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Professor Wierman and Jayakrishnan Nair Receive the IFIP International Symposium Best Paper Award

04-25-11

Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and graduate student Jayakrishnan Nair have received the best paper award at the IFIP International Symposium on Computer Performance, Modeling, Measurements and Evaluation (PERFORMANCE) for their paper "Tail-robust scheduling via Limited Processor Sharing." The paper provides a new policy that can optimally schedule, under both heavy-tailed and light-tailed workload, by learning only the first-order workload statistics. Prior to this work, all known policies required learning  the entire workload distribution to achieve such guarantees. [Read the paper]

 

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Professors Hou Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

04-19-11

Thomas Y Hou, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics has been elected to the 2011 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows. He has joined an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues. [Caltech Feature]

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2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Announced

03-28-11

Caltech has recognized five of its graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor regularly bestowed by the Institute. Among them is alumnus Albert Y. C. Yu (BS '63 Engineering) who is chairman of OneAngstrom LLC. He is also chairman of the Kelvin Foundation and a founding member and an affiliate of Caltech's Information Science and Technology Advisory Board. [Caltech Press Release]

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Student Javad Lavaei Recognized as a "New Face" of Engineering

03-04-11

Graduate Student, Javad Lavaei, has been recognized by the National Engineers Week Foundation's New Faces of Engineering program for his "interesting and unique work" in Electrical Engineering and Computing and Mathematical Sciences. This program recognizes young engineers who have shown outstanding ability in projects that significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth. [Caltech Feature]

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Professor Tropp Receives the Monroe H. Martin Prize

02-01-11

Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics,  is one of two winners of the eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize competition.  The prize is awarded to an outstanding paper in applied mathematics by a researcher who is younger than 36 years old.  Professor Tropp's winning paper is entitled "On the conditioning of random subdictionaries."

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Graduate Student Creates Droid

01-04-11

Peter Trautman, graduate student in the Control and Dynamic Systems option, has created a droid to study interactions between humans and machines. The lunch crowd should watch out because the Chandler cafeteria is one of the droid's testing laboratories. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Krause Invited to National Academy of Sciences' Symposium

10-27-10

Andreas Krause, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. This annual symposium brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Speakers are urged to focus their talks on current cutting-edge research in their disciplines to colleagues outside their field. Professor Krause's presentation is entitled. Optimizing Sensing for Decision Making and he will discuss how harnessing sensing resources, such as cell phones and navigations devices, could have enormous benefit on the productivity, quality and security of our society.

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Professor Candes Has Been Selected to Receive the Collatz Prize

09-24-10

Emmanuel J. Candes, Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Collatz Prize, in recognition of "his outstanding contributions to numerical solution of wave propagation problems and compressive sensing, as well as anisotropic extensions of wavelets." This prize is given once every four years to an individual scientist under 42 years of age for outstanding work on industrial and applied mathematics. Congratulations to Professor Candes.

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EAS Remembers Professor Jerrold Marsden

09-23-10

Jerrold Marsden, Carl F Braun Professor of Engineering, Control and Dynamical Systems, and Applied and Computational Mathematics, passed away on Tuesday September 21, 2010. "Jerry was an amazing intellectual, a gifted professor and one of the finest colleagues that I have met. He was a great mentor to many of our Caltech students and our younger colleagues. We will miss him greatly and remember him always." said Ares Rosakis, Chair of the Division of Engineering and Applied Science. [Caltech Press Release]

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Scientists Create New Process to "Program" Cancer Cell Death

09-10-10

Niles A. Pierce, Associate Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering, and colleagues have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells. The process uses small RNA molecules that can be programmed to attack only specific cancer cells; then, by changing shape, those molecules cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. [Caltech Press Release]

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