Student Awards and News
IEEE Intelligent Systems, a top-ranked AI publication, has included a special section in its July/August 2011 issue which will feature ten inaugural AI Hall of Fame winners. Based on his seminal contributions to AI, Professor Judea Pearl has been selected as one of those ten AI pioneers. This recognition is also a celebration of AI as a community and an inspiration for future AI researchers.
CS Department students Jong Hoon Ahnn, Uichin Lee and Hyun Jin Moon have received the CCGrid 2011 Best Paper Award for "GeoServ: A Distributed Urban Sensing Platform." When making this award, the selection committee considered innovation, potential impact, and overall presentation. Ahnn, Lee and Moon are working together on the GeoServ project as part of Professor Mario Gerla's CS218 class.
Professor Jason Cong and his former Ph.D. student Dr. Eugene Ding (now with Xilinx) received this year's ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation at the opening session of the 48th Design Automation Conference. The award was given for "pioneering work on technology mapping for FPGA that has made a significant impact on the FPGA research community and industry," as evidenced by a paper published at least ten years prior to the award. Prof. Cong and Dr. Ding are honored for their paper "FlowMap: An Optimal Technology Mapping Algorithm for Delay Optimization in Lookup-Table Based FPGA Designs" (IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, vol 13, no. 1, pp. 1-12, January 1994).
Todd Millstein and Rupak Majumdar have received the ACM SIGPLAN Most Influential PLDI (Programming Language Design and Implementation) Paper Award for 2011. The award is given each year for a paper that is ten years old and has been highly influential in the area of programming languages. Their 2001 paper, "Automatic Predicate Abstraction of C Programs," was coauthored with Thomas Ball and Sriram Rajamani from Microsoft Research.
2011 Student Awards:
Vladimir Braverman: Google Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (advisor Rafail Ostrovsky)
Dan He: Northrup-Grumman Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (advisor Eleazar Eskin)
Navid Amini: Symantec Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (advisor Majid Sarrafzadeh)
Bin Liu: Cisco Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (advisor Jason Cong)
Manu Jose: Outstanding Masters Graduate (advisor Rupak Majumdar)
Vladimir Braverman: Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate (advisor Rafail Ostrovksy)
A team from UCLA and UIUC has won a Best Paper Award for the collaborative Multilevel Granularity Parallelism Synthesis on FPGAs. The paper, authored by A. Papakonstantinou, Y. Liang, J. Stratton, K. Gururaj, D. Chen, W. M. Hwu, and J. Cong, was selected out of 120 submissions to the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines.
This work (code-named FCUDA-II) offers an advanced modeling and search engine in the multi-granularity parallelism design space to map CUDA kernels to FPGAs. It combines resource/period/latency modeling with a theoretically optimal yet efficient search algorithm to identify the best combination of various parallelism/design parameters in a short period of time. It offers up to 7x speedup in terms of performance compared to the original FCUDA work (which received the Best Paper Award at SASP 2009). The collaboration between researchers from UCLA and UIUC has been very successful.
UCLA's CSD research team members Guojie Luo, Bingjun Xiao and Professor Jason Cong, and Purdue's Kalliopi Tsota have won second place in the routability-driven placement contest held during the 2011 International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). Their second-place win was for the development of the placement algorithm "mPL11."
First-year Ph.D. student Beayna Grigorian (advisor Glenn Reinman) has been selected to receive a 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The selection was based on Beayna's outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.
Our congratulations to Professor Jennifer Wortman Vaughan. Jennifer is the recipient of a 2010 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her research on Learning- and Incentives-Based Techniques for Aggregating Community-Generated Data.
The CAREER Award is NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Graduate student Donnie Kim (advisor, Deborah Estrin) is one of 27 students selected by Intel to receive its Ph.D. Fellowship Award for 2010. This prestigious award recognizes Fellowship recipients as being tops in their areas of research.
Intel participates in a wide array of education-related programs whose goals are to improve the quality of education and train students to be future technology leaders. Intel's Ph.D. Fellowship program focuses on research in Intel's technical areas: hardware systems technology and design, software technology and design and semiconductor technology and manufacturing.
You can read more about this here.
The Rafail Ostrovsky, Vipul Goyal, Nishanth Chandran and Ran Gelles paper, Position-Based Quantum Cryptography: Impossibility and Constructions, has been selected as a "plenary talk" for the 2011 Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Workshop (to be held January 2011). This paper was one of three papers selected for plenary talks—out of 183 that were submitted for consideration.
Congratulations to Professor Rupak Majumdar and coauthors Indranil Saha (CS Department) and Adolfo Anta and Paulo Tabuada (EE Department). Their paper, "Automatic Verification of Control System Implementations," was awarded the ACM Sigbed Best Paper Award at the 2010 International Conference on Embedded Software (EMSOFT) held in October 2010.
Ph.D. students Bin Liu and Yi Zou (advisor Jason Cong) were the first-place winners at ICCAD's CADathlon held on November 9, 2010. Two teams from the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley shared second-place.
The CADathlon challenges students in their knowledge of CAD, and their problem-solving, programming and teamwork skills. It also serves as an innovative way to promote the development of top students in the EDA field.
A UCLA-led consortium of five UC schools and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has received a three-year $9.9M grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The effort, "Variations in Care: Comparing Heart Failure Case Transition Intervention Effects," will research the use of wireless and telephone care management to reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
The UC consortium includes Los Angeles, Davis, Irvine, San Diego, and San Francisco. Our UCLA team includes the Geffen School of Medicine (M. Ong, C. Mangione, J. Escarce, G. Fonarow), School of Nursing (L. Evangelista), School of Dentistry (H. Liu), and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (Majid Sarrafzadeh, co-director of the Wireless Health Institute).
As part of the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) program, the National Science Foundation has awarded a 2010 three-year, up-to-$8M grant to UCLA (and collaborating universities) for support of the Named Data Networking (NDN) project. The goal of FIA awards is to help develop new ideas and innovations toward the development of a more robust, secure and reliable Internet.
NDN will be under the direction of UCLA principal investigator Lixia Zhang. Collaborating institutions are Colorado State Univ., Palo Alto Research Center, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, UC Irvine, Univ. of Memphis, UC San Diego, Washington Univ., and Yale Univ.
The proposed NDN architecture will move the Internet's communication paradigm from today's focus on "where" (i.e., addresses, servers, and hosts) to "what" (i.e., the content that users and applications care about). By naming data instead of location, NDN will transform data into a first-class entity.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year $12.5M grant to UCLA for support of the MOBILIZE project (Mobilizing for Innovative Computer Science Teaching and Learning). MOBILIZE will develop and deploy challenging and engaging hands-on computer science projects and curricula using new participatory sensing technologies in high school computer science, mathematics, and science courses.
MOBILIZE will be under the direction of PI Deborah Estrin (Computer Science) and co-PIs Athaur Ullah (LAUSD), Jane Margolis (Education & Information Studies), Jody Priselac (Mathematics), and Mark Hansen (Statistics).
The MOBILIZE team will work with "Center X" of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Center X (Research & Practice for Urban School Professionals) is an umbrella organization for teacher education and professional development.
Professor Petros Faloutsos's co-authored paper, "On Power-Law Relationships of the Internet Topology," has received the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award for 2010. The paper, published in 1999, was authored by brothers Michalis Faloutsos (UCR), Petros Faloutsos (UCLA), and Christos Faloutsos (CMU). Citeseer reports the paper as the 4th most sited of all papers published in1999.
The ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award recognizes papers that were published 10 to 12 years in the past in the Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM sponsored conference, and are considered outstanding papers whose contents still make vital and useful contributions to science and technology.
The Test of Time Award was presented at SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi, India.
Professor Jason Cong is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Circuits and System (CAS) Society Technical Achievement Award. This award honors individuals whose exceptional technical contributions to a field within the scope of the CAS Society have been consistently evident over a period of years.
Professor Cong's award reads: "For seminal contributions to electronic design automation, especially in FPGA synthesis, VLSI interconnect
optimization, and physical design automation." He will receive this award at the IEEE International SoC Conference on 27 September 2010.
The Cognitive Science Society has announced that Professor Judea Pearl is a recipient of the 2010 Rumelhart Prize for his leading research in artificial intelligence and systems that reason plausibly from uncertain evidence. Professor Pearl's work on graphical models addresses one of the deepest challenges in philosophy and science: the dynamics of beliefs and the analysis of causality.
The Rumelhart Prize is awarded annually to an individual (or collaborative team) making a significant and contemporary contribution to the theoretical foundations of human cognition.
Outstanding Graduate Student Awards for 2010
Google Award: Knot Pipatsrisawat (advisor Adnan Darwiche)
Northrup-Grumman Award: Nils Homer (advisors Eleazar Eskin and Stan Nelson)
Symantec Award: Alireza Vahdatpour (advisor Majid Sarrafzadeh)
Cisco Award: Hyduke Noshadi (advisor Majid Sarrafzadeh)
Department Award—Outstanding Masters Graduate: Trevor Standley (advisor Rich Korf)
Department Award—Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate: Knot Pipatsrisawat (advisor Adnan Darwiche)
UCLA's Eli Gafni and Hebrew University's Danny Dolev will be honored at this year's Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC) to be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 25-28 July 2010. Their work in distributed computing will be highlighted in a two-hour, eight-speaker program entitled "Landmarks in Distributed Computing: Celebrating the Research of Dolev and Gafni." In conjunction with this tribute to their work, the program will also celebrate Eli's and Danny's 60th birthday.
(The annual PODC symposium is sponsored by ACM, SIGACT, and SIGOPS. For more information:http://www.podc.org/podc2010/main.shtml)
Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships for 2010 have been awarded to CSD Ph.D. students Taehee Lee and Teresa Ko (advisors Stefano Soatto and Deborah Estrin). Qualcomm fellowship awards of $50K per student were made to six two-person teams. Lee and Ko received fellowships based on the presentation of their proposal "Object-Level Mapping, Localization and Change Detection on Mobile Platforms."
You can read more about this here.
Professor Leonard Kleinrock will receive a Doctor Scientiarum Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate of Science) from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. This is being awarded in recognition of Len's seminal work on Internet communication and his contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks. The bestowal ceremony will be held in Haifa, Israel, in June 2010.
Professor John Cho's 1999 paper, "Evolution of the Web and Implications for an Incremental Crawler" has received a "ten-year award" from the 2010 International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB). The paper was co-authored with Hector Garcia-Molina while Professor Cho was at Stanford, and was published in the Proceedings of the 2000 International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB). John is invited to give a keynote talk at this year's conference in Singapore on 16 September 2010.
This paper can be found at: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=671679
Deborah Estrin, director of the department's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, is a recipient of Google's new "Focused Research Award." In February 2010, Google made these awards to 12 projects at ten U.S. universities. Awards are for two to three years, and recipients will have the advantage of access to Google's tools, technologies and expertise.
Professor Rupak Majumdar is the recipient of a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship for 2010. These fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of exceptional young scientists and scholars, and Rupak is one of the five UCLA scholars to receive the 2010 award. Rupak's research spans the spectrum of formal verification techniques -- from theoretical foundations in logic and automata theory to practical software tools that systematically analyze thousands of lines of code for errors or proofs of correct behavior.
Professor Leonard Kleinrock is the recipient of the international 2010 Dan David Prize (Tel Aviv Univ., Israel).
As one of this year's six laureates, he is being honored for his "seminal research contributions in communications networks, establishing the fundamental principles upon which many of the most important aspects of information communication and the Internet are based."
A prize of $1 million is awarded in each of the following three fields, with recipients in these fields donating 10% of their prize money toward doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships:
Past: March Towards Democracy
Present: Literature--Rendition of the 20th Century
Future: Computer and Telecommunications
Leonard shares the Computer and Telecommunications prize with Prof. Michael Rabin (Harvard and USA/Hebrew University, Israel), and Dr. Gordon Moore (Moore's Law). Laureates will be honored at a ceremony on May 9, 2010, at Tel Aviv University in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres.
Adjunct Professor Alan Kay has received an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the University of Murcia, Spain, for his contributions to the development of the personal computer and object-oriented programming. Alan received his award in Murcia, Spain, on January 28, 2010.
Professor Deborah Estrin has been honored with a 2009 election to the National Academy of Engineering for her "pioneering design and application of heterogeneous wireless sensing systems for environmental monitoring." Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Professor Amit Sahai's recent paper (with Vipul Goyal and Yi Deng) entitled "Resolving the Simultaneous Resettability Conjecture and a New Non-Black-Box Simulation Strategy" has been selected for a special journal issue of SICOMP that will feature the best papers from the 2009 IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.
Additionally, this month Amit was a keynote speaker (a tutorial on zero-knowledge proofs) at the 12th Annual International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology (ISISC) held in Seoul, Korea.
In November 2009, graduate students Kirill (Cory) Minkovich and Alex Shkapsky were jointly awarded the Northrup-Grumman Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award for their selfless contributions to the Computer Science Department, which included their work with the Graduate Student Committee and the graduate student mentoring program.
Professor Milos Ercegovac has received the 2009 Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is based on the quality of classroom teaching, contributions to curriculum development, high personal and professional standards, and high scores on student teaching evaluations.
Professor Mario Gerla, and to Kyushu Institute of Technology professors Dirceu Cavendish, M. Tsuru and Y. Oie, and graduate student K. Kumazoe. "CapStart: An Adaptive TCP Slow Start for High Speed Networks" was awarded Best Paper at Internet 2009 in Cannes, France, in August 2009.
Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh, students Myung-kyung Suh, Kyujoong Lee, and Alfred Heu, and postdoc Ani Nahapetian have received a Best Paper award for "Bayesian Networks-Based Interval Training Guidance System for Cancer Rehabilitation." This paper will be presented at the International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services, October 26-29, 2009, in San Diego CA.
UCLA and UIUC authors A. Papakonstantinou, K. Gururaj, J.A. Stratton, D. Chen, J. Cong, and W.W. Hwu have received a Best Paper Award for their joint paper, "FCUDA: Enabling Efficient Compilation of CUDA Kernels onto FPGAs." This was presented at the 7th IEEE Symposium on Application Specific
Processors in July 2009.
You can read more about this at: http://cadlab.cs.ucla.edu/~cong/papers/FCUDA_SASP09_CR.pdf
Professor Adnan Darwiche and graduate student Knot Pipatsrisawat have received a Best Student Paper award for "On the Power of Clause-Learning SAT Solvers with Restarts." Their paper will be presented at the 15th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 Outstanding Ph.D and Master's Awards
Sung Hee Lee: Outstanding Ph.D. student (advisor Demetri Terzopoulos)
Albert Liu: Outstanding master's student (advisor Jason Cong)
2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Awards from Industry
Vipul Goyal (advisor Rafail Ostrovsky): Google
Sung Hee Lee (advisor Demetri Terzopoulos): Northrop Grumman
Dan Marino (advisor Todd Millstein): Semantec
Ricardo Oliveira (advisor Lixia Zhang): Cisco
Chancellor's Professor Demetri Terzopoulos is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship -- awarded to individuals who have shown "stellar achievement and exceptional promise for continued accomplishment." This fellowship will support Demetri's continuing work in realistic human simulation -- an area in which he has made important advances during the past decade.
You can read more about this at: http://www.engineer.ucla.edu/news/2009/guggenheim_terzopolous.htm
Professor Eleazar Eskin received the Sloan Research Fellowship for 2009 for his work in the field of molecular biology. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to exceptional young researchers conducting research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience.
You can read more about this at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-scientists
Professor Lixia Zhang received the IEEE Internet Award for 2009, which is presented for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology for network architecture, mobility and/or end-use applications. Lixia's quotation reads: “For contributions toward an understanding of the complex interactions between Internet components and the development of the Internet architecture.”
You can read more about this at http://www.ieee.org/portal/pages/about/awards/sums/internet.html
Leonard Kleinrock has been awarded the 2008 National Medal of Science Award for “fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, for the functional specification of packet switching which is the foundation of the Internet Technology, for mentoring generations of students, and for leading the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world.”
This is the nation’s highest scientific honor and Professor Kleinrock will be presented with the medal at a White House ceremony in September 2008. He is the second faculty member from the School of Engineering, and the tenth from UCLA to receive this distinction.
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Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh and students Foad Dabiri, Alireza Vahdatpour, Hyduke Noshadi and Hagop Hagopian have received a best-paper award for their paper, "Ubiquitous Personal Assistive System for Neuropathy". The paper was presented at the 2nd ACM International Workshop on Systems and Networking Support for Healthcare and Assisted Living Environments (HealthNet 2008).
Professor Jason Cong has just been named an ACM Fellow for his "contributions to electronic design automation" and Adjunct Professor Alan Kay has been named an ACM Fellow for his "fundamental contributions to personal computing and object-oriented programming." Both awards are for 2008.
More details on the ACM news release can be found at: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/fellows-2008/
Professor Boris Kogan and coauthor Richard Samade received a Best Paper Award for their paper "Defibrillation Failure and Tachycardia-Induced Early Afterdepolarizations: A Simulation Study." This paper was presented at the International Conference on Computational Biology held in October 2008 and was selected for the Best Paper Award by the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science.
Professor Deborah Estrin has received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. This honor was conferred on Deborah during the Institute's commencement day ceremony on 4 October 2008.
In November 2008, the IEEE Board of Directors voted to elevate Professor Alan Yuille to IEEE Fellow. His citation will read "for contributions to computer and biological vision, medical image processing and computational theories of cognition." Alan currently holds joint appointments with the Computer Science Department and the Statistics and Psychology departments.
Professor Lixia Zhang has been awarded the IEEE Internet Award for 2009. These awards are given annually for exceptional contributions to the advancement of Internet technology. Lixia's award will read: "For contributions toward an understanding of the complex interactions between Internet components and the development of the Internet architecture."
Professor Song-Chun Zhu is the recipient of the 2008 J. K. Aggarwal Prize for "fundamental and pioneering contributions to a unified foundation for visual pattern conceptualization, modeling, learning, and inference with applications in computer vision and pattern recognition." He will receive his prize at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition in December 2008.
Professor Rafail Ostrovsky, with coauthors Steve Lu and industrial collaborabor, Daniel Manchala (Xerox), received a best-paper award for "Visual Cryptography on Graphs" at the 14th Annual International Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON'2008) held in Dalian, China.
David Smallberg is the recipient of the 2008 Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award. Over the last five years, computer science faculty members have received more teaching awards than any other single department within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Graduate student, Ka Cheung (Richard) Sia (advisor Professor John Cho), is the winner of the first-place graduate student award in this year's UCSD data mining competition (held March 25th to June 15th). This competition offers individuals a chance to test their data mining skills on a real-world data set. The competition, held annually, is open to all students, post-docs, and "interested parties." This year, over 100 teams participated in the competition.
Foad Dabiri (advisor Majid Sarrafzadeh) has been selected to receive the 2008 Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. This award honors the achievements of a distinguished doctoral student in the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic excellence, research contributions and service to the school, university or community.
Professor Todd Millstein, with coauthors Nupur Kothari and Ramesh Govindan (both USC), received a best paper award for ³Deriving State Machines from TinyOS Programs Using Symbolic Execution² at the 2008 International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IP track), St. Louis, MO.
On May 17, 2008, Professor Judea Pearl received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Chapman University, and also served as the keynote speaker at Chapman's undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Professor Eleazar Eskin has been selected as a 2008 Okawa Foundation Research Grant recipient. Awards are based on the merits of an individual's research efforts in the fields of information and telecommunications. An award ceremony and reception will be held on October 8th at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.
Rafael Laufer, CS Department PhD student (advisor Leonard Kleinrock), is one of four students nationwide to receive the Marconi Society's 2008 Young Scholars Award. Rafael was selected for his outstanding research on Internet security. Recipients of the Young Scholars Award receive financial stipends and are invited to attend the annual Marconi award dinner held this year at the Royal Society in London.
Vinton Cerf, alumnus of the Computer Science Department, has been awarded the 2008 Japan Prize, along with colleague Robert Kahn, for "creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet." The Japan Prize is awarded by the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan and recognizes scientists whose original and outstanding achievements in science and technology have advanced the frontiers of knowledge and been of great service to mankind. Cerf and Kahn created the TCP/IP protocol used in today's Internet that allows computers on different networks to communicate with each other.
Professor Todd Millstein is the recipient of the 2008 IBM Faculty Award. IBM Faculty Awards are a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations; and to promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.
Professor Judea Pearl will bepresented in April with the 2008 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer & Cognitive Science by the Franklin Institute, one of the oldest premier centers of science education and development in the country. Judea is being honored for creating the first general algorithms for computing and reasoning with uncertain evidence, allowing computers to uncover associations and causal connections hidden within millions of observations. The Franklin Institute
Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh and co-authors of "The SmartCane System: An Assistive Device for Geriatrics" received a best-paper award from the 3rd International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets 2008), Tempe AZ, March 2008. This was a joint submission by EE, CS, VA Hospital and School of Medicine. Authors: W.H. Wu, L.K. Au, B. Jordan, T. Stathopoulos, M.A. Batalin, W.J. Kaiser, A. Vahdatpour, M. Sarrafzadeh, M. Fang and J. Chodosh.
A joint CS/EE paper authored by Frank Chang, Jason Cong, Adam Kaplan, Mishali Naik, Glenn Reinman, Eran Socher, and Rocco Tam has received the best paper award from the 14th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) held February 16-20, 2008. This year's symposium received 161 papers, accepted 31, and gave only one best paper award.
This paper, "CMP Network-on-Chip Overlaid With Multi-Band RF-Interconnect," explores the use of multi-band RF interconnect with signal propagation at the speed of light to provide shortcuts in a many-core network-on-chip (NOC) mesh topology.
Professor Amit Sahai's paper "Predicate Encryption Supporting Disjunctions, Polynomial Equations, and Inner Products" (co-authored with Brent Waters and Jonathan Katz) has been selected as one of the top four papers at Eurocrypt 2008. It will be included in a special issue of the Journal of Cryptology dedicated to the best papers from this conference (to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, April 13-17). Eurocrypt is one of the two top conferences in cryptology, and accepts papers related to cryptography, cryptanalysis, and computer security (the acceptance ratio for papers submitted to Eurocrypt 2008).
In recognition of his achievements, 3rd-year graduate student Vipul Goyal has been awarded the highly prestigious Microsoft Graduate Fellowship. In addition to the financial support offered by the fellowship, Vipul will have the opportunity to participate in a 12-week paid research internship for each of the next two years. The fellowship award ceremony will be held at Microsoft Research on March 3, 2008.
Alumnus and adjunct faculty member Leon Alkalai was recently named a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Founded in 1960 by Theodore von Karman, the Academy's goals include fostering the development of astronautics for peaceful purposes, encouraging cooperation in the advancement of aerospace science, and recognizing individuals who have distinguished themselves in a related branch of science or technology. Dr. Alkalai has been with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 18 years and is the manager of JPL's Robotic Lunar Exploration Office.