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Research work by Michel Maharbiz published in

March 13, 2014 - 00:00

The research work of Michel Maharbiz on tissue engineering is featured a Nature Materials article titled “ Galvanotactic control of collective cell migration in epithelial monolayers” and the UCB NewsCenter. They have found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications such as “smart bandages” that use electrical stimulation to help heal wounds.
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RapMod chosen for demonstration at ARPA-E Summit in Washington D.C.

February 25, 2014 - 01:00

Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz chose RapMod (Rapid Building Energy Modeling System) as one of five ARPA-E sponsored projects to personally visit during the ARPA-E summit. EECS graduate student Eric Turner demonstrated the project to Secretary Moniz. Prof. Avideh Zakhor and co-PI Phil Haves of LBL will demonstrate the project to members of Congress. This project was chosen because it provides a compelling example of the great work ARPA-E invests in.


UC Berkeley amateur radio club commemorate 100th anniversary

February 25, 2014 - 01:00

A UC Berkeley technology club started 100 years ago is making a come back and growing in numbers. Often called “ham radio,” amateur radio is the recreational or experimental use of radio frequencies set aside for non-commercial purposes. The UC Berkeley Amateur Radio Club will be commemorating its centennial this week. Prof. Michael Lustig started teaching his students about amateur radio technology because it involves using radios, electronic equipment and knowledge of electromagnetics. A new home base is located at the Richmond Field Station, and another is being set up in Cory Hall to become operational this spring.


Tapan Parikh has been awarded a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship

February 20, 2014 - 01:00

Tapan S. Parikh has been awarded a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship. These fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.


UC Berkeley has largest representation at 2014 Richard Tapia Conference

February 20, 2014 - 01:00

The UC Berkeley contingent had the greatest presence at the 2014 Richard Tapia Conference with 32 students, staff, and faculty. The goal of the Tapia Conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities. This years’ conference attendees were comprised of 48% female, 33% African American, and 26% Hispanic.
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Robert Meyer featured in IEEE Solid-State Circuits magazine

February 19, 2014 - 01:00

Robert G. Meyer is featured in the winter issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits magazine (to be published March 2014). The hard copy appeared at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) where Prof. Meyer was also presented the 2014 Donald O. Pederson award. Prof. Meyer was recognized for “pioneering contributions to the design and modeling of analog and radio-frequency circuits.”Robert Meyer is featured in the winter issue of IEEE Solid-State Circuits magazine (to be published March 2014). The hard copy appeared at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) where Prof. Meyer was also presented the 2014 Donald O. Pederson award. Prof. Meyer was recognized for “pioneering contributions to the design and modeling of analog and radio-frequency circuits.”


Paper written by EECS grad student Richard Przybyla selected one of 5 hot papers at ISSCC

February 19, 2014 - 01:00

The paper “ Ultrasonic 3D Rangefinder on a Chip” written by EECS graduate student Richard Przybyla as part of Prof. Bernhard Boser’s research group was selected one of 5 hot papers presented at the ISSCC, the premier conference in the field of integrated circuits.


EECS class "Beauty and Joy of Computing" featured in SF Gate article

February 18, 2014 - 01:00

The class “Beauty and Joy of Computing” created by Professors Dan Garcia and Brian Harvey was featured in a SF Gate article titled “ Tech shift: More women in computer science classes”. For the first time since 1993, when university enrollment records were digitized, more women than men have enrolled in an introductory computer science course.
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Costas Spanos has been named new director of CITRIS

January 30, 2014 - 01:00

Costas Spanos has been named new director of CITRIS beginning February 1, 2014. As the Andrew S. Grove Professor and former Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Prof. Spanos conducts research on the application of statistical analysis in the design and fabrication of integrated circuits, and the development and deployment of novel sensors and computer-aided techniques in semiconductor manufacturing. He will take over leadership of CITRIS from Paul K. Wright, who has served as director since 2007.


EECS graduate student Cameron Rose featured in National Geographic magazine

December 19, 2013 - 01:00

EECS graduate student Cameron Rose, a member of Prof. Ron Fearing’s Biomimetic Millisystems Laboratory was featured in a National Geographic article titled, “ Dreams of the World: Flight Simulation of Robotic Birds with Cameron Rose, UC Berkeley”. A licensed pilot, Cameron talks about his work on the H2Bird, a 13 gram flapping-winged robot that includes custom-designed electronics for sensing and control.


Alexandre Bayen awarded the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Research Prize

December 17, 2013 - 01:00

Alexandre Bayen has been awarded the IEEE Antonio Ruberti Research Prize for his contributions to control and estimation of partial differential equations with applications to large scale sensing in traffic flow and shallow water systems - in reference to the Mobile Millennium and the Floating Sensor Network. This award recognizes distinguished cutting-edge contributions by a young researcher to the theory or application of systems and control. (Antonio Ruberti was one of the early pioneers of geometric control methods for nonlinear systems.)


Marti Hearst and Satish Rao have been awarded 2013 ACM Fellows

December 16, 2013 - 01:00

Marti Hearst and Satish Rao have been awarded 2013 ACM Fellows, the Association for Computing Machinery's most prestigious member grade recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Prof. Hearst is recognized for contributions to information retrieval and computational linguistics, and Prof. Rao for contributions to algorithms for graph partitioning and for single- and multi-commodity flows.


Dan Garcia and Brian Harvey's Beauty & Joy of Computing on Fox News affiliate

December 13, 2013 - 01:00

Dan Garcia and Brian Harvey are working with Microsoft's TEALS program to partner engineer with computing teachers to offer their Beauty and Joy of Computing course. This was just featured on a Fox News affiliate video titled " How to Get Kids Interested In Computer Science" (starts at 1:30), as part of their coverage of the Hour of Code.


Michael Lustig appeared in a video shown on “The Pearl Report”

December 10, 2013 - 01:00

Michael Lustig appeared in an interview with Prof. Dave Donoho of Stanford, who has received the Shaw Prize, an international prize that honors individuals whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. Prof. Lustig shares research on Pediatric MRI projects with Prof. Donoho. The Shaw Prize carries a $1M monetary award, which Prof. Donoho has donated a portion to support Prof. Lustig's research. The interview appears on The Pearl Report” (start 14:50, Prof. Lustig starts at 19:03), a popular science TV program broadcast in Hong Kong.


Drs. Tzu-Yin Chiu and Mark Liu named recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for EE

December 6, 2013 - 01:00

Dr. Tzu-Yin Chiu and Dr. Mark Liu are the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award for Electrical Engineering. Dr. Chiu, Ph.D. (’83) in EE was advised by Prof. William Oldham. He is the CEO and Executive Director at SMIC and was instrumental in advancing the semiconductor industry in China. He is also a philanthropist who sponsors the living stipend of 150 students under “Zhejiang Xinhua Compassion Education Foundation.” Dr. Mark Liu, MS/Ph.D. (’80 and “83) was also advised by Prof. Bill Oldham. Dr. Liu is President and co-CEO of TSMC and is serving as a member of Board of Directors in Silicon System Manufacturing Company in Singapore. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President of Operations from 2009 to 2012. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Vice President responsible for the Advanced Technology Business at TSMC.


EECS graduate students win IEEE Data Storage Best Paper

December 6, 2013 - 01:00

A paper by EECS graduate students Rashmi K. Vinayak and Nihar B. Shah has received the IEEE Data Storage Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards for the years 2011 & 2012. The paper, titled “Optimal Exact-Regenerating Codes for Distributed Storage at the MSR and MBR Points via a Product-Matrix Construction,” designs algorithms for reliable and resource-efficient distributed storage that are also provably optimal. The paper is co-authored with P. Vijay Kumar from the Indian Institute of Science.


David Culler named recipient of the 2013 Okawa Prize

December 4, 2013 - 01:00

David Culler has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Okawa Prize, which is awarded annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications. This prize recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to research, technological development and business in these fields. Prof. Culler was selected "For pioneering contributions to the design and development for wireless sensor networks." Lofti Zadeh and John Whinnery each are past recipients (in 1996 and 1997, respectively) of this prestigious award.


Krste Asanović named IEEE Fellow for 2014

December 4, 2013 - 01:00

Krste Asanovic has been selected as an IEEE Fellow for 2014. IEEE Fellow is 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. Prof. Asanovic is recognized for his contributions to computer architecture.


Aadithya Karthik wins first place at ACM Student Research Competition

December 2, 2013 - 01:00

EECS graduate student Aadithya Karthik (advisor Jaijeet Roychowdhury) has just won first place (the gold medal) at the ACM Student Research Competition (Design Automation category) at this year's ICCAD for his work on ABCD (Accurate Booleanization of Continuous Dynamics), a project they are doing jointly with Bob Brayton.


Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai awarded the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award

December 2, 2013 - 01:00

EECS alumni Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Ms. Weili Dai are the first recipients to be jointly awarded the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Dr. Sutardja is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, and Ms. Dai is President and Co-Founder of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Marvell). The duo of successful business partners will be presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, December 12, 2013.