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                                                                                                                             Vol. 14, No. 1

                                         DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING
                                                                                   A. JAMEs CLARK sCHOOL of ENGINEERING


                                         A New Paradigm for the Next
friENDS   Of    ThE    DEPArTMENT
Of   ElECTriCAl     AND    COMPUTEr

                                         Generation of Computers
ENGiNEEriNG    AT    ThE   A.   JAMES
UNiVErSiTY      Of         MArYlAND,
COllEGE PArK.                            ECE Professor Introduces “Desktop Supercomputing” Prototype,
                                         Invites Public to Help Name New Parallel Processing Technology
                                         A prototype of what may be the next                     Vishkin, a professor in the ECE
                                         generation of personal computers has been         Department and the university’s Institute for
      IN THIS ISSUE:                     developed by researchers in the University        Advanced Computer
2      DEPARTMENT NEWs                   of Maryland’s Electrical and Computer             Studies (UMIACS),
                                         Engineering (ECE) Department. Capable             explains the advantage
       1908-2008                         of computing speeds 100 times faster than         of parallel processing
                                         current desktops, the technology is based on      like this:
       REsEARCH:                         parallel processing on a single chip.                   “Suppose you
       INTELLIGENT sURVEILLANCE                Parallel processing is an approach that     hire one person to
                                         allows the computer to perform many               clean your home, and
                                         different tasks simultaneously, a sharp           it takes five hours, or          UZI VISHKIN

                                         contrast to the serial approach employed          300 minutes, for the
                                         by conventional desktop computers. The            person to perform each task, one after the
7      FACULTY NEWs                      prototype developed by Uzi Vishkin and his        other,” Vishkin said. “That’s analogous to
11     ALUMNI NEWs                       colleagues uses a circuit board about the size    the current serial processing method. Now
                                         of a license plate on which the researchers       imagine that you have 100 cleaning people
14     sTUDENT NEWs
                                         have mounted 64 parallel processors. To           who can work on your home at the same
16     THE DEREK BLUME                   control those processors, they have developed     time! That’s the parallel processing method.
                                         the crucial parallel computer organization that         “The ‘software’ challenge is: Can you
                                         allows the processors to work together and        manage all the different tasks and workers so
                                         make programming practical and simple for         that the job is completed in three minutes
                                         software developers.                              instead of 300 minutes? Our algorithms make
                                               Parallel processing on a massive scale,     that feasible for general-purpose computing
                                         based on interconnecting numerous chips, has      tasks for the first time.”
                                         been used for years to create supercomputers.           Vishkin and his team are now
                                         However, its application to desktop systems       demonstrating their technology, which in
                                         has been a challenge because of severe            future devices could include 1,000 processors
                                         programming complexities. Vishkin’s team          on a chip the size of a finger nail, to
                                         found a way to use single chip parallel           government and industry groups. To show
                                         processing technology to change that.             how easy it is to program, Vishkin is also
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    ECE CELEBRATEs CENTENNIAL ANNIVERsARY: 1908-2008                              UNIVERSITy LEADERSHIP
                                                                                  TREADS PATH THROUGH ECE
    september 2008 will mark the 100th anniversary
    of the electrical engineering curriculum at the                               Nariman Farvardin Named Provost
    University of Maryland. To celebrate the historic
    event, the department is planning an ECE Centennial                           What do Maryland’s current provost, former
    weekend to be held in september 2008, which will                              provost, and current interim dean of the
    feature a range of activities, including a large alumni
    reception, panel discussions and workshops, industry
                                                                                  Clark School have in common?
    speakers, and a major gala event. More information                                 The answer is that they all served as
    will be available soon on the ECE website at www.                             electrical engineering faculty at the University ECE’s 100th year will kick off with                              of Maryland. There is an undeniable trend
    an Alumni & IEEE GlobeCom Networking event on
    Monday, November 26, 2007, in the Jeong H. Kim Building on the College        that ECE faculty find their way to significant
    Park campus. For more information, or to RsVP, contact Ted Knight,            university leadership positions.
    director of public relations, at 301.405.3596 or   C             Two months after the Rochester Institute
                                                                                  of Technology (RIT) appointed Maryland
                                                                                  Provost and former ECE Chair William
    Professor Rama Chellappa and his advisee, Ph.D. student Aravind               Destler as its ninth president, the University
    Sundaresan, won the University of Maryland Invention of the Year Award        of Maryland announced that Clark School
    in the Information science category for their invention, “Markerless Motion   Dean and former ECE Chair Nariman
    Capture,”on April 19, 2007.
                                                                                  Farvardin would be its next provost and
    Markerless motion capture is the process of analyzing and expressing          senior vice president for academic affairs.
    human motion in mathematical terms. The researchers model the human           Shortly after this announcement, Herbert
    body as a set of three-dimensional objects that are connected in an
    articulated structure, and propose algorithms to estimate the parameters
                                                                                  Rabin, professor of electrical and computer
    of the model from video sequences. This marks an advancement from             engineering and director of the Maryland
2   previous, more intrusive human motion capture methods, which require          Technology Enterprise Institute (MTECH),
    passive markers to be attached to different body parts of the subject.        was named interim dean of the Clark School.
    This technology has important applications in biomechanics, computer               All three men can point to significant
    animation, and human-computer interaction. specifically, the researchers’     accomplishments over the course of their
    software can be used in homeland security initiatives, sports instruction,    leadership terms.
    such as improving one’s golf swing, motion picture animation and
    simulation, and patient rehabilitation. The team’s ultimate objective is           For the last 34 years—his entire
    to build a completely automated markerless motion capture system.             professional career—Dr. Destler worked
    This technology is currently licensed in the field of sports. A U.s. patent   for the University of Maryland, first as a
    application is pending. C                                                     post-doctoral research scholar, then as a
                                                                                  faculty member in electrical engineering,
                                                                                  and subsequently rising through the
    The A. James Clark school of Engineering continues to earn high rankings      administrative ranks from department chair,
    from both national and international sources. The Institute of Higher         Clark School dean, and three vice presidential
    Education and Center for World-Class Universities ranked the Clark school
    13th in the world among all engineering programs for 2007. The institute, a
                                                                                  positions—interim vice president for
    unit of shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, based the rankings on total   advancement, vice president for research and
    engineering-related research expenditures, highly cited research articles,    dean of the Graduate School and, since 2001,
    articles included in the scientific Citation index and the percentage of      as senior vice president for academic affairs
    articles published in the top 20 percent of engineering journals.
                                                                                  and provost.
    The Clark school was also ranked 6th in the nation in The Princeton                As Clark School dean, Dr. Destler
    Review’s first listing of the Top 20 Graduate Engineering Programs.           created the Gemstone Program, a
    The programs were ranked using a combination of quantitative criteria,
    including GRE scores, undergraduate GPA, percentage of applicants             multidisciplinary four-year research program
    accepted and percentage of top undergraduates applying.                       for undergraduate honors students of all
                                                                                  majors in which teams of students design,
    Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report rated the Clark school 16th in
    the nation and 10th among all public universities. C                          direct and conduct research exploring the
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interdependence of science and technology                        technology entrepreneurship; reorganized             Dr. Rabin was the founding director
with society. During his term as graduate                        infrastructure to improve service and           of MTECH, a program established to              3
school dean, student applications increased                      productivity; and developed a strong public     serve as bridge between the University
by more than 20 percent and research                             awareness effort to communicate the school’s    and industry, to foster the development of
funding rose by more than 30 percent. While                      strengths and accomplishments to its            new technology-based companies, and to
interim vice president for advancement,                          many constituencies, resulting in increased     promote entrepreneurship among faculty
Destler was credited with securing a $25                         partnerships with industry and strong           and students. Since 1984, MTECH has
million gift from Comcast Corp. for naming                       philanthropic support.                          generated $13 billion and created 5,300
rights supporting the construction of the                              During Dr. Farvardin’s tenure as dean     jobs, and has engaged 212 Maryland
Comcast Center sports arena. As senior vice                      of the Clark School, external research          companies in 2006 alone. The institute has
president for academic affairs, retention                        expenditures increased from $70 million to      supported the State’s technology economy by
increased and the graduation rate rose from                      over $107 million and the rankings for the      bringing University innovation to Maryland
62 percent to 80 percent over five years.                        school’s graduate and undergraduate program     companies, creating new ventures, and
Other achievements at Maryland include                           have risen dramatically. The school received    educating entrepreneurial technologists.
leading a faculty team in the creation of a                      landmark endowments of $30 million to                Dr. Rabin also served as the interim
cross-disciplinary master’s degree program                       fund scholarships and $33 million to fund a     dean of the Clark School from 1999-2000.
in telecommunications; originating the                           new bioengineering department, constructed      Prior to his current employment, Dr.
Hinman CEOs Program, a living-learning                           a state-of-the-art engineering building, and    Rabin served as deputy assistant secretary
entrepreneurship initiative for undergraduate                    launched, with the School of Public Policy,     of the Navy (research, applied and space
students; and involvement in the President’s                     an innovative Master of Engineering and         technology), 1979-83, and before that
Promise, an outside-the-classroom                                Public Policy program to produce engineers      he served in a number of positions at the
experiential program for freshmen.                               skilled in policy issues. Dr. Farvardin was     Naval Research Laboratory, the last of
     As dean of the Clark School, Dr.                            cited by Aristides Melissaratos, Secretary of   which was associate director of research with
Farvardin promoted the development of                            Business and Economic Development for the       responsibility for space programs, 1971-79.
innovative educational programs, particularly                    state of Maryland, as the “best engineering          A national search is currently underway
in the areas of undergraduate research and                       dean in the country.”                           for the next Clark School dean. C
A. JAMES ClA rK SC hOO l of E N GiN E Er i N G      G lE N N l. MA rTi N i N STi T U T E Of T E C hN OlO GY
    ECE Professor Integrates Gait and Face Recognition
    Technology into New Intelligent Surveillance System
    Surveillance cameras are sprouting up in          surveillance cameras and corresponding                Chellappa and his team have integrated
    more and more places, forming an ever more        algorithms, Chellappa and his research           human gait DNA into a real-time video
    powerful tool for solving crimes after they       assistants have developed a compact, digital     surveillance system and used it to study and
    happen. But what about using them to prevent signature for characterizing human gait and           locate pedestrians. The experimental results
    or stop criminal and terrorist acts? This         corresponding activities, such as humans         have demonstrated the effectiveness of the
    requires that someone, or something, watch        carrying objects like backpacks, handbags, or system under lighting changes, shadows,
    these rapidly multiplying video feeds 24-7.       briefcases.                                      camera motion, various viewing angles, as
          Humans tend to                                                                                             well as significant obstacles in
    grow bored and lose focus                                                                                        the cameras’ views. The results
    staring at monitors for long                                                                                     also indicate that the approach
    periods of time, watching                                                                                        is superior to many existing
    for suspicious behavior                                                                                          methods in terms of accuracy and
    that may occur only rarely,                                                                                      reliability.
    if ever. Computerized                                                                                                 “These capabilities are
    monitoring would seem to                                                                                         extremely useful in creating a
    be the obvious answer, but                                                                                       surveillance system intended to
    creating software programs                                                                                       address security concerns,” said
    that can recognize                                                                                               Chellappa.
    suspicious activities or                                                                                              His research team is also
4   suspect individuals has                                                                                          “teaching” their gait recognition
    proven highly difficult.                                                                                         system to identify individuals
          ECE Professor Rama                                                                                         by their unique gait. This is a
    Chellappa, a pioneer                                                                                             much more difficult task, since
    in the development of                                                                                            subjects may deliberately attempt
    pattern recognition and               RAMA CHELLAPPA (RIGHT) WORKS WITH STUDENTS ON GAIT RECOGNITION             to walk in an uncharacteristic
    computer vision software,                                                                                   manner in order to try and cheat the
    has developed a real-time                               When a person’s limbs are                           system and avoid detection. If the
    monitoring system that provides some              unencumbered, gait movements are                 suspect is unaware of the surveillance system,
    answers to this problem. Chellappa’s              symmetrical. Represented graphically, these      their normal walking style is more easily
    intelligent surveillance system can reliably      movements form a twisted helical pattern         identified.
    monitor images to detect certain suspicious       resembling a “figure 8.” Chellappa and                The optimal camera angle for
    movements or suspect individuals and alert        his team call this pattern, which is slightly    recognizing human gait is a sideways, 90-
    human security personnel.                         different in each individual, “human gait        degree profile perspective, but Chellappa and
          Chellappa’s technology could have           DNA,” reflecting the unique qualities of each his team have created automatic, corrective
    widespread applications in security               person’s stride. An individual’s gait pattern    algorithms that can, within a certain range,
    surveillance, as well as non-security             is changed by any activity that changes the      compensate for different viewing angles.
    applications in elder care and video indexing. symmetry of the movements, for example                   Chellappa’s research team has also
    It could be particularly helpful as part of       carrying a package. By defining these            developed advanced face recognition software
    the security measures for sensitive locations,    signatures, the system can recognize unique      that can be combined with their gait
    such as military bases, public transportation     patterns in human gait and automatically         recognition technology. This face recognition
    terminals and other areas that need high          detect asymmetric movement, such as an           technology can be used to watch for known
    levels of security.                               individual walking with a hidden object tied     terrorists, spies or criminals and help to
          Using video data from digital               to an ankle or wrist.                            identify unknown individuals who might
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                                                                 NEW PARADIGM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMPUTERS
(continued from p.4)
                                                                  (continued from p.1)                            Computing on June 20-21 in Seattle, Wash.
turn up repeatedly in sensitive locations
                                                                                                                       “This system represents a significant
or who have been present during multiple                          providing access to the prototype to students
                                                                                                                  improvement in generality and flexibility
criminal or terrorist acts.                                       at Montgomery Blair High School in
                                                                                                                  for parallel computer systems because of
      Another technology recently developed                       Montgomery County, Md.
                                                                                                                  its unique abilities,” said Burton Smith,
by Chellappa’s team detects dropped or                                 For years, the personal computer
                                                                                                                  technical fellow for advanced strategies and
unattended packages using a structured                            industry achieved advancements in
                                                                                                                  policy at Microsoft. “It will be able to exploit
representation known as attribute grammars.                       computer clock speed, the fundamental rate
                                                                                                                  a wider spectrum of parallel algorithms than
As part of this work, which is supported                          at which a computer performs operations,
                                                                                                                  today’s microprocessors can, and this in
by the Department of Homeland Security,                           thanks to innovations in chip fabrication
                                                                                                                  turn will help bring general purpose parallel
Chellappa and one of his students have                            technologies and miniaturization. Moore’s
                                                                                                                  computing closer to reality.”
developed an algorithm to estimate the                            Law—which dictates that the number
                                                                                                                       Vishkin has filed several patents on his
heights of subjects in the field of view of                       of transistors on integrated circuits in
                                                                                                                  parallel processing technology since 1997.
a camera. Chellappa’s students presented                          computers will double every 18 to 24
                                                                                                                  Funded by the National Science Foundation
a live demonstration of this technology                           months—was coupled with a corresponding
                                                                                                                  and the Department of Defense, his research
at a recent Army Science Conference and                           improvement in clock speed.
                                                                                                                  has also received widespread media attention
attracted much interest and many volunteers,                           But no significant advancements in clock
                                                                                                                  from over 100 news sources and significant
including many high-level army officers.                          speed have been achieved since 2004. From
                                                                                                                  interest from the computer industry, which
      Chellappa has attracted a large amount                      an early stage, Vishkin foresaw that Moore’s
                                                                                                                  he believes his technology will revitalize.
of media attention for his research, earning                      Law would ultimately fail to help improve
                                                                                                                       In addition to Xingzhi Wen, Vishkin’s
coverage from The Associated Press, MIT                           clock speed due to physical limitations. This
                                                                                                                  research teams includes electrical and
Technology Review, MSNBC, and USA                                 guided his perseverance over his professional
                                                                                                                  computer engineering and computer science          5
Today among others, and has delivered talks                       career in seeking to improve computer
                                                                                                                  students Aydin Balkan, George Caragea,
about his technology at many conferences                          productivity by distributing the load among
                                                                                                                  Mike Detwiler, Tom Dubois, Mike
and events. Chellappa gave a plenary talk                         multiple processors, accomplishing computer
                                                                                                                  Horak, Fuat Keceli, Mary Kiemb and Alex
at the 30th Anniversary Seminar of the                            tasks in parallel.
                                                                                                                  Tzannes, as well as electrical and computer
Pattern Recognition Society of Finland                                 Earlier this month, Vishkin and his
                                                                                                                  engineering professors Rajeev Barua and
and also participate as a lecturer in a                           Ph.D. student, Xingzhi Wen, published
                                                                                                                  Gang Qu.
summer workshop on Advanced Studies                               a paper about the newly-built parallel
on Biometrics for Secure Authentication                           processing technology for the Association       NAMING CONTEsT
in Sardigna, Italy in June. Last October, he                      for Computing Machinery (ACM)
delivered a plenary lecture on this emerging                      Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms          To increase awareness of his new technology,
technology at the Institute for Electrical and                    and Architectures, and showcased it             Vishkin is inviting the public to propose
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International                        at a major computing conference, the            names for it. The name should reflect
Conference on Image Processing in Atlanta.                        ACM International Conference on                 the features and bold aspirations of the
He also recently received a patent related to                     Supercomputing (ICS) in Seattle. At the         new machine and its parallel computing
his intelligent surveillance technology that                      ICS event, Vishkin allowed conference           capabilities, Vishkin said.
offers a method of 3-dimensional object                           participants to connect to the device                The winner will receive a $500 cash
reconstruction from a video sequence of two-                      remotely and run programs on it in a full-      prize and be credited with the naming of
dimensional images.                                               day tutorial session he conducted, offering     the innovative technology. Visitors can
      Chellappa and his team now are                              colleagues and student participants the         submit their ideas online at the Department
working to integrate their new technologies                       opportunity to experience the prototype         of Electrical and Computer Engineering
into a comprehensive surveillance system                          technology firsthand.                           website,
for use in security-sensitive locations. More                          Vishkin also participated in a panel       supercomputer/.
about his new technology can be found                             discussion at a special invitation-only              The deadline for submissions is
online at         C                              Microsoft Workshop on Many-Core                 September 30, 2007.    C
A. JAMES ClA rK SC hOOl of E N GiN E Er iN G      G lE N N l. MA rTi N i N STi T U T E Of T E Ch N OlO GY
      spotlightonRESEARCH	                                                     	continued

      ECE Team Develops Superlens Plasmon Microscope
      A University of Maryland research team                                                                   also be possible, since each microscope image
      led by Professor Christopher Davis and                                                                   is taken all at once, rather than one pixel at a
      former ECE Research Scientist Igor                                                                       time.
      Smolyaninov have earned widespread                                                                             The team recently published an article
      attention in the scientific community for                                                                in the journal Science, documenting their
      their work in developing a powerful new                                                                  pioneering efforts in developing a superlens
      plasmon microscope. Plasmons, electron                                                                   and integrating it into a conventional optical
      waves generated when light strikes a metallic                                                            microscope to image objects smaller than
                                                               CHRIS DAVIS (LEFT) WITH IGOR SMOLyANINOV
      surface, are utilized in the microscope to help                                                          the limit determined by the diffraction
      scientists see very fine, nano-scale details that                                                        of light waves. Smolyaninov was selected
      were previously undetectable.                         technology could reveal much more detail           among Scientific American’s “SA 50” list for
           Davis and his research colleagues’ two-          than existing imaging techniques. Davis            his role in developing the new technology.
      dimensional plasmon microscope is ideal for           believes his team can improve the resolution       The researchers were also highlighted on the
      imaging living cells, and could operate much          of their microscope images down to around          Nature website and featured in American
      like a point-and-shoot camera. The new                10 nanometers. Capturing movies might              Physical Society news for their innovation.   C

    Chitosan Nano-Sensor Detects Dangerous Substances
    Chitosan, a substance found in crab shells,                 Ghodssi is joined by a multidisciplinary     sees the vibration change and indicates that
    is the key component in a nanoscale sensor            group: Gary Rubloff from ISR and the               the substance has been detected.
    system developed by researchers at the                NanoCenter, Bill Bentley from the Fischell               The technology was developed and
    University of Maryland’s A. James Clark               Department of Bioengineering and Greg              initially tested at the Laboratory for Physical
    School of Engineering. The sensor can detect          Payne from the University of Maryland              Sciences (LPS) in College Park, Md., and is
    minute quantities of explosives, bioagents,           Biotechnology Institute (UMBI). Ghodssi’s          currently sponsored by LPS and the National
    chemicals, and other dangerous materials in           graduate students, Nathan Siwak, Stephan           Science Foundation. The researchers have
    air and water, potentially leading to security        Koev, Jonathan McGee and Mike Fan, are             recently submitted a proposal to the National
    and safety innovations for airports, hospitals,       working to develop the nanoscale “system on        Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a sensor
    and other public locations.                           a chip” for the nano-sensor.                       system to detect the presence of avian flu. The
         Clark School engineers are using                       The technology employs multiple              research was featured on radio and TV news, in
    chitosan to coat components of the                    miniature vibrating cantilevers, similar to        an Associated Press article, and other mainstream
    microscopic sensor system because of the              tiny diving boards, which are coated with          media sources, as well as in the Journal of
    material’s unique properties.                         chitosan, plus optical sensing technology          Micromechanics & Microengineering in April
         Reza Ghodssi, associate professor                that can see when the cantilevers’ vibrations      2006 and the journal Biomacromolecules in
    in the Department of Electrical and                   change. These devices are commonly referred        November 2005.
    Computer Engineering and the Institute                to as micro-electro-mechanical systems or                “This is an exciting and complex
    for Systems Research (ISR), and a member              MEMS.                                              microsystem that bridges biotechnology and
    of the Maryland NanoCenter, is one of                       Different cantilevers can detect different   nanotechnology to address critical needs
    the investigators leading the project. He             substances and concentrations. When a              of homeland security applications. My
    explained the benefits of chitosan.                   targeted substance enters the device from          colleagues and I are expecting this work to
         “Chitosan is interesting because it is a         the air or water, the chitosan on a specific       become a product in the near future,” says
    biological compound that can interact with a          cantilever interacts with the substance and        Ghodssi, who has to date filed for six patents
    wide variety of substances, and also works well       causes that cantilever’s vibration to change       on the technology. For more information,
    in a complex, sensitive device,” Ghodssi said.        its characteristics. The optical sensing system    visit         C
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Clare Boothe Luce Fellow Kris Rosfjord Joins ECE Faculty
The Department of Electrical and Computer                      fellow in the                                                Sponsored by the Henry Luce
Engineering welcomed new faculty                               Massachusetts                                           Foundation, the Clare Boothe
member Kristine Rosfjord, who joined                           Institute of                                            Luce Program is the single most
the Department as the Clare Boothe Luce                        Technology                                              significant source of private support
Assistant Professor in January 2007.                           (MIT)                                                   for women in science, engineering
     “We are delighted to have Kristine join                   Department                                              and mathematics. The program offers
our department,” said ECE Department                           of Electrical                                           funding for undergraduate scholarships,
Chair Dr. Patrick O’Shea. “She will be an                      Engineering                                             graduate fellowships, and tenure-track
excellent addition to our faculty, and will                    and Computer                                            appointments at the assistant or associate
provide a new dimension to the quality of                      Science,                                                professorship level, encouraging women
our research and education programs.”                          where she                                               to achieve distinction in the fields of
     Rosfjord received her B.S. degree in                      worked with                                             science, engineering and mathematics,
electrical engineering from the Georgia                        Professor Karl            KRIS ROSFJORD                 where traditionally there have been
Institute of Technology and her M.S. and                       K. Berggren                                             obstacles to their advancement.
Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering                        in the Quantum and Nanostructures and                    Rosfjord’s research interests include
and computer science from the University                       Nanofabrication Group on nanowire single-           photodetectors, nanofabrication, x-rays, and
of California, Berkeley, where she studied                     photon detectors. She was supported by a            optical properties of materials. When she is
under Professor David Attwood. Most                            Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship during her             not in the lab, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and
recently, Rosfjord served as a post-doctoral                   time at MIT.                                        mountain biking.   C

Liu Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Fellow of                                                                                                                   7

the Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Professor K. J. Ray Liu, Associate Chair                       Winners receive a $5,000 cash award to              to fostering a culture of excellence in
for Graduate Studies and Research, was                         support instructional and scholarly activities,     teaching and learning. The group serves as
selected as a 2007-2008 University of                          and make a public presentation in the fall          an advisory body to the Provost and the
Maryland Distinguished Scholar-                                                           semester on a topic      campus leadership on a broad range of
Teacher, a program that recognizes                                                        of scholarly interest.   issues pertaining to teaching and learning,
faculty members who demonstrate                                                           Liu will speak on        promoting scholarly dialogues, innovative
outstanding scholarly achievement                                                         November 16,             projects, and educational excellence and
along with equally outstanding                                                            2007 on the subject      scholarship. Ray Liu joins a group of 33
accomplishments as teachers.                                                              of information           AETL Fellows, including Professor Anthony
     The Scholar-Teachers “[bring]                                                        forensics.               Ephremides. For more information about
a passion for learning to their                                                                Liu was             AETL Fellows, visit
colleagues and students, and... serve                                                     also selected to              Dr. Liu was also in the news recently
as models of what a professor at a                                                        become a Fellow          for his work with area company Pharad,
fine research university should be,”                                                      of the Academy           LLC to develop and optimize a portable
former Provost William Destler                                                            of Excellence in         system for detecting concealed weapons
said in a written statement.                                     K. J. RAy LIU            Teaching and             on individuals from a distance. Liu’s state-
     Liu was one of six Maryland                                                          Learning (AETL)          of-the-art signal processing algorithm first
professors to receive this honor. Nominees                     at the University of Maryland, beginning            detects if a weapon is present, then classifies
for the award were selected by their peers,                    Fall 2007. AETL was created in November             what kind of weapon it is. The research was
and the six winners were chosen by a panel                     2000 by a faculty-led initiative to build           funded through the Maryland Industrial
of former Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.                      a community of scholars committed                   Partnerships (MIPS) program.     C

A. JAMES ClA rK SC hOOl of E N GiN E Er iN G      G lE N N l. MA rTi N i N STi T U T E Of T E Ch N OlO GY
    facultyNEWS				                                 continued

    ComPUTeRWoRld HONORs                            Pursuit,” which included theoretical work       optic Phase Modulation.” Prof. Murphy’s
    MULTIMEDIA FORENsICs REsEARCH,                  on swarming and pursuit, as well as specific    research project seeks to develop a new type
    NAMEs WU IN “40 UNDER 40” LIsT                  analysis of the pursuit of insect prey by the   of optical modulator that can be used to
                                                    echolocating bat Eptesicus Fuscus.              transmit analog signals over optical fibers,
    Min Wu and Ray Liu received honorable
                                                                                                    which are lighter, smaller, and less susceptible
    mention in the 2006 Computerworld
                                                    sRIVAsTAVA WINs AWARD FOR                       to electromagnetic interference than
    Horizon Awards for their digital                COMPUTER ENGINEERING REsEARCH                   conventionally used coaxial cables.
    fingerprinting research. The ECE faculty
    members are developing multimedia               Prof. Ankur Srivastava was featured in EE
                                                                                                    GOMEz NAMED DIsTINGUIsHED
    forensics technologies that protect digital     Times for his paper, “Variability-Driven
                                                                                                    KEYsTONE PROFEssOR
    resources and trace those who attempt to        Formulation for Simultaneous Gate
    steal or misuse them.                                                   Sizing and Post-        ECE Professor Romel Gomez was one
          Wu and Liu’s new, interdisciplinary                               Silicon Tunability      of three Clark School faculty selected to
    digital fingerprinting technology prevents                              Allocation,” for        join Keystone: the Clark School Academy
    the unauthorized redistribution of                                      which he recently       of Distinguished Professors. Now in its
    multimedia content by embedding a unique                                earned a best paper     second year, the Keystone program fosters
    ID that leaves a distinct fingerprint on                                award at the ACM        exemplary undergraduate teaching skills and
    each user’s copy without compromising                                   International           a commitment to excellence in fundamental
    the quality of the multimedia product or                                Symposium on            engineering courses. Keystone aims to help
    inhibiting legitimate uses. This ID can             ANKUR SRIVASTAVA    Physical Design         improve student retention and graduation
    identify which users have contributed to a                              (ISPD 2007).            rates by ensuring students the best learning
    piracy attack.                                        The paper, authored by Srivastava         experiences in the early, formative stages.
          Computerworld also selected Min Wu for    and his graduate student advisee, Vishal
    their feature on 40 innovative IT people to     Khandelwal, proposes the use of                 O’sHEA, EPHREMIDEs, ALUMNI
8                                                                                                   RECEIVE NRL REsEARCH AWARDs
    watch, under the age of 40, which appeared      tunable clock buffers in computer chips
    in Computerworld’s 40th anniversary issue       that could be used to fix specification
                                                                                                    ECE Department Chair Patrick O’Shea,
    in July. Wu was chosen for her innovative       violation problems that arise after silicon
                                                                                                    Professor Anthony Ephremides, and ECE
    research in information security forensics.     is manufactured due to fabrication
                                                                                                    alumni Jonathan Neumann and Nathan
          “Without a way to protect intellectual    randomness. This process could prove
                                                                                                    Moody earned Alan Berman Research
    property, we will see a lot of hurdles to new   to be a very important milestone in the
                                                                                                    Publication Awards from the U.S. Naval
    technology put up,” Wu told Computerworld.      design and fabrication process of micro and
                                                                                                    Research Laboratory (NRL) for recent papers
    “My focus is working toward further             nanoscale chips, offering the novel approach
                                                                                                    they co-authored.
    innovation of new technologies.”                of integrating both post-silicon and pre-
                                                                                                         Dr. O’Shea, along with his former
                                                    silicon optimizations into one flow.
                                                                                                    advisee and 2006 Ph.D. graduate, Moody,
    BODE PRIzE IN CONTROLs                                                                          and lead author Kevin Jensen (NRL/
                                                    MURPHY RECEIVEs DARPA YOUNG
                                                    FACULTY AWARD
                                                                                                    IREAP) and Donald Feldman (IREAP),
    Professor P. S. Krishnaprasad was chosen                                                        co-authored a paper titled “A Photoemission
    as the winner of the 2007 IEEE Control          The Defense Advanced Research Projects          Model for Low Work Function Coated
    Systems Society Hendrik W. Bode Prize.          Agency (DARPA) selected Prof. Thomas            Metal Surfaces and Its Experimental
    As this year’s recipient, Krishnaprasad will    E. Murphy as one of 24 rising stars in          Validation.” Ephremides, along with Gam
    deliver a one hour Bode Prize Lecture at        university microsystems research, honoring      Nguyen and Jeffrey Wieselthier, co-wrote
    the 2007 IEEE Conference on Decision            him with a Young Faculty Award. Murphy          “Accurate Capture Models and their Impact
    and Control on December 14, 2007 in             and each of his fellow award recipients will    on Random Access in Multiple-Destination
    New Orleans. Krishnaprasad also delivered       receive a grant of approximately $150,000       Networks.” Neumann, a 2005 Ph.D.
    the Fall 2006 Munich Mathematical               to be used to further develop their research    graduate and 2000 B.S. graduate, and a
    Colloquium on October 24 at the Technical       during the coming year.                         former advisee of Dr. O’Shea, co-wrote a
    University of Munich, Germany. His subject           Murphy received the funding for his        paper titled “VNIR/SWIR Target Detection
    was “Geometric Control, Cohesion and            research project, titled “Linearized Electro-   Comparison from the MAT Data Collect.”

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GHODssI INVITED TO PARTICIPATE                                        The second team, whose proposal was       (MITEF)-hosted Tech Transfer Lab on May
IN NAE FRONTIERs sYMPOsIUM                                      titled “Exploiting Nonlinear Dynamics           22, held in Arlington, Va. This year’s MITEF
                                                                for Novel Sensor Networks,” consisted of        Transfer Lab focused on mobile technologies,
Prof. Reza Ghodssi is among 83 of the
                                                                PI and ECE Professors Edward Ott, Tom           showcasing the area’s hottest technologies
nation’s outstanding young engineers
                                                                Antonsen, P. S. Krishnaprasad, and Thomas       developed at area universities and federal labs.
invited to attend the National Academy of
                                                                E. Murphy, and Jim Yorke (MATH/
Engineering (NAE) 2007 U.S. Frontiers of                                                                        EPHREMIDEs DELIVERs PLENARY,
                                                                PHY/IPST), John Rodgers (IREAP), Dan
Engineering Symposium in Redmond, Wa.,                                                                          DIsTINGUIsHED LECTUREs
                                                                Lathrop (PHY/IREAP), Raj Roy (PHY), and
September 24-26, 2007. NAE’s Frontiers
                                                                Brian Hunt (MATH) of Maryland, as well as
of Engineering Symposium is a three-day                                                                         Professor Anthony Ephremides presented
                                                                Dan Gauthier of Duke University.
meeting that brings together a select group                                                                     a plenary lecture titled “At the Crossroads
of the nation’s outstanding young engineers,                                                                    of Layer Crossing” at the 37th IEEE
                                                                LA, EsPY-WILsON PROMOTED
aged 30-45, from industry, academia, and                                                                        Communication Theory Workshop in
government to discuss pioneering technical                      Two ECE faculty who share joint                 Sedona, Arizona, on May 22. He also
and leading-edge research in a variety of                       appointments with the Institute for Systems     delivered a series of talks last fall on wireless
engineering fields.                                             Research (ISR) were recently promoted,          networks through the IEEE Communications
                                                                effective July 1, 2007. Dr. Richard La was      Society Distinguished Lecturers program.
MARTINs EARNs NsF CAREER AWARD                                  promoted to the rank of Associate Professor     He also spoke at the Washington Chapter of
                                                                with tenure, and Dr. Carol Espy-Wilson          the IEEE Communications Society annual
Prof. Nuno Martins is the recipient of a                                                                        meeting on “The Essence of a Theory for
                                                                was promoted to the rank of full Professor.
2007 National Science Foundation Faculty                                                                        Wireless Networking.”
Early Career Development (CAREER)                               BARAs sELECTED FOR IEEE PRIzE,
Award for “Distributed control of dynamic                       DELIVERs KEYNOTE                                FORMER ECE PROFEssOR
systems using a wireless communcation                                                                           DAYAWANsA REMEMBERED
medium: two new paradigms.” Dr. Martins’                        Professor John Baras, along with his Ph.D.                                                          9
research will introduce two new paradigms                       advisee, George Theodorakopoulos,               Former ECE Professor Wijesuriya (“Daya”)
for designing distributed control systems                       were selected as winners of the 2007 IEEE       Dayawansa passed away in October 2006.
with wireless communication capabilities.                       Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard         Dr. Dayawansa was an ECE and ISR faculty
                                                                G. Abraham Prize in Communication               member from 1989 to 1996 as Assistant
ECE FACULTY WIN MURI GRANTs                                     Systems for their paper “On Trust                                        and then Associate
                                                                Models and Trust Evaluation Metrics for                                  Professor. He moved
The Department of Defense awarded multi-                        Ad Hoc Networks,” which appeared in                                      on to Texas Tech
million dollar grants to two Maryland                           the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in                                    University where he
research teams consisting of ECE faculty                        Communications in Feb. 2006. Their                                       was Paul Whitfield
through the Multi-disciplinary University                       award was presented at the International                                 Horn Professor
Research Initiative (MURI) program.                             Conference on Communications (ICC2007)                                   of Mathematics
     The first team’s proposal, titled                          in Glasgow, Scotland on June 25.                                         and Statistics.
                                                                                                                   W. “DAyA” DAyAWANSA
“Designing Reliable and Secure Tactical                              Baras also delivered the invited keynote                            He was a highly
MANETs (Mobile Ad hoc Networks),” was                           address at the Control over Communication       accomplished researcher and educator in
selected for an estimated $6.25 million in                      Channels Workshop (ConCom07), part              the area of nonlinear control systems with
MURI funding over five years. The team                          of the 5th International Symposium on           interest in smart structures control and
included Principal Investigator (PI) and ECE                    Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad         walking machines. He is survived by his wife
Professors Virgil Gligor, John Baras, and                       Hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt07),           Samanmalee and their four children.
Jonathan Katz from UMD, along with Prof.                        April 16-20, 2007, in Limassol, Cyprus.              Prof. William Levine was among
Adrian Perrig of Carnegie Mellon University,                    The title of Dr. Baras’ keynote was “Robust     the speakers at a memorial conference for
Prof. Nitin Vaidya of the University of Illinois                Feedback Control vs Uncertainty Model           Dr. Dayawansa held in Lubbock, Texas in
Urbana Champaign, and Radha Poovendran                          Complexity: from Information Theory to          April 2007, titled “Emerging Frontiers in
a 1999 ECE Ph.D. alumnus and Professor at                       Networked Control.” He was also an invited      Control Theory Research and Innovative
the University of Washington, Seattle.                          featured speaker at the MIT Enterprise Forum    Applications.”  C
A. JAMES ClA rK SC hOOl of E N GiN E Er i N G      G lE N N l. MA rTi N i N STi T U T E O f T E ChN OlO GY
     facultyNEWS				                               continued

     NEW BOOKS By FACULTy AND ALUMNI                                                       SHIHAB SHAMMA RECEIVES ISR
                                                                                           FACULTy AWARD
     Professor Isaak Mayergoyz and ECE Ph.D. alumnus
     Chun Tse (‘03) co-authored a new book titled “Spin-                                   Professor Shihab Shamma received the
     stand Microscopy of hard Disk Data,” published by                                     institute for Systems research (iSr)
     Elsevier Science. The book provides an in-depth                                       Outstanding faculty Award. Dr. Shamma
     analysis of spin-stand microscopy of hard disk data,                                  has been a member of the University of
     a new technique recently developed and extensively
                                                                                           Maryland faculty since 1984. his research
     tested by Mayergoyz and Tse. Spin-stand microscopy
                                                                                           deals with issues in computational
     is the first magnetic imaging technique where imaging
                                                                                           neuroscience, euromorphic engineering,
     is performed “ex-situ,” outside of its native drive, on a
     rotating disk mounted on a spin-stand. This technique                                 and the development of microsensor
     is one of the fastest scanning-based microscopy                                       systems for experimental research and
     techniques. it is also non-invasive and provides nano-                                neural prostheses.
     scale resolution, offering unique capabilities for the
     visualization of magnetization patterns recorded on                                   WILLIAM LEVINE HONORED AT
     hard disks.                                                                           RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
     ECE Emeritus Professor Chi H. Lee co-authored a book with University of               faculty and staff from the ECE
     Maryland Physics Professor Wendell Hill titled “light-Matter interaction:             Department gathered with friends and
     Atoms and Molecules in External fields and Nonlinear Optics,” published by            family on May
     John Wiley and Sons, ltd. The book explores the principal ideas that form             23 to celebrate
     the basis of atomic, molecular, and optical science and engineering, offering         the retirement of
     exercises, bibliographies, and important physics and mathematical definitions to      Professor William
     supplement each chapter.                                                              Levine. Outgoing
                                                                                           Maryland Provost
     A new book titled “Simulation-based Algorithms for Markov Decision Processes”         William Destler was
     was co-written by four authors with ties to the ECE Department: former ECE            on hand to present
     Chair and current Professor Steve Marcus; Professor Michael Fu (BUS/ECE/iSr);         him with a signed
     former Maryland postdoctoral researcher Hyeong Soo Chang, who now teaches             letter of honorary
     at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea; and ECE alumnus Jiaqiao Hu, who was             citation from
     advised by Marcus and fu and is now assistant professor at SUNY Stony Brook           Maryland Governor
     University. The new book explores Markov decision processes (MDPs), which             Martin O’Malley. Dr.
     are widely used for modeling sequential decision-making problems that arise in                                    WILLIAM LEVINE
                                                                                           levine served as
     engineering, economics, computer science, and the social sciences.                    a faculty member
                                                                                           in the ECE Department for 38 years,
     John A. Gubner, a 1988 Ph.D. alumnus in electrical engineering and associate          specializing in controls research. levine
     professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Electrical           will continue on with the Department as a
     and Computer Engineering, is the author of a new academic textbook, titled            research professor.C
     “Probability and random Processes for Electrical and Computer Engineers.”
     Gubner was advised by Professor Prakash Narayan during his M.S. and Ph.D.
                                                                                           ECE FACULTy IN THE NEWS
     study at UMD.   C
                                                                                           HORIUCHI FEATURED IN Wired MAGAZINE
                                                                                           PROF. TIMOTHy HORIUCHI WAs FEATURED
     Professor Virgil Gligor was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of iEEE Transactions on     IN AN ARTICLE ON THE WiRed MAGAzINE
     Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), one of the top journals in the field of       WEBsITE ABOUT MILITARY REsEARCH AIMED
     computer engineering. TDSC is a quarterly journal focusing on research related to     AT CREATING sMALL DRONEs, OR MICRO-AIR
     designing, modeling, and evaluating systems and networks that are dependable          VEHICLEs, THAT CAN TAKE ON THE POWERs
     and secure without compromising performance. Gligor is also the Associate             AND sHAPEs OF ANIMALs. REsEARCHERs
     Editor for iEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and serves on the boards of         LIKE HORIUCHUI ARE WORKING TO DEVELOP
     iEEE Transactions on Computers and ACM Transactions on information Systems            ROBOTs THAT ARE ABLE TO sEE LIKE BUGs
     Security.C                                                                            AND HEAR LIKE BATs. THE ARTICLE MENTIONs
                                                                                           HORIUICHI’s EFFORTs TO GET COMPUTERs TO
                                                                                           EMULATE BATs’ ECHOLATION CAPABILITIEs,
     NEW FACULTy PATENTS                                                                   CITING THE ROBOTIC “BATMOBILEs” HE HAs
                                                                                           BUILT TO TEsT HIs CIRCUITs.
     Professor Christopher Davis was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,106,971 for his invention,
     “System and Method for Optical Wireless Communication.” Davis’ system                 JAJA IN THE NEWS FOR DIGITAL ARCHIVING
     facilitates optical wireless communication with fading resistance. his approach       AND PRESERVATION TECHNOLOGy
     reduces fading significantly by sending data in a set of light signals which each
     have a different polarization and/or a different wavelength. Each light signal is     PROF. JOSEPH JAJA WAs FEATURED IN
     carried over a different, uncorrelated “channel” through the atmosphere. The          THE FedeRal TimeS FOR HIs EFFORTs IN
     receiver adjusts and combines the signals into a single signal.                       HELPING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVEs PREsERVE
                                                                                           FEDERAL RECORDs. HIs REsEARCH TEAM’s
                                                                                           PRODUCER–ARCHIVE WORKFLOW NETWORK
     Professor Kazuo Nakajima was part of a research team that received U.S. patent
                                                                                           (PAWN) sOFTWARE WILL ENABLE FEDERAL
     number 7,075,827 for their reconfigurable semiconductor device and integrated
                                                                                           AGENCIEs TO sUBMIT THEIR RECORDs
     circuit invention. The object of the invention is to decrease or eliminate use of
                                                                                           EAsILY AND WITH THE AssURANCE THAT IT Is
     a memory element or a memory circuit such as SrAM for storing data in the
                                                                                           TRANsMITTED CORRECTLY AND sECURELY.
     programmable hardware so that the space used for implementing the device and
     circuit can be decreased.  C
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Clark School Honors Innovator Laroia                                                                 Scientific AmericAn
                                                                                                     HONORs ALUMNUs IN “sA 50”

On October 16, the Clark                                                QUALCOMM. He                 Protagoras (“Tag”) Cutchis, a senior
School inducted alumnus Rajiv                                           was honored for his          engineer at the Johns Hopkins University
Laroia, M.S. ’89 and Ph.D.                                              inventions, which            Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel,
’92, electrical engineering, into                                       helped to double the         Md., was selected by Scientific American
the Innovation Hall of Fame                                             speed of data over           magazine as a Research Leader in the 2006
in a ceremony at the Kim                                                landline modems and          “Scientific American 50” (SA 50) list.
Engineering Building attended                                           will allow companies               Cutchis was cited for developing a device
by campus leaders, faculty, staff,                                      to bring enhanced            that may enable amputees to communicate
students and past Hall of Fame                                          internet functions to        desired movements simply by thinking
inductees. Laroia, who is also a                                        mobile phones.               about them. His invention involves an array
member of the ECE Advisory                                                    As a student,          of electrodes implanted radially around the
Board, was presented with a                                             Laroia was advised           sheath of a peripheral nerve, recording pulses
medallion commemorating his                      RAJIV LAROIA           by newly-appointed           that travel up and down nerve endings and
induction and a panel describing                                        Maryland Provost             thus recreating precise stimulations that could
his work was revealed.                             Nariman Farvardin. Both conducted                 be used to control prostheses.
     Laroia is a leading developer of wireline     research for the Communication and Signal               A University of Maryland alumnus four
and wireless technologies who recently sold        Processing Laboratory at the Institute for        times over, Cutchis earned a B.S. in electrical
his company to communications giant                Systems Research.   C                             engineering (1979), a B.S. in physics (1979),
                                                                                                     and an M.S. in electrical engineering
                                                                                                     (1990), and an M.D. from the University of
Alumnus and Sirius Satellite Radio                                                                   Maryland at Baltimore (1983).                     11
Co-Founder Receives AIAA Award                                                                             Cutchis delivered an ECE Seminar
                                                                                                     on April 18 about the development of
ECE alumnus Robert Briskman, the co-               the technical innovator of mobile satellite       biomedical devices from 1984 to the present.
founder of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, received        radio services, he was responsible for the        The lecture is available online, and can
the 2007 American Institute of Aeronautics         development, implementation and operation         be found in the news archive of the ECE
and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace                  of SIRIUS’ broadcast distribution system.         website, located at    C
Communications Award. The award,                   His technology development responsibility
presented at the 25th AIAA International           included design of low cost satellite receiving   ALUMNUs GOTOFF RECEIVEs
                                                                                                     NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE HONOR
Communications Satellite Systems                   terminals for automobiles. Briskman also
Conference in Seoul, South Korea on April          supervised the launch of three SIRIUS             ECE alumnus Steven Gotoff, B.S. ‘78
12, recognizes outstanding contributions           satellites into a unique operational orbital      (zoology) and ‘82 (electrical engineering), has
in the field of aerospace communications.          constellation which he designed.                  received a Director of National Intelligence
Briskman was honored for his pioneering                  Over the past 32 years, Briskman            (DNI) Fellows Award in recognition of his
efforts in developing the Satellite Digital        directed the implementation of satellite          outstanding technical achievement within
Audio Radio Service (SDARS), known                 telecommunications systems at COMSAT              the intelligence community. Director John
widely today as satellite radio.                   and NASA. He holds engineering degrees            D. Negroponte was on hand to present the
      Briskman, who received an M.S. in            from University of Maryland and Princeton         DNI Fellows Awards to Gotoff and nine
electrical engineering at the University of        University and is a Fellow of IEEE and            other recipients on December 15, 2006.
Maryland in 1961, co-founded SIRIUS                AIAA, the largest professional aerospace               Gotoff currently oversees technology
Satellite Radio in 1991. He served as Chief        engineering society in the world. He has          development and fielding efforts for the
Technical Officer and Executive Vice               published over 50 technical papers, holds a       Directorate of Measurement and Signature
President, Engineering of SIRIUS and               number of patents, and has been inducted          Intelligence and Technical Collection at the
has been involved with communication               into the Space Foundation and SSPI Halls          Defense Intelligence Agency.   C
satellite systems since their inception. As        of Fame.  C
     alumniNEWS				                                  continued

     THREE ECE ALUMNI NAMED IEEE                     and was recently named associate professor        Her research interests are in communication
     FELLOWs                                         with tenure in May 2007. He received his          networks and information theory, with a
                                                     M.S. in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2002 from           focus on cross-layer design.
     Three ECE alumni were recently named            Maryland, and was advised by Professor K.               Tolga Girici, also advised by Prof.
     Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and      J. Ray Liu.                                       Ephremides, will join the faculty of the Tobb
     Electronics Engineers (IEEE).                         Dr. Saswati Sarkar, Ph.D. ‘00 electrical    University of Economics and Technology
          Hamid Jafarkhani was named an              engineering, was promoted to associate            (Department of Electrical and Electronic
     IEEE Fellow “for contributions to space-        professor with tenure in the University           Engineering) in Ankara, Turkey, this fall. He
     time coding.” Jafarkhani is a professor in      of Pennsylvania’s Electrical and Systems          will be working on topics related to resource
     the Department of Electrical Engineering        Engineering Department. Sarkar’s Ph.D.            allocation, queueing theory and optimization
     and Computer Science at the University          advisor was former ECE faculty member             in wireless multiple access and energy
     of California, Irvine. He earned his Ph.D.      Leandros Tassiulas.                               efficient communications in the near future.
     in Electrical Engineering in 1994 and                 Alumnus Dr. Radha Poovendran,                     Alumna and current ECE postdoctoral
     was advised by newly appointed Provost          Ph.D. ‘99 electrical engineering, was             researcher Mounya Elhilali has accepted a
     Nariman Farvardin. He was the winner of         promoted to associate professor with              faculty position in the ECE Department at
     the 2006 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award         tenure by the University of Washington’s          Johns Hopkins University, beginning January
     in Wireless Communications.                     Electrical Engineering Department. He             2008. Elhilali earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She
          Naomi Leonard was named an IEEE
                                                     won a Presidential Early Career Award for         was advised by Professor Shihab Shamma,
     Fellow “for contributions to control of
                                                     Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2005.        with whom she has also been working during
     underwater vehicles.” Leonard, Ph.D.
                                                     Poovendran’s Ph.D. advisor was Professor          her postdoctoral appointment.
     electrical engineering ‘94, is a professor
                                                     John Baras.                                             Steve Haga has been appointed as
     of mechanical and aerospace engineering
                                                           Alumnus Ram Venkataraman Iyer has           an assistant professor in the Department
     at Princeton University. Leonard won a
                                                     been promoted to associate professor with         of Computer Science and Engineering at
     MacArthur Fellow “genius grant” in 2004
12                                                   tenure in the Department of Mathematics           National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan.
     for her underwater robotics research. Her
                                                     and Statistics, Texas Tech University,            Haga received his Ph.D. in 2005. His advisor
     advisor was Professor P.S. Krishnaprasad.
                                                     Lubbock. Iyer earned his Ph.D in electrical       was ECE Professor Rajeev Barua.
          Leandros Tassiulas, Ph.D. electrical
                                                     engineering in 1999, advised by Professor               ECE postdoctoral researcher Vijay
     engineering ‘92, was also named an IEEE
                                                     P. S. Krishnaprasad.                              Gupta has accepted an assistant professor
     fellow for his contributions to algorithms,
                                                                                                       position in the Electrical Engineering
     protocols and architectures of wireless
                                                     RECENT ECE ALUMNI ACCEPT                          Department at the University of Notre
     communication networks. He is currently a       FACULTY POsITIONs
     faculty member at the University of Thessala,                                                     Dame, beginning January 2008. As a
     Volos, Greece. His advisor was Professor                                                          postdoc at Maryland, Vijay has worked with
                                                     Alumnus Fumin Zhang accepted a position
     Anthony Ephremides.                                                                               Professor John Baras and Assistant Professor
                                                     as assistant professor in the School of
                                                                                                       Nuno Martins.
                                                     Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
     ECE ALUMNI EARN TENURE,                         Georgia Institute of Technology. He will
     PROMOTIONs                                                                                        ALUMNA YAN sUN WINs NsF
                                                     join the faculty at the recently established      CAREER AWARD
     Ph.D. alumnus Wade Trappe was                   Savannah campus. Zhang earned his Ph.D.
     appointed Associate Director of the             in Electrical Engineering from the University     ECE Ph.D. alumna Yan Lindsay Sun ‘04, an
     Wireless Information Network Laboratory         of Maryland in 2004. He was advised by            assistant professor in the ECE Department at
     (WINLAB) at Rutgers University. WINLAB          Professor P. S. Krishnaprasad.                    the University of Rhode Island, has received a
     is an industry-university cooperative                Azadeh Faridi, advised by Professor          National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty
     research center focused on advancing            Anthony Ephremides, will join the                 Early Career Development (CAREER)
     the development of wireless networking          Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Department de           Award. Dr. Sun, a former advisee of Professor
     technology by combining the resources of        Tecnologia) in Barcelona, Spain, as a faculty     K. J. Ray Liu, received the honor for her
     government, industry and academia. Trappe       member after her graduation in August.            research initiative, titled “Building Trust in
     joined Rutgers as assistant professor of        Currently she is working on cross-layer           Distributed Networks: Theories, Architecture
     electrical and computer engineering in 2002,    distortion control for delay-sensitive sources.   and Applications. C
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ALUMNA CHIU WINs MACRONIx                                                                   ECE ALUMNI ADVANCE IN INDUSTRy
                                                                                            ECE alumnus Elias Shams, B.S. ‘90, was named the new CEO of
                                                                                            Searchles, an intelligent social search platform that integrates
Ching-Te Chiu, a 1992 ECE Ph.D.                                                             popular internet tools like bookmarking, tagging and sharing
graduate advised by Professor K. J. Ray Liu                                                 content with in-depth search features. Shams will be responsible for
                                                                                            providing leadership and overall direction for the company.
and current associate professor at National
Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan, won both                                                    Robert L. Richmond, B.S. ‘73, was hired as Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                            for SteelCloud, inc., an engineering and manufacturing company
the first place award and the innovation                                                    based in herndon, Va.
award in the 2006 Macronix Golden Silicon
                                                                                            Eric Oganesoff, B.S. ’72, has joined fOCUS Enterprises, inc. as a
Awards competition for her group’s work on                                                  Partner. Oganesoff has previously served as the CEO or President
                                                                                            of nine companies. fOCUS Enterprises, inc. is a national investment
“Loaded Balanced Birkhoff Von Neumann                                                       banking firm with an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures
Symmetric TDM Switch IC.” Her research                                                      and corporate finance.
team worked to implement a new switch                                                       David Tahmassebi, B.S. ‘86, has been named the new President and
architecture that is capable of providing both                                              CEO of ledEngin, a company that produces ultra high-power light
                                                                                            Emitting Diodes (lEDs).
high scalability and high throughput rate.
                                                                                            William J. Schaefer has been appointed vice president of business
CHEN’s TECHNOLOGY REGROWs                                                                   development for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s integrated
                                                                                            Systems sector. Schaefer earned his bachelor’s degree in 1970
MIssING TEETH                                                                               and master’s degree in 1972, both in electrical engineering at the
                                                                                            University of Maryland.
Alumnus Jie Chen (Ph.D. ‘98), associate
                                                                                            Akhlesh Kaushiva, B.S. ’72, has joined Avineon, inc. as vice president
professor of electrical engineering at the                                                  of the company’s Commercial iT Services division.
University of Alberta, has developed patent-
                                                                                            Harold “Hal” C. Smith, B.S. ’80, has joined Computer Sciences
pending technology that enables the regrowth                                                Corporation (CSC) as vice president and general manager of
of teeth and dental tissue. Dr. Chen and his                                                intelligence and law enforcement for the company’s North American
                                                                                            Enforcement, Security and intelligence (ESi) division.C
colleagues designed a tiny wireless device for                                                                                                                       13
insertion into a patient’s mouth which can                                                  IN MEMORIAM
gently massage the gums to stimulate the
                                                                                            Ernest Norman Hernandez (Ph.D., E.E., 1969), 66, died July 14,
growth of the tooth root. Dr. Chen was an                                                   2007 in a plane crash after encountering engine trouble while flying
                                                                                            his single-engine plane back from an air show near Seattle. After
advisee of Professor K. J. Ray Liu.                                                         graduating from University of Maryland, he worked with the Navy
                                                                                            and moved to Colorado, where he worked at the U.S. Geological
 ECE ALUMNI HONORED AT GALA                                                                 Survey. he later relocated to Seattle to become a professor at the
                                                                                            University of Washington, where he researched high-speed data
 The University of Maryland Alumni                                                          communications and started the Optics Communications lab in
 Association honored five Clark School                                                      1972. he was chairman and chief executive of AuBeta Networks, a
 alumni and friends during its annual                                                       Seattle technology company with more than 90 employees. The
 awards gala on April 14, including two                                                     company was just one of many he founded or co-founded since
 ECE alumni.                                                                                1973, including Terra Technology, hiComp, Terra Computer Systems,
                                                                                            Applied Computer Technology, Atec, Cybermedic and AuBeta.
 Sudhitham Chirathivat, B.S. ‘71, electrical
 engineering, was presented with the                                                        James Reid Gouge Jr. (B.S., E.E., 1953), 78, died of multiple myeloma
 university’s international alumnus award                                                   Oct. 11, 2007 at the Capital hospice in falls Church. Mr. Gouge
 in recognition of his career in the retail                                                 enlisted in the Navy and served during World War ii and the Korean
 industry around the globe. Chirathivat is                                                  conflict. During his time at Maryland, he was a member of Phi Kappa
 president and CEO of Central Pattana                                                       Phi, Eta Kappa Nu and Omicron Delta Kappa. he worked for several
 Public Co., ltd. in Thailand.                                                              engineering firms before retiring from the MiTrE Corp.
 Emilio A. Fernandez, B.S. ‘69, electrical
 engineering, was presented with the                                                        Luigi Anthony Vagnoni (B.S., E.E., 1953) died June 18, 2007 at the
 Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award                                                      age of 84 at his home in Annapolis. Mr. Vagnoni joined the Navy
 for his accomplishments in industry.                                                       Department in 1941 as a Washington Navy Yard machinist. he served
 fernandez, an entrepreneur who co-                                                         in the Navy in the North Atlantic during World War ii. he spent
 founded Pulse Electronics, is already a                                                    much of his career at the Naval Ordnance laboratory in White Oak
 member of the Clark School’s innovation                                                    designing and testing missiles launched by submarines.
 hall of fame and is also a member of the
 school’s board of visitors.                                                                Alfred J. Rugo (B.S., E.E., 1949) died Jan. 19, 2007 at the age of
                                                                                            84. he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University
 Additional honorees included Linda                                                         of Maryland and a master’s degree in business from George
 Gooden of lockheed Martin, Michael D.                                                      Washington University. During World War ii, he served in the Army.
 Griffin, Ph.D. ‘77, aerospace engineering;                                                 Mr. rugo was director of sales for the lighting division of the GTE
 and Marilyn Berman Pollans, former                                                         Sylvania Corp. at its headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, and
 associate dean of the Clark School.            C                                           worked there for 35 years before retiring.C
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     ECE Students Sweep $50K Business Plan Competition
     ECE Team Creates New Wireless Device To Monitor ER Patients, Attracts Attention from CNN

     ECE students and faculty competed on all          something was seriously wrong with the           more accurate diagnoses and pre-operative
     three winning teams and were runners-up on        patient. The team’s patent-pending monitors      planning.
     two others in the University of Maryland’s        are 15 times less expensive than existing             In the Undergraduate Student Division,
     $50K Business Plan Competition, organized         products. The invention was in the news          the winning team, IMPACT Education LLC,
     annually by Maryland Technology Enterprise        recently after the team won second place         won $5,000. IMPACT develops low-cost
     Institute (MTECH) Ventures, a unit of             and the Entrepreneurial Vision Award at the      educational kits that university professors
     the A. James Clark School of Engineering.         Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise        can use to teach MEMS fabrication outside
     Competition finals were held on April 27,         Development (SEED) competition in Santa          of expensive laboratory facilities. While
     2007 at the University of Maryland, in the        Barbara, Ca. The team was recently featured      those facilities can cost millions of dollars
     Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. The            on CNN and in The Baltimore Examiner for         to build, IMPACT’s educational kit will
     competition, now in its seventh year, offers      their invention.                                 cost only $500. The team is comprised of
     participants the chance to earn start-up                ECE Research Associate Will Plishker;      undergraduates Ryan Herrera, electrical
     money for entrepreneurial ideas, and has          ECE graduate students Yashwanth Hemaraj          engineering (‘07); John Karvounis, computer
     awarded a total of $385,000 in prizes to          (May ‘07) and Omkar Dandekar, and                engineering (‘07); Peter Orlicki, Hinman
     faculty, students and alumni with the best        ECE Adjunct Professor Raj Shekhar                CEOs, computer engineering and finance
     plans for innovative ventures.                    were winners in the Faculty and Graduate         (‘08); Travis Young, electrical engineering
           Current ECE undergrad David                 Student Division, earning $10,000 in prize       (‘07); Kristin Freese, Hinman CEOs and
     Crawford (B.S. ‘09) and a 2002 ECE                money. The team has put together a new           government and politics, (‘07); Steven
14   alumna wishing to remain anonymous were           company called Accelign that is developing       Hoffenson, mechanical engineering (‘07);
     winners in the Young Alumni Division for          technology that quickly fuses or “registers”     Kate Imp, criminal justice alumna (‘06); Paul
     their business plan, titled Aid Networks          medical images from multiple sources to          Kang, marketing and logistics (‘07); Jamie
     LLC, winning $10,000. Aid Networks is a           create a single, three-dimensional image.        Kim, finance and accounting, (‘07); Wei-
     seed stage medical device R&D company             Fusing images through Accelign’s hardware        Liang William Lai, computer science and
     developing small, portable, wireless, wearable    accelerator gives doctors the ability, using     math (‘07); Fred Perrotta, economics (‘07);
     vital sign monitors for hospital patients in      existing imaging equipment, to see the           Jennifer Thompson, mechanical engineering
     emergency waiting rooms. Currently, the           metabolic activity of positron emission          (‘07); Joe Wakeman-Linn, psychology (‘07);
     average patient’s wait time in American           tomography (PET) scans, as well as the high      and Ben Worku, information systems and
     hospitals is 222 minutes—well over three          resolution anatomical structure of computed      finance (‘07).
     hours. The system could send an alert to ER       tomography (CT) scans, all in one image.              Finalists were selected from 18
     nurses or doctors if the vital signs showed       This innovation can help doctors provide                                                     C
                                                                                                        semifinalists, and nearly 60 initial entries.

     Recent Clark School Grads May Have the Next youTube
          Three Clark School students hope their       groove. Users can submit their videos to         ‘05, Master of Engineering specializing
     new web site may be the next YouTube.             doFlick and watch others’ videos, all at no      in Project Management. They met in an
     Their site, doFlick, features short videos that   cost. Advertising sales will support the site,   entrepreneurship class offered by the Clark
     show users how to do all kinds of things,         which can be visited at         School’s Professional Master of Engineering
     from how to bend a tube for a science lab              The brains behind doFlick are Rama          program and Maryland Technology
     to how to make guacamole. The site also           Sreenivasan, who received his Ph.D. in           Enterprise Institute (MTECH), each looking
     includes videos that demonstrate scientific       chemical engineering in May; Shiva Pandit,       to create a business they could get excited
     principles, including talking with helium,        who received his Master of Engineering           about that could benefit people.
     as well as other activities, including a          specializing in electrical and computer               “With doFlick, our goal is to spread
     demonstration of a drum and bass music            engineering in May; and Luis Corzo,              knowledge beyond boundaries,” said Pandit.  C
                                                                                                                          CONNECTIONS      SUMME r 2007
                                                                                                                  MARyLAND ROBOTICS CLUB
                                                                                                                  FEATURED IN LOS AnGeLeS timeS

                                                                                                                  rOBOTiCS@MArYlAND, ThE UNiVErSiTY
                                                                                                                  Of MArYlAND rOBOTiCS ClUB, WAS
                                                                                                                  fEATUrED rECENTlY iN ThE lOS ANGElES
KENNETH HO NAMED TExAs                                          GHALICHECHIAN RECEIVEs IsR
                                                                                                                  TiMES AfTEr COMPETiNG ThE 11Th
INsTRUMENTs sCHOLAR                                             OUTsTANDING sTUDENT AWARD                         ANNUAl ASSOCiATiON fOr UNMANNED
                                                                                                                  VEhiClE    SYSTEMS    iNTErNATiONAl
ECE M.S. student Kenneth Ho was selected Nima Ghalichechian, electrical engineering                               (AUVSi) COMPETiTiON SAN DiEGO JUlY.
                                                      ‘07, received the Institute for Systems                     ThE TEAM BUilT AND DESiGNED ThEir
as a 2007 Texas Instruments (TI) Scholar.
                                                                                                                  OWN     UNDErWATEr      AUTONOMOUS
The TI Scholar program is made possible               Research (ISR) 2007 George Harhalakis                       rOBOT. rOBOTiCS@MArYlAND PlACED
by a gift from the Texas Instruments branch           Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate                    13Th OUT Of A fiElD Of 27 TEAMS.
                                                                                                                  PhOTOS frOM ThE COMPETiTiON AS
located in Germantown, Maryland through               Student Award. He was nominated by                          WEll AS ADDiTiONAl iNfOrMATiON
their Industrial Affiliate partnership with the Associate Professor Reza Ghodssi, his faculty                     ABOUT MArYlAND CAN BE fOUND AT
                                                      advisor. Nima’s research focuses on the                     hTTP://rAM.UMD.EDU/TrAC.
ECE Department. The program supports
talented graduate                                                                       development
students in electrical                                                                  of next
and computer                                                                            generation
engineering with                                                                        Power
a tuition grant,                                                                        MEMS
stipend, and                                                                            devices based
benefits.                                                                               on micro
      Ho is an advisee                                                                  ball-bearing
of Associate Professor                                                                  technology
Min Wu. Texas                                                                           for                     UNDERGRADs GOLDMAN AND CHEN
                                                                                                                sELECTED As NCMR sCHOLARs
Instruments Senior                                                                      miniature
Fellow William                                                                          battery                 Two ECE undergraduate seniors were selected
Witowsky, ECE                                                                           applications.           as National Consortium for Measurement
Chair Dr. Patrick                                                                       Nima has                and Signals Intelligence Research (NCMR)          15
O’Shea, Dr. Steve                                                                       designed,               Scholars. Marc Goldman, who worked in
Tretter, Dr. Wu, and Ho were on hand for a            modeled and tested the world’s first rotary               the Computational Sensorimotor Systems
TI Scholar certificate presentation ceremony          micro-motor supported on micro ball bearings.             Laboratory with Associate Professor Timothy
(see photo above) at the Jeong H. Kim                                                                           Horiuchi, received a $10,000 scholarship, while
Engineering Building on December 4. For               sTEVE TJOA NAMED NEW
                                                      PREsIDENT OF ECEGsA
                                                                                                                Eric Ying-Che Chen, part of Assistant Professor
more information about the ECE Industrial                                                                       Pamela Abshire’s Integrated Biomorphic
Affiliates program, visit            Ph.D. student Steve                                       Information Systems Laboratory, received
                                                                Tjoa was named                                  $5,000. NCMR is a Defense Intelligence
                                                                the new President                               Agency program that provides cutting-edge
                                                                of the Electrical and                           research to the intelligence community. The
ECE Ph.D. student Stephan Koev was a                            Computer Engineering                            scholarship help promising undergrads with
recipient of the 2007 American Vacuum                           Graduate Student                                tuition, textbooks, room and board.
Society’s (AVS) Graduate Research Award,                        Association (ECEGSA).
                                                                Steve succeeds Song                             MEGHIRBI NAMED GRADUATE
a prestigious prize that draws nationwide
                                                                                                 STEVE TJOA     AssIsTANT ADVIsOR OF THE YEAR
competition each year. Stephan is advised                       Li as President. He
by Associate Professor Reza Ghodssi, and                        received a B.S. degree                          The ECE Department’s Meriam Meghirbi
is the third student from Ghodssi’s MEMS                        in computer engineering in 2004 and an          (B.S., E.E. ’04, M.S. in Telecommunications
Sensors and Actuators Lab to be honored                         M.S. degree in electrical engineering in        ’07) was selected as the 2006-2007 Provost’s
with the award in the last five years; Nima                     2006, both from the University of Maryland.     Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor of the
Ghalichechian won the award in 2006                             Steve currently serves as a graduate research   Year for the University of Maryland. She
and Alireza Modafe won it in 2002. Both                         assistant in the Signals and Information        was nominated by her supervisor, Associate
Nima and Alireza were also advised by Dr.                       Research Group, and is advised by Prof K. J.    Director of Undergraduate & Administrative
Ghodssi—who coincidentally won this same                        Ray Liu. His research focuses on multimedia     Affairs Steve Norton, for her “consummate
award when he was a graduate student.                           signal processing and forensics.                professionalism... and infectious enthusiasm.”

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Memorial Scholarship Created To Honor Derek Blume ‘03
A new scholarship has been created in                theatrical                                             friends established an endowed fund to
memory of Derek Hans Blume, a 2003                   events.                                                support undergraduate students enrolled
computer engineering alumnus who passed                   He was                                            in Maryland’s Department of Electrical
away in his sleep on July 29, 2006, at the           a member of                                            and Computer Engineering.
early age of 25.                                     Eta Kappa                                                   According to his family, Derek was
     Derek was a talented student who                Nu (HKN),                                              an avid skier and ultimate frisbee player,
displayed his engineering prowess early in life.     Gamma Xi                                               an incessant tinkerer, an adventurous
By the age of three, he was already dismantling      Chapter, for                                           cook, a budding wine geek, a brew-
his children’s cassette player and putting it back   which he was                                           master, a retro audiophile, and a lover
together. By the age of 17, he had rebuilt a car     a chairperson.                                         of both cutting edge technologies and
engine. He had an enthusiasm for all things          Derek had an                                           antiquated machines, especially his
electrical and mechanical.                           affinity for                                           beloved MG; with all, keeping friends
     While a student at the University of            lab courses,                 DEREK BLUME               ever close at hand. It is their hope that
Maryland, Derek worked at the University’s           and was                                                the Derek Blume Memorial Scholarship
Tawes Theatre, where he was able to                  particularly skilled with the digital logic and   will allow the spirit of Derek to live on in
combine his affection for technical theater          microprocessor design projects.                   those who share his interests.
and engineering. Derek served as the lighting             To honor Derek’s memory and assist                 To make a gift the scholarship fund, please
designer for major cultural, dance, and              students at his alma mater, his family and        visit       C

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