aqualab 2014 1Prof. Fabián Bustamante's AquaLab Labratory has 3 papers accepted at the prestigious ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) 2014 to be held November 5-7 in Vancouver, Canada. The lab's combined contribution comprises more than 10% of the (long) papers accepted at the conference.

The AquaLab members who have authored accepted papers, include EECS Ph.D Students Zach Bischof, John Rula, and Mario Sanchez.

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On Wednesday, July 9, Prof. Allen Taflove was presented with the 2014 IEEE Electromagnetics Award at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium in Memphis, TN.

This IEEE-wide award (a "Technical Field Award") is the most significant annual international recognition in engineering electromagnetics. It consists of a $10,000 prize and an inscribed bronze medal.

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Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor has been named Conference Chair of the Workshop on Defects in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors (WBG), which will be held on Monday, September 23, 2014 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.

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Thrasos Pappas, Professor has been elected to serve as Vice President-Publications of the Signal Processing Society (SPS) of IEEE for a term of three years (2015-17'). As VP-Publications, Prof. Pappas will be chairing the Publications Board of SPS.

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EECS Undergraduate student David Heydari has been awarded an "SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship", for his potential contributions to the field of optics and photonics in the amount of $2,000.

Heydari is conducting research in the Center for Quantum Devices under the direction of Prof. Manijeh Razeghi. His research is focused on the optimization of the quantum cascade laser (QCL), a novel form of semiconductor lasers that have applications in spectroscopy and telecommunications.

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Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor was a Session Chair and an Invited Speaker presenting “High Performance III-Nitride Based Deep UV Photonic Devices on Silicon Substrates”, at the Collaborative Conference on Materials Research (CCMR) 2014, held June 23-27 in Seoul, South Korea.

Prof. Razeghi was also an Invited Speaker for the “Electro-Optical Imaging Systems: Technology and Applications” session and also part of the Scientific Organizing Committee at the at the Sabanci University Microelectronics Workshop, held June 19-20, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. She presented her talk, “Terahertz to Deep UV , Science and Technology for Space Application.”

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Prof. Jason HartlineProf. Nicole Immorlica are Co-Organizers of the Midway Market Design Workshop, taking place on July 9-11, 2014.

The conference will bring together researchers from economics and computer science to study the design of online and offline markets in a variety of settings.

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Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor was an Invited Speaker and Session Chair (“Optoelectronic Devices”) at the 38th Workshop on Compound Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits (WOCSDICE/EXMATEC 2014), held on Monday, June 16, 2014 in Delphi, Greece.

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It was another great year for EECS at the 15th ACM Conference of Economics and Computation (EC '14) and affiliated workshops and meetings, as a total of seven Northwestern affiliated papers were presented at the event, held June 8-12, 2014 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. The conference is the premier event for research at the intersection between computer science and economics.

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The accomplishments in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were celebrated at the 2013-14' EECS Faculty & Student Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Tech L324.

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Angela Jiang (14'), a EECS Senior Undergraduate Computer Science major working with Zach Bischof and Prof. Fabian Bustamante in AquaLab, has a poster accepted for presentation at the ACM SIGCOMM 2014. Their work, entitled "A Cliq of Content Curators", explores a novel approach to building a Reddit like system that protects users from profiling.

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Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the 2013-14' EECS Faculty & Student Awards Ceremony. The event will take place on Friday, June 6, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. in Tech L324.

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Prof. Thrasos Pappas and Prof. Goce Trajcevski are Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs) on a 4-year, $800K grant awarded by the Office on Naval Research for the project, "Cutset Sampling Topologies for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance."

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EECS Graduate Student William Gaviria (P.h.D) has been seleceted to receive the IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Graduate Scholarship for the 2013-14' academic year. The IEEE Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Scholarship Awards Committee of the IEEE Awards Board, granted the prestigious accolade, consisting of a stipend in the amount of $20,000 in tuition to a school of the students choosing for full-time graduate study.

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The  Computational Photography Poster Session is open to the public! Join us Wednesday, June 4, from 1pm - 4pm in the Tech Institute, Main Lobby as 21 students present their quarter projects spanning a variety of topics including: ideas in computer vision, computer graphics, image processing, resolution, dynamic range, defocus/motion blurmotion/defocus deblurring cameras, light field cameras, computational displays, and much more!

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EECS Alum Can Bayram (P.h.D 11') will be joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor, starting in the Fall 2014 semester. He received his PhD degree from Northwestern with a focus on solid state and photonics in 2011, while advised by Prof. Manijeh Razeghi, as a member of the Center for Quantum Devices (CQD).

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EECS Ph.D student Francois Callewaert (17') has been awarded an "SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship", in the amount of $2,000 for travel accomodations to academic conferences.

SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) offers Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships and Travel Scholarships for students located anywhere in the world, from high school (pre-university/secondary) through graduate school and PhD programs, who are studying or planning to study optics, photonics or a related field.

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EECS students turned in a strong showing at the 2014 McCormick Autonomous Robot Design Competition, which took place on Saturday, May 17 at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.

Team Krabby, consisting of EECS Undergraduate students Ji-hoon Kim (14'), Prasanth Bijjam (BS/MS, 14'), and Jahan Alam (ME, 14') were runners up in 2nd place with their design of a six legged hexopod robot called Skynet, which featured built in infared detectors. Also, in 3rd place was team Bananabotz, comprised of EECS Undergraduate students Seth McCammon (15'), Daniel Thirman (15'), Kevin Ye (15'), Georgiy Mazin (15').

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Prof. Manijeh Razeghi provided a Keynote Talk, titled, "A Review on Antimonide-based Semiconductors", on Thursday, May 8,2014 at the SPIE DSS 2014 Conference.

In addition, she was named Session Chair ("Type II Superlattice FPAs I") and had two Invited Papers (Antimonide-based superlattices for LWIR & Type-II superlattices for HOT infrared imagers) at the conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Oliver (Ollie) Cossairt, Lisa Wissner-Slivka and Benjamin Slivka Junior Professor of Computer Science and EECS Student Nathan Matsuda (Ph.D) have earned the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP) Honorable Mention Award for their paper, titled, "Digital Refocusing using Incoherent Holography."

The ICCP 2014 conference was held on May 2-4, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA and is organized with the vision of fostering the community of researchers, from many different disciplines, working on computational photography.

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howard visitor1Prof. Mohamed Chouikha, Chairman of the ECE Department at Howard University was invited to visit Northwestern (along with one of his students) during the TGS Introduction to Graduate Education event on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

The two day long workshop encouraged minority applicants in STEM Sciences to choose NU for their future studies. Under invitation by TGS, EECS was invited to participate and host a mini meeting.

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redesign3A group of EECS students have won the Emerging Underclassman Innovator Award at the RedesigNU: Hackathon held on Wednesday, April 26, 2014.

Team "WuGAS", consisting of Yulun Wu ('17), Greg Chan ('16), Adel Lahlou ('17) and Suhong Jin ('16) collected the $500 prize for best project submitted by a team where each member is an underclassman.

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Brenna D. Argall, Assistant Professor and EECS students Siddarth Jain (PhD), Seth McCammon (undergrad) and Taiwon Chung (undergrad) participated in the Robot Block Party as part of the fifth annual National Robotics Week event held at the Museum of Science & Industry (MSI) on April 5-13, 2014.

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On March 19-20, 2014, Team Wildcats of Northwestern University advanced to the final event of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge--a national competition to develop advanced radio techniques capable of communicating in congested and contested electromagnetic environments without direct coordination or spectrum preplanning.

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EECS hosted the program committee meeting for the 23rd ACM Symposium on High-performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC 14') on March 20-21, 2014 in the Norris Center.

HPDC is the premier annual symposium for presenting the latest research on the design, implementation, evaluation, and the use of parallel and distributed systems for high-end computing. Of the 50 internationally recognized experts on the program committee, over 30 traveled to Evanston to attend in person, with the remainder attending by teleconferencing.

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Prof. Haoqi ZhangProf. Michael Horn's EECS 330 class hosted a Demo Fair, titled, "Human Computer Interaction" on Monday, March 17, 2014 in Hardin Hall.

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henschen-larryEECS Professor Larry Henschen organized and hosted a special gathering featuring twelve Deans of Engineering from Midwest universities held at Northwestern University on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

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, Assistant Chairman & Senior Lecturer is the General Co-Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), which will be held in Chicago, IL on March 31-April 4.

Other EECS faculty members appointed to the Organizing Committee of the conference, include Nikos Hardavellas being Finance Chair and Peter Scheuermann being Tutorial Co-Chair and Xin Chen as Local Chair.

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591 2The 2014 EECS Student Poster Fair was held on Friday, February 21 in the Lobby of the Technological Institute.

During the event, attendees were invited to listen to student poster/project presentations on a variety of EECS related topics, including:

  • viewing exciting, futuristic demos made by EECS students.
  • asking questions and receiving information about EECS Department and what it has to offer.
  • talk to faculty, staff, Deans, EECS graduate/undergraduate students and other distinguished guests.

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Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor; Director of Center for Quantum Devices presented a keynote talk at SPIE WEST 2014 Conference on Wednesday February 5, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

As part of the morning Keynote Session, Prof. Razeghi's talk was titled, "III-V semiconductor optoelectronic devices from UV to THz: recent advances and future trends," (please see abstract below).

 

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EECS Alumnus Steve Tarzia, (PHD, 2011) recently launched his private mobile messaging app startup, called Secret Square.

The mobile messaging app, brings friends closer together by inspiring quirky and spontaneous moments. Messages disappear so you're free to be yourself while protecting your future self.

 

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 Razeghi1-oct3 2Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor, Director, Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) wrote a featured technical article, titled, "Quantum Cascade Lasers for IR and THz Spectroscopy," that was published December 16, 2013, on the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) website for her recent research on demonstrating increased power, spectral coverage, and tunability of quantum cascade lasers.

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Manijeh Razeghi, Walter P. Murphy Professor, Director, Center for Quantum Devices (CQD) and her team, have authored a newly published article, on Friday, December 6, 2013 in Applied Physics Letters (Vol.103, Issue 23).

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Students from the EECS 354 class- Network Penetration and Security, mentored by Prof. Yan Chen and three additional EECS students (Srinivas Balusu, Andrew Kahn, and Xitao Wen) participated in the annual UCSB International Capture The Flag (also known as the iCTF) on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, with over 89 school teams and 1300 individual participants from around the world.

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berry randallProfessor Randall (Randy) Berry has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  He is joining a prestigious list of 2014 Newly Elevated Fellows, for contributions to resource allocation and interference management in wireless networks.

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