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EECS News for 2019

New lecture series brings AI to the public

The Michigan AI Lab in CSE hosted the first in its series of Friday Night AI events. Open to the public and drawing a full house, the evening featured a panel with Profs. Benjamin Kuipers and Edwin Olson as speakers, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea as moderator, on ethical questions surrounding AI and self-driving cars. [Full Story]

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

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

Three CS students and alumni have launched operating room monitors and screens into the virtual world of augmented reality. Mitchell Bigland (BS CS 2019), Nicholas Keuning (BS CS 2018), and Chase Austin (BS CS expected Fall 2019), working with Dr. David Chesney and Dr. Marcus Jarboe of Pediatric Surgery, have developed an app for the Microsoft Hololens to stream a video feed of a patients internals directly to the surgeons field of vision, helping them keep their eyes on their tools [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Undergraduate Students  

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Sustainability and Environment  

Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge

MRover placed 7th over at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soils samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Afshari group receives Best Invited Paper award at the 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Electronic devices  

Researchers use Rowhammer bit flips to steal 2048-bit crypto key

Researchers including Prof. Daniel Genkin have unveiled a new attack that lets unprivileged attackers corrupt or change data stored in vulnerable memory chips. This attack, called RAMBleed, can allow third parties access cryptographic keys or other secrets stored in vulnerable DRAM modules. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Announcing the 2019 Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant Winners

With a Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant, Prof. Walter Lasecki and postdoc Jonathan Kummerfeld are designing a system that combines the power of human workers and machine learning systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Systems  Lasecki, Walter  Machine Learning  

Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate

GineersNow profiles Prof. Stephen Forrest's research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Samir Nooshabadi looks to close the terahertz gap for better communication

As an undergrad, Nooshabadi designed tiny transmitters with big potential and received fellowships from the Department of Defense and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Communications  Undergraduate Students  

New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips internal buffers

A new Intel-specific vulnerability was found by researchers including Prof. Daniel Genkin, who previously helped expose similar attacks like Meltdown and Foreshadow. Called ZombieLoad (or Fallout, by Genkin's team), this vulnerability is similar to its predecessors a speculative execution attack, leaking data from Intel chips' internal buffers. [Full Story]

Microscopic smart dust sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors

The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Advancing microelectronics and systems for the security of the future

As an ECE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Muldavin (BSE EP; MSE PhD EE) spoke about a DoD initiative to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. in microelectronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cyber-physical systems  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany

Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Three CSE papers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Three papers authored by CSE researchers have been selected for IEEE Micro's Top Picks from the 2018 Computer Architecture Conferences. Top Picks is an annual special edition of IEEE Micro magazine that acknowledges the 10-12 most significant research papers from computer architecture conferences in the past year based on novelty and potential for long-term impact.

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Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter M.  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Das, Reetuparna  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Systems  Narayanasamy, Satish  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  

A high-efficiency GaAs solar cell to power the Internet of Tiny Things

The Michigan Micro Mote gets a new gallium arsenide solar cell for added power and adaptability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  

In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections

The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M's contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Wise, Kensall  

SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation

Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jamie Phillips is honored by the college as a true team player

The College of Engineering has chosen Prof. Phillips as the recipient of this year's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. The award is given to only one faculty member in the entire college. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Ann Stals, the Woman Behind the Curtain, is honored for her excellence in ECE

Ann Stals is one of four College of Engineering staff members honored with the Staff Excellence Award. She was selected for her exemplary work as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  

Amateur radio continues to connect the world

U-M's amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  England, Anthony W.  Mortazawi, Amir  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

A quicker eye for robotics to help in our cluttered, human environments

In a step toward home-helper robots that can quickly navigate unpredictable and disordered spaces, University of Michigan researchers have developed an algorithm that lets machines perceive their environments orders of magnitude faster than similar previous approaches. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Assistive Technology  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Research responsible for establishing field of medical device security recognized by IEEE

In 2008, Prof. Kevin Fu and collaborators made a landmark discovery the medical devices implanted in patients had major security flaws. The paper detailing their findings has now been recognized from a pool of submissions spanning 40 years with the inaugural IEEE Security and Privacy Test of Time Award, and its impact can be felt in every corner of the medical devices industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Army Award to speed up distributed methods over networks

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an Army Young Investigator Award to speed up graph methods for distributed applications. The goal of her project, called A New Perspective for Fast Distributed Computations Over Network, is to speed up in particular those problems that involve making a lot of queries about the network very quickly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology. The project, Timely Insights: Interpretable, Multi-scale Summarization of Networks over Time, will tackle problems in summarizing networks at different scales to accomplish feats from speeding up web searches to better understanding the structure of the human brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Computer Games course continues growth, experimentation

Students in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, showcased their homegrown creations for a vibrant crowd at the 2019 Computer Games Showcase. The developers, adorned with neon lights and VR headsets, packed Tishman Hall full of competitive players eager to try their polished multiplayer adventures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Inside the Robotics Lab

All About Ann Arbor features Prof. Jessy Grizzle and the Robotics lab in their new video about the work being done with Cassie and exoskeletons. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Blood biopsy: New technique enables detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells

Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Yoon, Euisik  

Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo

Tony Hsu (BSE EE 1968) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

Prof. David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. Now, he has funding from Toyota Research Institute to fund his research into computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Fouhey, David  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Upstarts Duo Security

Duo Security, a company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cybersecurity  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Encouraging careers in research

An event hosted on April 15 by CSE gave undergraduates a taste of what its like to do research for a living. The poster session and panel on Research as a Career invited students to find out what it means to do research full time, to learn the ins and outs of a researchers life, and to ask questions of research scientists, engineers, PhD students, and faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Biopsy alternative: Wearable device captures cancer cells from blood

New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Wearable electronics  

Xin Zan wins the Towner Prize for his work advancing wireless power transfer

PhD student Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords, which could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Stephane Lafortune Voted HKN 2019 Professor of the Year in ECE

An expert in discrete event systems, Lafortune is currently teaching a sophomore level class in Signals and Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Dr. Hadavi sets up new endowment to help ECE wolverines change the world

Dr. Cyrus Hadavi (PhD CE 83) shares his hopes for the future of the ECE program, his knowledge as CEO of a long-lasting company, and his memories of good ole Ann Arbor days. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium

Prof. Chad Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

EECS students voted, and Thurnau Professor Peter Chen was named the 2018-2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  

New chip stops hacks before they start

A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. [Full Story]

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

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law with innovative architecture

CSE PhD student Charles Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data. Working with Prof. Reetuparna Das, Eckert was a Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship for his research, which focuses on how to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) using in-memory computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded the VMWare Early Career Award to further his research on memory disaggregation. The award provides a $50,000 unrestricted gift for his work, which seeks to one day treat portions of computer memory scattered across machines as one huge, virtual block of memory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Computer Architecture  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

In a project that earned a Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, PhD student Charlie Welch, Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas, research fellow Jonathan Kummerfeld, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea analyzed a massive collection of one authors online communications over the course of 5 years to study a number of different speaker attributes and how they are reflected in the language of the messages. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

A paper co-authored by Prof. Harsha Madhyastha has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In Engineering Egress with Edge Fabric: Steering Oceans of Content to the World, Madhyastha and collaborators presented a system that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet to their users. [Full Story]

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

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Qi Alfred Chen has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Securing Smart, Connected Systems Through Systematic Problem Analysis and Mitigation." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity

CSE PhD student Laura Burdick received a 2019 Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for her extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The CSE Division has undertaken a new initiative to support a better and more welcoming climate for all students in its introductory courses. The initiative provides specialized training on inclusive teaching to all Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Assistants (IAs) who teach or provide other instructional support to those courses, emphasizing a number of factors that help instructors interact with students in an inclusive and equitable way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Kamil, Amir  Weimer, Westley  Women in Computing  

Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity

Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been awarded the 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award for exhibiting outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity. According to the U-M Office of Equity and Inclusion, Bertaccos contributions to the multicultural mission of the University have been extensive and of extraordinary caliber. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Towner Prize Winner Nel Escher

While teaching lab sections such as EECS 183, Nel created lessons that fostered strong engagement from students while achieving the learning outcomes of the lesson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi receives IEEE MTT-S Fellowship to advance 5G communications

PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Mortazawi, Amir  

Michigan Electric Racing Revs Up

This summer, Michigan Electric Racing will race their first all-electric car in Formula-style competitions they plan to win. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Computer science and engineering professor and noted election security expert J. Alex Halderman has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his work in strengthening election cybersecurity with evidence-based elections. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Black Engineers convention comes to Detroit and ECE is there to welcome the record-breaking 14,000 attendees

At this year's convention for the National Society of Black Engineers, U-M professors, students, and alums came together with the other attendees to share experiences, offer career advice, and explore how to improve society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Winful, Herbert  

A Spotlight on Optics

The Optics Society at U-M hosted an Industry Spotlight event, which brought academia, industry, and community together to celebrate all things optics and photonics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Possibilities, risks explored at University of Minnesota's annual medical device design conference

Prof. Kevin Fu spoke at the 18th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, where he spoke about his work in targeting sensors to demonstrate vulnerabilities in medical device. Summing up the challenge, he told attendees that "you are going to be designing for the risks of 10 years from now." [Full Story]

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

U-M ECE alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole

ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

CSE PhD student Matt Perez has been selected to receive a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his project aiming to automatically track the progression of Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impairs motor skills, cognition, and speech, and monitoring its progression is a key component to clinical research involving the development of new treatments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Students map Ann Arbor art

CS students have partnered with the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance to develop an app for locating and exploring art in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Ringenberg, Jeff  Undergraduate Students  

UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Education  

Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative

ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  

Michigan's new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The newly-formed Michigan Election Security Commission, established by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on March 20, 2019, held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 16, on the University of Michigan North Campus. The commission is co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, whose work in election security and in exposing the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M startup raises $6 million in venture funding

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Symposium marks growth for Princeton's materials institute

Prof. Stephen Forrest was honored at Princeton as a keynote speaker where he spoke about innovation and the importance of cooperation among science, academia, and industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

All things are part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other non-electronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from Prof. Alanson Sample. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Systems  Internet of Things  Lab-Systems  Sample, Alanson  

Michigan Radio: Making self-driving cars safer

Prof. Walter Lasecki was featured on a segment by Michigan Radio where he discussed his new system of "air traffic control" for driverless vehicles. His research shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. Lasecki's segment begins at 28:54 on the web player. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EE alum Dr. Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for the very first time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Guzdial receives SIGCSE outstanding educator award

Prof. Mark Guzdial is the 2019 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award recognizes his work in helping to create the field of computing education research, designing and evaluating innovative curricula and pedagogical methods, mentoring the field, and promoting literacy for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Teaching science with sound waves

Prof. Kevin Fu and visiting PhD student Xinyan Zhou volunteered to teach the first grade classes at Ann Arbor STEAM about the science of sound. The classes got to learn about cybersecurity, the physics of sound waves, and how to beam music a long distance like a flashlight using ultrasound. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Fu, Kevin  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Students Journey to Silicon Valley for ECE Expeditions

The spring Expeditions trip took students into the heart of Silicon Valley where they met with U-M alums including CEOs, toured a variety of companies, and received behind-the-scenes tours. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

PhD student Laura Andre is recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the college, university, and community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Profile  

Communicating with the world's smallest computers

Researchers built the first millimeter-scale transmitter and antenna that can talk Bluetooth Low Energy with ease. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Communications  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

PhD student Md Salman Nazir works to improve the power grid and research papers

Nazir is recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for his outstanding reviews of recent papers. He works at the Michigan Power and Energy Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

The Future is Carbon Neutral

Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M's Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M's commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano aims to improve precision medicine as a Fulbright Scholar

Prof. Balzano will work with Portuguese researcher Mario Figueiredo to develop new machine learning methods impacting medical diagnosis and treatment. [Full Story]

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

The Hacker Code: Don't Listen to the Experts

Duo Security Cofounder Jon Oberheide is profiled in this piece about his experience in building what became Ann Arbor's first unicorn (a privately held startup valued at over $1 billion). Duo was ultimately acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt

This article published by IEEE Spectrum highlights some of the latest advances of the radio embedded in the millimeter-scale computer known as the Michigan Micro Mote (M3). The research, by Professors David Wentzloff, David Blaauw, and Hun Seok Kim, and ECE graduate students Yao Shi and Xing Chen, was presented recently at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a new Election Security Commission to recommend reforms and strategies for ensuring the security of elections in Michigan, to be co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. Haldermans work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

3 Questions with: Jenna Wiens

Jenna Wiens focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation hosted her for a seminar on how to augment clinical care with AI. [Full Story]

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Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury is developing techniques to connect all the unused memory in a data cluster and treat it as a single, massive memory unit. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to overcome new challenges in this area. In the end, the team intends to make memory disaggregation practical. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

New secure architecture confounds hackers with randomization

Prof. Todd Austin is leading development of a new hardware architecture designed to guard against hackers. The two lead PhD students on the project, Mark Gallagher and Lauren Biernacki, produced a promotional video detailing the strengths of Morpheus' randomization approach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  

An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights Prof. Anthony Grbic's research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic's team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AI Needs Memory to Get Cozier with Compute

The EE Times highlights Prof. Wei Lu's company, Crossbar, and the work its doing to improve AI by combining advanced acceleration hardware, resistive RAM (ReRAM), and optimized neural networks to create ready-made, power-efficient solutions with unsupervised learning and event-recognition capability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  

ECE professors help robots better navigate the world

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that improves robots' use of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Vision  Kim, Hun-Seok  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Sylvester, Dennis  

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

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Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

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

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gerard Mourou talks high-intensity optics

On Thursday afternoon at Rackham Graduate School, Gerard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and founder of the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, discussed his research on laser physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  Winful, Herbert  

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries. This article summarizes the challenges in updating voting technology before the 2020 elections, and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent congressional testimony: With the 2020 election on the horizon, the next major target for foreign cyberattacks, we need to act before its too late. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking

Politico describes how some states are purchasing new voting machines to improve security -- but the ones they're choosing, called called ballot-marking devices, are relatively untested, says Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who is quoted in the article. [Full Story]

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A Question For 2020: Are Our Voting Systems Secure?

In this podcast, Diane Rehm interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman about the security profile of the US voting system and asks the question: As we approach 2020, have states made the necessary changes to protect how we vote? [Full Story]

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Uche Eke: A Balancing Act in Computer Science

Uche Eke is a senior studying computer science. He's also a student athlete and is one of a small number of black students enrolled in the CS program at Michigan. With Black History Month drawing to a close, we caught Uche between his classes and the gym to learn about his time here. [Full Story]

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Your Hard Drive May Be Listening

Researchers led by Prof. Kevin Fu demonstrated that a hard drive can be used as a microphone, allowing attackers to listen in to conversations. The team proposes defenses against every attack they develop, but Fu is still concerned about the implications this has for sensitive sensor-driven systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Systems  

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

GPUs are employed by large computing clusters for both training and inference of deep learning models, and Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury and his students, Juncheng Gu and Peifeng Yu, are working to multiply the number of jobs a cluster can finish in a set amount of time and streamline methods of sharing resources on the fly with two new open-source tools. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Extreme light: Nobel laureate discusses the past & future of lasers

Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

What the U.S. Can Learn About Electronic Voting From This Tiny Eastern European Nation

This article describes the system of electronic voting used by the Baltic country of Estonia, which is often held up by many as a model for how electronic voting can be done right. It then interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who conducted a security audit of the Estonian system in 2014 and found a series of alarming problems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Student wins prestigious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering

Anthony Zheng is one of ten nationwide recipients of the prestigious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering. The scholarship program awards 10 one-time $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding sophomore or junior engineering students at leading universities around the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Personalized knowledge graphs for faster search and digital assistants

Prof. Danai Koutra has proposed a mobile solution to develop constantly-evolving, personalized knowledge bases that identify information thats most relevant to the users changing interests. Koutra and her collaborators are working to take on this shortcoming with graphs that are customized, stored locally, and able to change over time. Koutra earned an Amazon Research Award for the project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  

The Moores Law for Self-Driving Vehicles

According to Prof. Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility, self-driving cars today are only 0.01% as good as humans. To get as good it'll take 16 years. Why? Check out his newest Medium post. [Full Story]

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

Whitmer recognizes Mourou's Nobel Prize

Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 "Chirped Pulse Amplification Day" in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Election security: Halderman recommends actions to ensure integrity of US systems

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Service and General Government, urging lawmakers to approve additional funding for election cybersecurity prior to the upcoming 2020 elections. [Full Story]

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A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting

Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting. [Full Story]

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

Laura Balzano receives NSF CAREER Award to improve machine learning for big data applications

Her research deciphering messy data sets will first tackle applications in genetics and computer vision. [Full Story]

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U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups

Prof. Wei Lu's startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system. [Full Story]

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When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) founded Hygieia to automate and streamline diabetes treatment. [Full Story]

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Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics 1982 MSE CICE 1984) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll's brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop. [Full Story]

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Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

Speeding up code with clever data manipulation

Prof. Baris Kasikci has proposed a new technique to tackle the issue of program optimization broadly and automatically. Kasikci presents a method to improve a programs ability to use data in a straightforward, efficient way by better use of a coding principle called locality. His project has earned an Intel Faculty Award, a renewal of his initial award for the projects proposal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  

Sloan Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law in health and AI

Prof. Reetuparna Das has been selected for a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her work in developing novel hardware architectures. Das develops new architectures that improve performance by orders of magnitude through the more efficient use of available transistors. Her research focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and precision health applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

How the Internet of Things could bring hackers into your kitchen (or bedroom)

This article and video describes vulnerabilities that exist in Internet of Things devices, and highlights work done by Prof. Kevin Fu that demonstrates how devices can be controlled by sound waves. [Full Story]

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New research for the future of sustainable power and energy

Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy. [Full Story]

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Outstanding commitment to undergraduate mentorship

Prof. Westley Weimer has earned the Computing Research Association Education (CRA-E) Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and guidance on admission and matriculation to undergraduate students working in his research group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Undergraduate Students  Weimer, Westley  

Automated software repair paper recognized for 10 years of influence

Ten years ago, Prof. Westley Weimer set out to shave time and expenditure off the process of generating patch fixes to buggy software. His solution was controversial, applying a novel approach to software development called genetic programming to generate automated patches to even large, complicated programs. The paper has since been cited over 500 times and served as groundwork for tools in use by companies like Facebook. Now, the International Conference on Software Engineering has recognized the work with a Ten-Year Most Influential Paper. [Full Story]

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Battery economics could power the future of energy

Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid. [Full Story]

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

Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu's $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid. [Full Story]

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Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Abraham Addisie, a PhD candidate in computer science and engineering, has been awarded the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement by the College of Engineering for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications. [Full Story]

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

Ann Arbor's May Mobility raises $22 million to deploy driverless shuttles across US

All About AnnArbor reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. The company is expanding its facilities and reach. [Full Story]

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

May Mobility secures $22 million investment amid expansion

Crain's Detroit Business reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. [Full Story]

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

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

"Air traffic control" for driverless cars could speed up deployment

Research led by Prof. Walter Lasecki shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Data and Computing  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dick, Robert  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mihalcea, Rada  Subramanian, Vijay  

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

CSE PhD student Zeyu Zheng has been awarded a 2018-19 Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in reinforcement learning with his advisor, Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence Satinder Singh Baveja. Zheng is working to give autonomous agents the ability to maintain the skills theyve already learned and leverage them to acquire new ones. [Full Story]

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

The Growing Tension Between Undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or Just Those Who Get Past the Caps?

Last month, the New York Times ran an article "The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class" about the dramatic increase in undergraduate enrollment, and the inability of US computer science departments to keep pace with the demand. Prof. Mark Guzdial reflects on the trend and its historical precedent. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Research team investigating Internet censorship with tracking system

A group of researchers led by Prof. Roya Ensafi is investigating Internet censorship. The team created a system called Censored Planet that monitors and reports when access to websites is blocked. The team is seeking to understand which websites governments are blocking and why. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Information Technology  Lab-Systems  

Self-driving cars could deploy sooner using air traffic control technique, UM researchers say

This article highlights the work of Prof. Walter Lasecki, who is working to create hybrid human/AI systems that can handle exceptional situations that could move forward the release of technologies such as autonomous transportation networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Stateside: MIs energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan's energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sustainability and Environment  

University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

Built by humans. Ruled by computers.

H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M, has been tapped to lead the Center for Responsible Information Technology, a U-M think tank thats now in development. It will aim to help technologists use algorithmic systems and other IT advances in a socially responsible way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Cybersecurity  Jagadish, HV  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

In an advance that could one day provide a comprehensive, publicly available window into worldwide internet censorship, a team led by Prof. Roya Ensafi has turned public internet servers across the globe into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Lab-Systems  

Landmark microprocessor reliability paper recognized for enduring impact

At the turn of the century, Prof. Todd Austin authored a paper that addressed the critical issue of reliability tests for microprocessors. Published in 1999, it turned out to be a major contribution to the field. The paper has been cited 872 times and has been referenced in 11 patents. Now, to recognize the works lasting relevance, Austin has earned the IEEE/ACM MICRO Test of Time Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that wont disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique called Digital Foveation that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Dick, Robert  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

The Punishing Polar Vortex is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

WIRED features ECE professor Jessy Grizzle and our favorite bipedal robot in a story about how testing Cassie in extreme weather events could help save lives in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

Allison McDonald, a third-year PhD student in CSE, has received a 2019 Facebook Fellowship. The award recognizes promising doctoral students engaged in innovative and relevant research. McDonald works with Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Prof. Florian Schaub from the School of Information to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Making a difference for women in academia

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been honored with the 2019 Sarah Goddard Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship, or other ways in their professional life. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Prof. Zhengya Zhang receives CoE undergraduate education award

Prof. Zhang receives outstanding evaluations from students and opens their imagination to research in the field of VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]

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College award for excellence in education

Dr. Bill Arthur has been awarded the 2019 Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. This award recognizes lecturers who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate levels. [Full Story]

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College award recognizes a career dedicated to service

Prof. Emeritus Kevin Compton has been selected to receive the 2018-19 Herbert Kopf Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering, in recognition of his significant service contributions to the College and University. Throughout his career, Compton has been committed to service in his work that has enhanced the student experience and the operation of the CSE Division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  

H.V. Jagadish to be Michigan Institute for Data Science director

H.V. Jagadish has been appointed director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science, effective Feb. 15. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of the initiators of an earlier concept of a data science initiative on campus. [Full Story]

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

Spotting Fake News (video)

In this One Detroit report, Prof. Rada Mihalcea and research scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas describe their work in weeding out fake news stories from the real stories using a unique algorithm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Hiwot Kassa, second-year PhD student in CSE, has been named an inaugural Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow. he research is aimed at impoving the speed and efficiency of high-performance applications, such as those that rely on large data centers, by coordinating a variety of different computing components to tackle each problems specific computational needs. [Full Story]

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

Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  

A poker-playing robot goes to work at the Pentagon

Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Michael Wellman comments on the signal being sent as the Pentagon and other agencies adopt more AI technologies: the technology is maturing. [Full Story]

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

David Chesney named Collegiate Lecturer for 2018-19

Three lecturers have been honored for outstanding contributions to instruction as the 2018-19 Collegiate Lecturers, a title the three will retain throughout their careers at the university. Chesney focuses his courses around creating software for the greater good. He was instrumental in the collaboration between the College of Engineering and C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital for the formation of the MGC-FEVA Center. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

Recognizing a lifetime of achievement in cognitive systems

John Laird, the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems along with his collaborator Prof. Paul Rosenbloom of the University of Southern California. This award recognizes the pairs research on cognitive architectures, especially their Soar project, their applications to knowledge-based systems and models of human cognition, and their contributions to theories of representation, reasoning, problem solving, and learning. [Full Story]

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

Students develop games, build audiences in largest computer game course yet

The 2018 Computer Games Showcase flooded Tishman Hall with pirates, hard-hatted miners, and patriotic space war recruiters on December 11. Seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, and visiting students from Eastern Michigan University showed off their final group projects with live demos set up around the hall. [Full Story]

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The social justice case for computing: transforming tools for some into a language for all

As a Professor of EECS and Engineering Education Research (EER) at Michigan, Mark Guzdial is embedded with other computer science faculty to determine how different students think about computing, and just how exactly teaching it is supposed to work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Collegiate Lecturership recognizes commitment to innovative teaching

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, Dr. David Chesney has been named a 2018-2019 Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer. For many years, Chesney has encouraged his students to think in terms of social good when developing their software projects. Through his courses, students are able to learn the fundamentals of programming and software systems, while also seeing the social impact of computer science. [Full Story]

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The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Prof. Thomas Wenisch comments in this article on Intel's efforts to shore up the security of its microprocessors while still competing on performance. Wenisch was one of the researchers who exposed weaknesses in Intel's secure enclave technology via the Foreshadow attack. [Full Story]

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Why Washtenaw County is home to a special "Super Smash Bros. Melee" community

CSE game development instructor Austin Yarger provides insight in this interview on why the local region has become a Smash hub. [Full Story]

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Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy. [Full Story]

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Laura Balzano receives ARO Young Investigator Award to improve high-dimensional big data problems

Applications include managing large networked systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, or computer networks. [Full Story]

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Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring

Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work. [Full Story]

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