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Students Make Connections at NSBE National Convention

The 42nd Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought members together in Boston, MA for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. Forty three U-M engineers, six from EECS, attended the convention, themed Engineering a Cultural Change. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Students earn prizes for improving image processing techniques in EECS 556

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught this past term by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, with applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  

David Chesney Receives 2016 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize

Dr. David Chesney has been awarded the 2016 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, which recognizes faculty who have developed an innovative project. For many years, Chesney has suggested that his students think in terms of social good when developing their projects. Through his courses, students are able to learn the fundamentals of programming and software systems, while also seeing the social impact of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

Students in EECS 562, Nonlinear Systems and Control, received prizes for calculating how to land a rocket booster with minimal damage after being detached during a rocket launch. They competed with students who were taking a similar class at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Jessy Grizzle's former PhD student and CMU professor, Koushil Sreenath (PhD EE:S 2011), designed the project last year, inspired by a real-world problem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  

Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

Jeff Fessler Receives 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Technical Achievement Award

Jeffrey Fessler, William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected to receive the 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award, "For fundamental and pioneering contributions to the theory and algorithms of statistical reconstruction methods of the PET/ SPECT, CT and MRI medical imaging modalities. His research has already touched the lives of countless patients through safer imaging and improved diagnoses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Beth Lawson Receives CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Beth Lawson, Senior Research Administrator for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), received a 2016 College of Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award for her 18 years of sustained excellence serving the faculty in the Systems area. Faculty praised Beth's willingness to provide a high level of support to new and senior faculty alike, her ability to work well with other departments and institutions, and her unflappable calm in the face of sometimes dramatic changes in budgets and entire proposals. She is also a consummate professional as a manager of the Systems area. [Full Story]

Your Devices' Latest Feature? They Can Spy on Your Every Move

In The Converstation, Prof. HV Jagadish sheds light on how smart devices are a gateway for hackers to spy on you. Since devices are networked, they can communicate in ways we dont want them to and people can take control of these technologies to learn private information about you. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

For Michigan Professor, Computer Science is Much More Than a Job

This article reports on Prof. Jason Mars and his work in developing technologies for intelligent personal assistants, from the software for the assistants themselves to the servers that are required to run such software. [Full Story]

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

CSE Alumna Arzucan Ozgur Receives Science Academy Young Scientist Award

Arzucan Ozgur (PhD CSE 2010) has been awarded a Science Academy Young Scientist Award (BAGEP 2016, Turkey). Arzucan is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

5 big challenges that self-driving cars still have to overcome

in this article, Prof. Edwin Olson comments on what are seen are the key challenges involved in deploying autonomous or assistive driving technology. [Full Story]

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

Kimberly Mann Receives CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Kimberly Mann, CSE AI Lab Research Administrator, has been selected to receive a 2016 College of Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award. Each year, CoE recognizes sustained excellence in staff who have made significant contributions or possess special qualities and attributes that foster teamwork and achievement. [Full Story]

Audrow Nash Earns NSF Fellowship for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research

Audrow Nash, a Master's student in EE:Systems, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor biogas emissions in landfills. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  Robotics  

Marcus Darden Voted HKN Professor of the Year for CSE

EECS students voted, and Dr. Marcus Darden was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Darden, Marcus  Undergraduate Students  

Jeff Fessler Voted HKN Professor of the Year for ECE

The student votes were counted, and Jeffrey Fessler, William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Walter Lasecki and Collaborators Win Best Paper at W4A

A team of four researchers including Prof. Walter Lasecki has won a Best Paper Award at the Web for All (W4A) Conference for "The Effects of Automatic Speech Recognition Quality on Human Transcription Latency," which explores how automated speech recognition and crowd-sourced human correction and generation of transcripts can be traded off to improve accuracy and latency. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Accessibility  Big Data  Interactive Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Sean Stetson Joins Seegrid

Alumnus Sean Stetson (PhD EE 98) has been appointed director of product development at Seegrid. Seegrid is a developer of 3D vision navigation and automation technology, focused on turning pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles. Sean previously worked at Google, where he served as the director for mobile imaging in the advanced technology and projects division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Vision  Robotics  

CSE Launches Health Initiative for Staff

To foster an environment of wellness in the spirit of the University's MHealthy program, the CSE Division is tapping the power of computation to help encourage healthy behavior amongst its administrative and support staff. [Full Story]

GridWatch Named Finalist in Vodafone's Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Competition

GridWatch, a system for monitoring the state of the power grid using smartphones, has been selected as a finalist in the Vodafone Americas Foundation's Wireless Innovation Project competition. GridWatch is a collaboration between researchers at UM and UC Berkeley; the Michigan researchers include Prof. Prabal Dutta and graduate students Noah Klugman, Pat Pannuto, and William Huang. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Energy  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sensors  

IEEE Spectrum Video Friday: Printable Hydraulic Robots, Medical Delivery Drones, and Romeo Walks

Video Friday is IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robotics videos. Jessy Grizzle's MARLO was featured for a second week in a row, this time tackling an even bigger stack of precarious boards and obstacles. [Full Story]

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

IEEE Spectrum Video Friday: Autonomous Pizza Delivery, Handwriting Robot, and ROS Master

Video Friday is IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robotics videos. This week featured a clip of Jessy Grizzle's MARLO undergoing some tricky walking exercises. The biped power through stacks of boards and other elevated obstacles without missing a beat. [Full Story]

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

Dropping USB Drives Is the Easiest Trick Hackers Can Use - And You're Probably a Sucker

Researchers including CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have discovered a highly effective security hack to gain access to others' computing systems - leaving USB flash drives with malicious payloads laying on the ground. In their study, they found there is a nearly 50% chance that someone will pick up a given drive, plug it into their computer, and start clicking. This presents the opportunity for malware to be activated. [Full Story]

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

Alumna Jennifer Rexford Named 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer by ACM-W

Alumna Jennifer Rexford (CSE MSE 93 PHD 96), the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, has been named the 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer by CRA-W for her work in improving Internet transmissions and making data networks easier to manage. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Jacob Abernethy: Machine Learning and the Wisdom of the Crowd

The National Science Foundation reports on the work of Prof. Jacob Abernethy, who is investigating the relationship between machine learning algorithms and market economy dynamics to develop socially beneficial forecasts. His work in this area is supported by a CAREER Award from NSF. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Economic Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) Announces Appointment of Howard Goldberg as Executive Vice President of Operations

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., the world-leader in distributed pressure sensing technologies for OEM products and instrumentation, announced that it had appointed Dr. Howard Goldberg (MSE PhD EE 89 93) as its Executive Vice President of Operations. Dr. Goldberg is the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (OTC: LINK), where he achieved a 36% increase in 2014 revenue. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Visionary Engineer Lynn Conway Heralds Dawn of the Techno-Social Age

At Columbia University Engineering's annual Magill Lecture, pioneering engineer and computer scientist Lynn Conway said, "Humanity stands at the cusp of a new technological and social renaissance." Conway, professor emerita of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, is a pioneer of microelectronics chip design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  

Mark Kushner Receives Honorary Doctorate, is Appointed Distinguished Professor, and is Appointed Distinguished Lecturer of Plasma Physics

Prof. Mark Kushner will receive an Honorary Doctorate at Eindhoven University of Technology and has been appointed Distinguished Professor from the same university. [READ MORE] He has also been appointed a 2016 Distinguished Lecturer for the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society. [READ MORE]
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CSE Graduate Student Vidal Borromeo Recognized with CoE Towner Prize

CSE graduate student Vidal Borromeo has been selected to receive a 2016 Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors by the College of Engineering. Vidal is currently the GSI for EECS 381, where he makes use of innovative learning techniques to raise the level of engagement and to help students to remember key concepts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

University Collaborates with Toyota on Autonomous Vehicle Hub

Toyota and Michigan have announced a new research collaboration that will involve a new Toyota facility, Mcity, and two faculty with appointments in CSE: Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice. [Full Story]

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

ECE Volunteer Brings M-HEAL Solutions to Peru

Leila Syal, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, organized an alternative spring break trip with M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives) to Cusco, Peru. This trip was a part of the groups Service Abroad and Needs Assessment (SANA) program, and the 15 participating students had the opportunity to do medical volunteer work around the city. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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.  

Clark Zhang Earns NSF Fellowship for Data Processing in MEMS Networks

Clark Zhang, a senior in Computer Engineering, has earned an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research proposal on gathering useful data from MEMS sensor systems. This summer, he is working as an intern at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There, hell be a part of a project called Resilient Spacecraft Architecture, which works to make the autonomous systems on spacecraft more robust and willing to take risks without an operator intervening. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  MEMS and Microsystems  Signal and Image Processing   Undergraduate Students  

Engineering a Better Life for People with Diabetes

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) decided to tackle the way diabetes was treated. So he co-founded Hygieia with friend and colleague, Dr. Israel Hodish, in 2008. Hygieia does two key things for its patients; it develops medical devices that automatically evaluate and optimize insulin dosage, and it provides patient consulting and training that is carried out by on-staff nurses, reducing the need for frequent trips to the doctor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Joshua Adkins Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Joshua Adkins, a senior in Computer Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. While at Michigan, Josh has worked with Prof. Prabal Dutta in Lab 11, the Embedded Systems Lab in CSE. His research interests lie in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and energy harvesting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Undergraduate Students  

Genevieve Flaspohler Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Genevieve Flaspohler, a senior in Computer Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. During the past four years, Genevieve has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects related to embedded systems at Michigan, working with faculty in Mechanical Engineering and with Prof. Prabal Dutta in CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Undergraduate Students  

Ryan Marcotte Selected for NSF and NDSEG Graduate Research Fellowships

CSE graduate student Ryan Marcotte has been selected for two prestigious graduate fellowships to support his ongoing studies in computer science and engineering. The fellowships are from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense. Ryan works with Prof. Edwin Olson in the APRIL Lab, where his research is in the area of multi-agent search algorithms for both known and unexplored environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  

With Hospital Ransomware Infections, the Patients Are at Risk

The article in MIT Technology Review quotes Prof. Kevin Fu on the recent string of ransomware attacks against hospitals. Prof. Fu's research is in the area of security for medical equipment, from implanted devices through bedside monitoring equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and medical IT systems. [Full Story]

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

Malware Attacks On Hospitals Put Patients At Risk

The article at NPR describes recent cases in which hospitals became the victims of ransomware attacks. Prof. Kevin Fu, an expert on the security vulnerabilities of medical equipment, is quoted. [Full Story]

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

Fall 2016: Introduction to Autonomous Robotics

Course No.: EECS 398-004
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Chad Jenkins
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course covers the essentials of robot modeling and autonomy. [More Info]

Fall 2016: Fundamentals of the Internet

Course No.: EECS 398-001
Credit Hours: 2 credits
Instructor: Mohammed Islam
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the internet. You use the internet every day, and in this house we permit you to "look under the hood" of the internet. By taking this course you will have a better appreciation of how computer networks work and how your computer communicates over the internet. [More Info]

Fall 2016: Plasmonics

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Somin Lee
Prerequisites: A basic understanding of college-level mathematics, physics and chemistry

Course Description:
The aims of this course are 1) to provide the basic knowledge to understand and apply the principles of plasmonics, and 2) to gain familiarity with nanofabrication and characterization techniques utilized in plasmonic applications. [More Info]

CSE at South by Southwest

U-M attended the 2016 South by Southwest festival in Austin, and CSE participated in showing off another round of innovative technologies. South by Southwest began as a small film and music festival and has grown to become one of the biggest arts and technology fests in the country. Spanning two weeks and a half-dozen conferences in Austin, Texas, it brought together executives and creative types from industries ranging from tech to gaming to music to movies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

Fall 2016: Electric Distribution Systems

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Johanna Mathieu
Prerequisites: EECS 463

Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of electric power distribution systems and electric loads. Topics to be covered include introduction to distribution grids, power flow in distribution grids, distribution transformers, fundamentals of electric loads, and electric load modeling. [More Info]

Fall 2016: Hybrid Systems: Specification, Verification and Control

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Necmiye Ozay
Prerequisites: EECS 562 or (EECS 560 + permission of instructor)

Course Description:
This course will provide a working knowledge of several analysis and design techniques to guarantee safety, reliability and performance of hybrid systems. [More Info]

Fall 2016: Mining Large-Scale Graph Data

Course No.: EECS 598-004
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Danai Koutra
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of linear algebra, programming and machine learning

Course Description:
This course will cover recent methods and algorithms for analyzing large-scale graphs, as well as applications in various domains (e.g., neuroscience, web science, social science, computer networks). The focus will be on scalable and practical methods, and students will have the chance to analyze large-scale datasets. [More Info]

Startup Co-founded by Prof. Kevin Fu Gets NSF Grant

Healthcare security company Virta Laboratories, Inc, co-founded by Prof. Kevin Fu, has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Virta Labs provides hardware and software cybersecurity solutions for hospitals. [Full Story]

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

It's Official: Computer Science is #1... and #2!

Computer science is a fast-growing discipline with huge potential for impact, and this is clearly reflected at the University of Michigan in terms of two measurements: the number of declared majors in the undergraduate program, and the employment survey data available from student co-ops, interns, and full-time hires. [Full Story]

UM professors, students lead startup with real-world uses for AI technology

This article profiles Clinc, the artificial intelligence startup founded by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang with CSE graduate students Michael Laurenzano and Johann Hauswald. Clinc is based in Ann Arbor and uses intelligent personal assistant technology to fuel new applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Fall 2016: Power Semiconductor Devices

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Becky Peterson
Prerequisites: EECS 320 or equivalent or graduate standing

Course Description:
Power devices are at the heart of all modern electronics, from the grid and renewable energy sources to fuel-efficient vehicles and mobile devices. This course will cover semiconductor switches and rectifiers for discrete and integrated power electronics. [More Info]

All EECS News for 2016