EECS Professor Emeritus
Michael Stonebraker has been named recipient of the 2014 ACM A. M. Turing Award. The ACM Turing Award is widely considered the “Nobel Prize of Computing” and is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. Prof. Stonebraker is receiving this honor for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. Currently an adjunct professor at MIT, Prof. Stonebraker taught for 29 years in EECS where he and a team of researchers developed INGRES, an open-source SQL relational database management system intended to support large commercial and government applications. Ingres spawned a number of commercial database applications, including Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, NonStop SQL and a number of others.
EECS graduate student
Chelsea Finn (faculty advisors
Pieter Abbeel and
Trevor Darrell) has been chosen to receive the IEEE-HKN Outstanding Student Award. This award recognizes outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community and country. Chelsea was nominated by faculty at MIT where she completed her undergraduate work. Chelsea’s research interests are in computer vision and reinforcement learning for robotics, essentially helping robots learn to see and operate in the real world.
The work of
Michel Maharbiz’ research group in conjuction with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is featured in a UC Berkeley News Center article titled “
Cyborg beetle research allows free-flight study of insects”. By strapping tiny computers and wireless radios onto the backs of giant flower beetles and recording neuromuscular data as the bugs flew untethered, scientists determined that a muscle known for controlling the folding of wings was also critical to steering. The researchers then used that information to improve the precision of the beetles’ remote-controlled turns.
Two EECS alumni have been chosen to receive distinguished alumni awards by the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). Steve Wozniak, (B.S. EE, ‘86) has been named 2015 Alumnus of the Year. He helped shape the computing industry with the design of Apple’s first line of products, co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs. In 1987, Wozniak founded a new venture, CL 9, which developed and brought to market the first programmable universal remote control, and in 2001, he started Wheels of Zeus (WoZ) to create wireless GPS technology. A Builder of Berkeley, Wozniak has contributed in excess of $1 million to the University over the past 25 years, making a significant investment in technology and innovation at UC Berkeley. Yoky Matsuoka, (B.S. EECS ‘93) has been honored for Excellence in Achievement. After receiving her Ph.D. from MIT in EECS, she became a professor at Carnegie Mellon and later the University of Washington. In 2009 she joined Google [x] as one of 3 founding members, then accepted a position at Nest as V.P. of technology. Currently Yoky is V.P. of Technology and Analytics at Twitter.
The research work of
Connie Chang-Hasnain was featured in an article in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) online journal titled “
New film changes colors when you stretch it”. Technology researchers often look to nature for solutions to challenges they face. Studying the way chameleons change the color of their skin, Prof. Chang-Hasnain’s research group has developed an ultra-thin film that changes color when pulled or twisted. Future applications could include a new class of energy-efficient full-color displays or enabling the films to work as sensors, revealing structural changes in bridges, buildings and even the wings of an aircraft where shifting colors could signal dangerous wear and tear.
UC Berkeley New Center
Vivek Subramanian has been selected to receive the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. This award recognizes outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications. Prof. Subramanian is receiving this award for contributions to nano-materials, devices, circuits, and CAD, enabling low-power and low-cost electronics.
Vern Paxson has been selected to receive the IEEE Internet Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility, and/or end-use applications. Prof. Paxson is receiving this award for seminal contributions to the field of Internet measurement, including security and network data analysis, and for distinguished leadership in and service to the Internet community by providing open-access data and tools.
Undergraduate EECS student Sahaana Suri was named a finalist for this year's Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students in North American universities who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. Sahaana was selected for her contributions to Professor Anant Sahai's research into understanding how to make a wireless protocol for ultra-reliable communication at very low latencies in the service of high-performance Internet Of Things.
Dan Garcia and Steve Wozniak gave presentations at TEDxBerkeley, a gathering of world-leading thinkers, makers and doers at UC Berkeley discussing “Wisdom.Compassion.Connection”. TED is a nonprofit organization that started 25 years ago and is devoted to
Ideas Worth Spreading. Talks are made available for free at TED.com.
Computer science undergrad student Alexander Francis has been selected for the KPCB (Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers) Fellows Program. The KPCB Fellows Program is the top engineering program for young people interested in technology and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. This program pairs top engineering students from across the country with leading edge startups in Silicon Valley and their work experience is additionally supplemented with events and programming led by CEOs and executives from KPCB portfolio companies and KPCB Partners.