Research led by Profs.
Pieter Abbeel and
Trevor Darrell with graduate students
Sergey Levine and
Chelsea Finn are featured in a NY Times article titled “
New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed”. Their new approach to machine-learning includes a powerful artificial intelligence technique known as “deep-learning”. They have found this can be used to improve the actions of robots working in the physical world on tasks that require both machine vision and touch. Learning from both visual and sensory information connected directly to the motion controller software of the robot achieves a significant advance in speed and accuracy of learning.
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Coached by Prof. Paul Hilfinger, the
Berkeley Blue team of EECS grad students
Yi Wu (advisor Prof.
Stuart Russell) and
Biye Jiang (advisors Profs.
John Canny and
Maneesh Agrawala) and Math Dept. grad student Luhang Lai won the silver medal at the
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). This is the premiere global programming competition conducted by and for the world’s universities. Teams of 3 students represent their universities in multiple levels of local to regional competitions. This year a record 42,229 students from 2,534 universities in 101 countries on 6 continents competed in regionals. From the regionals, 128 teams representing the best of great universities on 6 continents competed in the World Finals held on May 20 in Marrakech, Morocco.
The 2015 EECS+CoE Undergraduate Research Symposium Poster Session was held on May 7 in the Wozniak lounge. Undergraduate students (ranging from freshmen to seniors) presented their research on a wide range of projects across the EECS department and the College of Engineering. This event provides undergraduates with a forum to share their work and for the department and college to develop an undergraduate research community. EECS and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) sponsored lunch for the event, and Microsoft Research donated two Xbox Ones for the raffle. Photos from the event can be viewed at
2015 EECS Undergrad Research Symposium.
It is with much sadness to announce Prof. Emeritus Martin Graham passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2015. Prof. Graham received his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1952 and began his academic career at Rice University in 1957. He left Rice in 1966 and was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley that same year. He served as Associate Director of the Computer Center from 1966 to 1968, and Chair of the Computer Science Department from 1970 to 1972. He also served as Secretary of the Academic Senate from 1978 to 1980. He retired from teaching in 1993, but continued his dedication to EECS with acts of kindness and devotion. He will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford St (at Rose) on Tuesday, May 19 at 3 pm. It is open to all. Rabbi Yoel Kahn will be speaking at the service and would welcome stories, reminiscences or observations from his colleagues and students. Please send these to him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be an opportunity at the service for friends and colleagues to speak briefly if they wish.
BERKE1337, our competitive cyberdefense team (made up of 6 undergrads and 2 grad students) took 2nd place in last week's 2015
National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Championship sponsored by Raytheon. This is the nation’s most prestigious collegiate data defense competition. 200 teams competed in 10 regional events and winners of each regional competed in the championship in San Antonio, TX. The team from the University of Central Florida won first place.
Stuart Russell and
Pieter Abbeel will be featured in the first segment of the
PBS NewsHour series about artificial intelligence, written and produced by
Joann Elgart Jennings starting Friday evening, May 8. This episode focuses on big picture issues related to AI and can be viewed at
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/smart-todays-artificial-intelligence/. A second story, looking at some current commercial applications of AI will most likely air on Monday evening. A third story about the economic implications of AI will be scheduled to air next Friday.
EECS and BSAC postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tae Joon Seok (research advisor Prof.
Ming C. Wu) received the first
Tingye Li Innovation Prize for his work on
large-scale silicon photonic switch. This prize is presented to a young professional who has demonstrated innovative ideas in their research presented in the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference or the CLEO Conference.
Wenchao Li (advisor Prof.
Sanjit Seshia) has been selected to receive the 2015 SIGDA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award. This award is presented every year "in recognition of an outstanding PhD dissertation that makes the most substantial contribution to the theory and/or application in the field of electronic design automation".
Josephine Williamson, Director of Administrative Services and Christopher Hunn, Associate Director of Undergraduate Matters have been selected to receive the Berkeley Staff Assembly's Excellence in Management award for “inspiring their staff to excellence”. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 2-4 p.m., in the Krutch Theater at the Clark Kerr Campus.
Matei Zaharia (advisor Profs.
Scott Shenker &
Ion Stoica) and
John Duchi (advisor Prof.
Michael Jordan) have won ACM (Assoc. for Computing Machinery) dissertation awards. Matei won the 2014 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his thesis “An Architecture for Fast and General Data Processing on Large Clusters”, and fellow AMPLab alum John Duchi won Honorable Mention for his thesis “Multiple Optimality Guarantees in Statistical Learning”. Matei and John are now faculty members at MIT and Stanford, respectively.
Jitendra Malik has been elected as a member to the
National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.