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 – 8:00amRegistration/Breakfast [Centennial CD]
8:00am – 8:30amChair’s and Dean’s welcome messages [Centennial AB]
8:30am – 9:00amA 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 – 9:30amNew Faculty Spotlight
  1. Achuta Kadambi
  2. Anthony Chen
9:30am – 10:30amPlenary Talk, Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Professor & Chair, ECE, John Hopkins University [Centennial AB]
10:30am – 11:00amNetworking and Coffee
11:00am – 12:00pmParallel student talk sessions:  1, 2 and 3 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
12:00pm – 1:30pmLunch and plenary talk, Dr. Gary Patton, CTO, Global Foundries [Centennial CD]
1:30pm – 2:30pmParallel student talk sessions:  4, 5 & 6 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
2:30pm – 3:00pmNetworking and Coffee [Centennial Pre-Function Area]
3:00pm – 4:20pmParallel student talk sessions:  7, 8 and 9 [Centennial AB, Pinnacle & Pathways]
4:30pm – 5:30pmClosing 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 NameFirst NameAdvisorTitle
AlzantotMoustafaSrivastavaGenAttack:  Practical Black-box Attacks with Gradient-Free Optimization
AnwarFatimaSrivastavaSecuring Time in Untrusted Operating Systems with TimeSeal
BaYunhaoKadambiPolarization-based Surface Recovery using Physics-based AI
BaYunhaoKadambiRethinking Physics in the AI Era
BasuDebrajDiggaviQsparse-SGD: Communication Efficient Distributed SGD with Quantization and Sparsification
BelhouchatAdamWeselEfficient Computation of Convolutional Decoder Reliability without a Cyclic Redundancy Check
BiedkaMatthewWang, Y.Ultra-Wide Band On-Chip Circulators with Sequentially-Switched Delay Lines (SSDL)
BooHyunpilWongPlanar Diffractive Optical Elements for Advanced Displays: Theory
BuShiPamartiAn LPTV Noise Cancellation Technique for a 0.9-V Filtering-by-Aliasing Receiver Front-End with >67-dB Stopband Rejection
BrownDustinRahmat-SamiiAntenna Systems for Infrastructure-Aided Communications for Networked Vehicles
CaiYubinRahmat-SamiiDesign of Wideband Frequency Reconfigurable Electrically Small Loop Antennas with MEMS Switch
ChangKai-ChiIWongSeven Qubit Entanglement in Biphoton Frequency Combs
ChangTsang-KaiMehtaLocalization with Circular Representation and its Similarity to Mammalian Brains
ChenLi-YangYangA 19-GHz Pulsed-Cohrent ToF Receiver for Laser Ranging Systems
ChenShengkangMehtaCoLo: A Performance Evaluation System for Multi-robot Cooperative Localization Algorithms
ChenZehui (Alex)DolecekCoding Assisted Adaptive Thresholding for sneak-Path Mitigation in Resistive Memories
ChuEugeneGuptaDesign Impacts of BEOL LER
CuiYubinRahmat-SamiiWideband Electrically Small Loop Antennas to Facilitate Mars Exploration
EzzeldinYahyaFragouliCapacity Results for mmWave Relay Networks
FengChaojieMehtaRecursive EM SLAM with Range and Bearing Measurements
FereidooniFoadWang, Y.Adaptive Equalization Super-Resolution Time Delay Estimation with High Accuracy and Low Complexity
FloresJaime FlorWongLaser-driven Photonic Crystal Cavity Optomechanics for Sensing at the Thermodynamical Limits
GuHongyanChenMESSI: Enhancing the Robustness of Interactive Systems with a Multi-Encoder Structure for Sensor Imputation
GuWeiWang, Y.Ferromagnetic Resonance Enhanced Electrically Small Antenna
HedayatiMaziarWang,Y.Adaptive Communications with Swarm Aperture
HoMaxCandler3D-Printing Hexaferrite-Polymer Composite and Characterization of its Magnetic Properties
HojaijiHannanehEmaminejadA Non-invasive and Autonomous Diurnal Wearable Biomarker Analysis System
[Voted Best Student Poster!]
HuangJiahuiWongExciton Diffusion in 2D Atomic Crystal Lateral heterostructures
HungSzu-YaoPamartiA 0.5-to-2.5GHz Multi-Output Fractional Frequency Synthesizer with 9fs Jitter and – 106dBc Spurious Tones Based on Digital Spur Cancellation
JamaliBabakBabakhaniBroadband Coherent Sensing based on a Fully Integrated Frequency Comb Detector
JangYoon-SooWongObserving sub-femtometer Displacement Sensitivities through Microresonators with Q in Excess of 1 Billion
JeyakumarJeya VikranthSrivastavaSenseHAR: A Robust Virtual Activity Sensor forSmartphones and Wearables
JishiAliWang, Y.N/A
JoshiDhaivatDiggaviNanopore Sequencing: Alignment for DNA and RNA sequences
Kalappurakal ThankappanKannanIyerOn-Chip ESD Sensor
KangJin HoWongHigh-resolution Interface Mapping of 2D Atomic Crystal Heterostructures
KarmooseM.FragouliLeveraging mmWaves for Secret Key Establishment
KimAnthonyWilliamsTerahertz polarization imaging using quantum cascade laser
KingKimberEmaminejadIAn Autonomous 3D Biofluid Management and Analysis Lab-on-the-Body Platform for Point-of-Person Monitoring
KrijestoracEnesCabricUAV Relay Placement with Unknown User Locations Using Deep Reinforcement Learning
KumarAbhinavWongDual-microwave Definition of Chip-scale Laser Frequency Comb Clockwork
LiJiahaoChenROBIOT: A Design Tool for Actuating Everyday Objects with Automatically Generated 3D Printable Mechanisms
LiXurongJarrahiA Multi-pixel Photoconductive Terahertz Detector
LiYue JerryWang, Y.Development of GaN HEMT Switch Model with IC-CAP
LiangYuanHeCompareNet:  Anatomical Segmentation with Deep Non-local Label Fusion
LinYen-JuJarrahiScanning Terahertz Nanoscope for Label-Free Biological Studies
LiuHaoWongUltrafast Real-time Dynamics in Dispersion-managed Dissipative Kerr Solutions On-chip
LiuMing-HsiangIyerProcess Development of Power Delivery Through-Wafer Vias for Silicon Interconnect Fabric (Si-IF)
LuPing-KengJarrahi1064 nm Intracavity Photomixers for Terahertz Generation
LuTingWang, Y.Nonlinear Surface Acoustic Wave Grating for Parametric Amplification
LuongKevinWang, Y.A General Finite Difference Time Domain Sub-Gridding Method
MahonarVigneshRahmat-SamiiRadiation Characteristics of Umbrella Reflector Antennas for CubeSats – Determination of Optimal Feed Location, Gain Loss and grating Lobes
MendinuetoDrew-DerrickWongHigh-dimensional Biphoton Energy-time Qubits in Chip-scale High-Q Rsonators
MontazavianParastouWilliamsModeling of Terahertz Littrow External-cavity Lasers
MoragEilamWilliamsDesign of mid-infrared quantum-cascade vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting-laser
PadhyeAtharvaKadambiA Camera that can See Around Corners [Voted Runner – Up / Best Student Poster/Demo! (group w/ W. Feng. S. Somasundaram, P. Girlonta, & A. Tilaye) ]
PanahiMohammadaliWang, Y.Liquid Crystal Phase Shifter for Phased Array Antenna
PapathanasopoulosAnastasiosRahmat-SamiiA Compact Collapsible Metamaterial-Based Lens Antenna
PapathanasopoulosAnastasiosRahmat-SamiiA Novel Deployable Flat Lens Antenna Based on Gradient-Index Metamaterials
PrasadSrinivasWang, Y.Magnetic Pendulum Arrays for Efficient ULF Transmission
QiaoWeikangChangHardware Acceleration of Lossless Compression in Data Centers
RahmaniHamedBabakhaniA mm-Sized RF Power Harvesting System for High-Performance Implants
RajanSundarFragouliMAP Reconstruction of DNA Sequences Through Multiple Nanopore Reads
RazaviArvinWang, K.Deterministric Spin-orbit Torque Switching by a Light Metal Insertion
SadjadpourTaraFragouliA New Distortion-based Scheme for Cyber-physical System Security
SandhaSandeep SinghSrivastavaHeliot: A Cyber-Physical Emulation Platform for IoT Research
SantosJean Paul (JP)Wang, Y.Beyond Chu’s Limit: High Bandwidth Enabled VHF Electrically Small Antennas through DAM
[Voted Runner – Up / Best Student Poster!]
SarafKanavKaiserFully-Automated Diagnosis of Aortic Stenosis Using Phonocardiogram-Based Features
SarihanMurat CanWongA Long-lived Spin-Photon Interface for Silicon Quantum Memory Networks
SeungYooWongMetasurfaces for Spatial-energy-time Hyperentanglement
ShahiPrachiKadambiA Camera that can Predict a Stroke
ShahUjashIyerDynamic Thermal Management for Silicon Interconnect Fabric using Flash Cooling
ShakoorzadehNiloofarIyerBilayer Ercapsulation Film for Si Interconnect Fabric
ShenYueWilliamsTHz Time-domain Characterization of Amplifying Quantum Cascade Metasurface
ShiXiaoHeStochastic Modeling
ShildaDerekWongSecure image transfer for synchronized chaotic laser optomechanics
SinghAkash DeepSrivastavaMulti-modal Imaging Platform for Robust Object Detection
SongJiazhangYangA CMOS X-ray Imaging Front-End
SongLingnanRahmat-Samii3D Printing-based Liquid Metal Patch Antennas with wide-Band Frequency and Multi-Polarization reconfiguration
SongWeinanHeT-Net:  A Template-guided Network for Medical Image Segmentation
SorensenEricIyerCharacterization of InP die on the Silicon Interconnect Fabric
SunyotoYuliaRubinInfrastructure Aided Communications Networking for Autonomous Transportation
TadoyanManiePottiePredicting Educational Outcomes Using a Hidden Markov Model
TaoChengItohNon-periodic Metasurface for Retroreflection of CP Wave
TokRustu UmutWang, Y.N/A
TsaiShin-HungWang, K.Graphene Electronics
WangHongdaOzcanDeep Learning Based Super-Resolution
WangJunboRahmat-Samii3D Beam Steering with Risley Prism Antenna Based on Rotated Element Metasurfaces
WangWentingWongAchieving Femtosecond Timing Jitter in Ultrfast Laser Micro-oscillators
WangZiqiSrivastavaDeep Residual Neural Networks for Audio Spoofing Detection [Voted Honorable Mention / Best Student Poster/Demo! (w/ M. Alzantot)]
WissingAaronWongAn optical phase array for on-chip LiDAR steering
WuJiaguiWongSecure Communications through Dynamical Chaos in Photonic Crystal Optomechanical Oscillators
WuJimmyCandlerMeso-scale Electromagnetic Undulators for Next Generation Free Electron Lasers
WuYichenWang, K.Bright-Field Holography
WuYing YingWang, K.Graphene and Antiferromagnetics
XieYaoChenCheXplainer: An Explainable Interactive Intelligent System for Chest X-ray Diagnosis
XingTiawnweiSrivastavaDeepCEP: Deep Complex Event Processing Using Distributed Multimodal Information
YanHanCabricUSRP Implementation of Carrier and Timing Synchronization for Distributed Beamforming [Voted Honorable Mention / Best Student Poster/Demo!
YangHangboWongPlanar Diffractive Optical Elements for Advanced Displays: Measurements
YangHengjieWeselSerial List Viterbi Decoding with CRC: Managing Errors, Erasures and Complexity
YangJinghuiWongCoherent State Formation in Laser Frequency Micrcocombs
YaoZhiWang, Y.3D Modeling of Nonlinear RF Thin Film Magnetic Device
YeungChristopherEmaminejadWearable and Progammable Transdermal Drug Delivery with Controlled Dosing
YeungLap K.Wang, Y.A Class of Zero-IL Bandpass Filters
YuWuWilliamsModeling of metastructure-enhanced THz magnon-photon coupling in antiferromagnet thin films
YuYunchenMehtaRapid Design of Mechanical Logic Based on Quasi-Static Electromechanical Modeling
ZhangJamesonWongClustering and hybrid machine learning in 3D LiDAR mapping
ZhaoDavidMehtaDesign for Everyone
ZhaoZhangjiWongLow-temperature Photoluminescence of 1T-phase 2D Atomic Crystal Quantum Dots