News for year 2008

 
 
December 23, 2008
ECE Team Takes First Place in Smart Radio Challenge '08
ECE graduate students Reginald Cooper, Kevin Borries, and Xiaohui Wang came away winners of the Second Annual Smart Radio Challenge sponsored by the Software Defined Radio Forum, a non-profit international industry association dedicated to promoting the success of next generation radio technologies. The team took home three awards: Best Design, First Prize in their category, and the Grand Prize. Read more...
 
 
December 15, 2008
Shawn Blanton Named IEEE Fellow
ECE Professor Shawn Blanton has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the testing of micromechanical systems and integrated circuits."It is both an honor and a privilege to be named to such a prestigious group of peers," said Blanton, who is also director of the Center For Silicon Systems Implementation (CSSI) in ECE. Read more...
 
 
December 15, 2008
Rutenbar Wins Alumni Achievement Award from Wayne State
ECE Professor Rob Rutenbar is a 2008 winner of the Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from his alma mater, Wayne State University. This "Hall of Fame" award is given to alumni who have made significant engineering accomplishments over their post-WSU careers. Rutenbar received the BSECE degree from WSU in 1978. Read more...
 
 
November 14, 2008
Paper Among Top 100 Cited by IEEE XPlore
A paper published by two former ECE Ph.D. students Sooksan Panichpapiboon and Nawaporn Wisitpongphan, Dr. Gianluigi Ferrari, and ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz is one of the top 100 papers accessed in the IEEE Xplore in the month of June 2008. The paper titled "Route Reservation in Ad Hoc Wireless networks" was published in the January 2007 issue of the <cite>IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing</cite>. Read more...
 
 
November 14, 2008
Ilic Receives Honorary Chair at Prestigious TU Delft University in The Netherlands
ECE/EPP Professor Marija Ilic has received an honorary academic chair from TU Delft University in The Netherlands for her efforts in modernizing the world's electricity infrastructures. Read more...
 
 
November 10, 2008
CALCM, Intel Pittsburgh Paper to Appear in <cite>IEEE Micro</cite>
"Flexible Hardware Acceleration for Instruction-Grain Program Monitoring" a flagship paper from CALCM and collaborators at Intel Research Pittsburgh was presented at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) in Beijing in June, and will appear in <cite>IEEE Micro</cite>'s special issue, "Micro's Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences." Read more...
 
 
November 5, 2008
ECE's Eta Kappa Nu Chapter to Host National Conference on Campus
Over a hundred student members of Eta Kappa Nu from 28 universities across the U.S. are expected to attend the 2008 leadership conference on the Carnegie Mellon campus November 7-9. Hosted by our own Sigma Chapter of the ECE student honor society, the conference theme is In Pursuit of Excellence: Achieving Results through Leadership and Innovation. Read more...
 
 
November 1, 2008
Peha Appointed Chief Technologist for the FCC
Professor or EPP and ECE Jon Peha has been named chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he will apply his extensive telecommunications expertise to a variety of issues. Read more...
 
 
October 25, 2008
CSSI Celebrates 25 Years
Alumni, colleagues, sponsors and friends gathered last month to celebrate CSSI-25, a quarter century of innovation and education by the Center for Silicon System Implementation - and its partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2008
Tonguz Paper Ranked in the Top 10 Most Accessed Articles in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine
A Carnegie Mellon-General Motors paper by ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz and his Ph.D. student Hsin-Mu (Michael) Tsai published in the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine in December 2007 has made the Top 10 Articles list in the magazine's most accessed documents for the month of April 2008. Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2008
ECE and ABB Team Up on Smart Electric Power Grids
During a recent campus visit by several of their technical executives, ABB signed a research agreement with Carnegie Mellon ECE/EPP Professor Marija Ilic to support its efforts in modern energy systems. Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2008
Ilic Gives Invited Talks on Future Energy Systems
ECE/EPP Professor Marija Ilic gave two invited talks on a recent trip to Switzerland. The first, presented at the International Conference on Smart Energy Strategies 2008, was entitled "Sensor-Based Modeling and Control of Future Energy Systems." Her second talk was given at ETH in Zurich, and was entitled "New Systems Control Problem Formulations for the Changing Electric Energy Industry." Read more...
 
 
October 23, 2008
Patnaik, Casasent Win Best Student Paper Award
ECE graduate student Rohit Patnaik and his research advisor, Professor Dave Casasent, have won the 2008 Best Student Paper Award at the Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) Conference, part of SPIE Defense and Security Symposium that was held in Orlando last March. The paper is titled "Clutter performance and confuser rejection on infrared data using distortion-invariant filters for ATR." Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2008
Paper Among Top 100 Cited by IEEE Xplore
A paper published by ECE research professor Markus Püschel and ECE professor Jos&eacute; Moura is one of the Top 100 papers accessed in IEEE Xplore during the month of August. The paper, titled "Algebraic Signal Processing Theory: Foundation and 1-D Time," was published in the August 2008 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2008
Spiral Among NSF "Discoveries" Featured Projects
The National Science Foundation has highlighted the Spiral Project on the "Discoveries" section of its website. Only a few NSF funded projects are chosen from across all disciplines to be featured in Discoveries.Spiral, a tool developed in ECE under the lead of Professors Markus Püschel and Jos&eacute; Moura, can replace the human programmer in the very difficult task of writing highest performance code for important numerical functions and often achieves even better performance than human programmers. Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2008
ECE Launches New Ph.D. Program in Mobility
To study the business, organization and technical issues related to managing systems found in cell phones, in-vehicle and hand-held travel guidance systems and other network enabled devices, and building infrastructures, Carnegie Mellon CyLab launched the Mobility Research Center (MRC) this past summer in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Read more...
 
 
October 3, 2008
Wu, Marculescu Win Best Paper Award at Computer Design Conference
ECE graduate student Kai-Chiang (Alex) Wu and his Ph.D. advisor, associate professor Diana Marculescu, have won a Best Paper Award in the EDA category at the 2008 IEEE Conference on Computer Design. The paper, titled "Power-Aware Soft Error Hardening via Selective Voltage Scaling," will be presented at the conference, which will be held October 12-15 in California. Read more...
 
 
October 2, 2008
ECE and INI Tech Talk and Information Session
Towards a Truly Mobile Companion
Towards a Truly Mobile Companion
Join Dr. Martin L. Griss (Associate Dean for Research, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley; Co-Director, The Mobility Research Center) in a discussion on mobility research and the new bi-coastal INI M.S. and ECE Ph.D. programs. Read more...
 
 
September 25, 2008
Student Announcements, September 22-28
Announcements of events, scholarships, and more from Susan Farrington. Read more...
 
 
September 16, 2008
Larry Pileggi Wins SRC's Aristotle Award for Outstanding Teaching
ECE Professor Larry Pileggi has been awarded the prestigious Aristotle Award for 2008 from the Semiconductor Research Corporation. This annual award was established in 1995 to recognize faculty who have had a deep commitment to the educational experience over a long period of time. Pileggi is being recognized for his innovative teaching abilities as evidenced by the outstanding research accomplishments of his students. Read more...
 
 
August 28, 2008
Carnegie Mellon's Greg Ganger Earns HP Innovation Research Award
Carnegie Mellon University's Greg Ganger was one of 33 recipients worldwide to receive a 2008 HP Innovation Research Award, which is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research.Ganger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Parallel Data Lab at Carnegie Mellon, will collaborate with HP Labs on a research initiative focused on data storage infrastructure issues. Ganger, author of the winning proposal, titled "Toward Scalable Self-Storage," will lead the collaboration. Read more...
 
 
August 28, 2008
Vehicular Networks Research on the MOVE
For the third year in a row, ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz will combine forces with General Motors researchers to host a workshop focusing on the development of inter/intra-vehicle and infrastructure-to-vehicle mobile mesh and ad hoc networks which are some of the most challenging and critical issues facing the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry.The 2008 MOVE Workshop (MObile Networking for Vehicular Environments) was held in April in Tuscon, AZ as part of INFOCOM 2008, Conference on Computer Communications sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society. The 2009 workshop will be part of INFOCOM 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, April 19-25. The workshop this year was co-chaired by Tonguz, Dr. Varsha Sadekar and Dr. Cem Saraydar, both of General Motors, U.S. The organizing committee was made up of participants from other universities as well as GM, India. GM will continue to play a vital role in the 2009 workshop. Read more...
 
 
July 18, 2008
Computer Generation of Commercial Libraries Becomes a Reality
Intel has announced that the new version of its high performance library IPP, used by thousands of companies world-wide, will feature a new domain for functions generated by Spiral, a tool developed in ECE under the lead of Professors Markus Püschel and Jos&eacute; Moura. Spiral can replace the human programmer in the very difficult task of writing highest performance code for important numerical functions and often achieves even better performance than human programmers. The technology underlying Spiral's success was developed by ECE Research Scientist Franz Franchetti and Püschel's recent Ph.D. graduate Yevgen Voronenko. Read more...
 
 
July 18, 2008
Schlesinger Elected Secretary-Treasurer of Department Head Association
ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). Schlesinger will serve a one-year term beginning July 1, after which he will be appointed for one-year terms as Vice President and then President of the association. Read more...
 
 
July 18, 2008
Carnegie Mellon Launches New Research Center to Grow Mobile Device Technologies and Services
Professor Narasimhan to Play Key Role
Professor Narasimhan to Play Key Role
Wireless mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. Revenues from businesses that support these technologies are huge and the future is limitless.The Mobility Research Center, co-directed by Professor Priya Narasimhan, will develop underlying technologies that will ensure the privacy, security and reliability of sensitive and valuable information. The center involves students and faculty from both Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley campuses. Read more...
 
 
June 20, 2008
Rajkumar to Co-Direct New Lab to Develop Driverless Vehicles
ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar believes that autonomous vehicles will change the face of transportation. And he predicts that this technology will be ready for production in 10 years and available in showrooms a couple years after that. As co-director of the new GM-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab he's going to work to make that happen. Read more...
 
 
June 16, 2008
ECE alumnus gives ISCAS 2008 keynote talk
ECE alumnus John Cohn gave the keynote talk at the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS '08) held May 18-21 in Seattle, Washington. His keynote, "Kids these days -- How we can inspire the next generation of Engineers and Scientists" highlighted his passionate efforts over the past 15 years to make engineering fun for nearly 50,000 kids. Read more...
 
 
June 5, 2008
Hey, can yinz see anything from up there?
If you're a Pens fan up in the nosebleed seats at the Mellon Arena, the answer is probably no. But all that may change if the Pens like Professor Priya Narasimhan's idea enough to incorporate it into the new arena.You can learn all about Narasimhan, ECE student Michael Chuang and "Yinz Cam" on KDKA-TVs website and the Pittsburgh Business Times. Read more...
 
 
May 23, 2008
ECE Faculty Speak at Michigan 50-year Anniversary
ECE faculty Rob A. Rutenbar and Daniel P. Sieworek, along with former ECE faculty member John P. Shen, were featured speakers at the UM CSE@50 Symposium, which celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the University of Michigan Computer Science department. All three are alumni of the University of Michigan. Read more...
 
 
May 20, 2008
Ilic Speaks on Network Systems Engineering and "The Energy-Environment Dream"
ECE Professor Marija Ilic recently gave two invited talks on the West Coast at the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Titled "The Key Role of Network Systems Engineering in Reaching the Energy and Environment Dream," Professor Ilic's talks concerned the challenge of transforming today's passive electric power grids into active enablers of efficient and reliable utilization of emerging energy resources. Read more...
 
 
May 13, 2008
Turning Gestures into Speech
A Communication Breakthrough for the Deaf
A Communication Breakthrough for the Deaf
Four ECE students have invented a sensor-equipped glove that can translate gestures into spoken words on a cell phone. Called HandTalk, the project was developed this spring as part of the [Embedded Systems Design][1] capstone course taught by Professor Priya Narasimhan. ECE seniors Bhargav Bhat, Jorge Meza and Hemant Sikaria, and an ECE graduate student, Wesley Jin, ran with the idea, resulting in a practical research prototype. Read more...
 
 
April 25, 2008
C2S2 Circuits Center Review Draw Over 100 Attendees
The FCRP Center for Circuit & System Solutions (C2S2), headed by ECE Professor Rob Rutenbar, held its 2008 annual review April 17-18 in Pittsburgh. The review drew over 130 attendees from across U.S. universities, industrial and government sponsors. C2S2 is a consortium of 19 U.S. schools, 50 faculty and roughly 100 students, sponsored by the U.S. semiconductor industry and Department of Defense (DOD). Carnegie Mellon is the lead university for the C2S2 center. Read more...
 
 
April 25, 2008
AsSadhan selected as a King Abdullah Scholar
ECE graduate student Basil AsSadhan was selected as a King Abdullah Scholar with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. An award ceremony was held on April 5th in Washington, DC to award AsSadhan and 16 other PhD students in the U.S. and Europe. AsSadhan is an advisee of ECE Professor Jos&eacute; Moura. Read more...
 
 
April 24, 2008
ECE Alumnus Promoted to Senior Principal Research Engineer
ECE alumnus Ram K. Krishnamurthy (Ph.D. 1998) has recently been promoted to Senior Principal Research Engineer at Intel Corporation's Corporate Technology Group in Hillsboro, OR. As a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Krishnamurthy was advised by Professor Rick Carley. Read more...
 
 
April 14, 2008
Gallagher and Chen win Best Paper Award at Computer Vision Conference
ECE graduate student Andrew Gallagher and Professor Tsuhan Chen won a Best Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Workshop on Semantic Learning Applications in Multimedia (SLAM). The paper, titled "Using Group Prior to Identify People in Consumer Images" describes a method for recognizing people in consumer images using more than just facial appearance. Read more...
 
 
April 14, 2008
Parikh and Chen Win Best Paper Award at Computer Vision Conference
ECE graduate student Devi Parikh and Professor Tsuhan Chen won a Best Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Beyond Patches Workshop. The paper titled "Unsupervised Learning of Hierarchical Semantics of Objects (hSOs)" proposes an algorithm to determine higher-level semantic relationships among objects in a scene such as an office, which is represented via a hierarchical structure. Read more...
 
 
March 26, 2008
Stern Named Fellow of ASA & Distinguished Lecturer of ISCA
Richard Stern, Professor of ECE, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) "for contributions to binaural hearing and speech recognition." The premiere international scientific society in acoustics, the ASA was founded in 1929 by members of the Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York. In its first year, it garnered 450 members. Approximately 7000 members strong today, the ASA is one of the three societies comprising the American Institute of Physics. Read more...
 
 
March 21, 2008
ECE Team Takes Third Place in IC Design Challenge Phase One
ECE graduate students Abhishek Jajoo, John Reinke and Leon Wang have been awarded the 3rd prize in the Phase 1 of the 2007-2008 SRC/SIA IC Design Challenge. Their contest entry integrates their Ph.D. research in RF MEMS devices and circuits into an implementable design for "A Tunable Multiband RF MEMS Transceiver Front-End." Read more...
 
 
March 13, 2008
Kanade to Receive Franklin Institute's Prestigious Bower Award
Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and Professor of ECE, is the 2008 recipient of the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science from the historic Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. He is being honored for his "visionary leadership and scientific accomplishments in the design of perceptual robotic algorithms and systems that function in the physical world." Read more...
 
 
March 3, 2008
Hills Elected Alaska Engineer of the Year
Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor of ECE and EPP, has been elected Engineer of the Year by the Alaska Engineering Societies. Nominated by the Alaska Section of the IEEE for the annual award, Hills was recognized "for outstanding professional leadership, technical excellence, and dedicated community service." The honor was based upon his work in developing Wi-Fi technology and in developing the telecommunications network in rural and remote parts of Alaska. Read more...
 
 
March 3, 2008
Franchetti Awarded 2007 Culture Prize in Science
Dr. Franz Franchetti, ECE Systems Scientist, is one of five recipients of the City of Wiener Neustadt's 2007 Culture Prize, given this year in the area of science. The winners were officially announced on February 21, 2008. Dr. Franchetti will receive his prize from the Mayor of Wiener Neustadt in April. Read more...
 
 
February 4, 2008
Clarke Wins Computing's Highest Honor
Computer Science Professor Edmund M. Clarke and two computer scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Grenoble in France, are winners of the 2007 A.M. Turing Award in recognition of their pioneering work on an automated method for finding design errors in computer hardware and software. Clarke has a courtesy appointment in ECE and advises ECE graduate students. Read more...
 
 
January 31, 2008
Blanton Named Director of CSSI
Professor of ECE Shawn Blanton is the new director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI). Blanton succeeds Larry Pileggi, Tanoto Professor of ECE, who served as director since 2000. CSSI is focused on all aspects of chip design spanning the spectrum from system-level architectures to analog/digital circuits, to the physics and the modeling of the complexities found in semiconductor manufacturing. Read more...
 
 
January 22, 2008
Singhee and Rutenbar Win 2008 VLSI Best Paper Award
ECE Ph.D. student Amith Singhee and Rob A. Rutenbar, Professor of ECE and CS, and their colleagues Benton H. Calhoun and Jiajing Wang of the University of Virginia, are winners of the 2008 Best Student Paper Award at the 21st International Conference on VLSI Design. Read more...
 
 
January 7, 2008
Carnegie Mellon's Boss in the Spotlight on National TV
Ruling the Road
Ruling the Road
Luckily for Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing Team, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is just a slogan, not reality. The team's robotic sport utility vehicle — Boss — is there for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, and it seems like the whole world knows. Boss was featured in segments on the NBC "Today Show," CBS' "Early Show," and the CBS Evening News. In addition, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both covered Boss. Read more...