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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  

Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Space technology  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached North American high school students to a variety of top and highly placed individual and team finishes at the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Beijing, China from July 21 through 25. It is the eighth year that Prof. Radev has performed this service. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

Alumni Explore Lots of EECS-related Engineering with Their Kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

High School Students Explore Engineering through Music and Computer Science

High school students from the Ann Arbor area got a crash course in computing and its connections to creativity at a College of Engineering computer science camp during the week of June 16. Entitled It's All About the Music, the camp allowed students to explore CS in the context of real-world problems and applications through challenging, hands-on, and music-centric applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

EECS Students Attend National NSBE Convention - Come Back Psyched

Five students attended the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and came back excited about their career and newly connected to many professionals in the field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Cloos - Ambassador for Optics

Elizabeth Cloos wants to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity. But even when she's not in the lab, she finds plenty to keep herself busy, often promoting optics, science, and technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

gEECS Hosts High School Students at {Girls Code}

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th - 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for {Girls Code}, an Arduino Workshop at Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping hardware and software platform that can be used to create interactive objects or environments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives 2014 ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh received a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for her research project, Acoustic Phonons and Their Interactions with Electrons in Gallium Nitride Ultra-fast Ultra-scaled Resonators. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jill Bender Chosen for CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Jill Bender has received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Jill has coached young girls in robotics competition and encouraged inclusion in computer science, has held leadership positions in student organizations, and has worked as an EECS instructional assistant. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Isabel Martin Received CoE Dist. Leadership Award

Isabel Martin received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Her leadership activities include serving as President of the Mars Rover team and founder of the Robotic Exploration of Space Team. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

The Society of Women Engineers Student Section at the University of Michigan held its second annual G.R.E.A.T Day (Girls Research Engineering And Technology) on April 12th for 240 students and parents from states across the Midwest. CS undergraduate Ariana Mirian was a co-chair for the event. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd - From Robotics to MEMS Inertial Sensors

EE graduate student Christopher Boyd develops, implements, and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, vibration, rotation, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing. His goal is to implement these control systems using integrated circuits. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Mai Le Receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

ECE graduate student Mai Le received a 2014 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011, and has created programs for 826michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Meghan Clark Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and the smart grid. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in embodied cognition, robotics, and cognitive architecture. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Forest Agostinelli Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Forest Agostinelli has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in multi-column neural networks and deep learning. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been selected for a 2014 Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship to support her work in intellegent robotics. This year, Microsoft has awarded only 10 such scholarships to top Ph.D. students in the US and Canada who represent a selection of the best and the brightest in their fields. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Sanae Rosen Selected for Margaret Ayers Host Award

CSE graduate student Sanae Rosen has been selected for the Margaret Ayers Host Award by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards

Nick Asendorf, Armin Jam, and Elaine Wah received the 2014 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement for their achievments in the graduate programs, Electrical Engineering:Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

CSE Students to Attend CRA-W Workshop

Five CSE graduate students - Neha Agarwal, Lauren Hinkle, Yelin Kim, Elizabeth Mamantov, and Dana Wilson - will attend the 2014 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, which will be held April 11-12, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

CSE Connects at Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

CSE reached out to diverse student populations at the 2014 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Seattle, WA. This year's conference theme was "The Strength of Diversity" as conference attendees celebrated the contributions to computing by members of broad and diverse communities. Two CSE students attended the conference as Microsoft Scholarship Recipients. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Wolverine Soft Demos Science Games for Kids at Ann Arbor District Library

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to development of video games, demoed projects created during the recent Intel-sponsored "Code for Good" Game Jam at an event to be held at the Ann Arbor District Library main branch on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Mingyan Liu Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mingyan Liu has been elected IEEE Fellow, Class of 2014, for contributions to modeling of wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks. Prof. Liu's research interests are in optimal resource allocation, performance modeling and analysis, and energy efficient design of wireless, mobile ad hoc, and sensor networks. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Liu, Mingyan  

Sheila Hemami Named Chair of ECE at Northeastern University

Dr. Sheila Hemami (BSE EE '90) has been named Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She received her master's and PhD degrees from Stanford, and most recently was a professor at Cornell University. Her research interests include multimedia signal processing, image & video compression & transmission, and visual psychophysics.
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Hector Garcia Places in Technical Poster Competition at SHPE 2013

PhD candidate Hector Garcia has placed third in the technical poster competition at the SHPE 2013 Conference for his poster, Quipu: Simulation of Quantum Circuits via Stabilizer Frames. Garcia was awarded a Google Scholarship to attend. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Meghan Clark Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been selected as one of ten to receive a Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship for her work in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and security. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached North American high school students to successful competition at the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Manchester, UK, from July 22 through 26th, 2013. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

Sanae Rosen Wins Best Poster Award at CODASPY Conference

CSE PhD candidate Sanae Rosen has won the Best Poster Award at the Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy for "AppProfiler: a Flexible Method of Exposing Privacy-Related Behavior in Android Applications to End Users." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

MEMS Research Recognized with Best Poster Award at 2013 Transducers Conference

Doctoral students Zhengzheng Wu, Vikram Thakar, Adam Peczalski, and their advisor Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh received a Best Poster Award at the 17th Int. Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems for their paper, "A low phase-noise Pierce oscillator using a piezoelectric-on-silica micromechanical resonator." The paper reports on a high-performance electrical oscillator using a fused silica micro-electromechanical resonator. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh Selected to Participate in 2013 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Prof. Rais-Zadeh is one of about 100 outstanding young engineers selected to participate in the 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering. The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21 in Delaware, and the main topics are: Designing and Analyzing Societal Networks, Cognitive Manufacturing, Energy, and Flexible Electronics. [NAE press release]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  

Edwin Olson Talks Robotics at World Science Festival

Prof. Edwin Olson spoke on his work in the realm of robotics at the annual World Science Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 2. His presentation was a part of the Festival's acclaimed Cool Jobs program, which features a series of thought-provoking and inspirational lectures on technical occupations aimed at young people and their families. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Computer Vision  

David Chesney Speaks at TEDxUofM

Dr. David Chesney spoke at "Untapped," the fourth annual TEDxUofM, which took place April 5th at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. His talk was entitled, "Shouts and Whispers: Small Events Leading to Big Changes." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Rachael Miller Wins Best Undergrad Poster Award at MICWIC Conference

Computer Science undergraduate Rachael Miller has won the Best Undergrad Poster Award at the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference for her project, "A Natural User Interface for 3D Environments." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Biruk Mammo Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research Into Robust Processors

Biruk Mammo, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, The Brain-like Microprocessor: Self-organizing, Redundant and Reliable. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CS Undergrads Develop Learning Apps for Singapore 3rd Graders

Students in Prof. Elliot Soloway's Learning Apps for Primary Education course have built a suite of educational apps for K-12 students that are designed to spark self-directed, creative, and effective learning. The apps are being tested by the students in Singapore classrooms. Includes video. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

W. David Tarver TEDxDetroit talk - Anatomy of a Successful Tech Startup

W. David Tarver (MSE EE) gives a TEDxDetroit talk about his experiences starting a telecommunications instrumentation firm in the basement of his New Jersey home, which he sold 12 years later for $30 million. He did so without angel investors, venture capital, or government contracts. His talk will reveal what powered his success, and what is needed in Michigan today in order for that success to be replicated. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CSE Faculty Help Make the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science a Reality

CSE Associate Chair and Professor Karem Sakallah and Professor Michael Wellman are participating in the launch of the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science, a new initiative which aims to prepare undergraduate students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for successful careers in computer science research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Sakallah, Karem  Wellman, Michael  

MEMStim, startup company: CoE Feature Story

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Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives NASA Early Career Grant to Develop Technology Needed in PicoSatellites

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh will pursue research into a "Chip-Scale Precision Timing Unit for PicoSatellites" as one of ten researchers selected in the inaugural year of NASA's Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Space technology  

Faculty Help Build Program, Relationship With Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have developed a relationship with AAIT. They've helped build a lab, and this summer designed courses and lectured at the Institute. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists to Multiple Wins in International Competition

Prof. Dragomir Radev has led North American high school students to successful competition at the 10th International Linguistics Olympiad, with wins in individual and team contests. The ILO was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from July 29th to August 4th, 2012. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

High School Students Explore the Intersection of Music and Computer Science at Summer Camp

High school students from across the state are able to explore the workings and impact of computer science through the medium of music at a series of summer camps run by Dr. David Chesney and funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

Game Time with the Legendary Sid Meier

The first-ever Sid Meier Game Design Boot Camp was held at CSE. The camp was an intensive eleven days of lectures, activities, game design and development for senior students or recent graduates with a serious career interest in the video game design industry. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Laird, John  

Prof. Mingyan Liu Receives Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

The paper, "In-Situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing," by Prof. Mingyan Liu and Xiaopei Wu (a visiting student), was named Best Paper at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks. This research aims to monitor soil moisture over time using as little energy as possible while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Communications  Diversity and Outreach  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Remote Sensing  Sensors  

CSE Research is Highlighted at Michigan Robotics Day

On Monday, April 9, CSE faculty and graduate student researchers displayed some of their projects at Michigan Robotics Day, which showcases regional robotics capabilities and promotes Michigan STEM and industry strengths. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Diversity and Outreach  Kuipers, Benjamin  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Maya Spivak Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Computer Science and Engineering Master's student Maya Spivak has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Michigan Robotics Day 2012 Will Spotlight CSE Research

Monday, April 9, Profs. Benjamin Kuipers and Edwin Olson will participate in the event's technology demonstrations. Prof. Kuipers will show his robotic wheelchair, and Prof. Olson will demonstrate his swarm of MAGIC robots along with the new "Car Lab" platform he is developing in conjunction with Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Diversity and Outreach  Kuipers, Benjamin  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Computer Vision