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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...

CE-CERT Receives Prestigious IEEE ITS Society Institutional Lead Award

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society Institutional Lead Award is given annually for ITS researchers, practitioners, and research and development teams who have made significant contributions to research in ITS related fields, developed and deploy successful ITS system implementations, or demonstrated leadership in promoting ITS technologies. These awards are established to recognize, promote, and publicize...

NSF grant on distributed multi-robot joint localization and tracking

Professor Wei Ren received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on distributed multi-robot joint localization and tracking. In applications such as disaster response, a network of mobile autonomous robots collectively tracks a subject over a wide area in an intermittently GPS-denied environment. As the subject and the robots move in and out of observation and...

Hung-Wei Tseng awarded NSF grant to better utilize tensor processors

Professor Hung-Wei Tseng has received a 495K grant from National Science Foundation’s Division of Computer and Network Systems to explore application designs on Tensor Processing Units (TPUs). TPUs are emerging, commercialized accelerators for neural networks. Despite the current focus on NN models, the microarchitecture of TPUs have potential in accelerating many other tensor-based, high-dimensional algorithms...

Balandin and Kargar receive NSF MRI Grant to Develop a Unique Spectroscopy Facility at UCR

Alexander Balandin, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Fariborz Kargar, adjunct assistant professor, both of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE), received Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) funding of $741,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a unique spectroscopy facility at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Phonon Optimized Engineering...

Shaolei Ren awarded NSF grant to automate design of deep neural networks

Professor Shaolei Ren received a National Science Foundation grant to study automated design of deep neural networks (DNNs) for edge inference. Edge devices, such as mobile phones, drones and robots, have been emerging as an increasingly more important platform for DNN inference. But, designing an optimal DNN model for maximizing the users' quality of experience...

ECE and CSE faculty receive new DARPA grant on adversarial machine learning

ECE Professor Amit Roy-Chowdhury is leading a team of ECE and CSE faculty that has received a grant totaling almost $1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, to understand the vulnerability of computer vision systems to adversarial attacks. The project is part of the Machine Vision Disruption program, which is part...

Haberer awarded NSF grant to study self-propelled nanomaterials

Professor Elaine Haberer received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study synthetic nanoswimmers. These remarkable self-propelled materials can convert chemical or light energy into locomotion, increasing mixing and accelerating chemical reactions. Asymmetry in particle composition enables movement through a local build-up of reaction products, while particle size and geometry control speed and directionality. The...