2015 Duke ECE Graduate Student Workshop

Please accept our invitation to the 2015 Duke ECE 4th Annual Graduate Student Workshop on Friday, September 18, 2015, at The Rickhouse in downtown Durham.

Registration Information

All attendees must register

Registration will remain open through September 1, 2015.

Please remember that submitting an abstract does not automatically register you for the event; we ask each participant to complete the registration form separately.

Abstract Submission

Duke ECE PhD, MS, and MEng Students are highly encouraged to submit abstracts for featured talks and for the poster session using this Abstract Submission link. The deadline for abstract submissions is Saturday, August 15, 2015.

The top talks and posters of the day will earn prizes in the form of travel awards:

  • $2,500 and $1,500 travel awards given for the top two oral presentations
  • $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000 travel awards given for the top three poster presentations

Note: This year, students will vote for top talks and posters as well as faculty, so consider how you can impress your full audience!

About the Event

This annual academic event brings together graduate students from each of our curricular groups to showcase their recent research accomplishments to peers and faculty from throughout the department. Students will present a series of 15-minute talks throughout the day, as well as exhibit posters at our afternoon poster session. In addition, we'll hear from ECE faculty and alumni about their successful research endeavors.

Event Agenda

Keynote Speaker:
We're very pleased to announce Dr. Brian Otis of Google[x] as this year's keynote speaker. Dr. Otis will talk about the Google Lens project--an amazing fusion of a number of ECE technologies, including near-field RF design, biochemical sensing, ultra low-power computing, signal processing, encryption, and machine learning. 

Brian Otis

Dr. Brian Otis is a Director at Google [x] and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington in 2005 where he founded a chip design research lab that develops tiny, low power wireless chips for a variety of applications (neural recording, implantable devices, wearable on-body wireless sensors, environmental monitoring, etc). He has previously held positions at Intel Corporation and Agilent Technologies and has been with Google Inc since 2012. He is a founder of Google [x]’s smart contact lens project and leads the Microsystems group at Google Life Sciences. He has served as a member of the Technical Program Committee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Solid State Circuits (JSSC). His research interests include low power SoC design, exploring limitations of power and size of wireless systems, and the realization of novel biomedical devices.

Alumni Speaker:

Dr. Alexander Katko (Spring ’14) was advised by Dr. Steve Cummer and now works with Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA.

Alex’s Ph.D. work explored the broad class of electromagnetic metamaterials in which active and nonlinear components, such as transistors or diodes, are embedded in order to create an engineered electromagnetic material that can do things that conventional or passive materials are fundamentally incapable of doing.  

His first paper, published in 2010 in Physical Review Letters, is probably his best known was among the very first papers to show how metamaterials with embedded varactor diodes could be engineered to exhibit phase conjugation (equivalent to time reversal) via parametric pumping and thus be used in novel imaging configurations.  This work has already been cited 51 times (according to Google Scholar).

Other research includes a limiter metamaterial that transmits less and less of the incident energy as that incident amplitude increases; a metamaterial that integrates electromagnetic power harvesting in order to self-power embedded functionality; and showing that the extra degrees of freedom provided by integrated transistors enable new forms of nonlinear metamaterials.

 Alex was an active participant and presenter at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) and Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) meetings, and he also helped to mentor undergraduate students involved in research.

Why Should You Get Involved?

  • Kick off the academic year by celebrating Duke ECE’s research accomplishments and goals
  • Embrace Pratt’s interdisciplinary emphasis by learning about research outside of your curricular area
  • Share your research accomplishments with your peers
  • Earn a chance at travel award prizes for the most outstanding talks and posters
  • Mingle with new ECE students
  • Enjoy meals and socialize with ECE faculty and classmates that you don’t often see
  • Get Duke ECE swag!

Meals and Refreshments

Two meals and afternoon hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Durham Catering, and an open beer and wine bar provided by the Rickhouse will be available during the cocktail hour and dinner.

Full conference attendance will provide

  • Lunch buffet
  • Snacks and coffee through the day and between presentation sessions
  • Cocktail reception during the poster session
  • Dinner buffet and dessert

Transportation and Parking

The Rickhouse is conveniently located in downtown Durham at 609 Foster St.

Parking is available at the old historic Durham Athletic Park (500 W. Corporation St.) and at the Farmer’s Market Parking Lot (400 block of Morris Street).

Additionally, a Carolina Livery shuttle will run to the Rickhouse throughout the duration of the workshop.

  • Large capacity shuttle at 10:30 am
  • Smaller shuttles every 30 minutes
  • Shuttle pick-up on Research Drive (between Hudson and CIEMAS)
  • Shuttles marked Carolina Livery
  • Final shuttles after closing remarks at workshop, approximately 8 pm


Contact Amy Kostrewa or Tony Strimple if you have specific parking and transportation needs or concerns.

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