Vivienne Sze, core member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and the Emanuel E. Landsman (1958) Career Development Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) has received a 2014 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA). [Photo above: Vivienne Sze, right received the award from Dr. Fariba Farhoo, DARPA YFA Program Manager, at the YFA 2014 Kickoff Meeting October 3, 2014 in Arlington, VA.]
Professor Sze’s group, the Energy-Efficient Multimedia Systems, is working to develop technologies that enable energy-efficient and high-performance systems for visual data processing such as video coding, imaging, and computer vision. The group focuses on joint design across various levels of abstraction from energy-aware algorithm development for signal processing to efficient architecture design and low-power VLSI circuit implementation to enable optimal tradeoffs between power, speed and quality of result.
With the goal of energy-efficient systems for a wide range of applications, Sze’s group has designed hardware that performs real-time object detection and video decoding on high definition video content while consuming less than a nanojoule per pixel. Enabling real-time energy-efficient visual data processing can not only benefit many of today's portable multimedia applications (e.g., smartphone, tablet, etc), but can also impact a wide range of emerging video-based applications ranging from improved safety through elderly assistance, advanced driver assistance systems and crime prevention, to increased efficiency through structural monitoring, smart homes, unmanned vehicles and traffic control.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selects rising research stars in junior faculty positions at US academic institutions with the goal of developing the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.