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  • The possibility of manipulating magnetic systems without applied magnetic fields have attracted growing attention over the past fifteen years. The low-power manipulation of the magnetization, preferably at ultrashort timescales, has become a fundamental challenge with implications for future magnetic information memory and storage technologies. Here we explore the optical manipulation of the magnetization in engineered magnetic materials. We demonstrate that all-optical helicity-dependent switching (AO-HDS) can be observed not only in selected rare earth–transition metal (RE–TM) alloy films but also in a much broader variety of materials, including RE–TM alloys, multilayers and heterostructures. We further show that RE-free CoIr-based synthetic ferrimagnetic heterostructures designed to mimic the magnetic properties of RE–TM alloys also exhibit AO-HDS. These results challenge present theories of AO-HDS and provide a pathway to engineering materials for future applications based on all-optical control of magnetic order.

    To read more go to: http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v13/n3/full/nmat3864.html and http://www.materials360online.com/newsDetails/45092

     

  • Ryan Aguinaldo has been selected as one of two graduate students to represent UC San Diego at CASE 2014: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering, a three-day workshop developed by AAAS in Washington, DC. He will interact with members of the United States Congress and their staff to learn about the federal budget process, policy making, and effective science advocacy and communication at the national level. 

    Ryan is a senior graduate student in the Micro/Nano-Photonics Group led by Professor Shayan Mookherjea. His research on silicon photonic devices for optical networks is valuable to the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an NSF Engineering Research Center. Ryan has been President of the ECE Graduate Student Council and an officer of the student chapters of IEEE, OSA, and SPIE. The United Nations has been declared 2015 as the “International Year of Light” and Ryan will be contributing to raising awareness of optics and photonics research on Capitol Hill.

     

  • Prof. Charles Tu received an IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Educator Award.  Region 6 comprises of western U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.  The citation reads "for exceptional leadership in engineering education and dedication to the IEEE student branches of the San Diego Section".

  • In a recent article in Nature Nanotechnology, Liu and colleagues show that an artificial metamaterial can increase the light intensity and “blink speed” of a fluorescent light-emitting dye molecule. The nanopatterned layers of silver and silicon in the new material sped up the molecule’s blink rate to 76 times faster than normal, while producing an 80-fold increase in its brightness. To read more go to: http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1471.

     

  • Prof. Shaya Fainman's lab is featured on SPIE website. To read more go to http://spie.org/x104885.xml

  • Unique to Thurgood Marshall College, the Marshall Mentor Program is a year-long program providing transfer students the opportunity to work closely with faculty who will share their knowledge and experience in order to better equip students for study at UCSD. Prof. Nguyen has very generously been participating in the Marshall Mentor Program this year serving as a mentor to two of their students.

     

  • Prof. John G. Proakis received the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal for contributions to electrical engineering education through influential textbooks and inspiring leadership in integrating research and education.

     

  • Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association’s most prestigious honors, elevation to IEEE Fellow. The IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2013 meeting, elevated Prof. Dey to IEEE Fellow, effective, 1 January 2014, with the following citation: for contributions to the design and testing of low-power systems and system-on-chips.

     

  • For most computer users, information is only valuable when it serves a context-specific purpose, such as providing the GPS  coordinates for a new restaurant or a list of search results for a query on airline flights to Fiji. But for Professor Tara Javidi, understanding how people acquire and use information in various engineering applications is just as valuable. Her most recent grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) — a $1 million collaborative research award to Javidi, Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University and Bruno Sinopoli at Carnegie Mellon University — will fund the development of a new theoretical framework for understanding how to best control information flow in large cyber-physical systems such as datacenters or smart energy grids. To read more go to: http://calit2.net/newsroom/article.php?id=2259.

     

  • Professor Mohan Trivedi is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Research Award from the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to research in intelligent transportation as well as contributions to the ITS community. Professor Trivedi was cited for his “contributions to machine vision and learning for intelligent vehicles, and driver assistance and transportation systems.” To read more go to http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1439

     

  • Prof. Zhaowei Liu received the 2013 DARPA Young Faculty Award for "High-speed Nanophotonic LEDs at 100GHz and Beyond".

    A group of early-career scientists at research universities have received grants totaling more than $12 million for basic research to address some of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) most challenging technological hurdles. From 226 applicants, 25 tenure-track faculty members were selected to receive up to $1 million each over the course of three years. The technology areas they will investigate align with DARPA's future program directions and were chosen with the ultimate goal of going beyond current research and providing new paths forward to realize tomorrow’s national security capabilities.

  • Researchers at UCSD report a breakthrough in technology that could pave the way for digital systems to record, store, edit and replay information in a dimension that goes beyond what we can see or hear: touch. Prof. Deli Wang is the senior author on a paper appearing in Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Reports, published online Aug. 28. Co-authors include 11 researchers at UC San Diego, including fellow ECE professor Truong Nguyen, and UCLA professor Qibing Pei, whose team contributed to the sections on using polymer actuators for analog reproduction of recorded touch.

    To read more go to: http://www.calit2.net/newsroom/release.php?id=2222

     

  • Professor Fullerton gave the Fourth Plenary Lecture, titled "Materials Challenges for Advanced Magnetic Storage and Memory Applications," at the 2013 IMRC.  Visit 2013 IMRC website for summary of the lecture: http://www.mrs.org/imrc2013/

     

  • Alumnus Yichao Huang and Professor Bhaskar D. Rao received the best paper award at the Fall 2013 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference held Sept. 3rd-5th, 2013, for their paper entitled, "Multicell Random Beamforming with CDF-based Scheduling: Exact Rate and Scaling Laws" 

    Link to VTC2013-Fall Conference Best Papers: http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2013fall/bestpapers.php

  • Associate Professor Gert Lanckriet is among 81 of the nation’s most “creative young engineers” selected to attend this year’s U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium by the National Academy of Engineering.  NAE selected engineers across the nation between the ages of 35-40 who have “demonstrated accomplishment in engineering research and technical work with recognizable contributions to advancing the frontiers of engineering,” to participate in this event. NAE Announcement. UCSD News.

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    Over the past two decades Profesor Tu has had a close collaboration with Linköping University, Sweden (LiU) in developing frontier electronic/photonic/spintronic materials, resulting in over 150 joint publications and conference contributions with LiU’s professors Weimin Chen and Irina Buyanova. This collaboration was initiated when Professor Chen was working in the University of California at Berkeley. Since Chen’s return to LiU in 1993, the cooperation has flourished and has covered a very wide range of materials research. Congratulations to Professor Tu for this well deserved recognition.

    (LiU Press Release: http://www.liu.se/liu-nytt/arkiv/nyhetsarkiv/1.449145?l=en)

     

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    Professor Alexander Vardy has been appointed as an inaugural holder of the Jack Keil Wolf Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering. This distinguished appointment is a direct reflection of Professor Vardy's high standing in the field and regards by the UC San Diego academic community.

  • SPIE Member Prof. Zhaowei Liu is one of five photonics researchers receiving a Young Investigator award from the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
    The award will fund his research in ultrafast blue and green LEDs for underwater optical wireless communication.

    The Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. The program aims to attract outstanding university faculty members to the Department of Navy's research program, support their research, and encourage their teaching and research careers.

     

  • ECE students Lele Wang and Minghai Qin (faculty advisors - Prof. Paul Siegel and Prof. Young-Han Kim) won one of the 8 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships.

    Out of 138 submitted proposals (from 15 schools) the judges first selected 33 finalists, then they selected the 8 winning teams (acceptance rate: 6%) who were awarded a $100,000 Fellowship each. The competition was so strong that this year for the first time they also recognized two additional teams with an Honorable Mention and a $50,000 grant each.

     

  • Dr. Stephen Pappert, an ECE Alumni advised by Profesor Paul Yu, is being recognized for his outstanding efforts supporting the Advanced Components for Electronic Warfare Program Team.  The team was a joint partnership between the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  They developed and implemented the Advanced Components for Electronic Warfare Program, which will help ensure the United States maintains the technological superiority in electronic warfare well into the future.  This innovative program will develop, mature, and demonstrate 'leap-ahead' electronic warfare technologies that will help defeat rapidly evolving and emerging future threats to our warfighters and our Nation.

  • Prof. Sujit Dey has been named faculty director of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center offers pre-seed funding and business advisory services to researchers and students developing innovative technology at universities throughout Southern California. To read more go to http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1332

     

  • Prof. Bhaskar D. Rao and David P. Wipf have been selected for the 2012 SPS Best Paper Award for "An Empirical Bayesian Strategy for Solving the Simultaneous Sparse Approximation Problem" IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing, Volume: 55, No. 7, July 2007.

  • ACM has recognized 52 of its members for their contributions to computing that are fundamentally advancing technology in healthcare, cybersecurity, science, communications, entertainment, business, and education. Prof. Kahng was recognized for contributions to physical design automation and to design for manufacturability of microelectronic systems. To read more go to: 

    http://www.acm.org/news/featured/fellows-2012

     

  • The Board of Directors of the Optical Society (OSA) elected Prof. Shayan Mookherjea as a Fellow of the Society. He is being recognized for pioneering contributions to the research and development of microresonator and coupled micro-resonator devices.

  • The Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is expanding its groundbreaking, partner-based automotive safety initiative with the launch of seven new research programs undertaken in partnership with 11 leading research institutions from across North America, including the University of California, San Diego.

    To read the full story go to: http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/toyota_adds_uc_san_diego_to_safety_research_partners

  • Professor Yan Taur has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the prestigious IEEE Electron Devices Society J.J. Ebers Award. This is the Society's highest honor to recognize outstanding technical contributions to the field of electron devices that have made a lasting impact.

    This award was established in 1971 with the intention to foster progress in electron devices and to commemorate the life activities of Jewell James Ebers, whose distinguished contributions, particularly in the transistor art, shaped the understanding and technology of electron devices. It is presented annually to honor an individual(s) who has made either a single or a series of contributions of recognized scientific, economic, or social significance in the broad field of electron devices.

  • As Applied Optics celebrates its Golden anniversary they highlight the authors who have published the largest number of papers over the last 50 years. Prof. Shaya Fainman is on the list!

    To browse the journal’s most prolific researchers along with the important research they published, go to www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/journal/ao/anniversary/50mostpublished.cfm.

     

  • Prof. Shaya Fainman is the 2012 winner of the Dennis Gabor award in recognition of outstanding contributions and novel applications of ultrafast pulses and nanophotonics in information processing systems.

    To read more, go to www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9692669.htm

  • ECE professor and ITA member Young-Han Kim won the 2012 Information Theory Paper Award. Using powerful mathematical techniques from information theory, linear systems theory, convex optimization, and functional analysis, Prof. Young-Han Kim, resolved a 40-year-old open problem in the field of communication. Professor Kim tackled the problem in a paper titled, “Feedback capacity of stationary Gaussian channels”.

    The purpose of the Information Theory Paper Award is to recognize exceptional publications in the field and to stimulate interest in and encourage contributions to fields of interest of the Society.

    To read the full story go to http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/uc_san_diego_professor_wins_top_information_theory_award#.UCKMzaBkF8F.

     

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    Andrew Huynh, a CSE gradate student (co-advised by Profs. Gert Lanckriet and Albert Lin won a "Judges' Choice" and a "Community Choice" award at the 2012 IGERT Video and Poster Competition. The competition is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It features 114 presentations each made by a student or a team of students nominated from different IGERT Ph.D. programs (Andrew's project was one of the 3 UCSD nominations). To read more about the competition go to http://posterhall.org/igert2012/pages/about
  • UC San Diego won again in the California Micromouse Competition!

    Todd Yamakawa of the University of Hawaii at Manoa designed an autonomous robot that raced to the center of a maze in just 11 seconds. But Yamakawa was penalized 30 seconds by the judges because he had to pick up his micromouse and move it when a glitch developed. The penalty gave the victory to Alex Forencich of UC San Diego, whose mouse made it through the maze in 40 seconds, just one second faster than Yamakawa's adjusted time.

  • Click Here for a HighResolution VersionCan a computer be taught to automatically label every song on the Internet using sets of examples provided by unpaid music fans? Prof. Gert Lanckriet and his research group have found that the answer is yes, and the results are as accurate as using paid music experts to provide the examples, saving considerable time and money.  In results published in the April 24 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that their solution, called “game-powered machine learning,” would enable music lovers to search every song on the web well beyond popular hits, with a simple text search using key words like “funky” or “spooky electronica.” To read the full story click here.

  • Camera Trap

     

    Members of the Sentinel camera trap team are ECE undergraduates: Kyle Johnson, Chris Ward, Riley Yeakle and Perry Naughton who competed for the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel.

    Forget about building a better mouse trap. Riley Yeakle and his teammates have come up with a better camera trap, and they faced off with finalists from around the country when they unveiled working prototypes of their visions for embedded systems at a new, national engineering student competition. While falling short of the top three, the UC San Diego as well as UC Berkeley teams were awarded Honorable Mentions for their innovations.

    For more information go to ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressreleases/uc_san_diego_students_to_demonstrate_smart_camera_trap_at_new_engineering_c/

     

     

  •  Allot Communications announced last week that it is acquiring Ortiva Wireless, the company launched by UCSD Electrical Engineering Professor Sujit Dey in 2004 to manage mobile video and rich media content delivery. Dr. Dey is pleased with the intended acquisition as it will be complimentary and strategic, in line with rising market demand for integrated mobile data management solutions. Allot is committed to expanding the operations in San Diego, so it is good for the San Diego economy. Dr. Dey talked about the process of launching Ortiva Wireless and the challenges of commercialization during a recent dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.

     

    For more information go to:

    www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-01/allot-surges-on-ortiva-buy-as-net-tops-estimates-tel-aviv-mover.html

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  • ECE Professors Sujit Dey and Rene Cruz were among several Jacobs School faculty who shared their experiences in transferring research discoveries to marketable ideas in industry.  Read the full story here.


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    ECE Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz has been awarded the 2012 Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Microsystems, by Intel's Semiconductor Technology Council.  

     

     

     

     

    The Semiconductor Technology Council was established by Congress under the National Defense Authorization Act of FY1994 to foster continued government and industry cooperation in research and development for electronics and the semiconductor industry. The Council's mission is to link assessment by the semiconductor industry and national security needs for cooperative investments; foster cooperation among industry, government and academia; and align industry and government contributions for new semiconductor research and development efforts.

  • University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale.

    The trees’ vertical structure and branches are keys to capturing the maximum amount of solar energy, according to Deli Wang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In images of Earth from space, light reflects off of flat surfaces such as the ocean or deserts, while forests appear darker.  That’s because the vertical structure of trees grabs and adsorbs light while flat surfaces simply reflect it, Wang said, adding that it is also similar to retinal photoreceptor cells in the human eye.

    Photo: Rapid hydrogen generation on the surface of nanotree electrodes that are submersed in water and illuminated by simulated sun light.

     

    Wang’s team has mimicked this structure in their “3D branched nanowire array” which uses a process called photoelectrochemical water-splitting to produce hydrogen gas. Water splitting refers to the process of separating water into oxygen and hydrogen in order to extract hydrogen gas to be used as fuel. This process uses clean energy with no green-house gas by-product. By comparison, the current conventional way of producing hydrogen relies on electricity from fossil fuels

    “Hydrogen is considered to be clean fuel compared to fossil fuel because there is no carbon emission, but the hydrogen currently used is not generated cleanly,” said Ke Sun, the first author of the article and graduate student in the Wang group who led the project. 

    By harvesting more sun light using the vertical nanotree structure, Wang’s team has developed a way to produce more hydrogen fuel efficiently compared to planar counterparts.

    “This is a clean way to generate clean fuel,” added Wang who is also affiliated with the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology and the Material Science and Engineering Program at UC San Diego.  “Using solar energy for water splitting is the hottest topic in hydrogen fuel,” he said.

     

  • Prof. Eric Fullerton has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the AIP Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics, which recognizes scientists who have developed proven industrial technologies. 

    Read the full story here.

     

     

  • ECE research on 'no waste' laser is featured in the February 9 issue of Nature.  

     

    More details here.

     

  • Tim Gathman, Ph.D. student of Prof. James Buckwalter won the “Best Student Paper Award” at the 2012 SiRF Conference for his paper "An Integrate-and-Dump Receiver for High Dynamic Range Photonic Analog-to-Digital Conversion".  His paper was selected from among 10 finalists.

     

     

     

     

  • Read full text of live chat, on this page: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/12/live-chat-solar-cells-go-nano.html
    Find out how two new technologies (the first produces solar cells from plastics and other organic compounds; the second uses tiny inorganic nanoscale wires to capture the sun's energy) capture sunlight, how scientists use nanotechnology to create these cells, and how they can help solar panels churn out more power for less money.

     

     

  • Prof. Paul Yu has been named 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nation’s largest scientific organization. He was honored by the association for “efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” 
     

    Read full story here.

  • Ron Reedy, an ECE alumnus (earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and applied physics in 1984) and co-founder and chief operations officer of San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductor recently gave an inspirational and informative talk to students at the Jacobs School of Engineering about succeeding as an entrepreneur in the technology sector and about silicon on sapphire, the technology that made his company successful.

    Read the full story here.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Professors Truong Nguyen and Larry Milstein were awarded best teacher awards for the 2010-2011 academic year (for undergraduate and graduate teaching, respectively).

    Both faculty members received the highest praise from their students and have demonstrated true excellence in academic instruction. 
     
    Congratulations to them both!
     
  • Anton Monk, Founder of Entropic Communications, ECE PhD Alum, and member of ECE and Jacbobs School's Industrial Advisory Boards, spoke to KPBS about ECE's impact on local industry and economic development.

    View the full story and interview here.

  •  The September 26 cover page of the San Diego Union Tribune featured ECE faculty Prof. Gert Lanckriet and a compelling story about his current research and smartphone applications.  Read the entire UT story here.

  • ECE Faculty and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Initiaves Prof. Paul Yu was honored last week as the inaugural holder of the William S. C. Chang Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering.

     

    Read more details about Profs. Yu and Chang here.

  •  ECE Professor Gert Lanckriet has made the prestigious list of MIT Technology Review's Innovators under 35, for his work with computer music and computer audition.  Read the full story here.

  • Marconi Society

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     http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/awards/20110809YoungScholar.asp

     UC-SAN DIEGO’S BILL PING PIU KUO
    NAMED 2011 YOUNG SCHOLAR BY THE MARCONI SOCIETY


    Palo Alto, CA, August 2, 2011 –Bill Ping Piu Kuo, a stellar photonics student who is about to receive his doctorate of philosophy in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, is one of three students worldwide to be honored by the prestigious Marconi Society. He was selected a Marconi Young Scholar in part because of key work in ultra-fast signal processing based on parametric mixers.
     
    As the leading organization devoted to recognizing and encouraging scientific contributions to communication sciences and the Internet, the Marconi Society annually honors young scholars who already are engaged in influential work and are likely to transform their fields in some significant way. All three of this year’s Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award recipients are completing their doctorates while making vital contributions to the world’s “need for speed” – our increasing imperative to be able to send and receive data as quickly and economically as possible.
     
    Though intricate and often theoretical, their research is aimed at making communications faster and more efficient, giving people everyday benefits -- from better video-on-demand service to improved MRI scans that yield medical images in a quicker and thus more comfortable way.
     
    Kuo’s optical signal processing research is prompted by the problem of ever-increasing stress on the capacity of transmission systems. He has concentrated on developing wideband optical parametric mixers and ultra-fast transmission schemes to send and receive signals of unprecedented speed and quality – and with record low power consumption. That has opened a pathway to realize a photonic-aided analog-to-digital converter system with unprecedented bandwidth and fidelity. “I would like to try to commercialize the technology,” said Kuo, who plans to do so in conjunction with UCSD.
     
    Having been first in his class while earning a bachelor’s degree in electronic and communications engineering and then a master of philosophy in electronic engineering from the University of Hong Kong, he became an immediate standout at UCSD.
     
    His supervisor there, Photonics System Laboratory Director Stojan Radic, observed that Kuo has contributed to more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, including prestigious post-deadline and invited papers at events such as the Optical Fiber Communications Conference. “It is safe to say that he does not have a peer in this field at his present age,” said Radic, who described Kuo as “unconditionally regarded as the best researcher of (his) group or the department to date.” He said Kuo’s leadership and vision on parametric signal processing “has resulted in completely new signal processing architectures and newfound ability to manipulate fast signals.”
     
    To illustrate the value of Kuo’s work, Radic likens optic fiber to a large fire hose gushing with the fluids of information – so much that today’s electronics simply aren’t fast enough to consume it all. “So what Bill has done is take this fire hose and split it into little straws, and these straws can be sipped by conventional electronics.” Such breakthroughs, by allowing quicker and more efficient transmissions, could for example rescue systems capable of streaming high-quality video, which otherwise are in danger of collapsing under increasing demand.
     
    The Marconi Young Scholar Awards are named in honor of Paul Baran, a Marconi Fellow famous for helping devise the technical inner-workings of the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to the Internet. Nonetheless, Baran always declined to be called the inventor of the Internet, instead likening it to a vast cathedral built by countless people continually adding their own stones to reshape its image.
     
    This marks the fourth year that Young Scholars Awards have been granted by the Marconi Society, which is best known for its annual $100,000 Marconi Award and Fellowship given to living scientists whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity." As Marconi Society Chairman Emeritus Robert Lucky noted, the scholars selection committee “looks for candidates who show the potential to win the Marconi Prize -- the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in communications science -- at some point in the future. As a point of reference, Marconi Fellows have been at the forefront of every modern advance in telecommunications and the Internet.”
     
    The Young Scholar Awards include a financial stipend and an invitation and travel funds to attend the annual Marconi Award Dinner, to be held in September in San Diego.
    About the Marconi Society
     
    The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Through symposia, conferences, forums and publications, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of major innovations in communication theory, technology and applications with particular attention to understanding how they change and benefit society. Additional information can be found at www.marconisociety.org. 
     
     

     

     

  • The North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) Advisory Board and Veeco, Inc. will honor electrical and computer engineering professor Charles Tu with its MBE Innovator Award on Aug. 16 for significantly advancing the field of Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). MBE is a versatile research tool for growing single-crystalline films atomic-layer by atomic-layer in order to build devices like high-performance transistors, lasers and solar cells. Tu is also associate dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. The award will be presented at UCSD during the annual NAMBE conference banquet.
    MBE systems traditionally relied upon ultra-pure solid elements, such as gallium and arsenic, which could only be used to grow arsenides, leaving out other compounds that are important in fiber-optic communications.
    When Tu came to UCSD in 1988, he set up one of the first gas-source MBE systems in the United States, enabling his research team to grow a wider variety of materials -- including arsenides, phosphides, nitrides, and mixtures of them – than was previously possible. Currently, Tu is growing dilute nitrides – a new class of materials pioneered in his shop over the past 12 years – for intermediate-band solar cells and nanowire solar cells.
    The MBE Innovator Award recognizes individuals whose innovative work has significantly advanced the field of MBE in materials research, device development or commercialization, or equipment development.

     

     

  • ECE Alumnus Saura Naderi, founder of the myLab program, works with community kids to get them interested in engineering.

     

    See the full story here.

  • The Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship enables PhD students (in a team of two) in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science to pursue their futuristic innovative ideas. In 2011, the Fellowship received 146 applications from teams in 11 of the top US schools. The list of 8 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2011 winners includes UCSD student Siarhei Vishniakou, recommended by Prof. Deli Wang, who collaborated with Paul Brochu of UCLA on the proposal “I-SENSE – Innovative Technology Enabling New Life-style.

  • Irwin Mark Jacobs and Jack Keil Wolf – two engineers whose groundbreaking research and designs in digital communication helped propel the information revolution – are the winners of the prestigious 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize. Their lives' work dramatically boosted the speed, capacity and accuracy of voice and data transmissions around the world, in a way that is considered technological genius by experts yet seems nothing short of magic to the billions of people who enjoy such benefits whenever they use a cell phone, swipe a credit card, watch a DVD, or retrieve digitized information, seemingly out of thin air.

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  • ViaCar is a design competition sponsored by ViaSat and hosted by IEEE UCSD where students build autonomous race cars to follow a track marked by a wire carrying a 75kHz sinusoidal current. Seven teams from 2 schools attended this year's competition. Also, congratulations to Todor Mollov for winning 5th place at the Natcar competition at UC Davis.

     
    Viacar competition results: http://ieee.ucsd.edu/viacar/results.php
     
    And of course, a big thanks to our sponsors, ViaSat, the Jacobs School, and IEEE.

  • Please join us in congratulating Alex Forencich for winning the First Place in the IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area Student Paper Contest, held in Phoenix last Saturday.  His winning paper is titled "Learning to track colors under a dynamically changing light source".  It is a project he undertook at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, during his study abroad this year.

     


    One IEEE UCSD MicroMouse Team won the Third Place in the IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area MicroMouse Contest.  Last year's champion, designed, built, and programmed by Alex Forencich and Jeffrey Wurzbach, was undefeated.

  • On Friday, Apr 29, 2011, Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the ECE & CSE National Honor Society Chapter at UCSD, hosted an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Day for the UCSD Jacobs School community this year.

    See more details here!

  • Electrical engineering Ph.D. student Chirag Patel won the top prize – the Rudee Outstanding Poster Award – at Research Expo 2011 for his work on RF MEMS metal-contact switches.

    Read full JSOE story here.

  • Professors Joe Ford and Paul Siegel were awarded best teacher awards for the 2009-2010 academic year (for undergraduate and graduate teaching, respectively).

    Both faculty members received the highest praise from their students and have demonstrated true excellence in academic instruction. 

    Congratulations to them both!

  • Prof. Sujit Dey and students at the at UC San Diego's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were picked along with those of other universities around the world to explore fundamental changes to today's wireless networks.

     

    The multi-year, multi-million dollar research endeavor is led by Cisco, Intel and Verizon called the Video Aware Wireless Network (VAWN) project, as reported here earlier. "We now have resources to change how we see and use wireless networks," Dey said.

     

     

    Read more here.

  • Gert Lanckriet has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship for his work on machine learning, computer audition and music information retrieval. The fellowships are awarded in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics. Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to their field.
     

     

  • Two of our outstanding faculty - Jim Buckwalter and Gert Lanckriet - have just been awarded NSF CAREER Awards.

    Gert Lanckriet: An Integrated Framework for Multimodal Music Search and Discovery

    Jim Buckwalter: Reconfigurable Traveling Wave Silicon Integrated Circuits for Millimeter-Wave Testing

    Please join us in congratulating them for this outstanding achievement. 

    CAREER program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.

  • ECE graduate students Jason Karp, Justin Hallas and colleagues are researching solar concentrator designs that use a two-dimensional sheet of micro-optic lenses as a solar concentrator.  Jason won first place at Jacobs School Research Expo in 2010 with a poster on this topic. 

    Read the full article here.

  • ECE Students Jordan Rhee and Jeffrey Wurzbach win prestigious Gordon Leadership Awards.  Awards were presented at a ceremony held last week.

     

    The Gordon Center offers educational, awards and networking programs and opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional students with leadership potential. The Gordon Center serves as an umbrella for existing and emerging opportunities within and beyond the Jacobs School to gain leadership experience. Students will participate in focused classes, workshops, leadership forums and summer schools that integrate exciting engineering and leadership challenges and practices. Outstanding achievements will be rewarded with Gordon Engineering Leadership Awards. Upon successful completion of the Center's program, students will receive a Gordon Engineering Leadership Certificate and will join the Gordon Alumni Network.

    Engineering Leadership Core Values

    The Gordon Center strives to instill in Jacobs School students the attitudes, knowledge and skill sets required for engineering leadership. The Center promotes the following values:

    • Maintain the highest level of integrity and ethics in all conduct
    • Have the vision to understand the issues facing society and how an engineering project can help address those issues
    • Have the breadth and depth of engineering knowledge to understand constraints and possibilities in developing an engineering innovation
    • Know how to assess the potential market and listen to potential users in order to look for additional opportunities for innovation
    • Have the ability to convincingly communicate his/herr vision downward, upward and outward
    • Know how to prepare novel product proposals and an accepted business plan
    • Take risks in exploring or inventing innovative designs and processes in order to meet challenging performance goals
    • Accept personal responsibility for developing an innovative project on time, to budget and to specification of the client
    • Understand how to recruit, motivate, educate, empower, and engender loyalty from team members.
    • Possess a passion and intellectual drive for life-long learning.

     

     

  • ACM Conference - Firenze, Italy

    Best student paper award: Nikhil Rasiwasia, Jose Costa Pereira, Emanuele Coviello, Gabe Doyle, Gert Lanckriet, Roger Levy, Nuno Vasconcelos, A New Approach To Cross-Modal Multimedia Retrieval

     

     

  • More than a dozen research papers at the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) were co-authored by researchers from the University of California, San Diego, and the papers presented by graduate students resonated with reviewers. Among 250 student papers at the June conference in Austin, Texas, 44 were selected as finalists by the Information Theory Society Award Committee, and five of those were co-authored by students affiliated with the Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA), based at the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). The papers were evaluated based on technical content and the quality of the presentation at ISIT, and now the Society has announced that one of the UCSD finalists is also a Best Student Paper Award winner for 2010.

    Jayadev Acharya, a third-year graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, received the news while he was in India – getting married. “It was a great honor for my colleagues and me,” said Acharya. “Could there be a better wedding gift?” read more

  • Professor Gert LanckrietECE Professor Gert Lanckriet is the recipient of a 2010 IBM Faculty Award. This is a worldwide award, that distinguishes senior faculty of outstanding reputation and young faculty of unusual promise. The award recognizes Prof. Lanckriet's contributions to machine learning and music understanding.

  • Luke Barrington and Brian McFee have been awarded the 2010 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QIF), for their proposal, "Location-, Demographic-, Preference- and Content-Based Music Search and Recommendation," with their advisor Gert Lanckriet. Lawrence Saul (CSE) supported the proposal as secondary mentor. This selective fellowship provides $100,000 and was awarded to six out of 80 submissions from five universities (Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and UCSD). Luke and Brian`s project proposes advances in signal processing and machine learning to provide personalized, mobile music search and discovery.

  • ECE Department faculty member, Professor Zhaowei Liu has been named a UC San Diego Hellman Faculty Fellow for 2010-2011 by the Hellman Family Foundation. Read more

  • Emanuele Coviello received a Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award for his proposal "Content-Based Music Video Tagging using Hierarchically Trained Dynamic Texture Mixtures," with his advisor Gert Lanckriet. The Key Scientific Challenges competition is a nation-wide competition. Only a small number of outstanding Ph.D. students are selected for the award, in recognition of the importance and significance of their research.

  • Imagine packing four billion nanolasers on a three-inch semiconductor wafer. That is now nearer to reality, thanks to researchers at the University of California, San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, who have demonstrated a micron-sized laser – less than one-thousandth of a millimeter on each side – that can operate at room temperature. Until now, the only way to operate such a nanolaser was to cool it cryogenically to offset the various losses in the device. The UCSD solution, as published online in advance of appearing in the May issue of the journal Nature Photonics*, was to add super-thin layers of silica (glass) and aluminum to encase the core of each device. Read more

  • Professor Jack Wolf, holder of the Stephen O. Rice Chair at CMRR, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 and advises the federal government in any matter of science or technology. Read more

  • Jason Karp, a Ph.D. student in the Photonic Systems Integration Laboratory was the recipient of the Best Overall Poster Award at this years` JSOE Research Expo. This is a meeting where UCSD students from the entire School of Engineering present their latest research. This year, more than 200 posters were on display. Jason's work focuses on new concentrator optics for solar photovoltaics. His design uses thousands of micro-optic lenses and a common waveguide to create planar collectors compatible with large-scale fabrication. More information can be found at http://psilab.ucsd.edu. Read more

  • Professor Farrokh Najmabadi has been elected Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. This election recognizes Prof. Najmabadi's contributions to the advancement of fusion science and technology throughout the years. The grade of Fellow is the highest membership grade of the Society.
    Professor Massimo Franceschetti is the recipient of the award for Best Tutorial Paper of the IEEE Communications Society in 2009. The paper, "Stochastic Geometry and Random Graphs for the Analysis and Design of Wireless Networks," was published in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, with co-authors Martin Haenggi, Jeffrey G. Andrews, Francois Baccelli, and Olivier Dousse. The award recognizes an outstanding tutorial paper published by the Society in its magazine or journals.
    Professor Andrew Kahng has been re-appointed Recreation Council Representative on the Balboa Park Committee by San Diego's Mayor, Jerry Sanders. The Balboa Park Committee advises the Mayor and City Council on policy issues regarding the acquisition, development, maintenance and operation of the Balboa Park. The Department congratulates Prof. Kahng on the appointment, and salutes his continued service to the City of San Diego. Read more
    Professor Jie Xiang has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The CAREER Program is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of junior faculty. Professor Xiang’s research program aims to be transformative in terms of extending traditional electronic circuits and models into utilizing the mechanical degree of freedom in conjunction with novel nanoelectronics components in order to achieve high speed computation as well as low standby power as building blocks for future information technology. The 5-year, $400,000 award will also allow him to integrate cutting edge nanotechnology research with a series of educational and outreach activities to engage the interest of the broader community.
    Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Educator Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This award is given to a distinguished educator in the field of microwave engineering and science who exemplifies the special human qualities of the late Fred J. Rosenbaum who considered teaching a high calling and demonstrated his dedication to the MTT-S through tireless service. Prof. Rebeiz has been cited for his "Outstanding Achievements as an Educator, Mentor And Role Model of Microwave Engineers and Engineering Students". The award will be conferred at the annual Society Awards Banquet to be held during the International Microwave Symposium the week of May 23 to 28, 2010 in Anaheim, California.
    Prof. Andrew Viterbi has been named by the IEEE Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor. The Medal honors Prof. Viterbi's seminal contributions to communications technology and theory.
    The UCSD Student Branch of the IEEE is one of the Runner Ups in the International Student Branch Web Site Contest for 2008-2009. The contest was sponsored by the IEEE Student Activities Committee (SAC). Over 120 Student Branches participated in their regional contests, from which the IEEE judges chose the top web site designs worldwide. The web site designs are for and by IEEE Student members.
    Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha, a PhD alumni of the ECE Department, now at IBM Research, has received the ACM Gordon Bell Prize. This prize has been awarded since 1987 to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing. It is now administered by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), with financial support for the stipend provided by Gordon Bell, a pioneer in high-performance and parallel computing. The prize was awarded at the Supercomputing 2009 conference.
    Prof. Ramesh Rao has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, for leadership in wireless communications.
    Professor Young-Han Kim is the recipient of the 2008 Bergmann Memorial Research Award from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). This award is made annually to outstanding young investigators of newly awarded BSF grants, judged on the basis of the quality of their proposals. Professor Kim's project is on "the role of directed information in causal inference," collaborative research with Dr. Haim Permuter at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The Bergmann Award is given in memory of the late professor Ernest David Bergmann, who was internationally recognized for his significant contributions to organic chemistry. He played a major role in establishing the BSF in 1972 and served on its board of governors until his death in 1975. One of his special interests was to encourage young scientists.
    Professor Joseph Ford has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America for pioneering research in free-space optical technology, including the first use of micromechanics for equalization and switching in wavelength multiplexed communication.
    Bharath Sriperumbudur has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Student Paper at the annual Neural Information Processing Systems Conference, NIPS 2009, for the paper "Kernel Choice and Classifiability for RKHS Embeddings of Probability Distributions," with his advisor Gert Lanckriet, in collaboration with Kenji Fukumizu at ISM, Tokyo and Arthur Gretton and Bernhard Schölkopf at MPI, Tübingen. NIPS is one of the two international flagship conferences in machine learning.
    Electrical engineers recently pitted Genius – the music recommendation system in Apple’s iTunes – against two experimental music recommender systems. Genius appears to capture acoustic similarities among songs within the same playlist, the researchers found. The University of California, San Diego electrical engineers also discovered that the music recommender they built from scratch can generate song playlists that human subjects thought were as good as those that Genius generates. Read more...
    Professor Gert Lanckriet and his Ph.D. student, Brian McFee, have been awarded a Best Presentation Award by the International Society for Music Information Retrieval for their paper “Heterogeneous Embedding for Subjective Artist Similarity.” Their paper was presented at the Society's annual flagship conference, ISMIR 2009, and published in the Proceedings.
    Brendan Morris, an ECE student working with Prof. Mohan Trivedi, is the winner of the 2009 Student Essay Competition by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). Brendan's paper deals with video based trajectory analysis for traffic pattern and vehicle classification, for safety enhancement. It shows how machine learning and vision algorithms can be used for predicting potentially dangerous situations in real-time. This research is sponsored by NSF, Volkswagen and UC Discovery. The award is the most prestigious recognition given to a student involved in the field of Intelligent Transportation and Intelligent Vehicles.
    ECE students recently shined in the IEEEXtreme 24 Hour Online Competition. The Department was represented by two teams, which were ranked in the top 20 out of 700 entrants worldwide. Team "The Bagpipe Lubricators", which placed 4th out of 130 in 2008, placed 16th overall (6th from United States), and team "XYZZY" placed 19th (7th from United States). The two teams ranked 1st and 2nd among all teams from IEEE Region 6. Congratulations to the ECE Extreme Programmers: Jordan Rhee (captain), Rene Claus, Eric Levine; and Elliott Slaughter (captain), Chris McFarland.
    Congratulations to the UCSD Student Branch of IEEE for being selected to receive IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area (SWA) 2009 Outstanding Student Branch Award! The UCSD branch was chosen amongst all branches in San Diego, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. The award will be presented on Saturday, October 10th, 2009 at IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area (SW) Fall, 2009 meeting.
    Electrical engineering professor Ian Galton is the featured innovator in the September 2009 issue of “invent@UCSD” — the newsletter of the UC San Diego Technology Transfer Office. Galton leads the Integrated Signal Processing Group within the Jacobs School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read more...
    Dr. Shinko Cheng, a former student of Prof. Mohan Trivedi, received the Best PhD Dissertation Award for 2008 of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society. This is a very competitive award, involving recent PhDs from all over the world. It was established to encourage doctoral research that combines theory and practice, makes in-depth technical contributions, having the potential to contribute to the ITSS and broaden the ITS topic areas from either the methodological or application perspectives. Dr. Cheng's dissertation research is about vision algorithms for capturing human gestures and novel driver assistance for safe driving. The award recognizes the leadership of UCSD's Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory in the area of Intelligent Transportation and Vehicle Systems.
    The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in microwave and millimeter-wave RFICs and mixed-signal, and Jazz Semiconductor®, a Tower Group Company (NASDAQ: TSEM) (TASE: TSEM), today announced that they have collaborated to develop a two-antenna quad-beam RFIC phased array receiver covering the 11-15 GHz frequency range. First time success was achieved using Jazz Semiconductor’s high performance 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS process and its own proprietary models, kit and DIRECT MPW (Multiproject Wafer) program. The chip was designed and tested by the Electrical and Computer Engineering School at UCSD, and was sponsored by the DARPA RF VLSI program, Dr. Mark Rosker, Program Monitor. Read more...
    Prof. Charles Tu is the recipient of a Pan Wen-Yuan Foundation 2009 Outstanding Research Award. This is regarded as Taiwan's most prestigious technical award. It honors outstanding achievement in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, computer science, information technology, and information systems. The Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award is given annually to three or four recipients of Chinese descent from Taiwan, mainland China and the rest of the world.
    Eitan Yaakobi, an ECE doctoral student at CMRR, is one of 5 students world-wide to be selected for a 2009 Marconi Society Young Scholar Award. Marco Papaleo, another of the 5 recipients, is currently a visiting graduate student researcher at CMRR. The Marconi Society’s Young Scholar Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and intellectual promise in the field of telecommunications.
    Electrical engineers from the University of California, San Diego invented radio frequency integrated circuits that could lead to significantly less expensive imaging systems for identifying concealed weapons, for helping helicopters to land during dust storms, and for high frequency data communications. UC San Diego engineers presented this circuit at the 2009 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium on June 9, where it won one of the best three-student-paper awards. Read more...
    UC San Diego computer scientists are one step closer to building low cost networks of underwater sensors for real time underwater environmental monitoring. At the IEEE Reconfigurable Architectures Workshop in Rome, Italy, on May 25, computer scientists from the Jacobs School of Engineering presented a paper highlighting the energy conservation benefits of using reconfigurable hardware rather than competing hardware platforms for their experimental underwater sensor nets.Read more...
    Prof. Gert Lanckriet has been selected as a Hellman Fellow for 2009. The Hellman Fellowship, funded through the generosity of Chris and Warren Hellman, supports assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their work. The award will support Prof. Lanckriet's research on the interplay between machine learning and music / audio analysis.
    Jordan Rhee, an undergraduate in the ECE program, has been awarded a Fellowship by the Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories program, for his research in the context of a project on patient-specific cardiovascular modeling. The project involves researchers from five UCSD departments, and the Fellowship covers Jordan's tuition and fees.
    An intrepid group of UC San Diego undergraduates dared to design and build a robotic mouse from scratch. The electrical engineering and computer science undergraduates from the Jacobs School of Engineering also wrote the software to teach the robot to solve a maze. The team unveiled their mouse at the IEEE Region 6 Southwest Area Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 25th, held at UC San Diego. Watch the video...
    Prof. Rene Cruz is the recipient of the 2009 INFOCOM achievement award from the IEEE Communication Society. This prestigious award recognizes Prof. Cruz' contributions in the area of communication networks. The award was announced at the 2009 IEEE INFOCOM Conference, the IEEE flagship conference which addresses key topics and issues related to computer communications, with emphasis on traffic management and protocols for both wired and wireless networks.
    Prof. Paul Yu has been appointed to the position of Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Initiatives at UCSD. Prof. Yu will join the Office of Research Affairs, assisting the development and implementation of a strategic vision for UCSD research initiatives, including new programs to support large interdisciplinary projects, advanced technology transfer, and expanded undergraduate research at UCSD.
    Prof. Alex Vardy and Paul Siegel are the recipients, along with LANL colleagues Dr. N. Santhi and Dr. M. Chertkov, of a 3-year grant for research on "Coding, Detection, and Inference in Multiple Dimensions", as part of the UC Lab Research Program. The project addresses problems in multi-dimensional data representation and coding, as well as detection and inference on graphical models of multi-dimensional storage and transmission channels. The grant is one of 9 awarded to UCSD.
    Dr. Kaizhong Gao, a CMRR graduate who received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Neal Bertram of ECE, was recently named the 2009 Minnesota Young Engineer of the Year by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies. Kaizhong is a Senior Engineer and Manager at the Seagate R&D facility in Bloomington, MN.
    The poster “A Stress-Tolerant Temperature-Stable RF MEMS Switched Capacitor” by Isak Reines and Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz has been selected for the best poster award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo 2009. This work was supported under the DARPA N/MEMS Science and Technology Fundamentals program with the aim transitioning RF MEMS technology into DoD systems. The poster described temperature-stable RF MEMS capacitive switches which can be fabricated in a variety of processes and under different stress conditions with high reliability.
    The paper “Spurious-Tone Suppression Techniques Applied to a Wide-Bandwidth 2.4GHz Fractional-N PLL” by Kevin Wang, Ashok Swaminathan, and Prof. Ian Galton has been selected for the Jack Kilby Outstanding Student Paper Award of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. This is the flagship conference in Solid-State Circuits.
    San Diego, CA, February 11, 2009 -- New imaging and high capacity wireless communications systems are one step closer to reality, thanks to a millimeter wave amplifier invented at the University of California, San Diego and unveiled on Feb 11, 2009 at the prestigious International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, Calif. Read more...
    Professor Mohan Trivedi has been elected Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to intelligent transportation systems.
    Roberto Padovani is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, for pioneering innovations in wireless communications, particularly to the evolution of CDMA for wireless broadband data.
    5"Adaptive Modulation for OFDM-based multiple description progressive image transmission" by Sheu Sheu Tan, Min-Joong Rim, Prof. Pamela Cosman and Prof. Laurence Milstein is one of 11 papers selected to receive a GC'08 Best Paper Award. Out of over 1000 papers accepted to be presented at GC'08, 24 outstanding papers were nominated as candidates, and 11 were finally chosen to receive awards; this represents 1% of the papers selected for presentation at IEEE GLOBECOM 2008.
    Paul Siegel, and his former Ph.D. students Joseph Soriaga (now with Qualcomm's Corporate R&D Division) and Henry Pfister (now on the ECE faculty at Texas A&M), are the recipients of the 2007 IEEE Communications Society Data Storage Technical Committee Best Paper Award for the paper "Determining and Approaching Achievable Rates of Binary Intersymbol Interference Channels Using Multistage Decoding," published in the April 2007 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.
    Sunhyoung Han has been selected as the winner of the IBM Student Paper Award for ICIP 2008, for the paper "Complex discriminant features for object classification", co-authored with Nuno Vasconcelos. ICIP is the IEEE's flagship conference in the area of image and video processing.
    Mohan Trivedi, Bhaskar Rao and Shankar Shivappa received the “Best paper Award” at the 5th IEEE International Conference On Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS 2008) for their paper "Person Tracking With Audio-visual Cues Using the Iterative Decoding Framework". This publication is based on their ongoing research in audio-visual information fusion for human activity analysis. The experimental part of the research is conducted in the new CalIT2 Smartspace Laboratory and the SHIVA Lab.
    San Diego, CA, October 1, 2008 -- This week, wireless pioneer and UC San Diego professor emeritus Andrew Viterbi received a National Medal of Science, in part for work that would become known as the Viterbi algorithm. This algorithm is used in virtually every cell phone today where it performs interference suppression and efficient decoding of digital transmission sequences. Viterbi also made important contributions to the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless technology that transformed the theory and practice of digital communications.Read more
    San Diego, CA, Aug. 12, 2008 -- They've coped with leaks, navigation problems and a few minor explosions, but the San Diego iBotics team — based at UC San Diego and funded by the Jacobs School of Engineering — had the most beautiful underwater craft in this year's competition of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Their sleek, carbon-fiber entry, dubbed the “Stingray,” features a lightweight shell that resembles a small stingray and provides very little drag. Read more
    Ian Galton and Andrea Panigada are the recipients of the 2008 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award for the paper "Digital Background Correction of Harmonic Distortion in Pipelined ADCs", published in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.
    San Diego, CA, May 13, 2008 -- University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have created experimental solar cells spiked with nanowires that could lead to highly efficient thin-film solar cells of the future. Read more...
    San Diego, CA, May 13, 2008 -- Thanks to nanostructures that scatter and channel light, University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are working toward thin-film “single junction” solar cells with the potential for nearly 45 percent sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. This Jacobs School effort to break the theoretical limit of 31 percent efficiency for conventional single junction cells recently received a big funding boost from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America program. Read more...
    San Diego, CA, May 06, 2008 -- Bhaskar Rao is a space explorer, though he is no astronaut. The electrical engineer from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering explores the “space frontier” that has opened up with the emergence of MIMO (multiple input multiple output) technologies for wireless communications. In MIMO systems, both transmitters and receivers contain multiple antennae, which means that space – and not just time – is in play when it comes to signal processing strategies for increasing data rates, reliability, users served, and other parameters in wireless communications networks. Read more...
    Congratulations to UCSD IEEE Student Branch, which came in 4th (out of 130 teams from 31 countries) in the second annual IEEExtreme Programming Competition!
    San Diego, CA, April 22, 2008 -- As the pace of photonic device development quickens, researchers at UC San Diego have shown that actually slowing light can accelerate future development in this promising field. Read more...
    Bongyong Song, Rene L. Cruz and Bhaskar D. Rao have been selected winners of the 2008 Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in the Field of Communications Systems for their paper: "Network Duality for Multiuser MIMO Beamforming Networks and Applications," IEEE Transactions on Communications, March 2007.
    Professor Gert Lanckriet has been awarded the Optimization Prize by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The award recognizes his paper "A Direct Formulation for Sparse PCA Using Semidefinite Programming" in collaboration with Profs. El Ghaoui and Jordan at Berkeley, and d'Aspremont at Princeton. SIAM is a society that ensures the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific communities.
    Professor Paul K.L. Yu has been elected Fellow of the SPIE for achievements in semiconductor optical modulators and analog fiber optic links.
    Professor Young-Han Kim has received NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. His research program aims to provide a common set of conceptual, mathematical, and algorithmic tools for the emerging convergence of computation, control, and communication over networks, with the ultimate goal of developing a unified framework for characterizing fundamental performance limits of such systems.
    San Diego, CA, February 08, 2008 -- UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering professor Paul Siegel – a leading authority on coding for hard disk magnetic recording systems – has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems."
    Professor Robert Hecht Nielsen has been named "Engineer Of The Year 2008 in San Diego", for his work on Confabulation Theory. This is an award by fourteen major technical societies, including the IEEE and AIAA.
    Professor Truong Nguyen has received "Best Undergraduate Teaching Award" for 2006-2007. This is a student voted award that recognizes extraordinary comitment to education by UCSD faculty.
    Two ECE Profs, Two Spin-Outs, Two Award Nominations - 07 Dec 2007. Products from two different companies spun out by electrical engineers at UC San Diego are finalists for CONNECT’s 2007 Most Innovative New Product “MIP” Award – in the Communications Technology & Hardware category.
    Professor Paul K.L. Yu has been elected Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to semiconductor waveguide modulators and detectors.
    Professor Pamela Cosman has been elected Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to image and video compression and wireless communications.
    Most Complex Silicon Phased Array Chip - 30 Oct 2007 UC San Diego electrical engineers have developed the world’s most complex “phased array” – or radio frequency integrated circuit. This DARPA-funded advance is expected to find its way into U.S. defense satellite communication and radar systems. In addition, the innovations in this chip design will likely spill over into commercial applications, such as automotive satellite systems for direct broadcast TV, and new methods for high speed wireless data transfer.
    Online Game Feeds Music Search Engine Project - 26 Sep 2007. UC San Diego electrical engineers and computer scientists are working together on a computerized system that will make it easy for people who are not music experts (like the senior author’s mom) to find the kind of music they want to listen to – without knowing the names of artists or songs.
    Professor Paul H. Siegel has been appointed as the holder of a CMRR Endowed Chair.This distinguished appointment is a reflection of the high regard in which Professor Siegel is held by the UCSD academic community.
    UC San Diego Establishes Department of NanoEngineering - 03 Jul 2007. Seeking to capitalize on the potential of a new generation of multi-functional nanoscale devices and special materials built on the scale of individual molecules, UC San Diego has established a new Department of NanoEngineering within its Jacobs School of Engineering effective July 1, 2007.
    SPIE has awarded a $2000 scholarship to Joshua Ray Windmiller, a Bachelor of Science student at the University of California, San Diego. His interests are in the areas of lightwave communications and nanoscale optics and is especially interested in nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, and optical fiber communications as they are burgeoning research endeavors. Read more...
    The University of California Sweeps RFIC Student Paper Awards - 15 Jun 2007. Engineering graduate students from three University of California campuses -- Berkeley, Davis and San Diego -- won first, second and third places respectively for the best student papers in the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) portion of the prestigious 2007 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2007) held in Honolulu, HI, last week, June 3-8, 2007.
    Air Force Says Basic Research at UC San Diego Helps U.S. 'Anticipate Threats' - 14 Jun 2007. Pentagon official tells Congress that 5-year-old, $7 million UC San Diego nanostructured supersensors project is evidence that basic research can help U.S. anticipate threats; ECE's Yu-Hwa Lo is a co-PI on the multidisciplinary team that includes engineers in Calit2's Nano3 cleanroom facility.
    Professor Farrokh Najmabadi has received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Fusion Technology Award, to recognize outstanding contributions to research and development in the field of fusion technology.
    Electrical Engineering Grad Student Racks Up Awards - 14 May 2007. For his work on how semiconducting nanowires grow and behave, Shadi A. Dayeh, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, has recently earned a series of awards.
    Why Nanowires Make Great Photodetectors - 20 Apr 2007. The geometry of semiconducting nanowires makes them uniquely suited for light detection, according to a new UC San Diego study that highlights the possibility of nanowires as light detectors with single-photon sensitivity. Nanowires are crystalline fibers about one thousandth the width of a human hair, and their inherent properties are expected to enable new photodetector architectures for sensing, imaging, memory storage, intrachip optical communications and other nanoscale applications, according to a new study in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters.
    Professor Massimo Franceschetti has received a Young Investigator Award sponsored by the Office of Naval Research to investigate diversity in wireless communication from a physical perspective. His work aims at revealing fundamental limits of multiple antenna systems and wireless networks. Starting from the laws of Electromagnetic propagation, it ties the physical aspect of communication to the information-theoretic aspects. Results will provide useful design guidelines for next generation wireless systems.
    Improved Automated Image Labeling Electrical engineers from UC San Diego report progress on the development of automated image labeling and retrieval techniques that will enable a new generation of image search engines.
    Professor James Buckwalter has received a Young Faculty award sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for research in nonlinear pulse propagation in mixed-mode silicon integrated circuits. This work hopes to develop methods to tailor signal propagation on-chip and help future ICs beat limitations imposed by transistor and interconnect scaling.
    RFIC Phased Array Receiver Breakthrough - 07 Mar 2007. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), provider of a leading program in mixed-signal, microwave and millimeter-wave RFICs, today announced that it has developed an 8-element RFIC phased array receiver covering the 6-18 GHz frequency range.
    Jan Cox has been named the recipient of the 2007 Betsy Faught Award in recognition of her excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of ECE. This is the UCSD's highest honor bestowed to MSOs.
    4D Imaging Wins JSOE Research Prize - 26 Feb 2007 --- With a flash of light, photons simultaneously fly toward the face of a person waiting to be identified for security purposes. The packets of light bounce off the face and land on a specially engineered photon sensor that clocks when each photon arrived and uses the information to reconstruct a three dimensional image of the face almost instantaneously.
    UCSD Cell Phone Pioneer Elected to NAE - 12 Feb 2007 --- If you like the slim cell phone that you hardly know is in your pocket or purse, one of the many people you have to thank is Peter Asbeck, an electrical engineer from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. And while you’re at it, congratulate him on earning one of the highest professional distinctions possible for an engineer – election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
    UCSD Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences Ranked 9th in the World - 08 Feb 2007 --- The University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is the 9th best in the world for engineering/technology and computer sciences, according to an academic ranking of the top 100 world universities published online this month by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
    Professor Shayan Mookherjea has been awarded the NSF CAREER Award
    Alon Orlitsky, the inaugural holder of the QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Information Theory and its Applications -- January 29, 2007 -- The University of California, San Diego today announced that Alon Orlitsky has been appointed the first holder of the QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Information Theory and its Applications.
    Origami Lens Slims High Resolution Cameras -- January 26, 2007 -- Engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications.
    Ian Galton Named Best ECE Teacher -- December 12, 2006 -- Professor Ian Galton has been awarded the ECE Best Teacher Award. Galton primarily teaches subjects related to integrated circuit design with applications for communication systems.
    UCSD Grad Grabs Venture Funding -- December 6, 2006 -- Quanlight, an emerging LED (light-emitting diode) company whose core technology was developed at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, today announced a recent series A investment of $1 million from Blackbird Ventures Inc., a private venture funding group in San Diego. Quanlight anticipates closing its Series B round in the spring of 2007.
    UCSD Grad Wins Award for Functional Brain Imaging Insights -- December 6, 2006 -- David Wipf, a recent graduate of the electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. program at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering, has won an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2006 NIPS Conference -- Neural Information Processing Systems -- for his work on human functional brain imaging.
    Jacobs School Student Leaders Tell Their Stories -- November 28, 2006 -- Sourobh Raychaudhuri and Barath Raghavan, both Ph.D. candidates at UC San Diego’s Jacob's School of Engineering, have received the R.B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. The $5,000 award recognizes continuing graduate students who have a record of notable academic achievements and demonstrate leadership in professional and Jacobs School activities.
    Optofluidics Researchers and Industry Representatives Meet To Discuss Future Work -- October 26, 2006 -- The UCSD division of Calit2 and ECE professor Shaya Fainman recently hosted the Optofluidics Translational Research and Commercialization Workshop. The invitation-only meeting brought together academic researchers affiliated with the DARPA Center for Optofluidic Integration and industry representatives.
    Professor Alon Orlitsky and two of his doctoral students, Narayana Prasad Santhanam and Junan Zhang, authored the paper selected for the 2006 award, "Universal Compression of Memoryless Sources Over Unknown Alphabets."
    UCSD Students Win Prestigious U.S. DoD Scholarship -- October 10, 2006 -- Four UC San Diego students are among the 32 nationwide recipients of the 2006 Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program run by the U.S. Department of Defense.
    Jacobs School Welcomes Eleven New Faculty -- October 2, 2006 -- As the 06/07 academic year begins, the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering welcomes eleven new faculty hires, bringing the School’s total faculty membership to 175.
    Semeon Y. Litvin was selected as a 2006 SPIE scholarship winner. Litvin is an undergraduate student in the Optics program at the University of California, San Diego. His area of interest is in optics and superconductors.
    Prof. Pamela Cosman has been appointed to be the new director of the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC), effective July 1, 2006. Founded in 1995, the CWC is one of the nation's premier centers for research in and education on wireless communications.
    6/28/06: Vice Chancellor for Research, Richard Attiyeh, announced the appointment of Farrokh Najmabadi as the Director of the Center for Energy Research at UC San Diego, effective July 1, 2006. Professor Najmabadi is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and has served as the Center's Deputy Director since September 1, 2004. Read more...
    6/28/06: The surveillance system, dubbed "Eagle Eyes" was developed by UCSD ECE professor Mohan Trivedi and his team of graduate students and researchers. Read more...
    Sourobh Raychaudhuri is one of two recipients of the Jacobs School of Engineering R. B. Woolley Graduate Leadership Award for the 2006-07 academic year.
    Professor Curt Schurgers has been selected as a Hellman Fellow for 2006. The purpose of the Hellman Faculty Fellows Awards, funded through the generosity of Chris and Warren Hellman, is to substantially support the research and creative activities of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their work.
    3/31/06:U.S. News Ranks Electrical Engineering 16th Read more...
    3/28/06: Prof. Radic has demonstrated a way to translate signals in optical fiber between the current infrared standard and a wide range of other bands of light. technology that could benefit airborne, undersea, sensing and other communications. Read more...
    Shadi A. Dayeh, Hamed Masnadi-Shirazi & Antoni Chan were selected as the Outstanding TAs of the ECE Department.
    2/13/06:More than 400 experts from around the world participated in a weeklong workshop to inaugurate Calit2's new Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Center. Streaming video of key presentations and tutorials is now available. Read more...
    2/7/06: The university has appointed Professor Alon Orlitsky to direct the new initiative Information Theory and Applications Center (ITA). Read more...
    2/2/06: Professor Nguyen's innovative technologies in the area of video delivery to mobile devices and thin-clients, using existing communication channels, are shown to have a practical impact. Read more...
    Robert Saperstein, our 2005 JSOE Woolley Fellow, has been selected as one of the 2006 Summer Graduate Teaching Fellows at UCSD.
    1/28/06: Professor Acampora is part of UCSD's Center for Networked Systems, a collaboration ontopics ranging from broadband access to Internet epidemiology. View his talk in the CNS half-yearly Research Review. Read more...
    11/16/05: Professor Milstein is the first holder of the Ericsson Endowed Chair in Wireless Communication Access Techniques Read more...
    10/3/05: Professor Sadik Esener, " Nanotechnology will allow doctors to deliver an array of promising new anti-cancer treatments to the exact positions in the body where they are needed". Read more...
    9/12/05: Professor Tara Javidi "Time and again our theoretical research has shown how the stochastic nature of the wireless channel can significantly change the rules-of-thumb of networking," Read more...
    8/19/05: Information Theory faculty receive 4 of the 27 grantsawarded in 2005 by the NSF Theoretical Foundations program. Read more...
    8/8/05: Edward Yu, "Increasing Solar Cell Efficiency Via Incorporation of Engineered Metallic Structures." Read more...
    6/22/05: Prof. Nuno Vasconcelos receives a five year CAREER award by NSF, for work incomputer vision. Read more...
    5/20/05:Professor Vardy has been selected as a Fullbright Scholar, 2005-2006
    5/2/05:Professor Massimo Franceschetti receives the 2005S. A. Schelkunoff Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.
    1/1/05:Professor Truong Nguyen elected Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to the theory and applications of filterbanks and wavelets.