ECE News 2016


Professor Erricolo Takes Over Editor-in-Chief Position for IEEE Journal
ECE’s faculty members have held dozens of editorial positions with prominent engineering research journals. Professor Danilo Erricolo has held half a dozen editorships with journals, which are intended to further the progress of science by reporting new research. At the beginning of August, Erricolo added another notch to the department’s accomplishments as he started his appointment as the editor-in-chief of the “IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation” journal. The term of the position is for three years, and it can be renewed once for a maximum of six years of consecutive service. Read more.

Repairing Rwanda;ECE Graduate Spends Summer Fixing Medical Equipment in Africa (Updated Story)
Joshua Shubert didn’t have much time to celebrate graduation. On May 28, the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) alumnus flew to Rwanda with Engineering World Health (EWH) for a two-month project, where he used his talent to repair medical equipment. Read more.

Professor Michael Stroscio Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
Every year, UIC honors a select few of its most dedicated and outstanding faculty members with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year, Distinguished Professor Mike Stroscio, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been selected by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost as a recipient of the prestigious award. Read more.

Q&A with ECE Associate Professor Besma Smida
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the third part of this series we are introducing Associate Professor Besma Smida. Read more.

Giving Back to the Community Leads to Scholarship for ECE Student
There are a lot of benefits to giving back to the community. It can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and much more. For Wings Chipana, a senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, giving back to the Hispanic community changed his life and led to a small scholarship. Read more.

Gates Millennium Scholarship Winner Set to Study Electrical Engineering
Niles North High School graduate, Jinbin Cao, was recently awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and will be entering a honors electrical engineering program at UIC in the fall. The scholarship will cover his undergraduate tuition and will pay $30,000 per year in tuition toward a graduate degree. Read More

ECE Student Helps AIAA Team Soar to Second Place at National Competition
UIC’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter captured second place during the annual Mountaineer Collegiate UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Fly-Off Competition at Louis Bennett Field in Jane Lew, West Virginia. Read more.

ECE Graduate Repairing Medical Equipment in Rwanda.
Joshua Shubert didn’t have much time to celebrate graduation. On May 28, the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus flew to Rwanda with Engineering World Healt for a two-month project, where he will use his talent to repair medical equipment. Read more.

Six faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) have received “2016 COE Seed Funding Awards.” Only 14 proposals were chosen from among 36 submitted proposals after a review by UIC’s College of Engineering (COE) Executive Board members and the COE Administrative Council members.
The six ECE awardees are:
Professors Natasha Devroye, Besma Smida, Hulya Seferoglu, and Daniela Tuninetti for “On the Art of Communicating Highly Reliable Short Packets with Low Latency.”
Professors Besma Smida and Mojtaba Soltanalian for “ComRaDe: A fully-integrated Communication, Ranging and Detection system.”
Professor Amit Trivedi for “Unclonable, Robust, and Channel Adaptive Secret-Key Generation using Neuromorphic Peripherals for Energy-Constrained Networks.”
The review criteria is based on leveraging, significance, approach, and feasibility. Funds are for the support of exploratory research to be accomplished by the investigator(s) in one year.

ECE students were the big winners at the 27th Annual Engineering EXPO at the UIC Forum. Along with first-place finishes in their categories, ECE teams took home both top awards during the expo, which featured 119 senior design projects in 21 categories. The expo projects were all geared toward solving real-world challenges with topics representing majors from all six departments in the College of Engineering. Read more.

Q&A With ECE’s Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the second part of this series we are introducing Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo. Read more at Renata A. Revelo.

Q&A With ECE’s New Visiting Lecturer Paolo Vinella
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the first part of this series we are introducing Visiting Lecturer Paolo Vinella. Read more at Paolo Vinella.

ECE Professor Igor Paprotny has been award two grants. He received a new two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $246,484 for a project entitled “EAGER: Opto-Radiometric Powered Untethered MEMS Microfliers.” The award runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2018.
“Despite the existence of microscale flying insects, aerial microrobots have not been previously investigated,” said Paprotny. “This project will validate the feasibility of achieving untethered, controlled opto-radiometric microscale flight. The results will pave the way for a new class of aerial microrobots with applications such as surveillance, microassembly, airborne pollution monitoring and airborne threat detection.”
Paprotny will receive $107,000 in funding from Aclima, Inc. on July 16 for his project “Development of Low-cost/Low-power Selective MWCNT Methane Sensor.” Learn more about Dr. Paprotny’s research at Paprotny Laboratory

Congratulations to Professor Daniela Tuninetti has been named a University Scholar. The University Scholar Program, now in its 31st year, honors faculty members for suprior research and teaching., along with great promise for future achievements. The award provides $15,000 a year for three years. Read more »

UIC Engineers Take Checkered Flag at Winter Baja 2016 Race - The freezing temperatures of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula couldn’t stop the red hot UIC Baja team from capturing the checkered flag at the annual Winter Baja 2016 hosted by Michigan Tech University on Feb. 13. Read more.

ECE News 2015


ECE’s Professor Igor Paprotny wants to change the air quality in Chicago. To accomplish this task, he is planning to use the city as his laboratory and gather data with the help of residents as “citizen scientists” who will Measure Air Quality by wearing mobile sensors created by the UIC Led Air-Microfluidics Group. Read more »

Professor Milos Zefran wants to make the world a better place for people, and he’s doing it with robots. His interest in helping humanity and robotics started in the early 90s when he was a student in Slovenia working in a lab where he was part of team helping paraplegics walk by controlling their muscles with an electrical stimulator. Read more »

ECE Professors Elevated to IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturers. Congratulations to Professors Danilo Erricolo and Sudip Mazumder on being elevated to the rank of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow effective January 2016! Read more »

Distinguished Professors Mike Stroscio and Mitra Dutta, and Professor Lucy Shi have received a new $100,598 AFOSR grant for a project entitled “Quantum Engineering of States in Heterostructure-Based Detectors for Enhanced Performance.”
ABSTRACT: A novel multiple quantum well heterostructure will be modeled, designed, and tested as a new type of photodetector design. This device has a greatly enhanced signal-to-noise ratio due to the use of interface-phonon assisted transitions.

Students Finding Early Success as Freshmen; Electrical and Computer Engineering Junior Headed to California for Second Apple Internship. Read more »

ECE Graduate Wins Gold Award at 139th Audio Engineering Society Convention. Read more »

Professor Besma Smida recently received a $425,429 NSF CAREER award for a project entitled “CAREER: Full-duplex wireless networks by means of reflected power: Theory and applications." The objective of this project is to create reliable full-duplex wireless networks by means of reflected power. Read more »

Professor Daniela Tuninetti recently received a new NSF grant for a project entitled “From Pliable to Content-Type Coding.” The grant is a collaboration between Professor Tuninetti and Professor Christin Fragouli at UCLA, and each professor will receive $200,000. The proposal formulates a novel theoretical framework aimed to determine the fundamental performance limits and design principles for content-type networks. Read more »
Congratulations to Distinguished Professor and Wexler Chair in Information Technology Philip Yu on receiving a new sole-PI 3-year NSF grant starting September 1 for $500K entitled “III: Small: Fusion of Heterogeneous Networks for Synergistic Knowledge Discovery”. Read more »

Following his Fall 2014 UIC Chancellor’s Innovation Fund recognition, Professor Sudip Mazumder received a new NSF grant to continue developing a silicon-carbide (SiC) based optically-activated, high-voltage, gate-turn-off thyristor that is expected to be a game changer in rapid fault isolation. Read more »

Professor Zhichun Zhu recently received a continuing grant to further her research on computer memory design. This project will study the framework, critical hardware support, and feasible and meaningful functionalities of the versatile memory system, aiming at improving the performance, energy efficiency, reliability, and manageability of computing systems from mobile to server platforms. Read more »

Professor Igor Paprotny, together with the ECE Department, successfully hosted the inaugural workshop of the Annual Air-Microfluidics Group. Air-Microfluidics is a new multidisciplinary field encompassing microfluidic circuits that use gas as opposed to liquid as the working fluid. Professor Paprotny's research is part of a consortium that includes the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read more »

ECE Student Alex Dytso was invited to present his thesis work at the annual Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Graduation Day. He is also one of a select few students who were further invited to talk about their poster in a short video presentation. Watch now »

Meet Students Who Participated in the Inaugural College of Engineering's Guaranteed Paid Internship Program.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Daniela Tuninetti (PI), Assistant Professor Natasha Devroye (Co-PI) and Professor Danilo Erricolo (Co-PI) of the ECE Department for receiving a $525,000 3-year NSF grant. This grant comes out of a total of $700,000 awarded for collaborative research between UIC and Purdue on spectrum sharing between communications and radar systems.

ECE News 2014


Professor Alan Feinerman's innovative early-stage company, Thermal Conservation Technologies (TCT), was featured on the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign OVPR Blog. TCT, committed to energy preservation and sustainability through the utilization of vacuum insulation technologies, was co-founded by Feinerman and three MBA students at UIC. Read more »

ECE Student NavyWhen ECE student and UIC Flames softball player Erica Hampton graduates in December 2015, she will face a new challenge: powering a U.S. Navy ship. Read more.

fellowship awardCongratulations to Debopam Datta, recipient of the 2014 FMC Technologies, Inc. Fellowship. This award—established in 1963 by a generous donation from UIC alumnus (1987) Bert A. Gayman— is given to outstanding students pursuing degrees in engineering. Datta is enrolled in ECE's PhD program and will begin his second year of studies this Fall. His advisor is Professor Vitali Metlushko.

UIC EXPO 2014ECE students took home top awards in the 25th Annual Senior Design Expo. Read more.

Innovate@UIC 2013 Award WinnersCongratulations to ECE Professors Alan Feinerman and Sudip Mazumder, winners of the 2013 Innovate@UIC. Read more.

ECE News 2013


UIC College of Engineering Danilo ErricoloWhat the World Would Look Like If You Could See Cell Phone Signals: ECE Professor Danilo Erricolo explains the science behind the color explosion of cell signals. Read more here.

ECE Professor Danilo Erricolo was selected by the Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to receive the 2012-2013 Teaching Recognition Program award. The award recognizes high quality of instruction.

Dr. Sudip Mazumder, ECE Professor, has received a new NSF $315,575 grant. Prof. Mazumder is PI on the project entitled "Novel Optically-Activated High-Voltage and Single-Bias Wide-Bandgap High-Frequency Thyristor for Next-Generation Smart Grid", Award No. ECCS-1202384, effective October 1 , 2012 and expiring September 30, 2015.
The objectives of this project are to: 1) realize and optimize a high-gain, high voltage, and high-temperature SiC integrated thyristor; 2) reduce the optical-triggering power requirement of the thyristor; and 3) experimentally characterize the fabricated prototype device for performance validation.

ECE Professor Sudip Mazumder and his graduate student, Priyadarshini T. Sivasubramanian are awarded:
Best Paper Presentation Award in a Session at the 2012 IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON) in Montreal Canada.
IECON is a Leading Conference in Power Electronics. Papers presented at IECON are typically considered for IEEE Transactions of Industrial Electronics, which has an impact factor > 5 currently and is ranked among top 5 IEEE Transactions. The title of the paper is, A Modular Approach for Current-Source Multi-Phase Inverter

Congratulations to ECE Professor Sudip Mazumder for receiving a new NSF grant of $1,195,567. Prof. Mazumder is PI on the project with Prof. P. R. Kumar (member, NAE) at Texas A&M as co-PI. The project is entitled "CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Boolean Microgrid", Award No. CNS-1239118, effective October 1, 2012 and expiring September 30, 2015.

Contratulations to ECE Professor Shantanu Dutt for receiving an NSF grant of $100,000 as PI for a project entitled "An Effective and Time-efficient Approach to Solving Linear Discrete Optimization Problems using Discretized Network Flow," Award No.CCF-1248945 that is effective September 15, 2012 and expires August 31, 2013.

Professor Shantanu Dutt is currently the Lead Guest Editor for the Special Issue on "New Algorithmic Techniques for Complex EDA Problems" in the VLSI Design journal.

ECE team wins Memory Scheduling Championship Energy Track Award presented at the 3rd JILP Workshop on Computer Architecture Competitions.

ECE News 2012

EDT, the Chicago Engineering Design Team, purveyors of the finest robotics win 1st, 2nd & Demolition Champion at Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition.
Congratulations to ECE Professor Ashfaq Khokhar for receiving a new NSF grant of $200,000 as PI for a project titled "EAGER: High Performance Algorithms and Implementations for Genome Alignment" from 9/1/2012 to 8/31/2014, Award No. CCF-1216825.
Congratulations to ECE Assistant Professor Natasha Devroye on receiving an NSF Grant of $349,884. This is her fourth grant as PI in the three years, including a NSF CAREER award.
Congratulations to ECE Associate Professor Daniela Tuninetti on receiving an NSF Grant of $117,000.
Prof. Sudip Mazumder received his fifth patent at UIC on May 22, 2012. His patent application "CY083/PCT/US: Optically Triggered Power System and Devices" was issued as patent number 8,183,512. Congratulations to Prof. Mazumder!
Congratulation to ECE Lecturer Vahe Caliskan for his selection as one of the recipients of the prestigious Silver Circle award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012.
Congratulations to ECE Associate Professor Danilo Erricolo on receiving the AFOSR Award for $544K and AFRL Award for $50K
WGN 720 radio show "The Green Segment" interviews Prof. Alan Feinerman & Prateek Gupta about their Thermal Conservation Technologies invention.
Congratulations to ECE Assistant Professor Wenjing Rao who just received the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for $450K

ECE News 2011

Congratulations to ECE Professor Alan Feinerman on receiving the 2011 UIC Inventor of the Year Award.


Congratulations to Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D student Kasun Punchihewa on receiving the UIC Graduate College Medical Research Award!
ECE hires four new exceptional faculty in AY 2011-2012
NSF published an article about ECE Professor Alan Feinerman in their live science series.
Congratulation to ECE Professor Sudip Mazumder on receiving the Vice Chancellor for Research Areas of Excellence Award for $75,000.
Congratulation to ECE Assistant Professor Jingjing Li and Associate Professor Danilo Erricolo on receiving the Vice Chancellor for Research Areas of Excellence Award for $20,000.
Congratulations to ECE Assistant Professor Natasha Devroye on receiving a five-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award.
Congratulations to ECE Assistant Professor Zhichun Zhuon receiving a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Development Award.
Congratulations to the following students:

PhD student, Ishita Basu, recipient of the 2011 Dean's Scholar Award. Her project is titled: "Closed-loop Predictive Control of DBS." Advisor: Professor Daniela Tuninetti

PhD student, Ayan Kar, recipient of the 2011 Dean's Scholar Award. His project is titled: "Study of Nanowires for Next Generation Sensing Applications." Advisor: Professor Mitra Dutta

PhD student, Giuseppe Carluccio, recipient of the Spring 2011 Provost's Award. His project is titled: "Project: Locally optimized B1 field for MRI systems." Advisor: Professor Danilo Erricolo

Undergraduate student, Ranjit Kaur, for receiving the TCF Bank Scholarship through the Office of Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year

ECE News 2010


Congratulations to ECE assistant professors Daniela Tuninetti and Natasha Devroye for receiving the 2010-2011 College of Engineering Research Awards. These awards are based on excellence in research accomplishment, as measured by scholarly activities, PhD guidance, grants, and other research-focused activities.


Congratulations to Koushik Banerjee and Ting Huang recipients of the Fall 2010 Provost Award! Koushik Banerjee's project is titled "Fabrication and Characterization of Free-standing Luminescent Silicon Quantum dots." Ting Huang's project is titled "An Adaptive Nonlinear Control Strategy Inspired by Biological Control System for AFR Control."


Student Carlo Giulietti (defended MS thesis, May 2010) along with co-advisors Profs. Ansari and Schonfeld received the Best Paper award at the 2010 ACM Workshop on Advanced video streaming techniques for peer-to-peer networks and social networking. This workshop is part of ACM Multimedia, held on October 25-29 in Firenze, Italy. link


Zhichun Zhu, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award to investigate the architecture for building this next generation of computers. link


Professor Derong Liu from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been appointed to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks effective January 2010.


Professor Derong Liu from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the International Neural Network Society effective January 2010.


Michael Stroscio, Richard and Loan Hill Professor, has been appointed to a three-year term at the National Academies on the National Research Council's Board on Army Science and Technology. This group advises key officials in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.


Michael Stroscio, Richard and Loan Hill Professor, has been appointed to a three-year on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE; the Proceedings is IEEE's premier journal.


Mitra Dutta, Distinguished Professor and ECE Department Head, and Michael Stroscio, Richard and Loan Hill Professor, recently read at the University of Liege an invited paper that was co-authored by a number of UIC graduate students, including one former UIC graduate student, Dr. Takayuki Yamanaka, who is now at Northwestern University. The full citation for the invited paper is: Milana Vasudev, Jianyong Yang, Hyeson Jung, Takayuki Yamanaka, Michael A. Stroscio, and Mitra Dutta, "Integrated Nanostructure-Semiconductor-THz Complexes: Spectral Studies of DNA," Electronic Recognition of Biomolecules-4, University of Liege, September 12, 2008.


Professor Dan Schonfeld from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received an award on behalf of the IEEE Signal Processing Chicago Chapter which was selected as one of the most active chapters by Region 4 of the IEEE. He was also invited to present a seminar on the operation of the IEEE Signal Processing Chicago Chapter to the IEEE Signal Processing Chapters Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada, in April 2009. Dan Schonfeld serves as Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Chicago Chapter as well as the Representative from North America (Regions 1-6) to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapters Committee.


Professor Dan Schonfeld from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been appointed to serve as the Special Sections Area Editor in charge of Special Issues of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine effective January 2009. He will continue to serve as Associate Editor for video analysis of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.


Professor Dan Schonfeld from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been appointed to serve as the Technical Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS) to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in June 2009. He is also serving as Co-chair of the IEEE Workshop on Video Mining held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) in Pisa, Italy, in December 2008.


Professor Dan Schonfeld from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been invited over the past few months to present a seminar entitled: "MotionSearch: Content-Based Video Retrieval and Classification" (joint work with Xu Chen, Xiang Ma, and Ashfaq Khokhar) at the Joint Chapters of the IEEE in Rochester, New York, and as a distinguished speaker in the Joint College Colloquium Series at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has also been invited to present a seminar entitled: "Evolution and Genomic Structure: A Signal Processing Perspective" (joint work with Liuling Gong and Nidhal Bouaynaya) at Columbia University, University of Rochester, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Mr. Carlos Caicedo-Nunez, an ECE PhD student working with Prof. Milos Zefran, received the best student paper award at the 2008 IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control in San Antonio, TX. He received the award for the paper "Performing Coverage on Nonconvex Domains", coauthored by him and Prof. Zefran.


Daniela Tuninetti has been nominated leading TPC co-chair for the Communications Theory Symposium (CTS) of ICC 2010, one of the two flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society (the other being Globecom)


An article published on the IEEE Spectrum website talks about a project that Derong Liu had with General Motors. Only UIC is mentioned without Prof. Liu's name. The article is "General Motors Looks to Human Physiology for Powertrain Control" link


Three of ECE PhD students received the Chancellor's Supplemental Research Fellowships out of the total of twenty that were given campus wide. They are:
  • Ishita Basu - (advisor: Daniela Tuninetti)
  • Jun Qian - (advisor: Michael Stroscio)
  • Jonathan Waxman (advisor: Daniel Graupe)


Piergiorgio Uslenghi was named a 2009 UIC Distinguished Professor.


A nice press release entitled "Using Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home" about the new grant of Milos Zefran, Jezekiel Ben-Arie and Barbara DiEugenio appeared on the UIC Press Release site. link


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