 
 
October 22, 2003
Carnegie Mellon to Launch New Initiative to Ensure Cybersecurity for Domestic and Commercial Sectors
Carnegie Mellon University is scheduled today to announce an integrated initiative designed to ensure safety for every computer log-on, including a broad range of home users to small businesses and large corporations. To achieve this goal, the university will combine its existing expertise and related research centers under one umbrella ... Read more...
 
 
October 17, 2003
SWE Connects High School Girls with Circuits and Careers
ECE juniors Lisa Gentry and Yun Zhou organized a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) High School Workshop introducing 250 girls to tech careers. Emily Lauffer, ECE and EPP senior, planned ECEs circuit design lessons, taught by ECE Lecturer Tom Sullivan and assisted by engineering students Anna Ziskind, Nicole Saulnier, and Katie Strausser. ... Read more...
 
 
October 14, 2003
ECE Web Site Launch
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Multimedia Team is proud to announce the launch of the new ECE site, your main resource for up-to-date information on ECEs curriculum, research, and faculty. As the central gateway into the latest happenings in the ECE community, www.ece.cmu.edu brings the Department to your desktop, where ever you are in ... Read more...
 
 
October 9, 2003
Steering Toward Engineering: High School Scholars Visit ECE
When Brother Ernest Miller read the Pittsburgh Post Gazettes articles on the smart car from the GM Research Laboratory (GM CRL) at CMU, he wanted his students at Central Catholic High School to have a front-seat view of the excitement. So, he set the wheels in motion for the sophomores he directs in the David S. Baginski FSC Scholars Program to ... Read more...
 
 
October 8, 2003
Faloutsos Team Wins $2.5 Million from the NSF for Bio-Molecular Imaging
A team of Carnegie Mellon faculty received $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a five-year, $9.4 million multi-institutional grant from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-principal investigators on the award for Next-Generation Bio-Molecular Imaging and Information Discovery are Robert Murphy, Professor ... Read more...
 
 
October 5, 2003
All Eyes on Facial Recognition
ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula demonstrated facial recognition research at the Optical Society of America's annual meeting in Tucson, AZ on October 5-9. Verifying the identity of a user is critical for security applications such as e-commerce, access control, and surveillance, according to Bhagavatula. For example, in an interview with CBS ... Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2003
Researchers Discuss Smart Car at CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat
Participants in Octobers CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat exchanged information and progressed in refining their plans in vehicle information technology, according to Ed Schlesinger, Professor and Associate Head of ECE; Co-Director, GM-CMU Collaborative Lab.The most recent CRL meeting was characterized by a great ... Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2003
White Wins Pake Award For Physics Research & Industrial R&D Leadership
Robert M. White, University Professor of ECE and EPP; Director of the DSSC, won the 2004 George E. Pake Prize for outstanding research in physics and leadership in industrial research and development. The $5,000 prize is awarded by the American Physical Society (APS).Throughout his career, Robert White has pushed the ... Read more...
 
 
October 2, 2003
Morgan and Peha Give Science Primer to Congress
An article in the Detroit News, Congress receives science primer: Editors say lawmakers need help to analyze, distill baffling issues, cites Lord University Professor of ECE and EPP M. Granger Morgan and Professor of EPP and ECE Jon Pehas efforts to help lawmakers make informed choices. Morgan is also the Department Head of EPP and a Professor ... Read more...
 
 
September 29, 2003
CMU Team Receives $7.5 Million from the NSF for a High Speed Telecommunications Network
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $7.5 million grant to a collaboration of scientists to lay the groundwork for a new, wireless, glass fiber-based telecommunications network that will bring reliable high-speed Internet access to every home and small business in America within the next few years. The five-year ... Read more...
 
 
September 18, 2003
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Researchers Come to Town
Carnegie Mellons Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Laboratory is developing miniature sensor and actuator systems using batch-fabrication processes, especially integrated-circuit fabrication. Sensors are made by combining microstructures and circuits on a single silicon chip for high-performance and low-cost results. More than 100 ... Read more...
 
 
September 16, 2003
Marculescu Published in 3 IEEE Journals; IDF Hosts Her as a Panelist
Assistant Professor of ECE Diana Marculescu's article on "Electronic Textiles: A Platform for Pervasive Computing" will appear in the December 2003 Proceedings of the IEEE. Co-authors of the paper from Carnegie Mellon are Radu Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE, ECE Department Head Pradeep Khosla, and ECE graduate students Nicholas Zamora and ... Read more...
 
 
September 15, 2003
C3S to Join National Computer Emergency Response Center
Carnegie Mellon's Center for Computer and Communication Security (C3S) and the CERT/Coordination Center (CERT/CC) are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection to create a U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT). The center will reduce the response time to a security event to an ... Read more...
 
 
September 15, 2003
Pileggi Named First Tanoto Professorship Recipient
Memo from CIT Dean John Anderson:Please join me in extending congratulations to Larry Pileggi, who has been named as the first recipient of the Tanoto Professorship of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Larry joined the ECE faculty in 1996, and has served as director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) ... Read more...
 
 
September 8, 2003
Schmit Wins Best Paper at International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic & Applications
ECE Associate Professor Herman Schmit has won the Michal Servit Best Paper Award at the 13th International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications held last week in Lisbon, Portugal. The paper was titled "Extra-dimensional Island-Style FPGAs." ... Read more...
 
 
September 2, 2003
Ganger & the PDL Awarded IBM Equipment Grant for Self-* Storage Project
Greg Ganger, Associate Professor of ECE and CS, and the Parallel Data Lab (PDL) have received an $80K equipment grant from IBM Corporation. The grant provides an early testbed for PDL's new Self-* Storage project, which seeks to create large-scale (100s of terabytes), self-managing, self-organizing, self-tuning storage systems from generic servers. ... Read more...
 
 
August 25, 2003
ECE CSSI Students Gupta & Fang Honored With Best Paper Awards @ TECHCON 2003
ECE CSSI graduate students Smriti Gupta and Fang Fang won best paper awards at TECHCON 2003, August 25-27, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. Gupta's paper in the "CADT: Design Verification" session is titled "Towards Formal Verification of Analog and Mixed-Signal Designs." Fang's system design paper is called "Efficient Static Analysis of ... Read more...
 
 
August 22, 2003
CMU's Undergraduate Program in Computer Engineering Ranks Fourth in U.S. News & World Report
In specialty undergraduate engineering areas, Carnegie Mellon ranked fourth in computer engineering by engineering school deans and senior faculty in U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." The undergraduate engineering program placed eighth on the listing. Carnegie ... Read more...
 
 
August 4, 2003
CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat Held on Campus
The CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat featured presentations on each of their four research thrusts: Dependable Embedded Systems, Design Methodologies, Human Vehicle Interaction, and Wired and Wireless Multimedia Networks. Lab tours, demonstrations, and posters rounded out the day. ... Read more...
 
 
August 1, 2003
Smailagic Guest Edits IEEE Transactions on Computers; Interviewed for Computerworld
Asim Smailagic, Research Professor, was the Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers special issue on Wearable Computers, published in August 2003. IEEE Transactions on Computers is the leading archival journal on computers. Smailagic has accepted only 7% of submitted papers.Included in the journal are two ... Read more...
 
 
July 31, 2003
Kim Announced to be the First Perkins Professor
The first Drew. D. Perkins Professorship for Advanced Networking and Communications will go to Hyong Kim, Professor of ECE. Kim's work in computer networking and advanced switch architectures includes designing, evaluating, and demonstrating a high-speed ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) network for multimedia applications. Winning the NSF Young ... Read more...
 
 
July 30, 2003
Myers Displays PDA Invention at Microsoft Research Fair
Brad Myers, Associate Research Professor of the Human Computer Interaction Institute, exhibited his project that uses personal digital assistants (PDAs) synchronously with PCs at Seattle's Microsoft research fair, reported the Seattle Times. One of dozens of inventions on display for hundreds of university faculty visiting the company, Myers' work ... Read more...
 
 
July 11, 2003
High School Girls Race Through Engineering Workshop
Carnegie Mellon hosted a week-long hands-on "Engineering Your Future" workshop for girls ages 13-18, introducing them to chemical, mechanical, electrical and computer, civil, and materials science engineering. Attracting over 40 high school students from a half dozen Pittsburgh area schools, the activities were sponsored by the Society of Women ... Read more...
 
 
July 7, 2003
Newsweek International Quotes Marculescu On E-textiles' Future
Newsweek International's piece on electronic textiles (e-textiles), "Wearing Wires: A New Fabric May Make Clothing Both High Tech and Fashionable," quotes Diana Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE, in its June 30/July 7 issue. Also called interactive textiles (i-textiles), Marculescu predicts the technology has a ... Read more...
 
 
July 7, 2003
ECE Department Head Named Fellow of AAAI
Pradeep Khosla, ECE Department Head and Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, has been elected Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for significant contributions to automated modeling, reconfiguration, and design of robotic and real-time software systems, and for encouraging the field through ... Read more...
 
 
July 1, 2003
Zhu's Disk Drive Article is Cover Story in Materials Today
ECE Professor Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu's article, "New Heights for Hard Disk Drives," is the cover story of the July/August edition of Materials Today, a magazine for material scientists around the world. The report highlights the past and present directions of data storage research, and investigates two newer technologies: perpendicular and heat ... Read more...
 
 
June 27, 2003
Smailagic Invited to Speak at London's Royal Academy of Engineering
Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) Research Professor Asim Smailagic gave an invited talk on "Carnegie Mellon Pervasive and Context Aware Computing" at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, England. Along with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Science Counselors of the European Union, the Royal Academy of Engineering is ... Read more...
 
 
June 23, 2003
2 ECE Graduate Students Win SRC Awards
ECE Graduate students Shelley Chen and Padmini Gopalakrishnan were selected from nationwide contests held by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for outstanding academic achievement and microelectronics research. Chen will receive a Master's Scholarship and Gopalakrishnan a Graduate Fellowship. Read more...
 
 
June 19, 2003
Pillegi and Li Win Best Paper at 40th Annual IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference
ECE grad student Peng Li and his research advisor, Professor Larry Pileggi, Director of the Center for Silicon Systems Implementation, won the Best Paper Award for their paper, "NORM: Compact Model Order Reduction of Weakly Nonlinear Systems," at the 40th Annual IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference in June 2003. The Design Automation Conference ... Read more...
 
 
June 19, 2003
Smailagic's Wi-Fi Research Signals A Hit, Reports *The New York Times*
A New York Times article highlights research on context-aware Wi-Fi networks (802.11b wireless local area networks) "that not only track computer users but also adjust what the computers are doing to suit the circumstances." Read more...
 
 
June 19, 2003
Jordan Named Acting Director of SEI
Angel Jordan, Emeritus Keithley University Professor of ECE and Robotics, will be acting director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), as of July 21. Jordan, a founding father of the SEI in 1985 and former Carnegie Mellon provost, received the SEI's Director's Office Award for Excellence this past spring. He will replace Steve Cross, who has announced his resignation to become vice president at Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Read more...
 
 
June 16, 2003
CAPTCHA Captures Spam for Yahoo, Writes Computerworld
Computerworld features the "completely automatic public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart" (CAPTCHA), a technology that fights robots on the Internet that gather personal information from chat rooms, illegally sell products, and blast spam from free email accounts. CMU started developing related research for Yahoo Inc. in 2000 and ... Read more...
 
 
June 13, 2003
Falsafi and Mowry Win 2003 IBM Faculty Partnership Awards
ECE Associate Professor Babak Falsafi has been awarded a 2003 IBM Faculty Partnership Award by the Austin Center for Advanced Studies.Falsafis research focuses on a brand new vision for processor designs in future CMOS technologies, in which the processor exploits repetitive instruction execution and extracts program ... Read more...
 
 
June 9, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Develops New Research and Educational Partnership with Taiwan
CMU sealed an agreement with Taiwan to establish new research and educational outreach programs with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, a research-rich area south of Taipei. As part of the program, five to 10 outstanding Taiwanese students will study at Carnegie Mellon. ... Read more...
 
 
June 4, 2003
Marculescu Receives ACM-SIGDA Award & Presents Tutorial at ISCA
Diana Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE, received a Technical Leadership Award from the Association for Computing Machinery- Special Interest Group in Design Automation (ACM-SIGDA) for her work on the organizing committee of the SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). The forum presentation was June 3. ... Read more...
 
 
May 23, 2003
2 ECE Graduate Students Win Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship
ECE graduate students John Griffin and Tom Wenisch won the 2003-04 Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Award, which will cover one year of full tuition, required fees, and a twelve-month stipend. The fellowship includes the assignment of an Intel mentor, travel costs for the Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Forum, an Intel Centrino brand notebook, and ... Read more...
 
 
May 22, 2003
CMU Receives Award for Innovative Technology That Promotes International Learning
The American Council on Education (ACE) awarded Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Strategic Development an "ACE/AT&T Award for Technology as a Tool for Internationalization." The award recognizes the innovative use of technology to promote international learning at U.S. colleges and universities. Only six institutions were selected ... Read more...
 
 
May 22, 2003
Annual CSSI Picnic
Faculty, staff, and students gathered for the annual Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) picnic at Larry & Leah Pileggi's house in O'Hara Township. Larry is a Professor of ECE and the Director of the CSSI. ... Read more...
 
 
May 21, 2003
Narasimhan Wins Best Paper Award at Joint Systems and Software Engineering Symposium
Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, and Principal Investigator of the DARPA-funded Middleware for Embedded Adaptive Dependability (MEAD) project, won the Raytheon Company Best Paper Award at the Joint Systems and Software Engineering Symposium. The paper, one of the MEAD project's earliest publications, is entitled, "A Middleware ... Read more...
 
 
May 18, 2003
Name the Hamerschlag Hall Cubes Contest
As commencement approaches, art projects, such as these red cubes outside of our own Hamerschlag Hall, are popping up all over campus. Use this form to tell us what you think those mystery cubes represent. Winning entries received by May 18 will be awarded ECE prizes! ... Read more...
 
 
May 18, 2003
ECE Graduates Honored in Diploma Ceremony
On May 18, 2003 the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering awarded:24 Doctor of Philosophy degrees 135 Master of Science degrees -31 simultaneously completed both the MS and BS degrees -16 completed both degrees in 8 semesters166 Bachelor of Science ... Read more...
 
 
May 12, 2003
Kettler Plays A Full Hand As Product CTO At Dell
M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1999
M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1999
These are heady times at Dell Computer. Still a prolific PC maker, with double-digit sales growth through the recent slump, Dell is pushing into new territory on several fronts -- designing and selling its own printers and PDAs, navigating a broad technology shift in the server market, and exploring new wireless interconnect technologies for home and business use. At the center of the action is Kevin Kettler (B.S. 1984 (Lehigh); M.S., 1989, PhD 1999, Carnegie Mellon), VP and Chief Technology Officer for the Dell Product Group. Read more...
 
 
May 12, 2003
Lincoln Westfall: A Lot Can Happen One Year After Graduation
B.S. (ECE) 2002, B.A. (Russian Studies) 2002
B.S. (ECE) 2002, B.A. (Russian Studies) 2002
A lot can happen in one year -- just ask Lincoln Westfall (B.S. ECE, 2002; B.A. Russian Studies, 2002). Since his departure from CIT a mere 365 days ago, he has moved to Germany to pursue a master's degree in biochemistry. He is married and now a father and is seriously considering medical school. According to an exuberant Westfall, his life is going along just as he has planned. Read more...
 
 
May 11, 2003
Khosla Cites Need for Industry in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Because of secrecy and the ever-shifting priorities of U.S. military spending, the true contribution of southwestern Pennsylvania to the post 9/11 military spending boom is indistinct... Many are trying to position the region as a center of military technology, cyber-security and electro-optics, touting the work done by Carnegie Mellon University's ... Read more...
 
 
May 8, 2003
Library Endowment Provides ECE Books & Electronic Resources
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries have announced that Christine Fiedler O'Connor and Thomas O'Connor have established a reading materials endowment in memory of Mrs. O'Connor's father, Werner C. Fiedler Sr. (E'48). Matched by a gift from Microsoft Corporation, the generous endowment honors Mr. Fiedler's interests as well as his strong avocation ... Read more...
 
 
May 8, 2003
EE Alum Earns Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology
At Carnegie Mellon's 106th Commencement on Sunday, May 18, Ivan E. Sutherland, vice president and fellow of Sun Microsystems, will be presented with an honorary doctorate in science and technology for his groundbreaking work in computer graphics, robotics, virtual reality and computer architecture. Sutherland earned his bachelor's degree in ... Read more...
 
 
May 5, 2003
Bryant's National Academy of Engineering Reception Held
Randal Bryant, Presidents Professor and Department Head, Computer Science; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was honored in a reception for his election to the National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to symbolic simulation and logic verification." ... Read more...
 
 
May 5, 2003
ECE Students Showcase Leading-Edge Undergraduate Research
Carnegie Mellon University students will unveil a myriad of new research tools and ideas at the eighth annual "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the University Center. More than 300 student research projects ranging from new gene delivery systems to the creation of an autonomous robot ... Read more...
 
 
May 2, 2003
Roger Fruechte and Jim Rillings Honored at CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat
CMU/GM Collaborative Lab Mini Retreat at the Holiday Inn are: Ed Schlesinger, Professor and Associate Head of ECE; Co-Director, General Motors Collaborative Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon; Roger Fruechte; Director of the Electrical and Controls Integrated Lab, GM/R&D and Co-Director of the GM CRL at CMU; Jim Rillings, GM Research Fellow; and Pradeep ... Read more...
 
 
May 1, 2003
Companies Working Toward Robot Revolution, Writes Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Robots, which have traditionally been hidden away in factories, are gradually emerging in public, much as computers began to move from industry to homes in the 1970s. Today house-cleaning robots are for sale, and researchers are looking for the killer app that will make robots indispensable in the average home.Up until ... Read more...
 
 
April 30, 2003
Robot Hall of Fame Created at CMU
Building upon its leadership position in robotics research and development, and in recognition of the increasing benefits robots are bringing to society, Carnegie Mellon University has established "The Robot Hall of Fame" to honor noteworthy robots, both real and fictional, along with their creators.Experts in Carnegie ... Read more...
 
 
April 28, 2003
Marculescu and Hu Win DATE'03 Best Paper Award
Radu Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE, and his Ph.D. student, Jingcao Hu, won the Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE) best paper award for their work, "Exploiting the Routing Flexibility for Energy/Performance Aware Mapping of Regular NoC Architectures." Selected by the DATE'03 Award Committee as the Best ... Read more...
 
 
April 28, 2003
Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking Holds 2nd Annual Spring Review
Participants gathered for the Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking (CWBN) at Carnegie Mellon University's 2nd Annual Spring Review on April 8 & 9. Attendees discussed the tremendous potential of wireless and broadband technologies, discovered our latest research, formed exciting research partnerships, and networked with their colleagues. ... Read more...
 
 
April 28, 2003
Mechatronics Design Pancake Cookoff
Challenged to design a pancake maker capable of autonomously flipping and cooking breakfast, eight teams from 16-778/18-578/24-778, Mechatronics Design, demonstrated their devices for their final project: a pancake cookoff. Including features such as a wrist action flipper, a pneumatic nozzle bank, a 4-bar linkage, an auto batter dispenser, and ... Read more...
 
 
April 24, 2003
CMU to Demonstrate New Search-and-Rescue Robots at RoboCup American Open
CMU researchers and colleagues will demonstrate teams of urban search-and-rescue robots in a "disaster arena" developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during the RoboCup American Open robot soccer competition, April 30-May 4. Search-and-rescue demonstrations will take place hourly May 2 and 3 in Rangos Hall at the ... Read more...
 
 
April 22, 2003
State Schools Unite for Security Institute
Excerpted from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article:Pennsylvania's four major research universities have agreed to join forces to convince the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to locate a university-based research institute in the state. The department has not yet asked for proposals for such an institute, and its new ... Read more...
 
 
April 21, 2003
ECE Students Win NSF Honors
The winners of this years NSF Graduate Research Fellowships include ECE students Jennifer Morris and Brandon Salmon; ECE students Ryan Kerekes, Tom Lauwers, and Thomas Wenisch all earned Honorary Mention. The NSFs Graduate Research Fellowship funds three years of graduate study, including a $27,500 stipend for the first 12-months and an annual ... Read more...
 
 
April 18, 2003
Color Kinetics' Lighting Donation Spotlights Collaboration Between Engineering and the Arts
Color Kinetics Incorporated, the pioneer of intelligent LED-based illumination technologies, announced the donation of advanced LED-based illumination systems to Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama. The School of Drama will apply the lighting systems to its theatrical Design Program, which studies and applies the use of lighting to enhance ... Read more...
 
 
April 18, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Wireless Meeting BARN for Business & Industry
Asim Smailagic, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems and Dan Siewiorek, Buhl University Professor of ECE and Computer Science; Director of Human-Computer Interaction Institute, with their students from 18-745, Rapid Prototyping of Computer Systems, will demonstrate a new wireless meeting space designed to save time ... Read more...
 
 
April 15, 2003
Morgan to Speak at National Environmental Conference; Cited in Post-Gazette on Electronic Interference in Air Travel
M. Granger Morgan, Lord Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, and Electrical and Computer Engineering; Department Head of Engineering and Public Policy, is scheduled to speak at a national environmental conference at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis. ... Read more...
 
 
April 14, 2003
Handheld Devices Aiding Human-Computer Interactions
Human-computer interaction experts were in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week at the biggest annual conference on the subject. Some of the most interesting work in the arena is in the area of handheld devices. By and large, the tradeoff when using them is convenience, such as small size, vs. capabilities, such as an often too-small screen and lack of ... Read more...
 
 
April 14, 2003
C3S Develops New Award to Recognize Journalism Excellence in Cybersecurity Reporting
The Center for Computer and Communications Security (C3S) has created a new Cybersecurity Journalism Award to recognize outstanding reporting and writing in the print and broadcast mediums. Two awards, valued at $2,500 each, in print and broadcast will be presented Oct. 27, 2003, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to the writers, ... Read more...
 
 
April 8, 2003
ECE's Graduate Program in Computer Engineering Ranked Number Two
In the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of engineering school deans, ECE's graduate program in Computer Engineering was ranked the second program of its kind in the country. The Department's graduate programs in electrical/electronic/communications have retained their 10th place ranking. Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering graduate ... Read more...
 
 
April 7, 2003
CMU to Host First American Open in Robot Soccer & a Visit from Honda's ASIMO Humanoid Robot
More than 150 researchers, mostly from North and South America, and their autonomous, soccer-playing robots will meet at CMU from April 30 to May 4, 2003, to compete in the International RoboCup Federation's first American Open.RoboCup is an international research and sports initiative founded to push the boundaries of ... Read more...
 
 
April 7, 2003
C3S Hosts Author of Book About Anthrax in America
Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Computer and Communications Security (C3S) will host award-winning Washington Post investigative reporter and editor Marilyn Thompson, as she discusses her new book about the year in which bioterrorism became reality in the United States. Read more...
 
 
March 20, 2003
ECE Welcomes Prospective Students at Open House 2003
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Departments Open House welcomed prospective students, giving them the opportunity to meet with faculty and current students, visit ECE, and tour ECE and Pittsburgh. Research area presentations included:-Computer Architecture -Computer Systems and Security ... Read more...
 
 
March 16, 2003
Stern Quoted in CNN.com Spell Check Story
How might you drag a good writer's work down to the level of a lesser scribe? Try the spell-check button. A study at the University of Pittsburgh indicates spell-check software may level the playing field between people with differing levels of language skills, hampering the work of writers and editors who place too much trust in the software. ... Read more...
 
 
March 15, 2003
Boy Scouts Taught by ECE Faculty; Learn About Modern Electronics From Our Experts
The Carnegie Mellon chapter of Alpha Phi Omega hosted a Merit Badge University for hundreds of boy scouts in the Greater Pittsburgh Council. ECE graduate students Andrea Ohkerholm and Kevin Frederick were instructors for the Electronics Merit Badge, with help from Lisa Gentry (sophomore), Thiago Hersan (junior), Ross Krupnik (junior), Ashley ... Read more...
 
 
March 11, 2003
GM's $8M Donation to CMU Noted in Detroit News
A brief in the Detroit News reads:General Motors Corp. will donate $8 million over the next five years to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., to continue research on so-called intelligent highways and smart car development. Smart cars process information -- such as driver needs and preferences, traffic, road ... Read more...
 
 
March 7, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Robots to Air on Jeopardy
Jeopardy clues from CMU millibots and snake robots (made in the ECE Machine Shop by machinists Dave Belotti and Steve Hoffman) and are scheduled to air March 7, 2003 at 7 p.m. on Pittsburgh's WPXI/Channel 11 (an NBC affiliate). After an introduction on Carnegie Mellon's campus, clues will use our millibots, Grace and the snake robot. (Courtesy of ... Read more...
 
 
March 4, 2003
Technology Creates the User-Friendly Car
The slick advertising of car manufacturers notwithstanding, automobiles are not always the positive force in our lives we would like them to be. Every morning and evening we struggle to navigate clogged highways while we're adjusting the radio, talking on the phone, and fiddling with maps. But what if your next car was a kinder, gentler automobile ... Read more...
 
 
March 4, 2003
Smailagic Wins 2003 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Information Technology
Asim Smailagic, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, will be awarded a Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Information Technology April 30 at the Pittsburgh Hilton. According to the Carnegie Science Center, the award recognizes and celebrates the most outstanding recent achievements in science and ... Read more...
 
 
February 26, 2003
Helium Networks Commercializes Wireless LAN Technology Invented by CMU Researchers
Helium Networks, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based mobile and wireless solutions company, signed an exclusive license to commercialize patented wireless LAN technologies and prototyped tools invented at Carnegie Mellon University. Wireless LANs, also known as "Wi-Fi," are labor intensive to design and optimize for network coverage and reliability. The tools ... Read more...
 
 
February 24, 2003
Top Minds at Carnegie Mellon Discuss Computer Surveillance and the War on Terrorism
Carnegie Mellon's Institute for the Study of Information Technology & Society (InSITeS) hosted an evening panel titled "Computer Surveillance and the War on Terrorism: Promoting National Security or a Return to McCarthyism?" on Tuesday, February 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Speakers included our own Pradeep Khosla, Director, Center for Computer and ... Read more...
 
 
February 24, 2003
Intel Research Pittsburgh Developing Robot Technology
Intel has opened small labs near four universities [Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, Cambridge, and Seattle] and is working with students and professors on research on a variety of technologies, including embedding its chips into increasingly smaller devices and substances. The world's largest semiconductor maker opened its doors Thursday to members of ... Read more...
 
 
February 14, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Celebrates National Engineer's Week
Carnegie Mellon University will feature a variety of hands-on programs and demonstrations designed to promote science and engineering to Pittsburgh-area youth at the Carnegie Science Center. Some of the activities include launching handmade rockets and navigating a robot through a challenging miniature racecourse (shown on right). ... Read more...
 
 
February 14, 2003
Bryant Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Randal Bryant, Presidents Professor and Department Head, Computer Science; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering "for contributions to symbolic simulation and logic verification." According to the National Academies website:Election to the ... Read more...
 
 
February 8, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Boots Up Car of the Future
The car of the future is not a sleek, black, talking sports car named Kitt, like that found on the hit show "Night Rider" in the 1980s. Nor is it the glass-domed hovercraft flown by George Jetson of cartoon fame. The car of the future is a white Pontiac minivan parked next to a lab at Carnegie Mellon University [the General Motors Collaboration ... Read more...
 
 
February 3, 2003
Pittsburgh Getting a Visit from ASIMO, the Humanoid Robot
Pittsburgh will be one of 13 cities on the North American educational tour of ASIMO, Honda Motor Co.'s humanoid robot. The robot, under development since 1986, has two arms, two hands and two legs and can walk forward, backward and up stairs. Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of CS and Robotics; Professor of ECE, helped develop ... Read more...
 
 
January 31, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Receives $8 Million From GM to Continue Developing New Smart Car Technologies
CMU will receive $8 million over the next five years from General Motors to continue smart car research that will revolutionize the way vehicles and drivers interact. This research aims to make the vehicle of the future more aware of driver needs and preferences, road and weather conditions, and other external information available over the ... Read more...
 
 
January 31, 2003
Morgan Quoted in Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Article About Anthrax
An anthrax attack on a civilian population comes with one certainty: It's hard to carry out successfully, experts said Thursday. To kill a large number of civilians would take sophisticated capabilities and knowledge likely beyond most terrorist groups, said Granger Morgan, Lord Professor of EPP, Heinz School, and ECE; Department Head of ... Read more...
 
 
January 21, 2003
Radu Marculescu Wins Best Paper Award at ASP-DAC
Radu Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE, and his students Tudor Dumitras and Sam Kerner won the best paper award at this year's Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) on Jan. 21-24 in Kitakyushu, Japan. The title of the paper is "Towards On-Chip Fault-Tolerant Communication." Dumitras is a graduate research assistant, ... Read more...
 
 
January 21, 2003
Koopman's Research Cited in MIT's Technology Review of Emerging Technologies
The February 2003 issue of the MIT Technology Review names Philip Koopman, Associate Professor of ECE and CS, as a researcher in the area of mechatronics in an article anticipating "10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change The World." Koopman is noted for his research on fault tolerance in control software. Mechatronics involves the integration of ... Read more...
 
 
January 20, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Unveils Research Grant to Study Risks Posed by Terrorists and Their Weapons
Carnegie Mellon Universitys Department of Engineering and Public Policy received a $1.1 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study the risks posed by weapons of terror and weapons of mass destruction.Weve learned the hard way that such apparently innocuous things as airliners, the U.S. ... Read more...
 
 
January 17, 2003
Robot Invasion!
Research underway at the nation's foremost robotics development lab, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, might just change the face of facility management. There, Howie Choset, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and ECE, and others are using coverage path technology that will allow a vacuum cleaner to cover a cleanable space ... Read more...
 
 
January 16, 2003
Narasimhan Receives NSF Career Award
Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2003-2008) for her proposed research on "Integrated Fault Tolerance and Real-Time Support for Middleware Applications." The prestigious CAREER program "recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those ... Read more...
 
 
January 15, 2003
Robotic Snakes May Fight Terror, Save Lives
Snake-like robots may soon fight terrorism, save lives, and make repairs on everything from battleship engines to the human body. Sound like science fiction? New research is bringing these incredible possibilities closer to reality. A leading researcher behind this endeavor is Howie Choset, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and ... Read more...
 
 
January 13, 2003
New CMU Degrees In Information Security to Address Needs of Government, Industry
Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new graduate degrees in information security to address the security policy and technical issues facing government and industry.The degrees include the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management (MSISTM) (offered through the Information Networking ... Read more...
 
 
January 13, 2003
Sirbu Predicts Consumers May See Fewer Price Breaks Under FCC Ruling
Carnegie Mellon University's Marvin Sirbu says a proposed plan by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop making local phone companies rent their networks to their competitors at cheap rates could reverse the increasing competition for customers that had begun to push prices down.Sirbu, Professor of EPP, ECE, ... Read more...
 
 
January 8, 2003
Kryder Wins Vectors/Pittsburgh Prize
Vectors/Pittsburgh, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of living for Pittsburgh citizens, has announced its Pittsburgh Men and Women of the Year. The 14 winners will be honored at a gala dinner on Feb. 22 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.Winners in three categories are associated with Carnegie ... Read more...
 
 
January 8, 2003
University Helps Develop Information Systems School in Singapore
Carnegie Mellon will use its expertise in information technology systems and business to help the Singapore Management University (SMU) develop its recently established School of Information Systems (SIS), with initial emphasis on an undergraduate business program. The four-year agreement between the university and SMU calls for Carnegie Mellon to ... Read more...
 
 
January 6, 2003
Center for Computer and Communications Security Awarded Additional $1.75M for Scholarships
The Center for Computer and Communications Security (C3S) has been awarded a $1.75M supplement to their existing $2.5M National Science Foundation grant for the Federal Cyber Service Scholarships for Service Program. The supplement will allow the C3S to offer an additional 20 scholarships for next academic year - 10 each for the two new ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Carnegie Mellon Graduate Students Awarded Microsoft Research Fellowships
Microsoft Corporation has chosen Ph.D. students Mike Seltzer (ECE) and Shimin Chen (CS/PDL) to receive Microsoft Research Fellowships. Competition for the coveted award was intense, with only 13 fellowships given to 52 highly qualified applicants. The fellowship offers generous financial support for two years, including: 100 percent of Carnegie Mellon University tuition and fees; Stipend for living expenses of up to $20,000; Conference and travel allowance; A laptop computer complete with Microsoft software; $1,000 donation to the students' advisors, Todd Mowry, Associate Professor of CS and ECE, and Richard Stern, Professor of ECE, Biomedical Engineering, and CS. Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Hoburg Elected IEEE Fellow
Professor Jim Hoburg has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the understanding of the interactions between electromagnetic fields and liquids, gas/particle flow, and magnetic shielding." ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Marculescu Receives NSF CAREER Grant
Radu Marculescu, assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant entitled "System-Level Power/Performance Analysis for Embedded Systems." ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Technical Excellence Award Given to Pileggi
The Semiconductor Research Corporation presented its 1999 Technical Excellence Award to Professor Larry Pileggi at TECHON 2000 this month. Pileggi was honored for his work in the area of Simplified Inductance and Capacitance Extraction Algorithms. This work is a major contribution to the important extraction area, both building on past work and ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
ECE Ph.D. Student Stanley-Marbell Authors Book: Inferno Programming with Limbo
ECE Ph.D. student Phillip Stanley-Marbell's book, Inferno Programming with Limbo, will be published in March of 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. reports his advisor, Diana Marculescu, Assistant Professor of ECE. He wrote the text while he was a MS student at Rutgers State University and an intern at Lucent's Bell Labs. ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
ECE Professor Dressed in Bunny Suit for Honor Society's Easter Fundraiser
Don Thomas, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, taught class in a bunny suit as part of the Carnegie Mellon Mortar Board national honor society's Easter Bunny Fundraiser. He is pictured in front of Hamerschlag Hall with ECE senior Kah Kien Ong. All proceeds of the event went to Animal Friends.Each semester the ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Greek Campus Offers CMU MS in Information Networking
The first program that awards a Carnegie Mellon degree to students doing all their work outside the university is now under way, and it is more than a staggering experiment in distance learning. It is a step toward globalization.The students are in Greece, at the campus of Athens Information Technology (AIT), a new ... Read more...
 
 
January 1, 2003
Kanade Speaks on Robots Interpreting Emotion in Wired News
Science fiction often depicts robots of the future as machines that look like people and feel, or at least hanker after the ability to feel, human emotions. A team at Vanderbilt University is turning this notion on its head by developing a robotic assistant whose goal is not to develop emotions, but rather respond to the moods of its human master. ... Read more...