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Charles Elachi Receives Distinguished Alumni Award


Charles Elachi, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science, Emeritus, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his distinguished leadership in space exploration and planetary science as the longtime director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he was instrumental to realizing missions across the solar system including our own planet Earth, and for his many contributions helping to map out NASA’s long-term scientific future. Caltech’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishment. [Caltech story]


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Wang, Matni, and Doyle Win Axelby Outstanding Paper Award


Yuh-Shyang (Mickey) Wang and Nikolai Matni, two Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) Ph.D. alums, and John Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Bioengineering, won the IEEE CSS Transactions on Automatic Control George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. The Axelby Award recognizes outstanding papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control in the past two years based on originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity. [Read the paper]

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Lavretsky Receives IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control Award


Eugene Lavretsky, Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Senior Technical Fellow at Boeing, and long time lecturer in Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS), received the IEEE Control Systems Society Award for Technical Excellence in Aerospace Control for the development, maturation and transition of robust and adaptive flight control technologies to aerial vehicles and systems. [Past winners]

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Vaidyanathan and Liu Receive Best Paper Award


P. P. Vaidyanathan, Kiyo and Eiko Tomiyasu Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Chun-Lin Liu, Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University, have been selected to receive the 2021 IEEE SPS Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award for their paper titled "Remarks on the Spatial Smoothing Step in Coarray MUSIC". [Read the paper]

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Wennberg Lab Shows How Wildfire Smoke Increases Ozone Pollution


Using data gathered from a specially equipped jet that spent a month flying through and studying wildfire plumes, scientists have a better understanding now of how wildfire smoke impacts air quality. "Of course it is well known that wildfires lower air quality. But it's important to understand the chemical and physical mechanisms by which they do so that we can more effectively forecast how individual fires will impact the communities downwind of them," says Paul O. Wennberg, R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering; Executive Officer for Environmental Science and Engineering; Director, Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science. [Caltech story]

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Gunnarson and Dabiri Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy


Engineers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, and Harvard are developing an artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow autonomous drones to use ocean currents to aid their navigation, rather than fighting their way through them. "When we want robots to explore the deep ocean, especially in swarms, it's almost impossible to control them with a joystick from 20,000 feet away at the surface. We also can't feed them data about the local ocean currents they need to navigate because we can't detect them from the surface. Instead, at a certain point we need ocean-borne drones to be able to make decisions about how to move for themselves," says John Dabiri, Centennial Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering. [Caltech story]

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Zihui (Ray) Wu Wins Best Paper Award at ML4Health Conference


Computing and Mathematical Sciences student Zihui (Ray) Wu has won the Best Paper Award at the ML4Health Conference. The paper is titled "End-to-End Sequential Sampling and Reconstruction for MR Imaging", and studies how to use learning to jointly co-optimize both sensing and reconstruction for costly imaging tasks such as MRI.

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Yu-Chong Tai Receives 2021 SoCalBio Innovation Award


Yu-Chong Tai, Anna L. Rosen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Andrew and Peggy Cherng Medical Engineering Leadership Chair; Executive Officer for Medical Engineering, has been awarded the 2021 Innovation Award for Outstanding Researcher by The Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio). The Award is meant to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Greater Los Angeles Region's bioscience entrepreneurs, researchers, and educators.


New Caltech Center for Sensing to Intelligence (S2I) Launches Collaboration with Industry Partner


The Caltech Center for Sensing to Intelligence (S2I) has announced that, in collaboration with Rockley Photonics, a photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions company, it will allocate $1.5 million in research grants over the next three years to jumpstart efforts to combine sensors with artificial intelligence. "We would like to have sensors in every device these days, generating a huge amount of data," says Azita Emami, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering and the director of S2I. "But it's difficult to extract the most important information from the mountains of data they create." [Caltech story]

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Undergraduates Recognized for Inventing Product that Would Mitigate Dust in Lunar Habitats


A team of Caltech undergraduates participating in NASA's 2021 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge has earned the award for Best Developed Product. The Habitat Orientable & Modular Electrodynamic Shield (HOMES) team earned the Best Developed Product award, because—as noted by NASA—"it's not a concept; it's reality."  [Caltech story]

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