ECE News for 2001
EECS 598-02 Randomized Computation
Term Paper/Final Project: 50%
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EECS 598-07 Nonlinear Fiber Optical Devices
EECS 598 SECTION 7
Golden Apple Award to Elliot Soloway
Congratulations to Professor Elliot Soloway who is this year's recipient of the Golden Apple Award sponsored by Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching (SHOUT).
The Golden Apple Award honors those teachers who consistently teach each lecture as if it were their last, and strive not only to disseminate knowledge but to inspire and engage students in its pursuit.
Approximately 520 students nominated various professors for the Golden Apple Award this year. Students of Professor Soloway who sent in nominations agreed with his philosophy on teaching and said they were inspired by him.
The concept of the Golden Apple Award was inspired by one of the greatest teachers of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who taught 1900 years ago, "Get your life in order one day before you die." The Award is an annual reminder to the entire University that all of us should always be giving our "last lectures."
In honor of winning the Golden Apple Award, Professor Soloway will give his "ideal last lecture" January 22 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and be awarded $1,000 cash.
EECS 598-5: Mathematical Modeling and Simulation Techniques for Networking
Instructor: Mingyan Liu Communication networks have become increasingly complex systems. With the rapid expansion of the Internet, it is important that we are equipped with proper tools to analyze and gain insight on the performance, dynamics, technical and social implications of various mechanisms used in the Internet. In this course we will study two classes of such tools: mathematical modeling and simulation. Both of them are widely used in networking. On the one hand mathematical modeling, via abstraction, can be tractable, fast and intuitive, as well as facilitate optimization and sensitivity analysis. On the other hand simulation can be much more detailed and can handle large-scale systems. In this course we will review mathematical modeling techniques based on a range of principles and examine their effectiveness, particularly, the relationship between the simplicity of a model and its usefulness. The study will be highly application-oriented, in that there is always a very clear realistic subject to be modeled, be it a protocol, a channel or a policy. Under the second theme of the course we will review the techniques of computer simulation, which is widely used to study complex systems, and also often used to validate mathematical models. We will NOT show how to use a particular simulation tool (e.g.,NS-2, OPNET), but will show the basic statistical and discrete event concepts underlying most simulation tools. We will also discuss how to use simulation in a scientific way. This course will consist of both lectures (i.e., presentation by the instructor) and discussions (i.e., discussion on assigned papers in class). The subjects covered in this course are as follows (the sequence is subject to change):- Modeling of multiple access channels (e.g., channel errors, IEEE802.11) - Optimal routing and blocking probabilities - Performance modeling of TCP - Congestion control, rate control and utility maximizing - Simulation and the Monte Carlomethod - Internet traffic and self-similarity For each of these subjects there will be a list of selected papers as reading assignment. The final grade will be based on - the summary review on paper reading assignment; - participation in class discussions; - a term project/paper and presentation
Distinguished Dissertation Awards
I am happy to announce that the University of Michigan Lucent Technologies distinguished dissertaion awards in the area of Mathematical SystemScience have been awarded to the following students:
Christopher Lott, "Optimal Resource Allocation and Routing in Wireless Networks," Advisor D. Teneketzis, Winter 2001.
Navin Kashyap, "Data Synchronization with Timing," Advisor, D. Neuhoff, Fall 2001.
Each student will recieve a certificate and a check for $500.00.
Congraulations to Christopher and Navin, and to their advisors!
John J. Carey, Emeritus Professor
John Joseph Carey, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has passed away November 10, 2001, at the age of 89. Professor Carey was born in Boston, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1934 and 1953. From 1934-41, he worked on the Panama Canal, serving with the Panama Canal Department as Associate Electrical-Mechanical Engineer. He then joined an engineering firm in Boston. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, serving in the Corps of Engineers 1943-45, and he was awarded the Campaign Star in 1944. During 1945-46, Prof. Carey taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Kansas. In 1946 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1948 and to Professor in 1957. Prof. Carey retired in 1972. While at the University of Michigan, Prof. Carey was co-director of the Power Systems Laboratory, and taught courses in power systems analysis, electro-mechanical energy conversion, engineering economics, and circuits. He also taught courses in power systems for employees of the Consumers Power Company, the Commonwealth Associates, and the Detroit Edison Company. Throughout his career at Michigan, Professor Carey demonstrated unique capabilities as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in electric power systems and energy conversion. Prof. Carey also gave generously of his time and talents to administrative and University-wide committees. He was very active in the Michigan Society for Professional Engineers, for which he was a past president, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; he was also a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE. Prof. Carey spent 10 weeks in India, where he had been stationed in the Army, in 1965 working on curriculum issues under the sponsorship of the Government of India and U.S. Aid. Upon his retirement, Prof. Carey was a frequent consultant in product liability and personal injury lawsuits. Prof. Carey is survived by his wife, Grace; their children, John Jr., Sharon, and Karen; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister Louise; and 16 nieces and nephews. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of John Joseph Carey, and expresses its gratitude for his 26 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan.
Henry Russel Award Goes to Prof. Clark Nguyen
I am delighted to announce that Clark Nguyen is the 2002 Henry Russel Award winner. This University of Michigan award is given on the basis of "distinguished scholarship ... and conspicuous ability as a teacher." It is a richly deserved honor!
I am very pleased to announce that Prof. Al Hero has been selected by the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Committee as a Society Distinguished Lecturer (DLs) for 2002. The nomination represents a high recognition of his professional achievement.
As a Distinguished Lecturer, Al is one of six DLs who will give lectures to chapters world-wide on signal processing topics. Congratulations, Al!
National Research Council - News Release
Please find the attached news release (pdf format) announcing the National Research Council - 2002 Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.
William G. Dow Distinguished Lecture
SPEAKER: Dr. Robert W. Lucky
RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE LECTURE