The Rice Department of Electrical and Computer engineering (ECE) is delighted to announce the addition of several great faculty members for the upcoming year.
Dr. Alessandro Alabastri comes to Rice from the Italian Institute of Technology and is the TI Research Assistant Professor in the area of computational modeling of photo-thermal interactions in complex nanostructures. His expertise areas include design and simulations of optical systems, Multiphysics modeling, as well as, full coupling of optical, thermal, and mechanical effects. Alabastri’s research interests range from optical and magnetic response of nanostructures to plasmonic enhanced steam generation.
Dr. Yingyan Lin, who is now an assistant professor in circuits and architectures for machine learning systems on resource-constrained platforms, was previously a TI visiting faculty member. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne (UIUC) in 2017, where she was a visiting scholar from 2009-2011. Her research interests include analog and mixed-signal circuits, error resiliency techniques, and VLSI circuits and architectures. Lin was the recipient of the second place Best Student Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Systems, and the 2016 Robert T. Chien memorial Award at UIUC for Excellence in Research.
Dr. Akane Sano has come to Rice from MIT as an assistant professor in the area of data science and mobile health. She completed her Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab in 2015. Her research focuses on mobile health and affective computing. She is working on understanding stress, sleep, mood and performance from ambulatory human long-term data and designing intervention systems to help people be aware of their behaviors and improve their health conditions. She is the recipient of the 2017 NIH mHTI Scholarship, the 2014 AAAI Spring Symposium Best Presentation Award, and the 2013 MIT Global Fellowship.
Dr. Santiago Segarra is a new assistant professor in the area of data science for networks. He comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania (U. Penn) and MIT. He completed his Ph.D. at U. Penn in 2016. Segarra’s research interests include Network Theory, Optimization, Machine Learning, and Signal Processing.
Please join us in welcoming these great scholars to Rice and to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.