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Watch Professor Stéphane Mallat's full Lytle Lecture Series videos now!

ECE hosted world-renowned applied mathematician & research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, on Dec. 3, 2019.

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Professor Joshua R. Smith Honored as IEEE Fellow

Smith was named a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to far‐ and near‐field wireless power, backscatter communication and electric field sensing.

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Alum Jesus Contreras Ocaña attends Make Our Planet Great Again event

Ocaña was invited to France to help lead the battle against climate change.

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Dr. Stéphane Mallat delivers 2019 Lytle Lecture 

ECE hosted world-renowned applied mathematician & research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, on Dec. 3.

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Postdoctoral Researcher Shana Moothedath participates in Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is an academic career workshop for women in EECS, hosted this year by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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ECE Professor Emeritus Akira Ishimaru elected lifetime fellow of URSI

The International Union of Radio Science (URSI) will honor Ishimaru in Rome, Italy next year.

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                    [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_16492" align="alignright" width="596"] Jesus Contreras Ocaña at the MOPGA 2nd Anniversary Event[/caption]

ECE Alum Jesus Contreras Ocaña, who graduated from UW with his masters in Electrical Engineering in 2015 and Ph.D. in Power Systems in 2018, recently attended the second anniversary event of French President Emmanuel Macron's "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative. This past October, Contreras Ocaña concluded a one-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the Université de Grenoble Alpes and G2Elab, where he conducted research related to microgrids for the Eco-SESA program. His postdoctoral research was funded by the Make Our Planet Great Again program. Currently, he works in Brussels, Belgium as a Smart Energy Consultant at ENGIE Impact (Tractebel).

The Make Our Planet Great Again program was launched on June 1, 2017, following the decision of the United States to leave the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is a call to researchers and students, entrepreneurs, associations and NGOs, students and all civil society to mobilize and join France to lead the fight against global warming.
"If we want to prepare collective changes, adapt our behavior, we need science. We need students. We need researchers," stated President Macron.
[caption id="attachment_16493" align="alignright" width="595"] Jesus Contreras Ocaña's Selfie with French President Emmanuel Macron[/caption] To celebrate the second anniversary of this program, Contreras Ocaña was invited to a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris, where he and other invitees discussed the importance of climate change-related research, the Make Our Planet Great Again program, and how it could be improved for future cohorts. Contreras Ocaña was also lucky enough to catch a selfie with President Macron. Congratulations, Jesus, on your continued success and commitment to improving the conditions of the climate crisis. [post_title] => Alum Jesus Contreras Ocaña attends Make Our Planet Great Again event [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jesus-ocana-planet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-12 17:28:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-13 01:28:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16490 [menu_order] => 2 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16561 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-12-18 11:32:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-18 19:32:35 [post_content] =>

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s 2019 Dean W. Lytle Endowed Lecture Series videos are now available! The Lytle Lecture Series is the department’s premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation. Click to read the Abstract on Dr. Mallat's presentation, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” and watch the full recording of the 2019 Lytle Lecture below!

The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas, and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. Lytle.

Lytle Lecture 2019 - Dr. Stéphane Mallat

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ECE Colloquium Series 2019 - Dr. Stéphane Mallat

Professor Mallat also presented a lecture earlier that morning on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics” for the ECE Colloquium Series. Below is a video of that lecture. If the video doesn't display properly, click here.     [post_title] => Watch Professor Stéphane Mallat's full Lytle Lecture Series videos now! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => stephane-mallat-lytle-videos [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-19 10:50:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-19 18:50:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16561 [menu_order] => 3 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16476 [post_author] => 26 [post_date] => 2019-12-13 09:17:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-13 17:17:52 [post_content] =>   [caption id="attachment_16477" align="alignright" width="339"]Professor Joshua R. Smith Professor Joshua R. Smith[/caption] Joshua R. Smith, the Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Professional Masters Program Faculty Coordinator in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, who also holds a joint appointment in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at UW, was named a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to far‐ and near‐field wireless power, backscatter communication and electric field sensing.
“I am so grateful for this award, which recognizes the impact of work with many wonderful students and collaborators over the years,” said Smith, who also leads the Sensor Systems Laboratory. “I thank my family for their support and enthusiasm over so many years.”
Smith’s work on sensing and wireless power has had far-reaching impact in a variety of industries. His early research while a Ph.D. student at MIT focused on electric field sensing, now known as mutual capacitance sensing, which enables non-contact sensing of the three-dimensional position, orientation and mass distribution of a person’s body. This work formed the basis for a system adopted by automobile manufacturers that enables intelligent airbag deployment decisions based on a passenger’s size and body configuration. Mutual capacitance went on to be widely adopted in touchscreens starting with Apple’s iPhone, and subsequently, most other smartphones. Later, Smith built mutual capacitance sensors into robot fingers to create electric field pretouch, which improves a robot’s manipulation capabilities by allowing its finger to detect an object before contact.  Before joining the UW faculty in 2011, Smith spent five years at Intel Research Seattle, where he focused on creating new capabilities in wireless power, wireless sensing and robotics. One of the projects initiated during his time at Intel was the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP). A collaboration between Intel and UW, WISP offered the first fully programmable platform for wireless, battery-free sensing and computation powered by radio waves. The team went on to earn a Best Paper Award at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on RFID for integrating capacitive touch sensing into passive RFID tags using WISP technology. Smith also led the development of the wireless resonant energy link (WREL), which uses magnetically coupled resonators to efficiently transfer wireless power even as range, orientation and load vary. Smith’s first Ph.D. student, Alanson Sample, now a faculty member in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Michigan, was a key contributor to both WISP and WREL. Smith, together with heart surgeon Dr. Pramod Bonde of Yale University, evolved the WREL technology into FREED, the free-range resonant electrical energy delivery system for powering a ventricular assist device implanted in the human body — without requiring the traditional wire through the patient’s chest. This work on wireless power for implanted devices led to a series of other projects on power and communication for neural implants through the Center for Neurotechnology, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, where Smith is Thrust Leader for Communication and Interface; and the University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN) funded by the Washington Research Foundation. After his arrival at UW, Smith continued to build upon his previous work. Aiming to push the boundaries of wireless computing even further, he teamed up with Allen School professor Shyam Gollakota to develop ambient backscatter, a technique that leverages existing, ambient wireless television and cellular signals into a source of power as well as a communication medium which earned a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM 2013. The researchers later extended backscatter communication to WiFi with passive WiFi, which received a Best Paper Award at NSDI 2016. To enable internet-connected implantable devices to communicate with commodity devices such as smartphones and smartwatches, they developed interscatter, a technique for using backscatter to transform wireless transmissions over the air from one technology to another that earned a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM 2016. Smith and his collaborators extended the utility of their approach with long-range backscatter, the first wide-area backscatter communication system that achieves coverage at distances up to 2.8 kilometers — orders of magnitude greater than prior systems — that garnered a Distinguished Paper Award at IMWUT 2017. Smith also co-led the UW team behind the world’s first battery‐free phone. The team has also developed a series of ultra-low-power battery-free wireless cameras that communicate via backscatter. Smith has co-founded three venture-backed UW start-up companies based on his work: Wibotic, developer of near-field wireless robot charging systems, with CEO Ben Waters, a UW Ph.D. alumnus; Jeeva Wireless, developer of ultra-low power communication systems based on backscatter innovation, with Gollakota and UW alumni Bryce Kellogg, Aaron Parks, and Vamsi Talla; and Proprio, developer of light-field capture and visualization solutions to aid surgery, with Allen School Ph.D. student James Youngquist; UW Foster Business School alumnus Gabe Jones; Ken Denman, venture partner at Sway Ventures and member of the UW Foundation Board; and Dr. Sam Browd, a neurosurgeon at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“UW is such a supportive environment,” Smith said. “It is a privilege to work with so many wonderful colleagues and students, at an institution that is firing on all cylinders.”
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, has more than 400,000 members in 160 countries representing diverse engineering fields, from aerospace systems and biomedical engineering, to computing and telecommunications, to electric power and consumer electronics. Each year, IEEE elevates a select group — representing less than one-tenth of 1% of the organization’s global membership — to the status of Fellow based on their extraordinary contributions. Smith is the 27th current or former ECE faculty member to have earned the honor. View the complete list of 2020 IEEE Fellows here.
Original text courtesy of Kristin Osborne, Communications Manager, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
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Rising Stars is an intensive academic workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delighted to host the 2019 workshop, they welcomed over 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date. Moothedath recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was supervised by Prof. Prasanna Chaporkar & Prof. Madhu N. Belur. Her current research is at the intersections of security, control, machine learning, game theory and protocols, with research interests including: Network Security Analysis, Structural Analysis of Control Systems, Applications of Systems theory to Complex Networks, Applications of Graph Theory to Systems and Control, Matching/Allocation Problem, Combinatorial Optimization and Educational Assessment. Moothedath also recently received the "Excellence in Phd Research Award" for the year 2017-2019 from IIT Bombay. 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The Lytle Lecture Series is the department's premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation. [caption id="attachment_16385" align="alignleft" width="609"] Audience members enjoy Dr. Mallat's lecture in the Paul G. Allen Center Atrium.[/caption] Professor Mallat gave not one but two amazing lectures at UW ECE on December 3. In the morning, he presented on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics" for the ECE Colloquium Series, followed later that same evening by his talk, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” at the Lytle Lecture. Click here to read the lecture's Abstract. The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. 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  [caption id="attachment_16351" align="alignright" width="235"] Akira Ishimaru[/caption] Landing a plane in fog is possible thanks to the work of Akira Ishimaru, ECE Professor Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering member and one of the world’s top experts in wave propagation and scattering in random and turbulent media. His work on this topic has influenced advancements in ultrasound imaging, microwave remote sensing, satellite and cellular communications, optical communications, laser surgery, radar tracking and astronomy.
The International Union of Radio Science/Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI), which acknowledges scientific research in the field of Radio Science, has just announced it will induct Professor Ishimaru as a Lifetime Fellow in the new year. URSI awardees are selected through a system of nominations and evaluations, with individual awards being presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, held in Rome, Italy on August  29, 2020.
[caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignleft" width="576"] Professor Ishimaru works in the lab circa the 1970s.[/caption] Ishimaru received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo (1951) and completed the first Ph.D. in the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department in 1958, where he was immediately hired as an instructor. Prior to joining the faculty of UW, he worked with the Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tanashi, Tokyo, and Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Professor Ishimaru went on to have a successful career as a world class instructor and researcher. Over the years,  Ishimaru received numerous awards highlighted by the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and recipient of the IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal and the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal. Ishimaru has authored many articles as well as two books in the course of career: Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media (1978; reissued in 1997) and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering (1991). In addition, Ishimaru was honored with the 2011 Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Academia. The Diamond Award is recognized as the UW College of Engineering’s highest alumni award.
 
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"If we want to prepare collective changes, adapt our behavior, we need science. We need students. We need researchers," stated President Macron.
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The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s 2019 Dean W. Lytle Endowed Lecture Series videos are now available! The Lytle Lecture Series is the department’s premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation. Click to read the Abstract on Dr. Mallat's presentation, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” and watch the full recording of the 2019 Lytle Lecture below!

The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas, and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. Lytle.

Lytle Lecture 2019 - Dr. Stéphane Mallat

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ECE Colloquium Series 2019 - Dr. Stéphane Mallat

Professor Mallat also presented a lecture earlier that morning on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics” for the ECE Colloquium Series. Below is a video of that lecture. If the video doesn't display properly, click here.     [post_title] => Watch Professor Stéphane Mallat's full Lytle Lecture Series videos now! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => stephane-mallat-lytle-videos [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-19 10:50:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-19 18:50:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16561 [menu_order] => 3 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16476 [post_author] => 26 [post_date] => 2019-12-13 09:17:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-13 17:17:52 [post_content] =>   [caption id="attachment_16477" align="alignright" width="339"]Professor Joshua R. Smith Professor Joshua R. Smith[/caption] Joshua R. Smith, the Milton and Delia Zeutschel Professor in Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Professional Masters Program Faculty Coordinator in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, who also holds a joint appointment in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at UW, was named a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions to far‐ and near‐field wireless power, backscatter communication and electric field sensing.
“I am so grateful for this award, which recognizes the impact of work with many wonderful students and collaborators over the years,” said Smith, who also leads the Sensor Systems Laboratory. “I thank my family for their support and enthusiasm over so many years.”
Smith’s work on sensing and wireless power has had far-reaching impact in a variety of industries. His early research while a Ph.D. student at MIT focused on electric field sensing, now known as mutual capacitance sensing, which enables non-contact sensing of the three-dimensional position, orientation and mass distribution of a person’s body. This work formed the basis for a system adopted by automobile manufacturers that enables intelligent airbag deployment decisions based on a passenger’s size and body configuration. Mutual capacitance went on to be widely adopted in touchscreens starting with Apple’s iPhone, and subsequently, most other smartphones. Later, Smith built mutual capacitance sensors into robot fingers to create electric field pretouch, which improves a robot’s manipulation capabilities by allowing its finger to detect an object before contact.  Before joining the UW faculty in 2011, Smith spent five years at Intel Research Seattle, where he focused on creating new capabilities in wireless power, wireless sensing and robotics. One of the projects initiated during his time at Intel was the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP). A collaboration between Intel and UW, WISP offered the first fully programmable platform for wireless, battery-free sensing and computation powered by radio waves. The team went on to earn a Best Paper Award at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on RFID for integrating capacitive touch sensing into passive RFID tags using WISP technology. Smith also led the development of the wireless resonant energy link (WREL), which uses magnetically coupled resonators to efficiently transfer wireless power even as range, orientation and load vary. Smith’s first Ph.D. student, Alanson Sample, now a faculty member in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Michigan, was a key contributor to both WISP and WREL. Smith, together with heart surgeon Dr. Pramod Bonde of Yale University, evolved the WREL technology into FREED, the free-range resonant electrical energy delivery system for powering a ventricular assist device implanted in the human body — without requiring the traditional wire through the patient’s chest. This work on wireless power for implanted devices led to a series of other projects on power and communication for neural implants through the Center for Neurotechnology, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, where Smith is Thrust Leader for Communication and Interface; and the University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN) funded by the Washington Research Foundation. After his arrival at UW, Smith continued to build upon his previous work. Aiming to push the boundaries of wireless computing even further, he teamed up with Allen School professor Shyam Gollakota to develop ambient backscatter, a technique that leverages existing, ambient wireless television and cellular signals into a source of power as well as a communication medium which earned a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM 2013. The researchers later extended backscatter communication to WiFi with passive WiFi, which received a Best Paper Award at NSDI 2016. To enable internet-connected implantable devices to communicate with commodity devices such as smartphones and smartwatches, they developed interscatter, a technique for using backscatter to transform wireless transmissions over the air from one technology to another that earned a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM 2016. Smith and his collaborators extended the utility of their approach with long-range backscatter, the first wide-area backscatter communication system that achieves coverage at distances up to 2.8 kilometers — orders of magnitude greater than prior systems — that garnered a Distinguished Paper Award at IMWUT 2017. Smith also co-led the UW team behind the world’s first battery‐free phone. The team has also developed a series of ultra-low-power battery-free wireless cameras that communicate via backscatter. Smith has co-founded three venture-backed UW start-up companies based on his work: Wibotic, developer of near-field wireless robot charging systems, with CEO Ben Waters, a UW Ph.D. alumnus; Jeeva Wireless, developer of ultra-low power communication systems based on backscatter innovation, with Gollakota and UW alumni Bryce Kellogg, Aaron Parks, and Vamsi Talla; and Proprio, developer of light-field capture and visualization solutions to aid surgery, with Allen School Ph.D. student James Youngquist; UW Foster Business School alumnus Gabe Jones; Ken Denman, venture partner at Sway Ventures and member of the UW Foundation Board; and Dr. Sam Browd, a neurosurgeon at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“UW is such a supportive environment,” Smith said. “It is a privilege to work with so many wonderful colleagues and students, at an institution that is firing on all cylinders.”
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization, has more than 400,000 members in 160 countries representing diverse engineering fields, from aerospace systems and biomedical engineering, to computing and telecommunications, to electric power and consumer electronics. Each year, IEEE elevates a select group — representing less than one-tenth of 1% of the organization’s global membership — to the status of Fellow based on their extraordinary contributions. Smith is the 27th current or former ECE faculty member to have earned the honor. View the complete list of 2020 IEEE Fellows here.
Original text courtesy of Kristin Osborne, Communications Manager, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering
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Smith Honored as IEEE Fellow [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => joshua-smith-ieee-fellow [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-13 09:49:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-13 17:49:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16476 [menu_order] => 4 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 16440 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2019-12-11 16:28:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-12-12 00:28:46 [post_content] => Shana Moothedath, a postdoctoral research scholar at the ECE department's Network Security Lab (NSL) at the University of Washington working with Prof. Radha Poovendran & Prof. Linda Bushnell, was selected to participate in the 2019 Rising Stars workshop conducted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from Oct 30 - Nov 1. Rising Stars is an intensive academic workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was delighted to host the 2019 workshop, they welcomed over 90 Rising Stars participants, the largest class of participants to date. Moothedath recently earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where she was supervised by Prof. Prasanna Chaporkar & Prof. Madhu N. Belur. Her current research is at the intersections of security, control, machine learning, game theory and protocols, with research interests including: Network Security Analysis, Structural Analysis of Control Systems, Applications of Systems theory to Complex Networks, Applications of Graph Theory to Systems and Control, Matching/Allocation Problem, Combinatorial Optimization and Educational Assessment. Moothedath also recently received the "Excellence in Phd Research Award" for the year 2017-2019 from IIT Bombay. 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The Lytle Lecture Series is the department's premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. This year we were extremely excited to have the world-renowned applied mathematician and research scientist, Dr. Stéphane Mallat, as our guest speaker. Dr. Mallat is known for his fundamental work in wavelet theory, with major impact in machine learning, signal processing, music synthesis, harmonic analysis and image segmentation. [caption id="attachment_16385" align="alignleft" width="609"] Audience members enjoy Dr. Mallat's lecture in the Paul G. Allen Center Atrium.[/caption] Professor Mallat gave not one but two amazing lectures at UW ECE on December 3. In the morning, he presented on “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics" for the ECE Colloquium Series, followed later that same evening by his talk, “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks” at the Lytle Lecture. Click here to read the lecture's Abstract. The Lytle Lecture Series was hosted by ECE Professor Les Atlas and ECE Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Entrepreneurship, Maryam Fazel. The lecture series was made possible by a generous endowment from the Lytle family in honor of the late ECE Professor, Dean W. 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  [caption id="attachment_16351" align="alignright" width="235"] Akira Ishimaru[/caption] Landing a plane in fog is possible thanks to the work of Akira Ishimaru, ECE Professor Emeritus, National Academy of Engineering member and one of the world’s top experts in wave propagation and scattering in random and turbulent media. His work on this topic has influenced advancements in ultrasound imaging, microwave remote sensing, satellite and cellular communications, optical communications, laser surgery, radar tracking and astronomy.
The International Union of Radio Science/Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale (URSI), which acknowledges scientific research in the field of Radio Science, has just announced it will induct Professor Ishimaru as a Lifetime Fellow in the new year. URSI awardees are selected through a system of nominations and evaluations, with individual awards being presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, held in Rome, Italy on August  29, 2020.
[caption id="attachment_16349" align="alignleft" width="576"] Professor Ishimaru works in the lab circa the 1970s.[/caption] Ishimaru received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo (1951) and completed the first Ph.D. in the University of Washington Electrical Engineering department in 1958, where he was immediately hired as an instructor. Prior to joining the faculty of UW, he worked with the Electrotechnical Laboratory in Tanashi, Tokyo, and Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Professor Ishimaru went on to have a successful career as a world class instructor and researcher. Over the years,  Ishimaru received numerous awards highlighted by the Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and recipient of the IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal and the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal. Ishimaru has authored many articles as well as two books in the course of career: Wave Propagation and Scattering in Random Media (1978; reissued in 1997) and Electromagnetic Wave Propagation, Radiation, and Scattering (1991). In addition, Ishimaru was honored with the 2011 Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Academia. The Diamond Award is recognized as the UW College of Engineering’s highest alumni award.
 
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"If we want to prepare collective changes, adapt our behavior, we need science. We need students. We need researchers," stated President Macron.
[caption id="attachment_16493" align="alignright" width="595"] Jesus Contreras Ocaña's Selfie with French President Emmanuel Macron[/caption] To celebrate the second anniversary of this program, Contreras Ocaña was invited to a ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris, where he and other invitees discussed the importance of climate change-related research, the Make Our Planet Great Again program, and how it could be improved for future cohorts. Contreras Ocaña was also lucky enough to catch a selfie with President Macron. Congratulations, Jesus, on your continued success and commitment to improving the conditions of the climate crisis. [post_title] => Alum Jesus Contreras Ocaña attends Make Our Planet Great Again event [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => jesus-ocana-planet [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-12 17:28:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-13 01:28:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.ece.uw.edu/?post_type=spotlight&p=16490 [menu_order] => 2 [post_type] => spotlight [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 682 [max_num_pages] => 114 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => 1 [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => c64914061c8ecf9b16abe746203f6ad7 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => 1 [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) )
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