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Professors David Patterson and Randy Katz are establishing a new research center called RADLab, a laboratory to create core technology for robust, adaptive, distributed systems. It is a burgeoning partnership between the College of Engineering and Google, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems and falls under the CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) umbrella.
UC Berkeley News
NY Times
Mercury News
SF Gate
Oakland Tribune
AP Press
December 16, 2005

Lotfi Zadeh has been selected to be one of the 2006 inductees of "The Silicon Valley Hall of Fame" by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council. The SV Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of engineers who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community. Other EECS inductees include Chang-Lin Tien and Steve Wozniak in 2004, and David Patterson in 2005. >>More
December 12, 2005

Three EECS professors have been elected to IEEE Fellow:

David Culler, for contributions to computing hardware, software and networking support.

Tom Henzinger, for contributions to the verification of real-time and hybrid systems.

Jitendra Malik, for contributions to computer vision and image analysis.
November 15, 2005


Two EECS professors, Umesh Vazirani and Michael Franklin have been elected ACM Fellow. ACM recognizes and honors outstanding members for their achievements in computer science and information technology.


Professor Alan Smith has been awarded the 2006 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award by the IEEE Computer Society for outstanding achievements in the information processing field.


Four members of EECS have received the honor of “unsung hero” by UC Berkeley undergraduates completing the campus-wide UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES) last Spring. Nominees were staff people or instructors who had gone beyond the call of duty to provide them or their fellow students with help in personal or academic matters by extraordinary acts of kindness and dedication that had either rescued them for failure or personal tragedy or transformed their lives.

The four honorees are:

Dr. Dan Garcia, Lecturer
Dr. Sheila Humphreys, Director of Diversity
Meghdad Hajimorad, Graduate Student Instructor
Rajesh Nishtala, Graduate Student Instructor
November 15, 2005

The California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), a multidisciplinary program administered by UC Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies in collaboration with Caltrans will be presenting their projects at the 12th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), November 6-10 in San Francisco. >>More
November 3, 2005

UC Berkeley Computer Science graduate student Cynthia Bruyns is designing a software called Vibration Lab, created to simulate the sound of any percussive instrument, real or imagined, in a computer. Along with applications in electronic music, Cynthia hopes that her software could be used as a tool for real world instrument designers . >>More
October 17, 2005

Paul R. Gray, UC Berkeley's executive vice chancellor and provost and Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, has decided to step down from his position on July 1, 2006, to return to teaching and research in the College of Engineering. >>More
October 11, 2005

In optoelectronics, adjusting the speed of light is part of an effort to overcome a bottleneck in optical communications. Professor Connie Chang-Hasnain's research team has created a device that uses a laser amplifier to slow the speed of light more than one million-fold and has made a dramatic advance to slow light down for applications in speedier communication networks.
Optic Express
UC Newscenter
October 10, 2005

Mike Lieberman has been awarded the 2006 Will Allis Prize for Study of Ionized Gases by The American Physical Society “For his ground-breaking and insightful experimental and theoretical work on the physics of electrical discharges and their applications to plasma processing.”
September 30, 2005

Research on the keyboard sound detection work of Professor Doug Tygar's group was covered in a SF Chronicle article titled “Stealing the Sound of Your Password Cyber-thieves May Learn to 'Hear' Personal Data by Translating the Tapping of Keystrokes.”

The project is part of the UC Berkeley-led Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST), a multi-institution center funded by the National Science Foundation to protect the nation's computer infrastructure from cyberattacks.
UC Newscenter
Scientific American
September 20. 2005

Professor Michael Jordan was named Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for contributions to graphical models and machine learning. The institute fosters the development and dissemination of the theory and applications of statistics and probability.
August 31, 2005

Professor David Wagner was quoted in an Inside Bay Area news article titled, “ E-vote Paper Trail Bill on Governor's Desk,” a proposed bill requiring the use of paper trails for recounting electronic votes.
August 30, 2005

EECS welcomes new faculty for Fall 2005: Maneesh Agrawala, Microsoft Research, visualization, human-computer interaction and graphics; Jose Carmena, Duke University, biomimetic robotics and brain-machine interfaces; Ali Javey, Harvard, nano-electronics; Sanjit Seshia, Carnegie Mellon, dependable computing and computer security; and Claire Tomlin, Stanford, hybrid systems, traffic control and modeling biological cell networks. >>More
August 26, 2005

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