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

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

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

2017 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

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

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

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

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

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

Michigan Researchers Win Best Paper Award at DFT 2017

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

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

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:  Brain  Health  MEMS and Microsystems  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  Optics and Photonics  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  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Maksimchuk, Anatoly  Nees, John A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  

Wearables to boost security of voice-based log-in

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

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

Precision Health at Michigan

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

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

Manos Kapritsos and Collaborators Win USENIX Security Paper Award

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

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

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  

Michigan, Georgia Tech Researchers Funded to Deter Financial Market Manipulation

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

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

Improving Natural Language Processing with Demographic-Aware Models

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

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 and Autonomous Systems  

BugMD: Automatic Mismatch Diagnosis for Bug Triaging

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

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

'Learning Database' Speeds Queries from Hours to Seconds

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

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

Codeon is the Intelligent Assistant for Software Developers

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Accelerating the Mobile Web: Vroom Software Could Double its Speed

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

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

Kurator Will Help You Curate Your Personal Digital Content

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

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

Movie Design for Specific Target Audiences

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

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

CHORUS: The Crowd-Powered Conversational Assistant

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

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

Social Interaction Patterns Provide Clues to Real Life Changes

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

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

$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  

Apps available for your smartphone could steal your personal information

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Breakthrough for Large Scale Computing: Memory Disaggregation Made Practical

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Open Ports Act As Security Wormholes Into Mobile Devices

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Video: Tech Time - Software developed to help the blind

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

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

Sonic Cyber Attacks Show Security Holes in Ubiquitous Sensors

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Google Faculty Award

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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   

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

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

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

$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 and Autonomous Systems  

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)  

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

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

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

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

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

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

Jia Deng Selected as Recipient of PAMI Mark Everingham Prize

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

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

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  

Shadows in the Dark Web

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holes Found in Report on St. Jude Medical Device Security

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

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

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  

Several Michigan Papers Presented at 2016 USENIX Security Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Researchers Seek to Help the Disabled with Intelligent Robotic Wheelchair

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

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

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

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

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

New Venture is on the Path to Build Continual Learning AIs

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

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

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  

Data Equality on the Internet Might Bring Unintended Consequences

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

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

Tracking and Mitigating Tail Latency in Data Centers

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

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

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

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

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

Proxy Optimizes Webpage Loading for Better User Experience

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

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

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  

Patented Camera Calibration Tool Automates Calibration Target Acquisition

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

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

Collecting Data to Better Identify Bipolar Disorder

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

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

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  

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

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

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

CSE Faculty Amongst Researchers in Three of Four Funded MIDAS Projects

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

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

Two Papers by Michigan Researchers Chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

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

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

U-M 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  

U-M researchers work to determine when people are lying

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

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

The AI Machines Undergoing Behavioral Psychology Tests

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

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

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  

David Chesney Awarded Funding to Research Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

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

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Technology and Wellness  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Igor Markov and Collaborators Issue Second Edition of EDA Handbook

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

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

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

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

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

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  

Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

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

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

Rada Mihalcea Coauthors New Book on Text Mining

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

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

Pressure-Sensing Smartphones: Software Lets Mobile Devices Feel Force

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Walter Lasecki and Collaborators Win Best Paper at W4A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob Abernethy: Machine Learning and the Wisdom of the Crowd

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

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

University Collaborates with Toyota on Autonomous Vehicle Hub

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

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

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

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

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

With Hospital Ransomware Infections, the Patients Are at Risk

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

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

Malware Attacks On Hospitals Put Patients At Risk

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Machine Learning Proves Useful for Analyzing NBA Ball Screen Defense

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Honglak Lee Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lee, Honglak  

Michael J. Cafarella Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

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

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

U-M, IBM Partner on Advanced Conversational Computing System

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

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

Censys Enables Fast Searching of Actionable Internet Data

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

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

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

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Michigan Researchers Win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

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

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

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  

2015 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

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

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

Ford, Michigan Researchers Test First Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

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

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

The Promise and Perils of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

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

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

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  

U of Michigan Project Combines Modeling and Machine Learning

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

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

Michigan Researchers Win Best Paper Award at VLDB 2015

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Technology and Wellness  

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

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

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

Mary Lou Dorf Wins Best Paper Award at ASEE

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

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

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

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

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

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  

An Autonomous "SmartCart" Testbed is Coming to Michigan

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

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

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  

Michigan Researchers Win Both Best Paper Awards at AAMAS 2015

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

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

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  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015

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

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

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  

Computer Engineering Research Lab Explores the Bounds of Computer Integration

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

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

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  

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

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

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

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

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

Michigan Micro Mote (M3) Makes History

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

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

Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

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

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

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  

Prabal Dutta Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

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

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

J. Alex Halderman Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

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

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

Jacob Abernethy Receives NSF CAREER Award

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

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

Grant Schoenebeck Receives NSF CAREER Award

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

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

Jason Corso Receives Google Faculty Research Award

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

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

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

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

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

Researchers Gather at CSE for Midwest Theory Day

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Theory of Computation  

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

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

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

Computer Architecture Researchers Debate Future for Von Neumann Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)  

John P. Hayes Recognized with SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award

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

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

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  

Jia Deng Wins Best Paper Award at ECCV

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

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

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  

Shared Memory in Mobile Operating Systems Provides Ingress Point for Hackers

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

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

Researchers Expose Security Flaws in Backscatter X-ray Scanners

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

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

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  

Researchers Demo Hack to Seize Control of Municipal Traffic Signal Systems

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

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

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  

Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

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

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

Vulnerabilities Demonstrated in Traffic Signal Controls

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

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

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  

Barzan Mozafari and Collaborators Chosen for Best Demo at ACM SIGMOD

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

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

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

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

Wakefield and Kieras Win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

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

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

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  

David Kieras Wins a Best Paper Award at CHI 2014

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

Related Topics:  Kieras, David  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Grant Schoenebeck Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Computer Scientists Author Book on Hardware Prefetching

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

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

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  

Robotics Researchers Ready for Automated Vehicle Test Facility

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

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

Making Smartphones Smarter: HiJack Adopted for Use in Commercial Product

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

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

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  

Researchers Identify Security Risks in Estonian Online Voting System

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Heartbleed: Behind the Scenes at CSE

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

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

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  

Startup Virta Labs Wins Ann Arbor SPARK Best of Boot Camp

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

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

Halderman and Lafortune Join TerraSwarm Research Center

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS 2014

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

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

Technological Singularity Passes, Unnoticed Until Now

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

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  

Michael Wellman Recognized with ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

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

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

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  

New Center Develops Technologies to Help Youths with Disabilities

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

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

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  

Prabal Dutta Selected for NSF CAREER Award

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

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

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  

Jia Deng Wins Marr Prize at ICCV

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

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

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

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

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

Cheating on Exams with Smartwatches

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

Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  Undergraduate Students  

Rada Mihalcea to Study Physiological and Linguistic Signals of Human Behavior

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Dragomir Radev Assembles Two-Volume Collection of NACLO Linguistics Puzzles

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

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

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  

Rada Mihalcea Selected for NSF INSPIRE Award

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

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

Iranian Internet Censorship System Profiled for First Time

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

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

Edwin Olson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

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

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

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

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

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

New Grant: Reducing Computer Viruses in Health Networks

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

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

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  

Two Papers by CSE Researchers Chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

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

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

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)  

Elliot Soloway Selected for Google App Engine Education Award

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

Researchers Show That High-Frequency Trading Tactic Lowers Investor Profits

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

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

Researchers Work Recognized Amongst Notable Computing Books and Articles of 2012

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

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

Fourth Annual Data Mining Workshop Brings Together Close to 200 Researchers

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

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

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  

Security Risks Found in Sensors for Heart Devices, Consumer Electronics

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

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

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  

Workshop Brings Together Industry and Researchers on Medical Device Security Challenges

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

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

Researchers Develop Tools to Better Leverage Tweets in Spotting Trends

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

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

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  

GapSense Could Alleviate Wireless Traffic Jams; Improve Network Performance

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ASPLOS 2013

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

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

Researchers Funded to Develop a Leap Forward in Processor Architectures

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at HPCA 2013

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

CS Undergrads Develop Learning Apps for Singapore 3rd Graders

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

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

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   

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

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

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

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]

Computer Scientists Author Book on Physical Synthesis Optimization

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

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

2012 ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

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

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

Computer Scientists Author Book on Reducing Uncertainty in Logic Circuit Design

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

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

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

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

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

Jason Flinn Authors Book on Mobile and Pervasive Computing

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

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Mobile and Networked Computing  

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

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at Turing Centenary Conference

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

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

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  

Researchers Demonstrate Firewall Vulnerability in Cell Network

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

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

Michael Wellman Selected for IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award for 2012

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  Security (national and personal safety)  

Third Annual Data Mining Workshop Encourages Collaborations

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

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

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  

John Laird Authors Book on Soar Cognitive Architecture

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

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

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS-2012

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at HPCA

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

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

CSE Research is Highlighted at Michigan Robotics Day

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

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

Michigan Robotics Day 2012 Will Spotlight CSE Research

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

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

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

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

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

$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 and Autonomous Systems  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  

Security Researchers Publish Details of Online Voting Hack

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

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

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  

Computational Sprinting Pushes Smartphones Till They Are Tired

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Security Researchers Describe Newly Discovered Vulnerabilities in Public Key Encryption

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

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

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  

Researchers Funded to Create Processors That Run Without Battery Power

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

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

EKG Data Mined to Predict Heart Attack Fatalities

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

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

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at MobiCom 2011 Conference

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

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

Powering breakthrough technologies

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

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

E-MILI Could Dramatically Improve Smartphone Battery Life

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

Computer Scientists Funded for New Inquiry into Non-Consumptive Research

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

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

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

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

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

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  

Zeeshan Syed Awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award

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

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

Computer Scientists Develop Telex to Thwart Internet Censorship

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

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

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

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

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  

Social Media Study: Conservatives Top Tweeters in 2010 Elections

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

Researchers Win John A. Curtis Lecture Award at ASEE Conference

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

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

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  

Michael Wellman Authors Book on Trading Agents for Electronic Markets

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

Dragomir Radev and Colleague Author New Book

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

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  

Second Data Mining Workshop Brings Together a Spectrum of Researchers

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

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

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  

Researchers Develop Energy Efficiency Profiling Technology for Mobile Platforms

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ASPLOS 2011

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

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

Michael Cafarella Receives NSF CAREER Award

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

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

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  

Winning Robotics Team Spotlighted on Catalyst TV Segment

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

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  

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

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

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

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  

Zeeshan Syed Receives NSF CAREER Award

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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]
Related Topics:  
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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

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

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

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

EECS Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010

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

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

Prabal Dutta Wins Best Paper Award at SenSys 2010

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

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

J. Alex Halderman Interviewed on CNN and NPR

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

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

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

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

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

New Equation Could Advance Research in Solar Cells

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

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

U-M Researchers Hack into Voting Test Bed

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

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

Green Computing: Higher Energy Efficiency from Silicon to the Cloud

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

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

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  

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

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Technology Transfer  

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

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

Related Topics:  International Partnerships  

Robotics Team to Advance to World Finals

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

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

CSE Researchers Win First Place in ISPLED Design Contest

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

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

EECS Faculty Receive HP Labs Innovation Research Awards

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

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

Kang Shin and Collaborators Win Best Paper Award at USENIX

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

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

Schmid and Dutta Win ACM 2010 HotEmNets Best Paper Award

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

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

Ambiq Micro Wins Global Business Plan Competition

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

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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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 and Autonomous Systems  

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  

Researchers Demonstrate Vulnerabilities in Indias Voting Machines

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

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

Data Mining Workshop Brings Together Over 100 Researchers

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

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

Featured Video: Phoenix 2 Chip

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

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

Prabal Dutta Wins IPSN Best Paper Award

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

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

U-M Researchers Win 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Find Weakness in Common Digital Security System

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

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

EECS Technology Wins Top Prizes in Michigan Business Challenge

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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  

U-M Computer Scientists Author Book on Quantum Circuit Simulation

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

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

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  

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

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

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

CSE Students Help Ford Bring Cloud Computing to Cars

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Present Findings from Internet Study

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

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

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  

CSE Researchers Enlist Users for Worldwide 3G Network Study

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

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

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  

Computer Scientists Demonstrate Vulnerability in Electronic Voting Machine

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

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

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  

FunSAT Game Helps IC Designers Use Intuition to Optimize Chip Layout

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

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

Second Life Data Offers Insight into How Trends Spread

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  

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  

CSE Researchers Discover Security Vulnerabilities in Government-Mandated Chinese Censorware

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

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

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   

Game Theory and AI Offer Better Bidding Strategies

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

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

CSE Security Researcher Petitions for DMCA Exemption to Study DRM

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

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

CITI Sponsored by Microsoft to Develop NFS Software

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

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

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  

PowerNap and RAILS provide roadmap for reduced data center energy requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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  

Bertacco and Wagner Earn Best Paper Award at ICCD

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

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

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  

Computer hardware guardians

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

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

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  

Researchers develop next-generation antivirus system

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

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

2008 NSF CAREER Awards go to Seth Pettie and Martin Strauss

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

Atul Prakash and Grad Students Discover Banking Website Flaws

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

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

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  

Prof. Chens Research in Virtual Environments Earns Best Paper Award

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

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  

Prof. Papaefthymious work in resonant clocking to be commercialized

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

CSE Researchers Develop Software to Solve Tough Combinatorial Problems

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

New computer network security threat identified

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

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

ISPD Best Paper Award For Work in Logic and Physical Synthesis

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

Online Q and A forums hit the mainstream

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

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  

Unique locks on microchips could reduce hardware piracy

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

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  

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Awarded CAREER Grant

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

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

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

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

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 Book: Physical Database Design

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

New 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  

New computer program automates chip debugging

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

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  

Predicting the Unpredictable in Nanoscale Circuits

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

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

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

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

Zattoo Named to Red Herring 100 Europe 2007

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

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."
[Read more...]

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.
Read more...
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  

Best Paper Award at OSDI 06

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

Using Evaporation to Generate Power

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.
Read more ...

Prof. Jagadish Improving Information Integration

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

EE Times Announces EECS research on self-healing chips

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

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  

Prof. Sugih Jamin Helps Bring TV to the Web

Graduate Student Research Supported by Intel

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

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

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

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

Undergraduate Students Doing Research

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

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]

Speeding Up Access to the Web

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

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

$18.7-million NIH Center Established at U-M

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

Additional information

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  

Professor Drago Radev's research in Technology Research News

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

"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]

Dr. Jahanian's work in the Wall Street Journal

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

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 and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

Another article about Pearl is located in the Calgary Herald.

New York Times article on Professor Elliot Soloway

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

CITI Research Appears in New York Times

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

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

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