Prof. Alex Dimakis and his collaborators have investigated a potential threat to text-comprehension AIs. “When we deploy these AIs and we have no idea what they’re really doing, I think it’s a little scary,” Dimakis says.
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The Cockrell School of Engineering established this award in 1977 to recognize a faculty member who has made significant contributions in furthering the profession of engineering.
Jeff Andrews, François Baccelli, Alan Bovik, and Robert Heath, professors at Texas ECE, have been recognized as Highly Cited Researchers for 2018.
Texas ECE alumna Jette Henderson, who completed her PhD in August, received the Best Student Paper award for the paper "PIVETed-Granite: Computational Phenotypes through Constrained Tensor Factorization" at the KDD MLMH Workshop on Machine Learning for Healthcare in London in August. Jette worked under the supervision of Texas ECE professor Joydeep Ghosh. The paper uses a special kind of tensor factorization that is guided by supporting evidence from PubMed, a huge repository of medical literature, to extract meaningful insights from electronic health records.
The proposed research effort will "advance the state-of-the-art in collaborative sensing systems which are expected to benefit the field and society more broadly, through planned efforts in education innovation, achieving diversity, engaging the community and industry, and disseminating results to a wider public."
The IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award was established in 2001 to recognize "outstanding contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications."
Prof. Bovik was selected "for seminal contributions and high-impact innovations to the theory and application of perception-based image and video processing."
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community based on the impact of their research in the field of Information Theory as well as their teaching contributions.
The award recognizes members of the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) of the IEEE Communications Society who have "a distinguished record of service to the CTTC community, including CTTC symposia and workshop organization, leadership roles within the CTTC, and promoting CTTC activities and interests in the broader research community."
Prof. Jeff Andrews, along with Texas ECE alumnus Sarabjot Singh, and recent PhD recipient Mandar Kulkarni, along with their Nokia Bell Labs co-author Amitava Ghosh were awarded the 2018 Leonard G. Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. This award recognizes the best paper over the previous 3 years in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication. Jeff and his co-authors were recognized for their paper: "Tractable Model for Rate in Self-Backhauled Millimeter Wave Cellular Networks”, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, October 2015.
Prof. Edison Thomaz of Texas ECE has received a Google Faculty Research Award for his proposed research work on "Identifying Acoustic Biomarkers of Mental Health and Well-Being in Voice-Based Interactions with Conversational Assistants in the Home".
Prof. Robert Heath of Texas ECE along with his former students Jeonghun Park, Chan-Byoung Chae and their co-author Min Soo Sim have received the 2018 Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award.
Prof. Al Bovik of Texas ECE along with former students Ming-Jun Chen and Che-Chun (Tony) Su and his collaborators Do-Kyoung Kwon (Texas Instruments) and Lawrence K. Cormack (UT-Austin’s Department of Psychology) have received he 2018 European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Best Paper Award.
Prof. Alex Dimakis of Texas ECE was one of three distinguished speakers o give a plenary talk at the 52nd annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS) at Princeton University on March 23, 2018. Prof. Dimakis delivered a talk entitled "Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Compressed Sensing."
Prof. Robert Heath of Texas ECE has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
The award "Honors a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated by publications, patents, or recognized impact on the field."
Prof. Al Bovik of Texas ECE and his former students Anish Mittal and Rajiv Soundararajan have received the 2017 Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award for their paper " “Making a “Completely Blind” Image Quality Analyzer."
Prof. Robert Heath, a Professor in Texas ECE, gave the 2017 Dean W. Lytle Lecture at the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is “a premiere annual event, featuring internationally-renowned researchers in the field of communications and signal processing.”
In modern society, robots and humans are becoming increasingly integrated. Already, robots assist people in factories, hospitals and households, as well as share the roads. These collaborations raise demands for technological innovation and research to develop and enable friendly robots that can work effectively with, for and around people.
Texas ECE Professor Al Bovik’s neuroscience-based Visual Information Fidelity (VIF)picture quality measurement tool has been built into the core of Netflix’s quality system which controls the quality of every video streamed by Netflix to all customers world-wide.
Evdokia Nikolova, Assistant Professor in Texas ECE, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for her work on "AitF: Collaborative Research: Algorithms and Mechanisms for the Distribution Grid.”
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $15.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to discover and advance new types of materials for use in many applications including energy storage, medical devices and information processing.
The UT Austin Villa team won 3rd prize at the RoboCup@Home 2017 competition in Nagoya, in the category of Domestic Standard Platform League.
Prof. Alex Dimakis of Texas ECE will be one of the three keynote speakers at the 15th Canadian Workshop on Information theory to be held in Quebec City, Canada, June 11-14th.
Two of Prof. Al Bovik’s research publications have been recognized as 2017 Google Scholar Classic Papers. Google Scholar Classic Papers are highly-cited papers that have stood the test of time, and are among the ten most-cited articles in their area of research published ten years earlier.
Qualcomm encourages partnerships among engineers from hardware, software, and systems maintain close relationships with key universities to keep track of their latest discoveries and facilitate new collaborations. The Qualcomm Faculty Award (QFA) is one of the programs that the company uses to support key professors and their research at leading universities identified by the company.
Joydeep Ghosh, along with his collaborators and students, were awarded the 2017 Distinguished Clinical Research Informatics Paper Award at the American Medical Informatics Association Joint Summits on Translational Sciences, held March 27-30 in San Francisco California. The award recognizes the paper “PheKnow-Cloud: A Tool of Evaluating High-Throughput Phenotype Candidates Using Online Medical Literature.” The paper provides a machine learning/A.I.
Prof. Al Bovik has been named the recipient of the 2017 Edwin H. Land Medal awarded by The Optical Society (OSA), co-sponsored by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T).
David Soloveichik, Texas ECE assistant professor, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his work on "Robust molecular computation: error-correcting reaction networks and leakless DNA circuits."
Robert Heath, Texas ECE professor, has received the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) 2017 Technical Achievement Award for Significant Contributions to Signal Processing in MIMO Communication Systems.
Heath was recognized for his panel “Millimeter Wave vs. Below 5GHz Massive MIMO: Which Technology Can Give Greater Value?," which he co-organized and moderated with Thomas Marzetta of Nokia Bell Labs.
This is the second time in four years that Texas ECE garners at least two awards, including a major award, at the IEEE SPS ICASSP conference.
The Wallenberg Scholarship program promotes scientific and technical research and education in the field of Telecommunications.
Together, Prof. Alù and Monticone have established quantitative physical limitations on the performance of cloaking devices, a technology that allows objects to become invisible or undetectable for electromagnetic waves, such as radio waves, microwaves, infrared and visible light.
Prof. Alù received the Mathematics and Physical Sciences-Simons Investigators in Physics award. His work on the manipulation of light in artificial materials and metamaterials has shown how clever designs may surpass what had previously been thought to be limitations on wave propagation in materials.
Texas ECE graduate student Ahmed Kord received the 2016 Qualcomm Innovation fellowship for his project titled, ‘Fully-Integrated Reconfigurable Magnet-less Non-reciprocal Components for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems’, in collaboration with Columbia University.
Prof. Robert Heath is part of a team that was selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious European Inventor Award in the Non-European Countries category. Robert was part of the team led by his PhD advisor Prof. Arogyaswami Paulraj of Stanford University that was recognized for its contributions to Faster Wireless Connectivity (MIMO). Robert and his team are in very good company: another finalist this year is Bob Langer, MIT, who is well-known for his contributions to biotechnology and for arguably being the most successful serial academic entrepreneur.
Prof. Al Bovik and his former student Rajiv Soundararajan have been named recipients of the IEEE Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award for 2016. The award recognizes their 2013 paper “Video Quality Assessment by Reduced Reference Spatio-Temporal Entropic Differencing,” which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology in April 2013.
Prof. Heath and his co-authors were recognized for their paper “Five disruptive technology directions for 5G."
Texas ECE alumnus Dimitris S. Papailiopoulos has received a 2015 Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award for a paper co-authored with Texas ECE Associate Professor Alex Dimakis entitled "Interference Alignment as a Rank Constrained Rank Minimization." The award was presented at the Society’s awards ceremony at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Shanghai, China.
Prof. Andrea Alù along with postdoctoral fellows Yakir Hadad and Jason Soric, discuss their non-reciprocal antenna’s design and capabilities in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Prof. Andrea Thomaz appeared at stARTup Studio to present Diligent Droids, a company that seeks to provide aid to healthcare providers through robotic technologies.
Prof. Robert Heath has been elected to server on the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. The IEEE's first society, the Signal Processing Society is the world’s premier professional society for signal processing scientist and professionals since 1948.
Prof. Andrea Alù has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society for “seminal contributions to electromagnetic theory and applications, nano optics, plasmonics, and metamaterials.”
Prof. Al Bovik has received a $450,000 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled “Tasking on Natural Image Statistics: 2D and 3D Object and Category Detection in the Wild.”
Prof. Al Bovik has received a grant to develop methodologies for testing the perceptual quality of images delivered by microwave, submillimeter wave, millimeter-wave, x-ray, infra-red, and optical imaging devices commonly deployed in security applications.
Ken Pesyna was selected as a 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar. The award recognizes Pesyna’s academic achievements and leadership in the field of communications and information science.
Prof. Jeff Andrews has been named the 2015 recipient of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education and the Hewlett-Packard Company.
Prof. Jeff Andrews of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin wrote a piece for the IEEE Communications Society on whether or not densification will be the death of 5G.
Prof. Robert Heath is collaborating with Prof. Todd Humphreys and graduate students on the development of a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and orientation far more precise than what is currently available on a mobile device.
Texas ECE and Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) alumni, Prof. Harpreet S. Dhillon and Dr. Radha Krishna Ganti, along with Profs. Jeffrey Andrews and François Baccelli, recently received the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award. They received the award for their paper entitled “Modeling and Analysis of K-Tier Downlink Heterogeneous Cellular Networks.”
UT ECE PhD student Ms. Debarati Kundu has been selected as one of the winners of the 2014 Roberto Padovani Scholarship for being one of the best performing interns at Qualcomm. Named after Dr. Roberto Padovani, one of the leading innovators of the company, the scholarship, first created in 2008, is awarded each year to about seven Qualcomm Corporate Research and Development interns out of hundreds of interns. The winners receive a cash award of $5,000.
UT ECE professor Andrea Alù and a team of researchers have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices, as reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics.
UT ECE professor Joydeep Ghosh has received two research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totalling more than $1 Million focusing on topics in complex data modeling in the healthcare field.
UT ECE Professor Andreas Gerstlauer has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on "Network-Level Design of Cyber-Physical Systems."
Profs. Jeffrey Andrews, Alan Bovik, Robert Heath, and Sriram Vishwanath have been included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2014. The researchers listed earned this distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
Ralph Tanbourgi has been named the recipeint of the best student paper award at the 2014 European Wireless Conference for a paper that he co-authored with Prof. Jeffrey Andrews and UT ECE alumnus Harprett Dhillon.
Prof. Ranjit Gharpurey, along with a colleague, Prof. J. C. Rudell from the University of Washington, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
Prof. Gustavo de Veciana and his PhD student Virag Shah have received a 2014 INFOCOM Best Paper Award for their paper "Performance Evaluation and Asymptotics for Content Delivery Networks."
Prof. Jeff Andrews and Prof. François Baccelli have been named as recipients of IEEE Communications Society Awards for their work on cellular networks.
Prof. Robert Heath of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Wireless and Networking Communications Group and his co-author UT ECE alumnus Kien T. Truong have been named as the recipients of the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) Best Paper Award.
Dr. François Baccelli, the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement award.
Prof. Evdokia Nikolova has been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program, providing up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.
Profs. Robert Heath and Jeff Andrews and their co-authors Jun Zhang, and Marios Kountouris have received the 2014 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing.
UT ECE professor Dr. Al Bovik has been named the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2013 Society Award for "fundamental contributions to digital image processing theory, technology, leadership and education."
UT ECE professors Dr. Robert Heath and Dr. Alan Bovik have each received a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2013.
UT ECE professor Alexis Kwasinski in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant as part of the CyberSEES program for work on investigating techniques to power cellular network base stations from renewable sources such as wind turbines and photovoltaic modules.
The Wireless Networking and Communications Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is part of a team that has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for the development of a Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) by the USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
A group of UT Austin and Stanford faculty members led by Prof. Gustavo de Veciana in collaboration with Profs. Sanjay Shakkottai, Lili Qiu, and Ramesh Johari have recently been awarded an NSF grant totaling $978,000. This project supports research in 5G wireless networks.
Prof. Joydeep Ghosh of UT ECE was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Workshop on Divergences and Divergence Learning (WDDl), held in Atlanta, June 2013. In his talk, entitled "Learning Bregman Divergences for Prediction with Generalized Linear Models," which reflects joint work with ECE and WNCG student Sreangsu Acharrya, an efficient approach to learning a broad class of predictive models was introduced. What is most remarkable about this approach is that model parameters can be estimated even when the loss function is unknown.
Prof. Sujay Sanghavi and Prof. Sanjay Shakkottai of UT ECE have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for their work on "NeTS: Small: Inverse Problems from Cascades: Structure, Causation and Opinions." Professors Sanghavi and Shakkottai aim to develop a new theoretical and algorithmic understanding of these classic processes.
Prof. Alex Dimakis of UT ECE gave the keynote Address at the First International Workshop on Big Dynamic Distributed Data (BD3), in conjunction with the 39th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), in Trento, Italy on August 30, 2013. Prof. Dimakis's address was titled "Coding Theory for Large-Scale Storage."
Prof. Jeff Andrews has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC) for the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The IEEE TWC is one of the premier venues for publishing theoretical and practical innovations in wireless communications. The journal is a collaboration between the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Prof. Andrews is the latest addition to a group of distinguished ECE faculty members who have served as EICs of major IEEE journals.
Prof. Brian Evans gave a keynote talk at the International Conference on Communications and Information Technology on June 20, 2013, in Beirut, Lebanon, entitled "Smart Grid Communications".
Smart Grid systems intelligently monitor and control energy flows in order to improve efficiency and reliability of power delivery. A local utility would receive customer load profiles from smart meters, and adjust power generation and energy distribution accordingly. Smart meters could transmit usage data over powerline or wireless links once per minute.
Prof. Jeff Andrews and his students Sarabjot Singh and Harpreet Dhillon for receiving a Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Budapest, Hungary.
A new paper by Prof. Alex Dimakis and others is currently featured on Facebook Publications, which collects scientific papers written by Facebook employees and researchers. The paper on XORing Elephants: Novel Erasure Codes for Big Data developed a new coding scheme for Facebook storage servers. The paper was co-written by Maheshwaran Sathiamoorthy, Megasthenis Asteris, Dimitris Papailiopoulos, Ramkumar Vadali, Scott Chen and Dhruba Borthakur.
UT ECE professor Jeff Andrews has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2013. Jeff was elevated to Fellow for his contributions to cellular and ad-hoc wireless communications.
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation
UT ECE graduate student Chris Slaughter and his five-person engineering team are developing software for a 3-D modeling camera that can capture and help accurately render all the 3-D surfaces in a room. Chris has participated in the Austin Technology Incubator Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL) program to help turn his ideas into a company, Lynx Laboratories.
Chris has worked with UT ECE professor Sriram Vishwanath, who teaches and encourages business-minded young engineers.
Cardan Samples has two favorite prime-time T.V. shows: "The Office" and the science fiction series "Fringe."
But between classes and homework at McCombs School of Business, the Management Information Systems junior doesn't have time to watch them when they air.
Instead, once or twice a week he uses the 15-20 minute bus ride from The University of Texas at Austin campus to his apartment on Riverside Drive to catch up on episodes by streaming them on his 4x2-inch cell phone.
Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe, an icon of entrepreneurial engineering and inventor of today's local-area networking standard, Ethernet, has been selected to lead innovation initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.
Metcalfe will be professor of innovation, fellow of the Clint W. Murchison, Sr. Chair of Free Enterprise and professor of electrical and computer engineering. He begins his appointment in January 2011.
UT ECE faculty are tackling a big-picture wireless initiative, Network of Systems Vision, combining communication and computation in never-before-imagined ways.
By Prof. Ted Rappaport with students Felix Gutierrez and James Murdock
A study of subjective scores and objective algorithms
By Anush Krishna Moorthy and Alan Conrad Bovik
Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE)
The University of Texas at Austin
By Prof. Jeff Andrews
Femtocells will be assuming a massive role in expanding the capabilities of today’s cellular networks, and enabling them to satisfy people’s increasing demands for anytime, anywhere data. A femtocell is basically a small base station that people put in their home and attach to their wired internet connection just like a wireless LAN. However, it works just like a base station and seamlessly allows roaming, voice calls, and the increasing number of things people like to do with their cell phones.
Prof. Sriram Vishwanath is working on a novel solution to the wireless bandwidth needs of the future. Wireless multimedia applications require significant bandwidth, some of which will be provided by third-generation (3G) services. Even with substantial investment in 3G infrastructure, the radio spectrum allocated to 3G will be limited.
Professor Alan Bovik, ECE alumni Dr. Umesh Rajashekar, UT psychology professor Larry Cormack, and Dr. Ian van der Linde are attempting to answer 2 fundamental questions on the way to creating intelligent artificial sight: What do people look at? and What do people look for?
ECE professor Constantine Caramanis and colleagues at MIT are working on a air traffic system which would track rapidly changing conditions over airports. There is currently no unified decision-making framework for air traffic flow optimization, said Dr. Caramanis.
The complicated nature of the process, and the need to make quick adjustments when changes occur, will best be addressed with a mathematical model that combines theories and calculations from probability, statistics, optimization modeling, economics and game theory.
U.S. Representative Lamar Smith announced early this year he had obtained a $1.2 million appropriation for ECE researchers to create advanced wireless communications devised for military use. The research will be a collaborative effort by Computer Engineering Research Center (CERC) professors Jacob Abraham and Ranjit Gharpurey and Wirelss Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) professors Ted Rappaport and Sriram Vishwanath.