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EECS Department News

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]

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)  

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  

Hospitals are testing a way to detect malware by analyzing the flow of electricity to connected devices

One of the biggest reasons why health professionals are reticent to connect their devices is a concern over security for health tech, attacking a device can mean attacking a person. Prof. Fu talks about WattsUpDoc, a program that uses power and electricity as a means to detect if a malware has been introduced into a network. Hospitals are now slowly beginning to sign up and try out this new malware detection system.

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (national and personal safety)  

Over 600 Students Present Final Projects at EECS 183 Showcase

On Friday, April 24th, a number of 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:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Winter 2015 Games Showcase Brings Lively Crowd to Tishman Hall

On Friday, April 24th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 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  

Students Show off Projects during Winter Semester Showcases

A number of CS students finished the semester strong by displaying their projects during the winter semester project showcases. Students, professors, and parents were able to see a combination of hard work, creativity, and skill during the ENG 100, EECS 183, EECS 373, EECS 467, and EECS 494 project showcases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Programming  Undergraduate Students  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Announced

CoE students have a new major course of study to choose from, and it's a highly relevant choice in this age of "Big Data." The program in Data Science, developed in conjunction with the Statistics Department, will help to prepare a class of experts who can extract actionable data from text, audio, video, and sensor measurements. The program will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  

Shift Collaborative: Providing Creative Space and Community for Tech Students with Business on the Brain

Located in a house just off U-Ms campus, Shift Collaborative is home to a student group that exists to nurture and facilitate its members fresh and creative ideas for new applications, programs, products, or startup businesses. Originally the brainchild of U-M alumnae Nancy Chow and backed by funding from former University of Michigan and NFL football player Dhani Jones, Shift Collaborative was founded in the fall of 2013. [Full Story]

Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. Georges Day Feast

In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George's Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Future Scientists Tour CSE

On Friday, April 10th, CSE Professors Valeria Bertacco and Todd Austin hosted a CSE visit for the preschoolers of U-Ms Towsley Childrens House. The event was a way for the children to experience computer science in a fun and engaging way. The day started with a meet and greet from Prof. Edwin Olson through his TeleRobot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  

ECE Welcomes New Engineering Robotics Center

A $54M robotics center is coming to North Campus. It will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a brand-new, 3-story, 100,000 square foot building. ECE faculty are excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Corso, Jason  Cyber-physical systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Ozay, Necmiye  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

Creativity in the Classroom: Gibson Puts Emphasis on Collaborative Learning and Quick Prototyping in Games MDE

Many forward thinking educators are flipping the tables on their students by diverging from the standard classroom lecture format and implementing innovative curriculum in order to enhance student experience and stimulate learning. In his EECS 494 Computer Game Design and Development course, instructor Jeremy Gibson has done just that, and the results are promising. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Computer Games  Game Design and Development  

The Lunar New Year Celebration - Bridging Cultures

The EECS atrium got festive on February 19 with a celebration of the Lunar New Year. A large crowd turned out for the show, including many Chinese students. Many said that the recognition of their country's most widely celebrated calendar holiday made them feel more at home. Check out photos and a video from the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

CSE Sponsors Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference to be Hosted by U-M

The University of Michigan will host the 5th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference, which is also sponsored by CSE, will take place at the Duderstadt Center March 20-21st, 2015 and registration is now open. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

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