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Computer Engineering

Fall 2007


Wessagefnnm the Chair


Happy holidays from Gainesville!

Another school year is well underway. The undergraduate en-
rollment in the department seems to have stabilized. Nation-
ally, enrollment in Electrical and Computer Engineering pro-
grams has been dropping and we've seen the same thing here.
This fall, however, the enrollment is close to what it was last
fall. Demand for our undergraduates is strong and I think that
will translate to increasing enrollment again soon. We have the
capacity to handle some more students. We've started several
new courses to help attract and retain undergraduates.

We welcomed about 130 new graduate students this fall and maintained our graduate
enrollment. Last year, we graduated over 40 Ph.D. students. This was a record year for
Ph.D. production. Our number of Ph.D.'s has been growing rapidly and we have set re-
cords each of the last three years. We can now be counted among the top programs in the
country in Ph.D.'s graduated / faculty member.

All of the news is not good, unfortunately. The state revenues are down and we've been
asked to make a 4% cut this year. Projections are for larger cuts in the future, perhaps as
early as the spring semester. These cuts are to be permanent base line cuts in our funding.
This has forced us to postpone faculty hiring this year, eliminate equipment purchases, and
reduce the summer course offerings. These are all relatively painful choices and are not
options for the long-term. We are working to study our operations to find places to cut with
minimal disruption. Unfortunately, there aren't many good options as most of our dollars
go to salary for faculty, staff, and teaching assistants.

The University has just started a major capital campaign. Private donations are one way
for us to help raise money to offset the state cuts. We have lots of good programs that
could use help and I'd be happy to discuss any of them with you. We hope to raise money
in the campaign for faculty research, student fellowships and scholarships, student orga-
nization support, and lab support. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in
helping the department this way.

Inside you can read about some of our new faculty that we have welcomed to Gainesville.
You'll also see news about faculty awards, including Dr. Slatton's visit to the White House
for a PECASE award. Our student groups remain active and are winning prizes in competi-
tions across the campus and country.

Despite the budget cuts, please know that we continue to strive for excellence and that we
are always trying to make you proud of your alma mater. Have a happy holiday season!







Cfnt Slatton Rceives stigious PEC ASEAward


Dr. Clint Slatton, an assistant professor with a joint appoint-
ment in the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) De-
partment and the Civil & Coastal Engineering (CCE) Depart-
ment at the University of Florida, was named a 2006 winner
of the Presidential Early Career Award for Sci-
entists and Engineers (PECASE).

The PECASE program recognizes outstand-
ing scientists and engineers who, early in their
careers, show exceptional potential for leader-
ship at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presi-
dential award is the highest honor bestowed
by the United States Government on scientists
and engineers beginning their independent ca-
reers.

The award ceremony took place on Nov 1, 2007
in Washington DC. Slatton was presented the
award by Dr. John Marburger, Director of the
Office of Science and Technology Policy and
Dr. William Rees, Deputy Under Secretary of
Defense. He, along with the other awardees, then met with
President Bush for a group photograph on the North steps of
the White House.

Slatton was one of only 58 awardees, covering a broad
spectrum of physical and social sciences, and was the first
awardee from the University of Florida in seven years. This
single-investigator award includes a $1,000,000 research
grant administered over a five-year period. Clint's PECASE
was awarded by the Department of Defense. The nomina-
tion originated in the Environmental Sciences Division of the
US Army Research Office (ARO).

A fundamental problem that arises over and over in many
indirect sensing applications, including medical imaging
and remote sensing of the Earth, is that the parameters of
greatest interest often cannot be measured at all or at the
required resolution to explicitly reveal a system's behavior.
As a result, scientists and engineers must rely heavily on
mathematical models that attempt to describe the physi-
cal dynamics of complex systems. However, such physical
models often lead to ill-posed inverse problems because nu-
merous variables describing the system must be estimated
from a small set of observation parameters. Clint's work will
address this issue. The title of his proposal was "Prediction
of Diffractive and Non-Diffractive Propagation in Forested
Terrain by Combining Probabilistic and Physical Modeling".

Slatton says that, "This work will focus on combining simpli-
fied physics-based models of signal propagation that exhibit
different diffraction characteristics (e.g. geometric optics,
microwave scattering, etc.) with modern pattern-recognition
methods and high-resolution 3D geometry obtained from air-


borne laser ranging (lidar). It will allow one to predict signaling
performance and to formulate and solve well-posed inverse
problems for a large range of signal types that are used for
sensing and communications in complex environments, such
as forested terrain. The key departure from
previous works is an integrated approach in
which the physical models are parameterized
such that the inputs are completely specified
by the available remote sensing data, while
also learning from the lidar data the structure
of locally correlated regions over which the
simplified physical models can be applied
with sufficient accuracy."

In related work, Slatton is a Co-Investiga-
tor on a National Science Foundation (NSF)
Center in the CCE Department, the National
Center forAirborne Laser Mapping (NCALM).
This NSF Center was established to produce
state-of-the-art airborne lidar (laser detection
and ranging) measurements of the Earth's
surface and land cover for NSF researchers and to devel-
op new capabilities for remote sensing of the Earth using
airborne lidar. He also collaborates with several faculty in
ECE.


Fig. 1 (Top left) View of a complex ,
forest volume as seen by traditional
aeral imagery (top face), by lidar
(side face),and by an in-situ ob- 0
server (front face). (Top right) The
thresholded 3D probability density
function of lidar returns from foliage
inside a 50m x 50m x 35m forest
volume. (Bottom right) Normalization hemispherical vis-
ibility computer for an observer in the center of the same
area standing on the ground. Askyward fisheye lens photo-
graph of a forest canopy appears on the top face. Once in
this form, inferences about propagation and target detection
can be made.







Three faculty Join Department


Dr. Ann Gordon-Ross


Dr. Robert C. Moore


Dr. Gregory Stitt


Ann Gordon-Ross

BS (Computer Science), University of California-Riverside,
2000
Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of California-River-
side, 2007

Although Ann Gordon-Ross knew she wanted to work with
computers, she didn't start out in electrical and computer
engineering. She was led to the field by her advisor after
taking several digital design courses.

Moving from California to Florida hasn't been a big adjust-
ment for Gordon-Ross. "With the exception of the humidity,
the temperature is about the same," she said.

Gordon-Ross loves to cook. In particular, gourmet style.
"I'm not into homestyle cooking", she said. She also enjoys
gardening, playing golf, and role-playing video games.

In addition to starting her own lab in dynamic optimizations,
Gordon-Ross is also part of the NSF Center for High-Perfor-
mance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC). Her research
interests include reconfigurable computing, low-power de-
sign, platform design, dynamic optimizations, hardware de-
sign, real-time systems, embedded systems, and multi-core
platforms.

Robert C. Moore

BSE, Stanford University, 1999
MSE, Stanford University, 2001
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2007

Robert Moore tinkered with electronic devices in his high
school basement classroom. "It was then I knew I would be
an engineer," said Moore. "I just didn't know which field."


Moore began his collegiate career as a computer scientist,
but quickly converted to Electrical Engineering. "I didn't en-
joy solving what appeared to be man-made problems," ex-
plained Moore. "To this day, I continue to be more interested
in studying naturally-occurring phenomena." As an electrical
engineer, Moore won Stanford's Hewlett-Packard award for
analog design. Today, Moore's interests lie on the physics
side of the electrical engineering playground.

"The field of natural electromagnetic interactions is intrigu-
ing, and studying these phenomena is intellectually satisfy-
ing. I am happy that the University of Florida has given me
this chance to further contribute in this field," said Moore.

His current research interests include non-linear electro-
magnetic interactions in the ionosphere; remote-sensing ap-
plications of ELF/VLF wave propagation in the Earth-iono-
sphere waveguide; and electromagnetic radiation produced
by lightning.

Gregory Stitt

BS (Computer Science), University of California-Riverside,
2000
Ph.D. (Computer Science), University of California-River-
side, 2007

Greg Stitt is a talented musician. He can play the guitar,
piano and trumpet. He also composes music.

He enjoys hiking, golf, and college football. "I'm quickly be-
coming a Gator fan," Stitt said.

His research interests include reconfigurable computing,
FPGA's; synthesis, compilers, CAD; computer architecture
and embedded systems.







Alumni News


David and Jennifer (Folmar) Arnold (BSEE 2000, MS
2001) have a new baby boy.

Howard L. Kalter (BSEE 1966/MSEE 1968/Engr 1970)
retired from IBM as an IBM Fellow.

Niels L. Lahr (BSEE 1957) passed away on March 1,
2007. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Lahr, four
daughters, and eleven grandchildren. He retired from Boe-
ing Aerospace after 30 years of service.

Hugh C. Nicolay (BSEE 1967/MSE 1969) retired from
Harris Semiconductor.

David T. Martin (Ph.D. 2007) is a Process Integration En-
gineer at Avago Technologies in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Chih-Ming Hung (MS 1997/Ph.D. 2000) is a senior tech-
nical staff member and RF design manager at Texas Instru-
ments in Dallas, Texas.
Harvey H. Purcell (BEE 1953) retired from Western
Electric Co.

Harry M. Schindehette, Jr. (BSEE 1966) retired from
the electric utility industry.

Donald H. Steinbrecher (BSEE 1960) is the Chief Sci-
entist for Communications at the Naval Undersea Warfare
Center.

James R. Wheeler (BEE 1959) is retired


(Facufty Neiws


Mr. Joe Brewer was elected as an IEEE
Fellow for contributions to nonvolatile memory
integrated circuit technology and digital signal
processor architecture.



Dr. Leon Couch's book, Digital and Analog
Communication Systems is in it's 7th edition
and was published by Pearson Prentice Hall.



EDr. William Eisenstadt was promoted to
Full Professor.



Dr. Yuguang Michael Fang was elected
as an IEEE Fellow for contributions to wireless
networks and mobile computing systems


Dr. Jianbo Gao, Multiscale Analysis of Com-
plex Time Series --- Integration of Chaos and
Random Fractal Theory, and Beyond, published
by Wiley.

Dr. Mark Law received the Iowa State Univer-
sity Alumni Association Professional Achieve-
ment Citation in Engineering award. This award
was established in 1968 to recognize superior
technical or professional accomplishments in
research, development, administration, educa-
tion, or other engineering activities.


Dr. Jian Li with co-authors Yanwei Wang,
Xi Li, Yijun Sun and Petre Stoica received the
2005 M. Barry Carlton Award. The Barry Carl-
ton Award is one of IEEE's oldest and highest
honors.



Dr. Jenshan Lin was promoted to Full Pro-
fessor.



Dr. Jose Principe received the 2007 EMBS
Career Achievement Award for "outstanding
contribution and achievement in the field of
Biomedical Engineering as an educator, re-
searcher, developer, or administrator who has
had a distinguished career of twenty years or
more in the field of biomedical engineering."



BDr. Martin Uman, The Art and Science of
Lightning Protection, published by Cambridge
University Press, was released in October
2007.




Dr. Huikai Xie was tenured and promoted to
Associate Professor.






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