CSSI in the News

December 2004

The College of Engineering has named Diana Marculescu as the recipient of the George Tallman Ladd Research Award for 2004-2005. This award is given to a faculty member within the Carnegie Institute of Technology in recognition of outstanding research, professional accomplishments, and potential.

November 2004

"Fingerprinting: Bounding Soft-Error Latency and Bandwidth," a flagship paper from the Total Reliability Using Scalable Servers (TRUSS) project, was selected to appear in IEEE Micro's special year-end issue, "Micro's Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences." It was one of only nine manuscripts selected for the periodical by a committee of industrial researchers and experts. The paper was co-authored by ECE graduate students Jared Smolens, Brian Gold, and Jangwoo Kim, and faculty Babak Falsafi, James Hoe, and Andreas Nowatzyk. (More info...)

October 2004

Xin Li, Jiayong (Kelvin) Le, Padmini Gopalakrishnan, and Larry Pileggi received the IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award for "Asymptotic Probability Extraction for Non-Normal Distributions of Circuit Performance," to be presented at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design in San Jose, California in November, 2004.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Rob A. Rutenbar is leading the development of a silicon chip that may revolutionize the way humans communicate. With researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Rutenbar received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to move automatic speech recognition from software to hardware -- a transition that could significantly impact America's homeland security.

July 2004

Rob A. Rutenbar, the Stephen Jatras Professor of ECE, gave the Keynote Address at the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) 2004 Conference in San Francisco; ITRS sets manufacturing standards and goals for the worldwide semiconductor industry.

June 2004

Several CSSI faculty and students participated in the 41th Annual IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) on June 7-11 in San Diego, again hosting an alumni and friends reception. DAC is the premier electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solution event; over 11,000 people attended. During the CSSI reception at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina on June 8, guests enjoyed good food and conversation and a unique opportunity for a private session with a palm reader who predicted everyone's future in electronic design automation. <Photo Gallery>

CSSI student Josh Pieper won first prize in the open class of Carnegie Mellon's Spring Carnival MObile roBOTs (MOBOT) competition, shattering the old course record by over ten seconds. His training from advisors, Research Scientist JoAnn Paul and ECE Professor Don Thomas, on the Modeling Environment for Software and Hardware (MESH) project gave him the idea to design a simulation environment to test out the machine without having to drive it around campus. Josh earned $500 from Lockheed Martin Corporation and Harris Corporation for winning the open class and setting the course record.

May 2004

Professor Randal E. Bryant has been named University Professor, the highest distinction Carnegie Mellon faculty members can achieve. The title is awarded on the basis of national or international recognition for research, artistic and literary accomplishments, and other scholarly activities. Bryant, the President's Professor of Computer Science, is the newly appointed dean of the School of Computer Science. He has achieved wide recognition in academia and industry for developing computer-aided design tools that simulate and verify digital circuits, and for his research in symbolic manipulation and parallel computation.

Rob A. Rutenbar, the Stephen Jatras Professor of ECE, and his graduate students Zhong Xiu, James D. Ma, and Suzanne M. Fowler were nominated for a Best Paper Award for "Large-Scale Placement by Grid Warping" at the 41st ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, held in San Diego in June 2004. Their paper was one of sixteen best paper candidates out of 163 papers presented.

CSSI student Kim Yaw Tong received one of three Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Awards at the ECE Diploma Ceremony on May 16. This award is given to ECE graduate students for extraordinary performance in the ECE teaching program. Other recipients were Bob Grabowski and Luis Navarro-Serment.

Assistant Professor of ECE Diana Marculescu is a newly appointed Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE's Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society for 2004-2005. Her lectures are titled "Dynamic Power and Fault-Tolerance Management for Ambient Intelligent Systems "and "Energy Aware Computing: Synchronous vs. Partially Asynchronous Processors." IEEE's website reports that the CAS Distinguished Lecturer Program aims to enhance the professional vitality of the society's engineers—particularly those in industry and government—by keeping them informed of the latest research advances and their practical applications.

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