News: ECE

Radio frequency identification tag

Tech used to thwart shoplifters could help keep buildings safe

Did something move just a hair? Cornell engineers have developed a simple and reliable way to measure it. Researchers have created a radio frequency identification (RFID) system capable of taking high-frequency measurements as small as 50 microns, about two-thirds the width of a human hair. In water, high-frequency 5-micron measurements can be achieved. The resolution is 200 times more accurate than UHF radio measuring capabilities, opening potential applications spanning from safety systems that monitor the structural integrity of buildings and bridges to robotic feedback controls that allow... Read more

Five ECE Faculty win Google Faculty Research Awards

Five ECE faculty have received Google Faculty Research Awards. The program provides unrestricted gifts to support research at institutions around the world, recognizing and supporting world-class faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest. Proposals are categorized into broad research topics. The goal of the Google Faculty Research Awards program is to identify and strengthen long-term collaborative relationships with faculty working on problems that will impact how future generations use technology. The five award recipients from ECE are: Jayadev Acharya, assistant... Read more

Cornell ECE ranked among best in U.S. News grad school rankings

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Cornell University is once again ranked among the top ten graduate schools according to U.S. News & World Report . Cornell ECE has maintained its rank of No. 9 in the nation in the fields of both electrical engineering and computer engineering . The fields are ranked by engineering school department heads. As a whole, Cornell University was ranked #14 in Best Engineering Schools . Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. U.S.... Read more

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Cornell Engineering among best in U.S. News grad school rankings

Cornell Engineering ranks #14 among engineering colleges in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 12, 2019. Cornell also ranked highly in 11 specialty rankings: #12 Aerospace Engineering #03 Biological/Agricultural Engineering #14 Biomedical Engineering #18 Chemical Engineering #11 Civil Engineering #09 Computer Engineering #09 Electrical Engineering #10 Environmental Engineering #09 Industrial/Systems Engineering #08 Materials Engineering #08 Mechanical Engineering Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted... Read more

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Today’s Data Science: Expectations and Constraints

Human expectations from modern data science and machine learning systems are growing. We demand results: as fast as possible; using as little data as possible; in as little space as possible; with as little communication with other entities as possible; leaking as little personal information as possible; and importantly, as accurately as possible. These constraints, however, are often at odds with each other. A system that provides strong privacy guarantees might require more data and computation, and a system that uses little data might require more computation. In spite of many success... Read more

Zhiru Zhang and other attendees of the ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays

Zhang group receives Best Paper Award 

Prof. Zhiru Zhang and his co-authors Yi-Hsiang Lai, Yuze Chi, Yuwei Hu, Jie Wang, Cody Hao Yu, Yuan Zhou, and Prof. Jason Cong have received the Best Paper Award at the 27th ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays held in Seaside, CA, February 24-26, 2019. Their paper, "HeteroCL: A Multi-Paradigm Programming Infrastructure for Software-Defined Reconfigurable Computing" results from a collaborative project between Prof. Zhang’s research group at Cornell and Prof. Cong’s group at UCLA. HeteroCL is a highly productive programming infrastructure for heterogeneous... Read more

Six assistant professors win NSF early-career awards

Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 “to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education,” according to the NSF website. The five assistant professors are: Jayadev Acharya , electrical and computer engineering; Siddhartha Banerjee , operations research and information engineering; Christina Delimitrou , electrical and computer engineering; Nathan Kallus , operations research and information engineering at Cornell Tech; Karola Mészáros , mathematics... Read more

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Soft Robot Design

A Cornell team of researchers—Robert Shepherd and Hadas Kress-Gazit, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Amit Lal, Electrical and Computer Engineering—are advancing a new class of motors for soft robots. These motors are based on the electrically driven pumping of liquid. Called HASELs (hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuators), they have the potential to enable practical and useful soft robots for safe interactions with humans. HASELs represent the first electrostatic soft actuators that are stable and useful enough for broad adoption by experts and non-experts alike... Read more

Rembrandt’s Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses (1653) Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paper trail: how watermarks illuminate Rembrandt's creative process

Original article from The Art Newspaper , February 2019 By Nancy Kenney The Art Newspaper is the journal of record for the visual arts world, covering international news and events. The WIRE Project at Cornell uniting art history and engineering students was co-directed by C. Richard Johnson Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Andrew Weislogel, The Seymour R. Askin, Jr. '47 Curator, Earlier European and American Art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum . Three and a half centuries after Rembrandt’s death, questions persist about his creative... Read more