Trajcevski is part of the Organizing Committee of MDM 2014
is Workshops Chair for the 15th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management, to be held in Brisbane, Australia, July 14-17, 2014.
The MDM series of conferences, since its debut in 1999, has established itself as a prestigious forum for the exchange of innovative and significant research results in mobile data management.
CIA invests in Hammond's Narrative Science
Excerpted from an article on All Things D entitled "The CIA Invests in Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers", by Peter Kafka
Narrative Science has already proven that its robot writers can make sentences that are good enough for newspapers and internal company reports. Now they’re going to work for the CIA.
The Chicago-based startup, which uses computers to turn structured data sets into prose, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture firm that invests on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency.* The money comes along with a deal to put Narrative Science’s automated writers to work for the CIA and “the broader intelligence community.”
EECS Economics & Theory Group to present 8 papers in Electronic Commerce Conference (and affiliated workshops)
The EECS Economics & Theory Group had 5 conference papers, 3 workshop papers, and one poster accepted for presentation at the 14th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (EC) and affiliated workshops, in Philadelphia, PA, June 16-20. Authors from the group include Jason Hartline, Nicole Immorlica, Yorgos Askaladis, Rachel Cummings, Bach Ha, Darrell Hoy, Greg Stoddard, and Manolis Pountourakis, and resulted from collaborations between group members with other top universities and industry research laboratories.
McCormick’s Allen Taflove: 40 Years Solving Maxwell’s Equations
Professor Taflove's algorithm has made his book the seventh most-cited in physics
McCormick News Article | May 14, 2013
Over the past 40 years, Allen Taflove has reshaped the way physicists and electrical engineers solve problems in classical electrodynamics.
Taflove, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering since 1984, has pioneered finite-difference time domain (FDTD) computational solutions of Maxwell’s equations. Overlooked for many years, FDTD methods are now used worldwide. Taflove’s book, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, ranks seventh on the all-time list of the most-cited books in physics.
Formulated in the 1860s by Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell, Maxwell’s equations are fundamental rules of nature that govern nonquantum interactions of electric charges, currents, and electromagnetic waves.
“Maxwell’s equations govern electromagnetic phenomena ranging, literally, from direct current (dc) to daylight,” Taflove said. “Much of the technology that distinguishes our society from that of the year 1800 is based upon Maxwell’s equations. This includes electric power, motors and generators, radio and television transmission, satellite telecommunications, radar, wireless communications, and optical fiber links forming the backbone of the Internet.Please follow this link to read the full McCormick News Article.
Northwestern Hosts 2013 Greater Chicago Area Systems Research Workshop
McCormick News Article
| May 13, 2013
More than 150 computer systems experts gathered at Northwestern University on May 3 for the 2nd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research (GCASR) Workshop 2013.
The event, organized by Nikos Hardavellas, brought the computer systems community together to discuss the future of computer systems, disseminate research results and ideas, increase communication, and foster new collaborations and synergies.
“There is a significant presence of computer systems researchers in the greater Chicago area, but unfortunately we have been operating mostly in isolation,” said Nikos Hardavellas, June and Donald Brewer Junior Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and co-chair of the GCASR workshop. “This workshop gives us the opportunity to share our insights, questions, and concerns as our field moves forward.”
Please follow this link to read the full McCormick news article.
Subramanian and Bustamante are on COMSNETS 2014 organizing committee
Research Professor working with Randy Berry, has been named publicity chair and Fabian Bustamante
is part of the organizing committee of the Sixth International Conference on COMmunication Systems and NETworkS (COMSNETS 2014). The meeting will be held at the Chancery Pavilion Hotel, Residency Road, Bangalore, India, from 6th to 10th January, 2014.
Android Antiviral Products Easily Evaded, Chen's Study Says
McCormick News Article | May 30 2013
Think your antivirus product is keeping your Android safe? Think again.
Northwestern University researchers, working with partners from North Carolina State University, tested 10 of the most popular antiviral products for Android and found each could be easily circumnavigated by even the most simple obfuscation techniques.
“The results are quite surprising,” said Yan Chen, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Many of these products are blind to even trivial transformation attacks not involving code-level changes — operations a teenager could perform.”
Grayson leads breakthrough in thermoelectrics
McCormick News | 5/31/2013 "Moving Heat Sideways with Transverse Thermoelectrics"
EECS Associate Professor Matthew Grayson is among the McCormick researchers who have developed a strategy to fabricate semiconductors with transverse thermoelectric properties, making possible tiny solid-state refrigerators and micron-size cooling devices that could be built into integrated circuits.
Zhiyao Duan to join faculty of The University of Rochester
, PhD candidate in Prof. Bryan Pardo's research group, the Interative Audio Lab
, has been offered a position as an assistant professor at The University of Rochester. Zhiyao graduates in June. Learn more about Zhiyao at his website
Cossairt to give talk in Portland in June
Oliver (Ollie) Cossairt
will be visiting Portland, Oregon in June to present an invited talk entitled "Does Computational Imaging Improve Performance?" at the 2nd
IEEE International Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays, CCD / PROCAMS 2013.
Alum Choffnes to join faculty of Northeastern University
David R. Choffnes
, a Ph.D. alumnus (CS, 2010) from Fabian Bustamante's AquaLab group has accepted an assistant professor position at the College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University, starting Fall 2013. Choffnes is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Tom Anderson
's group at the University of Washington
Bustamante joins board of European consortium
Fabián Bustamante has been invited to the External Advisory Board of mPlane (http://www.ict-mplane.eu), a European research consortium of leader industrial and academic institutions (including Telefonica Research, ETH Zurich, Eurocom, Polito and others) working toward an intelligent measurement plane for the Internet. The advisory board is a group of 4 internationally recognized experts, external to the consortium, who continuously evaluate progress on a qualitative and quantitative basis.
Bill Tetzlaff talk will inform job-seeking PhD students
will present "The n Things I Wish I Knew Before the PhD Job Search" on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Tech L324. Dr. Tetzlaff, in town for the annual meeting of the EECS Advisory Board - of which he is a member - is former president of IBM Academy of Technology among many other distinguished titles. Read the talk abstract and his bio at this link: Bill Tetzlaff talk
Razeghi's CQD team solves crack problem in solar-blind AlGaN-based FPA
LaserFocusWorld.com Stress-reduced solar-blind AlGaN-based FPA is crack-free
Focal-plane arrays (FPAs) that operate in the solar-blind spectral region (created by the absorption of light below 290 nm by atmospheric ozone) have uses in covert non-line-of-sight and other forms of free-space communications, as well as UV spectroscopy, flame detection, and many other applications.
Pappas gave talks at MIT, Harvard, Boston University, BBN, and MERL.
Thrasyvoulos Pappas traveled to Boston this week, where he gave a total of seven presentations at MIT, Harvard, Boston University, BBN, and MERL.
Yan Chen's malware testing is focus of mobile security article
Mobile AV Apps Fail To Detect Disguised Malware
Kelly Jackson Higgins | April 29, 2013 [reprint]
Ten of the top commercial Android antivirus software products were beaten by common malware obfuscation methods, according to new research.
Researchers from Northwestern University and North Carolina State University for one year tested popular mobile AV apps for Android on their ability to detect malware that uses evasion techniques, such as changing up the code or morphing a malware sample. Polymorphism can be as simple as changing the order of the code and data files or just renaming the file, or as complex as changing the appearance of the code but not its behavior.
The researchers -- Yan Chen
and Vaibhav Rastogi
of Northwestern and Xuxian Jiang of NC State -- used a homegrown prototype malware obfuscation/transformation tool called DroidChameleon in their experiment,
Chen invited to attend Governor Quinn's Cyber Challenge Press Conference
As a member of the Illinois Cyber Task Force, Yan Chen
was invited to attend Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Cyber Challenge Press Conference at James R. Thompson Center with a few Veterans, Cyber, and Community Leaders.
A press conference was held April 1st for the announcement and launch of the Ilinois Governor's Cyber Challenge
, a partnership with The Cyber Aces Foundation and the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) that will provide a pathway of learning and workforce training for students, veterans and others seeking to develop their cyber skills.
Razeghi to give talk in honor of Raphael Tsu
will give an invited talk on Monday, May 6th
, in Charlotte, North Carolina at “Superlattice Workshop Development of Man Made Electronic Materials and Devices: Past and Future,” in honor of Dr. Raphael Tsu
birthday and 25 years of service at UNC-Charlotte. http://opticscenter.uncc.edu/superlatticeworkshop
Hardavellas co-chairs Systems Research Workshop
Northwestern University hosts the 2nd Greater Chicago Area Systems Research Workshop (GCASR), which will be held on Friday May 3rd at Louis Room, Norris University Center. Nikos Hardavellas
from EECS is this year's Program and General co-Chair.
The workshop is tasked with increasing communication and synergy amongst the computer systems research community in the greater Chicago area. The program features a keynote from Pete Beckman, Director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Labs, and co-Director of the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.
Ken Forbus gives invited talk at Google on cognitive architecture
Ken Forbus gave a talk at Google last week summarizing his group’s work on the Companion cognitive architecture and how it may be a step towards human-level AI. The Companion architecture is exploring the idea that analogy and qualitative reasoning are central in human cognition. Companions have been used in many learning tasks, including solving physics problems and playing a variety of games. Companions have also been used to model conceptual change, as found in prior studies of human students. For more information on Companions and the research of the Qualitative Reasoning Group, please see http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/.
Hardavellas invited to Google to give talk on virtual macrochips
Nikos Hardavellas gave an invited talk at Google on building virtual macrochips using photonic interconnects. This technology allows several smaller chips to be combined and form a larger virtual chip capable of housing thousands of cores. The virtual chip can break past conventional power and bandwidth limitations and reach scales impossible to realize with conventional technology, while at the same time retaining simpler packaging, power, and heat requirements.
This is joint work with Prof. Gokhan Memik and Prof. John Kim at KAIST. Read more about Prof. Hardavellas' research at his website: eecs.northwestern.edu/~hardav/
Razeghi to give special meeting talk at IEEE Baltimore
The Baltimore Chapter of IEEE Electron Devices & Solid-State Circuits is hosting a special meeting at UMBC featuring Dr. Manijeh Razeghi from the Center for Quantum Devices at Northwestern University. Dr. Razeghi will discuss quantum engineering of semiconductor atomic structures for biosensing. Her talk is entitled “Quantum Engineering of Semiconductor Atomic Structures for Biosensing”.
Razeghi to give two talks at SPIE DSS in Baltimore
Manijeh Razeghi will travel to Baltimore to give two invited talks at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing (DSS) Conference (http://spie.org/x6770.xml). They are titled: "High-performance bias-selectable dual-band mid-/long-wavelength infrared photodetectors and focal plane arrays based on InAs/GaSb Type-II superlattices" and "High-performance bias-selectable dual-band short-/mid-wavelength infrared photodetectors and focal plane arrays based on InAs/GaSb/AlSb Type-II superlattices". Co-authors on both papers are lab members Abbas Haddadi, Anh Minh Hoang, and Guanxi A. Chen.
Bernard S. Myerson of IBM tours Razeghi's CQD Lab
EECS professor Manijeh Razeghi
(pictured at right) gave a tour of her Center for Quantum Devices lab to Bernard S. Myerson
, IBM's Chief Innovation Officer, when he was at Northwestern University to present a Dean's Series Seminar.
Robots play to kids in demo during Take Our Kids to Work Day
EECS professors Brenna Argall
(pictured, at right) and Seda Ogrenci Memik
delighted a group of kids this morning with their robots and patient explanations of how they work. The occasion was part of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, an annual event organized by the NU Women's Center.
Katsaggelos to speak at Big Data Week event
will be a speaker and a panelist of the panel "Video Analytics in the Wild: Practical Considerations in Large-Scale Deployment" on Friday April 26, 2013. The event is organized by Motorola Solutions as part of the BIG DATA WEEK. Details can be found at bigdataweek.com/videoanalyticsinthewild
. The event will be streamed live. Registration is required at the above URL.
Honig, Guo receive 90K gift from Cisco
and Dongning Guo
, co-PIs, received a $90,000 gift from Cisco to pursue research on their project "Graph-Based Modeling and Algorithms for Interference Mitigation." They will be working on advanced receiver technologies for future generation WiFi systems.
Trajcevski gives two invited talks in Australia
gave two invited talks in Australia last week, presenting On the Links Between "D" and "A" in Mobile Data Analytics
in Brisbane and Sydney. The first was at the inaugural MoDA (Mobile Data Analytics) workshop, associated with the International Conference on Data Engineering - ICDE 2013 - and the second one was with the University of New South Wales.
Katsaggelos invited to speak at COSI'13 in Virginia
Aggelos K. Katsaggelos will give an invited talk called "Image Reconstruction" at the June meeting of COSI 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Read more about the Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging
conference at this link: COSI 2013
Cossairt invited to speak in Virginia and Germany
Ollie Cossairt has been invited to give talks at two upcoming meetings. At COSI 2013 in June, Prof. Cossairt will present a talk entitled "Performance Bounds for Computational Imaging". The Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging meeting is held in Arlington Virginia. Read more about it at this link.
In September Prof. Cossairt will head to Nürtingen Germany for the 7th International Workshop on Advanced Optical Imaging and Metrology, or Fringe 2013 and present his talk entitled
Trajcevski is General co-Chair of ICDE 2014
As officially announced during the business lunch of ICDE 2013 in Brisbane, Australia, the 30th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) will be held in Chicago, March 31 - April 4, 2014. General co-Chairs of the Organizing Committee of ICDE 2014 are Elisa Bertino of Purdue University and Goce Trajcevski.
The annual ICDE conference addresses research issues in designing, building, managing, and evaluating advanced data-intensive systems and applications. It is a leading forum for researchers, practitioners, developers and users to explore cutting-edge ideas and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences.
Alumnus Lovett wins Glushko Dissertation Prize for CogSci research
Andrew Lovett has received a Robert J. Glushko Dissertation Prize. This prize is intended to recognize and honor young researchers conducting ground-breaking research in cognitive science. Up to five such prizes, which include $10,000 and three years complementary membership in the Cognitive Science Society, are awarded internationally each year. Andrew won this prize for his Ph.D. thesis, "Spatial Routines for Sketches: A Framework for Modeling Spatial Problem Solving."
More information concerning the prize can be found at http://www.cognitivesciencesociety.org/about_awards_glushko.html
Forbus desribes CogSketch in keynote address
Ken Forbus gave a keynote address at the Workshop on Interactive Pen and Touch Technology for Education, in Los Angeles last weekend. His talk described CogSketch, a sketch understanding system being developed in the NSF-sponsored Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, which involves Northwestern, University of Chicago, Temple University, UCLA, and several other universities.
CS major Dennis Ai's winning startup fights childhood obesity with video games
BY: SARAH OSTMAN | March 29, 2013
JiveHealth, a video game startup founded by a McCormick student to promote healthy eating habits in kids, took first place this month in an anti-obesity competition hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
A prototype of JiveHealth’s first game impressed judges in Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, presented at the Building a Healthier Future Summit, held March 6 to 8 in Washington, D.C.
JiveHealth’s game, Jungo, is “a hybrid of Angry Birds and Temple Run” for 7- to 12-year-olds in which the player uses a slingshot to ward off enemies, said creator Dennis Ai, a senior studying computer science. In order to power up a character, the player must feed him simple, but healthy, recipes.
SocialEQ: Online tool for teaching sound adjectives
Prof. Bryan Pardo and PhD Candidate Mark Cartwright of the Interactive Audio Lab have just launched a web demo/data collection/fun device they'd like you to try called SocialEQ. SocialEQ is a project to learn the meaning of sound adjectives that relate to equalization.
Alumnus Paul Voss Earns Tenure at Georgia Tech
(PhD '03) was awarded tenure in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. Paul's full title is the Demetrius T. Paris Professor and Assistant Professor of Optics and Photonics.
While at Northwestern Paul studied under the supervision of Prof. Prem Kumar
, director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing. His current research at Georgia Tech involves the development of novel and improved devices and systems for optical communications and for quantum communications.
Jing Wang Awarded Prestigious Microsoft Scholarship
Jing Wang, a graduate student working on image processing under the supervision of Prof. Thrasos Pappas, has been selected as one of the ten Microsoft Research Graduate Women's Scholars.
Guo's Team Wildcats qualify for DARPA Spectrum Challenge Tournament
UPDATE: Dongning Guo's Team Wildcats competed with 89 other teams world-wide in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge qualifying phase and finished top-15 to enter the Tournament. Team Wildcats consists of students in EECS 395/495 Software Radio Laboratory class and several members of the Communications and Networking Laboratory.
Ghosh and Tumblin collaborate with Art Institute of Chicago
, associate professor, and PhD candidate Dev Ghosh
will visit the Art Institute of Chicago's Conservation Department on March 22 where Dev will present his dissertation research work, tentatively titled "Semi-Automated Assembly of Metric Mosaics with Guaranteed Error Bounds" (from digital photo sets taken by uncalibrated, lens-distorted cameras from many different unknown camera poses).
Razeghi presents at Army Research Lab
gave a seminar titled "The Future of Type-II Superlattices for Multi-Color Imaging, and Other Advanced Research at the Center for Quantum Devices" at the Army Research Lab on Friday, March 15th. The program is funded by DARPA.
Nocedal to speak on Optimization and Big Data at UIUC Distinguished Speaker Series
Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department with a courtesy appointment in EECS will speak at UIUC on March 27 as part of The Illinois Distinguished Lecture Series in Operations Research. Prof. Nocedal's talk is entitled "Optimization U t he Science of Big Data".
CQD News - IR IMAGING: Imager combines SWIR and MWIR sensitivity
LaserFocusWorld | February 2013
and her group at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) have created a new, high-performance infrared (IR) imager that combines detection in both the shortwave and midwave IR (SWIR and MWIR) in one device—a quality particularly valuable for tracking and reconnaissance.1
The device is based on a III-V semiconductor-based type-II indium arsenide/gallium antimonide (InAs/GaSb) superlattice (T2SL) structure, which previously had only been implemented for MWIR and longwave IR (LWIR)
Mohseni is elected as Fellow Member of OSA
has been elected as a Fellow Member of the Optics Society. He is among the regular OSA Members who have significantly contributed to the advancement of optics and photonics are eligible for election to the rank of Fellow.
Trajcevski joins GeoInformatica editorial board
Goce Trajcevski has been invited to join the Editorial Board of GeoInformatica: an International Journal on Advances of Computer Science for Geographic Information Systems (Springer) (http://link.springer.com/journal/10707#)
AquaLab Blog: Comparing broadband services on users' terms
AquaLab researchers find that paying for high download speeds may not always improve your web performance and investigate how to effectively compare ISPs' offerings.
Paying for higher download speeds may not improve your web performance; it also depends on the pages you visit.
Recent studies on broadband services (such as those published by SamKnows in collaboration with the FCC in the US and Ofcom in the UK) focus primarily on comparing the performance of ISPs in traditional networking terms, such as throughput, latency and packet loss.
Alumna Hunicke produces BAFTA nominated game
Alumna and game designer Robin Hunicke (www.linkedin.com/
) has been nominated for 8 BAFTA awards for the groundbreaking game Journey, for which she was producer. Robin Hunicke's advisor while at NU was Professor Ian Horswill. Her website is http://www.funomena.com/
Hammond discusses search privacy on Chicago Tonight
EECS professor Kristian Hammond
, co-director of the Intelligent Information Lab at Northwestern University, appeared on WTTW 11 Chicago Tonight in a segment on cyber privacy, "Google Email Under Fire in Microsoft's "Scroogled" Campaign.
Aydin presents nano talks in San Francisco
Prof. Koray Aydin presented two invited talks at the SPIE Photonics West 2013 conference in San Francisco last week. He highlighted two research areas that currently being studied in the Metamaterials and Nanophotonic
Northwestern tunes mid-infrared QCLs
SPIE Photonics West Show Daily | Wednesday February 6, 2013
The ongoing challenges of developing short-wavelength QCLs were described by Neelanjan Bandyopadhyay
of Northwestern University in an OPTO session on the topic. "Wavelengths of 3 to 3.5 microns are important for several different spectroscopy applications, because it coincides with many hydrocarbon absorption bands," he said.
Chen is TPC Co-Chair
was invited to serve as the TPC Co-Chair for the first International Workshop on the Security of Embedded Systems and Smartphones
), co-located with the 8th ACM Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (