Spring Graduation 2020

Please join the online Graduation Recognition Celebration for Electrical and Computer Engineering at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020.

More information can be found here: https://engineering.tamu.edu/events/recognition-celebration.html and from  emails sent by the department.

“CONGRATULATIONS!”  from all the faculty and staff at Computer Engineering Systems Group!

List of Spring 2020’s CEEN Graduates listed here:
Graduates Spring 2020 PhD Final

Graduates Spring 2020 ME Final

Graduates Spring 2020 MS Final

May 2020

Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching: Dr. Sunil Khatri

Congratulations to Dr. Sunil Khatri!

The  Association of Former Students presented Dr. Khatri with a Distinguished Achievement Award in College-Level Teaching for the Academic Year of 2019.

The Dean of Engineering, Dr. Banks, honored four winner:
– Dr. Sunil Khatri, Electrical and Computer Engineering
– Dr. Kristi Shryock, Aerospace Engineering
– Dr. Aakash Tyagi, Computer Science and Engineering
– Dr. Victor Ugaz, Chemical Engineering

Thank you for contributing to our program Dr. Khatri!

Dr. Jiang Hu Awarded Texas A&M AgriLife Research 2019 Director’s Award

Dr. Jiang Hu received the Texas A&M AgriLife Research 2019 Director’s Award for contribution to the research project on IoT-based intelligent irrigation. This is research in collaboration with AgriLife researchers Dr. Dana Porter and Dr. Thomas Marek.

Agriculture irrigation accounts for the use of two-thirds of the world-wide fresh water resources which is increasingly experiencing shortage due to human population growth and climate change. Technological advances have created numerous bells and whistles that can potentially improve water-use efficiency. However, there lacks a complete solution that makes use of all leverages and provides growers with peace of mind. Jiang Hu and CESG students, Justin Sun, Yanxiang Yang and Hongxin Kong, collaborate with the AgriLife research team to develop a complete solution for intelligent and automatic variable rate irrigation. It integrates spatial data from soil moisture sensors, past water applications and weather forecasts. At the same time, the system must be tolerant of faults and breakdowns. The centerpiece and brain of the system is an intelligent control algorithm. It estimates the amount of water needed for each location according to current soil moisture level and considers the probability of near future precipitation and evapotranspiration. The algorithm uses a machine learning procedure that is sensitive to crop and soil types. The proposed system can simultaneously improve crop yield and reduce water use. A prototyping system has been built in the AgriLife experiment field near Amarillo, Texas and three patents derived from the research have been filed.

Aggie Winners at CSAW 2019!

Congratulations to the Texas A&M team for winning 3rd place in the 3D Printer Hack Challenge at the CSAW ’19 cyber-security competition held November 7-9, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Texas A&M team was comprised of Computer and Electrical Engineering students Akash TiwariMutaz Melhem, and Maccoy Merrell under the advisement of professor Stavros Kalafatis.

After progressing from the qualification round where participants were challenged to reconstruct a corrupted .gcode file, the team employed skills in file forensics and reverse-engineering, to decode a file that they sent through a Caesar Cipher decode to obtain instructions for the final competition. They then had to develop a male 3D printer piece that was scaled to fit a female 3D printed piece whose STL file was provided. In addition, the team was tasked to create a STL file and then decode an encrypted Data Matrix code (after determining it was not a QR code) which provided a message that was not decipherable. The team completed the challenge in seven hours and placed 3rd out of five finalist from schools across Canada and the US.

This was the third time the Texas A&M team had entered the competition. Last year, they placed third in a embedded security challenge. They have truly set themselves apart nationally within such a short period.

 

For more information on the event, go to https://csaw.engineering.nyu.edu.

Dr. Shakkottai Promoted to Full Professor

Dr. Shakkottai joined as an Assistant Professor in 2008 and  later became Associate Professor in 2014. As of September 2019, he has been promoted to Full Professor.

Congratulations Dr. Shakkottai for your promotion! And, thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our program!

Prof. JV wins ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), 2019

To read more about Dr. JV Rajendran, see Rachel Rose’s ECE article here.

IEEE Micro Top Picks in Architecture for 2018

Congratulations to CESG’s Dr. Paul Gratz!

Dr. Gratz’s paper titled “Synchronized Progress in Interconnection Networks (SPIN) : A New Theory for Deadlock Freedom” was selected for The IEEE Micro Top Picks in Architecture for 2018.

This paper proposes a new theoretical approach to deadlock freedom in interconnection networks, based upon reframing the problem as one of coordination among independent actors as opposed to a problem of resource acquisition ordering.

To read more about Dr. Gratz’s research, see Rachel Rose’s ECE article on the department news page in February 2019.

IEEE Micro publishes its yearly “Micro’s Top Picks from the Computer Architecture Conferences” as its May / June 2019 issue. This issue collects the year’s most significant research papers in computer architecture based on novelty and potential for long-term impact.

Get an early look at Dr. Gratz’s paper here:

“IEEE Micro Top Paper Pick 2018 – Gratz Synchronized Progress in Interconnection Networks (SPIN) A New Theory for Deadlock Freedom”.

 

Duffield Named Director Of Texas A&M Institute Of Data Science

Nick Duffield, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the new director of the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS), the Division of Research announced (in October 2018).

“Texas A&M’s choice to prioritize data science by creating TAMIDS presents a tremendous opportunity to build a groundbreaking and innovative environment,” Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau said. “Texas A&M is preeminent in fields where data science is poised to have an enormous impact. As director of TAMIDS, Dr. Duffield brings outstanding credentials from a career spanning academia and industry, with a skill set combining technological leadership, scientific achievement, interdisciplinary collaboration, commercial impact, community building, and education. Texas A&M is committed to supporting the development of TAMIDS, under Dr. Duffield’s vision and leadership, to catalyze our growth in data science, and establish a distinctive position in the data science ecosystem that builds on Texas A&M’s unique strengths.”

Before joining Texas A&M in 2014, Duffield was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and AT&T Fellow at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, N.J. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of London. He held academic positions in Europe before joining AT&T in 1995.

Duffield is an author or co-author on more than 160 publications in the areas of data science and computer networking. He holds 54 U.S. patents and his work has been implemented in Internet systems, services and standards. His current research involves algorithms for data streaming and machine learning, computer-network measurement and resilience, and applications of data science to transportation, agriculture and hydrology. Duffield’s work at Texas A&M has received support from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Google and Intel. He is a fellow of IEEE as well as the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and has twice received the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMETRICS Test-of-Time award. He is an elected member of the governing board of ACM SIGMETRICS.

The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science pursues and supports new approaches of multi-disciplinary data science research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries to address all facets of the data-science landscape that naturally connect engineering, technology, science and the humanities and inform wider policy and social challenges.

For more information on TAMIDStamids.tamu.edu

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2016), based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in economic benefits and improved quality of life for the peoples of the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.


Media Contact: Susan Wolff, (979) 847-9365, s-wolff@tamu.edu

Source: Texas A&M Today

Best Paper Award 2018

CESG’s Dr. Xi Zhang’s paper “Collaborative Hierarchical Caching Over 5G Edge Computing Mobile Wireless Networks” won the IEEE International Conference on Communications Best Paper Award in May 2018. This work  in Wireless Networking  will add to his more than 190 research publications.

Contributing to the achievement of this prominent award was Qixuan Zhu, a PhD Student in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Congratulations to you both for this distinguished international award!