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News Item Professor Itoh receives honorary degree from Universit Autònoma de Barcelona


Itoh_TatsuoTatsuo Itoh, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Northrop Grumman Chair in Microwave Electronics, has received an honorary doctorate from the Universit Autònoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The award, announced March 19, is the first honorary degree ever bestowed by UAB’s engineering school.

The honor is in recognition of Itoh’s groundbreaking research in microwaves, antennas, millimeter waves and numerical electromagnetics. His work has led to breakthroughs that were “unthinkable until a few years ago,” according to a UAB statement.

The statement also noted that Itoh has been an “inspiration and a collaborator” with researchers at the UAB engineering school.

Itoh, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969, joined the UCLA faculty in 1991. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and winner of numerous IEEE awards.

He is the author or co-author of more than 250 journal publications, 475 refereed conference presentations, and 48 books or book chapters. His work is cited more often than that of any other electrical engineering researcher in the world, according to Microsoft Academic Search.


News Item Prof. Jarrahi was a Keynote Speaker at SPIE Photonics West

Mona JarrahiProfessor Mona Jarrahi was a keynote speaker at the SPIE Photonics West Conference held in San Francisco, CA, February 7-12, 2015.  The title of her talk was "Plasmonic Terahertz Optoelectronics."








News Item Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M Madni was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Robotics and Applications

Asad M. MadniDistinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M Madni was the Keynote Speaker on the topic of Emerging Technologies at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Robotics And Applications (ICARA), sponsored by the University of Massey and IEEE. The conference was held in Queenstown, New Zealand from February 17 through February 19th.






News Item Markovic, former students win ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper

Wang_ChengChengYuanFangLiProfessor Dejan Markovic and two of his former doctoral students, Cheng C. Wang Ph.D. ’13 and Fang-Li Yuan Ph.D. ‘14, have won the 2014 Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The award was announced Feb. 23. 

The group conceived of, developed and tested a new design of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The design allows microprocessors to handle more complex tasks — for example, algorithm-intensive software applications such as digital signal processing, datacenter acceleration and high-speed networking — with greater flexibility while using less energy than today’s chips.

Wang and Yuan are lead authors on the paper. Markovic is principal investigator. Tsung Han-Yu Ph.D. ‘13, who has since joined Qualcomm, is a co-author.

That same research helped Wang and Yuan launch a new company. They are the first two employees of Flex Logix Technologies, a Mountain View startup headed by veteran technology entrepreneur Geoff Tate. Markovic is a consultant to the firm.

The researchers worked with UCLA Engineering’s Institute for Technology Advancement and the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property in order to develop and protect the intellectual property related to the work.



News Item Jalali receives IET Achievement Medal

Bahram JalaliProfessor Bahram Jalali, Northrop Grumman Opto-Electronic Chair in Electrical Engineering, has been awarded the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2014 Achievement Medal.

In making the award, IET cited Jalali’s “pioneering contributions to silicon photonics and real-time instrumentation and their application in cancer detection.”

Jalali, who has joint appointments with the Bioengineering Department, the California NanoSystems Institute and the UCLA School of Medicine Department of Surgery, has been a member of the faculty since 1992. In 2003 Jalali’s lab demonstrated the first silicon optical amplifier, and in 2004 reported the first silicon laser. In 2007, his lab developed a new type of camera that can record 100 million frames per second, and technology is in clinical testing stage for detection of rare cancer cells in blood samples.

Among other honors, Jalali is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and IEEE. He is the recipient of the Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America for the invention of the first silicon laser.

Based in the United Kingdom, IET supports technological innovation to meet the needs of society by providing expert advice, publishing journals and other materials, and offering scholarships and medals. The organization has nearly 160,000 members worldwide.




News Item Professor Chee Wei Wong is Advancing On-Chip Optics Information Transfer

Wong, Chee WeiA breakthrough by a team of researchers from UCLA, Columbia University and other institutions could lead to the more precise transfer of information in computer chips, as well as new types of optical materials for light emission and lasers. This work has been selected and featured by the Department of Energy Office of Science. 

The researchers were able to control light at tiny lengths around 500 nanometers — smaller than the light’s own wavelength — by using random photonic crystal lattice structures to counteract light diffraction. The discovery could begin a new phase in laser collimation — the science of keeping lasers precise and narrow instead of spreading out. This effect, known as Anderson localization, was first theoretically proposed in 1958 by Nobel laureate Philip Anderson, and now first observed by the UCLA-lead team of Prof. Chee Wei Wong, experimentally in on-chip optics. 

“This study allows us to validate the theory of Anderson localization in chip-scale photonics, through engineered randomness in an otherwise periodic structure,” Wong said. “This study provides a new path in controlling light propagation at the wavelength scale, that is, delivering structure arising out of randomness.”

It was published in Nature Physics on February 2, 2015, with DOI: doi:10.1038/nphys3211 :




News Item Grad Student Yibo Zhang Received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award

Yibo Zhang, a graduate student from Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s research group, received the 2015 SPIE Translational Research Award for the paper “Pathology slide imaging using wide-field lens free microscopy.”

The paper, published in December 2014, illustrates the performance of a computational lens-free, holographic on-chip microscope that uses the transport-of-intensity equation, multi-height iterative phase retrieval, and rotational field transformations to perform wide-FOV imaging of pathology samples with comparable image quality to a traditional transmission lens-based microscope. By providing high-resolution images of large-area pathology samples with 3D digital focus adjustment, lens-free on-chip microscopy can be useful in resource-limited and point-of-care settings.

Yibo Zhang presented their paper at the Translational Research Forum on Sunday, February 8, at the 2015 SPIE Photonics West in the Moscone Center, San Francisco.SPIE_2015logo




News Item Two Members of UCLA EE Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

two membersThe National Academy of Engineering recently announced the election of 67 new members, including two members of the UCLA Electrical Engineering family, and 12 foreign associates.  NAE membership is considered to be one of the highest professional honors accorded to an engineer.

Distinguished Emeritus Professor Gabor Temes was elected for contributions to analog signal processing and engineering education. As a professor at UCLA from 1970 to 1990 and the department chair from 1975 to 1979, Professor Temes is widely regarded as the preeminent force in establishing UCLA Electrical Engineering as one of the worldwide leaders in integrated circuit design.  The Spring 2013 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine featured Professor Temes and his illustrious career and his profound impact on future generations of IC designers.

Alumnus Dr. Dan Goebel was elected for contributions to low-temperature plasma sources for thin-film manufacturing, plasma materials interactions, and electric propulsion. Dr. Goebel received his BS degree in physics (1977), MS degree in electrical engineering (1978), and PhD degree in applied plasma physics/electrical engineering (1981), all from UCLA.  Dr. Goebel is a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a member of the UCLA EE Alumni Advisory Board.




News Item Congratulations to the 2015 Preliminary Exam Fellowship Recipients


Signals and Systems

Mehrdad Showkatbakhsh

Advisors: Professor Suhas Diggavi and Professor  Paulo Tabuada




Circuits and Embedded Systems

Guanrong Hou

Advisor: Professor  Behzad Razavi





Physical and Wave Electronics

Mustafa Daloglu

Advisor: Professor  Aydogan Ozcan

News Item Dr. Shu-Wei Huang is a Recipient of the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award

Huang_Shu-WeiPost-doctoral scholar Dr. Shu-Wei Huang has been selected recipient of the 2015 Air Force Young Investigator Award for developing the world's fastest frequency microcomb oscillator, demonstrating mode-locking on the chip-scale, and ultrafast spectroscopy. The CMOS-foundry chip is based on nonlinear frequency mixing in high-Q microresonators, spanning over 65 THz, and serves as the key architecture for RF photonics, optical clocks, and ultrafast precision measurements.

Dr. Huang is a member of Professor Chee Wei Wong’s Mesoscopic Optics and Quantum Electronics Laboratory. He received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 in the area of Ultrafast Optics.

The Airforce Young Investigator Award fosters creative basic research in science and engineering, enhances early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increases opportunities for the young investigators. The AFOSR selected 57 proposals, out of over 200 received, which are valued at $16.6 million in grants over a period of 3 years.




News Item Professor Jason Cong and Dr. Yan Zhang Received the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper From ASPDAC 2015

Jason CongA paper by Professor Jason Cong and his former PhD student Dr. Yan Zhang, entitled “Thermal-Driven Multilevel Routing for 3D ICs,” was selected as the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper in the 20th Asia and South-Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC 2015).

While most of the integrated circuits (ICs) used today are laid out on a two-dimensional surface, it is expected that future ICs will be implemented in three dimensions (3D) for achieving a much higher computing density. Design of such 3D ICs has many challenges, including heat dissipation. This paper presented a pioneering approach for a highly scalable and automated approach for interconnecting signals in a complex 3D IC with consideration of thermal management.

On the same occasion, Professor Cong also received the ASP-DAC Frequently Cited Author Award. The awards were presented at the opening ceremony of ASP-DAC 2015 on January 20, 2015 in Chiba/Tokyo, Japan.

The ASP-DAC is an annual international conference on VLSI design in Asia and the South Pacific, one of the most active regions of design and fabrication of silicon chips in the world. The conference provides opportunities for presenting the latest advancements and the future directions in technologies related to electronic design and automation.



News Item UCLA Research Found Environmental Concerns Motivate People to Save Energy

William J. KaiserProfessor William Kaiser is a co-principal investigator of the multidisciplinary research ENGAGE study in determining effective motivation in conserving energy. The research shows that messages on eliminating pollution and health-related issues are a more dominant motivator than messages on cost savings.

The sample group who received messages on how much money they could have saved had almost no change since savings for cutting back energy use would only be $4 to $6 per month, while people who received messages focused on environmental health benefits cut their energy usage by an average of eight percent. The study also showed that the environmental messages proved most effective in situations where there were children at home, where there was 19 percent reduction in energy consumption.

Electricity is generally invisible to man. Professor Kaiser’s group helped in the design and creation of smart metering systems installed in the residences of the sample group. The devices were connected to a website where the residents could see historical and real-time electricity use. It also provided the energy use of individual appliances. The residents could see the energy use as it peaked when a fridge door was opened, or the plateaus during late night work on the computer, and the power dips when people were out for the day.

The research has been a collaboration of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Engineering and UCLA Anderson, experts from economics, psychology and business, and UCLA Housing and Hospitality. The research supports UCLA’s first Grand Challenge project, which aims to move Los Angeles to renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity.



News Item UCLA Alumnus Dr. Mukund Padmanabhan Gave a $2.5 Million Donation for a Laboratory in the New Engr. IV Building

PadmanabhanMukund_newThe Mukund Padmanabhan Systems Scaling Technology Laboratory in the new Engineering VI Building, under construction, will open in 2017 through the generosity of UCLA EE Alumnus Dr. Padmanabhan, who donated $2.5 million gift to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The laboratory will be at the cutting edge of technology, developing performance, cost-effective and energy efficient heterogeneously integrated systems, including 3D integrated circuits and assemblies. It is envisioned as an incubator of next-generation components for computing and mobile devices as well as equipment used in sophisticated healthcare, military and space applications.

Dr. Padmanabhan, who earned his master’s degree (‘89) and doctorate (‘92) in electrical engineering at UCLA, has been supporting international students through the Guru Krupa Foundation fellowship. Seeing the quality and progress in the work pursued by the graduate students, he was inspired to further his commitment to the school by funding the laboratory.

The electrical engineering department is truly grateful for the outpouring generosity from its alumni who give back to their alma mater to help prepare the next generation of engineers.




News Item Professor Asad Abidi Selected by UC Berkeley to Receive its 2015 EE Distinguished Alumni Award

Asad A AbidiDistinguished Chancellor’s Professor Asad Abidi has been chosen as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015 by the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received both his master and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.

The award is in recognition of the valuable contributions of the most distinguished alumni.  Selection is based on a record of outstanding performance, as evidenced by sustained excellence in one or more of the following areas:  research and engineering achievements, leadership in the profession and in public affairs, service and/or support to UC Berkeley.

Professor Abidi is widely recognized for his seminal contributions in the area of integrated circuits and was responsible for the development of the RF CMOS technology which revolutionized wireless communications.  As an educator, he has the dedication and passion to bring out the best in his students to make their mark in the field. From student awards, his former students are now technology leaders at leading communication IC companies in the world.

The award presentation will take place in conjunction with the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS) on Thursday, February 12, 2014.



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