Friday, February 10, 2017

TerraSwarm PI Michel Maharbiz awarded $1.5m by CZ Biohub

Michel Maharbiz, professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley, has been selected to receive a senior investigator award by CZ Biohub.

Professor Maharbiz will be awarded $1.5 million over 5 years for his research exploring ways that miniaturized technology and biology can be threaded together to create novel clinical devices that interface with the human body.

“I am humbled and speechless,” said Maharbiz when he found out about the award. “This is an ambitious endeavor and I can’t wait to get started and be part of it. I really do believe we, collectively, can make a big impact on diseases over the next decade, and I’m really excited to be a part of this.”
The CZ Biohub was established in September 2016 with $600 million over 10 years from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, and operates as an independent nonprofit medical research organization collaborating with UC Berkeley, Stanford University and UC San Francisco to fund research. Its goal is to harness science, technology and human capacity to cure, prevent or manage all disease during our children’s lifetime.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Exyn Technologies, founded by Dr. Vijay Kumar, raises $6.8m in partnership with Uniformity Labs

In news released today by Marketwired, IP Group announced that its first two portfolio companies from US university partners Exyn Technologies and Uniformity Labs have raised a combined $6.8 in new financing rounds.

Exyn Technologies is a spin-out from the University of Pennsylvania and was founded by Dr. Vijay Kumar, the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering and a Terraswarm Principal Investigator. The company develops fully autonomous aerial robot systems with multi-modal sensing capabilities to enable robust and reliable applications in the commercial market.

IP Group has committed another $3.7m to the two US companies following completion of the financing rounds which included both new and existing US and UK based investors. The Exyn transaction closed in 2017.

Monday, January 23, 2017

University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon receive $14 million grant

In partnership with CMU, Penn is participating in a $14 million, five-year transportation research grant to create a new national University Transportation Center (UTC) called Mobility 21.

Rahul Mangharam, TerraSwarm PI and associate professor in Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science, is also the director of the UTC. This is the third Department of Transportation (DoT) award Penn and CMU have won since 2013. According to Professor Mangharam, the Penn team focuses on cross-disciplinary problems like autonomous vehicles, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and interregional transportation.

"I think there are a lot of new technologies that are coming in that should be enablers for making transportation safer and more efficient," says Mangharm. "We want to essentially take a very holistic view of introducing these technologies to address long-term problems.”

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.