Faculty

Ralph Etienne-Cummings

Professor and Chair

Primary Appointment: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Mixed signal VLSI systems
  • Computational sensors
  • Computer vision
  • Neuromorphic engineering
  • Smart structures
  • Mobile robotics
  • Legged locomotion
  • Neuroprosthetic devices

 

Ralph Etienne-Cummings received his B.Sc. in physics in 1988 from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. He completed his M.S.E.E (’91) and PhD (’94) in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Etienne-Cummings is a Professor and Chairman of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He was the founding director of the Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering. He has served as Chairman of various IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Technical Committees and was elected as a member of CAS Board of Governors. He also serves on numerous editorial boards and was recently appointed Deputy Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and the recipient of the NSF’s Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award. He was a Visiting African Fellow at U. Cape Town, Fulbright Fellowship Grantee, Eminent Visiting Scholar at U. Western Sydney and has also won numerous publication awards, most recently the 2012 Most Outstanding Paper of the IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He was also recently recognized as a ScienceMaker by the HistoryMakers, an African-American history archive. He has published over 220 peer reviewed article, 11 books/chapters and holds 10 patents/applications on his work.

 

Awards and Honors

NSF’s Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards

Named a Visiting African Fellow and a Fulbright Fellowship Grantee for his sabbatical at University of Cape Town, South Africa

2010 JHU Applied Physics Lab R.W. Hart Prize for Best R&D Project in Development

 

Secondary Appointments: Computer Science, Laboratory for Computation Sensing and Robotics (LCSR)

Journal Articles
  • Greenwald E, So E, Mollazadeh M, Maier C, Etienne-Cummings R, Thakor N, Cauwenberghs G (2015).  A 5 μw/channel 9b-ENOB BioADC array for electrocortical recording.  IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Engineering for Healthy Minds and Able Bodies, BioCAS 2015 - Proceedings.
  • Zhang J, Suo Y, Zhao C, Tran TD, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  CMOS implementation of pixel-wise coded exposure imaging for insect-based sensor node.  IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Engineering for Healthy Minds and Able Bodies, BioCAS 2015 - Proceedings.
  • Molin JL, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Live demonstration: Real-Time implementation of a proto-object-based dynamic visual saliency model.  IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Engineering for Healthy Minds and Able Bodies, BioCAS 2015 - Proceedings.
  • Xiong T, Zhang J, Chin S, Tran TD, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Compressed sensing block-wise exposure control algorithm using optical flow estimation.  IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Engineering for Healthy Minds and Able Bodies, BioCAS 2015 - Proceedings.
  • Posch C, Benosman R, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Giving machines humanlike eyes.  IEEE Spectrum.  52(12).
  • Posch C, Benosman R, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Giving machines humanlike eyes.  Spectrum, IEEE.  52(12).  44-49.
  • Cauwenberghs G, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Editorial.  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.  9(6).
  • Orchard G, Meyer C, Etienne-Cummings R, Posch C, Thakor N, Benosman R (2015).  HFirst: A Temporal Approach to Object Recognition.  IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.  37(10).
  • Molin JL, Figliolia T, Sanni K, Doxas I, Andreou A, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  FPGA emulation of a spike-based, stochastic system for real-time image dewarping.  Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.  2015-September.
  • Zhang J, Mitra S, Suo Y, Cheng A, Xiong T, Michon F, Welkenhuysen M, Kloosterman F, Chin PS, Hsiao S, Tran TD, Yazicioglu F, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  A closed-loop compressive-sensing-based neural recording system.  Journal of Neural Engineering.  12(3).
  • Xiong T, Zhang J, Suo Y, Tran DN, Etienne-Cummings R, Chin S, Tran TD (2015).  An unsupervised dictionary learning algorithm for neural recordings.  Proceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems.  2015-July.
  • Cheng A, Guo X, Zhang HK, Kang HJ, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2015).  Active point out-of-plane ultrasound calibration.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  9415.
  • Zhang J, Mitra S, Suo Y, Cheng A, Xiong T, Michon F, Welkenhuysen M, Kloosterman F, Chin PS, Hsiao S, Tran TD, Yazicioglu F, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  A closed-loop compressive-sensing-based neural recording system.  Journal of neural engineering.  12(3).  036005.
  • Molin JL, Etienne-Cummings R, Niebur E (2015).  How is motion integrated into a proto-object based visual saliency model?.  2015 49th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2015.
  • Orchard G, Meyer C, Etienne-Cummings R, Posch C, Thakor N, Benosman R (2015).  HFirst: A Temporal Approach to Object Recognition.  IEEE Transactions on Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence.
  • Guo X, Kang HJ, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Active ultrasound pattern injection system (AUSPIS) for interventional tool guidance.  PLoS ONE.  9(10).
  • Orchard G, Etienne-Cummings R (2014).  Bioinspired visual motion estimation.  Proceedings of the IEEE.  102(10).
  • Larkin W, Etienne-Cummings R, Van Der Spiegel J (2014).  Bioinspired imaging: Discovery, emulation, and future prospects [Scanning the Issue].  Proceedings of the IEEE.  102(10).
  • Suo Y, Zhang J, Xiong T, Chin PS, Etienne-Cummings R, Tran TD (2014).  Energy-efficient multi-mode compressed sensing system for implantable neural recordings.  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.  8(5).
  • Guo X, Cheng A, Zhang HK, Kang HJ, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Active echo: A new paradigm for ultrasound calibration.  Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics).  8674 LNCS(PART 2).
  • Guo X, Tavakoli B, Kang HJ, Kang JU, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Photoacoustic active ultrasound element for catheter tracking.  Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE.  8943.
  • Russell AF, Mihalas S, von der Heydt R, Niebur E, Etienne-Cummings R (2014).  A model of proto-object based saliency.  Vision Research.  94.
  • Guo X, Cheng A, Zhang HK, Kang HJ, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Active echo: a new paradigm for ultrasound calibration.  Medical image computing and computer-assisted intervention : MICCAI ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention.  17.
  • Xiong T, Suo Y, Zhang J, Liu S, Etienne-Cummings R, Chin S, Tran TD (2014).  A dictionary learning algorithm for multi-channel neural recordings.  IEEE 2014 Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2014 - Proceedings.
  • Zhang J, Suo Y, Mitra S, Chin SP, Hsiao S, Yazicioglu RF, Tran TD, Etienne-Cummings R (2014).  An efficient and compact compressed sensing microsystem for implantable neural recordings.  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.  8(4).
  • Zhang J, Xiong T, Mitra S, Suo Y, Tran TD, Firat Yazicioglu R, Etienne-Cummings R (2014).  Live demonstration: A closed loop Compressive Sensing neural recording system.  IEEE 2014 Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2014 - Proceedings.
Books
Book Chapters
  • Indiveri G, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Neuromorphic Locomotion Circuits.  Springer Handbook of Computational Intelligence.  Springer Berlin Heidelberg.  715-725.
  • Mazurek KA, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Bioelectronic interfaces for artificially driven human movements.  Handbook of Bioelectronics: Directly Interfacing Electronics and Biological Systems.
  • Ashby C, Etienne-Cummings R, Vogelstein J (2014).  Locomotion Motor Control.  Event-Based Neuromorphic Systems.
  • Guo X, Cheng A, Zhang HK, Kang H, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2014).  Active Echo: A New Paradigm for Ultrasound Calibration.  Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2014.  Springer International Publishing.  397-404.
Conference Proceedings
  • Xiong T, Zhang J, Chin S, Tran TD, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Compressed sensing block-wise exposure control algorithm using optical flow estimation.  Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2015 IEEE.  1-4.
  • Cheng A, Guo X, Zhang HK, Kang H, Etienne-Cummings R, Boctor EM (2015).  Active point out-of-plane ultrasound calibration.  SPIE medical imaging.  94150W-94150W.
  • Molin JL, Figliolia T, Sanni K, Doxas I, Andreou A, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  FPGA emulation of a spike-based, stochastic system for real-time image dewarping.  Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), 2015 IEEE 58th International Midwest Symposium on.  1-4.
  • Xiong T, Zhang J, Suo Y, Tran DN, Etienne-Cummings R, Chin S, Tran TD (2015).  An unsupervised dictionary learning algorithm for neural recordings.  Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2015 IEEE International Symposium on.  1010-1013.
  • Zhang J, Suo Y, Zhao C, Tran TD, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  CMOS implementation of pixel-wise coded exposure imaging for insect-based sensor node.  Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2015 IEEE.  1-4.
  • Greenwald E, So E, Mollazadeh M, Maier C, Etienne-Cummings R, Thakor N, Cauwenberghs G (2015).  A 5?? W/channel 9b-ENOB BioADC array for electrocortical recording.  Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2015 IEEE.  1-4.
  • Molin JL, Etienne-Cummings R (2015).  Live demonstration: Real-time implementation of a proto-object-based dynamic visual saliency model.  Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2015 IEEE.  1-1.
  • Molin JL, Etienne-Cummings R, Niebur E (2015).  How is motion integrated into a proto-object based visual saliency model?.  Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2015 49th Annual Conference on.  1-6.
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