Dancing Robots for DARPA and NYU Engineering School Names First Female Dean

IEEE members made headlines this month

1 May 2018

IEEE Member Kaushallya Adhikari [right] won this year’s European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Best Paper prize. She is the lead author of “Extending Coprime Sensor Arrays to Achieve the Peak Side Lobe Height of a Full Uniform Linear Array,” published in the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. The co-authors are IEEE Senior Members John R. Buck and Kathleen E. Wage. The paper outlines research on sparse array signal processing.

Adhikari, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, in Ruston, is scheduled to receive a certificate during the European Signal Processing Conference in September in Rome.


Fellow James Fowler won the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. The annual prize includes a US $5,000 honorarium.

Fowler is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a graduate program director at Mississippi State University, in Starkville.

He is a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Information Theory, and IEEE Signal Processing societies.


Forbes profiled Senior Member Ayanna Howard for her work on the relationship between humans and robots to augment each other’s capabilities.

Howard is a cofounder of Zyrorobotics, a company in Atlanta that develops educational products for children. She is chair of the School of Interactive Computing and director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab at Georgia Tech. She told Forbes that using robotics to help kids is a big part of what she feels to be her calling.

She is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation and the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies.


Fellow Jelena Kovačević was named dean of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, in New York City. She is set to assume her new role in August, becoming the first woman to head NYU’s engineering school since its founding in 1854.

Previously, Kovačević was a biomedical engineering professor and head of the electrical and computer engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on data science in domains including biology, medicine, and smart infrastructure.

She is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Signal Processing societies.


Member Amy LaViers received funding for the third year in a row from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), according to Forbes. She is director of the Robotics, Automation, and Dance Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

DARPA asked LaViers to help with its PackBots, which locate and defuse bombs. Soldiers have expressed frustration with the robots’ limited postures—which restrain their coordination.

She is a member of the IEEE Control Systems, IEEE Robotics and Automation, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies as well as IEEE Young Professionals.

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