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Oct 20, 2014
Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research that could Help Reveal the Brains Secrets

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research project, "Fundamental limits of eigen-wavefront based imaging through highly scattering random media." His research will impact the ability to investigate the structure of brain circuits through the use of optical imaging techniques. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Brain  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal and Image Processing   

Oct 15, 2014
Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Prof. Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Oct 15, 2014
Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Prof. Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

Oct 02, 2014
Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Amid the rushing of students, voter registration representatives and preachers, 13 students stood on the Diag Friday with baskets of food to bring a piece of their study abroad in India back to Ann Arbor. They learned the concept of "langar," which is a shared meal that emphasizes equality, on the trip organized by ECE Prof. Jasprit Singh. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  Student  

Oct 02, 2014
Mapping the brain with lasers

Individual parts of the brain can be activated and de-activated by shining light on the neurons, and researchers are using this ability to chart how different areas of the brain function. To zoom in on individual neuron circuits within the brain, more precise light sources are needed. ECE professor Euisik Yoon is leading a team that will design and build these new light sources with a variety of lasers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Sep 29, 2014
Long-Lived Blue OLED Could Lead to Better Displays

Many displays in smartphones and televisions generate red and green light with phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes but use more energy-hungry fluorescent devices for blue. That's because blue PHOLEDs only last for a couple of days. Now Prof. Stephen Forrest and his group have found a way to extend the lifetime of blue PHOLEDs by a factor of 10, bringing them much closer to commercial use. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sep 29, 2014
These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things

The story focuses on how the new Michigan/UVa start-up company, PsiKick, is going to help enable the Internet of Things thanks to their very low power processing, called subthreshold processing. Also mentioned is the Michigan startup, Ambiq Micro, which has also entered the low power revolution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Sep 26, 2014
Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, Prof. Stephen Forrest and his team have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sep 25, 2014
Khalil Najafi to Receive 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and ECE Chair, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, "For leadership in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), technologies, and devices and for seminal contributions to inertial devices and hermetic wafer-level packaging." The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Najafi, Khalil  

Sep 24, 2014
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award, "For contributions to near-infrared and visible quantum dot lasers." The IEEE David Sarnoff award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Sep 17, 2014
Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney - Exploring navigation

ECE graduate student Tal Najourney is exploring new frontiers in navigation technology. He and others in the group are trying to build a navigation device that doesnt need any external frame of reference, meaning the gyroscope is meant to guide navigation devices without using GPS. He worked with a professional glass blower to hone his technique. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  GPS  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Sep 11, 2014
Fighting lung cancer with faster image processing

A new $1.9 million research program led by Prof. Jeff Fessler seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes.The advance could be particularly important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment. Prof. Thomas Wenisch is collaborating on the project. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal and Image Processing   Wenisch, Thomas  

Sep 04, 2014
Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Sep 04, 2014
Prof. Stephen Forrest a Most Influential Scientist

Prof. Stephen Forrest was included in a recent Thompson Reuters publication as one of the most influential scientific minds in the world for 2014. The basis for inclusion was the number of times his publications were cited by his peers in the literature between 2002-2012. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Sep 04, 2014
Cheng Zhang Receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

ECE graduate student Cheng Zhang received the 2014 Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship. Cheng works with Professor L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Aug 27, 2014
Kyu-Tae Lee Wins Best Poster Award for Colorful Solar Cells

ECE graduate student Kyu-Tae Lee received a Best Poster Award at the 40th Annual Michigan AVS Symposium. His poster described the creation of solar cell device structures that enable attractive multi-colored solar cells that can be used on windows and other interior and exterior surfaces. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 27, 2014
Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Space technology  

Aug 26, 2014
Fall 2014: Foundations of Computer Vision

Course No.: EECS 598-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jason Corso
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
Computer Vision seeks to extract useful information from images. This course begins the fundamentals of image formation and then organizes the remaining material according to the class of information to be extracted. The course has been designed to present an introduction to computer vision targeted to graduate students. The course will balance theory and application both in lectures and assignments. [More Info]

Aug 26, 2014
Fall 2014: Practical Machine Learning

Course No.: EECS 598-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jenna Wiens
Prerequisites: EECS 445 or EECS 545 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
In this seminar class we will cover the basics of practical machine learning and data mining while focusing on real-world applications. We will read and critique recent applied ML work in the fields of sports analytics, data-driven medicine, finance, and personalized education. At the same time, we will review a complementary set of papers to help guide our discussion in terms of the pragmatic aspects of ML e.g., feature engineering, cross-validation, and performance measures. The overall goal of the class is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the practical challenges and pitfalls associated with applying machine learning tools and techniques in a real-world setting.

Aug 26, 2014
Fall 2014: Probabilistic Analysis of Large Scale Systems

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Vijay Subramanian
Prerequisites: EECS 501 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will focus on emerging topics in epidemics and diffusions, queueing systems, analysis of randomized algorithms, Bayesian information cascades, network analysis and random graphs. [More Info]

Aug 26, 2014
Fall 2014: Laser Plasma Diagnostics

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Louise Willingale
Prerequisites: EECS 537 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will cover the techniques used for creating, characterizing and timing high power laser pulses from megajoule-nanosecond pulses to relativistic-intensity femtosecond pulses. [More Info]

Aug 21, 2014
Sensors in the Soil (video)

Soil moisture information is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For example, this data is used to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. Prof. Mingyan Liu is working on a system that will make collecting and analyzing this data more accurate. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Communications  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Sensors  

Aug 21, 2014
MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum

MABEL, the record-breaking bipedal robot who was taught to walk and run by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team, has arrived at the Chicago Field Museum, where she will part of the biomechanics exhibit through January 2015. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Aug 21, 2014
Solving the Big Data Dilemma

Prof. Laura Balzano talks about how to get the best results from big collections of data. Science, healthcare, economics, infrastructure and government could be completely changed by effectively using big data. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Environment  Health  Information Technology  Signal and Image Processing   

Aug 19, 2014
Four New Faculty Join ECE in Fall 2014

ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental and remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Communications  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Information Technology  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Subramanian, Vijay  Willingale, Louise  

Aug 07, 2014
New graphene sensor technology for personal and environmental health

A new wearable vapor sensor could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease. The new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Environment  Medical diagnosis  Sensors  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Aug 07, 2014
Student Spotlight: Patrick Sheridan - Memristors and the Brain

Patrick is at the frontier of developing memristor devices for neuromorphic computing as a member of Prof. Wei Lus nanoelectronics research group. Taking inspiration from the brain, we look at how neurons are interconnected and share signals, and then we try to replicate that with our memristive devices, said Patrick, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lu, Wei  

Aug 06, 2014
Low-Power Laser Could Speed CPUs

Prof. Bhattacharya's breakthrough room-temperature polariton laser enables commercialization of the technology. One potential application discussed by the author is to enable on-chip optical interconnects. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 06, 2014
Optoelectronics: A practical polariton laser

In this article, the author describes the importance of Prof. Bhattacharya's room-temperature, eletrically injected polariton laser, stating that it, "represents an important step towards the practical implementation of polaritonic light sources. In many ways, the first report of a semiconductor laser device based on BoseEinstein condensation that is pumped electrically at room temperature opens a new era in optoelectronics. It may not be long before polaritonic devices start to claim their share of the optoelectronics market, just as double heterostructure devices did 40 years ago." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Optoelectronics  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 05, 2014
Alumni Spotlight: Peter Tchoryk - An Entrepreneurial CEO

Peter Tchoryk (MSE EE 1994) is CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), and co-founder of Springmatter and OptoAtmospherics. Peter wants to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. His work at MAC and especially his activities in Springmatter help him do that. [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2014
3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lu, Wei  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Jul 31, 2014
ECE pays well!

You majored in engineering? Great decision! Electrical and/or Computer Engineering? Even better! According to a study by USA Today, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are among the highest paying college majors. There are LOTS of jobs for ECE students, and you can work in virtually any field of interest. [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2014
Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

ECE researchers have developed a way to exponentially shrink the size of a system typically needed to control the polarization of light, while maintaining the high level of performance needed for numerous optical applications such as color displays, microscopy and photography. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  LNF  Metamaterials  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jul 31, 2014
Jessy Grizzle Named Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor

Jessy Grizzle has been named the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. Prof. Grizzle is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of control systems. He has broken new ground in the application of control theory to bipedal robots and environmentally friendly automobiles. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Jul 30, 2014
A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

MIT Technology Review described the chips being made by PsiKick, a company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. These low-power chips are the key to the promise of the Internet of Things. Their chip design has been tested in a wearable EKG monitor that runs entirely on body heat. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  

Jul 30, 2014
Gurkan Gok Receives Paper Award for Making Better Antenna Beams

Gurkan Gok (PhD, EE 2014, exp) won Third Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 2014 IEEE Int. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for his paper that describes an antenna beam former that he developed using metamaterials. The design strategy provides new opportunities in smart antenna development. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  

Jul 26, 2014
US Researchers Develop Room Temperature Polariton Laser

Device could be future optical replacement for on-chip wires. Scientists from the University of Michigan (Prof. Bhattacharya) and Intel Corporation in the US have demonstrated what appears to be the first electrically powered, room-temperature polariton laser. The device, based on a GaN-based microcavity diode, could advance efforts to replace on-chip wire connections with lasers, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics, say the researchers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  

Jul 25, 2014
2014 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Valeria Bertacco, Jason Flinn, Satish Narayanasamy, Edwin Olson, Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Zhaohui Zhong. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Flinn, Jason  Narayanasamy, Satish  Olson, Edwin  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Jul 23, 2014
Jiangfeng Wu Receives Best Paper Award for Research in Safe Fracking

Jiangfeng Wu, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Mikio Takagi Student Prize for his research in designing and building an antenna that can better determine the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the best of the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Environment  Graduate Students  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Jul 23, 2014
Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In Memoriam

Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2014
Alumni Explore Lots of EECS-related Engineering with Their Kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Jul 18, 2014
Amazon Lures Google Glass Creator (Babak Parviz)

Babak Parviz (MSE, PhD EE), the man who led Google's development of wearable technology project Glass, is moving to rival Amazon.com. Babak posted a photo of the Amazon logo on his social account with the short comment, status: super excited. (photo by Doug Plummer) [Full Story]

Jul 17, 2014
Student Spotlight: Gyouho Kim - A big talent for creating tiny devices

Gyouho Kim is completing his thesis in electrical engineering in the area of ultra-low power VLSI design. He is designing a millimeter-scale visual system that is complete with optics, processing capability and battery. Solar cells are used to harvest the minuscule amount of energy needed to operate. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jul 17, 2014
Wakefield and Kieras Win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

Profs. Gregory Wakefield and David Kieras, along with three coauthors from the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, received the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Conference on Auditory Display for EPIC Modeling of a Two-Talker CRM Listening Task. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Acoustic Processing  Kieras, David  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

Jul 15, 2014
Thomas Frost Receives Best Paper Award for Achieving a HQ QD Red Laser

Thomas Frost received a Best Paper Award for achieving a high quality quantum dot red laser using novel materials. Lasers emitting in the 600nm wavelength range have important applications in medicine, optical information processing, plastic fiber communication systems, optical storage, and full color laser displays and laser projectors. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Graduate Students  LNF  Lasers  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jul 07, 2014
Eric Michielssen Receives Distinguished Educator Award

Eric Michielssen, Professor of EECS, Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing, and Director of the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering, has been awarded the 2014 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award, "In recognition of being an outstanding educator, mentor and role model for the next generation of faculty members." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Michielssen, Eric  

Jul 03, 2014
Student Spotlight: Saniya Deshpande - taking it one photon at a time

Saniya Desphande is a PhD candidate conducting research in nanowire and quantum-dot based quantum light sources, LEDs and laser. One specific area of research in which she's already made a big impact is in quantum communications and quantum cryptography. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Jul 03, 2014
Tailor-made surface swaps light polarization

A new approach to manipulating light using two-dimensional metamaterials called metasurfaces offers a compact alternative to traditional methods. The researchers believe the basic geometry of cascading patterned metallic sheets can provide the basis for cleverly designing and fabricating a broad range of optical devices, including symmetric circular polarizers, polarization rotators, and asymmetric linear polarizers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Metamaterials  

Jun 26, 2014
Metal particles in memristors do not stay put

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and RRAM, cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions, researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought. The findings have broad implications for the semiconductor industry and beyond. They show, for the first time, exactly how some memristors remember. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jun 25, 2014
Cockroaches rule! And heres why

Cockroaches actually have much to teach in the realm of robust systems - something we want in our technology. The article references a recent video featuring Prof. Shai Revzen's work in applying cockroach lessons to robotics. [Full Story]

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