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Michael Flynn Earns U-M Faculty Recognition Award

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

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

Lingjia Tang Selected to Receive Facebook Faculty Award

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

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

David Blaauw Honored with SIA/SRC University Research Award

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

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

Cindy Finelli Invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

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

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Meet the New Director of Michigan Robotics

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

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

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

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

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Mark Kushner Receives Plasma Chemistry Award for Lifetime of Achievement

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

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

Celebrating a Leader in Control Systems

Friends and former students of Prof. Demos Teneketzis celebrated his 65th birthday with a Workshop on Information, Decisions, and Networks in his honor. Throughout the two-day event, this group of accomplished researchers presented on their work spanning the different fields of control theory. Speakers, students and friends came from around the world and represented all corners of industry and academia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Control Systems  Lab-Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

Peter Honeyman Receives USENIX Test of Time Award

Prof. Peter Honeyman and CSE alumnus Niels Provos have received the USENIX Test of Time Award for their paper on privilege separation, a generic approach that lets parts of an application run with different levels of privilege. They share this award with co-author Markus Friedl. The USENIX Test of Time Awards recognizes papers presented at its respective conference from at least 10 years ago that have had a lasting impact on their fields. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Honeyman, Peter  Lab-Software Systems  

Prof. Dragomir Radev Honored as ACM Fellow at Annual Awards Banquet

Prof. Dragomir Radev was honored as an ACM Fellow at the annual ACM Awards Banquet, which took place June 11th in San Francisco, CA. The ACM Awards honors those whose contributions have impacted our world for the better in countless ways. ACM has recognized 42 of its members for their significant contributions to the development and application of computing in areas from data management and spoken-language processing to robotics and cryptography. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Stephane Lafortune Named Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)

Stephane Lafortune has been named Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), "For contributions to control and diagnosis of discrete event systems." Prof. Lafortune has been a leading researcher in the field of discrete event systems (DES) for the last 25 years. His fundamental work covers the gamut from modeling, analysis, diagnosis, control, and optimization. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  

Danai Koutra Receives 2016 SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award

Prof. Danai Koutra has been awarded the 2016 SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Exploring and Making Sense of Large Graphs," which she completed while a student at Carnegie Mellon University. The annual SIGKDD doctoral dissertation award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery. Each year, SIGKDD receives over 15 nominations and only one winner is chosen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Software Systems  

Dean Munson honored with ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award

In his last week as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, David Munson was honored with the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This award is bestowed upon a distinguished engineering educator for contributions to the art of teaching, contributions to research and technical literature, and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession of engineering college administration. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Munson Jr., David C.  

Mosharaf Chowdhury Receives ACM SIGCOMM Dissertation Award

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation award, for his dissertation, Coflow: A Networking Abstraction for Distributed Data-Parallel Applications. Chowdhury's dissertation provides novel and application-aware networking abstractions which significantly improve the performance of networked applications running in the cloud. The dissertation award recognizes excellent thesis research by doctoral candidates in the field of computer networking and data communication. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Software Systems  

Tomas Mauricio Named A Difference Maker

Tomas Mauricio has been named a Difference Maker at UM-Dearborn. UM-Dearborn Difference Makers are identified annually as students that are at the forefront of their fields, improving the lives of others and making an impact in our local communities. Tomas, a current student at UM-Dearborn, is working as a program assistant for ECE during the summer of 2016. His primary activities are to assist with the Electrify Tech Camps and Family Night program. [Full Story]

Alfred O. Hero, III Named John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS

Alfred O. Hero, III, R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, has been named the John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in acknowledgement of his extraordinary accomplishments that have brought distinction to himself, his students, and to the entire University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics

Companies like Sony, JP Morgan Chase, Target, and even some state universities have had sensitive information like credit card numbers and account logins leaked, resulting in far-reaching economic consequences for countless households. Prof. Liu co-founded QuadMetrics to keep companies diligent when it comes to cybersecurity. QuadMetrics offers a pair of services to help companies both assess the effectiveness of their security and decide the best way to allocate (or increase) their security budget. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

Michael P. Wellman Named Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Michael P. Wellman has been named the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership. This appointment was celebrated at a ceremony which took place on May 5, 2016. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Fawwaz Ulaby Among the Best at Michigan for Inspiring Students

Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor, was ranked one of the 10 best faculty of the 4,000+ at Michigan for keeping students awake, inspired, and motivated to work hard in his classes. Ulaby strongly believes in building relationships with his students and wants to get to know them as individuals rather than just students, and it pays off. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Stephen Forrest, internationally-renowned researcher, educator, and entrepreneur, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States. Steve Forrest is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

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)  

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:  Deotare, Parag  

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  

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