EECS Department News

Free electrical engineering textbooks for students

A new textbook initiative spearheaded by faculty at University of Michigan, UC-Berkeley, and The University of Utah aims to ease the financial burden of college students in engineering courses by offering newly-published books for free online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Undergraduate Students  

Igor Markov named a top Quora writer for fifth year in a row

Prof. Igor Markov has been named a top writer for 2018 on Quora, the question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users. This is the fifth straight year that he has been ranked as a top writer on the site. [Full Story]

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

Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam

Marlin P. Ristenbatt, research scientist emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away March 2, 2018, at the age of 89. Since retiring in 1998, following a long and productive career as a teacher and researcher, he has remained closely affiliated with the Department. The Department salutes Marlin Ristenbatt and thanks him for all that he contributed to the department and the discipline. [Full Story]

Duncan Steel Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, 2nd edition

Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, published by Elsevier. Topics covered include classical and quantum optics, lasers, optical fibers and optical fiber systems, optical materials and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Steel, Duncan  

BMW, Toyota invest in U-M startup May Mobility

May Mobility, the autonomous vehicle microtransit company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson to replace existing transportation systems with fleets of self-driving micro-shuttles, has announced that BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures have joined its investor-base. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Collaborative master's program in data science announced

Developed and taught collaboratively by the faculty of the CSE Division of EECS in the College of Engineering, the Department of Statistics in the College of LSA, the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, and the School of Information, the Data Science master's program is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Education  Lab-Software Systems  

2018 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 2018 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Peter Chen, Jason Corso, Jason Flinn, and PC Ku. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Corso, Jason  Flinn, Jason  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  

Quantum Computers Threaten Data Encryption

Prof. Duncan Steel adds to the discussion around quantum computing's potential threat to our current encryption methods. Prof. Steel uses optics to study, control, and manipulate the quantum properties of semiconductor structures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Quantum Science and Technology  Steel, Duncan  

Professor Emeritus Ribbens Publishes 8th Edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics

William Ribbens, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, recently published an 8th edition of his textbook Understanding Automotive Electronics, which adds information on the latest in automotive technology, including autonomous vehicles, camera systems, hybrid control, and software networks [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  

Prof. Forrest: The Future of Organic LEDs

What's the difference between organic LEDs and inorganic LEDs? Where can organic LEDs take us in the future? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lighting and LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Bhattacharya: From Glazier Way to Quantum Dot Lasers

Quantum dots are at the cusp of adoption in nanotechnogy across industries. What are they, and how did they come about? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Ken Wise: Microelectronics, MEMS, and Microsystems

Hear about the lifetime career of a professor responsible for enabling the Internet of Things," with technologies like infrared sensors, interface circuits, implantable microsystems for healthcare. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  MEMS and Microsystems  Wise, Kensall  

Thomas B. A. Senior (1928 - 2017): In Memoriam

Thomas B. A. Senior, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away peacefully November 24th at the age of 89. Professor Senior was a devoted member of the department for 41 years as an active faculty member, and another 19 as an emeritus faculty. He was known for his fundamental contributions to electromagnetic and acoustic scattering, for his signficant service and leadership to the department and professional community, and for his excellence as an educator. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Senior, Thomas B. A.   

Ada Lovelace Opera and Lightning Talks Highlight Women's Contributions to Computing

A creative event designed to showcase women's contributions as computer scientists took place November 16. The Ada Lovelace Opera began with eight TED-style lightning talks by female faculty and students at UM who are engaged in cutting-edge computing research. The talks were followed by an opera on Ada Lovelace's establishment as the research partner of inventor Charles Babbage in the 1840s, which was performed by students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

The Beanbag Test for Robots

Its one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff? Dmitry Berenson and the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Lab showcase their latest work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Million Foot View: Profile of Kamal Sarabandi

In this profile, Kamal Sarabandi describes his work as he has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Sarabandi, Kamal  Wireless Systems  

Prof. Jason Mars is Bringing Smart Banking to Market

Ann Arbor-based spinout Clinc, which was founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with their former students Michael Laurenzano and Johann Hauswald, in 2015, is leading the pack of intelligent banking assistant solutions. Their flagship product, called Finie, is being adopted by a number of banks. [Full Story]

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

Third annual MIDAS research symposium emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to data analysis

Big data, data science and analytics were among the main topics discussed at the third annual Michigan Institute for Data Science daylong research symposium Wednesday, Oct 11, at Rackham Auditorium and the Michigan League. Alfred Hero, co-director of MIDAS and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, spoke about how this diverse set of speakers aligns with the theme of the symposium, "A Data-Driven World: Potentials and Pitfalls." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Computing+Data Wide Across the Curriculum

CSE Alumnus Rob Rutenbar gave a CSE Distinguished Lecture on September 20, 2017, where he described the CS+X Program that rolled out under his watch at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Watch the video and learn more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Student's digital art makes the Cube even more interactive

CE junior Keenan Rebera wants to make the Michigan Union's famous Cube sculpture even more interesting with the power of technology. Rebera has designed a small sensor array and display device that attaches magnetically to the Cube. When active, it can detect the velocity of the Cube when a person spins it and generate any number of fun factoids to show off [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  

Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center

Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don't beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that. The University of Michigan is partnering with center leader Boston University and Florida Int. University on an ambitious $20 million project to grow new heart tissue for cardiac patients. Lead U-M researcher is Prof. Stephen Forrest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Health and Safety  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot called Cassie Blue will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Four New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome four outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in software quality to internet security, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

High School Students Experience High Tech at the Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CRA Board Member Highlight: H. V. Jagadish

HV Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been profiled in the August issue of CRA's Computing Research News. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

Designing for Our Own

Dr. David Chesney's students have created technology to assist Brad Ebenhoeh, a now 30-year-old sophomore in aerospace engineering, which his daily challenges. At age 19, Ebenhoeh suffered a brain hemorrhage that paralyzed the right side of his body, limited his vision, confined him to a wheelchair and forced him to leave the University for a decade. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Assistive Technology  Chesney, David  

Precision Health Pioneer Named to MIT Technology Review Innovator List

Prof. Jenna Wiens has been named one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Under 35 for her work in the development of data-driven predictive models needed to help organize, process, and transform data into actionable knowledge. Prof. Wiens' main focus is in the use of data and machine learning to advance the new field of precision health. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Zetian Mi Recognized a Most Highly Prolific Author in Nano Letters

Zetian Mi has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Nano Letters in the past five years, and is listed on the ACS Journal Stars website. Prof. Mi's research includes semiconductor nanostructures, optoelectronic devices, LEDs and lasers, solar cells, and III-nitride electronic devices.
Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

New grad program: Engineering Education Research

New program turns a researchers eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.

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Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman Testifies in Front of Senate Intelligence Committee on Secure Elections

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the broader Russian hacking investigation. His remarks focused vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking. [Full Story]

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

Mary Lou Dorf Retires; Her Focus Was On Opening Doors to Computer Science

Collegiate Lecturer Dr. Mary Lou Dorf has retired after 15 years at the University of Michigan in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department. During her career at Michigan, Dr. Dorf worked tirelessly to open the doors of computer science to everyone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Beyster Collections showcase a lifetime of ideas from U-M alum

Three permanent exhibits on U-Ms North Campus pay tribute to the achievements of Michigan Engineer J. Robert Beyster. [Full Story]

Valeria Bertacco Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at Rackham Graduate School

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives serves as the primary liaison between the Rackham School and academic units in the physical sciences and engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  

CSE Staff Outing at the Nichols Arboretum

On June 2nd, the CSE staff took a leisurely walk in the Nichols Arboretum to explore the natural environment and to view the blooming Peony Garden. With nearly 800 peonies at peak bloom, the arboretum is home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America. [Full Story]

Lattice Data Makes Gift to Michigan Computer Science and Engineering Fund

Lattice Data, Inc. has recently provided a gift to the College of Engineering to benefit the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lattice was cofounded by Prof. Michael Cafarella. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  

Lifelong Radiation Lab Researcher Valdis Liepa Retires

Dr. Valdis V. Liepa, research scientist in ECE, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 2017. Dr. Liepa has been a member of the U-M family for his entire career, earning his BS , MS, and PhD in EE (1958, 1959, and 1966, respectively), and joining the Radiation Laboratory in 1968. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CSE Receives NCWIT Award for Recruiting and Retention Efforts of Women in Computing

The Computer Science and Engineering Division has received a NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for excellence in promoting women in undergraduate computing. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, the NEXT Awards honor academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in increasing womens meaningful participation in computing education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Brian Noble Named Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Influential educator and computer scientist Brian Noble has been selected as the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Noble, Brian  

U-M Optics Researchers Sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot

Professionals and researchers from across Michigan's optics industry gathered for the Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot on March 27, celebrating both the Optical Society of America's 100th anniversary and the Ann Arbor chapter's 50th. The event was sponsored in part by the Optical Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM), advised by research scientist John Nees. Prof. Aghapi Mordovanakis (BME) was also part of the planning of the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Nees, John A.  Optics and Photonics  

Forrest Family Supports UG and Grad Engineering Students With Three New Funds

Prof. Stephen R. Forrest (MS PhD Physics 74 79) and Rosamund M. Forrest (AM LS 78), have established two funds to support graduate students in the fields of sustainability and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Sustainability and Environment  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Andy Yagle Retires After a 32-Year Career in Signal and Image Processing

Prof. Andy Yagle will retire in May after 32 years at the University of Michigan distinguished by his dedication to teaching as well as contributions to research in the area of signal and image processing. A nearly lifelong Ann Arbor resident, Andy is as Maize and Blue as they come. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Yagle, Andrew E.  

EECS 280 Becomes Third Largest Course at U-M

With almost 1000 students enrolled, EECS 280: Programming and Introductory Data Structures, is a core CS class that has grown in popularity. Course enrollment has increased by almost 200 students in just one year, making it the third largest course for the winter 2017 semester at U-M, and the largest course in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Courage to Resist: The High-Stakes Adventures of J. Alex Halderman

This story by Randy Milgrom at the UM College of Engineering profiles Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his work in the area of Digital Democracy. [Full Story]

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

Computer Science Continues to Be One of the Most Popular and Rewarding Programs at Michigan

Computer science is a fast-growing and highly popular discipline at Michigan. CS students earn the highest median salary in every category of employment tracked by the College of Engineering, and CS is the second-most popular major at the entire university. [Full Story]

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

This article features work done by Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators in which they demonstrate a way to take control of or influence devices such as smartphones through the use of sound waves. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a security advisory alert for affected chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Embedded Systems  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  

A Q&A with Ann Stals Getting Down to the Details

Students, alumni, and faculty alike have something to thank Ann Stals for. As ECEs event planner, she has her hands in nearly everything the division does. Hired in August of 2014, her three years has been spent expanding ECEs outreach to students of different cultures, planning alumni meetups around the country, developing camps for high school students, and, most recently, sending current students to local and Silicon Valley companies for an insider look at an engineering workday. [Full Story]

A Q&A with Tomas Mauricio Giving Back

Tomas Mauricio spends a lot of time behind the scenes, but when he steps out front this intern makes a big impression. Helping coordinate events like ECE's Electrify tech camps and the recent ECE Expeditions, participants always remember their cheerful guide. Now he has a year with the division behind him, and Tomas looks forward to working on at least one more round of Electrify this summer. Learn more about Tomas and the varied work he does to help ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Students Take an ECE Expedition to Silicon Valley

ECE brought 18 students to San Jose on Sunday, February 26 for the second ECE Expedition. The students, ranging from freshman to doctoral level, spent three days of their spring break learning from professionals in their field and getting a firsthand look at where their degree could take them after graduation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Edith Beigne on Auto-adaptive digital circuits

Dr. Edith Beign presented the talk Auto-adaptive digital circuits Application to low-power Multicores and ultra-low-power Wireless Sensor Nodes to members of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory. Dr. Beign came to Michigan as a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer Program. This program features researchers who are known for the quality and quantity of their research, and are considered to be excellent speakers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Herb Winful Professor of Optics, Friend of the Arts

In a new interview, Prof. Herb Winful discusses the many facets of his career as an educator and researcher. Prof. Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear fiber optics and nonlinear optics in periodic structures. He also discussed the interdisciplinary course he helped create, UARTS 250: Creative Process, and the creative challenges of teaching engineering principles to students of the arts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Winful, Herbert  

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