Put a Seismometer in Your Living Room


Back in the 1960s, Charlie Richter (PhD '28) installed a seismometer in his living room. It was bigger than his TV set, and it didn't go with the sofa, but it saved him a lot of late-night drives into the Seismo Lab and was a great conversation piece. Now, if you live in the Pasadena area, you can have one, too. Professor of geophysics Robert Clayton will send a wallet-sized seismometer to the first 1,000 volunteers with an Internet connection and a spare USB port. There is one small catch: you have to promise to leave your computer on 24/7. Read more

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Xin Hu and Stephane Lintner Receive Carey Prize in Applied Mathematics


Graduate students Xin Hu and Stephane Lintner have received the W. P. Carey Prize in Applied Mathematics, awarded by a faculty committee in Applied and Computational Mathematics for outstanding doctoral dissertations. Dr. Hu's theses is entitled "Multiscale Modeling and Computation of 3D Incompressible Turbulent Flows." and Dr. Lintner's theses is entitled "High-Order Integral Equation Methods for Diffraction Problems Involving Screens and Apertures." [CMS Recognitions]

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Judy Mou and Michael Hirshleifer Receive 2012 Henry Ford II Scholar Award


Judy Mou, an undergraduate student in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, with an interest in building smart systems that identify patterns in sensory data to perform autonomous actions, is one of the recipients of the 2012 Henry Ford II Scholar Award. The other recipient is undergrade student Michael Hirshleifer who is interested in algorithms, data mining, and the intersection of computer science with economics.

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Melissa Yeung Wins DOE Fellowship for Computational Science


Graduate student Melissa Yeung, working with Professor Mathieu Desbrun, is one of 21 students nationally to receive a Department of Energy (DOE) 2012 Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Yeung studies an area of mathematics known as discrete differential geometry, which has diverse applications in such fields as engineering, computer animation, product design, and medicine. [Caltech Feature]

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Best Paper at Green Computing Conference


Professor Adam Wierman, along with students Zhenhua Liu and Minghong Lin have received the Best Paper award at the IEEE Green Computing Conference for their paper "Online algorithms for geographical load balancing". The paper provides near-optimal algorithms that can cloud services to implement "follow the renewables" routing, and to take advantage of solar and wind energy.

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Alumni Named Broadcom Distinguished Engineers


Alumni Tony (Tak) Lee (PhD '95, Computer Science ) and Paul Penzes (PhD '02, Computer Science) have been recognized by Broadcom as 2012 Distinguished Engineers. These former students of Professor Alain Martin, have joined a small group of exceptional Broadcom engineers who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty and are widely recognized by peers as experts in their field. Tony (Tak) Lee is Associate Technical Director of the Broadband Communications Group and was honored for his contributions to Advanced Forward Error Correction Technologies. Paul Penzes is Associate Technical Director of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and was honored for his contributions to Standard Cell Technology Development. [Broadcom Blog]

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Finalist for Library Senior Thesis Prize


Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student Robert Karol, who is also minoring in Aerospace and Control and Dynamical Systems, was the finalist for the 2012 Friends of Caltech Libraries Senior Thesis Prize. His thesis is entitled “Peak Seeking Controller for Real Time Mobile Satellite Tracking” and was written under the direction of Professor Richard Murray and Mechanical Engineering alumnus Gunnar Ristroph (BS '06) of IJK Controls.

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Robust Self-Replication


Erik Winfree, Professor of Computer Science, Computation and Neural Systems, and Bioengineering, and colleagues including Caltech alumnae Rebecca Schulman, have created a new system to copy sequence information. In their approach, tiny DNA tile crystals consisting of many copies of a piece of information are first grown, then broken into a few pieces by mechanically-induced scission, or force. The new crystal bits contain all the information needed to keep copying the sequence. Each piece then begins to replicate its information and grow until broken apart again—without the help of enzymes, an essential ingredient in biological sequence replication. [Caltech Press Release]

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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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