Adve, Insana, and Cunningham chosen as IEEE Fellows

11/28/2011 4:49:00 PM

Three Engineering at Illinois faculty members--Sarita Adve, Brian Cunningham, and Michael Insana--have been named Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Sarita Adve
Sarita Adve
Adve was selected for her “contributions to shared memory semantics and parallel computing.” Her research in computer architecture and systems, parallel computing, and power and reliability-aware systems focuses on a full-systems view and is notable for its multidisciplinary collaborations.

Adve's broadest impact has been in hardware and software memory consistency models. She received the 2008 SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes award for this work, specifically “for formalization of memory consistency models, especially data-race free models, and their influence on both hardware and high-level languages.” 

Adve has been a leader in power- and reliability-aware architectures. Her group was among the first to recognize that significant power reductions required breaking traditional system boundaries in favor of a collaborative, cross-layer system-wide power management framework. Most recently, her work has challenged the research community to rethink how both parallel languages and parallel hardware are designed.  Adve recently won honors for her DeNovo system, which exploits emerging software trends in disciplined parallel programming to make hardware simpler, higher performance, and lower energy, all at the same time.

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

An Illinois' alumnus, Brian Cunningham (PhD 1990, Electrical and Computer Engineering) is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering. He was recognized by IEEE for contributions to photonics crystal-based biosensors and detection instrumentation, and Insana is being recognized for contributions to ultrasound imaging methods, particularly elastography.

At the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Cunningham heads the Nano Sensors Group--a highly interdisciplinary team, with expertise in the areas of microfabrication, nanotechnology, computer simulation, instrumentation, molecular biology and cell biology. In particular, his team is working on biosensors based upon photonic crystal concepts that can either be built from low-cost flexible plastic materials or integrated with semiconductor-based active devices, such as light sources and photodetectors, for high performance integrated detection systems. In June 2000, Cunningham founded SRU Biosystems with the goal of making biosensors and detection systems to be used in pharmaceutical research and diagnostic tests.

Michael Insana
Michael Insana
Insana, a professor and head of the Department of Bioengineering, joined the Illinois faculty in 2004. His research focuses on the development of novel ultrasonic instrumentation and methods for imaging soft tissue microstructure, viscoelasticity and blood flow. Its goal is to understand basic mechanisms of cancerous lesion formation, metastatic progression, responses to therapy and sources of image contrast.

Insana is a faculty affiliate of the Beckman Institute and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, His research includes the fundamentals of imaging system design and performance evaluation, signal processing, detection and estimation. Insana’s team is developing applications for imaging the elasticity of breast tissue, a diagnostic technique that will allow noninvasive visualization of soft tissue stiffness. His research has applications to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer, vascular disease and kidney disease.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Contact: Sarita Adve, Department of Computer Science, 217/333-8461.  

Brian Cunningham, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 217/265-6291.

Michael Insana, Department of Bioengineering, 217/333-1867.

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