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Do password meters create stronger passwords? ECE's LERSSE members, in collaboration with Microsoft Research and UC Berkeley wrote Does My Password Go up to Eleven? The Impact of Password Meters on Password Selection. Password meters tell users whether their passwords are "weak" or "strong". In a laboratory experiment, by forcing users to change their current passwords, they found that having the meters did have users selecting stronger passwords. In a follow-up field experiment for unimportant accounts, the authors found that the meters did not change the outcome of the users’ passwords.
Konrad Walus was recently interviewed by International Innovation Magazine. In the interview Dr. Walus describes some of the groundbreaking research being done by the interdisciplinary team in the Walus Lab. A focus of the lab is 3D printing and micro printing technology that are employed to build devices incorporating nanomaterials in new ways. Work in the lab develops active electronics, mechanically and chemically sensitive devices and the use of a 3D bio-printer for tissue fabrication.
Matthew Yedlin has won a Killam Teaching Prize this year. Also selected from the Faculty of Applied Science were Dr. Perry Adebar (Department of Civil Engineering) and Dr. Geertje Boschma (School of Nursing). Congratulations to all!
The IEEE, the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, has singled out UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering professor emeritus Hermann Dommel for its 2013 Medal in Power Engineering in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the methods of analyzing electromagnetic transients and optimal power flow in electric power systems.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kenichi Takahata was recently renewed as Canada Research Chair in Advanced Micro/Nanofabrication and MEMS. Prof. Takahata will study medical micro-devices for intelligent implants and microsurgical applications to enable minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy. Targeted devices include adaptive stents and stent grafts, brain aneurysm wireless sensors, and devices for MRI guided surgery.
IEEE Canada has recognized Vijay Bhargava's sustained and distinguished service to Region 7 by awarding him the 2012 IEEE Canada W.S. Read Outstanding Service Gold Medal. Vijay's many years of service for IEEE Region 7 (Canada) began in Montreal. He served as Student Branch counsellor at Concordia, then in various capacities including Section Chair, and later similarly in Victoria Section. In 1987 he founded the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference in Communications, Computers and Signal Processing, the now well-established, biennial conference in Victoria.
The 'heat-trap' effect of carbon nanotubes can be used to efficiently heat a conductor to one thousand degrees. Read about it in the UBC Reports story about Dr. Nojeh's research titled, A New Generation of Solar Power, Part 2, This story is linked to the discussion of Dr.Burke's work on organic solar cells in Part 1 of this article. Read More:
Dr. Mehdi Moradi is working to develop a method to allow more targeted prostate cancer treatment. Hired by ECE in May 2012 using a donation made to the Department of Urologic Sciences, Dr. Moradi is teaming up with researchers in both departments as well as the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He has already published a journal article on creating cancer “probability maps” for better detection and grading of prostate tumours.