March 13, 2006
Adrian Perrig, Assistant Professor of ECE, EPP, and CS, received a Sloan Research Fellowship in computer science for his proposal on "Securing Next-Generation Computer Networks." The two-year, $45,000 funding may be used for equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, or trainee support. The purpose of the award is "to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise," according to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation website.
Fellows are chosen based on their "outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge." Each year, the selection committee reviews more than 500 nominations and selects 116 winners in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology. Only 14 awards are presented in the computer science category. Jeanette Wing, Department Head and President's Professor of CS; Professor of ECE, is a member of the computer science panel.
Recipients of the award must have completed their Ph.D. within six years and are free to pursue independent research projects of their choice. Fellows are recommended by department heads or other senior researchers. The Sloan Research Fellowships were established in 1955; 32 former fellows are Nobel Prize winners.
Four other Carnegie Mellon faculty members won Sloan Research Fellowships this year: Carlos Guestrin, Assistant Professor of CS and the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery (CALD); Doug James, Assistant Professor of CS and Robotics; Catalina Achim, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Justin Crowley, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.
Additional ECE-affiliated faculty who have been selected for the honor in past years include Anastassia Ailamaki, Assistant Professor of CS and ECE; Babak Falsafi, Associate Professor of ECE and CS; and Todd Mowry and Hui Zhang, both Associate Professors of CS and ECE.
Perrig has also been invited to deliver the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) this April in Nashville, where he will address his vision for security in sensor networks. IPSN is one of the two top conferences on sensor networks. According to its website, the event brings together researchers from academia, industry, and government to discuss recent work in the emerging field of sensor networks, drawing upon the disciplines of signal and image processing, information and coding theory, networking and protocols, distributed algorithms, wireless communications, machine learning, embedded systems design, and database and information management.