will use multiple modes of information: text, audio, and video.
*They will process those
inputs to recognize important features.
*They will make use of distributed
computing, which will require careful design of both the communication
and computation elements of the system.
*They will integrate information
from many sources in order to make smart decisions and simplify
the life of the user.
*They will require careful
user-centric design to ensure that these complex systems are
in fact usable by real people.
The New Jersey Center for Pervasive Information
Systems will develop core technologies that will enable the
development of next- and next-next-generation pervasive-information
systems. The Center will also serve as a resource center for
New Jersey industry by providing an interdisciplinary team:
few, if any, companies today have the resources to build expertise
ranging from user requirements through device architectures
and networking; our team can help member companies understand
how their future business will be influenced by developments
in related areas.
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Members of the interdisciplinary team include:
Roxanne Hiltz and Jerry Fjermestad (NJIT), who are well-known
for their studies of computer-supported collaborative work;
Perry Cook (Princeton), who is an expert in human/computer
interfacing, computer music, and audio processing; Haym Hirsh
(Rutgers), who is an expert in artificial intelligence and
active agents for information systems; Bede Liu (Princeton),
who has a long-standing reputation in video and image processing;
Vincent Poor *77 (Princeton), who is a leading expert in wireless
communications; and Professor Wolf.
Electrical Engineering Professor Wayne
Wolf is director for the new New Jersey Center for Pervasive
Awards and honors
Richard Miles, professor in the Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Aerodynamic
Measurement Technology Award from the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics. Professor Miles was recognized
for "outstanding and innovative contributions to the invention
and development of advanced concepts in aerosynamic measurement
technology, and for significant educational and leadership
contributions to the field."
James Sturm '79, professor of electrical
engineering, was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers for his "contributions to novel
silicon-based semiconductor devices, large-area electronics,
and engineering education."
Edgar Choueiri *91, assistant professor
of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was elected chairman
of the Electric Propulsion Technical Committee of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Turing Award goes to Professor Yao
Chi-Chih Yao, the William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering
and Applied Science, has received the 2000 A.M. Turing Award
from the Association for Computing Machinery.
This award, considered
the Nobel Prize of Computing, was presented "in recognition
of his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation,
including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number
generation, cryptography, and communication complexity."
has helped shape the theory of computation. He established
new paradigms and effective techniques in many areas, including
computational geometry, constant-depth Boolean circuit complexity,
analysis of data structures, and quantum communication.
He initiated the
field of communication complexity, which measures the minimum
amount of interaction two or more parties must have in order
to jointly carry out some computation. Professor Yao thus
captured the essence of communication cost for distributed
Yao, the quality of a pseudorandom number generator was an
empirical opinion. He gave the first convincing definition
of a pseudorandom number generator, namely that its output
sequences are not distinguishable from those of a truly random
number generator by any polynomial-time test.
He showed that
any generator satisfying the specific "next-bit test" developed
by Blum and Micali actually meets his general definition.
He showed that the discovery of any one-way function would
lead to such a pseudorandom number generator. This has great
import for cryptography.
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an alumnus of the National Taiwan University, earned a Ph.D.
in physics from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in computer science from
the University of Illinois. He is a fellow of the ACM and
a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academia Sinica.
Professor Yao was recipient of the
Guggenheim Fellowship, the SIAM George Polya Prize, and the
ACM SIGACT-IEEE TCMFCS Donald E. Knuth Prize.
Andrew Chi-Chih Yao received the
2000 A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing
Professor Shayegan gets Humboldt Research
Mansour Shayegan, professor in the
Department of Electrical Engineering, received a Humboldt
Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists.
Professor Shayegan specializes in the
physics of semiconductors, with an emphasis on their electronic
properties. His work involves the growth of GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures
by molecular beam epitaxy, and studies of ballistic and quantum
transport in them. Of particular interest are the many-body
phenomena observed in these low-dimensional structures at
low temperatures and high magnetic fields.
As a Humboldt recipient, Professor Shayegan
plans to visit the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich
in summer 2001, where he will conduct research on the physics
of low-dimensional semiconductors.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
enables outstanding and internationally recognized scholars
not resident in Germany to carry out research projects in
Germany for the duration of six to 12 months.
Junior faculty awards honor teachers
Choueiri, Finkelstein, Funkhauser,
Kasdin, and Wang recognized
Howard B. Wentz Award
Choueiri *91 received the Howard B. Wentz, Jr. Junior Faculty
Award, which recognizes "promising young faculty members who
are good teachers."
He is assistant professor of the Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering Department (appointed in 1996);
an associated faculty member of the Astrophysical Sciences
Department, Program in Plasma Physics; and chief scientist
at the Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory
where he is the adviser to eight Ph.D. students.
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He has been chief or principal investigator
on more than 20 research contracts or grants from industry,
NASA, Air Force and other governmental agencies.
His theoretical and experimental research
interests include instabilities and turbulence in collisional
plasmas, nonlinear wave-particle interactions in plasmas,
fundamental processes in plasma propulsion devices for spacecraft,
active space experiments and micro-propulsion.
He has developed new courses at
Princeton in astronautics, applied physics, and advanced space
Alfred Rheinstein '11 Faculty Award
Randolph Wang, assistant professor in
the Department of Computer Science, received the Alfred Rheinstein
'11 Faculty Award, which recognizes "young faculty who have
shown exceptional promise."
Professor Wang joined the Princeton faculty
in February 1999 after earning his Ph.D. in computer science
from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his
bachelor's degree, also in computer science, from the University
of Texas at Austin in 1991.
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Professor Wang teaches CS 518: Advanced
Operating Systems and CS 598: Six Research Ideas in Storage,
Mobility, and Networking, among others. He received an E-Council
Excellence in Teaching Award for his efforts in COS 126: General
Computer Science. He was the first faculty member in the computer
science department to receive an E-Council Excellence in Teaching
Award for teaching COS 126.
Professor Wang received a National Science
Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program award
His research interests are file
systems and high- performance networking.
Emerson Electric Co. E. Lawrence Keyes
Adam Finkelstein, assistant professor
in the Department of Computer Science, Thomas Funkhouser,
assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science,
and N. Jeremy Kasdin '85, assistant professor in the Department
of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are corecipients
of the Emerson Electric Company E. Lawrence Keyes '51 Faculty
Advancement Award. This award recognizes faculty members "who
distinguish themselves in teaching."
Professor Finkelstein joined Princeton
in February 1997. He teaches courses in nonphotorealistic
rendering, computer animation, general computer science, and
computer graphics. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research
associate at the University of Washington. A 1987 graduate
of Swarthmore College, he earned his master's degree in 1993
and his Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Washington.
His research interests are in computer
animation, surface textures, and nonphotorealistic rendering..
In 2000 he received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
Professor Funkhouser has taught a variety
of courses ranging from beginning to upper-level computer
graphics. He joined the Princeton faculty in February 1998.
Previously, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell
Laboratories for four years.
N. Jeremy Kasdin '85
Professor Funkhouser received his undergraduate
degree from Stanford University in 1983 and his Ph.D. from
the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.
His research is focused on software tools
and systems that use novel ideas in computer graphics, networking,
and multimedia databases to facilitate interactive applications
in information discovery and communication. In 1999 he received
an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
Professor Kasdin joined the Princeton
faculty in 1999 from Alexis Engineering, a company he founded
in 1996 to perform aerospace engineering, system engineering,
and management consulting.
Prior to that, he was the chief systems
engineer for Gravity Probe B, a NASA satellite to test the
General Theory of Relativity. He was responsible for requirements
development, subsystem designs, configuration management,
design reviews, system analysis, and data analysis. In addition,
he has taught space mechanics at Stanford University from
1994 to 1998.
Professor Kasdin's research and teaching
interests are satellite design/space systems engineering,
spacecraft dynamics and control, space mechanics and astrodynamics,
digital control systems, stochastic processes and simulation,
estimation theory and system identification, automatic control,
nonlinear systems and control, and navigation.
Professor Kasdin earned his bachelor's
degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, his master's
degree in guidance and control (1987) from Stanford University,
and his Ph.D. in aeronautical and astronautical sciences (1991),
also from Stanford.
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