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Matthew Faulkner Wins 2011 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prize

06-09-11

The student winners of the 2011 Demetriades - Tsafka - Kokkalis Prizes were announced at a special luncheon with the Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis family. Matthew Faulkner was the recipient of the newest Demetriades - Tsafka – Kokkalis prize in the area of Seismo-Engineering, Prediction, and Protection for his work with Andreas Krause on using accelerometers in cellphones for detecting shaking from earthquakes.

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Ye Lu Receives 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar Award

06-08-11

Ye Lu, a junior student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, with an interest in quantum simulations of atoms using graphic card programming techniques, is the recipient of the 2011 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. The Henry Ford II Scholar Awards are funded under an endowment provided by the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award is made annually to the engineering student with the best academic record at the end of the third year of undergraduate study.

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A Precociousness Record (Almost) Broken

06-06-11

Checkout an interesting blog by the creator of Mathematica, Stephen Wolfram, about himself and recent CMS graduate Catherine Beni. [Read the blog]

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Largest Biochemical Circuit Built Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules

06-02-11

Lulu Qian, Senior Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioengineering, and colleagues including Erik Winfree, Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering, have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created from scratch made with DNA-based devices in a test tube that are analogous to the electronic transistors on a computer chip."We're trying to borrow the ideas that have had huge success in the electronic world, such as abstract representations of computing operations, programming languages, and compilers, and apply them to the biomolecular world," says Dr. Qian. [Caltech Press Release]

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CMS Fosters One-on-one Relationships Between Faculty and Students

06-01-11

The Computing and Mathematica Sciences Department at Caltech was featured in a recent Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology article entitled "Grad Programs help meet projected IT job growth".  

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Professor Wierman Receives ACM SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award

05-18-11

Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is the recipient of the 2011 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMETRICS Rising Star Researcher Award.  The award recognizes his outstanding contributions in the design and analysis of scheduling policies, which provided fundamental insights into scheduling and fairness in modern computing systems.  

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Professor Tropp Receives SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

05-16-11

Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics, is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2011 Outstanding Paper Prize for his paper entitled The Metric Nearness Problem. The prizes are given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. [Read the paper]

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Graduate Student Minghong Lin Named Finalist in Facebook Fellowship Program

04-26-11

Minghong Lin, graduate student working with Professor Wierman, has been named a finalist in the Facebook Fellowship Program. This is an extremely competitive program that seeks to support Ph.D. students doing groundbreaking research in computer science. Minghong became a finalist for his research on improving the energy-efficiency of data centers.

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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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