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Michael Wellman Selected to Serve on Financial Research Advisory Committee

Prof. Michael P. Wellman as been selected to serve on the Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC) for the US Department of Treasury's Office of Financial Research. As the only academic computer scientist on the FRAC, Professor Wellman brings expertise on algorithmic trading and other computational techniques that are transforming financial markets and the financial system. [Full Story]

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

Clinc Launches Finie, an AI Personal Assistant for Mobile Banking

Clinc, the research lab founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, has recently launched a new application called Finie, the financial genie. Finie, which can be referred to as the Siri of personal banking, is an artificial intelligence platform for banks that helps customers talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way to get real-time and instant financial insights. [Full Story]

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

Six New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome six outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in distributed systems to building reliable and secure software, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

A New Era of Robotics at Michigan

A newly approved robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

How Electronic Voting Could Undermine the Election

Foreign hackers, domestic hackers, those with physical access to voting machines, and those who attack from afar: this article describes the multiple risks associated with electronic voting and highlights the work of Prof. J. Alex Halderman in making this clear to us. [Full Story]

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

Toyota Research Institute Partners with U-M on Artificial Intelligence

Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute, TRI CEO Gill Pratt announced recently in an address to U-M faculty. [Full Story]

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

Hands-On Robotics: A Course for Anyone Interested in Robots and Autonomy

Check out this new video about the course Hands on Robotics. It not only provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics, it encourages students to solve an open-ended problem. Students build different types of robots throughout the semester using the CKBot modular robot system. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguists in Competition at 2016 International Linguistics Olympiad

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached US high school students to successful competition at the 14th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held at the Infosys campus in Mysore, India from from July 25 to July 29, 2016. It is the tenth year that Radev has coached the team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Summer Bootcamp Prepares Undergraduates for Work with Big Data

The Big Data Summer Bootcamp, a six-week interdisciplinary training and research program co-designed by Prof. Barzan Mozafari and his collaborators from other departments, has given students from around the country a comprehensive overview of the field of big data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

EECS Research Highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Jenkins, Chad  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Systems  Olson, Edwin  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Grows Rapidly, Graduates First Student

In Fall 2015, the EECS Department and the Department of Statistics in LSA launched a joint undergraduate program in Data Science. As of Spring of 2016, the program had grown to 79 declared majors, 36 in engineering and 43 in LSA. The first engineering student to graduate with a degree in data science was Ryan Schrader, a dual data science/computer science major who matriculated in December 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Big Data  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Dragomir Radev Teaching Course on NLP Through Coursera

This summer, Prof. Dragomir Radev is teaching two offerings of his course,"Introduction to Natural Language Processing" through Coursera, the online education platform which aims to provide universal access to the worlds best education. The first course offering began July 4th and the second is set to begin on August 1st. Both sessions are 12 weeks long. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Radev, Dragomir  

CSE Kicks Off Another Summer Of MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, has kicked off for summer 2016. This summer CSE has brought back all three camps: Tinkering with Mobile Apps, Game Design & Development, and Hacking in a Digital World. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Darden, Marcus  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!

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Related Topics:  Robotics  

The Future of Transportation

The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]

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

Beyond Asimov: How to Plan for Ethical Robots

In The Converstation, Prof. Ben Kuipers discusses the moral and ethical guidelines we should give robots as they soon will be a part of our daily lives. He delves into past moral rules and the complex situation of guiding robot behavior in our society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics  

Michael Wellman Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Alec Gallimore, who will become the new Dean at the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Sponsors TechTwilight to Support Young People in STEM

CSE is a sponsor of the 2016 TechTwilight. TechTwilight provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery. The event encourages young people to pursue careers in, and develop life-long interests in, science, technology, and engineering. [Full Story]

Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools for Flint Water Crisis

A partnership between Google and the University of Michigans Ann Arbor and Flint campuses aims to provide a smartphone app and other digital tools to Flint residents and officials to help them manage the ongoing water crisis. The Michigan Data Science Team, led by CSE Prof. Jacob Abernethy, will be involved in the partnership. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Lab-Theory of Computation  

EECS 183 Showcase Highlights Another Round of Final Projects

On Thursday, April 21st, students, parents, and professors attended the EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Hacking into Homes: Security Flaws Found in SmartThings Connected Home System

Prof. Atul Prakash, CSE graduate student Earlence Fernandes, and Jaeyeon Jung (Microsoft Research), have performed a security analysis of the SmartThings programming framework. They were able to hack into the automation system and essentially get the PIN code to a homes front door. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

CSE Launches Health Initiative for Staff

To foster an environment of wellness in the spirit of the University's MHealthy program, the CSE Division is tapping the power of computation to help encourage healthy behavior amongst its administrative and support staff. [Full Story]

CSE at South by Southwest

U-M attended the 2016 South by Southwest festival in Austin, and CSE participated in showing off another round of innovative technologies. South by Southwest began as a small film and music festival and has grown to become one of the biggest arts and technology fests in the country. Spanning two weeks and a half-dozen conferences in Austin, Texas, it brought together executives and creative types from industries ranging from tech to gaming to music to movies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

It's Official: Computer Science is #1... and #2!

Computer science is a fast-growing discipline with huge potential for impact, and this is clearly reflected at the University of Michigan in terms of two measurements: the number of declared majors in the undergraduate program, and the employment survey data available from student co-ops, interns, and full-time hires. [Full Story]

Doowon Lee Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to Improve the Reliability of Computer Systems

Doowon Lee, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation, which is entitled, Low-Cost Comprehensive Robustness for Modern Heterogeneous Systems. The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program who are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking. [Full Story]

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

Passwords, Privacy and Protection: Can Apple Meet FBI Demand Without Creating a Backdoor?

Join The Conversation, in which Prof. HV Jagadish sheds some light on the issues involved in the FBI/Apple standoff over the court order to unlock a terrorism suspect's iPhone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

MBus is the Missing Interconnect for Millimeter-Scale Systems

Looking ahead to millimeter scale computing and the future of ubiquitous computing, EECS faculty members David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, graduate students Patrick Pannuto and Benjamin Kempke, research scientist Ye-Sheng Kuo, and a number of other Michigan researchers have created MBus, a chip-to-chip interconnect that facilitates an ultra-low power system operation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Hackers Tackle Assistive Technology

Dr. David Chesney and current computer science students are once again contributing to the development of assistive technology. On Thursday, January 28th, Chesney and his team launched Hacking for the Greater Good, a 6-hour hackathon that allowed students to work on projects that centered on assistive technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Hacks  Undergraduate Students  

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Secure Your Website Now: Let's Encrypt Enters Public Beta

Lets Encrypt, the free certificate authority created by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten, recently entered Public Beta, which allows anyone to request a certificate without needing an invitation. The service was created to provide an easy way for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

Elementary Programming Class Introduces Students to Coding

This story in The Michigan Daily highlights EECS 183, the introductory CS course taught by Dr. Mary Lou Dorf, who designed the class to be experiential and to provide the support for students to become both familiar with computing concepts and more confident in their ability to learn to code. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase Highlights Over 20 New Games

On Friday, December 18th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a large crowd of over 100 attendees for the Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Computer Games  Undergraduate Students  

Fairy Door in CSE is First at U-M

Fairies have for the first time ventured onto the Michigan campus and have taken up residence in a computer located in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which is home to CSE. Next time you're here, look for them in the first-floor atrium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Mihalcea, Rada  

Five U-M Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest

Five University of Michigan programming teams have competed in the 2015 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with two teams, the Valiant and the Conquering Heroes, placing in first and second place. The East Central North America Regional Programming Contest was held October 31st and took place simultaneously at four sites: Cincinnati, Grand Valley, Windsor, and Youngstown, and the U-M teams competed at the Grand Valley site. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  Programming  

Computing CARES: A Plan to Boost the Retention of Women in Computing

The field of computing is one in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few faculty in the CSE Division have recently begun in a new quest to boost the participation and retention of women in computing courses and degree majors. These expanded opportunities will be accomplished through a U-M's Third Century grant. Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Mary Lou Dorf spearheaded this effort through a proposal that they submitted this past summer to the Third Century Initiative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Olson, Edwin  Ringenberg, Jeff  Wellman, Michael  Women in Computing  

Relationship with Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Grows with Research Exchange Program

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have started a research exchange program between UM and AAiT. During the pilot program, which took place this year, three U-M CSE graduate students, William Arthur, Salessawi Ferede, and Biruk Mammo, traveled to Ethiopia for one month to bootstrap research projects with current AAiT students. [Full Story]

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

Michigan Researchers create virtual reality 'Matrix' with unreal engine

Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Virtual Reality  

Don't like Siri? Build your own!

In this CBC radio interview, Prof. Jason Mars speaks about the rise of intelligent personal assistants and the computational load that is associated this trend. He and Prof. Lingjia Tang led the research project that resulted in Sirius, an open-source IPA that anyone can download and use. Sirius was used to model future workloads in order to determine requirements for future data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Machine Learning  Mars, Jason  

John Holland (1929-2015): In Memoriam

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science, and complex systems, passed away on Aug. 9 at the age of 86. Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science. [Full Story]

An Eye for Detail Brings Unique Rewards

Prof. Igor Markov has received two Knuth reward checks in exchange for suggesting improvements to publications authored by Prof. Donald Knuth of Stanford. According to MIT Technology Review, "Knuths reward checks are among computerdom's most prized trophies." [Full Story]

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

Over 140 Students attend 2015 MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, was even bigger and better for summer 2015. There was a 5-day Tinkering With Mobile Apps camp and a 2-week-long Hacking in a Digital World camp, both led by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg, as well as a 5-day Game Design & Development camp led by Dr. Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

ARS Technica reports on the Logjam vulnerability in detail and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says, "Logjam shows us once again why it's a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for. That's exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export restrictions, and today that backdoor is wide open, threatening the security of a large part of the Web." [Full Story]

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

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Stretches, Challenges Performers and Audience

Creativity and tech were blended as the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Georg Essl, performed 12 original works at its Final Class Concert in April. This story includes video of each of these unique performances. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble  Undergraduate Students  

Hospitals are testing a way to detect malware by analyzing the flow of electricity to connected devices

One of the biggest reasons why health professionals are reticent to connect their devices is a concern over security for health tech, attacking a device can mean attacking a person. Prof. Fu talks about WattsUpDoc, a program that uses power and electricity as a means to detect if a malware has been introduced into a network. Hospitals are now slowly beginning to sign up and try out this new malware detection system.

[Full Story]

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

Over 600 Students Present Final Projects at EECS 183 Showcase

On Friday, April 24th, a number of students, parents, and professors attended the EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Winter 2015 Games Showcase Brings Lively Crowd to Tishman Hall

On Friday, April 24th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Computer Games  

Students Show off Projects during Winter Semester Showcases

A number of CS students finished the semester strong by displaying their projects during the winter semester project showcases. Students, professors, and parents were able to see a combination of hard work, creativity, and skill during the ENG 100, EECS 183, EECS 373, EECS 467, and EECS 494 project showcases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Programming  Undergraduate Students  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Announced

CoE students have a new major course of study to choose from, and it's a highly relevant choice in this age of "Big Data." The program in Data Science, developed in conjunction with the Statistics Department, will help to prepare a class of experts who can extract actionable data from text, audio, video, and sensor measurements. The program will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  

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