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Jun 24, 2014
High School Students Explore Engineering through Music and Computer Science

High school students from the Ann Arbor area got a crash course in computing and its connections to creativity at a College of Engineering computer science camp during the week of June 16. Entitled It's All About the Music, the camp allowed students to explore CS in the context of real-world problems and applications through challenging, hands-on, and music-centric applications. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

May 07, 2014
Students to Use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in Class

Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

May 07, 2014
Computer Science with Soul

This multimedia website highlights how technology could help people with disabilities live fuller lives -- if it were affordable. Motivated by one amazing young lady, Dr. David Chesney and his students are working to make a difference. [Full Story]

May 07, 2014
The Annual Slaying of the Dragon

Students were hungry for this years St. Georges Day Feast. It happens every year the day before the last day of classes a day when the faculty serve the students, and battle the dragons! [Full Story]

Apr 29, 2014
Quotable Quotes from CSE Faculty

A hacker has compiled some illuminating quotes from three EECS 370 faculty in a soundboard from Winter 2014. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Hacks  

Apr 11, 2014
Hands-On Robotics (video)

Prof. Shai Revzen presents his Hands-On Robotics course (EECS 498). Watch the students in action as he describes: teaching philosophy, what makes for a great team, how to enhance collaboration across teams, even unexpected ways to get a great grade (wackiness allowed). [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  

Mar 26, 2014
CSE Connects at SXSW 2014

The University launched its biggest-ever presence at the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, with CSE participating and reaching out to friends old and new. Dr. Jeff Ringenberg and undergraduate student Mike Huang shared information with attendees regarding programs in CSE and made connections with hiring companies and lots of alums. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Mar 24, 2014
Prospective Grad Students Visit, Learn About CSE

On March 13 - 15, prospective graduate students from around the country visited CSE to engage with faculty, current graduate students, and recent alumni to learn about the graduate program in Computer Science and Engineering - and wood-fired brick oven pizza making. [Full Story]

Mar 13, 2014
CSE Connects at Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

CSE reached out to diverse student populations at the 2014 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Seattle, WA. This year's conference theme was "The Strength of Diversity" as conference attendees celebrated the contributions to computing by members of broad and diverse communities. Two CSE students attended the conference as Microsoft Scholarship Recipients. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Feb 03, 2014
Karem Sakallah Continues Commitment to Qatar Computing Research Institute

Prof. Karem Sakallah has taken a leave of absence from CSE for calendar year 2014 to help shape the development of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in Doha, Qatar. He has been involved in the planning for the institute since 2005. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Sakallah, Karem  

Jan 30, 2014
State Farm Gift Supports Student Projects Lab

State Farm has donated $50,000 to support and enhance the activities of the Student Projects Lab in the Beyster Building, which is home to both the Embedded Systems Hub, a shared resource for the development of projects with embedded systems, and MSuite, the student mobile applications development group. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

Jan 23, 2014
Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center has issued its Annual Report, which includes reported placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. By most measures, CS students and grads are the most sought and best compensated. [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2013
CSE Photo Contest Garners Creative Entries

We received some creative photos in our annual "A Week in the Life at CSE" photo contest. This year's winner is Denis Bueno for his entry, "SOS -- someone forgot to feed the grad students." See all the entries here. [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2013
CSE Puzzle Solved By a Few

There was a puzzle hidden in the Beyster Building for CSEdWeek, and a few were able to find it. Click to see the leaderboard. The top puzzler was graduate student Eric Wustrow, aka somenoob. [Full Story]

Nov 18, 2013
Larry D. Leinweber Gives $2.4 Million to Fund Students in CS

Michigan-based entrepreneur and business leader Larry D. Leinweber sees an opportunity to help build a stronger economic foundation for the state. He envisions Michigan as a home for more software companies and wants to help build a pipeline of talent to make that vision a reality, with a special emphasis on retaining University students whose home state is Michigan. [Full Story]

Nov 02, 2013
Ghosts Hack EECS 388 on Halloween

Not long into an otherwise perfectly normal lecture in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's security class on Halloween, strange and spooky things began to happen. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Hacks  

Oct 25, 2013
Tales From the Crypto Community

In this article in Foreign Affairs, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger of University of Pennsylvania describe how recent NSA actions have diminished computer security for everyone and harmed US national cyberdefense interests in a number of ways. [Full Story]


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

Sep 26, 2013
Software Class Aims to Help One Teen Communicate

Undergradate students in Dr. David Chesney's senior-level software engineering course are devising systems that could make it easier for a 13-year old with cerebral palsy to communicate, play, or act more independently at school or home. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

Sep 05, 2013
Six New Faculty Join CSE

The CSE Division is pleased to announce the addition of six new faculty, beginning in Fall 2013. From contributions to big data and cloud explorations to servers and architectures, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Deng, Jia  Mars, Jason  Mihalcea, Rada  Mozafari, Barzan  Tang, Lingjia  

Jul 29, 2013
Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached North American high school students to successful competition at the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Manchester, UK, from July 22 through 26th, 2013. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

Jun 21, 2013
Brian Noble Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering

Prof. Brian Noble has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering by David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. He succeeds James Holloway, who is stepping down to become the U-M Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Noble, Brian  

Jun 05, 2013
Edwin Olson Talks Robotics at World Science Festival

Prof. Edwin Olson spoke on his work in the realm of robotics at the annual World Science Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 2. His presentation was a part of the Festival's acclaimed Cool Jobs program, which features a series of thought-provoking and inspirational lectures on technical occupations aimed at young people and their families. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Apr 05, 2013
Prospective Grad Students Show High Level of Interest in CSE

CSE experienced record interest in its graduate program when 54 prospective students visited for an in-depth look at the people, labs, projects and flying blue sharks that compose the intellectual landscape in CSE at Michigan. [Full Story]

Apr 03, 2013
CSE Spinoff Wins The Linley Groups Analysts Choice Award

Cyclos Semiconductor, co-founded by CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou, has received The Linley Group's Analysts' Choice Award for Best Processor Technology for its achievements in replacing conventional clock-signal trees with a resonant clock mesh and easing the design of high-performance chips. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Technology Transfer  

Apr 02, 2013
David Chesney Speaks at TEDxUofM

Dr. David Chesney spoke at "Untapped," the fourth annual TEDxUofM, which took place April 5th at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. His talk was entitled, "Shouts and Whispers: Small Events Leading to Big Changes." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Mar 20, 2013
Kevin Fu Interviewed Regarding Cyber Security of Medical Devices

Kevin Fu, Director of the Security and Privacy Research Lab, has been interviewed by Healthcare Info Security about the evolving malware and security risks associated with implantable and bedside medical devices. Article includes audio interview. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Jan 31, 2013
Solid-State Circuits Magazine Publishes Special Issue with Lynn Conway Memoir of the VLSI Revolution

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway, who revolutionized Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, has been featured in a special edition of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. The issue includes her 24-page memoir and related articles by colleagues who offer their perspectives on the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

Jan 30, 2013
Martha Pollack Appointed U-M Provost

Former Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Martha E. Pollack has been selected to serve as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the University of Michigan by President Mary Sue Coleman. Pollack has served as the university's vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs since 2010. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Pollack, Martha  

Dec 14, 2012
Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought After, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) has issued its 2011-2012 Annual Report, which includes placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. In all categories of undergraduate employment in the report, computer science students reported the highest median salaries. [Full Story]

Dec 06, 2012
Hackers Brighten Beyster Building with a Puzzle of Programmable Lights

Holiday hackers have struck the Beyster Building, leaving a twinkling tech puzzle for those who'd like to hack the "Beyster Blinkenlights." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Hacks  

Dec 05, 2012
Photo Contest: A Week in the Life at CSE

Thanks to all who entered our photo contest. The winner is Jill Bender, for her entry, His assignment was to write "I will not throw planes in class" 100 times; he did it the CS way. See this photo and all other entries at the link. [Full Story]

Nov 29, 2012
Kevin Fu Testifies on the Security of Smart Cards to Access Medicare and Medicaid Services

Professor Kevin Fu testified on Nov. 28 in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on the cybersecurity of smart cards for combating fraud in health care. Students can learn about such technical, human, and regulatory issues by enrolling in Prof. Fu's Winter 2013 course, EECS 598-008, the first course in the nation dedicated to issues of medical device security. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Nov 28, 2012
Join Us to Celebrate the Place of Computing in Our Lives

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning on Monday, Dec. 3. Solve the hidden puzzle in the Beyster Building - designed by Michigan Hackers - and you could win a prize! The Leaderboard is here. Other activities are scheduled throughout the week. [Full Story]

Nov 26, 2012
Kevin Fu to Testify on Security in Health Care on Nov 28.

Professor Kevin Fu testifies this Wednesday in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on the cybersecurity of smart cards for combating fraud in health care. Students can learn about such technical, human, and regulatory issues by enrolling in Prof. Fu's Winter 2013 course, EECS 598-008, the first course in the nation dedicated to issues of medical device security. [Full Story]

Nov 13, 2012
A2CS Tech Mixer to Connect U-M Computer Science Students with Local Tech Companies

Looking for connections into the local CS/tech scene? The December 5th A2CS Tech Mixer is intended to be fun, relaxed, and a fabulous opportunity for the local computer science/tech community to meet up. [Full Story]

Oct 25, 2012
Chih-Chun Chia Selected as First Beyster Computational Innovation Graduate Fellow

Electrical Engineering:Systems PhD candidate Chih-Chun Chia has been chosen as the first Fellow of the J. Robert Beyster Computational Innovation Graduate Fellows Program. [Full Story]

Oct 23, 2012
Digital Multimedia Experience: Gaming for the Greater Good

See, hear, and read about the work that Dr. David Chesney is doing with his students to create engineering projects with a strong social context. In particular, his class has created a suite of video games with theapeutic value for use by children on the autistic spectrum. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Oct 19, 2012
CSE Faculty Help Make the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science a Reality

CSE Associate Chair and Professor Karem Sakallah and Professor Michael Wellman are participating in the launch of the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science, a new initiative which aims to prepare undergraduate students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for successful careers in computer science research. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Sakallah, Karem  Wellman, Michael  

Oct 02, 2012
Symposium to be held for the establishment of the Patrick C. Fischer Professorship in Theoretical Computer Science

To be held November 5, the Symposium will feature lectures from three prominent computer scientists who will offer their perspectives and discuss recent advances in the field of theoretical computer science. Registration is required. [Full Story]

Sep 07, 2012
Securing Digital Democracy Opens on Coursera

Securing Digital Democracy, a massive open on-line course taught by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, launched on September 3, with over 14,000 people enrolled. New students are still welcome to join. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  Technology for Education  

Aug 08, 2012
Faculty Help Build Program, Relationship With Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have developed a relationship with AAIT. They've helped build a lab, and this summer designed courses and lectured at the Institute. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  

Aug 07, 2012
Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists to Multiple Wins in International Competition

Prof. Dragomir Radev has led North American high school students to successful competition at the 10th International Linguistics Olympiad, with wins in individual and team contests. The ILO was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from July 29th to August 4th, 2012. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

Jul 11, 2012
High School Students Explore the Intersection of Music and Computer Science at Summer Camp

High school students from across the state are able to explore the workings and impact of computer science through the medium of music at a series of summer camps run by Dr. David Chesney and funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

Jul 06, 2012
EECS Summer Picnic

The annual EECS picnic was June 22, 2012. It was a perfect day for faculty, staff, students and family members to gather at a local park, cook out, eat, and play games. There was wading in the Huron River, a balloon toss, tug of war, volleyball games, 3 legged races, bouncing gym, and slide. Enjoy the photos! [Full Story]

Jun 20, 2012
Two New Faculty Join CSE

We are pleased to announce that two new faculty will be coming to CSE in the new academic year: Kevin Fu in January 2013, and Grant Schoenebeck in September 2012. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Schoenebeck, Grant  

May 25, 2012
Game Time with the Legendary Sid Meier

The first-ever Sid Meier Game Design Boot Camp was held at CSE. The camp was an intensive eleven days of lectures, activities, game design and development for senior students or recent graduates with a serious career interest in the video game design industry. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Laird, John  

May 01, 2012
Software Engineering Class Hacks Autism

Dr. David Chesney's project-based EECS 481 Software Engineering class has created a series of video games as autism therapies using the Microsoft Kinect platform. This blog post by Marc Sirkin, VP at Autism Speaks, provides a viewpoint from the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Health  

Apr 30, 2012
Alex Halderman to Teach Digital Democracy Course Through Coursera

Prof. J. Alex Halderman will teach a free course on Securing Digital Democracy this fall through Coursera, the online education company that was founded in 2011 by two faculty from Stanford University. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  Technology for Education  

Apr 27, 2012
Ambiq Micro and Cyclos Semiconductor, 2 EECS startups, join the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list

Ambiq Micro, specializing in intelligent energy-efficient ICs, was founded in 2010 by Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and EE alumnus Dr. Hanson. Cyclos Semiconductor, specializing in resonant clock-mesh technology for IC design, was co-founded in 2004 by Prof. Papaefthymiou. [more about Ambiq Micro] [more about Cyclos Semiconductor] [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Apr 23, 2012
2012 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

 



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