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CSoI eBrief August 2018
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August 2018

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief.

CSoI Highlights' Headlines:

  • Nancy Lynch at MIT receives a new NSF grant
  • Andrea Goldsmith co-chairs iCON 2018 award winner: IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking conference
  • Andrea Goldsmith awarded the Eric E. Sumner Award
  • Honorary doctorate (D.Sc. Honoris Causa) awarded to Andrea Goldsmith.
  • Bin Yu receives prestigious Scott Award
  • Pulkit Grover receives the Joel and Rut Spira Excellence in Teaching Award
  • NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018, Purdue University

CSoI Highlights

  • Professor Nancy Lynch at MIT recently received a new NSF (Small) grant to study "An Algorithmic Theory of the Brain". The project is joint with Professor Merav Parter of the Weizmann Institute, who will be funded by BSF.

  • The winner of the iCON 2018 Award, that celebrates an event that has demonstrated excellence in innovation, content curation, community building and financial stability and growth was the 2017 IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC). IEEE WCNC is the world premier wireless event to exchange ideas and information on the advancement of wireless communications and networking technology. The award was accepted by co-chairs Andrea Goldsmith of Stanford University and Katie Wilson of Santa Clara University, whose outstanding leadership drove results for and led advancement for the conference’s long-term goals.

  • Andrea Goldsmith, has been awarded the Eric E. Sumner Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for her outstanding contributions to wireless technology. https://news.stanford.edu/thedish/2018/07/18/andrea-goldsmith-receives-the-ieee-eric-e-sumner-award/

  • Andrea Goldsmith received an honorary doctorate (D.Sc. Honoris Causa) from the University of Edinburgh in July. http://www.clerkmaxwellfoundation.org/

  • Bin Yu has been chosen by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, COPSS, as the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth L. Scott Award. Professor Yu is being acknowledged for her dedicated and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the statistics field and for her mentorship of women students. In addition, this award also recognizes her scientific contributions to statistical and machine learning methodology. http://statistics.berkeley.edu/about/news/professor-bin-yu-given-prestigious-scott-award

  • Pulkit Grover received the Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is presented to an ECE faculty member based on major accomplishments and outstanding qualities and strengths in teaching. Established with an endowment by the Lutron Foundation, this award recognizes individuals who excel in the classroom by helping students learn, understand and apply the fundamentals of engineering.

  • The NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018 will be held at Purdue University.


  • Aboulmouna, L., Gupta, S., Maurya, M., DeVilbiss, F., Subramaniam, S., and Ramkrishna, D. (2018). A Cybernetic Approach to Modeling Lipid Metabolism in Mammalian Cells. Processes 6(8), 126; https://doi.org/10.33910/pr6080126.

Upcoming Events

  • Bits and Biology September 12-14, 2018, The Graduate Center, Princeton University
  • Critical Data Studies Distinguished Lecture October 3, 2018, Fowler Hall, Purdue University
  • 56th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing, October 3-5, 2018, Allerton Park and Retreat Center, University of Illinois
  • NSF Site Visit, December 4 & 5, 2018, Purdue University.

Job Opportunities

    Postdoctoral fellows: (i) Theory and (ii) experiments for novel noninvasive neurostimulation
    Description: Grover lab at CMU, in collaboration with Chamanzar and Barth labs, is developing advanced theoretical techniques, closely with experimental validation, for noninvasive neurostimulation for advancing treatment of disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and brain injuries. The PIs are jointly looking for (i) an information/control theory postdoc willing to learn apply their techniques to neuroengineering and the brain (prior experience in neuro-sci/eng not necessary); and (ii) an experimental postdoc with experience in invasive rodent studies (in and ex-vivo), and possibly also in human studies (the latter is not necessary). The work will use theoretical techniques from information and control theory, and collaboratively, experiments on mice and humans using state-of-the-art equipment. More information is available on request. Please email your resumes to pulkit@cmu.edu . The project will be funded in part by a grant from Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research and a grant from Pennsylvania Incubation Technology Alliance.

    Viterbi Postdoc Fellowship in Data Science

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