Saboo chosen for Elsa and Floyd Dunn Award

Krishnant Saboo

Krishnant Saboo has been chosen as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Elsa and Floyd Dunn Award.  Established in 2015, this award was set up in honor of Elsa and Floyd Dunn and is presented to a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who has demonstrated research interest in topics such as biomedical ultrasound, bioengineering, or related fields.  This is a great honor, which recognizes the quality of his graduate research.

According to his Advisor, Professor Ravi Iyer “Krishnakant has used his intuitive understanding of brain health together with his deep mathematical skills in machine learning and statistics to tackle complex problems related to diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.  He has worked in successful collaboration with several clinicians and scientists at Mayo Clinic and the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in modeling diseases including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and hepatic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction due to liver cirrhosis).  In creating these models, he has combined domain knowledge with statistical techniques, and data – a prominently useful skill in the face of the growing challenge of learning from limited data.”

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Congratulations to Haotian and Haoran for winning the Yunni & Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship

Haoran Qiu and Haotian Chen

We are delighted that two of our students, Haoran Qiu (CS) and Haotian Chen (ECE) are winners of the Yunni & Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship this year.  This Fellowship is awarded to high-achieving students in CS or ECE departments.

“I believe Haoran’s paper on FIRM attracted significant industry attention, particularly from IBM, and that was an important factor in him being selected for this award” according to Professor Iyer.

He goes on to say, “I think Haotian’s work on COVID data especially in the early days when COVID was at its peak and impacting the large metropolitan hospitals and his outstanding performance in his coursework were key factors in his selection for this Yunni & Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship award.”

Yogatheesan Varatharajah a winner of the 2020 American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Yoga, who was selected as one of the twenty young investigators conducting basic, translational, or clinical epilepsy research for his abstract, “Towards Establishing a Pretest Measure for Epilepsy when a Patient Presents with a “Normal” Electroencephalogram.” This is a very competitive award, and he was chosen from out of 1,100 submissions.

ISSRE20 Best Paper Award

Congratulations are in order for Guanpeng Li, Yiran Li, Saurabh Jha, Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, and Ravishankar Iyer who were awarded the Best Paper Award at the 31st International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2020) for their paper, “AV-FUZZER: Finding safety violations in autonomous driving systems.”

Work on “finding safety bugs in autonomous vehicles” nominated for best research paper at ISSRE 2020

Work on finding safety violations in autonomous vehicles nominated for best research paper at ISSRE 2020

Guanpeng Li, Yiran Li, Saurabh Jha , T. Tsai, S. K. S. Hari, M. B. Sullivan, Zbigniew T. Kalbarczyk, Ravishankar K. Iyer (2020). AV-FUZZER: Finding safety violations in autonomous driving systems. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE’20).