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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]

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)  

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.

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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  

Shift Collaborative: Providing Creative Space and Community for Tech Students with Business on the Brain

Located in a house just off U-Ms campus, Shift Collaborative is home to a student group that exists to nurture and facilitate its members fresh and creative ideas for new applications, programs, products, or startup businesses. Originally the brainchild of U-M alumnae Nancy Chow and backed by funding from former University of Michigan and NFL football player Dhani Jones, Shift Collaborative was founded in the fall of 2013. [Full Story]

Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. Georges Day Feast

In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George's Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Future Scientists Tour CSE

On Friday, April 10th, CSE Professors Valeria Bertacco and Todd Austin hosted a CSE visit for the preschoolers of U-Ms Towsley Childrens House. The event was a way for the children to experience computer science in a fun and engaging way. The day started with a meet and greet from Prof. Edwin Olson through his TeleRobot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  

Creativity in the Classroom: Gibson Puts Emphasis on Collaborative Learning and Quick Prototyping in Games MDE

Many forward thinking educators are flipping the tables on their students by diverging from the standard classroom lecture format and implementing innovative curriculum in order to enhance student experience and stimulate learning. In his EECS 494 Computer Game Design and Development course, instructor Jeremy Gibson has done just that, and the results are promising. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Computer Games  Game Design and Development  

CSE Sponsors Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference to be Hosted by U-M

The University of Michigan will host the 5th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference, which is also sponsored by CSE, will take place at the Duderstadt Center March 20-21st, 2015 and registration is now open. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Former CSE Chair Farnam Jahanian Named Provost at Carnegie Mellon University

Farnam Jahanian, former chair of CSE and most recently vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon University, has been appointed as CMU's provost. Jahanian was on the faculty at the U-M from 1993 to 2014 and served as chair for CSE at U-M from 2007 to 2011. [Full Story]

Two Faculty Open Door for Collaboration with Ethiopian Institute

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco visited Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia in 2009 to talk about Michigan Engineering. They found great enthusiasm but scant resources. By 2011, they were donating equipment for labs and in 2012 built curriculum and taught during sabbatical. A broader initiative between U-M and AAIT now exists, and Austin and Bertacco were part of a recent U-M delegation to AAIT. That trip, and a look at Ethiopia, is the subject of this Digital Multimedia Experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

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]

Despite Cold Weather, CSE Community Turns Out For Science on Screen Movie & Lecture

The event took place at downtown Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on the evening of January 8, 2015. It featured a screening of the movie, The Imitation Game, followed Prof. Kevin Compton's lecture on WWII cryptography and the life of Alan Turing. [Full Story]

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

Mourning the Loss of an Innovator: J. Robert Beyster Dies at 90

Michigan alumnus, philanthropist, scientist, and entrepreneur: J. Robert Beyster, a namesake of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building and funder of Michigan Engineering's largest fellowship program, has died at age 90. [Full Story]

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  Lab-Theory of Computation  

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:  Bond, Jeremy  Game Design and Development  

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:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  

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]

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