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Nicholas Bowen, Ph.D., a 1992 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, published an article in the Harvard Business Review this September. In the article, Bowen observes that software-enabled disasters are often caused by software defects that go ignored.

 

The UMass News Office reports that University Distinguished Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has collaborated with computer scientist Arun Venkataramani to land a a three-year, $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and test a method to improve interdomain routing. It is “the top-level protocol that holds the entire Internet together,” the two researchers explain. They add that these new routing strategies should improve fundamental robustness, security, and manageability and “benefit anyone who relies on the Internet today.” See News Office story: Using Cloud Resources to Dramatically Improve Internet Routing .

Christopher Merola, a PhD student of Associate Professor Marinos Vouvakis, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Phased Arrays Systems and Technology conference. His paper was entitled: “An RF beamforming Architecture for UWB continuous Time-Delay Control” by Merola and Vouvakis.

A team of researchers headed by Michael Zink (ECE) will develop a testbed for research and development of new cloud computing platforms thanks to a grant from the NSF. The collaborative project with Boston University and Northeastern University could reach a total of $5 million if fully funded after a review by the NSF in three years.  Read more...

The homepage for Nature.com reads “Hello quantum world!  Google publishes landmark quantum supremacy claim” and features the announcement published 23 October in Nature titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” of which Associate Professor Joseph Bardin is a co-author.

Guangyu Xu has been appointed to the prestigious Dev and Linda Gupta Professorship in the College of Engineering for a five-year term. The purpose of the Gupta Professorship is to encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits by supporting faculty who bring fresh ideas to the department of electrical and computer engineering.

Doctoral student Georgios Provelengios of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Stamatis Vassiliadis Best Paper Award at the 2019 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL). His paper was selected as the best paper out of 151 paper submissions. FPL is the top European conference for the reconfigurable computing research field and one of the top four conferences held annually in the field. The paper was titled "Characterizing Power Distribution Attacks in Multi-User FPGA Environments."

When alumnus Peter Bannon, the guy in charge of Tesla’s chip architecture and part of the team designing the self-driving computer/car, steps to the podium at the Great Hall in the Old Chapel on October 3 at about 4:00 p.m., it will be a very big deal. Bannon has variously been called “a chip architecture titan,” “an inventor named on dozens of patents related to processors,” and “one of two of the most sought after processor architects working today.”

A team at UMass Amherst led by chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman and electrical engineer Zlatan Aksamija report in Nature Communications on an advance toward more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy. Aksamija explains that “Using polymers to convert thermal energy to electricity by harvesting waste heat has seen an uptick in interest in recent years. Waste heat represents both a problem but also a resource; the more heat your process wastes, the less efficient it is.” Harvesting waste heat is less difficult when there is a local, high-temperature gradient source to work with, he adds, such as a high-grade heat source like a power plant. See Design News and News Office release.

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.

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