May 2018

May 7, 2018
Assistant Professor Vishal Patel and ECE PhD student He Zhang have won the 1st prize at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) Grand Challengefor their work on heterogeneous face recognition.  Their algorithm for polarimetric thermal-to-visible face recognition achieved the best performance on the Heterogeneous Face Recognition Grand Challenge organized by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) as part of the 2018 IEEE ICME.  Professor Patel and Zhang's approach is based on a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) which uses a multi-stream fe
May 7, 2018
Assistant Professor Salim El Rouayheb has won a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award for his project titled "Secure Coded Cooperative Computations for Internet of Battlefield of Things (IoBTs)."  The DURIP instrumentation awards provide the unique means through which the Depart of Defense supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory equipment, usually out of reach for most research grants. As part of this project, Dr. El Rouayheb in collaboration with Dr.
May 7, 2018
Dean Tom Farris has announced that Professor Marco Gruteser was selected for the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award! The Cherasia Award, established by Peter D. Cherasia, a Rutgers ECE alumnus, recognizes and fosters excellence in teaching and scholarly activity in highly quantitative and computational aspects of engineering research related to financial problems. The Award is for a three year term and includes $10,000 per year that can be used to support scholarly activity. The funding period begins with the current academic year and runs through the 2021.
May 7, 2018
Congratulations to Associate Professor Waheed Bajwa for his new DARPA award for the project titled "Nonconvex Matrix Optimization: Geometry, Algorithms, and Distributed Implementations." This is an 18-month $1.21M collaborative effort between Rutgers University (Waheed Bajwa- PI) , Colorado School of Mines and University of Wisconsin. Rutgers' share of this award is $327,716.
May 7, 2018
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Salim El Rouayheb for receiving the prestigious 2018 Google Faculty Research Award for his project titled "Towards efficient Single-Server Private Information Retrieval and Search." The Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognize and support world-class faculty members pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest to Google, with the goal of identifying and strengthening long-term collaborative relationships with faculty work
May 7, 2018
Assistant Professor Vishal Patel and his collaborators Ester Gonzalez-Sosa, Ruben Vera-Rodriguez, and Julian Fierrez from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain have won the Honorable Mention Paper Award at the 2018 IAPR International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2018) held in Gold Coast, Australia for their paper titled "Person recognition beyond the visible spectrum: combining body shape and texture from mmW images." In this paper, the authors study the problem of person recognition using millimeter wave (mmW) images.
May 7, 2018
Approximately 50 Electrical and Computer Engineering alumni, faculty, and friends attended the inaugural ECE Alumni Networking Event on April 25, 2018, in The Cove, Busch Campus Student Center. Please watch for news on upcoming events.

April 2018

April 27, 2018
The 2018 ECE Capstone Expo saw participation from over 250 students, as 68 student projects were demonstrated as part of the annual senior year showcase. Students work in teams to design unique and innovative product prototypes, demonstrating how technical knowledge can enable their imaginations. The design process incorporates standards and realistic design constraints: economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
April 20, 2018
Dean Tom Farris of the School of Engineering has just announced that Assistant Professor Anand Sarwate has been selected for the 2018 A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award. The Tyson fund, established by A. Walter Tyson, a 1952 alumnus of the School, is used to recruit promising junior faculty. Funds made available through the generosity of the Tyson Family are used to offset the School's investments in talented young faculty. With this award, funds will be used toward the School commitments that were made toward Professor Sarwate's start-up package.
April 9, 2018
The Rutgers/Columbia/NYU COSMOS project was officially announced today – see links below. This is an NSF grant being administered by the PAWR Project Office (PPO) for $12.5M + $10M industry contribution over a 5 year period. The goal is to deploy an advanced wireless research testbed at city scale in uptown Manhattan, with a technology focus on ultra-high bandwidth and low latency wireless communication tightly coupled with edge computing. Rutgers is the lead organization with the following team members: D.