Institute Co-Directors

Rajesh GuptaRajesh Gupta | (858) 822-4391
Professor and Qualcomm Endowed Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Professor Gupta’s research interests span topics in embedded and cyber-physical systems with a focus on energy efficiency from algorithms, devices to systems that scale from IC chips, and data centers to built environments such as commercial buildings. He currently leads NSF project MetroInsight with the goal to organize and use city-scale sensing data for improved services. His past contributions include SystemC modeling and SPARK parallelizing high-level synthesis, both of which have been incorporated into industrial practice. Earlier, Gupta led NSF Expeditions on Variability, and DARPA-sponsored efforts under the Data Intensive Systems (DIS) and Circuit Realization at Faster Timescales (CRAFT) programs. Gupta and his students have received a best demonstration paper award at ACM BuildSys'16 , best paper award at IEEE/ACM DCOSS’08 and a best demonstration award at IEEE/ACM IPSN/SPOTS’05.

Gupta received a Bachelor of Technology in electrical engineering from IIT Kanpur, India; a Master of Science in EECS from University of California, Berkeley; and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University, US. He currently holds INRIA International Chair at the French international research institute in Rennes, Bretagne Atlantique. Gupta is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM.

Jeffrey Elman Jeff Elman | (858) 534-1147
Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Associates Chair, Department of Cognitive Science

Professor Elman is a pioneer in artificial neural networks and an internationally recognized scholar in the field of language processing and learning. His early TRACE model of speech perception, with Jay McClelland, remains one of the major theories in the field. In 1990 he developed the Simple Recurrent Network architecture (the so-called “Elman net”) that is today widely used in many fields to model behaviors that unfold over time. In his current research, he uses a wide range of scientific methods, including computational simulations, neuroimaging and behavioral measures.

Elman earned his bachelor’s degree in social relations from Harvard and his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. A member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1977, Elman was a founding member of the Department of Cognitive Science, the first of its kind in the world, as well as founding director of the Center for Research in Language and founding co-director of the university’s Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. He served as dean of the Division of Social Sciences from 2006 to 2014.

Among his honors is the prestigious David E. Rumelhart Prize, which he received in 2007 in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to the theoretical foundations of cognitive science. Elman was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. 

Faye Chou Kurpanek | (858) 822-4536
Chief Administrative Officer

Faye Chou Kurpanek joined UC San Diego in 2011 to launch the new master's degree programs for working engineering professionals at the Jacobs School of Engineering. Since 2011, the four programs have graduated more than 550 students and more than 150 local companies have sent engineers to the programs. Prior to UC San Diego, Faye worked in engineering management at Teradata, Hewlett-Packard and Cadence Design Systems. Faye also has experience in start-up environments, including the development of pioneer eBook systems and data visualization solutions.

Faye graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in applied mathematics and computer science. She also has an MS in information systems and an MBA from San Diego State University.