UMass Amherst will be hosting the XXIX IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) from October 9 to 12 of 2011. ICCD is a premier conference covering leading edge research on design and implementation of computer systems and their components. Professors Sandip Kundu and Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are on the organizing/program committee.
The whole College of Engineering joins in congratulating Assistant Professor Marinos Vouvakis of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the college’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Teacher. Dr. Vouvakis will be recognized with other award winners during the college’s Senior Recognition Celebration, to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center. “Professor Vouvakis has a desire to be one of the best teachers in our department,” says ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot.
Dr. Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the co-author of a new textbook, Architecture of Network Systems published by Morgan Kaufmann, which has been called “the most comprehensive book on network systems” published to date. As Wolf explains, “Basically, you would read our book in order to understand how to design the devices that make the Internet work.”
Following a school and personal record tying performance, Sean Busch, a senior in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was named UMass Athlete of the Week on February 8. The senior helped the UMass Track and Field Team to a solid performance at the Giegengack Invitational on February 5 in Connecticut. Busch tied his personal and school record in the indoor pole vault that Saturday, reaching a height of 15-9. The mark was good enough for third place and also qualified him for the IC4A Championships.
Dr. Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is the co-author of a new book, Architecture of Network Systems, which is part of the Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design. Dr. Wolf’s co-author is Dimitrios Serpanos, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Patras in Greece and the director of the Industrial Systems Institute/R.C. Athena.
In 1987, after Randy Pritzker had earned his B.S. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, he took a radical sidestep in his career by deciding to go to the Boston College Law School. That juke in his education proved to be a game breaker and led to his remarkable 21-year career as one of Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers” at the Wolf Greenfield law firm, one of the world’s leading legal specialists in intellectual property, or IP.
Anyone on dialysis knows the ravages of uncontrolled anemia: severe fatigue, hospitalization, and, in extreme cases, death. Now a team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is collaborating with a leading kidney specialist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., to design more effective protocols for dosing a key drug used for controlling anemia in dialysis patients. In dialysis patients the amount of the hormone erythropoietin, or EPO, produced by kidneys to manage the production of red blood cells and control anemia is significantly lower than in healthy persons, resulting in the diminished red blood cell production that characterizes anemia.
Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received official word from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, that he will be elevated to the status of Fellow “for contributions to integrated circuit design and signal processing.” As the IEEE announcement letter said, “Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated Professor Dennis Goeckel of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to the honorary position of Fellow, effective on January 1, 2011. Following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Board of Directors announced Dr. Goeckel’s recognition with the following citation: “for contributions to wireless communication systems and networks.”
Imagine being blindfolded and then turned loose, on your own, to navigate a large, strange building that you’ve never entered before. It would be like one of those sadistic, mean-spirited reality TV shows. Yet that’s precisely the predicament encountered by many of the 161 million people worldwide who suffer from vision impairment. Now an electronic system called PERCEPT, being developed by Professor Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, will allow visually impaired individuals, each equipped only with a three-ounce electronic device and Bluetooth headphone, to navigate unfamiliar buildings with ease.