Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


$800K in Research Awards Aim to Address Data Science

Four research teams from the University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are sharing $800,000 in awards to use data science techniques to address big challenges. Prof. Atul Prakash is co-PI for a project that aims to develop algorithms and mechanism design to incentivize users to charge electric vehicles at appropriate times and locations, leading to better load management, a more reliable grid, and cost savings. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  

Michael Flynn Earns U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Michael Flynn has received a Faculty Recognition Award for his accomplishments in research, teaching, and service to the University. Prof. Flynn is one of the world's premier scholars in the area of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and other interface circuits. His pioneering research and designs have improved the performance and energy efficiency of analog-digital interfaces and transformed the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Video Friday: Robot Patrol, Tickling Machine, and More From IROS 2016

This IEEE Spectrum collection of research project videos from the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) includes a piece on robot navigation in dynamic social environments from Prof. Edwin Olson's APRIL Lab. To see the Michigan video, scroll to the bottom of the page. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics  

Using cyber security to keep your ballot safe ahead of the presidential election

This TV news segment features an interview with CSE graduate student Matthew Bernhard. He is interviewed about the possibility for stolen votes in the upcoming election. His answer: Michigan has a paper ballot/optical scan system, which is considered best practice. Touchscreen, paperless systems like those in Ohio, Virginia, and some other states are not secure enough yet. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Jia Deng Selected as Recipient of PAMI Mark Everingham Prize

Prof. Jia Deng has won the PAMI Everingham Prize for his work in developing ImageNet, a large-scale labeled image database that has powered many recent advances in computer vision. The award is presented at the ECCV Conference to a researcher, or a team of researchers, who have made a selfless contribution of significant benefit to other members of the computer vision community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Matthew Bernhard on the Steve Gruber Show (audio)

Matthew Bernhard, a CSE graduate student working with Prof. J. Alex Halderman, speaks on the Steve Gruber Show about the possibility for voting fraud in Michigan during the upcoming election. He is introduced just over one minute into the show. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

How to (Really) Steal an Election (audio)

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is interviewed on the dangers posed by electronic voting in this story. The story covers all types of concerns regarding elections, from Donald Trump's warning of a rigged election through the Bush v. Gore contest and the use of electronic voting systems. Halderman appears at about 20:15. [Full Story]

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

Michael Wellman Selected to Serve on Financial Research Advisory Committee

Prof. Michael P. Wellman as been selected to serve on the Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC) for the US Department of Treasury's Office of Financial Research. As the only academic computer scientist on the FRAC, Professor Wellman brings expertise on algorithmic trading and other computational techniques that are transforming financial markets and the financial system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Economic Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

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  

Teslas big bet: $8,000 worth of self-driving hardware in all new cars before the software is ready

In this article, Prof. Edwin Olson is quoted discussing the reliability of autonomous vehicles. Tesla recently announced that all new cars will be equipped with the hardware needed for full self-driving capability. Olson believes theres still a long way to go until self-driving cars become widespread. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

This Is Why We Still Cant Vote Online

This article highlights the work done by security researchers to demonstrate the dangers inherent in the use of paperless electronic voting systems. It spotlights work done by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his students in 2010, when they accepted a challenge to hack Washington DC's proposed new Internet system. The research team was able to hack the system, steal records, and modify it to play the Michigan fight song -- all in less than two days. [Full Story]

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

Rigging the Election

Jason Smith, writer and director of the documentary "I Voted?", references work done by Prof. J. Alex Halderman in demonstrating the vulnerabilities of electronic voting systems in this opinion piece. Mr. Smith's mission has been to reinforce the message that "Nothing is more important to the future of our democracy than ensuring the integrity of all elections." [Full Story]

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

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  

A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator and alum Todd Coleman (BSE EE ) shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Health  

Lingjia Tang Selected to Receive Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Lingjia Tang has been selected to receive a Facebook Faculty Award for her work in computer architecture. She recently helped develop a modular load tester platform for data centers, which is designed to help measure and mitigate tail latency. The platform, called Treadmill, is widely used in Facebooks production services. It is also open-sourced and available to the general public and industry practitioners. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Tang, Lingjia  

Experts: State Should Audit Election Results

Since hackers have targeted the election systems of more than 20 states, cyber-security experts including Prof. J. Alex Halderman say Michigan should change its policy and routinely audit a sample of its paper ballots to protect against election fraud. [Full Story]

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

As cyberthreats multiply, hackers now target medical devices

This article, which quotes Prof. Kevin Fu, describes the threat of malware for implantable medical devices and for hospital systems. Because these systems were typically designed without security in mind, "There is no [impervious] device," says Prof. Fu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

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  

Clinc Launches Finie, an AI Personal Assistant for Mobile Banking

Clinc, the research lab founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, has recently launched a new application called Finie, the financial genie. Finie, which can be referred to as the Siri of personal banking, is an artificial intelligence platform for banks that helps customers talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way to get real-time and instant financial insights. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

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  

Looking for a Choice of Voices in A.I. Technology

This article in the New York Times examines conversational computing in connection with gender and race. Prof. Jason Mars is featured in the article and he highlights the challenges associated with choosing voices for AI technology. [Full Story]

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

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  

A Silver-Medal Finish for ECE Olympic Rower

Electrical Engineering sophomore and Ann Arbor native Zach Burns brought home a silver medal from the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics in September as part of the US Paralympic Rowing Team. This was Zachs third year with the team, finally getting to take on the Olympic games after two years traveling to the World Championships. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Undergraduate Students  

Cybersecurity and Voting Machine Security (video)

Prof. J. Alex Halderman appeared on C-SPAN to discuss vulnerabilities associated with electronic voting and to answer viewer questions. It's worth viewing this 40-minute video segment of the C-SPAN airing. [Full Story]

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

Technology Will Destroy Democracy Unless This Man Stops It

This article provides an in-depth profile of Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his research in the area of security, in particular his work in exposing the security vulnerabilities of electronic voting systems and his additional work in the area of internet anticensorship. [Full Story]

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

Why Can't We Vote Online?

This article on the security concerns associated with Internet voting points to the 2010 hack of the District of Columbia's internet voting system by researchers led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman as a prime example of what could go wrong. [Full Story]

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

Solving the "Christmas light" problem so solar panels can handle shade

Just 10 percent shade cover can create a 50 percent drop in solar panel electricity production. Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestrus is working to ensure power produced by a solar panel reflects the average over all the cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power & Energy  Solar Cell Technology  Sustainability  

COVE: A Tool for Advancing Progress in Computer Vision

A new project has been launched to provide open and easy access to up-to-date, varied, data sets, annotations and their relevant tools. Based at the University of Michigan with collaborators at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame, the program aims to centralize available data in the intelligent systems community through a COmputer Vision Exchange for Data, Annotations and Tools, called COVE. The project promises to have an immediate and far-reaching impact on the computer vision community as well as researchers involved in machine learning, multimedia, natural language processing, data mining, and information retrieval. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  Signal and Image Processing   

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  

Flint might have a bigger problem with lead pipes than previously thought

Prof. Jacob Abernethy and his research collaborators have concluded that Flint city records are highly inaccurate and that more public service water lines than expected that contain lead. Prof. Abernethy, together with his students and other researchers, is using multiple data sources to develop predictive software that will identify locations in Flint that are most at risk for lead contamination. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Far more Flint homes have lead lines than expected, report shows

A new report issued by U-M researchers, including Prof. Jacob Abernethy, concludes that Flint city records are highly inaccurate and that more public service water lines than expected contain lead. Prof. Abernethy, together with his students and other researchers, is using multiple data sources to develop predictive software that will identify locations in Flint that are most at risk for lead contamination. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Shadows in the Dark Web

Secrets lurk in the dark web, the 95 percent of the internet that most of us can't see. Prof. Michael Cafarella is bringing some of those secrets to light, and in the process making the digital and the real world a little safer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

Six New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome six outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in distributed systems to building reliable and secure software, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

Sang Won Lee Receives Award for Best Student Composition at the International Computer Music Conference

CSE PhD candidate Sang Won Lee has received the 2016 Student Music Award for best student composition at the International Computer Music Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands for his composition "Live Writing: Gloomy Streets." This performance is an outcome coming from his interdisciplinary research work, Live Writing, which transforms asynchronous written communication into a real-time experience in the context of programming, writing and performing arts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Cancer stem cells: new method analyzes 10,000 cells at once

A new device for studying tumor cells can trap 10,000 individual cells in a single chip. The technique, developed by Prof. Euisik Yoon's group, could one day help screen potential cancer treatments based on an individual patients tumor and help researchers better understand so-called cancer stem cells. It also shed light on a controversy: are large cells or small cells more likely to be cancer stem cells? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Yoon, Euisik  

David Blaauw Honored with SIA/SRC University Research Award

Prof. David Blaauw was presented with the University Research Award by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to semiconductor research in the area of design research. He was presented with the award by the SIA Board on September 21, 2016 in San Jose, CA. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Medical Devices Should Withstand Rigor, Expert Says

When it comes to managing medical device security risk, hospital administrators should focus on weathering the storm and not necessarily prevention, Prof. Kevin Fu, a noted medical device security expert, encouraged this week. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  

A Brief Chronology of Medical Device Security

This article in the Communications of the ACM, co-written by Prof. Peter Honeyman, reviews the current era of cyber threat to medical device security. The article concludes with a look forward at steps necessary to secure medical devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Honeyman, Peter  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  

Cindy Finelli Invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Cindy Finelli was among 48 faculty members across the country invited to attend the 2016 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. She will present her project about A more student-centered electrical engineering classroom through pre-class reading and in-class problem solving, which integrates elements of a flipped classroom. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Progress in AI, through collaborative research

Guru Banavar, Chief Science Officer and VP for Cognitive Computing at IBM Research, has blogged about IBM's university partnerships to advance cognitive computing, including work at CSE led by Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja to develop the next generation of conversational interface technologies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Cognitive Science & Architectures  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Despite Flaws, Paperless Voting Machines Remain Widespread in the U.S.

This article surveys problems associated with aging and insecure electronic voting systems. It quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, a leading researcher in this area, as saying, "Clearly we still have a long way to go to ensure that all Americans have access to a form of voting technology they can trust." [Full Story]

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

Meet the New Director of Michigan Robotics

Jessy Grizzle, the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor and Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, has been written about in Wired, his work featured on CNN and The Discovery Channel, and his robot videos viewed around the world even in Michigan Stadium during the football games. He's now the new director of Michigan Robotics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

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  

D'Souzas Make Gift to Support Undergraduate Students in CSE

Robin (BSE CS 06) and Priancka D'Souza of New York, New York have recently established the Robin and Priancka D'Souza Family Scholarship to provide need-based support to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway to Receive Honorary Degree from University of Victoria

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway will receive an honorary degree from the University of Victoria - the university's highest academic honor - during fall the convocation ceremony on Nov. 9 in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Prof. Conway will be recognized for her pioneering work in VLSI and as a leading activist for transgender rights. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  

Chad Jenkins Receives NSF National Robotics Initiative Grant to Improve Robotic Control in Cluttered Environments

Prof. Chad Jenkins has been awarded an NSF National Robotics Initiative grant of $400,000 for his project, Sketching Geometry and Physics Informed Inference for Mobile Robot Manipulation in Cluttered Scenes." Under the grant, Prof. Jenkins will improve the ability of robots to manipulate and interact with objects, such as when assisting people to support their daily activities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

A hot new app is hoping to change the way you manage your money

This article reports on Clinc, the intelligent personal assistant startup headed by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang. At the Finovate conference, Clinc introduced Finie, the planet's most intelligent personal financial assistant that helps everyone talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way to get real-time and instant financial insights. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Technology Transfer  

CS KickStart Gives Incoming Freshmen an Introduction to Computer Science

CSE was a sponsor of the first-ever CS KickStart, which is a week long summer program that encourages women without prior programming experience to consider studying computer science. This program is free for attendees and gives 20-25 students the opportunity to learn how to code, connect with other students and faculty, and explore potential careers in computer science. The program was founded by CSE PhD student Meghan Clark. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

EECS Students Row Blue! to Victory

The Michigan Mens Rowing team won their 9th consecutive national championship in Gainesville, Georgia, with four EECS students rowing in their toughest category. Their succesful season qualified the team to compete abroad in the Henley Royal Regatta, the most prestigious boat race series in the world, which takes place annually on the River Thames in England. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Mark Kushner Receives Plasma Chemistry Award for Lifetime of Achievement

Mark Kushner, George I. Haddad Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2017 Plasma Chemistry Award (PCA) from the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS). The Plasma Chemistry Award is the highest recognition awarded by the IPCS and recognizes a lifetime of achievements in the field of the Plasma Chemistry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

All EECS News for 2016