News for year 2011

 
 
December 8, 2011
Diana Marculescu Named ACM Distinguished Scientist
ECE Professor Diana Marculescu has been named a distinguished scientist for her significant impact on the computing field by the Association for Computing Machinery. "This is a great honor for me from my peers, as less than 10 percent of ACM members ever attain this accolade," Marculescu said.A pioneer in energy-aware computing, Marculescu is developing novel power management techniques to improve the performance delivered per unit of energy consumed for computer hardware and software. Read more...
 
 
December 7, 2011
Rajkumar Named IEEE Fellow
George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Raj Rajkumar has been named an IEEE fellow, class of 2012. He earned the distinction "for contributions to predictable real-time systems and operating systems," according to IEEE. IEEE bestows its "fellow' grade upon researchers with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. It is the highest grade of membership, and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and important career achievement. Read more...
 
 
November 30, 2011
ECE, CS Students Win Global Cybersecurity Contests
A team of ECE and computer science students led by ECE Assistant Professor David Brumley are using their competitive skills to rack up global victories as members of CMU's Capture the Flag team. Capture the Flag (CTF) is a computer security war game in which each participating team or individual competes to find a key source of information by solving a litany of challenges. Since late October, the CMU CTF team has won two prestigious contests. On Oct. 24, they won the SecuInside CTF contest in South Korea, winning $30,000. In early November, they entered two teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Poly) CSAW contest and took first and second place, netting another $1,750. Read more...
 
 
November 15, 2011
CMU Partners With Sun Yat-sen University To Develop Graduate Engineering Programs
Carnegie Mellon will extend its global reach to China, as the first private institution to offer graduate engineering degree programs with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). Carnegie Mellon and SYSU will establish a joint Institute of Engineering in Guangzhou, China, initially offering master's and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering, beginning in 2013. SYSU is located in southern China in Guangzhou along the Pearl River Delta, an important economic and technology hub of the Asia-Pacific region."We are pleased to partner with Sun Yat-sen University, which has a long history as one of China's finest institutions," said CMU President Jared L. Cohon. "Working with SYSU, we hope to usher in a new era of engineering education in China. We look forward to bringing CMU's innovative style, technological expertise and creative problem-solving to the region." Read more...
 
 
October 19, 2011
Marculescu Delivers Keynote at VLSI-SoC
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu delivered a keynote talk at the 19<sup>th</sup> IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC) in Hong Kong earlier this month. His talk, "Design and Optimization of Thousand-Core Systems," explored fundamental issues related to the design, evaluation and hardware prototyping of scalable power and temperature management algorithms for next-generation, massively parallel multicore systems. Read more...
 
 
October 18, 2011
Gligor Recognized for Outstanding Privacy, Security Research
ECE Professor Virgil Gligor received the Outstanding Innovation Award for computer privacy and security expertise Oct. 18 at the annual meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in Chicago."I'm extremely honored to receive this award as I continue to focus on how to design and implement trustworthy computing systems," said Gligor, co-director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab. "It is an honor to be recognized by my peers." Read more...
 
 
October 6, 2011
ECE Student Work Receives Best Paper Award
A paper authored by ECE Ph.D. students Gokce Keskin and Jonathan Proesel, along with Tanoto Professor of ECE Larry Pileggi, earned the Best Student Paper Award at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) for 2010. The 2011 CICC conference, held recently in San Jose, Calif., honored the winners from the previous year. Their paper, "Statistical Modeling and Post Manufacturing Configuration for Scaled Analog CMOS," presents a novel statistical element selection (SES) method to address the mismatch issues for scaled analog circuits. Keskin, who recently graduated, accepted the award at the 2011 conference's keynote session. Read more...
 
 
October 5, 2011
ECE Teams Earns ICCAD Best Paper Award
ECE post-doc Matthias Althoff, Ph.D. students Akshay Rajhans and Soner Yaldiz, and faculty members Bruce Krogh, Xin Li, and Larry Pileggi received the 2011 IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award for their paper "Formal Verification of Phase-Locked Loops Using Reachability Analysis and Continuization." The award will be presented at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) next month in San Jose, Calif. Read more...
 
 
September 26, 2011
Brumley Receives Presidential Early Career Award
Assistant ECE Professor David Brumley has won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) &mdash; the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young scientists and engineers. Brumley will receive the award at a White House ceremony this fall. The PECASE program recognizes scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. Brumley was one of 20 nominated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the PECASE. His award is in recognition of his "innovation and vital research on malware (malicious software) analysis and for strong educational and outreach activities." Read more...
 
 
August 9, 2011
Ganger, Narasimhan To Head New Intel Science and Technology Centers
Carnegie Mellon's Gregory Ganger and Priya Narasimhan will head two new Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTC) based at CMU that will focus on cloud and embedded computing. Each center involves multiple universities and will receive $15 million over the next five years."This will be an excellent platform for open collaboration research into underlying technologies essential to allowing cloud computing to reach the promise of dramatically improving efficiency, ubiquity and productivity for large-scale and user-facing applications across so many critical areas of information technology, from social networks to medicine, science and government," said Ganger. Read more...
 
 
August 9, 2011
Cvijic Earns Award at NAPS
ECE Ph.D. student Sanja Cvijic won second prize for Best Paper and Presentation at the North American Power Symposium (NAPS2011) in Boston earlier this month. The paper, co-authored with thesis advisor and ECE and EPP Professor Marija Ilic, is entitled "On Limits to Graph &mdash; Theoretic Approaches in Electric Power Systems," and concerns fundamental differences between transportation and electric circuit networks that make it difficult to directly draw on the rich literature in operations research. The paper proposes a sequence of unique transformations that map a physical meshed network into a non-physical, tree-structured network. Optimization is accomplished using well-established methods for transportation networks in this nonphysical network, and the results are uniquely mapped back to the physical network. Read more...
 
 
July 26, 2011
Jang Receives Symantec Graduate Fellowship
ECE Ph.D. student Jiyong Jang has earned the Symantec Research Labs (SRL) Graduate Fellowship for helping researchers better understand and protect against new online threats. The fellowship is awarded to promising graduate students who demonstrate leadership and technological prowess in confronting some of the world's most complex security, storage and system-management challenges. "This is a wonderful honor as I continue to work on tools and new approaches to make online commerce more secure," Jang said. Read more...
 
 
July 12, 2011
ECE Alum, Advisor Earn Recognition From National Research Council of Thailand
ECE alumnus Sooksan Panichpapiboon, who earned his Ph.D. in 2006 under the supervision of ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz, received the 2011 Dissertation Award from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) for his doctoral thesis, "Practical Design Issues in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Transmit Power, Topology and Routing." His Excellency Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, prime minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, presented him with the award earlier this year. In addition to recognizing Panichpapiboon, the NRCT also honored Tonguz, "as the major advisor who contributed advice and support" to Panichpapiboon's thesis. Read more...
 
 
July 11, 2011
Tam Wins ACM Student Research Competition
Wing Chiu (Jason) Tam, a fifth-year Ph.D. student advised by ECE Professor and CSSI Director Shawn Blanton, recently earned first place in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) held during the Design Automation Conference in San Diego. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the SRC offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM-sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. Tam took top honors for his project, "Physically Aware Analysis of Systematic Defects in Integrated Circuits." Read more...
 
 
July 7, 2011
Mutlu Co-Authors Best Paper
The paper "Concurrent Autonomous Self-Test for Uncore Components in System-on-Chips," co-authored by ECE Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu, has been selected as the best paper published in the 28<sup>th</sup> IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS) Proceedings in 2010. The selection was made by the VTS program committee from 45 papers published in the proceedings. Co-authors of the paper include Yanjing Li, a Ph.D. student at Stanford who previously interned with Mutlu; Intel's Donald Gardner; and Subhasish Mitra, a professor at Stanford. Read more...
 
 
June 30, 2011
Taylor Earns NSF Fellowship
ECE Ph.D. student Malcolm Taylor has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship for "outstanding abilities and accomplishments as well as the potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise." The GRFP provides three years of support for graduate education and cost-of-education allowance for individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. Read more...
 
 
June 27, 2011
Parno Wins ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award
ECE alumnus Bryan Parno (E'2010) has won the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for "resolving the tension between adequate security protections and the features and performance that users expect in a digitized world." Parno's thesis, "Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers," leverages the trust users have in one device, such as a cellphone or custom USB device, to enable secure use of another computer or service without sacrificing performance or features. For example, this would allow a user to safely enter tax information into his or her computer, even if it were infected with malware, or to verify the security of a website before entrusting it with personal data. Read more...
 
 
June 17, 2011
Tumanov Earns Canada Graduate Scholarship
ECE Ph.D. student Alexey Tumanov has earned a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) that will support his research on cloud computing with Jatras Professor of ECE Greg Ganger. The prestigious award is presented to Canadian citizens or permanent residents pursuing doctor's degrees, and is based on the applicant's academic excellence, research ability and potential, and communications, interpersonal and leadership abilities. The NSERC is the Canadian equivalent of the NSF, and only the top tier of post-graduate scholarship recipients earn the CGS-D. As a CGS-D winner at a non-Canadian university, Tumanov will receive $63,000 over three years to pursue his graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon. Read more...
 
 
June 16, 2011
Smereka Wins SMART Scholarship
Jonathon Smereka, a second-year Ph.D. student working with ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, has earned a Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship to support his work on biometrics. The scholarship, sponsored by the National Defense Education Program, supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Read more...
 
 
June 16, 2011
Mutlu Receives IEEE Computer Society TCCA Young Computer Architect Award
Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu has received the 2011 IEEE Computer Society TCCA Young Computer Architect Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of computer architecture in both research and education." The annual award, presented by the Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA), recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of computer architecture by an individual who received their Ph.D. within six years of their nomination. This is the first year the award was presented, making Mutlu the inaugural recipient. Read more...
 
 
June 7, 2011
Zhang Named to DARPA Computer Science Study Group
Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang has been selected for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Computer Science Study Group (CSSG). According to DARPA, the CSSG supports university research in computer science, while informing a new generation of researchers on Department of Defense needs and priorities. The multiyear program consists of a funded educational experience to familiarize participants with DoD practices, and up to four years of funded research to explore and develop technologies that have the potential to transition innovative and revolutionary computer science and technology advances to the government. Read more...
 
 
June 3, 2011
Bromberg, Morris Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship
ECE Ph.D. students David Bromberg and Dan Morris have earned a 2011 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for a research project to develop integrated electronic systems using a completely new device and circuit technology. The fellowship, presented by Qualcomm, focuses on recognizing, rewarding and mentoring innovative Ph.D. students across a broad range of technical research areas. Teams of two students each must develop an innovative project and submit a proposal to Qualcomm that outlines target one-year and long-term goals. This year, Bromberg and Morris competed against 146 teams nationwide to be named to the pool of 33 finalists who traveled to the Qualcomm corporate campus to present their proposal to a panel of executive judges. Their project was selected as one of just eight winners. Read more...
 
 
May 20, 2011
Radu Marculescu, Diana Marculescu Win Best Paper Award
ECE Professors Radu and Diana Marculescu, former Ph.D. student Umit Ogras and former ECE post-doc Eun Gu Jung have earned the 2011 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award. The award recognizes the best paper published in the Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems publication and is based on general quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness. Read more...
 
 
May 20, 2011
ECE Co-Hosts Workshop on Diversity in Design Automation and Test
Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh will co-host the first CRA-W/CDC Workshop on Diversity in Design Automation and Test May 23&ndash;24 at the University of Pittsburgh's University Club. The workshop, "Putting D(iversity) in Design Automation and Test," intends to provide senior undergraduates, graduate students and early post-doctoral researchers from underrepresented groups with an overview of the field, research directions and career paths available in design automation and test. Read more...
 
 
May 12, 2011
Cowley Earns Goldwater Scholarship
ECE Junior Benjamin Cowley is among three Carnegie Mellon students to receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships to encourage the pursuit of careers in the sciences. Cowley was among 278 sophomores and juniors nationwide chosen from more than 1,000 nominations to receive scholarships this year. Read more...
 
 
April 22, 2011
Clarke Elected to Academy of Arts & Sciences
Edmund M. Clarke, the FORE Systems University Professor of Computer Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 212 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business and public affairs who have been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) this year. Clarke is the 17<sup>th</sup> AAAS member affiliated with Carnegie Mellon. Read more...
 
 
April 21, 2011
Becker Wins SMART Scholarship
Second-year Ph.D. student Jonathan Becker has earned a Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship to support his work on evolved anti-jamming beamforming antenna arrays. The scholarship, sponsored by the National Defense Education Program, supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for excelling in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Read more...
 
 
April 21, 2011
Amini, DeBruhl Earn NDSEG Fellowships
Third-year Ph.D. student Shahriyar Amini and Bruce DeBruhl, a second-year Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, have won National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowships for their promising research in engineering and science. 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 NDSEG fellows, Amini and DeBruhl will each 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...
 
 
March 31, 2011
ECE Faculty Win CIT Awards
Five ECE faculty members &mdash; Raj Rajkumar, Bruno Sinopoli, Jelena Kovacevic, Jimmy Zhu and Adrian Perrig &mdash; were recently honored for their academic and research achievements at the annual CIT Faculty Awards Reception. Read more...
 
 
February 24, 2011
SAFARI/CALCM Paper Published in IEEE Micro's Top Picks
A paper by ECE Ph.D. student Yoongu Kim, computer science Ph.D. student Michael Papamichael, Associate Professor of Computer Science Mor Harchol-Balter and ECE Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu has been selected for IEEE Micro magazine's annual Top Picks issue. The leading IEEE periodical in computer architecture and design annually selects 10&ndash;12 "Top Pick" computer architecture papers of the past year based on the publication's novelty and potential for long-term impact. The group's paper, "Thread Cluster Memory Scheduling: Exploiting Differences in Memory Access Behavior," was one of 11 selected for the 2010 Top Picks issue. Read more...
 
 
February 24, 2011
Two Mutlu Papers Named Top Picks
Two research papers co-authored by Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu have been published in a collection of 2010's most significant computer architecture papers, as chosen by IEEE Micro magazine. At the beginning of each year, the leading IEEE periodical in computer architecture and design selects 10&ndash;12 "Top Pick" computer architecture papers of the past year based on the publication's novelty and potential for long-term impact. Mutlu's papers &mdash; among the 11 selected for 2010 &mdash; both tackle the problem of designing more scalable and efficient multicore systems. Read more...
 
 
February 9, 2011
Ganger Earns Stephen J. Jatras Professorship
ECE Professor Gregory R. Ganger has been awarded the Stephen J. Jatras Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering for cutting-edge work in computer systems."Greg is an outstanding researcher, educator and academic leader. His work addresses fundamental engineering challenges, and solves important problems even while he builds unique systems and organizations," said ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger. "He is a wonderful example of the spirit of Carnegie Mellon's culture of collaboration." Read more...
 
 
February 4, 2011
Alum Named President of Intel in Brazil
Fernando Martins, who earned his Ph.D. in ECE with University Professor of ECE José M. F. Moura in 1997, has been named the new president and general manager of Intel in Brazil. In his more than 13 years at Intel, Martins has served as global director of Strategic Planning, and was responsible for the company's Initiative on Virtualization, which, according to a press release, caused a positive impact on company revenues. His success at the company earned him the Intel Achievement Award twice. Read more...
 
 
February 4, 2011
Rajkumar Earns Carnegie Science Award
Raj Rajkumar, the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical Engineering, has earned a Carnegie Science Award in the Information Technology category. The awards, established in 1997, recognize and promote innovation in science and technology across western Pennsylvania. Specifically, the Information Technology Award honors innovation in the development and commercialization of an information technology-based solution resulting in significant business impact. Read more...
 
 
January 27, 2011
Rajkumar Earns Westinghouse Chair
ECE Professor Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar has received the George Westinghouse Professorship in Electrical Engineering for driving Carnegie Mellon research in the automotive industry. "Raj is an outstanding researcher and a stellar example of our longstanding tradition of collaborative, problem-solving research designed to advance engineering practice for the benefit of consumers and industry," said ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger. Read more...
 
 
January 25, 2011
Moura To Receive SPS Technical Achievement Award
University Professor of ECE José M. F. Moura has earned the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Technical Achievement Award. According to the SPS, the annual award "honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the society, as demonstrated by publications, patents or recognized impact on the field." Moura is being recognized for his fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing. He will receive the award, which consists of a cash prize, plaque and certificate, at the 2011 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing this coming May in Prague. Read more...
 
 
January 25, 2011
Mutlu Paper Published as CACM Research Highlight
ECE Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu's paper, "Phase Change Memory Architecture and the Quest for Scalability," was published as a selected Research Highlight in the July 2010 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM) magazine. The paper proposes architectural enhancements to enable phase change memory &mdash; an emerging non-volatile memory technology &mdash; to replace dynamic random access memory (DRAM) as the primary physical memory in computer systems. Mutlu and his colleagues hope phase change memory will create a more technology-scalable, cost-efficient and energy-efficient memory system than can be obtained with DRAM. To this end, the paper proposes microarchitectural techniques to mitigate latency, energy and endurance shortcomings of phase change memory vis-à-vis DRAM. Read more...
 
 
January 14, 2011
Tonguz Delivers Keynote at IEEE 2010 VNC
ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz delivered the keynote address at the IEEE 2010 Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC), held Dec. 13&ndash;15 in Jersey City, NJ. The conference emphasized the research challenges of vehicular ad hoc networks at all layers of the protocol stack, and attracted nearly 100 researchers from academia and companies like Toyota, Honda, BMW, Audi, Intel, Nokia Siemens Networks, and Denso. Tonguz's talk, "Emerging and Future Applications of Vehicular Networks: A Vision," elaborated on the importance of vehicular networks to sustainable energy (via electric cars), a greener environment, reduced carbon footprint and smart grid. He also discussed the burgeoning role of vehicular ad hoc networks as an important enabler. Read more...
 
 
January 6, 2011
Al-Ajmi Wins Hubert Humphrey Fellowship
Khaled Al-Ajmi, who received his master's degree in ECE at Carnegie Mellon in 2001, has earned a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for 2010-2011. A part of the Fulbright exchange activity, the Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study and related experiences in the United States for seasoned professionals from designated countries around the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. Read more...