The Optical Society Awards Eli Yablonovitch the 2019 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize
2/8/2019 - The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, today announced that the 2019 Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize will be presented to Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Yablonovitch is honored for “diverse and deep contributions to optical science including photonic crystals, strained semiconductor lasers, and new record-breaking solar cell physics.”
EECS professor Claire Tomlin elected to NAE
2/7/2019 - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected EECS professor and alumna Claire Tomlin (Ph.D. ’98 EECS) to its ranks. Tomlin was cited for her “contributions to design tools for safety-focused control of cyberphysical systems.”
Solve the Bay Area housing crisis, fight climate change and more, all while earning college credit
2/6/2019 Mercury News - The 25 students enrolled in UC Berkeley’s newest class are shooting for more this semester than a good grade. In addition to earning an “A,” they intend to help solve the Bay Area’s housing shortage, prevent wildfires in the East Bay hills and slow climate change. In any other setting, such lofty ambitions might seem foolish. But in the university’s new “Hacking4Local” class, those goals and more are part of the syllabus.
New 3D printer uses rays of light to shape objects
1/31/2019 - A new 3D printer uses light to transform gooey liquids into complex solid objects in only a matter of minutes.
Activism 2.0: Coding against sex trafficking
1/30/2019 - UC Berkeley's ongoing video series on the intersection of social activism and technology profiles recent CS doctoral graduate Rebecca Sorla Portnoff, who uses her computer security know-how to help catch sex traffickers.
Dean Liu chats with EngineerGirl
1/30/2019 EngineerGirl - In an interview with Angela Zheng from EngineerGirl, Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu talks about her path to electrical engineering, her priorities as dean, and her advice to students from all backgrounds considering a career in engineering.
UC Berkeley launches accelerator to support blockchain startups
1/29/2019 - The University of California, Berkeley has just announced the formation of a new blockchain-focused accelerator, the Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. The new accelerator will help entrepreneurs pursue ventures in the blockchain space, tap into the vast resources of UC Berkeley and Silicon Valley, and receive expert industry guidance to create high-value blockchain startups.
Artificial intelligence could identify you and your health history from your step tracker
1/28/2019 USA Today - Manufacturers say data stripped of identifying information is no privacy risk. But UC Berkeley's Anil Aswani and UCSF's Yoshimi Fukuoka found that artificial intelligence can overcome that. Time to update health privacy laws.
Modern technologies needed to prevent wildfires
1/23/2019 Daily Californian - In an op-ed, mechanical engineering professor Tarek Zohdi writes about his new Fire Research Group's focus on actions needed to combat fire emergencies in both wildland and urban environments.
'Ambidextrous' robots could dramatically speed e-commerce
1/16/2019 - In a new paper, Berkeley engineers build on 35 years of research with new algorithms that compute robust robot pick points, enabling robot grasping of a diverse range of products without training.