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Mounya Elhilali and Mark Foster Receive ONR Young Investigator Awards

April 2, 2012

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Mounya Elhilali and Mark Foster, both assistant professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, were chosen from a record number of applicants to receive the 2012 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. The award’s purpose is to fund early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps while also promoting their professional development.

The award will fund Elhilali’s project, “Active Listening: Closing the loop between sensation, perception and behavior,” research poised to tackle one of the major unsolved problems in neuroscience: how our brains are able to effortlessly recognize sounds.

Foster’s research focuses on developing practical photonic techniques for the manipulation of signals on the fastest of time scales from hundreds of picoseconds to a few femtoseconds. The young investigator award will fund research in his laboratory into transmission of high-speed analog signals over optical fibers.

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