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ECE Department News

ECE Team Receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award

A seven member team from Electrical and Computer Engineering has received the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award, established to shine a light on those staff members who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Inspiring a New Generation of Women Engineers in Liberia

Six women engineering students from Liberia traveled to the U.S. to attend the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Women in Engineering 2016 conference, under the sponsorship of the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program and U-M-SWE. They spoke of their passion to improve their country through engineering, as well as the difficulties of being female engineers in their country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Gets a New Director

Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together for games and exciting displays at this year's Family Fun Night. Attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of science, robots, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Parag Deotare Receives AFOSR Award for Research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)

Prof. Parag Deotare received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support basic scientific research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS). In this project, Prof. Deotare will investigate the interactions between exciton and mechanics, which will lead to a better understanding of exciton dynamics. This work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy  Energy Scavenging  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optics and Photonics  Power & Energy  

U-M Shannon Centennial Symposium Celebrates the Father of Information Theory

Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math , ScD hon. ) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium on September 16, 2016, co-organized by Al Hero, Hye Won Chung, Dave Neuhoff, and Sandeep Pradhan. All four plenary talks are available online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  Neuhoff, David L.  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  

A New Era of Robotics at Michigan

A newly approved robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Berenson, Dmitry  Kim, Hun-Seok  Kira, Mackillo  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  Mahdavifar, Hessam  Mi, Zetian  Pilanci, Mert  

Jasprit Singh: Seeking a Better Life Through Engineering - Even in Retirement

Prof. Jasprit Singh has retired after 30 years at the University of Michigan to embark on his second career as president and co-founder of Gurmentor, Inc., a software application company. During his time at Michigan, he experienced the thrill of scientific discovery, enlightening students into the physics and mysteries of electrical engineering, and sharing his belief that technology can enhance healthy and peaceful living. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Singh, Jasprit  

Hands-On Robotics: A Course for Anyone Interested in Robots and Autonomy

Check out this new video about the course Hands on Robotics. It not only provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics, it encourages students to solve an open-ended problem. Students build different types of robots throughout the semester using the CKBot modular robot system. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

EECS Research Highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Jenkins, Chad  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Systems  Olson, Edwin  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Leaders in Neuroscience Look to the Future

Engineers and neuroscientists from around the globe gathered at Michigan to explore the future of neurotechnology and research at the International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN). Understanding the complexity and mysteries of the brain is one of the biggest scientific challenges of this century. ICAN is an inaugural conference to bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools to move neuroscience forward, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community. The event included guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as a student poster session. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time

Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Prof. Andrew Yagle authored the 2nd edition of the book, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time, published by National Technology & Science Press. This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets. This textbook is designed for a sophomore-level or early junior-level introductory course on signals and systems. Engineering applications of signals and systems are integrated into the presentation as equal partners with concepts and mathematical models. At least seventeen schools in the U.S. are using the first edition textbook in their courses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Systems  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Prof. Al Hero Editor of New Book: Big Data over Networks

Alfred O. Hero, III, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, is co-editor of the book, Big Data over Networks, published by Cambridge University Press, along with Prof. Shuguang Cui (Texas A&M), Prof. Zhi-Quan Luo (U. Minnesota), and Prof. Jos Moura (CMU). The book explores the principles underpinning large-scale information processing over networks and examines the crucial interaction between big data and its associated communication, social and biological networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Steve Rand: Expanding Technical Education in India

Prof. Stephen Rand recently visited India to learn about the countrys ongoing expansion in higher education as an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Lecturer. He focused on "how India is enhancing its role as a leader in optical engineering and physics discovery in the 21st century," in an article written for the June issue of Optics and Photonics News.
Read the article. [Full Story]

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

Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!

Yes - that's right!

Top Robotics Graduate Programs
Top 20 Robotics Engineering Schools in the U.S.
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Related Topics:  Robotics  

FICO has acquired QuadMetrics

Announced June 14, 2016, FICO (NYSE: FICO) has acquired QuadMetrics to accelerate development of the product, which will provide greater transparency into cybersecurity for underwriting, vendor management and self-assessment. Co-founded in 2014 by Prof. Mingyan Liu, who served as Chief Science Officer, QuadMetrics was a firm that used predictive analytics to rate the security of an organization. [Read the story: Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Michigan Shines at the National Robotics Initiative 5 Year Anniversary

Professor Jessy Grizzle took part in a full day of events celebrating the fifth anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) on June 9, 2016. "It was very exciting to meet fellow robotics researchers and to share our work with members of Congress," said Prof. Grizzle, who appreciates all that the NRI has done for the field. However, he agrees that robotics research needs to increase to match that of our global competitors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

The Future of Transportation

The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura Delivers Dow Distinguished Lecture (with video)

Professor Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th Wiliam Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, "Road Toward the New Light: The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting," on April 5, 2016. Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Norris, Theodore B.  

Claude Shannon centennial celebrants recall U-M grad's advances, societal impact

April 30 will be the 100th birthday for Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory. "Claude Shannon is the founder of the theory of information and communication. These contributions were singularly important in that they led directly to the digital revolution that powers our electronic world," said Prof. Alfred Hero. Prof. Hero and Prof. Dave Neuhoff are helping to plan a workshop this fall to celebrate the centennial of his birth. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

MBus is the Missing Interconnect for Millimeter-Scale Systems

Looking ahead to millimeter scale computing and the future of ubiquitous computing, EECS faculty members David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, graduate students Patrick Pannuto and Benjamin Kempke, research scientist Ye-Sheng Kuo, and a number of other Michigan researchers have created MBus, a chip-to-chip interconnect that facilitates an ultra-low power system operation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

ECE Celebrates African American Engineers

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

ECE Celebrates Diwali

ECE continued its new tradition of celebrating the different cultures of its student body with a celebration of Diwali on November 13. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Chillin with Chewie

Are you hyped up for The Force Awakens? So is U-M Engineering to celebrate, faculty have been bringing in some familiar faces to talk Star Wars tech and get down with a holiday rap from Dean Munson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Systems  Munson Jr., David C.  Nees, John A.  

Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years

A special celebration took place on November 20 that brought over 100 attendees together to commemorate the anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's foundational treatise on light and electromagnetism. Titled Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years," the event brought together students, researchers, and industry experts from around the nation to enjoy keynote talks, project demonstrations, and open discussion with a panel of experts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Lee, Somin E.  Optics and Photonics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together to see ECE's fun side on September 25. In the division's first-ever Family Fun Night, 500 attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of lasers, science, games, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Michigan Researchers create virtual reality 'Matrix' with unreal engine

Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Virtual Reality  

Electrify Tech Camps Offer High Schoolers An Electrifying Summer

High schoolers took over the EECS building this July, filling the hallways and labs as they designed circuits, built holograms, and whirred around on segways. In ECE's first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students from near and far gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Celebrating Diversity and Making Our Students Feel at Home with an Iftar Dinner

On Wednesday, July 15, ECE hosted an Iftar reception. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The reception, which featured traditional foods and live music, had over 40 in attendance. Students attending the reception indicated their appreciation for the program, offering their help for the evening and on future efforts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Help Bring WIMS2 Technology to the World

As Corporate Outreach Directors for the WIMS2 Center, entrepreneurs and U-M alums Sassan Teymouri and Shahin Hedayat are helping to introduce its wireless integrated microsensing and systems technology to Silicon Valley and strengthen the Center's ties to industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  WIMS/WIMS2  

We Are Now One ECE: The Merged Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE's two grad programs, Electrical Engineering (EE) and Electrical Engineering:Systems (EE:S) have merged to become one program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students will benefit from the increased flexibility built into the new program. [Full Story]

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

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

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Welcomes New Engineering Robotics Center

A $54M robotics center is coming to North Campus. It will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a brand-new, 3-story, 100,000 square foot building. ECE faculty are excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Corso, Jason  Cyber-physical systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Ozay, Necmiye  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

The Lunar New Year Celebration - Bridging Cultures

The EECS atrium got festive on February 19 with a celebration of the Lunar New Year. A large crowd turned out for the show, including many Chinese students. Many said that the recognition of their country's most widely celebrated calendar holiday made them feel more at home. Check out photos and a video from the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

U-M Engineering Leads a $5M Initiative to Reform STEM Education

In an effort to drive systemic reform of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education, Michigan Engineering is co-leading a national program that will give more undergraduates and masters students deep experience in faculty research. A $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has established the Vertically Integrated Projects, or VIP, consortium a group of 15 universities. Among them are institutions that primarily serve underrepresented, minority, or nontraditional students, as well as members of the Association of American Universities. [Full Story]

Electrify Tech Camp for High School Students - Register now for one or more of our 3 camps

Electrify Tech Camp consists of three non-residential summer camps (Power Up; Light It Up; and Sense It) for high school students. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level suitable for high school students. Each camp will range between 24-30 students. Campers will work together in groups of 3 or 4 at the same state-of-the-art equipment used by Michigan undergraduate students. They will build devices, learn some coding, and test their work, all under the careful supervision of faculty and current Michigan students. It is an amazing opportunity for any high school student who has an interest in modern technology, and a love for science and math. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Researchers Build Groundbreaking Device for NASA SMAP Mission

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and his team constructed the most powerful radar calibration device in the world to interface with NASAs newest orbiting satellite, called Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP). The goal is to measure the amount of water in moisture, which should ultimately to improve our ability to forecast the weather, monitor droughts, predict floods, enhance crop productivity, and understand the Earths water, energy, and carbon cycles. [Full Story]

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

Jessy Grizzle to Deliver U-M Distinguished Lecture on Bipedal Robots (Feb 4 at Rackham)

In Science Fiction, robots walk, run, and jump better than you. In reality, can you count on them to walk over rubble and pull you from a burning building? Not so much. Jessy Grizzle will give the lecture, Taking Bipedal Walking Robots from Science Fiction to Science Fact , in honor of being named the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. He will describe how the science of feedback systems is enhancing the ability to achieve highly dynamic locomotion in bipedal machines. The theory used in the talk will be amply illustrated with graphics and videos of his experiments to make the material accessible to a general audience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  

LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Attendees represented many departments throughout the University, as well as industrial users of the LNF. Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, presented the events keynote address, Making small things big in the world of organic electronics. [Full Story]

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

ECE Students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

New ideas abounded at 2014s Graduate Symposium, the College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students. ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year's event, comprising nearly 80 of the day's more than 240 presentations. Several of these placed first or second in their field in the poster presentation contest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

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:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Norris, Theodore B.  

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  

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  

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CROSSBAR Closes Series C Funding of $25M; Oversubscribed Round Validates Companys Readiness to Scale

Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series C funding in an oversubscribed round. The company was co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, who also acts as Chief Scientist. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Entrepreneurship  Lu, Wei  

US students learn langar lessons from Golden Temple

Prof. Jasprit Singh arranged for U-M students to visit the Golden Temple in India to learn the concept of "langar," or community kitchen. They are learning how volunteers work together to prepare meals for 60,000 people everyday, the power that draws participants who serve and were served, the role played by merchants and farmers in the 'langar' and 'daswandh' (donating 10% of earnings). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Students to Use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in Class

Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

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