Monday, December 19, 2016

Professor Edward A. Lee receives 2016 Achievement and Leadership Award

TerraSwarm PI and UC Berkeley faculty member Edward A. Lee was awarded the 2016 Technical Achievement and Leadership award by the IEEE Technical committee on Real-Time Systems, as announced in IEEE TCRTS.

The award is given to recognize individuals for their outstanding technical achievement and leadership and is annually presented to the recipient at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium.

Dr. Vijay Kumar elected to 02Micro Board of Directors

Professor Vijay Kumar, faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and PI for the TerraSwarm project, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of <b>02Micro International Limited</b>.
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"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Kumar as a member of O2Micro’s Board of Directors", says Sterling Du, chairman and CEO of O2Micro. "His broad, industry experience will provide valuable insight to O2Micro as we continue to expand the scope and impact of power and battery management products and technology designed to improve and enhance people’s lives around the world". 
Dr. Kumar brings to O2Micro’s Board of Directors his extensive experience in Embedded Internetworking of Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Mechanical, Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as industry leading Autonomous Robotics and Computer Learning technologies.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Security expert and TerraSwarm PI Alex Halderman claims paper ballot best technology for casting votes.

According to Reveal, University of Michigan computer science professor Alex Halderman and a team of activists, urged Hillary Clinton to challenge election results in three key swing states. The team which included Professor Halderman and civil rights lawyer John Bonifaz said they'd discovered evidence that votes were manipulated in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvnia. Further, the team successfully hacked Washington's pilot internet voting system in less than 24 hours. The team's actions followed hacker intrusions that breached the Democratic National Committee and the email account of one of Hillary Clinton's top staffers as reported in Wired on 11/23/2016.

In a post in Medium, Halderman states that though this year’s deviations from pre-election polls were not likely the results of a cyberattack, he says

I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked. But I don’t believe that either one of these seemingly unlikely explanations is overwhelmingly more likely than the other. The only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence — paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Halderman reaffirmed his position that the US electronic voting infrastructure is vulnerable and added that the the only surefire way to guarantee an election’s integrity is a paper audit.

Monday, October 17, 2016

TerraSwarm PI Jose Carmena Receives Award from National Eye Institute

As reported by UC Berkeley's News, TerraSwarm PI Jose Carmena will receive a $225,000 award from the National Eye Institute as part of the federal BRAIN initiative. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a Presidential focus intended to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by supporting the development and application of innovative technologies. The award will support testing of newly developed miniaturized wireless sensors or "neural dust." As previously reported, these sensors have the potential to record activity within the central nervous system. The implanted sensors' design is unique in using ultrasound to both power the sensor and retrieve readings. Possible applications for the research include less invasive medical treatment options.

Monday, September 26, 2016

TerraSwarm PI Bjoern Hartmann Named Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley

TerraSwarm PI Bjoern Hartmann has been named as the director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley.  PI Bjoern Hartmann is an Assistant Professor in the EECS Department. He has served as the chief technology officer for the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation since its inception.  His research on Human-Computer Interaction centers on novel design, prototyping, and implementation tools for the era of post-personal computing.

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation works to educate top innovators at the intersection of design and technology, and to provide students with opportunities for hands-on experience working in interdisciplinary teams to address real world problems. It is designed to provide a space for collaboration using multiple modes of engagement among students from different disciplines and levels of expertise.  Focusing on human-centered engineering, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation facilitates an increased role for design in undergraduate engineering education at UC Berkeley.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TerraSwarm PI Vijay Kumar's Lab Develops Quadrotor with Onboard Navigation

As reported by IEEE SpectrumPopular Science, and Gizmodo TerraSwarm PI Vijay Kumar's Lab at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a drone capable of on-board navigation. Traditionally when quadrotors perform complex maneuvers, such as flying through narrow openings, it requires an expensive complex external motion capture system that relays information to the drone. TerraSwarm PI Vijay Kumar's Lab has developed a 250 gram quadrotor drone that accomplishes these tasks using a single camera and on-board sensing and computing.  This creates an opportunity for real world applications by enabling the quadrotor to perform these complicated operations outside a controlled laboratory setting.  The quadrotor can move at speeds of up to 4.5 m/s, with acceleration of over 1.5g, and roll/ pitch angles of up to 90 degrees. While the current design still requires that the location of obstacles, relative the drone's starting position, be provided in advance, the research team is working to integrate the drones camera into real-time planning and control framework in the future.

Friday, September 9, 2016

TerraSwarm PIs Sanjit Seshia and Richard Murray Receive NSF "Frontier" Award

As reported in it's September, 6, 2016 Press Release, a research team including TerraSwarm PI Sanjit Seshia and TerraSwarm PI Richard Murray has received a National Science Foundation "Frontier" award for their project Verified Human Interfaces, Control, and Learning for Semi-Autonomous Systems (VeHICaL).  The five-year $4.6 million award will support multidisciplinary research into systems that operate together with human operators. The goal of the project is to enhance human collaboration and interaction with automation in the physical environment in a way that enhances safety, privacy and performance. The research team for the VeHICaL project includes Sanjit Seshia, University of California, Berkeley; Thomas Griffiths, University of California, Berkeley; Claire Tomlin, University of California, Berkeley; S. Shankar Sastry, University of California, Berkeley; Ruzena Bajcsy, University of California, Berkeley; Richard Murray, Caltech; and Cynthia Sturton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Possible applications for the VeHICaL project's research outcomes include drones and semi-autonomous cars.