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CWRU Cutters Take First Place at Robotic Lawnmower Competition

(From the CWRU "daily")

CWRU Cutters

CWRU Cutters, the university’s autonomous robotic lawn mowing team, won first place at the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Robotic Lawnmower competition in Dayton last weekend. The team includes undergraduate and graduate students from electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering.

For the first time in the competition’s eight-year history, CWRU Cutter, the team’s robot lawn mower, earned the “Best Quality of Cut Award” for mowing 80 percent of the competition’s cutting field area while creating an aesthetically pleasing look to the resulting field. Teams from 15 universities competed, including Auburn and Wright State, which placed second and third respectively.

Cutter's mower in action

The team has been invited to attend the Institute of Navigation’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems conference in Portland, Ore., in September, where they can present for 20 minutes and display the mower for attendees.

Find more on the competition here or email Roger Quinn or Brad Hughes.

IEEE PES award

IEEE Power and Energy Society Logo

Steve Umans has been selected to be the new recipient of the IEEE PES Cyril Veinott Electromechanical Energy Conversion Award for the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES)! This award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of electromechanical energy conversion. Steve is an Adjunct Professor in the EECS department.


The IEEE Power & Energy Society sponsors twenty-five society-level awards. All award recipients are selected through a vetted nomination process. Both the EECS department and the IEEE Power & Energy Society are very proud of Prof. Uman's accomplishment! He will receive this award and recognition at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 26th at the IEEE PES General Meeting in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

EECS Freshman, Joshua Schwarz, is creating a facebook app every week for a full year!

Joshua SchwarzJoshua Schwarz, a freshman in EECS, has pledged to create one facebook app every week for a full year. Thus far he has created fifteen apps (as of April 16!). The apps have titles such as "Relationship Mania", "Teddy Bear Hugs", and "Social Horoscope" - the latter app allows you to select an astrological sign and connect with a friend having that sign.

Joshua was interviewed by Channel 3 news (see this link for a brief story and the video of his interview). He also regularly updates his website which has links to all his apps)

We wish Joshua good luck with the project (and with his studies also of course!)

Misha Rabinovich named Editor in Chief of IEEE Internet Computing magazine

Misha RabinovichMisha Rabinovich has started his tenure as the Editor in Chief of the important IEEE Internet Computing magazine. The magazine has an impact factor that places it 3rd out of all IEEE magazines and 13th out of all of IEEE's 125 publications. The internet affects us - personally and professionally - in ways that were not even imagined even several years ago. The future promises even greater importance of the area of internet computing and acting as Editor in Chief of this prestigious technical publication is indeed an honor (and a major responsibility!).

Misha's research in the area of Internet Security was also highlighted in an article, "Network Defense Gone Wrong" in the February issue of the IEEE Spectrum.

Read Misha's "debut" editorial in the magazine (follow the links to the Jan/Feb issue in 2011).

EECS Students Place Third in the annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) challenge

EECS students Aswin Krishna, Seetharam Narasimhan (captain) and Xinmu Wang placed third in the Embedded Systems Challenge at the 7'th Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) challenges held at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-POLY). Over three hundred students competed for prizes and scholarships by solving difficult simulated security crises.