News: ECE

Announcing the 2020 ECE Outstanding Thesis Research Awards

The annual award is typically given to one graduating Ph.D. student from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, based on the significance of their doctoral research. This year, two winners were honored, each receiving a $1500.00 cash award. Yingjie Bi‘s thesis focuses on the theory of nonconvex optimization. His research proposes new methods to analyze the performance of algorithms for solving nonconvex optimization problems. His faculty advisor is Kevin Tang. “My research could potentially help people to design better algorithms for nonconvex problems raised in many fields such as... Read more

ECE research groups among Scale-Up Award winners

By: Eric Laine

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the annual Scale-Up and Prototyping Awards, which give teams of engineering faculty and students up to $40,000 to commercialize startup technologies that might otherwise have trouble obtaining funding. ECE faculty members Khurram Afridi, Huili Grace Xing, and Debdeep Jena lead two of the four winning teams. Read more

DeathStarBench receives IEEE Micro Top Pick Award

DeathStarBench, an open-source benchmark suite for microservices from Prof. Christina Delimitrou’s group has received an IEEE Micro Top Pick Award for the most significant papers based on novelty and long-term impact from the architecture conferences of 2019. Delimitrou's students Yu Gan and Yanqi Zhang were co-authors on the paper. It describes the system implications of cloud microservices, and presents DeathStarBench, a set of representative end-to-end cloud and IoT applications built with microservices. Delimitrou, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads a group... Read more

ECE Assistant Professor Mert Sabuncu among NSF early career award recipients

By: Melanie Lefkowitz

Sabuncu’s award will fund the development of new machine learning-based tools to analyze brain images, which are complex and challenging to interpret. The project will advance existing artificial intelligence research to address large-scale image analysis. The new tools will then be used to map genetic effects on human brain morphology in UK Biobank data. Sabuncu will also develop relevant educational material for a range of audiences. Read more

ECE Professor Qing Zhao honored with appointment to Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society

Qing Zhao, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering & Director of Graduate Studies for ECE, has been named to the 2020 Class of Distinguished Lecturers by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). She is among a select group of only five professors to be so honored from universities in the United States and around the world. The IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer Program gives IEEE Chapters access to well-known educators and authors in the fields of signal processing who are available to lecture at Chapter meetings. While many IEEE Societies have similar programs, the SPS provides a... Read more

New publication introduces a circuits model for a proposed spin-based device

The paper is published in the IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits, which supports research in solid-state circuits using exploratory materials and devices for energy efficient computation beyond standard CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology. Physics Professor Daniel Ralph and ECE professors Debdeep Jena, Alyosha Molnar, Alyssa Apsel and Huili Grace Xing, along with undergraduate research assistant Felicia Guo, are co-authors. Afuye works in ECE Director Alyssa Apsel’s research group investigating new approaches to cost-effective... Read more

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Video: Cornell Maker Club empowers cross-disciplinary learning

In a new video, members of the Cornell Maker Club describe how having access to a space stocked with state-of-the-art equipment enhances their educational experience in Cornell Engineering. Thanks to Michael Xiao ‘19, Emma Vedock-Gross ‘20 and Akugbe Imudia ‘22 for speaking with us about how they utilize the maker spaces in Phillips Hall. Special thanks to David H. Ahl '60 and the Hui Family whose gifts and support helped create these valuable spaces for students. Read more

Students demonstrate magnetism concepts

Graduate student projects demonstrate magnetism concepts to visiting high-schoolers

The fair was organized by El-Ghazaly along with Kurt Sarsfield, Assistant Director of Cornell’s Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP), a program of the NYS Department of Education designed to promote postsecondary degree programs in scientific, technical, health-related fields, and the licensed professions to middle and high school students. The event, which took place Saturday December 7 in Duffield Hall Atrium, invited curious and eager students to experience magnetism concepts through working magnetics demonstrations built by Cornell graduate students. El-Ghazaly had challenged her... Read more

Crowds watch ECE students compete at Robotics Day

ECE robotics teams thrill crowds at annual event

More than 100 engineering students let off some end-of-semester steam and tried not to blow any gaskets at the annual Robotics Day competition Dec. 10 in Duffield Hall atrium. The day kicked off with the “Robotic Maze Runners” morning competition. Each round featured four robots equipped with sensors and navigation algorithms that were placed in a 9-by-9-foot  maze. Over the course of six minutes, the robots attempted to map the maze by following a grid of white lines while avoiding walls and other robots. The information each robot recorded was then transmitted wirelessly to a base station... Read more

ECE faculty members receive Research Excellence Awards

Since 2015, the awards have recognized the importance of leadership in innovative research in the categories of assistant, associate, and full professors. The 2020 recipients included two ECE faculty members: Assistant Professor Mert Sabuncu and David E. Burr Professor of Engineering Debdeep Jena (nominated as an MSE faculty member). Mert directs a research program that is situated at the intersection of image processing and machine learning, with an application focus in healthcare and neuroscience. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award (2018) and the NIH Early Career Development Award... Read more