Research News

Prof. Neal Hall and his graduate students have developed a tiny, low-power device that mimics a fly’s hearing mechanism.

UT ECE professors Andrea Alù and Mikhail Belkin  have created a new nonlinear metasurface, or meta mirror, that could one day enable the miniaturization of laser systems.

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. Andrea Alù has been named the recipient of the the 2014 Outstanding Young Engineer award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.  The Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished himself/herself through a sequence of achievements which may be technical (within the MTT-S Field of Interest), may constitute exemplary service to the MTT-S, or may be a combination of both.

A team of researchers led by Prof. Andrea Alù has built the first-ever circulator for sound. The team’s experiments successfully prove that the fundamental symmetry with which acoustic waves travel through air between two points in space (“if you can hear, you can also be heard”) can be broken by a compact and simple device.

Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT ECE) have demonstrated the ability to perform nanoscale chemical analysis of molecular films with unprecedented sensitivity by detecting molecular photoexpansion.

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.

A team of researchers that includes UT ECE Professors Lizy K. John and Andreas Gerstlauer has been awarded a $750,000 grant from NSF's Exploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS) program. The project is led by Prof. George Biros and further includes Prof. Robert van de Geijn.

UT ECE professor Vijay Garg has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for his work on developing new synchronization mechanisms for concurrent programs. The project aims to develop new synchronization mechanisms with the goal to make synchronization as simple and intuitive as possible for programmers.

UT ECE graduate student Francesco Monticone received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for his project proposal entitled "Molding the Scattering Response with Metamaterials and Plasmonics."

UT ECE professor Sarfraz Khurshid has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work on "Mera: Memoized Ranged Systematic Software Analyses."

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT ECE) has joined a strategic partnership with BP to support several leading-edge oil and gas industry research projects. BP has committed $4 million to the partnership with the potential for increased contributions as new studies are identified in the future.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has selected UT ECE assistant professor Zheng Wang as a 2013 Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering. Wang is one of 16 of the nation’s most innovative young scientists and engineers receiving the Packard Fellowship this year. Each Packard fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue research.

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).

UT ECE students Bei Yu, Xiaoqing Xu, Jhih-Rong Gao and their advisor Prof.  David Z. Pan received the William J. McCalla Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). The title of the paper that received the award is “Methodology for Standard Cell Compliance and Detailed Placement for Triple Patterning Lithography.” The award will be presented at the opening session for ICCAD 2013, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. ICCAD is the premier conference devoted to technical innovations in electronic design automation.

UT ECE graduate student Francesco Monticone and his advisor Prof. Andrea Alu received the Best Student Paper Award at Metamaterials 2013 in Bordeaux, France. The title of Francesco’s paper with Andrea is 'On the Physical Bounds of Cloaking and Invisibility'. Metamaterials 2013 is the most visible international conference in the field of artificial materials and metamaterials, and this year it celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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.

UT ECE graduate student Zhuoran Zhao has won a Best in Session Award at the 2013 SRC TECHCON Conference held in Austin, Texas on September 9-10, 2013. Zhao won for his submission "Automated, Retargetable Back-Annotation for Host Compiled Performance and Power Modeling." TECHCON 2013 highlights the best of SRC-sponsored research, while showcasing the students performing the research. 

Zhuoran is a graduate student in UT ECE studying under Dr. Andreas Gerstlauer in the Integrated Circuits and Systems area.

The University of Texas at Austin has cleared a major hurdle in its effort to build the new Engineering Education and Research Center, with the UT System Board of Regents today approving a $310 million funding plan for the building.

Prof. Suzanne Barber of UT ECE, along with co-PIs Prof. Lauren Meyers of the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation and Andy Ellington of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have been awarded a grant by the Department of Defense Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for their work titled "Surety BioEvent App." The grant is worth nearly $3 Million over three years.

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.

Flexible electronic circuits would make possible radical new kinds of devices, like water-resistant tablet computers that can be rolled or folded. A group of academic and industry researchers has now demonstrated one of the most important components for this fully flexible future: graphene radio-frequency electronics that are speedy enough to produce, receive, and process telecommunication signals.

ECE professors Dr. Christine Julien, Dr. Sarfraz Khurshid, and Dr. Miryung Kim, along with Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Raul Longoria, have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for their work titled "CPS: Synergy: Physically-Informed Assertions for CPS Development and Debugging."

Engineers from Prof. Mikhail Belkin’s group at The University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with Prof. Markus Amann’s group at the Technical University of Munich have demonstrated the first broadly-tunable electrically-pumped semiconductor source of coherent terahertz radiation (or T-rays) that operates at room-temperature.