News: ECE

Thomas Parks

Remembering Thomas Parks, Emeritus Professor

Thomas Parks, emeritus professor of electrical and computer engineering, passed away on December 24, 2020 at the age of 81. He was a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a recipient of the prestigious IEEE Jack S. Kilby Gold Medal for his work on interpolation and the 'Parks-McClellan algorithm.' In 2010, Parks was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, honored for "contributions to digital filter design, fast computation of Fourier transforms and education." “In addition to his impressive accomplishments, he was an excellent colleague,” said... Read more

Christina Delimitrou

Delimitrou receives Intel Rising Star Faculty Award

Christina Delimitrou, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a recipient of Intel’s 2020 Rising Star Faculty Award. She is one of only ten researchers recognized by Intel for work building disruptive computing technology. The program is designed to foster long-term collaborative relationships with senior technical leaders at Intel. Delimitrou has developed cluster management systems that introduced a new data-driven approach in cloud management which have been adopted by companies like Twitter and AT&T. Leaders at Intel say she has identified the next big challenge for... Read more

Yingjie Bi Ph.D. '20 wins student paper prize

Yingjie Bi Ph.D. '20 is the winner of the 2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize. The paper, titled "Duality gap estimation via a refined Shapley-Folkman lemma," addresses an important question in optimization: estimating the duality gap for optimization problems with a nonconvex, separable objective. The paper was co-authored by Bi’s Cornell advisor, A. Kevin Tang, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and formed the first part of Bi's Ph.D. dissertation. It introduces new concepts, such as the k-th convex hull, which considerably refine the Shapley-Folkman lemma.... Read more

ECE Faculty Receive College of Engineering Teaching Awards

Professor Aaron Wagner and Assistant Professor Francesco Monticone were honored for their exceptional teaching at last month’s New Faculty Reception, held virtually for the first time. The teaching awards recognize outstanding individual efforts as well as work done to advance and modernize curricula within ECE. We are proud to share details of their awards, including comments from some of their students. Aaron Wagner received the Ralph S. Watts '72 Award. He led the charge to fundamentally change the ECE sophomore and junior level curricula, and developed a brand new course, Data Science for... Read more

Tomatoes growing on vines

Cornell researchers will use artificial intelligence to develop next generation food systems

The AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems, established in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, aims to meet growing food supply demands by using AI and bioinformatics to increase efficiencies across the entire food production system, from growing crops through consumption. Qing Zhao, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering, is leading the Cornell team, with co-principal investigators Jayadev Acharya, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Martin Wiedmann, professor in the Department of Food... Read more

El-Ghazaly named a 2020-21 Faculty Fellow in Engaged Learning

Amal El-Ghazaly, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among 20 faculty members named Engaged Faculty Fellows. She is developing a new course to assist new Ph.D. students in their transition to Cornell with the goal of strengthening the community and increasing retention for Ph.D. students from underrepresented minority groups. The course, titled Succeeding in the Graduate Environment, will introduce students to on-campus resources and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in research, academia and their future careers. El-Ghazaly, who joined the ECE faculty in... Read more

Welcome ECE students!

Video from ECE faculty welcomes students to “this semester like no other”

ECE faculty welcome new and returning students. Stay connected and reach out if you have questions, or if you need someone to talk to. And please wear your mask and follow social distancing guidelines! Special thanks to the faculty members who donated their time to help create this video: Alyssa Apsel, Jayadev Acharya, Chris Batten, Amal El-Ghazaly, Debdeep Jena, José Martínez, Al Molnar, Francesco Monticone, Kirstin Petersen, Edward Suh, Stephen Wicker and Grace Xing. ECE 2020 Welcome — A semester like no other {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview... Read more

Zhiru Zhang gives a conference talk

Zhiru Zhang receives Facebook AI Systems Award

Zhiru Zhang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a $50,000 award from Facebook Research for his proposal titled “Algorithm-Systems Co-Optimization for Near-Data Graph Learning.” Facebook launched the AI Systems Hardware/Software Co-Design request for proposals (RFP) at the Machine Learning and Systems conference last March. This research award program is aimed at strengthening ties with academics working in the wide range of AI hardware and algorithm co-design research. “We received 132 proposals from 74 universities, which was an increase from last year’s... Read more