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Soltanalian Receives ‘Young Author Award’ from IEEE
ECE Assistant Professor Mojtaba Soltanalian is set to receive the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Award. The prestigious award will be presented to Soltanalian by IEEE Signal Processing Society President, Professor Ali H. Sayed, in April during the opening ceremony of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Calgary, Canada. Soltanalian was named the winner for the paper Designing Unimodular Codes Via Quadratic Optimization, which was co-authored by Petre Stoica and published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 62, No. 5, March 2014. Eligibility for the award is based on a three-year window, afforded to assess the impact of papers through a longer time frame. All eligible papers then go through a…
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ECE Students Use Senior Design Projects to Help Community Organizations
Senior Design projects are an opportunity for students to show creativity, innovation and talent. Starting the spring term of 2017, 16 students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) took senior design projects a step further by dedicating long hours and hard work to selflessly serve four area nonprofits with their engineering knowledge and skills.Instead of working on a project that serves their own self-interests, the students volunteered to help Enlace Chicago, Lakeview Pantry, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and People for Community Recovery solve problems that substantially address distinct needs in the community that those organizations serve.Each of the nonprofits provided a problem statement during the spring 2017 semester. The students worked with the organizations to refine…
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Four ECE Graduate Students Honored with Awards
Graduate students work hard on research projects throughout the year. Four students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering saw their efforts result in awards and scholarships, which will help fund their projects.Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation AwardFausto Annicchiarico Petruzzelli is one of only seven recipients of the 2017 Annual Graduate College Outstanding Thesis and Dissertation Award. He won in the Outstanding Master’s Thesis category for his work on A Wearable Device for Non-invasive Cardiovascular Monitoring.Petruzzelli was recommended by ECE Department Head Rashid Ansari and Professors Mojtaba Soltanalian and Shane Phillips. He worked under the joint direction of Professors Ansari, Soltanalian, and Phillips.“Fausto has research maturity and style uncommon among MS students and he appears to be…
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Professor Trivedi is Making Smart Devices Smarter, Faster, and Safer
Your smart phone is not as smart as you think. But ECE Professor Amit Ranjan Trivedi plans to change that by making smart devices smarter and safer. He is researching and developing methods for a low power intelligence, useful for devices - like cell phones – which currently rely on far-away clouds and servers for the same.“To achieve a low power intelligence, we are crosscutting and bridging across the stacks of technologies, circuits, and applications. We look into novel devices, which are at nanoscale – very small devices – and which offer some unique properties,” he said. “We then conceive a novel computing fabric, harnessing these unique characteristics for a physics-based implementation of machine learning and intelligence in electronics.”Trivedi, who…
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Professor Danilo Erricolo Named University Scholar
Congratulations to ECE Professor Danilo Erricolo on being named a University Scholar. The UIC program, now in its 33rd year, honors faculty members for superior research and teaching, along with great promise for future achievements. The award provides $15,000 a year for three years. The full article about Erricolo can be found at UIC Today.  
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UIC Researchers are Teaching Robots How to Push Back
Imagine you are moving a couch with a friend. As you start, you both need to crouch down, securely grab it, and simultaneously lift it up. As you carry it, you may say a word here and there, but that is clearly not enough to coordinate your actions. You mostly communicate through force: you can feel whether to move forward or backward, left or right and it can tell you to raise the couch higher, put it down or to stop moving.Professor Miloš Žefran, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Professor Barbara Di Eugenio, of the Department of Computer Science (CS), understand the importance of clear communication while collaborating. Now, they have teamed up to enable…
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ECE Alumnus Named Chief Scientist at Telephonics
 Congratulations to Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) alumnus Dr. Lorenzo Lo Monte on being named the Chief Scientist at Telephonics.Telephonics is a New York-based corporation with 1,500 employees, and a $500 million annual revenue specialized in ISR, radar and tactical communication systems solutions. Lo Monte is overseeing the engineering and scientific teams and advises the executive board.Before joining Telephonics, Lo Monte was the director of the Mumma Radar Laboratory and an associate professor at the University of Dayton, where he taught courses on radar and electronic warfare, and served many U.S. Department of Defense government agencies.Lo Monte also was appointed as the Topical Editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal, as a representative to the Aerospace and Electronics Systems…
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ECE Highlighted at Women in Engineering Summer Program
UIC’s Women in Engineering Summer Program (WIESP) provided high school girls with the power to build and learn more about the endless possibilities of working in engineering. The month-long summer program was made up of 25 rising juniors and seniors from around the city and the surrounding suburbs, and focused on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). It is designed to be very hands-on and interactive, and understanding the importance of students taking ownership of their work while demonstrating team work and collaboration. “I believe it is important to host an engineering program like WIESP because we cannot expect women to choose engineering as a profession if they are not exposed to the field. Through this program, we addresses that, in…
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