News Highlights

The latest updates and briefs from the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering.


    Hutchinson Applies Electrical Engineering Skills to Make Robotic Surgery More Intuitive

    June 13, 2020

    Ph.D. student Kay Hutchinson has designed an autonomous closed-loop camera arm system for robotic surgery. The robotic arm can detect and autonomously respond to objects in the surgical field. Hutchinson and her advisor Homa Alemzadeh will present the design at the International Symposium on Medical Robotics in November. READ MORE.


    ACS Journal of Infectious Diseases Publishes Research on Rapid Screening for C. diff Infection

    June 13, 2020

    John Moore, a Ph.D. student of electrical engineering and 2019 UVA Global Infectious Diseases Institute Fellow, collaborated with researchers in electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering and UVA’s School of Medicine to stem C. diff infection, the primary cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis. Their rapid screening method assesses how well probiotic combinations may restore the gut’s microbiome following an antibiotic regimen. READ MORE.


    Nature and Nature Nanotechnology Publish Papers by Kyusang Lee

    June 13, 2020

    Kyusang Lee has extended his seminal research in epitaxy—the growth of a crystalline material on a substrate—to semiconductors used in electronic and photonic devices. Lee’s process to fabricate free-standing semiconductor film achieves a dramatic improvement in the quality of the material platform and enhances the functional properties and affordability of next-generation devices. READ MORE


    Nature Photonics Publishes UVA and UT-Austin Design for Avalanche Photodiode 

    June 13, 2020

    Joe C. Campbell, Lucien Carr III Professor of electrical and computer engineering at UVA, and Seth R. Bank, Cullen Trust Professor at UT-Austin, developed an avalanche photodiode that achieved record performance, with potential to transform next-gen night-vision imaging and LiDAR receivers. READ MORE.


    Nature Communications Publishes UVA and Peking University's Innovation in Microcombs

    June 13, 2020

    Xu Yi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Virginia, collaborating with Yun-Feng Xiao’s group from Peking University and researchers at Caltech, applied chaos theory to demonstrate the broadest microcomb spectral span ever recorded. The broad spectrum of light generated from the photons increases the device's usefulness in spectroscopy, optical clocks and astronomy calibration to search for exoplanets. READ MORE.


    Research in Asynchronous Computing Earns IEEE Top Paper Awards

    June 13, 2020

    2019 Ph.D. graduate Patricia Gonzalez and her advisor Mircea Stan detailed a signal processing algorithm for asynchronous computing—an approach that mimics neural networks to continually parse and transmit bytes of information—in a paper that earned Gonzalez a top student paper award at IEEE's Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems. They then addressed the theoretical foundations of asynchronous computing, earning a best paper award at the November 2019 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers. Asynchronous computing allows sensors to process information while using very low power. READ MORE


    Lichtenberger Earns Terahertz Science and Technology Best Paper Award

    June 13, 2020

    Arthur W. Lichtenberger, research professor in electrical and computer engineering, joined co-authors from the California Institute of Technology and the Universidad de Concepción of Chile to develop a faster and more accurate way to calibrate radio telescope receivers. Their programmable calibration load offers a dramatic improvement over standard calibration methods that are manual and binary. READ MORE


    IEEE Elects Mool C. Gupta as Fellow for Research in Laser-Material Interactions 

    June 13, 2020

    Mool C. Gupta, Langley Distinguished Professor in electrical and computer engineering, has engaged in this research for more than 35 years, the last 16 at UVA where he serves as founding director of the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas. His contributions to laser-material interactions enhance the performance of solar cells, wind turbines and photonic devices and support lunar missions. READ MORE.


    Kyusang Lee Earns NSF CAREER Award for Hemispherical Image Sensor

    June 13, 2020

    Kyusang Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and materials science and engineering, built the equivalent of a human eye and its visual cortex to be used as optical sensors for autonomous vehicles, robotics, manufacturing processes or surveillance systems. Lee's device promises to be 1,000 times more efficient in computing than current technology.  READ MORE.


    Necessity = Invention

    June 13, 2020

    Keith Williams, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been working remotely to prototype masks that could be fitted with disposable filters. His design blends plastic and metal 3-D printing with vacuum forming and other techniques. READ MORE.