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The Joy of Being Faculty: How to Apply for a Faculty Position

This professional development workshop is designed to provide Penn Engineering graduate students and postdocs with a richer understanding of what it is like to pursue a career in academia from those that have navigated the process successfully. Deputy Dean Kathleen J. Stebe (SEAS) will lead this extemporaneous panel discussions with a mix of both tenured […]

ESE Seminar: “Safety and Robustness Guarantees with Learning in the Loop”

In this talk, we present recent progress towards developing learning-based control strategies for the design of safe and robust autonomous systems. Our approach is to recognize that machine learning algorithms produce inherently uncertain estimates or predictions, and that this uncertainty must be explicitly quantified (e.g., using non-asymptotic guarantees of contemporary high-dimensional statistics) and accounted for […]

ESE Seminar: “Control of Light and Heat for New Energy Applications”

Light carries energy and heat, and plays a key role in many energy-conversion processes. The capabilities to tailor electromagnetic energy transfer at the nanoscale represent important opportunities for novel energy applications. In this talk I will present two sets of studies integrating experiments and theory. In the first part, I will discuss how to use […]

ESE Seminar: “Confluence of Electromagnetics, Circuits and Systems Enables The Third Wireless Revolution”

Integrated circuits have fueled several revolutions that have deeply impacted modern society, including the computing revolution, the internet and the first two wireless revolutions. We are at the dawn of the third wireless revolution, which I call the Wireless Mobile Reality revolution. Over the next fifteen years, new wireless paradigms spanning from radio frequencies to […]

ESE Seminar: “Software, Architecture, and VLSI Co-Design for Efficient Task-Based Parallel Runtimes”

Fast-paced changes across the computing stack are creating opportunities for innovation by bridging software, architecture, and VLSI. Cross-cutting research is challenging, but it can expose key insights that would otherwise be hidden by abstractions. In this talk, I will demonstrate a cross-stack approach to improve the efficiency of task-based parallel runtimes, which are important because […]

ESE Seminar: “Ultra-Low-Power Neural Interfaces: from Monitoring to Diagnosis and Therapy”

Implantable and wearable medical devices are increasingly being developed as alternative therapies for intractable diseases. In particular, undertreated neurological disorders such as epilepsy, migraine, and Alzheimer’s disease are of major public health concern around the world, driving the need to explore such new approaches. Despite significant advances in neural interface systems, the small number of […]

ESE Seminar: “Towards Robotic Manipulation – Understanding the World Through Contact”

Why is robotic manipulation so hard? As humans, we are unrivaled in our ability to dexterously manipulate objects and exhibit complex skills seemingly effortlessly. Recent research in cognitive science suggests that this ability is driven by our internal representations of the physical world, built over a life-time of experience. Our predictive ability is complemented by […]

ESE Seminar: “From Nanotech to Living Sensors: Unraveling the Spin Physics of Biosensing at the Nanoscale”

I am a quantum engineer interested in how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale. As a physicist, I have developed high-performance nanosensors that essentially worked due to room-temperature quantum effects in noisy environments. Currently, I am focusing on “living sensors” — organisms and cells that respond to minute stimuli, routinely outperforming technological probes in […]

ESE Seminar: “Quantum Nanophotonics: Engineering Atom-Photon Interactions on a Chip”

Abstract: The ability to engineer controllable atom-photon interactions is at the heart of quantum optics and quantum information processing. In this talk, I will introduce a nanophotonic platform for engineering strong atom-photon interactions on a semiconductor chip. I will first discuss an experimental demonstration of a spin-photon quantum transistor [1], a fundamental building block for […]

ESE Seminar: “Towards Socially-Aware Autonomy for Mobility-Efficient Smart Cities”

As cities grow everywhere, and urban roadways become overburdened, efficient strategies are required for improving mobility. With the prevalence of smart sensing and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as smartphones and smart intersections, the physical infrastructures of our cities are being connected to the cyber world. As a result, cities are becoming smart. Moreover, […]

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