News: ECE

Alum William Johnson receives Naval Submarine League Distinguished Civilian Award

On November 8, 2018, William (Bill) Johnson B.S. EE '70, M.Eng. EE '75 was awarded the Naval Submarine League’s Distinguished Civilian Award at the NSL 36th Annual Symposium. The Distinguished Civilian award is presented annually to select individuals whose work has been of significant importance to the Submarine Force. Awardees accomplishments must result in a clearly identifiable contribution to the submarine program which must represent a breakthrough directed at, and important to, one or more aspects of the submarine program. Mr. Johnson is widely recognized as the “Father” and Chief... Read more

Jayadev Acharya

Acharya receives NSF CAREER Award

Jayadev Acharya, Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, recently received a U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Award from the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). The award supports his research proposal on “Statistical Inference Under Information Constraints: Efficient Algorithms and Fundamental Limits” for a five-year period from 2019 through 2024 with a total amount of $552,654. “Consider an app on a mobile device,” says Acharya. “We would like it to be small in size (takes... Read more

G. Edward Sue

G. Edward Suh promoted to Full Professor

ECE’s Gookwon Edward Suh has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor following approval from the Cornell University Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2019. Suh joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2007. His research group works on all aspects of computer architecture with a focus on the design of efficient (high-performance, low-energy) and secure computing systems. The group is part of the Computer Systems Laboratory at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering . Suh is interested in combining... Read more

Opinion: Kids Shouldn’t Have to Sacrifice Privacy for Education

Dipayan Ghosh is a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jim Steyer is the chief executive and founder of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving media and entertainment for families. "This year, the media has exposed — and the government, including through guidance issued by the F.B.I. has begun to address — a string of harms to individual privacy by the technology sector’s leading firms. But policymakers must intervene specifically to protect the most precious and vulnerable people in our society: children. Their behavioral data is... Read more

Students gather around the six playing fields during the "Cube Craze" competition in Duffield Hall.

Robotics Day attracts scores to Duffield atrium

By Tom Fleischman, Cornell Chronicle With the addition this year of a few twists and turns, the end-of-semester robotics competition grew into a daylong showcase in Duffield Hall atrium. “I love that we have reached critical mass in robotics at Cornell to host such events, and we hope to make it a bigger communitywide event moving forward,” said Kirstin Petersen, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), whose Intelligent Physical Systems course held a maze exploration competition as part of Robotics Day, Dec. 4. Petersen’s class held its competition in the morning and... Read more

Kevin Lee

Ph.D. student Kevin Lee wins award at international conference

Kevin Lee (Cornell ECE) presenting his research on blue LED based quantum emitters for which he was awarded the Student Award at IWN 2018 in Japan. Kevin Lee, a Ph.D. student from the Jena-Xing Group recently received a student award at the 10th International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors (IWN) in Kanazawa, Japan. Lee’s presentation was entitled "Comparison of Standard P-up and Buried Tunnel Junction Blue Light Emitting Diodes towards Integrated Single Photon Sources". In collaboration with Prof. Gregory David Fuchs in the department of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell... Read more

Brad Lehman (Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics), Minjie Chen, Khurram Afridi, and Henry Chung (Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Power Electronics Letters).

Afridi wins Paper Award for Multitrack Power Conversion Architecture

The paper introduces a Multitrack power conversion architecture that represents a new way of combining switched capacitor circuits and magnetics. The Multitrack architecture takes advantages of the distributed power processing concept and a hybrid switched-capacitor/magnetics circuit structure. It reduces the voltage ratings on devices, reduces the voltage regulation stress of the system, improves the component utilization, and reduces the sizes of passive components. This architecture is suitable for dc-dc and grid-interface applications that require both isolation and wide voltage conversion... Read more

Professors Jena, Xing and Zhao

Jena, Xing and Zhao elected endowed chairs

Debdeep Jena Debdeep Jena, Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, was elected the David E. Burr Professor of Engineering, effective November 1, 2018. Jena joined Cornell in 2015 as a Richard E. Lunquist Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow with a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Material Science and Engineering. Prior to that, he was a professor at the University of Notre Dame from 2003 to 2014. Jena received the B. Tech. degree with a major in... Read more

Lindsay France/Cornell Brand Communications Professor C. Richard Johnson discusses the use of X-rays and algorithms to analyze works of art in his Nov. 9 talk at the A.D. White House.

Johnson details computational art history techniques

Original story from the Cornell Chronicle By Catie Rencricca Chloe Kanders | November 14, 2018 Johnson, the Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering and the Jacobs Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, developed a process using digital imaging to address questions in art history scholarship. He is credited with creating the field of computational art history. “You become a detective,” he said. “The art historical questions are often linked to artist’s intent, and... Read more

The Cerebro Team at Big Red Hacks

ECE, CS M.Eng. Students win in Big Red Hacks

The event is Cornell University’s collegiate hackathon. Across three days, from October 19-21, 2018 students from across the country gathered in Cornell’s Physical Science Building to build innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win prizes from sponsors. The team won The Johnny B. Goode Hack To The Future Prize, awarded for the hack that best embodies the theme of this year's hackathon, #HackToTheFuture. Anirudh Raghavendra (ECE, M.Eng.), Karthik Dasaraju (ECE, M.Eng.), Gururaj Bhupal (ECE, M.Eng.) and Vivek R. Chettiar (CS, M.Eng.) created the project, “Cerebro”, a device a user wears... Read more