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EECS News for 2008

Blaauw and Sylvester's Technology in Technology Review's Year in Computing

Ultra Low-power Chip Named A Key Innovation for 2008 by MIT Technology Review

Professor Kamal Sarabandi Appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi conducts research in the area of applied electromagnetics, including radar remote sensing, antennas, wireless systems, and radar imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Professor Al Hero Appointed R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering

Prof. Al Hero conducts research interests in adaptive sensing, inference in sensor networks, bioinformatics, inverse problems, and statistical signal and image processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Winter Break Hours

DCO will close at 3PM on Wednesday December 24, 2008 and will remain closed until 9AM on Monday January 5, 2009.

All normal user support will be suspended during this period. For emergency assistance or to report an outage during the closure, please contact help@eecs.umich.edu.

Tzeno Galchev's Work Recognized by the President of Bulgaria

Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria for his achievements in the field of computer engineering and information technology. [Full Story]

New Web Based Email

DCO is proud to present an upgraded version of our web based email client. Powered by Horde, it now integrates filters, address book, calendar, vacation notices, and account administration in one, easy to use, interface. The system will go live on December 17 but is now available for testing at http://pobox.eecs.umich.edu.

EECS Students Are Winners in 1,000 Pitches Competition

Jason Bornhurst (undergraduate CSE student) and Anne Itsuno (graduate EE student) won in the categories of Local Business and Global Business for their entrepreneurial ideas in the U-M 1,000 Pitches Contest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Professor Stephen R. Forrest Named APS Fellow

Prof. Steve Forrest has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society for contributions leading to the demonstration of high efficiency organic light emitting devices, organic photovoltaics and organic lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Work in SDR Earns Best Paper Award at MICRO-41

Graduate students Mark Woh and Sangwon Seo, and Professors Mahlke and Mudge won the Best Paper Award at MICRO-41 for their paper entitled, "From SODA to Scotch: The Evolution of a Wireless Baseband Processor." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  Mudge, Trevor  

Gadara: New approach eliminates software deadlocks using discrete control theory

Prof. Lafortune (L) and Prof. Mahlke developed a new way around software deadlocks with a controller that combines discrete control theory and compiler technology. [U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lafortune, Stephane  Mahlke, Scott  Software Systems  

Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts

Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering student Naveen Gupta, "discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump." The research was published in Applied Physics Letters, and online by PhysOrg.com.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  

Prof. Sakallah Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Prof. Karem Sakallah received this award for his contributions to the development of powerful and fast algorithms and their application in the verification of computer hardware designs and software programs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sakallah, Karem  

Quantum computing breakthrough (Duncan Steel)

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Computer Science Regains Popularity

"There is an incredible demand for computer scientists right now," said Dr. Chesney, who teaches the popular introductory engineering course in gaming. [See The Ann Arbor News Article]

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009, "for contributions to forward and inverse scattering techniques for radar remote sensing." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Yahoo! Seminar Series

Prof. Soloway will present the talk, "The Most Important Challenge America Faces: Educating the Mobile Generation," Friday, November 14, 4-5pm, in 1670 CSE. The Yahoo! Seminar Series features faculty presenting their research to students.
Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  

2008 CSE Honors Competition

Congratulations to this year's winners of the CSE Honors Competition, sponsored by Mentor Graphics! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Industry Sponsored Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following students who received industry-sponsored scholarships:

Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000
Lauren Bridge (CE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Nathaniel Christman (CSE): Caterpillar $2500
Nicholas Collins (EE): Caterpillar $2500
Tanya Das (EE): Boeing $7000
Nicole Dolan (CE): Qualcomm $5000
Harold Evans (EE): Qualcomm $5000
Jeff Hayden (CE): Boeing $7000
Akram Helou (CSE): Eli Lilly $5,000
Trevor Hunter (EE): John Deere $5000
Kunal Jham (CE): Caterpillar $2500
Janet John (EE): Boeing $7000
Kevin Matzen (CSE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Kelsey MacLennan (CE): Boeing $7000
Paul Moncznik (CSE): Union Pacific $2500
Marie Pelvay (EE): Union Pacific $2500

Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Microsystems Research for Energy Scavenging and Power Generation

Micropower environmental energy harvesting generators offer an alternative source of energy for many emerging applications. A recent award-winning paper was presented at the Int. Conf. on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Valeria Bertacco, quoted in NASA Tech Briefs: Computer Guardians

Professor Al Hero Elected to IEEE Board of Directors

Prof. Al Hero has been elected to the IEEE Board of Directors as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). His official term of service will be 2010-2011, and he will serve as Director-Elect in 2009. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Bertacco and Wagner Earn Best Paper Award at ICCD

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Ilya Wagner received the Best Paper Award at ICCD for their paper about a post-silicon validation system for microprocessors. [Full Story]

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

Prof. Kanicki Receives Excellence Award for Research on Display Technology

Prof. Jerzy Kanicki and his group received a Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Award at the 8th Int. Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2008). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  

2008 Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award

Professors Todd Austin and David Blaauw received the 2008 Richard Newton Gigascale Systems Research Award for their role in the development of Razor technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

CSE at Michigan Video

Please take a moment to enjoy this seven minute video for a brief introduction to Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan! Click here.

Valeria Bertacco, quoted in Technology Review: Ensuring Chip Stability

Jessy Grizzle Professorship Lecture and Reception

Please join us to honor Jessy Grizzle, the Levin Professor of Engineering, Wed, Oct 29 at 3:30pm in the Johnson Rooms. There will be opening remarks, a lecture by Prof. Grizzle, and a reception. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

John Laird Professorship Lecture and Reception

Please join us to honor John Laird, the Tishman Professor of Engineering, Thursday, Oct 30 at 3:30pm in 1670 CSE. Remarks begin at 3:40pm sharp. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Pallab Bhattacharya Honored as NAE Member

Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]

Semyon Meerkov receives Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

Prof. Meerkov received this award for outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on Universitywide service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Meerkov, Semyon M.  

Computer hardware guardians

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and graduate student Ilya Wagner devised a system that lets chips work around all functional bugs, even those that haven't been detected. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Innovation Nanoimprint Lithography

Prof. Jay Guo's work in nanoimprint lithography and roll-to-roll imprinting is expected to lead to more efficient LCD displays and improved solar panels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jay Guo's work in Nanoimprint Lithography

Valeria Bertacco, quoted in PC Advisor: Semantic guardian could spell end of chip bugs

Yuriy Goykhman Receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

EE Graduate student Yuriy Goykhman is honored to be an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow for 2008-09. Goykhman's research interests include development of new radar remote sensing instruments, techniques, and processing algorithms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Homecoming: Friday, October 3

Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information

Ted Norris and CUOS: Reaching New Frontiers in Ultrafast Optical Science

The province of ultrafast optical science, explored in the Center for UltrafastOptical Science (CUOS), is the generation and application of extremely short pulses of light. How fast is ultrafast? Scientists at CUOS work in femtoseconds (10-15 seconds), and even attoseconds (10-18 seconds). Lasers that can produce such ultrashort pulses of light make it is possible to investigate and even control phenomena in materials with low intensity, as well as drive novel processes using extremely high peak power. Indeed, ultrafast lasers produce the shortest controlled bursts of energy and the highest peak intensity ever produced by mankind. Researchers at CUOS build these highly remarkable lasers, and are discovering important applications for them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  

CampusRoost, Inc. Takes Off!

Undergraduate students Jason Bornhorst, Dheeraj Sanka, and Brent Traut presented their new startup company, CampusRoost, Inc., at the conclusion of a 10-week summer entrepreneurship program called RPM-10. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Undergraduate Students  

EECS Students Receive Google Scholarship

Undergraduates Pascal Carole (computer science) and Remy Carole (electrical engineering) have received 2008 Google Scholarships and invitations to the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership in the field of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

DNS & Email List Issues - Resolved

We're currently experiencing DNS issues within the CSE and EECS buildings. This is resulting in sluggish or complete disruption of internet service for many users. This may also be contributing to an ongoing problem related to duplicate UMICH list serve messages. We're working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and will post more information as it becomes available.

Update:
High DNS query traffic is causing unreliable performance. DCO staff are attempting to raise capacity and bypass the problematic areas. Users experiencing network connection issues should renew their IP address to ensure they are the using the most current DNS configuration. An explanation on how to do this is available on the DCO website: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/dco/faq/faq.html?show=WE7#WE7

New Chairs for EECS

For the first time, EECS will have the benefit of two Chairs to chart the course of the department into the 21st century. Read more about the Chair of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Farnam Jahanian, and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Khalil Najafi.

Fast quantum computer building block created

Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Duncan Steel: Fast quantum computer bit is created

Dragomir Radev Coaches Teams to Gold!

Dragomir Radev, an associate professor in EECS as well as the Department of Linguistics in LS&A, recently led high-school teams to severalawards, including Gold medals, in 11 out of 33 individual and team events in the sixth International Linguistics Olympiad in Slanchev Bryag, Bulgaria. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

Software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers in high demand

A recent article in The Detroit News, "State short of tech workers," highlights the strong demand for highly educated IT professionals, especially software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers. [Full Story]

Bertram Herzog (1929-2008)

We are saddened by the news that Professor Bertram Herzog, computer graphics pioneer, passed away last month at the age of 79. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. [Full Story]

Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI

Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

This conference is held every three years and the paper competition is among all 10 Commissions. There were more than 100 international student contenders in this competition.

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Researchers develop next-generation antivirus system

Prof. Farnam Jahanian, PhD candidate Jon Oberheide and postdoctoral fellow Evan Cooke developed a new approach to antivirus software, called CloudAV, that moves the software off individual computers while greatly improving its effectiveness against malicious software (malware). [Technology Review article] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

2008 NSF CAREER Awards go to Seth Pettie and Martin Strauss

Prof. Pettie received a CAREER award for his research project, "Advanced Data Structures for Shortest Paths, Routing, and Self-Adjusting Computation." [Read more...] Prof. Strauss received a CAREER award for his research project, "Next-Generation Algorithmics for Sparse Recovery." [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Pettie, Seth  Strauss, Martin  Theory of Computation  

Off-Campus Network Issue - Resolved

We are currently experiencing a network issue that is preventing some off-campus users from connecting to machines on the EECS network. This issue has been reported to CAEN and they are working to resolve it ASAP.

Intermittent Network Issues - Resolved

Intermittent connection problems on the CAEN network are preventing some users from connecting to DCO servers. CAEN staff are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it ASAP.

EECS Machine Room Power Outage July 30-31 - Resolved

Several DCO administered machines will offline between 9PM July 30th and 8AM July 31st. This outage is due to ongoing repair work on the high voltage electrical system in the EECS building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this outage.

Steve Forrest: More Efficient OLED Lighting

Atul Prakash and Grad Students Discover Banking Website Flaws

Prof. Atul Prakash and graduate students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders discover design flaws in banking web sites that make their customers vulnerable to monetary or identity theft. Banks and similar institutions need to make changes to protect their customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Prakash, Atul  

Picnic Photos - 2008

EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]

Student team takes first place in Trading Agent Competition

Trading Agent Competition (TAC) team captures first place at the international TAC Supply Chain tournament in a competition of 13 teams from seven different countries. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Undergraduate Students  

Research describes a method for seeing through walls

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and Dr. Mojtaba Dehmollaian were recognized for their research on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to see through walls at IGARSS 2008. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Continuum comes in first place at the North American Solar Car Race!

After a remarkable 2,400 mile ride from Dallas, TX to Calgary in Canada, Team Continuum wins the 2008 North American Solar Challenge for the 5th time! [Solar Car Team Blog] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

North Campus Power Outage, July 7th-8th

A large portion of north campus, including CSE, had no power at all last night which resulted in several EECS servers being down. A major piece of Detroit Edison switchgear failed and took many hours to repair. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

A Chip to Better Control Brain Stimulators for Parkinsons

IEEE Spectrum reported the research of Profs. Michael Flynn and Daryl Kipke into deep-brain stimulation to control the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. Current technology in the marketplace stimulates the brain in a hit-or-miss fashion. The new technology being developed will enable more intelligent stimulation of the brain. [IEEE Spectrum Article] [See also: NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems]
Related Topics:  Brain  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Prof. Chens Research in Virtual Environments Earns Best Paper Award

Prof. Pete Chen and co-authors Dr. Jim Chow and Tal Garfinkel (Stanford) received a Best Paper Award for their paper, "Decoupling Dynamic Program Analysis from Execution in Virtual Environments," at the 2008 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. The research decouples analyses from normal execution by logging nondeterministic virtual-machine inputs and replaying them on a separate analysis platform. Powerful, heavyweight analyses can then be run in parallel with performance-sensitive production or development workloads. This approach provides many of the benefits of normal inline analysis with minimal impact on latency.
Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  

Kushner to Head New Plasma Science and Engineering Institute

Prof. Mark Kushner will join the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty September 1, 2008 to head the newly-created Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE). Kushner joins us from Iowa State University, where he was Dean of Engineering. [Read more...] [Record at Iowa State]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

2008 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

The third annual Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) / Michigan Student Design Contest was held this past term among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. The winning projects tackled energy efficiency in handheld devices, and the design of a high performance DSP. [Read more...]

Phoenix microchip sets low-power record with extreme sleep mode

A low-power microchip called the Phoenix Processor, developed by Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, along with doctoral students Scott Hanson and Mingoo Seok, uses significantly less power than comparable chips now on the market. It is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors and surveillance equipment. [Read more...] [Technology Review article]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Prof. Papaefthymious work in resonant clocking to be commercialized

Cyclos Semiconductor, a company co-founded by Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou, is named in a list of Ten top technology developments to see at DAC. His company's advances in resonant clocking is expected to lead to significant power savings in IC design. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  

Blaauw and Sylvester: Picowatt chip sets low-power record

CSE Researchers Develop Software to Solve Tough Combinatorial Problems

Igor Markov, Karem Sakallah, and graduate student Paul Darga will present open-source software that can cut the time to find symmetries in complicated equations from days to seconds. The work is being presented at DAC 2008. [U-M Press Release] [EE Times Review]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  Sakallah, Karem  

Julie Claus Awarded Professional Development Grant

Julie Claus was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to attend the 2009 Region V Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

Shannon Spencer Publishes Monograph about Service Learning Education

Shannon Spencer, Undergraduate Student Advisor, wrote the chapter, "Service learning education for adult learners," in the monograph, Serving adult learners: A handbook for effective practice, edited by C. Palmer, J. Bonnet, and J. Garland.

Joonki Noh and Arvind Jayaraman Honored at ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award Ceremony

Dr. Joonki Noh and Mr. Arvind Jayaraman were recently honored for their contributions as Graduate Student Instructors by the local chapter of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They each assisted with courses in Electrical Engineering: Systems. [Read more...]

Z. Morley Mao Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor

Z. Morley Mao, assistant professor in Computer Science and Engineering, has been named the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor for her outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

2007-08 Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered Friday, March 28, 2008 to celebrate the achievements of those students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, and even entrepreneurial activities. Brian E. Gilchrist, Interim Chair for the ECE Division and Farnam Jahanian, Interim Chair for the CSE Division presented the awards. [Winners]

John Laird Named John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering

John Laird, professor of Computer Science and Engineering, member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory, and an internationally renowned leader in AI, has been named the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering.[Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Arun Ganesans interdisciplinary undergraduate research project leads to two awards

Arun Ganesan received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for his research poster which described the design and evaluation of a system to help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies. He worked with individuals from EECS, the Medical School, and Washtenaw County. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Outstanding Student Instructor Awards For 2007-08

The following students received awards for excellence as Graduate Student Instructors or as undergraduate Instructional Aides:

Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's):

  • Patrick Jordan - CSE
  • ShiNung Ching - EE:Systems
  • Phil Choi - EE

Undergraduate Instructional Aide:

  • Adam Barnett - EE
Honorable Mentions:
  • Paul Chowdhry
  • Elson Liu
  • Nick Quinnell
  • John Schmotzer
  • Chih-Wei Wang

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

New computer network security threat identified

Large companies are vulnerable to hackers when they network their computers for cost-saving live virtual machine migration.

Read the press release about this new research by graduate student Jon Oberheide, Evan Cooke, and Prof. Farnam Jahanian. See also: [Forbes Article]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Systems  

Prof. Igor Markov Receives Research Breakthrough Award

Prof. Igor Markov received an A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award from Microsoft for his research in "Faults, Bugs, IP Protection, and Secure Hardware." These awards attempt to identify "promising new avenues of research for solving today's most important problems." Breakthrough projects are defined as "those which demonstrate potentially high impact by solving problems of great importance to science or society, or by inventing promising new approaches for enabling their solution."

[Microsoft Announcement]

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

Prof. Scott Mahlke Receives Young Alumni Achievement Award

Prof. Scott Mahlke received a Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "in recognition of his technical contributions to computer architecture and compiler techniques for instruction-level parallel-processing compilers." Prof. Mahlke is a member of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, and heads the Compilers Creating Custom Processors Group. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Prof. Arthur Burks (1915-2008)

Professor Arthur W. Burks passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the age of 92. He was an active member of the University of Michigan faculty for 40 years, 1946-1986, and a pioneer in the computing field.
[Read more...] [NY Times article by Steve Lohr] [Memorial Service: June 20]

Arnab Nandi Receives Yahoo! Fellowship

Arnab Nandi received a 2008-09 PhD Fellowship from Yahoo! to pursue his research in simplifying the process of structured data searches. His immediate research goals are to enable non-experts to use simple keywords to query complex databases and get meaningful results from the queries.
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Games 4 Girls Competition

Three freshman women, Rebecca Malinowski, Alyssa Glickman, and Seonghwa Choi, won an Honorable Mention in the Games for Girls (G4G) National Competition held at University of Illinois. All three were students in Dr. David Chesney's class, ENG100: Gaming for the Greater Good. None of the three had any previous programming experience before ENG100.
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

HKN Professor of the Year is Don Winsor

Don Winsor, Coordinator of the Departmental Computing Organization and adjunct faculty member, received the HKN Professor of the Year Award for 2007-08. Don was surprised with the news at the end-of-the-year ice cream social for EECS students. He recently taught EECS 370 (Intro to Computer Organization) and EECS 482 (Intro to Operating Systems).
Related Topics:  Winsor, Don  

ISPD Best Paper Award For Work in Logic and Physical Synthesis

Profs. Igor Markov, Valeria Bertacco, and graduate student Steve Plaza received a Best Paper Award at the recent Int'l Symposium on Physical Design of Integrated Circuits for their paper, Optimizing Non-Monotonic Interconnect using Functional Simulation and Logic Restructuring. The work was reviewed recently in EE Times. [Paper]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Online Q and A forums hit the mainstream

Research conducted by Lada Adamic and Mark Ackerman into how people share knowledge on Yahoo Answers has found that participants use the site to exchange advice and opinions, in addition to technical expertise. Their study is called "Knowledge sharing and Yahoo Answers: Everybody knows something." [U-M Press Release] [Podcast]
Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Data and Computing  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Pinpoint microwave resolution could lead to wireless power transfer

Prof. Tony Grbic's research could lead to advances such as laptop computers that recharge without plugging in, higher-resolution microscopes for observing molecules, and CDs that can store vastly more data. A report on the work, co-authored by Prof. Roberto Merlin and graduate student Lei Jiang just appeared in Science. [U-M Press Release] [Science Report]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  

Denise Duprie Receives 2008 U-M Distinguished Research Administrator Award

Denise M. Duprie, Research Administrator for the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2008 OVPR Distinguished Research Administrator Award. This award honors staff members for their exceptional contributions to the University's mission through the demonstration of superlative service to the research community in a manner exemplifying the highest goals of research administration.

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 3:30-5:00 in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. All are invited.

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) Dedicated April 11, 2008

Housed in the EECS Building, and fundamental to much of the research conducted in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, the LNF is expected to change the high-tech landscape in southeastern Michigan and the region.[Read more...]
Related Topics:  LNF  

Profs. Durfee and Pollack Receive Influential Paper Awards from IFAAMAS

Profs. Ed Durfee and Martha Pollack are recipients of the International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (IFAAMAS) influential paper award in recognition of the impact their work has had on the field of agents and multiagent systems. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Durfee, Edmund  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Pollack, Martha  

Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou Receives Faculty Recognition Award

Marios Papaefthymiou, Director of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been selected to receive a highly-competitive 2008 Faculty Recognition Award from the Rackham Graduate School for his contributions to research, education, and service activities.
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  

Lada Adamic Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Lada Adamic, assistant professor, School of Information & Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and EECS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for her studies on the effects of local interactions on global properties in the realms of the Internet, peer-to-peer systems, social networks, and bioinformatics. [read more...]

Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Provost of KAUST

Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby has been selected as the Founding Provost and Executive Vice President of KAUST. "It is a great opportunity to shape the future," says Ulaby, who plans to maintain an appointment at Michigan. "It will provide a means for the easy flow of research, faculty, and students between the two institutions." Ulaby is expected to assume his duties Sept. 1, 2008. [read more ...]
Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Borno and Galchev learn the entrepreneurial ropes and win Business Plan Competitions

Ruba Borno and Tzeno Galchev, electrical engineering graduate students, have been learning the entrepreneurial ropes as they've taken their business plan on the road.
[read more ...]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Unique locks on microchips could reduce hardware piracy

Prof. Igor Markov and doctoral student Jarrod Roy presented their work called EPIC, Ending Piracy of Integrated Circuits, at the Design Automation and Test in Europe conference. "Pirated chips are sometimes being sold for pennies, but they are exactly the same as normal chips," Markov said. [read more ...] [EE Times Adv. Tech. Week in Review] [EE Times article]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Al Hero Receives Digiteo Chaire dExcellence

Prof. Al Hero has been selected to receive a Digiteo chaired research faculty position in France. He will conduct research during the summer months on Distributed Active Networks: Sensing and Estimation, applied to both gene regulation networks and ad hoc communications networks. [read more ...]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi will lead U-M researchers on the microelectronics component of a six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat that is expected to gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information in real time. [read more ...]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  

Michigan laser beam believed to set record for intensity

HERCULES, a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, reaches new record-setting beam measuring 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter. [U-M Press Release]
[Read more in Nature News and Laser Focus World]

Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  

High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork

A form of radiation called "T-rays" may help uncover murals hidden beneath coats of plaster or paint in old buildings, say engineering researchers in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Whitaker, John  

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering

Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to quantum-dot optoelectronic devices and integrated optoelectronics. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

2007-08 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards, and College of Engineering Awards Announced

EECS Award Winners:
Valeria Bertacco, Igor Markov, Jasprit Singh
CoE Award Winners:
David Blaauw, John Hayes, H.J. Jagadish, Jignesh Patel

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Blaauw, David  Hayes, John  Jagadish, HV  Markov, Igor  Singh, Jasprit  

Prof. Tony Grbic Awarded CAREER Grant

Prof. Tony Grbic, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Awarded CAREER Grant

Prof. Valeria Bertacco, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Correctness Constrained Execution for Processor Designs.
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

EECS Power/Computer Outage Saturday, Feb. 9

Dear EECS students, staff, and faculty,

The EECS building network and all servers located in that building must be shut down for the day on Saturday, February 9. We expect the shutdown to begin at approximately 6:00 am and systems should be back up by approximately 5:00 pm.

This is the result of urgent maintenance that the UM high voltage electricians must perform on the main EECS building transformer. This work requires a complete shutdown of all electrical power in the EECS building. Due to the length and extent of the shutdown, it is not possible to provide adequate backup power and cooling to keep the servers or network in the EECS building running. We will provide backup power to the main e-mail servers so that no incoming e-mail will be lost; any mail received during the outage will be held and delivered shortly after power is restored.

If you are in the EECS building, we strongly recommend you shut down any computer workstations, monitors, or other electronic office equipment as you leave for the day on Friday Feb. 8. Note that the entire building network will be down on Saturday (both wired and wireless), so you will not be able to work in the EECS building or work using any systems (desktops and laptops included) in the EECS building.

Although your e-mail and home directory are not on the affected servers, please be aware that there is a possibility of a widespread network outage as a result of this work. DCO has taken as many steps as possible to minimize the impact of this. However, without electrical power and cooling in the main EECS computer room there is no practical way to avoid some substantial interruption of service.

The following six main servers will be shut down for the duration of the work:

boston canberra columbus edinburgh fox wellington

The "help@eecs.umich.edu" and Meeting Maker servers will also be down for this work.

As regular e-mail may not be available to DCO staff during the outage, and our "help@eecs.umich.edu" tracking system will be down, I have set up a special outside e-mail address that may be used to contact us in an emergency during this work:

eecsoutage@gmail.com

Sincerely,Don Winsor, DCO coordinator

Michigan researchers contribute open-source IC routers to aid CAD research

Fulfilling the goal of the inaugural Global Routing Contest held at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), Prof. Igor Markov, graduate student Jarrod Roy and alumnus Michael Moffitt released their code as open source for their winning IC global routers known as Fairly Good Router and MaizeRouter, respectively. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Analyst II

Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

Location:

Job Description:

Position Overview

For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



A person hired as an Analyst II on the MS CI team will work with the VP of Survey and Panel Methodology in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, document method approaches and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools with other MS team members will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





Qualifications

Minimum of a M.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





Skills

Sophisticated SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS, advanced programming that includes documentation and portability of programs to contractors for production work.)



Acumen in quantitative analysis



Expertise with Excel



Detail Oriented



Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document survey methods and statistical programs in English



Applying intermediate QC steps





Experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control and a degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

Analyst I

Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

Location:

Job Description:

For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



A person hired as an Analyst I on the MS CI team will participate in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





Qualifications

Minimum of a B.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





Skills

Intermediate SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS)



Acumen in quantitative analysis



Expertise with Excel



Detail Oriented



Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document programs in English



Applying intermediate QC steps





Experience



Minimum of 1 year experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control or a Master's degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2008 John Bardeen Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, the Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, will be presented with the 2008 John Bardeen Award at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Analog Signals and Systems: by Dave Munson

Prof. Dave Munson co-authored, with Erhan Kudeki, the book Analog Signals and Systems. This book focuses on the mathematical analysis and design of analog signal processing, and is designed for second year electrical engineering students. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Munson Jr., David C.  

Discrete Event Systems: by Stephane Lafortune

Prof. Stephane Lafortune co-authored, with Christos G. Cassandras, the book Discrete Event Systems, now in its second printing. The book is written for advanced-level students in a variety of disciplines.
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  Lafortune, Stephane  

Kai-hui Chang receives EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Kai-hui Chang (PhD 2007) received the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in logic and system design" by the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA).
[Read more...]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

ECE Futures and Energy Seminar

Optimizing Plasma Surface Interactions for Materials Processing: Microelectronics to Polymer Processing
by Mark J. Kushner
Dean of Engineering, Iowa State University
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
2:30-3:30pm in 1200 EECS [More info...]

CSE Distinguished Lecture: Designing a New Automotive DNA

Larry Burns
VP, Research & Development and Strategic Planning
General Motors
Thursday, January 10, 2008
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
1670 CSE [More info...]

New Book: Physical Database Design

By Toby Teorey, professor emeritus and academic program director for the College of Engineering Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. His other books include the 4th edition of Database Modeling and Design. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

New Textbook: Analysis of Bipolar and CMOS Amplifiers

By Amir M. Sodagar, assistant research scientist affiliated with the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems. His research interests include: Analog, digital, and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Wireless Implantable Microsystems. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

New Textbook: Foundations and Applications of Sensor Management

By Prof. Al Hero, et al. Prof. Hero is also affiliated with the departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics at U-M. His research interests include: Statistical communication theory, Signal processing, Detection and estimation theory, and Tomographic imaging. [More info...]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

New Interdisciplinary Research Program Will Lead to Better Understanding of Global Environmental Change

Mahta Moghaddam, associate professor and member of the Radiation Laboratory, is lead investigator at U-M for the important new multidisciplinary project: An Inundated Wetlands Earth System Data Record: Global Monitoring of Wetland Extent and Dynamics. This research will enable unprecedented insight into global environmental change. Read more...
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)