News for year 2009

 
 
December 9, 2009
Lakshmanan Receives Best Student Paper Award
ECE Ph.D. Student, Karthik Lakshmanan, is the principal author of a paper that received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium held in Washington DC from December 2-4, 2009. The paper, titled "Coordinated Allocation, Scheduling and Synchronization on Multiprocessors," is coauthored by Professor of ECE and CS, Raj Rajkumar, and Dr. Dionisio de Niz, ECE alum who is currently at the CMU Software Engineering Institute. This work addresses the emerging field of chip-multiprocessors which represent a dominant new shift in the field of processor design. Read more...
 
 
December 9, 2009
Rajkumar Wins Technical Achievement Award
Raj Rajkumar, Professor of ECE and CS, has been awarded the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems. This award is given to one individual every year who has made exceptional contributions to the domain of real-time systems.The award was presented at a banquet during the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium held in Washington D.C. from December 2 to 4, 2009. Read more...
 
 
December 3, 2009
Three ECE Faculty Elected IEEE Fellows
The ECE Department congratulates our three newly elected IEEE Fellows, Class of 2010: B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar, Asim Smailagic and Peter Steenkiste. B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar, Professor of ECE, is elected "for contributions to biometric recognition methods."Asim Smailagic, Research Professor of ECE and ICES, is elected "for contributions to wearable, pervasive, and context aware computing"Peter A. Steenkiste, Professor of CS and ECE, is elected "for contributions to optimization and monitoring techniques for distributed communication systemsIEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Read more...
 
 
December 1, 2009
Ricketts Tapped To Participate In National Academy's First Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
ECE assistant professor David Ricketts joined 48 of the nation's brightest young engineering researchers and educators Nov. 15-18 in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) first Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium in Herndon, Va. The program focused on effective ways to ensure that students learn engineering fundamentals, the expanding knowledge base of new technology and the skills necessary to be an effective engineer or engineering researcher.Ricketts is developing experiential learning tools to teach basic electromagnetic concepts during the early part of the university's engineering curriculum. Read more...
 
 
November 23, 2009
SensorFly Wins Best Demo at Sensys 09
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley students Aveek Purohit, Zheng Sun, and Professor Pei Zhang were awarded the Best Demo prize at the 7th annual ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys) in Berkeley, California. The Carnegie Mellon team demonstrated "SensorFly -- A Controlled-Mobile Aerial Sensor Network".The SensorFly demo was chosen out of over 30 other select demos from universities across the globe. Votes came from the organizing committee and the overall conference attendees. The demonstration lasted two hours, as Zhang, Purohit and Sun presented to the capabilities of SensorFly.Check out the full story and videos of SensorFly. Read more...
 
 
November 23, 2009
Gupta, Rowe and Rajkumar Win Best Paper at Sensys
Ph.D. students Vikram Gupta and Anthony Rowe, together with their advisor, ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar, have won the Best Paper Award at the ACM Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (Sensys) 2009 Conference earlier this month. The paper, titled "Low-power clock synchronization using electromagnetic energy radiating from AC power lines," introduces an innovative low-power hardware module for achieving global clock synchronization across geographically distributed nodes. Such synchronization is useful in many decentralized systems including wireless sensor networks since it enables event ordering, coordinated actuation, energy-efficient communications, and coordinated duty-cycling. Read more...
 
 
November 9, 2009
Faculty, Students Have Two Papers in IEEE Micro Top Picks
Two ECE adjunct faculty members, current and former Ph.D. students and researchers, have two papers in the upcoming January/February issue of IEEE Micro Top Picks.The papers, whose co-authors include adjunct ECE/CS faculty members Babak Falsafi and Anastasia Ailamaki, former Ph.D. student Tom Wenisch, and current Ph.D. student Michael Ferdman, represent some of the year's most significant research publications in computer architecture based on novelty and long term impact. Read more... Read more...
 
 
November 5, 2009
Tudor Dumitras Wins Prestigious Vlissides Award
Graduate student Tudor Dumitras has won the prestigious John Vlissides Award at the 2009 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA). This award is given to the doctoral student showing significant promise in applied software research and the most potential for having a significant impact on the practice of software development. Read more...
 
 
October 22, 2009
Negi Receives Government Stimulus Funds for Power Grid Research
ECE Professor Rohit Negi has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop monitoring tools for predicting non-robust behavior, such as annoying rolling blackouts, so endemic to the nation's fragile power grid.The award was funded by the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The economic stimulus bill passed in February 2009 allocated $11 billion to upgrade the nation's outdated power infrastructure.Negi will lead a team of university electricity and computing experts to analyze the robustness of cyber-physical systems, such as electric, water, sewer and gas networks. (Read more...) Read more...
 
 
October 22, 2009
Zhu's MAMR Technology: Dark Horse in the Race for More Storage?
Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu, ABB Professor of ECE and director of the Data Storage Systems Center, is developing a technology seen as a dark horse in the race toward tomorrow's ultra-dense hard disk drives, according to an October 19 article in EE Times. Zhu is developing a prototype of his microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technique he believes will pack three terabits of data in a square inch of a spinning disk. The technique represents a third option in an ongoing debate over the next big shift in hard disk technology expected to emerge in the next year or two. (Read more...) Read more...
 
 
October 16, 2009
Perrig Receives Prestigious Award For Cybersecurity Research From Information Security Magazine
Adrian Perrig, professor of ECE, EPP and CS, and technical director of Carnegie Mellon Cylab, has been awarded a Security 7 Award from Information Security magazine for innovative cybersecurity research in academia.Perrig is recognized in the magazine's October issue. This is the fifth year of the awards program, which drew more than 150 nominations throughout North America. Read more... Read more...
 
 
October 16, 2009
ECE Team Captures the Flag in International Competition
A team of students from CMU won the 8th Annual HUST Creative and Fun Capture the Flag competition earlier this month. Sponsored by the University Security Team at Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, the competition lasted 48 hours with over 150 teams from around the world competing.Advised by ECE assistant professor David Brumley, participating members of the CMU team which was formed this semester were: Brian Pak (Undergrad, CS), Sang Kil Cha (MS, ECE), Jiyong Jang (PhD, ECE), Andrew Wesie (Undergrad, CS), Jong Hyup Lee (Postdoc, CyLab), Ed Shwartz (PhD, ECE). Read more... Read more...
 
 
October 8, 2009
McFarlin Wins Second Best Paper Award
ECE graduate student Daniel McFarlin, won the Best Paper award at the 2009 conference on High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) together with his co-authors, ECE professors Franz Franchetti and Markus Püschel. The award last year also went to the Spiral group, the first time at HPEC that the award is won two years in a row by the same research group.McFarlin's paper is in the context of the Spiral project and shows the computer generation of efficient C code for Intel's upcoming Larrabee processor. Read more...
 
 
September 22, 2009
iPhone App Developed by ECE Alums Takes Off
Snapture, a new iPhone app that went on sale September 21 at Apple's AppStore, is designed to change the way people take pictures on their iPhone -- and it was developed by three recent ECE graduates. Snapture Labs, founded by ECE alums (L to R) Bowei Gai, Samir Shah and Ajay Panagariya, and Occipital, a TechStars-funded startup that develops state-of-the-art computer vision in mobile applications, brought the technology to market after a nearly two-year effort.Within the first 48 hours, according to the team, they made it as high as number 16 in sales. The Apple store has a total of about 85,000 apps. The app made news on Wired's website today. Read more...
 
 
September 17, 2009
Morgan to Receive Outstanding Educator Award
M. Granger Morgan, Engineering and Public Policy Department Head and Professor of ECE, was selected to receive the 2009 Outstanding Educator Award by the Society for Risk Analysis. The award will be presented during the SRA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in December 2009. Read more...
 
 
September 17, 2009
Kovacevic Paper Among Most Downloaded
A paper co-authored by professor of biomedical engineering and ECE Jelena Kovacevic, P. Vandewalle, and M. Vetterli was one of the top 100 most downloaded on IEEE Xplore in the six month period from November 2008 to April 2009, even though it as published at the end of the cycle. The paper, titled "What, why and how of reproducible research in signal processing," was published in the May 2009 issue of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Read more...
 
 
September 9, 2009
Alumnus Voronenko wins Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellowship
ECE alumnus Yevgen Voronenko (Ph.D. 2008) has been selected as a Kauffman Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Fellow. Voronenko is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Spiral Group. Voronenko's research contributions include the complete automation of the development of performance libraries for certain critical signal processing functions in the context of Spiral. He won a best dissertation award for this work last year. Read more...
 
 
September 9, 2009
Dean Randal E. Bryant Receives Kaufman Award For Seminal Work on Electronic Design Automation
Randal E. Bryant, University Professor and dean of School of Computer Science and Professor of ECE will receive this year's Phil Kaufman Award from the Electronic Design Automation Consortium and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) for his impact on theory and practice on Electronic Design Automation (EDA).The award recognizes Bryant's seminal technological breakthroughs in the area of formal verification --- the use of mathematical techniques to prove that a hardware or software design functions as intended. Read more...
 
 
August 31, 2009
Pradeep K. Khosla To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Engineering Society
Pradeep K. Khosla received a lifetime achievement award August 31 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at the 2009 Engineering Technical Conference in San Diego.Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, and Dowd University Professor of ECE is being recognized for his significant impact on the use of computers in engineering practice and education from the Computer and Information in Engineering Division of ASME. Read more...
 
 
August 27, 2009
Kovacevic Delivers Two Plenary Talks
Jelena Kovacevic, professor of Biomedical Engineering & ECE and director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics, is in Novi Sad, Serbia this week to deliver a plenary talk at the 14th General Meeting of European Woman in Mathematics. Her talk is titled "Problems in Biological Imaging: Opportunities for Mathematical Signal Processing. Earlier this summer, Kovacevic delivered a plenary talk at the "20 Years of Wavlets" Conference at DePaul University in Chicago titled "Wavelets in the Real World." Read more...
 
 
August 19, 2009
Bay Area Alumni Gathering A Success
Over 270 ECE and SCS alumni from all eras gathered in the San Francisco Bay area for the annual summer picnic on July 25. Held at Sam's Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, the event also was attended by several faculty from the Silicon Valley campus. Susan Farrington, ECE's Director of Alumni and Relations, and SCS Director of Alumni Relations Tina Carr hosted the gathering. Check out the photo galleries for both the Bay Area and the Boston gathering held this July and read Susan's report on the West Coast event. Read more...
 
 
August 19, 2009
Keeping an 'i' on the 'Burgh
So we all know that government often lags behind in its use of technology. But thanks to Professors Priya Narasimhan and Rajeev Gandhi, Pittsburgh has become the first city in the U.S. to have it's own iPhone app. And it's FREE, compliments of the same folks who bring you YinzCam- team members Justin Beaver, Jeremy Kanter, Dan Burrows and Karl Fu helped to develop and release the new iBurgh app. See a car-eating pothole? Clogged storm drain? iBurgh lets users communicate directly with the city's non-emergency complaint system to report the problem. Just take a photo and the location is geotagged and sent directly to the city's server. Read more...
 
 
August 18, 2009
O'Donoughue Wins Best Student Paper Award at Acoustical Conference
ECE graduate student Nicholas O'Donoughue's research on improving natural gas pipeline safety has won him his second Best Student Paper Award this year, this one at the 157th Acoustical Society of America meeting in May. The paper, coauthored with his advisor Jose´ Moura and several other CMU researchers, is titled "Single-Antenna Time Reversal of Guided Waves in Pipes." O'Donoughue's research was recently featured on CMU's homepage. Read more...
 
 
August 18, 2009
ECE Group Wins Best Paper at Domain Specific Languages Conference
Assistant Research Professor Franz Franchetti, Ph.D. students Frédéric de Mesmay and Daniel McFarlin, and Professor Markus Püschel won a best paper award at the Conference on Domain Specific Languages, July 2009, in Oxford, UK. The paper, titled "Operator Language: A Program Generation Framework for Fast Kernels," describes a formal framework to extend the program generation system SPIRAL beyond its traditional domain of linear transforms. SPIRAL has been developed at ECE over the last decade and is able to replace the human programmer in the development of performance library software. Read more...
 
 
August 11, 2009
Keeping an Eye on the Bad Guy
Assistant Research Professor Marios Savvides' iris recognition research was recently featured in a July 28 article in Scientific American. The government plans on having the biometric security systems that can identify individuals based on the unique patterns in their irises in the hands of the military and law enforcement by 2012.And across the pond, the research was featured on The Gadget Show, the popular British television series that focuses on the world of technology. Read more...
 
 
August 4, 2009
Püschel Gives Plenary Talk
ECE Professor Markus Püschel gave the opening plenary talk at the 2009 International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) on July 29 in Seoul, Korea. The talk is titled "Automatic Synthesis of High Performance Mathematical Programs." Sponsored by ACM, ISSAC is the primary conference on all aspects of symbolic computation. Read more...
 
 
August 3, 2009
ECE Alum Peter Levin Appointed Veteran Affairs CTO
ECE Alumnus Peter L. Levin (Ph.D. 1988) has been appointed by President Barack Obama as chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.Levin will be the first chief technology officer in the office of the secretary and senior advisor to VA Secretary Eric Shineski.Levin has been charged with identifying medical, web-based and advanced software technologies for the VA, and that will support the 7,000 person Office of Information and Technology led by Assistant Secretary and Chief Information Officer Roger Baker, with whom he'll work closely.Read the full story on the Carnegie Mellon news site. Read more...
 
 
July 31, 2009
Goel and Negi Receive Best Paper Award
Alumnus Satashu Goel and ECE Professor Rohit Negi received a best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2009 held in Dresden, Germany in June. Their paper, titled "Analysis of Delay Statistics for the Queued-Code," presented both a theoretical analysis and a practical implementation of the novel queued-code which combines ideas from queuing theory and communication theory into a cross-layer framework. The paper showed that the queued-code can yield superior quality of service for delay sensitive applications, compared to the traditional approaches. Read more...
 
 
July 29, 2009
ECE Grad Student is Official Blogger at 2009 DAC
ECE graduate student Siddarth Garg is the official blogger for the 46th annual Design Automation Conference being held July 26-31 in San Francisco.The blog is announced in DACzine, the official on-line daily news report on the conference. DAC is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,500 organizations attends each year. With close to 60 technical sessions and a variety of keynotes and other talks, the blog helps keep attendees on track for making sure they don't miss "What's Hot at DAC Today."Siddarth, whose thesis advisor is Diana Marculescu, brings his own perspective as a senior graduate student to the blog as well. Check out what he has to say today. Read more...
 
 
July 22, 2009
ECE Alum Faces Reality in "The Colony"
ECE alumnus and IBM Fellow John Cohn (E'91) is among the cast of characters in the new Discovery Channel reality show The Colony which premiered Tuesday, July 21. The show is about volunteers from all walks of life who participate in a controlled experiment to see what it would take to survive and rebuild in the wake of a global catastrophe.Cohn was in Los Angeles with the cast of the show for the premiere. "We just came back from watching the premiere of The Colony...and I loved it. I wasn't sure I would!" said Cohn in his blog post last night. Cohn's shower in the rain during the first episode might just have been the highlight of the show. Read about Cohn and his educational outreach efforts to kids on the university's website. Read more...
 
 
July 10, 2009
Parolini Receives APC Fellowship
ECE graduate student Luca Parolini has won an APC Fellowship for Data Center Efficiency Research. Parolini's research is aimed at the development of a unified, thermal-computational control scheme that implements the most appropriate trade-off between minimizing power consumption and satisfying complex workload demands in data centers. His research advisors are Bruno Sinopoli and Bruce Krogh. Read more...
 
 
July 10, 2009
Bogdan Receives Rocca Foundation Fellowship
ECE Graduate student Paul Bogdan has received a 2009 fellowship from the Roberto Rocca Foundation. Bogdan, whose research advisor is Radu Marculescu, focuses on designing future multiprocessor systems-on-chip at nanoscale using pioneering quantum and statistical physics approaches. Read more...
 
 
June 23, 2009
Yinz Cam Watches the Stanley Cup Finals - Very Closely
Even if you were up in the nosebleed section of Mellon Arena during the Stanley Cup playoffs, you could still get a close-up view of the game. Thanks to Professor Priya Narasimhan's research group and Yinz Cam, all you need is a Wi-Fi enabled device. Read all about it in this article in he newest issue of Network World. Read more...
 
 
June 17, 2009
Ganger Receives Second HP Innovation Award
Greg Ganger has received a prestigious HP Innovation award for the second year in a row. Ganger, professor of ECE and computer science, was among 60 recipients worldwide to receive an award as part of HP's 2009 Innovation Research Program. The program is designed to create opportunities for colleges, universities and research institutes around the world to conduct breakthrough collaborative research with HP.Ganger, director of the Parallel Data Lab at Carnegie Mellon, wrote a winning proposal titled "Toward Scalable Self-Storage." He will collaborate with HP Labs on a research initiative focused on data storage infrastructure issues. Read more...
 
 
June 16, 2009
Li Wins Best Student Paper Award
Yung-hui Li, received the Best Student Paper Award in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal processing 2009 (ICASSP) held in Taiwan this spring. Li's advisor is Marios Savvides, assistant research professor of ECE. Li is a graduate student in the Language Technologies Institute.Their paper, titled "A Pixel-Wise, Learning-Based Approach For Occlusion Estimation of Iris Images in a Polar Domain," proposes a novel way to solve the problem of iris mask estimation which has proven to be both efficient and accurate compared to existing methods in the literature. Read more...
 
 
May 27, 2009
Lin Awarded NVIDIA Fellowship
ECE graduate student Yen-Tzu Lin has received a fellowship from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), a high-performance processor that generates interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices.Lin, whose thesis advisor is Shawn Blanton, is a member of the Advanced Chip Test Laboratory. Her research interests include VLSI test methodology development and evaluation. Her current research involves the development of cost-effective test methodologies that create high-quality test sets through utilization of the NVIDIA GPU environment. Read more...
 
 
May 27, 2009
Yu Receives Intel Fellowship
ECE graduate student Xiaochun Yu is a recipient of a prestigious Intel Fellowship. The highly competitive program awards only 40 fellowships annually to Ph.D. candidates at select universities who are doing leading edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.Yu, whose thesis advisor is Prof. Shawn Blanton, is a member of the Advanced Chip Test Laboratory. Her research focuses on controlling IC quality through automated diagnosis and characterization of IC failures. Read more...
 
 
May 19, 2009
Stancil Co-authors New Book
ECE Professor Daniel Stancil and ECE alumnus Anil Prabhakar are the authors of a new book published last month by Springer. Spin Waves, Theory and Applications covers topics foundational to understanding spin waves such as the physics of magnetism and electromagnetic waves in anisotropic media, as well as both classical and quantum mechanical treatments of spin wave excitations. Read more...
 
 
May 18, 2009
Congratulations, Class of 2009!
Carnegie Mellon's 112th commencement ceremony was celebrated on Sunday, May 17. At ECE's Diploma Ceremony which followed, 28 students received a Doctor of Philosophy, 117 students received a Master of Science, and 134 students received a Bachelor of Science. In addition, 17 students satisfied the requirements for both a B.S. and an M.S. degree.46 students graduated with University Honors, and 18 graduated with College Honors for having completed a Senior Honors Research Project.The following awards were presented at the ceremony: E. M. Williams Award - Ryan Sakauye <br> Frank J. Marshall Scholar Award - Bradley Miller <br> Frank J. Marshall Outstanding Undergraduate Award - Sarah Hsieh <br> David Tuma Laboratory Project Award - Jack Cheung, Mark Ma, Steve Thompson, Ryan Walsh <br> Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Kyle Anderson <br> A. G. Jordan Award - Jonathan McCune <br> A. G. Milnes Award - Tejas Jhaveri <br> Eta Kappa Nu Award for Outstanding Teaching - Professor Markus Pueschel Read more...
 
 
May 15, 2009
McFarlin Wins Two Fellowships
Second year ECE grad student Daniel S. McFarlin has received two external fellowships: a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship and a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Graduate Fellowship. McFarlin is a member of the SPIRAL group and is advised by Markus Püschel. He is currently conducting research into automated hardware/software co-design for signal transforms and FPGAs as part of a multi-university effort. Read more...
 
 
May 13, 2009
ECE Announces Graduate Fellowships
ECE is proud to announce a number of graduate fellowship awards within our community: A total of 14 graduate students have received fellowships honoring alumni, parents, former faculty and local corporations. Fellowships include: Frank J. Marshall, Lamme/Westinghouse, Leo Finzi, Nicholas Minnici, Ann and Martin McGuinn, Hsu Chang, and Goel. Read more...
 
 
May 11, 2009
DRS-Signal Solutions Funds Master's Fellowships
Umpei Kurokawa and William Wong who will graduate next week with Master of Science degrees, were partially funded this year with a fellowship from DRS-Signal Solutions.The company is providing these fellowships as part of its effort to recruit top notch M. S. degree recipients with an interest in communication systems, signal processing, embedded systems or analog/microwave circuit radio design. Read more...
 
 
May 5, 2009
Grad Student Dan Morris Wins SRC Fellowship
ECE graduate student Dan Morris has been awarded a fellowship by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Global Research Consortium (GRC). GRC Fellows are encouraged to conduct research leading to novel, high-payoff solutions for the technology challenges faced by the semiconductor industry at and beyond the time horizons of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. Morris' research demonstrates IC design methodologies that exploit extremely regular patterning techniques capable of sub-32nm manufacturing. These methodologies reduce the cost... Read more...
 
 
May 4, 2009
ECE Grad Student Wins Three External Scholarships
First year ECE grad student Joel Harley has received all three of the fellowships for which he applied: a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. Because he can only hold one external fellowship concurrently... Read more...
 
 
May 4, 2009
Ryan Johnson Wins Prestigious IBM Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to Ryan Johnson who has received an IBM Fellowship for 2009-10. Johnson's research addresses the challenges which multicore computing presents for high-performance database management systems. He currently works on techniques to accelerate transaction processing workloads, which underlie the e-commerce, banking and telecom industries.IBM's Ph.D. Fellowship Award is an intensely competitive program... Read more...
 
 
May 4, 2009
ECE Junior Authors First Place Paper at STEM Conference
ECE junior Samarth Bhargava won first place for his paper at the 2009 Innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Symposium hosted by Morgan State University in April. Bhargava's paper, which resulted from his undergraduate project... Read more...
 
 
April 30, 2009
Joint Ph.D. Program Planned with Taiwan University
The ECE Department and the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Colleges of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan to develop a dual Ph.D. program. Read more...
 
 
April 23, 2009
Two ECE Faculty Participate in New Music and Technology Program
The School of Music, College of Engineering and School of Computer Science are collaborating to offer two new degrees in Music and Technology to train the next generation of composers, engineers and programmers in music signal processing, sound production, composition and the cognition of music. Noel Zahler, head of the School of Music, worked with Roger Dannenberg, associate professor of computer science; Richard Stern, professor of electrical engineering; Thomas Sullivan associate teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Riccardo Schulz, associate teaching professor/recording engineer in music to develop both the bachelor's and master's degree programs. The first graduate and undergraduate classes will enter in the Fall of 2009. Read more...
 
 
April 15, 2009
Savvides invited to speak at Biometrics Task Force Identity Management Conference
ECE research professor Marios Savvides is an invited speaker at the National Security Agency's Identity Protection and Management Conference, April 27-30 in Miami, FL. The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the U.S Army Biometrics Task Force. Savvides has been asked to speak about the newly formed Center for Academic Studies In Identity Sciences (CASIS), a Center of Academic Excellence under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Savvides, who is director of the Biometrics Research Lab inside Carnegie Mellon's CyLab, is one of four researchers asked to join CASIS when it was formed earlier this year. Read more...
 
 
April 8, 2009
Rajkumar Delivers Plenary Talk
Raj Rajkumar, Professor of ECE and CS, will deliver a plenary talk on the opening day at the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPS), April 13-16 in San Francisco. CPS Week is a co-location of three conferences: The 15th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2009, The 8th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 2009), and The 12th International Conference on Hybrid Systems (HSCC 2009). Read more...
 
 
March 31, 2009
Invitation to Attend Northeast Control Workshop
Faculty, graduate students and postdocs from colleges and universities in the Northeast are invited to attend the fifth Northeast Control Workshop on the Carnegie Mellon campus, April 24-26. Sponsored by NSF, the conference is hosted by ECE professors Bruce Krogh and Bruno Sinopoli, and University of Maryland professor Nuno Martins. The workshop is free and is intended as a forum for presentation of research and interaction among academics.Topics of interest are Systems and Control, broadly understood, with particular emphasis on nonlinear, robust, and hybrid control and their applications.Workshop details can be found on the conference website. Read more...
 
 
March 23, 2009
A Look Inside New Security Research
"Just one look, that's all it took..." goes the old R&B classic. ECE research professor Marios Savvides is proving that true again today, although for an entirely different purpose.Savvides' Biometrics Research Lab is the first academic setting to host a state-of-the-art iris recognition system. Iris-on-the-Move (IOM) can acquire iris images unobtrusively at three meters as a person walks through a portal. Savvides' research has pushed this limit to a 13 meter stand-off yielding a 4X factor in acquisition improvement.Pittsburgh's WTAE News got a look inside Savvides lab and walks viewers through some exciting, futuristic research. Read more...
 
 
March 16, 2009
Kovacevic Paper Among Top Ten Most Cited
Jelena Kovacevic, professor of biomedical engineering and ECE, is the co-author of a paper among the Ten Top Cited for the Journal of Applied and Harmonic Analysis since the journal began publication in 1993. The paper, "Quantized Frame Expansions with Erasures," Volume 10, Issue 3, 2001, Pp 203-233, V.K. Goyal, J. Kovacevic, and J. A. Kelner, looks into how to provide robustness in the transmission of data in the presence of losses (erasures) by using redundant signal representations known as frames. Read more...
 
 
March 16, 2009
State Grant Will Augment Energy Systems Research
At a news conference on the Carnegie Mellon campus, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that 18 colleges, universities, academic medical institutions and research institutions from across the state will receive a total of $2.5 million from the Keystone Innovation Starter Kit Program to recruit top faculty researchers in advanced knowledge areas.The $150,000 grant received by Carnegie Mellon will be used to recruit a faculty member in the area of modern energy systems and information technology. ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger said the grant will augment ongoing energy systems research. Read more...
 
 
March 12, 2009
Marija Ilic Heads Smart Grid Research
ECE Professor Marija Ilic is leading a team of researchers dedicated to powering up a new smart energy grid project for the future.Ilic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and public policy, is director of the university's new Electric Energy Systems Group which is developing research programs, curriculum and outreach initiatives to improve the nation's $26 billion electric energy system. Read more...
 
 
March 5, 2009
Wii Want to Write
DRS Sponsors Best Class Project Award
DRS Sponsors Best Class Project Award
ECE students Jeffrey Lai, David Leong, and Jeffrey Panza were recently awarded the DRS Technologies, Inc. Best Project Award for their Signal Processing Systems Design project, "Wii Want to Write."DRS employee Michael Kessler from the company's Washington operations traveled to campus to help judge the presentations. Read more...
 
 
March 4, 2009
Garg, Marculescu Win Best Paper
ECE graduate student Siddarth Garg and Professor Diana Marculescu have won a Best Paper Award at the upcoming 10th International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design March 16-18 in San Jose, California. Read more...
 
 
February 12, 2009
Four ECE Faculty Win College Awards
ECE faculty have won three out of four of the College of Engineering awards just announced today by CIT Dean Pradeep Khosla:David Ricketts -- The George Tallman Ladd Research AwardVijayakumar Bhagavatula and Marios Savvides -- The CIT Outstanding Research AwardJos&eacute; Moura -- The Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award Read more...
 
 
February 11, 2009
Savvides Tapped to Join New Center Under Director of National Intelligence
ECE assistant research professor Marios Savvides is one of four researchers selected to be part of a new Center for Academic Studies In Identity Sciences (CASIS), a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE), under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). This is the ODNI's first CAE created as a pilot with an emphasis on science and technology. Read more...
 
 
February 11, 2009
Alumnus John Cohn Delivers Plenary Talk at ISSCC
"Kids today! Engineers Tomorrow?"
"Kids today! Engineers Tomorrow?"
To an audience of 2600 engineers, ECE alumnus John Cohn (Ph.D. 1991) once again emphasized the importance of reaching out to kids and getting them excited about science and technology in his invited plenary talk at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) on February 9. Read more...
 
 
February 3, 2009
ECE's Ogras and Singhee win European Best Thesis Awards
ECE graduates Umit Y. Ogras and Amith Singhee have won 2008 Outstanding Dissertation Awards from the European Design Automation Association (EDAA). Each year, EDAA gives Outstanding Thesis awards across four areas related to design automation for integrated circuits and systems. Read more...
 
 
February 2, 2009
ECE Students Place Third in IC Design Challenge
A team of three ECE graduate students have placed third in the second and final phase of the 2007-2008 SRC/SIA IC Design Challenge. Abhishek Jajoo, John Reinke and Leon Wang also won third place in Phase One of the Challenge judged in March. Read more...
 
 
February 2, 2009
Priya Narasimhan Wins 2009 Carnegie Science Center Award
ECE assistant Professor Priya Narasimhan is the winner of the 2009 Emerging Female Scientist Award announced this week by the Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh. She was recognized as a leader and innovator in developing embedded and mobile technologies. Read more...
 
 
January 23, 2009
2008 Eta Kappa Nu National Leadership Conference
On November 8th, 150 ECE honor society students from 27 U.S. universities arrived at Carnegie Mellon to attend the 2008 Eta Kappa Nu National Leadership Conference. This year the conference was hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Sigma Chapter, a student organization in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read more...
 
 
January 22, 2009
Rob Rutenbar Elected ACM Fellow
Rob A. Rutenbar, Jatras Professor of ECE and CS, was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Class of 2008 for contributions to computer-aided design tools for mixed-signal integrated circuits.Rutenbar is widely known for his contributions to computer-aided design (CAD) algorithms and software for mixed-signal integrated circuits and for the contributions that his company, Neolinear, has made to the industry. He has also been recognized numerous times for his contributions to education. Read more...
 
 
January 22, 2009
Mutlu Paper an <cite>IEEE Micro</cite> "Top Pick"
A paper authored by assistant professor Onur Mutlu and Thomas Moscibroda at Microsoft Research was selected as one of the "Top Pick" papers of 2008 in the computer architecture field by the <cite>IEEE Micro</cite> magazine. The paper titled "Parallelism-Aware Batch Scheduling: Enhancing both Performance and Fairness of Shared DRAM Systems" describes how to design intelligent memory controllers in a multi-core architecture such that system performance significantly improves. The described memory controller provides fundamental support for existing operating systems to enforce policy decisions on multi-core architectures. Read more...
 
 
January 19, 2009
O'Donoughue Wins Best Student Paper
ECE graduate student Nicholas O'Donoughue has won the Best Student Paper award at the 2008 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers held in Pacific Grove, California in October. The paper is titled "Signal-Domain Registration for Change Detection in TR-SAR" and is co-authored with his research advisor, Jos&eacute; M. F. Moura and Yuanwei Jin, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, who was a Project Scientist in our department for the past year. Read more...
 
 
January 16, 2009
Carnegie Mellon To Unveil New Plan for Safer Development of Clean Energy Technologies
Carnegie Mellon University's M. Granger Morgan unveiled a novel "two-stage" approach for developing new energy technologies that can help society reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and create a cleaner economy during a policy briefing Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C. Read more...
 
 
January 14, 2009
Smart Footballs and Smart Gloves at the Steelers Game?
Imagine the NFL playoffs with referees who don't make mistakes. While human experience may never be replaced by computing, officiating at the game will change significantly in the future if ECE Professor Priya Narasimhan and her research group have their way.In a recent NPR interview, article in Wired magazine, and a Pittsburgh Post Gazette video, Narasimhan talks about her football fanaticism and all the ways in which things like embedded GPA and accelerometer systems can improve the accuracy of referee calls. Read more...
 
 
January 12, 2009
Schlesinger Gives Plenary Talk
ECE Department Head Professor Ed Schlesinger gave a plenary talk at the 2008 Asia Pacific Data Storage Conference on December 15 in Jeju Island, Korea. The talk is titled "Stored Information: Growing in Importance, Value, and Use."Sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society, the APDSC covers nearly all aspects of data storage technologies such as optical recording, magnetic recording, and non-volatile memory. Read more...