- 3 Mar 2016: Vivek Goyal spoke on First-Photon Imaging and Other Imaging with Few Photons at the IEEE Signal Processing Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter meeting. The talk was referenced at the Image Sensors World blog, and a video is posted on Vimeo.
- 25 Jan 2016: Dongeek Shin successfully defended his PhD thesis on Computational Imaging with Small Numbers of Photons.
- 9 Nov 2015: Ahmed Kirmani was awarded Second Place for the 2015 Jin-Au Kong Doctoral Thesis Award for the best electrical engineering PhD thesis at MIT. See Kirmani receive his certificate and a group photograph from the award ceremony.
- 26 Nov 2014: Ahmed Kirmani successfully defended his PhD thesis on Computational Time-Resolved Imaging.
- 29 Oct 2014: Dongeek Shin, Ahmed Kirmani, Vivek Goyal, and Jeffrey Shapiro have been awarded the Best Paper Award of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing for their paper Computational 3D and Reflectivity Imaging with High Photon Efficiency. This paper was selected from 1219 accepted papers. It introduces a method with performance similar to, and at times better than, first-photon imaging despite being easier to apply with parallelized measurements. An extended version of this work is available as an arXiv e-Print: arXiv:1406.1761.
- 14 Jul 2014: STIR PI Vivek Goyal has taken a leave of absence from Boston University. He is working for Google, Inc.
- 28 Apr 2014: Joong Bum Rhim successfully defended his PhD thesis on Aggregation and Influence in Teams of Imperfect Decision Makers.
- 7 Apr 2014: STIR alumnus Daniel Weller has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Virginia.
- 4 Apr 2014: Vivek Goyal is a Technical Program Co-Chair of the 11th International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications (SampTA 2015).
- 10 Mar 2014: STIR affiliate Andrea Colaço successfully defended her PhD thesis on Computational 3D Sensing for Gestural Interaction.
- 3 Jan 2014: First-Photon Imaging appeared in 3 Jan 2014 issue of Science.
- 1 Jan 2014: STIR alumnus Lav Varshney has joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- 1 Jan 2014: STIR PI Vivek Goyal has joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at Boston University.
- 28 Nov 2013: First-Photon Imaging by Ahmed Kirmani, Dheera Venkatraman, Dongeek Shin, Andrea Colaço, Franco Wong, Jeffrey Shapiro, amd Vivek Goyal has been published by Science:
- 25 Nov 2013: Vivek Goyal has been elevated to IEEE Fellow "for contributions to information representations and their applications in acquisition, communication, and estimation."
- 13 Nov 2013: Vivek Goyal has been elected Vice Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee for 2014 and 2015.
- 30 Oct 2013: STIR's team in the MassChallenge 2013 Accelerator, 3dim, was named a $50K Gold Winner!
- 24 May 2013: Jonathan Mei has filed his MEng thesis, Algorithms for 3D Time-of-Flight Imaging. Congratulations, Jonathan!
- 19 May 2013: STIR students were presented with two awards at the 2013 MIT EECS Department Awards and Recognition Celebration:
- John Sun is the winner of the inaugural Paul L. Penfield Student Service Award for outstanding service to the Department or its students.
- Jonathan Mei is the winner of the 2nd place David Adler Memorial MEng Thesis Prize.
- 15 May 2013: STIR's team in the MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition Launch Contest, 3dim, won the Grand Prize!
- 14 May 2013: John Sun has filed his PhD thesis, Quantization in Acquisition and Computation Networks. Congratulations, John!
- 22 Feb 2013: STIR PhD student Ahmed Kirmani has been named a Finalist for the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The winner will be announced at the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Invention Showcase on March 5.
- 15 Feb 2013: Significance, the bimonthly magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, has published an article by STIR alumnus Lav Varshney and STIR PhD student John Sun describing their work with Grace Wang and Vivek Goyal on using the optimization approach to biology to explain logarithmic numerosity. The team's paper in the Journal of Mathematical Psychology posits the theory that observed psychophysical and numerosity scaling laws arise from their Bayesian optimality in minimizing expected relative error under informational constraints.
- 18 Jan 2013: STIR PhD student Ahmed Kirmani has been named a 2013 Microsoft Research PhD Fellow. This is one of the most selective awards for graduate students in computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics, as only 12 fellows are selected from applicants across the US and Canada who have been nominated by their universities. Congratulations to Kirmani!
- 17 Jan 2013: New releases of the forthcoming textbooks Foundations of Signal Processing by Martin Vetterli, Jelena Kovačević, and Vivek Goyal and Fourier and Wavelet Signal Processing by Jelena Kovačević, Vivek Goyal, and Martin Vetterli have been posted at FourierAndWavelets.org. The ICASSP 2012 advertising flyer is also available.
- 1 Jan 2013: Focus, a UK-based science and technology magazine, features a conversation with Vivek Goyal in its Breakthroughs of 2013 article in the January 2013 issue. Goyal primarily discusses gesture-controlled mobile phones as a potential near-term technology.
- 17 Dec 2012: The Taste project initiated and led by STIR alumnus Lav Varshney is featured by IBM as one of The 5 in 5 — innovations that will change our lives in the next five years.
- 11 Dec 2012: Work by John Sun, Grace Wang, Vivek Goyal, and Lav Varshney on psychophysical and numerosity scaling laws was mentioned in the Works in Progress feature of The American Scholar (online and Winter 2013 issue of the print magazine).
- 8 Nov 2012: STIR alumnus Lav Varshney was the featured guest on IEEE Spectrum Techwise Conversations podcast. Varshney discussed his recent work with John Sun, Grace Wang, and Vivek Goyal in an episode titled "Does the Brain Work Logarithmically?" The team's paper in the Journal of Mathematical Psychology posits the theory that observed psychophysical and numerosity scaling laws arise from their Bayesian optimality in minimizing expected relative error under informational constraints.
- 22 Oct 2012: STIR's team in the MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition Pitch Contest, 3dim, won the Grand Prize! The pitch was delivered by Andrea Colaço, representing teammates Ahmed Kirmani, Nan-Wei Gong, and Vivek Goyal. About 300 entrants were narrowed to 60 semifinalists on October 15 and then to 12 finalists on October 18. In addition to winning the Grand Prize, the 3dim pitch also was in second place for the Audience Choice Award, determined by text-message polling. The 3dim vision of bringing users the freedom to gesture to mobile devices is rooted in STIR's CoDAC technology.
- 5 Oct 2012: Work by John Sun, Grace Wang, Vivek Goyal, and Lav Varshney is featured by MIT News. Their paper in the Journal of Mathematical Psychology posits the theory that observed psychophysical and numerosity scaling laws arise from their Bayesian optimality in minimizing expected relative error under informational constraints.
- 9 Aug 2012: The group has received an award from the HP Labs Innovation Research Program. Out of more than 500 proposals, 61 were chosen for funding.
- 7 Aug 2012: CoDAC: Compressive Depth Acquisition Using a Single Time-Resolved Sensor, by Andrea Colaço, Ahmed Kirmani, Franco Wong, and Vivek Goyal, was a Finalist in the ACM Student Research Competition of SIGGRAPH 2012. Five finalists were selected from among 15 semifinalists based on Colaço's poster presentation. The selection as a semifinalist was out of about 400 abstracts submitted for poster presentation.
- 24 Jul 2012: Recent STIR alumnus Daniel Weller has been
awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. His individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) will support him at the University of Michigan. Congratulations to Dan!
- 19 Jun 2012: Joong Rhim has won 1st Prize in the Student Paper Contest at the 7th IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM 2012). Joong's paper (co-authored with Lav Varshney and Vivek Goyal) is titled Benefits of Collaboration and Diversity in Teams of Categorically-Thinking Decision Makers. See the Categorical Thinking project page for more information. A description is also posted at the MIT EECS Announcements page.
- 10 Apr 2012: The group's third and fourth patents in the area of magnetic resonance imaging have issued. The inventions are a Method for Reducing Maximum Local Specific Absorption Rate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, U. S. Patent number 8,148,985, and a Method for Joint Sparsity-Enforced k-Space Trajectory and Radiofrequency Pulse Design, U.S. Patent number 8,154,289.
- 30 Mar 2012: Daniel Weller has filed his PhD dissertation, Accelerating Magnetic Resonance Imaging by
Unifying Sparse Models and Multiple Receivers. Congratulations to Dan!
- 20 Mar 2012: Andrea Colaço and Ahmed Kirmani have been named Finalists for the 2012 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. It is the first time that winners from a previous year have been named finalists.
- 2 Mar 2012: Compressive Depth Map Acquisition Using a Single Photon-Counting Detector: Parametric Signal Processing Meets Sparsity by Andrea Colaço, Ahmed Kirmani, Greg Howland, John Howell, and Vivek Goyal has been accepted for publication in the highly-selective IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2012).
- 3 Feb 2012: STIR has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study Space-from-Time Imaging: Fundamental Limits, Algorithms, and Preliminary Demonstrations (Award 1161413).
- 3 Feb 2012: Our paper Exploiting Sparsity in Time-of-Flight Range Acquisition Using a Single Time-Resolved Sensor was a Top 10 most downloaded paper in Optics Express in January 2012.
- 15 Nov 2011: Ulugbek Kamilov was named a Finalist for the Student Paper Award at 4th International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP 2011). Ulugbek's paper (co-authored with Vivek Goyal and Sundeep Rangan) is titled Generalized Approximate Message Passing Estimation from Quantized Samples.
- 6 Jun 2011: STIR has been awarded a $368,680 grant from the National Science Foundation to study Quantization for Acquisition and Computation Networks (Award 1115159).
- 20 May 2011: Ahmed Kirmani and Andrea Colaço have won a 2011 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (providing $100,000 in support) for their project on
Single Pixel Depth Sensing and 3D Camera. The competition was open to students from eleven top universities. Eight proposals were chosen for funding from among 146 applications.
- 15 May 2011: Lav Varshney was awarded a 2011 Jin-Au Kong Award Honorable Mention for the best electrical engineering PhD thesis at MIT. Lav's thesis is titled Unreliable and Resource-Constrained Decoding.
- 26 Apr 2011: John Sun has won the 2011 Capocelli Prize, for the best student-authored paper at the IEEE Data Compression Conference. John's paper (co-authored with Vivek Goyal) is titled Scalar Quantization for Relative Error. (This is the group's second Capocelli Prize. Lav Varshney won the prize in 2006 for Toward a Source Coding Theory for Sets.)
- 1 Apr 2011: Daniel Weller was named a Finalist in the Student Paper Competition at IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging. Dan's paper (co-authored with
Jonathan Polimeni, Leo Grady, Lawrence Wald, Elfar Adalsteinsson, and Vivek Goyal) is titled Evaluating Sparsity Penalty Functions for Combined Compressed Sensing and Parallel MRI.
- 23 Mar 2011: John Sun has been awarded a Claude E. Shannon Research Assistantship by the Research Laboratory of Electronics. These RAs support students doing basic research in communication, in memory of Claude Shannon.
- 17 Mar 2011: STIR has been awarded a $328,847 grant from the National Science Foundation to study Decision Making with Bounded Categorization (Award 1101147).