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Yi-Jun Chang Selected for Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Yi-Jun Chang, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for 2016-17. The Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship assists assists outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan and who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Changs research interest is in complexity theory of distributed computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Pettie, Seth  

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  

$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Prof. Dmitry Berenson $1.1 million to help advance a robot's ability to walk over unstable ground and deal with tangles in string, rope or wire. One of the new abilities that Berenson and his group will help robots attain is navigating unfamiliar environments by reusing previous experience from similar environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

Stephen Forrest Receives IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for Pioneering Work in OLEDs

Stephen Forrest, Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2017IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, along with Ching W. Tang and Mark Thompson, For their pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays. The Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal is given for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lu, Wei  Najafi, Khalil  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

CubeWorks: Solving Problems with the Worlds Smallest and Lowest-power Computers

CubeWorks, founded by the team at University of Michigan that developed the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, has been flying under the radar since late in 2013. This startup company specializes in the worlds smallest and lowest-power sensing technology. With its first outside funding from Intel (see the press release), the CEO of CubeWorks is now looking two years into the future, when he hopes to be manufacturing millimeter-scale computing devices for their first customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Ushering in the Next Generation of Flat-Panel Displays and Medical Imagers

Research that is expected to directly impact the future of the flat-panel display and imager industries has been selected as an Editor's Choice by the Journal of Solid-State Electronics. The article, co-authored by Prof. Jerzy Kanicki, ECE graduate student Chumin Zhao, and Dr. Mitsuru Nakata, describes a new technology that may help usher in the next generation of flat-panel displays and imagers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Mount and Wu Scholarship Rewards Extracurriculars

Brian Mount (BSE CE 01, MSE CSE 03), Melissa Wu (BSE Civ 03), and Michelle Wu (BSE ChE 01), have recently endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship. This fund will provide need-based support for in-state, undergraduate students with a preference for those engaged in College of Engineering extracurricular activities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Winter 2017: Advanced Topics and the Design of Power Electronics

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Al Avestruz
Prerequisites: EECS 418 and EECS 460 or equivalents

Course Description:
This class will address some advanced topics and techniques in power electronics and the craft of design through case studies. [More Info]

Winter 2017: EECS 598 - Optics and Quantum Spectroscopy of Semiconductors

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Mack Kira
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 240 and (EECS 334 or 434 or 320 or 540)

Course Description:
This lecture will provide a pragmatic and brief introduction to solidstate theory, manybody formalism, and semiconductor quantum optics to explore pragmatic possibilities for nanotechology. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Winter 2017: Waves & Imaging in Random Media

Course No.: EECS 598
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 inhomogeneous 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 diusion theory for high-frequency waves in random media. Applications to inverse problems in imaging will be considered. The necessary tools from asymptotic analysis, scattering theory and probability will be developed as needed. The course is meant to be accessible to graduate students in mathematics, physics and engineering. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Vulnerable connected devices a matter of "homeland security"

This article describes the security ramifications of unprotected IoT devices such as internet-connected cameras, video recorders on the larger Internet. It quotes Prof. Kevin Fu on the effort that would be required to secure this new ecosystem. [Full Story]

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

Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas

Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Wide-ranging ECE Research Presented at 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Systems to study cancer stem cells, new methods to remotely measure snow and ice thickness, radar for autonomous vehicles, navigation systems that don't rely on GPS, nanowire lasers, and methods to model lithium-ion batteries were just a few of the many winning projects presented by ECE students at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium. Thirteen alumni returned to judge the posters and meet with students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Professor to Congress: "Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate"

As the Internet of Things grows around us, so do the threat of cybersecurity breaches severe enough to shut down hospitals and other vital infrastructure. This is the message that prof. Kevin Fu delivered to lawmakers at a congressional hearing this week. [Full Story]

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

Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

After Dyn cyberattack, lawmakers seek best path forward

In a hearing hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, University of Michigan professor Kevin Fu, Level 3 Communications Chief Security Officer Dale Drew and computer security luminary Bruce Schneier briefed Congress on the challenges posed by insecure internet-connected devices and whether they believe the government can make a difference. This article provides a summary of the proceedings. [Full Story]

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

How You Speak To Siri & Alexa Matters More Than You Think Here's Why

Prof. Rada Mihalcea is quoted in this story about sexism and today's virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Video: Prof. Cindy Finelli and Engineering Education Research

Prof. Finelli is currently Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering, and she was founding director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering at Michigan, which supports college-wide initiatives in engineering teaching and learning. Her own research focuses on how faculty make decisions about what theyre doing in the classroom, how students understand engineering concepts, and how a flexible classroom influences both teaching and learning. Watch a new video about her and her work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Winter 2017: Organic Electronics: Fundamentals

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Steve Forrest
Prerequisites: Senior level quantum physics, electricity and magnetism

Course Description:
In this course, we will trace the history, science and modern applications of organic electronic technology. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Liz Dreyer Earns An Outstanding Collegiate Member Award for Years of SWE Leadership

ECE PhD student Liz Dreyer was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Member award by the Society of Women Engineers, "for leadership and innovative efforts to grow SWE's presence on campus, particularly among graduate students, and for advancing the overall interests of women in STEM fields across the globe." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Rand, Stephen  Student Teams and Organizations  

Winter 2017: Formal Verification of Hardware and Software Systems

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours:
Instructor: Karem Sakallah
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
This course explores the latest advances in automated proof methods for checking whether or not certain properties hold under all possible executions of a complex hardware or software system. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project - Supplemental Information

Course No.: EECS498-006 and EECS 498-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Anthony Grbic or Greg Wakefield
Prerequisites: See PDF

Course Description:
See attached PDF [More Info]

Winter 2017: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

Course No.: EECS 498
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Brian Gilchrist
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
EECS students, together with ME and MSE students, work on common, interesting, significant major design experience (MDE) projects. This pilot douse is about providing students real-world, multidisciplinary design project opportunities to satisfy their MDE requirement and for ECE masters students interested in meaningful project experiences.

For WN17, we will have several projects with a biomedical focus as well as energy, sports, spaceflight, and other areas needing EECS students (e.g. sensor/electronics, embedded systems, controls, and wireless). Please contact Prof. Gilchrist with questions. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Internet Foundations

Course No.: EECS 398
Credit Hours: 1 credit
Instructor: Mohammed Islam
Prerequisites: ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the internet. You use the internet every day, and in this course we permit you to look under the hood of the internet. We start by reviewing the differences between various applications, such as world wide web, skype, and Bit-Torrent. The 4-layer internet model will be explained, which includes the application, transport, network and link layers. Internet protocol and TCP/IP communication will be reviewed, along with a detailed discussion of how packet switching and routers work. The link and physical layer description will include explanations of how WiFi and Ethernet networks work [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

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  

Kevin Fu Testifies on the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks

Prof. Kevin Fu testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the role of connected devices in recent cyber attacks on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Follow the link to see a video of the proceedings. [Full Story]

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

Provost and former CSE Assoc. Chair Martha Pollack named president at Cornell University

Former Associate Chair of CSE and Dean of the School of Information Martha Pollack has been named President of Cornell University. Our congratulations! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Pollack, Martha  

Winter 2017: Motion Planning

Course No.: EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Dmitry Berenson
Prerequisites: A linear algebra class and significant programming experience

Course Description:
This course will cover the major topics of motion planning including (but not limited to) planning for manipulation with robot arms and hands, mobile robot path planning with non-holonomic constraints, multi-robot path planning, high-dimensional sampling-based planning, and planning on constraint manifolds. Students will implement motion planning algorithms in open-source frameworks, read recent literature in the field, and complete a project that draws on the course material. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

The Network Standard Used in Cars Is Wide Open to Attack

As automobiles grow increasingly computerized, the security of the network for in-vehicle communication is a growing security concern. New research by Prof. Kang G. Shin and graduate student Kyong-Tak Cho demonstrates that the controller area network (CAN) protocol implemented by in-vehicle networks has a new and potentially quite dangerous vulnerability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  Shin, Kang G.  

Winter 2017: Social Computing Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Walter Lasecki
Prerequisites: EECS 493 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will be based on reading from the social computing research literature. Practical projects will give students experience using and creating online social computing platforms. A significant team-based final project component will let students gain experience designing and building the types of systems we will study. Students will select a topic, and then propose, design, and build a real system. [More Info]

2016 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

CSE held its thirteenth annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on November 9, 2016. Five students presented on an aspect of their research; Shaizeen Aga was selected as the top presenter this year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Women in Computing  

How Safe is Your Smart Home?

The Smart Home sounds like a great idea. But is it an unsafe home? "I would be cautious, overall," says Prof. Atul Prakash. "The technology is relatively new. Hardware is probably a little bit ahead of the software at this point, and a lot of vulnerabilities we are seeing are primarily on the software side of things." Read more and listen to the full interview here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  

Alumnus Tim Howes Chosen for Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Lecture and Award

Michigan alumnus Tim Howes (BSE Aero 85, MSE PhD CSE 87 96) has been selected by the College of Engineering for the Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Award. Dr. Howes' doctoral research focused on Internet directory services, and he co-invented LDAP, the Internet directory protocol, while a graduate student at U-M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Networks and Networking  

Winter 2017: Hands On Robotics

Course No.: EECS 498
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Shai Revzen
Prerequisites: MATH 216 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Take Hands On Robitics, a design course where you learn robotics by building robots using the CKBot modular robot system! Covering concepts in robotics from kinematics, control, to programming. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Winter 2017: Quantum Information, Probability and Computing

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Sandeep Pradhan
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
Extended introduction and overview of the field of quantum information, quantum probability and quantum computing [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Winter 2017: Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Course No.: EECS 498/598
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS 215 or EECS 314

Course Description:
This course will consider large-scale integration of renewable generation in electricity grids. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Winter 2017: Intro Distributed Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-003
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Harsha Madhyastha
Prerequisites: EECS 482

Course Description:
In this class, you will learn the core principles and techniques that apply across various scenarios to maximize performance, reliability, efficiency, etc. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Information Science

Course No.: EECS 398-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Clayton Scott
Prerequisites: MATH 116 and ENGR 101 or equivalent

Course Description:
This course develops the theory of information, and applies that theory to understand several modern technologies for information processing and analysis. [More Info]
Related Topics:  Course  

Five U-M Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest; One Advances to World Finals

Five University of Michigan programming teams have competed in the 2016 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with one team, the Victors, placing in first at the Grand Valley regional site and third place for the East Central Regional Contest. The Victors will be advancing to the ACM-ICPC World Finals in Rapid City, South Dakota, which will take place May 20 25, 2017. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  Radev, Dragomir  Undergraduate Students  

Meera Sampath | The Art & the Science of Innovation

Sampath (PhD EE:S 95) earned the 2016 CoE Alumni Society Merit Award for ECE. She is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of the Xerox Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. Check out Meera's talk. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Michael Stonebraker | The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box

Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE 66, PhD CICE 71) received the 2016 CoE Alumni Medal Award. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database management systems and founded multiple successful database companies based on his pioneering work. He received the Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems." Check out the talk he delivered on campus [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Databases  

A Lot Of Voting Machines Are Broken Across America (But It's Totally Normal)

Forbes reports on numerous reports of broken machines causing epic queues and peeving voters. Matt Bernhard, CSE graduate student and an expert on the security of electoral systems, says that "This year isn't that different, other than I'm expecting higher turnout which may stress the infrastructure more." [Full Story]

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

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha has been selected as the recipient of a Facebook Faculty Award for his work in distributed systems and computer networking. His recent research has focused on enabling latency-sensitive web services to optimize user experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networks and Networking  

US election: Experts keep watch over 'hack states'

"Unless the election is extraordinarily close, it is unlikely that an attack will result in the wrong candidate getting elected," suggest CSE graduate student Matt Bernhard and Prof. J. Alex Halderman. But they say the risk the election process could be disrupted by hackers should be taken extremely seriously. [Full Story]

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

Nancy Benovich Gilby Chosen as Woman of the Year by Michigan Council of Women in Technology

CSE alumna Nancy Benovich Gilby is the first-ever recipient of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation's Woman of the Year Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Women in Computing  

Next Weeks Anticipated U.S. Election

This article discusses the vulnerabilities of direct recording electronic voting systems. It quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his colleagues on the security of DREs. Twenty-nine states still use DREs and five states: Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina, use the easily compromised machines without a paper trail. [Full Story]

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

US Election Systems Seen 'Painfully Vulnerable' to Cyberattack

This article sheds light on potential cyberattacks during the U.S election. Some cybersecurity analysts warned that hackers of even moderate talent could possibly throw the results of the 2016 presidential election into chaos. Prof. Halderman hopes all the attention on voting-system vulnerabilities will motivate state governments to invest in cybersecurity for the 2020 elections. [Full Story]

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

MHacks Win Propels Student Virtual Reality Startup, Focused on Child Therapy and 3-D Gaming

Propelled by a win at MHacks, EE major Duncan Abbot and English major Paul Stefanski co-founded the startup company Gwydion, a virtual and augmented reality software development company. Early projects range from therapy in children's hospitals to helping materials scientists study 3-D crystals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Virtual Reality  

Forget rigged polls: Internet voting is the real election threat

Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his contemporaries have been tireless in warning us of the security risks associated with internet voting. Will we listen? [Full Story]

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

All EECS News for 2016