News for year 2005

December 16, 2005
PDL Receives Both Best Paper Awards at FAST
Carnegie Mellon Partners with Intel and EMC for Research
Carnegie Mellon Partners with Intel and EMC for Research
Carnegie Mellon's Parallel Data Lab (PDL) received both Best Paper awards at the File and Storage Technologies (FAST) conference, the premier forum for storage systems research. The first paper describes work toward PDL's long-term target of storage systems that manage themselves (Self-* Storage). The second introduces a new approach to exploiting modern disk characteristics for better system performance; that research arises from collaboration between the PDL, Intel Research Pittsburgh, and EMC Corporation. Read more...
December 16, 2005
ECE Seniors Chosen as Andrew Carnegie Scholars
Fleming and Shah Honored as Future Leaders
Fleming and Shah Honored as Future Leaders
ECE seniors Kermin Elliott Fleming and Samir Shah have been selected as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. Both students are earning an integrated M.S./B.S. degree; Fleming is also majoring in computer science. They are part of a group of 36 undergraduate seniors chosen as ACS scholars. Candidates are nominated by their deans and department heads. Read more...
December 12, 2005
ECE Alumnus Wins Intel Achievement Award
ECE alumnus Charles Winstead (M.S. ECE, 1991; M.S. MechE, 1994; Ph.D. ECE, 1995) won an Intel Achievement Award for his role in a new software system for managing material in semiconductor fabrication. The honor is Intel's highest project-based award; less than 1% of Intel employees ever receive it. Winstead was recognized by Intel's chief executives Craig Barrett and Paul Otellini at a banquet in San Diego, where he received a cash award and a trophy. Read more...
December 5, 2005
Carnegie Mellon to Showcase Security Research in Taiwan
Carnegie Mellon University researchers and members of Taiwan's government-affiliated Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) will unveil new security technology in Hsinchu, a research-rich area south of Taipei. Increased demand for both Internet and physical security prompted both Carnegie Mellon and ITRI researchers to develop a software toolbox capable of tracking everything from an errant teenager taking the family car for an unscheduled drive to surveillance at major transportation hubs. Read more...
December 1, 2005
Two Best Student Paper Awards Presented to ECE Graduate Student
Efforts Part of Face Recognition Grand Challenge
Efforts Part of Face Recognition Grand Challenge
ECE graduate student Chunyan Xie recently placed first in the Best Student Paper Award competition held by the IEEE International Workshop on Analysis and Modeling of Faces and Gestures (AMFG) in Bejing, China. She also won third place in the student author contest at the IEEE Workshop on Automatic Identification Advanced Technologies (AutoID) in Buffalo, New York. Read more...
November 22, 2005
College of Engineering Hosts Discussion on American Competitiveness
"Is America Falling Behind?" when it comes to science and engineering, will be the discussion topic at a panel session hosted by Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering at the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania in downtown Pittsburgh. A panel of engineering experts led by Carnegie Mellon Engineering School Dean Pradeep Khosla will discuss a broad range of ideas for maintaining the nation's competitive edge and improving the quality of life for people around the world. Read more...
November 22, 2005
ECE Graduate Student A Winner in Best Student Paper Competition
Bo Li Wins Second Place at IEEE Sensors 2005 Conference
Bo Li Wins Second Place at IEEE Sensors 2005 Conference
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate student Bo Li won second place in the Best Student Paper Award competition at the IEEE Sensors 2005 Conference in Irvine, CA. His paper, "Volatile Organic Compound Discrimination Using Nanostructured Polythiophene Sensors," was based on research on chemical nano-sensors undertaken with his advisor, David Lambeth, Professor of ECE and Materials Science and Engineering, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Read more...
November 15, 2005
Moura, Siewiorek, and Towe Elected AAAS Fellows
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected ECE faculty members José M.F. Moura, Daniel P. Siewiorek, and Elias Towe to the rank of fellow. Moura was honored for outstanding contributions to the science and engineering of statistical signal processing and its application to communications and bioimaging. Siewiorek's award was for contributions to wearable computers, multiprocessor design, reliable systems, and automated design synthesis. Towe was inducted for pioneering research in semiconductor laser development in the area of quantum structures and devices and for contributions to nanostructure optoelectronic technology. Read more...
November 10, 2005
DSSC Student and Professor Win Best Paper Award
Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) graduate student Matthew Moneck and Professor Jimmy Zhu received a best paper award for their poster and paper, "Fabrication and Testing of Deep Submicron Annular Vertical MRAM" at the 50th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference in San Jose, California. MMM is the most prominent conference in the field of magnetism. Read more...
November 7, 2005
ECE Alumnus Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award from ACM SIGDA
ECE alumnus Shuvendu Lahiri (M.S. 2001; Ph.D. 2004) won the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation from the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in Design Automation (ACM SIGDA) for his work, "Unbounded System Verification Using Decision Procedure and Predicate Abstraction." Lahiri was advised by Randal Bryant, Dean of the School of Computer Science (SCS) and Professor of CS and ECE, and is now a researcher at Microsoft. Read more...
October 31, 2005
Homecoming Unites ECE Generations
During homecoming weekend nearly 50 ECE alumni returned to campus. The ECE festivities began in Hamerschlag Hall, where Department Head T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger welcomed alumni and premiered a slide show on the department's activities. Alumni then attended the College of Engineering reception, where flowers, balloons, and booths for every engineering department lined the entranceway. Susan Farrington, the new director of alumni and student relations for ECE, was on hand to greet alumni. With her were faculty, staff, and ECE students, who staffed a table with ECE paraphernalia and photos. Read more...
October 24, 2005
Economic Development & Foundation Reps Tour Carnegie Mellon Nanofab Facility
On October 4, 30 members of local economic development organizations and foundations toured the Carnegie Mellon Nanofabrication Facility as part of a presentation on technology transfer to the private sector. Participating in the tour were representatives of Innovation Works, the Idea Foundry, and the Technology Collaborative, as well as the Heinz Endowments, the McCune Foundation, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Read more...
October 24, 2005
ECE Paper Among 100 Most Popular in IEEE
ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz, Ph.D. student Evsen Yanmaz, and Sudhir Dixit, a Nokia fellow, published a paper entitled, "On the Design of Self-Organized Cellular Wireless Networks" in the July 2005 issue of IEEE Communications Magazine. According to the IEEE publications database, IEEE Xplore, it was among the top 100 most accessed IEEE documents this August in the ECE and CS disciplines. Read more...
October 14, 2005
DSSC Fall Review Draws Over 40 Visitors
September 22-23, the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) hosted their semi-annual research review for industrial sponsors. In attendance were 42 visitors from 21 companies and nonprofits. Students presented research on subjects including hard disk drive (HDD) technology, tape technology, optical storage, probe storage and non-volatile memory. Read more...
October 5, 2005
Career Fair Events Connect Students with Industry
ECE students connected with industry through three events held in conjunction with the university's technical opportunities conference (TOC): an IEEE technical talk by alumnus Wayne Carriker (M.S. 1989, Ph.D. 1995), a Verizon workshop for graduate women, and a breakfast program where student leaders and faculty met with industry representatives. At the morning gathering, recruiters from 50 companies discussed career opportunities with participants. Read more...
September 29, 2005
Faculty Begin Research Projects on Hamerschlag Hall Living Roof
Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon will showcase a new $172,000 rooftop garden and ongoing research designed to promote the benefits of stormwater management and energy conservation for a building housing classrooms, labs and administrative offices at noon Friday, Sept. 30, on the south roof of Hamerschlag Hall. Hamerschlag Hall is the workplace of many students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read more...
September 27, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Faculty to Give Medical Writers Tips on Keeping Computers Cybersafe
Carnegie Mellon University's Pradeep Khosla and Stephen Fienberg will tell 1,000 medical and technical writers how to keep their data safe during a panel discussion Oct. 1 at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) at the Pittsburgh Hilton. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, Dowd Professor of ECE and Robotics, and co-founder of CyLab, and Fienberg, University professor of Statistics and Social Science, will discuss what it takes to make the Internet more cybersecure. Their session is from 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the hotel's Kings Gardens room. Read more...
September 9, 2005
ECE Graduate Student Wins Homeland Security Fellowship
ECE graduate student Andrew W. Williams has won a competitive 2005 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellowship that covers his tuition and stipend. Working with his advisor, Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and the Institute for Software Research International (ISRI), Andrew is focused on security-related research. Read more...
September 1, 2005
Ilic Edits Special Issue of *IEEE Proceedings:*
"Power Technology and Policy – Forty Years After the 1965 Blackout"
"Power Technology and Policy – Forty Years After the 1965 Blackout"
Marija Ilic, Professor of ECE and EPP, is a guest editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE November 2005 special issue, "Power Technology and Policy – Forty Years After the 1965 Blackout." The journal will focus on the changing demands, technologies, and economics of the electric power industry. Read more...
September 1, 2005
ECE Welcomes New Students
ECE welcomes 68 new graduate students this year and 136 new sophomore ECE majors. Incoming graduate students attended an orientation on August 26 and sophomores were invited to a welcoming reception on September 1. As part of their introduction to the department, new students heard presentations from faculty, staff, and the leaders of student and campus organizations. Speakers from across Carnegie Mellon spoke about student services and presented opportunities for involvement in ECE and campus activities. Read more...
August 19, 2005
ECE Undergraduate Programs Rank in Nation’s Top Ten
*U.S. News & World Report* Gives Carnegie Mellon High Marks
*U.S. News & World Report* Gives Carnegie Mellon High Marks
Carnegie Mellon's undergraduate programs in engineering ranked among the 10 best in the country in U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges." Our undergraduate engineering program was ranked eighth. In the engineering specialties, we ranked third best in computer engineering and 10th in electrical engineering. Read more...
July 29, 2005
Analog Devices Awards Highest Technical Honor to ECE Alumnus
Nakamura Honored for Contributions to Design Innovation & Leadership
Nakamura Honored for Contributions to Design Innovation & Leadership
ECE Alumnus Katsu Nakamura (B.S. ‘89; MS. ‘90; Ph.D. ‘94), a senior engineer for Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), has been named a fellow of the company, their highest technical honor. As a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Nakamura was advised by Rick Carley as part of the computer aided design (CAD) research group, now the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI). Read more...
July 28, 2005
"Kryder's Law" Featured in *Scientific American*
"Kryder's Law," an article in this month's issue of Scientific American, spotlights Mark Kryder's pioneering disk drive research. Kryder, a university professor in ECE and the chief technical officer at Seagate, co-founded the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) at Carnegie Mellon. The DSSC is largest academic research center in data storage in the United States. Read more...
July 27, 2005
Narasimhan Elected to IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
Priya Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, has been elected to membership in the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance. Read more...
July 25, 2005
Lauren Chikofsky
A Student Leader in ECE
A Student Leader in ECE
Just like the antennas she works on that can change their shape and frequency on demand, ECE junior Lauren Chikofsky has learned to hone her technical and leadership skills to respond to the challenges of being a student leader. The Executive Chair of Women in ECE (WinECE) won a Boeing Scholarship with ECE senior Mark Hairgrove, makes time for undergraduate research, and also assists with the pre-college program that led her to ECE. Read more...
July 14, 2005
CSSI Hosts Alumni & Friends Reception at DAC
The Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI) hosted its yearly alumni and friends reception at the 42nd annual IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) on June 14 in Anaheim, CA. Read more...
July 14, 2005
ECE Student Receives Best Student Paper at ISOM/ODS
ECE graduate student Sheida Nabavi received the best student paper award at the recent International Symposium on Optical Memory and Optical Data Storage (ISOM/ODS). Read more...
July 12, 2005
Song and Perrig Organize Cybersecurity Workshop
Assistant Professors Adrian Perrig and Dawn Song are on the organizing committee for the Workshop on the Next-Generation Secure Internet from July 12-14, sponsored by the NSF and the Carnegie Mellon CyLab. Perrig will present a security overview, and Hui Zhang, an associate professor, is part of a panel of presenters ... Read more...
July 11, 2005
Diana Marculescu Elected Chair of ACM/SIGDA
To Serve on DAC Executive Committee
To Serve on DAC Executive Committee
Diana Marculescu, Associate Professor of ECE, has been elected chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA). She is the ACM/SIGDA representative on the executive committee of the 43rd Design Automation Conference (DAC), which will be held July 24-28, 2006, in San Francisco. Read more...
July 11, 2005
ECE Alumnus Tom Martin Wins CAREER Grant
ECE alumnus Tom Martin (Ph.D. 1999; M.S. 1994), an assistant professor of ECE at Virginia Tech, has received a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER grant for $400,000. This is the most prestigious award for creative junior faculty who are likely to become academic leaders of the future.His CAREER project is ... Read more...
July 11, 2005
ECE Team Brings Winning Care to Microsoft Competition
ECE classmates Mark Pimentel and Andy Shen and recent alumnus Bryan Chen (M.S. and B.S. 2005) developed a better information system for healthcare professionals for Microsoft’s Software Design Invitational. The three answered a challenge to use Microsoft® .NET Framework and .NET Web services to create a mobile application that dissolves the boundaries between people through smart technology. SmartCare is a healthcare platform that provides easy, more-secure sharing of patient information without the need to replace existing information technology. Read more...
July 5, 2005
ECE Faculty Instruct Information Assurance Capacity Building Program
ECE faculty members affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon CyLab will help instruct the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program (IACBP) from July 5-29. The instructors and their topics include: Hyong Kim, "A New Direction for Next Generation Network Architecture;" Greg Ganger, "'Self-*' Storage Infrastructures;" Adrian Perrig, "Secure Sensor ... Read more...
June 30, 2005
CyLab Researchers Host Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
Carnegie Mellon will host about 100 security, privacy and usability experts from industry and academia July 6-8 at a symposium at the Carnegie Mellon Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC) designed to make Internet users cybersafe. Lorrie Cranor, an associate professor at the Institute for Software Research International and Carnegie Mellon CyLab, said the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will focus on privacy and security from a user's perspective. Read more...
June 27, 2005
Rutenbar and Tiwary Nominated for DAC Best Paper Award
ECE Professor Rob A. Rutenbar and his Ph.D. student Saurabh Tiwary were nominated for Best Paper at the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC) held from June 13-17. Their paper, "Scalable Trajectory Methods for On-Demand Macromodel Extraction," allows efficient, accurate simulation models of complex analog circuits to be constructed ... Read more...
June 16, 2005
Marculescu and Varatkar Win IEEE Best Paper Award
Radu Marculescu, Associate Professor of ECE, and alumnus Girish Varatkar (M.S. 2003) won the 2005 Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (TVLSI) Best Paper Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society. Their paper, "On-Chip Traffic Modeling and Synthesis for MPEG-2 Video Applications, was published in *IEEE Transactions ... Read more...
June 14, 2005
From Design to Implementation
Wireless Team Wins David Tuma Undergraduate Laboratory Award
Wireless Team Wins David Tuma Undergraduate Laboratory Award
ECE students Jesse Vizcaino, Kermin Fleming, and Muhammed Wahabsuhaili built a prototype for a wireless intercom system for their Digital Communications and Signal Processing Systems Design course. The trio was invited to the ECE Diploma Ceremony to accept the David Tuma Undergraduate Laboratory Award for the most outstanding student project. Established in 1985, the award honors the late Professor David Tuma's dedication to undergraduate education and commitment to practical laboratory experiences. Read more...
June 13, 2005
Todd Kozuki: Part of Carnegie Mellon’s QRIO Connection
Alumnus Todd Kozuki was part of an entourage from Sony that brought the company's two-foot tall humanoid robot to campus. QRIO danced, talked and schmoozed through a 20-minute show. In the future a QRIO may be as common in the home as a television set is today, Kozuki says. Read more...
June 13, 2005
Chris Marshall
ECE in Concert
ECE in Concert
What does setting up a rock concert have to do with electrical and computer engineering? Plenty, according to ECE senior Chris Marshall, who coordinated the light and sound for the stages at spring carnival. Using his knowledge of power distribution, electroacoustics, and signal processing, he helped lead the backstage work for the Shins concert. Let's go behind the scenes with Chris. Read more...
June 3, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Research Team Releases Computer Architecture Simulation Infrastructure
A team of Carnegie Mellon students and professors in the Computer Architecture Lab at Carnegie Mellon (CALCM) released SimFlex, a new computer architecture simulation infrastructure, during the International Conference on Measurement & Modeling of Computer Systems (SIGMETRICS 2005).ECE faculty members Babak Falsafi and ... Read more...
June 2, 2005
CyLab Partners with Leaders Foundation to Host Former Presidential Cybersecurity Advisor
Richard Clarke, the former special advisor to the president for cybersecurity, will speak about protecting the information highway at a luncheon seminar sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the Information Networking Institute (INI) and Carnegie Mellon CyLab.Clarke, who is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. ... Read more...
May 16, 2005
ECE Graduates & Award Winners Honored at Diploma Ceremony
On May 15, ECE awarded 41 doctor of philosophy, 112 master of science, and 165 bachelor of science degrees. Of the graduates, 30 simultaneously completed both the MS and BS degrees and 16 completed both in 8 semesters. Among the BS candidates, 93 graduated with university honors (a Q.P.A. of 3.5 or better) and 32 with college honors, completing an ... Read more...
May 9, 2005
Marta DePaul
Getting Down to Business
Getting Down to Business
ECE Senior Marta DePaul has a double major in the International Relations business track, a minor in Engineering Design, and a love of Carnegie Mellon engineering that runs in her family. She's interned and studied abroad in Japan, researched projects with General Motors and ICES, and taught boy scouts electronics for merit badges. What are the essentials of her ECE business plan? Read more...
May 9, 2005
Matt Theisz
ECE Student Joins Alumnus at Saturday Light Brigade
ECE Student Joins Alumnus at Saturday Light Brigade
Senior electrical and computer engineering major Mathew Theisz is applying his technical expertise, but it's not as a software engineer or in the field of computer security. It's as a broadcast engineer for "The Saturday Light Brigade" (SLB), Pittsburgh's award-winning live public radio program hosted by Larry Berger (E'83), another Carnegie Mellon engineer who's turned to radio. Read more...
May 6, 2005
ECE Students Win "Meeting of the Minds" Awards
Celebrating Undergraduate Research
Celebrating Undergraduate Research
Think only faculty and graduate students do research at Carnegie Mellon? Think again. At this spring's 10th annual "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium, 400 Carnegie Mellon students exhibited projects, including nearly 45 from ECE. Several ECE students won awards at the symposium competitions, which were sponsored by corporations, departments, honor societies, and individuals. Read more...
May 5, 2005
Tasting Success at Carnegie Mellon
Students Invent Automated M&M Sorters for Mechatronic Design Final
Students Invent Automated M&M Sorters for Mechatronic Design Final
They may already “melt in your mouth, not in your hands,” but picking out the red M&Ms® just got a little easier, thanks to our student inventors, who made machines to color-classify the candy. More than ten teams of pupils demonstrated their automated M&M sorters for the final project in Mechatronic Design during the undergraduate research symposium, the “Meeting of the Minds.” Read more...
May 3, 2005
Construction Begins on Living Roof for Hamerschlag Hall
Faculty, staff and students work across disciplines to create rooftop gardenCarnegie Mellon University faculty, staff and students and the university's Environmental (Green) Practices Committee have started construction of a "living roof," or rooftop garden, on Hamerschlag Hall's south roof. ... Read more...
April 25, 2005
Nicole Saulnier
Part of the Carnegie Mellon Family
Part of the Carnegie Mellon Family
Ever since her parents, both Carnegie Mellon graduates, took her to our spring carnival as a little girl, Nicole Saulnier always knew our school was her first choice. One of the first winners of the ATK-Nick G. Vlahakis Scholarship, the Integrated M.S./B.S. (IMB) degree student is in her fifth year of study, earning her Master's degree. Read about her scholarship, activities, and Pittsburgh pride. Read more...
April 25, 2005
Nicholas Rubi
Rocketing to Success
Rocketing to Success
Nicholas Rubi may only be a sophomore in ECE, but he has already blasted off to make a big impact in the Carnegie Mellon community. As one of the first winners of the ATK-Nick G. Vlahakis Scholarship, a member of the Red Team robot racers, and an officer in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), he has already interned at Alliant Techsystems' Rocket Center and is aiming for a career in the aerospace and defense industry. Join Rubi as he talks about his award, ECE, and his future plans. Read more...
April 25, 2005
ECE Students Win Scholarships
Engineering Alumnus Nick Vlahakis Endows Awards through ATK
Engineering Alumnus Nick Vlahakis Endows Awards through ATK
ECE students Nicholas Rubi, a sophomore, and Integrated M.S./B.S. (IMB) degree student Nicole Saulnier received the first scholarships from the newly endowed ATK-Nick G. Vlahakis Scholarship Fund. Read more...
April 22, 2005
Aldosari wins best student paper award at ICASSP
ECE graduate student Saeed Aldosari won a best student paper award at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) for "Saddlepoint Approximation for Sensor Networks Optimization." The paper was coauthored with his advisor, Jos Moura, Professor of ECE & BME, and was listed in the sensor array and ... Read more...
April 20, 2005
ECE Students Teach Boy Scouts Electronics at Merit Badge University
Over 460 eager boy scouts arrived on campus for Merit Badge University (MBU), held across two Saturdays this semester. Read more...
April 14, 2005
Schlesinger Delivered Information Storage Keynote at MSST 2005
ECE Department Head Ed Schlesinger delivered the keynote address at the 22nd IEEE - 13th NASA Goddard Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST 2005). Schlesinger, who directs Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), spoke about the future of information storage, the integration of storage and processing, and the ... Read more...
April 14, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Creates Nanotechnology Center to Study and Design a New Generation of Technologies
A multidisciplinary team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers will work to create and design new technologies at the Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies. Under the direction of Elias Towe, a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, the new center will harness nanoscale research under way at both the College of Engineering and the Mellon College of Science. Read more...
April 11, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Are Part of New NSF Center Studying Cybersecurity and Trustworthy Computing
A group of Carnegie Mellon University researchers are part of an eight institution team that will work on cybersecurity and trustworthy computing issues within a new National Science Foundation-funded (NSF) Science and Technology Center led by the University of California at Berkeley.NSF announced its intention to ... Read more...
April 4, 2005
Alumnus Frank Marshall Endows Graduate Fellowships
Students Andrew Biggadike, Debin Gao, and Cynthia Wong are Named First Recipients
Students Andrew Biggadike, Debin Gao, and Cynthia Wong are Named First Recipients
Carnegie Mellon graduate students Andrew Biggadike, Debin Gao, and Cynthia Wong are the first recipients of the Frank J. Marshall Graduate Fellowship for outstanding research in computer networking security. The award will be used to support their stipends and tuition. Read more...
April 4, 2005
Engineering the Family Car of the Future
Technology will enable cars to communicate with its drivers
Technology will enable cars to communicate with its drivers
In the future will we still drive our cars, or will our cars drive us?The latter may be closer to the truth, according to Carnegie Mellon researchers who are creating the new car of the future, equipped with wireless networks and Global Positioning Satellite technology to keep drivers and passengers safe and on time wherever they are headed. Read more...
April 1, 2005
Four Carnegie Mellon Engineering Programs Rank in Top Ten
In the annual U.S. News & World Report survey of engineering school deans, ECE's graduate program in computer engineering was ranked the 4th program of its kind in the country. The Department's graduate programs in electrical/electronic/communications ranked 8th. Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering graduate programs overall ranked 9th ... Read more...
April 1, 2005
Carnegie Mellon's Collaborative Research is Driving Force Behind Revolutionary New Tool for Writing Software Codes
A collaborative research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's José M.F. Moura has developed a new set of software tools that may revolutionize the way computer code is written. The team involves ECE faculty members Moura and Markus Püschel, and Maria Manuela Veloso, a professor with the School of Computer Science, as well as David Padua, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Jeremy Johnson, a professor of computer science at Drexel University. Read more...
March 30, 2005
Perrig's Team Develops Software to Detect Viruses
New types of insidious programs are burrowing into a variety of embedded systems in cars and cell phones, wreaking all sorts of problems. Here's what Carnegie Mellon University Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers are doing to combat them:A research team led by Adrian Perrig has developed a new software ... Read more...
March 30, 2005
DSSC Hosts Spring Technical Review
Carnegie Mellon's Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC) hosted their spring technical review from March 22-23 with sessions in media for perpendicular recording, optical and thermal recording, L<sub>10</sub> nanoparticles, channels, convergence of storage and computing technology, surfaces and tribology, and tape systems. The DSSC offers technical ... Read more...
March 30, 2005
Kanade Donates Papers to Carnegie Mellon
Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of CS and Robotics, Professor of ECE, has initiated a gift to the Carnegie Mellon University Archives of his papers and memorabilia. Over time, this generous gift will fully document Kanades career at the university in the closely intertwined disciplines of computer science, artificial intelligence ... Read more...
March 28, 2005
Moura Selected for President Elect of the IEEE SPS
Jos Moura, Professor of ECE & BME, was elected President Elect (2006-07) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society (SPS), a group of approximately 25,000 signal processing professionals within IEEE. His term as president is the two year period from 2008-2009. He served before as Vice President for ... Read more...
March 25, 2005
Chris Pearson: Three Time National Champion Swimmer
ECE senior Chris Pearson lapped up two more honors for the Carnegie Mellon Varsity Swim Team at the 2005 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships, defending his 200 yard freestyle title from 2004, winning the 200 yard butterfly, and leading the Tartans to a 6th place victory. He was the University Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year in 2002 and 2005, and part of the 2003-04 First Team Academic All-American Men’s At-Large Team (along with ECE senior Boris Sofman in tennis). As a dean’s list student with 26 all-American certificates, Chris has learned to focus on his goals as a student athlete, diving into success and planning to continue next year in the Integrated M.S./B.S. (IMB) degree program. Read more...
March 23, 2005
Zhu and Bain to Lead Prestigious Data Storage Systems Center
Carnegie Mellon University appointed professors Jimmy Zhu and Jim Bain to head the globally renowned Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC). Their appointments are effective April 18."We are extremely pleased that these two outstanding academic researchers have accepted this new challenge," said Ed Schlesinger, head of ... Read more...
March 22, 2005
Song Wins NSF CAREER Award
Dawn Song, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2005-2010) for her proposed research "Towards Exterminating Large Scale Internet Attacks." The award "recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the ... Read more...
March 22, 2005
Kyle Anderson
Studying Abroad Opens Doors to a Co-op
Studying Abroad Opens Doors to a Co-op
After ECE senior Kyle Anderson studied abroad for a year in Switzerland, learning French opened doors for him to apply for a co-op in Quebec. Find out how he is honing his ECE skills while learning a new language and culture and making friends from around the world. Read more...
March 21, 2005
Prospective Students Attend Open House 2005
Prospective students came to the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department's Open House to meet with faculty and current students, visit ECE, and tour ECE and Pittsburgh. ECE faculty delivered research overviews in two tracks. A computer systems track presented architecture, networking, data management systems, and security research ... Read more...
March 17, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Hosts Media Boot Camp to Educate Faculty and Researchers About Pitching Stories
Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (SEER) will kick off the inaugural 2005 Media Boot Camp Series March 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Singleton Room at Roberts Hall. The Media Boot Camp series is designed to help faculty and ... Read more...
March 14, 2005
Blanton and Dwarakanath Awarded Patent
ECE Professor Shawn Blanton and alumnus Kumar Dwarakanath (Ph.D. 2004) were awarded a patent for their "Method for Characterizing, Generating Test Sequences for, and/or Stimulating Integrated Circuit Faults Using Fault Tuples and Related Systems and Computer Program Products."Dwarakanath's thesis on the fault ... Read more...
March 14, 2005
Setti's Robotic Water Strider Featured in *Fortune Magazine*
A tiny six-legged robotic water strider developed by Metin Setti, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Robotics and ECE, is one of the many robotic innovations from Carnegie Mellon University that was featured in Fortune Magazine.According to Sherry Stokes, editor of the *Carnegie Mellon ... Read more...
March 14, 2005
Rob Rutenbar's Speech-Recognition Research Featured in *The Economist*
Rob A. Rutenbar, Carnegie Mellon's Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is featured in the March 2005 edition of The Economist's Technology Quarterly. His team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of California at Berkeley is working to design a radically new silicon chip architecture targeted ... Read more...
March 14, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Are Driving Force Behind Emerging Smart Car Technologies
A team of Carnegie Mellon University Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) researchers received funds for ongoing research from General Motors to continue smart car research that will revolutionize the way vehicles and drivers interact. The research aims to make the vehicle of the future more aware of driver needs, ... Read more...
March 14, 2005
Kanade and Schneiderman Earn Image Processing Patent
Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of CS and Robotics; Professor of ECE, and Henry Schneiderman, Research Scientist, Robotics Institute, have patented their object finder for photographic images (No. 6,829,384). According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the image processing and image recognition technology provides a way to ... Read more...
March 1, 2005
The Feynman Lecture Series
The Character of Physical Law
The Character of Physical Law
After a successful run last year, ECE Professor Jim Hoburg and the office of the vice provost for education are again showing Richard Feynman's seven lectures on The Character of Physical Law. Professor Feynman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, presenting the talks for the 1964 Messenger Lecture Series at Cornell University. Read more...
February 25, 2005
CMU Students Bring Engineering Fun to Kids
Celebrating National Engineers Week at the Carnegie Science Center
Celebrating National Engineers Week at the Carnegie Science Center
What do racing robots, marshmallow insulators, and Shrinky Dink polymers have in common? Carnegie Mellon engineering students used each of them to bring engineering fun to the world of children of all ages at the Carnegie Science Center last month for National Engineers Week. Read more...
February 23, 2005
Clarke Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Edmund M. Clarke has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Clarke is Carnegie Mellon University's FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Membership in the NAE honors people who have made important contributions to engineering theory and practice and who have demonstrated unusual accomplishments in pioneering new and developing fields of technology. Read more...
February 4, 2005
Schlesinger Appointed Department Head of ECE
Carnegie Mellon University professor T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger was named head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), effective Feb. 10. He succeeds Pradeep K. Khosla, who became dean of the College of Engineering this past July. Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula has served as interim department head for the past seven months. ... Read more...
February 3, 2005
Carnegie Mellon Hosts Sony's QRIO Robot
ECE Alumnus Todd Kozuki Participates in Demo
ECE Alumnus Todd Kozuki Participates in Demo
Sony Electronics Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Hideki "Dick" Komiyama visited Carnegie Mellon last week to introduce and demonstrate QRIO, the company's two-and-a-half-foot tall, autonomous, interactive humanoid robot. Read more...
February 1, 2005
Kuok Chiang Kim
Chronicles of a Co-op in Switzerland
Chronicles of a Co-op in Switzerland
Even though ECE senior Kuok Chiang Kim has a full schedule with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and classes in the Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) program, he is always looking ahead to develop his career. He completed an eight month cooperative education (co-op) experience at ABB Switzerland's Corporate Research Center, was nominated last year for the Student Employee of the Year Recognition Award for his work on the School of Music’s website, and participated in a summer undergraduate research program as a Merck Scholar. Let’s join Kuok as he shares the details of his co-op. Read more...
January 18, 2005
Niyogi and Marculescu Win Best Paper Award at ASP-DAC 2005
ECE graduate student Koushik Niyogi and his advisor, Assistant Professor of ECE Diana Marculescu, won the Best Paper Award at the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) in Shanghai, China. Their work, titled "Speed and Voltage Selection for GALS Systems based on Voltage/Frequency Islands," was ... Read more...
January 17, 2005
Olivia Tsai
Catching Opportunities in Track & School
Catching Opportunities in Track & School
Whether seizing the chance to develop a pedometer that may help combat obesity or sprinting to beat an opponent on the track team, ECE senior Olivia Tsai has learned to catch opportunities. Read more...