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Rethinking Transistors for the Internet of Things

The technological achievements of PsiKick, cofounded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), are compared to other low-voltage transistors in the competition to offer the lowest power consumption for our ubiquitous electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Wentzloff, David  

This Researcher Is Using Brain-Mapping to Improve Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Teens

Anastasia Yendiki (PhD EE:S 2005) talks about her work mapping brain matter to help better treat anxiety and depression in teens in this profile series by InStyle magazine highlighting women "who not only have a voice but defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender."
[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Blockchain Supply Chain's Chronicled Names ECE alumnus Gutgutia as VP

As reported by BlockTribune, blockchain-based smart supply chain solutions company called Chronicled has named Abhishek Gutgutia (MS EE 2007) as one of its new Vice Presidents of Product. Gutgutia will work with Chronicled to expand its business in the pharmaceutical and precious metals industries. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

The Two-Legged Robots Walking Into the Future

Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his students are featured in this VICE Motherboard video on bipedal robots and specifically Cassie's family. Learn about Cassie's roots at Agility Robotics, see what Cassie sees, and where bipedal robots might go in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Marvell Is Buying Rival Chipmaker Cavium, Founded by ECE Alum Syed Ali, For $6 Billion

Marvell Technology is purchasing Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products founded by Syed Ali (MSE EE 1981), for $6 billion in cash and stock. Ali will serve as a strategic adviser and board member of the combined companies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Data and Computing  

University students reflect on attending COP23 Conference

Matt Irish, who is studying for masters degrees in Applied Climate Science and Electrical Engineering, attended this years 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Irish is an EDF Climate Corps Fellow & Dow Sustainability Fellow. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sustainability  

Beyond the threshold: Solving the leaking problem in ultra-low-power systems

Prof. David Blaauw and his team is recognized for their potential solution in providing a stable voltage to overcome a large hurdle in the design of small electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  

An afternoon with U-M Robotics' newest robot

WDIV visited Jessy Grizzle's team and Cassie, their bipedal robot, and put her in the spotlight with a live feed to Facebook. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Cassie Blue Makes Her Debut

Prof. Jessie Grizzle invited the Associated Press to record the new bipedal robot's first steps around North Campus. Watch the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality

Get some insights into the future of the Internet of Things including the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in this article featuring commentary by Prof. David Blaauw. Read The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality, by Edwin Cartlidge, Optics & Photonics News, September 2017 - Online or download the PDF. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

This article on reports on the recent popularity of mastery-based learning in K-12 schools. Thurnau Professor Elliot Soloway is quoted in the article. He questions the approach, and contends that students learn by building on knowledge and frequently returning to it, not by working to mastery and then moving on. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Youd Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone

Prof. David Blaauw offers feedback on this concept for a batteryless cellphone. Overall what they are doing is very interesting and they are pursuing a goal that everyone would love and kill for." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  

Where the Jobs Are: 2017

Hot fields in the United States include embedded engineering, control engineering, and robotics. ECE's the place to be! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Embedded Computing and Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

New Computer Chips That See Data Will Enable Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Drawing inspiration from how mammalian brains process sight, Prof. Wei Lu has found a way to mimic the functions of biological neural networks on a next-gen memristor chip. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Neuromorphic Chips Offer Neural Networks That Actually Work Like the Brain

Engineers at the University of Michigan are onto something rather more brainlike, however, with help from a peculiar electrical component known as a memristor. They've developed a new "sparse coding" algorithm that uses grids of memristors to approximate the pattern recognition abilities of mammalian brains. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Rackham Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer

Liz is a Rackham Merit Fellow and has always been intentional about her status as a first generation college student, wanting to find whatever ways to increase her chance for success as much as possible. Liz examines magneto-electric scattering, shining high-powered lasers and controlling input light to focus on the scattered light and determine whats happening to the material, particularly exploring what makes one material better than another. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

Need a job? How about engineering a driverless car?

As Michigan accelerates toward leadership in the emerging driverless car technology, industry experts say its workforce needs to catch up. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation in December allowing the public to buy and use fully self-driving cars when they are available. Jessy Grizzle, the director of Michigan Robotics, said the problem of finding talent in self-driving cars lies in the lack of integrated capability to develop the industry. But that is also where the solution lies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Grizzle, Jessy  

University researchers develop ultra-thin silver film to improve touch-screen technology

Prof. Jay Guo's research team succeeded in creating a tarnish-proof silver film whose properties allow for various uses such as high-tech screens. The teams paper, published last Monday, details the films versatility. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Speck-Size Computers: Now With Deep Learning

The author describes the Michigan Micro Mote and research by David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester presented at the 2017 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. They presented 10 papers in all related to the micromote computers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Screens of the future could be made with transparent silver

Prof. Jay Guo just published new research in the journal Advanced Materials that suggests using a seven-nanometer-thick film made of silver could replace indium tin oxide as a transparent conductive surface for touch screens. Indium is growing more expensive as its use increases, so this could be a valuable alternative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

University presidents: Prepare for global economy

President Mark Schlissel writes with two other Michigan university presidents on the need to prepare graduates to compete in the global market. The article mentions ECE professor Kamal Sarabandi, a world leader in radar sensing whose work is used by NASA and other government agencies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Optical Magnetism: Photons induce high levels of magnetism in optical materials

Prof. Steve Rand's group at the MURI Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO) have both observed and explained the presence of photon-induced magnetic dipole (MD) scattering (optical magnetism) in certain crystalline materials that is just as intense as ordinary Rayleigh scattering. The experiments show for the first time an alternative way of controlling magnetic properties of materials with light. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Metamaterials  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

VIDEO: U-M to begin experimenting with bird-inspired robot

The University of Michigan will begin experimenting with the capabilities of a robot inspired by a flightless bird. With two legs, backward facing knee-like joints and a short torso, researchers note that it may remind people a bit of an ostrich. Named CASSIE, the robot comes from Agility Robotics, a startup spun out of Oregon State University. U-M is one of the first organizations to begin testing out CASSIE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Memristor Research Highlights Neuromorphic Device Future

Professor Wei Lu is leading an effort to make neuromorphic processor technology a reality. Lus group is focusing on the memristors a two-terminal device that essentially is a resistor with memory that retain its stored data even when turned off that can act like synapses to build computers that can act like the human brain and drive machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Brain  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Innovation is for Finishers

Many researchers are hoping startups will help get their ideas to the marketplace and universities are trying to help. Prof. Stephen Forrest, himself the founder of multiple companies, has helped colleagues get their own projects off the ground through his support for the Michigan Venture Center. Former CSE chair Farnam Jahanian also shares experiences with his founding of Arbor Networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Forrest, Stephen  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Optics and Photonics  

U-M to build $75-million robotics hub

Robotic technologies for air, sea, and roads, and for factories, hospitals, and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan's planned Robotics Laboratory. Prof. Jessy Grizzle has been named director of robotics at U-M, and is leading the new facility's planning and development. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

What Surveillance Will Look Like in the Future: Even Bugs Will Be Bugged

Prof. David Blaauw gets a mention in the Atlantic for building the world's smallest computers, which can be equipped with cameras and other sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  

Asked and Answered Jessy Grizzle Takes on Reddit

Prof. Jessy Grizzle, newly named Director of Michigan Robotics, took to Reddit to answer the internet's burning questions about bipedal robots. The first in the department to tackle the medium, he spent a day fielding open questions from the public as part of an Ask Me Anything on the science subreddit. Questions ranged from deep algorithm inquiries to complaints about tough EECS courses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

U-M, Yottabyte partner to accelerate data-intensive research

A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data. Prof. Eric Michielssen says it will “improve research productivity by reducing the cost and time required to create the individualized, secure computing platforms that are increasingly necessary to support scientific discovery in the age of Big Data.” [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Michielssen, Eric  

Real holograms are on bank cards, not starships

Holograms are more than science fiction, but the real-life technology isnt what people think it is. Most of the technologies calling themselves holographic do not produce actual holograms including the specters of Vargas Llosa, Kimmel, Modi, Tupac, and MJ, which are created via computer-generated images and high-definition video projection. A real hologram is an image that records the diffraction of laser light directed at an object, and was invented in part by EECS professor Emmett Leith in the 1960s. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Holography  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  

Screen Savers: The World's Smallest Computer

The new episode of Screen Savers features Prof. David Blaauw, whose team has developed the world's smallest computer. The Michigan Micro Mote (M3) works as a fully functioning computer on the millimeter scale. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

The Adventures of a Blissfully Unaware Bipedal Robot at the Grassy Wave Field

Evan Ackerman writes: "Grizzle says that when it comes to MARLO trying to conquer the 'devious undulations' of the Wave Field, 'we have gotten farther than I thought we would, to be honest.' This is the sort of thing we like to hear from researchers and dont, usually: pleasant surprise about how well their robot is performing. For more details on how MARLO managed to get this far, we asked him a few specific questions." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Tiny Computer Has Enormous Potential

"The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., has a new addition - one that is at the cutting edge of new computer technology. It isnt a breakthrough new powerhouse in computing, but instead a computer so small that one of the devices can sit on the edge of a coin." It's the Michigan Micro Mote! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Students from the United States visiting various work groups of BrainLinks-BrainTools this summer

Four undergrad students participating in the International Program for the Advancement of Neurotechnology (IPAN)'s summer bootcamp visited the cluster of excellence at Freiburg University in Germany. The students received training in modern neuroscience research and tools. IPAN and the study abroad program are directed by Prof. Euisik Yoon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Undergraduate Students  Yoon, Euisik  

National Robotics Initiative: Celebrating Five Years, Looking Ahead

Move over, C-3PO and R2-D2! You may have been robot celebrities during the glory years of Star Wars, but next-generation robotics are the new, 21st century superstars. A recent event on Capitol Hill celebrated the five-year anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative. It also provided an opportunity for NRI-funded research groups to both display their accomplishments, and also encourage Congress to maintain this critical funding mechanism for robotics in the United States. Prof. Jessy Grizzle attended with a display on his work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

R&D's Scientist of the Year - Starting 50 Years Ago with the Pioneer

50 years ago R&D Magazine chose its very first recipient of the prestigious Scientist of the Year Award Emmett Leith. The professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan was presented with the honor for co-inventing the three-dimensional holography, better known as the technology of laser to help create 3D photography. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Holography  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

A Women's History of Silicon Valley

Too often, in Silicon Valley as in other places, women are involved in significant events, but their stories go untold. They are the cofounders who are not named in press articles. Check out this list of seven women who were key figures in the technologies that made Silicon Valley what it is today. Included on the list is Professor Emeritus Lynn Conway, who helped make large-scale chip production and innovation possible with her pivotal work on VLSI. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Google snaps up startup in push to master computer vision

The future of computer vision looks bright following a string of tech acquisitions in the field, most recently by Google. Jason Corso offers his perspective on the future of computer vision and the challenges researchers have yet to overcome. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  

Tesla crash raises concerns about autonomous vehicle regulation

The fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S in Autopilot mode has turned up pressure on auto industry executives and regulators to ensure that automated driving technology is deployed safely. Jason Corso says the product is meant to be a beta test, and that the crash is a wake-up call to a need for significant further study. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  

Why experts worry about the Tesla crash

Jason Corso told the Detroit Free Press that Tesla's recent autopilot crash is "not a major setback, but an indication of the work still to do." The crash, which resulted in one fatality, occured when neither the automated system nor the driver recognized the white side of the semi-truck against a brightly lit sky. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  

James Freudenberg Takes Embedded Control Systems to Zurich

Prof. James Freudenberg taught his course, Embedded Control Systems, as a guest at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. The school prepared a video highlighting the course, which provides a comprehensive overview of embedded control systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Freudenberg, James S.  Lab-Systems  

Video of the week: Injectable radio broadcasts through flesh in real-time

The Engineer highlighted research by Prof. David Wentzloff and David Blaauw on an injectable radio that can broadcast from inside the human body. This latest advance will enable the relay of information in real-time to devices monitoring heart fibrillation as well as glucose monitoring for diabetics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Medical diagnosis  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

MARLO the bipedal robot makes worldwide news coverage with her new steps

Jessy Grizzle and his students have their latest two-legged robot, MARLO, walking well over difficult terrain. The story started out on popular tech blogs and magazines like Engadget, Popular Science, VICE Motherboard, Gizmag and CNET. It was also covered by international English language publications such as the Daily Mail, International Business Times, the BBC, and the Canadian Discovery Channel (Daily Planet show). Other international coverage included French, Danish and Czech sites. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Cybersecurity Startup QuadMetrics Calculates Odds a Company Will be Breached

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, QuadMetrics Inc. says it can predict with greater than 90% accuracy the likelihood that a company will be breached within the next year. QuadMetrics cloud service determines the probability of a breach at a particular company by collecting from its network more than 250 different data points. The company was co-founded by Prof. Mingyan Liu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  Security and Privacy (Computing)  

How computers are getting better at detecting liars

This article highlights the lie-detecting software that was created by Prof. Rada Mihalcea. Using videos from high-stakes court cases, the researchers have built a lie-detecting software database that uses a persons words and gestures to detect behavioral patterns that may be out of the norm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Soon We Will Hunt Like Predator With This New Night-Vision Sensor

Graphene could make it possible to build ultra-thin, flexible thermal sensors for built-in night vision technology just like that lethal alien in the Predator franchise. Last year, Zhaohui Zhong created a prototype graphene-based contact lens that could image IR at room-temperature. That device is about the size of a fingernail and could be scaled down further, making it suitable for contact lenses or arrays of infrared camera sensors for wearable electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Bright Blue PHOLEDs Almost Ready for TV

A new energy-efficient organic LED (OLED) that glows a deep blue is finally close to meeting the most stringent U.S. video display brightness requirements, researchers say. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

Jim Freudenberg, ECE professor and director of the automotive engineering master's program, commented on automotive software that can detect road conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Freudenberg, James S.  

Michigan's Bi-Ped Robots on the Big Ten Network

MARLO the bi-pedal robot was the subject of a special spot on the Big Ten Network, which premiered during Saturday's football game against UNLV. Go Blue! Pictured are Brent Griffin and Brian Buss, members of Prof. Jessy Grizzle's research group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks

This article in the New York Times reports on the diversity gap in Silicon Valley and describes some of the new efforts being undertaken to help black students to bridge the opportunity gap. EECS alumnus Erin Teague, director of product management at Yahoo, is quoted on her experience. "I didnt know what to dream for." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

The Conversation: Big Data analyses depend on starting with clean data points

Join The Conversation about big data, where Prof. HV Jagadish has written about the need to avoid inaccuracies in large data sets and how an emphasis on clean data should motivate data collection and processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

Two-legged robot with human feet can now walk independently

Brent Griffin, doctoral student in ECE, was interviewed by Popular Science about his research with Prof. Jessy Grizzle on bipedal robots. He says a bipedal robot would have access to terrain that is not accessible to wheeled vehicles, and that they would be able to more seamlessly navigate our human-built world, including ladders and stairs. There's proof in all of us that bipedal walking can be stable, says Griffin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Worlds smallest computer can fit on the edge of a nickel

David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, and Prabal Dutta, as well as several graduate students, have developed tiny computing units (on a millimeter scale) that are capable of harvesting solar power to utilize wireless communication, pressure and temperature sensors, and even still image and video processing. Ready for production now, the M3 is expected to see use in the medical field for monitoring human body processes, as well as conducting EKGs and detecting and monitoring tumor growth. Harkening back to scenes from the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage or 1987s Innerspace, the M3 can actually be injected into the body to perform some of these functions. [Full Story]

Stryd, co-founded by Prof. Robert Dick, Selected as Part of the 2015 Techstars Class

Stryd, co-founded by Prof. Robert Dick, has been chosen as one of ten companies in the 2015 Techstars class in Boulder, CO. Techstars provides mentorship and seed funding to select companies in different locations nationwide. Stryd applies the concept of power output to a wearable device for runners to help them improve their performance, [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wearable electronics  

Massive Clinton-era Internet bug shows pitfalls of Obama's 'backdoor' proposal

In this CNN Money article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding the FBI's request for security backdoors in technology products. "It's a bad idea," he says. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security and Privacy (Computing)  

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moores Law

NPRs All Tech Considered: Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution. That man was Gordon Moore. Moores Law is all about electronic miniaturization, and the article talks about the worlds smallest computer, the Michigan Micro Mote, currently on display at the Computer History Museum. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

This article in Medium describes Prof. Prabal Dutta's interest in Smart Dust - a network of tiny, sensor-enabled autonomous computers - and its ability to to measure everyday data to solve issues of critical sustainability. It traces how he began collaborating with Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester on the development of the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), which is now the world's smallest and first millimeter scale computer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

This is the worlds smallest computer

CBS News did a video and story about the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), which is the world's smallest computer and the world's first millimeter scale computer. "As the Internet of Things (IoT) gets bigger, the Michigan team is pushing to make computers ever smaller." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

ECE spinoff Arborlight gets $1.7M in VC funding to commercialize new lighting technology

"Arborlight wants every indoor space to be able to reap the benefits of natural -- or as close to natural -- sunlight, and thanks to a $1.7 million venture capital investment, the company is one step closer to that goal." Arborlight is co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Technology Transfer  

U-M Develops Controls for Bipedal Robots with Model-Based Design

Developing a two-legged robot capable of walking and running like a human is a key goal for robotics researchers. In 2011, Professor Jessy Grizzle and a small team of Ph.D. students advanced toward that goal with MABEL, a bipedal robot that could run a nine-minute mile and regain its balance after negotiating an eight-inch step. When MABEL's successor, MARLO, needed new coding, the researchers moved away from hand-coding, and used Model-Based Design with MATLAB and Simulink to speed up the development of real-time control systems for MARLO and other bipedal robots. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Robots In Our Image

If two-legged locomotion is the next frontier for robotics, Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team are setting the standard for graceful, human-like walking by robots. He talks about his own robot, MARLO, in the context of the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge. MARLO is not entered, but is making great strides here at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Cooking robot may offer artificial culinary intelligence

Prof. Jason Corso was asked to comment on research that involved the use of artificial intelligence to provide robots with the ability to recognize objects and learn actions by watching humans. In this case, the robot was watching a video. He said it is possible to reconstruct the 3D environment (2D space plus time) that is being shown in the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Distinguished University Professor lecture involves walking robots

Despite tremendous advances in the field of two-legged robots during the past few decades, bipedal machines are a long way from impersonating, much less improving upon, the human gait. In his inaugural lecture as the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, Jessy Grizzle will discuss the efforts underway in his lab to close this gap. All are welcome at the lecture, Feb. 4 at 4pm in the Rackham Amphitheatre. A reception will follow in the Assembly Hall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

How drones and insects merged in ways that might surprise you

Michigan is designing the microelectronics that are the eyes, ears, and brains of the tiny insect-like drones being developed under the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative. The research at Michigan is part of the Center for Objective Microelectronics & Biomemetic Advanced Technology, directed by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  MEMS and Microsystems  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Arborlight: LED-Based Skylights and Sunshine in Real Time

Prof. Pei-cheng Ku is a co-founder of the startup company Arborlight, which promises the benefits of a window or skylight in offices where neither is available. Xconomy reports that their "Lightwell product looks and behaves just like a skylight. It tunes to geography and time, tracking the position of the sun throughout the day, mimicking the varying color, intensity, and directionality of daylight as normally experienced through traditional windows and skylights." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Stryd, co-founded by Prof. Robert Dick, about to launch wearable technology for runners

Prof. Robert Dick is co-founder of Stryd, a startup company that is getting ready to launch what they are calling the worlds first wearable power meter for runners. The device promises to help runners improve efficiency, monitor individual progress, and simplify training. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Computing and Systems  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  

Talking Book trial to help poorest of poor in Ghana

[BBC News: Nov 20] Hundreds of handheld audio computers, called Talking Books, are to be given to some of Ghana's poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. Leading the low power chip design for the devices at Michigan are Profs. David Blaauw and Peter Chen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Ambiq Micro Announces $15 Million Funding Round

ECE startup Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, announced that is has closed a $15 million Series C funding round to accelerate the development and marketing of its SPOT (Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology) platform. [More about Ambiq Micro] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

Technological implants will allow us to improve our bodily functions

Trans-humanism isn't just about appearance. Bulky night-vision goggles have been used for years by the armed forces, but scientists at the University of Michigan [Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his group] recently unveiled technology that could lead to contact lenses that allow the wearer to see in the dark. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

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  

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  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

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  

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  

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  

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 and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Metamaterials  

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]

Semitransparent PV cells go designer

Prof. Jay Guo and his team have engineered what are believed to be the first semitransparent, colored photovoltaic cells. Broadening the use of solar power while maintaining aesthetic appeal for all kinds of environments, this technology could become energy-harvesting billboards on the sides of buildings, solar window shades in our homes and even stained glass, Guo said. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  

Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

"For more than a decade technologists have predicted and argued about the onslaught of these ubiquitous devices [Internet of Things]. 'There is lot of quibbling about what to call it, but theres little doubt that were seeing the inklings of a new class of computer,' says David Blaauw, who leads a lab at the University of Michigan that makes functioning computers no bigger than a typed letter o." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

Silicon Valley to Get a Cellular Network, Just for Things

Prof. David Blaauw comments on What's Next - which in this article means the Internet of Things, and the need for a wireless network for "things" rather than person-to-person communication. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld

"Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses

"Were talking featherweight futuristic night vision awesomeness here, Iron Man soldier suit style, without the hulking suit. They seem almost as cool as Googles blood glucose-level tracking contacts." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graphene  Sensors  

PsiKicks batteryless sensors poised for coming Internet of Things

Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses (with video)

The Heritage of Mead & Conway: What Has Remained the Same, What Has Changed, What Was Missed, and What Lies Ahead

This recent Point of View article in the Proceedings of the IEEE reflects upon the impact of the vision and ideas of Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway and her collaborator Carver Mead of Caltech, and the work the two did in ushering in the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Have New Cars Gone Haywire?

ECE Professor Jim Freudenberg comments on the increasing complexity of automobile electronics with Discovery News. Commenting on this, he said that the complexity of software in a vehicle is daunting, and added that the average Ford in 2010 had 10 million lines of code, more than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Freudenberg, James S.  

Guo: Science World - Beautiful Energy

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Graphene Gives You Infrared Vision in a Contact Lens

Taking a step toward a machine that can think

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After two years, bipedal robot takes steps outside

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Halderman: The Washington Post - News sites could protect your privacy with encryption. Heres why they probably wont.

MABEL the Robot - Video Friday

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Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs

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Pallab Bhattacharya Speaks at UC Davis

The College of Engineering at UC Davis presents a lecture by Pallab Bhattacharya at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in 1065 Kemper Hall on the university campus. Bhattacharyas presentation is titled Strong Coupling Phenomena, Polariton Lasers and Room Temperature Bose-Einstein Condensation. [Full Story]

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10 Coolest DARPA Projects

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Lu: FOX Detroit - Image processing 1,000 times fast

DARPA Funds Neural Image Processor

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Crossbar takes on DRAM and flash storage...

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Crossbar Enters Race to Change Memory Chips

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Laser can identify substances, could be military tool

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Sarabandi: Michigan Public Radio Podcast: Building Better Security Screening Systems

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Tech Transfer, Accuri Cytometers, Arborlight: CBS News - UM Startups Amaze As Tech Tour Continues

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Sarabandi: Slate - How New Military Technologies Can Help Prevent the Next Boston or Newtown

Najafi, Peterson: Wired - Darpas New Navigation Tool Is Smaller Than a Penny

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Najafi, Peterson: DARPA - Extreme Miniaturization

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Jarrahi: PhysOrg - Better than X-rays: A more powerful terahertz imaging system

Jarrahi: National Science Foundation - Better Than X-rays

Sarabandi: gizmag - Radar used to detect concealed weapons in public spaces

Sarabandi: Fox News - Could a military radar prevent further Newtown style tragedies?

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IEEE Spectrum: Better Eyes for Flying Robots

Sarabandi: Popular Science - Researcher Says Radar Tech Could Detect Guns at School

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Better Eyes for Flying Robots

Dongsuk Jeon, a graduate student working with Zhengya Zhang and IEEE Fellows David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, outlined an approach to drastically lower the power of the very first stage of any vision systemthe feature extractor. That system uses an algorithm to draw out potentially important features like circles and squares from an overall image. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  Zhang, Zhengya  

Revzen: Discovery - Cockroaches teach robots to balance

Revzen: Popular Science - Watch: How Cockroaches Are Helping Scientists Design Better Robots

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Forrest: U-M research funding up, but sequestration threatens budget

CPU, Heal Thyself

Prof. David Blaauw writes about his work on a fault-monitoring microprocessor design can save power or allow overclocking. [Full Story]

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Bhattacharya: Ars Technica - Bose-Einstein condensate created at room temperature

Forrest: Science Magazine - Space Solar Cells With A Down-to-Earth Cost

Guo: Optics and Photonics - Subwavelength Grooves Reflect Consistent Colors

Guo: EE Times - Reflective display funnels light

Power and Energy Curriculum: Engineering TV - video with Heath Hofmann

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Guo-Yoon: Popular Science - A Nanotube Lens Focuses Sound Waves Into and Invisible Sonic Scalpel

Guo-Yoon: IEEE Spectrum - Nanoparticle Coated Lens Converts Light into Sound for Precise Non-invasive Surgery

Guo-Yoon: Discover News - Lens Converts Light Into Sound

Savarese: MyScience.cc - Bourne pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity

Savarese: Communications of the ACM - Bourne Pursuit: Improving Computer Tracking of Human Activity

Ku: U Record - Tech Transfer sets new record for agreements in fiscal year 2012

Forrest: AnnArbor.com - U-M head of research Stephen Forrest discusses budget and cars

Grizzle: NSF - 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awardees Announced

Grizzle: PhysOrg - 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough awardees announced

Grizzle: Popular Mechanics - 10 World-Changing Innovators

Grizzle: Discovery News - Run! Top 5 Fastest Robots to the Rescue

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Zhong: Science - Flexible and Fast

Zhong: Nanotechweb - Digital modulator goes transparent

Ku: PhysOrg - Nano-origami project combines art and engineering to further technology

MEMStim, startup company: CoE Feature Story

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Angelique Johnson (PhE EE 11) and MEMStim: AnnArbor.com - Innovation Corps: U-M spinoffs among 27 teams exploring ways to turn research into profit

Ku: CBS Detroit - Nano-Origami Project Combines Art, Engineering

Jay Guo quoted in Scientific American

England: U Record - Tony England named interim dean of CECS at UM-Dearborn

WIMS - Gianchandani: ScienceDaily - Smart Gas Sensors For Better Chemical Detection

Forrest: Technology Review - Sharp Transistors Could Enable Cheap, Retina-Style Displays

Forrest: Nature - Japan Gambles on Displays

Savarese: LidarNews Magazine - D4AR - 4 Dimensional Augmented Reality

Gianchandani and WIMS2: EPM Magazine - Micro and High Precision Technology Event Declared Successful by RNCG

Wei_Lu: Nature Communications - Observation of conducting filament growth in nanoscale resistive memories

Gianchandani and WIMS2: Nanotechnology Now - Micro and High Precision Technology Event declared a Success

Lafortune: Concentrate - U-M prof plays key role in $10M computer programming project

Lafortune: WWJ-TV - UM Researcher Involved In $10M Project To Advance Computer Programming

Revzen: CNN - Holy &%$! inventions

Lu: CBS Detroit - UMs First Startup Investment Goes To Semiconductor Memory Firm

Sarabandi: EE Times - BAE Systems wins $34M DARPA contract

Yoon: Saturday Evening Post - Watch Me Walk

Forrest-Grbic: Advanced Materials - Electrically Small Antennas

Evigia (startup): Frost & Sullivan Lauds Evigia for its Extensive Line of RFID-Sensing Products

Forrest-Grbic: Nature - Printing tiny coiled antennas

Fessler: Advance for Imaging and Radiation Oncology - New Technology Allows for CT Scans...

Forrest, Grbic: BioPortfolio - Direct Transfer Patterning of Electrically Small Antennas onto Three-Dimensionally Contoured Substrates

Fessler: Michigan Daily - New CT technology decreases radiation

MichiganProbe-Wise: Michigan Today - An oboe for the brain

Lu: BioPortfolio - A Functional Hybrid Memristor Crossbar-Array/CMOS System

Blaauw-Sylvester-Wise: EE Web Pulse - Millimeter Scale Energy Harvesting Based Sensors

Guo: Paint & Coatings Industry - The Skys the Limit with Nanotechnology

Flynn, Kipke, Lee: EDN Asia - Medical sensors in biomedical electronics: The brain, heart and lungs

Najafi: Australian Broadcasting Corp (Radio interview RE cyborg bugs)

Najafi-Aktakka: NTVMSNBC (Turkey) - Bcekler depremzedeleri kurtaracak

Najafi: Korean News Service (Daum) - (RE the Cyborg bugs)

Guo: EngineerLive - Coloured solar cells could make display screens more efficient

Blaauw-Sylvester: EE Times 20 hot technologies for 2012

Guo: Popular Science - Carbon Nanotube Stealth Paint Could Make Any Object Ultra-Black

Guo: Technology Review - Nano Paint Could Make Airplanes Invisible to Radar

Jarrahi-Carmon: Laser Focus World - Whispering-gallery resonator generates CW fourth-harmonic UV light

Jarrahi-Carmon: Futurity - Ultraviolet lasers get smarter

Najafi-Aktakka: CNET - Could cyborg insects act as first responders?

Najafi-Aktakka: Futurity - Cyborg bugs as first responders

Najafi-Aktakka: Popular Science - Cyborg Insects Could Be First Responders in Rescue Situations

Guo: Innovation News Daily - New Material Makes Objects Appear Invisible

Guo: Science - ScienceShot: How to Make a Tank Disappear

Guo: BBC News - Carbon nanotube space camouflage coating invented

Revzen: Wired - Video: Robot Builds Other Robots From Foam

Revzen: IEEE Spectrum - Watch a Robot Build Other Robots out of Spray Foam

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Revzen: New Scientist - Robot builds its own body from sprayable foam

mm-scale computing: EE Web - Millimeter Scale Energy Harvesting Based Sensors

Guo: The Cutting Edge - Colored Solar Cells Boost E-Reader Efficiency and Create Energy-Harvesting Light Displays

Guo: Solar Novus Today - Solar Energy Harvesting of Waste Heat from Displays

Guo: Chem Eruope.com - Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficient

Guo: Laser Focus World - Grating-based pixel-color filters convert wasted LCD light to electricity

Guo: Plastic Electronics - Photovoltaic colour filters could enhance display efficiency

Guo: CBS Detroit.com - Colored Solar Cells Could Make Display Screens More Efficient

Guo: MIT Technology Review - Energy-Harvesting Displays

Rand: AOL Energy - Solar Discovery Shakes Century-Old Science

Grizzle: Live Science - Meet MABEL

LNF E-Beam Lithography System: Micro Manufacturing - E-Beam Lithography System with Exclusive Capability: Another Jewel among the Leading-Edge Equipme

Grizzle: IEEE Spectrum - Video Tuesday: BigDog, MABEL, and Quadrotors Landing on Quadrotors

Guo: ZeitNews (Energy) - Energy-Harvesting Displays

Najafi-Aktakka: Wall Street Journal - Giant Nuclear Mutant Cyborg Insects of Doom

Najafi-Aktakka: IEEE Spectrum - Micro Energy Harvesters Will Make Cyborg Insects Unstoppable

Najafi-Aktakka: Physorg.com - Cyborg insects generate power for their own neural control

Najafi-Aktakka: Next Big Future - Mechanical Energy Scavenging from Flying Insects

Islam: Concentrate - U-M researchers develop high-tech laser for acne treatment, body fat remova

Grizzle and MABEL on Fox2News: U of Ms MABEL the Robot Shows Off Her Moves

Islam: ABC Action News - New Lasers May Treat Acne

Hero: The Wall Street Journal - Wide Gap Found In Immune Responses Of People Exposed To The Flu

Hero: MSNBC - Why some people dont get the flu

Hero: Science News - Genes may explain who gets sick from flu

Grizzle: CBS News - Meet Mabel: The robot that does a 9-minute mile

Grizzle: Popular Science - Mabel the Robot Sets Speed Record For Bipedal Running

Grizzle: IEEE Spectrum - MABEL Bipedal Robot is Fast Enough to Run You Down

Guo: Technology Review - Energy-Harvesting Displays

Connor Field: Ars Technica - How one undergrad built the largest solar farm in Michigan

Carmon: Nature Communications - Stimulated optomechanical excitation of surface acoustic waves in a microdevice

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Grbic-Forrest: MSNBC - Mass Production Ahead for Smallest Possible Wi-Fi Antenna

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Grbic-Forrest: Smartplant - Tiny, powerful antennas could transform mobile devices

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Yoon: Gizmag - Implant could wirelessly relay brain signals to paralyzed limbs

Rand: Green Tech World - University of Michigan Researchers Create Solar Power without Solar Cells

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Grbic-Forrest: Innovation News Daily - Mass Production Ahead for Smallest Possible Wi-Fi Antenna

Grbic-Forrest: WWJ-CBS Detroit - UM: New Method To Produce Tiny Antennas Could Improve Wireless Electronics

Grbic-Forrest: Mega Tech News - Radical Antenna Design May Shrink Future Wireless Gizmos

Grbic-Forrest: Futurity - Antenna shrinks. Phone soon to follow?

Grbic-Forrest: R&D Magazine - Using imprint processing to mass-produce tiny antennas could improve wireless electronics

Yoon: Discovery - Brain Implant Helps Control Prosthetic Limbs By Thought

Forrest: Jerusalem Post - Useable solar technology will be ready in about 5 years

Yoon: MIT Technology Review - Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

Yoon: Nano Patents and Innovations - Non-invasive brain implant could someday translate thoughts into movement

Yoon: ubergizmo - BioBolt relays information to paralyzed limb from brain down the road

Yoon: Examiner - BioBolt Hope for the paraplegic and more?

Yoon: Psychology Today - BioBolt: The Next Generation of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Yoon: WWJ - UM Brain Implant Could Turn Thoughts Into Movement

Najafi-Aktakka: PhysOrg - Most powerful millimeter-scale energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations

Najafi-Aktakka: Next Big Future - Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester by ten times

Najafi-Aktakka: EE Times - Piezoelectric MEMS boosts vibration harvester

Rand: Forbes - Solar Power Without Solar Cells?

Rand: Wired.co.uk - Lights magnetic field could make solar power without solar cells

Rand: Christian Science Monitor - Solar power: breakthrough could herald big drop in costs

Najafi-Wise: Ann Arbor.com - U-M engineers honored for pioneering efforts, work with high-tech start-ups

Winful: RTI Int - RTI International to Strengthen Liberian Workforce Through New Project in Higher Education

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Galvanauskas: Crains Detroit Business - Arbor Photonics seeks spinoff success with more powerful lasers

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Millimeter-scale computing: Fox News-World's Smallest Computer Created

Millimeter-scale computing: MSNBC-World's smallest computer watches you - from within

Millimeter-scale computing: Computerworld-Researchers create computer that fits on a pen tip

Millimeter-scale computing: EE Times-Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut

Millimeter computing: Discover-World's Teeniest, Tiniest Computer Fits on the 'N' of a Penny

WIMS: Pentagon Brief - Chip Sized Sensor to Detect Dangerous Chemicals

Nees-Mourou: PhysOrg - Theoretical physics breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum

Nees-Mourou: Popular Science - Making Something From Nothing: Researchers Find That Matter Can Be Conjured from a Vacuum

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Olson: Detroit Free Press - U-M Team Wins Global Robotics Prize

Olson: PRWeb - Hail to the Victors! Team Michigan Wins Inaugural Worldwide Robotics Competition in Australia

Sylvester-Blaauw: PRWeb - Ambiq Micro Secures $2.4M Investment

Sylvester-Blaauw: GreenTech - Ambiq Micro Closes $2.4 Million Seed Round For Efficient Micro-controllers

Norris: Nature Photonics - Ultrafast Rabi flopping and coherent pulse propagation in a quantum cascade laser

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Grizzle: MSN - Ford Increases Investment in University Research; More Than $60 Million Awarded Over Last 20 Years

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Quantum Signal (EECS startup): Ann Arbor.com-Quantum Signal plans to add 47 jobs after acquisition of Saline's former Union School building

Blaauw,Sylvester: New York Times - Ambiq Micro Wins Another Business Competition

Blaauw-Sylvester: Crains Detroit Business - UM spinoff Ambiq Micro Inc. wins business plan competition

Blaauw,Sylvester,Hanson: Ann Arbor.com - U-M microcontroller spinoff Ambiq Micro wins

Sylvester-Blaauw-Hanson: Market Watch - DFJ and Cisco Announce Ambiq Micro as Winner of Global Business Plan Competition

Moghaddam: Physorg - Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

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Guo: Technology Review - A Simpler Route to Plastic Solar Cells

Zhong: URecord - U-M, Chinese university provide $1.2M for renewable energy, biomedical technology projects

Forrest: Nature Photonics-Room-temperature polariton lasing

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Grizzle: AP - U-M robot Mabel clears stacked wood, may jog soon

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Grizzle: engadget - U-M's MABEL robot hits a stride, breaks a leg

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WIMS: GLITR - UM Center Celebrates 10 Years of Developing Wireless Devices

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Markov: EE Times - IBM Benchmarks Prod Microprocessor Designers

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Najafi-Galchev: Popular Science: Tiny Mini-Generators Scavenge Energy From Ambient, Random Vibrations

Najafi-Galchev: Physorg: Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

Scott Hanson - Crain's Detroit: Ambiq Micro wins UM student business plan competition

Wei Lu: Europe Sun: Missing link of electronics could make brain-like computers

Wei Lu: Physorg: Brain-Like Computer Closer to Realization

Wei Lu: Chemistry World: Silver sputtered nano chips mimic brain synapse

Wei Lu: New Scientist: Electronics 'missing link' brings neural computing closer

Ambiq-Enertia: New York Times - Michigan Business Challenge

Clean Energy Prize: PR Newswire

Clean Energy Prize: Renewable Energy Sources

Sylvester and Blaauw-MSNBC: Tiny solar-powered sensor runs almost forever

Sylvester and Blaauw-Popular Science: Miniature Sensor Perpetually Charges Self Using Environmental Energy

Kushner-New York Times: Hospital-Clean Hands, Without All the Scrubbing

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Guo: Nature Photonics - Dynamic nanoscribing

Lafortune and Mahlke: IEEE Computer - Eliminating Concurrency Bugs with Control Engineering (pdf)

Essl: Michigan Radio - The Sound of (iPhone) Music

Essl: BBC - iPhone Orchestra Ready for Debut

Essl: Detroit Free Press - U-M Students Merge Music with iPhone Technology

Lynch and WIMS: Innovative structure sensors: in Construction Advisory Group

Forrest: Dear of the Year: U-M's North Campus Research Complex: AnnArbor.com

Lynch and WIMS: New monitoring systems should make smar bridges..., in Miller-McCune

Grizzle: Ford, U-M work on accelerating hybrid development: Metromode

Freudenberg and Cook: Embedded Control Systems at U-M: MathWorks

Dick and Mao: Smartphone app article in Great Lakes IT Report

Dick and Mao: Smartphone app article in PhysOrg

LNF: World-class university facilities can spark creativity (Ann Arbor.com)

WeiLu: Understanding Mechanical Properties Of Silicon Nanowires, Article Cited in RedOrbit

UM Solar Car Team Third In World

Grizzle in Metromode: Ford, U-M work on accelerating hybrid development

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Grizzle - Motor Trend: Ford Partners with U of Michigan for Development on Customizable Hybrid Settings

Grizzle - Reuters: Ford, U of M Explore New Ways To Speed Development of Future Hybrid Vehicles

Forrest: Big Energy Funding for Tiny Technology (Nanotechnology)

Steel: Michigan scientists working on super-fast, secure computing

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Forrest: On the Acquisition of 173 acre ex-Pfizer Research site

Grbic: Winning Strategies: Advice from PECASE Winners

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David Blaauw - IEEE Spectrum: CPU, Heal Thyself

Ian Hiskens: Part of U-M's $2.5M grant for education toward a greener auto industry

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Stephen Forrest: Dingell, Forrest promote engineering research

Grbic: News of White House Award in Ann Arbor News

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England: Scientists split on further moon missions

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Hiskens: DOE Announces Nearly $14 Million to go to 28 New Wind Energy Projects

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Grbic: PECASE Funds Photonics Work

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Elliot Soloway - Teacher Magazine: How About a Little Googling, Class?

Gilchrist: Near-lightspeed nano spacecraft might be close

Lynch and WIMS Colleagues: Smart Bridges Harness Technology to Stay Safe

Tom Wenisch - Great Lakes IT Report: Merit Member Conference Covers Cool Learning Technology

Alex Halderman - Wall Street Journal: Political Cues in China Web Filter

Tom Wenisch - Processor: Optimizing the Sleep Cycle

Hiskens: First Plug-In EV Conference Coming to Detroit

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Wei Lu's Memristor Chip in Next Big Future

Dr. Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, talks about the future of cell phones

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Wei Lu: Nature Materials, March 2008, Crossbar memories

Prof. Forrest Offers Podcast about U-M Energy Research and Michigan

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HERCULES Petawatt Laser - Video Interview with Dr. Yanovsky

Watch Dr. Yanovsky in an interview appearing on Engineering TV: "Engineering TV visited The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan to take a closer look at HERCULES, a high-field petawatt class laser. The beam measures 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter, contains 300 terawatts of power (300 times the capacity of the entire U.S. electricity grid), and is capable of producing this intense beam once every 10 seconds. Applications include optical communications at the terabit level, studies involving the behavior of electrons in quantum structures, and biomedical fields such as eye surgery , subcellular "nanomachining", and in vivo sensing (for example in vivo cytometry of circulating cancer cells). The National Science Foundation through the Physics Frontier Center FOCUS supports the development and construction of this laser. For more information, go to: Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [Full Story]

Larry Page: Google co-founder to speak at U-M Commencement

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Duncan Steel: Fast quantum computer bit is created

Steve Forrest: More Efficient OLED Lighting

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