Professor Gerald Whitham Passes Away


Gerald B. Whitham, Charles Lee Powell Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the age of 86. Professor Whitham was a pioneer in the area of nonlinear waves. His research focused on fluid dynamics and the study of wave phenomena, including sonic booms, supersonic flow and shock-wave dynamics, and ocean waves. He was also instrumental in setting up Caltech's applied mathematics program in 1962, which is now part of the Department of Computing and Mathematical Science . [Caltech Obituary] [History of Department]

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Moving from Data to Information to Action


Caltech has created a new graduate program in Computing + Mathematical Sciences that trains students to apply algorithmic thinking to a wide range of problems. Algorithmic thinking is emerging as a fundamental tool for all researchers and drives disciplines ranging from engineering and science to economics and the social sciences.  The graduate program aims to build the student's mathematical and algorithmic foundations required to move from data to information to action. [Rigor + Relevance Blog] [Academic Program Information]

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25th Anniversary of First Asynchronous Microprocessor


Twenty-five years ago, in December 1988, Professor Alain J. Martin's research group at Caltech submitted the world’s first asynchronous (“clockless”) microprocessor design for fabrication to MOSIS. MOSIS is the oldest integrated circuit foundry service and one of the first Internet services other than supercomputing services and basic infrastructure such as E-mail or File Transfer Protocol. Professor Alain describes this landmark project in his recent paper "25 Year Ago: The First Asynchronous Microprocessor."

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Caltech Undergraduates Organize Hackathon


Last weekend two thousand top student programmers came together for 36 hours to produce websites, apps, and hardware using open-source libraries and application programming interfaces (API). All code had to be written during the hackathon. HackTech, a partnership between Caltech's and UCLA's networks of hackers and entrepreneurs, was the host of the event which is being called the biggest student-run hackathon ever. [LA Times Article]

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Professor Chandrasekaran Receives NSF CAREER Award


Venkat Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his 5-year project, “Computational and Statistical Tradeoffs in Massive Data Analysis”. The CAREER program is NSF's most prestigious awards for junior faculty members. The level and 5-year duration of the awards are designed to enable awardees to develop careers as outstanding teacher-scholars. Awardees are chosen because they exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience


A recent New York Times' Science article about a new computing approach based on the nervous system mentions Carver Mead, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus. The new processors used in this approach consist of electronic components that can be connected by wires that mimic biological synapses. Because they are based on large groups of neuron-like elements, they are known as neuromorphic processors, a term credited to Carver Mead, who pioneered the concept in the late 1980s. [New York Times Article] [ENGenious Article about Carver Mead]

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Professor Chandrasekaran Receives Okawa Research Grant


Venkat Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research project entitled "Computational and Statistical Tradeoffs in Large-Scale Data Analysis". This grant honors outstanding young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. [Past Recipients]

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Caltech Names Ninth President


Thomas F. Rosenbaum has been named the ninth president of Caltech. Dr. Rosenbaum, is currently the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, where he has served as the university's provost for the past seven years. Also joining Caltech and the EAS Division will be Dr. Rosenbaum's spouse, Katherine T. Faber, the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. Professor Faber's research focuses on understanding stress fractures in ceramics, as well as on the fabrication of ceramic materials with controlled porosity, which are important as thermal and environmental barrier coatings for engine components. She is also the codirector of the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS), which employs advanced materials science techniques for art history and restoration. [Caltech Release]

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Best Paper on System Operations and Market Economics


Adam Wierman, Professor of Computer Science, and colleagues have received the award for Best Paper on System Operations and Market Economics at the IEEE PES General Meeting for their paper entitled "A unifying approach for assessing market power in deregulated electricity markets."

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Professor Chandrasekaran Receives Young Researcher Prize


Venkat Chandrasekaran, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Electrical Engineering, has won the Young Researcher Prize in Continuous Optimization at the Fourth Mathematical Optimization Society International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT) for his paper entitled "Rank-sparsity incoherence  for matrix decomposition".

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