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Dr. Holzmann Receives Harlan D. Mills Award

12-17-14

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 received the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Harlan D. Mills Award. He is being honored "for fundamental contributions to improving software quality, in particular through model-checking tools and coding standards, and for successfully transferring these contributions to practitioners developing mission-critical software."

The award recognize researchers and practitioners who have demonstrated long-standing, sustained, and meaningful contributions to the theory and practice of the information sciences, focusing on contributions to the practice of software engineering through the application of sound theory. [IEEE Computer Society Release] [ENGenious article]

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Quantum Code-Cracking

12-15-14

Thomas Vidick, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, researches quantum computing and specifically the computer science of quantum physics. He is trying to figure out how some of the principles of quantum computing can be applied right now, using today's technology. [Interview with Professor Vidick] [ENGenious article]

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New Center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3)

11-21-14

The new Center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3) aims to hasten data-driven discoveries by making expertise and advanced computational tools available to Caltech researchers in various disciplines. The center also complements the resources available at JPL's Center for Data Science and Technology. [Caltech story]

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Symposium on Network Economics and Game Theory

11-21-14

Katrina Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, Adam Wierman, Professor of Computer Science, and colleagues recently hosted the Southern California Symposium on Network Economics and Game Theory (SoCal NEGT). The Symposium brought together a hundred local students, professors, and researchers who apply game theory to analyze, design, and assess the performance of networks. The technical talks highlighted synergies between various related research areas, and encouraged discussions regarding the benefits and limitations of game theory as a performance assessment and design tool for networks. This was the sixth year for SoCal NEGT, which is organized collaboratively between Caltech, UCLA, and USC.

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Converting Data Into Knowledge

11-17-14

Yisong Yue, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, has focused his research in machine learning. He explains, “machine learning is the study of how computers can take raw data or annotated data and convert that into knowledge and actionable items, ideally in a fully automated way—because it's one thing to just have a lot of data, but it's another thing to have knowledge that you can derive from that data.” [Interview with Professor Yue] [ENGenious article]

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Professor Ligett Receives Okawa Research Grant

10-15-14

Katrina Ligett, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics, is a recipient of a 2014 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for her research project entitled “Rigorous Foundations for the Elicitation of Sensitive Data”. This grant honors outstanding young researchers working in the fields of information and telecommunications. [Past Recipients]

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Caltech Ranked Second in USA for Undergraduate Success

10-01-14

Caltech has been ranked second among USA schools on how successful recent undergraduates have been at landing desirable software development jobs. [Learn More]

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Variability Keeps The Body In Balance

09-22-14

By combining heart rate data from real athletes with a branch of mathematics called control theory, John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering and colleagues have devised a way to better understand the relationship between reduced heart rate variability (HRV) and health.

"A familiar related problem is in driving," Doyle says. "To get to a destination despite varying weather and traffic conditions, any driver—even a robotic one—will change factors such as acceleration, braking, steering, and wipers. If these factors suddenly became frozen and unchangeable while the car was still moving, it would be a nearly certain predictor that a crash was imminent. Similarly, loss of heart rate variability predicts some kind of malfunction or 'crash,' often before there are any other indications," he says. [Caltech Release] [Read the Paper]

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Caltech Engineering Ranks High on U.S. News Best Grad Schools List

09-11-14

Caltech’s undergraduate and graduate engineering programs have been ranked fourth in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Engineering graduate programs ranked very well with second in aerospace / aeronautical / astronautical, third in mechanical, third in applied math, fourth in electrical / electronic / communications, sixth in materials, and eight in environmental / environmental health. [All 2015 Caltech Rankings]

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Best Paper in Distributed Computing

09-04-14

The paper, “Speed faults in computation by chemical reaction networks,” written by graduate student Rachel A. Cummings who is advised by Professor Katrina Ligett, Senior Research Fellow David Doty working in Professor Erik Winfree’s lab, and colleagues has received the best paper award at this year’s International Symposium on Distributed Computing. [Read the paper]

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