News: ECE

Eight grants focus on innovation in China

The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty. The winning projects were selected from among 34 proposals submitted by faculty leaders across 47 departments, centers and programs in Cornell’s colleges and schools. “We are excited about the potential for these projects to have far-reaching impact in and for China,” said Ying Hua, director of the Cornell China Center. “The grants will jump-start exciting, collaborative research, and help showcase Cornell and Cornell scholars in China.” Research teams were required to include... Read more

Vital signs without handling or animal prep

Paulin Jirkof & Petra Seebeck Lab Animal volume 48, pages 144–145 (2019) The assessment of physiological parameters, such as respiration rate, heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature, is crucial in small animal veterinary practice and for many animal experiments. Monitoring vital signs is important during anesthesia as well as the post-surgical recovery phase, and the measurements can be used to detect cardiovascular diseases or to assess experimental treatments, e.g. during drug discovery and testing. Physiological parameters are also relevant for refinement research, as changes in... Read more

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Cornell named to Top Ten Best Robotics Colleges

Students studying robotics at Cornell University can learn about various facets of Robotics – including perception, learning, control, and human-robot interaction. The team utilizes several robots for research and learning purposes: aerial robots, humanoids, office and home assistant robots, and autonomous cars, among others. Click here to read the full article and listing. Read more

Cornell, Air Force to study ‘disruptive material’ in new center

A new center established by Cornell and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) aims to discover the atomic secrets of beta-gallium oxide, a promising new material that has piqued the interest of engineers for its potential to allow electronic devices to handle dramatically more power. Sixteen members of the AFRL joined researchers at Cornell March 7 during a daylong kickoff event for the AFRL-Cornell Center for Epitaxial Solutions (ACCESS). The center is made possible by a three-year, $3 million grant from AFRL with additional funds from Cornell and an option for a two-year extension. “The... Read more

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. News... 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