May/June 2002
Volume Two - Issue Three


On Friday, June 14, Mike Bigrigg will conduct the ERIS 2002 Spring Seminar on Reliable Software Development. This one-day workshop will focus on software debugging and code maintenance.

Intended for senior software developers and software development managers, this all-day mini-course focuses on the problems of debugging with respect to such topics as the compilation process, memory management, and I/O interfacing. More than just a "lecture," this software development workshop is designed to help developers come together to form a common understanding of how to build reliable software.

For more information about this event, please visit our seminar web site at or contact Dana Hilinski at


ICES faculty and students have completed another successful semester of engineering design project course work.

Engineering Product Design Course (39-606)
On April 30, 2002 students participating in course 39-606 presented the results of their industry sponsored research projects. Companies including Siemens Westinghouse, Medrad, Bombardier Transportation Systems, Cutler Hammer, Air Products, Inc., and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) sponsored projects. Click for project and results...

Rapid Prototyping of Computer Systems (39-648)
The spring 2002 Rapid Prototyping of Computer Systems class, taught by professors Dan Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic, focused on context-aware collaboration between team members that share and derive information from each other as well as from remote sensors. Click for more course info...

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Carnegie Mellon has been chosen for the site of this year's IEEE WET-ICE Workshop. The Eleventh International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (WETICE) is an annual, international forum for state-of-the-art research in enabling technologies for collaboration.

WETICE-2002 will consist of a number of workshops on different topics related to collaboration technology. What sets WET ICE apart from larger conferences is that the workshops are kept small enough to promote fruitful discussions on the latest technology developments, directions, problems, and requirements. Each workshop will include paper presentations and working group discussions, as well as keynote sessions and a final joint session to summarize each group's findings.

ICES' own Eswaran Subrahmanian and Cristina Amon are serving as the Local Co-Chairs for WETICE-2002. For more information about the workshop, please contact Dana Hilinski at
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Over the next few months, iNews will take a short hiatus while it undergoes complete redesign. To increase functionality and convenience, the revamped iNews will be better integrated with the ICES web page, which is also undergoing redesign. The website is being revamped to better serve our laboratories, centers, industrial partners, CIT/ICES faculty, students and the entire Carnegie Mellon academic community.

To assist with the project, Jean-Paul Gisclair recently joined ICES as a web design intern. "JP." will be on board for the entire summer, helping ICES' Graphic Designer, Donna Yocum, with the restructuring project. Yocum is currently polling the ICES community through a general survey about the functionality and design of the ICES web site. If you would like to submit your input, or you would like a copy of the survey, please contact Donna Yocum at

The revamping project is scheduled to be completed over the next three months. In order to best accommodate the redesign project, iNews will not release future editions during the summer. Look for the new and improved iNews and ICES web site in September 2002!
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The Philip and Marsha Dowd Engineering Seed Fund call for proposals was announced in the March/April edition of iNews. The fellowship grant program, administered through ICES, will award a grant to a CIT graduate student in the second or third year of his/her graduate studies. The objective is to provide support for a graduate student that is working on a cutting edge research project for which traditional sources of funding may not be readily available.
Click for more info...

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Tiffany Booth, who has been working at ICES as the Administrative Assistant for the past two years will be leaving this August to pursue her graduate degree in psychology. Tiffany will be moving to New York City where she will once again become a full-time student. She is looking forward to these new challenges but will thoroughly miss everyone she has worked with here at Carnegie Mellon.
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ERIS Lab to Host Software Reliability Workshop

A Look at ICES Education 2002

IEEE WETICE-2002 Workshop to be Held at Carnegie Mellon

iNews Set for Revamp and Summer Hiatus

ICES-Dowd Fellowship Selection is Underway

Departing Employees

Cristina Amon receives Ralph Coats Roe Award

Sarah Petricca receives Graduate Student Association Conference Funding

Justin Kulla recognized as one of the Student Employees of the Year

Kacey Marra won a Leadership Development Award

Seminar Series to Highlight Fuel Cell Research

Rodrigo Escobar, Graduate Student, MechE

Doctoral Thesis Defenses in 2001-2002

Cristina Amon is Chair of ASME/IEEE Conference


ICES Calendar

Moving 4th into Engineering

An ICES Happy Hour to Remember

AIS Open House

30-Day Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy

Cristina Amon: Tribune Review

PITA Symposium: Pittsburgh Business Times

Kacey Marra: Carnegie Mellon Magazine

Asim Smailagic: Forbes Magazine

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iNews is a bimonthly newsletter designed to serve the ICES community. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to email submissions, questions or comments they may have to any of the iNews staff members.