Alan Willsky, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), is one of five MIT faculty selected this year for membership in the National Academy of Engineering as announced today on the NAE website. Willsky is cited "for contributions to model-based signal processing and statistical inference."
EECS Professors Dina Katabi and Muriel Medard have teamed to establish a new field (network coding). Read about how Medard's initial paper written ten years ago established network coding and a following paper by Medard and Katabi presented in 2006 built the means for implementation. Both papers have been cited by the IEEE in 2009 - the first for its seminal contributions to the field that’s come to be known as “network coding,” and the second for presenting the first implementation of the new field.
For nearly 5,000 computer science students at MIT, taking 6.033--originally known as 6.233 when Jerry Saltzer, '61, SM'53, ScD'66, began teaching it in 1967--Computer Systems Engineering's informational handout materials meant lots and lots of notes. As the years went on, the popular class became more so and the handouts expanded--as mimeograph and eventually xeroxed notes for the growing numbers of 6.033 students.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 531 members, including three members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT out of eight from the MIT academic community. (See the MIT News Office Dec. 17, 2009 announcement).
EECS faculty member Qing Hu, professor of electrical engineering, principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) and head of the THz Quantum Cascade Laser Group has described (with his colleagues) in the most recent issue of Nature Photonics, the first practical method for tuning terahertz quantum cascade lasers.
The Association for Computing Machinery, ACM, has selected 47 new inductees as 2009 Fellows including EECS faculty members David Karger, professor of computer science and principal investigator with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, and Martin Rinard, professor of computer science and principal investigator in CSAIL.