Professor Wierman and Minghong Lin Receive the IEEE International Conference Best Paper Award


Adam Wierman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and graduate student Minghong Lin have received the Best Paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) for their paper "Dynamic right-sizing for power-proportional data centers."  The paper provides a novel algorithm for dynamically adjusting the number of active servers in a data center to optimally trade of energy consumption with delay. [Read the Paper]


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Graduate Student Minghong Lin Named Finalist in Facebook Fellowship Program


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.

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Professor Wierman and Jayakrishnan Nair Receive the IFIP International Symposium Best Paper Award


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]


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Professors Hou Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


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]

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2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards are Announced


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]

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Student Javad Lavaei Recognized as a "New Face" of Engineering


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]

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Caltech Students Meet the Volts


At a special event entitled "Meet the Volts" students had the opportunity to learn about the evolution of electric vehicles from Kent Kresa, Chair of the Caltech Board of Trustees and former Interim Chairman of GM's Board of Directors. Also, presenting at the event was Larry Nitz, GM's Executive Director of Hybrid and Electric Powertrain Engineering, who discussed the propulsion technology that makes the Volt, GM's new electric car, unique. [Watch the Presentations

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Professor Tropp Receives the Monroe H. Martin Prize


Joel A. Tropp, Assistant Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics,  is one of two winners of the eighth Monroe H. Martin Prize competition.  The prize is awarded to an outstanding paper in applied mathematics by a researcher who is younger than 36 years old.  Professor Tropp's winning paper is entitled "On the conditioning of random subdictionaries."

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Graduate Student Creates Droid


Peter Trautman, graduate student in the Control and Dynamic Systems option, has created a droid to study interactions between humans and machines. The lunch crowd should watch out because the Chandler cafeteria is one of the droid's testing laboratories. [Caltech Press Release]

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Professor Krause Invited to National Academy of Sciences' Symposium


Andreas Krause, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, is an invited speaker at the National Academy of Sciences' Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium. This annual symposium brings together some of the very best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Speakers are urged to focus their talks on current cutting-edge research in their disciplines to colleagues outside their field. Professor Krause's presentation is entitled. Optimizing Sensing for Decision Making and he will discuss how harnessing sensing resources, such as cell phones and navigations devices, could have enormous benefit on the productivity, quality and security of our society.

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