ECE News Archive

Browse below for our history of news stories and features!


  • Share your story with us!
    Tell us about the most interesting part of your ECE experience, and we’ll send you a featured ECE merchandise item! Submit your story and email below and we’ll get in touch with your prize. Do you have an interesting project, job, or initiative? Want to discuss your experience at ECE or your outlook on engineering?  Has your ECE degree taken you somewhere unexpected? Create an article […]
  • ECE Research Profile: Melika Shahriari, PhD ‘21
    “Electrical and computer engineering is one of the most rapidly evolving fields of science, shaping people’s day-to-day lives.” Melika talks to us about her research (Iterative Learning Control for Beam Loading Cancellation in Electron Linear Accelerators) and reflects on her time in the ECE program and her future plans.
  • Interview with Amir Abdi, ECE PhD ’20 – Diversity is Key: a Tale of Dentistry and Machine Learning
    “We are living in an ever-changing world and the chances of your random bits of information positively impacting your life is not small…”
  • Design + Innovation Day Award Winners
    This year, UBC Applied Science hosted their fifth annual Design + Innovation Day! At this event, students in their final year of undergraduate studies showcase their year-long Capstone projects. These projects are completed in small teams, and challenge students to use their skills and knowledge to solve a real-world engineering problem proposed by a community partner. By the end of it, our partners leave with […]
  • ECE Undergraduate Programs
    We offer programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science in either of these fields. Students may also choose to specialize in Biomedical Engineering, an option in the Electrical Engineering program.
  • ECE Projects Awarded Over $1.85M in NSERC Alliance Grants
    Four research projects led by UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers have collectively been awarded over $1.85 million in Alliance grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
  • Dr. Ali Mesbah Receives Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship
    We are excited to announce that Dr. Ali Mesbah is one of the six recipients of the inaugural Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships this year!
  • Former Nuclear Bunker Now Hosts Life-saving Research
    A Cold War-era nuclear bunker buried 500 metres below the countryside in southern France hums with new life today as an epicentre of vital research in science and technology.
  • Congratulations ECE Class of 2020!
    Congratulations ECE Class of 2020! We’re so proud of all you have accomplished and how much you have overcome to reach graduation day. We know you’ll shape a better world for all of us. While we may not be gathering in person, we stand with you in spirit, take pride in your achievements and share your joy. Please find below a message from the ECE […]
  • Prof. Pattabiraman Receives Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring
    ECE professor Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman is the recipient of the 2020 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring in the mid-career category. The award recognizes outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years. Recipients show outstanding ability to foster the intellectual, professional, and personal development of graduate students, as well as activities that go beyond excellent research supervision, including personal development and service to the scholarly community. Dr. Pattabiraman’s […]
  • Meet ECE PhD Student Megha Kalia
    Megha Kalia’s research aims to make Augmented Reality (AR) feasible for robot-assisted surgery. In contrast to open surgery, robot-assisted surgery can decrease the patient recovery times from months to weeks. RESEARCH DESCRIPTION Megha Kalia’s research aims to make Augmented Reality (AR) feasible for robot assisted surgery. In robot assisted surgery a surgeon makes minimal precise incisions by reaching inside a patient’s body using miniature instruments and […]
  • ECE Alumna Sara Badiei Shares her Career Move
    Sara Badiei currently lives in Coquitlam and works as a Business Development Executive at Unity Technologies. After completing her MSc (Engineering) Sara spent several years working in the non-profit sector across the globe before changing course. Read more about how Sara made a significant career move and how she navigates change. Tell us about your role I build the future every day by imagining how […]
  • ECE PhD Student Receives ACM TECS Best Paper Award 2020
    ECE Alumnus Farid Molazem (former ECE PhD Student) and Professor Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman have received the ACM TECS Best Paper Award 2020 for their paper titled “Design-Level and Code-Level Security Analysis of IoT Devices”. The award recognizes the best paper published in the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing between January 2018 and December 2019. ACM TECS aims to present the leading work relating to the analysis, design, behaviour, and experience with embedded computing […]
  • How You Use This One Smartphone Feature Reveals Your Age
    WHETHER OR NOT YOU USE THIS SHORTCUT DEPENDS ON YOUR GENERATION. Regardless of whether you’re young at heart, there are certain habits that give away your true age. Like signing a text with your name or falling asleep at the very thought of a second glass of wine, some things just signal to the world that you’re over 40 and not afraid to show it. […]
  • Speeding Up COVID19 Testing with Artificial Intelligence
    A University of British Columbia-led study has identified a computer technique that health facilities can use to screen, diagnose and monitor COVID-19 pneumonia more efficiently. The researchers found that a pre-trained neural network called DarkNet-19 can rapidly and reliably detect COVID-19 on chest X-rays. The network recognized the disease’s imaging patterns on nearly 6,000 chest X-rays with 94 per cent accuracy, outperforming 16 other available […]
  • Roberto Rosales Receives UBC President’s Staff Award
    Congratulations to Dr. Roberto Rosales, ECE Engineering Services Team Lead, for receiving the 2020 UBC President’s Staff Award for Leadership. The President’s Staff Awards are presented by the university annually and recognize the personal achievements and contributions that staff make to UBC, and to the vision and goals of the University. Since obtaining his graduate degrees in the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering (ECE), Roberto Rosales […]
  • UBC Solar’s Approach for the Fall 2020
    With the transition to online classes and working remotely we caught up with UBC Solar, a student run design team at UBC, to ask them how they shifted their operations to work remotely and their plans for the upcoming year. We sat down with Alex Ezzat the Co-Captain of UBC Solar and a fifth-year student studying Engineering Physics to ask him how his team is […]
  • ECE Researchers Receive Nearly $2.9M in NSERC Support
    UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers have been awarded nearly $2.6 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Discovery Grants Program. The Discovery Grants support “ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances.” Two […]
  • ECE Professor elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering
    Congratulations ECE Professor Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi for being elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering!  Dr. Abolmaesumi has gained an international reputation for his outstanding research in the areas of cancer imaging and image-guided interventions. His work in medical image analysis ranges from theory to practice in computer-guided diagnosis and therapy systems. Leading research institutions across the globe make use of his innovations in ultrasound imaging. His contributions […]
  • Sara Hosseinirad Awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship!
    Sara Hosseinirad, a second-year doctoral candidate currently researching an automated closed-loop system of anesthesia, is the recipient of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Sara’s research aims to automate the entire anesthesia process. “The closed-loop anesthesia control has been proven to outperform manual control; however, some technological developments are missing. One of them is the lack of an integrative system that includes the impacts of changes in […]
  • ECE Student Pramit Saha leads Imagine Speech Recognition Project
    UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering master’s student, Pramit Saha, is working at the forefront of developing speech-related brain-computer interfaces. The Imagine Speech Recognition Project led by Pramit and directed by ECE Professor Sidney Fels in the Human Communication Technologies (HCT) Lab aims to detect speech tokens from speech imagery brain signals. This project has revealed the possible existence of brain imagery footprint related to articulatory movements underlying imagined speech […]
  • UBC M.A.Sc. Student Developing a Wearable Device to Track Heart and Brain Signals
    Fitness and health trackers have undergone rapid technological development in the past decade, allowing average consumers to now better understand their sleep, track their diet, and monitor their physical activity. Even without the purchase of a wrist-based tracking device, your smartphone can now generate key insights about your health from just sitting in your pocket all day. Similar technologies are applied throughout the medical field; […]
  • Quentin Golsteyn, BASC ’20, Computer Engineering
    “I am a strong believer that you can make a difference in the world at the local level. Opportunities for positive change exist all around us.”  From the start of my degree, I wanted to get involved and try to help my community. Working on projects and initiatives is my approach to understanding more about who I am, and developing skills that will help me […]
  • ECE PhD Candidate Awarded Prestigious Microsoft Research Grant
    Farah Deeba, a fourth-year PhD candidate currently researching innovative techniques for monitoring placenta health in mothers, is now the recipient of the prestigious Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, worth up to $25,000. Through her research, Farah is exploring better ways of tracking placenta health; in an interview with Microsoft, she said “the placenta, despite being the single most important factor responsible for a healthy baby and […]
  • CREATE Program to Crystallize Eminence in Quantum Computing Training in BC
    A new program aimed at developing leaders in quantum computing—solidifying British Columbia’s (BC’s) reputation as an international quantum technology hub—was awarded $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Led by UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Lukas Chrostowski, the CREATE program—under the banner of Quantum BC—will unite faculty from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Victoria […]
  • MASc Student Selected to Attend 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum!
    ECE MASc student, Aarti Kashyap has been has been recently invited to participate in the 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) in Germany. […]
  • ECE Prof Kruchten Awarded 2020 Linda M. Northrop Award
    Congratulations to Philippe Kruchten, an ECE professor that has been selected as the recipient of the Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award! […]
  • Bo Fang Wins Award in Dependable Computing!
    Bo Fang, an ECE Ph.D. student has been awarded the William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability for his Ph.D. thesis, titled Approaches for Building Error Resilient Applications. […]
  • UBC Researchers Design Ultrasound Scanner Network for COVID-19
    Scanner expected to speed up diagnoses in rural and remote areas UBC researchers are collaborating with local partners to establish a network of portable, handheld ultrasound scanners that can soon accelerate COVID-19 diagnosis in B.C. and potentially beyond. The scanners pair a locally-developed commercial ultrasound device with a secure online library of lung ultrasound images and a specially developed artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, allowing health […]
  • Congratulations ECE Class of 2020!
  • ECE Capstone Faculty Award Recipients
    UBC ECE’s 2020 spring cohort’s perseverance and persistence has paid off, and they’ve seen their Capstone projects to completion. Each team overcame many challenges to provide timely deliverables spanning a wide array of ECE-related subjects. Over 230 students formed 48 teams that leveraged four years worth of learning in order to design solutions to challenges proposed by industry and community partners. ECE is proud to […]
  • ECE’s Approach for the Fall Term
    Dear ECE community, Following guidelines from UBC and our provincial health leaders, we have decided that classes for the fall 2020 term will be delivered 100% online for the first term, with a full suite of course offerings. The department will be offering all its courses in a virtual format. The fall term will start as scheduled, and all classes will be offered, albeit some […]
  • Claire Preston, MASC ’20, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    “I consider the world around me on a daily basis and find that there are so many aspects that I believe can be improved upon or solved with new technology developments.” As a science fiction enthusiast, I have always been fascinated with stretching the possibilities of reality. This is perhaps what led me to study physics for my bachelor’s degree. During that time, I developed […]
  • Karthik Pattabiraman Wins Award in Dependable Computing!
    Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UBC won the Rising Star in Dependability Award. This is the first year this award is offered. It recognizes a researcher, from either acidemia or industry who has completed their PhD in the last 10 years. The award is presented to someone in the field of dependable and resilient computer systems and networks, who […]
  • Capstone Design Projects
    A capstone design project is a major component of our engineering curriculum. You will design a product/service of significance, and solve an open-ended problem in electrical or computer engineering. Students must register to the specific capstone project course related to their program and option, as the nature of the projects offered will be different.  If you are a member of industry who would like to […]
  • Class of 2020 – Virtual Graduation
    UBC’s very first virtual graduation is fast approaching! Ceremonies are scheduled for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. You can learn more about virtual graduation here
  • ECE’s Approach for the Fall Term
    Dear ECE community, Following guidelines from UBC and our provincial health leaders, we have decided that classes for the fall 2020 term will be delivered 100% remote for the first term, with a full suite of course offerings. The department will be offering all its courses in a remote learning format. The fall term will start as scheduled, and all classes will be offered, albeit […]
  • ECE Capstone Faculty Award Recipients
    UBC ECE’s 2020 spring cohort’s perseverance and persistence has paid off, and they’ve seen their Capstone projects to completion. Each team overcame many challenges to provide timely deliverables spanning a wide array of ECE-related subjects. Over 230 students formed 48 teams that leveraged four years worth of learning in order to design solutions to challenges proposed by industry and community partners. ECE is proud to […]
  • UBC Researchers Design Ultrasound Scanner Network for COVID19
    Scanner expected to speed up diagnoses in rural and remote areas UBC researchers are collaborating with local partners to establish a network of portable, handheld ultrasound scanners that can soon accelerate COVID-19 diagnosis in B.C. and potentially beyond. The scanners pair a locally-developed commercial ultrasound device with a secure online library of lung ultrasound images and a specially developed artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, allowing health […]
  • Bo Fang Wins Award in Dependable Computing!
    Bo Fang, an ECE Ph.D. student has been awarded the William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability for his Ph.D. thesis, titled Approaches for Building Error Resilient Applications. The William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability is the most prestigious award a Ph.D. student can receive in the dependable computing field. It is presented annually at the DSN Conference since 1997 to one Ph.D. student […]
  • ECE Prof Kruchten Awarded 2020 Linda M. Northrop Award
    Congratulations to Philippe Kruchten, an ECE professor that has been selected as the recipient of the Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award! The award is given to an individual or team that has used software architecture to significantly improve practices, outcomes, or both in an organization or in the software-development community. Kruchten will deliver a webcast, introduced by Linda Northrop, called “Software Architecture: A Mature Discipline?” at […]
  • MASc Student Selected to Attend 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum!
    ECE MASc student, Aarti Kashyap has been has been recently invited to participate in the 2020 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) in Germany. Established in 2013, HLF brings forth 200 young researchers worldwide in the mathematical and computer science field. Participants are carefully selected by a distinguished panel of experts to network with top people of the discipline such as Nobel Laureates and Fields Medal winners. As many […]
  • UBC’s Spring Graduation Ceremony
    Graduation for the Class of 2020 will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. There will be one ceremony for students graduating from UBC Vancouver and one ceremony for students graduating from UBC Okanagan. The virtual ceremony will include many elements of a traditional ceremony and some unique ones as well. More details of the virtual ceremony will be shared online in the coming weeks. Please […]
  • ECE Researchers Join the Fight Against COVID-19!
    Researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC have joined the fight against COVID-19. They’ve developed a systematic feedback strategy they say can help public health authorities in their efforts to contain the virus over the next several months. Their proposed methodology — inspired by work of epidemiologists at Imperial College and others — does not need to rely on accurate predictive models. It uses hospital […]
  • Corona Virus (COVID-19) – APSC & UBC’s Information
    UBC Applied Science: COVID-19 APSC info UBC info and FAQs available on covid19.ubc.ca UBC Research updates and FAQs: VP, Research + Innovation Research funding agencies updates: UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) This page will be updated as more information and resources become available. Undergraduate Students Engineering specific information: FAQs for ESS, Co-op and PD Mental health resources Other information: ubc.ca Graduate Students Scheduling final oral defence – from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies […]
  • Hossam Shoman Wins 1st Place in ECE Heat’s 3MT Competition!
    In February, Hossam Shoman won first place in ECE Heat’s 3MT Competition and has also secured a spot in the UBC 3MT Semi-Finals for his presentation, “A Stable Laser, without an Isolator”. His research began in September 2016, which focused on improving the performance of electronic chips using photonics. Photonics is a term that combines optics (photons) and electronics. As the speed of data communication […]
  • Ahmed E. Mostafa Wins 2nd Place in ECE Heat’s 3MT Competition!
    Ahmed Elhamy Mostafa joined the ECE department in September 2015 and officially started his research about “Medium Access Control and Resource Allocation for Massive IoT” in January 2016. He recently won second place in the ECE Heat portion of the 3 Minute Thesis competition for his presentation surrounding his research called, “The Middle-person in the Smart City”. Essentially, the goal of his research is to enable […]
  • Brand New ECE Course: Deep Learning in Digital Media
    ECE is pleased to announce a brand-new course in Deep Learning in Digital Media (EECE 571P) offered exclusively to graduate students starting in May 2020. The course will run from May to June and will be taught by Professor Panos Nasiopoulos.  Course Description: This is a special topics course with emphasis on theoretical and practical concepts of deep learning for digital video applications ranging from entertainment […]
  • Prof. Cheung Nominated for 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction Award!
    Professor Karen Cheung. Photo by: Clare Kiernan Biomedical Engineering and ECE Professor Karen Cheung has recently been nominated for the 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in the Research, the Sciences & Technology Category. The esteemed award is recognized nationally and honours extraordinary women leaders, while highlighting YWCA programs and services that improve the lives of thousands of people each year across Metro Vancouver. Karen Cheung’s research […]
  • BC Hydro/Powertech Invited Lectures
    Lecture 2: “BC Hydro’s Future Grid Modernization” March 4 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm | KAISER 2020/2030 This is the second lecture of BC Hydro/Powertech’s series of presentations for 2020. This presentation will describe the plans of BC Hydro to modernize its grid in the next years. This is a one-hour presentation with an extra half an hour for networking with BC Hydro engineers. ABSTRACT […]
  • Professor Wei Yu Inaugural Speaker Ian F. Blake Lectureship
    ECE is pleased to announce two talks by Prof. Wei Yu, the inaugural speaker for the Ian F. Blake Lectureship, on Friday February 21, 2020.  The Ian F. Blake Lectureship was established in July 2019 with a gift made to UBC by Dr. Vijay Bhargava. This series of lectures honours the work of Ian F. Blake, a Canadian pioneer in the field of Information and Communications Theory and Honorary Professor […]
  • ECE Professor elected to US National Academy of Engineering
    Rabab Ward, a professor emeritus in UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a Foreign Member of the United States’ National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her “innovative applications of signal processing to industrial and bioengineering problems.” One of the highest professional honours an engineer can receive, election to the NAE recognizes those who have made identifiable contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education” […]
  • Professor Ali Mesbah receives 2019 UBC Killam Research Prize
    ECE Professor Dr. Ali Mesbah received the 2019 UBC Killam Research Prize in the Junior Category, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Dr. Mesbah was nominated for his impressive research record, and significant impact on software testing and the analysis of modern software systems. His work has been recognized through five Distinguished and Best Paper Awards. Software errors cost the global economy billions of dollars per year and […]
  • Hey Google, are my housemates using my smart speaker?
    UBC ECE research shows more needs to be done to alleviate user concerns about privacy and security Surveys show that consumers are worried that smart speakers are eavesdropping on their conversations and day-to-day lives. Now University of British Columbia researchers have found that people are also concerned about something else: friends, family and others who may have access to these devices. The team spoke to […]
  • James McEwen Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
    James McEwen, a UBC alumnus and adjunct professor in UBC’s Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for his invention of the automatic surgical tourniquet, a medical device that has significantly improved surgical safety, quality and efficiency around the world. Tourniquets are used to limit arterial blood flow, reducing blood loss and allowing […]
  • ECE & Faculty of Medicine Profs to Partner in Supercluster’s Projects
    Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi (ECE), Dr. Robert Rohling (ECE), Dr. Teresa Tsang (Faculty of Medicine), and Dr. Lukas Chrostowski (ECE). On January 16, 2020 the Digital Technology Supercluster announced 14 new projects with a total investment of $25 million; eight focused on talent development for the digital economy, six in technology. The Supercluster aims to position Canada as a global leader in digital technologies by bringing together small, […]
  • Karthik Pattabiraman Awarded Most Influential Paper at ISSRE
    ECE Professor Karthik Pattabiraman (second from the right) and his MASc student and co-author Xin Chen (far right) Last month, the 30th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2019), held in Berlin, Germany announced that ECE Professor Karthik Pattabiraman’s paper was chosen as one of the most influential papers in the conference’s 30-year history, where only 26 out of over 1000 papers were selected. […]
  • Research Feature: VocalTube
    The VocalTube project, led by graduate student Debasish Ray Mohapatra, talks about how speech is an essential mechanism for communication and expressing emotions — the words that we pronounce and the nature of expression while speaking define our individuality. Hence, two people never sound similar, even though they speak the same word in the same language. It has been a long fascination in the science […]
  • Prof L. Chrostowski Elected to Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
    UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Lukas Chrostowski has been named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Canada’s “first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.” Recognized by the Royal Society of Canada for “his leadership in research and education in the design of silicon photonic devices and systems for applications in […]
  • UBC Researchers Find Ways to Hackproof Smart Meters
                              For the original UBC News media release, please visit: https://news.ubc.ca/2019/06/06/ubc-researchers-find-ways-to-hackproof-smart-meters/   Smart electricity meters are useful because they allow energy utilities to efficiently track energy use and allocate energy production. But because they’re connected to a grid, they can also serve as back doors for malicious hackers. In this Q&A, cybersecurity researcher Karthik […]
  • The next generation of bionic devices
    THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIONIC DEVICES Inspired by the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker receiving an artificial hand in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, UBC is focusing on the future of bionics and the next generation of bio-integrated devices. Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. John Madden, the newly-formed Bionics Network connects over two dozen principal investigators at UBC, Simon Fraser University and […]
  • Work with a Purpose: AbCellera Hires Talented People who want to make a Difference
    Article by Michael Smith Labs Communications Team You might already hold the cure for flu or dementia. How? Your body makes billions of unique antibodies and one of these could be the basis for a treatment. But, how do you find that one rare therapeutic antibody buried in the proverbial haystack? AbCellera, a local biotechnology company founded at the University of British Columbia (UBC), has developed a […]
  • Robotics and Control Lab wins student paper awards at SPIE Medical Imaging 2019
    Congratulations to the Robotics and Control Laboratory, whose team has received both the first place and the second place student paper awards in image guided procedures, robotics Interventions and modeling at SPIE Medical Imaging 2019. The first place paper is titled “EpiGuide 2D: visibility assessment of a novel multi-channel out-of-plane needle guide for 2D point of care ultrasound”. The second place paper is titled “Temporal enhanced ultrasound […]
  • Spherical display brings virtual collaboration closer to reality
    For more information, contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart Virtual reality can often make a user feel isolated from the world, with only computer-generated characters for company. But researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan think they may have found a way to encourage a more sociable virtual reality. The researchers have developed a ball-shaped VR display that supports up to two users at a […]
  • Karthik Pattabiraman and Matei Ripeanu receives 2018 Faculty Research Awards
    ECE professors Karthik Pattabiraman and Matei Ripeanu are recipients of UBC’s 2018 Faculty Research Awards. Professor Pattabiraman received the UBC Killam Research Prize, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Professor Ripeanu received UBC’s Killam Research Fellowship, which enables faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave. Professor Pattabiraman’s work in the area of dependable computer systems has led to the adoption of low-cost […]
  • The future will be faster thanks to photonics
    Imagine standing in a checkout line at a store with 10 other people, waiting for one cashier to serve you. Now imagine how much faster it would be if there were 10 cashiers available. Similarly, the operation of a silicon electrical chip can be substantially improved by introducing photonics: more information is routed using photonics wires on chip allowing information to be processed more efficiently […]
  • Professor Matei Ripeanu receives Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring
      Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) professor Matei Ripeanu is the recipient of the 2018 Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring in the mid-career category. The award recognizes outstanding mentorship of numerous graduate students over many years. Professor Ripeanu’s approach to mentoring is very much catered to the needs of his students. “I try to match students with projects that best fit their skillset and discover with […]
  • UBC launches connected-vehicle test facility on campus
    Original article on UBC Applied Science Contact Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, UBC Media Relations University of British Columbia researchers today unveiled a national test bed for connected-vehicle research as part of an initiative to promote safe, smart transportation in BC and beyond. The facility, called AURORA, includes a network operations centre, a mobile base station and five intersections equipped with roadside units on the southeastern portion of UBC’s Vancouver campus. It […]
  • Karthik Pattabiraman awarded Distinguished Alumni Educator Award from University of Illinois
    ECE professor Karthik Pattabiraman has been awarded a Distinguished Alumni Educator Award for Early Career Educator from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Computer Science. He received the award on October 19 at the 8th annual Alumni Awards Ceremony and Banquet in Champaign, Illinois. He was one of two alumni awarded in this category this year. Professor Pattabiraman received his master’s degree from UIUC […]
  • ICICS Hosts “The Future of Digital Innovation”
    Article by: Craig Wilson, ICICS On September 17 and 18, the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) hosted a networking event for research alumni from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg who now work in the USA or Canada. Under the theme of “The Future of Digital Innovation,” the event allowed these FAU Research Alumni members to meet each other, exchange ideas, and strengthen their affiliation […]
  • Could a DIY ultrasound be in your future? UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine
      Article by Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, UBC Media Relations Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone. Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals to create images of the inside of […]
  • ECE Team wins DSN Best Paper Award Runner Up
    ECE PhD student, Guanpeng Li, and his advisor, Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman, received the Best Paper Award Runner Up at the 48th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), 2018. The conference took place from June 25-28 in Luxembourg City. Their paper is titled Modeling Soft-Error Propagation in Programs, and was one of three papers to be nominated for the award out of nearly 300 submissions. The […]
  • Dr. Julia Rubin, Lina Qiu and Yingying Wang win Distinguished Paper Award at ISSTA 2018
    Congratulations to Dr. Julia Rubin and ECE grad students, Lina Qiu and Yingying Wang, for receiving the Distinguish Paper Award at the 27th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing an Analysis! The conference took place from July 16-21 in Amsterdam. Their paper is titled Analyzing the Analyzers: FlowDroid/IccTA, AmandDroid, and DroidSafe. Read the full paper. 
  • ECE led research team receives CIHR award for prostate cancer imaging tools
    ECE’s Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi and Dr. Peter Black (Department of Urologic Sciences) along with their research team were awarded a CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) Project Grant for their research project titled Multi-centre Temporal Ultrasound Image Analysis for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis. The project aims to use ultrasound imaging technology with a machine-learning framework to establish patient-specific targeting techniques to detect early aggressive prostate cancer. The team will […]
  • From biomechanics to dentistry: The many roles of Amir Abdi
    When Amir Abdi speaks about teaching and being an instructor, one thing is clear: he loves it. Amir’s passion and dedication to teaching has not gone unrecognized. He was the recipient of the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant for the 2017/2018 school year. “It is indeed an honour to be the recipient of the Killam GTA award and I’m humbly grateful that my efforts have not gone […]
  • Advanced Science cover features paper from ECE’s Kenichi Takahata and team
    The cover for the May 2018 issue of Advanced Science features a research paper written by Associate Professor Kenichi Takahata and his team consisting of Xing Chen, Babak Assadsangabi and Professor York Hsiang (a vascular surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Faculty of Medicine). The paper is titled Enabling Angioplasty‐Ready “Smart” Stents to Detect In‐Stent Restenosis and Occlusion. The featured paper discusses an intelligent […]
  • Francisco Paz aims to close the loop on student learning
    Francisco “Pancho” Paz, a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC, recently received a Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recognizing his outstanding work as a Teaching Assistant and instructor for 2017/2018. The award is awarded annually to 16 UBC Teaching Assistants. Pancho, who is committed to acadamia, is grateful for the countless opportunities to give back and contribute to post-secondary […]
  • ECE team wins Distinguished Paper Award at ICST 2018
    ECE PhD student Mohammad Bajammal and his advisor Ali Mesbah won a Distinguished Paper Award at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Validation and Verification (ICST 2018). Their research paper titled Web Canvas Testing through Visual Inference was selected by the ICST committee as one of the top three papers among the 30 papers accepted this year for publication from a total of 119 submissions. The paper made […]
  • ECE alumna awarded NSERC postdoctoral fellowship
    Saba Alimadadi, a UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) PhD graduate, has been awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to help support her work in analysis of asynchronous behaviour of modern applications. She ranked first in the CS division of the competition. According to NSERC Canada, “the Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in […]
  • ECE team runner up for Siemens Young Investigator Award at SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 conference
    Shekoofeh Azizi, PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, postdoctoral fellow, Sharareh Bayat, along with Ajay Rajaram were recipients of the runner up prize for the Siemens Young Investigator Award at SPIE Medical Imaging 2018 conference in Houston, Texas. The conference took place from February 10, 2018 to February 15, 2018. Their paper and presentation is titled 3D Tissue Mimicking Biophantoms for […]
  • Reliability of Deep Neural Network Accelerators and Applications, a growing concern, says Dr. Pattabiraman
    Self-driving cars are the way of the future, and are poised to revolutionize the transportation industry. It is estimated that self-driving cars are only a few years away from large scale adoption. Further, self-driving cars have the potential to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities, and reduce transportation costs.   Unfortunately, there are still many unanswered questions about the safety of self-driving cars and […]
  • ECE Robotics Control Lab wins best paper award at MICCAI 2017
        Congratulations to the ECE Robotics Control Lab team for receiving the MICCAI IJCARS Best Paper Award entitled “Detection and grading of prostate cancer using temporal enhanced ultrasound: combining deep neural networks and tissue mimicking simulations”! The award was received at MICCAI 2017, the 20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention. The MICCAI conference is the premier conference in the […]
  • Cyber Security Expert Dr. Konstantin Beznosov Discusses WannaCry Ransomware Attack
    On May 15th, UBC ECE professor and cyber security expert Dr. Konstantin Beznosov appeared on Global News to discuss ongoing ransomware attack WannaCry. Although it was detected earlier, WannaCry’s presence ballooned on May 12th, and it has since been found in 150 countries. “This particular attack is similar to other ransomware, where malware gets in your computer and encrypts data,” Beznosov explained. “The difference is […]
  • Karthik Pattabiraman receives Killam Research Fellowship for Internet of Things Security and Reliability Research
    UBC software engineer Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman was awarded the Killam Research Fellowship on April 5th, 2017. The Fellowship, which supports faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave, was granted to Pattabiraman in support of his research on the Internet of Things’ Security and Reliability. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the massively interconnected network of embedded computing devices connected both to […]
  • ECE Graduate Students Win Killam Teaching Assistant Awards
    Electrical & Computer Engineering graduate students Carlos Sanchez and Ignacio Zurbriggen have been honoured with 2016/2017 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Killam Awards are funded by the Killam Endowment Fund and granted to recognize faculty and students who demonstrate excellence in teaching. Congratulations, Carlos and Ignacio!
  • Capstone Celebration of ECE Students’ Innovation
    On April 7th, 2017, senior ECE students congregated on the first two floors of the Fred Kaiser Building to present the capstone projects that they had been working on all year. Partners from many different facets of industry were represented, from EPSON Electronics to Science World to UBC’s innovative Laptop Orchestra. In the capstone course, teams of 4 or 6 senior students work on projects […]
  • Lutz Lampe receives Best Paper Award at IEEE International Symposium
    Professor Lutz Lampe, Ph.D. student Md. Jahidur Rahman, and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Hamidreza E. Saffar received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications and Its Applications (ISPLC), which was held in Madrid, Spain, April 2-5. Their paper, entitled “Characteristics of Power Line Networks: Diversity and Interference Alignment,” revisits the specifics of the power line communications channel and establishes […]
  • Dr. John Madden’s research team develops innovative flexible sensor screen
    An NSERC-funded UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering research team led by Dr. John Madden has developed a novel sensor that could facilitate the design of advanced devices like foldable tablets. The sensor is comprised of a conductive gel enveloped in layers of silicone that are able to detect swiping, tapping, and many other kinds of touch even when it is folded. This is a huge […]
  • ECE Head Dr. Andre Ivanov is UBC Engineering Co-op Faculty of the Year
    Dr. Andre Ivanov, Head of UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering, was named UBC Engineering Co-op Faculty of the Year on March 6th, 2017. Dr. Ivanov’s commitment to students and engaged learning is unsurpassed. He has accompanied Co-op coordinators on site visits and met with new ‘start-up’ employers to hear their ideas, thus facilitating student placement into mutually beneficial Co-op positions. Co-op Coordinator Pete Mackenzie has […]
  • Dr. Sathish Gopalakrishnan wins Margaret Fulton Award
    On March 6th, 2017, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Dr. Sathish Gopalakrishnan was awarded the Margaret Fulton Award. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who make exceptional contributions to the student experience at UBC, Vancouver, in honour of Margaret Fulton’s devotion to education access and student development. Fulton was UBC’s Dean of Women and University President of Mount Saint Vincent University. Dr. Gopalakrishnan has exemplified […]
  • Victor Leung receives 2017 Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research
    UBC ECE’s Professor Victor C.M. Leung has been awarded the Canadian Society of Information Theory’s 2017 Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research. This award is bestowed biennially upon an individual in Canada who is recognized as having made distinguished contributions to research in the field of telecommunications. Dr. Leung is the 14th laureate since the award’s establishment in 1990. Dr. Leung received his Ph.D. in electrical […]
  • ECE Professor Tim Salcudean receives Canada Foundation for Innovation funding
    UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Tim Salcudean, together with his colleague Professor Robert Rohling and collaborator Dr. Calum MacAulay, Head, Integrative Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, have received $639,322 in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding, matched by $639,322 from the BC Knowledge Development Fund, in support of their pioneering research on medical imaging. Salcudean’s is one of 27 UBC research projects selected to receive […]
  • ECE’s Guy Dumont and Amir Abdi receive prestigious NSERC awards
    February 2017 was a great month for national recognition of UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering researchers, as Dr. Guy Dumont received his third NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation and graduate student Amir Abdi was awarded the NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research.  The celebration was held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and hosted by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right […]
  • Dr. Tor Aamodt receives Google Faculty Research Award
    UBC Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty member Dr. Tor Aamodt has been selected to receive a Google Faculty Research Award worth $31,153 USD to support his research on system-on-chip architecture modeling for mobile graphics. The Google Faculty Research Award is intended to cover tuition for one graduate student. It also allows both faculty and students to collaborate directly with Google engineers and researchers.
  • Leo Stocco: Robots are “expanding abilities” of humans in skilled occupations, not replacing us
    UBC Senior Instructor and biomedical engineer Dr. Leo Stocco was recently interviewed in the Vancouver Sun about the future of robotic technology in medicine. While acknowledging that medically-oriented robots have tremendous potential to streamline surgeries and other medical procedures and can provide “a very big beneficial effect to the patient,” Stocco does not believe that this technology will ever fully replace doctors, nurses, or other […]
  • Electrical Engineering undergraduate Tony Tang makes video featuring image guidance research
    Tony Tang is a third-year Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at UBC. In this video, submitted as part of the NSERC Video Competition, he spotlights current departmental research on image guidance.
  • Intel gives $60,000 USD to UBC software engineering team researching the Web of Things
    UBC software engineers Dr. Karthik Pattabiraman and Dr. Ali Mesbah want to introduce your mobile phone to your office building. Sound too futuristic? It might not be. In 2016, an estimated 6.4 billion devices were connected to the internet. This number is projected to skyrocket up to 20.8 billion by 2020. Predictably, many of these devices are computers and mobile phones, but a plethora of […]
  • Aspect Biosystems Announces Collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation
    Tearing your meniscus, the “shock absorber” of your knee, is one of the most common knee injuries, and incidence could rise with an aging population. Surgical treatment of a torn meniscus may involve partial or complete removal which is associated with increased incidence of osteoarthritis. DePuy Synthes Products, Inc. has formed a collaboration with Aspect Biosystems to develop a prototype artificial meniscus using Aspect’s proprietary […]
  • Track your program as it executes and visualize the trace with DINAMITE
    Understanding why a software program performs the way it does is a notoriously difficult task. Every year programmers spend hundreds of hours diagnosing performance issues that affect customers. The trouble is, existing tools that automatically “show” how different parts of the program perform are limited in the kind of insight they provide and are of little help for programmers who are new to the software […]
  • Wireless-Powered Communication Networks will be published in January
    This January, Cambridge University Press will be releasing, Wireless-Powered Communication Networks: Architectures, protocols, and applications. UBC’s Vijay Bhargava co-edited this essential text for researchers in the field along with Vahid Tarokh, Harvard University; Massachusetts; Dusit Niyato, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Ekram Hossain, University of Manitoba, Canada; Dong In Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea and; Lotfollah Shafai, University of Manitoba, Canada. This is the first book to provide […]