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Leaders in Neuroscience Look to the Future

Engineers and neuroscientists from around the globe gathered at Michigan to explore the future of neurotechnology and research at the International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN). Understanding the complexity and mysteries of the brain is one of the biggest scientific challenges of this century. ICAN is an inaugural conference to bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools to move neuroscience forward, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community. The event included guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as a student poster session. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time

Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Prof. Andrew Yagle authored the 2nd edition of the book, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time, published by National Technology & Science Press. This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets. This textbook is designed for a sophomore-level or early junior-level introductory course on signals and systems. Engineering applications of signals and systems are integrated into the presentation as equal partners with concepts and mathematical models. At least seventeen schools in the U.S. are using the first edition textbook in their courses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Systems  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Prof. Al Hero Editor of New Book: Big Data over Networks

Alfred O. Hero, III, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, is co-editor of the book, Big Data over Networks, published by Cambridge University Press, along with Prof. Shuguang Cui (Texas A&M), Prof. Zhi-Quan Luo (U. Minnesota), and Prof. Jos Moura (CMU). The book explores the principles underpinning large-scale information processing over networks and examines the crucial interaction between big data and its associated communication, social and biological networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Steve Rand: Expanding Technical Education in India

Prof. Stephen Rand recently visited India to learn about the countrys ongoing expansion in higher education as an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Lecturer. He focused on "how India is enhancing its role as a leader in optical engineering and physics discovery in the 21st century," in an article written for the June issue of Optics and Photonics News.
Read the article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!

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Related Topics:  Robotics  

FICO has acquired QuadMetrics

Announced June 14, 2016, FICO (NYSE: FICO) has acquired QuadMetrics to accelerate development of the product, which will provide greater transparency into cybersecurity for underwriting, vendor management and self-assessment. Co-founded in 2014 by Prof. Mingyan Liu, who served as Chief Science Officer, QuadMetrics was a firm that used predictive analytics to rate the security of an organization. [Read the story: Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Michigan Shines at the National Robotics Initiative 5 Year Anniversary

Professor Jessy Grizzle took part in a full day of events celebrating the fifth anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) on June 9, 2016. "It was very exciting to meet fellow robotics researchers and to share our work with members of Congress," said Prof. Grizzle, who appreciates all that the NRI has done for the field. However, he agrees that robotics research needs to increase to match that of our global competitors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

The Future of Transportation

The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Beyond Asimov: How to Plan for Ethical Robots

In The Converstation, Prof. Ben Kuipers discusses the moral and ethical guidelines we should give robots as they soon will be a part of our daily lives. He delves into past moral rules and the complex situation of guiding robot behavior in our society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics  

Michael Wellman Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Alec Gallimore, who will become the new Dean at the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Sponsors TechTwilight to Support Young People in STEM

CSE is a sponsor of the 2016 TechTwilight. TechTwilight provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery. The event encourages young people to pursue careers in, and develop life-long interests in, science, technology, and engineering. [Full Story]

Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools for Flint Water Crisis

A partnership between Google and the University of Michigans Ann Arbor and Flint campuses aims to provide a smartphone app and other digital tools to Flint residents and officials to help them manage the ongoing water crisis. The Michigan Data Science Team, led by CSE Prof. Jacob Abernethy, will be involved in the partnership. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Lab-Theory of Computation  

EECS 183 Showcase Highlights Another Round of Final Projects

On Thursday, April 21st, students, parents, and professors attended the EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Hacking into Homes: Security Flaws Found in SmartThings Connected Home System

Prof. Atul Prakash, CSE graduate student Earlence Fernandes, and Jaeyeon Jung (Microsoft Research), have performed a security analysis of the SmartThings programming framework. They were able to hack into the automation system and essentially get the PIN code to a homes front door. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

CSE Launches Health Initiative for Staff

To foster an environment of wellness in the spirit of the University's MHealthy program, the CSE Division is tapping the power of computation to help encourage healthy behavior amongst its administrative and support staff. [Full Story]

Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura Delivers Dow Distinguished Lecture (with video)

Professor Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th Wiliam Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, "Road Toward the New Light: The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting," on April 5, 2016. Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Norris, Theodore B.  

CSE at South by Southwest

U-M attended the 2016 South by Southwest festival in Austin, and CSE participated in showing off another round of innovative technologies. South by Southwest began as a small film and music festival and has grown to become one of the biggest arts and technology fests in the country. Spanning two weeks and a half-dozen conferences in Austin, Texas, it brought together executives and creative types from industries ranging from tech to gaming to music to movies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

It's Official: Computer Science is #1... and #2!

Computer science is a fast-growing discipline with huge potential for impact, and this is clearly reflected at the University of Michigan in terms of two measurements: the number of declared majors in the undergraduate program, and the employment survey data available from student co-ops, interns, and full-time hires. [Full Story]

Doowon Lee Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to Improve the Reliability of Computer Systems

Doowon Lee, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation, which is entitled, Low-Cost Comprehensive Robustness for Modern Heterogeneous Systems. The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program who are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Claude Shannon centennial celebrants recall U-M grad's advances, societal impact

April 30 will be the 100th birthday for Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory. "Claude Shannon is the founder of the theory of information and communication. These contributions were singularly important in that they led directly to the digital revolution that powers our electronic world," said Prof. Alfred Hero. Prof. Hero and Prof. Dave Neuhoff are helping to plan a workshop this fall to celebrate the centennial of his birth. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Passwords, Privacy and Protection: Can Apple Meet FBI Demand Without Creating a Backdoor?

Join The Conversation, in which Prof. HV Jagadish sheds some light on the issues involved in the FBI/Apple standoff over the court order to unlock a terrorism suspect's iPhone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  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  

Hackers Tackle Assistive Technology

Dr. David Chesney and current computer science students are once again contributing to the development of assistive technology. On Thursday, January 28th, Chesney and his team launched Hacking for the Greater Good, a 6-hour hackathon that allowed students to work on projects that centered on assistive technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Hacks  Undergraduate Students  

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Secure Your Website Now: Let's Encrypt Enters Public Beta

Lets Encrypt, the free certificate authority created by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten, recently entered Public Beta, which allows anyone to request a certificate without needing an invitation. The service was created to provide an easy way for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

ECE Celebrates African American Engineers

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

Elementary Programming Class Introduces Students to Coding

This story in The Michigan Daily highlights EECS 183, the introductory CS course taught by Dr. Mary Lou Dorf, who designed the class to be experiential and to provide the support for students to become both familiar with computing concepts and more confident in their ability to learn to code. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase Highlights Over 20 New Games

On Friday, December 18th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a large crowd of over 100 attendees for the Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Computer Games  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Celebrates Diwali

ECE continued its new tradition of celebrating the different cultures of its student body with a celebration of Diwali on November 13. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Chillin with Chewie

Are you hyped up for The Force Awakens? So is U-M Engineering to celebrate, faculty have been bringing in some familiar faces to talk Star Wars tech and get down with a holiday rap from Dean Munson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Systems  Munson Jr., David C.  Nees, John A.  

Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years

A special celebration took place on November 20 that brought over 100 attendees together to commemorate the anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's foundational treatise on light and electromagnetism. Titled Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years," the event brought together students, researchers, and industry experts from around the nation to enjoy keynote talks, project demonstrations, and open discussion with a panel of experts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Lee, Somin E.  Optics and Photonics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

Fairy Door in CSE is First at U-M

Fairies have for the first time ventured onto the Michigan campus and have taken up residence in a computer located in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which is home to CSE. Next time you're here, look for them in the first-floor atrium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Mihalcea, Rada  

Five U-M Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest

Five University of Michigan programming teams have competed in the 2015 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with two teams, the Valiant and the Conquering Heroes, placing in first and second place. The East Central North America Regional Programming Contest was held October 31st and took place simultaneously at four sites: Cincinnati, Grand Valley, Windsor, and Youngstown, and the U-M teams competed at the Grand Valley site. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  Programming  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together to see ECE's fun side on September 25. In the division's first-ever Family Fun Night, 500 attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of lasers, science, games, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Computing CARES: A Plan to Boost the Retention of Women in Computing

The field of computing is one in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few faculty in the CSE Division have recently begun in a new quest to boost the participation and retention of women in computing courses and degree majors. These expanded opportunities will be accomplished through a U-M's Third Century grant. Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Mary Lou Dorf spearheaded this effort through a proposal that they submitted this past summer to the Third Century Initiative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Olson, Edwin  Ringenberg, Jeff  Wellman, Michael  Women in Computing  

Relationship with Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Grows with Research Exchange Program

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have started a research exchange program between UM and AAiT. During the pilot program, which took place this year, three U-M CSE graduate students, William Arthur, Salessawi Ferede, and Biruk Mammo, traveled to Ethiopia for one month to bootstrap research projects with current AAiT students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan Researchers create virtual reality 'Matrix' with unreal engine

Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Virtual Reality  

Don't like Siri? Build your own!

In this CBC radio interview, Prof. Jason Mars speaks about the rise of intelligent personal assistants and the computational load that is associated this trend. He and Prof. Lingjia Tang led the research project that resulted in Sirius, an open-source IPA that anyone can download and use. Sirius was used to model future workloads in order to determine requirements for future data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Machine Learning  Mars, Jason  

John Holland (1929-2015): In Memoriam

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science, and complex systems, passed away on Aug. 9 at the age of 86. Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science. [Full Story]

Electrify Tech Camps Offer High Schoolers An Electrifying Summer

High schoolers took over the EECS building this July, filling the hallways and labs as they designed circuits, built holograms, and whirred around on segways. In ECE's first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students from near and far gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

An Eye for Detail Brings Unique Rewards

Prof. Igor Markov has received two Knuth reward checks in exchange for suggesting improvements to publications authored by Prof. Donald Knuth of Stanford. According to MIT Technology Review, "Knuths reward checks are among computerdom's most prized trophies." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Over 140 Students attend 2015 MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, was even bigger and better for summer 2015. There was a 5-day Tinkering With Mobile Apps camp and a 2-week-long Hacking in a Digital World camp, both led by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg, as well as a 5-day Game Design & Development camp led by Dr. Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Celebrating Diversity and Making Our Students Feel at Home with an Iftar Dinner

On Wednesday, July 15, ECE hosted an Iftar reception. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The reception, which featured traditional foods and live music, had over 40 in attendance. Students attending the reception indicated their appreciation for the program, offering their help for the evening and on future efforts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Help Bring WIMS2 Technology to the World

As Corporate Outreach Directors for the WIMS2 Center, entrepreneurs and U-M alums Sassan Teymouri and Shahin Hedayat are helping to introduce its wireless integrated microsensing and systems technology to Silicon Valley and strengthen the Center's ties to industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  WIMS/WIMS2  

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

ARS Technica reports on the Logjam vulnerability in detail and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says, "Logjam shows us once again why it's a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for. That's exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export restrictions, and today that backdoor is wide open, threatening the security of a large part of the Web." [Full Story]

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

We Are Now One ECE: The Merged Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE's two grad programs, Electrical Engineering (EE) and Electrical Engineering:Systems (EE:S) have merged to become one program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students will benefit from the increased flexibility built into the new program. [Full Story]

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Stretches, Challenges Performers and Audience

Creativity and tech were blended as the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Georg Essl, performed 12 original works at its Final Class Concert in April. This story includes video of each of these unique performances. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble  Undergraduate Students  

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