ECE Welcomes Five Faculty Members

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Pictured from left to right: Michel Kinsy, Wenchao Li, Alexander Olshevsky, Miloš Popović, Lei Tian.

 

Heightening the Department’s Diverse Research Expertise

By Amy Pollard (GRS, ’19)

BU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes five outstanding new faculty members to the ranks. ECE Chair Professor W. Clem Karl explains “These faculty members heighten ECE’s research expertise in areas ranging from computational imaging to cyber-physical systems. The strong support and commitment of our administration allowed us to conduct 5 successful searches.” This group represents the largest increase of new faculty in a single year in recent history.

Michel Kinsy brings specializations in computer architecture, interconnection networks, hardware-level security and cyber-physical systems. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. His doctoral work in developing algorithms to emulate and control large-scale power systems at the microsecond resolution inspired further research by the MIT spin-off Typhoon HIL, Inc. Before joining the BU faculty, Dr. Kinsy was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon and director of the Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems (CAES) Laboratory. He was also an MIT Presidential Fellow. Dr. Kinsy holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, a B.S.E. in Computer Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

Wenchao Li received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Dr. Li is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 ACM SIGDA Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation, the 2013 Leon O. Chua Award for outstanding achievement in nonlinear science at UC Berkeley, and the 2007 Vodafone-U.S. Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Li’s research spans many areas of dependable computing, including human cyber-physical systems, computational proof methods, and design automation. Dr. Li brings professional experience as a Computer Scientist at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International.

Alexander Olshevsky focuses on control theory and optimization, algorithms for multi-agent systems, sensor networks, distributed optimization and control of large-scale systems. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that he received from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the mechanical and aerospace department at Princeton University from 2010 to 2012. He has also worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Olshevsky’s awards include the NSF CAREER Award, the Young Investigator award from the Air Force, two best paper awards from SIAM and INFORMS, and three awards for teaching and advising at the University of Illinois. He also holds B.S. degrees in applied mathematics and electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his ECE appointment, Dr. Olshevsky has a secondary appointment as assistant professor in the Division of Systems Engineering.

Miloš Popović has authored or co-authored over 25 patents and 150 journal and conference papers. He is also co-founder and advisor of Ayar Labs, a tech startup that helps companies manage their data through cutting-edge silicon chip technology. His research interests include silicon photonics, first-principles theory and design of integrated photonic devices and circuits, CMOS photonics integration and nano-optomechanical devices. Before joining the Boston University faculty, he was an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and a GE/Donnelly Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. He was awarded a fellowship by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2012. Dr. Popović received a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. He also holds a B.Sc.E. degree  in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and a M.S in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lei Tian has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers and is a named inventor on 3 U.S. patent applications. He holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering that he received from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at University of California, Berkeley from 2013 to 2016. His research focuses on computational imaging and sensing, high-throughput and high sensitivity computational microscopy, compressive imaging, phase retrieval and imaging through complex media. His awards include the 2014 Imaging Systems and Applications Best Paper Award and the 2011 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Prize, both from the Optical Society of America. A member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the SPIE, Dr. Tian also serves as a topical editor of Applied Optics and as a committee member for numerous conferences of the OSA, SPIE and IEEE. Dr. Tian received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2008 and a M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 and 2013, respectively.