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According to the UMass News Office, Daniel Holcomb, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, recently participated in a National Science Foundation media briefing on fundamental research and the future of semiconductors. Joining faculty from Duke University, Boston University, Stanford, and Penn State, Holcomb answered media questions related to semiconductors and the current global...

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. The award is based on Yao’s device, called an "Air Generator," or “Air-Gen,” which is capable of creating inexpensive, renewable, clean energy on a constant basis.

The new technology could...

Guangyu Xu, the Dev and Linda Gupta Endowed Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, has received a $500,000 award from the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. As Xu says, “This research project aims to establish two lab-on-a-chip technologies that will ultimately lead to enabling tools in next-generation precision therapeutics.”

Xu’s NSF research will result in new engineering tools and disease-related assays that will likely make an impact on drug-therapy screening, immunotherapeutic...

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. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship magazine and website of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics...

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.” 

As campus tours, classes...

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, collaborating with those from Facebook and Graphcore, demonstrated how essential COVID-19 modeling and analysis, using an Approximate Bayesian Computation...

The Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, a multi-university partnership led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, recently released a service for forecasting household electricity consumption in Kenya using satellite imagery. The pioneering service from e-GUIDE, a collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation, UMass Amherst, and four other leading universities, will help utilities, off-grid providers, and system planners improve the...

Geek Tech online (“Everything about technology and gadgets”) has included a new device developed in the laboratories of Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovley of the Microbiology Department on its listing of “most interesting scientific discoveries of the year.” The two researchers have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new...

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