Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
NSF Presidential Young Investigator/CAREER Awards
National/International & External Awards
- Mike Bailey: ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award (2015)
- Bella Bose: Southern Methodist University Computer Science and Engineering 40th Anniversary Award for Academic Accomplishment (2008)
- Ted Brekken: IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2011)
- Margaret Burnett: ACM CHI Academy (2016); NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2015); IBM International Faculty Award (2007 & 2008)
- Paul Cull: Life Membership, Association for Computing Machinery (2013); 50 Year Award, Mathematical Association of America (2013); E. R. Caianiello Award for Biocybernetics, European Mtg on Cybernetics & Systems Research (2004 & 2010); Forty Year Award, Mathematical Assn of America (2003)
- Terri Fiez: IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015); IEEE Major Educational Innovative Award (2007)
- Alex Groce: NASA Software of the Year for Mars Science Laboratory Flight Software, 2013 (MSL Flight Software team)
- Bechir Hamdaoui: IEEE Communications Society Distinguished lecturer (2015-2017)
- Liang Huang: Yahoo Faculty Research and Engagement Program Award. (2015)
- V John Mathews: IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (2014); Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India (2008-09)
- Ron Metoyer: Modern Day Technology Leadership Award, BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Global Competitiveness Conference (2009)
- Cherri Pancake: Woman of Achievement, Oregon Commission for Women (2006); HPCwire’s “People to Watch” list (2005)
- Gabor Temes: National Academy of Engineering (2015); IEEE CAS Mac Van Valkenburg Award (2009); IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (2006); IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000); IEEE CAS Education Award; IEEE CAS Golden Jubilee Medal (1999); IEEE Graduate Teaching Award (1998); IEEE Centennial Medal (1994); IEEE CAS Society Technical Achievement Award (1989); IEEE I&M Society Andrew Chi Prize (1985); IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer (1991-1992, 2001-2002); Darlington Award of IEEE CAS Society (1969, 1981); honorary doctorate, Technical Univ of Budapest
- Annette von Jouanne: National Sea Grant Research to Application Award (2012); named one of the top 12 contemporary Oregon innovators by the OMSI/Portland Monthly’s “Brain Storm” project (2011); OMSI Genius Award (2009), International Energy Ocean Conference Energy Pioneer Award (2008), National Eta Kappa Nu C. Homes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award (2005)
- John Wager: Society for Information Display (SID) Special Recognition Award “for his pioneering contributions to the development of oxide TFTs” (2012)
- Andreas Weisshaar: NSF Program Director (2008-2011)
Best Paper Awards
- Arturo Valdivia, Douglas J. Tweet, and John F. Conley Jr, “Atomic layer deposition of two dimensional MoS2 on 150 mm substrates” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 34, 021515 (2016). Editor’s pick in February and in March was on their “most read” list.
- Jian Kang, Sujaya Rao, Patrick Chiang, Arun Natarajan, “Area-constrained Wirelessly-Powered UWB SoC Design for Small Insect Localization”, IEEE WisNet Jan. 2016. (Best Paper Award 2nd place).
- Beckwith, L.; Burnett, M., “Gender: An Important Factor in End-User Programming Environments?,” in Visual Languages and Human Centric Computing, 2004 IEEE Symposium on , vol., no., pp.107-114, 30-30 Sept. 2004. Most Influential Paper Award from the past decade.
- Dig, D.; Johnson, R., “The role of refactorings in API evolution,” in Software Maintenance, 2005. ICSM’05. Proceedings of the 21st IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.389-398, 26-29 Sept. 2005. Most Influential Paper in the last ten years.
- Mihai Codoban, Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan, Danny Dig, and Brian Bailey, “Software History under the Lens: A Study on Why and How Developers Examine It,” 2015 IEEE 31st International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution (ICSME), September 29 – October 1, 2015, Bremen, Germany. Best Paper Award.
- Anh The Pham, Raviv Raich, Xiaoli Z. Fern, and Jesús Pérez Arriaga, “Multi-instance multi-label learning in the presence of novel class instances,” Proc. 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), Lille, Paris, July 2015. Intel Best Paper Award.
- Jing Yang; Gregory L. Rorrer and Alan X. Wang, “Bioenabled SERS substrates for food safety and drinking water monitoring,” Proc. SPIE 9488, Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety VII, 948808, May 13, 2015. Best paper runner-up.
- Scott Sanner and Craig Boutilier, “Practical solution techniques for first-order MDPs,” Artificial Intelligence 173 (5–6), April 2009, Pages 748–788. Prominent Paper Award (2014)
- K. A. Stewart, V. Gouliouk, R. E. Presley, T-H. Chiang, B. S. Yeh, D. A. Keszler, J. F. Wager, T. K. Chuang, R. G. Manley, and D. G. Enicks, “Effect of Ultrathin Channel Layers on the Properties of Amorphous Al-In-Sn-O TFTs,” Transparent Conductive Oxides: Fundamentals and Applications (TCO2014), Leipzig, Germany, September 29-October 2, 2014. First place Young Scientist Award
- T-H. Chiang, R. E. Presley, B-S. Yeh, and J. F. Wager, “Ultrathin InGaZnO Channel Layers Thin-Film Transistors,” Transparent Conductive Materials 2014, (TCM2014), Chania, Greece, October 13-17, 2014. Best Young Researcher Oral Presentation Award: Tsung-Han (Hans) Chiang
- Qiwei Wang, Thinh Nguyen, and Alan Wang, “Channel Capacity Optimization for an integrated Wi-Fi and Free-space Optic Communication System (WiFiFO),” Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM ’14), September 2014. Runner up short paper award
- Erik Walkingshaw and Klaus Ostermann, “Projectional Editing of Variational Software” 13th International Conference on Generative Programming: Concepts & Experiences (GPCE’14), September 2014, Västerås, Sweden. Best Paper Award
- Semih Okur, David L. Hartveld, Danny Dig, and Arie van Deursen. 2014. “A study and toolkit for asynchronous programming in c#.” In Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2014). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1117-1127. Distinguished Paper Award
- Groce, A; Alipour, M.A; Chaoqiang Zhang; Yang Chen; Regehr, J., “Cause Reduction for Quick Testing,” Software Testing, Verification and Validation (ICST), 2014 IEEE Seventh International Conference on, pp.243,252, March 31 2014-April 4 2014. Best Paper Award.
- Weiyang Li, “Writing Magnetic Patterns with Surface Acoustic Waves,” 58th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference. Best Poster Award, 2013.
- Chambers, C., and Scaffidi, C., “Smell-driven performance analysis for end-user programmers,” IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, 2013
- Vikas Shilimkar , Steven Gaskill, and Andreas Weisshaar, “Modeling and Characterization of Metal Fill Parasitics in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits,” September 2013, Austin, TX, SRC TECHCON 2013. Best of Session award.
- Janardhan Rao Doppa, Alan Fern, and Prasad Tadepalli, “HC-Search: Learning Heuristics and Cost Functions for Structured Prediction,” AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-2013). Outstanding Paper Award.
- J. F. Wager, K. Hoshino, E. S. Sundholm, R. E. Presley, R. Ravichandran, C. C. Knutson, D. A. Keszler, R. L. Hoffman, D. A. Mourey, and J. Robertson, “A framework for assessing amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistor passivation,” J. Soc. Inf. Display 20/10. Best paper of 2012 for the Journal of the Society for Information Display.
- Nguyen, Dong, Tuan Tran, Thinh Nguyen, and Bella Bose, “Wireless Broadcast Using Network Coding,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 58, issue 2, pp. 914 - 925, 2009. Jack Neubauer Memorial Award (best systems paper published in Transactions on Vehicular Technology; 3-year waiting period required).
- Todd Kulesza, Simone Stumpf, Margaret Burnett, and Irwin Kwan, “Tell Me More? The Effects of Mental Model Soundness on Personalizing an Intelligent Agent,” ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2012. Best Paper honorable mention.
- Ken Hoshino, “Amorphous Oxide Semiconductor Thin-Film Transistor Stability,” ITC 2012 (8th International Thin-Film Transistor Conference), Lisbon, Portugal, January 2012. Best Oral Presentation.
- E. Naswali, C. Alexander, H. Han, D. Naviaux, A. Bistrika, A. von Jouanne, A. Yokochi, T. Brekken, “Supercapacitor Energy Storage for Wind Energy Integration”, ECCE, Sept. 2011. (Prize Award - Student)
- Margaret Burnett and Allen Ambler, “A Declarative Approach to Event-Handling in Visual Programming Languages,” 1992 IEEE Workshop on Visual Languages. 2011 IEEE Symp. on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing: Most Influential Paper from 20 Years Ago.
- Jill Cao, Scott D. Fleming, and Margaret Burnett, “An Exploration of Design Opportunities for ‘Gardening’ End-User Programmers’ Ideas,” IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, 2011.
- Alan Fern, IJCAI-JAIR Award for Best Paper in Previous Five Years, Runner-up (2011).
- MohammadJavad NoroozOliaee and Bechir Hamdaoui, “Distributed resource and service management for large-scale dynamic spectrum access systems through coordinated learning.” In Proc. of IEEE Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, July 2011.
- C. Weber, J. He, C. Zhong, and H. Liu, “Multiband Architecture for high-speed SerDes,” DesignCon 2011, Santa Clara, CA, Jan. 2011.
- Paul Cull, “Biocomputation,” 20th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, 2010. Caianiello Award for Biocybernetics.
- R. Whang, H. Liu, and E.K. Hong, “Multiuser cooperative relay communication employing hierarchical modulation,” IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, May 2010.
- Yuehua Xu, Alan Fern, and Sungwoon Yoon, “Iterative Learning of Weighted Rule Sets for Greedy Search,” Int’l Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 2010. Best Paper Runner-Up Award.
- Jill Cao, Yann Riche, Susan Wiedenbeck, Margaret Burnett, and Valentina Grigoreanu, “End-User Mashup Programming: Through the Design Lens,” ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, April 2010. Best Paper Honorable Mention.
- J. He, H. Liu, and Z. Wang, “A fast ACSU architecture for Viterbi decoder using T-algorithm,” 43rd Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Nov. 2009. Best Student Paper Award Finalist.
- W. G. Finn, K. M. Carter, R. Raich, L. M. Stoolman, and A. O. Hero, “Analysis of clinical flow cytometric immunophenotyping data by clustering on statistical manifolds: Treating flow cytometry data as high dimensional objects,” Cytometry: Part B - Clinical Cytometry, Jan. 2009. Best Original Paper published in Clinical Cytometry for 2008-2009.
- Ronald Bjarnason, Alan Fern, Prasad Tadepalli, “Lower Bounding Klondike Solitaire with Monte-Carlo Planning,” Best Student Paper of ICAPS (International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling) 2009
- Martin Erwig and Eric Walkingshaw, “A DSL for Explaining Probabilistic Reasoning,” IFIP Working Conference on Domain-Specific Languages, 2009
- D. Tran, T. Nguyen, “Publish/Subscribe Service in CAN-based P2P Networks: Dimension Mismatch and the Random Projection Approach .” In Proceedings of IEEE Int’l Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN 2008)
- Paul Cull and Tai Hsu, “Biomimic Spider Double Stereo Vision by the Walking Tree Method,” Twentieth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research 2008
- Chris Chambers and Martin Erwig, “Dimension Inference in Spreadsheets,” IEEE Int. Symp. on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, 2008
- Joseph Lawrance, Rachel Bellamy, Margaret Burnett, Kyle Rector, “Using Information Scent to Model the Dynamic Foraging Behavior of Programmers in Maintenance Tasks,” ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, April 2008. Best Paper Honorable Mention.
- J. Ayers, K. Mayaram, and T. Fiez, “A low power BFSK super-regenerative transceiver,” ISCAS 2007, pp. 3099-3102, May 2007. Best Student Paper of ISCAS (IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems)
- Paul Cull and Tai Hsu, “The Walking Tree Method for 3D Vision,” Cybernetics and Systems 2006 (R. Trappl, ed.), Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
- Fountain, T., Dietterich, T. G., and Sudyka, B. (2000). “Mining IC Test Data to Optimize VLSI Testing,” In Proceedings of the Sixth ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining (pp. 18-25). ACM Press. Winner of Best Application Paper Award (Research Track)
- A. von Jouanne, A. Wallace, I. Husain, A. Yokochi, “Gone with the Wind: Innovative Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Based on Renewable Energy Sources,” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, Prize Paper Award (2005)
- Robin Abraham and Martin Erwig, “Header and Unit Interference for Spreadsheets through Spatial Analysis,” IEEE Int. Symposium on Visual Languages and Human Centric Computing, 2004
- John Wager, “Amorphous Multi-component Heavy Metal Cation Oxides for Thin-Film Transistor Applications,” Materials Research Society Symposium, Top 5 paper.
- Robin Abraham: Best Paper Award at IEEE Int. Symposium on Visual Languages and Human Centric Computing (2004)
- Peter Kurahashi, Pavan Hanumolu: Best Student Paper Award in 2006 at the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, P. Kurahashi, P. Hanumolu, G. Temes, U-K. Moon, “A 0.6V Highly Linear Switched-R-MOSFET-C Filter”
- Martin Erwig, “A Foundation for Representing and Querying Moving Objects.” Most Cited ACM Trans. on Database Systems paper in Ten Years (1993-2004)
- Paul Cull, “Computer Models and Genetic Systems,” Cybernetics and Systems 2004 (R. Trappl, ed.), Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies
- Tom Dietterich, JAIR Award for Best Paper in Previous Five Years (2003)
- Thinh Nguyen, “Distributed Video Streaming with Forward Error Correction,” Packet Video Workshop (2002)
- P. Cull and S. Larson, “Routing on Twisted Cube Networks,” SCI 2001, 5th World MultiConference Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics
- A. von Jouanne, P. Enjeti, W. Gray, “Application Issues for PWM Adjustable Speed AC Motor Drives,” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, Prize Paper Award (1996)
- Toshi Minoura, Asahi Newspaper Prize, Invention and Development of a Rule Based Process Control Method for Plant Control (1988)
The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.
Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013. Sixteen appeared in publications by Springer, which is headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), based in New York. Both publishers, which were privately informed by Labbé, say that they are now removing the papers.
Among the works were, for example, a paper published as a proceeding from the 2013 International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering, held in Chengdu, China. (The conference website says that all manuscripts are “reviewed for merits and contents”.) The authors of the paper, entitled ‘TIC: a methodology for the construction of e-commerce’, write in the abstract that they “concentrate our efforts on disproving that spreadsheets can be made knowledge-based, empathic, and compact”. (Nature News has attempted to contact the conference organizers and named authors of the paper but received no reply*; however at least some of the names belong to real people. The IEEE has now removed the paper).
*Update: One of the named authors replied to Nature News on 25 February. He said that he first learned of the article when conference organizers notified his university in December 2013; and that he does not know why he was a listed co-author on the paper. "The matter is being looked into by the related investigators," he said.
How to create a nonsense paper
Labbé developed a way to automatically detect manuscripts composed by a piece of software called SCIgen, which randomly combines strings of words to produce fake computer-science papers. SCIgen was invented in 2005 by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge to prove that conferences would accept meaningless papers — and, as they put it, “to maximize amusement” (see ‘Computer conference welcomes gobbledegook paper’). A related program generates random physics manuscript titles on the satirical website arXiv vs. snarXiv. SCIgen is free to download and use, and it is unclear how many people have done so, or for what purposes. SCIgen’s output has occasionally popped up at conferences, when researchers have submitted nonsense papers and then revealed the trick.
Labbé does not know why the papers were submitted — or even if the authors were aware of them. Most of the conferences took place in China, and most of the fake papers have authors with Chinese affiliations. Labbé has emailed editors and authors named in many of the papers and related conferences but received scant replies; one editor said that he did not work as a program chair at a particular conference, even though he was named as doing so, and another author claimed his paper was submitted on purpose to test out a conference, but did not respond on follow-up. Nature has not heard anything from a few enquiries.
“I wasn’t aware of the scale of the problem, but I knew it definitely happens. We do get occasional e-mails from good citizens letting us know where SCIgen papers show up,” says Jeremy Stribling, who co-wrote SCIgen when he was at MIT and now works at VMware, a software company in Palo Alto, California.
“The papers are quite easy to spot,” says Labbé, who has built a website where users can test whether papers have been created using SCIgen. His detection technique, described in a study1 published in Scientometrics in 2012, involves searching for characteristic vocabulary generated by SCIgen. Shortly before that paper was published, Labbé informed the IEEE of 85 fake papers he had found. Monika Stickel, director of corporate communications at IEEE, says that the publisher “took immediate action to remove the papers” and “refined our processes to prevent papers not meeting our standards from being published in the future”. In December 2013, Labbé informed the IEEE of another batch of apparent SCIgen articles he had found. Last week, those were also taken down, but the web pages for the removed articles give no explanation for their absence.
Ruth Francis, UK head of communications at Springer, says that the company has contacted editors, and is trying to contact authors, about the issues surrounding the articles that are coming down. The relevant conference proceedings were peer reviewed, she confirms — making it more mystifying that the papers were accepted.
The IEEE would not say, however, whether it had contacted the authors or editors of the suspected SCIgen papers, or whether submissions for the relevant conferences were supposed to be peer reviewed. “We continue to follow strict governance guidelines for evaluating IEEE conferences and publications,” Stickel said.
A long history of fakes
Labbé is no stranger to fake studies. In April 2010, he used SCIgen to generate 102 fake papers by a fictional author called Ike Antkare [see pdf]. Labbé showed how easy it was to add these fake papers to the Google Scholar database, boosting Ike Antkare’s h-index, a measure of published output, to 94 — at the time, making Antkare the world's 21st most highly cited scientist. Last year, researchers at the University of Granada, Spain, added to Labbé’s work, boosting their own citation scores in Google Scholar by uploading six fake papers with long lists to their own previous work2.
Labbé says that the latest discovery is merely one symptom of a “spamming war started at the heart of science” in which researchers feel pressured to rush out papers to publish as much as possible.
There is a long history of journalists and researchers getting spoof papers accepted in conferences or by journals to reveal weaknesses in academic quality controls — from a fake paper published by physicist Alan Sokal of New York University in the journal Social Text in 1996, to a sting operation by US reporter John Bohannon published in Science in 2013, in which he got more than 150 open-access journals to accept a deliberately flawed study for publication.
Labbé emphasizes that the nonsense computer science papers all appeared in subscription offerings. In his view, there is little evidence that open-access publishers — which charge fees to publish manuscripts — necessarily have less stringent peer review than subscription publishers.
Labbé adds that the nonsense papers were easy to detect using his tools, much like the plagiarism checkers that many publishers already employ. But because he could not automatically download all papers from the subscription databases, he cannot be sure that he has spotted every SCIgen-generated paper.
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