2014 Duke ECE Graduate Workshop

Please accept our invitation to the 2014 Duke ECE Graduate Workshop on Thursday, January 23rd, conveniently located on Duke’s campus at The R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center, just down Science Drive from our engineering complex.


See the workshop agenda (PDF).

Registration Information

All attendees must register. Registration will remain open through January 22, 2014, but only participants who register by the early deadline of Tuesday, January 7, 2014, will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $500 cash prizes. In addition, all participants who are present at the opening lunch event, the presentation and poster sessions throughout the day, and the closing banquet will have chances to win $500 cash drawings.

Students are highly encouraged to submit abstracts for featured oral presentations and the poster session. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday, December 15, 2013. The top talks and posters of the day will earn prizes in the form of travel awards. (Please remember that submitting an abstract does not automatically register you for the event; please complete the registration form separately.)

About the Event

This annual academic event brings together graduate students from each of our curricular groups to showcase their recent research accomplishments to current and prospective peers and faculty. Students will present a series of 15-20 minute talks throughout the day, as well as exhibit posters at our evening poster session. In addition, we'll hear from ECE faculty and alumni about their successful research and entrepreneurial endeavors.

This year's keynote speaker will be Blake S. Wilson, a pioneer in the development of cochlear implants who recently received the 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Among his many accomplishments, Professor Wilson is credited with inventing most of the processing strategies used in present-day cochlear implant systems, has been awarded the Discover Award for Technological Innovation, and has published one of the most highly cited publications in his field in the journal Nature. Professor Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Duke and has maintained close ties with the university ever since. In addition to co-directing the Duke Hearing Center, Professor Wilson serves as an adjunct professor in three departments at Duke: Surgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

In addition to Professor Wilson’s keynote address, we will hear about successful ECE-related entrepreneurial endeavors from speakers Vamsee Pamula of Advanced Liquid Logic, Nathan Kundtz regarding his mTenna, and our own David Smith, acting director of Intellectual Ventures’ Metamaterials Commercialization Center.

Why Should You Get Involved?

  • Share your research accomplishments with your peers
  • Embrace Pratt’s interdisciplinary emphasis by learning about research outside of your curricular area
  • Meet our visiting prospective students and show them the best of Duke ECE
  • Socialize with ECE faculty and fellow ECE classmates
  • Earn a chance at $2,000, $1,000, and $500 travel awards given for the top three poster presentations and $2,500 and $1,500 travel awards given for the top two oral presentations
  • Attend lunch, presentation and poster sessions, and dinner for chances at additional prize drawings
  • Get a free shirt

Meals and Refreshments

The Thomas Center is celebrated for the elegance and variety of its buffet meals, including plenty of vegetarian options.

Full conference attendance will provide:

  • Lunch buffet
  • Snacks and coffee through the day and between presentation sessions
  • Cocktail reception during the evening poster session
  • Dinner buffet and dessert

Transportation and Parking

Since the Thomas Center is located not far from Gross Hall, CIEMAS, and Hudson Hall, most participants will be able to use their usual transportation and parking methods. Contact Amy Kostrewa at amy.kostrewa@duke.edu if you have specific parking and transportation needs or concerns.