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Professor Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The UMass Amherst Fellows program provides a 50-percent course release for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as one month of summer salary. The ECE department will receive compensation for the teaching release at the rate of $7,000 in each of the two semesters of the fellowship. Professor Tessier will still be expected to devote 50 percent of his time during the...

Maura Maloney (University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985), the Principal Technology Business Operations Analyst at ESPN, visited campus on February 26th along with four of her colleagues from ESPN to give a presentation on “Women in Technology Careers” as part of the UMass Amherst Information Technology TechTalk series.

Maloney fell in love with television as a work-study student while working in the Video Instructional Program at UMass Amherst and was hired by ESPN in 1991 as a Broadcast Engineer in the Transmission Department. Since 2000 she has...

There are few things more frustrating than being on an online real-time phone call when it suddenly gets the jitters, your caller’s voice doesn’t match up to his or her facial expressions, and your conversation doesn’t sync correctly. Likewise, gamers are infuriated when sudden lags cause them to lose at what they’ve been playing for hours. These lags and jitters are caused by a phenomenon known as “bufferbloat.”

Now there is a fix for bufferbloat founded on research conducted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst more than a decade ago. During the late 1990s and early...

The Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler (IWRAP) developed and built by the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was being used for sophisticated measurements of precipitation and the ocean surface during repeated flights in January and February as conducted by NOAH’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). IWRAP is a C-band and Ku-band dual-polarized (vertical and horizontal polarization) profiling scatterometer system designed to measure the backscattered signal from precipitation and the ocean surface.

The National...

Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is leading an initiative to light up a February 28 dance party, sponsored by the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center, with computerized Arduino lighting and thereby electrify the event in every possible way. The theme of the dance is “Come out as You Are: An LGBTQIA+ Dance.” The affair, taking place in the Student Union Ballroom from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., aims to include everyone.

The Stonewall Center is a campus resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual students. When...

According to the UMass Amherst Research Next website, Professors Michael Zink and Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department are key researchers in two campus projects funded by the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) Program, which is supporting five multi-million-dollar projects nationwide. As part of the two UMass Amherst projects, computing and engineering experts Jim Kurose, Arun Venkataramani, Wolf, and...

A team of four seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has conceived, designed, and is currently building a camera-toting drone aircraft that can hover above a mountain biker, surfer, climber, or any of the country’s 4.88-million action athletes and videotape the performance. Named “Otto: the Personal Cameraman,” the device will be mounted on a scale-model “quadcopter” and is the brainchild and senior design project of Andrew Sousa, Seth Kielbasa, Albion Lici, and Noah Portnoy, who also receive plenty of helpful input from faculty advisor Christopher Hollot. Go to...

A holiday feature story (see feature here: Globe) and sidebar (see sidebar here: Globe) in The Boston Globe looked at the indoor navigation system to help the visually impaired designed by Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Her...

On December 5, Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department held his second, annual, end-of-class demonstration of model, collision-avoiding  “smart cars,” as built by the students in his Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course, ECE 361. The event is a sort of anti-demolition derby, in which 60 model smart cars, built in teams by the 193 mechanical and industrial engineering students in McLaughlin’s class, duck, dodge, and dart across the floor in a choreography of collision avoidance. The demonstration marks the culmination of a semester-long...

On November 13 through 17, three graduate students from the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and School of Computer Science won the $5,000 first prize in the Juniper/Comcast Northeast Division Hackathon. The winning team was composed of Rufina Chettiar, School of Computer Science, advisor Professor Jim Kurose; Abhishek Dwaraki, Electrical and Computer Engineering, advisor Professor Tilman Wolf; and Divyashri Bhat, Electrical and Computer Engineering, advisor Professor Michael Zink.

The Software Defined Networking Hackathon organized by Comcast and Juniper, which took place...

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