Dr. Holzmann Becomes An ACM Fellow


Gerard J. Holzmann, Faculty Associate and Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Lead Scientist of the Laboratory for Reliable Software at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been selected into the 2011 class of fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The ACM Fellows Program recognizes and honors outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology. ACM Fellows also serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves. [Learn more]

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DNA Robotics Research Earns Undergrads a Gold Prize


Undergraduate students Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman have won a gold award at the 2011 International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD). BIOMOD is a competition for undergraduate teams who design research to address the control of biomolecules on the nanometer scale. The Caltech team's challenge was to make a synthetic DNA robot that has the ability to take a random walk —instead of walking on set path or track—on a two-dimensional origami surface that was also made out of DNA. The team is mentored by Professor Erik Winfree and sponsored by the Molecular Programming Project. [Caltech Feature] [Video of Project]

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Auctions, Traffic, Selfishness, and Data Privacy


Problems where a conflict or tension exists between individual incentives and more global objective are one of the foci of Professor Katrina Ligett's research. "I'm interested in new algorithms, in understanding how difficult it is to solve problems," Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, says. "There aren't that many places where computer scientists and economists actually talk to each other. At Caltech, people are really interested in and committed to investigating at this intersection, and that's very appealing." [Caltech Feature]

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Number One Engineering and Technology University


For the second year the Times Higher Education world university rankings has ranked Caltech as number one in the subject of  engineering and technology. [View Rankings] [Caltech Feature]

New Institute for Quantum Information and Matter


Caltech has been awarded $12.6 million in funding by the National Science Foundation to create the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), the center will bring physicists and computer scientists together to push theoretical and experimental boundaries in the study of exotic quantum states.  The co-directors of this institute are Professors Jeff Kimble, Jim Eisenstein, Oskar Painter, and John Preskill. "When you bring innovative scientists and engineers together and provide them with the facilities and collaborative spaces they need, magic happens. The magic involves transforming the way we think about and impact our world," says EAS Chair Ares Rosakis. [Caltech Press Release]

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Charles Seitz Receives Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award


Former computer science faculty member Charles Seitz is the recipient of the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award. Professor Seitz is known for creating new disciplines of digital design, and was recognized “for innovations in high-performance message-passing architectures and networks.”  While at Caltech Seitz focused his research on very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design and concurrent computing. [Learn more]

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Solar Decathlon Team


The high-tech house built by a joint team of students from Caltech and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), known as Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype (CHIP), placed 6th at the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. In the category of Energy Balance we tied for first place; in the categories of engineering and home entertainment, we placed 2nd, and in affordability we placed third. [Final scores and photos] [Walkthrough video of CHIP]

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Rapporteur for Quantum Computation


Professor John Preskill has also been selected as the Rapporteur for quantum computation at the 25th Solvay Conference on Physics. This conference, "The Theory of the Quantum World" chaired by David Gross, will recognize the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Solvay conference held in 1911. Preskill will be joined by fellow Rapporteurs Anthony Leggett (quantum foundations), Ignacio Cirac and Steven Girvin (control of quantum systems), Subir Sachdev (quantum condensed matter), Frank Wilzcek (particles and fields), Edward Witten (string theory), and Alan Guth (cosmology).

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Professor Preskill Named Aisenstadt Chair


John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, has been named the 2011 Aisenstadt Chair at the Center de Recherches Mathe'matiques (CRM) in Montreal. The Chair recipient gives a series of lectures, the first of which must be accessible to a large public. Preskill will lecture on quantum information at CRM this October. Among past Aisenstadt Chair recipients are many world-famous mathematicians, including eight of the last eighteen Fields medalists. [List of Recipients]

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Professor Low Receives 2011 Okawa Foundation Research Grant


Steven Low, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is a recipient of a 2011 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for his research project entitled "Uncertainty Mitigation for Renewable Energy Integration".  This prize honors top young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. 

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