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UC Davis' ECE Professor Ben Yoo Earns Recognition for Research into Integrated Photonics and Quantum Wrapper Networking

UC Davis electrical and computer engineering (ECE) distinguished professor Ben Yoo recently won three grants related to his research into integrated photonics and a fourth related to quantum wrapper networking, which should bring us closer to a quantum Internet.      The first, from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) agency, for $2.4 million, focuses on building silicon electronic photonic integrated circuits in three dimensions to enable artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computin

UCD ECE professor Jane Gu's lab receives 0.68M NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded UC Davis, electrical and computer engineering department (ECE) a Major Research Instrument Grant for ultra-high-speed data instrumentation for research in the millimeter-wave and TeraHertz frequency regime.  The ability to generate and capture electronic signals at such high frequencies is essential to the ongoing research in ECE in THz integrated circuits and systems, THz semiconductor devices and ultra-fast electronics and photonics.

UCD ECE professor John Owens Named a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS

UC Davis’ electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor John Owens was recently recognized as a fellow within the IEEE and the AAAS.  

His research focuses on the intersection of hardware and software, especially for graphics processing units (GPUs): writing software that works well with GPU hardware and building hardware that works well with the software engineers would like to design.  

UC Davis' ECE Department Hosts High School COSMOS Educational Program in 2021

Since 2001, UC Davis, among four other UC campuses, has hosted the California State Summer School for Science and Mathematics (COSMOS) program. This competitive program welcomes high school students with strong aptitude for and interest in math and science to stay for four weeks on a UC campus and take courses with plenty of opportunities for hands-on activities, go on field trips with science and engineering professors and attend distinguished lectures given by world-famous speakers from different science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  

Researchers in Houman Houmayoun's ECE lab have identified a new vulnerability in the cloud scheduler, which potentially opens the door for sophisticated micro-architectural attacks

Researchers from both UC Davis and George Mason University have recently identified a vulnerability in the cloud scheduler which can open the door for future micro-architectural attacks deployed on the cloud. 

A micro-architectural attack is a type of attack strategy that exploits the design flaws in hardware to affect the execution of certain programs or extract secret data from victim programs. It has been proven that micro-architectural attacks can be a serious threat to cloud infrastructures. 

UCD Researchers Jerry Woodall and Majdi Abou Najm's Labs Poised to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Storage with Latent Heat Battery

Renewable energy is great for the Earth, but can be an intermittent source of power. We need electricity even when it’s dark and when the wind’s not blowing, and energy storage remains difficult. UC Davis electrical and computer engineer, materials scientist and inventor Dr. Jerry Woodall, his lab and Land and Water Resources professor Dr.

ECE Professor Houman Homayoun and CS Professor Matt Bishop Receive the 2021 Dean’s Collaborative Research Award (DECOR)

Cyber security is a worldwide concern. Our systems, infrastructure, and indeed our society rely on it. Many places study the security of systems in general, of software, and of the policies and procedures supporting them. But the security and assurance of hardware is much less studied. As our infrastructure and systems rely on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment, the security and assurance of hardware is integral to our systems, infrastructure, and society. Hardware security arises in a number of places.

Catching up with the Şeker Lab: Serendipity and Collaboration

Erkin Şeker, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team have adapted a pre-Columbian era jewelry making process to create the nanoporous gold they use for biomedical applications. “Depletion gilding [purifying gold by removing other elements] would start with an alloy of copper and gold called tumbaga. Artisans would use a chemical reaction to remove the copper and leave behind the gold, which gives the golden finish to the artifacts.