From the Ground Up


Katrina Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, discusses what it is like to build a research program from scratch in "From the Ground Up," an article in the Spring 2012 issue of Caltech's "Engineering & Science" magazine.

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Telle Whitney to Speak at Claremont Graduate University Commencement


Telle E. Whitney, Computer Science alumna (MS '81, PhD '85) and member of the IST Advisory Council, will be the featured speaker at Claremont Graduate University's 85th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Dr. Whitney is currently the president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology which seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. [Learn More]

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Machine Learning Online Course With Live Lectures


Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will be delivering lectures for his Learning From Data class live on Caltech's Ustream channel beginning April 3, 2012."The idea is that if people in the furthest reaches of the world want to learn the material and have the discipline to go through it, we are giving them the opportunity to experience this course in real time," Abu-Mostafa says. "We will be interested to see how this experiment goes." [Caltech Feature]

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Vighnesh Leonardo Shiv Wins Invention Competition


Computing and Mathematical Sciences freshman Vighnesh Leonardo Shiv loves music and computer science. That pair of passions led him to envision a machine-learning tool that has earned him the $25,000 top prize in this year's Intellectual Ventures–Caltech Invention Competition. [Caltech Feature]

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RSRG Rocks the Rock and Roll Half Marathon


The Rigorous Systems Research Group (RSRG) inspired by Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and Kanianthra Mani Chandy, Simon Ramo Professor and Professor of Computer Science; Deputy Chair for Education, joined 7000 people by running this year's Rock 'n' Roll Pasadena Half Marathon. [Caltech Feature]

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EAS Alumni Named to Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30


Alumni Jessie Rosenberg (PhD '10 Applied Physics) and Kelly Littlepage (BS '09 Control and Dynamical Systems) have been named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30, a list of notable leaders who have yet to reach their 30th birthdays. The list honors people from 12 fields that range from finance and science to music and entertainment. Rosenberg was named in the science and innovation category and Littlepage was named in the finance category. [Caltech Feature] [Forbes List]

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Professor Mead Receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award


Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been awarded the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies. He was recognized for being "the most influential thinker and pioneer" of the silicon age and for enabling "the development of the billion-transistor processors that drive the electronic devices—for example, in laptops, tablets, smartphones, DVD players—ubiquitous in our daily lives." [BBVA Release]

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Dr. Holzmann Becomes An ACM Fellow


Gerard J. Holzmann, Faculty Associate and Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Lead Scientist of the Laboratory for Reliable Software at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been selected into the 2011 class of fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM Fellows Program recognizes and honors outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology. ACM Fellows also serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves. [Learn more]

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DNA Robotics Research Earns Undergrads a Gold Prize


Undergraduate students Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman have won a gold award at the 2011 International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD). BIOMOD is a competition for undergraduate teams who design research to address the control of biomolecules on the nanometer scale. The Caltech team's challenge was to make a synthetic DNA robot that has the ability to take a random walk —instead of walking on set path or track—on a two-dimensional origami surface that was also made out of DNA. The team is mentored by Professor Erik Winfree and sponsored by the Molecular Programming Project. [Caltech Feature] [Video of Project]

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Auctions, Traffic, Selfishness, and Data Privacy


Problems where a conflict or tension exists between individual incentives and more global objective are one of the foci of Professor Katrina Ligett's research. "I'm interested in new algorithms, in understanding how difficult it is to solve problems," Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, says. "There aren't that many places where computer scientists and economists actually talk to each other. At Caltech, people are really interested in and committed to investigating at this intersection, and that's very appealing." [Caltech Feature]

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