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The 2010 Kenneth J. Button Prize has been awarded to Professor David B. Rutledge of the California Institute of Technology "For pioneering contributions to millimeter wave technology, including integrated-circuit antennas for sub-millimeter waves, imaging antenna arrays, and quasi-optical systems. The award will be presented at the next International Society of Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz Waves (IRMMW-THz) conference in Rome, Italy, September 5-10, 2010. http://www.irmmw-thz.org/button_prize/index.html

March 24, 2009, (San Diego, Conference on Optical Fiber Communication) Kerry Vahala received the 2009 IEEE David Sarnoff Award for his contribution in helping form the basis for nearly all of today's high-speed semiconductor laser applications that impact Internet and data communications networks.

Robert McEliece, Allen E. Puckett Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering, has won the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal for exceptional contributions to the advancement of communications sciences and engineering. In particular, McEleiece is being recognized for fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of error-correcting codes and to the design of deep space telecommunication systems. 12.23.08 Details at Caltech.

Azita Emami awarded the NSF Career Award for her research on "Hybrid Data Communication in Advanced Integrated Systems", March 2008.

February 3, 2008 - Kerry Vahala, Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and professor of applied physics, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. Vahala received his BS, MS, and PhD from Caltech in 1980, 1981, and 1985, respectively. He was a appointed a research fellow in applied physics the same year he received his doctorate, and became assistant professor the following year, associate professor in 1990, professor in 1996, and Jenkins Professor in 2002.

February 3, 2008 - Steven Low, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the IEEE for his "contributions to internet congestion control." The distinction recognizes "an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest." Low received his BS from Cornell University in 1987 and his MS and PhD from UC Berkeley in 1989 and 1992, respectively. He came to Caltech as an associate professor in 2000 and was appointed professor in 2006.

Tai Cui, LiJun Chen, Tracey Ho, Steven Low and Lachlan L.H. Andrew who were awarded Best Paper for "Opportunistic Source Coding for Data Gathering in Wireless Sensor Networks" at the IEEE Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems conference held October 8, 2007 in Pisa, Italy.

Vahala group member, Tal Carmon, produced the featured research on the cover of Physical Review Letters, June 10, 2007 issue- Just like the force we feel when our car hits a sharp curve, light circulating in a cavity applies a centrifugal force on the cavity walls. This opto-mechanical force has been used to create tiny micro-mechanical oscillators (see Carmon, et. al. PRL). The tiny devices are fabricated on a silicon chip and oscillate at microwave rates. For information on this innovative device, click here. To view the article, click here.

An international team of physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers led by the Caltech, CERN, Univ. Michigan, Univ. of Florida and Vanderbilt, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil, UERJ, and the State Universities of São Paulo, USP and UNESP and Kyungpook National University, Korea joined forces to set new records for sustained data transfer between storage systems during the SuperComputing 2006 (SC06) Bandwidth Challenge (BWC).  The high-energy physics team's demonstration of "High Speed Data Gathering, Distribution and Analysis for Physics Discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider" achieved a peak throughput of 17.77 gigabits per second (Gbps) between clusters of servers at the show floor and at Caltech.
By combining FDT with FAST TCP, developed by Steven Low (Lee Center professor) of Caltech's computer science department, together with an optimized Linux kernel provided by Shawn McKee of Michigan known as the "UltraLight kernel," the team reached unprecedented throughput levels, limited only by the speeds of the disks, that correspond to nine GBytes/sec reading from, or five Gbytes/sec writing to, a single rack of 40 low-cost servers. For the more information, click here.

DARPA awards $6.5 million to Effros and colleagues. Michelle Effros, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and colleagues at three other universities have been awarded a $6.5 million grant by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a large-scale research effort to develop theory for analyzing and designing communication systems in ad hoc wireless networks of mobile devices. Networks of this type are used in field communications by soldiers and first responders. This latest 'DARPA Grand Challenge' may also lead to improved security, automated homes and highways, biomedical applications, and ubiquitous access to multimedia data and entertainment. A key goal is giving a network the “intelligence” to detect when it is near full capacity so that it can treat different kinds of messages (distress calls, for example) with higher priority than others (routine surveillance video feeds) when capacity becomes scarce. Another critical area is how to prolong the lifetime of networks with battery-powered nodes that cannot be recharged, for example, nodes embedded in structures or deployed in a remote location. Beyond that, a central question will be how to design a network to be as secure as possible within performance constraints. Other potential innovations could include developing new ways to route information around the network and methods for transmitters to cooperatively allocate resources such as power and bandwidth, either to bolster the network’s stability or to optimize its performance.

Kevin Tang's PhD thesis on "Networks with Heterogeneous Congestion Control Protocols" was awarded the George Dantzig Dissertation Award, first prize, at the annual INFORMS (Institute for OR & the Management Sciences) Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, November 6, 2006. This award is given for the best dissertation in any area of operations research and the management sciences that is innovative and relevant to practice. Kevin's thesis,"Networks with Heterogeneous Congestion Control Protocols" opens up a whole new venue for congestion control research which is wide open and can only grow in importance as networks become more heterogeneous. Dr. Tang graduated in June 2006 and is currently a SISL Fellow at Caltech.

Charles Plott and Timothy Cason won the Economic Inquiry Best Article Award for,"Forced Information Dislosure and the Fallacy of Transparency in Markets," from the Western Economic Association International Organization. Professor Plott was also awarded the "GAIMS Paper of the Year Award" at the Global Alternative Investment Management Forum for work on multimarket adjustment processes. In addition, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in Economics to visit Prague in 2006.

Caltech HEP group (which includes Steve Low's Netlab), SLAC, Fermilab, CERN, Michigan, Florida, Brookhaven, Vanderbilt and Partners in the UK, Brazil, Korea and Japan set 131.6 gigabit per second mark suring the SuperComputing 2005 Bandwidth Challenge.

Kerry Vahala and group members Hossein Rokhsari, Tal Carmon, and Tobias Kippenberg created a tiny photon clock. The disk-shaped resonator, made of silica can be made to vibrate mechanically when hit by laser light, could provide new electro-optic functions within the context of integrated circuits.

Tracey Ho was named one of the TR35 (Technology Review's top 35 innovators under the age of 35) for her work in network coding.

Massimo Franceschetti, Shuki Bruck, and Leonard Schulman have won the 2004 S. A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award for  "A Random Walk Model of Wave Propagation," (IEEE Trans. on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 1304-1317, May 2004).

Matthew O. Jackson, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Professor of Economics and the director of SISL, has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Super FAST internet connection - The Caltech HEP group quadruples world record of data transfer and capture the Bandwidth Challenge Award for the second consecutive year.  http://netlab.caltech.edu/FAST/sc2004/

Caltech HEP group breaks Internet2 Land Speed Record. FAST TCP is recognized at the Internet2 official Land Speed Record website:http://lsr.internet2.edu/ under the IPv4 category multiple stream class

Hajimiri named among the 100 Top Young Innovators by MIT's Technology Review

McEliece wins Shannon Prize