The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UMass Amherst is privileged to have four outstanding new faculty members arriving to teach and do research in September of 2019. They are Assistant Professors Tongping Liu, Fatima Muhammad Anwar, Beatriz Lorenzo Veiga, and Jeremy Gummeson.
Tongping Liu comes to UMass after serving as an assistant professor for the University of Texas at San Antonio for five years. His research interest focuses on software security, reliability, scalability, and performance of parallel and distributed systems. More specifically, his research tries to solve practical problems in software systems. He has been granted three U.S. patents, and has six patents in application. His research has attracted the interests of industrial giants, such as Google, Intel, IBM, Mozilla, SAS, MathWorks, and Huawei, and he won the Google Faculty Award in 2015. His work was published in prestigious venues like SOSP, OSDI, PLDI, MICRO, USENIX Security, and CCS. He received his Ph.D. from UMASS Amherst in 2014. Before that, he worked as a senior software engineer at the COSMOBIC company.
As Fatima Anwar says about her research, “My interests lie at the intersection of system design, security, and quality of time in distributed cyber-physical systems. In particular, I design trustworthy systems around abstractions to provide key services to Internet of Things applications running on commodity platforms and operating systems.” She has published at least 13 papers in scientific publications and given seven invited talks. She comes to UMass Amherst from UCLA, where she just earned her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. During her Ph.D., she was the Grace Hopper Scholar and the finalist for the prestigious Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. She has also worked as a software engineer at the Advanced R&D Group, Mobile Communications Division, of Samsung Electronics in Korea.
Beatriz Lorenzo Veiga has produced more than 40 articles in scientific journals and conference papers and delivered approximately 15 invited talks in the last five years. Her research interests are networking, mobile computing, network virtualization, network economics, optimization theory, and their application to the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems. She comes to UMass Amherst after serving since 2014 as a senior researcher at the Atlantic Research Center for Telecommunication Technologies in the Department of Telematics at the University of Vigo in Spain. She earned a Ph.D. degree at the University of Oulu, Finland, and M.Sc. at the University of Vigo. Lorenzo was also a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of Florida.
Jeremy Gummeson has two patents, five patents pending, and nearly 30 journal publications, conference papers, and workshop papers. “My multidisciplinary research looks at how we can co-design computer hardware and software to enable energy efficient mobile computing systems that can accurately sense humans and the world that surrounds them,” as he explains. “More specifically, my current research largely focuses on developing novel sensing, communication, and energy management techniques that enable closed-loop sensing systems that optimize our resources, health, and wireless environment.” The techniques he develops are applicable to any low-power, energy constrained device and can benefit application spaces including mobile health, smart homes/buildings, and precision agriculture. Prior to joining UMass Amherst, he had appointments at Disney Research and HP Labs. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Systems Engineering from UMass Amherst in 2013. (September 2019)