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2014 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Four finalists presented their research at the 11th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. Bryce Wiedenbeck was chosen as the top presenter for his work entitled "Analyzing Very Large Simulation-Based Games". [Full Story]
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Armin Alaghi Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

CSE graduate student Armin Alaghi received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research on scholastic computing. The fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program who are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking. [Full Story]
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Ryan Wolcott Receives Best Student Paper Award at IROS 2014

Ryan Wolcott received a Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conferences on Intelligent Robot Systems. His paper focuses on one of the most significant roadblocks to autonomous vehicles, which is the prohibitive cost of sensor suites necessary for localization. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  

Scenes from MHacks IV

They came in droves and built beautiful things. See scenes from MHacks IV, which took place Sept 5-7 in the Beyster, EECS, and Dow Buildings, in this photo album by College of Engineering photographer Joseph Xu. [Full Story]

1,000 Hackers Expected on North Campus for MHacks IV

On the evening of Friday, September 5, about 1,000 student hackers from across the country will arrive for MHacks IV, the premier student-run hackathon. 36 hours of imagination and coding is expected to result in dozens of working projects by Sunday morning. [Full Story]

Zakir Durumeric Selected for Google PhD Fellowship

CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric has been selected to receive a Google PhD Fellowship in Security for the 2014-15 academic year. Zakir was chosen as a Google Fellow on the basis of his security research related to Internet-wide scanning, the HTTPS ecosystem, weaknesses in cryptographic keys and protocols, and network mismanagement. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Benjamin Englard Awarded Thiel Fellowship

Benjamin Englard, who has completed one year of study toward a degree in computer science at Michigan, has been selected as a 2014 Thiel Fellow. The Fellowship provides promising young entrepreneurs with two years of funding to pursue an innovative or scientific project and mentorship for commercialization. [Full Story]

Doowon Lee Selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Doowon Lee, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship to continue his studies in improving the dependability of computer systems by both efficient design-time validation and run-time fault tolerance techniques. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  

Award-Winning EECS Student Instructors

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on May 8 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. According to the student comments, they are "awesome!" [Full Story]
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Students Build Apps for Grace

Students in Dr. David Chesney's EECS 481 Software Engineering class demoed their senior projects at a showcase event on April 22. The projects were designed as assistive technologies for Grace, a young woman with athetoid cerebral palsy who has shared her time with Dr. Chesney's class for the past two semesters. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

CS Students Win at Mobile Apps Challenge

Three teams with CS students won at the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, placing first and tying for third. Their projects included a collaborative music app, a location-based alert system for Duderstadt Center resources, and an animated action/arcade game. [Full Story]
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EECS Students Attend National NSBE Convention - Come Back Psyched

Five students attended the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and came back excited about their career and newly connected to many professionals in the field. [Full Story]
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gEECS Hosts High School Students at {Girls Code}

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th - 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for {Girls Code}, an Arduino Workshop at Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping hardware and software platform that can be used to create interactive objects or environments. [Full Story]
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Jill Bender Chosen for CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Jill Bender has received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Jill has coached young girls in robotics competition and encouraged inclusion in computer science, has held leadership positions in student organizations, and has worked as an EECS instructional assistant. [Full Story]
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SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

The Society of Women Engineers Student Section at the University of Michigan held its second annual G.R.E.A.T Day (Girls Research Engineering And Technology) on April 12th for 240 students and parents from states across the Midwest. CS undergraduate Ariana Mirian was a co-chair for the event. [Full Story]
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Meghan Clark Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and the smart grid. [Full Story]
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Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in embodied cognition, robotics, and cognitive architecture. [Full Story]
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Branden Ghena Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Branden Ghena has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in embedded systems, in which he aims to create Internet of Things devices that are useful and usable. [Full Story]
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Forest Agostinelli Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Forest Agostinelli has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in multi-column neural networks and deep learning. [Full Story]
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Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been selected for a 2014 Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship to support her work in intellegent robotics. This year, Microsoft has awarded only 10 such scholarships to top Ph.D. students in the US and Canada who represent a selection of the best and the brightest in their fields. [Full Story]
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Sanae Rosen Selected for Margaret Ayers Host Award

CSE graduate student Sanae Rosen has been selected for the Margaret Ayers Host Award by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community. [Full Story]
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Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards

Nick Asendorf, Armin Jam, and Elaine Wah received the 2014 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement for their achievments in the graduate programs, Electrical Engineering:Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. [Full Story]
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Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Hamid-Reza Ossareh and Bryce Wiedenbeck received the 2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors for their instruction in the courses EECS 560 (Linear Systems Theory) and ENGR 151 (Acc. Intro. to Computers and Programming), respectively. [Full Story]
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2013-14 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 14, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Marios Papaefthymiou, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]
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CSE Students to Attend CRA-W Workshop

Five CSE graduate students - Neha Agarwal, Lauren Hinkle, Yelin Kim, Elizabeth Mamantov, and Dana Wilson - will attend the 2014 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, which will be held April 11-12, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. [Full Story]
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Wolverine Soft Demos Science Games for Kids at Ann Arbor District Library

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to development of video games, demoed projects created during the recent Intel-sponsored "Code for Good" Game Jam at an event to be held at the Ann Arbor District Library main branch on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. [Full Story]
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Wolverine Soft Game Jam Produces 17 Video Games in 48 Hours

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to the development of video games at Michigan, has held its annual 48-hour Game Jam with 70 students participating. Polar Coordinator, by Kevin Jeon, David Cai, Andrew Yang, and Cameron Flora, was chosen as the top game. [Full Story]
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MHacks and the Rise of the Hackathon

The Statement, which is the Michigan Daily's weekly magazine, has published two extensive articles on the rise of hackatons and on MHacks in particular: Coding the Future: the rise of the hackathon, and Quidditch and Red Bull: the MHacks experience.
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Students Create Card-Playing Bots to Compete in Barracuda Programming Contest

About 100 students spent 24 hours on January 10 and 11 designing and optimizing intelligent game-playing bots in the annual Barracuda Programming Contest. CS Undergrads Siyuan Zhou, Baishen Xu, and Bowen Xu took first place in the competition. [Full Story]
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Kyle Lady Elected as First Student Member of IEEE-HKN Board of Governors

Kyle Lady, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has been elected by national chapters of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society to serve as the first student member of the organization's Board of Governors for the 2014 calendar year. [Full Story]
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Winners Announced in Annual Code Optimization Contest

Students in Prof. Scott Mahlke's Advanced Compilers course (EECS 583) recently competed in the Annual Code Optimization contest to create a compiler that generates the fastest applications. The overall winner was CSE graduate student Balaji Soundararajan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mahlke, Scott  

EECS 494 Computer Games Showcase Highlights Final Projects

On Friday evening, December 13, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building was packed as an enthusiastic crowd of attendees tried out new video games at the 2013 Computer Games Showcase. This highly anticipated event showcases the final projects of CS seniors who have taken EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]
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MHacks III to Take Place in Downtown Detroit

Student organizers have announced that the third MHacks hackathon will take place in downtown Detroit on Martin Luther King weekend, Jan. 17-19, 2014. Detroit was chosen for its central location and its emergence as an entrepreneurial hub. [Full Story]
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Doowon Lee Selected for Rackham International Student Fellowship

Doowon Lee, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Rackham International Student Fellowship for 2013-14 for his work in improving the dependability of computer systems by both efficient design-time validation and run-time fault tolerance techniques. [Full Story]
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Chang-Hong Hsu Selected for Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Chang-Hong Hsu, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for 2013-14 for his work in developing solutions to ensure the correctness and reliability of modern microprocessors. [Full Story]
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Software Class Demos Projects to Help One Teen Communicate

Students in Dr. David Chesney's EECS 481 class will demo games/apps/communications devices this week for use by a young woman with cerebral palsy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

Armin Alaghi Wins Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research

PhD candidate Armin Alaghi has received the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding PhD Research for his poster presentation at the 8th Annual Engineering Graduate Symposium. [Full Story]
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Two CS Student Teams Advance to the Final Round of ICCAD 2013 Competition

Two teams of computer science undergraduate students, advised by Prof. Igor Markov, have placed highly in the competitive ICCAD 2013 CAD Contest. A total of 87 teams worldwide, predominantly consisting of graduate students, competed in the contest's three topic areas this year. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Markov, Igor  Undergraduate Students  

Four Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest; One Advances to World Finals

Four U-M programming teams have competed in the 2013 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with one team finishing second and qualifying to compete in the upcoming ACM World Finals in Ekaterinburg, Russia in June 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Hector Garcia Places in Technical Poster Competition at SHPE 2013

PhD candidate Hector Garcia has placed third in the technical poster competition at the SHPE 2013 Conference for his poster, Quipu: Simulation of Quantum Circuits via Stabilizer Frames. Garcia was awarded a Google Scholarship to attend. [Full Story]
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IEEE Recognized as Best Student Branch in SE Michigan

The University of Michigan student chapter of IEEE was named best IEEE student branch in Southeastern Michigan for 2012-2013. Matt Kneiser and Alex Hakkola, the current president and vice president of IEEE at Michigan, accepted the award on behalf of the student chapter at the IEEE Southeast Michigan Section (SEM) Fall Conference, November 6, 2013. [Full Story]
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Finalists Present at CSE Grad Student Honors Competition

Four finalists presented on their research at the 10th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. Zakir Durumeric was chosen as the top presenter for describing and illustrating his work on ZMap: Fast Internet-Wide Scanning and its Security Applications. [Full Story]
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EECS Students Travel Down Under for the 2013 World Solar Challenge

EECS students helped build, test, and drive Generation, the newest solar car built especially for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Their roles included Head and Race Strategists for the team, Micro Electrical Engineer, and Power Electrical Engineer. One thing they could not anticipate was the gust of wind that blew the car off the road in the middle of the race. [Full Story]
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Over 1200 Attend MHacks 2013; Recyclable Sorter Wins at Record-Breaking Event

MHacks 2013, the hackathon organized and run by student groups Michigan Hackers and MPowered Entrepreneurship, concluded this weekend with a record 1,214 participants from roughly 100 schools across the country in attendance, making it the world's largest collegiate hackathon. The top hack was a recycling sorter built by University of Maryland students. [Full Story]
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MHacks Hackathon, in Big House, Expected to Break Record

More than 1,200 students from across the country are expected to converge on Michigan Stadium on September 20 for a 36-hour blitz of creative coding at what could be the world's largest student-run collegiate hackathon, MHacks 2013. [Full Story]
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Meghan Clark Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been selected as one of ten to receive a Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship for her work in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and security. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Top Robotic Helicopter Team Sets Sights on Impossible Mission

The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicle student team is headed to the annual International Aerial Robotics Competition on August 7, in which they hope to be the first team to complete all mission objectives for the current challenge. [Full Story]
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Sanae Rosen Wins Best Poster Award at CODASPY Conference

CSE PhD candidate Sanae Rosen has won the Best Poster Award at the Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy for "AppProfiler: a Flexible Method of Exposing Privacy-Related Behavior in Android Applications to End Users." [Full Story]
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Mark Gordon Selected for Google PhD Fellowship

CSE graduate student Mark Gordon has been selected to receive a Google PhD Fellowship in Mobile Computing for the 2013-14 academic year. Mark was chosen as a Google Fellow on the basis of his work in applying operating system techniques to the mobile platform. [Full Story]
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SHOUT, a censorship-resistant microblogging app for Android

Try out SHOUT and help test this new microblogging app for Android developed by Michigan students. SHOUT provides a way to communicate with others close by - without being dependent on the Internet. The students were advised by Professors Robert Dick, Z. Morley Mao, and Dan Wallach (Rice University). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing