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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  

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  

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]

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]

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  

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  

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)  

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)  

Jeff Fessler Named William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jeff Fessler has been named the William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership. Jeff is one of the most accomplished researchers of medical image reconstruction in the world. His group has produced breakthroughs in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-ray Computed Tomography (X-ray CT), and radionuclide imaging (PET/SPECT). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Lab-Systems  Medical Imaging  Signal and Image Processing   

Company cracked code for battery-less tech

It's not news to say experts believe nearly every "thing" bicycles, toasters, eyeglasses, clothing, lampposts will eventually use embedded chips, or sensors, to connect wirelessly to everything else, said Crain's Detroit Business. The story reports on the startup company, PsiKick, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

More than 11 million HTTPS websites imperiled by new decryption attack

This article reports on the DROWN vulnerability, which allows attackers to break encryption and read or steal sensitive communications, including passwords, credit card numbers, trade secrets, or financial data. The research team who reported on DROWN are from a number of institutions around the world, including U-M. Their measurements indicate that 33% of all HTTPS servers are vulnerable to the attack. [Full Story]

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

MBus is the Missing Interconnect for Millimeter-Scale Systems

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

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

Valeria Bertacco Receives U-M Sarah Goddard Power Award

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to receive a 2016 Sarah Goddard Power Award. The award is given to a University of Michigan faculty member who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the betterment of women and who have demonstrated a clear record of success and significant achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership, and mentoring women. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Al Hero gets a shoutout from the court

Alfred O. Hero, received the spotlight at Tuesday evening's basketball game against Indiana. He was recognized as part of a program to shine the light on the University's most distinguished faculty. Prof. Hero, an internationally recognized expert in the field of signal and image processing, is the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, and co-director of the recently launched Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

2016 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2016 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Prof. Anthony Grbic, Dr. David Paoletti, Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Prof. Thomas F. Wenisch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Wenisch, Thomas  

Jason Mars Receives NSF CAREER Award to Advance System Architectures for Artificially Intelligent Services and Applications

Assistant Professor Jason Mars has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project, CAREER: Advancing the Frontier in System Architectures for Artificially Intelligent Services and Applications. The award will enable Prof. Mars to understand how future cloud and mobile systems should be designed to support increasing demand from users of intelligent assistants. [Full Story]

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

Two CSE Faculty Selected for 2015-16 College of Engineering Awards

Two CSE faculty have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their extraordinary contributions: Prof. Valeria Bertacco for service and Dr. Mary Lou Dorf for teaching. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Kamal Sarabandi Receives Stephen S. Attwood Award

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, received the Stephen S. Attwood award, which is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member by the College of Engineering. It recognizes "extraordinary achievement in teaching, research, service, and other activities that have brought distinction to the College and University." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Cafarella and Lee Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Michael Cafarella and Honglak Lee, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lee, Honglak  

Kevin Fu Named a Top Influencer in Health Information Security

Prof. Kevin Fu has been named to the 2016 list of Top Influencers in Healthcare Information Security by HealthcareInfoSecurity. This list recognizes leaders who are playing significant roles in shaping the way healthcare organizations approach information security and privacy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Prof. Anthony Grbic Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to the Theory and Design of Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Prof. Anthony Grbic has been elected IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to the theory and design of electromagnetic metamaterials." He has created radically new antennas and optical devices based on the development of novel metamaterials and metasurfaces. His research could pave the way for flat/low profile, integrated optical devices, as well as new generations of wireless consumer electronics and mobile devices that are either smaller or more versatile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Metamaterials  

Stephen Forrest - The End of Moore's Law: Are We Facing the Creation or the Apocalypse?

At long last, Moores Law is inevitably reaching its end. Nothing continues in an exponential fashion forever, and the same goes for the miniaturization of transistors that has led to this computational explosion. In his distinguished faculty lecture, Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Collegiate Professor of Engineering, discusses this trend and what it means for industry and the economy. [Full Story]

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

Demosthenis Teneketzis Earns George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for Solution to a Class of Fundamental Control Problems

Prof. Demosthenis Teneketzis has been awarded the IEEE Control Systems Society's George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for his paper Decentralized Stochastic Control with Partial History Sharing: A Common Information Approach. The paper presents a new methodology that achieves the optimal solution of a very broad class of previously unsolved stochastic control problems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Systems  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

ECE Spinoff Xtera Communications Sets Terms for IPO

Xtera Communications, founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam, went public in November. Xtera is a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, supporting the high growth in global demand for bandwidth. The company sells its high-capacity optical transport solutions to telecommunications service providers, content service providers, enterprises and government entities worldwide to support their deployments of long-haul terrestrial and submarine optical cable networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Technology Transfer  

New Lie-Detecting Software from U-M uses Real Court Case Data

By studying videos from high-stakes court cases, Prof. Rada Mihalcea and Prof. Mihai Burzo (UM Flint) are building unique lie-detecting software based on real-world data. Their prototype considers both the speaker's words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, it doesn't need to touch the subject in order to work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Dragomir Radev Named ACM Fellow for Contributions to Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics

Prof. Dragomir Radev has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for contributions to natural language processing and computational linguistics. Prof. Radev is a leader in the field of computational linguistics, which leverages techniques from computer science and linguistics and is concerned with the computational aspects of the human language faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Parag Deotare: New Faculty Member with a Nanophotonics Focus

Parag Deotare is joining the department as a new faculty member January 2016. He one of four new faculty that we are excited to welcome to Michigan in the coming year. His research interest lies in light-matter interaction in nanoscale systems for the development of low energy photonic and excitonic devices, for applications in data communication and life sciences. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Deotare, Parag  Finelli, Cynthia  

Researchers Receive NSF/Intel Award to Develop Visual Recognition System for Wearable Devices

A team of researchers including Profs. Jia Deng (PI), Jason Mars, Kevin Pipe, Lingjia Tang, Thomas Wenisch and CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou have been awarded a $1.4M joint NSF and Intel grant for their research project, Large-Scale Visual Recognition: From Cloud Data Centers to Wearable Devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Mars, Jason  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Pipe, Kevin  Tang, Lingjia  Wenisch, Thomas  

Al Hero Receives 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Award

Alfred Hero, R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, has received the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Award, for contributions to the field of statistical signal and image processing and for sustained service to the Society. This is ahe highest award given by the Signal Processing Society, and honors outstanding technical contributions in the field, as well as outstanding leadership. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Software Systems  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award for Research in N/MEMS

Professor Mina Rais-Zadeh has been awarded the 2015 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, "For pioneering research in sensors technology: adaptable nano/micro-electromechanical systems (N/MEMS)." This early career award honors individuals with outstanding technical contributions within the scope of the IEEE Sensors Council. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Cynthia Finelli Earns Award at Frontiers in Education Conference for Being an Agent of Change

Prof. Cynthia Finelli was presented with the Frontiers in Education (FIE) Helen Plants Award at the 45th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2015) conference. This award is given for the best special (non-traditional) session at the conference. The award-winning session, titled "Agents for STEM change - Articulating the goals of our community," was presented by Prof. Finelli and five colleagues from around the country at the FIE 2014 conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM Conference on CCS for Exposing the Vulnerabilities of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

A team of researchers, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate students Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Drew Springall, Benjamin VanderSloot, and Eric Wustrow, has won a Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), which took place October 12-16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. In the paper, Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice, the researchers investigate the security of Diffie-Hellman key exchange. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Eric Michielssen Named Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering

Eric Michielssen, an international leader in the field of computational electromagnetics, has been named the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding reputation and contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership. In addition to being a professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering, he is Associate Vice President forAdvanced Research Computingand Director of theMichigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering(MICDE). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Michielssen, Eric  

Peter M. Chen Recognized for Influential Work in Operating Systems with ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award

Prof. Peter M. Chen has been recognized with the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award for his paper entitled, ReVirt: Enabling Intrusion Analysis through Virtual-Machine Logging and Replay, which demonstrated that the execution of an arbitrary program inside a virtual machine can be replayed deterministically and efficiently. Prof. Chen authored the paper with his former CSE graduate students George Dunlap, Samuel King, Sukru Cinar, and Murtaza A. Basrai. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  

J. Alex Halderman and Collaborators Receive NSF Cybersecurity Award to Develop Rapid-Response Architecture

A team of leading security experts has been awarded $2M by the National Science Foundation for a project aimed at reducing the impact of software vulnerabilities in Internet connected systems. The researchers, J. Alex Halderman, Vern Paxson, and Michael Bailey, will leverage the high-speed ZMap Internet-wide scanning system developed in Prof. Halderman's lab as the basis for a rapid response architecture to counter emerging threats. [Full Story]

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

U-M faculty part of Senate effort to reauthorize America COMPETES Act

Faculty members Stephen Forrest and Alan Taub participated in a U.S. Senate roundtable discussion Tuesday on reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act. Peters and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, both members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, have held three roundtable discussions to solicit input from leading science and technology policy experts as the committee works to reauthorize the Act. [Full Story]

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

Jeff Fessler Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Jeffrey Fessler, a world-renowned leader in medical image reconstruction, has been selected to receive a 2015 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the U-M Rackham Graduate School. Prof. Fessler has revolutionized the theory and practice of medical imaging with his group's groundbreaking mathematical models and algorithms that significantly improve both patient safety and image quality. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

Prof. Jason Flinn Receives U-M's Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Jason Flinn has been selected to receive a Faculty Recognition Award by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan for his remarkable contributions to the University through achievements in scholarly research and excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Lab-Software Systems  

Prof. Kevin Fu Addresses Technical Debt of Medical Device Security at NAE Symposium

Prof. Kevin Fu was selected to speak at the 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, which was hosted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The event took place September 9-11 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. He was one of only 15 speakers who presented at the symposium. [Full Story]

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

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in high frequency circuits and systems, power electronics, and engineering education. [Full Story]

Using Energy Storage in an Environmentally Friendly Way Yashen Lin Earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Yashen Lin, an ECE Research Fellow, has earned a Dow Sustainability Fellowship to pursue research in smart grid applications and their environmental impacts. Dr. Lin studies how introducing distributed energy storage (DES) into the power grid under the current dispatch algorithm may have counter-intuitive impacts on the environmental outcome of the system, and how to mitigate these environmental burdens. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Environment  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power & Energy  

J. Alex Halderman Named One of Popular Science's Brilliant Ten

Associate Professor J. Alex Halderman has been named one of Popular Science's 2015 Brilliant 10 for his work in computer security and privacy. From exposing the vulnerabilities in e-voting systems to making voting more secure, he is the epitome of a bright young mind that Popular Science selects for their annual list. [Full Story]

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

Eleven New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome eleven outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in big data and computer architecture to robotics and cryptography, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

Honglak Lee Receives CAREER Award for Research in Advanced Deep Learning Techniques

Assistant Professor Honglak Lee has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project, "CAREER: New Directions in Deep Representation Learning from Complex Multimodal Data."Prof. Lee will develop advanced deep learning techniques to learn a robust representation that allows for holistic understanding and high-level reasoning (such as, analogy making, hypothetical reasoning and temporal prediction, and question answering) from complex, multimodal data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lee, Honglak  

$3.46M to Combine Machine Learning on Big Data with Physical Simulations

Prof. Barzan Mozafari is co-PI of the new Center for Data-Driven Computational Physics. The center will build and manage a new computing resource, called ConFlux, which is designed to enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running. The National Science Foundation is providing $2.42 million to develop the facility and the university is providing an additional $1.04 million. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  Supercomputing  

3 ECE Companies Make the Silicon 60 List - AGAIN!

For the second year in a row, three startup companies co-founded by ECE faculty alumni made the EE Times Silicon 60 List of tech startups to watch. Ambiq Micro (Prof. David Blaauw, Prof. Dennis Sylvester, and alumnus Dr. Scott Hanson), Crossbar, Inc. (Prof. Wei Lu), and PsiKick (Prof. David Wentzloff), are leading the way in ultra-low power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Entrepreneurship  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Laura Balzano Receives Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award for Research in Big Data

Prof. Laura Balzano has been selected to receive s a 2015 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program award in recognition of her key research in the area of Big Data. Applications of her work include creating a 3D model for objects using only 2D images of the object, and environmental monitoring. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  

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