News for year 2010

 
 
December 17, 2010
Zhu Earns IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award
ABB Professor of Engineering and current DSSC Director Jimmy Zhu has received the IEEE Magnetics Society Achievement Award "for contributions to magnetic storage devices through magnetic modeling." The award, which consists of a diploma with citation and cash prize, honors one of the society's members each year for his or her lifetime professional achievement. It is the society's highest award. "I am truly honored to receive this award from the IEEE Magnetic Society, especially considering the list of people who have received this award in the past," Zhu said. Read more...
 
 
December 17, 2010
Faculty Members Deliver Invited Talks at APMRC, APDSC
The DSSC is making great strides in developing the data recording technology of tomorrow — and colleagues across the globe have taken notice. This semester alone, faculty members delivered invited and keynote talks about HAMR and actuator technology at the 2010 Asia-Pacific Magnetic Recording Conference (APMRC) and the 2010 Asia-Pacific Data Storage Conference (APDSC). Read more...
 
 
December 14, 2010
Austrian Consulate Visits Pittsburgh Campus
Earlier this semester, Assistant Research Professor of ECE Franz Franchetti received an unusual visit when he welcomed a delegation from the Austrian Consulate General to campus. Located in New York, the consulate's jurisdiction covers Pennsylvania and eight other states in the northeastern U.S., plus Bermuda. The delegation stopped to visit Professor Franchetti, who is an Austrian scientist working in Pittsburgh. Read more...
 
 
December 3, 2010
Franchetti, Voronenko Part of Winning HPC Challenge Team
Assistant Research Professor Franz Franchetti and Ph.D. alumnus Yevgen Voronenko were part of a team that recently took top honors in the HPC Challenge Awards Competition. The goal of the competition, which culminates in an awards ceremony at the yearly Supercomputing Conference, is to focus the high performance computing (HPC) community's attention on developing a broad set of HPC hardware and software capabilities necessary to productively use HPC systems. The HPC Challenge is a novel set of benchmarks to assess performance and productivity of HPC systems and high productivity languages. Read more...
 
 
November 29, 2010
Ganger, Schlesinger Named IEEE Fellows
ECE Professor Greg Ganger and Department Head Ed Schlesinger have been named IEEE fellows, a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Ganger, the Stephen J. Jatras Professor of ECE and computer science and director of the university's Parallel Data Lab, was honored "for contributions to metadata integrity in file systems." David Edward Schramm Professor of Engineering Ed Schlesinger was cited by IEEE for "contributions to electro-optic devices and heat-assisted magnetic recording." Read more...
 
 
November 22, 2010
NEDO, Hitachi Co-Develop MAMR Technology for HDDs
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Hitachi Ltd., in cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HitachiGST) have announced that they have jointly developed basic technologies for microwave magnetic recording, a technology originally proposed by Professor Jimmy Zhu from the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) at Carnegie Mellon. The technology has been suggested as a potential candidate for succeeding conventional perpendicular recording technology to continue the storage capacity increase that has occurred in past decades. Read more...
 
 
November 18, 2010
Alumna Wins TechCrunch Hackathon
ECE alumna J'aime Ohm (E'10) relived her college days this fall when she pulled an all-nighter to defeat 450 competitors in September's TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco. The hack marathon took place in conjunction with TechCrunch's web innovation conference, and fellow alum Frank Denbow (CS'08) told Ohm she could get free admission to the event if she participated. She took a shot and it paid off in a big way — not only did she take first place, but her creation has also morphed into WiseDame, an iPhone app that can alert loved ones of your whereabouts when you can't. Read all about Ohm's experience and what she's doing with WiseDame at www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2010/fall/wisedame.shtml. Read more...
 
 
November 17, 2010
Tonguz Delivers Invited Talk in Germany
ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz delivered an invited talk in Germany last month at the prestigious Dagstuhl Seminar, where the world's best-known scientists meet to present and discuss their research. The Dagstuhl Workshop on Vehicular Networks brought together key researchers in the popular area of vehicular networks, which has recently attracted a tremendous amount of attention from car manufacturers and academics. Read more...
 
 
November 11, 2010
Shiv Nadar Foundation, CMU Announce Partnership for Scholars in Undergraduate Engineering
The Shiv Nadar Foundation (SSN) and Carnegie Mellon University have announced their intent to make the university's world-class undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering more available to Indian students. Under this landmark partnership, the first undergraduates will begin their studies in June 2011. Students will study in India at SSN following a curriculum designed by Carnegie Mellon and taught by SSN faculty trained at Carnegie Mellon. They also will study at Carnegie Mellon's main campus in Pittsburgh. Admission and academic processes will have the same rigorous standards that are Carnegie Mellon hallmarks. Once they complete their studies, students will receive Carnegie Mellon degrees. Click here to read the full press release. Read more...
 
 
November 11, 2010
Plaid Parliament of Pwning Takes Capture the Flag Trifecta
Online capture the flag (CTF) competitions may not be a sport in the traditional sense, but they're just as competitive, just as arduous. The computer security war game requires each team or individual in the competition to find a key source of information by solving a host of challenging problems, with each competition lasting as long as 48 hours. And Carnegie Mellon's Plaid Parliament of Pwning (PPP) team, lead by Assistant Professor of ECE and Computer Science David Brumley, has pulled off a huge feat this semester, winning not just one or two of these grueling competitions, but three — and all since September. Read more...
 
 
November 5, 2010
Brigham's Paper Earns Best Innovative Topic Award
ECE Ph.D. student Kathy Brigham and her adviser, ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, earned the Best Innovative Topic Paper Award at the IEEE Fourth International Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems (BTAS) 2010 for their paper, "Subject Identification From Electroencephalogram (EEG) Signals During Imagined Speech." Held in Arlington, Va., earlier this fall, the conference is the premier research meeting focused on biometrics. Read more...
 
 
October 19, 2010
Data Storage Experts Gather for Fall Technical Review
Data storage experts from across the globe gathered at Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday, Sept. 28, for the Data Storage Systems Center's Fall Technical Review. Held twice each year, the center's reviews provide an opportunity for faculty and students at the university to share their latest research findings with representatives of the DSSC's industrial sponsor companies and other data storage professionals. This year, the review brought more than 80 attendees together for the opportunity to not only hear important research updates, but to also plan and strategize for the industry's future. Read more...
 
 
October 13, 2010
Brumley Earns DARPA Grant
Assistant Professor of ECE and Computer Science David Brumley has earned a four-year, $1.1 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant as part of the agency's Cyber-Genome project. "The amount of malware — malicious software like viruses, bots and worms — is exploding," Brumley said. "Our research will develop new approaches for triaging the huge volume of malware to determine the most serious threats." Read more...
 
 
October 6, 2010
YinzCam Helps Steelers Nation Stay Connected
Associate Professor Priya Narasimhan is leading the technology game when it comes to creating new smart phone experiences for major sports teams. Beginning last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers launched a mobile application for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry smart phone platforms developed by Narasimhan's spinoff company YinzCam Inc. This groundbreaking mobile application will cater to Steelers fans both inside and outside the stadium. Read more...
 
 
October 5, 2010
Becker Wins Honors at Silicon Valley's Tech Showcase
Second-year Ph.D. student Jonathan Becker and his adviser, Associate Research Professor of ECE Jason Lohn, were part of a team that won the Best Demonstration Award for their poster, "Adaptive Beamforming for Anti-Jamming and Assured Network Communications," at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley's first Tech Showcase. Held in conjunction with the campus' annual alumni barbecue, the showcase allows faculty, researchers and students to present their current research to alumni, friends of the campus and the Silicon Valley community. Read more...
 
 
October 4, 2010
Payne Earns SMART Scholarship
ECE Ph.D. student John Payne recently earned a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship from the Department of Defense. Founded to support the education of America's future scientists and engineers, the SMART Scholarship-for-Service program is part of a concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into DoD facilities and agencies, and to enhance the technical skills of the workforce already in place. As a SMART recipient, Payne will receive full tuition and fees, a cash award, paid summer internships, a health insurance reimbursement, book allowance and mentoring. He'll also be placed in a civilian job in a DoD facility after graduation. Read more...
 
 
September 29, 2010
Students To Receive Accolades From Lockheed Martin
ECE Ph.D. student Wesley Jin is one of four Carnegie Mellon students who will receive accolades for creating breakthrough technologies from Michael Kirkland, vice president and chief technology officer for Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) Security Business, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. Jin and computer science undergraduates Brian Pak, Andrew Wesie and Hudson Thrift will receive awards for enhancing the government's ability to stay at the leading edge of the cyber arms race. Read more...
 
 
August 31, 2010
Zhang To Be Featured on Discovery Science Channel
Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang and his SensorFly sensors will be featured on an episode of the Discovery Science Channel's Sci Fi Science at 10:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 1. On Sci Fi Science's "Galactic Colonization" episode, program host Michio Kaku demonstrates how Zhang's sensors could help science fiction's most inspiring vision — the colonization of the galaxy — become reality. He highlights SensorFly's "swarmbots," showing that they could be used to find habitable planets. Read more...
 
 
August 30, 2010
ECE Part of Carnegie Mellon Team To Pioneer Energy Efficient Building Designs for DOE
Carnegie Mellon University — and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department — are part of a team that will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. The Energy Innovation Hub will be located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Clean Energy campus, and will bring together leading researchers from academia, two U.S. National Laboratories and the private sector in an ambitious effort to develop energy efficient building designs that will save energy, cut pollution and position the United States as a leader in this industry.The grant will support six Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. candidates per year who will work with faculty from the School of Architecture's Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics and the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering over the next five years. One research scientist will be based at the Navy Yard Clean Energy campus. Read more...
 
 
August 29, 2010
NSF Project at Carnegie Mellon Will Develop Architecture That Makes Internet Secure, Smart
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will lead a three-year, $7.1 million effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a next-generation network architecture that fixes security and reliability deficiencies now threatening the viability of the Internet.The eXpressive Internet Architecture (XIA) Project, one of four new projects funded through the Future Internet Architecture Program of the NSF's Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate, will include intrinsic security features so that users can be assured that the websites they access and the documents they download are legitimate. XIA also will include features that will help users find the content they seek wherever it is most accessible, speeding information retrieval while easing network traffic. (Read more). Read more...
 
 
August 27, 2010
DSSC Welcomes Xyratex as Sponsoring Affiliate
Xyratex recently joined the Data Storage Systems Center as its newest sponsoring affiliate member. This collaboration with the DSSC will give researchers at Xyratex access to the center's cutting-edge research while providing the DSSC with financial support to continue its innovative efforts in data storage technology."The hallmark of the DSSC's relationship with its sponsors is close collaboration. It enables all we do, and is vital to the innovation process. Through it, we keep our research relevant and focused on viable data storage technologies," said DSSC Director and ABB Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Jimmy Zhu. "The relationship we nurture with industry in the DSSC makes us unique among academic research centers, and we could not be successful without it. We welcome Xyratex and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them." (Read more). Read more...
 
 
August 2, 2010
Kumar Named Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in CIT
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, known as Professor Kumar, is the new associate dean for graduate and faculty affairs in Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. His new position began July 1. "Kumar brings significant academic and administrative experience to this position, and I look forward to his continued significant contributions and leadership in this new, important assignment," said University Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering. Read more...
 
 
July 13, 2010
Ganger Earns HP Innovation Award
ECE Professor Gregory Ganger was one of more than 60 recipients worldwide to receive the 2010 HP Innovation Award, which is designed to encourage open collaboration with HP labs resulting in mutually beneficial, high-impact research. Ganger, director of the Parallel Data Lab (PDL), will collaborate with HP labs on a research initiative focused on cloud computing issues. This is Ganger's second HP Innovation Award. He received his first in 2008 for research involving scalable and self-managing data storage systems. Read more...
 
 
July 13, 2010
Carnegie Mellon To Host Smart Grid Research Center
Carnegie Mellon will host a new Smart Grid Research Center as part of a $5 million industry-academic partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-industry research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies. The new partnership, dubbed the Energy Research Initiative (ERI), will team companies from across the energy-related spectrum with university researchers to address the world's need for smart alternative energy sources and prepare students with the technical skills required for the new burgeoning industry. The ERI, managed by the SRC subsidiary The Energy Research Corp. (TERC), will initially address two critical areas for efficient generation and distribution of renewable energy resources: photovoltaics and systems engineering and technologies to enable and optimize smart grids. The latter will be housed in the Smart Grid Research Center at Carnegie Mellon. Read more...
 
 
July 7, 2010
Ganger Gives Testimony on Cloud Computing
Professor Greg Ganger recently gave testimony on the benefits and risks of using cloud computing before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement. Ganger explained that cloud computing involves using someone else's computers (and possibly software) to accomplish a task, and that it has the potential to provide large efficiency improvements for federal IT functions. Ganger also discussed the importance of active support for standardization, research/experimentation efforts, technical training, and explicit change management in overcoming risks related to lock-in, security and resistance to change.For more information, including a webcast of the hearing and prepared statements and testimony, visit http://oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5012&Itemid=2. Read more...
 
 
June 28, 2010
Moura Named University Professor
José M.F. Moura, professor of ECE and biomedical engineering, has been awarded the prestigious distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade Carnegie Mellon faculty members can attain. Also receiving the honor this year is Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor David Dzombak."Both Professors David Dzombak and José Moura are outstanding researchers and particularly dynamic with our students as they work to help our graduates hone the problem-solving skills so essential to achieving success in today's competitive global economy," said Mark S. Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon executive vice president and provost. "We applaud their designation as University Professors, and we look forward to their ongoing innovative academic leadership." (Read more). Read more...
 
 
June 28, 2010
ECE Department To House New Bombardier Collaborative Center
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will house the new Bombardier Collaborative Center, a multidisciplinary $2.2 million research center that will open this fall to explore joint research in a variety of critical technology areas to enable more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure and transit operations. The project is part of the new Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), which includes Bombardier and other partners from a variety of industries who will join the initiative in the near future. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is also providing a significant economic development grant through the Redevelopment Assistant Capital Program (RACP) to help establish the incubator. Read more...
 
 
June 22, 2010
Researchers Win Best Paper Award at DAC
ECE Ph.D. student Wangyang Zhang and his advisers, Assistant Research Professor Xin Li and Adjunct Professor Rob Rutenbar, recently won a Best Paper Award at the 47<sup>th</sup> Design Automation Conference (DAC), held June 13&ndash;18 in Anaheim, Calif. Their paper, "Bayesian Virtual Probe: Minimizing Variation Characterization Cost for Nanoscale IC Technologies Via Bayesian Inference," developed a new methodology to adaptively characterize process variation of silicon wafers from a minimum set of measurement data. As integrated circuit (IC) technology approaches the nanoscale, process variation has become a critical issue that must be carefully considered for today's IC design. The new Bayesian virtual probe (BVP) methodology developed by the Carnegie Mellon team allows IC foundries to characterize process variation at very few spatial locations on silicon wafers. Based on this characterization data, BVP accurately predicts the variation at all other locations by Bayesian inference, substantially reducing the characterization cost of advanced manufacturing technology. Read more...
 
 
June 17, 2010
Fernandez Earns NDSEG Fellowship
Joseph Fernandez, a Ph.D. student advised by ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula and former ECE Professor Dan Stancil, has received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship to support his work in vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The highly competitive fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Defense, recognizes U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue graduate study in one of 15 science and engineering disciplines. Selection is based on factors including the applicant's academic record, personal statement, publications, community service, job experience, recommendations and GRE scores. As an NDSEG fellow, Fernandez will receive full tuition for three years (as well as any mandatory fees), a monthly stipend and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance. Read more...
 
 
June 10, 2010
Congratulations Class of 2010!
More than 300 new engineers entered the world on Sunday, May 16, when the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department hosted its diploma ceremony following Carnegie Mellon's commencement exercises. During the ceremony, Department Head Ed Schlesinger and Associate Department Head James Hoe presented diplomas to 41 Ph.D. students, 137 master of science students and 151 bachelor of science students. Read more...
 
 
June 7, 2010
Pileggi Earns Mac Van Valkenburg Award
Larry Pileggi, the Tanoto Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the FCRP Center for Circuit and System Solutions (C2S2), has received the 2010 IEEE Circuits and Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award. Named for distinguished electrical engineering professor Mac Van Valkenburg, the award honors an individual for outstanding technical contributions and distinguishable leadership in a field within the scope of the CAS Society. Read more...
 
 
June 7, 2010
CSSI Affiliates Receive Honors at Design Automation Conference
The Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) will be well represented at this year's Design Automation Conference (DAC), where three of the center's affiliates will receive Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) awards. School of Computer Science Dean and University Professor of Computer Science Randal Bryant, who also holds a courtesy appointment in electrical and computer engineering, has earned the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact award; Professor Diana Marculescu will receive the ACM/Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) Distinguished Service Award; and Himanshu Jain, a 2008 graduate of the School of Computer Science, will receive the ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation. Read more...
 
 
June 3, 2010
Faculty, Staff, Students Celebrate Semester's End at ECE Day
Know the nine varsity sports Carnegie Mellon competes in? That - and a fair share of knowledge about ECE people and, yes, even some engineering - would have been all you needed to walk away with the spoils and glory of being the ECE Jeopardy! champ at this year's ECE Day, the department-wide celebration on the last day of spring semester classes. Held each year as a way for students, staff and faculty to honor all that makes Carnegie Mellon's ECE Department special, ECE Day offers festivities that run the gamut from gizmos to games. What makes it extra special is that it's hosted by students, specifically ECE's Student Advisory Council with support from the department's other student organizations: IEEE, honor society Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), WinECE and EGO. SAC member Kendall Lowrey led the charge as ECE Day chair. (Read more). Read more...
 
 
June 3, 2010
Air Guitar Hero Takes Qualcomm Build18 Honors
ECE tinkerers had a chance to show off a semester's worth of gadgeting during the Build18 demo and final judging at this year's ECE Day celebration. Launched as a pilot project at the end of the 2009 spring semester, Build18 encourages students to innovate and create solutions to problems of their own choosing on their own time &mdash; free from the threat of tests, formal exams and project reviews. This year's Build18 initiative kicked off with a week of intense gadgeting in January and project demos that allowed students to show their progress to-date. Read more...
 
 
June 3, 2010
ECErs Get Hands-On Experience at Spring Carnival
Think Carnegie Mellon's Spring Carnival is just kids' stuff? Not so. Any ECE students involved in their organizations' booth design and building will tell you that they put their education to work right in the Morewood Gardens Parking Lot. Read more...
 
 
May 25, 2010
ECE Students Win Honors at Meeting of the Minds
ECE students came out big winners at the university's Meeting of the Minds, which took place earlier this month in the University Center. Held each year during "reading day" in finals week, the research symposium is a university-wide celebration of the undergraduate research programs that distinguish Carnegie Mellon's education style. Throughout the day, students present posters, talks and performances highlighting the projects they've investigated during the academic year.In addition to showcasing student research for the university community, the Meeting of the Minds also features competitions sponsored by various academic departments, organizations and even outside corporations. This year, ECE students figured prominently in the group of winners. Click here for a run-down of the ones who took home honors at the event. Read more...
 
 
May 19, 2010
Kovacevic Receives NIH Grant
Jelena Kovacevic, professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer grant entitled "Dx Ear: An Automated Tool for Diagnosis of Otitis Media." Kovacevic received the $172,771 award with co-investigators Blue Belt Technologies and Dr. Alejandro Hoberman, chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and professor of pediatrics and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Together, the team will work to develop a robust algorithm that can distinguish between three diagnostic categories of middle ear infection based on digital images of the middle ear. Otitis media, or middle ear inflammation, impacts nearly 93 percent of all children before age seven and its indirect costs are estimated at $1.02 billion a year. The one-year, Phase I grant will allow Kovacevic and her colleagues to explore the scientific, technical and commercial merit of the technology and assess its feasibility as a business idea. Next year, they can apply for a Phase II grant to expand their research. For more on Kovacevic's work, visit www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/jelenak/. Read more...
 
 
May 11, 2010
Mutlu Receives NSF CAREER Award
Onur Mutlu, assistant professor of ECE, received a five-year, $549,306 grant from the National Science Foundation to research techniques and algorithms for creating scalable, high-performance, quality-of-service-aware memory systems for multicore processors.Mutlu's research group, SAFARI, is investigating novel and efficient hardware/software techniques to overcome fundamental performance, security, robustness, reliability and efficiency challenges in current and future computer systems. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
May 11, 2010
Sinopoli Receives NSF Career Award
ECE Assistant Professor Bruno Sinopoli has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computer tools for securing and controlling cyber-physical systems."I am honored to receive this award, which will help me continue investigating tools and methodologies to design and analyze cyber-physical and networked embedded systems," said Sinopoli, who is also a researcher at Carnegie Mellon CyLab. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
May 4, 2010
Student Teams Win Best Project Award
Two teams of students earned best project honors earlier this semester for capstone projects completed last fall in George Westinghouse Professor of ECE David Casasent's Digital Communications and Signal Processing course. In the class, groups of three students worked throughout the semester to identify a project of their own choosing and implemented it on real-time digital signal processing (DSP) hardware. The Best Project awards, judged and sponsored by DRS Signal Solutions Inc., recognize the best overall project developed during the semester. Last fall, students created projects so diverse and outstanding that two awards were presented. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
May 4, 2010
Rodriguez Wins Best Student Paper Award
Ph.D. student Andres Rodriguez earned Best Student Paper honors at the SPIE Defense and Security Symposium's Automatic Target Recognition Conference last month. In his work with Professor Kumar Bhagavatula, Rodriguez studies correlation filters (CFs), which can detect and recognize multiple targets in one scene &mdash; making them well-suited for automatic target recognition (ATR) applications. His paper, "Automatic Multi-Target Recognition From Two Classes Using Quadratic Correlation Filters," builds on the work of recent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. graduate Ryan Kerekes. The paper presents a method to increase a correlation filter's capabilities to detect and recognize two classes of targets and reject clutter, and combines the CF outputs from sequential video frames using a Bayesian framework to improve detection. The award, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, included a cash prize. Read more...
 
 
April 23, 2010
Pioneer Joins DSSC as Newest Associate Member
The Data Storage Systems Center recently welcomed Pioneer as its newest associate member. This collaboration with the DSSC will give researchers at Pioneer access to the center's leading-edge research, while providing the DSSC with financial support to maintain its innovative efforts in data storage technologies."At the DSSC, close collaboration with our industrial sponsors is key to the innovation process, allowing us to keep our research relevant while designing projects focused on viable data storage technologies," said Jimmy Zhu, DSSC director and ABB Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Associates receive access to the cutting-edge research emerging from the DSSC, which they can use in their own product research and development. The joint research between industry and academia nurtured in the DSSC makes us unique among research groups and has been a vital component of our success. We welcome Pioneer, and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them." (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
April 23, 2010
Schlesinger Receives David Edward Schramm Memorial Professorship
ECE Department Head T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger was awarded the prestigious David Edward Schramm Memorial Professorship in the College of Engineering on April 22 in the Singleton Room of Roberts Engineering Hall."This is a great honor, and I am grateful for the generosity of the Schramm family in endowing this chair," said Schlesinger, professor and head of the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon since February 2005. "It is a privilege to be a professor at Carnegie Mellon and serve as head of a dynamic, innovative and world-renowned department such as ECE. I appreciate the confidence expressed by the university in awarding this chair to me as I maintain my commitment to foster an environment for multidisciplinary research and educational excellence in ECE and throughout the college and the university." (Read More). Read more...
 
 
April 20, 2010
Industry Experts Gather for DSSC Spring Review
Nearly 100 members of academia and industry gathered at Carnegie Mellon last month for the Data Storage System Center's Spring 2010 Technical Review. Held twice each year, the technical reviews allow the center to spotlight its latest research findings for industry sponsors and collaborators, while also providing an opportunity for data storage experts from across the globe to gather and develop plans for the industry's future.Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the DSSC has conducted leading-edge interdisciplinary research to help support and expand the ever-changing data storage industry. Its semiannual reviews, held in March and September, allow industry and academia to discuss current research and examine trends for future data storage technologies. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
April 19, 2010
Professor Franchetti Receives NVDIA Professor Partnership
Professor Franz Franchetti, Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, recently received an NVIDIA Professor Partnership grant to support GPU computing in the Spiral project. Read more...
 
 
April 15, 2010
ECE Alum Delivers Rocket Science Tech Talk
You know that saying, "It's not rocket science?" Well, sometimes it is. Such was the case when ECE alum Boris Lipchin returned to campus this semester to give an IEEE Tech Talk on "Building America's Next Space Program."Lipchin, a 2009 ECE graduate who minored in robotics, works as a flight software engineer for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a Los Angeles-based company that aims to develop a family of launch vehicles that will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access. Through these efforts, and coupled with the newly emerging market for private and commercial space transport, the company hopes to reignite humanity's drive to explore and develop space. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
April 8, 2010
BBC Focus Sets Sights on SensorFly
SensorFly, a swarming autonomous robotic helicopter developed by Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang and his students at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley landed in BBC Focus magazine last month. The article, "Swarm Bots," discusses the science behind swarm robotics, current research projects underway across the globe and the potential applications of the technology. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
April 6, 2010
Interdisciplinary Group Heads to Korea for "Capture the Flag" Competition
Mention "capture the flag" to just about anyone, and images of kids racing across lawns trying to infiltrate each others' bases come to mind. Talk to Assistant ECE Professor David Brumley and his Plaid Parliament of Pwning team, though, and capture the flag becomes more than just child's play. It's a computer security war game that requires each team or individual in the competition to find a key source of information by solving a host of challenging problems.In fact, Plaid Parliament of Pwning (or PPP, as it's known) is in Seoul, South Korea, this week for the final round of competition this academic year. The group of ECE and computer science students and staffers has participated in more than seven international competitions during the 2009-2010 academic year, placing in the top four spots in all but one competition. They go in with high expectations, too: last year they earned first place in the 8<sup>th</sup> Annual HUST Creative and Fun Capture the Flag Competition in Seoul. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 31, 2010
Researchers Win Biomag Data Analysis Competition
A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers recently won the Biomag Data Analysis Competition for movement decoding of the brain-computer interface. Assistant Research Professor of ECE Xin Li, ECE PhD student Jinyin Zhang and Gustavo Sudre, a PhD student in the university's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, developed a new decoding algorithm to accurately predict movement directions from magnetoencephalography signals (i.e., the magnetic field generated by the human brain). (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 30, 2010
Brumley Wins NSF CAREER Award
Assistant ECE Professor David Brumley has received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, its most prestigious award for junior faculty. Brumley received a five-year, $521,494 award to develop a system that will track and eliminate annoying software bugs. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 30, 2010
SAFARI Members Earn Best Paper Honors at ASPLOS, HPCA Conferences
Members of the SAFARI research group in the Computer Architecture Laboratory &mdash; led by Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Onur Mutlu &mdash; have recently been recognized with best paper honors for their published papers in two of the top computer architecture conferences. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 30, 2010
SAFARI Papers Selected as IEEE Micro Top Picks
Each year, industry and faculty experts select the best papers from computer architecture conferences for IEEE Micro magazine's "Top Picks." This year, Assistant ECE Professor Onur Mutlu's SAFARI group had two papers among the 13 chosen as stand-outs for their novelty and potential for long-term impact. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 10, 2010
Chou Wins Best Poster Award
ECE graduate student Chen-Ling (Jenny) Chou won a Best Poster Award in the PhD Student Forum at the 15<sup>th</sup> Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC) held Jan. 18&ndash;21 in Taiwan. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 5, 2010
Ilic Earns Smart Grid Accolades, Alumni Achievement Award
February was a busy month for Marija Ilic, professor of ECE and Engineering and Public Policy, who not only earned a spot on Greentech Media's "Networked Grid 100: Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid" list, but also received an Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, the School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. (Read More) Read more...
 
 
March 5, 2010
SensorFly Lands in Popular Science
Want to know more about the future of flying robots? Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang and the students working with him at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley can tell you. Their contribution to the field, SensorFly, is featured in this month's Popular Science cover story, "Aerobot Invasion: The World's Newest and Most Spectacular Unmanned Aircraft." SensorFly is a novel, low-cost, controlled-mobile aerial sensor networking platform that weighs in at around 30 grams and is about 2.5 inches long (6.5 inches in diameter). These autonomous helicopter nodes feature communication, ranging and collaborative path capabilities that Zhang and ECE PhD students Aveek Purohit and Zheng Sun say could sense survivors after disasters, or enemies in urban combat situations. Popular Science writes, "SensorFly ... works in blind swarms, bouncing off the walls and relaying its location to others, collectively building a map of its surroundings." The article mentions that in five years, swarms of SensorFlies could be helping first responders search rubble for survivors or detecting gas leaks. (Read More.) Read more...
 
 
March 2, 2010
Build18 Gets Students Gadgeting
A robotic head that can track your face and move in time when you clap, or a sweatshirt for bicyclists with buttons on the sleeves that activate LED "turn signals" on the back of the shirt. Sounds like products that might be coming to a store near you, right? Well they might. Someday. But for now they're ECE student projects under way as part of the department's student-led Build18 initiative.Launched as a pilot project at the end of the 2009 spring semester, Build18 is a week of "tinkering and gadgeting" that encourages groups of students to innovate and create solutions to problems of their own choosing, free from the threat of tests, formal exams and project reviews. With the help of corporate sponsors and additional resources of lab space, equipment and conference rooms supplied by the ECE Department, students at all levels can find a few friends and finally tackle the project that lack of time or resources once prevented. Read more...
 
 
February 18, 2010
ECE Paper One of Most Accessed in December 2009
A paper published by Carnegie Mellon | Portugal ECE PhD student Mate Boban, ECE alum Geoff Misek and ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz was the second most accessed IEEE Globecom 2008 workshop paper in IEEE Xplore for December 2009. The paper, "What is the Best Achievable QoS for Unicast Routing in VANETs?," evaluates the attainable performance of unicast routing protocols in future vehicular networks. Boban is now a second-year Information and Communications Technologies Institute PhD student working under the supervision of Tonguz and Associate Professor Joao Barros at the University of Porto. A PDF of the most accessed papers is available here. Read more...
 
 
February 18, 2010
Jameson, Qureshi Receive Fellowship Awards
ECE master's students Andrew Jameson and Aneeb Qureshi have received fellowship awards from DRS Signal Solutions Inc. The competitive awards, each $6,500, recognize students with a GPA of 3.0 or above who are interested in communication systems, signal processing, embedded systems or analog/microwave circuit radio design.Jameson, a student in the Professional Master's Program, is concentrating his studies on wireless networks and embedded systems. The Hagerstown, Md., native anticipates graduating this winter and will seek a full-time position once he's completed his academic work at Carnegie Mellon. Qureshi, from Fairfax, Va., is in the final semester of the department's Integrated Master's/Bachelor's (IMB) program. During his time on campus, he's focused much of his coursework on signal processing, and has served as a teaching assistant for the Digital Communication and Signal Processing Systems Design course. After graduation in May, Qureshi will join Northrop Grumman's Future Technical Leaders program. Read more...
 
 
January 27, 2010
Veríssimo Named ACM Fellow
Adjunct Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Paulo Veríssimo has been named a fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The designation, which is the ACM's highest membership grade, is conferred on ACM members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding technical and professional achievements in information technology. Veríssimo was cited specifically for his contributions "to dependable and secure distributed computing."Veríssimo, a full-time professor in the Department of Informatics at Portugal's University of Lisbon, focuses his research efforts on architecture, as well as middleware and protocols for distributed, pervasive and embedded systems &mdash; specifically the facets of real-time adaptability and fault/intrusion tolerance. He is an IEEE fellow, former head of the Department of Informatics, and founder and current director of the University of Lisbon's Large-Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory (LASIGE). He's authored more than 150 refereed publications in international scientific conferences and journals; co-authored five books; and has delivered several keynote speeches, tutorials and seminars across the globe on fault- and intrusion-tolerance, real-time, and security in distributed systems. Read more...
 
 
January 21, 2010
Carnegie Mellon's Eta Kappa Nu Receives Outstanding Chapter Award
Carnegie Mellon's Sigma chapter of the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society earned the organization's Outstanding Chapter Award for academic year 2008&ndash;2009. The award is a mark of distinction for a college chapter, which is judged according to its activities involving service to others. All chapters with exemplary programs can win, and the Sigma chapter joins 21 other chapters from colleges and universities across the country in receiving the award.Led by the elected HKN officers and the advisory team of George Westinghouse Professor of ECE David Casasent and Director of Alumni and Student Relations Susan Farrington, the Sigma chapter celebrated unprecedented success during the 2008&ndash;2009 academic year. The chapter, which totaled nearly 100 members in that time, strategically expanded established programs in order to increase member involvement in chapter activities and provide vital services to the ECE community. Read more...