Annual Research Review 2019

Annual Research Review 2019 – May 3, 2019
preceded by Afternoon With Industry – May 2, 2019

The UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering 2019 Annual Research Review (ARR) was held on Friday, May 3, 2019, preceded by the “Afternoon with Industry” on Thursday, May 2, 2019. These events showcased our Department’s research, including students’ presentations and posters, distinguished plenary speakers, and offered opportunities for interactions with academic and industry researchers.

As in previous years, we had a great turn-out with excellent participation and feedback from our Industry guests. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors for this event, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
ARR19 Co-Chair – Prof. Ankur Mehta
ARR19 Co-Chair – Prof. Sam Emaminejad
Gregory Pottie, Department Chair

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Map and Directions


7:30am – 8:00am Registration/Breakfast [Centennial CD]
8:00am – 8:30am Chair’s and Dean’s welcome messages [Centennial AB]
8:30am – 9:00am A Sampling of Multi-disciplinary Research at UCLA [Centennial AB]

1.  Danijela Cabric, Computing On Network Infrastructure for Pervasive Perception, Cognition and Action (CONIX)

2.  Rob Candler, Translational Applications for Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS)

3.  Subu Iyer, Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance Scaling (CHIPS)

9:00am – 9:30am New Faculty Spotlight
  1. Achuta Kadambi
  2. Anthony Chen
9:30am – 10:30am Plenary Talk, Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Professor & Chair, ECE, John Hopkins University [Centennial AB]
10:30am – 11:00am Networking and Coffee
11:00am – 12:00pm Parallel student talk sessions:  1, 2 and 3 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch and plenary talk, Dr. Gary Patton, CTO, Global Foundries [Centennial CD]
1:30pm – 2:30pm Parallel student talk sessions:  4, 5 & 6 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
2:30pm – 3:00pm Networking and Coffee [Centennial Pre-Function Area]
3:00pm – 4:20pm Parallel student talk sessions:  7, 8 and 9 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
4:30pm – 5:30pm Closing Remarks, Professor Mani Srivastava [Centennial AB]



Parallel Student Talk Sessions

Session 1.  Printable and Wearable Technology [Chair:  Prof. Candler] [Centennial AB]

11:00am – 11:20pm   Precision Enhancement of 3D Printing via In Situ Metrology and Geometry-Inspired Deep Learning

Ling Li; Advisor:  Rob Candler

11:20am – 11:40am   Towards Autonomous Printable Robotics: Design and Prototyping of Mechanical Logic

Wenzhong Yan; Advisor:  Ankur Mehta

11:40am – 12:00pm   A Non-invasive and Wearable Molecular Diagnostic Technology for Monitoring of Patients at Risk for Sepsis

Yichao Zhao; Advisor:  Sam Emaminejad

Session 2.  Hardware and Computation in Deep Learning [Chair:  Prof. Jonathan Kao] [Pinnacle Room]

11:00am – 11:20am  Instruction, Microarchitecture and Compiler for a FPGA based CNN Processor

Yunxuan Yu and Chen Wu; Advisor:  Lei He

11:20am – 11:40am   Information Processing in a Multi-stage Recurrent Neural Network

Michael Kleinman; Advisor:  Jonathan  Kao

11:40am – 12:00pm   WaferScale GPUs [Voted Best Student Presentation!]

Saptadeep Pal; Advisor:  Puneet Gupta

Session 3.  Communications Frontiers [Chair:  Prof. Greg Pottie] [Pathways Room]

11:00am – 11:20am   Distributed UAV Placement Optimization for Cooperative Line-of-sight MIMO Communications

Samer Hanna; Advisor:  Danijela Cabric

11:20am – 11:40am   Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of 350/650 GHz Indoor Wireless Channels

Heng Zhao; Advisor:  Greg Pottie

11:40am – 12:00pm  A 0.55nW/0.5V 32kHz Crystal Oscillator Based on a DC-Only Sustaining Amplifier for IoT

Hani Esmaeelzadeh; Advisor:  Sudhakar Pamarti

Session 4.  Advanced Photonics Technology [Chair:  Prof. Ben Williams] [Centennial AB]

1:30pm – 1:50pm      Broadband and High Power Terahertz Metasurface Lasers

Christopher Curwen; Advisor:  Benjamin Williams

1:50pm – 2:10pm     Ultrafast Time-lens Imaging of Laser Frequency Microcomb Bursts

Xinghe Jiang; Advisor:  Chee Wei Wong

2:10pm – 2:30pm      High-Power Terahertz Generation from Bias-Free, Telecommunication-Compatible Photoconductive Nanoantennas

Deniz Turan; Advisor:  Mona Jarrahi

Session 5.  Network Security and Optimization [Chair:  Dr. Kun Wang] [Pinnacle Room]

1:30pm – 1:50pm      Infrastructure Aided Communications Networking for Autonomous Transportation

Yulia Sunyoto; Advisor:  Izhak Rubin

1:50pm – 2:10pm      Don’t Trust Smartphone Time for Distributed Sensing: Quantifying and Mitigating Poor Quality-of-Time

Joseph Noor and Sandeep Sandha; Advisor:  Mani Srivastava

2:10pm – 2:30pm     On Unconditional Security for Transmitting Private Messages Over Networks

Gaurav Kumar Agarwal; Advisor:  Christina Fragouli

Session 6.  Memory, Communication and Packaging Strategies  [Chair:  Samatha Benedict] [Pathways Room]

1:30pm – 1:50pm      Spintronic Memories Based on Spin-orbit Torques

Armin Razavi; Advisor:  Kang Wang

1:50pm – 2:10pm     FlexTrateTM:  A Heterogeneous Integration Platform for Flexible Biocompatible Systems

  Goutham Ezhilarasu; Advisor:  Subu Iyer

2:10pm – 2:30pm      A Digital RF Transmitter with Background Nonlinearity Correction

 Seyed Mehrdad Babamir; Advisor:  Behzad Razavi

Session 7.  Optimization and Coding  [Chair:  Prof. Yang] [Centennial AB]

3:00pm – 3:20pm      An Exterior Non-Negative Matrix Factorization (NMF) Algorithm and Its Applications

 Tonmoy Monsoor; Advisor:  Vwani Roychowdhury

3:20pm – 3:40pm     Multidimensional Spatially Coupled Codes

Homa Esfahanizadeh; Advisor:  Lara Dolecek

3:40pm – 4:00pm      Information-Optimum LDPC Decoder

Linfang Wang; Advisor:  Richard Wesel

4:00pm – 4:20pm    Qsparse-SGD:  Communication Efficient Distributed SGD

Debraj Basu; Advisor:  Suhas Diggavi

Session 8.  Turning Light into Insight [Chair:  Prof. Kadambi] [Pinnacle Room]

3:00pm – 3:20pm      A Camera that can Predict the Future

Yunhao Ba; Advisor:  Achuta Kadambi

3:20pm – 3:40pm      Machine Learning-Based Design of Spectral Sensors

Zach Ballard; Advisor:  Aydogan Ozcan

3:40pm – 4:00pm      Integrated RF Spectroscopic Sensors Enables Scientific Advancement

Yan Zhang; Advisor: Frank Chang

4:00pm – 4:20pm     Live Cell Tracking with Phase Stretch Transform

Madhuri Suthar; Advisor: Bahram Jalali

Session 9.  Antennas and Other Wave Devices  [Chair:  Prof. Asad Abidi] [Pathways Room]

3:00pm – 3:20pm      Coupling Electromagnetic Waves to Spin Waves: A Compact Model for Frequency Selective Limiters

Han Cui; Advisor:  Yuanxun Wang

3:20pm – 3:40pm     Beam Controllable Patch Antenna

Haozhan Tian; Advisor:  Tatsuo Itoh

3:40pm – 4:00pm      A Novel Deployable Flat Lens Antenna Based on Gradient-Index Metamaterials

Anastasios Papathanasopoulos; Advisor:  Yahya Rahmat-Samii


Graduate Student Posters

Last Name First Name Advisor Title
Alam Irina Gupta Parity++
Alzantot Moustafa Srivastava GenAttack:  Practical Black-box Attacks with Gradient-Free Optimization
Anwar Fatima Srivastava Securing Time in Untrusted Operating Systems with TimeSeal
Ba Yunhao Kadambi Polarization-based Surface Recovery using Physics-based AI
Ba Yunhao Kadambi Rethinking Physics in the AI Era
Basu Debraj Diggavi Qsparse-SGD: Communication Efficient Distributed SGD with Quantization and Sparsification
Belhouchat Adam Wesel Efficient Computation of Convolutional Decoder Reliability without a Cyclic Redundancy Check
Biedka Matthew Wang, Y. Ultra-Wide Band On-Chip Circulators with Sequentially-Switched Delay Lines (SSDL)
Boo Hyunpil Wong Planar Diffractive Optical Elements for Advanced Displays: Theory
Bu Shi Pamarti An LPTV Noise Cancellation Technique for a 0.9-V Filtering-by-Aliasing Receiver Front-End with >67-dB Stopband Rejection
Brown Dustin Rahmat-Samii Antenna Systems for Infrastructure-Aided Communications for Networked Vehicles
Cai Yubin Rahmat-Samii Design of Wideband Frequency Reconfigurable Electrically Small Loop Antennas with MEMS Switch
Chang Kai-Chi IWong Seven Qubit Entanglement in Biphoton Frequency Combs
Chang Tsang-Kai Mehta Localization with Circular Representation and its Similarity to Mammalian Brains
Chen Li-Yang Yang A 19-GHz Pulsed-Cohrent ToF Receiver for Laser Ranging Systems
Chen Shengkang Mehta CoLo: A Performance Evaluation System for Multi-robot Cooperative Localization Algorithms
Chen Zehui (Alex) Dolecek Coding Assisted Adaptive Thresholding for sneak-Path Mitigation in Resistive Memories
Chu Eugene Gupta Design Impacts of BEOL LER
Cox Jonathan Iyer NeuroCTT
Cui Yubin Rahmat-Samii Wideband Electrically Small Loop Antennas to Facilitate Mars Exploration
Ezzeldin Yahya Fragouli Capacity Results for mmWave Relay Networks
Feng Chaojie Mehta Recursive EM SLAM with Range and Bearing Measurements
Fereidooni Foad Wang, Y. Adaptive Equalization Super-Resolution Time Delay Estimation with High Accuracy and Low Complexity
Flores Jaime Flor Wong Laser-driven Photonic Crystal Cavity Optomechanics for Sensing at the Thermodynamical Limits
Gu Hongyan Chen MESSI: Enhancing the Robustness of Interactive Systems with a Multi-Encoder Structure for Sensor Imputation
Gu Wei Wang, Y. Ferromagnetic Resonance Enhanced Electrically Small Antenna
Hedayati Maziar Wang,Y. Adaptive Communications with Swarm Aperture
Ho Max Candler 3D-Printing Hexaferrite-Polymer Composite and Characterization of its Magnetic Properties
Hojaiji Hannaneh Emaminejad A Non-invasive and Autonomous Diurnal Wearable Biomarker Analysis System
[Voted Best Student Poster!]
Huang Jiahui Wong Exciton Diffusion in 2D Atomic Crystal Lateral heterostructures
Hung Szu-Yao Pamarti A 0.5-to-2.5GHz Multi-Output Fractional Frequency Synthesizer with 9fs Jitter and – 106dBc Spurious Tones Based on Digital Spur Cancellation
Jamali Babak Babakhani Broadband Coherent Sensing based on a Fully Integrated Frequency Comb Detector
Jang Yoon-Soo Wong Observing sub-femtometer Displacement Sensitivities through Microresonators with Q in Excess of 1 Billion
Jeyakumar Jeya Vikranth Srivastava SenseHAR: A Robust Virtual Activity Sensor forSmartphones and Wearables
Jishi Ali Wang, Y. N/A
Joshi Dhaivat Diggavi Nanopore Sequencing: Alignment for DNA and RNA sequences
Kalappurakal Thankappan Kannan Iyer On-Chip ESD Sensor
Kang Jin Ho Wong High-resolution Interface Mapping of 2D Atomic Crystal Heterostructures
Karmoose M. Fragouli Leveraging mmWaves for Secret Key Establishment
Katsuyama Morito Mehta N/A
Kim Anthony Williams Terahertz polarization imaging using quantum cascade laser
King Kimber Emaminejad IAn Autonomous 3D Biofluid Management and Analysis Lab-on-the-Body Platform for Point-of-Person Monitoring
Krijestorac Enes Cabric UAV Relay Placement with Unknown User Locations Using Deep Reinforcement Learning
Kumar Abhinav Wong Dual-microwave Definition of Chip-scale Laser Frequency Comb Clockwork
Li Jiahao Chen ROBIOT: A Design Tool for Actuating Everyday Objects with Automatically Generated 3D Printable Mechanisms
Li Xurong Jarrahi A Multi-pixel Photoconductive Terahertz Detector
Li Yue Jerry Wang, Y. Development of GaN HEMT Switch Model with IC-CAP
Liang Yuan He CompareNet:  Anatomical Segmentation with Deep Non-local Label Fusion
Lin Yen-Ju Jarrahi Scanning Terahertz Nanoscope for Label-Free Biological Studies
Liu Hao Wong Ultrafast Real-time Dynamics in Dispersion-managed Dissipative Kerr Solutions On-chip
Liu Ming-Hsiang Iyer Process Development of Power Delivery Through-Wafer Vias for Silicon Interconnect Fabric (Si-IF)
Lu Ping-Keng Jarrahi 1064 nm Intracavity Photomixers for Terahertz Generation
Lu Ting Wang, Y. Nonlinear Surface Acoustic Wave Grating for Parametric Amplification
Luong Kevin Wang, Y. A General Finite Difference Time Domain Sub-Gridding Method
Mahonar Vignesh Rahmat-Samii Radiation Characteristics of Umbrella Reflector Antennas for CubeSats – Determination of Optimal Feed Location, Gain Loss and grating Lobes
Mendinueto Drew-Derrick Wong High-dimensional Biphoton Energy-time Qubits in Chip-scale High-Q Rsonators
Montazavian Parastou Williams Modeling of Terahertz Littrow External-cavity Lasers
Morag Eilam Williams Design of mid-infrared quantum-cascade vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser
Padhye Atharva Kadambi A Camera that can See Around Corners [Voted Runner – Up / Best Student Poster/Demo! (group w/ W. Feng. S. Somasundaram, P. Girlonta, & A. Tilaye) ]
Panahi Mohammadali Wang, Y. Liquid Crystal Phase Shifter for Phased Array Antenna
Papathanasopoulos Anastasios Rahmat-Samii A Compact Collapsible Metamaterial-Based Lens Antenna
Papathanasopoulos Anastasios Rahmat-Samii A Novel Deployable Flat Lens Antenna Based on Gradient-Index Metamaterials
Prasad Srinivas Wang, Y. Magnetic Pendulum Arrays for Efficient ULF Transmission
Qiao Weikang Chang Hardware Acceleration of Lossless Compression in Data Centers
Rahmani Hamed Babakhani A mm-Sized RF Power Harvesting System for High-Performance Implants
Rajan Sundar Fragouli MAP Reconstruction of DNA Sequences Through Multiple Nanopore Reads
Razavi Arvin Wang, K. Deterministric Spin-orbit Torque Switching by a Light Metal Insertion
Romaszcan Wojciech Gupta 3PXNets
Sadjadpour Tara Fragouli A New Distortion-based Scheme for Cyber-physical System Security
Sandha Sandeep Singh Srivastava Heliot: A Cyber-Physical Emulation Platform for IoT Research
Santos Jean Paul (JP) Wang, Y. Beyond Chu’s Limit: High Bandwidth Enabled VHF Electrically Small Antennas through DAM
[Voted Runner – Up / Best Student Poster!]
Saraf Kanav Kaiser Fully-Automated Diagnosis of Aortic Stenosis Using Phonocardiogram-Based Features
Sarihan Murat Can Wong A Long-lived Spin-Photon Interface for Silicon Quantum Memory Networks
Seung Yoo Wong Metasurfaces for Spatial-energy-time Hyperentanglement
Shahi Prachi Kadambi A Camera that can Predict a Stroke
Shah Ujash Iyer Dynamic Thermal Management for Silicon Interconnect Fabric using Flash Cooling
Shakoorzadeh Niloofar Iyer Bilayer Ercapsulation Film for Si Interconnect Fabric
Shen Yue Williams THz Time-domain Characterization of Amplifying Quantum Cascade Metasurface
Shi Xiao He Stochastic Modeling
Shilda Derek Wong Secure image transfer for synchronized chaotic laser optomechanics
Singh Akash Deep Srivastava Multi-modal Imaging Platform for Robust Object Detection
Song Jiazhang Yang A CMOS X-ray Imaging Front-End
Song Lingnan Rahmat-Samii 3D Printing-based Liquid Metal Patch Antennas with wide-Band Frequency and Multi-Polarization reconfiguration
Song Weinan He T-Net:  A Template-guided Network for Medical Image Segmentation
Sorensen Eric Iyer Characterization of InP die on the Silicon Interconnect Fabric
Sunyoto Yulia Rubin Infrastructure Aided Communications Networking for Autonomous Transportation
Tadoyan Manie Pottie Predicting Educational Outcomes Using a Hidden Markov Model
Tao Cheng Itoh Non-periodic Metasurface for Retroreflection of CP Wave
Tok Rustu Umut Wang, Y. N/A
Tsai Shin-Hung Wang, K. Graphene Electronics
Wang Hongda Ozcan Deep Learning Based Super-Resolution
Wang Junbo Rahmat-Samii 3D Beam Steering with Risley Prism Antenna Based on Rotated Element Metasurfaces
Wang Wenting Wong Achieving Femtosecond Timing Jitter in Ultrfast Laser Micro-oscillators
Wang Ziqi Srivastava Deep Residual Neural Networks for Audio Spoofing Detection [Voted Honorable Mention / Best Student Poster/Demo! (w/ M. Alzantot)]
Wissing Aaron Wong An optical phase array for on-chip LiDAR steering
Wu Jiagui Wong Secure Communications through Dynamical Chaos in Photonic Crystal Optomechanical Oscillators
Wu Jimmy Candler Meso-scale Electromagnetic Undulators for Next Generation Free Electron Lasers
Wu Yichen Wang, K. Bright-Field Holography
Wu Ying Ying Wang, K. Graphene and Antiferromagnetics
Xie Yao Chen CheXplainer: An Explainable Interactive Intelligent System for Chest X-ray Diagnosis
Xing Tiawnwei Srivastava DeepCEP: Deep Complex Event Processing Using Distributed Multimodal Information
Yan Han Cabric USRP Implementation of Carrier and Timing Synchronization for Distributed Beamforming [Voted Honorable Mention / Best Student Poster/Demo!
Yang Hangbo Wong Planar Diffractive Optical Elements for Advanced Displays: Measurements
Yang Hengjie Wesel Serial List Viterbi Decoding with CRC: Managing Errors, Erasures and Complexity
Yang Jinghui Wong Coherent State Formation in Laser Frequency Micrcocombs
Yao Zhi Wang, Y. 3D Modeling of Nonlinear RF Thin Film Magnetic Device
Yeung Christopher Emaminejad Wearable and Progammable Transdermal Drug Delivery with Controlled Dosing
Yeung Lap K. Wang, Y. A Class of Zero-IL Bandpass Filters
Yu Wu Williams Modeling of metastructure-enhanced THz magnon-photon coupling in antiferromagnet thin films
Yu Yunchen Mehta Rapid Design of Mechanical Logic Based on Quasi-Static Electromechanical Modeling
Zhang Jameson Wong Clustering and hybrid machine learning in 3D LiDAR mapping
Zhao David Mehta Design for Everyone
Zhao Zhangji Wong Low-temperature Photoluminescence of 1T-phase 2D Atomic Crystal Quantum Dots
Zou Ping-Keng Jarrahi TBD