Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE Research News

HV Jagadish Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

HV Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a distinguished scientist at the Michigan Institute for Data Science, has been elected as a fellow of the AAAS for distinguished contributions to database systems and many aspects of Big Data and data science, specifically for new ways to share data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

2017 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

CSE held its fourteenth annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on November 8. The top presentation competition was "Analyzing and Enhancing the Security of Modern Memory Systems," given by Salessawi Ferede Yitbarek, who represented CSE's Hardware research area. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Prof. Chris Peikert Receives TCC Test of Time Award for Work in Lattice Cryptography

Chris Peikert, the Patrick C. Fischer Development Professor in Theoretical Computer Science, and his co-author Alon Rosen have received the TCC Test of Time Award for their paper on efficient collision-resistant hashing on cyclic lattices. The award is a recognition of a long line of works by Prof. Peikert and others who laid the foundations for practically efficient lattice-based cryptography. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Peikert, Chris  Security (Computing)  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Paper Award at DFT 2017

John P. Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, and CSE graduate student Paishun Ting have received the Best Paper Award at the 30th IEEE Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance for their work in eliminating a hidden source of error in stochastic circuits. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Hayes, John  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Wearables to boost security of voice-based log-in

Voice authentication is easy to spoof. New technology could help close this open channel. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  Shin, Kang G.  

Precision Health at Michigan

Learn more about Michigan's new initiative to lead in precision health: using advanced tools and technology to provide personalized solutions to improve an individual's health and wellness. Lead by co-director Eric Michielssen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Big Data  Health  Michielssen, Eric  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Manos Kapritsos and Collaborators Win USENIX Security Paper Award

A team of researchers including Prof. Manos Kapritsos has won a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2017 USENIX Security Symposium for Vale, a new programming language and tool that supports flexible, automated verification of high-performance cryptographic assembly code. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kapritsos, Manos  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Michigan, Georgia Tech Researchers Funded to Deter Financial Market Manipulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology will develop innovative approaches to detecting and deterring the computerized manipulation of financial markets under a $1M grant from the National Science Foundations's Big Data program. Michael Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is project director and one of five PIs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Improving Natural Language Processing with Demographic-Aware Models

Michigan researchers, including Prof. Rada Mihalcea, research fellow Carmen Banea, and graduate student Aparna Garimella have found that word associations vary across different demographics, and researchers can build better natural language processing models if they can account for demographics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

BugMD: Automatic Mismatch Diagnosis for Bug Triaging

Today's incredibly dense microprocessors take more time to verify for correctness than they do to design, and bugs are extremely difficult to track down and correct. CSE researchers have introduced BugMD, an automatic bug triaging solution that collects multiple architectural-level mismatches and employs a classifier to pinpoint buggy design units. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

'Learning Database' Speeds Queries from Hours to Seconds

University of Michigan researchers developed software called Verdict that enables existing databases to learn from each query a user submits, finding accurate answers without trawling through the same data again and again. Verdict allows databases to deliver answers more than 200 times faster while maintaining 99 percent accuracy. In a research environment, that could mean getting answers in seconds instead of hours or days. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Codeon is the Intelligent Assistant for Software Developers

Researchers, including Profs. Walter S. Lasecki and Steve Oney, and graduate students Yan Chen and Yin Xie have created Codeon, a system that enables more effective task hand-off between end-user developers and remote helpers by allowing asynchronous responses to on-demand requests. With Codeon, developers can request help by speaking their requests aloud within the context of their Integrated Development Environment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Accelerating the Mobile Web: Vroom Software Could Double its Speed

Vroom software, developed by computer scientists including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate student Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk, can dramatically speed the loading of webpages on mobile devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Mobile and Networked Computing  

Kurator Will Help You Curate Your Personal Digital Content

People capture photos, audio recordings, video, and more on a daily basis, but organizing all these digital artifacts quickly becomes a daunting task. Automated solutions struggle to help us manage this data because they cannot understand its meaning. Profs. Walter Lasecki and Mark Ackerman have helped create Kurator, a hybrid intelligence system leveraging mixed-expertise crowds to help families curate their personal digital content. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Movie Design for Specific Target Audiences

Creating products that satisfy the market is critical to companies as it determines their success and revenue. Currently, experts use their judgment to estimate solutions to designing a new product that will satisfy customers, but this does not scale or allow leveraging massive datasets. Prof. Danai Koutra and her colleagues sought to identify how they can design new movies with features tailored to a specific user population. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

CHORUS: The Crowd-Powered Conversational Assistant

Prof. Walter Lasecki and his colleagues have developed a crowd-powered conversational assistant, Chorus, and deployed it to see how users and workers would interact together when mediated by the system. Chorus is capable of providing users with relevant responses instead of merely search results by recruiting workers on demand, who in turn decide what the best response is for each user sentence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Social Interaction Patterns Provide Clues to Real Life Changes

Researchers including Prof. Danai Koutra have explored the dynamics of individual user interactions in social networks by creating iNET, a comprehensive analytic and visualization framework that provides personalized insights into user behavior. The researchers view their work as a first step towards fully exploring the amount and type of information that can be extracted from the online social footprint of a person. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

Apps available for your smartphone could steal your personal information

WXYZ Detroit reports on work by UM researchers that has exposed dangerous open ports in mobile platforms that can be taken advantage of by hackers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Security (Computing)  

Breakthrough for Large Scale Computing: Memory Disaggregation Made Practical

CSE researchers have introduced Infiniswap, the first system to scalably implement cluster-wide memory disaggregation, whereby the memory of all the servers in a computing cluster is transparently exposed as a single memory pool to all the applications in the cluster. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Software Systems  

Open Ports Act As Security Wormholes Into Mobile Devices

Computer science and engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have for the first time characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data, and also to install malware and to perform malicious code execution which could be used in large-scale attacks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Video: Tech Time - Software developed to help the blind

This news segment on WDIV TV highlights the work that Dr. David Chesney and his students have done in conjunction with India West, a passionate young woman who lost her eyesight at an early age. Together, they conceptualize and develop technology for the visually impaired. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

Sonic Cyber Attacks Show Security Holes in Ubiquitous Sensors

Sound waves can be used to hack into critical sensors used in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles, medical devices, and the Internet of Things, according to research performed by Prof. Kevin Fu, Prof. Peter Honeyman, CSE graduate student Timothy Trippel, and their collaborators at the University of South Carolina. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Computing and Systems  Fu, Kevin  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

CSE-Based Startup Clinc Receives $6.3M in Funding to Further Develop Intelligent Banking Assistant

Clinc, the cutting-edge artificial intelligence startup founded by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang along with CSE research fellow Michael Laurenzano and CSE graduate student Johann Hauswald, has announced it has closed a $6.3 million Series A round of financing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Technology Transfer  

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Google Faculty Award

Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha has been awarded a 2017 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in enabling the deployment of low-latency web services in the cloud. It is his third research award from Google. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Software Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Google-funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources

Faculty and students at Michigan's Ann Arbor and Flint campuses have released an app that provides Flint residents with data about the ongoing water crisis. The app was developed with support from Google.org. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Professor to Congress: "Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate"

As the Internet of Things grows around us, so do the threat of cybersecurity breaches severe enough to shut down hospitals and other vital infrastructure. This is the message that Prof. Kevin Fu delivered to lawmakers at a congressional hearing this week. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Kevin Fu Testifies on the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks

Prof. Kevin Fu testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the role of connected devices in recent cyber attacks on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Follow the link to see a video of the proceedings. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha has been selected as the recipient of a Facebook Faculty Award for his work in distributed systems and computer networking. His recent research has focused on enabling latency-sensitive web services to optimize user experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Using cyber security to keep your ballot safe ahead of the presidential election

This TV news segment features an interview with CSE graduate student Matthew Bernhard. He is interviewed about the possibility for stolen votes in the upcoming election. His answer: Michigan has a paper ballot/optical scan system, which is considered best practice. Touchscreen, paperless systems like those in Ohio, Virginia, and some other states are not secure enough yet. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Jia Deng Selected as Recipient of PAMI Mark Everingham Prize

Prof. Jia Deng has won the PAMI Everingham Prize for his work in developing ImageNet, a large-scale labeled image database that has powered many recent advances in computer vision. The award is presented at the ECCV Conference to a researcher, or a team of researchers, who have made a selfless contribution of significant benefit to other members of the computer vision community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

COVE: A Tool for Advancing Progress in Computer Vision

A new project has been launched to provide open and easy access to up-to-date, varied, data sets, annotations and their relevant tools. Based at the University of Michigan with collaborators at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame, the program aims to centralize available data in the intelligent systems community through a COmputer Vision Exchange for Data, Annotations and Tools, called COVE. The project promises to have an immediate and far-reaching impact on the computer vision community as well as researchers involved in machine learning, multimedia, natural language processing, data mining, and information retrieval. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Shadows in the Dark Web

Secrets lurk in the dark web, the 95 percent of the internet that most of us can't see. Prof. Michael Cafarella is bringing some of those secrets to light, and in the process making the digital and the real world a little safer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flints water crisis

Michigan researchers, including the Michigan Data Science student team, are using new algorithmic and statistical tools to help inform crisis response in Flint. Profs. Jacob Abernethy and Eric Schwartz of the Business School explain how in this article at the Conversation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Student Teams and Organizations  

Hacking Healthcare - How Big Data is Driving Big Changes in Medicine

The article by CoE writer Gabe Cherry highlights the work being done by Jenna Wiens and her collaborators on using big data to predict which hospital patients are at risk of developing a life-threatening intestinal infection called Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. It also provides context on the big data initiatives taking at UM in general and with respect to healthcare, and across EECS, including work by Prof. Barzan Mozafari on how to improve the design of big data databases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Michielssen, Eric  Mower Provost, Emily  Mozafari, Barzan  Wiens, Jenna  

Correlation is Not Causation: Electrical Analysis of St. Jude Implant Shows Normal Pacing

This blog post by the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security provides additional technical detail regarding the claims by Muddy Waters and St. Jude regarding pacemaker/defibrillator security. Prof. Kevin Fu, who heads the Archimedes Center, and his collaborators at Michigan have concluded that those claims are questionable. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Holes Found in Report on St. Jude Medical Device Security

Michigan researchers including Prof. Kevin Fu have reproduced experiments alleging security flaws in St. Jude Medical's pacemakers and other life-saving medical devices and have concluded that those claims are questionable. The report alleging the security flaws was released last week by short-selling investment research firm Muddy Waters Capital LLC and medical device security firm MedSec Ltd. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Several Michigan Papers Presented at 2016 USENIX Security Symposium

Five papers authored by CSE researchers were presented at the 2016 USENIX Security Symposium, which took place August 10-12 in Austin, TX, and two papers were presented at WOOT 2016. USENIX Security brings together researchers from both academia and industry interested in the latest advances in the security of computer systems and networks. The symposium is a premier venue for security and privacy research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Shin, Kang G.  

Researchers David Adrian and Prof. J. Alex Halderman Receive Pwnie Award for Work on DROWN Attack

A research team that includes CSE PhD student David Adrian and Prof. J. Alex Halderman has been awarded the Pwnie Award for Best Cryptographic Attack at the Black Hat conference for their work on the DROWN attack. DROWN allows attackers to break encryption used to protect HTTPS websites and read or steal sensitive communications, including passwords, credit card numbers, trade secrets, or financial data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

CSE-Based Startup Receives Funding to Develop Systems Based on Intelligent Personal Assistant Technology

Artificial Intelligence startup Clinc, founded by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang along with Research Fellow Michael Laurenzano and CSE graduate student Johann Hauswald, is off and running in downtown Ann Arbor. On August 4, 2016, the company announced a $225,000 National Science Foundation Grant and closure of a $1.2 million round of seed funding. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Researchers Seek to Help the Disabled with Intelligent Robotic Wheelchair

Prof. Ben Kuipers, CSE graduate student Collin Johnson, and researcher Dr. Jong Jin Park have created Vulcan, an intelligent robotic wheelchair. Vulcan learns the spatial structure of the environment it moves through and it uses that knowledge to plan and follow routes from place to place. Robotic wheelchairs will benefit people who need a wheelchair, but are unable to use one because of multiple disabilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

With Over 7 Million Certificates Issued, Let's Encrypt Aims to Secure the Entire Web

Let's Encrypt, the non-profit certificate authority founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman with colleagues at Mozilla and Electronic Frontier Foundation, is well on its way to securing the web. By making the switch to HTTPS free and easy, Let's Encrypt has issued over 7 million certificates since December 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (national and personal safety)  

New Venture is on the Path to Build Continual Learning AIs

Cogitai, Inc., a continual learning company co-founded by Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja, is developing AI technology that empowers machines to learn from interaction with the real world, enabling everyday things that sense and act to get smarter, more skilled, and more knowledgeable with experience. The company has recently announced funding by Sony. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Data Equality on the Internet Might Bring Unintended Consequences

Prof. Harsha Madhyastha was interviewed on Michigan Radio about the possibilities for unintended consequences of net neutrality, and the difficulty of finding an acceptable alternative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Can Slower Financial Traders Find a Haven in a World of High-Speed Algorithms?

In this article at The Conversation, Prof. Michael Wellman reviews the latency arms race at the center of high-speed algorithmic trading, in which the first trader to react is able to make money off of slower rivals. He describes the possibility for a frequent call market, in which speed no longer categorically prevails, and how it could be implemented. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wenisch, Thomas  

Tracking and Mitigating Tail Latency in Data Centers

Computer science researchers have developed a modular load tester platform for data centers which is designed to help measure and mitigate tail latency. Called Treadmill, it is described in their paper, "Treadmill: Attributing the Source of Tail Latency through Precise Load Testing and Statistical Inference." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Two Michigan Papers Win Top Awards at IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium

Two papers authored by EECS researchers were selected for top honors at the 37th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. One of the papers, describing and demonstrating a malicious hardware backdoor, received the Distinguished Paper Award. The second, which demonstrated security failings in a commercial smart home platform, received the Distinguished Practical Paper Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Hicks, Matt  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Proxy Optimizes Webpage Loading for Better User Experience

Researchers led by Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha have developed a new web proxy called Klotski, which seeks to improve users' perceptions of how quickly a webpage loads on a mobile device by maximizing the amount of important content on the page that is fetched and displayed within the users attention span. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Patented Camera Calibration Tool Automates Calibration Target Acquisition

Prof. Edwin Olson and two of his former students, Johannes Strom and Andrew Richardson, have recently been awarded a United States Patent for their work in the development of AprilCal, an interactive camera calibration tool that automates the challenging task of calibration image acquisition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Collecting Data to Better Identify Bipolar Disorder

Prof. Emily Mower Provost is collaborating with researchers at the University of Michigan Depression Center to develop new technologies that provide individuals and their caregivers with insight into how bipolar disorder changes over time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

Rada Mihalcea Leads Research Team to Develop Analytics for Learners as People

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has received funding from the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) to uncover connections between personal attributes and success or well-being. The multidisciplinary research team includes Profs. Satinder Singh Baveja and Emily Mower Provost from CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

CSE Faculty Amongst Researchers in Three of Four Funded MIDAS Projects

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) has funded four projects for $1.25M each in the first round of its Challenge Initiatives program, which is designed to fund extraordinary projects with major social impact. Prof. Rada Mihalcea is leading one of the projects, which seeks to uncover connections between personal attributes and success or well-being; overall, a number of CSE faculty are amongst the investigators in three of the four projects. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Two Papers by Michigan Researchers Chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Two papers authored by EECS researchers have been selected for IEEE Micro's Top Picks from the 2015 Computer Architecture Conferences. The two papers from Michigan introduced the Sirius personal digital assistant and the MBus bus for modular microcomputing systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Dreslinski, Ron  Dutta, Prabal  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Mudge, Trevor  Tang, Lingjia  

U-M researchers work to determine when people are lying

This article reports on work being done by Prof. Rada Mihalcea and Prof. Mihai Burzo (UM Flint), who have built unique lie-detecting software based on real-world data. Their prototype considers both a speaker's words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, it doesn't need to touch the subject in order to work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

The AI Machines Undergoing Behavioral Psychology Tests

As reported in MIT Technology Review, graduate student researchers Junhyuk Oh and Valliappa Chockalingam, along with Profs. Satinder Singh Baveja and Honglak Lee have created mazes in Minecraft to perform reinforcement learning experiments on artificial intelligence entities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lee, Honglak  Machine Learning  

David Chesney Awarded Funding to Research Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

A team of researchers, including Dr. David Chesney and co-PI Dr. Rodney C. Daniels (Pediatric Critical Care) received funding for their research proposal at the Massey Foundation Traumatic Brain injury (TBI) Grand Challenge Pitch Day, which took place April 29th. Their research proposal was one of five U-M research proposals that were selected to receive funding. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Technology and Wellness  

This "Demonically Clever" Backdoor Hides in a Tiny Slice of a Computer Chip

This article in Wired describes work by Michigan researchers that demonstrates how a hacker could hide a malicious backdoor in silicon and trigger it to gain access to a computing system. Google engineer Yonatan Zunger is quoted as saying "This is the most demonically clever computer security attack Ive seen in years." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Undetectable proof-of-concept chip poisoning uses analog circuits to escalate privilege

In this article, Cory Doctorow describes work by Michigan researchers that demonstrates a "novel, frightening attack on the integrity of microprocessors." The paper describes the attack, which is nearly undetectable, and how it can lead to full control of a computing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Michigan and Verisign Researchers Demonstrate New Man-in-the-Middle WPAD Query Attack

Security researchers including Prof. Z. Morley Mao and CSE graduate student Qi Alfred Chen have demonstrated that new security ramifications exist when laptops and smartphones configured for enterprise systems and using generic top-level domains are used outside the enterprise in the realm of the wider web. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Igor Markov and Collaborators Issue Second Edition of EDA Handbook

Professor Igor Markov and his co-editors Luciano Lavagno, Grant E. Martin, and Louis K. Scheffer have issued the second edition of the two-volume "Electronic Design Automation for Integrated Circuits Handbook," which has been published by CRC Press. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Quora Knowledge Prize Winner Igor Markov Presents Winning Answer To Packed House at MLConf

Prof. Igor Markov was a featured speaker at the ML Conference, which took place May 20 in Seattle. His talk, entitled "Can AI Become a Dystopian Threat to Humanity? A Hardware Perspective," expanded on his answer to a Quora question on AI threats that won a Knowledge prize and another answer regarding how to identify chatbots. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Machine Learning  Markov, Igor  

Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

CSE graduate student Earlence Fernandes writes about the security risks of connected homes in this article at The Conversation. Earlence is part of a research team that included Prof. Atul Prakash and Jaeyeon Jung of Microsoft, which exposed security flaws in Samsung's popular SmartThings product offerings. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  

Rada Mihalcea Coauthors New Book on Text Mining

Professor Rada Mihalcea and her collaborator Gabe Ignatow, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Texas, have authored a new book entitled "Text Mining: A Guidebook for the Social Sciences," which has been published by Sage Publishing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Mihalcea, Rada  

Pressure-Sensing Smartphones: Software Lets Mobile Devices Feel Force

Kang G. Shin, the Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science, and CSE graduate student Yu-Chih Tung have developed ForcePhone, software that allows smartphones to sense force or pressure on its screen or body. They envision many uses for their technology, which could offer the masses a coveted feature of the latest generation of smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Walter Lasecki and Collaborators Win Best Paper at W4A

A team of four researchers including Prof. Walter Lasecki has won a Best Paper Award at the Web for All (W4A) Conference for "The Effects of Automatic Speech Recognition Quality on Human Transcription Latency," which explores how automated speech recognition and crowd-sourced human correction and generation of transcripts can be traded off to improve accuracy and latency. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Assistive Technology  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Language and Text Processing  Lasecki, Walter  

GridWatch Named Finalist in Vodafone's Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Competition

GridWatch, a system for monitoring the state of the power grid using smartphones, has been selected as a finalist in the Vodafone Americas Foundation's Wireless Innovation Project competition. GridWatch is a collaboration between researchers at UM and UC Berkeley; the Michigan researchers include Prof. Prabal Dutta and graduate students Noah Klugman, Pat Pannuto, and William Huang. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Energy Science and Engineering  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Dropping USB Drives Is the Easiest Trick Hackers Can Use - And You're Probably a Sucker

Researchers including CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have discovered a highly effective security hack to gain access to others' computing systems - leaving USB flash drives with malicious payloads laying on the ground. In their study, they found there is a nearly 50% chance that someone will pick up a given drive, plug it into their computer, and start clicking. This presents the opportunity for malware to be activated. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Jacob Abernethy: Machine Learning and the Wisdom of the Crowd

The National Science Foundation reports on the work of Prof. Jacob Abernethy, who is investigating the relationship between machine learning algorithms and market economy dynamics to develop socially beneficial forecasts. His work in this area is supported by a CAREER Award from NSF. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

University Collaborates with Toyota on Autonomous Vehicle Hub

Toyota and Michigan have announced a new research collaboration that will involve a new Toyota facility, Mcity, and two faculty with appointments in CSE: Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

U-Michigan, IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system

The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver data-centric supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology. "The ConFlux project aligns with U-Ms comprehensive strategy of investment in research computing and data science across disciplines," said Eric Michielssen, U-M's associate vice president for research computing, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Big Data  Michielssen, Eric  

With Hospital Ransomware Infections, the Patients Are at Risk

The article in MIT Technology Review quotes Prof. Kevin Fu on the recent string of ransomware attacks against hospitals. Prof. Fu's research is in the area of security for medical equipment, from implanted devices through bedside monitoring equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and medical IT systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Malware Attacks On Hospitals Put Patients At Risk

The article at NPR describes recent cases in which hospitals became the victims of ransomware attacks. Prof. Kevin Fu, an expert on the security vulnerabilities of medical equipment, is quoted. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

U-M Researchers Launch Fight Against C. difficile with $9.2M Grant from NIH

CSE Prof. Jenna Wiens is a part of the U-M research team that has launched a $9.2 million effort to prevent and treat C. difficile infections. The team was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the U.S. governments $1.2 billion effort for a multi-agency attack on antibiotic-resistant bacteria. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Machine Learning Proves Useful for Analyzing NBA Ball Screen Defense

A research team including Avery McIntyre (December 2015 alumnus of the undergraduate CS program at Michigan) and Prof. Jenna Wiens has used machine learning to extract information from NBA sports data for automatically recognizing common defense strategies to ball screens. They shared their findings at the 10th MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Do kids learn more when they trade in composition books for iPads?

Prof. Elliot Soloway is quotes in this Washington Post article that examines the role of technology, specifically mobile devices, in learning and education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Honglak Lee Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor Honglak Lee has been selected for a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for his work in deep learning and representation learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lee, Honglak  

Michael J. Cafarella Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor Michael J. Cafarella has been selected for a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for his work in mining and processing large and distributed datasets. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

Mosharaf Chowdhury Receives Google Faculty Research Award to Develop Improved Analytics for Geo-Distributed Datasets

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded a 2016 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in network-aware analytics of geo-distributed datasets, with a goal of improved application-level performance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Jenna Wiens Receives NSF CAREER Award to Increase the Utility of Machine Learning in Clinical Care

Assistant Professor Jenna Wiens has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her research project, "CAREER: Adaptable, Intelligible, and Actionable Models: Increasing the Utility of Machine Learning in Clinical Care." Under this project, she will develop data-driven predictive models to transform large and diverse datasets into actionable knowledge for improved patient care. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Barzan Mozafari Receives NSF CAREER Award to Improve Predictability of Database Systems

Assistant Professor Barzan Mozafari has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his research project, "CAREER: Designing a Predictable Database - An Overlooked Virtue." Under this project, Prof. Mozafari aims to restore the missing virtue of predictability in the design of database systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

U-M, IBM Partner on Advanced Conversational Computing System

The University of Michigan and IBM have launched a $4.5 million collaboration to develop a new class of conversational technologies that will enable people to interact more naturally and effectively with computers. Under the project, the researchers will develop a cognitive system that functions as an academic advisor for undergraduate computer science and engineering majors at the university. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lasecki, Walter  Lee, Honglak  Mars, Jason  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Radev, Dragomir  Tang, Lingjia  

Censys Enables Fast Searching of Actionable Internet Data

CSE researchers have introduced Censys, a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet and get an immediate reply. Censys builds on past work at Michigan that produced the first fast Internet-wide scanner, ZMap. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

U-M, Ford are First to Address Autonomous Driving on Snow-Covered Roads

Researchers at U-M and Ford have tested new technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate on snow-covered streets. Their solution combines live LIDAR data with learned 3D map stores to enable the systems to compute location and to drive successfully. It is believed that this is the first test to address the challenges of snow-covered roads. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Michigan Researchers Win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

A team of researchers, including CSE graduate students Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, James Kasten, CS student Ariana Mirian, and Prof. J. Alex Halderman have received The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for their paper, "Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM... An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security". The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) recognizes the best new ideas in networking. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

2015 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Biruk Mammo was the winner of the 2015 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. The competition culminated on November 23, when four finalists presented on an area of their research, with a panel of CSE faculty and industry sponsors from Northrop Grumman ranking the presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Ford, Michigan Researchers Test First Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice, working with Ford Motor Company, have been the first to test a fully autonomous vehicle at the University's Mcity test facility. The Ford vehicle features sensing and AI technology developed at Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

The Promise and Perils of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

Given our ability to sift through big data and to make predictions from it, we should not be surprised to learn that police departments are using data analysis to move toward "predictive policing." In this article, Prof. HV Jagadish comments on the potential benefits and pitfalls of such approaches. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

The Future of Data Science: Kicking Off U-Ms Proactive Step into an Exploding Field

Researchers from around the nation gathered at Rackham on October 6 to celebrate the official launch of Michigans $100M Data Science Initiative. Central to this program is the new Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), which aims to make sense of the massive datasets researchers in every field now have at their disposal. The symposium, titled The Future of Data Science: A Convergence of Academia, Industry, and Government, was an all-day event featuring representatives of many major industries and academic institutions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Big Data  Health  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Systems  Michielssen, Eric  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

U of Michigan Project Combines Modeling and Machine Learning

This article in HPC Wire highlights ConFlux, the unique new facility, funded largely by NSF, to be built at Michigan which will enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running. Prof. Barzan Mozafari will oversee the implementation ConFlux. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Paper Award at VLDB 2015

Prof. H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and CSE graduate student Fei Li have received the Best Paper Award at the 41st International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, which took place Aug 31st - Sept 4th in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Their paper is entitled "Constructing an Interactive Natural Language Interface for Relational Databases". [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

University of Michigan Develops Social Sensory Surfaces for Autism Therapy [Video]

This story on WDET covers the work of students from EECS and the School of Art and Architecture in creating a blend of light, music, and structure to provide highly sensory experiences for children with autism spectrum disorder. Prof. Sean Ahlquist is interviewed; Dr. David Chesney appears in the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Technology and Wellness  

Michigan Rolls a Different Kind of Car off a Different Kind of Assembly Line

This story on the Big Ten Network highlights the work of Prof. Edwin Olson, who is using 3-D printed low-speed electric vehicles provided by alternative carmaker Local Motors to develop an intelligent transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Mary Lou Dorf Wins Best Paper Award at ASEE

Dr. Mary Lou Dorf and her collaborators have received the Best Paper Award at the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition (ASEE) for their paper entitled, "Student Performance Improvement using Interactive Textbooks: A Three-University Cross-Semester Analysis." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Technology for Education  Women in Computing  

Researchers Employ Unsupervised Funniness Detection in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

Researchers including Prof. Dragomir Radev and his former student and alumnus Rahul Jha teamed up with Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker, to take a computational approach to understanding humor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

An Autonomous "SmartCart" Testbed is Coming to Michigan

Researchers led by EECS Prof. Edwin Olson and NAME Prof. Ryan Eustice will be using 3D printed "SmartCarts" at Mcity to develop an on-demand autonomous transit system. The focus of this particular project is not the autonomy itself, but the challenges of an intelligent transit system that include understanding passengers' preferences and expectations, coordinating the routes of a fleet of vehicles, and figuring out how to balance supply and demand. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Michigan Researchers Win Both Best Paper Awards at AAMAS 2015

Michigan researchers won both best paper awards at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems 2015, which took place May 4-8 in Istanbul, Turkey. The two winning papers were selected from a field of 127 full paper submissions in the main technical track. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015

CSE graduate student researchers Shichang Xu, Ashkan Nikravesh, Hongyi Yao (University of Michigan), David R. Choffnes (Northwestern University) with advisor Prof. Z. Morley Mao have won the Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015. The poster describes their work in measuring important network phenomena for debugging problems at the edge of a cellular network. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Wireless Communications  

Computer Engineering Research Lab Explores the Bounds of Computer Integration

The new Computer Engineering Lab at U-M is the successor to the 30-year-old ACAL Lab and is home to researchers who are looking to stretch the definition of how computational systems are designed and employed. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Designing Machines - Can we create machines who learn like we do?

Technology certainly seems smart now - phones listen and talk, computers interpret images and video - but in spite of that, the field of artificial intelligence might best be described as a hot mess: an assortment of intriguing pieces that have yet to be integrated into a truly intelligent system. This article in looks at some of those pieces and how they might fit together. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Laird, John  Lee, Honglak  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Worlds Largest Processor Announced; Perfect for Big Data and Other Applications

Computer architecture researchers in the Computer Science and Engineering division of the EECS Department at the University of Michigan have announced a new paradigm in the evolution of computer development: the worlds largest processor chip, designed for big data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Security Flaw in New South Wales Puts Thousands of Online Votes at Risk

A security flaw detected by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melborne may have exposed thousands of votes to manipulation during a six-day period of online voting in New South Wales, Australia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Michigan Micro Mote (M3) Makes History

Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, is taking its place among other revolutionary accomplishments in the history of computing at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Measuring in at less than a half a centimeter, it is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

CSE researchers have introduced Sirius, an open-source computing system designed to spark a new generation of intelligent personal assistants for wearables and other devices. Core functionalities include speech recognition, image matching, natural language processing, and a Q&A system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Prabal Dutta Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Professor Prabal Dutta has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in developing energy-scavenging sensors and wireless communications, mobile-sensor-interfaces, and "Smart Dust" system architecture. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

J. Alex Halderman Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Professor J. Alex Halderman has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in the science of computer and network security with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Jacob Abernethy Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Jacob Abernethy has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "CAREER: Machine Learning through the Lens of Economics (And Vice Versa)," to investigate the relationship between machine learning and microeconomic theory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Grant Schoenebeck Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Grant Schoenebeck has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "CAREER: Social Networks Processes, Structures, and Algorithms," to develop a rigorous theoretical understanding of complex networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Lab-Theory of Computation  Schoenebeck, Grant  Theory of Computation  

Jason Corso Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Prof. Jason Corso received a 2015 Google Faculty Research Award to further his research in computational learning from instructional video content. His goal is to develop a consistent and reliable method for producing a visual and textual summary of any video that describes a process - from simple sandwich how-to's to more elaborate technical processes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

CSE Graduate Student Develops Lower-Cost Self-Driving Car Navigation System

CSE graduate student Ryan Wolcott has developed a navigation system for autonomous vehicles that leverages game technology and which could eliminate the need for expensive laser-scanning sensor systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Researchers Gather at CSE for Midwest Theory Day

Computer scientists and mathematicians from across the greater midwest region gathered at CSE on December 6, 2014 for the 66th Midwest Theory Day. The event provided an opportunity for the theory community to meet up, share research findings, and initiate collaborations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Theory of Computation  

The Center for Future Architectures Research Holds Annual Research Review at U-M

The Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR) held its Annual Research Review on Nov. 20-21 at the University of Michigan. The event featured research updates from some of the leading researchers in computer architecture on exciting new topics in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Computer Architecture Researchers Debate Future for Von Neumann Architecture

On December 16, 2014, computer architecture researchers and scientists assembled in the debating chamber of the University of Cambridge Union for a hot debate on whether or not the end of the road has been reached for the Von Neumann Architecture. Chairing the debate was Trevor Mudge, Bredt Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

Protean Code Allows Data Center Servers to Adapt to Changing Environments with Breakthrough Compiler Technology

A team of CSE researchers including Prof. Jason Mars, Prof Lingjia Tang, and graduate student Michael Laurenzano has developed Protean Code, a technique which efficiently and continuously transforms the way in which the application programs running in data centers are recompiled in order to adapt to changing compute environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Scott Mahlke Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Compiler Code Generation and Automatic Processor Customization

CSE Associate Chair and Prof. Scott Mahlke has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2015, "for contributions to compiler code generation and automatic processor customization." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  Parallel Computing  

CS Researchers Introduce New Certificate Authority in Aim to Securely Encrypt Every Website

Computer science researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten have announced Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority that is intended to bring secure encryption to the entire web. Let's Encrypt was developed with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla and will debut in summer 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM IMC for Analysis of the Impact of the Recent Heartbleed Vulnerability

A team of computer scientists including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, CSE graduate student and lead co-author Zakir Durumeric, and CSE graduate students James Kasten and David Adrian, has won a Best Paper Award at the 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference for their comprehensive, measurement-based analysis of the impact of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, and the server operator community's response to it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  Software Systems  

Yelin Kim Wins Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia 2014 for Research in Facial Emotion Recognition

Yelin Kim has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM 2014) for her research in facial emotion recognition. The paper, "Say Cheese vs. Smile: Reducing Speech-Related Variability for Facial Emotion Recognition," was co-authored by her advisor, Prof. Emily Mower Provost. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

John P. Hayes Recognized with SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award

John P. Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, has been recognized with the 2014 SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award "for his pioneering contributions to logic design, fault tolerant computing, and testing." The award was given at ICCAD on Nov. 3 in San Jose. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Hayes, John  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Jia Deng Wins Best Paper Award at ECCV

Prof. Jia Deng and his collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at ECCV for "Large-Scale Object Classification using Label Relation Graphs." It addresses a computer's ability to accurately classify objects in images, which is a fundamental challenge in computer vision research and an important building block for tasks such as localization, detection, and scene parsing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Shared Memory in Mobile Operating Systems Provides Ingress Point for Hackers

Computer science researchers have exposed a shared memory weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. The research team has demonstrated how passwords, photos, and other personal information can be stolen while users use popular mainstream apps. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Expose Security Flaws in Backscatter X-ray Scanners

A team of security researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and graduate student Eric Wustrow have discovered several security vulnerabilities in the full-body backscatter X-ray scanners that were deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. The researchers were able to slip knives, guns, and other contraband past the systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Demo Hack to Seize Control of Municipal Traffic Signal Systems

Computer science researchers working with Prof. J. Alex Halderman have demonstrated that a number of security flaws exist in commonly-deployed networked traffic signal systems that leave the systems vulnerable to attack or manipulation. They presented their findings at the 8th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

In an article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, Prof. Igor Markov reviews limiting factors in the development of computing systems to help determine what is achievable, identifying "loose" limits and viable opportunities for advancements through the use of emerging technologies. His research for this project was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Vulnerabilities Demonstrated in Traffic Signal Controls

Students in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent EECS 588 course, including graduate student Brandon Ghena, have demonstrated vulnerabilities that would allow hackers to take control of municipal traffic light systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Barzan Mozafari and Collaborators Chosen for Best Demo at ACM SIGMOD

Prof. Barzan Mozafari and his collaborators have received the Best Demo Award at the 2014 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference. The demo was of their Analytical Bootstrap (ABS) System, which enables complex exploratory data analysis on large volumes of data. ABS is described in their paper, ABS: a System for Scalable Approximate Queries with Accuracy Guarantees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Jeremy Gibson Authors Book on Game Design, Prototyping, and Programming

Independent game designer and CSE Lecturer Jeremy Gibson has authored a new book entitled Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development, which for the first time brings these three disciplines together in a single volume. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

Audio Story: Dissecting Voices to Find the Hidden Call For Help

This New Tech City Audio Story on wNYC describes work that Prof. Emily Mower Provost is doing in conjunction with psychiatrist Melvin McInnis to use smartphones in detecting the mood swings of patients with bipolar disorder as they talk on smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Health  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Mower Provost, Emily  

Wakefield and Kieras Win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

Profs. Gregory Wakefield and David Kieras, along with three coauthors from the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, received the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Conference on Auditory Display for EPIC Modeling of a Two-Talker CRM Listening Task. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kieras, David  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

David Kieras Wins a Best Paper Award at CHI 2014

Prof. David Kieras has coauthored Towards Accurate and Practical Predictive Models of Active-Vision-Based Visual Search, which has been selected for a SIGCHI Best of CHI Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kieras, David  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Grant Schoenebeck Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Grant Schoenebeck has been selected as the recipient of a Facebook Faculty Award for his work in theoretical computer science and its potential for impact in the area of social networking. He is currently working on better understanding "complex" contagions, which, unlike diseases and rumors, typically require more than one neighbor for infection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Schoenebeck, Grant  Theory of Computation  

Computer Scientists Author Book on Hardware Prefetching

Professor Thomas F. Wenisch and his collaborator Prof. Babak Falsafi of EPFL Switzerland have authored a new book entitled A Primer on Hardware Prefetching, which has been published by Morgan & Claypool as one of their Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

Robotics Researchers Ready for Automated Vehicle Test Facility

CoE robotics researchers Prof. Edwin Olson of CSE and Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME will be amongst the first users of the Mobility Transformation Facility, the automated vehicle test facility being built on North Campus. The two will initially use the facility to run tests related to the development of sensing and mapping technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Making Smartphones Smarter: HiJack Adopted for Use in Commercial Product

HiJack, the hardware/software platform for use in creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for smartphones, has been adopted for use in a product offering by NXP Semiconductors. HiJack was developed under the direction of Prof. Prabal Dutta, and allows for the integration of sensors to a smartphone through the phone's audio jack, making it a universal, low cost interface. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mobile and Networked Computing  

Researchers Identify Security Risks in Estonian Online Voting System

Ahead of European Parliamentary elections on May 25, an international team of independent experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate students Travis Finkenauer and Drew Springall, has identified major risks in the security of Estonia's Internet voting system and recommended its immediate withdrawal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Leaders in Ultra Low Power Circuits and Systems Presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

Michigan faculty and students will present seven papers at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a number that exceeds any other academic institution or company. The seven papers range from a millimeter-scale wireless imaging system, to a chip that can decipher an image in a manner similar to the human brain, to continued optimization of the circuits we use every day, as well as circuits that will fuel the future Internet of Things. One of the papers, Low Power Battery Supervisory Circuit with Adaptive Battery Health Monitor, has been selected as a Symposium Technical Highlight. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Mobile and Networked Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Zhang, Zhengya  

Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings via Voice Analysis

U-M researchers, including Prof. Emily Mower Provost, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja, Research Fellow Zahi Karam, and colleagues at the U-M Health Center, have created a smartphone app that monitors subtle voice qualities during everyday phone conversations to detect early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Health  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Mower Provost, Emily  

Heartbleed: Behind the Scenes at CSE

Computer science researchers at Michigan, including graduate student Zakir Durumeric, used their Internet scanning software to rapidly pinpoint vulnerable servers on the Internet, quantifying the scope of the Heartbleed bug and providing data on when and where servers were patched to repair the flaw. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Startup Virta Labs Wins Ann Arbor SPARK Best of Boot Camp

Virta Laboratories, Inc., the startup co-founded in part by Prof. Kevin Fu and visiting scholar Denis Foo Kune, has been named Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Virta Labs delivers malware and anomaly detection on medical devices and process control systems by non-intrusively measuring the power consumption patterns of the machines being protected. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Halderman and Lafortune Join TerraSwarm Research Center

Two EECS faculty with expertise in Privacy and Security, J. Alex Halderman and Stephane Lafortune, will join the TerraSwarm Research Center in May. TerraSwarm addresses the huge potential, as well as the risks, of pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into the connected world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Security (Computing)  

Michael Lewis says the market is rigged. But his Flash Boys rigged themselves.

CSE graduate student Elaine Wah writes in The Guardian that not only has the high frequency trading arms race rigged the stock markets, but strategies such as latency arbitrage have created the potential to reduce trading gains for all market participants, regardless of their speed of access. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS 2014

A team of researchers including CSE PhD candidate Anthony Gutierrez, Dr. Ron Dreslinski, and Bredt Family Professor in Engineering Trevor Mudge has won the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) for "Sources of Error in Full-System Simulation." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dreslinski, Ron  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

Technological Singularity Passes, Unnoticed Until Now

Apr. 1, 2014 -- The technological singularity - that moment in time at which artificial intelligence surpasses the point of human intelligence - appears to have occurred just over three weeks ago, according to a researcher at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Michael Wellman Recognized with ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Prof. Michael P. Wellman has been selected by the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence as the recipient of its 2014 Autonomous Agents Research Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of outstanding researchers in the field of autonomous agents, and is granted each year to one individual whose work is influencing and setting the direction for the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

New Center Develops Technologies to Help Youths with Disabilities

A $4.5 million federal grant will allow U-M researchers to explore how technology can be used to help young adults with spinal cord dysfunction and neurodevelopmental disabilities to improve their health and become more independent as they mature. Prof. Edmund Durfee is the center's co-director. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Durfee, Edmund  Health  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Prabal Dutta Selected for NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Prabal Dutta has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Scalable Sensor Infrastructure for Sustainably Managing the Built Environment." Prof. Dutta will develop advanced sensor technologies that will help to create progress toward Federal sustainability goals that mandate that 50% of U.S. commercial buildings become net-zero energy by 2050. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Remote Sensing  

Jia Deng Wins Marr Prize at ICCV

Prof. Jia Deng has won the Marr Prize at ICCV for his paper, "From Large Scale Image Categorization to Entry-Level Categories." Named for neuroscientist David Marr, the Marr Prize is a prestigious biennial award and is considered one of the top honors for a computer vision researcher. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

H.V. Jagadish Awarded Gates Foundation Grant to Leverage Data for Social Good

Prof. H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has won a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a project that uses big data to achieve social good as a part of the Foundation's Grand Challenge Explorations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

Cheating on Exams with Smartwatches

In this Freedom to Tinker blog entry, CS undergrad Alex Migicovsky discusses a smartphone app for collaborative cheating and how increasingly small and inconspicuous technology form factors will pose future testing and broader security challenges. Alex's work in this area has been advised by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg and Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  Undergraduate Students  

Rada Mihalcea to Study Physiological and Linguistic Signals of Human Behavior

Prof. Rada Mihalcea is co-PI for a new two-year grant from the National Science Foundation that will explore a new generation of computational tools for joint modeling of physiological and linguistic signals of human behavior with a focus on deception detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Mihalcea, Rada  

Dragomir Radev Assembles Two-Volume Collection of NACLO Linguistics Puzzles

Prof. Dragomir Radev has edited Puzzles in Logic, Languages, and Computation, a two-volume set of the best English-language problems created for students competing in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

Rada Mihalcea Selected for NSF INSPIRE Award

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been awarded an INSPIRE (Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education) Award from the National Science Foundation for an interdisciplinary project on tracking cultural diversity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Mihalcea, Rada  

Iranian Internet Censorship System Profiled for First Time

Prof. J. Alex Halderman and two anonymous coauthors have published the first peer-reviewed technical study of Iran's national censorship infrastructure, revealing much about the extent and nature of one of the largest and most sophisticated Internet censorship regimes in the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Edwin Olson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. Edwin Olson has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award for "Mutual Modeling for Human/Robot Teaming with Minimal Communications," his research in the area of autonomous intelligent robotics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Download ZMap and Scan the Entire Internet in Less Than 45 Minutes

Three U-M computer science researchers have released ZMap, a new open-source tool that can perform a scan of the entire public IPv4 address space on the Internet in less than 45 minutes - over 1000 times faster than with previous tools. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

New Grant: Reducing Computer Viruses in Health Networks

Prof. Kevin Fu and Research Prof. Michael Bailey will establish methods to scientifically study the extent of malware in hospital networks under the new five-year Trustworthy Health and Wellness project that has received $10 million from the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Two Papers by CSE Researchers Chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Two papers authored by U-M computer science researchers have been selected for IEEE Micro's Top Picks from the 2012 Computer Architecture Conferences. Top Picks is an annual special edition of Micro magazine that acknowledges the most significant research papers from computer architecture conferences in the past year based on novelty and potential for long-term impact. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Narayanasamy, Satish  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Parallel Computing  Wenisch, Thomas  

Elliot Soloway Selected for Google App Engine Education Award

Prof. Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, School of Education, and School of Information, has received a Google App Engine Education Award to support the development of the WeCollabrify Mobile Platform. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

Researchers Show That High-Frequency Trading Tactic Lowers Investor Profits

Research conducted by Prof. Michael Wellman and CSE doctoral student Elaine Wah illustrates how high-frequency trading strategies that exploit today's fragmented equity markets have led to a technical arms race and reduce investor profits overall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Researchers Work Recognized Amongst Notable Computing Books and Articles of 2012

Research conducted by Michigan computer scientists has been selected for ACM Computing Review's Notable Computing Books and Articles of 2012. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Fourth Annual Data Mining Workshop Brings Together Close to 200 Researchers

Close to 200 researchers from across the University of Michigan and from industry gathered in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building on North Campus for the fourth U-M Workshop on Data Mining in order to make connections and share their experiences and results. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Radev, Dragomir  

Security Risks Found in Sensors for Heart Devices, Consumer Electronics

An international team of researchers including Prof. Kevin Fu has demonstrated that the type of sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to tampering. The researchers were able to forge an erratic heartbeat with radio frequency electromagnetic waves in controlled laboratory conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Workshop Brings Together Industry and Researchers on Medical Device Security Challenges

Over 60 professionals from medical device manufacturers and level-I trauma centers and security researchers attended the two-day Archimedes Workshop run by Prof. Kevin Fu through his Archimedes Research Center for Medical Device Security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Develop Tools to Better Leverage Tweets in Spotting Trends

Researchers including Prof. Michael Cafarella and grad student Dolan Antenucci are developing tools that will allow economists to more quickly and accurately generate key data on economic activity using social media signals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

GapSense Could Alleviate Wireless Traffic Jams; Improve Network Performance

Researchers led by Kang Shin, the Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science, have developed new software called GapSense to control wireless network traffic between dissimliar devices, such as WiFi laptops, Bluetooth headsets, ZigBee sensor nodes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Wireless Communications  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ASPLOS 2013

A team of U-M researchers including CSE Prof. Thomas F. Wenisch, CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou, Prof. of Mechanical Engineering Kevin Pipe, and ME graduate student Lei Shao have won the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems for their paper, "Computational Sprinting on a Hardware/Software Testbed." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Wenisch, Thomas  

Researchers Funded to Develop a Leap Forward in Processor Architectures

A team of researchers led by Trevor Mudge, Bredt Family Professor of Engineering and Director of the ARM Research Center at Michigan, has been funded for research and development of hardware and software techniques that directly support and make practical a new generation of energy efficient, high performance multi-layer processor systems for use in embedded computing systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Dreslinski, Ron  Embedded Computing and Systems  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  Mudge, Trevor  Near-threshold computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Zhang, Zhengya  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at HPCA 2013

A team of CSE researchers including U-M graduate student Richard Sampson and Prof. Thomas F. Wenisch have won the Best Paper Award at the International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) for their paper, "Sonic Millip3De: Massively Parallel 3D-Stacked Accelerator for 3D Ultrasound." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

Mighty Mobile: A Supercomputer in Your Pocket

The College of Engineering has highlighted work in the department on technologies under development at Michigan that will continue to enable the mobile computing revolution. See their digital multimedia experience here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lu, Wei  Mobile and Networked Computing  Mudge, Trevor  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  

CS Undergrads Develop Learning Apps for Singapore 3rd Graders

Students in Prof. Elliot Soloway's Learning Apps for Primary Education course have built a suite of educational apps for K-12 students that are designed to spark self-directed, creative, and effective learning. The apps are being tested by the students in Singapore classrooms. Includes video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile and Networked Computing  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

EECS faculty are MCubing to find answers - fast

Thanks to the University of Michigan MCubed program, EECS faculty are teaming up with colleagues across the University - from Epidemiology to Political Science, Ophthalmology to Psychiatry, Neurosurgergy to Astronomy - to pursue new initiatives deemed to have major societal impact. Take a look at the 15 projects successfully cubed. [Full Story]

New $28M C-FAR Center Will Develop Computers of 2025

The University of Michigan is home to the new Center for Future Architectures Research, which is led by Prof. Todd Austin. The center includes the participation of researchers from 14 other major institutions and is funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. Six additional EECS faculty are participating as investigators at C-FAR or at three other newly-funded SRC centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Computer Scientists Author Book on Physical Synthesis Optimization

CSE alumnus Dr. David Papa and Professor Igor Markov have authored a new book entitled "Multi-Objective Optimization in Physical Synthesis of Integrated Circuits," which has been published by Springer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

2012 ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

For their ground-breaking research in the area of voltage scaling processors, this award went to Professors David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, and alumni Dr. Steven Martin and Dr. Krisztian Flautner. Their 2002 paper was judged to be the most influential on research and industrial practice in computer-aided design of integrated circuits over the past ten years. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

Computer Scientists Author Book on Reducing Uncertainty in Logic Circuit Design

CSE alumna Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy, Professor Igor Markov, and Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science John Hayes have authored a new book entitled "Design, Analysis and Test of Logic Circuits under Uncertainty," which has been published by Springer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hayes, John  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Todd Austin Receives A. Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award for 2012

The Gigascale Systems Research Center has awarded Professor Todd Austin the A. Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award in recognition of his work on runtime microprocessor verification. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Jason Flinn Authors Book on Mobile and Pervasive Computing

Professor Jason Flinn has authored a new book entitled "Cyber Foraging Bridging Mobile and Cloud Computing," which has been published by Morgan & Claypool as a part of their Synthesis Lectures on Mobile and Pervasive Computing series.

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Mobile and Networked Computing  

Researchers Including Dr. Gyemin Lee Win the Best Paper Award at IEEE HISB Conference

CSE post-doctoral researcher Gyemin Lee, Dr. Hitinder Gurm in U-M Department of Internal Medicine, and Professor Zeeshan Syed have won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Healthcare Informatics and Systems Biology conference for their paper, "Predicting Complications of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention using a Novel Support Vector Method." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Health  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Syed, Zeeshan  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at 21st USENIX Security Symposium

U-M graduate students Zakir Durumeric and Eric Wustrow, Professor J. Alex Halderman, and UC San Diego postdoctoral researcher Nadia Heninger received the award for their paper, "Mining Your Ps and Qs: Detection of Widespread Weak Keys in Network Devices." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Todd Austin and Colleague Author New Edition of Book on Structured Computer Organization

Professor Todd Austin has co-authored the sixth edition of "Structured Computer Organization," which has been published by Prentice Hall. The new edition is a complete overhaul, and updates all of the examples and instruction sets to modern examples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at Turing Centenary Conference

Computer science researchers Hadi Katebi, Professor and Associate Chair of CSE Karem A. Sakallah, and Professor Igor Markov have been selected to win a Best Paper Award at The Alan Turing Centenary Conference for "Graph Symmetry Detection and Canonical Labeling: Differences and Synergies" [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  Sakallah, Karem  Theory of Computation  

Researchers Demonstrate Firewall Vulnerability in Cell Network

Assoc. Prof. Z. Morley Mao and graduate student Zhiyun Qian have demonstrated how the security features of popular cell network firewalls can be exploited, allowing hackers to break into Facebook and Twitter accounts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Michael Wellman Selected for IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award for 2012

Professor Michael Wellman has been chosen to receive the 2012 IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award for his 1993 paper describing a market-oriented programming approach to distributed problem solving, which was published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Third Annual Data Mining Workshop Encourages Collaborations

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, over 100 researchers from across the University of Michigan and from industry gathered on North Campus for the third U-M Workshop on Data Mining. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

John Laird Authors Book on Soar Cognitive Architecture

Professor John Laird has authored "The Soar Cognitive Architecture," which has been published by MIT Press. The book describes a general cognitive architecture that integrates knowledge-intensive reasoning, reactive execution, hierarchical reasoning, planning, and learning from experience, with the goal of creating a general computational system that has the same cognitive abilities as humans. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS-2012

Computer science researchers David Meisner, Junjie Wu, and Professor Thomas F. Wenisch have won the Best Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software for "BigHouse: A simulation infrastructure for data center systems." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

Prof. Emeritus John Meyer Selected for 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award

John F. Meyer, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been recognized as an inaugural winner of the IFIP 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing for his foundational paper on performability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at HPCA

Computer science researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania have won the Best Paper Award at the 18th International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) for "Computational Sprinting." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Wenisch, Thomas  

CSE Research is Highlighted at Michigan Robotics Day

On Monday, April 9, CSE faculty and graduate student researchers displayed some of their projects at Michigan Robotics Day, which showcases regional robotics capabilities and promotes Michigan STEM and industry strengths. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Diversity and Outreach  Kuipers, Benjamin  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Michigan Robotics Day 2012 Will Spotlight CSE Research

Monday, April 9, Profs. Benjamin Kuipers and Edwin Olson will participate in the event's technology demonstrations. Prof. Kuipers will show his robotic wheelchair, and Prof. Olson will demonstrate his swarm of MAGIC robots along with the new "Car Lab" platform he is developing in conjunction with Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Diversity and Outreach  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Satish Narayanasamy Receives NSF CAREER Award for Work in Simplifying Parallel Programming

Prof. Narayanasamy has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his research project, "Holistic System Solutions for Empowering Parallel Programmers." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Narayanasamy, Satish  Parallel Computing  

Security Researchers Publish Details of Online Voting Hack

Security researchers Scott Wolchok, Eric Wustrow, Dawn Isabel, and Prof. J. Alex Halderman have for the first time published the full details of their much-discussed hack of the Washington D.C. online voting system in late 2010. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Computational Sprinting Pushes Smartphones Till They Are Tired

A groundbreaking new approach to smartphone power and cooling paves the way for new smartphone applications through extremely powerful computational bursts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Wenisch, Thomas  

Technology from EECS Startup Cyclos Semiconductor to be Included in New AMD Processor Family

The energy-recycling technique developed by Cyclos will be used in AMD's forthcoming "Piledriver" microprocessors. Cyclos was co-founded by CSE Chair Marios Papefthymiou. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Technology Transfer  

Alex Halderman Featured in PBS Story on the Security of Internet Voting

Prof. J. Alex Halderman was featured in the PBS news story, "Internet Voting: Will Democracy or Hackers Win?" which aired on February 16, 2012. The segment examines the security ramifications of efforts at various levels of government to provide Internet voting opportunities for citizens, such as overseas military personnel, in elections. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Security Researchers Describe Newly Discovered Vulnerabilities in Public Key Encryption

A team of four security researchers, including U-M Prof. J. Alex Halderman, grad students Zakir Durumeric and Eric Wustrow, and UC San Diego postdoctoral researcher Nadia Heninger have released findings on the security of public keys in response to a New York Times article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Funded to Create Processors That Run Without Battery Power

A consortium of researchers that includes Prof. Pinaki Mazumder is pursuing an effort to create energy-efficient computing devices that use tiny nanomagnets in place of transistors and which could potentially run without battery power. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mazumder, Pinaki  

EKG Data Mined to Predict Heart Attack Fatalities

Researchers including Prof. Zeeshan Syed have used data mining to identify computational biomarkers for increased risk of death after a heart attack. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Syed, Zeeshan  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at MobiCom 2011 Conference

Professor Kang G. Shin and Ph.D. student Xinyu Zhang have won the Best Paper Award at the 17th Annual MobiCom for their paper, "E-MiLi: Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening in Wireless Networks" [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Wireless Communications  

Powering breakthrough technologies

The technology behind successful startup company Ambiq Micro (2010) has its roots in ECE at Michigan, where faculty and students continue to lead the way in mm-scale computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

E-MILI Could Dramatically Improve Smartphone Battery Life

Prof. Kang Shin and doctoral student Xinyu Zhang have developed E-MILI, a "subconscious mode" to extend battery life for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Wireless Communications  

Computer Scientists Funded for New Inquiry into Non-Consumptive Research

A team of computer science researchers that includes U-M Prof. Atul Prakash is pursuing the first funded investigation of non-consumptive research of a major mass collection of content. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  

U-M, ARM Extend Research Collaboration to Explore Limits of Low Power Computing

ARM has renewed a research agreement with the U-M to pursue advances in ultra-low energy and sustainable computing. The five-year, $5 million extension of the partnership will significantly expand research activities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

Zeeshan Syed Awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. Syed has been awarded a DARPA YFA for his research project, "Computational Neuromarkers," which aims to use sophisticated computational techniques to discover novel markers to screen for mental health disorders. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Syed, Zeeshan  

Computer Scientists Develop Telex to Thwart Internet Censorship

This new approach to thwarting Internet censorship would essentially turn the whole web into a proxy server, making it far more difficult for a censoring government to block individual sites. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Making smart dust a reality

EECS faculty are embarking on a new NSF funded project to make millimeter-scale computing (aka smart dust) a widespread reality through the integration of circuits, sensors, and software on mm-scale platforms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Energy Science and Engineering  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Z. Morley Mao Leads Researchers to Two Wins in FCC Open Internet Challenge

The team won the Challenge in two categories for their work in the development of MobiPerf, a mobile application that allows users to obtain a rich set of 3G network performance information. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Wireless Communications  

Social Media Study: Conservatives Top Tweeters in 2010 Elections

A study by Prof. Eytan Adar, Prof. Lada Adamic and CSE graduate student Avishay Livne suggests that Republicans and Tea Party members used social media more effectively than their Democratic rivals in the 2010 midterm elections. [Full Story]

Researchers Win John A. Curtis Lecture Award at ASEE Conference

Five U-M researchers have won the Curtis Award at ASEE for their paper entitled, "The Mobile Participation System: Not Just Another Clicker." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Ringenberg, Jeff  Technology for Education  Undergraduate Students  

Michael Wellman Authors Book on Trading Agents for Electronic Markets

Prof. Michael Wellman has authored a new book on the design and analysis of trading agents for electronic markets. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Kang G. Shin and Collaborators Win Best Paper Award at IEEE ICAC Conference

Prof. Kang G. Shin and collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing for "Maestro: Quality-of-Service in Large Disk Arrays" [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Software Systems  

RobustNet Research Group Releases Mobile App That Measures 3G Network Performance

U-M researchers led by Assoc. Prof. Morley Mao have released an Android/iOS 3G performance evaluation app in response to the FCC Open Internet Apps Challenge. Vote for the app here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Wireless Communications  

Dragomir Radev and Colleague Author New Book

Prof. Dragomir Radev has co-authored a new book on the use of graph-based algorithms for natural language processing and information retrieval. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Second Data Mining Workshop Brings Together a Spectrum of Researchers

On Friday, April 22, well over 100 researchers from across the University of Michigan and from industry gathered at CSE for a highly-anticipated workshop on data mining. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Radev, Dragomir  

Researchers Develop Energy Efficiency Profiling Technology for Mobile Platforms

Researchers have built profiling technology to energy-optimize mobile apps and are now seeking students to use 3G phones as part of a study. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Wireless Communications  

Z. Morley Mao Awarded VeriSign Grant for Mobile Internet Infrastructure Research

Assoc. Prof. Z. Morley Mao has been selected to receive a grant from VeriSign, Inc. to pursue a project aimed at strengthening Internet infrastructure. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Valeria Bertacco and Ilya Wagner Author Book on Post-Silicon and Run-Time Verification

Associate Professor Valeria Bertacco and CSE alumnus Ilya Wagner have co-authored a new book entitled "Post-Silicon and Runtime Verification for Modern Processors," which has been published by Springer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ASPLOS 2011

A team of U-M computer science researchers has won the Best Paper Award at the ACM ASPLOS 2011 Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Flinn, Jason  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Narayanasamy, Satish  Parallel Computing  

Michael Cafarella Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Michael Cafarella will pursue research in the area of Building and Searching a Structured Web Database. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

Winning Robotics Team Spotlighted on Catalyst TV Segment

Catalyst, a major consumer science program on ABC in Australia, has aired a segment on the recent MAGIC robotics competition, which Team Michigan won in Nov. 2010. See the Catalyst video and an accompanying blog post.
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Toward computers that fit on a pen tip: New technologies usher in the millimeter-scale computing era

An implantable eye pressure monitor that is a complete millimeter-scale system, and a compact radio for wireless sensor networks are key advancements to millimeter-scale computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Environment  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

U-M Computer Scientists, Colleagues Author Book on VLSI Physical Design

Assoc. Prof. Igor Markov and CSE doctoral student Jin Hu have co-authored a new book entitled "VLSI Physical Design: From Graph Partitioning to Timing Closure," which has been published by Springer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Zeeshan Syed Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Zeeshan Syed will pursue research in the area of Computationally Generated Biomarkers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Syed, Zeeshan  

EECS Spinoffs Recognized as Key Innovators in Business Competition

The companies Arbor Photonics (high power laser technology) and Evigia (wireless sensing) earned top prizes in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, while the student competition included prizes for Reveal Design Automation and for MiEND-Drug Screeners. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Lasers  Najafi, Khalil  Sakallah, Karem  Sensors  Technology Transfer  Wise, Kensall  

Paving the way for ubiquitous computing

The work of Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and their former student and colleague Dr. Scott Hanson (PhD EE) in low-power computing led to the recent and flourishing start-up company, Ambiq Micro. The problem they are solving: ubiquitous computing - by concentrating on saving power during sleep cycles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Environment  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wireless Communications  

Yahoo! Expands M45 Supercomputing Initivative, Selects U-M

Yahoo! has expanded its Hadoop-based M45 academic research initiative to include four additional US universities, including U-M. Eight researchers in CSE, ECE, and SI will participate. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Dick, Robert  Essl, Georg  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Noble, Brian  Wenisch, Thomas  

U-M Robot Team Wins International Competition and $750,000

A team of student robot developers led by Prof. Edwin Olson has won the MAGIC competition that was sponsored by the US and Austrialian defense departments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

EECS Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010

Prof. Igor Markov and PhD students Myung-Chul Kim and Dong-Jin Lee have won the Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Markov, Igor  

Prabal Dutta Wins Best Paper Award at SenSys 2010

Assistant Professor Prabal Dutta, along with co-authors from University of California, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, has won the Best Paper Award at SenSys 2010. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

J. Alex Halderman Interviewed on CNN and NPR

CSE Prof. J. Alex Halderman was interviewed on CNN television about how his research team cracked and reprogrammed the new Washington DC Internet voting system - in 36 hours. [NPR Link] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

University of Michigan Team Wins GSRC Margarida Jacome Best Poster/Demo Award

A team of U-M computer scientists won the GSRC Margarida Jacome Best Poster/Demo Award at the Annual Symposium on the Gigascale Systems Research Center. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

New Equation Could Advance Research in Solar Cells

A groundbreaking new equation developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest and colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors: help to enable their wider adoption. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

U-M Researchers Hack into Voting Test Bed

Michigan Engineering computer science researchers, led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, successfully hacked into a test bed of a new Internet-based absentee voting system in Washington, D.C. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Green Computing: Higher Energy Efficiency from Silicon to the Cloud

For decades, researchers and industry have been focused on increasing computing performance by increasing transistor density and shrinking the size of computing devices. But with the continued scaling of computing systems to sizes only theorized a decade ago, combined with the prevalence of mobile devices, social networking, cloud computing, and the cost of powering huge data centers, the computing paradigm has changed. Energy efficiency is now a primary consideration at all levels of computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Communications  Dick, Robert  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Environment  Flynn, Michael  Graduate Students  Health  Infrastructure  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Liu, Mingyan  MEMS and Microsystems  Millimeter-scale Computing  Mudge, Trevor  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sarabandi, Kamal  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  Wentzloff, David  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

CSE Spinout Arbor Networks Acquired in U-M Tech Transfer Success Story

Arbor Networks, the Internet security and network management company founded by Professor Farnam Jahanian and Robert Malan will be acquired by Tektronix Communications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Technology Transfer  

Meeting the Challenges for Low-Power System-on-Chip (SoC) Design

U-M and Nanyang Tech. U. will collaborate to advance research in the areas of low-power and biomedical IC's, energy harvesting, and wireless sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  International Partnerships  

Robotics Team to Advance to World Finals

Team Michigan has qualified as a finalist in the MAGIC international robot challenge. Prof. Edwin Olson, his students, and their team of robots will compete this November in Australia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

CSE Researchers Win First Place in ISPLED Design Contest

Three CSE researchers have won first place in the ISLPED 2010 Low Power Design Contest for developing a method for harvesting power from a smartphone audio jack. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Energy Scavenging  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mobile and Networked Computing  

EECS Faculty Receive HP Labs Innovation Research Awards

Four EECS faculty teams have been selected to receive 2010 Innovation Research Program awards from HP for projects that range from plasma science to virtualized data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Mahlke, Scott  Mudge, Trevor  Shin, Kang G.  Wenisch, Thomas  

Kang Shin and Collaborators Win Best Paper Award at USENIX

Prof. Kang G. Shin and four collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at the 2010 USENIX Annual Technical Conference for "LiteGreen: Saving Energy in Networked Desktops Using Virtualization." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Schmid and Dutta Win ACM 2010 HotEmNets Best Paper Award

CSE Post Doctoral Researcher Thomas Schmid and Assistant Professor Prabal Dutta, and along with two collaborators from UCLA, have won the Best Paper Award at the 6th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Embedded Networked Sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sensors  

Ambiq Micro Wins Global Business Plan Competition

Ambiq Micro, the startup founded by Profs. Sylvester, Blaauw, and Dr. Scott Hanson, received seed funding of $250K from DFJ and Cisco in their first place finish in the Global Business Plan Competition. They are expected to "lead the way to ubiquitous computing with next generation energy-efficient microcontrollers." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Computer Vision Research Recognized at Innovation in AEC Conference

Prof. Silvio Savarese's student, Mani Golparvar-Fard, receives best paper award for research in four-dimensional augmented reality models and their application to the construction industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Ambiq Micro: Taking a Startup to the Next Level

Ambiq Micro, founded by EE alumnus Scott Hanson, and Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, has been attracting the attention of potential investors at recent business plan competitions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Forrest: Going Global (U-M and SJTU)

Prof. Stephen Forrest talks about U-M's cooperative research with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the excellent opportunity that exists to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy's emphasis on renewable energy research with Chinese institutions. [Read More] - - [Energy and Power Research in ECE]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  International Partnerships  

Researchers Demonstrate Vulnerabilities in Indias Voting Machines

An international team of researchers, including CSE Asst. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, has demonstrated that electronic voting machines in India, the world's largest democracy, are vulnerable to fraud. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Data Mining Workshop Brings Together Over 100 Researchers

On April 23, researchers from across the U-M gathered at CSE for a highly-anticipated workshop on data, text, web, and social network mining. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Radev, Dragomir  

Featured Video: Phoenix 2 Chip

This video describes the Phoenix 2 chip, a solar-powered, commercial-grade microprocessor that is the smallest chip that can harvest energy from its surroundings, and the company spawned by the research, Ambiq Micro. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

Prabal Dutta Wins IPSN Best Paper Award

Prof. Prabal Dutta, along with two colleagues from UCLA, has won a Best Paper Award at the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks in Stockholm, Sweden. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sensors  

U-M Researchers Win 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award

EECS Professors Anna Gilbert and Martin Strauss, along with Joel Tropp, have won the 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award from EURASIP. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Lab-Theory of Computation  Strauss, Martin  

CSE Researchers Find Weakness in Common Digital Security System

Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Todd Austin, and doctoral student Andrea Pellegrini have demonstrated a weakness in a popular encryption method that is frequently used in a variety of electronic transactions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

EECS Technology Wins Top Prizes in Michigan Business Challenge

Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009) presents a prototype microprocessor from the startup Ambiq Micro, which he co-founded with Profs. Blaauw and Sylvester. 2nd place went to Enertia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Edmund Durfee Recognized as IFAAMAS 2010 Influential Paper Award Co-Winner

Prof. Ed Durfee will receive the Influential Paper Prize from the Intl. Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. This award recognizes a paper published at least 10 years ago that has had significant and lasting impact. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Durfee, Edmund  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Smallest solar-powered sensor system could run forever

A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

EECS Professors To Pursue Research Under Grants From Google

Google has announced its first-ever round of Google Focused Research Awards, and four EECS professors have received two grants for their research into energy-efficient computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  

U-M Computer Scientists Author Book on Quantum Circuit Simulation

Quantum Circuit Simulation, a new book by Profs. Igor Markov and John Hayes, along with their former student Dr. George Viamontes, is now available. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Data and Computing  Hayes, John  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  

Smartphone App Illuminates Power Consumption

New application developed by Profs. Robert Dick, Morley Mao, and students Lide Zhang and Birjodh Tiwan will help software developers build more efficient products. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Computing and Systems  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Software Systems  

U-M Team Qualifies to Compete in MAGIC 2010 Robot Challenge

A team of over 20 students, led by Asst. Prof. Edwin Olson, has qualified to compete in the 2010 Worldwide Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

CSE Students Help Ford Bring Cloud Computing to Cars

CSE students, led by Profs. Brian Noble and Jason Flinn, are helping Ford to bring social networking and cloud computing to Ford vehicles. More info in this Wired story. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Flinn, Jason  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Noble, Brian  

CSE Researchers Present Findings from Internet Study

CSE researchers, in conjunction with Arbor Networks and Merit Network, released findings at NANOG47 on the evolution of the Internet from the largest study of its kind. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Profs. Blaauw and Sylvester at Celebrate Innovation, October 13

They presented their very-low-power microprocessor, the size of about 8 grains of salt including the battery and four solar cells. The technology is spawning a new startup company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

CSE Researchers Enlist Users for Worldwide 3G Network Study

CSE Researchers led by Asst. Prof. Morley Mao are enlisting iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile users to participate in a worldwide study of 3G wireless network performance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Wireless Communications  

EECS Researchers Awarded NSF Research Grant to Study Near-Threshold Computing

EECS Professors David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, and Dennis Sylvester have received an NSF research grant to study near-threshold computing, a potential solution to the "energy crisis" faced by the semiconductor industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  Near-threshold computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Computer Scientists Demonstrate Vulnerability in Electronic Voting Machine

A team of researchers from three universities, including Asst. Prof. J. Alex Halderman at CSE, has demonstrated how criminals could hack and take control of an electronic voting machine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

New Tool [Gadara] Could Eliminate Software Freezes

Gadara helps avoid the software freezes that occur when applications running concurrently begin to compete for resources. Computer Magazine featured this work by Profs. Lafortune and Mahlke in their latest issue.
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lafortune, Stephane  Mahlke, Scott  Software Systems  

FunSAT Game Helps IC Designers Use Intuition to Optimize Chip Layout

CSE Researchers have developed a game that combines work and play to help solve fundamental problems underlying microchip design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Second Life Data Offers Insight into How Trends Spread

Assistant Professor Lada Adamic has collected and analyzed data from the virtual world of Second Life to study how social influence plays a role in spreading trends. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Several EECS Faculty Receive HP Innovation Awards

Six EECS faculty are tackling four innovative research projects ranging from plasma science to software tools and data centers that have been selected by HP Labs to receive Innovation Research awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Anastasopoulos, Achilleas  Communications  Information Technology  Mahlke, Scott  Mudge, Trevor  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Shin, Kang G.  Theory of Computation  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  Wenisch, Thomas  

CSE Researchers Discover Security Vulnerabilities in Government-Mandated Chinese Censorware

CSE researchers Scott Wolchok, Randy Yao, and Prof. Alex Halderman have released a report on security vulnerabilities caused by Green Dam, the censorware program that the Chinese government just ordered installed on all new PCs in China beginning July 1. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Game Theory and AI Offer Better Bidding Strategies

Professor Michael Wellman and doctoral student Julian Schvartzman have conducted research that yields better ways of determining best bidding strategies in dynamic auctions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Security Researcher Petitions for DMCA Exemption to Study DRM

Assistant Professor Alex Halderman is petitioning the U.S. Copyright Office to grant an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that he and others can study the potential security risks of DRM technologies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

CITI Sponsored by Microsoft to Develop NFS Software

Computer scientists at the Center for Information Technology Integration will develop software that enables Microsoft Windows to better interoperate with emerging Internet storage protocols. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

PowerNap and RAILS provide roadmap for reduced data center energy requirements

A U-M team led by Asst. Prof. Thomas Wenisch has proposed a plan to reduce data center energy requirements by 75%, in part by creating "naps" for energy-hungry servers. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  Wenisch, Thomas  

Prof. Elliot Soloway Leads in Drive to use Smart Phones for Learning

Professor Elliot Soloway is leading a movement in K-12 education to use smart phones and mobile technologies to enable interactive, engaging, and multidisciplinary learning. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile and Networked Computing  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Smart Bridges Under Development with New Grant

Faculty from EECS are part of an interdisciplinary team developing a full range of interlocking technologies that together will sense and collect bridge status data and make it available to inspectors. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Energy Scavenging  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Liu, Mingyan  Lynch, Jerome  MEMS and Microsystems  Mortazawi, Amir  Najafi, Khalil  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wireless Communications  

Ultra Low-power Chip Named A Key Innovation for 2008 by MIT Technology Review

Work in SDR Earns Best Paper Award at MICRO-41

Graduate students Mark Woh and Sangwon Seo, and Professors Mahlke and Mudge won the Best Paper Award at MICRO-41 for their paper entitled, "From SODA to Scotch: The Evolution of a Wireless Baseband Processor." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  Mudge, Trevor  

Gadara: New approach eliminates software deadlocks using discrete control theory

Prof. Lafortune (L) and Prof. Mahlke developed a new way around software deadlocks with a controller that combines discrete control theory and compiler technology. [U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lafortune, Stephane  Mahlke, Scott  Software Systems  

Bertacco and Wagner Earn Best Paper Award at ICCD

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Ilya Wagner received the Best Paper Award at ICCD for their paper about a post-silicon validation system for microprocessors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Computer hardware guardians

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and graduate student Ilya Wagner devised a system that lets chips work around all functional bugs, even those that haven't been detected. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Researchers develop next-generation antivirus system

Prof. Farnam Jahanian, PhD candidate Jon Oberheide and postdoctoral fellow Evan Cooke developed a new approach to antivirus software, called CloudAV, that moves the software off individual computers while greatly improving its effectiveness against malicious software (malware). [Technology Review article] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

2008 NSF CAREER Awards go to Seth Pettie and Martin Strauss

Prof. Pettie received a CAREER award for his research project, "Advanced Data Structures for Shortest Paths, Routing, and Self-Adjusting Computation." [Read more...] Prof. Strauss received a CAREER award for his research project, "Next-Generation Algorithmics for Sparse Recovery." [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Pettie, Seth  Strauss, Martin  Theory of Computation  

Atul Prakash and Grad Students Discover Banking Website Flaws

Prof. Atul Prakash and graduate students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders discover design flaws in banking web sites that make their customers vulnerable to monetary or identity theft. Banks and similar institutions need to make changes to protect their customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  

Prof. Chens Research in Virtual Environments Earns Best Paper Award

Prof. Pete Chen and co-authors Dr. Jim Chow and Tal Garfinkel (Stanford) received a Best Paper Award for their paper, "Decoupling Dynamic Program Analysis from Execution in Virtual Environments," at the 2008 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. The research decouples analyses from normal execution by logging nondeterministic virtual-machine inputs and replaying them on a separate analysis platform. Powerful, heavyweight analyses can then be run in parallel with performance-sensitive production or development workloads. This approach provides many of the benefits of normal inline analysis with minimal impact on latency.
Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Software Systems  Software Systems  

Phoenix microchip sets low-power record with extreme sleep mode

A low-power microchip called the Phoenix Processor, developed by Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, along with doctoral students Scott Hanson and Mingoo Seok, uses significantly less power than comparable chips now on the market. It is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors and surveillance equipment. [Read more...] [Technology Review article]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Prof. Papaefthymious work in resonant clocking to be commercialized

Cyclos Semiconductor, a company co-founded by Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou, is named in a list of Ten top technology developments to see at DAC. His company's advances in resonant clocking is expected to lead to significant power savings in IC design. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Technology Transfer  

CSE Researchers Develop Software to Solve Tough Combinatorial Problems

Igor Markov, Karem Sakallah, and graduate student Paul Darga will present open-source software that can cut the time to find symmetries in complicated equations from days to seconds. The work is being presented at DAC 2008. [U-M Press Release] [EE Times Review]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  Sakallah, Karem  

New computer network security threat identified

Large companies are vulnerable to hackers when they network their computers for cost-saving live virtual machine migration.

Read the press release about this new research by graduate student Jon Oberheide, Evan Cooke, and Prof. Farnam Jahanian. See also: [Forbes Article]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

ISPD Best Paper Award For Work in Logic and Physical Synthesis

Profs. Igor Markov, Valeria Bertacco, and graduate student Steve Plaza received a Best Paper Award at the recent Int'l Symposium on Physical Design of Integrated Circuits for their paper, Optimizing Non-Monotonic Interconnect using Functional Simulation and Logic Restructuring. The work was reviewed recently in EE Times. [Paper]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Online Q and A forums hit the mainstream

Research conducted by Lada Adamic and Mark Ackerman into how people share knowledge on Yahoo Answers has found that participants use the site to exchange advice and opinions, in addition to technical expertise. Their study is called "Knowledge sharing and Yahoo Answers: Everybody knows something." [U-M Press Release] [Podcast]
Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Data and Computing  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Unique locks on microchips could reduce hardware piracy

Prof. Igor Markov and doctoral student Jarrod Roy presented their work called EPIC, Ending Piracy of Integrated Circuits, at the Design Automation and Test in Europe conference. "Pirated chips are sometimes being sold for pennies, but they are exactly the same as normal chips," Markov said. [read more ...] [EE Times Adv. Tech. Week in Review] [EE Times article]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Awarded CAREER Grant

Prof. Valeria Bertacco, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Correctness Constrained Execution for Processor Designs.
[Read more...]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan researchers contribute open-source IC routers to aid CAD research

Fulfilling the goal of the inaugural Global Routing Contest held at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), Prof. Igor Markov, graduate student Jarrod Roy and alumnus Michael Moffitt released their code as open source for their winning IC global routers known as Fairly Good Router and MaizeRouter, respectively. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

New Book: Physical Database Design

By Toby Teorey, professor emeritus and academic program director for the College of Engineering Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. His other books include the 4th edition of Database Modeling and Design. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

New computer program automates chip debugging

Fixing design bugs and wrong wire connections in computer chips after they've been fabricated in silicon is a tedious, trial-and-error process that often costs companies millions of dollars and months of time-to-market. Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan say it doesn't have to be that way. They've developed a new technology, called FogClear, to automate "post-silicon debugging."
[U-M Press Release] [EE Times Article] [Technical Paper]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Predicting the Unpredictable in Nanoscale Circuits

Prof. John Hayes, Igor Markov, and graduate student Smita Krishnaswamy describe a first-of-a-kind technique to test non-deterministic parameters of nanocircuits in their article, "Tracking Uncertainty with Probabilistic Logic Circuit Testing."
[Read more...]
Related Topics:  
Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Hayes, John  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Prof. Michael Wellman co-authors new book, Autonomous Bidding Agents

Prof. Michael Wellman's new book, Autonomous Bidding Agents: Strategies and Lessons from the Trading Agent Competition, is now available through MIT Press. Prof. Wellman was one of the originators in 2000 of the Trading Agent Competition (TAC), which has now grown to an international competition that presents the best in e-commerce trading. The book was co-authored by Amy Greenwald (Brown University) and Peter Stone (University of Texas).
[Read an overview of the book]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Zattoo Named to Red Herring 100 Europe 2007

Prof. Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo, has been named to the Red Herring 100 Europe 2007 list, which recognizes the 100 most promising private companies driving the future of technology, in the region of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. ---Read also: Press Release BusinessWeek.com article
U-M students and staff can download Zattoo (requires U-M password)
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Jamin, Sugih  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Software Systems  Technology Transfer  

Three EECS faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards

Assistant professors Domitilla Del Vecchio, Z. Morley Mao, and Petar Momcilovic have recently been awarded NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious award in support of faculty in the early years of their career, and is intended to especially promote those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education.
Read more...
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Software Systems  

Best Paper Award at OSDI 06

"Rethink the Sync," by CSE graduate students Edmund B. Nightingale and Kaushik Veeraraghavan, and Professors Peter M. Chen and Jason Flinn, received a Best Paper Award at the 7th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI'06). Click here for the abstract and complete paper, which introduces external synchrony.

Prof. Jagadish Improving Information Integration

Prof. Jagadish is researching ways to use XML (Extensible Markup Language) to access related information contained in multiple databases. Among the diverse and significant uses for this research is detecting an impending terrorist threat, or responding to a threat, and synthesizing the massive volume of data related to breast cancer.
Read more ...
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

EE Times Announces EECS research on self-healing chips

The EE Times reported the Semiconductor Research Corporation's announcement today (7/25/06) of a joint project with NSF and U-M to research self-healing chips. Professors Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco are co-investigators in this attempt to find a new approach to chip design that looks for an alternative to the necessity of flawless chips for good performance. As chips become increasingly complex and small, the presence of errors in the chips increases. Rather than simply discard a faulty chip and build another, which can get quite expensive, Austin, Bertacco and their partners will attempt to build a chip that can not only take longer to fail in the presence of errors, but that can recover from failures.

Prof. Sugih Jamin Helps Bring TV to the Web

Graduate Student Research Supported by Intel

Three EECS graduate students, Ruba Borno, Ashlesha Joshi, and Jorge Pernillo, have been awarded the Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Award. This is a highly competitive award, and consists of two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Ruba Borno, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michel Maharbiz. She stated, "My research interests lie in the development of micro and nanotechnology mechanisms to address the demands for ultra low-power remote sensor networks. Technology miniaturization and the decentralization of sensing and computation necessitate novel energy-scavenging technologies. My research is directed towards addressing this need with the development of energy-harvesting micro and nanoscale actuators. Such actuators have applications in power generation for distributed sensing and unpowered self-assembly of microcomponents. My work thus far has demonstrated the potential of extracting work from liquid surface tension for actuation. The aim of the project is to engineer actuators that deflect and/or self-assemble controllably while powered only by environmental humidity. The experimental work is coupled with the development of an accurate theoretical model, which has generalized applications in the study of nanomechanics and fluidics."

Ashlesha Joshi, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, works with Prof. Peter Chen. Her research interests lie in the areas of operating systems, virtual machines, and security. She stated, "I am interested in developing ways to make software more secure and robust using techniques at the operating system and virtual machine monitor levels. My work has focused on intrusion detection using virtual machine introspection. By combining VM introspection with vulnerability-specific predicates, attacks on known vulnerabilities can be detected with perfect accuracy and without unwanted perturbations to the target software.Future directions for this work include adding predicate support for interpreted programs, enabling automatic generation of predicates, and developing uses of predicates beyond intrusion detection."

Jorge Pernillo, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, works with Prof. Michael Flynn. Pernillo stated, "My specific research interests are in the development and demonstration of integrated circuit techniques to facilitate controlled growth and imaging of cell cultures on a micro scale. This research involves the development of circuit techniques for imaging, analog to digital conversion and control. The techniques will enable new research in cell tissue development and disease. Furthermore since these techniques are compatible with CMOS integrated circuit technology they will facilitate cheap analysis and diagnosis."

Undergraduate Students Doing Research

Read about the research conducted by EECS undergraduate students in the latest issue of the EECS News (pages 16-17). These students have been working on cochlear implants, devices with biomedical applications for cardiac patients, robotics, electronic commerce, computer networking security, integrated optics, and internet security.

Speeding Up Access to the Web

WebBee, a technology developed by Associate Professor Sugih Jamin, accelerates Web access to unprecedented speeds on hand-held devices, such as cell phones. The technology has the potential to revolutionize the way people on-the-move use the Internet. (Read More)

Watch the video. (QuickTime 40 MB) [Full Story]

$18.7-million NIH Center Established at U-M

H V Jagadish is one of four U-M senior scientific directors of a newly awarded $18.7-million NIH grant to create a National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics. The mission of the NCIBI is to facilitate scientific exploration of complex disease processes on a much larger scale than is currently feasible. Jagadish leads the Computer Science Research area, and will work specifically in the area of Data Modeling and Integration. Other EECS faculty involved in the project include Satinder Singh (User Workflow Learning and Design), Jignesh Patel (Data Analysis Algorithms), and EECS affiliated faculty: Mark Ackerman (User Workflow Design), who is also co-director of Outreachcenter outreach activities, and Dragomir Radev (Information Extraction from Biomedical Text).

Additional information

Professor Drago Radev's research in Technology Research News

Because computers don't understand the meanings of words and sentences, automating the seemingly simple task of summarizing a news story using several sources is a major computer science challenge. See the link below for the complete story. [Full Story]

Dr. Jahanian's work in the Wall Street Journal

Farnam Jahanian is featured in a Wall Street Journal article about how his company, Arbor Lakes, is working with a alliance of global communications-services providers to stop the spread of denial-of-service attacks by computer hackers. Denial-of-service attacks are one of the most expensive forms of computer crime, second only to computer viruses, and becoming an increasingly large global threat to internet security. For more information, check out the web link below. (requires a subscription) [Full Story]

Professor Martha Pollack and her robot, Pearl, in the News

A news article about Professor Martha Pollack's robo-nurse robot, Pearl, can be found in this Washington Post web site.

Another article about Pearl is located in the Calgary Herald.

New York Times article on Professor Elliot Soloway

August 14, 2003 FROM THE DESK OF DAVID POGUE Students and Palmtops In today's edition of Circuits, I reviewed palmtop software for the college-bound. But the man who originally turned me on to the notion of palmtop software for students was Elliot Soloway, a professor of engineering, education, and information at the University of Michigan. He runs a unique program called the Center for Highly Interactive Computing -- Hi-Ce for short -- that is funded by the National Science Foundation, corporate backers and others. Its mission is to develop palmtop software expressly for the kindergarten-through-12th-grade classroom. Make that develop and promote, thanks to Dr. Soloway's outspoken enthusiasm for the concept of palmtops in the school. He points out that for school boards and parents, palmtops are an economic no-brainer: for the price of a single laptop, a school can buy five or ten Palms or PocketPC's. He points out that the current ratio of students to computers in schools is 6:1 -- make that 9:1 in urban schools. But if a school system buys palmtops, every student can have his or her own Palm or PocketPC. Not only that, but students can use their palmtops h% of the time, for all learning activities, as opposed to using a computer for 15 or 60 minutes a week for some specific activity," he says. Of course, there are the standard productivity programs: text editing, spreadsheets, drawing, and so on. Science teachers, according to Dr. Soloway, love the probeware for the Palm (from imagiworks.com, for example): software and sensors that let students test temperature, pH balance, light intensity, and so on. But that's only the beginning. At a recent technology-in-education conference, I met students and teachers who have used Hi-Ce's Sketchy program (a simple animation program) to create time-lapse drawings of atmosphere layers, life cycles of trees or animals, tadpole-to-frog development, and so on. Dr. Soloway adds that he's seen math teachers use Sketchy to show the steps in a proof, or to show intermediate steps in a multi-step problem. (You can download all of Hi-Ce's free programs from www.goknow.com.) Another Hi-Ce opus is Cooties, which uses the Palm's built-in infrared transmitter to let kids study how viruses spread. "They beam a message, either germ-laden or germ-free, to each other in a group of 5-6 kids. After a while, each handheld gets 'sick.' The task is to figure out 'who made me sick,'" Dr. Soloway explains. "The act of pointing a handheld and beaming (meeting) is a powerful moment, and the kids get a great deal from this sort of experience. There's no way to do this sort of thing on a desktop or laptop." Hi-Ce's latest project is larger in scope. Soloway and his team are working on participatory simulations that involve merging the interaction data from many students' palmtops at once, to study ant-colony behavior, genetic drift (sudden, Galapagos island-style changes in the genetic makeup), economic simulations (each Palm is a country; students beam "finished goods" or "raw materials" to each other by pointing and beaming), and so on. "This is very powerful stuff," Dr. Soloway says. "Kids are doing something to each other; there's an emotional connection, a physical connection." This more sophisticated software, expected to be finished in another year, lets the teacher's PC collect the data, via built-in wireless or Ethernet networking, so that the net effect of all of the smaller transactions is visible on the big screen. "Our image of the future classroom is: little computers, big screens," he says. At the moment, Michigan legislator Rick Johnson is pushing a $40 million bill to give every sixth-grader in the state a laptop or a palmtop. Man, some kids have all the luck.

CITI Research Appears in New York Times

Research conducted by Dr. Peter Honeyman from CITI, and one of our graduate students, Niels Provos, is discussed in the following New York Times article. Additional information on the steganography research at UM may be found at: abc.html and faq.html

Handheld Computing: New Best Tech Tool or Just a Fad?

See this news article in Education Week for discussion of the work being done by Dr. Soloway. [Full Story]