News for year 2012

December 11, 2012
Weng Earns Best Paper Honors
ECE Ph.D. student Yang Weng earned best paper honors at the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications for his paper, "A Search Method for Obtaining Initial Guesses for Smart Grid State Estimation."
November 28, 2012
Marculescu, Hoe Named IEEE Fellows
ECE Professors Radu Marculescu and James C. Hoe 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," according to IEEE.
November 12, 2012
Ceremony Marks Launch of Joint Institute of Engineering
A ceremony celebrating the launch of a new, innovative joint graduate engineering program, the Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE), being developed by Carnegie Mellon and China's Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Guangzhou, an important economic and technology hub of the Asia-Pacific rim. At the same time, CMU and SYSU will officially launch the Shunde International Joint Research Institute (JRI) with Shunde District, Foshan City, as a complement program of the JIE.
November 5, 2012
CMU Team Wins Best Foundational Advance at iGEM Jamboree
A fluorescent biosensor that measures cellular activity, created by a team of Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, earned the Best Foundational Advance prize at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's World Championship Jamboree.
November 5, 2012
Peha Receives Prestigious Technical Publication Award
Jon Peha, professor of ECE and Engineering and Public Policy, has won the 2011 Technical Publication Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for decades of outstanding techno-economic analysis of cognitive networking trends. Read more...
October 29, 2012
ECE Team Wins Best Paper Award at CODES-ISSS
A group of ECE researchers led by ECE Professor Radu Marculescu earned the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Hardware/Software Co-Design and System Synthesis (CODES-ISSS), the premier event in design, modeling, analysis and implementation of modern embedded systems.
October 29, 2012
SAFARI Students Win Best Paper Award
A group of four ECE students in Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu's SAFARI research group won Best Paper honors for "Row Buffer Locality Aware Caching Policies for Hybrid Memories" in the Computer Systems and Applications track at the 30th International Conference on Computer Design. Lead author and third-year Ph.D. student HanBin Yoon presented the paper at the conference earlier this month, and his co-authors included ECE Ph.D. students Justin Meza and Rachata Ausavarungnirun, and recent ECE undergraduate alumna Rachael Harding.
October 26, 2012
ECE Celebrates Partnership With Portuguese Business School
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the University of Porto's Business School in Porto, Portugal, have embarked on a new double-degree graduate program in engineering and business this semester.
October 25, 2012
Multidisciplinary Student Team Advances to iGem's World Championship Jamboree
A team of CIT and the Mellon College of Science students believes that building blocks can be turned into a biosensor to measure cellular activities. Based on their performance at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition's Americas East Regional Jamboree, held earlier this month at Duquesne University, they're well on their way to proving just that.
October 25, 2012
Marculescu Delivers Keynote at SiPS
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu delivered the plenary talk at the IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS), held earlier this month in Quebec City, Canada. Held annually, SiPS is a major international forum for discussing new technology progress and innovations in the design and implementation of digital signal processing systems.
October 24, 2012
Mutlu Earns Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Award
Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu has been selected as a 2012 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award recipient. The program, founded to help promote the career of promising early career faculty members and foster long-term collaborative relationships with technical leaders at Intel, provides financial and networking support to faculty members who show great promise as future academic leaders in disruptive computing technologies.
September 25, 2012
Bogdan Earns Best in Session Award at TECHCON12
ECE post-doc Paul Bogdan recently won the Best in Session Award at TECHCON 2012, the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) primary event to showcase the best of its members' research. This year's TECHCON took place earlier this month in Austin, Texas. Bogdan, who earned his Ph.D. in ECE at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, received the award for his talk, "Dynamic Characterization of Multi-Kernel Operating Systems for Multicore Platforms Design," co-authored with ECE Professor Radu Marculescu. Read more...
September 25, 2012
Da-Cheng Juan Wins Best Poster Award at Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Forum
ECE graduate student and Intel Ph.D. fellow Da-Cheng Juan earned one of three best poster awards at the annual Intel Ph.D. Fellowship Forum, which brings together talented students from top academic research institutions around the globe. As part of the forum, the 2012 Intel Ph.D. fellows were recognized and shared their research during the poster session, where the fellows were judged based on overall presentation. The three posters receiving the most votes earned best poster honors. For his poster, Da-Cheng provided two case studies of applying machine learning on system-level optimization. Read more...
September 17, 2012
Siewiorek Gazes Into 2020 in IEEE Spectrum
"If you think that people can't seem to make a move without consulting their phones today, well, you ain't seen nothing yet." So says Buhl University Professor of ECE and Computer Science Daniel Siewiorek, who offers a glimpse into the technology of the future in this month's IEEE Spectrum cover story, "Generation Smartphone." In it, Siewiorek leaps into the year 2020, when the fictional Tom and Sara are expecting their first child, Tommy. Even before Tommy's arrival, they use their smartphone (dubbed "SmartPhone 20.0) and its sensors and machine-learning algorithms to create light and sound "fingerprints" of each room. When Tommy comes home from the hospital and takes his first nap, SmartPhone 20.0 and its Sudden Infant Death Syndrome application are there to monitor his heartbeat and respiration, while the Baby Position app analyzes live video to make sure that Tommy doesn't flip to his stomach. Read more...
September 13, 2012
ECE Makes Major Advances in Cyber-Physical Systems
Thanks to Carnegie Mellon researchers, the possibilities are endless.
Assistant Research Professor Anthony Rowe places a $300 plastic flying toy drone on the floor inside a parking garage in Carnegie Mellon’s Collaborative Innovation Center. The drone has four propellers and measures about a foot-and-a-half wide. Camera lenses on the bottom and front send images to a human controller on the ground. Read more...
September 11, 2012
Alum Nikhil Balram Named Executive of the Year
ECE alumnus Nikhil Balram received the Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Electronics category at the 9th Annual International Business Awards (IBAs), the world's premier business awards program. The IBAs are open to all individuals and organizations from around the world, with the 2012 program receiving entries from more than 50 nations and territories. Balram was selected for the Executive of the Year by more than 300 executives worldwide who served as judges. Balram, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, is CEO of Ricoh Innovations Inc., a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. Read more...
September 6, 2012
Krogh, Mutlu Selected for HP Labs Innovation Awards
ECE Professor Bruce Krogh and Assistant Professor of ECE and Computer Science Onur Mutlu have earned HP Labs Innovation Research Awards for 2012. Based on an open, competitive call for proposals, the Innovation Research Program (IRP) is designed to create opportunities for researchers from around the world to engage in groundbreaking collaborative research with HP Labs. This year, Krogh and Mutlu are two of only 61 professors selected for awards from the more than 441 researchers who applied. Read more...
July 24, 2012
Mutlu Paper Selected as IEEE Micro Top Pick
A paper co-authored by Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu has been published in a collection of 2012's most significant computer architecture papers chosen by IEEE Micro magazine. The paper was among 12 selected by a committee of 30 experts as having high potential for long-term impact on computer architecture, in terms of either industry products or future research. Read more...
July 13, 2012
In the News: Build18 Projects
"Embarrass-You-Awake-Inator" digital clock that posts photos to Twitter to incentivize the sleeper to wake up
ECE students made headlines across the country last week when more than 120 tinkerers and gadgeters participated in the department's Build18 initiative, a week of building and speed hacking for students, by students.
July 11, 2012
ECE Research Makes Headlines
Take a look in the national headlines, and you may see some familiar faces. Two Carnegie Mellon ECE research projects have made a splash in the past few months, in outlets ranging from MIT's Technology Review to CNET|TV. Associate Professor of ECE Priya Narasimhan and her research team landed in eight press articles in the past few weeks, including MIT's Technology Review, after their AndyVision project was selected for demonstration at Research@Intel 2012 Day in late June. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Assistant Research Professor Pei Zhang and his team of graduate students at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley played host to CNET|TV, a Web TV network specializing in original programming on tech topics operated by CBS Interactive. Read more...
July 3, 2012
ECE, DSSC Help CIT "Scout for Engineers"
Scouting for Engineers brings hands-on experience with practical engineering problems to more than 40 Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts from across the Pittsburgh region.
ECE Professor and Data Storage Systems Center Associate Director James Bain stands in a laboratory on the Carnegie Mellon campus, surrounded by future leaders intent on his every word. Today's lesson is magnetism and learning a little bit about polarity. And while Bain is no stranger to lecturing the next generation of engineers on the finer points of electromagnetism or materials science, this crowd looks a little different from the ones he's used to. After all, they top out at around four feet tall. And no one is older than 10. Read more...
June 7, 2012
Marculescu Receives Best Paper Award
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu and his team of collaborators earned the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium of Networks-on-Chip (NOCS2012) last month in Lyngby, Denmark. The paper, "An Optimal Control Approach to Power Management for Multi-VFI Platforms," was co-authored with post-doc Paul Bogdan and visiting students Rafa Tornero and Siddharth Jain, and addresses the fundamental problem of energy-efficient design of future multicore systems. More specifically, it introduces a completely new framework for identifying and exploiting the effects of workload variability on run-time power management of multicore platforms. Their research was sponsored by the NSF and SRC. Read more...
May 17, 2012
ECE Student Part of Winning Imagine Cup Team
Junior Electrical and Computer Engineering student Wilson Pei was part of a Carnegie Mellon team named "Dr. Fishbowl" that took first place in the Game Design: Windows/Xbox category of Microsoft's U.S. Imagine Cup — the world's premier student technology competition. The Dr. Fishbowl team also included senior computer science major Steven Blessing, senior decision science and human-computer interaction major Christopher Reid, and junior computer science major Yueran Yuan. Read more...
May 8, 2012
Da-Cheng Juan Awarded Intel Ph.D. Fellowship
Third-year Ph.D. student Da-Cheng Juan has been awarded a U.S. Corporate Intel Fellowship, a highly competitive and prestigious award reserved for Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge research in fields related to Intel's business and research interests at select universities. The fellowship includes full tuition for one year, a stipend and travel budget, and an Intel technical liaison to serve as a mentor. Students who earn an Intel Fellowship are also prioritized for internships and hiring with the company. Read more...
April 30, 2012
DSSC, ECE Host IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
The Data Storage Systems Center, in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the IEEE Magnetics Society's Pittsburgh Chapter, hosted a special seminar this month featuring IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer Masahiro Yamaguchi. IEEE Distinguished Lecturers are engineering professionals who lead their fields in new technical developments that shape the global community. For the IEEE Magnetics Society, specifically, the distinguished lecturer exhibits excellence in the field of magnetics — not only in research, but also in developing the applied or technical aspects of the field — and outstanding communication skills. Read more...
April 25, 2012
Researchers Earn Best Paper Award
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu, Ph.D. alumnus Umit Ogras (currently with Intel Corporation) and post-doc Paul Bogdan have earned the 2011 Donald O. Peterson Best Paper Award for their paper, "An Analytical Approach for Network-on-Chip Performance Analysis." The award, sponsored by the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, recognizes the best paper published in Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. Read more...
April 16, 2012
Kryder Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
University Professor of ECE Mark Kryder has received the California Institute of Technology's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for his lifelong contributions to perpendicular magnetic recording technology. The award is the highest honor the institute bestows. Since its inception in 1966, Caltech's Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to outstanding alumni in the sciences, engineering, business and the arts for a particular achievement or series of achievements. Kryder, who joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1978 and founded the university's Magnetics Technology and Data Storage Systems Centers in 1983 and 1990, respectively, earned both his master's degree and Ph.D. from Caltech. He will accept the award at a ceremony on Saturday, May 19, during Caltech's 75<sup>th</sup> annual Seminar Day. Read more...
April 11, 2012
Alum Wins Young-Investigator-of-the-Month Award
The Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) selected Hsun-Hsien Chang, a bioinformatics scientist at the Children's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, as February's CHAVI Young-Investigator-of-the-Month. The award recognizes outstanding young investigators who have made significant contributions to the CHAVI mission &mdash; to solve major problems in HIV vaccine development and design &mdash; and who have been nominated by their mentors for their exceptional leadership and valuable research. Chang earned his Ph.D. in ECE with advisor José M. F. Moura in 2007. Read more...
April 10, 2012
ECE Forms Partnership With Portuguese Business School
Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the University of Porto's Business School (EGP-UPBS) in Porto, Portugal, will offer a new dual-degree graduate program in engineering and business this fall. The two-year program will give participants the opportunity to study one year in Portugal at the University of Porto and another year in the U.S. at Carnegie Mellon. Students will be required to meet academic requirements from both universities to receive a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA ("The Magellan MBA") from EGP-UPBS. Read more...
April 4, 2012
Pileggi Receives ACM/IEEE Impact Award
Tanoto Professor of ECE Larry Pileggi has received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation for his paper, "PRIMA: Passive Reduced-Order Interconnect Macromodeling Algorithm." The award, presented by the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, honors a person or persons for outstanding technical contribution within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidence by a paper published at least 10 years before the award's presentation. The award is based on the impact of the contribution. Read more...
March 16, 2012
Chen Earns IBM Fellowship
Second-year Ph.D. student Vanessa Chen has received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, a highly competitive award that honors exceptional students who display an interest in solving problems important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in the sciences and engineering. Recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, the degree to which their technical interests align with those of IBM and their academic progress to date, in the form of publications and faculty endorsements. Read more...
March 12, 2012
Ilic Leads Team Developing Smart Grid Models, Tools for Low-Cost Green Islands
Remote island communities from the Azores to Nome, Alaska, could experience drastic reductions in the cost of electricity and CO2 emissions by using new smart energy grid technology developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon's Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG). Already, ECE Professor Marija Ilic and about a dozen EESG researchers and their collaborators in Portugal have developed a real-world database for electric power grids of Flores and San Miguel, two of nine volcanic islands that sit in the middle of the North Atlantic some 900 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. Using this database, the team has modeled and assessed the potential for residential and commercial electricity users to participate in a load-management program needed to make the most out of inexpensive, clean wind energy. Read more...
February 23, 2012
CMU, Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years to conduct research and implement technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of transportation. Through this new University Transportation Center (UTC), CMU and Penn will explore cutting-edge technologies that could influence everything from the safety of vehicles and roads to the analysis of traffic flow. The consortium will also establish a workforce development program to train graduate students in modern transportation-related technologies and policymaking. Read more...
February 22, 2012
ECE Faculty Earn CIT Awards
Four ECE Professors will take home honors when the College of Engineering hosts its Faculty Awards ceremony next month. Assistant Professor Onur Mutlu will receive the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, and Erik Ydstie, a professor of chemical engineering with a courtesy appointment in the ECE Department, earned the college's Philip L. Dowd Fellowship. The Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award will be presented to Professor James Hoburg, and University Professor of ECE Mark Kryder will receive the Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award. Read more...
February 2, 2012
Radu Marculescu Named FnTEDA Editor-in-Chief
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu has been named the new editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends<sup>&reg;</sup> in Electronic Design Automation (FnTEDA), effective Jan. 1. Marculescu succeeds founding editor-in-chief, Professor Sharad Malik from Princeton University. In his role as editor-in-chief, Marculescu will contribute to the selection of the editorial board, coordinate the paper-review process and shape the long-term publication strategy of the journal. Read more...
January 24, 2012
In the News: Build18 Projects
ECE students made headlines across the country last week when more than 120 tinkerers and gadgeters participated in the department's Build18 initiative, a week of building and speed hacking for students, by students. Now in its third year, the engineering festival encourages groups of students to innovate and create solutions to problems they choose themselves, free from the pressure of tests, exams and formal project reviews. ECE students run the event, coordinating everything from the project applications to finding corporate sponsors. The department kicks in lab space, equipment and conference rooms. The result? A weeklong hackfest that gives students a chance to find their inner entrepreneurs. Read more...
January 18, 2012
ECE Students Host Third Annual Build18 Festival
Succeeding in innovation and invention, of course, means identifying the customers' needs and satisfying them. Not everything works the first time. But whether 120 Carnegie Mellon engineering students are being playful with a new mind-controlled toy car or deadly earnest in promoting bicycle safety, their energy and ingenuity will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m., Jan. 20 in Hamerschlag Hall at the third annual Build18 Project Showcase. Read more...