News for year 2006

 
 
December 12, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Faculty Elected IEEE Fellows
ECE Professor Tsuhan Chen Among New Inductees
ECE Professor Tsuhan Chen Among New Inductees
Carnegie Mellon University faculty members Tsuhan Chen (pictured), John Lafferty, and Chuck Thorpe have been elected 2007 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Being named a Fellow is one of the organization's most prestigious honors. Professor Chen is being honored for his contributions in the area of multidisciplinary multimedia signal processing. Read more...
 
 
December 4, 2006
Engineering Students Donate More Than $1,000 Worth of Toys to "Toys for Tots"
Carnegie Mellon University engineering students culminated their participation in the U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" campaign by delivering more than $1,000 worth of toys via horse and sleigh to U.S. Marine Corps personnel at noon, Dec. 4 in front of Carnegie Mellon's University Center off Forbes Avenue. Read more...
 
 
December 1, 2006
ECE Senior a Finalist in CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Contest
Michael Kasick Honored by Computing Research Association
Michael Kasick Honored by Computing Research Association
Michael Kasick, a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was selected as a finalist in the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for his work on fingerpointing research under the guidance of Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and Institute for Software Research International (ISRI). The results of his CIT honors project were published last month at the USENIX Workshop on Real Large Distributed Systems (WORLDS). Read more...
 
 
November 27, 2006
Computing Symposium to Honor Daniel Siewiorek
Four Decades of Innovation in Computer Systems and Human-Computer Interaction
Four Decades of Innovation in Computer Systems and Human-Computer Interaction
"Four Decades of Innovation," a symposium in honor of University Professor and computing pioneer Daniel Siewiorek's 60th birthday will be held Dec. 4 on campus. The event will honor Siewiorek's seminal contributions that have shaped computer systems throughout the last four decades, including microprocessors, reliable and fault-tolerant computer systems, wearable computers and context-aware computing. Graduate students are welcome to attend the talks. Read more...
 
 
November 21, 2006
Best Paper Awarded to ECE Faculty Members
Franchetti and Püschel to Receive Honor at ISPA
Franchetti and Püschel to Receive Honor at ISPA
Franz Franchetti, ECE Systems Scientist, and Markus Püschel, Associate Research Professor of ECE, together with collaborators from Vienna University of Technology, won a Best Paper Award for their publication, "Automatic Performance Optimization of the Discrete Fourier Transform on Distributed Memory Computers." The paper will be presented at the International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing and Application (ISPA) in Sorrento, Italy, from December 4-7. Read more...
 
 
November 21, 2006
Research Team Awarded Gordon Bell Prize
Franchetti Collaborates on Winning Simulation
Franchetti Collaborates on Winning Simulation
ECE Systems Scientist Franz Franchetti was part of a research team that won a Gordon Bell Award, presented to innovators who advance high-performance computing. The publication, "Large-Scale Electronic Structure Calculations of High-Z Metals on the BlueGene/L Platform," included authors from UC Davis, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, and the Vienna University of Technology. Read more...
 
 
November 8, 2006
ECE Graduate Research a Winner in Best Student Paper Competition
Soummya Kar's Paper Receives 3rd Place at Asilomar Conference
Soummya Kar's Paper Receives 3rd Place at Asilomar Conference
ECE graduate student Soummya Kar's paper, "Topology for Global Average Consensus," placed third in the Best Student Paper contest at the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers last week. The research addresses the problem of network topology optimization for fast consensus algorithms in large sensor networks. Kar's advisor, ECE Professor José Moura, co-authored the study. Read more...
 
 
November 7, 2006
ECE Graduate Students Win Best in Session Awards
Gopalakrishnan & Sinha Receive Awards at SRC Student Symposium
Gopalakrishnan & Sinha Receive Awards at SRC Student Symposium
ECE graduate students Padmini Gopalakrishnan and Nishant Sinha received Best in Session Awards at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Student Symposium last month in Cary, NC. Gopalakrishnan's paper is titled "A Metric-Embedding Inspired Approach to FPGA Placement." Sinha's paper is called "Compositional Verification of System-on-Chip Designs." Read more...
 
 
November 1, 2006
Panel to Discuss Ways to Recruit Women in Engineering, Science Fields
Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering and Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, will lead a panel discussion about the need to recruit more women into the fields of engineering and science from noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8 at the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania, 337 Fourth Avenue. Read more...
 
 
October 27, 2006
Moura To Direct Information & Communication Technologies Institute at CMU
Carnegie Mellon & Portugal Launch Research & Education Collaboration
Carnegie Mellon & Portugal Launch Research & Education Collaboration
ECE Professor José Moura will direct the new Information and Communication Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon (ICTI@CMU), an international "virtual" institution coordinating the new CMU-Portugal program. The program is funded by the government of Portugal for about $77.4 million for five-years, during which Carnegie Mellon will receive $42.6 million. Participants include Portugal Telecom, contributing $6.25 million, Siemens Network, Novabase and a number of Portuguese technology-based companies. Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2006
ECE Faculty Teach High School Workshops
SWE High School Day Introduces Girls to Engineering
SWE High School Day Introduces Girls to Engineering
Last week, three ECE faculty members introduced girls to career options within the field, as part of a high school day planned by Carnegie Mellon's student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Jim Hoburg explained magnetic levitation, Tom Sullivan showed students how to assemble electronic circuits, and Marios Savvides demonstrated biometric identification. In addition to ECE, students could also attend sessions in other engineering disciplines studied at the university. Read more...
 
 
October 19, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Awarded Defense Grant To Improve Chip-Making Process for Industry
Carnegie Mellon has been awarded a six-year, $4.2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a new type of reconfigurable integrated circuit for chip manufacturers. "Through our new Center for Memory Intensive Self-Configuring Integrated Circuits (MISC IC), we will create new nanoscale chip designs and architectures that will be intelligent enough to fix themselves," said Ed Schlesinger, center director and ECE Department Head. Read more...
 
 
October 16, 2006
ECE Alumni Return for Homecoming
Many generations of ECE alumni returned to campus to participate in a variety of homecoming activities sponsored by the department, College of Engineering, and the university. Highlights of the weekend included ECE Department Head T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger welcoming ECE alumni to campus, a college reception, Frederick Dill (S'54, S'56, E'58) receiving a distinguished achievement award, and an ECE alumni breakfast. Read more...
 
 
October 9, 2006
ECE Honor Society Inducts New Class
On October 7, 28 ECE undergraduates were initiated into Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society at Carnegie Mellon. The society's officers led the ceremony, which was held on campus and followed by dinner. In attendance were ECE Department Head T.E. Schlesinger, who delivered congratulatory and concluding remarks, and Susan Farrington, HKN staff advisor and director of alumni/student relations. Read more...
 
 
October 6, 2006
Alumni Create Phone System for Campus Bus Routes
Returning to TOC and Giving Back to Students
Returning to TOC and Giving Back to Students
Recent Carnegie Mellon graduates Vishal Chordia (M.S. ECE, 2006), Amit Agarwal and Lawrence Lee (both B.S. C.S, 2006), used the skills they learned in school and their company's technology to make finding public transportation around campus easier. They returned to the university representing their new employer, Angel.com, at the technical opportunities conference (TOC), and shared MyCMUBus, a free automated phone system that announces buses coming to and from campus. Read more...
 
 
October 1, 2006
DSSC Fall Review Draws Over 100 Participants
Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) hosted their fall technical review last week. The agenda featured sessions in hard disk drive (HDD) heads and media, HDD servos and channels, tape systems, patterned media, heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), chip-based systems, and optical systems. Over 100 participants attended, including industrial affiliates, faculty, staff, and students. The center also hosted a number of guests from companies that are considering membership. Read more...
 
 
September 26, 2006
ECE Award Recipients
The ECE Department is proud to announce that our faculty members, researchers, and students have received several awards this year. These honors include publications, fellowships and scholarships, university/college/department awards, and professional honors and achievements. Read more...
 
 
September 25, 2006
ECE Students Connect with Industry
Department Hosts Recruiter's Networking Breakfast
Department Hosts Recruiter's Networking Breakfast
The ECE Department's annual recruiters networking breakfast, planned in conjunction with the university's technical opportunities conference (TOC) on September 19, kicked off a busy week of job searching for many ECE students. At the breakfast, over 120 company representatives discussed career opportunities with ECE student leaders, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) members, and integrated master's/bachelor's (IMB) and professional master's students. Read more...
 
 
September 13, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Hosts International Interspeech Conference
Stern Serves as General Chair
Stern Serves as General Chair
Carnegie Mellon's ECE Department, Language Technologies Institute, and Institute for Software Research International are hosting Interspeech 2006, the Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing at the Westin Convention Center from September 17-21. Professor Richard Stern is the event's General Chair, and his students, along with several ECE alumni, faculty, and students have contributed to the proceedings, including Professors Rob Rutenbar and Tsuhan Chen, and alumni Alejandro Acero, Michael Phillips, Bhiksha Raj, and Michael Seltzer. Read more...
 
 
September 12, 2006
Mahalanobis Named "Scientist of the Year"
ECE Alumnus Receives Minorities in Research Science Award
ECE Alumnus Receives Minorities in Research Science Award
ECE alumnus Abhijit Mahalanobis (M.S. 1985; Ph.D. 1987) won the "Scientist of the Year" Emerald Award from the Minorities in Research Science (MIRS) organization. He will be featured in Science Spectrum magazine and will accept the award at the MIRS Conference this week in Baltimore. Mahalanobis is the technical lead and manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's Signal Imaging and Processing group. He develops major components of the missile defense system for the U.S. Army. Read more...
 
 
September 6, 2006
ECE Establishes Joint Talent Program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Microsoft Research Asia
Partnership Includes Undergraduate Student Exchange & Internships
Partnership Includes Undergraduate Student Exchange & Internships
The ECE Department has established an undergraduate student exchange program with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), which will enable Carnegie Mellon students to study in China and SJTU students to come to Carnegie Mellon, for a semester each. As part of the partnership, Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) in Beijing will offer summer internships to up to ten students, five from each school. Read more...
 
 
September 1, 2006
ECE Welcomes New Students
ECE welcomes 100 new graduate students and 150 new sophomores. Incoming graduate students attended an orientation on August 25 and sophomores were invited to a welcoming reception on August 31. As part of their department introduction, new graduate students heard faculty presentations on research areas and met our staff and the leaders of campus organizations. ECE sophomores attended a welcome reception, where they had the opportunity to talk to faculty and staff advisors and meet ECE student leaders. Read more...
 
 
August 29, 2006
Incoming student research project selection
Incoming graduate students must notify the faculty of their research project preferences. Professional M.S. students must select by September 1, and PhD students must select by September 9. Read more...
 
 
August 28, 2006
ECE & SCS Host Summer Alumni Events
Alumni & Students Gather in San Francisco Bay Area, Austin & Seattle
Alumni & Students Gather in San Francisco Bay Area, Austin & Seattle
Last summer, Carnegie Mellon students and alumni had the opportunity to visit with each other during events hosted by the ECE Department and the School of Computer Science (SCS) in the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, and Seattle. ECE and SCS students interning in each city and alumni from the area were invited. Read more...
 
 
August 25, 2006
Bhagavatula Elected Fellow of IAPR
ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula was elected as a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) for contributions to frequency-domain pattern recognition methods. He was honored with a certificate at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) in Hong Kong. Bhagavatula was one of 15 new inductees; IAPR Fellows are elected every two years. Read more...
 
 
August 21, 2006
ECE Undergraduate Programs Rank in Nation's Top Ten
*Kaplan/Newsweek* Call Carnegie Mellon a "New Ivy"
*Kaplan/Newsweek* Call Carnegie Mellon a "New Ivy"
U.S. News & World Report's survey of "America's Best Colleges" ranked Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate specialty area in computer engineering third and electrical engineering, eighth. The undergraduate engineering program placed eighth on the listing. Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate programs ranked 21st overall. In addition, Kaplan/Newsweek's "How to Get Into College" guide named Carnegie Mellon among the "New Ivies." Read more...
 
 
August 18, 2006
CSSI Hosts Alumni & Friends Reception at DAC
The Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) hosted its annual alumni and friends reception at the 43rd IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) on July 25 in San Francisco. DAC is the premier electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solution event. Read more...
 
 
August 14, 2006
Tonguz's Invited Talk at Los Alamos Broadcasted on the Access Grid
Talk on Self-Organizing Networks Presented at Los Alamos
Talk on Self-Organizing Networks Presented at Los Alamos
ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz's invited talk on self-organizing networks at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) last month in New Mexico was attended by computer scientists, theoretical physicists, and mathematicians. The presentation was available in real-time to more than 300 nodes connected to the access grid network partially owned by the Department of Energy (DoE), as well as hundreds of nodes in Europe and Asia that are also connected to the grid. Read more...
 
 
August 11, 2006
ECE Alumnus Wins Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers
Tom Martin Receives Award at White House
Tom Martin Receives Award at White House
ECE alumnus Tom Martin (Ph.D. 1999; M.S. 1994) was honored last month for receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research designing electronic textiles for medical monitoring. President George W. Bush spoke to the winners, and his science advisor, John H. Marburger, III, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, presided over the awards ceremony. The award is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their careers. Martin is an associate professor of ECE at Virginia Tech. Read more...
 
 
August 8, 2006
Data Storage Systems Center Hosts Conference Featuring New Technology
This week, more than 200 scientists are participating in the 2006 Magnetic Recording Conference sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC). The conference will highlight new technologies in data storage. Attendees will exchange research information and hear lectures on the latest technology for a new generation of hard disk drives. During the last three decades, the DSSC has helped industry design nanometer-scale technology that will ultimately lead to very fast, low-cost, compact information storage devices. Read more...
 
 
August 2, 2006
ECE Professors to Present Keynotes at Asia-Pacific Data Storage Conference
Zhu and Schlesinger Will Give Invited Talks
Zhu and Schlesinger Will Give Invited Talks
ECE Professors Jimmy Zhu and T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger will present invited keynote talks at the Asia-Pacific Data Storage Conference in Hsinchu, Taiwan, August 28-30. Professor Zhu, Director of the Data Storage Systems Center at Carnegie Mellon, will give the opening presentation on "Thermal and Current Driven Noise in Magnetoresistive Sensors." Professor Schlesinger, Head of ECE, will present on "Challenges in Optical Recording Technology." The conference will cover a broad range of topics in magnetic and optical information storage. Read more...
 
 
July 24, 2006
Blanton Wins Prestigious Emerald Award for Outstanding Recruitment of Minorities
Honored for Educational Leadership
Honored for Educational Leadership
Carnegie Mellon University's Ronald D. (Shawn) Blanton has won a 2006 Emerald Award for outstanding leadership in recruiting and mentoring minorities for advanced degrees in science and technology. Blanton is a professor in electrical and computer engineering and associate director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI). He joins an elite group of past winners who have done everything from designing missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy to helping computerize the U.S. government. Read more...
 
 
July 24, 2006
ECE Alumnus Named IBM Fellow
John Cohn Receives Company's Top Technical Honor
John Cohn Receives Company's Top Technical Honor
ECE alumnus John Cohn (Ph.D. 1991) has been named an IBM Fellow, one of eight granted the company's highest technical honor this year. Cohn is a distinguished engineer and chief scientist of design automation in the IBM Systems and Technology Group in Burlington, Vermont. He was recognized as IBM's premier technical leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and also noted for his efforts in science, engineering, and math education outreach to schoolchildren. Read more...
 
 
July 11, 2006
Best Student Paper Awarded to ECE Graduate Student & Advisor
Kao & Marculescu Receive Award at IWWAN
Kao & Marculescu Receive Award at IWWAN
ECE graduate student Jung-Chun (Mike) Kao received a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (IWWAN) for "Eavesdropping Minimization via Transmission Power Control in Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks," written with his advisor, Radu Marculescu, Associate Professor of ECE. The paper proposes to use transmission power control as an effective mechanism to minimize the eavesdropping risk in ad-hoc wireless networks. A seed grant provided by the Carnegie Mellon CyLab last year funded the research. Read more...
 
 
July 11, 2006
Rajkumar Delivers Keynote at Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems
Professor of ECE and CS [Raj Rajkumar][1] delivered a keynote talk, "Why Resource Reservation is the Right Paradigm for Embedded Real-Time Systems," at the [Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS)][2], held in Dresden, Germany from July 5-7. The conference focuses on state-of-the-art research and development in real-time computing, including research on applications, infrastructure and hardware, software technologies, and system design and analysis. Read more...
 
 
July 10, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Present 8 Papers at IEEE PES General Meeting
Representatives from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) co-authored eight papers for the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) General Meeting in Montreal, Canada last month. The authors include professors Marija Ilic and Ozan Tonguz and researchers and graduate students Ellery Blood, Seth Blumsack, Paul Hines, Jovan Ilic, Huaiwei Liao, Juhua Liu, Marija Prica, Anupam Thatte, Le Xie, and Yi Zhang. This year's meeting theme was "Innovation and Reinvestment in Power Infrastructure." Read more...
 
 
July 10, 2006
ECE Alumnus' Paper One of Most Accessed in IEEE
Remains on List of Top 100 Articles for Six Months
Remains on List of Top 100 Articles for Six Months
A paper co-authored by ECE alumnus Pavel Nikitin (Ph.D. 2002) has remained on the IEEE's list of 100 most accessed documents for six consecutive months. Nikitin co-wrote "Antenna Design for UHF RFID Tags: A Review and a Practical Application," with his colleagues at Intermec Technologies Corporation, where he is a Lead Engineer. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the EE Department at the University of Washington. The article was published in IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation last December. Nikitin's faculty advisor at Carnegie Mellon was ECE Professor Daniel Stancil. Read more...
 
 
June 26, 2006
Bain Wins Best Poster Award at MORIS Workshop
Professor James Bain, Associate Director of the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), was awarded one of three best poster awards at the MagnetoOptic Recording International Symposium (MORIS) in Tomiura, Japan, on June 6-8. His poster was entitled "Side-Track Erasure and Wide Magnetic Pole HAMR Write Heads," and was based on his invited talk. Approximately 20 invited talks were presented at the three-day workshop, which was attended by 120 people from 15 countries and approximately 30 organizations. Read more...
 
 
June 21, 2006
Marculescu Elected to Executive Committee of ACM's SIG Governing Board
To Serve as Vice Chair for Special Interest Group Development
To Serve as Vice Chair for Special Interest Group Development
Diana Marculescu, Associate Professor of ECE, has been elected Vice Chair for Special Interest Group (SIG) Development on the Executive Committee of the SIG Governing Board of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Marculescu is also the Chair of the ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA). SIGDA sponsors the annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) and other research and educational events. DAC will be held this July in CA; Marculescu is a member of the conference's Executive Committee as the ACM/SIGDA representative. Read more...
 
 
June 19, 2006
Fedder Awarded Wilkoff Professorship in ECE and Named Head of ICES
Gary Fedder has been named the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and has also been appointed as the new director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES). Fedder holds a joint appointment in the ECE Department and the Robotics Institute. He is the founder and co-director of the Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon and has directed several multidisciplinary research projects in microsystems with investigators from academia and industry. Read more...
 
 
June 19, 2006
ECE Faculty Among Most Cited in *IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design*
Several ECE faculty members are authors of the most cited papers since 1990 in the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. Our professors on the recently released list include: Rick Carley, Edmund Clarke, Diana Marculescu, Radu Marculescu, Larry Pileggi (pictured), Ronald Rohrer, and Rob Rutenbar. Read more...
 
 
June 12, 2006
ECE Alumnus & Winner of Intel Achievement Award Promoted
Krishnamurthy Promoted to Principal Research Engineer
Krishnamurthy Promoted to Principal Research Engineer
ECE alumnus Ram Krishnamurthy (Ph.D. 1998) was promoted last year to Principal Research Engineer at Intel's Corporate Technology Group. In 2004, his team won an Intel Achievement Award, the company's highest honor for personal or team accomplishments, for their research on novel high-performance execution core arithmetic circuit technologies. As a graduate student, Krishnamurthy was advised by Rick Carley, ST Microelectronics Professor of ECE, as part of a Semiconductor Research Corporation supported research contract. Read more...
 
 
June 5, 2006
Siewiorek Wins Outstanding Contribution Award from ACM SIGMOBILE
Daniel Siewiorek, Buhl University Professor of ECE and CS, Director of the HCII, will be awarded the 2006 Outstanding Contribution Award from ACM SIGMOBILE for pioneering and fundamental contributions to wearable and context-aware computing. He will receive the honor at MobiSys 2006 in Uppsala, Sweden, and will also deliver the conference's keynote speech, "Lessons from Wearable Computing and Beyond." Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Professor of CS and Professor of ECE, is a program co-chair of MobiSys. Read more...
 
 
May 24, 2006
Roland Wunderlich: Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Winner
Modeling High Performance
Modeling High Performance
When Roland Wunderlich applies statistical measurement and modeling techniques to computer architecture, his simulations can have impact--for example, one project led to an Itanium central processing unit (CPU) model that was plugged into a computer system at Intel. The ECE graduate student and winner of an [Intel Ph.D. Fellowship][1] hopes to work with his new Intel award mentor to explore how high performance computing (HPC) software works on CPU designs. Read more...
 
 
May 24, 2006
Brandon Salmon: Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Winner
Bringing High-Tech Solutions Home
Bringing High-Tech Solutions Home
ECE graduate student Brandon Salmon, the winner of an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship, is conducting research that hits close to home. He is studying ways to store and protect the digital information we have in our houses--everything from our sensitive financial information to our treasured photos. Learning how technology interacts with today's marketplace, Brandon is taking courses in engineering and business to prepare for a promising future. Read more...
 
 
May 24, 2006
Two ECE Students Awarded Intel Ph.D. Fellowships
Brandon Salmon and Roland Wunderlich Honored
Brandon Salmon and Roland Wunderlich Honored
ECE graduate students Brandon Salmon and Roland Wunderlich were awarded two-year Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowships, which will cover their tuition and fees as well as a stipend. They will be paired with a mentor from Intel and have the opportunity to intern there. Both students will also receive an Intel microprocessor-based computer and travel costs for the Fellowship Forum at Intel. Selected based on their academic achievement and the relevance of their research to Intel's industry, Brandon and Roland share their work with us. Read more...
 
 
May 23, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Attack Rising Costs of Data Center Operations
Carnegie Mellon University researchers announced the creation of the Data Center Observatory (DCO), a dual-purpose facility that is both a working data center and a research vehicle for the study of data center automation and efficiency. The university held a DCO lab dedication at its Collaborative Innovation Center that included representatives from the university, American Power Conversion (APC), local business leaders and select members of the news media. Read more...
 
 
May 21, 2006
ECE Diploma Ceremony Honors Graduating Class
On May 21, ECE awarded 22 doctor of philosophy, 129 master of science, and 140 bachelor of science degrees. Of the graduates, 27 simultaneously completed both the MS and BS degrees and 15 completed both in 8 semesters. Among the BS candidates, 55 graduated with university honors (a Q.P.A. of 3.5 or better) and 24 with college honors, completing an intensive senior honors research project. ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger led the ceremony, which included the presentation of eight awards. Read more...
 
 
May 21, 2006
Engineering Works of Art
Students Invent Crayon Vector Illustrators for Mechatronic Design Final
Students Invent Crayon Vector Illustrators for Mechatronic Design Final
The Carnegie Mellon students from this spring semester's Mechatronic Design course might have looked like they were having fun during their project demonstrations, but they were doing far more than just playing with crayons. Their patterned art was the specifically engineered product of drawing machines they designed to precisely plot points which they entered into a computer. In the curriculum, students integrate mechanisms, electronics, and computer control to achieve functional systems. Read more...
 
 
May 18, 2006
ECE Students Win "Meeting of the Minds" Awards
Undergraduate Research Symposium Showcases Projects
Undergraduate Research Symposium Showcases Projects
A group of 440 Carnegie Mellon students exhibited their projects at this spring's 11th annual "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium, including more than 65 students from the ECE Department. Several ECE students won awards at the event's competitions, which were sponsored by corporations, departments, honor societies, and individuals. The symposium is organized by Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Office. Read more...
 
 
May 8, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Team Develops Disability-Friendly Devices
Initiative to Develop Cost-Effective Assistive Technologies for the Blind Using Current Technology
Initiative to Develop Cost-Effective Assistive Technologies for the Blind Using Current Technology
Sometimes tech projects that make the largest impact don't revolve around high-end, new technology. The key is the approach taken to finding a solution for the problem at hand, and being able to combine current technology with cutting-edge tech. Take Trinetra, for instance, a project that aims to develop cost-effective assistive technologies to provide blind people with a greater degree of independence in their daily activities. The Sanskrit word Trinetra refers to the powerful third eye of the Hindu god Shiva. Read more...
 
 
May 8, 2006
First Annual ECE Community Day
A new tradition began this year when over 600 ECE faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered around Hamerschlag Hall to celebrate the first annual ECE Day, organized by the ECE Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC). The day's activities, planned for the enjoyment and enrichment of the ECE community, launched with a project showcase to help sophomores and juniors choose their track of interest in ECE. Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the ECE Honor Society, gave brief presentations that featured every type of capstone project completed in the last year. Read more...
 
 
May 1, 2006
New Book by Tonguz a Wiley Bestseller
"Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective"
"Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective"
"Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: A Communication-Theoretic Perspective," a new book written by ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz and his research associate, Gianluigi Ferrari, has been listed as the top bestseller among networking titles in the area of communication technology books published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The text covers the basic principles of wireless ad hoc and sensor networks and their applications from a "bottom-up" perspective, studying the interaction between physical layer and higher layers of ad hoc wireless networks in detail. Read more...
 
 
May 1, 2006
Jeffrey Nelson: IBM/SRC Fellowship Recipient
On the Winning Circuit
On the Winning Circuit
ECE graduate student Jeffrey Nelson is on the winning circuit--this year he won an IBM/SRC Fellowship through the SRC Graduate Fellowship Program, following a nationwide contest for outstanding academic achievement and microelectronics research. He also received a Benjamin Garver Lamme/Westinghouse Graduate Fellowship earlier in the year, and last year was selected for honorable mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition. Whether on his motorcycle or in the lab, Jeff is on the move. Read more...
 
 
May 1, 2006
Shadi Saberi: Intel Foundation/SRCEA Scholarship Winner
High-Speed Researcher
High-Speed Researcher
Shadi Saberi was awarded an Intel Foundation/Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance (SRCEA) Scholarship through the SRC Master's Scholarship Program. A graduate student in ECE, Shadi was selected from a nationwide contest of minorities and women for outstanding academic achievement and microelectronics research. Read more...
 
 
May 1, 2006
Two ECE Graduate Students Win SRC Funding
Shadi Saberi and Jeffrey Nelson Chosen for SRC Awards
Shadi Saberi and Jeffrey Nelson Chosen for SRC Awards
Two ECE graduate students won prestigious Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) funding this year: Jeff Nelson received a Graduate Fellowship and Shadi Saberi, a Master's Scholarship. Each award includes full tuition and fee support, a stipend, an annual gift to the department, a link with industry advisors, opportunities for internships at SRC member companies, and travel expenses to the SRC Student Symposium in North Carolina this October. Shadi and Jeff discuss their research, why they chose Carnegie Mellon, and more. Read more...
 
 
April 24, 2006
Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies Holds First Review
Collaborates with Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center
Collaborates with Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center
The Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies (CNXT) held their first poster review this week at Carnegie Mellon University. The event served as an opportunity for the center's faculty to meet with Alan Brown, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center, a local organization formed by Alcoa, U.S. Steel, PPG Industries, and BayerMaterial Science. This group will work with Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania State University to advance nanotechnology in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. Read more...
 
 
April 24, 2006
Schlesinger Serves as General Co-chair for Optical Data Storage Meeting
ECE Department Head T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger is a general co-chair of this week's Optical Data Storage Topical Meeting (ODS '06) in Montreal. In 2004, ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula served as general co-chair; he is currently a member of the technical program committee, along with Schlesinger. This year's conference will focus on high density recording systems using holographic, volumetric, near field, super resolution, and hybrid technology. Read more...
 
 
April 10, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Hosts C2S2 Annual Review
Consortium Connects Universities with Government & Industry
Consortium Connects Universities with Government & Industry
Over 100 researchers, industry leaders, and Department of Defense (DOD) sponsors attended the Center for Circuit & System Solutions (C2S2) annual review at Carnegie Mellon University on April 5-6. The agenda featured progress updates of C2S2's technical thrusts in fabrics and flows, robust design, microarchitecture, communication systems, interface systems, and emerging technologies. Circuit and system designers presented research from 15 different US universities, including Carnegie Mellon, U.C. Berkeley, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, and UCLA. Read more...
 
 
April 1, 2006
Dumitras Wins Graduate Student Service Award
Honored During Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Honored During Graduate Student Appreciation Week
ECE graduate student Tudor Dumitras is this year's recipient of Carnegie Mellon's Graduate Student Service Award, which will be presented as part of Professional and Graduate Student Appreciation Week. He was selected for his support of graduate students not only in ECE, but also at the university, in Pittsburgh and even around the world. Dumitras is president of the ECE and Information Networking Institute (INI) Graduate Student Organization (EGO) and has been a leader in the group for several years, serving as vice president and social, publicity and sports chair. Read more...
 
 
March 31, 2006
Engineering, Business Rated Among Best Grad Programs
Carnegie Mellon's graduate programs in engineering and business continue to be ranked among the nation's best in <i>U.S. News & World Report</i>. Both programs moved up one spot in the 2007 graduate program rankings. Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT, College of Engineering) was recognized as the eighth best program in the country. Five of CIT's graduate programs placed in the top 10, including Computer Engineering (3rd), Electrical Engineering (7th), Environmental Engineering (7th), Civil Engineering (10th) and Mechanical Engineering (10th). Read more...
 
 
March 31, 2006
Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center Seals Agreement With Singapore Science Lab
Ph.D. Fellowship Program Formed
Ph.D. Fellowship Program Formed
Carnegie Mellon officials signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives of A*STAR — the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore — as a first step in the formation of a Ph.D. fellowship program. Since 1992, both Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) and Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research have engaged in numerous scientific discussions and reciprocal visits to each other's labs. A delegation of researchers, led by Singapore's Lam Khin Yong, attended the DSSC's 2006 spring technical review. Read more...
 
 
March 31, 2006
DSSC Holds Spring Technical Review
Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) held their spring technical review from March 28-29 with sessions in heads, hard disk drive (HDD) media, memory, new initiatives, channels and servos, tape technology, and optical and heat assisted recording. Approximately 120 participants attended, including industrial affiliates, faculty, staff, and students. Several guests were also invited, with representatives from seven companies considering DSSC membership. Read more...
 
 
March 27, 2006
New Student Exchange Program with National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan
The ECE Department has launched a partnership with National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. This new agreement establishes an undergraduate student exchange program and allows up to ten of our students to study at NCTU beginning in Fall '06 for a semester or a year. Carnegie Mellon students who study in Taiwan during the Spring semester may elect to be placed in industrial internships there during the summer months. In addition, students from NCTU will have the opportunity to come to Carnegie Mellon to experience life and study in the U.S. Read more...
 
 
March 27, 2006
Prospective Graduate Students Tour ECE at Open House
Thirty-seven prospective graduate students attended the ECE Department's Open House, meeting with faculty and current students, visiting ECE, and touring Pittsburgh. ECE faculty members presented research overviews in three areas: José Moura discussed signal processing, communications, controls, robotics and artificial intelligence; Larry Pileggi covered circuits, computer-aided design (CAD) and very-large-scale integration (VLSI); and Jim Bain spoke about materials, devices and applied physics. The computer systems group, in conjunction with the School of Computer Science (SCS), also presented their research on architecture, networking, data management systems, and security. Read more...
 
 
March 22, 2006
Yue's Paper Among Most Cited in the *JSSC*
A paper authored by ECE assistant professor Patrick Yue is now among the top cited papers that have appeared in the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, the leading journal in the field of integrated circuit design. Only 39 articles published since the inception of the Journal in 1966 have been cited more than 100 times according to Thomson ISI. The paper titled "On-Chip Spiral Inductors with Patterned Ground Shields for Si-Based RF IC's," was published in the May 1998 issue of the JSSC. The significance of the paper is attributed to its introducing a fundamental design technique, the patterned ground shield (PGS), to improve the performance of integrated inductors. Read more...
 
 
March 20, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Plays Major Role in National Society of Black Engineers National Convention
Nearly 12,000 diverse engineering students, faculty, and professionals are expected at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on March 29 - April 2 for the 2006 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention. Held in Pittsburgh this year for the first time in over a decade, Carnegie Mellon will play a major role in the program, including participation in the convention career, graduate, and college fairs, and hosting a game design competition, pre-college workshops and campus visits. Some of the university's latest research projects will be displayed during the convention career fair, including the Red Team's autonomous vehicle, the mobile camera array, intelligent robot teams, and Grace, the robo-receptionist. Read more...
 
 
March 20, 2006
Tonguz Edits Special Issue of the *Journal of Mobile Multimedia*
"Advanced Mobile Technologies for Healthcare Applications"
"Advanced Mobile Technologies for Healthcare Applications"
ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz was one of three guest editors of the special issue of the Journal of Mobile Multimedia, "Advanced Mobile Technologies for Healthcare Applications." Published in January, this edition focuses on a new paradigm of affordable patient-centric healthcare via the use of advanced wireless communications and mobile computing technologies. The main topics of the publication are mobile telemedicine applications, wireless multimedia systems for healthcare or disaster management, multimedia delivery over 2.5G/3G/4G networks, wearable sensors, and security issues in mobile telemedicine systems. Read more...
 
 
March 13, 2006
Perrig Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship
Also to Present Keynote at IPSN
Also to Present Keynote at IPSN
Adrian Perrig, Assistant Professor of ECE, EPP, and CS, received a Sloan Research Fellowship for his proposal on "Securing Next-Generation Computer Networks." The funding may be used for equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support. The purpose of the award is "to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise," according to the Sloan Foundation website. Perrig has also been invited to deliver the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), where he will address his vision for security in sensor networks. Read more...
 
 
March 6, 2006
ECE Alumnus to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor
James Meindl Recognized as Microelectronics Pioneer
James Meindl Recognized as Microelectronics Pioneer
ECE alumnus James D. Meindl has been named the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor for his "pioneering contributions to microelectronics, including low power, biomedical, physical limits and on-chip interconnect networks." His many accomplishments include research into solving the key problems of the physical limits of gigascale silicon technology integration and on-chip interconnections, and his development of novel low-power integrated circuits and sensors for a portable electronic reading aid for the blind. Read more...
 
 
March 1, 2006
New Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research Launched
To Develop "Nervous Systems" for Critical Infrastructures
To Develop "Nervous Systems" for Critical Infrastructures
Carnegie Mellon University professors James Garrett Jr. and José Moura will head a new research center aimed at delivering cost-effective, sensor-based monitoring systems for a broad range of critical infrastructure applications. These monitoring systems could be used for decaying bridges, oil and gas pipelines, unstable electric power grids, leaking water distribution systems, and ensuring the security of a university campus. Read more...
 
 
February 27, 2006
Song Selected for IBM Faculty Award
Research Defends Against Internet Attacks
Research Defends Against Internet Attacks
Dawn Song, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, recently received an IBM Faculty Award, which recognizes and fosters novel, creative work as well as strengthens the relationships between leading universities and the IBM research and development community.Song's research offers fundamentally new techniques for defending against large-scale Internet attacks, and supplies a foundation for building an attack-resilient communication infrastructure for both the current and next generation Internet. Read more...
 
 
February 20, 2006
Chen Receives Teare Teaching Award
ECE Professor Tsuhan Chen has been selected for this year's Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award by the College of Engineering for his consistent excellence in graduate and undergraduate education, in particular for his success with Signals and Systems. As a professor for the large undergraduate course, Chen faces two challenges: teaching a diverse group of undergraduates with many different backgrounds and interests, and explaining the difficult subject of mathematical methods for analyzing signals and systems in an understandable, interesting way. Read more...
 
 
February 20, 2006
Stancil Selected for Dowd Fellowship Award
ECE Professor Daniel Stancil received the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award from the College of Engineering. The award recognizes educational contributions and encourages the undertaking of an educational project, and will provide a year of funding for Stancil to complete an undergraduate textbook on antennas for wireless communications while on sabbatical at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). At CalTech, Stancil will be hosted by David Rutledge, chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, and will collaborate with their microwave devices group. Read more...
 
 
February 20, 2006
Charap Chosen for Outstanding Research Award
Stanley Charap, an emeritus professor of ECE, was chosen for the College of Engineering's Outstanding Research Award. The honor recognizes an exceptional research contribution that has enhanced the college's reputation in a global or national context and received significant praise from experts in the field. Charap was nominated for his micromagnetic modeling research in the late 1990s proving if hard disk drive scaling continued at the current rate, the industry had only about five years before area storage density would hit the superparamagnetic limit, becoming thermally unstable. Read more...
 
 
February 15, 2006
National Academy of Engineering Elects ECE Alumnus
Bob Colwell Honored for Contributions to Computer Architecture
Bob Colwell Honored for Contributions to Computer Architecture
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected ECE alumnus Bob Colwell (M.S. 1978, Ph.D. 1985) "for contributions to turning novel computer architecture concepts into viable, cutting-edge commercial processors." Colwell was Intel's chief IA32 microprocessor architect from 1992-2000, and managed the IA32 Architecture group through the Intel Pentium Pro (P6) and Pentium 4 projects. Membership in the NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can achieve. Read more...
 
 
February 10, 2006
Engineering Dean Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Khosla Among Five Carnegie Mellon Professors Selected
Khosla Among Five Carnegie Mellon Professors Selected
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected five professors from Carnegie Mellon, including Pradeep Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering, Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, and Co-Director of the CyLab. Khosla was elected to the academy for his contributions to the design and sensor-based control in robotic systems for the assembly of precision electronics and for innovative leadership in engineering education. Other Carnegie Mellon faculty inductees are Cristina Amon, Egon Balas, Manuel Blum, and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski. Read more...
 
 
February 3, 2006
Patenting Issues for Engineers Addressed in ECE Seminar
Davidson Delivers Critical Look at Intellectual Property in the U.S.
Davidson Delivers Critical Look at Intellectual Property in the U.S.
A full house of ECE students attended faculty member Arthur Davidson's seminar on "Patents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -- A Critical Look at Intellectual Property in the U.S." Davidson, who himself holds five patents in superconductivity, described practical aspects of the U.S. patent system, including the "how to" of inventing something, disclosing it, and obtaining a patent. He explained that patents are integral to any business plan involving advanced technology, and covered the origins of patents and copyrights, as well as the rights of inventors and owners. Read more...
 
 
January 28, 2006
Remembering Judith Resnik
ECE Alumna and Challenger Astronaut
ECE Alumna and Challenger Astronaut
ECE remembers alumna Judith Resnik, who died 20 years ago as a mission specialist in the space shuttle Challenger explosion on January 28, 1986. Resnik received two degrees in electrical engineering: a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon in 1970 and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1977. She was selected for NASA's first group of women astronauts and became the second American woman in orbit on the Discovery flight. One of seven astronauts who died on the Challenger, Resnik was 36 years old and had spent more than 144 hours in space. Read more...
 
 
January 24, 2006
DSSC Adds Four Industrial Partners
Carnegie Mellon University's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) will share technical expertise with four new industry members as researchers transform the Pittsburgh region into a global leader of data storage solutions. Fujitsu and Alps Electric Co. Ltd. of Japan, and U.S-based Western Digital and Quantum Corp. join forces this month with more than 60 Carnegie Mellon faculty on a variety of projects designed to help industry create nanometer-scale technology that will ultimately lead to very fast, low-cost and compact information storage devices. Read more...
 
 
January 17, 2006
Carnegie Mellon Hosts Conference on Electric Power Systems
Attendees Come from Academia, Government & Industry
Attendees Come from Academia, Government & Industry
ECE co-sponsored Carnegie Mellon's second conference in electric power systems, themed "Monitoring, Sensing, Software and its Valuation for the Changing Electric Power Industry." Other sponsors included the NSF, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, the CyLab, the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, and the Tepper School of Business. Organized by Carnegie Mellon faculty Marija Ilic and Lester Lave, the conference focused on the software aspects of transmission and on improving electric systems through better sensing and computer control. Read more...
 
 
January 17, 2006
TRUSS Paper Published in Special Issue of *IEEE Micro*
Project Proposes a Reliable, Scalable Server Architecture
Project Proposes a Reliable, Scalable Server Architecture
"TRUSS: A Reliable, Scalable Server Architecture" was published in the November/December 2005 special issue of IEEE Micro, Reliability-Aware Microarchitecture. The paper describes the Total Reliability Using Scalable Servers (TRUSS) project and how it will address reliability in future computer systems. Co-authors of the article are ECE graduate students Brian Gold, Jangwoo Kim, Jared Smolens, Eric Chung, Vasileios Liaskovitis, and Eriko Nurvitadhi, and faculty Babak Falsafi, James Hoe, and Andreas Nowatzyk. Read more...
 
 
January 10, 2006
ECE Students Awarded Scholarships & Fellowships
ECE is proud to announce that several of our students have received awards. Graduate student fellowships include the Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship awarded to Jung-Chun (Mike) Kao and Ahren Studer (pictured); the Ann and Martin McGuinn Graduate Fellowship awarded to Debin Gao; and the Benjamin Garver Lamme/Westinghouse Graduate Fellowship awarded to Mike Beattie, Ben Henty, Jeff Nelson, and James Newsome. James was also selected for the Microsoft Research Fellowship. Wilson Tsao, a sophomore, and Jeremy Weagley, a junior, won the Boeing Leadership Scholarship. Lauren Chikofsky, a junior, and Ajay Panagariya, a senior earning his integrated M.S./B.S. degree, received Lockheed Martin Undergraduate Scholarships. Read more...
 
 
January 10, 2006
"Correlation Pattern Recognition" Textbook Published
Co-authors Include an ECE Faculty Member and an Alumnus
Co-authors Include an ECE Faculty Member and an Alumnus
ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula co-authored "Correlation Pattern Recognition," a new book published by Cambridge University Press, along with ECE alumnus Abhijit Mahalanobis (M.S. 1985; Ph.D. 1987), who is a Lockheed Martin Fellow, and Richard Juday, a retired researcher from the NASA Johnson Space Center. Earlier this month, Bhagavatula delivered a keynote talk on frequency domain methods for biometric recognition at the International Conference on Biometrics in Hong Kong. Read more...