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Ralph Etienne-cummings

Johns Hopkins University - baltimore, md

Ralph Etienne-Cummings, an IEEE and Kavli Frontiers Fellow, received his B. Sc. in physics, 1988, from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.  He completed his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in December 1991 and 1994, respectively.  Currently, Dr. Etienne-Cummings is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).  He is the current Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at JHU.  He was the founding Director of the Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering (INE), and currently serves Treasurer of the INE.  He was also the Associate Director for Education and Outreach of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Engineering Research Centers on Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at JHU.  He has served as Chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Technical Committee on Sensory Systems and on Neural Systems and Application, and was re-elected as a member of CAS Board of Governors from 1/2007 – 1/2009.  He was also the General Chair of the IEEE BioCAS Conference in 2008, and serves on its Steering Committee.  He is the Co-General Chair of IEEE ISCAS 2017, which will be held in Baltimore, MD. He was also a member of Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays Technical Committee of the ISSCC Conference from 1999 – 2006. He also serves on numerous editorial boards, was a Topic Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal and Deputy Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems from 1/2011 – 1/2016. He is the recipient of the NSF’s Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards.  In 2006, he was named a Visiting African Fellow and a Fulbright Fellowship Grantee for his sabbatical at University of Cape Town, South Africa.  He was also name an Eminent Visiting Professor of the University of Western Sydney, Australia, from 2013 – 2015.  He was invited to be a lecturer at the National Academies of Science Kavli Frontiers Program, held in November 2007. He won the 2010 JHU Applied Physics Lab R.W. Hart Prize for Best R&D Project in Development. He has also won publication awards, including the 2012 Most Outstanding Paper of the IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2011 Best Paper Award for IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2003 Best Paper Award of the EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing, “Best Demonstration” at the IEEE BioCAS 2012, and “Best Ph.D. in a Nutshell” at the IEEE BioCAS 2008 Conference, and has been recognized for his activities in promoting the participation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematic.  He was also recognized as a “ScienceMaker”, as part of the HistoryMakers which is an African American history archive.


His research interest includes mixed signal VLSI systems, computational sensors, computer vision, neuromorphic engineering, smart structures, mobile robotics, legged locomotion and neuroprosthetic devices.  He has published more than 230 technical articles, 1 book, 12 book chapters and holds numerous patents on his work in these subjects.