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HEV Fuel Economy Meets Drivability in Outstanding Control Systems Paper

Research that aims to find a happy medium between fuel economy and drivability in hybrid electric vehicles was recognized with the 2014 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (TCST) Outstanding Paper Award. The research was directed by Prof. Jessy Grizzle, and published in TCST as, "An Energy Management Controller to Optimally Trade Off Fuel Economy and Drivability for Hybrid Vehicles." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Awards  Control Systems  Energy  Environment  Grizzle, Jessy  

Nick Yang: Investing in the Age of Robotics

Nick Yang has always been ahead of his time. As an undergraduate student at Michigan, Yang and several classmates developed a working prototype of a product similar to Microsofts XBOX Kinect 15 years before that product was launched with great success and critical acclaim. While their product failed to find any buyers when pitched to video game manufacturers, the experience gave Yang the bug of entrepreneurship. But he didn't catch it from anyone around him. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Internet of Things  Robotics and Computer Vision  

The Future of Multimedia Experiences

When Ed Tang, '11, and Allan Evans, MS'07, PhD'09, of Avegant turned to Kickstarter earlier this year to raise money for their company's new prototype of their premium headphones, they were hoping for $250,000. They surpassed their goal in less than four hours and ended up raising $1.5 million in a mere 30 days. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Games  Displays  Entrepreneurship  

Hansford Farris (1919 - 2014): In Memoriam

Hansford Farris (Ph.D. EE 58), professor emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away December 7, 2014 at the age of 95. Prof. Farris served as an active and highly respected member of the College of Engineering for more than 20 years before his retirement in 1982. He had served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of Engineering, and twice as Acting Dean. Prof. Farris, known to his friends and colleagues as Bill, always acted in a manner that reflected his roots as a Kentucky gentleman. Prof. Farris left a lasting impression on many colleagues and friends. We salute his contributions and thank him for all that he contributed to the department and the discipline. [Full Story]

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)  

U-M Programming Team The Victors Advance to ACM World Finals

The Victors, a team of U-M computer science students, has advanced to the 39th Annual ACM-ICPC World Finals after competing in the East Central North American regional competition at Grand Valley State University in November. The ACM-ICPC is the largest and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Lynn Conway to Receive 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for contributions to and leadership in design methodology and pedagogy enabling rapid advances and dissemination of VLSI design tools and systems. This award is one of the highest presented by IEEE. Prof. Conway, sometimes called the hidden hand in the microchip design revolution, was a major source of innovation in a field that eventually made personal computers and smartphones possible. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Scott Mahlke Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Compiler Code Generation and Automatic Processor Customization

CSE Associate Chair and Prof. Scott Mahlke has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2015, "for contributions to compiler code generation and automatic processor customization." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Mahlke, Scott  Parallel Computing  

Amr Ibrahim Receives Rackham Int. Student Fellowship to Develop Sub-MMW Radar System

Amr Ibrahim, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in the area of sub-millimeterwave (Sub-MMW) radar systems. The main driving force to develop these systems originates from security applications and, in particular, stand-off imaging of persons and hidden objects, including illicit drugs and explosives [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Prof. Michael Flynn Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Analog-Digital Interfaces

Prof. Michael Flynn has been elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to analog-digital interfaces. He has achieved important breakthroughs in the performance and energy efficiency of analog-digital interfaces. His research has significantly impacted three primary areas: 1) analog to digital conversion; 2) the analog-digital interface in wired and wireless communication systems; and 3) applications to complete systems, particularly brain-machine interfaces. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Can you solve the hidden puzzle in CSE?

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning today -- and this includes a challenge! There is a puzzle hidden in the building which will require some computational thinking to solve. Find it and solve the entire challenge and you will be eligible to win a prize. [Full Story]

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been named ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery. The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  Women in Computing  

Winter 2015: Waves & Imaging in Random Media

Course No.: EECS 598-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: John Schotland
Prerequisites: Basic partial differential equations; some knowledge of probability theory

Course Description:
This is a special topics course. The focus is on the theory of wave propagation in in homogenous media in various asymptotic regimes including: (i) geometrical optics of high-frequency waves (ii) homogenization of low-frequency waves in periodic and random media (iii) radiative transport and diffusion theory for high-frequency waves in low-frequency random media. Applications to inverse problems in imaging will be considered. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Collabrified Mobile Apps for K-12

Course No.: EECS 498-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Elliot Soloway
Prerequisites: Senior status in CSE

Course Description:
In this course, students will create apps to support learners in K-12. The apps will employ the Collabrify SDK that students at UMich developed -- a software development kit that enables a developer to take an app that is meant as a solo-user app and turn that app into one that supports two or more simultaneous users!! [More Info]

Olson on Mobility Transformation Facility

In this audio interview, Prof. Edwin Olson speaks about the 36-acre Mobility Transformation Facility at Michigan and his work in developing and testing technologies for use in autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Olson, Edwin  

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  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Cameron Polack and BLUElab India - Engineering Winners

Cameron Polack, senior in EE, is taking engineering to the real world. A founding member of the student team BLUElab India, organized in fall of 2013, Cameron is intent on using her major to benefit others as directly as possible. The team was recently awarded 3rd place in the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability, part of U-Ms Dow Sustainability Fellows Program. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Student Teams  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

SWE Hosts Girls Night Out to Teach Young Girls about Engineering

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a CSE sponsored organization, recently hosted Girls Night Out. The event was a small engineering outreach event geared towards middle school girls. Its purpose was to give girls a better idea of engineering by showcasing the different types of engineering and how engineering affects nearly every aspect of society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Over 100 High School Girls Explore Computer Science at Girls Encoded

Over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event, which took place on November 8th, was run under the coordination of students Allison McDonald, Ariana Mirian, Lauren Molley, and CSE Prof. Rada Mihalcea. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

Can Hackers Get Into Your Pacemaker?

Prof. Kevin Fu is quoted in this article in The Atlantic, which summarizes a number of factors that contribute toward vulnerabilities in medical devices like insulin pumps, defibrillators, fetal monitors, and scanners. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

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  

Shayna Simon - From Intern to Full-Time, Making Company Experience Matter

Shayna Simon has been busy. A Michigan native from West Bloomfield and a senior in Electrical Engineering, shes already taken huge steps to getting her career on track after graduation. Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school. Shell be working on a team serving as a bridge between software and hardware development. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

CS Researchers Introduce New Certificate Authority in Aim to Securely Encrypt Every Website

Computer science researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten have announced Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority that is intended to bring secure encryption to the entire web. Let's Encrypt was developed with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla and will debut in summer 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  Software Lab  

Rada Mihalcea Selected as General Chair for NAACL Conference

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been selected to serve as general chair for the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL). Rada Mihalcea is overseeing the entire conference. It is the largest computational linguistics conference in North America, and one of the largest worldwide. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Winter 2015: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

Course No.: EECS 498-005
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Brian Gilchrist
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
This pilot course is about providing students real-world, multidisciplinary design project opportunities to satisfy their MDE requirement and for EE masters students interested in meaningful project experiences. [More Info]

Alumni startup Avegant announces $9.37M funding round - led by Intel

Intel announced $62M in new investments in 16 tech companies. One of those companies is Avegant, founded by ECE alumni Ed Tang and Allan Evans. Avegant is a virtual-reality company that is developing Glyph, a set of consumer goggles that double as headphones. The company expects to begin shipping devices in 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

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  

David G. Mazur Honored for Leadership in Stealth Technologies

EE alumnus David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA's annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  

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  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM IMC for Analysis of the Impact of the Recent Heartbleed Vulnerability

A team of computer scientists including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, CSE graduate student and lead co-author Zakir Durumeric, and CSE graduate students James Kasten and David Adrian, has won a Best Paper Award at the 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference for their comprehensive, measurement-based analysis of the impact of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, and the server operator community's response to it. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  Software Lab  Software Systems  

Yelin Kim Wins Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia 2014 for Research in Facial Emotion Recognition

Yelin Kim has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM 2014) for her research in facial emotion recognition. The paper, "Say Cheese vs. Smile: Reducing Speech-Related Variability for Facial Emotion Recognition," was co-authored by her advisor, Prof. Emily Mower Provost. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  Signal and Image Processing   

Winter 2015: Advanced Topics in Analog ICs

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: David Wentzloff and Michael Flynn
Prerequisites: EECS 413 and co-requisite EECS 522

Course Description:
This course will cover design and analysis of advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, beyond what is covered in EECS 511 and EECS 522. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Network Information Theory

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Sandeep Pradhan
Prerequisites: EECS 501 or equivalent

Course Description:
This course aims to develop a set of mathematical tools to study communication problems that arise in networks. A strong emphasis will be put on obtaining an intuitive framework to think about these problems. This course is aimed at graduate students working in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science, statistics, and mathematics. [More Info]

Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A Leader in Flexible Solar Cell Technology

Kyusang Lee is on the leading edge of flexible electronics. Conducting research under Prof. Stephen Forrest, Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique using an inorganic III/V material (ie, GaAs) to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Elected President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been elected president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He will begin his two-year term January 1, 2015. The fields of interest of the GRS Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

EECS Alums are Flying High with Drone Startup Skyspecs

SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Autonomous Vehicles   

Michigan and Prof. Forrest awarded photovoltaics R&D award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative

U-M was selected as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot's "Next Generation Photovoltaics 3" program and was the only project awarded for organic photovoltaic ("OPV") research and development. Prof. Stephen Forrest said he very pleased to be able to continue his work on the SunShot Initiative. Forrest has achieved significant results in the area of organic photovoltaics, and believes they have the potential to redefine the cost structure of the solar industry and introduce solar power to untapped applications." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

New Approaches to Solar Cell Technology Featured in Sustainability Hour (Profs. Rand and Guo)

Professors Stephen Rand and Jay Guo delivered presentations for the November Meeting of the North Campus Sustainability Hour on the topic of solar energy and its future. The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Guo, L. Jay  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Rand, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

2014 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Four finalists presented their research at the 11th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. Bryce Wiedenbeck was chosen as the top presenter for his work entitled "Analyzing Very Large Simulation-Based Games". [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Research Paper by Stephen Plaza Published in Nature Scientific Journal

Stephen Plaza (CSE PhD 2008) co-authored a paper published in Nature entitled, "A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics". The paper identified cellular targets for future functional investigations, and demonstrated that connectomes can provide key insights into neuronal computations. [Full Story]

Yang Liu Receives Best Applications Paper Award for Cyber Security Research in Phishing

Yang Liu, Ph.D Candidate in Electrical Engineering:Systems, earned a Best Applications Paper Award from the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA2014) for his recent research on phishing. His paper detailed his use of big data analysis to solve a major problem of cyber security [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data  Communications  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

Estonia has online voting. Should the United States?

Vox takes a look at voting in Estonia, a country that is an early adopter of online voting. The article notes that the convenience of the system is outweighed by the security risks inherent in such systems and references the work done by Prof. J. Alex Halderman in exposing weaknesses in the Estonian system and in an earlier proposed system in Washington DC. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Research Paper by Smita Krishnaswamy Published in Science Magazine

A research paper by Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE PhD 2008) was recently published in Science Magazine entitled, "Conditional density-based analysis of T cell signaling in single-cell data". The article focuses on single cell data to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  

John P. Hayes Recognized with SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award

John P. Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, has been recognized with the 2014 SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award "for his pioneering contributions to logic design, fault tolerant computing, and testing." The award was given at ICCAD on Nov. 3 in San Jose. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Hayes, John  

Winter 2015: Performance Systems: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

Course No.: EECS 498-003 and EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Georg Essl
Prerequisites: EECS 493 or graduate standing or permission of instructor

Course Description:
In this course, you will design your own mobile phone musical instruments, write your own pieces for this new genre, and develop mobile music performance practice in a unique blend of music performance and engineering. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Embedded Systems: An Application-Centered Approach

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Robert Dick
Prerequisites: EECS 311 or 312 or 373 or 482 or equivalent or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Embedded systems are computers within other devices such as wearable devices, automobiles, sensor networks, and medical devices. The focus of this course is to give students an understanding of the process of going from an idea to a product or research finding in the field of embedded systems. [More Info]

Book on VLSI Physical Design by Prof. Igor Markov Translated into Chinese

The book entitled, "VLSI Physical Design: From Graph Partitioning to Timing Closure," co-authored by Professor Igor Markov and his recent Ph.D. advisee Jin Hu, has recently been translated into Chinese. The book introduces and evaluates algorithms used during physical design to produce a geometric chip layout from an abstract circuit design, and presents the essential and fundamental algorithms used within each physical design stage. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Markov, Igor  

Hackers Could Decide Who Controls Congress Thanks to Alaskas Terrible Internet Ballots

In today's elections, Alaska will use its first-in-the-nation Internet voting system in today's mid-term elections -- a move that top security experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, consider a security nightmare that could put control of the US Congress in the hands of hackers. More in this article at The Intercept. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Decode DC: The Future of Voting. Prof J. Alex Halderman Interviewed on Electronic Voting

In this podcast, host Andrea Seabrook and Decode DC reporter Miranda Green explore the potential benefits and risks of on-line voting. Coming down in the side of caution is Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has demonstrated security vulnerabilities in voting systems worldwide and who says that "the problem with voting and computer technology is that hackers can change the election result to be whatever they want." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Prof. Robert Dick to Apply Cyber Information to Air Quality Management

Prof. Robert Dick, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and specialist in embedded systems, received a CyberSEES grant to to study the impact of weather and human activity on production of, and exposure to, ozone and other air pollutants. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Computing and Systems  Environment  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

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