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ECE PhD student wins Materials Research Student Talk Award

Yitian Wang, a Ph.D. student from the Xi Chen group in Electrical and Computer Engineering, won the Recommended Oral Presentation prize at the 2023 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting Symposium CH03: Neutron Scattering-Enabled Energy Materials Design. The MRS meeting is the world’s foremost international scientific gathering for materials research. Wang's talk, "Intrinsically low thermal...

ECE Professor receives Amazon Research Award on Exploring Privacy in Deep Metric Learning

ECE Professor and Bourns Faculty Fellow Prof. Amit Roy-Chowdhury has recently received an Amazon Research Award on "Exploring privacy in deep metric learning: applications in computer vision". Deep Metric Learning (DML) aims to learn representations on which semantic relations can be expressed through predefined distance metrics. Despite its prevalence in a wide variety of privacy...

Fariborz Kargar Leads NSF Project on Antiferromagnetic Semiconductors

Dr. Fariborz Kargar, Research Engineer and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) will serve as Principle Investigator for the newly funded National Science Foundation (NSF) project on Antiferromagnetic Semiconductors. Dr. Alexander Balandin, Distinguished Professor of ECE and UC Presidential Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering will collaborate as...

ECE Professor and His Ph.D. Students Received IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Technical Prize Paper Award

Nanpeng Yu, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Technical Prize Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES). The Award Plaque, which is signed by the President of the IEEE PES Society, was presented to Prof. Nanpeng Yu and his Ph.D. students (Wei Wang...

ECE Professor Received Technical Achievement Award from IEEE

Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Communications Society. The Award Plaque, which is signed by the President of the IEEE Communications Society, was presented to Prof. Mohsenian-Rad in recognition of his "Pioneering Contributions to Optimization and Data Analytics in...

Basak Guler receives NSF CAREER Award on privacy preserving collaborative learning

Assistant Professor Basak Guler receives a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to develop private, secure and trustworthy machine learning applications. NSF CAREER awards are awarded to assistant professors to fund research that is expected to form a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating research and education. Collaborative machine learning allows multiple...

Xi Chen receives NSF CAREER award on heat transport mechanisms in magnetic materials

Assistant Professor Xi Chen receives National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for a project titled "CAREER: Understanding the Size Effects on Spin-mediated Thermal Transport in Nanostructured Quantum Magnets.” Heat transport mediated by spin excitations (i.e., thermal excitations of electrons’ spin structure) provides a highly efficient mode of heat conduction in some magnetic materials. This spin-mediated...

MURI research grant to study brain dynamics and reinforcement learning

Samet Oymak, Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Fabio Pasqualetti, Professor of mechanical engineering, received a $3.75 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) research grant from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, to study brain dynamics and reinforcement learning. Oymak and Pasqualetti will serve as co-PI's in the collaborative...

Wearable assistive robotics project receives a National Robotics Initiative grant from NSF

Professors Konstantinos Karydis, Salman Asif, Elena Kokkoni, Will Grover, and Philip Brisk received a $1.5 million National Robotics Initiative (NRI) grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) on soft wearable assistive robotics for pediatric rehabilitation.

Multi-modal sensing and learning project receives Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant

Professor Salman Asif has received a $300,000, three-year grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, or AFOSR, to develop an integrated sensing and learning framework using distributed and multi-modal sensors. In this project, he will develop a new framework to co-design sensing and learning algorithms to capture and efficiently process only the most...

ECE PhD student Padmaja Jonnalagedda wins Award in AI for Space Workshop

Padmaja Jonnalagedda (VISLab), PhD student of Distinguished Professor Bir Bhanu in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), won the Best Presentation Award at the First Artificial Intelligence for Space (AI4Space) workshop held in conjunction with the Premier IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in June 2021. The paper is based on a collaborative...

Tseng’s team received outstanding paper award in RTAS 2021

Hung-Wei Tseng, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Riverside, and his former undergraduate student researchers. Alec Rohloff, Zackary Allen, Joshua Okrend and Chengyi Nie as well as a high-school student intern, Kung-Min Lin, received the outstanding paper award in the 27th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2021)...

Professor Abu-Ghazaleh Receives Doctoral Dissertation Faculty Award

Professor Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, jointly appointed to ECE and CSE, is selected as the recipient of this year’s Doctoral Dissertation Faculty Award. Doctoral Dissertation Faculty Award is a campus-wide award to faculty who provide excellent mentorship and support of their graduate students. Prof. Nael Abu-Ghazaleh has made enormous difference to many students in his career with...

Alexander Balandin named DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow

ECE Distinguished Professor Alexander Balandin has been awarded a 2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship . The five-year, highly competitive fellowship is the DoD’s most prestigious single-investigator award with up to $3 million in funding and “supports new, out-of-the-box ideas where research creativity intersects with the unknown.” Balandin was selected to conduct...

Jay Farrell named new endowed chair

This July, Jay Farrell will step up to the KA Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, or BCOE. The new endowed chair was made possible through a $1 million gift from anonymous donors. As one of seven new endowed chairs established at BCOE during...
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Four ECE professors receive prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Four ECE faculty members received National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards this year. This is a remarkable record for a single department. NSF CAREER Awards are given to assistant professors to fund research that is expected to form a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. The four CAREER Award...

A robot that tells growers when to water crops is on the way

A group of researchers from UC Riverside and UC Merced have received a grant for more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative to address these challenges. From UC Riverside are Assistant Professor Konstantinos Karydis and Professor Amit K. Roy-Chowdhury, both from the Department of...

ECE Student received Best Student Paper Award at ISITA 2020

ECE Ph.D. candidate Navid Gharavi has received Best Student Paper Award for the paper "Codes for high-noise memoryless channels" presented at the 2020 International Symposium on Information Theory and Application (ISITA) . The paper co-authored with ECE Professor Ilya Dumer studies new coded modulation techniques that can reliably transmit data over the noisy memoryless channels...

Alexander Balandin co-leads the thermal thrust of a new DOE Energy Frontier Research Center

ECE Distinguished Professor Alexander A. Balandin is part of a new U.S. Department of Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) that aims to create a more resilient and sustainable electricity grid by using next-generation materials. The center is led by Arizona State University, and includes research teams at UC Riverside, Cornell University, Michigan State University, Sandia...

ECE Leads $7.5 million center on networked systems for rapid situational awareness

UCR has received $7.5 million to create a Department of Defense Center of Excellence that will help develop secure, fully networked command, control, and communications infrastructure that would enable integrated and optimal decision-making. The major research themes include machine learning, communications and networking, and cybersecurity. The center will also create an educational and outreach program...