Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE Department News

CSE Sponsors Science on Screen Night; Lecture by Prof. Kevin Compton and Screening of The Imitation Game

In an event sponsored by CSE and designed to bring the local tech community together, Prof. Kevin Compton will speak on cryptography at Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater on January 8, 2015 in conjunction with a screening of the movie, The Imitation Game. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Cryptography  

2014 Computer Games Showcase Draws Another Big Crowd

On Friday, December 12th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2014 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Game Design and Development  Gibson, Jeremy  

The First-Ever EECS 183 Showcase was a Success

On Tuesday, December 16th, a number of students and professors attended the first-ever 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 183 projects made by over 750 students. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Gibson, Jeremy  

U-M Programming Team The Victors Advance to ACM World Finals

The Victors, a team of U-M computer science students, has advanced to the 39th Annual ACM-ICPC World Finals after competing in the East Central North American regional competition at Grand Valley State University in November. The ACM-ICPC is the largest and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Can you solve the hidden puzzle in CSE?

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning today -- and this includes a challenge! There is a puzzle hidden in the building which will require some computational thinking to solve. Find it and solve the entire challenge and you will be eligible to win a prize. [Full Story]

SWE Hosts Girls Night Out to Teach Young Girls about Engineering

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a CSE sponsored organization, recently hosted Girls Night Out. The event was a small engineering outreach event geared towards middle school girls. Its purpose was to give girls a better idea of engineering by showcasing the different types of engineering and how engineering affects nearly every aspect of society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Over 100 High School Girls Explore Computer Science at Girls Encoded

Over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event, which took place on November 8th, was run under the coordination of students Allison McDonald, Ariana Mirian, Lauren Molley, and CSE Prof. Rada Mihalcea. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

High School Girls Invited to Explore Computer Science

High school students: are you curious about opportunities in computer science? Girls Encoded is an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. [Full Story]

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  

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  

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]

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]

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  

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  

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]

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  

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  

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  

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]

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]

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]

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]

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  

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)  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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]

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  

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  

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)  

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  

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  

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]

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  

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]

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)  

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]

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]
Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

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]

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]

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  

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  

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]

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  

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  

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  

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  

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]