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The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the the top public engineering program in New England.

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for a Sony Faculty Innovation Award of $100,000.

 

Guangyu Xu, an Assistant Professor and the Dev and Linda Gupta Endowed Professor in the ECE Department, is receiving a $500,000 award from the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

Join us virtually on April 9, 2021.  ECE's Dan Holcomb and colleagues from WPI, Yale, and Northeastern will bring together students, researchers, practitioners, and industry partners in the field of hardware security to share their work and foster new ideas.

The research of Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of three projects featured in an IEEE Spectrum article, titled “Three Frosty Innovations for Better Quantum Computers,” which examines the potential benefits of cryogenically freezing quantum computers.

Associate Professor Mike Zink of the Electrical and Computing Engineering Department and Professor Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at UMass Amherst, along with Joonsup Park of the University of Texas at Tyler and Mingyuan Wu, Eric Lee, Bo Chen, and Klara Nahrstedt of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), recently received a best paper award from the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM) for their work, “SEAWARE: Semantic Aware View Prediction System for 360-degree Video Streaming.” 

A research team led by Tongping Liu (ECE) has designed and implemented a novel tool that could automatically diagnose software issues within seconds. This tool is expected to put an end to hard-to-debug issues, especially for software running in deploy environments.

Congratulations to Dragana Perkovic-Martin '08 PhD for the successful operation of the landing radar for the Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance. She led the system engineering team for the mission's landing radar, which is now in a pile of rubble somewhere in the Jezero Crater after the descent stage safely lowered the rover.

 

Professor Csaba Andras Moritz and his Ph.D. student Sourabh Kulkarni received some healthy publicity on their probabilistic artificial intelligence (AI) work for COVID-19 modeling, as funded by Facebook’s AI group. A paper from the UMass researchers demonstrated how essential COVID-19 modeling and analysis can be massively accelerated with emerging hardware.

A group of brilliant and dedicated students from the College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department managed to hold a very Successful HackUMass VIII, which they ran on December 19 and 20 in a totally virtual format because of the pandemic. According to the lead for the event, undergrad Kevin Sie of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, “Overall, I believe the event went smoothly considering it was the first virtual hackathon that we hosted.”

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