EE’s Keren Bergman Receives Honors

Professor Keren Bergman of the Department of Electrical Engineering has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. She received this honor, one of the Institute's most prestigious, for her contributions to development of optical interconnection and transport networks.
In addition, Berman was named a recipient of the 2008 IBM Faculty Award for her research on nanophotonic networks-on-chip. The IBM Faculty Awards program is a competitive, worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities around the world and those in IBM research, development and services organizations.
Bergman is director of the Lightwave Research Laboratory. She and her research group have recently welcomed Dr. Franz Fidler, the recipient of the prestigious Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellowship, to the group. His efforts will be focused on Cross-Layer Communications in Optical Networks, which is in collaboration with Dr. Peter Winzer of Bell Research Laboratories, Lucent-Alcatel.
The Bergman group has received two recent research grants. The first is a three-year award from Intel Corporation to sponsor research on Multi-wavelength Striped Optical Interconnect for High Performance Cluster Computing. This research will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Madeleine Glick of Intel Research. The second grant is to participate in developing the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) suite of experimental network research infrastructure sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The Columbia team led by Bergman was selected as one of the 29 academic/industrial research teams to build, integrate, and begin to operate the first prototypes of the GENI suite of network research infrastructure. Their project at Columbia will focus on embedding real-time substrate measurements for cross-layer communications. As envisioned by the community, this suite will support a wide range of network science and engineering experiments such as new protocols and data dissemination techniques running over a substantial fiber optic infrastructure with next-generation optical switches, novel high-speed routers, city-wide experimental urban radio networks, high-end computational clusters, and sensor grids. All infrastructures are envisioned to be shared among a large number of individual, simultaneous experiments with extensive instrumentation that makes it easy to collect, analyze, and share real measurements.
In other Bergman research group news, first year graduate student Nava Chitrik was awarded both the AT&T Research Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
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