- Professor Villasenor Presents Report Aimed at Preventing Online Child Exploitation
John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering and public policy, recently presented the findings of a task force formed to address ways of ensuring that information technology is not misused to exploit children.
Villasenor is the vice-chair of the Digital Economy Task Force, which was convened by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Thomson Reuters. The task force’s report, "The Digital Economy: Potentials, Perils and Promises," recognizes the many positive applications of digital technology, while also noting that it can be misused for unlawful purposes. The report addresses what it calls "a new, unregulated, unbanked, largely anonymous Internet-based financial system" that has facilitated "the emergence of hidden marketplaces, alternate payment systems and digital currencies that are being used for illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children."
Villasenor presented the report in Washington, D.C. at an event hosted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as at the National Press Club. The report includes recommendations for policymakers, financial institutions, law enforcement and others to promote the lawful use of the digital economy while combating illicit use.
Re-posted from UCLA Today, March 5, 2014, Authored by: Maggie Sharpe
- UCLA Engineering Team Increases Power Efficiency for Future Computer Processors
Have you ever wondered why your laptop or smartphone feels warm when you're using it? That heat is a byproduct of the microprocessors in your device using electric current to power computer processing functions — and it is actually wasted energy.
Now, a team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has made major improvements in computer processing using an emerging class of magnetic materials called "multiferroics," and these advances could make future devices far more energy-efficient than current technologies.
With today's device microprocessors, electric current passes through transistors, which are essentially very small electronic switches. Because current involves the movement of electrons, this process produces heat — which makes devices warm to the touch. These switches can also "leak" electrons, making it difficult to completely turn them off. And as chips continue to get smaller, with more circuits packed into smaller spaces, the amount of wasted heat grows.
The UCLA Engineering team used multiferroic magnetic materials to reduce the amount of power consumed by "logic devices," a type of circuit on a computer chip dedicated to performing functions such as calculations. A multiferroic can be switched on or off by applying alternating voltage — the difference in electrical potential. It then carries power through the material in a cascading wave through the spins of electrons, a process referred to as a spin wave bus.
A spin wave can be thought of as similar to an ocean wave, which keeps water molecules in essentially the same place while the energy is carried through the water, as opposed to an electric current, which can be envisioned as water flowing through a pipe, said principal investigator Kang L. Wang, UCLA's Raytheon Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN).
"Spin waves open an opportunity to realize fundamentally new ways of computing while solving some of the key challenges faced by scaling of conventional semiconductor technology, potentially creating a new paradigm of spin-based electronics," Wang said.
The UCLA researchers were able to demonstrate that using this multiferroic material to generate spin waves could reduce wasted heat and therefore increase power efficiency for processing by up to 1,000 times. Their research is published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.
"Electrical control of magnetism without involving charge currents is a fast-growing area of interest in magnetics research," said co-author Pedram Khalili, a UCLA assistant adjunct professor of electrical engineering. "It can have major implications for future information processing and data-storage devices, and our recent results are exciting in that context."
The researchers previously applied this technology in a similar way to computer memory.
Sergiy Cherepov, a former UCLA postdoctoral scholar, was the lead author on the research. Cherepov, Khalili and Wang are members of the National Science Foundation–funded Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS), which focuses on multiferroic device applications.
The research was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Non-Volatile Logic program and the by the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative through the WIN.
Other authors included Juan G. Alzate, Kin Wong , Mark Lewis, Pramey Upadhyaya, Jayshankar Nath and Mingqiang Bao of UCLA's electrical engineering department; Alexandre Bur, Tao Wu and TANMS director Gregory Carman of UCLA's mechanical and aerospace engineering department; and Alexander Khitun, adjunct professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering.
Re-posted from UCLA Newsroom, March 5, 2014 Written by: Matthew ChinAlso featured in Science Codex website.
- Professor John Villasenor Selected as Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Professor John Villasenor has been selected as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). As noted at CFR’s web site, "CFR's membership represents a group unmatched in accomplishment and diversity in the field of international affairs." CFR's members include "top government officials, renowned scholars, business executives, acclaimed journalists, prominent lawyers, and distinguished nonprofit professionals."
- UCLA Researchers Create Google Glass App for Instant Medical Diagnostic Test Results
A team of researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a Google Glass application and a server platform that allow users of the wearable, glasses-like computer to perform instant, wireless diagnostic testing for a variety of diseases and health conditions.
With the new UCLA technology, Google Glass wearers can use the device's hands-free camera to capture pictures of rapid diagnostic tests (RTDs), small strips on which blood or fluid samples are placed and which change color to indicate the presence of HIV, malaria, prostate cancer or other conditions. Without relying on any additional devices, users can upload these images to a UCLA-designed server platform and receive accurate analyses — far more detailed than with the human eye — in as little as eight seconds.
The new technology could enhance the tracking of dangerous diseases and improve public health monitoring and rapid responses in disaster-relief areas or quarantine zones where conventional medical tools are not available or feasible, the researchers said.
"This breakthrough technology takes advantage of gains in both immunochromatographic rapid diagnostic tests and wearable computers," said principal investigator Aydogan Ozcan, the Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at UCLA and associate director of UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute. "This smart app allows for real-time tracking of health conditions and could be quite valuable in epidemiology, mobile health and telemedicine."
The research is published online in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Nano.
In addition to designing the custom RDT–reader app for Google Glass, Ozcan's team implemented server processes for fast and high-throughput evaluation of test results coming from multiple devices simultaneously. Finally, the researchers developed a web portal where users can view test results, maps charting the geographical spread of various diseases and conditions, and the cumulative data from all the tests they have submitted over time.
To submit images for test results, Google Glass users only need to take photos of RTD strips or other commonly available in-home tests, then upload the images wirelessly through the device to the UCLA-designed web portal. The technology permits quantified reading of the results to a few-parts-per-billion level of sensitivity — far greater than that of the naked eye — thus eliminating the potential for human error in interpreting results, which is a particular concern if the user is a health care worker who routinely deals with many different types of tests.
To gauge the accuracy and efficiency of the technology, the UCLA team used an in-home HIV test designed by OraSure Technologies and a prostate-specific antigen test made by JAJ International. The researchers took images of tests under normal, indoor, fluorescent-lit room conditions. They submitted more than 400 images of the two tests, and the RDT reader and server platform were able to read the images 99.6 percent of the time. In every case in which the technology successfully read the images, it returned accurate and quantified test results, according to the team.
The researchers also tested more than 300 blurry images or images of the testing device taken under various natural-usage scenarios and achieved a read rate of 96.6 percent.
The first author of the paper is UCLA researcher Steve Feng, of the UCLA electrical engineering department. Other contributors include researchers Romain Caire, Bingen Cortazar, Mehmet Turan and Andrew Wong, all with UCLA's electrical engineering department.
Financial support for the Ozcan Research Group is provided by the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Army Research Office Life Sciences Division, an ARO Young Investigator Award, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the NSF CBET Division Biophotonics Program, an NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Award, the Office of Naval Research and a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award.
For more on Ozcan, visit his website.February 27, 2014. Re-printed from the UCLA Newsroom
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- Associate Professor Mona Jarrahi is Selected for the 2014 Early Career Award in Nanotechnology
Associate Professor Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive the 2014 Early Career Award in Nanotechnology from IEEE Nanotechnology Council. The citation reads, “for her contributions to the development of nano-plasmonic and nano-photonic devices and quantum well structures for advancement of terahertz technology.”
The award recognizes young scientists and engineers who have attained tremendous achievement in the study of nanotechnology. The award will be presented during the 14th International Conference in Nanotechnology on August 18-21, 2014 in Toronto, Canada.
Professor Jarrahi’s Terahertz Electronics Laboratory delves in the analytical and experimental studies of terahertz device technologies for applications in material characterization, stand-off chemical detection, atmospheric studies, biological analysis and medical imaging. Her research has gained attention and commendation from peers in the global arena, the most prominent of which is the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2013.
- Professor Ali H. Sayed was Awarded the 2014 Athanasios Papoulis Award
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded the 2014 Athanasios Papoulis Award by the European Association for Signal Processing for ``fundamental contributions to the advancement of research and education in the areas of adaptive and statistical signal processing.'' Previous award recipients include Sanjit Mitra, John Proakis, Ezio Biglieri, Simon Haykin, and Thomas Kailath. The award will be presented in September 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal, during the Opening Ceremony of the EUSIPCO 2014 Conference.
- UCLA EE Team Awarded the 2012 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits Best Paper Award
UCLA alumni Dr. David Murphy (Ph.D. ’12), Dr. Amr Hafez (Ph.D. ‘12), Dr. Ahmad Mirzaei (Ph.D. ’06), Dr. Mohyee Mikhemar (Ph.D. ‘09), Dr. Hooman Darabi (Ph.D. ’99), and UCLA Electrical Engineering Department faculty, Professor Frank Chang and Professor Asad Abidi, have been awarded the 2012 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits Best Paper Award for their collaborative research paper titled "A blocker-tolerant, noise-cancelling receiver suitable for wideband wireless applications.”
The JSSC Best Paper Award is the highest honor given to the most impactful technical research paper in the field of integrated circuits, published in any IEEE journal or conference proceedings during the calendar year. The paper expands on the work "A blocker-tolerant wideband noise-cancelling receiver with a 2dB noise figure" published in the 2012 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference Digest of Technical Papers, which was awarded the Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper and named the ISSCC Distinguished Technical Paper in 2012.
- 2014 Graduate Preliminary Exam Fellowship
The electrical engineering department held its graduate preliminary exam in January by which Ph.D. and senior M.S. students advance to doctorate status in their program. The department congratulates the 2014 Graduate Preliminary Exam Fellowship Recipients:
Mihir Laghate in Signals and Systems Area
Advisor: Professor Danijela Cabric
Wei-Han Cho in Circuits and Embedded Systems Area
Advisor: Professor Frank Chang
Zhi Yao in Physical and Wave Electronics
Advisor: Professor Ethan Wang
- 2014-15 New Broadcom Fellowship Recipients
In the second year of this program, UCLA EE and The Broadcom Foundation are proud to announce the new cohort of Broadcom Fellows in circuit/system designs. The fellowship selection committee identifies five graduate students with the most innovative technology research concept. The selected proposals should promise a compelling impact, enabling systems in new and even unforeseen ways.
This year’s Fellows are:
Project: Alleviating the On-Chip Wire Problem Using Linear Equalization
Advisor: Professor Chih-Kong Ken Yang
Project: Re-configurable Compressive-Sensing Analog-to-Information Converter
Advisor: Prof. M.-C. Frank Chang
Project: Adjacent-channel Blocker Suppression in Cognitive Radio Receivers
Advisor: Prof. Asad Abidi
Project: A Cost-Effective, High-Performance Decoder for Non-Binary LDPC Codes
Advisor: Professor Dejan Marković
Project: A 5GS/s 10bit 100mW Comparator-based Single Channel Analog-to-Digital Converter
Advisor: Professor Asad Abidi
- Distinguished Professor Frank Chang was Selected for the 2014 John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award
Distinguished Professor Frank Chang has been selected to receive the John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award for 2014 from the Engineers’ Council. His citation reads “ For transformative contributions in undergraduate engineering education to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century, and for pioneering research in high-speed, high frequency semiconductor devices, materials and integrated circuits.”
Professor Chang has been the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department since 2010. In recent years, the Electrical Engineering in UCLA has accomplished outstanding academic standard and have been recognized as one of the top 10 electrical engineering departments in the world. Sources like the Microsoft Academic Search has ranked the department as the #1 department (in par with MIT) in terms of its publication H-Index over the past decade. The U.S. News World’s Best University Ranking ranked the department at #8 worldwide. The US National Research Council also gave a ranking #7 among the best U.S. electrical engineering departments recently.
While enhancing the graduate research and academic standard Professor Chang re-aligned the education standard for the undergraduate program through a curriculum reformation according to his unique concept of “Learning by Building.” Students will no longer be bored doing pure mathematics and concepts; instead they would be motivated and inspired in learning the actual applications and impact of their work. He also devoted resources, with the support from industry, for every EE undergrad to conduct experiments in non-traditional laboratory spaces like dorms and homes which promotes fun learning experience with high self-confidence and proud ownership of their work.
His devotion to the undergrad students extends to supporting student organizations by providing them with pertinent resources in order to design, develop and build projects for them to top regional competitions and at the same time mobilize membership to the organization.
His technical and research contributions in the development of high-speed and high-frequency III-V semiconductor materials, devices and RF/wireless & mixed-signal GaAs HBT (Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor) and Si CMOS integrated circuits for communication, interconnect and imaging systems have received worldwide recognition as evidenced by the major honors and awards that have been bestowed upon him. In 2008 he was elected in the to the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2012 he was elected to the Academia Sinica. In 2008 he received the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation Award and 2009 CESASC Career Achievement Award. In 2006 he received the IEEE David Sarnoff Award and in 1992 while at Rockwell International Science Center, he received the Leonardo da Vinci award “Engineer of the year.”
The John J. Guarrera Engineering Educator of the Year Award recognizes an individual who is outstanding in professional qualities and has a top reputation for accomplishments and leadership. The Engineers’ Council will honor all awardees at the 59th Engineers' Council National Engineers' Week Honors and Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Universal hotel in Universal City, California.
- Distinguished Professor Chan Joshi Selected for the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award
Distinguished Professor Chan Joshi has been selected for the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award by the Engineers’ Council for year 2014. The citation reads, “For his mentorship of a generation of undergraduates and outstanding graduate students at UCLA and postdoctoral researchers and other professionals in the U.S. and the world.” The award recognizes “individuals who are outstanding in professional qualities and have a top reputation for engineering accomplishments and leadership.”
Professor Joshi has been on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department since 1988. During the past three decades he has trained a generation of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers many of whom have won accolades and gone on to distinguish themselves as researchers and leaders. Many are faculty members in the top-ranked universities in this country and abroad. In addition many international visitors have come to UCLA to learn the finer aspects of doing experimental research in plasma engineering from Professor Joshi. In fact in a recent book Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators by A.M.Sessler and E.Wilson, the authors note that " Almost all the fine accomplishments described in this section on lasers and plasmas , and those of more than 30 groups worldwide devoted to this subject, can be traced back to the UCLA group of Chan Joshi". At the same time Professor Joshi takes great care and pride in his undergraduate and graduate classroom teaching and mentoring. Thousands of students have taken his Engineering Electromagnetics and Laser Theory classes at UCLA and years later remarked that these were some of the best classes they had taken at UCLA. Currently Professor Joshi is the Chair of the EE department’s courses and curriculum committee entrusted with ensuring that the undergraduates in the EE program get an educational experience that is hands-on, yet firmly rooted in fundamental principles that are the basis of electrical engineering.
The Engineers’ Council will honor all awardees at the 59th Engineers' Council National Engineers' Week Honors and Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Universal hotel in Universal City, California.
- Associate Prof. Mona Jarrahi Receives the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from IEEE MTT-S
Associate Professor Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive the Outstanding Young Engineer award for year 2014 from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Professor Jarrahi specializes in the field of ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz/millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, quantum well structures, electromechanical structures, as well as innovative nano-plasmonic and optical concepts.
The award commends MTT-S members who have attained outstanding technical achievements in their practice and/or exemplary service to the society.
The society has been recognizing its young members with this award since 2002.
Professor Jarrahi is quite a decorated engineer-researcher with a collection of commendations from technical/scientific societies and government agencies. Recently, she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers for distinguished achievements in her research.
- Distinguished Professors Alan Willson and Chandrashekhar Joshi were Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Two faculty members from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions that can be awarded to an engineer in the U.S.
Chandrashekhar Joshi, distinguished professor of electrical engineering, and Alan N. Willson Jr., distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering and holder of the Charles P. Reames Chair in Electrical Engineering, were among 67 new members elected to the NAE for their outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, the academy announced today. The academy also named 11 new foreign associates.
"Chan and Alan have been at the forefront of their respective fields for decades, and are most deserving of this most prestigious recognition from the National Academy of Engineering," said UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir.
Chandrashekhar Joshi was recognized by the academy for "contributions to the development of laser and beam-driven plasma accelerators."
Joshi is known as the founder of the experimental field of plasma accelerators. At UCLA in the 1980s, he established the first group that proposed to significantly shrink the size and cost of particle accelerators by using charged density waves in plasmas (or ionized gas) using powerful laser pulses or particle beams.
Joshi's UCLA group remains at the forefront of its field, and the lab has nurtured many students and researchers who have gone on to form their own research teams. In addition to plasma accelerators, Joshi has advanced the understanding of nonlinear optics of plasmas, laser fusion and basic plasma physics.
The ultimate goal of Joshi's research is to provide a paradigm-changing technology for building particle accelerators for fundamental research, as well as for medical and industrial applications.
"This is a great honor," Joshi said. "I have been fortunate to have spent my research career at UCLA with supportive colleagues and staff and to have had continuous support from the Department of Energy. I have worked with many generations of brilliant students and researchers whose effort is being recognized by this election to the National Academy of Engineering."
Joshi, who received his Ph.D. from Hull University in the United Kingdom, came to UCLA in 1980 as a researcher after a postdoctoral appointment at the National Research Council Canada. He has been a full professor in the electrical engineering department since 1989.
Joshi has received numerous previous awards for his work, including the American Physical Society's James Clerk Maxwell Prize and Excellence in Plasma Physics Award, the IEEE's Particle Accelerator Science and Technology Award, the USPAS Prize for Accelerator Physics and Technology, and the AAC Prize for Advanced Accelerator Concepts. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, IEEE and the Institute of Physics. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Engineers' Council.
Alan N. Willson Jr. was recognized by the academy for "contributions to the theory and applications of digital signal processing."
Among other accomplishments, Wilson has played an important role in the field of circuits and systems. He and his students have been responsible for cutting-edge research in theory and application of digital signal processing (including very large scale integration, or VLSI, implementations), digital filter design and nonlinear circuit theory.
Willson received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University in 1967. He worked first for IBM and then at Bell Laboratories before joining the UCLA faculty in 1973. He was named full professor in 1976 and, while continuing his teaching and research, served as the school of engineering's assistant dean for graduate studies from 1977 to 1981 and associate dean from 1987 to 2001.
He retired from full-time teaching last year but is continuing his affiliation with UCLA through a three-year appointment as research professor.
Among the many notable honors Willson has received are the Vitold Belevitch Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award, and the George Westinghouse Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is the only person to have twice received the W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award for best paper published in all IEEE journals, transactions and magazines. He holds numerous patents through his company, Pentomics, and has contributed valuable technology to industrial clients.
Willson said his NAE election caps a wonderful career.
"Credit for whatever I've contributed to the engineering field truly and equally belongs to those who have taught me so much, starting with my high school teachers at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, my instructors, fellow students, mentors and colleagues at Georgia Tech, Syracuse, IBM, Bell Labs and UCLA, and, of course, my own students, who have enriched my academic and intellectual pursuits enormously and have gone on to accomplish so much in their own careers," he said.
RE-printed from UCLA Engineering Newsroom, February 6, 2014
- Mercury Detection by Use of a Mobile Phone by Professor Ozcan and his Research Group
Professor Aydogan Ozcan and his research group have extended the use of the mobile phone for detecting environmental contamination specifically to a heavy metal element, mercury. Mercury has specific intrinsic qualities essential to applications in science, medicine and cosmetics but when mishandled can be extremely toxic.
In their research, they introduce a smart phone capable of quantifying mercury (II) ions in water samples with parts per billion level of sensitivity. By integrating an opto-mechanical device to the built-in camera of a smart phone, it can digitally calculate the concentration of mercury using a plasmonic gold nanoparticle (Au NP) and aptamer based colorimetric transmission assay implemented in disposable test tubes. The device uses a two-color ratiometric method employing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at 523 and 625 nm. A custom smart phone application processes the acquired transmission image.
This latest advancement will out-weigh today’s massive and costly analytical equipment in terms of portability, speed in processing and transmission of information and cost-effectiveness. Professor Ozcan’s research has been working around this theme in improving the accessibility to innovative apparatus in addressing challenges in measurement science and global health.
This research study entitled, “Detection and Spatial Mapping of Mercury Contamination in Water Samples Using a Smart-Phone” is published in ACS Nano and appears in the Nature's research highlights section.
- Adjunct Professor Eli Yablonovitch is Selected for the 2014 Rank Prize
Adjunct Professor Eli Yablonovitch has been selected for the Rank Prize for year 2014. His award is for the idea that strained semiconductor lasers would have superior performance due to reduced valence band (hole) effective mass. Almost all semiconductor lasers use this concept, including for DVD players, for the ubiquitous red laser pointers, and for optical communication, including most internet mouse clicks.During his tenure at UCLA as a regular faculty, Professor Yablonovith received his election to the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences both in 2003. His research focus since then was on optoelectronics, high speed optical communications, nano-cavity lasers, photonic crystals at optical and microwave frequencies, quantum computing and communication. In recent years, he was honored with other prestigious awards both in the US and abroad. In 2012, he received the IEEE Photonics Award, the Harvey Prize in Israel, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Among the latest one is the 2013 election as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London.
The Rank Prize is a charitable organization based in the United Kingdom founded by Lord Rank with a mission to recognize exceptional research studies and reward brilliant minds for perseverance and innovative work. The Rank Foundation gives primary focus on the subjects of nutrition and optoelectronics which were Lord Rank’s business interests: flour milling and the film industry.
- Q&A: John Villasenor, UCLA Professor at the Intersection of Technology and Policy
Q&A: John Villasenor, UCLA Professor at the Intersection of Technology and Policy
UCLA professor John Villasenor is an electrical engineer who teaches in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is also a widely published writer on the intersection of technology and public policy, having written columns about drones, privacy and intellectual property, among other topics.
In an edited Q&A, UCLA Today’s Mike Fricano recently asked Villasenor how he became an expert in the public policy aspects of technology and why engineers should be part of that conversation.
What’s your research specialty?
My work involves information. I’m interested in how it gets acquired, measured, processed, stored, secured and moved from one place to another. I’m interested not only in the engineering aspects of information processing, but also in the broader societal impacts, including the policy and legal questions that get raised as computing and communications technologies continue to advance.
Specific areas I’ve been studying over the last few years include cybersecurity, virtual currencies and emerging payment methods, cloud computing, drones, wireless mobile devices, medical imaging, digital media processing and digital copyright policy. This might initially look like a grab bag of unrelated topics, but there is a connection: Each one ties directly to information.
What drove you to explore this intersection of technology and public policy?
People often express surprise when I tell them I have faculty appointments in both engineering and public policy, but to me it’s an obvious combination. So many of the systems and devices that engineers spend time designing and building have such a profound impact on the broader culture. Every day in the news there are stories that involve technology public policy. I find it surprising that there aren’t more people with engineering backgrounds working at this intersection.
What do engineers add to the conversation?
The technology policy questions we’re facing these days are really hard. If we’re going to solve them, it’s important to have people with technological expertise at the table. We already have very valuable engagement on these questions from legislators, legal scholars, economists and others. People with engineering training can add to the discussion by bringing a set of complementary perspectives.
How did you end up becoming involved in the Luskin School of Public Affairs?
Back in 2011 I approached the department of public policy in the Luskin school and expressed my interest in creating and teaching a new course on technology public policy. It’s an area that I considered to be extremely important and where I wanted to contribute. Professor Al Carnesale, who has been on the public policy faculty since stepping down as chancellor, was also interested, so he and I teamed together to create the course. We’re now teaching it for the third time.
In addition, I’ve also broadened my engagement beyond teaching. This academic year I helped launch a new program in the Luskin Center for Innovation called the Digital Technologies Initiative. As part of that initiative, we’ve held a series of very successful panel sessions on topics including “The Future of Digital Music Delivery,” “Digital Media in the Age of the Cloud” and “Crowdsourcing, Paywalls, and the Future of News.” Later this academic year we’re hosting panels on preventing technology-facilitated exploitation and on creating a digitally fluent workforce. These panels are providing an opportunity for students, faculty, companies and others to interact with some of the country’s top experts on these important topics.
What classes do you teach?
This year, I’m teaching in three different schools at UCLA. During the fall, I taught a graduate-level electrical engineering course, “Digital Image Processing,” addressing the mathematical and computational frameworks involved in image representation and communications. When I first created and taught the course back in the early 1990s, there weren’t a lot of digital images. Today, they are everywhere, so the things we cover in the course are particularly relevant to the devices and systems we all now use to access digital media.
This quarter, I’m co-teaching a science and technology public policy course in the Luskin School with professor Carnesale. As I told the students recently, it might be the most diverse course on campus in terms of students represented. We’ve got students from public affairs, law, management, engineering, medicine and the College of Letters and Science. We cover a set of critically important topics, including digital privacy, climate change, drones, cybersecurity, nuclear proliferation and genetic testing. Many of these topics are in the news on a nearly daily basis, so the context for the course is literally evolving as the quarter progresses.
In the spring, I’ll be teaching a course in the UCLA Anderson School of Management called “Intellectual Property for Technology Entrepreneurs and Managers.” We’ll be covering the four categories of intellectual property — patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets — with specific emphasis on their application to technology products and markets. The course is designed to provide technology managers with the tools to formulate intellectual property strategies appropriate for a globalized marketplace.
How did you get into writing for broader interest publications such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, Forbes and Slate?
Academics spend a lot of time writing highly technical articles for highly specialized journals. With rare exceptions, those publications are read by very small numbers of people. If you want to contribute to the larger dialogue, you’ve got to publish in venues with a more diversified audience.
What’s been the most rewarding part about doing so much writing?
Interestingly, I find that writing for a general readership is actually harder and in many ways more interesting than writing for academic audiences. People who read academic articles are typically specialists. They already know most of the background and context, so they’re better prepared to fill in gaps in the narrative.
By contrast, non-specialist readers are much less forgiving in that respect. If you are writing about a complex concept for non-specialists, you have to make sure that you present it in a way that retains some of its complexity while also being accessible to people who may not have years of training in your particular discipline. I’ve found that to be a very challenging task. But, it’s also a rewarding one.
Re-printed from UCLA Today, January 21, 2014, Article by Mike Fricano
- Asst. Professor Rob Candler Receives an NSF Career Award
Assistant Professor Rob Candler received an NSF Career Award for his research entitled, “Microscale Magnetic Devices for Next Generation Coherent X-Ray Sources”. The research will set a new standard for the next generation of coherent x-ray sources, with the ultimate goal of enabling broad access to high-speed, phase contrast x-ray imaging for use in science and medicine. By examining the fundamental limits of electron beam focusing and high-energy photon generation, the team will create a new state of the art in high-strength quadrupoles and intense-field, short-period undulators, which will be used to create an x-ray free electron laser with unmatched brightness among small-scale light sources.
The project incorporates an educational outreach component for underrepresented students in engineering through a design challenge that will allow students to explore 3-dimensional printing for engineering applications.
Professor Candler’s research interests in MEMS and NEMS devices span a range of areas, including fundamental energy dissipation in nanomechanical resonators, microscale electromagnets, multiferroics, and 3D printing for microfluidics. In recent years, he was also awarded the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.
- Dr. Mohammad Asghari and Professor Bahram Jalali Won the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE ISSPIT
Dr. Mohammad Asghari and Prof. Bahram Jalali Won the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology for the paper entitled, “Anamorphic Transform and its Application to time-bandwidth compression.”
Professor Jalali and his team created an entirely new method of doing data compression. The new technique warps or reshapes the signal carrying the data in a fashion resembling the graphic art technique known as anamorphism. The transformation causes the signal to be reshaped in such a way that sharp features are stretched more than coarse features. Upon subsequent sampling, this Feature Selective Stretch causes more digital samples to be allocated to sharp features where they are needed the most, and fewer to coarse features where they would be redundant.
The 2013 IEEE ISSPIT was held back in December 2013 in Athens, Greece. The global conference is supported by the IEEE Signal Processing Society which covers subjects on mathematical, statistical, computational and other methods to enable generation, transformation, extraction and interpretation of information and signals.
- Professor Bahram Jalali is Elected Fellow of SPIE
Professor Bahram Jalali is elected Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers for his achievements in silicon photonics, opto-electronics and optical measurement science. Hi s research on world’s fastest camera for real-time detection of extremely rare cells holds promise for cancer treatment and drug discovery.
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. They are honoring 76 new Fellows to the society this year. UCLA EE Department boasts with two members of its faculty included in the roster; the other elected fellow is Distinguished Professor C. K. Patel.
Professor Jalali and his research team will be presenting applications of their high-speed imaging system at the 2014 SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, CA.
- Distinguished Professor C. Kumar Patel is Elected Fellow of SPIE
Distinguished Professor C. Kumar Patel is elected Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers for achievements in development of gas lasers and high resolution spectroscopy. Professor Patel’s field of interest lies in the areas of condensed matter physics, especially the structure and dynamics of “interesting systems,” broadly defined; spectroscopic techniques and detection methods; development of high power laser systems including quantum cascade lasers.
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. They are honoring 76 new Fellows to the society this year. UCLA EE Department boasts with two members of its faculty included in the roster; the other elected fellow is Professor Bahram Jalali.
- Distinguished Professor Asad M. Madni Awarded the Inaugural Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Electrical Engineering Department awarded the inaugural Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award to Distinguished Adjunct Professor Asad M. Madni "For his visionary leadership and pioneering contributions to the electrical sciences and engineering that have brought great honor to the department and to the school.” The award was presented on December 11, 2013 at the EE Annual Research Review (ARR) where he also delivered the inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Lecture entitled, “Convergence of Emerging Technologies to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century."
- UCLA IEEE Student Branch is Selected for the 2014 IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Student Branch
For two years in a row, the UCLA IEEE Student Branch has been selected for the IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Student Branch for 2014. The Region 6 of IEEE encompasses 10 states in the Western third of the US, plus parts of Wyoming and New Mexico (including Phoenix). The awards ceremony will take place at San Jose Garden Hotel, San Jose, CA on February 1, 2014.
“The school is proud of the amazing feat our IEEE students have been doing and receiving the award two years in a row is quite an accomplishment,” shares Prof. Ethan Wang, academic advisor.
“Once again, the world recognizes what an extraordinary group of people you all are. Another remarkable achievement,” says Dr. Mike Briggs, academic advisor.
The UCLA IEEE has been actively hosting and competing in events such as the All America Micromouse, Natcar, ViaCar, Davis Cup, Website Competition and the Ethics Contest which they have won awards to. The organization also conducts tutorials and other projects where they experience the fundamentals of electrical engineering.
- Associate Professor Mona Jarrahi is Selected to Receive the 2013 PECASE
Associate Professor Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers PECASE. This is the highest recognition presented by the President of the United States to young scientist in the early stages of their independent research careers for their exceptional achievements in their research which keeps the country in the forefront of science and technology in the global arena. There are 102 meritorious scientists and engineers for year 2013.
Prof. Jarrahi was nominated by the Department of Defense, the agency which supported her research in the past. Prof. Jarrahi's research focuses on ultrafast electronic and optoelectronic devices and integrated systems for terahertz/millimeter-wave sensing, imaging, computing, and communication systems by utilizing novel materials, nanostructures, quantum well structures, electromechanical structures, as well as innovative nano-plasmonic concepts. PECASE was established by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and is organized by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.
- IEEE Signal Processing Society Honors Prof. Ali Sayed with 2013 Meritorious Service Award
Professor Ali H. Sayed has been awarded the 2013 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his “exemplary service to and leadership in the Signal Processing Society.” In addition to his research activities and university service, Professor Sayed has been diligent in serving the broad signal processing community in various capacities. Among other roles, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2003-2005), General Chairman of ICASSP 2008 (the largest conference in the field with over 2000 attendees), and Vice-President of Publications of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2009-2011). He also served as member of the Board of Governors (2007-2011), Awards Board (2005), Publications Board (2003-2005), Conference Board (2007-2011), Technical Directions Board (2008-2009), and Long Range Planning Committee (2007-2009) of the same Society. During his term as VP Publications (2009-2011), he placed a concerted effort into exploiting the power of the electronic medium to broaden the reach of the Society publications. Working closely with the Society volunteers, editors-in-chief, and staff, his board launched several initiatives, including the digital edition of the “IEEE SP Magazine”, which is now broadcast electronically to all SP members. For two consecutive years during 2010-2011, the “IEEE SP Magazine” was ranked in first place as the journal with the highest impact factor among all Electrical Engineering publications worldwide. Professor Sayed will receive the award at the Society's Awards Ceremony to be held in May 2014 at ICASSP in Florence, Italy.
- Tammy Chang is Selected for the 2013 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award
UCLA alumna Tammy Chang has been selected to receive the 2013 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award from IEEE-HKN Los Angeles Area Alumni Chapter. The award, established in 1965, “recognizes outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community, and country.”
"Thank you for your support to me in applying for this award, it's truly an honor. I am one of the many who were blessed with a wonderful experience at UCLA and I'm excited that this award continues to give credit to UCLA's great engineering program," shares Tammy Chang.Tammy Chang received her B. Sc. degree in 2012 and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Stanford University with a keen interest in wireless communications systems and antenna/RF design. She is the first UCLA student to have received the award.
- Adjunct Professor Dariush Divsalar is a Recipient of IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Adjunct Professor Dariush Divsalar has been selected for the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal. The citation reads: “for fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of channel codes that transformed deep space and other forms of wireless communications.”
Prof. Divsalar is a true Bruin. He received his M.Sc., Engineering degree and Ph.D. all in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1977 and 1978, respectively. He joined the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is now a principal scientist involved in developing state of the art technology for advance deep space communications systems for NASA’s space exploration. While at JPL Prof. Divsalar taught graduate courses at UCLA electrical engineering department and now continues to collaborate with faculty and students in research as an adjunct professor.
“We are extremely proud that Dariush, an alumnus and a peer in the department is being honored with this prestigious medal,” comments electrical engineering Chair Frank Chang.
IEEE honors and recognizes technical professionals for their unparalleled and seminal contributions on technology, society and the engineering profession. The Alexander Graham Bell Medal recognizes the “exceptional contributions to the advancement of communications sciences and engineering.”IEEE will hold an awards ceremony on 23rd of August, 2014 in conjunction with the IEEE Sections Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- UCLA Alumnus - Mukund Padmanabhan Adds $500,000 to Guru Krupa Fellowship
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science alumnus Mukund Padmanabhan MS ’89, PhD ’92, has announced that he will make an additional gift of $500,000 to support the Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowship in Electrical Engineering, bringing the foundation’s total support for UCLA graduate students in electrical engineering to $1.5 million.
Padmanabhan, founder of the Guru Krupa Foundation, said he was inspired to offer the fellowships based on his own experience. He received a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur before applying for graduate studies in electrical engineering at UCLA.
“My education at UCLA has served me very well,” he said. “But it almost didn’t happen. It was only because of a last-minute award of a fellowship that I was able to attend UCLA.”
The first two Guru Krupa Foundation gifts of $500,000 – made in 2009 and 2011 – were directed toward students working in the areas of integrated circuits and signals and systems. Fellowships funded by the third gift are available to students in any electrical engineering discipline.
“I set up the first two fellowships because I wanted to increase the odds of someone in my situation in India having the same opportunity I had,” Padmanabhan said. “Since then, I've had an opportunity to see the working of the process and meet with some of the fellowship recipients, and I feel that the fellowships are having the intended impact – hence the decision to extend the gift with a third fellowship.”
While at UCLA, Padmanabhan’s research focused on signal processing and analog integrated circuits. He then worked in the area of statistical speech recognition at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Today he focuses on statistical financial modeling for Renaissance Technologies, a New York-based hedge fund management firm.
The Guru Krupa Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of impoverished families, provide opportunities in higher education to those who could not otherwise afford it and support cultural and religious organizations in the United States and India.
The Guru Krupa Foundation Fellowship in Electrical Engineering is part of UCLA Engineering's Enhancing Engineering Excellence (E3) Initiative to raise funds for new endowed faculty chairs, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships and capital projects.
“Scholarships and fellowships give talented students of limited means the opportunity to study at one of the finest engineering schools in the world,” said UCLA Engineering Dean Vijay K. Dhir. “We are grateful to Mukund and other alumni whose generous support allows students from all backgrounds to enrich our academic environment and take advantage of the great opportunities that UCLA Engineering offers.”
Professors Steve Jacobsen and Ken Martin are the advisors of Dr. Mukund Padmanabhan.
Re-printed from UCLA Engineering Newsroom (December 2, 2013), written by: Bill Kisliuk
- National Taiwan University (NTU) Honors Distinguished Alumni, Professors Frank Chang and Kuo-Nan Liou
Professors Frank Chang and Kuo-Nan Liou were honored by NTU with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during its 85th anniversary ceremony at the NTU Sports Center on November 15, 2013. The award celebrates alumni who have attained international recognition and contributed to the advancement of their chosen fields or industries.
Professor Frank Chang is chair and a distinguished professor in the Electrical Engineering Department and elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Academia Sinica. Professor Chang is known for his leading researches in mm/sub-mm-wave (or Terahertz) CMOS integrated circuits for communication, interconnect and imaging systems. He invented and synthesized Digitally Controlled Artificial Dielectric (DiCAD) by using CMOS periodic metal structures to vary its permittivity in real-time (up to x20) for realizing reconfigurable multiband/mode radios. He developed a new class of Multi-Gbps Radio-on-a-chip at the 57-65GHz ISM band with unprecedented self-diagnosis/healing capabilities to boost/recover its system performance from temperature/process variations and from aging effects. He invented multi-band (N-band) RF-interconnect, beyond the traditional baseband-only interconnect, to enable inter-core communications in Chip-MultiProcessor (CMP) and inter-chip communications between CPU/Memories with N-times bandwidth, real-time re-configurability and unique multicast capabilities.
Professor Kuo-Nan Liou is a distinguished professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering, and Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering. He is also a member of National Academy of Engineering and a member of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica. He is the recipient of the 2013 American Geophysical Union’s Roger Revelle Medal. Professor Liou has been the foremost pioneer in light scattering by ice crystals; his unified theory, encompassing all sizes and shapes, has transformed the field of cloud remote sensing. He discovered the backscattering depolarization principle to distinguish between ice crystals and water droplets, developed the theory and numerical scheme to retrieve atmospheric heating rates, and innovated a cloud-precipitation-climate model to investigate links between cloud particle sizes perturbed by greenhouse warming and air pollution, universally referred to as the second indirect effect in aerosol-cloud feedback.
- Professor Diana Huffaker is Elected Fellow of The Optical Society
Professor Diana Huffaker has been elected Fellow of The Optical Society for her remarkable achievements in the advancement of optics. Prof. Huffaker specializes in directed and self-assembled nanostructure solid-state epitaxy, optoelectronic devices including solar cells and III-V/Si photonics. She is the director of the Integrated NanoMaterials Core Laboratory which investigates subjects on optoelectronic devices enabled by atomic self-assembly at the heterointerface in novel compound III materials for Si photonics, single photon sources, MWIR applications and solar cells.
The Society is the premiere assembly for educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders, committed to excellence and long-term learning for all its initiatives. The Society was founded nearly a hundred years ago as The Optical Society of America and later evolved and opened its affiliation to the rest of the world. OSA will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Elected Fellow of The Optical Society
Professor Aydogan Ozcan has been elected Fellow of The Optical Society for his pioneering contributions to computational imaging, sensing and holography technologies and instrumentation impacting bio-photonics and its applications to telemedicine and global-health.
His creation of a portable holographic lens-less microscopy with the use of smart phones has catapulted his research to various applications in addressing vital health issues especially in the resource limited remote communities. Professor Ozcan’s research accomplishments have drawn attention and commendation from peers, the government and the industry. His latest research finding on imaging of single nano-particle or virus appeared in this month’s issue of Scientific America and Big Think.The Optical Society is the premiere assembly of educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders, committed in excellence and long-term learning for all its initiatives. The Society was founded nearly a hundred years ago as The Optical Society of America and later evolved and opened its affiliation to the rest of the world. OSA will celebrate its 100th
anniversary in 2016.
- Professor Lara Dolecek is Honored with 2013 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award from HSSEAS
Professor Lara Dolecek is awarded 2013 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. The award honors junior faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to high teaching standards.
Prof. Dolecek was praised for her teaching style, organization in delivering course materials, and informative lectures. In Electrical Engineering Department, she teaches a variety of classes, ranging from large core undergraduate classes to advanced classes aimed at Ph.D. students. She supervises a vibrant research group of more than 10 talented graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, visitors and undergraduate researchers. Outside of UCLA, Prof. Dolecek has given several tutorials related to her research on reliable data storage and has continuously received admiration from diverse audience in industry and academia for clarity and content of her presentations.
Congratulations Prof. Dolecek!
- Fred Sala Received HSSEAS Edward K. Rice Outstanding Masters Student Award
At the recent UCLA Engineering Award Dinner, Frederic Sala was honored with an Edward K. Rice Outstanding Masters Student Award from HSSEAS. Sala is currently a Ph. D. student in Electrical Engineering Department, working in Dr. Lara Dolecek's Laboratory for Robust Information Systems. Sala's research interests are in the area of communications and information theory with a focus on channel coding with particular application to data storage devices such as non-volatile memories. He is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
"Fred is an all-around star. I am extremely impressed with his intellectual curiosity, mature and clear thinking, superb command of advanced topics in discrete mathematics, and outstanding written and presentation skills," praised by his advisor, Prof. Lara Dolecek.
Earlier this year, Fred received the best master thesis award in Signals and Systems and was a co-recipient of the award for the Best Performance on the Preliminary Examination from the Electrical Engineering Department.
Congratulations Fred on another impressive achievement!
- Congratulations to Chung-Tse Michael Wu for the 2013 APMC Best Student Paper Award
At the 2013 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference held in Seoul Korea on November 5 - 8, 2013, Chung-Tse Michael Wu (supervisor Professor Tatsuo Itoh) received Best Student Paper Award for the paper entitled "Negative Group Delay Circuit Based on a Multisection Asymmetrical Directional Coupler," authored by Chung-Tse Michael Wu, Sam Gharavi and Tatsuo Itoh.
- Professor Rahmat-Samii’s Co-Edited Historical Section is on the Cover of IEEE A&P Magazine
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii's is the guest co-editor of a historical section entitled, “High-Frequency Techniques in Diffraction Theory: 50 Years of Achievements in GTD, PTD and Related Approaches”. This appeared on the front cover of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine published in June 2013. He also contributed a paper in this section entitled, “GTD, UTD, UAT and STD: A Historical Revisit and Personal Observations”. This IEEE Magazine has a very large circulation and it is considered one of the premier IEEE magazines.
- UCLA Electrical Engineering is the Top One in the Microsoft Academic Search
For the second consecutive year, the Microsoft Academic Search portal has ranked the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department number one in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering across all continents – ahead of such institutions as MIT, Stanford, IBM and Intel. Over the past ten years, amongst institutions and organizations worldwide, UCLA Electrical Engineering has received the highest rating with a 54.
In addition, Professor Tatsuo Itoh is the number one author in the field of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with over 10,261 citations and the highest field rating of 44 for all years. The Microsoft Academic Search maintains a log of 636,397 authors in their website.
The field rating is similar to the H-index in that it looks into the relation of the number of publications by an author and the distribution of citations to the publications.
The Microsoft Academic Search portal explores how scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities. Aside from indexing academic publications, it also displays the key relationships between and among subjects, content, and authors, highlighting the critical links that help define scientific research.
- Professor Behzad Razavi is honored as Chancellor’s Professor
Professor Behzad Razavi is named the Chancellor's Professor by the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This commendation is presented to faculty members who have attained international recognition for their distinguished achievements in teaching, research, and service.
Professor Razavi specializes in the design of integrated circuits for high-speed and RF communication systems. He heads the UCLA Communication Circuits Laboratory and has pioneered the use of CMOS technology for broadband transceivers through circuit and architecture innovations. He and his students have received six best paper awards at IEEE conferences such as the ISSCC, CICC, VLSI Circuits Symposium, and ESSCIRC.
The impact of Professor Razavi's research has earned him the 2012 IEEE Donald Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits and an H-index of 52. He has also published seven books, some of which are translated to Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Portuguese. His book Design of Analog CMOS Integrated Circuits is the most widely cited microelectronics book of all time. Professor Razavi has also received three teaching awards from UCLA.
- Prof. Lara Dolecek Receives an Intel Labs Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a recipient of 2013 Intel Early Career Honor Program Award for her work on reliable data storage and information processing system design. The recipients of this prestigious award are among an elite group who represent the brightest talent and future thought leaders in their respective areas of research – only 9 professors are selected for this award out of pool of more than 100 applicants nationwide. The rigorous selection process was championed by Intel senior technical leaders.
Prof. Dolecek’s research is focused on advancing the toolbox of fundamental mathematical discipline of coding theory to make emerging information systems ultra reliable and resource-efficient. Current focus of her research is on novel coding theoretic methods that embrace the intrinsic variability in modern data storage systems and memory devices for improved reliability, and on novel coding theoretic –inspired methods for data reduction and reconciliation, as demanded by Big Data applications.
“I am honored to be in this highly-selective group of Intel Awardees, and I look forward to future collaborations with Intel, “ said Prof. Lara Dolecek.
“On behalf of the Electrical Engineering Department, I congratulate Prof. Lara Dolecek on another impressive achievement. She is an energetic, talented academic with strong research initiative in emerging data storage technologies. We are very pleased that she is a member of our Department,” said Professor M.-C. Frank Chang, Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.
Prof. Lara Dolecek joined UCLA as an assistant professor in 2010. She is a recipient of several prestigious awards for teaching and research, including 2013 Northrop Grumman Teaching Award from UCLA, 2013 University of California Faculty Development Award, 2013 Okawa Research Grant, 2012 NSF CAREER Award, 2011 Hellman Fellowship Award, and 2007 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize from UC Berkeley.
Prof. Lara Dolecek is a director of Laboratory for Robust Information Systems (www.loris.ee.ucla.edu) where she supervises a large, vibrant group of PhD and Masters students, post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate students and academic visitors. Most recently, she started a new research center at UCLA on Emerging Data Storage Systems, called CoDESS (www.uclacodess.org), which aims to push the frontiers in emerging data storage systems through integrated research program while cultivating graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to be highly-trained professionals in the subject. Prof. Dolecek also serves as the lead editor for IEEE JSAC Special Issue on Emerging Data Storage Technologies.For more information on Intel Early Career Program, visit https://www.intel-university-collaboration.net/news-blogs-and-announcements/2013_us_phd_ecfhp_awardees.
- Professors Christina Fragouli and Suhas Diggavi with Co-authors Received the 2013 ACM Mobihoc Best Paper Award
Professors Christina Fragouli and Suhas Diggavi with co-authors, Melisa Duarte, Ayan Sengupta and Siddartha Brahma are recipients of the 2013 Association for Computing Machinery Mobile and Ad hoc Networking and Computing (ACM Mobihoc) Best Paper Award for their journal entitled, “Quantize-map-forward Relaying: an Experimental Study.” The research explores the realm of design and evaluation of wireless system that exploits relaying in the context of a WiFi network.
The paper appears in the Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Symposium on Mobile and ad hoc networking and computing held in Bangalore, India in July 2013. Mobihoc is considered as one of the premier conferences which brings together researchers and professionals in the society dedicated to address challenges emerging from wireless networks.
- IEEE Information Theory & Comm. Society Best Paper award to Professor Suhas Diggavi and Co-authors
Professor Suhas Diggavi and co-authors, A. Salman Avestimehr and David N.C. Tse, received a 2013 Joint Paper Award from IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society for their journal article entitled, “Wireless Network Information Flow: A Deterministic Approach.” The article was published in the IEEE Transactions in Information Theory in April 2011.
The research focuses on the maximum rate of information flow achievable in a wireless network with a single source and multiple destinations and an arbitrary noisy wireless network. It demonstrates an approximate max-flow min-cut result that extends the classical results to noisy wireless networks. Underlying this result is a deterministic approximation approach to analysis and design of wireless communication networks.
"The Joint Information Theory Society and Communication Society Paper Award honors outstanding papers published in branches of information and communication theory. Papers published in the past three calendar years in any journal of the Information Theory Society or the Communications Society are eligible for this award".
- Professor Christina Fragouli and Co-authors are Recipients of the Second Best App Award in ACM Mobile App Competition
Professor Christina Fragouli with co-authors: Anh Le, Lorenzo Keller and Athina Markopoulou received the Second Best Mobile App Award at the 19th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking’s First Mobile App Competition for the project entitled, “VideoBee.” The award was presented in Miami Florida in September, 2013.
VideoBee is an android application that enables to download video multiple times faster by simultaneously using several of the networks around us: a single user can use both her WiFi and cellular connection, while a group of users can aggregate the wireless Internet resources of the group.
The ACM Mobicom is a premier international forum dedicated to address the challenges in the realm of mobile computing, and wireless and mobile networking. This year, 2013, the society launched the mobile app competition and added new sessions in the same area.
- Professor Suhas Diggavi Becomes an IEEE Fellow
Professor Suhas Diggavi has been elected fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) early this year for his contributions to wireless networks and systems. This honor is bestowed to Senior Members of the society who have shown exemplary contributions to the electrical and information technologies and sciences for the benefit of mankind and the profession.
Professor Diggavi is the Director of the Information Theory and Systems Laboratory which broadly studies information theory and its application to wireless and sensor networks, network data and compression storage, network encryption, machine learning and large scale data analysis algorithms.
IEEE is the biggest international technical professional society which fosters the advancement of innovation and technological excellence. This year, IEEE elevated 297 new fellows to the society. Election to IEEE fellow is limited as less than one-tenth of the 1 percent of total IEEE voting membership is considered.
- UCLA Leads the Way in Modern Data Storage Systems with a New Center
In September the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science launched a new center to push the frontiers in emerging data storage systems and to create highly-trained workforce of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The , started by electrical engineering professors Lara Dolecek and Rick Wesel, strategically places UCLA at the helm of modern data storage technologies, offers new pathways for innovations in research, and strengthens partnerships with industry.
“I applaud CoDESS team for their initiative and forward-thinking in creating the center on modern data storage technologies,” said Frank Chang, chair of Electrical Engineering Department and holder of the Wintek Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering. “Our department will greatly benefit from CoDESS presence in this important area of research and engineering.”
The center currently involves more than two dozen researchers, including four UCLA electrical engineering faculty members: Lara Dolecek, assistant professor; Rick Wesel, professor as well as the associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs; Dariush Divsalar, adjunct professor and a principal scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Dejan Markovic, associate professor. The center also includes more than 15 graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and several industrial and academic visitors.
The center’s current research thrusts span information and coding theory for ultra-reliable storage systems; enabling technologies for future recording paradigms and storage devices; data reduction algorithms and communication methods for cloud storage; and resource-efficient signal processing techniques and architecture optimization.
The inaugural day-long CoDESS kickoff meeting was held on Sept 19th, 2013 at UCLA with great success. The event included several presentations by faculty and graduate students on their most recent research.
“The on-going data revolution has placed unprecedented demand on data storage systems to be ultra reliable, affordable, and energy-efficient,” said Dolecek, CoDESS co-director. “These challenges have created an exciting opportunity to innovate at various system levels. With our recent state-of-the art results, broad experience and expertise in modern code design, CoDESS is ideally positioned to lead the way in modern data storage technologies.”
Experts from several leading data storage companies were in attendance for the kickoff meeting. Colleagues from industry were particularly impressed with the depth, quality, and range of research executed at UCLA.
“I really liked the deep involvement of the professors in the ongoing projects,” said Mustafa Kaynak, a senior staff engineer with Micron.
“UCLA has a very strong team… I most appreciated how the UCLA team has focused on practice-oriented mathematical solutions,” said Ivana Djurdjevic, principal engineer at LSI.
“Our new center is focused on using communication theory and information theory to provide solutions to the real problems in emerging storage systems,” said Wesel, CoDESS co-director. “It is a very exciting validation of our recent research to see this level of industry interest in our results.”
The new center further leverages ongoing storage-oriented activities at UCLA. Dolecek is the organizer and the editor-in-chief for a special issue on data storage for JSAC (Journal on Selected Areas of Communication) the leading IEEE journal focusing on cutting-edge communications and networking technologies. She is also the chair of Data Storage Symposia and data storage technical program chair for numerous premier IEEE conferences. Dolecek has given several tutorials on coding theory and practice for data storage applications in prominent academic and industrial venues. Her book on recent advances in channel coding with applications to emerging data storage and memories is expected to be published in 2014.
For more information on CoDESS, please visit their website at: .
Re-printed from UCLA Engineering Newsroom.
- Professor John Villasenor Co-authors Spectrum’s October Cover Feature
Professor John Villasenor co-authored the cover feature in the October issue of Spectrum, on the topic of counterfeit electronic components. Spectrum, the flagship magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has a print circulation of about 400,000 and gets about one million web visitors each month. A link to the cover is here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/magazine and a link to the article is here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/processors/the-hidden-dangers-of-chopshop-electronics.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan is Named Chancellor’s Professor
Professor Aydogan Ozcan has been named the Chancellor’s Professor by the Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. This distinction is bestowed upon faculty members who have obtained international recognition as an educator of exemplary ability as shown by his distinguished achievements of the highest level in teaching, research and service.
Professor Ozcan’s extensive research and seminal contributions in the development of smart phone-based lens-free microscopy has attracted attention and commendation from his peers, the industry and government agencies. He has conceived a powerful solution to address global health issues by use of compact and low-cost apparatus for societies with limited resources. The premier recognition he received for his research was the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2011.
His early research involved monitoring and characterization of micro-particles such as blood cells through holographic imaging which allowed detecting and diagnosing infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. The same principle was used to test water quality. His research then evolved to creation of a high accuracy level crowd-sourcing platform to diagnose malaria during scarcity or unavailability of medical practitioners. The research team discovered the ribbon-like movement of horse and human sperm cells which may contribute to a better understanding of its nature and its relation to fertilization. Recently, the research team has invented a handy common kidney testing device.
Professor Ozcan has attracted a growing number of graduate and undergraduate students in his research team. At an early age, his young undergraduate researchers are involved in substantial research and write papers together with the graduate students intended for publication in journals of professional societies.
Through his research, Professor Ozcan, together with his partners, founded Holomic LLC in 2011, an institution which commercializes advanced bio-photonics technologies invented by Professor Ozcan's research group at UCLA. It is the mission of the company to produce and distribute portable, inexpensive and high quality microscopes for telemedicine and address global health issues.
- Broadcom Integrated Circuits Fellowship Program Workshop
The Electrical Engineering department will hold its Broadcom Integrated Circuits Fellowship Program Workshop on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 9:30am to 1:30pm in the Tesla Room (53-125). This event is sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation.
The 2012-2013 Fellowship recipients will share the research that they have been working on for the past year. After, Dr. David Garrett, Associate Director of DSP Microelectronics at Broadcom Corp. will present the Broadcom perspective. Lastly, Prof. Asad Abidi (chair of the selection committee) will announce the 2013-2014 Fellowship Call for Proposal.
9:30am-9:40am Opening remarks
9:40am-11:45am Student presentations
"Sparse Signal Decoder for Compressive Sensing (CS) Applications" - Fengbo Ren
"Flexible DSP Architecture for Next-Generation Software-Defined Radios" - Fang-Li Yuan
"ZVS Contour PA with Automatic Linearization" - Jeffrey Lee
"High-Voltage Generation & Drive in Low-Voltage CMOS Technology" - Yousr Ismail
"A 177GHz to 300GHz Reconfigurable Active Bandpass Filter" - Yu-Hsiu Wu
11:45am-12:00pm Broadcom perspective/David Garrett
12:00pm-12:20pm Call for proposal 2014-2015 program/Asad Abidi
- First Qualcomm Fellowships at UCLA EE Dept.
The Qualcomm Fellowship committee chaired by Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii together with Professors Babak Daneshrad and William Kaiser has concluded the search for the winners of the first Qualcomm Fellowships in UCLA. The two outstanding graduate students are Long Kong (Advisor, Professor Behzad Razavi) and Paul Martin (Advisor, Professor Mani Srivastava).
The Qualcomm Fellowships select the most promising research proposals that would pioneer the advent of a new paradigm in the broad area of wireless technology. Both students will receive full graduate student research (GSR) support including non-resident tuition (NRT) fee for the 2013-2014 academic year and a possible paid summer internship in 2014 at Qualcomm.
Qualcomm has been a consistent supporter of the electrical engineering department for several years now through the Industrial Affiliates Program. Every year a team of Qualcomm engineers visit the department to recruit interns for their headquarters in San Diego. The Qualcomm Fellowship is a confirmation of Qualcomm's confidence in UCLA for educating top notch engineers who will lead in developing the future of wireless technology as demonstrated by Qualcomm's co-founder, Andrew Viterbi.
The Qualcomm Fellowship committee chair and members are known for their seminal contributions and extensive research in wireless systems and communications with applications in various fields of interest.
- Professor Ozcan's Group Has Invented a Device for Common Kidney Testing
Professor Aydogan Ozcan together with his research team has invented a common kidney telemedicine testing device capable to readily deliver data from an off-site location with cellular reception. The testing process runs for five minutes from sample preparation to data collection.
The device measures the amount of albumin protein in sample urine which is an indicator of kidney damage. This test is relevant to diabetes patients and those with chronic kidney ailments who would need consistent monitoring of their albumin levels. Testing can be performed at home or in areas far from health centers.
The team developed an opto-mechanical phone attachment, disposable test tubes and mobile apps for data transmission. The research was led by Professor Ozcan and researcher Ahmed Coskun together with co-authors, under grad students, Richie Nagi, Stephen Phillips and Kayvon Sadeghi. Their paper appears in the August edition of the journal, Lab on a Chip.
Professor Ozcan’s extensive research on the broad applications of lens-free microscopy using today’s powerful smartphones in addressing global health is continuously expanding and has attained successes in blood diagnostics, study on the movement of sperm cells, albumin testing and a crowd-sourced gaming application for malaria diagnosis.
- Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s Lens-Free Microscopy Received the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award
Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s research on lens-free microscopy received the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award at the Microscopy and Microanalysis conference in Indianapolis on August 4-8, 2013. The magazine, Microscopy Today, annually honors pioneering systems and devices which promote advancement in the field of microscopy.
Professor Ozcan’s lens-free microscopy technology is a cost-effective and handy alternative in studying micro- and nano-scale objects for biomedical solutions through the use of e.g., smart phones. This research has brought several commendations and attention from the academe, industry and government agencies. It has also propelled Professor Ozcan and his research team to further its applications and also resulted in a start-up company (Holomic LLC) that is based in Los Angeles.
- Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii, a Keynote Speaker at 2013IMOC
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the keynote speaker at the 2013 International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference, sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S, (SBMO IEEE MTT-S) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 4-7, 2013. This is the largest international conference on this topic held once every two years in South America. The title of Prof. Rahmat-Samii’s talk was, “Natured Inspired Optimization Techniques in Applied Electromagnetics: Modern Developments and Comparative Studies”.
- PhD Student Alon Greenbaum Received a Fellowship Award from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ph.D. student Alon Greenbaum, under the mentorship of Professor Aydogan Ozcan, joins the 42 recipients of the prestigious 2013 International Student Research Fellows awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Alon Greenbaum received his B.S. degree in Tel Aviv University. In 2010, he started his Ph.D. program in UCLA and joined the BioPhotonics Laboratory of Professor Ozcan specializing in lens-free on-chip microscopy. He is a recipient of the 2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship and was awarded a 2-year Summer Chancellors Award for Ph.D. studies by UCLA for years 2011-2012.
“This is the first time in the history of our school of engineering and the only HHMI fellowship award that UCLA got this year,” shares Professor Aydogan Ozcan.
The HHMI has identified that international students’ challenge is funding their research to complete their graduate program in U.S. universities. In 2011, HHMI established the International Student Research Fellows to support international graduate students who are on their third, fourth and fifth year of their graduate program and are not entitled for fellowships and training from federal grants. This is at a stage when they have chosen their advisor, determined a research project and have exemplified excellent laboratory skills.Since its inception, HHMI now supports 140 students from 35 countries whose research study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology as well as interdisciplinary research. The award provides a fellow up to 3 years of support.
- Professor Lei He is Honored at DAC 2013
Professor Lei He was honored by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium at the Design Automation Conference 2013 as one of the top ten most prolific authors in the past decade and selected as a member of DAC 25.
DAC celebrated its 50th anniversary in Austin, Texas on June 2-6 with a theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation”. Members and vendors were honored for their invaluable contributions in the advancement of the design automation community and its field of study. Professor He was among the several distinguished people who were recognized. He received two recognitions: the DAC Prolific Author Award which seats him at the DAC 25 Club for having authored more than 25 or more papers at the Design Automation Conference. DAC also presented him a Decade Award, the Top 10 of the 5th Decade with a citation “for being one of the top ten most prolific authors of DAC’s fourth decade.”
The Design Automation Conference is the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded systems and softwares. It is attended by an international community attracting over 1000 organizations showcasing latest development and trends, and emerging technologies in the field.
- Professor Kuo-Nan Liou is the 2013 AGU Roger Revelle Medalist
The American Geophysical Union has selected Professor Kuo-Nan Liou to receive the prestigious 2013 Roger Revelle Medal. The medal recognizes a single individual for their “outstanding contributions in atmospheric sciences, atmosphere-ocean coupling, atmosphere-land coupling, biogeochemical cycles, climate, or related aspects of the Earth system.” Celebration of all awards for the year will be held in conjunction with the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting during the Honors Ceremony and Banquet on December 11.
The Revelle Medal was established in 1991 in honor of Roger Revelle, who made substantial contributions to the awareness of global change. Revelle was internationally known for his significant contributions to the study of oceanography. Prior medalists include Ralph Cicerone (Atmospheric Chemist, President, National Academy of Sciences), James Hansen (Climate Scientist), Sherwood Rowland (Atmospheric Chemist, Nobel Laureate, 1995) and Edward Lorenz (Meteorologist, Pioneer of Chaos Theory and “The Butterfly Effect”).
Dr. Liou is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and jointly appointed by the Electrical Engineering Department. He is also the Founding Director of the UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE), a research institute with a mission to study and develop projects on global climate change and its impact on regional climate and environment. Professor Liou’s recent work focuses on radiative transfer and satellite remote sensing in mountain/snow regions and the deposition of black carbon and dust over these areas in association with surface temperature and snowmelt amplification and feedback. Professor Liou is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Academia Sinica (National Academy of Sciences, Taiwan).
- UCLA IEEE is the IEEE Outstanding Large Student Branch in Southern Area
UCLA IEEE student organization has been selected by IEEE to receive the Outstanding Large Student Branch for the Southern Area. The 2013 Southern Area awards will be held in conjunction with the Fall Area Meeting in September.
The UCLA IEEE outgoing chair, Calvin Cam gives a recap for the academic year 2012-2013:
Another successful year has ended for UCLA IEEE! UCLA IEEE would like to thank their sponsors, which included the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department, for believing in and funding what UCLA IEEE represents. Not only that, but UCLA IEEE would like to recognize important figures, Dr. Ethan Wang, Dr. Mike Briggs, and Dr. Bill Goodin, for their guidance and support. Lastly, thanks to all the members who participate in events and projects; without them, there would be no UCLA IEEE.
With support from those listed and more, UCLA IEEE has been able to accomplish so much to be recognized within UCLA as well as around the world. Please read the compilation below for all of UCLA IEEE’s accomplishments:
· UCLA IEEE hosted a successful Student Professional Ventures (S-PAVe) conference for over 70 participants with company representatives from Little Black Bag, Walt Disney Imagineering, Raytheon, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.
· UCLA IEEE hosted its 4th Annual Ethics Competition and won 1st place for the second consecutive time. UCI and UCSD also competed.
· UCLA IEEE hosted a total of 125 events (not including weekly officer meetings and project meetings) throughout the year. Events included were company infosessions, tech talks, professional development workshops, general meetings, Professor lectures, soldering workshops, tutorials, socials, K-12 outreach, and more.
o UCLA Engineering Student Group of Year Award
o IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Large Student Branch Award
· Still-pending awards
o IEEE Global Student Branch Web Site Contest
o IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award
Stay updated with our awards at: http://ieee.ucla.edu/alpha/index.php/about/ieee-awards
o UCLA IEEE appreciates the support from all their sponsors.
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· At the ViaCar Competition in UCSD, UCLA teams Leslie, DHiZeL, and UpDog respectively placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th. There were 14 teams from UCLA, UCSD, UCSB competing.
· At the NatCar Competition in UCD, UCLA teams took 5 of the first 8 places. There were 25 teams from UCLA, UCB, UCD, UCSD, CSUF competing.
· UCLA IEEE hosted the first UCLA NatCar Competition on May 25. Team Dantastic from UCLA took 1st place with a tremendous run of 9.9 ft/sec. CSUF also competed.
· At the California MicroMouse competition in UCSD, UCLA team Green Giant took 1st place with an 8 second run. UCLA, UCSD, UCR, KSU, UNLV were competing.
· UCLA IEEE hosted the first All-America Micromouse Competition on 5/26. Team Green Giant V2.2 from UCLA took 1st place with a tremendous run of 6.55 seconds. A total of 10 teams from UCLA, UCSD, CSULA, and UCR competed.
Open Project Space (OPS)
· With new lab space, OPS was able to expand from 50 students to 100 students this year.
· “Lighting Up UCLA display” and the “LED Tilt sensor” were two completely free and open to public mini projects for this program this year (first come first serve basis).
· EAGLE tutorials were also provided to members.
MakerBot Replicator Dual Extruder 3D Printer
· With student contributions and funding support from Professor Briggs and the UCLA High Frequency Electronics Lab, UCLA IEEE was able to purchase a 3D printer for project usage.
· UCLA IEEE’s 3D printing services are also available for non-IEEE project usage for a small fee.
· Stay updated with cool 3D printing events at: http://ieee.ucla.edu/alpha/index.php/ieee-lab/3d-printer-recognition
Please learn more at: http://ieee.ucla.edu/alpha/index.php/projects
Thank you outgoing officers for a wonderful service to your engineering student body and welcome incoming officers; we look forward to the upcoming academic year!
Chair – Calvin Cam
External Vice Chair – Emily Cheung
Internal Vice Chair – My-Quan Hong
Treasurer – Jack Lei
Publicity Chair – Harsh Barbhaiya
Events Coordinator – Ian Chen
Mentorship Chair – Steven Weiss
HKN Liaison – Brian Hong
MicroMouse CoLead – Hui Wang
OPS Lead – Nathan Lai
Chair – Jingtao Xia
External Vice Chair – Ahmed Hassan
Internal Vice Chair – Derek Meng
Treasurer – Albert Chen
Secretary – Justin Pao
Corporate Relations – Keyur Lad
Events Coordinator – Hannah Chou
Events Coordinator – Alyssa Luo
Publicity Chair – Lonnie Zhang
Mentorship Chair – Jiawen Feng
Webmaster – Chie Tamada
Projects Manager – Julian Brown
MicroMouse CoLead – Justin Young
MicroMouse CoLead – Danny Li
NatCar CoLead – Alex Cheng
NatCar CoLead – Jeffrey Hwang
OPS CoLead – Shubham Gandhi
OPS CoLead – Kamal Kajouke
C3 CoLead – Jacob SharfC3 CoLead – Tania DePasquale
- Professor Rahmat-Samii – Lead Speaker at the Wireless Industry Day
Distinguished Professor Yahya Rahmat-Samii was the lead speaker at the "Wireless Industry Day" held in conjunction with the 2013 IEEE IMS/MTT International symposium, Seattle, Washington, June 5, 2013. He was the only person from the academia along with six other industrial speakers addressing modern aspects of the wireless technology developments from components to integrated systems including medical applications.
- UCLA’s Rod Kim Wins the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition
For two years in a row, UCLA wins first place in the Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition. This year grad student Rod Yanghyo Kim’s research entitled "Hollow Plastic Cable and mm-Wave CMOS Transceiver Enabled High-Speed and Energy Efficient Data Link" attracts the interest and confidence of the judges by transferring data through a lightweight and inexpensive hollow plastic tube. Rod Kim’s advisor is Professor Frank Chang.
The Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition brings together highly brilliant grad students whose research has been funded by the Foundation in the previous year. The search committee selects the top twelve who will vie for cash prizes to further their research. Each student gives a 3-minute pitch presentation. Over 400 engineers at Broadcom vote based on the student’s technical ingenuity and communication skills for those who get the top 3 prizes. Click here
for more information on the competition.
- Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is Selected for a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek has been selected for a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award for academic year 2013-2014. The UCLA Faculty Career Development Award is a competitive, campus-wide award given to promising assistant professors. Prof. Dolecek’s specialization is in Signals and Systems with focus on coding and information theory, graphical models, statistical algorithms, and combinatorial methods, with applications to emerging systems for data storage, processing, and communication.
- Congratulations to 2013-2014 Dissertation Fellowship Recipients!
Ali Sayed, Advisor
Mihaela van der Schaar, Advisor
Lee Ngee Tan
Abeer Alwan, Advisor
- Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a Recipient of an Intel Early Career Faculty Award
Assistant Professor Lara Dolecek is a recipient of Intel Early Career Faculty Award and a UCLA Faculty Career Development Award for academic year 2013-2014. The Intel award is established to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members at the top universities around the world. In addition to a cash gift, each awardee is also paired up with an Intel peer collaborator to help them network within the company. Prof. Dolecek along with other awardees will be honored at an awards ceremony in San Francisco next month.
- 2012-2013 Outstanding Student Awards
Bachelor of Science
Outstanding Bachelor of Science Degree Award: Justin Wong
Christina Huang Memorial Prize: Justin Wong
Master of Science
Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in Physical & Wave Electronics
Student: Shihan Qin
Advisor: Prof. Yuanxun Ethan Wang
Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in Signals & Systems
Student: Frederic Sala
Advisor: Prof. Lara Dolecek
Doctor of Philosophy
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Circuits & Embedded Systems
Student: ChengCheng Wang
Advisor: Prof. Dejan Markovic
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Physical & Wave Electronics
Student: Amir Ali Tavallaee
Advisor: Prof. Benjamin Williams
Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Signals & Systems
Student: Yu Zhang
Advisor: Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar
- 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.
ViaCar is an undergraduate design competition sponsored by ViaSat and hosted by UCSD IEEE, based on UC Davis's NatCar competition. Teams must design, build, and race an autonomous car which must follow an 80-meter track marked by 1-inch white tape on dark-colored carpet. Under the tape, there is a wire carrying a 100mA rms 75kHz sinusoidal signal.
- 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.