November 15-21, 2010


November 15, 2010

Faculty  News

Media Mentions:

Following the Washington Post profile of their research last week, Profs. Azim Eskandarian and Pedro Silva (both of CEE) received other media attention.  Prof. Eskandarian was quoted in a USA Today article on drowsy driver traffic deaths.  And Prof. Silva was interviewed on National Public Radio about his research on building materials that might make structures more earthquake resistant.  The Washington Post article was subsequently referenced in First Bell, the daily ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) newsletter, while Prof. Silva's NPR interview was referenced by ASCE'S (American Society of Civil Engineers) daily newsletter, SmartBrief.

Awards & Honors:

Prof. Chunlei Liang (MAE) has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal Computers & Fluids for a period of three years.  Computers & Fluids is a multidisciplinary journal of Elsevier.

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Edward Della Torre (ECE) is presenting two papers at the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 14-18.  They are: E. Della Torre, L. H. Bennett, and Y. Jin, "Effect of Grain Size on Magnetic Properties"; and E. Della Torre and E. Cardelli, "Magnetic vector aftereffect model."

Prof. Milos Doroslovacki (ECE) served as the technical program chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers held November 7-10, in Pacific Grove, CA.  Approximately 450 original research papers were presented at the conference in the areas of communication systems, MIMO communications and signal processing, networks, adaptive systems and processing, array processing and statistical signal processing, biomedical signal and image processing, architecture and implementation, and speech, video and audio processing.

Prof. Murray Loew (ECE) served as the technical area chair for biomedical signal and image processing. During the conference, the steering committee elected Prof. Doroslovacki as the general chair of the 2012 conference. 


The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Munitions Directorate has announced that it will become a member of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC) at GW for 2011.  CHREC is a national industry/university center created under the auspices of the NSF.  In addition to the GW site, it has sites at Virginia Tech University, the University of Florida, and Brigham Young University.  CHREC research is supported by seed funds from NSF, as well as membership fees from industry and government members.  GW projects under CHREC this year include PGAS parallel programming optimizations for manycore microprocessors, and virtualization of heterogeneous computer architectures.  Present and past members of CHREC at GW include ARSC, NRO, NSA, Intel, HP, and SGI. 

For more information on recent developments in high-performance computing, both around the world and at GW, please read Prof. Tarek El-Ghazawi's update.

Student News

At the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, held November 7-10, in Pacific Grove, CA, ECE doctoral student Kevin Wagner presented a paper co-authored by him and Prof. Doroslovacki.  The paper is entitled "PtNLMS algorithm obtained by minimization of mean square error modeled by exponential functions."

Other News

The SEAS 5th Annual Student Research & Development Showcase will be held during Engineers Week this year (on Wednesday, February 23), and all SEAS students - graduate and undergraduate - are invited to participate. 

Prizes for the Showcase are as follows:

  • 1st Place-$5,000
  • 2nd Place-$4,000
  • 3rd Place-$3,000

In addition, mentors of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will each receive $1,000 to be used toward research.

Prize winners will attend a VIP reception following the event.  They will also show their research at the Business Alliance's Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase in April 2011.

As information becomes available, it will be posted in the newsletter and on the R&D Showcase web page, for the Showcase is due to Mike Veedock (106 Tompkins Hall) by Wednesday, December 22, 2010.  Please visit the link above to download the registration form.

Guest Vignette

Prof. Guru Prasadh Venkataramani joined the ECE department as an assistant professor in Fall 2009 after completing his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. His research area is computer architecture and he investigates issues related to programmer productivity, debugging, security and performance, especially in the context of modern multi-core processors. The main motivation behind his research interests is to provide tools and techniques to programmers and software that will enable them to use the processors efficiently.

Dr. Venkataramani's research is supported through research funds from ORAU's (Oak Ridge Associated Universities) Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and GW's Dilthey Faculty Fellowship Award. His Dilthey award is for a collaborative project on multi-cores with Prof. Gabriel Parmer in the CS department. He has served as publications chair for the 43rd IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture, Atlanta, GA, and on the program committee of 28th IEEE International Conference on Computer Design, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Provided courtesy of Prof. Guru Venkataramani of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)


CEE Colloquium: Micro-to-Macro Connections in Geomechanics
Prof. A. (Rajah) Anandarajah, Johns Hopkins University
Monday, November 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

CS Colloquium: Extracting Clean Energy from Nonlocality Clocking of Quantum Computing
Prof. Simon Berkovich, CS
Tuesday, November 16
4:30 pm
736 Phillips Hall

GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Colloquium: Dual-Mode Imaging of Cardiac Ischemia and Reperfusion in Contracting Hearts Using Contrast Echocardiography and Fluorescence Imaging
Profs. Vesna Zderic and Matthew Kay, ECE
Tuesday, November 16
2:30 - 3:30 pm
736 Phillips

"A Day in the Life of an Engineer"
Tuesday, November 16
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thurston Basement Study

GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering Colloquium: The Role of Tissue Engineering and Nanomedicine for Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration
Prof. Lijie (Grace) Zhang, MAE
Tuesday, November 30
1:00 - 2:00 pm
736 Phillips

Entrepreneurship Events

Workshop: Market Research for New Business Concepts
Monday, November 15
6:00 - 7:00 pm
601 Rice Hall

SEAS Entrepreneurs Club: "How Tech Start-ups Differ from Non-tech Start-ups"
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
4:00 pm
420 Duques Hall
Open to all SEAS students.  Please RSVP to Uzezi Enodano ([email protected] ) so that he can plan the number of pizzas to order.

The Hoffman Lecture
Thursday, November 18
6:00 - 7:30 pm
650/651 Duques Hall

Gov 2.0 - Start-up Lab
Friday, November 19
2:30 - 6:00 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

SEAS Entrepreneurship Seminar Series
Entrepreneurship within a Corporate Environment: Lessons from SAIC
Tuesday, December 7
5:30 - 7:30 pm
103 Funger Hall

Dissertation Defenses

Name of Student Defending:  Karma Yonten
Title of Dissertation: "Implementation and Validation of an Anisotropic Plasticity Model for Clays and a Two-Scale Micropolar Model for Sands"
Monday, November 15
2:00 - 5:30 pm
640 Phillips Hall