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Nominate Your Students for the Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards!

March 13th, 2015

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Please help the Marconi Society identify outstanding Young Scholars.

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 to honor Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). Each year the Society gives out the Marconi Prize to a living scientist or scientists whose contributions in the field of information and communications science have benefited. They also recognize young scientists and engineers who have the potential to make game-changing contributions in the field of communications and the Internet through the Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards.

The Society is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Paul Baran Young Scholar Awards, which will be presented in London on Oct. 20th at the Royal Society. Young Scholars receive a $4000 cash prize plus $1000 in expenses to attend the event. This is an opportunity for them to gain well-deserved recognition, meet, and network with some of the industry’s best-known scientists and engineers.

If you know a student who has demonstrated outstanding research capability, entrepreneurial spirit and technical vision, nominate them for this year’s award. Complete nomination instructions and the online application are accessible through this link. The deadline is June 30, 2015. 

2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities

February 18th, 2015

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).The 2015 NSF Early-Career Investigators Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities will be held in Seattle, WA on April 13-17, 2015. This year’s workshop is implemented in conjunction with the IEEE/ACM CPS Week 2015 – the idea is that participants of the 2015 ECI-CPS workshop will also be able to attend CPS Week 2015.

The purpose of the early-career workshop is to identify, develop, and strengthen the CPS research community, particularly in the emerging area of Smart Cities. Participation in this workshop is thus prioritized for early-career researchers (i.e., senior Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and assistant professors).

Participation and contribution is encouraged from all research disciplines, including computer and information science, engineering, social, behavioral and economic sciences, and beyond. International contributions -especially case-study reports of Smart City implementations- are also welcomed.

Invited attendees (selected based on position paper submission) from outside the Seattle area will be provided with a stipend of $1,500 to subsidize expenses. Support may be available for international participants based on their contributions to the workshop content (evaluated by the workshop program committee).

Some important dates/deadlines include:

27 February 2015: Submission of position paper

6 March 2015: Notification of invitation

10 March 2015: Workshop and CPS Week registration

13-17 April 2015: Workshop days

Complete information on this event can be found here.


30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing The World

February 11th, 2015


The Forbes 30 Under 30, is a tally of the brightest stars in 20 different fields under the age of 30. What these young men and women have accomplished in their lifetime is astonishing.

Now is the time to be young and ambitious!

Here are just a few examples:

Sophie Milam, 26, Chief Engineer at HI-SEAS, designs control systems for so-called tensegrity robots (held together by tension).


Elizabeth Beattie, 24, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, designed the Titan Arm, an exoskeleton that gives the wearer an extra forty pounds of bicep strength.


John Mittermeier, 29, a Ph.D. candidate at Oxford University, is applying big data analytics to conserving endangered species.

Three of the 20 fields include Science, Enterprise Technology, and Consumer Technology.

To see the full list of 30 Under 30 in all 20 fields, click here.


NAE Elects CCC Council Member Daniela Rus!

February 6th, 2015

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The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 67 new members and 12 foreign members. Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Daniela Rus is one of the newly elected members. Daniela is a Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) and Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hari Balakrishnan, the Fujitsu Chair Professor in the EECS Department at MIT was also elected.

From the NAE press release:

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature,” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Please see the NAE press release for the full list of newly elected members.

Congratulations, Daniela!


Computer Scientist Recipient of 2015 NAS William O. Baker Award

January 27th, 2015

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Congratulations to Benjamin Recht, assistant professor of electrical engineering, computer science, and statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, for receiving the 2015 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research in the field of statistics and machine learning.

From the website:

Recht is being honored for his significant contributions to the field of data science, an area of research that combines statistics (the analysis of large amounts of numerical data), computer science, and mathematics. A common problem in the modern world is that there is lots of data but it is usually incomplete. Recht’s work has been particularly valuable in a broad area of mathematics that uses assumptions to reconstruct data—matrix completion and nuclear normal minimization. His seminal papers on matrix completion, written with Emmanuel Candes of Stanford University, Maryam Fazel of the University of Washington and Pablo Parrilo of MIT, have been cited more than 2,000 times and have contributed to fields ranging from machine learning to astronomical imaging.

Formerly the National Academies of Science (NAS) Award for Initiatives in Research, the William O. Baker Award recognizes innovative young scientists and encourages research likely to lead toward new capabilities for human benefit. The award is given yearly to residents of the United States, preferably no older than 35 years of age. The recipient is awarded a $15,000 prize.

Highlights from the New Class of TED Fellows

January 13th, 2015

The new class of Fellows for TED2015 has recently been released, and among the 21 “game-changing thinkers” are Laura Boykin, a biologist and Jonathan Home, a physicist. We’ve chosen to highlight them here because even though they have very different backgrounds and goals, both use advanced computing techniques to transform the world.


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Laura is a biologist who uses genomics and supercomputing to tackle food security in sub-Saharan Africa. She’s especially interested in figuring out what to do about whiteflies, which are devastating local cassava crops, a staple food in many countries.




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Jonathan is a physicist working to build a quantum computer, attempting to achieve high-precision control of individual atoms in order to build up quantum systems, atom by atom.




TED2015 will be held March 16-20 in Vancouver.