- Professor Villasenor Provides Congressional Testimony
Professor John Villasenor provided testimony at a May 17 congressional hearing on "drones" and privacy. The hearing, which was held by the House Judiciary Committee, considered privacy from overhead observations in light of the Constitution, existing statutes, and pending legislation. Professor Villasenor's written testimony will become part of the congressional record.
- Prof. John Villasenor’s Paper Selected as One of the Most Significant Papers in IEEE FCCM
In the forthcoming 20th IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines this year, the society has compiled the 25 most significant papers from various areas in the conference over the years in a special volume. Professor John Villasenor’s paper released in 1996, entitled “Configurable Computing Solutions for Automatic Target Recognition” is included in the compilation. The co-authors to the paper are: Brian Schoner, Kang-Ngee Chia, Charles Zapata, Hea Joung Kim, Chris Jones, Shane Lansing and Bill Mangione-Smith.The paper was endorsed by Mark Shand commenting, “this paper was highly influential in raising awareness to the potential of runtime reconfiguration, as evidenced by the citations it has received in the ensuing years”. Visit the FCCM20 webpage to see the roster of the 25 most significant papers.
- UCLA IEEE Students Wins the Ethics and ViaCar Competitions
The weekend of April 27-28, 2013 was a tremendous success for the UCLA IEEE student chapter for topping the Ethics and the ViaCar Competitions. UCLA was the host campus for the Ethics Competition; they went up against UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The winning team is composed of Harsh Barbhaiya, Ian Chen and
This is UCLA IEEE's 4th Annual Ethics Competition. IEEE student branches from around the area gather to compete. This is UCLA IEEE's second consecutive first place win and third total first place rank. The competition includes a presentation and a defense of a case analysis. The specific objectives of the program are to foster familiarity with the IEEE Code of Ethics and ethics concepts, to promote a model for discussing and analyzing ethical questions, and to provide experience in applying ethical concepts to typical professional situations. Our judges for this year included experienced engineers from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Analog Devices, and Raytheon.
The ViaCar competition was hosted by UC San Diego on April 28, 2013. 14 teams entered all from UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara. UCLA took first, second and fourth places with speeds of 7.14ft/sec, 6.58ft/sec, and 5.68ft/sec respectively. The first place went to the Wyth Team composed of Alex Cheng, Leslie Wong, Hooman Barekatain, David Yang and Anh-Vu Nguyen. The second place went to Team DHizel composed of: Danny Li, Nikhil Dua, Genya Zhdanov and Jeffrey Hwang. The fourth place went to Team Up Dog composed of: Shubham Gandi, David Garges, William Seto and Ian Chen.
- Professor Alan Willson is Selected for 2013 Vitold Belevitch Award
Charles P. Reames Professor Alan Willson has been selected to receive the 2013 Vitold Belevitch Award from the IEEE Circuit and Systems (CAS) Society. This award “honors the individual with fundamental contributions in the field of circuits and systems.” The award is only given every two years by the Society. Professor Willson will receive it during an IEEE CAS Society Conference later this year.
Prof. Willson’s research has been in theory and application of digital signal processing, including VLSI implementations, digital filter design and nonlinear circuit theory.
In recent years, Professor Willson has also received the 2012 Darlington Best Paper Award from the IEEE CAS Society and the 2010 Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award from the IEEE. He was also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2009 through 2011.
- Professor Ozcan’s Group Discovered a New Motion Type for Human and Horse Sperm Cells
The Ozcan Research Group's recent application of the lens-free holomic microscopy shows that human and horse sperm cells move in chiral ribbon patterns. The team observed two types of distinct patterns: "a helical ribbon path much like the stripes the wrap around a barber's pole and the second is a complex twisted ribbon pattern in which their bodies seem to follow the surface of a corkscrew".
This research finding could bring about a better comprehension on the nature of sperm cell movement and its relation to example fertilization. The authors of the research are: Dr. Ting-Wei Su and Associate Professor Ozcan with co-authors: Dr. Euan McLeod and undergraduate researchers Kalvin Huang, Inkyum Choi and Jaiwen Feng.
The study is published in Nature Scientific Reports and reported in the UCLA Newsroom.
- Professor Bahram Jalali Honored by the Engineers’ Council
The Engineering Council honored Professor Bahram Jalali with a Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award presented in February 2013. The citation of the award reads: “For seminal contributions in establishing the field of silicon photonics and for time stretch techniques resulting in a new generation of real time high throughput instruments.”
In mid-2012, Professor Jalali surprised the technology world with his research on the world’s fastest laser scanner capable to record images in a dim environment. The technology is called STEAM “Serial Time-Encoded Amplified Microscopy”. With collaboration with the Di Carlo Laboratory, they reported blood screening with record sensitivity in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.
- UCLA Wins 2013 IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award
The paper entitled, “Radiation Model for Terahertz Transmission-Line Metamaterial Quantum Cascade Lasers”, authored by Philip Hon, Amir Tavallaee, Qi-Sheng Chen and Professors Ben Williams and Tatsuo Itoh has been selected as the 2013 IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology Best Paper Award by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.
The society recognizes UCLA’s paper as “the most significant contribution by a published paper in the THz journal to the field of interest THz science and technology in the previous year”. The paper was published in the IEEE Transactions on THz Science and Technology, vol. 2, pp. 323-332 on May 2012.
The authors will be honored at the Society Awards Banquet held during the International Microwave Symposium in Seattle, WA on the week of June 2-7, 2013. The MTT Society has also invited the authors as guest to their IMS Chairman’s Dinner.The Microwave Theory and Techniques Society is a 60 year old society of engineering professionals which “promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies”. In 2011 Prof. Tatsuo Itoh was honored with a Microwave Career Award “for a Career of Leadership, Meritorious Achievement, Creativity and Outstanding Technical Contributions in the Field of Microwave Theory and Techniques”.
- Prof. Jason Cong Received Best Paper Award from FPGA 2013
The paper entitled Polyhedral-Based Data Reuse Optimization for Configurable Computing, by Louis-Noel Pouchet, Peng Zhang, P. Sadayappan and Jason Cong was awarded the Best Paper at the 21st ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA'13). The paper was published on ACM Press, February 2013, pp. 29-38.
- Distinguished Professor Asad Madni awarded a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree, honoris causa, from California State University and California State University, Northridge
The Board of Trustees of the California State University (CSU) upon the recommendation of California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has selected Distinguished Professor Asad Madni to receive a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree, honoris causa. The degree which will be jointly awarded by CSU and CSUN is “ in recognition of his pioneering research work and achievements in science, engineering and technology, particularly in the aerospace, military, automotive, commercial, and industrial fields, and his distinguished record of leadership and service at the university and in the community.”
The degree will be formally conferred during the commencement ceremony of the College of Engineering and Computer Science on May 22, 2013 at the Manzanita Hall Lawn in CSUN. Following the commencement, Dr. Madni will be surrounded by family and friends at a special reception hosted by the University in his honor.In the prior year he received a Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) degree, honoris causa, from the Technical University of Crete, and the 2012 IEEE AESS Pioneer Award. Early this year he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- Dr. Rani Ghaida is a Recipient of EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award 2012
Recent Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Rani Ghaida ‘12 (Advisor: Prof. Puneet Gupta) has been selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in physical design, design for manufacturing and CAD for analogue circuits and MEMS" from the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA) for his dissertation "Design Enablement and Design-Centric Assessment of Future Semiconductor Technologies." The award, one of the most prestigious in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for Ph.D. dissertations, will be presented at the DATE
2013 conference in Grenoble, France. The award includes a monetary prize and an offer to publish the dissertation in the Springer EDAA Outstanding Monographs series.
While still at UCLA, Rani attracted interest from top semiconductor companies in his research work on computational frameworks and mathematical models for exploring, defining, optimizing, and enabling semiconductor technologies in a digital design context. He was a recipient of the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department Fellowship and a number of awards including IBM Invention Achievement Plateau Award, IBM First Patent Application Award, and SRC Inventor Recognition Award.Dr. Rani Ghaida is currently a Principal Engineer at GlobalFoundries in the Technology Enablement Division. His current research is focused on pattern-based Design for Manufacturability (DFM).
- Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii has been elected Fellow by Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii has been selected as ACES Fellow by the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), the world's largest society in the area of computational electromagnetics (www.aces-society.org). ACES is the premier international computational society which serves scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government working in a wide variety of fields related but not limited to EM scattering by complex objects, advanced numerical techniques and modern antenna designs. ACES Fellows are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance computational techniques in electromagnetics and antennas. Professor Rahmat-Samii was honored for his pioneering contributions in the areas of spectral theory of diffraction, natured inspired evolutionary optimization techniques in electromagnetics, and reflector antenna synthesis and analysis. The author of more than 800 scholarly publications and four books, Prof. Rahmat-Samii has given numerous courses on these topics including two IEEE e-courses. Professor Rahmat-Samii will receive the recognition at the ACES conference awards banquet in Monterey, March 24-28, 2013.
- Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Elected Fellow by SPIE
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan is elected Fellow by the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) for his seminal contributions in pursuit of photonics based telemedicine technology. His extensive research on the subject has attracted tremendous interests and recognitions from both the academia, government and the industry.
SPIE is the premiere international photonics society which serves scientists and engineers in industry, academia, and government working in a wide variety of fields that utilize some aspect of optics and photonics, the science and application of light.
Professor Ozcan will receive the recognition at the Photonics West conference in San Francisco which opens on February 2, 2013. The Photonics West Conference is one of the top five conferences of the SPIE.Recently Professor Ozcan and the Ozcan research team had another major breakthrough in detecting virus and other nanoscale objects through lensfree microscopy. The results are published in Nature Photonics and featured on UCLA Newsroom.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed is co-recipient of the 2012 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Professor Ali H. Sayed is co-recipient, with former PhD student Zhi Quan and co-author Dr. S. Cui, of the 2012 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for their article by Z. Quan, S. Cui, and A. H. Sayed, ''Optimal linear cooperation for spectrum sensing in cognitive radio networks," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 28-40, Feb. 2008. The article has generated considerable interest since its publication and already shows close to 500+ citations on Google Scholar.
- Emeritus Professor Francis Chen addressed the IAEA Fusion Energy Conference
Emeritus Professor Francis Chen gave an "unconventional", entertaining opening plenary talk, entitled “Fusion is Now and Forever”, at the biennial Fusion Energy Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency of Austria held last October 2012 in San Diego, CA. The audience included 921 fusion experts from 48 countries around the world. Frank was chosen because of his book "An Indispensable Truth".Professor Chen has devoted a career spanning over 56 years on the study of magnetic fusion, laser fusion, plasma diagnostics, basic plasma physics and low temperature plasma physics. Though formally retired he holds an active research laboratory and continues to write.
- ISSCC Honors Top Paper Contributors from UCLA
Distinguished Professor Asad Abidi is part of an elite group of 16 engineers who will be honored at the 60th Anniversary of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference for their strong and sustained contributions to this most prestigious gathering of the semiconductor industry. The recognition will be presented at the ISSCC Plenary session on February 18, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
With the invention of wireless telegraphy and its development to radio or transistor circuit design with other performance enhancing electronic mechanisms, professionals in the field, specifically in solid-state circuits, instituted an arena where innovations and research are presented to further stimulate the advancement of technology. To date ISSCC is continuously at the forefront of presenting research to the industry. This year’s conference theme is entitled “60 Years of (Em)Powering the Future”.Professor Abidi’s latest involvement was with the group that has won the ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper. Dr. David Murphy (PhD ’12) is principal author with Professors Frank Chang and Asad Abidi, and with a team of co-authors who are all UCLA alumni: Dr. Ahmad Mirzaei (PhD ’06), Dr. Mohyee Mikhemar (PhD ’09), Dr. Hooman Darabi (PhD ’99) and Dr. Amr Hafez (PhD ’12). The paper is entitled “A Blocker-Tolerant Wideband Noise-Cancelling Receiver with a 2dBb Noise Figure”, which also appears in the December, 2012 issue of IEEE Journal on Solid-State Circuits.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed Has Been Awarded the 2012 Technical Achievement Award
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded the 2012 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his ``fundamental contributions to adaptive and statistical signal processing.'' IEEE's first society and one of the largest, the Signal Processing Society is the world’s premier professional society for signal processing scientists and professionals since 1948. The Technical Achievement Award honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated by publications, patents, or recognized impact on the field. The prize will be presented at the Society’s Awards Ceremonies to be held in Vancouver, Canada, May 2013.
- Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan Received the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan will be honored with the first Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in recognition of his seminal contributions to computational imaging, sensing and bio-photonics technologies impacting telemedicine and global health challenges.
The Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, established in 2012, is presented annually for extraordinary achievements in biophotonics technology development that show strong promise or potential impact in biology, medicine, and biomedical optics. The award targets achievements that span disciplines and may include elements of basic research, technology development, and clinical translation.
The award will be presented at the BiOS Hot Topics session at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco on February 2, 2013. Prior to this award, Professor Ozcan was honored with the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in 2011.SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.
- PhD Graduates David Murphy and Amr Hafez To Receive ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award
Recent PhD graduates David Murphy and Amr Hafez, Prof. Frank Chang, with Prof. Asad Abidi, and collaborators at Broadcom have been selected to receive the ISSCC 2012 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for the paper "A Blocker-Tolerant Wideband Noise-Cancelling Receiver with a 2dB Noise Figure". The award will be presented at the ISSCC conference in San Francisco, February 2013.
The paper was the recipient of the Distinguished Technical Paper Award at ISSCC 2012 and was recently featured in the 2011-2012 UCLA EE Annual Report. Both Dr. Murphy (Sr. Staff Scientist) and Dr. Hafez (Staff Scientist) joined Broadcom full-time upon graduation. Collaborators at Broadcom are also all UCLA alums (Ahmad Mirzaei (PhD '06) , Mohyee Mikhemar (PhD '09), Hooman Darabi (Ph'D '99).
- Professor Rahmat-Samii Received the NASA Group Achievement Award
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was awarded the NASA Group Achievement Award, “For exceptional contributions to the Juno Step 1 and Step 2 exemplary winning proposal efforts leading to the start of mission developments”. This award was endorsed by Mr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator. Professor Rahmat-Samii provided the original design of the 5 x 5 radiometer array antenna which was then completed at JPL. The instrument will measure the thermal radiation emanating from deep within Jupiter’s atmosphere.Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to planet Jupiter and was launched on August 5, 2011 with arriving date of around July 4, 2016. The spacecraft will travel roughly over a total distance of 2.8 billion kilometers.
- Distinguished Professor Asad Madni is Elected Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distinguished Professor Asad Madni has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) "For seminal contributions and distinguished leadership in the development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace, transportation and commercial aviation".
AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. AIAA Fellows are persons of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. New fellows will be honored with a certificate and pin at the AIAA Fellows Dinner on 7th of May 2013.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship for three years from The Leverhulme Trust, a foundation established in 1925 in the United Kingdom in support of scholarly research and education. The objective of the Leverhumle Trust awards is to enable distinguished academics from overseas to visit and pursue research collaborations with universities in the United Kingdom. Professor Sayed will be hosted by Newcastle University during his visits and will be interacting with researchers and students from the host institution and from other universities in the UK.
- Professor Rahmat-Samii is on the Cover of IEEE A&P Magazine
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii's paper entitled, "On Understanding the Radiation Mechanism of Reflectarray Antennas: An Insightful and Illustrative Approach" was the front cover of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine October 2012. Co-writers are his former Ph.D. students: Dr. Harish Rajagopalan and Dr. Shenheng Xu.In June 2012, Prof. Rahmat Samii’s paper entitled, “Reflector Antenna Distortion Compensation using Sub-Reflectarrays: Simulation and Experimental Demonstration”
was the front cover of the same magazine.
- Professor Panagiotis Christofides is Named AAAS Fellow
Professor Panagiotis Christofides is named American Association of Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. He was honored for "the development of rigorous methods for analysis and control of nonlinear, hybrid and distributed parameter processes." His research interests are in the areas of control, dynamics and optimization, including both theory and applications; computational process modeling and simulation; and applied mathematics. His laboratory seeks to develop new methods for the systematic and rigorous solution of complex process-control and systems-engineering problems. He is a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and of Electrical Engineering at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed has been selected as Fellow by the American Association
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been selected as Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Members are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The selection of fellows has been an AAAS tradition since 1874. Professor Sayed was honored for "distinguished contributions to adaptation, learning, and statistical signal processing." The author of more than 400 scholarly publications and five books, Sayed focuses on research in several areas, including adaptation and learning, network science, biologically inspired designs and information-processing theories.
- Prof. Razavi and student Jun Won Jung received Best Student Paper Award of the 2012 VLSI Circuits
The 2012 Symposium on VLSI Circuits program committee has selected Dr. Jun Won Jung and Prof. Behzad Razavi's paper entitled "A 25-Gb/s 5-mW CMOS CDR/Deserializer" to receive the Best Student Paper Award of the symposium. This honor is awarded based on both the quality of the written paper and the presentation at the symposium held in June 2012 in Honolulu, HI.
The certificate and cash award will be presented to Dr. Jung at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Jung received both his MS degree (2008) and his PhD degree (Summer 2012) from UCLA Electrical Engineering.
- Encryption Technology and the Limits of the "Contents of the Mind"
In a new article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law Heightened Scrutiny, Professor John Villasenor and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Vivek Mohan explore how technologies such as digital encryption, smart phone unlocking mechanisms, and functional MRI are challenging traditional assumptions regarding the boundaries of the “contents of the mind.” They propose a framework for determining the scope of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination in light of these and other emerging technologies.
- A 2012 World Technology Award for Professor Ozcan
Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan received the 2012 World Technology Award on Health and Medicine (for the individual category) presented by the World Technology Network in association with Time, CNN, AAAS, Science, Technology Review, Fortune, Kurzweil and Accelerosity. This year’s theme is on “Nothing will ever be the same again”.
The award finalists and winners are those individuals (in 20 categories) and companies/organizations (in 10 categories) who are -- in the opinion of the WTN Fellows and Founding Members, through Awards voting process -- doing the innovative work of "the greatest likely long-term significance" in their fields. They are those creating the 21st century.
The winners were announced from the stage at a black-tie gala and ceremony at Time Conference Center at the World Technology Awards gala/ceremony on the evening of October 23rd, at the conclusion of the two-day (Oct. 22/23) World Technology Summit conference held at the Time & Life Building in New York City.See the full listing and on World Technology.
- Professor Razavi Receives 2012 Best Invited Paper Award from CICC*
Professor Behzad Razavi has received the 2012 Best Invited Paper Award from the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference for the paper entitled, "Problem of Timing Mismatch in Interleaved ADC's." This year's CICC program contained 20 invited papers presented by experts in the field in addition to hundreds of regular papers.
The IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference is a premier conference devoted to IC development. The conference sessions present original first published technical work and innovative circuit techniques that tackle practical problems. CICC is sponsored by the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Electron Devices Society.
- Professors Wesel, Dolecek and Daneshrad Receive an NSF Grant
Professors Rick Wesel, Dolecek, and Daneshrad together with Dr. Dariush Divsalar of JPL receive NSF grant entitled "Code Design and Analysis to Approach Capacity with Short Blocklengths Using Feedback." This collaborative research award provides $880K for UCLA and JPL to design new rate-compatible codes and new algorithms to approach capacity with very short blocklegths using feedback. See details and abstract of the award: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1162501 and http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1161822.
- Professor King-Ning Tu is Selected for the 2013 EMPMD John Bardeen Award
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society has selected Professor King-Ning Tu for the 2013 EMPMD John Bardeen Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and is a leader in the field of electronic materials. A formal presentation shall be held at the EMPMD Council Meetingin San Antonio, Texas during the 142th TMS Annual Meeting, March 2-7, 2013.
Dr. King-Ning Tu is a distinguished professor in both Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. Aside from his fellowships at various societies, he has been decorated with a Distinguished Scientist Award from the Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Materials Division of TMS in 2006, elected member of Academia Sinica, Republic of China in 2002, and Humboldt Award for US Senior Scientists in 1996.
- Asst. Professor Lara Dolecek Wins Prestigious Okawa Foundation Research Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a winner of the prestigious Okawa Foundation Research Grant for 2012. This prize honors top young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. The Okawa Foundation Grant supports Prof. Dolecek's research on the topic "Channel Coding Strategies for Next-Generation Data Storage Systems." The award will be formally presented at a ceremony in San Francisco in January 2013. The Okawa Foundation (http://www.okawa-foundation.or.jp/en/index.html) was established in Japan in 1986 to provide funding and recognition for new studies in the information and telecommunications fields.
- Professor Jalali is a Recipient of the Aron Kressel Award
The IEEE Photonics Society awarded its 2012 Aron Kressel Award to Professor Bahram Jalali with a citation that reads: “For contributions to the science and technology of silicon photonics”. The award was presented at the 2013 IEEE Photonics Conference in Silicon Valley.
The IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award is given to recognize those individuals who have made important contributions to opto-electronic device technology. The device technology cited is to have had a significant impact on their applications in major practical systems. The intent is to recognize key contributors to the field for developments of critical components, which lead to the development of systems enabling major new services or capabilities.
In other recent developments, Professors Jalali and Di Carlo’s team reported blood cancer screening with record sensitivity in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (July 2012). The results were made possible by Jalali group’s time stretch camera technology (STEAM) and Di Carlo group’s advanced microfluidics.
Professor Jalali’s team reported world’s fastest laser scanner in Nature Scientific Methods.
His team also reported the first ever real-time measurements of modulation instability spectrum and the observation of emergent behavior in such systems. Modulation instability is a ubiquitous nonlinear phenomenon that leads to spontaneous pattern formation in laser pulse propagation, cloud formation and ocean waves. The work was published in Nature Photonics and was in collaboration with University of Gottingen in Germany.
Professor Bahram Jalali is the Northrop Grumman Endowed Chair in Optoelectronics, Professor in Electrical Engineering & Biomedical Engineering, California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Surgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
- The RIM4S Team Receives a $500,000 Contract from IARPA
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has awarded a $500,000 contract to an Electrical Engineering UCLA team for the project titled "Reliable Inference with Missing, Masked, Malfunctioning or Masked Sensors (RIM4S)". This project is a collaboration among Electrical Engineering Professors Lara Dolecek (principal investigator), Danijela Cabric, Greg Pottie and Mani Srivastava. The project aims to develop a fundamentally new theoretical framework of reliable inference when the data is collected from disparate sensing devices and to demonstrate practical feasibility of the proposed unifying framework on a comprehensive and diverse set of applications.
IARPA is a government organization that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide the United States with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.
- Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan Joins Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10”
Popular Science magazine, which calls its annual list "a celebration of ten young researchers whose innovations will change the world," recognized Associate Professor Aydogan Ozcan for his groundbreaking imaging technology that turns everyday smart phones into powerful microscopes for use in medical diagnostics. Past UCLA recipients of this prestigious international recognition from Popular Science are Professor Terence Tao (Mathematics) and Professor Deborah Estrin (Computer Science). Read the Full Story.
- Prof. Rahmat Samii on the Cover of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
A paper by Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii and two of his former PhD students, Dr. Harish Rajagopalan and Dr. Shenheng Xu, entitled "Reflector Antenna Distortion Compensation using Sub-Reflectarrays: Simulation and Experimental Demonstration", was the front cover of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine June 2012 issue.
The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine has a very large international circulation. The Antennas and Propagation Society also maintains two other publications: IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, and IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.
- LUCAS Listed on 30 Innovations That Will Change the World
The Business Insider in its Game Changer page has included the LUCAS (Lenseless Ultrawide-field Cell Monitoring Array platform based on Shadow imaging) microscope, invented by Prof. Aydogan Ozcan's research group, in its list of 30 Innovations That Will Change the World. The Business Insider probed into remarkable innovations in science, energy and health and their impact in how we live.
Professor Ozcan and the Ozcan Research Group have received several commendations on the LUCAS project since its introduction in 2007. The most prestigious of which is the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award.
The Business Insider is a New York based online news website on business, entertainment, technology, sports and lifestyle. In 2012 it recorded a monthly visitor count of 5.4 million.
See the full listing here.
- Professor Ezio Biglieri is Selected for the 2012 Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award
IEEE Information Theory Society honors Adjunct Professor Ezio Biglieri with the 2012 Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award. The Information Theory Society has singled out Professor Biglieri for his outstanding leadership and proven long-standing exceptional service to the Information Theory community.
- Distinguished Professor Asad Madni is the 2012 Recipient of the Prestigious IEEE AESS Pioneer Award
Professor Asad M. Madni has been selected to receive the 2012 prestigious IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society's (AESS) Pioneer Award for his pioneering contributions and accomplishments that have stood the test of time. His award citation reads “for seminal and pioneering contributions to the development and commercialization of aerospace and electronic systems”. The Pioneer Award has been given annually since 1949 to an individual or team for “contributions significant to bringing into being systems that are still in existence today.” These systems fall within the specific areas of interest to the society, that is, electronic or aerospace systems. The contributions for which the award is bestowed are to have been made at least twenty (20) years prior to the year of the award, to ensure proper historical perspective.
The award will be presented to Professor Madni, depending on his availability, at either the AUTOTESTCON Conference to be held at the Anaheim Disneyland Resort and Conference Center, September 10-13, 2012; or at the Digital Avionics and Systems Conference (DASC) to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 14 -19, 2012.
- Alumnus Thomas Courtade Received the 2012 ISIT Best Paper Award
Dr. Thomas Courtade, who graduated in June from the UCLA EE department with Ph. D. advisor Rick Wesel, received the 2012 ISIT Best Student Paper Award in Cambridge, MA for his paper entitled "Multiterminal Source Coding under Logarithmic Loss" co-authored by Tsachy Weissman. This award is given annually for an outstanding paper presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, with a student making the dominate contribution as well as presenting the paper. The award is based both on the paper's technical contribution as well as the quality of its presentation.
Thomas Coutrade finished with a Distinguished Ph. D. Dissertation Award in Signals & Systems for year 2012.
- Technical University of Crete to Honor Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad Madni with a Honorary Doctorate Degree
Dr. Asad Madni was unanimously
selected to receive the University's Doctorate Degree
Honoris Causa from the Department of Production
Engineering and Management of the Technical University of
Crete. This award is “in recognition for his Outstanding
Achievements in the Engineering Profession”. The awards
ceremony will be held in September in Chania, Greece in
time for the International Environmental Conference.
The Technical University of Crete was established in 1977 and started admitting students in 1984. It was then considered the first of its kind in Greece. Today, TUC is considered one of the most prominent research institutions in Greece with its extensive infrastructure, modern facilities and brilliant scholars.
Professor Asad Madni’s numerous honors include membership of the US National Academy of Engineering, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, IET (UK) Achievement Medal, TCI College of Technology Marconi Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, UCLA HSSEAS Alumnus of the Year Award, and UCLA HSSEAS Lifetime Contribution Award. Prior to joining UCLA, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and CTO of BEI Technolgies where he led the development and commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors and systems for aerospace, commercial and transportation industries, including the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System and the revolutionary Quartz MEMS GyroChip technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles, and for inertial measurement and guidance for aerospace applications.
Prior to joining BEI, he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical and executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President and CEO. Here he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF and Microwave Systems and Instrumentation.
- Professor Jason Speyer to Receive the 2012 AIAA Aerospace Guidance Navigation and Control Award
Professor Jason Speyer has been selected for the 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Guidance, Navigation, and Control Award. The award is “For significant contributions to deterministic and stochastic optimal control theory and their application to important aerospace engineering problems.”
Professor Jason Speyer will be honored at the Awards Luncheon on August 14, 2012, held in conjunction with the 13 - 16 August 2012 AIAA Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN.
Professor Jason Speyer is a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering Department. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of IEEE and AIAA.
- Assistant Professor Danijela Cabric is a Recipient of UCLA Hellman Fellows Program
Assistant Professor Danijela Cabric is a recipient of an award through the UCLA Hellman Fellows Program. The UCLA Hellman Fellows Program was established through the kind generosity of the Hellman Family Foundation to help promising junior professors take their research and creative endeavors to a higher level. In this inaugural year in UCLA many applications from faculty in various disciplines across campus were received. Only eleven fellows have been selected from this year's talented pool based on the quality of proposed research, potential for great distinction and financial need.
- Professor M.-C. Frank Chang is Elected to 2012 Academicians at Academia Sinica
On July 5, 2012, EE Chair M.-C. Frank Chang was announced as one of the twenty newly elected 2012 Academicians of Academia Sinica held during its biennial Convocation of Academicians from July 2-5, 2012. This election recognizes a scholar’s exemplary research achievements in the fields of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.
Academia Sinica, established in 1928, is considered as the paramount institution in the Republic of China with a mission to promote and undertake scholarly research in the fields of sciences and humanities. After much political events in the country, the Academy was re-established in Taipei in 1949 and was able to establish itself as an advanced research institution with worldwide recognition.
EE Chair M.-C. Frank Chang is a Wintek Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is known for the development and commercialization of GaAs power amplifiers and integrated circuits which led him to his election to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2008. He is a recipient of the IEEE David Sarnoff Award for the development and commercialization of HBT power amplifiers for modern wireless telecommunication systems. He was a recipient of Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award and CESASC Career Achievement Award for his fundamental contributions in high speed electronics. He is also recognized as a worldwide leader in developing Terahertz communication, radar and imaging systems in mainstream CMOS technologies.
- The Nanoelectronics Research Facility Updates its Facility with an Atomic Layer Deposition System
The Nanoelectronics Research Facility (NRF) has received an award from the UCLA Shared Resources Consortium (SRC) to support purchase of an atomic layer deposition system. This system will be used for deposition of multiple materials with atomic-level thickness control and will be open to all NRF users. The system will enhance the current capability with the addition of plasma, which allows deposition at lower temperatures. It also has a load-locked environment for improved environmental control, enabling deposition of higher quality films.
The SRC was established by the Vice-Chancellor for research to "support instrumentation or personnel costs for existing and proposed Shared Resources (SRs) located on the UCLA campus." The NRF is a shared campus facility for fabrication of micro- and nanoscale devices that has a broad user base consisting of users from UCLA, outside universities, and industry. The technical director of the NRF is Steve Franz, and the Faculty Director is Professor Rob Candler.
- Ph.D. Student Joshua Kovitz Awarded a Prestigious NDSEG Fellowship
Joshua Kovitz, a Ph.D. student, was recently awarded a prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is a “highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree”. This fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Defense. On average, only 10% of student applicants are offered a fellowship, and this year there were over 3,000 applications nationwide. The evaluation is based on a review of each applicant’s academic records, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores by an evaluation panel. NDSEG Fellowships provide full student support for three years, including full tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend.
Joshua Kovitz is studying under Prof. Yahya Rahmat-Samii and has been conducting research in applying nature-inspired optimization techniques towards antenna designs for wireless communication systems and reconfigurable antennas. He was also recently awarded the Outstanding M.S. Thesis Award in Physical & Wave Electronics for year 2012. With the NDSEG fellowship, he hopes to begin research in many areas within electromagnetics, including antenna design problems for cognitive radio applications. For cognitive radio, the antenna design represents a difficult challenge, especially in the design of reconfigurable antennas for mobile devices, and the antenna systems can be a major bottleneck in the overall system design.
- Professor Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize
Prof. Henry Samueli has been selected as the sole recipient of the 2012 Marconi Prize for his pioneering role in the development of broadband semiconductors. The coveted prize is awarded to an individual who has lasting contributions to the development of communication science for the benefit of mankind.
Prof. Samueli’s passion in communications had shown roots from his younger years when he ventured to assemble a radio system for a school project far above the expectations among his peers. While at UCLA for his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, he sought and took advance graduate courses. He then pursued graduate studies and continued to impress his advisor, Prof. Alan Willson, when he always provided alternative solutions to various technical challenges. For Professor Willson, Henry Samueli was an exceptional undergrad student and an advisors’s dream grad student. Looking back, Prof. Henry Samueli has always been ahead of the game.
While working for TRW, Prof. Samueli was invited as a visiting lecturer at UCLA then eventually went full time and rose up to full professor. According to Prof. Willson, Prof. Samueli was well loved by his students. It is at UCLA where Broadcom started to take form when he met co-founder Dr. Henry Nicholas, his then grad student. Through their partnership, passion and determination Broadcom was able to deliver innovative products and firmly establish Broadcom as the major worldwide provider of semiconductors for various communication applications.
Prof. Samueli continuously goes a step ahead not just in technology but by investing in the educational system for future engineers. He has greatly contributed to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to both University of California in Los Angeles and Irvine which carries his name.
The Marconi Society was first established in 1974 by Gioia Marconi Braga in honor of her father the 1909 Nobel Laureate, Gulielmo Marconi. Mrs. Braga characterized the Fellowship as "unique...in that it does not reward a person for intellectual achievements alone, but seeks to recognize and sustain those spiritual aspirations that a creative thinker may wish to apply to the establishment of a better world in which to live."
The Marconi Prize will be awarded on September 6, 2012 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in the Tustin Ca. During the day, there would be technology symposia to be held at Beckman Center in UC Irvine.
- Adrian Tang Wins First Place at Broadcom Foundation’s Inaugural University Research Competition
Grad Student Adrian Tang was selected as the first place winner at Broadcom Foundation’s Inaugural University Research Competition among other international university representatives. According to Broadcom, Adrian Tang’s research entitled, “A 144 Ghz High Resolution Sub-Carrier Successive Approximation Radar for Thz Security Screening” was selected for its “study of radars for low‐cost, low‐power and portable THz imaging systems which have many new applications in security screening, trace gas detection and biomedical imaging.”
The awarding was held during Broadcom’s annual Technical Conference June 6-7 in Irvine, CA where all 12 student finalists were invited together with their academic advisor to present their projects to over 400 attendees. The finalists came from Oregon State University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, Tsinghua University in China, University of Pavia in Italy, University of California in Davis, University of California in Irvine, University of California in Los Angeles, University of California in San Diego and University of Michigan.
Adrian Tang was supported by his academic advisor, EE Chair and Professor M.-C. Frank Chang. Adrian recently finished his doctorate degree and is the recipient of Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Circuits & Embedded Systems for year 2012. His dissertation is on CMOS MM-Wave Imaging Techniques. Adrian has joined NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA to work on 680 GHz FMCW based imaging radar systems in the 389A Sub-millimeter Wave Advanced Technology Group. At the 2012 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Montreal, Canada, Adrian will present four different papers two of which are candidates for Best Paper Award.
- Chih Kai Chen Receives IEEE CORAL Best Student Paper Award
The paper "Modeling and Theoretical Performance Analysis for Dynamic Spatially Distributed Energy-based Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radios over Shadowed Fading Channels in Public Safety Networks," by Grad Students Chih Kai Chen and Ralph E. Hudson, and Professor Kung Yao, has been selected as the Best Student Paper for the IEEE CORAL (COgnitive Radio Applications and aLgorithms) 2012. The paper will be presented during the workshop in San Francisco, CA on June 25, 2012.
This is the first IEEE International Workshop on emerging Cognitive Radio Applications and Algorithms. Professionals and researchers from the academe, industry and standardization agencies come together to exchange research breakthroughs in the development and implementation of cognitive radio networking. The Best Student Paper Award is sponsored by IEEE Technical Committee on Stimulation.
- Professor Jason Cong Receives ACM TODAES Best Paper Award
Professor Jason Cong is a recipient of the 2012 ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) Best Paper Award for the journal entitled "Behavior-Level observability Analysis for Operation Gating in Low-Power Behavioral Synthesis," with co-authors from UCLA Bin Liu and Rupak Majumdar, and Zhiru Zhang from AutoESL Design Technologies, Inc. The award was presented on June 5, 2012 at the Design Automation Conference held in San Francisco, CA.
The journal was published on ACM TODAES in November 2010. The selection was based on three points provided by ACM TODAES:
It is the first to formally generalize the concept of ODC in the behavior level. In addition, it presents an exact and efficient algorithm to compute the behavior-level ODC in the presence of black-box operations. Traditional (or logic) ODC based analysis can hardly derive high-level ODC information (esp. across clock boundaries) in complete and efficient manners.
It is also the first to combine behavior-level ODC analysis with high-level synthesis (HLS) optimizations to identify and avoid unnecessary computations and data transfers.
The proposed ODC-based optimizations have been integrated into a cutting-edge commercial HLS system (AutoESL/Xilinx), leading to significant power savings (30%+) for the synthesized circuits.
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- Professor Alan Willson is a Recipient of 2012 Darlington Best Paper Award
Alan Willson, the Charles P. Reames Professor of EE, is the recipient of the 2012 Darlington Best Paper Award, an annual award given by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. The award, presented to Prof. Willson on May 22 at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Seoul, Korea, is for his paper entitled “Desensitized Half-Band Filters,” published in the January 2010 issue of the “IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.” The paper concerns Willson’s entirely new method for the design and implementation of lowpass FIR half-band filters wherein the filter’s frequency response is provided with a significant insensitivity to the filter’s tap-coefficient values. This method leads to circuits having lower power consumption, higher operating speeds and smaller IC area.
The Darlington Award recognizes the best paper bridging the gap between theory and practice published in the “IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.” The award is based on general quality, originality, contributions, subject matter and timeliness.
Among Professor Willson’s other recent accolades are the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award and the IEEE CAS Society’s Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award, and the Mac Van Valkenburg Award.
- IEEE Named 2011-12 Student Group of the Year
UCLA HSSEAS awards IEEE with the 2011-12 Student Group of the Year, for the large organization category. The other finalists selected by judges from faculty and staff: Dr. Bill Goodin, Dr. Don Browne and William Herrera, were AIChe and TBP.
“The award is a symbol of our hard work this year in servicing the school of engineering at UCLA, and recognition of the impact that IEEE brings to its undergraduate students. We are fortunate to have the support of numerous sponsors and departmental entities to make this all possible’, shares Leo Szeto, IEEE President, to his officers.
The award was received by Leo Szeto, at the Engineering Senior Dinner on May 29, 2012. This is the second consecutive year for the organization to receive the award. IEEE is advised by Professor Ethan Wang, Dr. Mike Briggs and Dr. Bill Goodin.
- 2011-2012 Outstanding Student Awards in Electrical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Circuits & Embedded Systems
CMOS MM-Wave Imaging Techniques
Advisor: Professor M.-C. Frank Chang
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Physical & Wave Electronics
Photonic Time-Stretch for High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Conversion and Imaging
Advisor: Professor Bahram Jalali
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Signals & Systems
Multiterminal Source Coding Under Logarithmic Loss
Advisor: Professor Richard Wesel
Master of Science
Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in Circuits & Embedded Systems
Advisor: Professor Jason Cong
Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in Physical & Wave Elecctronics
Advisor: Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii
Distinguished Master's Thesis Award in Signals & Systems
Advisor: Professor Stefano Soatto
Bachelor of Science
Outstanding Bachelor of Science Degree Award
Jia-Jun (Dennis) Zhang
Christina Huang Memorial Prize
Uzair Yousuf Sikora, BS 2012
Harry M. Showman Prize
Uzair Yousuf Sikora, BS 2012
Russell R. O’Neill Distinguished Service Award
Tammy Chang, BS 2012
Melissa Sue Erickson, BS 2012
Engineering Achievement Award for Student Welfare
Ray Andrew Avalos, BS 2012
Tammy Chang, BS 2012
Kelsey Lynne Curtis, BS 2012
Melissa Sue Erickson, BS 2012
Christina Michelle Gillus, BS 2012
Pak Ling (Leo) Szeto, BS 2012
Sophie (Wenwan) Yang, BS 2012