Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Distinguished Lecture Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series brings to campus top thinkers in the field. They meet with faculty and students and present their cutting-edge research to the University of Michigan community.

Upcoming and Former Lectures

May. 12, 2016
Professorship Lecture and Reception: The Future of Scientific Computing
Speaker: Eric Michielssen
Title: Assoc. VP, Advanced Research Computing
Affiliation: Director, Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering
3:30pm - 5:00pm in Johnson Rooms, 3rd floor, LEC
Dec. 09, 2015
The End of Moore’s Law: Are we Facing the Creation or the Apocalypse?
Speaker: Stephen Forrest
3:30pm - 4:30pm in Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor, Lurie Engineering Center
Nov. 30, 2015
ECE Dist. Lecture: III-V Quantum Structures for Infrared Detection
Speaker: Sarath Gunapala
Title: Director, Center for Infrared Photonics
Affiliation: Jet Propulsion Lab
11:30am - 12:30pm in 1005 EECS
Oct. 09, 2015
Out of Control
Speaker: Rick Wallace
Title: CEO and President
Affiliation: KLA-Tencor, Corp.
2:30pm - 3:30pm in 1200 EECS
Oct. 07, 2015
Leading Challenges and the Role of Transformation in the Fusion and Plasma Sciences
Speaker: Dr. Edmund Synakowski
Affiliation: U.S. Department of Energy
3:30pm - 4:30pm in 1005 EECS
Oct. 06, 2015
Unavailable Innovation: Why You Must Make Your Ideas Accessible
Speaker: Garlin Gilchrist II
Title: Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement
Affiliation: City of Detroit
1:30pm - 2:30pm in 2150 DOW
May. 05, 2015
An Academics Adventures in Business
Speaker: Stephen Forrest
4:00pm - 5:00pm in Stamps Auditorium in the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr.
Feb. 04, 2015
Taking Bipedal Walking Robots from Science Fiction to Science Fact
Speaker: Jessy Grizzle
Title: Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering
Affiliation: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
4:00pm - 5:00pm in Rackham Amphitheatre
Oct. 31, 2014
Homecoming Lecture: Computers That We Can Wear
Speaker: Babak Parviz
Title: Vice President
Affiliation: Amazon
1:30pm - 2:30pm in 1500 EECS
Apr. 21, 2014
The Economics of a Job: Why Starting or Joining a Start-up Might Make More Sense
Speaker: Abdur Chowdhury
10:00am - 11:00am in Johnson Room, LEC
Mar. 14, 2014
Chemical – Electronic Coupling and the InAs Two-Dimensional Electron Gas (2DEG): Highly Sensitive and Selective Sensing of Surface- Based Biomolecule Interactions
Speaker: April S. Brown
Title: John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliation: Duke University
2:00pm - 3:00pm in 1013 Dow
Oct. 04, 2013
What it Takes to Lead in Technology
Speaker: Steve Mollenkopf
Title: President and Chief Operating Officer
Affiliation: Qualcomm Incorporated
1:30pm - 2:30pm in 1303 EECS
Oct. 25, 2012
Curtis Ling: Founding to post-IPO: One Perspective on Technology Entrepreneurship and Fabless Design
Speaker: Curtis Ling
Title: CTO and co-founder
Affiliation: MaxLinear
Noon - 1:00pm in 1005 EECS
Oct. 12, 2012
Daniel Moloney - ECE Alumni Award Winner Lecture
Speaker: Daniel Moloney
Title: Past President
Affiliation: Motorola Mobility
10:30am - 11:30am in 1303 EECS
Oct. 11, 2012
Cahit Akin - A Venture Capitalist/Entrepreneur Talks about Starting and Growing Technology Companies
Speaker: Dr. Cahit Akin
Title: CEO and co-founder
Affiliation: Mushroom Networks, Inc.
Noon - 1:00pm in 1005 EECS
Sep. 20, 2012
Materials and Mechanics for Bio-Integrated Electronics
Speaker: John A. Rogers
Title: Professor
Affiliation: University of Illinois-Champaign
3:00pm - 4:00pm in Beyster Building, Room 1670
Oct. 28, 2011
From Michigan to NASDAQ
Speaker: Syed B. Ali
Title: President, CEO & Founder, Cavium, Inc.
Affiliation: MSE EE ’81 and 2011 CoE Alumni Merit Award Winner for ECE
11:00am - Noon in 1303 EECS
May. 23, 2011
Photonic Band Gap Materials: Light Trapping Crystals
Speaker: Sajeev John
Title: Professor, Department of Physics
Affiliation: University of Toronto
11:00am - Noon in 1311 EECS
Apr. 04, 2011
Thinking Outside of the Box can be Over the Moon
Speaker: Dr. R. Keith Raney
Title: IEEE Life Fellow
Affiliation: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11:30am - 12:30pm in 1311 EECS
Mar. 21, 2011
Michal Lipson: Manipulating Light on Chip
Speaker: Michal Lipson
Title: Manipulating Light on Chip
Affiliation: Cornell University, MacArthur Fellow
2:30pm - 3:30pm in Gerald Ford Presidential Library Auditorium
Nov. 11, 2010
Taming Light and Electrons with Metamaterials
Speaker: Nader Engheta
Title: H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1670 Beyster Bldg.
Nov. 03, 2010
Semiconductor Nanowires: A Platform for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Speaker: Charles M. Lieber
Title: Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry
Affiliation: Harvard University
3:30pm - 5:00pm in 1200 EECS
Oct. 15, 2010
Value Creation: The Role for EECS
Speaker: Rick Bolander
Title: Managing Director and Co-Founder
Affiliation: Gabriel Venture Partners
1:30pm - 2:30pm in 1200 EECS
Sep. 29, 2010
Rick Wallace: From Bursley to the Boardroom
Speaker: Richard (Rick) P. Wallace
Title: President and CEO
Affiliation: KLA-Tencor Corporation
2:30pm - 3:30pm in 1013 Dow
Sep. 25, 2009
Memories and Recollections: and How to Move a College
Speaker: Prof. Nino Masnari
Title: Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliation: North Carolina State University
1:00pm - 2:00pm in 1311 EECS
Sep. 25, 2009
Straight Down the Crooked Path: The Dynamic Process of Commercializing Research
Speaker: Dr. Michael McCorquodale
2:30pm - 3:30pm in 1200 EECS
Oct. 03, 2008
Mehdi Hatamian: 30 Years in the Life of a Super Happy Michigan Alumnus
Speaker: Mehdi Hatamian
Title: ECE Alumni Society Merit Award Winner
Affiliation: Vice President of Engineering for DSP Microelectronics, Broadcom Corporation
1:00pm - 2:00pm in 1311 EECS
Oct. 12, 2007
Making Your First Million: and other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs
Speaker: Lee Boysel
Noon - 1:00pm in 1670 Beyster Bldg.
Nov. 09, 2006
The Power of Metamaterials: From Negative Refraction to Invisibility Cloaks
Speaker: Prof. and Augustine Scholar David R. Smith
3:30pm - 4:30pm in 1014 DOW
Oct. 27, 2006
Lessons from Wearable Computing and Beyond
Speaker: Daniel P. Siewiorek
3:00pm - 4:00pm in 1670 Beyster Bldg.
Apr. 11, 2006
Topics in Synthetic Aperture Radar Processing
Speaker: Dr. Jack Jakowatz, Sandia National Laboratories
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Apr. 10, 2006
Silicon-chip-based optical resonators with Q factor> 100 million
Speaker: Professor Kerry Vahala, of CalTech
11:00am - Noon in EECS 1005
Apr. 06, 2006
Real Time Signal Processing for Remote Sensing Applications
Speaker: Dr. John Ackenhusen, General Dynamics
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Mar. 30, 2006
Diversity-multiplexing tradeoff of MIMO fading channels: what's next? Advances and challenges in space-time coding design
Speaker: Prof. Giuseppe Caire, University of Southern California
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Mar. 28, 2006
Network Coding for the Internet and Wireless Networks
Speaker: Dr. Philip Chou, Microsoft
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Mar. 09, 2006
On the Sufficiency of Ignorance: Recent Lessons from Information Theory
Speaker: Prof. Gregory Wornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Feb. 21, 2006
Graphical Models, Distributed Fusion, and Sensor Networks
Speaker: Prof. Alan Willsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Feb. 16, 2006
Is mathematics like biology? Is it like physics?
Speaker: Dr. Gregory Chaitin, IBM Research
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Feb. 09, 2006
Phase Retrieval for Imaging and Wave Front Sensing
Speaker: Prof. Jim Fienup. University of Rochester
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Jan. 24, 2006
Quantum-Physical Theory of Communication
Speaker: Prof. Patrick Hayden, McGill University
4:00pm - 5:30pm in Room 1500 EECS Building
Apr. 08, 2004
Some Analysis and Applications of Image Registration
Speaker: Prof. Peter Ramadge, Princeton University
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Mar. 30, 2004
COMPARING STRENGTH OF LOCALITY OF REFERENCE -- Popularity, majorization, and some folk theorems
Speaker: Prof. Armand Makowski
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Mar. 25, 2004
PEDAMACS: Power Efficient and Delay Aware Medium Access Protocol for Sensor Networks
Speaker: Prof. Pravin Varaiya, University of California Ber
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Mar. 18, 2004
H Stands for Hydrogen . . . and Humility
Speaker: Dr. John Rigden, American Institute of Physics
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Mar. 02, 2004
Extrinsic Information Transfer Charts as a Design Tool for Inerative Processors
Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Kramer, Lucent Tecnologies
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Feb. 12, 2004
What is the Zeta Function?
Speaker: Dr. John Derbyshire
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Feb. 05, 2004
From Wireless and Sensor Networks to Convergence: Theory, Protocols, and Architecture
Speaker: Prof. P. R. Kumar, University of Illinois Urbana-C
8:00am - 8:30am in 1500 EECS
Jan. 27, 2004
Simple, Scaleable Network Algorithms
Speaker: Prof. Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford University
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Jan. 22, 2004
Network Coding: from Graph Theory to Algebraic Geometry
Speaker: Dr. Emina Soljanin
4:00pm - 5:30pm in 1500 EECS
Apr. 02, 2003
Dow Professorship Lecture: Prof. Ken Wise
Speaker: Prof. Ken Wise
4:00pm - 5:00pm in Michigan League, Hussey Room