Koushik Sen and
Prasad Raghavendra have been selected to receive 2015 Okawa Foundation Research Grants. This award recognizes promising young faculty members in the fields of information and telecommunications. Associate Prof. Sen and Assistant Prof. Raghavendra continue a line of distinguished faculty from Berkeley EECS who have received this award. To see the list by year please see
Yun Song was featured in a UC Berkeley News article titled “
Genome analysis pinpoints arrival and spread of first Americans”. The analysis, using the most comprehensive data set from Native Americans to date was conducted using three different statistical models. Prof. Song’s lab developed the first of three statistical models, taking into account the full DNA information available from the genomes in the study. The second method was developed by UC Berkeley Prof. Ramus Nielsen (Integrative Biology), and the third method was developed by researchers at the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute in England.
Claire Tomlin was featured in a UC Berkeley News article titled “
Camp gives middle school girls hands-on experience in engineering”. The camps are part of a pilot program run by the College of Engineering as part of the effort to narrow the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Prof. Tomlin is the camp’s faculty director. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), UCB College of Engineering and the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. This year Twitter and the San Disk Corp. also provided funding.
EECS graduate student
Jun-Yan Zhu (advisor Prof.
Alexei Efros) has been awarded a 2015-2016 Facebook Fellowship. The Fellowship Program is open to full-time Ph.D. students around the world who are enrolled during the current academic year(s) and studying computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, system architecture, or a related area. Jun-Yan is currently working on computer graphics, computer vision and data mining, focusing on summarizing, mining and exploring large-scale visual data collections with the goal of building a digital bridge between Humans and Big Visual Data.
Venture capital firm
Pejman Mar Ventures has created a new competition for UC Berkeley entrepreneurs who demonstrate passion and dedication to making their vision a reality. They are offering $250,000 to back up a startup founded by a Berkeley student, faculty member or alum in exchange for 10 percent of the company. In the past 18 months they have funded 7 companies in which the founders were from Stanford, MIT and Carnegie Mellon. Applicants have until Oct. 1 to apply and a winner will be chosen by Oct. 30. For more information see their website at
UC NewsCenter article
EECS postdoc scholar Reza Arghandeh (research adviser Adjunct Prof.
Alexandra von Meier) has been selected to receive the 2015 ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Power Division award during the ASME Power and Energy Conference 2015. This award is presented every year in recognition of “an outstanding contribution in advancing power engineering profession”. Dr. Arghandeh is developing data-driven approaches for renewable energy integration. He also is the 2014-2016 chair for renewable energies committee in ASME.
Ken Goldberg is the Faculty Director of a major new multidisciplinary research program launched by CITRIS called the
CITRIS People and Robots Initiative. This program will support efforts by faculty and students working on robotics from the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz. Building on 40 years of robotics research, a network of alumni and many active labs and projects, the Initiative will draw on innovations in sensors, devices, UAVs, networks, optimization, and machine learning to improve human experience in healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, safety, and a broad range of other applications that can benefit society.
Eli Yablonovitch has been awarded the
Isaac Newton Medal by the Institute of Physics in London. This award is the institute's highest honor and is given to any physicist, regardless of subject area, background or nationality for outstanding contributions to physics. Prof. Yablonovitch is receiving this award for “his visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures” which have spawned the research field of photonic crystals. Photonic crystals can manipulate light, similarly as a semiconductor can steer electrical current, and are now being used in research areas as diverse as quantum computation, nanoscale imaging and sensing, photovoltaics, optical interconnects, and high performance light-emitting diodes.
EECS graduate student
Giulia Fanti (advisor Prof.
Kannan Ramchandran) is a winner of the
2015 ACM SIGMETRICS Best Paper Award for the paper "Spy vs. Spy: Rumor Source Obfuscation", along with collaborators Peter Kairouz, Prof. Sewoong Oh, and Prof. Pramod Viswanath (in picture), all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
It is with much sadness we announce the news that our colleague Prof. Ernest Kuh passed away today at the Summit Hospital in Oakland from pneumonia. Prof. Kuh joined the EECS faculty in 1956 and made pioneering contributions in electronic design automation of integrated circuits. He served as Department Chair from 1968 to 1972, then as Dean of the College of Engineering from 1973 to 1980 he was instrumental in establishing the college as a leader in engineering education. He will be missed by all who knew him well. in lieu of flowers, there are two ways to provide support to honor Ernie's memory:
1) Make a donation to the Ernest S Kuh Distinguished Lecture Series.
A check made payable to Berkeley Engineering Fund - with "for Kuh Distinguished Lecture fund" in the memo line - can be sent to:
Berkeley Engineering Fund
College of Engineering
201 McLaughlin Hall, #1722
Berkeley, CA 94720-1722
2) Make a donation to the UC Berkeley Alumni Chinese Chapter Ernest Kuh Leadership Scholarship. A check made payable to California Alumni Association - with "for Professor Ernest Kuh Alumni Scholarship" in the memo line - can be sent to:
Cal Alumni Association
1 Alumni House
Berkeley, CA 94720-7520
His family would like to arrange a memorial on campus in September.
EECS graduate student
Varun Jog (advisor Prof.
Venkat Anantharam and co-author of the paper) is a winner of the 2015
IEEE Jack Keil Wolf ISIT Student Paper Award for the paper "
On the Geometry of Convex Typical Sets" that was presented at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory. This award is given to up to 3 outstanding papers for which a student is the principal author and presenter.