Babak Saghafi is a Member of the Board and the CEO at Maadiran, where he exercises a lifetime of business experience and a solid scientific foundation, which was formed in Sharif University in late 1980s. He entered the industry environment through jobs, like Instrumentation Engineering and Energy Consumption Optimization advanced through R&D divisions, and equipped with the technical knowledge, entered the business environment by practicing Market Development. Currently, he leads the largest Iranian manufacturer of Consumer Electronics and a Venture Capital Fund.
Briefly going through the personal life of a Sharif-graduated engineer, providing a global overview of the electronics industry and market, describing the respective domestic situation, and pointing out the potentially promising future and the packages required for current leaders in educational environments – current Sharif students – to enjoy leadership in the high-tech business environment, would be highlights of a real case of effective life.
Title: Twenty Years in Twenty Minutes
Mr. Babak Saghafi
Title: Recent Research Trends in Applied Electromagnetics
Electromagnetic theory is one of the greatest achievements of physics in the 19th century. Despite its long history of development, due to its fundamental nature and broad base, research in applied electromagnetics is still vital and going strong. In recent years electromagnetic has played a major role in wide range of disciplines, including communications, remote sensing of environment, defense, medicine, etc., with significant societal impact. To make ideas into reality in many of these disciplines, the fundamental understanding of electromagnetic wave generation, propagation, and interaction with their environment over a wide spectrum is needed. The growth and vitality in EM research has been fueled by an increasing demand for anytime anywhere information and data, security, and global monitoring of the environment, as well as significant advancements in other related science and engineering disciplines particularly in computers and materials. This lecture will provide an overview of recent research trends in applied electromagnetics.
Many of the examples of research applications will be presented, all drawn from Professor Sarabandi’s research activities. Applications of radar remote sensing in estimation of forest parameters at a global scale will be discussed. Complex numerical and analytical EM scatter models for forested environments are also utilized to demonstrate detection of vehicles camouflaged under trees. In the area of energy and oil exploration the application of a two-frequency synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to map the height of sand dunes over bedrock is shown. Utilization of the SAR technique in conjunction with planetary movements is demonstrated for calibration of Square-Kilometer uplink array of large reflectors for NASA deep-space communication system. In the area of security, seeing through walls using ultra-wideband imaging radars will be presented. Efforts in antenna miniaturization using metamaterials will also be discussed.
Kamal Sarabandi (S’87-M’90-SM’92-F’00) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1980, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1986, and the M.S. degree in mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1989.
He is currently the Director of the Radiation Laboratory and the Rufus S. Teesdale endowed Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research areas of interest include microwave and millimeter-wave radar remote sensing, Meta-materials, electromagnetic wave propagation, and antenna miniaturization. He possesses 25 years of experience with wave propagation in random media, communication channel modeling, microwave sensors, and radar systems and leads a large research group including two research scientists, 16 Ph.D. students. He has graduated 43 Ph.D. and supervised numerous post-doctoral students. He has served as the Principal Investigator on many projects sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and a large number of industries. Currently he is leading the Center for Microelectronics and Sensors funded in 2008 by the Army Research Laboratory under the Micro-Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) program. He is also leading a newly established center in Microwave Sensor Technology funded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
Negar Kiyavash is Willett Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She is a joint Associate Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is also affiliated with the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) and the Information Trust Institute. She received her Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 2006. Her research interests are in design and analysis of algorithms for network inference and security. She is a recipient of National Science Foundation’s CAREER and The Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator awards, and the Illinois College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research.
Network Inference from Brain to Social Networks and Beyond:
Information Theory meets Machine Learning
Prof. Negar Kiyavash
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Things I learned and did not learn at Sharif
Prof. Ehsan Afshari
(S’98–M’07) was born in 1979. He received the B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2003, and 2006, respectively. In August 2006, he joined the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His research interests are high-speed and low-noise integrated circuits for applications in communication systems, sensing, and biomedical devices. Prof. Afshari was the chair of the IEEE Ithaca Section and chair of Cornell Highly Integrated Physical Systems (CHIPS). He is a member of the Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2010, Cornell College of Engineering Michael Tien Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award in 2008, and Iran’s Best Engineering Student Award presented by the President of Iran in 2001. He was also the recipient of the Best Paper Award of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) in 2003, First Place of the Stanford-Berkeley-Caltech Inventors Challenge in 2005, the Best Undergraduate Paper Award of the Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering in 1999, the Silver Medal of the Physics Olympiad in 1997, and the Award of Excellence in Engineering Education of the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) in 2004.
One of the paramount challenges of this century is that of understanding complex, dynamic, large-scale networks. Such high-dimensional networks, including communication, social, financial, and biological networks, cover the planet and dominate modern life. In this talk, we discuss some example problems of interest and the challenges in addressing them. We conclude by briefly introducing some novel
interdisciplinary research approaches to these problems.
Behzad Razavi is Professor of Electrical Engineeirng at UCLA, where he
conducts research on analog and RF integrated circuits. An IEEE Fellow,
Prof. Razavi has served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and has published more than 180 papers and seven books. He has received eight IEEE best paper awards and four teaching awards, and his books have been published in seven languages. He received the 2012 IEEE Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits.
Electrical engineering departments attract the smartest students in the country, but these students experience varying degrees of success as they go through university, their careers, and their lives. What personal traits and environmental factors determine how successful an engineer will be?
In this presentation, I will draw upon my years of interaction with students, engineers, and professors to probe into the trajectories that different people take and the outlooks that they uphold, and describe what I believe leads to life-long success.