Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS Department News

2014 Computer Games Showcase Draws Another Big Crowd

On Friday, December 12th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2014 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Game Design and Development  Gibson, Jeremy  

The First-Ever EECS 183 Showcase was a Success

On Tuesday, December 16th, a number of students and professors attended the first-ever 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 183 projects made by over 750 students. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Gibson, Jeremy  

LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Attendees represented many departments throughout the University, as well as industrial users of the LNF. Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, presented the events keynote address, Making small things big in the world of organic electronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

U-M Programming Team The Victors Advance to ACM World Finals

The Victors, a team of U-M computer science students, has advanced to the 39th Annual ACM-ICPC World Finals after competing in the East Central North American regional competition at Grand Valley State University in November. The ACM-ICPC is the largest and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Can you solve the hidden puzzle in CSE?

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning today -- and this includes a challenge! There is a puzzle hidden in the building which will require some computational thinking to solve. Find it and solve the entire challenge and you will be eligible to win a prize. [Full Story]

SWE Hosts Girls Night Out to Teach Young Girls about Engineering

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a CSE sponsored organization, recently hosted Girls Night Out. The event was a small engineering outreach event geared towards middle school girls. Its purpose was to give girls a better idea of engineering by showcasing the different types of engineering and how engineering affects nearly every aspect of society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Over 100 High School Girls Explore Computer Science at Girls Encoded

Over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event, which took place on November 8th, was run under the coordination of students Allison McDonald, Ariana Mirian, Lauren Molley, and CSE Prof. Rada Mihalcea. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

ECE Students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

New ideas abounded at 2014s Graduate Symposium, the College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students. ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year's event, comprising nearly 80 of the day's more than 240 presentations. Several of these placed first or second in their field in the poster presentation contest. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

High School Girls Invited to Explore Computer Science

High school students: are you curious about opportunities in computer science? Girls Encoded is an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. [Full Story]

Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum

MABEL, the record-breaking bipedal robot who was taught to walk and run by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team, has arrived at the Chicago Field Museum, where she will part of the biomechanics exhibit through January 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (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  Lu, Wei  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In Memoriam

Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

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  

CROSSBAR Closes Series C Funding of $25M; Oversubscribed Round Validates Companys Readiness to Scale

Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series C funding in an oversubscribed round. The company was co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, who also acts as Chief Scientist. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Entrepreneurship  Lu, Wei  

US students learn langar lessons from Golden Temple

Prof. Jasprit Singh arranged for U-M students to visit the Golden Temple in India to learn the concept of "langar," or community kitchen. They are learning how volunteers work together to prepare meals for 60,000 people everyday, the power that draws participants who serve and were served, the role played by merchants and farmers in the 'langar' and 'daswandh' (donating 10% of earnings). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Students to Use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in Class

Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Computer Science with Soul

This multimedia website highlights how technology could help people with disabilities live fuller lives -- if it were affordable. Motivated by one amazing young lady, Dr. David Chesney and his students are working to make a difference. [Full Story]

The Annual Slaying of the Dragon

Students were hungry for this years St. Georges Day Feast. It happens every year the day before the last day of classes a day when the faculty serve the students, and battle the dragons! [Full Story]

Hands-On Robotics (video)

Prof. Shai Revzen presents his Hands-On Robotics course (EECS 498). Watch the students in action as he describes: teaching philosophy, what makes for a great team, how to enhance collaboration across teams, even unexpected ways to get a great grade (wackiness allowed). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  

England appointed dean of CECS at UM-Dearborn

Prof. Tony England, ECE faculty member, former astronaut, and most recently Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, has been named Dean of UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has served as Interim Dean since May 2011. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  England, Anthony W.  

CSE Connects at SXSW 2014

The University launched its biggest-ever presence at the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, with CSE participating and reaching out to friends old and new. Dr. Jeff Ringenberg and undergraduate student Mike Huang shared information with attendees regarding programs in CSE and made connections with hiring companies and lots of alums. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Prospective Grad Students Visit, Learn About CSE

On March 13 - 15, prospective graduate students from around the country visited CSE to engage with faculty, current graduate students, and recent alumni to learn about the graduate program in Computer Science and Engineering - and wood-fired brick oven pizza making. [Full Story]

Advanced Smart Sensor Networks Open up a Multitude of Applications

A recent article in Electronic Design addresses the synergistic relationship between sensor networks and the Internet of Things, and references some of our extensive contributions in the area (WIMS Center research, Michigan Micro Mote, Infrastructure Monitoring). ECE faculty (and alumni) are still leading the charge in this area, as well as related research in compact radios, neuromorphic computing, energy harvesting, sensor networks, etc. [Full Story]

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  

Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around. Prof. David Blaauw describes the circuit that plays a role in turning on your computer, and then keeps it from getting confused, in a brief article in Popular Science. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Jasprit Singh on Technology and Wellness (video)

Prof. Jasprit Singh, author of 10 textbooks in the area of semiconductors, physics, and related topics, as well as 3 books about culture and yoga, talks about his recent interest in using technology for wellness. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  Technology and Wellness  

Asteroid mining could be useful to space travel

Prof. Brian Gilchrist, an expert in space tethering, spoke to The Michigan Daily about asteroid mining. This activity is the focus of the startup company Planetary Resources, where his former student Hannah Goldberg is helping to plan their first space mission. [more about Hannah Goldberg from the lastest issue of EECS News] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gilchrist, Brian E.  

Karem Sakallah Continues Commitment to Qatar Computing Research Institute

Prof. Karem Sakallah has taken a leave of absence from CSE for calendar year 2014 to help shape the development of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in Doha, Qatar. He has been involved in the planning for the institute since 2005. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sakallah, Karem  

State Farm Gift Supports Student Projects Lab

State Farm has donated $50,000 to support and enhance the activities of the Student Projects Lab in the Beyster Building, which is home to both the Embedded Systems Hub, a shared resource for the development of projects with embedded systems, and MSuite, the student mobile applications development group. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

Fawwaz Ulaby to Deliver Henry Russel Lectureship

Prof. Ulaby mapped the carbon trapped in our nation's forest from space-based radar, and he makes a point to meet with every one of the nearly 200 students in his courses each semester. He will discuss both pillars of his career research and teaching in his upcoming Henry Russel Lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rackham Amphitheater. This lectureship is one of the universitys highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center has issued its Annual Report, which includes reported placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. By most measures, CS students and grads are the most sought and best compensated. [Full Story]

Smartphone as mentor: How tech could change behavior

Students at Michigan are developing smartphone apps to enhance mindfulness, attention, and learning, as well as mental and physical health, in Prof. Singh's newly-developed course. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mobile Computing  Singh, Jasprit  

Students See the Music in EE

Agilent featured the course, EECS 314, on their Educator's Corner. The course, designed by Dr. Ganago, teaches EE to non-EECS majors, with a little help from music. [Full Story]

Congratulations 2013 Class of PhDs

After powering through equipment failures, false starts, discovering surprising breakthroughs, writing papers, giving presentations, mentoring students, receiving awards, but most importantly, accomplishing groundbreaking research , these students received their doctoral degrees in 2013. [Full Story]

CSE Photo Contest Garners Creative Entries

We received some creative photos in our annual "A Week in the Life at CSE" photo contest. This year's winner is Denis Bueno for his entry, "SOS -- someone forgot to feed the grad students." See all the entries here. [Full Story]

CSE Puzzle Solved By a Few

There was a puzzle hidden in the Beyster Building for CSEdWeek, and a few were able to find it. Click to see the leaderboard. The top puzzler was graduate student Eric Wustrow, aka somenoob. [Full Story]

Larry D. Leinweber Gives $2.4 Million to Fund Students in CS

Michigan-based entrepreneur and business leader Larry D. Leinweber sees an opportunity to help build a stronger economic foundation for the state. He envisions Michigan as a home for more software companies and wants to help build a pipeline of talent to make that vision a reality, with a special emphasis on retaining University students whose home state is Michigan. [Full Story]

Ghosts Hack EECS 388 on Halloween

Not long into an otherwise perfectly normal lecture in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's security class on Halloween, strange and spooky things began to happen. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Hacks  

Tales From the Crypto Community

In this article in Foreign Affairs, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger of University of Pennsylvania describe how recent NSA actions have diminished computer security for everyone and harmed US national cyberdefense interests in a number of ways. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  

Software Class Aims to Help One Teen Communicate

Undergradate students in Dr. David Chesney's senior-level software engineering course are devising systems that could make it easier for a 13-year old with cerebral palsy to communicate, play, or act more independently at school or home. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

Lab Safety - do not let this happen to you!

Have you ever worked in a lab or wanted to work in a lab? Have you ever worked near a lab or wondered what goes on in one? The ECE Safety Committee is committed to keeping students safe in the labs and in their work environments. To emphasize the importance of safety in the lab, ECE created a series of 4 brief videos to emphasize the importance of specific aspects of lab safety. We hope you laugh, learn, and share the message. [Full Story]

Welcome new students

Our staff has been very busy welcoming our new students to ECE. 215 new graduate students are getting to know each other and the program. New undergraduate students will declare next year, but they are part of one of the largest, most diverse, and best prepared classes ever to enter the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

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  

Brian Noble Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering

Prof. Brian Noble has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering by David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. He succeeds James Holloway, who is stepping down to become the U-M Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Noble, Brian  

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  

Workshop to Chart the Future of Nano and Micro Manufacturing

A recent workshop on Nano and Micro Manufacturing brought together more than 140 nano/microscale device and material manufacturers, researchers, and end users of these technologies to discuss how to rapidly and effectively translate university research into practical products. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  LNF  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  WIMS/WIMS2  Wise, Kensall  

Prospective Grad Students Show High Level of Interest in CSE

CSE experienced record interest in its graduate program when 54 prospective students visited for an in-depth look at the people, labs, projects and flying blue sharks that compose the intellectual landscape in CSE at Michigan. [Full Story]

CSE Spinoff Wins The Linley Groups Analysts Choice Award

Cyclos Semiconductor, co-founded by CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou, has received The Linley Group's Analysts' Choice Award for Best Processor Technology for its achievements in replacing conventional clock-signal trees with a resonant clock mesh and easing the design of high-performance chips. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Technology Transfer  

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