From left: Yue (Joseph) Wang, Guoqiang Yu, and ECE department head Scott Midkiff. In the background is the new Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, Va.
May 12, 2011 Guoqiang Yu has been named winner of ECE's 2011 Blackwell Award for the best research paper by a graduate student. Students are nominated by faculty members and the award winner is selected from among the nominees by the ECE department's Graduate Committee.
Yu's winning paper, "BACOM: In silico detection of genomic deletion types and correction of normal cell contamination in copy number data," was published in Bioinformatics, 2011, with collaborative authors B. Zhang, G.-S. Bova, J. Xu, I.-M. Shih, and Y. Wang.
Yu is based in the National Capital Region and is advised by Yue (Joseph) Wang, the Grant A. Dove Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In his nomination letter, Wang said Yu "made several original contributions to the development of various powerful and innovative bioinformatics algorithms via his three first-authored journal papers in top technical journals such as Bioinformatics and the Journal of Machine Learning Research."
Yu has published with biomedical collaborators as a key co-author in top biomedical journals including Nature Medicine. He also received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine in 2009.
The award was established in honor of William A. Blackwell, the former head of the ECE department. Blackwell joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1966 and served as department head until 1981. He is considered the founder of the modern ECE department at Virginia Tech.