Shuo Wang Elevated to IEEE Fellow

ECE professor Dr. Shuo Wang has been elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow, for contributions to reduction of electromagnetic interference in electronic systems.

Dr. Wang’s research has helped to greatly improve the performance, safety and reliability of all types of electronic systems while reducing their cost and size. His pioneering work on the modeling, measurement, and reduction of electromagnetic interference in power electronics systems has shown that electromagnetic compatibility is no longer to be regarded as an “Art” which was only mastered by few exceptional engineers with years of experience, but rather, a “Science” which can be mastered and contained.

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Michael Fang Receives 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Outstanding Service Award

ECE Professor Yuguang (Michael) Fang was recently selected to receive the 2018 IEEE Vehicular Technology Outstanding Service Award. This honor was in recognition of Fang’s service as Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2013-2017).

The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 check and was presented at the Awards Luncheon of the 2018 VTC-Fall Conference in Chicago, Aug. 27-30. The Awards Luncheon took place on Aug. 29.

Huikai Xie Elected SPIE Fellow

Congratulations to Huikai Xie, ECE Florida professor, just promoted to Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Dr. Xie is recognized for his achievements in optical MEMS and optical endoscopic imaging.

Xie has made major contributions in the development and understanding of the microelectro-mechanical systems (MEMS) community and has made remarkable contributions in both core MEMS technology and MEMS applications, especially in the optical MEMS field. He was the first to demonstrate MEMS-based optical coherence tomography endoscopic imaging, which opened a new field of optical microendoscopy. Additionally, his group developed a series of MEMS endoscopic fiber-optic probes that overcame issues such as high drive voltage, low fill factor and small scan angle of other MEMS probes.

This has been an eventful year for Dr. Xie, who recently was elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow.

Dr. Micheal Fang Elected Member of Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Fang, who was elected to serve on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. He will serve a term from Jan. 1, 2018  through Dec. 31, 2020. Dr. Fang’s nomination was based upon his stature within the IEEE community and in recognition of his outstanding contributions.

Proceedings of the IEEE is the leading journal providing an in-depth review, survey, and tutorial coverage of the technical developments in electronics, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science. Consistently ranked as one of the top journals by Impact Factor, Article Influence Score and more, the journal serves as a trusted resource for engineers around the world.

More details about the publication can be found at

ECE Congratulates Three Newly Elevated IEEE Fellows

ECE Florida is proud to announce the recent elevation of three faculty members to the the distinction of IEEE Fellow. Effective January 1, 2018, the following ECE Faculty will have the distinction of IEEE Fellow:

  • Tao Li for contributions to sustainable and power-efficient computer architectures
  • Mark Tehranipoor for contributions to integrated circuits security and trust
  • Huikai Xie for contributions to micro-electromechanical optical scanning systems

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation.

For a complete list of new fellows, see the IEEE website.

For more information regarding the IEEE Fellows program, see the IEEE website.

UF Closed Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 11, in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

hurricane irma

The University of Florida will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 11, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. As the state of Florida braces for one of the strongest hurricanes in history, departments are encouraged to revisit the university’s and their own emergency plans – or, if need be, to put one in place. Only essential university personnel should report for work on these days.

For the latest updates, please visit the UF Alerts website.

Prof. Domenic Forte Receives NSF Career Award

Prof. Domenic Forte has received an NSF CAREER Award for “Transformative Approaches for Hardware Obfuscation Protection, Attacks, and Assessment.”

The NSF CAREER program fosters the career development of outstanding junior faculty, combining the support of research and education of the highest quality and in the broadest sense.

Dr. Forte's five-year, $400K grant will support his research aimed at protecting integrated circuits (ICs) from threats to national security and economic growth, such as piracy, counterfeiting, and tampering. Specifically, hardware 'obfuscation' methods will be investigated to obscure circuit designs, preventing them from reverse engineering and unauthorized use. Education and outreach activities associated with this project include creating the first publicly available benchmarks, conducting online competitions, and generating new course materials, projects, and a book.


Hacking the human brain – lab-made synapses for artificial intelligence

"Emulating Bilingual Synaptic Response Using a Junction-Based Artificial Synaptic Device"

"Two-way artificial synapse mimics brain chemistry"

ACS Nano

One of the greatest challenges facing artificial intelligence development is understanding the human brain and figuring out how to mimic it. Now, one group reports in ACS Nano that they have developed an artificial synapse capable of simulating a fundamental function of our nervous system — the release of inhibitory and stimulatory signals from the same “pre-synaptic” terminal.

The human nervous system is made up of over 100 trillion synapses, structures that allow neurons to pass electrical and chemical signals to one another. In mammals, these synapses can initiate and inhibit biological messages. Many synapses just relay one type of signal, whereas others can convey both types simultaneously or can switch between the two. To develop artificial intelligence systems that better mimic human learning, cognition and image recognition, researchers are imitating synapses in the lab with electronic components. Most current artificial synapses, however, are only capable of delivering one type of signal. So, Han Wang, Jing Guo and colleagues sought to create an artificial synapse that can reconfigurably send stimulatory and inhibitory signals.

The researchers developed a synaptic device that can reconfigure itself based on voltages applied at the input terminal of the device. A junction made of black phosphorus and tin selenide enables switching between the excitatory and inhibitory signals. This new device is flexible and versatile, which is highly desirable in artificial neural networks. In addition, the artificial synapses may simplify the design and functions of nervous system simulations.

The authors acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office.

FICS Research Co-Director Selected as IEEE Cybersecurity Ambassador


We are proud to announce that FICS Research Co-director Mark Tehranipoor has been named a Cybsi Ambassador in Cybersecurity by the Intstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), “the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the result of humanity”.

The IEEE Cybsi (Cybersecurity Initiative) Ambassadors are experts in various aspects of cybersecurity and represent the global community of researchers, developers, and users who are advancing the security of cyber systems ranging from small edge nodes to cloud-based servers. –IEE Cyber Security  Cybsi ambassadors are committed to disseminating their knowledge in their area(s) of expertise and are available to speak at both IEEE and other events. These Ambassadors are prepared to speak to audiences with various technical backgrounds, including student groups, non-security technical groups, and members of the public.To learn more about the Cybsi Ambassador program, other selected ambassadors, or to invite one to speak at your event, click HERE.

Below is information about Professor Tehranipoor’s initial Cybsi presentation.

When it Comes to Security, Don’t Forget about the Hardware

Abstract: Escalating concerns about hardware security are in part a result of the globalization of design, fabrication, and assembly of integrated circuits and systems. The complexity of today’s electronic components and systems supply chain has made it increasingly vulnerable to malicious activities, security attacks, and counterfeiting. In this talk I will analyze the vulnerabilities and threats, with a focus on challenges posed by emerging attacks and threats.  Potential solutions to addressing these threats and vulnerabilities are described. Finally, opportunities for securing hardware within different application domains, at different levels of abstraction, and at levels from nanoscale devices to systems are presented.


Oliver Wu Honored as Bradley Distinguished Lecturer

On April 14, 2017 Dr. Dapeng Oliver Wu was recognized as the Bradley Distinguished Lecturer at Virginia Tech for his talk on, "Multimedia over Future Internet:

Challenges and Opportunities.


Due to the explosive growth of the Internet and increasing demand for multimedia information on the web, multimedia transmission over the Internet has received tremendous attention from academia and industry. Transmission of real-time multimedia typically has bandwidth, delay and loss requirements. However, the current best-effort Internet does not offer any quality of service (QoS) guarantees to real-time multimedia. Thus, multimedia transmission over Internet poses many challenges. To address these challenges, many techniques have been conducted. In this talk, I will present efforts on 5G wireless networks, future Internet, and cloud computing for providing multimedia services over networks. I will also discuss the trade-offs of various approaches and point out future research directions. 


Dapeng Oliver Wu received Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2003. Since 2003, he has been on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, where he is currently Professor.  His research interests are in the areas of networking, communications, video coding, image processing, computer vision, signal processing, and machine learning.

He received University of Florida Term Professorship Award in 2017, University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship Award in 2009, AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award in 2009, ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award in 2008, NSF CAREER award in 2007, the IEEE Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (CSVT) Transactions Best Paper Award for Year 2001, the Best Paper Award in GLOBECOM 2011, and the Best Paper Award in QShine 2006.  Currently, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.  He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advances in Multimedia between 2006 and 2008, and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He has served as Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2012. He was elected as a Distinguished Lecturer by  IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow.