EECS News for 2008
Ultra Low-power Chip Named A Key Innovation for 2008 by MIT Technology Review
Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester's Phoenix Processor uses 90 percent less energy than the most efficient chip on the market today.
Winter Break Hours
DCO will close at 3PM on Wednesday December 24, 2008 and will remain closed until 9AM on Monday January 5, 2009.
Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria for his achievements in the field of computer engineering and information technology. [Full Story]
New Web Based Email
DCO is proud to present an upgraded version of our web based email client. Powered by Horde, it now integrates filters, address book, calendar, vacation notices, and account administration in one, easy to use, interface. The system will go live on December 17 but is now available for testing at http://pobox.eecs.umich.edu.
Jason Bornhurst (undergraduate CSE student) and Anne Itsuno (graduate EE student) won in the categories of Local Business and Global Business for their entrepreneurial ideas in the U-M 1,000 Pitches Contest. [Full Story]
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]
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]
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.
Computer Science Regains Popularity
"There is an incredible demand for computer scientists right now," said Dr. Chesney, who teaches the popular introductory engineering course in gaming. [See The Ann Arbor News Article]
Yahoo! Seminar Series
Prof. Soloway will present the talk, "The Most Important Challenge America Faces: Educating the Mobile Generation," Friday, November 14, 4-5pm, in 1670 CSE. The Yahoo! Seminar Series features faculty presenting their research to students.
Industry Sponsored Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to the following students who received industry-sponsored scholarships: Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000 Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000
Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.
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]
CSE at Michigan Video
Please take a moment to enjoy this seven minute video for a brief introduction to Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan! Click here.
Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]
Homecoming: Friday, October 3
Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information
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]
Undergraduates Pascal Carole (computer science) and Remy Carole (electrical engineering) have received 2008 Google Scholarships and invitations to the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership in the field of computer science. [Full Story]
DNS & Email List Issues - Resolved
We're currently experiencing DNS issues within the CSE and EECS buildings. This is resulting in sluggish or complete disruption of internet service for many users. This may also be contributing to an ongoing problem related to duplicate UMICH list serve messages. We're working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and will post more information as it becomes available.
New Chairs for EECS
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]
Dragomir Radev, an associate professor in EECS as well as the Department of Linguistics in LS&A, recently led high-school teams to severalawards, including Gold medals, in 11 out of 33 individual and team events in the sixth International Linguistics Olympiad in Slanchev Bryag, Bulgaria. [Full Story]
A recent article in The Detroit News, "State short of tech workers," highlights the strong demand for highly educated IT professionals, especially software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers. [Full Story]
We are saddened by the news that Professor Bertram Herzog, computer graphics pioneer, passed away last month at the age of 79. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. [Full Story]
Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI
Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
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]
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...]
Off-Campus Network Issue - Resolved
We are currently experiencing a network issue that is preventing some off-campus users from connecting to machines on the EECS network. This issue has been reported to CAEN and they are working to resolve it ASAP.
Intermittent Network Issues - Resolved
Intermittent connection problems on the CAEN network are preventing some users from connecting to DCO servers. CAEN staff are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it ASAP.
EECS Machine Room Power Outage July 30-31 - Resolved
Several DCO administered machines will offline between 9PM July 30th and 8AM July 31st. This outage is due to ongoing repair work on the high voltage electrical system in the EECS building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this outage.
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]
EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]
Student team takes first place in Trading Agent Competition
Research describes a method for seeing through walls
North Campus Power Outage, July 7th-8th
A large portion of north campus, including CSE, had no power at all last night which resulted in several EECS servers being down. A major piece of Detroit Edison switchgear failed and took many hours to repair. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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]
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.
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]
2008 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest
The third annual Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) / Michigan Student Design Contest was held this past term among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. The winning projects tackled energy efficiency in handheld devices, and the design of a high performance DSP. [Read more...]
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]
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...]
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]
Julie Claus Awarded Professional Development Grant
Julie Claus was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to attend the 2009 Region V Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.
Shannon Spencer Publishes Monograph about Service Learning Education
Shannon Spencer, Undergraduate Student Advisor, wrote the chapter, "Service learning education for adult learners," in the monograph, Serving adult learners: A handbook for effective practice, edited by C. Palmer, J. Bonnet, and J. Garland.
Joonki Noh and Arvind Jayaraman Honored at ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award Ceremony
Dr. Joonki Noh and Mr. Arvind Jayaraman were recently honored for their contributions as Graduate Student Instructors by the local chapter of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They each assisted with courses in Electrical Engineering: Systems. [Read more...]
Z. Morley Mao Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor
2007-08 Student Awards
Students, parents, and faculty gathered Friday, March 28, 2008 to celebrate the achievements of those students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, and even entrepreneurial activities. Brian E. Gilchrist, Interim Chair for the ECE Division and Farnam Jahanian, Interim Chair for the CSE Division presented the awards. [Winners]
John Laird Named John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering
Arun Ganesans interdisciplinary undergraduate research project leads to two awards
Arun Ganesan received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for his research poster which described the design and evaluation of a system to help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies. He worked with individuals from EECS, the Medical School, and Washtenaw County. [Read more...]
Outstanding Student Instructor Awards For 2007-08
The following students received awards for excellence as Graduate Student Instructors or as undergraduate Instructional Aides: Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's): Undergraduate Instructional Aide:
Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's):
Undergraduate Instructional Aide:
New computer network security threat identified
Large companies are vulnerable to hackers when they network their computers for cost-saving live virtual machine migration.
Prof. Igor Markov Receives Research Breakthrough Award
Prof. Igor Markov received an A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award from Microsoft for his research in "Faults, Bugs, IP Protection, and Secure Hardware." These awards attempt to identify "promising new avenues of research for solving today's most important problems." Breakthrough projects are defined as "those which demonstrate potentially high impact by solving problems of great importance to science or society, or by inventing promising new approaches for enabling their solution."
Prof. Scott Mahlke Receives Young Alumni Achievement Award
Prof. Scott Mahlke received a Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "in recognition of his technical contributions to computer architecture and compiler techniques for instruction-level parallel-processing compilers." Prof. Mahlke is a member of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, and heads the Compilers Creating Custom Processors Group. [Read more...]
Prof. Arthur Burks (1915-2008)
Arnab Nandi Receives Yahoo! Fellowship
Arnab Nandi received a 2008-09 PhD Fellowship from Yahoo! to pursue his research in simplifying the process of structured data searches. His immediate research goals are to enable non-experts to use simple keywords to query complex databases and get meaningful results from the queries.
Games 4 Girls Competition
Three freshman women, Rebecca Malinowski, Alyssa Glickman, and Seonghwa Choi, won an Honorable Mention in the Games for Girls (G4G) National Competition held at University of Illinois. All three were students in Dr. David Chesney's class, ENG100: Gaming for the Greater Good. None of the three had any previous programming experience before ENG100.
HKN Professor of the Year is Don Winsor
Don Winsor, Coordinator of the Departmental Computing Organization and adjunct faculty member, received the HKN Professor of the Year Award for 2007-08. Don was surprised with the news at the end-of-the-year ice cream social for EECS students. He recently taught EECS 370 (Intro to Computer Organization) and EECS 482 (Intro to Operating Systems).
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]
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]
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]
Denise Duprie Receives 2008 U-M Distinguished Research Administrator Award
Denise M. Duprie, Research Administrator for the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2008 OVPR Distinguished Research Administrator Award. This award honors staff members for their exceptional contributions to the University's mission through the demonstration of superlative service to the research community in a manner exemplifying the highest goals of research administration. An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 3:30-5:00 in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. All are invited.
An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 3:30-5:00 in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. All are invited.
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...]
Profs. Durfee and Pollack Receive Influential Paper Awards from IFAAMAS
Profs. Ed Durfee and Martha Pollack are recipients of the International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (IFAAMAS) influential paper award in recognition of the impact their work has had on the field of agents and multiagent systems. [Read more...]
Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship
EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou Receives Faculty Recognition Award
Marios Papaefthymiou, Director of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been selected to receive a highly-competitive 2008 Faculty Recognition Award from the Rackham Graduate School for his contributions to research, education, and service activities.
Lada Adamic Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award
Lada Adamic, assistant professor, School of Information & Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and EECS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for her studies on the effects of local interactions on global properties in the realms of the Internet, peer-to-peer systems, social networks, and bioinformatics. [read more...]
Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Provost of KAUST
Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby has been selected as the Founding Provost and Executive Vice President of KAUST. "It is a great opportunity to shape the future," says Ulaby, who plans to maintain an appointment at Michigan. "It will provide a means for the easy flow of research, faculty, and students between the two institutions." Ulaby is expected to assume his duties Sept. 1, 2008. [read more ...]
Borno and Galchev learn the entrepreneurial ropes and win Business Plan Competitions
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]
Al Hero Receives Digiteo Chaire dExcellence
Prof. Al Hero has been selected to receive a Digiteo chaired research faculty position in France. He will conduct research during the summer months on Distributed Active Networks: Sensing and Estimation, applied to both gene regulation networks and ad hoc communications networks. [read more ...]
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 ...]
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]
High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to quantum-dot optoelectronic devices and integrated optoelectronics. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. [Read more...]
2007-08 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards, and College of Engineering Awards Announced
EECS Award Winners:
Prof. Tony Grbic Awarded CAREER Grant
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.
EECS Power/Computer Outage Saturday, Feb. 9
Dear EECS students, staff, and faculty,
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]
Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile
Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2008 John Bardeen Award
Pallab Bhattacharya, the Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, will be presented with the 2008 John Bardeen Award at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). [Read more...]
Analog Signals and Systems: by Dave Munson
Discrete Event Systems: by Stephane Lafortune
Kai-hui Chang receives EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award
Dr. Kai-hui Chang (PhD 2007) received the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in logic and system design" by the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA).
ECE Futures and Energy Seminar
Optimizing Plasma Surface Interactions for Materials Processing: Microelectronics to Polymer Processing
CSE Distinguished Lecture: Designing a New Automotive DNA
New Book: Physical Database Design
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...]
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...]
New Interdisciplinary Research Program Will Lead to Better Understanding of Global Environmental Change
Mahta Moghaddam, associate professor and member of the Radiation Laboratory, is lead investigator at U-M for the important new multidisciplinary project: An Inundated Wetlands Earth System Data Record: Global Monitoring of Wetland Extent and Dynamics. This research will enable unprecedented insight into global environmental change. Read more...