Nicholas Foundation Awards Research Fellowships to UCI Graduate Students

Students selected for research in embedded systems

July 11, 2005 – UC Irvine graduate students, Keun Sik No and Pramod Chandraiah, have been selected as recipients of the "Henry T. Nicholas, III Research Fellows," a prestigious new fellowship awarded to support graduate students performing interdisciplinary research in the field of embedded systems, through the Center for Embedded Computer Systems (CECS).

The students will receive a stipend, as well as tuition and fees payment for one academic year, including summer assistance.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the students selected for this impressive fellowship, and am looking forward to following their respective research progress,” said Professor Daniel D. Gajski, The Henry Samueli "Turing" Endowed Chair and Director of CECS.  “The Nicholas Foundation has provided the opportunity and resources for these students to continue their quest in advancing the technology of embedded systems within their areas of specialization.”

No was selected for research entitled “Mini-FDPM: a Handheld Non-Invasive Breast Cancer Detector Based on Frequency Domain Photon Migration" which focuses on a new, simpler way to detect breast cancer.  The small detector emits broadband-modulated near infrared laser light into a patient’s tissue, measuring its reflection to determine relative concentration contents, including water, hemoglobin and fat.

Chandraiah’s focus, “CARS: Computer-Aided Re-coding for SoC Specification,” helps identify tasks to write product specifications that are suitable for automation.  The purpose of this research is complete chip design automation that considerably reduces the cost and increases the quality and reliability to a specific consumer end product.  Chandraiah will design and develop prototype tools for specification generation and optimization.

The students were chosen by an independent committee comprised of CECS faculty, including professors from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, and representatives from the Nicholas Foundation.

CECS is an independent interdisciplinary research center highlighting emerging theory and technology of embedded systems. The center provides an environment for students to focus on a variety of research areas including the development and advancement of automotive, medical and communications applications.

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