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New Funding for High-Fidelity Nerve Mapping Research

The NIH's Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program awarded a U-M project $1 million in funding to develop highly-compliant microneedle arrays for peripheral nerve mapping. The team's project director and principal investigator is John Seymour. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Optoelectronics  Yoon, Euisik  

U-M Receives $1.6M Toward Artificial Intelligence for Data Science

A team from the University of Michigan has received $1.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help develop a toolkit so that anyone can use big data to help answer questions and ultimately speed up the process of discovery. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  

Cooling off with Lasers

Prof. Stephen Rand and his team are studying how to use lasers to cool down solid matter. Besides breaking common notions about lasers, there are several applications for the refrigeration of solids with light. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

Precise pulses explore light's magnetism

A new laser will investigate an unusual magnetic effect that may lead to efficient solar energy harvesting. The new laser facility is housed in the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), directed by Prof. Stephen Rand. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Power and Energy  Rand, Stephen  

Doubling the power of the world's most intense laser

The most intense laser in the world is about to get a power upgrade with $2 million from the National Science Foundation. With more laser energy to focus, researchers at the University of Michigan and collaborators from around the world can make better tabletop devices that produce particle and X-ray beams for medical and national security applications and also explore mysteries in astrophysics and the quantum realm [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  Maksimchuk, Anatoly  Nees, John A.  Willingale, Louise  

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  

Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries

Michigan researchers and staff are testing how to use the immense thermal energy of large buildings as theoretical battery packs. The goal is to help the nations grid better accommodate renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Infrastructure  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability  

Getting People Moving: Walking Exoskeletons Could Mobilize Disabled Patients

PhD student Omar Harib, postdoctoral researcher Ayonga Hereid, and PhD student Eva Mungai spent four days in July working with French company Wandercraft in Paris. The company's goal is to create an exoskeleton that will allow patients that are paralyzed from the waist down to walk upright, with a natural gait and the freedom to use their hands. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Health  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

BigANT Tackles the Wave Field

Prof. Shai Revzen's lab has developed an inexpensive technique to rapidly fabricate a variety of useful robots, requiring only their modules and two stock materials. One of the lab's modular bots, BigANT, just received a major redesign that lets it walk over grass, up hills, and across uneven surfaces. It took on north campus' biggest terrain challenge, the Wave Field, in this new video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

$7.75M for mapping circuits in the brain

A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists. The technology exists to stimulate and map circuits in the brain, but neuroscientists have yet to tap this potential. Now, developers of these technologies are coming together to demonstrate and share them to drive a rapid advance in our understanding of the brain, funded by $7.75 million from the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Yoon, Euisik  

Seeing through materials with visible light

With yogurt and crushed glass, Prof. Raj Nadakuditi's group have taken a step toward using visible light to image inside the body. Their method for focusing light through these materials is much faster and simpler than today's dominant approach. By understanding exactly how a patch of skin scatters the light, researchers hope to carefully pattern light beams so that they focus inside the bodya first step toward seeing into it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Medical Imaging  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Norris, Theodore B.  

Dmitry Berenson Helps Robots Play Nice with People (with Video)

Prof. Dmitry Berenson wants robots to help us out anywhere, any time. In order to do so, he's working with state of the art equipment to design algorithms for robotic manipulation. These algorithms could turn a hunk of metal into a useful household assistant. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

Next-gen computing inspired by biology

Inspired by how mammals see, a new memristor computer circuit prototype developed by Prof. Wei Lu has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude faster and with much less power than todays most advanced systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Zhang, Zhengya  

Sister cell profiling aims to shut down cancer metastasis

In work that could improve understanding of how cancer spreads, a team of engineers and medical researchers at the University of Michigan including Prof. Euisik Yoon developed a new kind of microfluidic chip that can capture rare, aggressive cancer cells, grow them on the chip and release single cells on demand. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Yoon, Euisik  

Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems

Prof. Shai Revzen is a member of a five-institution team that will take advantage of recent advances in computation to exploit the promise of the Koopman Theory for modeling and control of dynamic systems.

The research is funded under a $6.25 million, five-year Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and called From Data-Driven Operator Theoretic Schemes to Prediction, Inference and Control of Systems (DDOTS to PICS). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Systems  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Building More Stable Quadruped Robots: A Dog's Point of View

Research into the gait of dogs may lead to improved design of quadruped robots and how we control their movement. Shai Revzen, a biologist turned roboticist, brings a unique perspective to the study of animals, one thats beginning to be heard by the biological community as well. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

How to Build a BigANT Shai Revzen's Critter-Inspired Robots

Want to build your own robot fast and cheap? Shai Revzen is making that easier with his plate and reinforced flexure (PARF) fabrication technique. He used PARF to develop the meter-scale hexapedal robot known as BigANT, whose design files are available to all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Transparent silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterials

The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver that can survive air exposure has been laid down by Prof. Jay Guo, and it could change the way touchscreens and flat or flexible displays are made. It could also help improve computing power, affecting both the transfer of information within a silicon chip and the patterning of the chip itself through metamaterial superlenses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers

Extremely short, configurable "femtosecond" pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today's electronics. Prof. Mack Kira showed that we can control the peaks within the laser pulses and also twist the light. This is a step toward so-called "lightwave electronics" and, in the more distant future, quantum computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kira, Mackillo  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  

Cindy Finelli: Community Building And Envisioning The Future Of Engineering Education Research

Prof. Cindy Finelli was highlighted as a pioneer of engineering education for her work in community building and education research. She is part of a new initiative at U-M to include education research in engineering departments. She is also the Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Gopal Nataraj Receives U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to Support High-impact Research in Medical Imaging

Gopal Nataraj, a doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research that promises to lead to improved techniqes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program whose research is unusually creative, ambitious and impactful. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Michigan's Millimeter-Scale Computers featured at ISSCC2017, and in IEEE Spectrum

Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester presented a total of 10 papers at the 2017 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Most were related to their Michigan Micro Mote (M3) computers. Their goal is to make smarter, smaller sensors for medical devices and the Internet of Things that can do more with less energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Snow science in action

Using high-tech equipment like infrared sensors and low-tech gear like shovels, researchers are trying to determine what remote sensors could best be used on satellites to produce more accurate snowpack measurements around the world. ECE grad student Mohammad Mousavi is working on Grand Mesa with a University of Michigan boom truck parked at the Jumbo Campground by Mesa Lakes and outfitted with a microwave radiometer, one type of snowpack measurement device. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

CASSIE: A Tougher, Lighter Bipedal Robot with Eyes

A new two-legged robot is coming to Michigan Engineering: the third generation biped in the lab of Jessy Grizzle, whose previous bots have been programmed to walk unassisted over rough terrain and jog a nine-minute mile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Mingyan Liu: Confessions of a Pseudo Data Scientist

Prof. Mingyan Liu gives the lecture "Confessions of a Pseudo Data Scientist" at the Women in Data Science Conference hosted by MIDAS. Prof. Lius research interests include optimal resource allocation, sequential decision theory, incentive design, and performance modeling and analysis, all within the context of communications networks. Her most recent research involves online learning, modeling and mining of large-scale internet measurement data concerning cyber-security, and incentive mechanisms for interdependent security games. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  

U-M first in line for new bird-inspired walking robot

A new two-legged robot is coming to Michigan Engineering: the third generation biped in the lab of Jessy Grizzle, whose previous 'bots have been programmed to walk unassisted over rough terrain and jog a nine-minute mile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Becky Peterson Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research in Amorphous Semiconductors for Next Generation Electronics

Prof. Becky Peterson was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her research project entitled Band Engineering in Amorphous Semiconductors." She will develop new alloys of amorphous oxide semiconductors with precisely tuned semiconductor energy band structures in order to enable new categories of electronic and opto-electronic devices. This research is applicable to the next generation of high-power electronics and deep ultraviolet optoelectronic devices, with specific applications in renewable energy and health care. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optoelectronics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

Kamal Sarabandi | Remote Sensing Science and Technology

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi delivered a Geoscience Remote Sensing Seminar, titled "Remote Sensing Science and Technology in Support of Exploration and Safe Utilization of Energy Resources." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Mark Kushner | The Role of Plasma Modeling

Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the Keynote Address at the 2016 LNF Users Symposium, titled The Role of Plasma Modeling in the Innovation Cycle for Nanofabrication. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Prof. Dmitry Berenson $1.1 million to help advance a robot's ability to walk over unstable ground and deal with tangles in string, rope or wire. One of the new abilities that Berenson and his group will help robots attain is navigating unfamiliar environments by reusing previous experience from similar environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lu, Wei  Najafi, Khalil  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

Ushering in the Next Generation of Flat-Panel Displays and Medical Imagers

Research that is expected to directly impact the future of the flat-panel display and imager industries has been selected as an Editor's Choice by the Journal of Solid-State Electronics. The article, co-authored by Prof. Jerzy Kanicki, ECE graduate student Chumin Zhao, and Dr. Mitsuru Nakata, describes a new technology that may help usher in the next generation of flat-panel displays and imagers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Video: Prof. Cindy Finelli and Engineering Education Research

Prof. Finelli is currently Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering, and she was founding director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering at Michigan, which supports college-wide initiatives in engineering teaching and learning. Her own research focuses on how faculty make decisions about what theyre doing in the classroom, how students understand engineering concepts, and how a flexible classroom influences both teaching and learning. Watch a new video about her and her work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Solving the "Christmas light" problem so solar panels can handle shade

Just 10 percent shade cover can create a 50 percent drop in solar panel electricity production. Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestrus is working to ensure power produced by a solar panel reflects the average over all the cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power and Energy  Solar Cell Technology  Sustainability  

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  

Cancer stem cells: new method analyzes 10,000 cells at once

A new device for studying tumor cells can trap 10,000 individual cells in a single chip. The technique, developed by Prof. Euisik Yoon's group, could one day help screen potential cancer treatments based on an individual patients tumor and help researchers better understand so-called cancer stem cells. It also shed light on a controversy: are large cells or small cells more likely to be cancer stem cells? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Yoon, Euisik  

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  

Necmiye Ozay Receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for Research in Cyber-Physical Systems

Prof. Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded a NASA Early Career Faculty award for her project, "Run-time anomaly detection and mitigation in information-rich cyber-physical systems." Her research will be designed to assist in future missions in space, while being applicable to a wide range of cyber-physical systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Lab-Systems  Ozay, Necmiye  Space technology  

Solar power plant: $1.4M grant aims to cut costs

Nanotechnology could reduce the cost of the most expensive part of a solar thermal power plant by roughly 75 percent. The Department of Energy gave a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $1.4 million to develop new solar concentrators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Power and Energy  Solar Cell Technology  

Pioneering Engineering Education Research

A new initiative at the College of Engineering has brought U-M into the spotlight in the field of Engineering Education Research (EER). Spearheaded by Prof. David C. Munson, Jr. while he was Dean, the College took a unique approach to EER by embedding faculty directly into traditional engineering departments. A few other institutions had already developed standalone departments or schools for EER with their own sets of faculty and PhD students, but U-Ms approach is the first of its kind. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

MARLO makes initial attempt at the Wave Field

Since he received a robot capable of walking outside, Jessy Grizzle has heard the siren call of the Wave Field, the undulating earthen art installation outside the Franois-Xavier Bagnoud building. MARLO finally got her shot at it. For now, Jessy and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that Grizzle calls merely very difficult. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

A Bipedal Robot Gets Its Swagger On

Popular Science watches MARLO take a stroll across the wave field for the first time. "She's trained her whole life for this moment: MARLO recently stomped and stumbled her way through a new milestone at University of Michigan's Wave Field. The field an art installation turned robot testing ground offers new challenges for the bipedal robot's lateral and forward balance, because of its uneven terrain." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

MARLO the bipedal robot seems to be tipsy

MARLO has captured worldwide attention again with her exploration of the wave field on North Campus. As she tries to navigate the steep bumps with no sensors, just extraordinarily clever algorithms that have her adapting to what she "steps in," she appears to be, well, a bit drunk. This drunken behavior is just MARLO pushing the extremes of what a human-sized bipedal robot can do. See her on Gizmodo, Aol.On and MSN Video
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

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  

A New, Low-Cost Way to Monitor Snow and Ice Thickness to Evaluate Environmental Change

Mohammad Mousavi, PhD student in ECE, earned a Weisnet Medal at the Eastern Snow Conference for his paper Elevation Angular Dependence of Wideband Autocorrelation Radiometric (WiBAR) Remote Sensing of Dry Snowpack and Lake Icepack, co-authored by Dr. Roger De Roo, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi, and Prof. Anthony England. The Weisnet Medal is presented to the best student paper at the conference. Mohammad has developed a new way to remotely measure the thickness of ice and snow with a technology he calls wideband autocorrelation radiometry (WiBAR), offering lower cost, lower power, and more flexibility than competing methods. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  England, Anthony W.  Environment  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

An Award Winning Radar System for Collision Avoidance and Imaging

Armin Jam, doctoral student in ECE, took first place in the student paper competition at the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (AP-S) for his paper, "A Horizontally Polarized Beam-Steerable Antenna for Sub-millimeter-wave Polarimetric Imaging and Collision Avoidance Radars," co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi. Armins research is focused on the development of a sub-millimeter-wave (sub-MMW) radar system for the next generation of navigation and imaging sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Autonomous Vehicles  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

A New Way to Test Low-Frequency Antennas for Long-Range Communication

Jihun Choi, a doctoral student in Prof. Kamal Sarabandi's research group, has earned an honorable mention in the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Antennas and Propagation Student Paper Competition. His paper describes a new technique to test antennas for long-range communication applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

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 cyber security startup purchased by FICO

QuadMetrics, a cyber risk security startup co-founded by Prof. Mingyan Liu, announced it has been purchased. Analytic software company FICO of San Jose, Calif., bought QuadMetrics to help in its development of a FICO Enterprise Security Score. The scores will rank an organization's level of cyber security risk, the company said in a statement. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  Technology Transfer  

Injectable Computers Can Broadcast from Inside the Body

Profs. David Blaauw and David Wenzloff are designing millimeter-scale ultra-low-power sensing systems that can be injected into the body through a syringe. Unlike other radios of this size, these new devices are able to broadcast through the human body to an external receiver. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

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  

Novel collaboration to probe brain activity in unprecedented detail

A pilot program led by Prof. Euisik Yoon will regularly bring together researchers with complementary expertise from different universities to collaborate on advancing research that may lead to a better understanding of the human brain and diseases that affect it. Yoon has been leading a key development of the Michigan Probe, a revolutionary tiny solid-state microsystem developed at U-M that can be used to probe the inner workings of the brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  LEDs  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Yoon, Euisik  

MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms

MARLO, the free-standing bipedal robot developed by Prof. Jessy Grizzle's group, can now walk down steep slopes, through a thin layer of snow, and over uneven and unstable ground. The robots feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger

As tiny embedded computers spread to every item in the home and beyond - fast, reliable memory is needed on an unheard-of scale. To fuel this ongoing revolution, Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded the company Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Embedded Computing and Systems  Entrepreneurship  Internet of Things  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

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  

Fundamental science will play a key role in finding cancer cure

Prof. David Blaauw is part of a team that NSF recently funded to develop millimeter-sized, ultra-low-power electronic biosensors for implantation in tumors to determine chemotherapy impacts. Monitoring of tumor micro-environments during therapy could inform chemotherapy duration, result in more successful chemotherapy and advance the science of implantable biosensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Cancer  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

MEMS research to assist in treatment of glaucoma selected as a featured article

The paper, Resonant magnetoelastic microstructures for wireless actuation of liquid flow on 3D surfaces and use in glaucoma drainage implants, by Venkatram Pepakayala, Joshua Stein and Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, was selected as a Featured Article in the journal, Microsystems & Nanoengineering. The researchers created wireless MEMS actuators that facilitate the flow of fluids on the surface of implantable glaucoma drainage devices that help lower eye pressure.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  WIMS/WIMS2  

MEMS Fabrication Research Highlighted by the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

The paper, A Fabrication Process for the Monolithic Integration of Magnetoelastic Actuators and Silicon Sensors, by Jun Tang, Dr. Scott Green, and Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani has been selected as one of the 2015 Highlights of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. The researchers achieved a microfabrication process that can be used for specific types of MEMS motors used in wireless sensing systems on a silicon substrate.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  WIMS/WIMS2  

A better 3D camera with clear, graphene light detectors

A camera that can record 3D images and video is under development, with $1.2 million in funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The new technology makes use of the special characteristics of graphene, and is anticipated to have dramatic applications in artificial bionic eyes, industrial imaging, robotic vision, and medical imaging. Leading the research are professors Ted Norris, Zhaohui Zhong, and Jeff Fessler. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graphene  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  Medical Imaging  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Power Harvesting Sensor Patch Uses Your Body As a Battery

IEEE Spectrum reported on a sensor patch that can power itself by using thermoelectric materials to turn the temperature difference between your body and the surrounding air into electricity. The project, based at North Caroline State University's Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors (ASSIST), involves Prof. David Wentzloff, who specializes in integrated circuit design for adaptable wireless communication systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

Injectable Radios to Broadcast From Inside the Body

IEEE Spectrum reported on medical devices being developed at Michigan that may one day be small enough to go through a syringe. Professors David Blaauw and David Wentzloff are collaborating with researchers at the U-M medical school to come up with the first test application. These devices will be able to monitor oxygen, glucose, and other biometrics, or follow disease progression in tumors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

Necmiye Ozay Receives CAREER Award for Research in Cyber-Physical Systems

Prof. Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her research project, "A Compositional Approach to Modular Cyber-Physical Control System Design." This research is applicable to a wide variety of safety-critical and autonomous systems, including next generation air vehicles, automotive systems, robotics and smart manufacturing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Lab-Systems  Ozay, Necmiye  

Energy researchers receive $1.4 million grant

Researchers from the University, including ECE's Prof. Ian Hiskens, have received a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to help develop data on power system optimization in energy grids. The team will work to develop new test cases to formulate better software algorithms for transmission operators to run the energy grid algorithms which regulate energy amounts. These operators are largely non-profit government agencies. The need for such research stems from the ongoing energy transition from traditional, emission-heavy sources such as coal and nuclear power to cleaner, renewable sources like wind and solar. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Environment  Grid  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  

What good is Nanotechnology? NBC Learn brings us Jay Guo to find out

How could something only billionths of a meter thick defend against water, dirt, wear, and even bacteria? Working at the nanoscale, scientists and engineers, like Jay Guo are creating protective nanoscale coatings and layers. These surfaces have applications in energy, electronics, medicine, and could even be used to make a plane invisible. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Somin Lee Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for Research in Bioplasmonics

Prof. Somin Eunice Lee received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support research that will ultimately help our basic understanding of how tissues form distinct shapes and structure to become organs, such as lungs, salivary glands, and mammary glands. This understanding will facilitate new strategies to engineer replacement tissues. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lee, Somin E.  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

How someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally

Prof. Jessy Grizzle Grizzle, along with a group of robotics engineers and students at U-M, is not only working to develop algorithms -- self-contained, step-by-step operations -- to be performed by walking robots, he's working to revolutionize them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

Mapping the brain: Probes with tiny LEDs shed light on neural pathways

With the help of light-emitting diodes as small as neurons, University of Michigan researchers are unlocking the secrets of neural pathways in the brain. The researchers have built and tested in mice neural probes that hold what are believed to be the smallest implantable LEDs ever made. The new probes can control and record the activity of many individual neurons, measuring how changes in the activity of a single neuron can affect its neighbors. The team anticipates that experiments using probes based on their design could lead to breakthroughs in understanding and treating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Yoon, Euisik  

Smarter renewable power: six innovations

Innovations are helping renewable energy become more accessible, powerful and effective. Among these are solar cells inspired by ancient Japanese paper cutting. Using this technique allows the cells to flex and track the sun for increased effieciency. The concept was developed in part by Prof. Stephen Forrest, working with prof. Max Shtein in MSE and Matt Shlian in U-M Art and Design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solar Cell Technology  

U-M Leading International Neurotechnology 'Dream Team' for Brain Research and Education

A "dream team" of experts in sensors, electronics, data analysis and neuroscience has been awarded a $5 million grant to help unravel the mysteries of the brain and cross-train an international group of neuroscientists and engineers. The project is directed by Prof. Euisik Yoon, and includes experts and partner institutions around the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Sensors  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

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  

Phosphorescent OLEDs glow deep blue - almost ready for prime time

A new molecule developed by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California shines a deep blue that is close to meeting the stringent brightness requirements of the National Television Systems Committee. "Bright, deep blue, phosphorescent emitters have been very elusive. Our work has resulted in deep, display quality blue at very high efficiency and extremely high brightness," said Stephen Forrest, the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Getting the Light Out (of OLEDs)

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a way to get 50% more light out of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), bringing them one step closer to more widespread adoption as a general lighting source, while increasing their value in displays. OLED technologies, a nearly $16B market, are already found in more than 750 million smartphone and tablet screens worldwide. The appearance of OLED technology in the world of general lighting is steadily growing, and as of 2014 can even be found in lighting fixtures sold at Home Depot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lighting  

Layered Graphene Beats the Heat

An international team of researchers, led by Ted Norris, Gerard A. Mourou Professor, have found that a layered form of graphene can expel heat efficiently, which is an important feature for its potential applications in building small and powerful electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  

Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun

Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched rooftops and vehicle surfaces. Now, by borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed solar cells that can have it both ways. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Environment  Forrest, Stephen  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solar Cell Technology  

Glucose Monitoring with Lasers

200 million estimated people with diabetes might one day utilize laser research going on at the University of Michigan to painlessly read their glucose levels. Professor Mohammed Islam is leading the reconstruction of super continuum lasers he designed to aid the military detect the chemical composition in camouflage nets and explosives into a non-invasive tool to measure a teaspoon of glucose in the blood system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  

Improving the image quality of ultra-low dose CT scans with big data

Prof. Jeffrey Fessler is collaborating with alumnus Prof. Yong Long on research that aims to provide high image quality CT scans while reducing the X-ray radiation dose to an ultra-low level. The team expects to achieve dramatically improved results by including big data analysis of existing CT images in their approach. Prof. Fessler's research in medical imaging is one of five joint projects to receive continued funding as part of the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Collaborative Research Programs for Energy and Biomedical Technology. The program funds projects that have commercial potential and are likely to attract follow-on research funding from the U.S. and Chinese governments, as well as industry. [read the announcement in The University Record] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Fessler, Jeffrey  Lab-Systems  Medical Imaging  

Next generation laser plasma accelerator

Michigan is part of a multi-institution collaboration to develop key laser technology that will enable the design a high-power, ultra-short-pulse laser system which is expected to enable new low-cost, compact accelerator-based light sources for a wide variety of biological, chemical, materials science, and security applications. The technology may also lead to compact, portable TeV (tera electron volt) linear colliders, and enable the same kind of research now being conducted in conventional accelerators, such as the 17 mile Large Hadron Collider, on a table top. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  Galvanauskas, Almantas  HERCULES  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  

Researching the Future of Remote Sensing

ECE researchers will explore the fundamental capabilities of remote sensing through a new grant funded by NASA. Directed by Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, the new program aims to create theoretical models for remote sensing of ice and snow. Specifically, the research seeks to develop a better understanding of wave propagation and scattering, and to improve tools for future monitoring. This work could feed into the development of new sensors for a variety of remote sensing applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Environment  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

New Michigan-Saudi Arabia Collaboration Promises Exciting New Research - Beginning with the Auto Industry

A new collaborative research center, called the Center of Excellence for Microwave Sensor Technology, has been established between ECE faculty and Saudi Arabias King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The Center will be a major site for research in microwave sensor technology, with the first projects focusing on autonomous vehicles and novel approaches to electric vehicle charging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Mud-Fueled Smart Sensors for the Bottom of the Ocean

If you put tiny electrodes in the mud on the ocean floor, you can harvest enough energy to power a tiny sensor platform that can monitor whats going on at those depths. The sensing platform draws just 2 nanowatts, and is part of a broader portfolio of work focused on powering electronic systems with low energy sources. [Full Story]

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

What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues

Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question. Prof. Euisik Yoon led the engineering team that created a new device that is able to sort cells based on their ability to move. Cancer becomes deadly when it spreads, or metastasizes. Not all cells have the same ability to travel through the body, but researchers dont understand why. This study is a step towards coming to that understanding. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Space Tethers Can Be Used to Fling Spacecraft Into Interplanetary Space

Brian Gilchrist is collaborating with NASA researchers and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to develop space tethers - a means to "fling" spacecraft further into interplanetary space. Electromagnetic tethers on already-orbiting or space bound satellites could be used to move a spacecraft in space without any propellant whatsoever. The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth's orbit altogether. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

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  

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  

EE Times Highlights ECE Research at ISSCC

EE Times offered 18 Views of ISSCC through photos of some of the most interesting and cutting-edge products and research shown at the event. They showcased research by Prof. Blaauw, Prof. Sylvester, and graduate student Wootaek Lim. The chip is an ARM Cortex-M0+ running off a 0.09mm2 solar cell that puts out 400 picowatts, thanks to novel circuits designed to suppress power leakage. Electronics360 previewed the work, calling it a stand-out paper. [Electronics360 preview]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

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  

The Future of Solar: $1.3M to Advance Organic Photovoltaics

The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrests group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the suns energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

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  

Michigan and Prof. Forrest awarded photovoltaics R&D award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative

U-M was selected as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot's "Next Generation Photovoltaics 3" program and was the only project awarded for organic photovoltaic ("OPV") research and development. Prof. Stephen Forrest said he very pleased to be able to continue his work on the SunShot Initiative. Forrest has achieved significant results in the area of organic photovoltaics, and believes they have the potential to redefine the cost structure of the solar industry and introduce solar power to untapped applications." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

Yang Liu Receives Best Applications Paper Award for Cyber Security Research in Phishing

Yang Liu, Ph.D Candidate in Electrical Engineering:Systems, earned a Best Applications Paper Award from the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA2014) for his recent research on phishing. His paper detailed his use of big data analysis to solve a major problem of cyber security [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Communications  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

Prof. Robert Dick to Apply Cyber Information to Air Quality Management

Prof. Robert Dick, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and specialist in embedded systems, received a CyberSEES grant to study the impact of weather and human activity on production of, and exposure to, ozone and other air pollutants. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Computing and Systems  Environment  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Prof. Johanna Mathieu Working to Bring Power from Sustainable Sources to Your Home

ECE Prof. Johanna Mathieu received a grant under the NSF Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering program to pursue "Data-driven approaches to managing uncertain load control in sustainable power systems." She is working on the problem of how best to integrate wind and solar power into the nation's established electrical grid system. The research may one day impact the nation's energy policy as it attempts to balance the cost of energy with the environmental impact of generating that energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grid  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Wind Technology  

Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

Mapping the brain with lasers

Individual parts of the brain can be activated and de-activated by shining light on the neurons, and researchers are using this ability to chart how different areas of the brain function. To zoom in on individual neuron circuits within the brain, more precise light sources are needed. ECE professor Euisik Yoon is leading a team that will design and build these new light sources with a variety of lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, Prof. Stephen Forrest and his team have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Fighting lung cancer with faster image processing

A new $1.9 million research program led by Prof. Jeff Fessler seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes.The advance could be particularly important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment. Prof. Thomas Wenisch is collaborating on the project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Fessler, Jeffrey  Lab-Systems  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Wenisch, Thomas  

Kyu-Tae Lee Wins Best Poster Award for Colorful Solar Cells

ECE graduate student Kyu-Tae Lee received a Best Poster Award at the 40th Annual Michigan AVS Symposium. His poster described the creation of solar cell device structures that enable attractive multi-colored solar cells that can be used on windows and other interior and exterior surfaces. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sensors in the Soil (video)

Soil moisture information is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For example, this data is used to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. Prof. Mingyan Liu is working on a system that will make collecting and analyzing this data more accurate. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Sensors  

Solving the Big Data Dilemma

Prof. Laura Balzano talks about how to get the best results from big collections of data. Science, healthcare, economics, infrastructure and government could be completely changed by effectively using big data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Environment  Health  Information Technology  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

New graphene sensor technology for personal and environmental health

A new wearable vapor sensor could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease. The new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Environment  Medical diagnosis  Sensors  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Optoelectronics: A practical polariton laser

In this article, the author describes the importance of Prof. Bhattacharya's room-temperature, eletrically injected polariton laser, stating that it, "represents an important step towards the practical implementation of polaritonic light sources. In many ways, the first report of a semiconductor laser device based on BoseEinstein condensation that is pumped electrically at room temperature opens a new era in optoelectronics. It may not be long before polaritonic devices start to claim their share of the optoelectronics market, just as double heterostructure devices did 40 years ago." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Optoelectronics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

ECE researchers have developed a way to exponentially shrink the size of a system typically needed to control the polarization of light, while maintaining the high level of performance needed for numerous optical applications such as color displays, microscopy and photography. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  LNF  Metamaterials  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Gurkan Gok Receives Paper Award for Making Better Antenna Beams

Gurkan Gok (PhD, EE 2014, exp) won Third Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 2014 IEEE Int. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for his paper that describes an antenna beam former that he developed using metamaterials. The design strategy provides new opportunities in smart antenna development. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  

Jiangfeng Wu Receives Best Paper Award for Research in Safe Fracking

Jiangfeng Wu, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Mikio Takagi Student Prize for his research in designing and building an antenna that can better determine the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the best of the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Environment  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

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.  

Thomas Frost Receives Best Paper Award for Achieving a HQ QD Red Laser

Thomas Frost received a Best Paper Award for achieving a high quality quantum dot red laser using novel materials. Lasers emitting in the 600nm wavelength range have important applications in medicine, optical information processing, plastic fiber communication systems, optical storage, and full color laser displays and laser projectors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Graduate Students  LNF  Lasers  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Metal particles in memristors do not stay put

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and RRAM, cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions, researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought. The findings have broad implications for the semiconductor industry and beyond. They show, for the first time, exactly how some memristors remember. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

New Research Program to Investigate Optical Energy Conversion

ECE is home to a new major research program that aims to provide a better understanding of phenomena driven by the magnetic field component of light. A key long-term goal of this five-year, $7.5M MURI, called the Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO), is to investigate the prospects for direct conversion of light to electricity without the thermodynamic losses typical of photovoltaic (solar cell) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

A better light bulb

Already a key lighting material for smart phones, a new approach to building phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes (PHOLEDs) will make them useful even for general lighting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Lighting  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

MEMS Research by Muzhi Wang Recognized at IMS 2014

ECE graduate student Muzhi Wang received a best student paper award, honorable mention, at the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014) for his research in RF MEMS switches for high-power RF applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Designing robots that assemble and adapt

What happens when you send a rolling robot out for a mission, and it turns out to need legs instead? In this video, Shai Revzen, assistant professor of ECE, describes how his team is working to create "self-assembling" robots that can build themselves into any form required. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

A new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power

With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, ECE researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They have made what's believed to be the first room-temperature polariton laser that is fueled by electrical current as opposed to light. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  LNF  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Small, Simple Terahertz Detector Converts The Pulses To Sound

"Terahertz waves, which are non-ionizing and can penetrate fabrics and body tissue, could be used to reveal hidden weapons and spot skin cancer and tooth decay. But they are notoriously difficult to detect. Engineers at the University of Michigan have invented a simple new way to sense them." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

T-ray converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

A research team led by Profs. Jay Guo and Ted Norris created a device that turns terahertz waves (T-rays) into ultrasound, which can then be detected by a highly sensitive acoustic sensor. Applications for T-rays include weapons detection, medical imaging, and astronomy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  CPHOM  Guo, L. Jay  Medical Imaging  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Security (national and personal safety)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Research in Machine Learning earns Notable Paper Award at AISTATS 2014

Prof. Clay Scott received a Notable Paper Award at the 2014 Int. Conf. on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics for his research in the area of machine learning. The theoretical research has applications in big data problems such as crowd sourcing, topic modeling, and nuclear particle classification. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Machine Learning  Scott, Clayton D.  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

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  

Hao Sun Earns 3 Paper Awards for Medical Imaging Research

Hao Sun, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, will receive 3 paper awards at the 2014 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) meeting. held May 10-16 in Milan, Italy, for his research in the area of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Powering the Internet of Things (video)

Prof. David Wentzloff describes the future Internet of Things, a world that he and his colleagues in the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory are enabling with their ultra low power circuits and systems. These sensing systems can detect air quality, bodily health, and whether you forgot to turn off your stove and send that information to your phone. [Full Story]

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

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)  

Bringing batteryless sensors to market

PsiKick, an ultra-low-power wireless sensor company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, has completed first-round, funding. The financing, led by New Enterprise Associates, will be used to accelerate PsiKick's growth and product development to meet the increasing demand for energy-efficient system-on-a-chip technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

New tech could lead to night vision contact lenses

The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared (IR) spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens. IR vision allows us to see in the dark, monitor blood flow, identify chemicals in the environment, and even peer under layers of paint. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  LNF  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Transparent color solar cells fuse energy, beauty

Colorful, see-through solar cells could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity. The technology is being developed by Prof. Jay Guo's group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Photon Glue Enables New Quantum State That Could Mean Better Lighting, Solar Cells

Prof. Steve Forrest and colleagues discovered that light can act as a photon glue that binds together the quantum mechanical properties of two vastly different materials used in electronics. The effect could harness the most useful characteristics from each material for hybrid solar cells and high-efficiency lighting, among other applications. [Full Story]

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

What are quantum computers going to do for us?

Prof. Duncan Steel, a leading expert in quantum computer technology, describes how these computers work, and what their implications are for cyber security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Security (Computing)  Steel, Duncan  

Biochips for better cancer therapy

Prof. Yoon's group is working to dramatically accelerate progress in a form of cancer therapy known as photodynamic therapy (PDT), which combines the agents of a photosensitive drug, light, and oxygen to attack cancerous tumors and lesions locally in the targeted region of the body by selective optical illumination. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Medical diagnosis  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Zhaoshi Meng Receives Best Paper Award at CAMSAP 2013

Zhaoshi Meng, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received 2nd place in the Student Paper Competition at the 5th IEEE Int. Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP 2013). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Machine Learning  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Two-legged robot walks outside at U-Michigan

With prosthetic feet and hips that can swing sideways for stability, the University of Michigan's newest two-legged robot has taken its first steps outside. The machine named MARLO is the third-generation bipedal robot for Prof. Jessy Grizzle. While its predecessors were connected to lateral support booms and confined to the lab, MARLO can venture out into the sunlight. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

MCubed A Year Later: A Record of Fostering Innovative Research

The first annual MCubed Symposium served as a showcase for the 200+ projects that came into being thanks to the MCubed initiative. In ECE, the program enabled research to progress to the point that our faculty are applying for major grants to continue the work, submitting papers to conferences and journals, and founding new companies. [Full Story]

ECE Research on Display (with event photo gallery)

Research in electrical and computer engineering was on grand display at the 2013 CoE Graduate Symposium. With nearly 100 ECE posters displayed, current and prospective students were able to get a glimpse at the range of research happening in the department, and meet the graduate students making it all happen. [Full Story]

New algorithms and theory for shining light through non-transparent media

Curtis Jin, a graduate student in electrical engineering, is part of a research team that has developed theory and algorithms that can mitigate or even overcome loss in transmission power due to the multiple scattering of light in non-transparent (ie, scattering) media. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Michielssen, Eric  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Rand, Stephen  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Theory of Computation  

Making the Internet of Things Happen

Prof. David Wentzloff is helping to make a worldwide Internet of Things more than a dream through his research in low-power wireless communication, and more recently, through his new startup company called PsiKick. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Kyu Hyun Kim Receives Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award

Kyu Hyun Kim, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, received an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition award at the 2013 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference for his work in microfluidic optomechanics. Potential applications of this research range from ultrasound mapping of a single living cell to fundamental quantum optomechanical experiments with superfluids. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  

How a metamaterial might improve a depression treatment

A brain stimulation technique that is used to treat tough cases of depression could be considerably improved with a new headpiece designed by University of Michigan engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Brain  Grbic, Anthony  Health  Metamaterials  Michielssen, Eric  

Better miniaturized vacuum pumps for electronics and sensors

ECE researchers have built three different types of record-breaking micro scale vacuum pumps that could greatly extend the capabilities of electronics and sensing devices that use these devices, such as gas analyzers for homeland security, healthcare, search and rescue, and other applications. They have also taken an important step towards building an integrated, easily manufactured, micro gas chromatography system that incorporates a vacuum micro pump. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Health  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  

Research that will lead to sharper photos earns best paper award

Research by Dr. Paul Shearer, Prof. Alfred O. Hero, III and Prof. Anna Gilbert, earned Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. The researchers tackled the problem of "camera shake," which is inevitable in cases where a tripod is either not available or practical for taking pictures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Nanotechnology and Progress: A Quantum Entanglement

In this brief overview of nanotechnology research in ECE, well look at how research at the nanoscale is impacting lighting, medicine, displays, electronics, information security and the far-out world of quantum computing. Our faculty are also looking into how to manufacture these devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Graphene  Guo, L. Jay  Health  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  LEDs  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Systems  Lasers  Lu, Wei  MEMS and Microsystems  Memristor  Metamaterials  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Phillips, Jamie D.  Quantum Science and Technology  Solar Cell Technology  Steel, Duncan  Yoon, Euisik  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Image processing 1,000 times faster is goal of new $5M contract

Loosely inspired by a biological brain's approach to making sense of visual information, Prof. Wei Lu is leading a project to build alternative computer hardware that could process images and video 1,000 times faster with 10,000 times less power than today's systems, all without sacrificing accuracy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  LNF  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhang, Zhengya  

Jae Young Park Receives Best Student Paper Award for Research Impacting Structural Health Monitoring

Jae Young Park, a recent doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a Best Student Paper Award at the Signal Processing with Adaptive Sparse Structured Representations (SPARS 2013) conference. The method described in the paper is expected to increase the longevity of battery-based sensor devices that record structural information, increase the accuracy of basic data analysis techniques, and decrease the memory requirements of such tasks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Faster, more powerful mobile devices: U-M startup Crossbar could disrupt the memory market

Crossbar, Inc., co-founded in 2010 by Prof. Wei Lu, announced its emergence from stealth mode after its recent development of a working Crossbar memory array at a commercial fab. With its improvements in speed, power consumption, and endurance combined with half the die size, Crossbar is expected to enable a new wave of electronics innovation for consumer, enterprise, mobile, industrial and connected device applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Technology Transfer  

When GPS fails, this speck of an electronic device could step in

In a pellet of glass the size of an apple seed, Electrical and Computer Engineering researchers have packed seven devices that together could potentially provide navigation in the absence of the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS.) [Full Story]

Related Topics:  GPS  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

New laser shows what substances are made of; could be new eyes for military

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below. "For the defense and intelligence communities, this could add a new set of eyes," said Prof. Mohammed Islam. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Security (national and personal safety)  

New cyber-physical systems grants to advance health, energy & transportation

NSF announced two projects to expand the frontiers of cyber-physical systems. Prof. Jessy Grizzle will lead the four-year $4M project called, Correct by Design Control Software Synthesis for Highly Dynamic Systems. Prof. Demos Teneketzis will lead U-Ms effort in the UC-Berkeley based project called, Foundations of Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems (FORCES). [NSF press release] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Hiskens, Ian  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  Theory of Computation  

A new laser paradigm: An electrically injected polariton laser

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group have demonstrated a paradigm-shifting polariton laser that's fueled not by light, but by electricity. Prof. Bhattacharya calls the device, which was first suggested in 1996, truly transformative. The device requires at least 1,000 times less energy to operate than a conventional laser. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Research in distributed networks earns Notable Paper Award at AISTATS

The research by Prof. Al Hero, ECE graduate student Zhaoshi Meng, and Dr. Dennis Wei provides a way to efficiently reveal relationships between even distant entities in a network, whether it be a social network or a network of sensors. The group will present their research at the 16th Int. Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Machine Learning  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

A better single-photon emitter for quantum cryptography

A silicon-based single-photon emitter developed by Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and his group is simpler and more efficient than those currently available, and can be made using traditional semiconductor processing techniques. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  LNF  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  Security (Computing)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Better than X-rays: A more powerful terahertz imaging system

Prof. Mona Jarrahi and her group developed a laser-powered terahertz source that will allow for deeper imaging of tissue, and the sensing of smaller quantities of drugs and explosives from farther distances than is currently possible. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Health  Medical Imaging  Sensors  

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  

NAE Awards Mona Jarrahi a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant

Prof. Mona Jarrahi, together with Prof. Jordan Green, an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Whitaker Institute at Johns Hopkins, have received a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grant by the National Academy of Engineering to explore genetic therapy methods to treat diseases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Genetics  Health  

After Newtown: A new use for a weapons-detecting radar?

In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi envisions a new use for a weapons-detecting radar system he's been developing for the past few years. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  Security (national and personal safety)  Weapons detection  

U-M partners with Israeli university on renewable energy

The University of Michigan and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel will forge a research partnership to collaborate on developing renewable technologies. The partnership grew out of U-M's VP for Research Stephen Forrest's visits to Israel over the past five years, and will focus on the areas of advanced vehicle fuels, solar energy, and thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  International Partnerships  Sustainability  

Scientific Milestone: A room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and a team of researchers have created and directly observed what they believe to be a near-equilibrium room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). A BEC is an unusual state of matter in which a group of boson particles can exist in a single quantum state, giving scientists the rare opportunity to directly observe novel quantum phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  LNF  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Cockroaches and robots: Reverse engineering the balance systems of animals

Running cockroaches start to recover from being shoved sideways before their dawdling nervous system kicks in to tell their legs what to do. This new insight by Prof. Shai Revzen and colleagues into how biological systems stabilize could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors understanding of human gait abnormalities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Biomimicry  Health  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  Security (national and personal safety)  

Translating animal movement into better robotic design

Prof. Shai Revzen pioneered a method, called Data Driven Floquet Analysis (DDFA), which he is currently using to test scientific theories of neuromechanical control in animals and humans, and extract principles that may guide future robotic design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Biomimicry  Health  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Next-gen e-readers: Improved peacock technology could lock in color for high-res displays

Prof. Jay Guo and his group have found a way to lock in so-called structural color, which is made with texture rather than chemicals. This could lead to advanced color e-books and electronic paper, as well as other color reflective screens that don't need their own light to be readable. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Biomimicry  Displays  Electronic devices  Guo, L. Jay  LNF  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

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  

Computers that mimic the brain thanks to memristors (video)

Prof. Wei Lu and graduate student Patrick Sheridan talk about their research developing a new type of electronic switch that mimics the behavior of a biological neuron in the human brain. Resulting computers can learn without being programmed. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Electronic devices  LNF  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Predicting your risk of illness

Imagine a future when you could predict whether or not you are at risk of becoming sick. Prof. Al Hero is working to make that a reality with his research into the human genome's response to viral illnesses. Watch the video to learn more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Genetics  Health  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Lowering CT Radiation for Improved Health

Jeff Fessler is working with U-M radiologists to create high-quality CT scans with lower radiation in a much faster time frame than currently possible. Technology developed by Prof. Fessler and his research group is in use at U-M hospital. Watch the video to see his algorithms in action. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

A new laser to ID distant materials night and day

Can large-output lasers be used to identify materials at long distances? Prof. Mohammed Islam is working to create lasers that can identify items that are more than a kilometer away. Watch the video to learn more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Security (national and personal safety)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

David Wentzloff Receives CAREER Award for Research in Energy-Autonomous Systems

Prof. David Wentzloff, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Ultra-Low Power Radios for Energy-Autonomous Systems." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Zhaohui Zhong Receives CAREER Award for Research in Graphene-based Optoelectronics

Prof. Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Graphene Heterostructures Based Hot Carrier Optoelectronics." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

MCubing by ECE Faculty to find answers - fast

Ten different ECE 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 in the U-M MCubed program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Brain  Cancer  Energy Science and Engineering  Flynn, Michael  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Graphene  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Health  Hero, Alfred  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  LEDs  Medical diagnosis  Plasma Science and Engineering   Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Space technology  

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]

Using HERCULES to probe the interior of dense plasmas

For the first time, researchers probed the interior of highly dense plasmas using the world's most intense tabletop laser called HERCULES, located in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS). Scientists are now able to study very dense plasmas, which has important implications for nuclear fusion energy and astrophysical research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  Plasma Science and Engineering   

Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel

A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. This new therapeutic ultrasound approach could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery. Working on the project is an interdisciplinary team lead by Prof. Jay Guo, with Prof. Euisik Yoon, Prof. John Hart (ME), and Prof. Zhen Xu (BioMed). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Health  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Most exciting optics research in the past year

Prof. Tal Carmon and his group showed that light can be used to cool objects at the range between atomic and device scale through spontaneous brillouin cooling. This surprising discovery has been recognized as among the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research of the past year by Optics and Photonics News. See the summary in the December issue, and the U-M Press Release describing the work.
Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  

Juan Rivas Receives CAREER Award for Research in Next-Generation Power Electronics

Prof. Juan Rivas was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, Power converters with embedded passive components. With traditional methods nearing the end of their ability to improve much beyond their current state, Rivas will investigate new design techniques to dramatically improve the power density and performance of power electronics. [Full Story]

Research on Display at the 2012 Graduate Symposium

More than 85 research posters were presented by graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the 2012 College of Engineering Graduate Symposium. Students winners were announced for all the sessions, which included Energy, MEMS, Engineering in Medicine, Signal Processing and Computer Vision, Solid State Materials and Physics, and many more [Full Story]

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  

Bourne pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity

Prof. Silvio Savarese and his group have found a way to improve a computer's human-tracking accuracy by more than 30 percent by looking not only at where the targets are going, but also at what they're doing. His computer vision algorithms will help make cars safer on the road, in addition to various other applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Robotics  

Developing the Wireless Component for Personalized Health Devices

Prof. David Wentzloff will be developing the wireless component for the next generation of personalized health devices as a member of a new 5-year, $18.5M NSF Nanosystems Engineering Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology (ASSIST), led by North Carolina State University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sensors  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Signal Processing @ Michigan: Putting Theory to Work for a Better World

Signal processing is the art of generating, transforming, and interpreting information, which we think of as being a signal. Some signals can be detected electronically, while others might be a pattern that arises from data such as a gene pool, social media activity, or economic data. Signal processing delves into nearly as many application areas as can be conceived. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Fessler, Jeffrey  Hero, Alfred  Kieras, David  Lab-Systems  Munson Jr., David C.  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Neuhoff, David L.  Scott, Clayton D.  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

Enabling flexible, transparent electronics with high speed communications for the first time

Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his team of graduate students, Seunghyun Lee, Kyunghoon Lee, Chang-Hua Liu, and Girish S. Kulkarni, have built the first flexible, transparent digital modulator for high speed communications, made solely out of graphene. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flexible electronics  Graphene  LNF  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Nano-origami project combines art and engineering to further technology

Prof. P-C Ku is co-PI in a new project funded by NSF to find out whether the ancient art of origami could bring nanotechnology into the third dimension. The goal is for manufacturers to use existing machinery to make high-tech "paper" that can then be folded into the desired device. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives NASA Early Career Grant to Develop Technology Needed in PicoSatellites

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh will pursue research into a "Chip-Scale Precision Timing Unit for PicoSatellites" as one of ten researchers selected in the inaugural year of NASA's Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Space technology  

Research by Silvio Savarese applying computer vision techniques to construction sites leads to best paper award and a new spinoff company

Prof. Silvio Savarese received the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management for research that applies fundamental principles developed for real-world scene understanding to the problem of efficient construction site monitoring. He co-founded the company Vision Construction Monitoring, LLC, to offer the technology to the construction industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics  

Research Spotlight: Sensors and Actuators for Portable Microsystems

Dr. Christine Eun and Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani describe the diversity of applications possible for sensors based on microscale plasmas (or microdischarges) in a paper featured on the cover of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Environment  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Health  Plasma Science and Engineering   Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  Space technology  

ECE startup, PicoCal, receives a a Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant

The Ann Arbor-based ECE startup company PicoCal, founded by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, is one of the first two companies to receive a SCIP grant, given through the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). The grant will support research in ECE to improve the manufacturing process of nano-structured materials and nano devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

The worlds first two-legged robot with a trip reflex

The two-legged robot named MABEL can now recover from a stumble like a person, making her the world's first robot with a trip reflex, says Prof. Jessy Grizzle. The fastest bipedal robot with knees can now step up onto a platform that's in her path. She has no cameras, so she uses a sense of touch, so to speak, to keep steady footing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  Security (national and personal safety)  

New Textbook: Engineering Signals and Systems

A new textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems, by Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby and Prof. Andrew Yagle, will be used by students this Fall in the undergraduate course, Introduction to Signals and Systems (EECS 216). The new textbook combines theory with application, so that students learn to solve real world problems, such as analyzing a trumpet signal, or automobile suspension responses to curbs and potholes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Prof. Mingyan Liu Receives Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

The paper, "In-Situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing," by Prof. Mingyan Liu and Xiaopei Wu (a visiting student), was named Best Paper at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks. This research aims to monitor soil moisture over time using as little energy as possible while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Diversity and Outreach  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Remote Sensing  Sensors  

Robots Building Better Maps: for robots and other mechanical creatures

Nick Carlevaris-Bianco, PhD student in Electrical Engineering:Systems, is using a robot equipped with highly sensitive 3D laser scanners and cameras to generate robust 3D maps. These maps could be used in the future for autonomous navigation of vehicles and similar applications. [includes a video of the project] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Robotics  

$10 million NSF project to advance computer programming

Making computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive is the goal of a new $10 million NSF project, Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE), that involves Prof. Stphane Lafortune and is based at the U. of Pennsylvania. Prof. Lafortune aims to automate the complicated, time-consuming and expensive software-debugging process. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Information Technology  Lafortune, Stephane  Robotics  Software Systems  

Mona Jarrahi Receives ONR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Mona Jarrahi received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program to conduct fundamental physical studies on the ultrafast dynamics of carriers in semiconductor nanostructures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains

In a step toward computers that mimic the parallel processing of complex biological brains, researchers from HRL Labs and Prof. Wei Lu's group have built a type of artificial synapse. They have demonstrated the first functioning memristor array stacked on a CMOS circuit. Memristors combine the functions of memory and logic like the synapses of biological brains. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  LNF  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Next-generation computer memory firm receives U-Ms first startup investment

With the help of the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups (MINTS) program, Prof. Wei Lu and his company, Crossbar, Inc., are developing technology to dramatically enhance the global memory storage industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

A new way to cool materials with light

New research that has come out of Prof. Tal Carmon's research group provides the first experimental evidence of an acoustical density wave in a solid using Brillouin scattering. This research overturns scientists understanding of how light and sound interact in the process called Brillouin scattering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  

Mona Jarrahi Receives Crosby Research Award

Mona Jarrahi was awarded an Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award to support her research in terahertz technology. The Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Awards were created to support the participation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at the University of Michigan, [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  

Cleaner, longer-lasting lighting the goal of a new company called Arborlight

Prof. PC Ku is co-founder of Arborlight LLC, a new start-up with a technology to replace fluorescent bulbs with more energy-efficient yet still cost-effective LED lighting. The company received an award for "Most Disruptive Idea" at the recent Clean Energy Venture Challenge competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Research Spotlight: 3-D electrical force fields manipulate microscale particles

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and colleagues at the University of Michigan are using electrical energy as a 3-D force field to manipulate microscale objects. Potential applications for this research include biochemical reactions, sample analysis and synthesis, molecular genetics, cell manipulation, and biotechnology production. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Health  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

New technology allows CT scans to be done with a fraction of the conventional radiation dose

A technological breakthrough is allowing the University of Michigan Health System to be the first teaching hospital in the U.S. to perform some CT scans using a fraction of the radiation dose required for a conventional CT image. The scan displayed shows a dark spot indicative of cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi received a Young Investigator Award to support research that is expected to improve the quality of information obtained from sensors and sensor networks through the creation of improved algorithms to detect, estimate, and classify even weak signals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Wireless sensor network research makes hot tech list

EE Times featured Michigan Engineering wireless sensor network technology on its list of 20 hot technologies to watch in 2012. The magazine listed wireless sensor networks at No. 2 and highlighted work by David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

New coating makes objects invisible

Prof. Jay Guo and his research group developed a carbon nanotube coating that acts as a "magic black cloth." It conceals an object's three-dimensional geometry and makes it look like a flat black sheet. The coating could inspire a new type of camouflaging paint for stealth aircraft, and suggests interesting interpretations of deep space. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Security (national and personal safety)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

A smarter way to make ultraviolet light beams

ECE faculty Mona Jarrahi and Tal Carmon, and graduate students Jeremy Moore and Matthew Tomes have found a better way to build a compact ultraviolet light source with low power consumption that could improve information storage, microscopy and chemical analysis. [Full Story]

Insect cyborgs to search and monitor hazardous environs

Research conducted by Prof. Khalil Najafi and Erkan Aktakka may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans. Najafi and Aktakka are finding ways to harvest energy from insects, and take the utility of the miniature cyborgs to the next level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Energy Scavenging  LNF  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  

Ian Hiskens Presented with an IEEE Power & Energy Society Prize Paper Award for Best Paper of the Past 5 Years

Prof. Hiskens received the award at the 2011 Power & Energy Society General Meeting, held in Detroit, MI. The paper, "Sensitivity, Approximation, and Uncertainty in Power System Dynamic Simulation," co-authored by Jassim Alseddiqui, was written in 2006. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  

New Method for Building a Low-cost, High-Performance Electric Machine and Drive Could Result in Huge Energy Savings

Prof. Heath Hofmann will be expanding his impact on the field of electric machines and drives in a newly funded project supported by the Bosch Energy Research Network. The research could potentially result in huge energy savings due to the widespread use of these machines and the applicability of Hofmann's research project to these devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric machines  Hofmann, Heath  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  

New research program aims to make better sense of the world

A new 5-year $2.5M research program funded by the National Science Foundation, led by Prof. Demos Teneketzis, aims to address fundamental issues that arise in networked systems so that they can operate with maximum efficiency. This is especially critical as individual sensing devices are scaled down to millimeter size. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Anastasopoulos, Achilleas  Control Systems  Environment  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  Theory of Computation  

Research about a Resilient Sensor Network for Plants Recognized with Best Track Paper Award

Research involving the design of a resilient sensor network for use in a nuclear power plant was recognized at the 4th International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems as a Best Track Paper award. The paper, "Resilient Monitoring System: Design and Performance Analysis," was authored by H. Garcia, U-M students Naman Jhamaria and Heng Kuang, Wen-Chiao Lin (EE:Systems alumnus now at the Idaho National Laboratory), and Prof. Semyon M. Meerkov. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Meerkov, Semyon M.  Production Systems Engineering  Sensors  

Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficient

A new kind of screen pixel developed by Prof. Jay Guo doubles as a solar cell and could boost the energy efficiency of cell phones and e-readers. The technology could also potentially be used in larger displays to make energy-harvesting billboards or decorative solar panels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Electronic devices  Energy Science and Engineering  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Modernizing the Nations Electric Grid for Alternative Energy

Prof. Ian Hiskens will be developing the technology as well as a strategy that will allow the nation's grid system to accommodate large-scale alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power, through a $1.4M grant from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Grid  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability  

Testing the commercial potential of organic solar cells

Prof. Steve Forrest will be investigating next-generation technology in the area of organic photovoltaics that may lead to paints or windows that act as solar cells to power vehicles and homes. The research is funded through the Dept. of Energy's SunShot Initiative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Sustainability  

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  

Next-generation Systems Information Theory

Called Value-centered information theory for adaptive learning, inference, tracking, and exploitation, this MURI led by Prof. Al Hero has the goal of laying the foundation for a new systems information theory for next-generation autonomous and adaptive sensing systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Information Technology  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Theory of Computation  

New NSF Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials

Prof. Ted Norris will direct the new $13M Center that will develop high-tech materials that manipulate light in new ways, leading to advances in invisibility cloaks, nanoscale lasers, efficient lighting, and quantum computers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  Lasers  Lighting  Metamaterials  Norris, Theodore B.  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Silvio Savarese Authors Book in the Field of Computer Vision

The book, Representations and Techniques for 3D Object Recognition and Scene Interpretation, "introduces major concepts in 3D scene and object representation and inference from still images." Prof. Savarese directs the Vision Lab at U-M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics  

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  

New laser could treat acne with telecom technology

A laser developed by Prof. Mohammed Islam is designed to melt fat without burning surrounding tissue. It could potentially be used to treat acne. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Islam, Mohammed  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  

Breakthrough: Researchers find wide gap in immune responses of people who did or didnt get the flu after exposure

Prof. Al Hero and colleagues in medicine and genomics are using genomics to begin to unravel what in our complex genomic data accounts for why some get sick while others don't. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Genetics  Health  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

New Techniques in Medical Informatics Lead to Improved Diagnosis of MDS

Research by Prof. Al Hero and colleagues in the area of medical informatics is leading to better diagnosis and prognosis of patients with serious blood borne diseases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Genetics  Health  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

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  

Sensors in the soil help engineers understand climate change

Profs. Moghaddam, Liu, and Teneketzis are involved in research that will increase understanding of how global ecosystems function, and ultimately global climate change. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Remote Sensing  Sensors  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  Wireless Communications  

MABEL is now the worlds fastest two-legged robot with two knees

Jessy Grizzle's robot MABEL can now run, a feat that represents the height of agility and efficiency for a two-legged machine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Gyemin Lee Receives Best Paper Award for Research in Machine Learning for Biomedical Diagnosis

Mr. Lee is a PhD student in EE:Systems studying with Prof. Clay Scott. His paper provides an automated process for flow cytometry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Scott, Clayton D.  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Xueyang Duan Receives First Prize for Research in Soil Moisture Sensing

Doctoral student Xueyang Duan took First Prize in the Student Paper Contest of the 2011 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  Sensors  

Using imprint processing to mass-produce tiny antennas could improve wireless electronics

Prof. Anthony Grbic and Prof. Stephen Forrest, with PhD student Carl Pfeiffer, have found a way to mass-produce antennas so small that they approach the fundamental minimum size limit for their bandwidth, or data rate, of operation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Electronic devices  Forrest, Stephen  Grbic, Anthony  

Prof. Semyon Meerkov and Colleagues Author Book on Quasilinear Control

Prof. Semyon Meerkov co-authored the textbook Quasilinear Control: Performance Analysis and Design of Feedback Systems with Nonlinear Sensors and Actuators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Meerkov, Semyon M.  Sensors  

A minimally-invasive brain implant to translate thoughts into movement

Prof. Euisik Yoon is developing a minimally-invasive brain implant to detect and wirelessly transmit the brain's neural signals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  MEMS and Microsystems  Medical diagnosis  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

Morteza Nick Receives Best Paper Award at IMS2011

Morteza Nick (PhD EE 2011, exp.) received the Best Paper Award from the Int. Microwave Symposium for his paper in which he introduced a new voltage-controlled-oscillator design technique. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Mortazawi, Amir  RF, Microwave, MM-wave Circuits  

Prof. Wayne Stark and Changhun Bae Receive 2011 JCN Best Paper Award

A 2010 paper related to energy efficiency in wireless sensor networks by Prof. Wayne Stark and EE:S graduate student Changhun Bae was named the 2011 Journal of Communications Best Paper. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sensors  Stark, Wayne E.  Wireless Communications  

Most powerful millimeter-scale energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations

Prof. Khalil Najafi and EE doctoral student Erkan Aktakka have built the most efficient device to generate energy from vibrations in its class. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  Energy Science and Engineering  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Sensors  

Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible

A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by Prof. Stephen Rand's group could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  

Safer Medical Imaging with Microwaves

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam and her group describe and demonstrate a successful experiment in research that could lead to safer medical imaging practices in hospitals and labs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Raj Nadakuditi Receives ONR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Nadakuditi will investigate the fundamental statistical limits of quiet signal detection, estimation and classification in the context of undersea signal processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Theory of Computation  

Watch MABEL on Discovery Channel Canada - Daily Planet

MABEL's story starts at the 5 minute mark. Watch as Jessy Grizzle shows how his group's work has MABEL navigating the highest steps yet. Don't miss her new shoes at the end. Video
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Al Hero Receives Best Paper Award for Research in System Feasibility Studies

The paper will be presented at the 2011 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in May 2011. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

MABEL the robot to appear on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel Canada is doing a documentary about MABEL, and captured experimentation of new walking algorithms live on camera. One of MABEL's new features is the addition of more "human" feet to better mimic the classic heel strike, flat foot, toe roll motion of human walking. The feature is expected to be out within a few weeks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Prof. Stephen Forrest discusses solar power role as alternative energy source

Stephen Forrest, U-M VP for research and EECS solar energy researcher, disccuses whether it will be possible to meet President Obama's clean energy goal. Listen to the podcast
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

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  

Mona Jarrahi Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Mona Jarrahi will pursue research in the area of Next Generation Photomixer-Based Terahertz Sources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  

Xi Chen and Prof. Robert Dick Receive DATE Best Paper Award

Chen and Dick were honored for their work in fast thermal analysis for use in temperature-aware integrated circuit design, along with co-author Prof. Li Shang, U. Colorado. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Rais-Zadeh will pursue research in the area of MEMS Reconfigurable Filters for Multi-Band Low-Power Radios. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  RF, Microwave, MM-wave Circuits  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Zhengya Zhang Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Zhang will pursue research in the area of High Performance, Energy-Efficient Communication and Storage. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Information Technology  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Zhang, Zhengya  

Silvio Savarese Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Savarese will pursue research in the area of computer vision. He directs the Computer Vision Group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics  

Jackie Vitaz Receives Top Prize at USNC/URSI

Dr. Jacquelyn Vitaz was the First Prize Winner for her paper in the area of applied electromagnetics, entitled, Techniques for Enhanced Distinction of Planar Retro-Reflective Arrays. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Sarabandi, Kamal  Security (national and personal safety)  

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  

Theoretical breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum

The HERCULES laser in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science will help test the mathematically proven theory developed by Dr. Igor Sokolov, with John Nees, Natalia Naumova, and Prof. Emeritus Gerard Mourou that matter can be created out of nothing. [Press Release]
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Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  Mourou, Gerard A.  Nees, John A.  

MABEL walking over rough ground - Take 2

The bipedal robot known as MABEL is getting the hang of walking on uneven surfaces. Check out her first attempt she did pretty well, but then crashed and burned. Now she is navigating increasingly taller steps. MABEL walks on the balls of her feet, so her balance mimics a natural human gait. This is accomplished through advanced control algorithms, and results in walking motions that are more energy efficient and more agile than almost all other robots. [Watch the video]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

HERCULES laser rivals a synchrotron

Researchers in the High Field Science group of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have recently used the high-intensity, table-top HERCULES laser to demonstrate X-ray beams with peak spectral brilliance rivaling those generated in expensive and large synchrotron particle accelerators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Laser-based missile defense for helicopters

Mohammed Islam and his company, Omni Sciences, are developing mid-infrared supercontinuum lasers to protect helicopters in combat, among other applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Security (national and personal safety)  

CT scans at higher definition and lower radiation

Jeff Fessler has received funding from the NIH to improve the image quality of lower-dose CT scans for diagnosing and monitoring lung disease. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

New work resolves long-standing question about short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers

An important step in understanding longstanding questions about the behavior of short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) has been reported by Prof. Ted Norris and colleagues in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  Lasers  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  

Smallest U-M logo demonstrates advanced display technology

Prof. Jay Guo has developed a new type of color filter that, through nanostructuring, takes the next step toward more efficient, smaller and higher-definition display screens. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Efficient computing in the age of nanoscale devices

Prof. Dennis Sylvester is a key member of a 5-year $10M NSF grant to study how software can make nanoscale computer components more efficient. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  

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  

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  

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  

Holography and the Laser

An article in the July, 8, 2010 issue of Optics & Photonics News describes the critical role played by Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks (shown left)at U-M's Willow Run Laboratory in the development of modern holography, as well as the role of technology, in the form of lasers, to its ultimate success. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Holography  

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  

Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

A new $26M NASA project led by Prof. Mahta Moghaddam will provide an important piece of knowledge in the quest to understand and predict climate change. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Zhengya Zhang Earns Best Paper Award at Symposium on VLSI Circuits

Prof. Zhengya Zhang and collaborators at Berkeley earned best paper for their energy-efficient chip suitable for high-speed wireless and optical communications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Zhang, Zhengya  

Lectures on Light: New Book by Prof. Steve Rand

This new book by Prof. Rand, "Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix," attempts to bridge the gap between introductory quantum mechanics and the research front of modern optics and scientific fields that make use of light. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Rand, Stephen  

Organic Laser Breakthrough

Prof. Stephen Forrest achieves long-sought-after optics phenomenon that could lead to more efficient and flexible lasers for telecommunications and quantum computing applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Telecommunications  

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  

WIMS and CUOS Among 60 Years of Sensational Research by NSF

The research that came out of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have been recognized in the recent National Science Foundation publication, NSF Sensational 60. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  WIMS/WIMS2  

MABELs first attempt at walking over rough ground

Watch the video
Learn More about MABEL, the bi-pedal robot who is learning to walk over obstacles without the aid of eyes (sensors).
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Satellite Imagery of Alaska Wetlands Earns Best Paper Award

Research leading to the first-ever wetlands map of Alaska generated using radar remote sensing was described in an article co-authored by Prof. Moghaddam and EE grad student Jane Whitcomb, et al. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  

WIMS Center Celebrates 10 Years, and Looks to the Future

The NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems recently celebrated 10 years of innovation. The Center, which has spawned 11 startup companies, now moves into its next phase of existence as an Institute. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  WIMS/WIMS2  

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  

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  

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  

Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

Tiny generators could produce enough electricity from random, ambient vibrations to power a wristwatch, pacemaker or wireless sensor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  Energy Science and Engineering  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Sensors  

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  

New High-Tech Sensors May Predict Bridge Fatigue

KTVU recently broadcast a Special Report about our ongoing research to ensure the safety of America's bridges and infrastructure. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Energy Scavenging  Flynn, Michael  Infrastructure  Liu, Mingyan  Mortazawi, Amir  Najafi, Khalil  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wireless Communications  

Two Electrical Engineers Receive Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships

Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media. Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

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  

Wei Lu Receives CAREER Award

Wei Lu received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "Understanding, Development and Applications of Nanoscale Memristor Devices." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Clay Scott Receives CAREER Award for Research in Signal Processing

Clay Scott received an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Guided Sensing," to develop new methods for guided sensing of information. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Medical diagnosis  Scott, Clayton D.  Security (national and personal safety)  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Tal Carmon Receives Young Investigator Award for Research in Lasers and Optics

Prof. Carmon received a prestigious AFOSR YIP award for his research project entitled, "Continuous On-Chip Extreme UV Emitter." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  

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  

New $10M Department of Energy Center to Focus on Plasma Research

A new center at the College of Engineering will enable fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas ionized gases with vast potential for practical technological advancements in fields such as energy, lighting, microelectronics and medicine. The Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-phase and Bounded Systems is funded by a $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Plasma Science and Engineering   Power and Energy  

Mark Kushner to head new $10M DoE Plasma Research Center

Mark Kushner will head the new Dept. of Energy Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-Phase and Bounded Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Duncan Steel will Advance Quantum Information Processes in New MURI

The work of Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, may lead to a reconfigurable quantum optical circuit to connect different quantum platforms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Research Led by Prof. Grizzle Speeds Development of Future Hybrid Vehicles

Prof. Jessy Grizzle is applying his expertise in control theory to hybrid electric vehicles in a partnership with Ford Motor Company, and finding ways to improve fuel economy while allowing for optimal driving experiences. [Press Release] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Control Systems  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Grizzle, Jessy  

Yong Long Receives Best Poster Award for Work in Medical Imaging

The interdisciplinary research describes a method to improve image quality while reducing patient X-ray dose in medical CT scans. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

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  

Prof. David Wentzloff Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. David Wentzloff received a Young Faculty Award for his project, "3D Wireless Interconnect for Crossbar Routing in Many-Core Processors," in the area of Micro/Nano-electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Ellersick Prize for Best Paper Awarded to Authors in Communications

Prof. Wayne Stark, graduate student Cem Tekin, and former UG student Steven Hong will be presented with the Ellersick Prize at MILCOM09 in October.
[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Stark, Wayne E.  

Energy and Power: Engineering Sustainable Solutions From the Macro to the Micro Levels

There is no shortage of energy being devoted to finding new and sustainable energy solutions. Even amidst the current economic challenges, the U.S. government is supporting these efforts with nearly a 50% increase in funding for energy-related research that includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, smart grid and efficient electrical transmission, green cars, and basic scientific research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Energy Scavenging  Energy Science and Engineering  Entrepreneurship  Environment  Forrest, Stephen  Grizzle, Jessy  Hiskens, Ian  Hofmann, Heath  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  LEDs  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lighting  Najafi, Khalil  Norris, Theodore B.  Phillips, Jamie D.  Power and Energy  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Continuous Nanoimprinting for Displays and Solar Cells

Prof. Guo's rolling nanoimprint lithography stamp could be used to print components for displays and solar cells. He is working with companies interested in the process.[ACS Nano Article] [Technology Review Article]
Related Topics:  Displays  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sensing Sensors: NSF Funding News Ways to Monitor Infrastructure for Safety

Prof. Mike Flynn is leading a team of investigators in new theory and techniques for processing information from wireless sensor networks, with the goal of ensuring the nation's infrastructure. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Infrastructure  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Liu, Mingyan  Stark, Wayne E.  Wentzloff, David  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  

Research in Flow Cytometry Receives Award for Best Original Paper

Prof. Al Hero and colleagues' new method for clinical flow cytometry, called FINE, employs manifold learning and information geometry. The article about the work was awarded for being the most original of the year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Health  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

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  

Prof. Hiskens Receives Stim Money for Wind Energy

Prof. Ian Hiskens will investigate how to increase the amount of wind power that can be carried on the grid system, allowing for greater utilization of wind generation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Grid  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wind Technology  

The Bipedal Robot MABEL

The bipedal robot MABEL is walking on flat land, and being prepared for running, and walking on uneven ground. New videos are available on YouTube.
Read more on Prof. Jessy Grizzle's website.
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Ali Nazari Receives Best Paper Award at ISIT 2009

Ali Nazari won a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) for his work in multi-terminal communications systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Lasers can lengthen quantum bit memory by 1,000 times

Through an unexpected discovery, Prof. Duncan Steel and collaborators on the research say their work proves that one of the major hurdles to quantum computers that was previously thought to be a show-stopper, isn't one. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

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  

New program in plasma science and engineering

Prof. Mark Kushner, Director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, was instrumental in creating a program in Plasma Science and Engineering, one of only a few of its kind in the country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

Bridging the gap between wireless sensor networks and the scientists who use them

Prof. Robert Dick and graduate student Lan Bai are creating programming languages for wireless sensor networks that are easily used by scientists in various areas of specialty. [UM Press Release]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sensors  Wireless Communications  

Prof. Lus memristor chip could lead to faster, cheaper computers

Prof. Wei Lu is an ECE faculty member who created a computer component with the potential to transform the semiconductor industry, enabling smaller, faster, cheaper chips and computers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Flexible photodetectors for sharper photos

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and recent alumnus Zhenqiang Ma (U. Wisconsin-Madison) have developed flexible light-sensitive material that could revolutionize photography and other imaging technologies. [Applied Physics Letters] [U-Wisc Press Release]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Optoelectronics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

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  

Wei Lu talks about whats next after silicon

In a New Scientist article about the new frontier in microelectronics, Prof. Lu describes the crossbar array technology, which he champions. This technology is modeled after nature's method of building structures from atoms, and can be used to build high performance memory and logic circuits even beyond transistor scaling.
Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

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  

Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts

Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering student Naveen Gupta, "discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump." The research was published in Applied Physics Letters, and online by PhysOrg.com.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  

Microsystems Research for Energy Scavenging and Power Generation

Micropower environmental energy harvesting generators offer an alternative source of energy for many emerging applications. A recent award-winning paper was presented at the Int. Conf. on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Prof. Kanicki Receives Excellence Award for Research on Display Technology

Prof. Jerzy Kanicki and his group received a Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Award at the 8th Int. Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2008). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  

Innovation Nanoimprint Lithography

Prof. Jay Guo's work in nanoimprint lithography and roll-to-roll imprinting is expected to lead to more efficient LCD displays and improved solar panels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Ted Norris and CUOS: Reaching New Frontiers in Ultrafast Optical Science

The province of ultrafast optical science, explored in the Center for UltrafastOptical Science (CUOS), is the generation and application of extremely short pulses of light. How fast is ultrafast? Scientists at CUOS work in femtoseconds (10-15 seconds), and even attoseconds (10-18 seconds). Lasers that can produce such ultrashort pulses of light make it is possible to investigate and even control phenomena in materials with low intensity, as well as drive novel processes using extremely high peak power. Indeed, ultrafast lasers produce the shortest controlled bursts of energy and the highest peak intensity ever produced by mankind. Researchers at CUOS build these highly remarkable lasers, and are discovering important applications for them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  Galvanauskas, Almantas  HERCULES  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  

Fast quantum computer building block created

Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Research describes a method for seeing through walls

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and Dr. Mojtaba Dehmollaian were recognized for their research on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to see through walls at IGARSS 2008. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Sarabandi, Kamal  

A Chip to Better Control Brain Stimulators for Parkinsons

IEEE Spectrum reported the research of Profs. Michael Flynn and Daryl Kipke into deep-brain stimulation to control the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. Current technology in the marketplace stimulates the brain in a hit-or-miss fashion. The new technology being developed will enable more intelligent stimulation of the brain. [IEEE Spectrum Article] [See also: NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems]
Related Topics:  Brain  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Kushner to Head New Plasma Science and Engineering Institute

Prof. Mark Kushner will join the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty September 1, 2008 to head the newly-created Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE). Kushner joins us from Iowa State University, where he was Dean of Engineering. [Read more...] [Record at Iowa State]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

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  

Pinpoint microwave resolution could lead to wireless power transfer

Prof. Tony Grbic's research could lead to advances such as laptop computers that recharge without plugging in, higher-resolution microscopes for observing molecules, and CDs that can store vastly more data. A report on the work, co-authored by Prof. Roberto Merlin and graduate student Lei Jiang just appeared in Science. [U-M Press Release] [Science Report]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  

Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) Dedicated April 11, 2008

Housed in the EECS Building, and fundamental to much of the research conducted in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, the LNF is expected to change the high-tech landscape in southeastern Michigan and the region.[Read more...]
Related Topics:  LNF  

Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi will lead U-M researchers on the microelectronics component of a six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat that is expected to gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information in real time. [read more ...]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensors  Solar Cell Technology  

Michigan laser beam believed to set record for intensity

HERCULES, a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, reaches new record-setting beam measuring 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter. [U-M Press Release]
[Read more in Nature News and Laser Focus World]
Related Topics:  HERCULES  

High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork

A form of radiation called "T-rays" may help uncover murals hidden beneath coats of plaster or paint in old buildings, say engineering researchers in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Whitaker, John  

Prof. Tony Grbic Awarded CAREER Grant

Prof. Tony Grbic, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Metamaterials  

Analog Signals and Systems: by Dave Munson

Prof. Dave Munson co-authored, with Erhan Kudeki, the book Analog Signals and Systems. This book focuses on the mathematical analysis and design of analog signal processing, and is designed for second year electrical engineering students. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Munson Jr., David C.  

Discrete Event Systems: by Stephane Lafortune

Prof. Stephane Lafortune co-authored, with Christos G. Cassandras, the book Discrete Event Systems, now in its second printing. The book is written for advanced-level students in a variety of disciplines.
[Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  

New Textbook: Analysis of Bipolar and CMOS Amplifiers

By Amir M. Sodagar, assistant research scientist affiliated with the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems. His research interests include: Analog, digital, and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Wireless Implantable Microsystems. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

New Textbook: Foundations and Applications of Sensor Management

By Prof. Al Hero, et al. Prof. Hero is also affiliated with the departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics at U-M. His research interests include: Statistical communication theory, Signal processing, Detection and estimation theory, and Tomographic imaging. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

New Textbook for Students: Semiconductor Device Physics and Design

Semiconductor Device Physics and Design, written by Profs. Jasprit Singh and Umesh Mishra, is written for undergraduate seniors and graduate students. It addresses issues in modern device design from the point of view of physics, material properties, application needs and technology challenges. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

U-M Invests in EECS startup: Arbor Photonics

Arbor Photonics is a company that possesses a stellar team built around a disruptive, proprietary technology that meets a clear market need, said Thomas Porter, director of the student-managed venture capital fund that recently invested in the company. Professor of Optics and Arbor Photonics' chief science officer Almantas Galvanauskas developed a novel scalable optical fiber technology that promises to supplant more expensive and bulkier laser systems. [U-M Press Release]


Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Technology Transfer  

Tony Grbic Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Assistant professor Tony Grbic received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This grant will support research that is expected to open new opportunities in antenna design and microwave/millimeter-wave device development. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  

Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide of Fundamental Science and Technology

Prof. Sarabandi and his research group explore new avenues of research, such as the use of metamaterials, while they continue to expand knowledge in microwave and millimeter-wave radar remote sensingan area he has worked in for more than twenty years. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  

Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

Prof. Duncan Steel, the Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, describes a breakthrough on the road to achieving quantum computing in Science . These optically driven quantum computers are being developed to create encryption codes that would be impenetrable by classical computers. The Science article is titled "Coherent Optical Spectroscopy of a Strongly Driven Quantum Dot."
[EE Times Article]
Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Prof. Del Vecchio Interviewed in IEEE Control Systems Mazagine

Jessy Grizzles Robotics Leg Research

Professor Jessy Grizzle's critical control work with the robot RABBIT is finding a new outlet with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, where they are building their own highly dynamic biped robot. A video of the project appears on Machine Design's web site, EngineeringTV.
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Michael Flynn Receives 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship

Prof. Michael P. Flynn, associate professor in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory, received a highly prestigious 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for his research into the fundamental limits of analog-to-digital conversion.
[Read more...]
[U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  

Prof. Maharbiz receives Keck Foundation Grant for research decoding chemical reactions in the body

Professor Michel Maharbiz is principal investigator of an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional team that recently won a prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation grant to build microsystems that will help scientists decode the mechanisms that guide embryo and stem cell development.
U-M Press Release

Prof. Fesslers research group earns three poster awards at SPIE 2007

Prof. Jeff Fessler and his research group earned three poster awards at the 2007 SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering) Medical Imaging Conference, held Feb. 17-22, 2007.

The winning posters:

"A simplified motion model for estimating respiratory motion from orbiting views," by R Zeng, J A Fessler, and J M Balter.
Cum laude poster award

"Local mismatch location and spatial scale detection in image registration," by R Narayanan, J A Fessler, B Ma, C R Meyer.
Honorable mention poster award

"Fast variance predictions for 3D cone-beam CT with quadratic regularization," by Y Zhang-O'Connor, J A Fessler.
Honorable mention poster award

Rongping Zeng and Yingying Zhang-O'Connor are graduate students in EE: Systems. Ramkrishnan Narayanan earned his MS in EE:Systems, and recently completed his PhD in biomedical engineering under Prof. Fessler and Prof. Meyer. Also collaborating in the research are Prof. James Balter, Radiation Oncology, and Prof. Charles Meyer and Dr. Bing Ma, Digital Image Processing Lab, Dept. of Radiology.

Prof. Fessler's research interests include medical imaging, tomography, nonparametric estimation, and inverse problems, with current projects in PET, SPECT, X-ray CT, MRI, radiation therapy, and image registration. He is interested both in developing algorithms for these problems, as well as analyzing and predicting the properties of these algorithms.
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

Prof. Jamie Phillips receives Young Faculty Award

Prof. Jamie Phillips, member of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory, was awarded a prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award from the Microsystems Technology Office, for his proposal titled "Oxide Electronics for Integrated Microsystems and Displays."
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Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Prof. Sarabandi Receives Best Paper Award

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi received the Best Paper Award at the 25th Army Science Conference for the paper, "Reducing Antenna Visual Signature Using Meta-materials," by Kamal Sarabandi and George Palafox, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center. His paper won in the area of Information Technology/Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (or C4ISR).

Abstract
The current as well as planned family of Army vehicles requires multiple antennas to meet the growing communications requirements and therefore exhibit a significantly large visual signature. Antenna size is dictated by frequency and the lower the frequency, the larger the antenna. At VHF and UHF frequencies, the primary military tactical communication bands, antennas have a significant visual signature. The visual signature exhibited by these antennas increases the vulnerability of the platforms. Low profile and conformal antenna technologies have a great potential to reduce or even eliminate antenna visual signatures thereby having a significant effect on vehicle survivability. In this paper, we propose a technique for significantly reducing the antenna visual signature. This technique involves printing the antenna on a Reactive Impedance Surface (RIS) permittivity substrate or Meta-Material. We have chosen the UHF Enhanced Position Location Radio System (EPRLS) AS-3449 antenna, a 1-meter whip structure as a baseline for this research. The proposed technique uses known patch antenna geometries as the antenna radiation elements with a substantially reduced signature while retaining the radiation characteristics of the EPLRS antenna. We present a computer model of the antenna with computer simulation results along with the antenna prototype with the experimental results.
Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Metamaterials  Sarabandi, Kamal  

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

Grizzle makes Scientific American 50, and Fox News

Prof. Jessy Grizzle has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 Scientific American 50 for his work in robotics. This prestigious list honors the top 50 outstanding leaders in science and technology during the past year, and will appear in Scientific American's December issue. Grizzle's work with the robot, RABBIT, described in a U-M press release, and past issue of EECS News, has received significant attention in the research community, and has been featured on CNN and Canadian television. Fox News recently featured RABBIT in their news coverage of the SA50. (click on Irristible Inventions at the bottom of the page, then Top Innovations)
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Using Evaporation to Generate Power

Prof. Michel Maharbiz and his group are modeling the behavior of ferns spreading spores to create a device that will generate electricity simply through the process of evaporation. An important future application would be powering remote sensors, relinquishing the need for batteries.
See the group's webpage for articles about the research, including a U-M press release.

Prof. Herbert Winful resolves longstanding physics paradox

Prof. Herbert Winful, professor of optical sciences, recently presented a paper at the Slow and Fast Light Conference in Washington, DC, that described why particles seem to travel faster than the speed of light when passing through a barrier, but not when they travel through empty space. This seeming paradox has remained unresolved since 1932, when the phenomenon was first discovered.
Read the U-M press release
Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  Winful, Herbert  

Prof. Grizzle Improving Life for Patients with Prosthetic Legs

Prof. Jessy Grizzle uses the bipedal robot called RABBIT to advance the understanding of controlled, legged locomotion. His work will eventually enable the creation of prosthetic legs that will allow the user to walk more naturally, and with less stress on other parts of the body. Grizzle plans to build a robot here at Michigan to further expand the applications of his research.
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NSF ERC in Wireless Integrated Microsystems: Annual Report

Read about the research being conducted in the the NSF Engineering Research Center in Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) in the 2005 Annual Report. See also the latest research highlights featured on their web pages. The Center is a partnership of U-M, MSU, and Michigan Tech, with extensive industry involvement. The Center is led by Prof. Ken Wise, Director, and Prof. Khalil Najafi, Deputy Director.

Tiny wireless Geiger counter detects radiation

Years of research by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani has resulted in a micro wireless Geiger counter that has the potential of replacing the current standard of large, bulky, and individually operated devices. These micro devices can be networked and coordinated to cover large areas unobtrusively, to detect, for example, radiation being emitted by dirty bombs.
See U-M Press Release.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  

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.

Best Paper Award at 2006 ISQED

The paper, Power Gating with Multiple Sleep Modes, has been selected to receive a best paper award at the 2006 International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design. The paper is authored by EECS alumn Kanak Agarwal (PhD EE '04), EECS doctoral student Harmander Deogun, Prof. Dennis Sylvester, and Kevin Nowka of IBM.

The paper proposes the use of various degrees of sleep modes for integrated circuits to more appropriately reduce power consumption (and hence improve battery life of mobile products) based on the nature of applications that are being run. Current state-of-the-art ICs may employ just 1 sleep mode which does not allow its use very frequently and therefore limits achievable power savings.

Eric Tkacyk Receives Best Student Paper Award in Biomedical Optics

Eric Tkaczyk, PhD student in Optics and U-M Medical Student, received the Best Student Paper Award at the Biomedical Optics Symposium (BiOS) of the Photonics West 2006 Conference. Eric developed a technique to further the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The research is also applicable to other biomedical applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Norris, Theodore B.  

WIMS Researchers Helping to Improve Hearing

A ribbon-like cochlear implant developed at the NSF Engineering Research Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) could greatly improve hearing for profoundly deaf patients. The implant, developed by a team led by Professor Ken Wise, uses thin-film electrode sites that directly stimulate the auditory nerve. [Full Story]

Pallab Bhattacharya: The Race is On

Pallab Bhattacharya, professor in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory (SSEL), is a sprinter, pushing himself and his research group to be the best in the world in new technologies and device performance, and a long-distance runner relying on a strong foundation while continually replenishing his reserves to continue the race. His work involves the conception and realization of synthetically modulated semiconductor structures, and nanophotonic devices, placing his work in the field of science now known as nanotechnology. He has been working in this field for close to three decades. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Quantum Science and Technology  

"Rabbit" Featured in CNN News Article

A news article discussing Jesse Grizzle's work with the unique, two-legged walking machine, Rabbit, is featured at CNN.com. Information learned from such robots may one day help improve human prothetic devices and assist in exploratory space missions. See the link below for more details. [Full Story]

Tony England: From Space to Earth and Back

If you watched the film Apollo 13, you have already seen Professor Tony England at work. England was the real-life NASA astronaut who wrote the procedure to build the CO2 scrubber that enabled the astronauts to return safely to Earth. For their extraordinary work, England and the rest of the team received the Presidents Medal of Freedom in 1970-the same year England received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Today, England heads U-Ms Microwave Geophysics Group, which does geophysical remote sensing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  England, Anthony W.  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Space technology  

Run, RABBIT, Run!

The biped robot named RABBIT took its first steps in July 2002 after years of preparation, analysis, and work in control theory. Today, no other biped machine walks faster, is as stable, or varies its walking speed so adroitly. In fact, this biped walked on its first tryan unprecedented feat. Prof. Jessy Grizzle Developed the control theory for the robot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics