CMU Portugal Alumni Awarded Best ECE Ph.D. Thesis at CMU

dragana e dusan  Dragana Bajovic and Dusan Jakovetic, alumni of the dual degree Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in the scope of the CMU Portugal Program, have received the A.G. Milnes Award Best Doctoral Thesis in ECE at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). 

Dragana Bajovic started her studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008/2009, and within five years she finished her dual degree Ph.D.. She spent part of her time with her advisor in Portugal João Xavier, from IST-UL, and was at CMU with her co-advisor Bruno Sinopolli. An expert in distributed optimization and information processing in sensor networks, Dragana Bajovic defended her dissertation in May 2013 on "Large Deviations Rates for Distributed Inference."

Following a similar path, Dusan Jakovetic also graduated in 2013 from IST-UL and CMU. Co-advised by João Xavier, researcher at IST-UL, and José M.F. Moura, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor at CMU, Dusan Jakovetic defended his thesis titled “Distributed Optimization: Algorithms and Convergence Rates.” He focused his research on wireless sensor networks, distributed smooth and non-smooth optimization, and consensus algorithms. According to this alum, the dual degree Ph.D. allowed him to test this dynamic research area in a real-world environment. Dusan Jakovetic is also a researcher at the BioSense Center.

The A.G. Milnes Award is given to an ECE doctorate whose Ph.D. work is judged to be of the highest quality and is likely to have a significant impact in his or her field. The recognition, given by Carnegie Mellon University, is an acknowledgement of the high quality and impact of the students’ work.

June 2014

Dragana Bajovic and Dusan Jakovetic will be in Lisbon, at IST-UL, for the 2014 Edition of LARSyS Summer School.