Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Distinguished Seminar Series

We are proud to welcome leaders in electrical and computer engineering and related disciplines as participants in the Fall 2022 Charles L. and Ann Lee Brown Distinguished Seminar Series.

Our speakers are eager to share their insight and expertise relevant to our research strengths, including image processing with a focus on health and medicine; machine learning, signal processing and communications; hardware for artificial intelligence and the internet of things; devices and circuits; robotics and control systems; and the design and integration of materials in novel electronic, thermal and optical devices.

We will conduct the Distinguished Seminar Series in a hybrid learning environment, combining in-person engagement with a Zoom webinar on Friday afternoons from Date to Date.

Fall 2022 Program

  • Luke F. Lester, Virginia Tech

    Radically Re-Designing the Teaching Culture and Curriculum of a Department: The NSF RED Project

    At Virginia Tech, the vision of the ECE Department’s NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant is to transform an academic unit with two narrow curricular paths that attracts and produces a limited range of traditional engineers to one that draws and retains a wider pool of students and prepares them to be holistic “T-shaped” professionals for a broader range of careers.

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  • Niraj Jha, Princeton University

    Smart Healthcare

     The Internet-of-Things (IoT) era promises hundreds of billions of devices or physical objects connected to the Internet.  These objects include sensors, actuators, and processing elements that help us gather data, make intelligent decisions, and optimize processes. 

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  • Dileep Kalathil

    Reinforcement Learning with Robustness and Safety Guarantees

    Reinforcement Learning (RL) is the class of machine learning that addresses the problem of learning to control unknown dynamical systems. RL has achieved remarkable success recently in applications like playing games and robotics. However, most of these successes are limited to very structured or simulated environments. 

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  • Changzhi Li, Texas Tech University

    Portable Radar Circuits and Systems for Life Activity Sensing and Human Tracking

    By sensing various life activities with microwave signals, portable radar sensors with state-of-the-art front-end and measurement algorithms have great potential to improve healthcare, security, and human-machine interface.

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  • Kaiyuan Yang

    Tackling the Energy Constraints in Miniaturized Internet of Everything Devices

    Following Moore’s law and Bell’s law, miniaturization of electronic devices is continuously transforming the human life and the society. The next generation miniature devices are envisioned to ubiquitously connect physical objects in the world, digitizing cities, homes, industries, and human health and medicine.

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  • Jill Tietjen

    Keeping the Lights On: Preparing for the Electric Grid of the Future

    Discover what challenges and opportunities will be faced by the country's electric grid in the future as we decarbonize.

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  • Fatih Hamzaoglu

    Embedded Memories for System in Package: SRAM, DRAM and Emerging Memories

    Until last decade, SRAM has been the main workhorse of in-package memories. SRAM has the advantage of easy integration in logic process w/o a cost adder. Its high speed and low power also made it attractive in Kbyte to MByte scales. But SRAM’s costly density allowed in package eDRAM/DRAM applications with multi-chip packaging.

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  • Sami Mitra

    Physics-ECE joint colloquium: You have your physics results. Now what?

    In a talk that I am hoping will quickly morph into a free-flowing Q and A session, I will discuss the roles of journals in general and PRL in particular in disseminating physics results through a cascading sequence involving journal editors, referees, conference chairs, journalists, department chairs, deans, funding agencies, and others. While some of the essential tools of physics dissemination are unchanged, the arrival of social media, search engines, and electronic repositories have us in a state of flux.

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  • Danijela Cabric

    Exploiting Abundant Millimeter Wave Spectrum for Low Latency Communications and Massive Connectivity Beyond 5G

    Future generations of millimeter wave (mmW) networks will operate in the upper mmW frequency band where ≥ 10 GHz bandwidth can be used to meet the ever increasing demands. While these abundant spectrum resources have been leveraged to increase data rates in 5G cellular, the next goal is to further diversify 5G performance for applications requiring low latency, high reliability, and massive connectivity.

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  • Sameer Wagh

    Data Science Without Data: An industry Perspective

    Data science — the ability to process, analyze, visualize, and leverage information — begins with data. The recent wave of data privacy, minimization, and sovereignty regulations make a private approach to data science the need of the hour. In this talk, we question this basic requirement of data science — can we perform data science without data?

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The Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides thought leadership via award-winning research, out-of-the-box solutions and turning-point ideas.

We aspire to be an inclusive and welcoming place for all, and a hub of innovation where research and teaching go hand-in-hand.

Our mission is to prepare the next generation of electrical and computer engineering leaders to solve society’s grand technological challenges and improve quality of life.