The Future is Autonomous


On April 19, 2017 Electrical Engineering alumnus Evangelos Simoudis (BS '83) moderated a panel titled "The Road Ahead: A Panel on the Future of Driverless Vehicles," hosted by the Caltech Associates. The panel members were Professors Mory Gharib, Richard Murray, and Pietro Perona, along with Reuters automotive industry reporter, Paul Lienert. They discuss a variety of opportunities and challenges associated with autonomous technologies and systems. Beyond the legal and ethical challenges, several technological obstacles must be overcome before driverless cars become common on the road. One key challenge is teaching driverless cars how to read the behavior of other cars and react accordingly. Professor Perona described the problem of a car attempting to merge onto a crowded freeway. A driverless car would see an impenetrable wall of vehicles, but a human driver could edge forward and wave at other drivers to work his or her way into the line of traffic. [Caltech story]

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Alumnus Receives William R. Bennett Prize


Alumnus Qiuyu Peng who was advised by Professor Low and was a member of the Rigorous Systems Research Group is one of the recipients of the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize. He received the prize for his paper Multipath TCP Algorithms: Theory, Design and Implementation. The prize is for an original paper that is of high quality, shows originality, is timely, and has clarity of presentation. [Past recipients]

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Professor Beck Receives Housner Medal


James L. Beck, George W. Housner Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineering Mechanics Institute to receive the 2017 George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal “For his exceptional and influential scholarship in structural monitoring and control research, and for his leadership in tackling uncertainty and model complexity through probabilistic approaches with emphasis on Bayesian methods.”

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The Adventure Continues


Our day-to-day world is shaped by technologies that can be traced back to Professor Carver Mead and his protégés at Caltech. Such as the device you’re using to read this story. [Learn more]

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Silicon Valley Engineering Fellowship


Undergraduate student, Advitheey Chelikani, has been selected as a Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) fellow. He will be working as a software engineering intern on the platform team at Slack this summer and in the fall he will be a software engineering intern on the infrastructure team at Coursera. [List of fellows]

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MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference


Graduate student, Hoang M. Le, from Professor Yisong Yue’s group was runner-up for the best paper award at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. He was recognized for his paper, Data-Driven Ghosting using Deep Imitation Learning. [Read the paper]

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Engineers Explore New Media Art


Students in Professor Hillary Mushkin’s media arts seminar (E/H/Art 89 New Media Arts in the 20th and 21st Centuries) displayed and discussed their projects at a recent campus event. The projects used a variety of approaches to explore cyberspace, gaming, the internet, and privacy. [List of projects]

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Alphabet Chief Sees AI Helping Spur Scientific Discovery


Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet and the former CEO of Google, visited Caltech on February 17, 2017. Schmidt suggested that artificial intelligence (AI) could transform the way science is done by allowing researchers to conduct "hypothesis-free" investigations of massive amounts of data. [Caltech story]

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Computing with Biochemical Circuits Made Easy


Lulu Qian, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is working to create circuits using not the usual silicon transistors but strands of DNA. "A DNA circuit could add 'smarts' to chemicals, medicines, or materials by making their functions responsive to the changes in their environments," Qian says. "Importantly, these adaptive functions can be programmed by humans." [Caltech story]

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A Conversation with Lior Pachter


Lior S. Pachter, Bren Professor of Computational Biology, applies computational methods to biology problems. He has interests in both the development of computational methods and in answering specific biology questions, primarily related to the function of RNA, a molecule central to the function of cells. [Caltech story]

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