Welcome Ramya Vinayak
There’s probably not a single element of daily life that machine learning won’t influence in the coming decades.
“Machine learning for data-driven policy making and decision making is becoming ubiquitous, and it has a huge impact on society and people,” says Ramya Vinayak, who joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in August 2020 as an assistant professor. She adds, “It is imperative for us to understand when machine learning algorithms work and when they do not.”
Welcome Ying Wang
On an individual level, scrolling through Twitter for a few minutes or streaming music during a run may not seem like they use much juice.
But add up the energy used by all the servers, computers and other data devices in the world and it’s a pretty good slice of the global energy pie. In fact, over the next decade, experts believe energy consumption from data will eat up about 8 percent of the world’s energy.
“We need ways to reduce that,” says Ying Wang, who joined the UW-Madison Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2020. “Quantum materials, which are super-robust, are a way to potentially solve that challenge.”
Welcome Umit Ogras
Umit Ogras is not a science fiction writer, but he presents a compelling vision of the future: There will soon be smartphones that look like tattoos or stickers, brain-machine interfaces that aid people with movement disorders, and devices that harvest energy built into our clothes.
Ogras, who began as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UW-Madison in August 2020, hopes he can make many parts of that vision a reality in Wisconsin.
Bhuvana Krishnaswamy part of NSF grant to investigate soil health using sensor networks
Bhuvana Krishnaswamy, an electrical and computer engineering assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support work developing wireless sensor networks to help create underground soil maps.
The principal investigator for the project is Supratik Guha, a molecular engineer at the University of Chicago. Krishnaswamy will serve as co-principal-investigator along with Roser Matamala Paradeda, a terrestrial ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory.”
Ogras’ networks-on-chip paper stands the test of time
While finishing his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Umit Ogras was co-author on a paper about networks-on-chip (NoC) architecture. Now, 15 years later, the paper has received a Test of Time Award at the virtual Embedded Systems Week, a joint conference held by several societies and corporate sponsors.