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. His family would like to arrange a memorial on campus in September. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
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.
Christos Papadimitriou has received a honorary doctorate degree from Université Paris-Dauphine. Dauphine has always been an innovative institution for both research and education, and is recognized as one of the premier European universities.
Beauty and Joy of Computing” class has just been endorsed by NSF (National Science Foundation), College Board and
code.org as an AP CS Principles course. There are many types of this non-majors course, and to be chosen as the endorsed few is an honor. Created in 2009 by Profs.
Dan Garcia and
Brian Harvey, it is now the first introductory computing course at UC Berkeley to have more women than men in it.