Security for data analytics: Handling the two-edged sword
2/16/2018 Berkeley Research - Data protocols meant to ensure privacy can end up blocking valuable, even life-saving analysis of that data. Now EECS researchers are trying a new approach that allows organizations to follow tight data security and privacy policies while enabling flexible data analysis.
Dean Sastry honored with degree from Politecnico di Torino
2/16/2018 - Dean S. Shankar Sastry received an honorary doctorate degree from Politecnico di Torino recognizing a career defined by technical and societal contributions.
2 young EECS faculty among new Sloan Research Fellows
2/15/2018 - EECS assistant professors Anca Dragan and Raluca Ada Popa are among six young Berkeley faculty members named as 2018 Sloan Research Fellows. The selections “honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today.”
Cheap, efficient cookstoves are small-tech solution with big payoff
2/13/2018 - Ashok Gadgil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, redesigned a simple technology — the wood cookstove — to help women in refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan. The inexpensive and efficient Darfur stove not only reduced the danger of gathering firewood in the war-torn region, it also reduced health and climate risks from excessive smoke.
Reducing air pollution with smart design
2/13/2018 CITRIS - Air pollution is a global epidemic that kills more than 3.2 million people prematurely each year. Clarity, an environmental tech startup out of the CITRIS Foundry, produces smart air-quality monitoring systems designed to reduce this number.
Stephen Mahin, earthquake engineering expert, dies at 71
2/13/2018 PEER - Civil and environmental engineering professor emeritus Stephen A. Mahin, former director of PEER, passed away on February 9. He was a world-renowned expert in earthquake engineering, with wide-ranging teaching, research and professional contributions to the field.
Celebrating diversity in engineering and science
2/13/2018 - The Black Engineering and Science Students Association and the Black Graduate Engineering and Science Students celebrated milestone anniversaries with a daylong event at Alumni House on Feb. 10, including a keynote address by alumnus and UC Davis Chancellor Gary May.
Taking the stage
2/9/2018 - Drew McPherson (B.S.’17 ME) recently took the stage in San Francisco to give a talk at “People That Don’t Normally Lecture.” He talked about the accident he had at 19 that left him paralyzed. He also talked about what came next: a desire to design and build things that help people meet a need.
Cryptocurrencies come to campus
2/9/2018 New York Times - UC Berkeley is one of several institutions rushing to add courses about Bitcoin, blockchain and other elements of virtual currency to the curriculum. EECS professor Dawn Song is co-teaching one such course to a standing-room-only audience of engineering, business and law students.
Computer vision to protect patients — and budgets
2/9/2018 Berkeley Research - EECS professor Alexandre Bayen and Ph.D. student Pulkit Agrawal have developed a computer vision-based system to help memory care centers monitor falls by dementia patients and to reduce them where possible.