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]
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".
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]