Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS News for 2010

EECS Spinoffs Recognized as Key Innovators in Business Competition

The companies Arbor Photonics (high power laser technology) and Evigia (wireless sensing) earned top prizes in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, while the student competition included prizes for Reveal Design Automation and for MiEND-Drug Screeners. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Lasers  Najafi, Khalil  Sakallah, Karem  Sensors  Technology Transfer  Wise, Kensall  

Paving the way for ubiquitous computing

The work of Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and their former student and colleague Dr. Scott Hanson (PhD EE) in low-power computing led to the recent and flourishing start-up company, Ambiq Micro. The problem they are solving: ubiquitous computing - by concentrating on saving power during sleep cycles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy  Environment  Health  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wireless Communications  

Ken Wise - Leading a Revolution in MEMS

Prof. Ken Wise's accomplishments as a leader in technology transfer were recognized in receiving the 2010 Technology Transfer Career Achievement Award. He co-founded or mentored over 12 U-M start-ups, created industry collaborations with over 20 major businesses and provided guidance to countless fellow researchers, students and staff. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Wise, Kensall  

Students Demonstrate Microprocessor-Based Systems Projects

On December 17, student teams from EECS 373, Design of Microprocessor-Based Systems, demonstrated their embedded design projects at a poster and demo session in the CSE Bulding's Tishman Hall. [Full Story]

2010 Computer Games Showcase Draws Huge Interest

On Friday, December 17, CSE's Tishman Hall was alive with the sound of an enthusiastic crowd of over 300 attendees trying out and comparing new video games. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

/BIN/ART Opening Highlights Adaptive Art

On December 16 and 17, a new collection of adpative art was on display at the Duderstadt Gallery featuring student works. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Shaping the Sound of Bronze in Tishman Hall

On Monday, December 13, student teams from an ENG 100 Design course called "Shaping the Sound of Bronze" held an open house in CSE's Tishman Hall. [Full Story]

Students Give A Couple of the Best Among 3,000 Elevator Pitches

Keith Porter and Patrick Theisen won in their category Michigan Matters, and Best Mobile App. Their projects are called, Metro Detroit Computer Exchange and miParty. [Full Story]

2011 Departmental Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award: Mingyan Liu, Scott Mahlke, and Mahta Moghaddam. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  Mahlke, Scott  

Intel Donates Computers to EECS to Support Research and Teaching

Intel Corporation has donated funds to EECS for computers to support research and teaching in the areas of Computing Systems and Logic Design. [Full Story]

Winter 2011: EECS 598-003: Advanced Topics in Analog ICs

Course No.: 598
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: David Wentzloff, Michael Flynn
Prerequisites: EECS 413 and Co-requisite EECS 522

Course Description:
Meets TTH 1:30-3:30


This course will cover design and analysis of advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, beyond what is covered in EECS 511 and 522. The first half of this course will be lecture based, with lectures covering topics in analog and RF integrated circuits including the design of complete RF systems, analog and all-digital phase-locked loops, serial links, clock and data recovery circuits, and Gm-C filters. Students will complete problem sets and small projects relevant to the lecture material. During the second half of the course students will survey relevant papers from leading IC conferences and journals and will present a summary of an assigned paper to the class.

Pettie, Wenisch Named Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Asst. Profs. Seth Pettie and Thomas F. Wenisch have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. [Full Story]

Nees-Mourou: PhysOrg - Theoretical physics breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum

Nees-Mourou: Popular Science - Making Something From Nothing: Researchers Find That Matter Can Be Conjured from a Vacuum

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Theoretical breakthrough: Generating matter and antimatter from the vacuum

The HERCULES laser in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science will help test the mathematically proven theory developed by Dr. Igor Sokolov, with John Nees, Natalia Naumova, and Prof. Emeritus Gerard Mourou that matter can be created out of nothing. [Press Release]
Related Topics:  
Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  Mourou, Gerard A.  Nees, John A.  

CSE Grad Students Present at Honors Competition

Four finalists gave presentations on their research at the 7th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on December 8. [Full Story]

Peter Chen Named ACM Fellow

Prof. Peter Chen has been named an ACM Fellow for his significant contributions to reliable storage and virtual machines. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

December 5 - 11 is National Computer Science Education Week

Come to CSE to join in lectures and activities.

Also, see the Hall of Fame for Top Puzzle Solvers! [Full Story]

MABEL walking over rough ground - Take 2

The bipedal robot known as MABEL is getting the hang of walking on uneven surfaces. Check out her first attempt she did pretty well, but then crashed and burned. Now she is navigating increasingly taller steps. MABEL walks on the balls of her feet, so her balance mimics a natural human gait. This is accomplished through advanced control algorithms, and results in walking motions that are more energy efficient and more agile than almost all other robots. [Watch the video]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Dennis Sylvester Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Dennis Sylvester was recently named IEEE Fellow and cited for his contributions to energy-efficient integrated circuits. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sylvester, Dennis  

HERCULES laser rivals a synchrotron

Researchers in the High Field Science group of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have recently used the high-intensity, table-top HERCULES laser to demonstrate X-ray beams with peak spectral brilliance rivaling those generated in expensive and large synchrotron particle accelerators. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  HERCULES  Lasers  

CSE Grad Student Awarded Rackham Fellowship

Daya Khudia, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, has received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

Winter 2011: EECS 419 Electric Machinery and Drives

Course No.: 419
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Heath Hofmann
Prerequisites: EECS 216 or graduate standing

Course Description:
Generation of forces and torques in electromechanical devices. Power electronic drives, motion control. DC machines. AC machines, surface mount permanent magnet machines, induction machines. Applications examined include electric propulsion drives for electric/hybrid vehicles, generators for wind turbines, and high-speed motor/alternators for flywheel energy storage systems. Laboratory experience with electric drives. [More Info]

ECE Grad Students Earn Rackham Fellowships

Sid Yingze Bao, Gyouho Kim, and Zhengzheng Wu have all been awarded Rackham International Student Fellowships to support their research.

Winter 2011: EECS 590: Advanced Programming Languages

Course: EECS 590
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Chandrasekhar Boyapati
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
This is a 4-credit course that covers basic and advanced topics in programming languages, and shows how good programming languages can significantly improve the reliability and security of software systems. This course has three objectives: 1) To understand fundamental concepts in programming languages, 2) To study some recent topics and trends in PL research, and 3) To gain experience planning and carrying out a semester long PL research project. This course counts as a software kernel course and towards software area qualification for CSE graduate students. This course also counts as an upper level CS technical elective for CS-ENGR and CS LSA undergraduate students. Please see the course web page for further information. [Full Story]

Olson: Robotics Online - U-M Robot Team Wins International Competition and $750,000

Olson: ZDNet Australia - US Defeats Australia in Robot Comp

Olson: AnnArbor.com - Robots Built By University of Michigan Students Win $750,000 Grant

Olson: Detroit Free Press - U-M Team Wins Global Robotics Prize

Olson: PRWeb - Hail to the Victors! Team Michigan Wins Inaugural Worldwide Robotics Competition in Australia

Student Programming Team Advances to ACM 2011 World Finals

A team of three U-M students has advanced from regional competition and will compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. [Full Story]

Students Shine at 2010 Engineering Graduate Symposium

ECE students presented more than 80 posters, and received awards in every category, at the 2010 Eng. Graduate Symposium. Their research displayed a remarkably broad range of interests. [Full Story]

Winter 2011: EECS 598-001 Terahertz Technology and applications

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Mona Jarrahi
Prerequisites: EECS 320 and EECS (330 or 334)

Meets MW 10:30-12 in EECS 1008
Course Description:
This course will provide graduate students with an overview on the unique specifications of terahertz waves and potential applications as well as the state of the current terahertz systems and the major technological challenges in the field. The topics covered in this course are THz Sources (vacuum-electronics-based, semiconductor-based, photoconduction-based and nonlinearity-based), THz Detectors (single-photon detectors, microbolometers, Golay cells, Pyroelectric detectors and focal-plane arrays), THz electronic components (waveguides, Metamaterials, filters and modulators), sensing with THz radiation (THz spectroscopy, imaging and tomography), and THz applications (biology, medicine, space sciences, pharmaceutical industry, security and communications).

Winter 2011: EECS 598-006 Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Anthony Grbic
Prerequisites: EECS 330

Course Description:
Meets TTH 10:30-12 in DOW 1018



This course will cover engineered structures possessing tailored electromagnetic properties, known today simply as metamaterials.


The course material will include classical microwave structures like periodically loaded transmission lines and waveguides, corrugated surfaces, wire arrays, and more recent examples such as high impedance surfaces, electromagnetic bandgap structures, negative refractive index and artificial magnetic media. Optical structures such as photonic bandgap materials and metal-dielectric plasmonic structures will also be touched upon. The course will allow graduate students to develop an intuitive feel for the electromagnetic response of various structures through exact and approximate methods. Effective medium theories will be developed for those structures operating in the long wavelength regime, and distributed circuit concepts utilized to gain understanding. [More Info]

Yahoo! Expands M45 Supercomputing Initivative, Selects U-M

Yahoo! has expanded its Hadoop-based M45 academic research initiative to include four additional US universities, including U-M. Eight researchers in CSE, ECE, and SI will participate. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  

Winter 2011: EECS 498-006/SI 517-001 Cloud Computing in the Commute

Course No.: EECS 498-006/SI 517-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Brian Noble, Jason Flinn
Prerequisites: EECS 281 or EECS 282 or Graduate Standing, or Permission of the Instructors.

Course Description:
Meets TTH 3-4:30 in GGBL 2233. [More Info]

Winter 2011: EECS 498-004 Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources

Term: WN11
Course No.: EECS 498-004
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS 215 or EECS 314 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
W 8:30-10:30 and F 8:30-10:30 [More Info]

Winter 2011: EECS 498-001 Solid State Power Devices

Term: WN11
Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Gholamhassan Lahiji
Prerequisites: EECS 320 or graduate standing

Course Description:
LEC MW 12:00-1:30 in 3433EECS DIS F 1:30-2:30 in 3433 EECS

Power semiconductor devices are at the heart of modern power electronic systems, and are expected to play an increasingly large role in reducing energy losses and in adapting power systems to new energy sources, especially renewable sources of energy. The goal of this course is to prepare students to analyze and design semiconductor devices and smart power integrated circuits for low and high power applications with different materials and technologies. The course covers the physics and fabrication of various power devices, whose capabilities span a broad range of voltages, currents and switching speeds. Of course, special attention is paid to Insulated Gate FET devices, which in addition to being commonly used in conventional digital and analog circuits, are also the devices of choice for power electronics. We start the course with a broad review of ideal power devices, semiconductor material properties, breakdown voltages and a detailed analysis of PN junctions along with the analysis and fabrication of power diodes, Schottky and pin diodes. The physics and fabrication process of basic MOS structures will be covered in detail along with the fabrication technology of different power MOS transistors. Bipolar Junction transistors and their combination with MOS technology, which has resulted in Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors, will also be covered in this course. JFET based power devices are another group of devices that is under development and research, and will also be covered. Then the physics and fabrication of four and higher layer devices will be discussed, including SCR, GTO, and MCT devices. Temperature effects and packaging are other important issues in power devices that will also be discussed in this course, along with the fabrication of devices with large band gap materials like SiC and GaN.

Prerequisite: EECS320, or graduate standing. [More Info]

U-M Robot Team Wins International Competition and $750,000

A team of student robot developers led by Prof. Edwin Olson has won the MAGIC competition that was sponsored by the US and Austrialian defense departments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Winter 2011: EECS 498/598-005 Performance Systems: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

Term: Winter 2011
Course No.: EECS 498/598, PAT 461/511/561
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Georg Essl
Prerequisites: EECS 280 (required), HCI, Graphics, Multimedia, PAT courses (optional)

Course Description:
Meets TTH 2:30-4 in COOL G906 [More Info]

Winter 2011: EECS 598-004 Introduction to Quantum Information and Computing

Term: Winter 2011
Course No.: EECS 598-004
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Kim Winick
Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering, the physical sciences, computer science or mathematics and a basic knowledge of linear algebra

Course Description:
Time and Place: Monday and Wednesdays 3 pm 4:30 pm, 3433 EECS Bldg. [More Info]

CAD Team Places Second at 2010 CADathlon

The team of electrical engineering PhD students Myung-Chul Kim and Dong-Jin Lee achieved a second place finish in the 2010 CADathlon. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010

Prof. Igor Markov and PhD students Myung-Chul Kim and Dong-Jin Lee have won the Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS CAD Team Places Second at ICCAD 2010 CADathlon

Graduate students Myung-Chul Kim and and Dong-Jin Lee tied for 2nd place in the 2010 SIGDA CADathlon at the 2010 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). [Full Story]

Sylvester-Blaauw: PRWeb - Ambiq Micro Secures $2.4M Investment

Sylvester-Blaauw: GreenTech - Ambiq Micro Closes $2.4 Million Seed Round For Efficient Micro-controllers

Honoring a Pathbreaker

Prof. Leo C. McAfee, Jr. retired after 39 years at Michigan, leaving a legacy of hope and achievement. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Prabal Dutta Wins Best Paper Award at SenSys 2010

Assistant Professor Prabal Dutta, along with co-authors from University of California, Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, has won the Best Paper Award at SenSys 2010. [Full Story]

David Kieras Selected for 2010 Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award

Prof. David Kieras has received the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Winter 2011: Introduction to Machine Learning

Term: Winter 2011
Course No.: 498-002
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Satinder Singh
Prerequisites: EECS 281 (or EECS 203, substantial programming experience, & permission of instructor)

Note: this course satisfies an Upper-Level Comp. Sci. Elective

Course Description:
Making sense of data, whether it comes from commercial settings like Twitter or from scientific experiments in a research laboratory, is a problem of great interest to society. Machine learning approaches help us classify, cluster, display, predict, and decide how to act based on data.

In this course, we will learn about and program machine learning algorithms and evaluate them on data from twitter feeds, flickr feeds, video, blogs, as well as scientific data. Some familiarity with C++ or Java will be helpful for we will use Weka (machine learning) libraries as well as Processing libraries in our assignments.

Winter 2011: EECS 598-002 Solar Cell Device Physics

Term: Winter 2011
Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Jamie Phillips (jphilli@umich.edu)
Prerequisites: EECS 421 or graduate standing. Previous knowledge of semiconductor physics is essential for the course.

Course Description:
CLASS MEETINGS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm, 3433 EECS [More Info]

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble in Original Theatrical Performance

Friday, November 5, the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble will participate in an original theatrical piece as part of the Once. More. festival and the Performing Arts Technology 25th Anniversary. [Full Story]

Students Create 20 Projects in 24 Hours at Hack U

Students who participated in Yahoo!'s Hack U event created 20 new web and mobile apps in 24 hours. [Full Story]

Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac now available

Copies of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac are now available for checkout from the DCO offices. As with all software covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement, this software can only be installed on machines owned by the University of Michigan.

2010 MIPSE Graduate Symposium

The 1st Annual Graduate Symposium of the interdisciplinary Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering offered awards for best oral and poster presentations to students of 5 departments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Nader Engheta to present ECE Distinguished Lecture

Nader Engheta, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the U. of Pennsylvania, will give the lecture, "Taming Light and Electrons with Metamaterials," Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at 4:00 pm, 1670 CSE [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

J. Alex Halderman Interviewed on CNN and NPR

CSE Prof. J. Alex Halderman was interviewed on CNN television about how his research team cracked and reprogrammed the new Washington DC Internet voting system - in 36 hours. [NPR Link] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Thomas Schmid Selected for 2010 Computing Innovation Fellowship

Dr. Thomas Schmid, a Post Doctoral Researcher in CSE, was recently named a 2010 Computing Innovation Fellow (CIFellow) by The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA). [Full Story]

U-M Students Build Amazing Mobile Apps in 48 Hours

U-M students with an interest in mobile device programming came together for the third 48-hour Smartphonia Mania Hackathon. The outcome was an impressive set of functional apps! [Full Story]

University of Michigan Team Wins GSRC Margarida Jacome Best Poster/Demo Award

A team of U-M computer scientists won the GSRC Margarida Jacome Best Poster/Demo Award at the Annual Symposium on the Gigascale Systems Research Center. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

Norris: Nature Photonics - Ultrafast Rabi flopping and coherent pulse propagation in a quantum cascade laser

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Islam: Scientific American - Laser Tag

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

New Equation Could Advance Research in Solar Cells

A groundbreaking new equation developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest and colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors: help to enable their wider adoption. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

CSE and North American Bancard Host 48-Hour Hackathon

This weekend, CSE and North American Bancard will host the third annual 48-hour Smartphonia Mania Hackathon. Students are invited to join and create mobile apps - for any moble device! [Full Story]

U-M Researchers Hack into Voting Test Bed

Michigan Engineering computer science researchers, led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, successfully hacked into a test bed of a new Internet-based absentee voting system in Washington, D.C. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Team Michigan Departs for MAGIC Robotics Competition

Team Michigan, a group of U-M students led by Prof. Edwin Olson, will depart for the world finals in the MAGIC robotics competition in Australia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Farnam Jahanian Selected to Head NSF CISE Directorate

Farnam Jahanian, CSE Chair, has been selected by NSF to head its directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Managing a successful company with your EECS degree

Rick Wallace offers advice to students based on his experiences in a startup company, to running one of the best managed companies in the Silicon Valley, KLA-Tencor.
Video Link [Full Story]

New Student Group to Form for Mobile App Development

A new student group is forming around mobile app development, and everyone's invited to the organizational meeting in Design Lab One at the Duderstadt on Sept 30 @ 6:00pm. [Full Story]

Yahoo! Brings Hack U to CSE Oct 27 - 30

Yahoo! will bring its renowned team of tech gurus to CSE for Hack U, a series of workshops culminating in a 24-hour programming contest. Students, check it out! [Full Story]

Islam: Scientific American - Lased and Confused: Off-the-Shelf Infrared Lasers Could Ward Off Missile Attacks on Military Helicopters

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Islam: Wired - Army Turns to Lasers for Copter Defense

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Fessler: MyScience - Grant could enable higher definition CT scans at lower radiation doses

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Laser-based missile defense for helicopters

Mohammed Islam and his company, Omni Sciences, are developing mid-infrared supercontinuum lasers to protect helicopters in combat, among other applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Security (national and personal safety)  

CT scans at higher definition and lower radiation

Jeff Fessler has received funding from the NIH to improve the image quality of lower-dose CT scans for diagnosing and monitoring lung disease. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health  Medical diagnosis  Signal and Image Processing   

New work resolves long-standing question about short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers

An important step in understanding longstanding questions about the behavior of short pulses in Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) has been reported by Prof. Ted Norris and colleagues in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  Lasers  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Devices  

Guo: Nature Communications - Plasmonic nanoresonators for high-resolution colour filtering and spectral imaging

Guo: Technology Review - A Simple Filter Could Make LCDs More Efficient

Smallest U-M logo demonstrates advanced display technology

Prof. Jay Guo has developed a new type of color filter that, through nanostructuring, takes the next step toward more efficient, smaller and higher-definition display screens. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Displays  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Efficient computing in the age of nanoscale devices

Prof. Dennis Sylvester is a key member of a 5-year $10M NSF grant to study how software can make nanoscale computer components more efficient. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  

Fall 2010: Ubiquitous Parallelism

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: 598
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Satish Narayanasamy
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or 482 or Instructor's permission

Course Description:
Processors with over hundred cores have already become a reality. However, technologies that can allow mainstream programmers to take advantage of this massive parallelism remains to be a grand challenge in computer science. This course will cover recent advances that seek to address this challenge. We will discuss holistic solutions that cut across the computing stack from languages to processor design. Specific topics include high-productivity languages, transactional memory, deterministic parallel computing, GPGPU, MapReduce, multi-core OS, active testing, speculative parallelism, etc.

This course will include a term project. You will get access to latest parallel programming tools and systems for your project such as Intel's 48-core Single Cloud Computer, Thread checker, pinPlay record-n-replay, and CHESS for active testing.

Reading list, syllabus and more information could be found at the course website:

http://eecs.umich.edu/~nsatish/courses/598-f10/ [Full Story]

Fall 2010: Unsupervised Feature Learning

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Honglak Lee
Prerequisites: EECS 492 (Introduction to AI) or 545 (Machine Learning) or permission of instructor.

Course Description:
In recent years, there has been much interest in algorithms thatlearn feature hierarchies from unlabeled data. In particular, deeplearning methods such as deep belief networks, sparse coding-based methods, convolutional networks, and deep Boltzmann machines, have shown promise and have already been successfully applied to a variety of tasks in computer vision, audio processing, natural language processing, information retrieval, and robotics.

In this seminar course, we will focus on reviewing principles andrecent progress in unsupervised learning and deep learning algorithms, with a goal of developing useful features for machine learning applications. Topics include sparse coding, autoencoders, restricted Boltzmann machines, and deep belief networks. The course will require an open-ended research project.

CSE Spinout Arbor Networks Acquired in U-M Tech Transfer Success Story

Arbor Networks, the Internet security and network management company founded by Professor Farnam Jahanian and Robert Malan will be acquired by Tektronix Communications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Grizzle: The Lucy Ann Lance Show - MABEL The Walking Robot

MRacing Team Drives to 2nd Overall Finish in Formula Student Germany

With EECS students Jacob Oberlin and Nathan Lusk in charge of the electronics, the MRacing team finished an impressive second of 91 teams in the competition. [Full Story]

Mark Kushner Awarded the AVS Medard W. Welch Award

Prof. Kushner received the award "for outstanding contributions to modeling and physical understanding of plasmas, especially those used in thin film etching, deposition and surface modification." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Grizzle: MSN - Ford Increases Investment in University Research; More Than $60 Million Awarded Over Last 20 Years

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Grizzle: The Auto Channel - Ford Increases Investment in University Research; More Than $60 Million Awarded Over Last 20 Years

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Quantum Signal (EECS startup): Ann Arbor.com-Quantum Signal plans to add 47 jobs after acquisition of Saline's former Union School building

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguistics Team to Multiple Wins

For the fourth year, Assoc. Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached the US Computational Linguistics Team to multiple wins. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Meeting the Challenges for Low-Power System-on-Chip (SoC) Design

U-M and Nanyang Tech. U. will collaborate to advance research in the areas of low-power and biomedical IC's, energy harvesting, and wireless sensors. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  International Partnerships  

Eric Dattoli Named National Academies Research Associate

Dattoli, who recently received his PhD in EE, will work at NIST on a project that could enable better functioning gas sensors for health and safety monitoring applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Pallab Bhattacharya Receives Welker Award at ISCS 2010

Prof. Bhattacharya received this award at the Int. Symp. on Compound Semiconductors for his pioneering work on III-V based photonic devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Robotics Team to Advance to World Finals

Team Michigan has qualified as a finalist in the MAGIC international robot challenge. Prof. Edwin Olson, his students, and their team of robots will compete this November in Australia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Blaauw,Sylvester: New York Times - Ambiq Micro Wins Another Business Competition

CSE Researchers Win First Place in ISPLED Design Contest

Three CSE researchers have won first place in the ISLPED 2010 Low Power Design Contest for developing a method for harvesting power from a smartphone audio jack. [Full Story]

EECS Faculty Receive HP Labs Innovation Research Awards

Four EECS faculty teams have been selected to receive 2010 Innovation Research Program awards from HP for projects that range from plasma science to virtualized data centers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Lafortune, Stephane  

Jessy Grizzle Named IFAC Fellow

Prof. Grizzle was named Fellow for outstanding contributions to nonlinear control theory and to applications in automotive and robotic systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Blaauw-Sylvester: Crains Detroit Business - UM spinoff Ambiq Micro Inc. wins business plan competition

Fall 2010: Infrastructure for Vehicle Electrification

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours:
Instructor: Prof. Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS 215 or 314 (or permission of instructor)

Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of the physical and cyber infrastructures that will underpin large-scale integration of plug-in electric vehicles. PEV charger technology will be examined, with a view to establishing grid-side characteristics. V2G converter requirements will be considered. The physical power system infrastructure will be presented, beginning with an overview of power system structure and operations, through distribution system design, to consumer installations. Quality-of-supply issues and protection requirements will be addressed. The information infrastructure and regulatory framework required to support various business models for flexible PEV charging and V2G applications will be presented. Control strategies that are appropriate for large-scale PEV integration will be considered. Upon completion of the course, students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the structure, capabilities and limitations of the physical and cyber infrastructures required to support PEVs. [More Info]

Kang Shin and Collaborators Win Best Paper Award at USENIX

Prof. Kang G. Shin and four collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at the 2010 USENIX Annual Technical Conference for "LiteGreen: Saving Energy in Networked Desktops Using Virtualization." [Full Story]

Schmid and Dutta Win ACM 2010 HotEmNets Best Paper Award

CSE Post Doctoral Researcher Thomas Schmid and Assistant Professor Prabal Dutta, and along with two collaborators from UCLA, have won the Best Paper Award at the 6th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Embedded Networked Sensors. [Full Story]

CSE to Hold CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

CSE welcomes Michigan high school teachers to CS4HS, a two-day summer workshop takes place August 18 - 19, 2010 at CSE. Welcome, teachers! [Full Story]

Official Michigan iPhone App Has Roots as a CSE Student Project

The U-M has released its official iPhone app, which provides access to a range of campus information. The app also has roots as a CSE student project. [Full Story]

EECS Alum is a CS Pirate-Entrepreneur

EECS Alumnus Nick Yang has started three successful software companies in China, and has a fourth in mind. He loves building a fast ship, recruiting a crew, and developing software that changes people's lives. [Full Story]

Blaauw,Sylvester,Hanson: Ann Arbor.com - U-M microcontroller spinoff Ambiq Micro wins

Kamal Sarabandi Honored with 2011 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award

Prof. Sarabandi received this award "for contributions to space-based, microwave and millimeter polarimetric radar remote sensing of the Earth's surface for civilian and military applications." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Ambiq Micro Wins Global Business Plan Competition

Ambiq Micro, the startup founded by Profs. Sylvester, Blaauw, and Dr. Scott Hanson, received seed funding of $250K from DFJ and Cisco in their first place finish in the Global Business Plan Competition. They are expected to "lead the way to ubiquitous computing with next generation energy-efficient microcontrollers." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

Sylvester-Blaauw-Hanson: Market Watch - DFJ and Cisco Announce Ambiq Micro as Winner of Global Business Plan Competition

Holography and the Laser

An article in the July, 8, 2010 issue of Optics & Photonics News describes the critical role played by Emmett Leith and Juris Upatnieks (shown left)at U-M's Willow Run Laboratory in the development of modern holography, as well as the role of technology, in the form of lasers, to its ultimate success. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Holography  

Moghaddam: Physorg - Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Guo: Technology Review - A Simpler Route to Plastic Solar Cells

Zhong: URecord - U-M, Chinese university provide $1.2M for renewable energy, biomedical technology projects

Computer Vision Research Recognized at Innovation in AEC Conference

Prof. Silvio Savarese's student, Mani Golparvar-Fard, receives best paper award for research in four-dimensional augmented reality models and their application to the construction industry. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Robotics and Computer Vision  Savarese, Silvio  

Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights

A new $26M NASA project led by Prof. Mahta Moghaddam will provide an important piece of knowledge in the quest to understand and predict climate change. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Zhengya Zhang Earns Best Paper Award at Symposium on VLSI Circuits

Prof. Zhengya Zhang and collaborators at Berkeley earned best paper for their energy-efficient chip suitable for high-speed wireless and optical communications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Zhang, Zhengya  

Lectures on Light: New Book by Prof. Steve Rand

This new book by Prof. Rand, "Lectures on Light: Nonlinear and Quantum Optics using the Density Matrix," attempts to bridge the gap between introductory quantum mechanics and the research front of modern optics and scientific fields that make use of light. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Rand, Stephen  

Solar Car Team Wins American Solar Challenge - AGAIN!

With clock speeds reaching 100 mph in testing, Infinium races to its 3rd consecutive win in the American Solar Challenge. Special congratulations to all the EECS members of the team! [Full Story]

Forrest: Nature Photonics-Room-temperature polariton lasing

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Microsoft Office 2010 now available

Copies of Microsoft Office 2010 Professional are now available for checkout from the DCO offices. As with all software covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement, this software can only be installed on machines owned by the University of Michigan.

UM:Autonomy's Team Takes Home 1st Prize

Michigan's Autonomy team took first place at the student robotics Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition. EECS students designed and assembled the electronics box for the water vehicle. [Full Story]

Organic Laser Breakthrough

Prof. Stephen Forrest achieves long-sought-after optics phenomenon that could lead to more efficient and flexible lasers for telecommunications and quantum computing applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Devices  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Telecommunications  

Grizzle: AP - U-M robot Mabel clears stacked wood, may jog soon

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Grizzle: Detroit Free Press - U-M robot breaks leg

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Visual Studio 2010 now available

Copies of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 are now available for checkout from the DCO office in 2917 CSE. As with all software covered under the Microsoft Campus Agreement, this software can only be installed on machines owned by the University of Michigan.

Ambiq Micro: Taking a Startup to the Next Level

Ambiq Micro, founded by EE alumnus Scott Hanson, and Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, has been attracting the attention of potential investors at recent business plan competitions. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

WIMS and CUOS Among 60 Years of Sensational Research by NSF

The research that came out of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science have been recognized in the recent National Science Foundation publication, NSF Sensational 60. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS)  WIMS/WIMS2  

WIMS-CUOS: WWJ 950 - Four U-M Projects Named to NSF 'Sensational 60' List

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

WIMS-Lasik: URecord - U-M projects named to NSF Sensational 60 list

Grizzle: URecord - Video shows walking robot navigating bumpy ground

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

MABELs first attempt at walking over rough ground

Watch the video
Learn More about MABEL, the bi-pedal robot who is learning to walk over obstacles without the aid of eyes (sensors).
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Grizzle: Robotics Tech Center - MABEL: A Bipedal Robot Walks Naturally With no Camera

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Grizzle: semageek - Mabel, le robot bipde qui se casse la jambe

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Grizzle: engadget - U-M's MABEL robot hits a stride, breaks a leg

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Satellite Imagery of Alaska Wetlands Earns Best Paper Award

Research leading to the first-ever wetlands map of Alaska generated using radar remote sensing was described in an article co-authored by Prof. Moghaddam and EE grad student Jane Whitcomb, et al. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Remote Sensing  

Carmon: Science - Putting Light's Touch to Work as Optics Meets Mechanics

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Grizzle: Fast Company - Sightless Mabel's Fancy Footwork a Giant Leap for Robotkind

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Grizzle: BotJunkie - MABEL Walks on Uneven Surfaces, Breaks Ankle

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Ruzbeh Akbar Receives NASA Fellowship For SMAP Mission Research

Ruzbeh Akbar, EE graduate student, received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for research that is applicable to NASA's SMAP mission, which is planned for a 2014 launch. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Halderman: BBC News - US Scientists Hack India Electronic Voting Machines

Halderman: Times of India - Tamper-Proof? Scientists Show EVMs Can Be Hacked

Halderman: Slashdot - Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's...

WIMS: GLITR - UM Center Celebrates 10 Years of Developing Wireless Devices

U-M Tech Transfer Office Program for Entrepreneurs

This video story features Ambiq Micro and Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009), CEO and co-founder of the company along with Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester. Ambiq Micro is called one of the most promising companies that mentor-in-resident Dave Hartmann has worked with recently. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

CSE Researcher Receives Outstanding PhD Award

Dr. Thomas Schmid, a Post Doctoral Researcher in CSE, has been selected to receive the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department's 2009-2010 Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy Award. [Full Story]

WIMS Center Celebrates 10 Years, and Looks to the Future

The NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems recently celebrated 10 years of innovation. The Center, which has spawned 11 startup companies, now moves into its next phase of existence as an Institute. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  WIMS/WIMS2  

Kaplan: APS Observer - This Side of Paradise; Discovering Why the Human Mind...

Caravan Track Hits the Road

Student app developers and Ford engineers departed CSE on May 13 for a cross country roadtrip in 2011 Fiestas running social networking software that the students developed. [Full Story]

CSE Spinout Places 6th in Rice University Business Plan Competition

U-M students pitched Reveal Design Automation, a start-up with roots in CSE, at the recent Rice University Business Plan Competition. [Full Story]

CS Students Win Big in ITS Mobile Apps Innovation Challenge

Current and former computer science students have been announced as top winners in all three categories of the ITS Mobile Apps Innovation Challenge. [Full Story]

Forrest: Ann Arbor.com - Investment in education would reverse U.S. manufacturing contraction

Analog Devices Finds Winning A/D Circuit Designs in EECS 511

Graduate students in the course Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits received prizes from Analog Devices for their final designs. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

CSE Spinout Highlighted in National Report on Research to Jobs

Arbor Networks, founded in 2000 by Prof. Farnam Jahanian and G. Robert Malan, who was then a doctoral student at U-M, has been highlighted in a report on federal investment in basic research and resultant job creation. [Full Story]

Eric Tkacyk Named Fulbright Fellow and Whitaker Scholar

Eric Tkaczyk has been awarded two prestigious fellowships to develop a portable and affordable cataract assessment technology in Estonia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Flinn and Noble: Popular Mechanics - Cloud Computing for Commuters

Feature on Valeria Bertacco

Assoc. Prof. Valeria Bertacco was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Michigan Engineer, a special issue devoted to remarkable women in engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

Kieras: Ann Arbor Observer - Hang Up and Drive! (PDF)

Feature on Mahta Moghaddam

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of the Michigan Engineer, a special issue devoted to remarkable women in engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CSE Graduate Student Awarded Intel Ph.D. Fellowship

Andrew DeOrio has been selected to receive a prestigious Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship. [Full Story]

CSE Graduate Student Wins Best Student Paper at WWW Conference

Tony Fang has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 19th World Wide Web Conference for his paper, "Privacy Wizards for Social Networking Sites." [Full Story]

Anthony Grbic Honored with Henry Russel Award

Prof. Grbic was honored by the University of Michigan for his impressive research and exemplary teaching. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  

Students Develop Cloud Computing Apps for Cars

Recent apps developed by CSE students for the new Ford Fiesta are making the news, and the top app will be loaded into a 2011 Fiesta for a socially networked cross-country road trip. Videos on Facebook. [Full Story]

EECS Department Recognizes Graduate Student Instructors

April 26, we recognized exemplary Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at the annual GSI awards luncheon. [Full Story]

Forrest: Going Global (U-M and SJTU)

Prof. Stephen Forrest talks about U-M's cooperative research with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and the excellent opportunity that exists to take advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy's emphasis on renewable energy research with Chinese institutions. [Read More] - - [Energy and Power Research in ECE]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  International Partnerships  

Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship

Amit Patel was awarded a SMART Fellowship to support his research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Kevin Xu Awarded NSERC Fellowship

Kevin Xu received a fellowship to pursue his research in the area of statistical signal processing, specifically, "Inference in Dynamic Networks for Prediction of Epidemics." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Researchers Demonstrate Vulnerabilities in India's Voting Machines

An international team of researchers, including CSE Asst. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, has demonstrated that electronic voting machines in India, the world's largest democracy, are vulnerable to fraud. [Full Story]

Data Mining Workshop Brings Together Over 100 Researchers

On April 23, researchers from across the U-M gathered at CSE for a highly-anticipated workshop on data, text, web, and social network mining. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Bertacco and Austin: BBC News - Web Security Attack Makes Silicon Chips More Reliable

Mona Jarrahi Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. Jarrahi will pursue research in Plasmonics-Enabled Ultra-Short Carrier Lifetime Photoconductors for High Power Terahertz Generation. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Jarrahi, Mona  

P.C. Ku Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prof. PC Ku will pursue research in Nitride Semiconductor Single-Photon Emitters and Photon Entanglement. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Patrick O'Keefe Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in HCI

Patrick O'Keefe, incoming graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in human computer interaction. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

CSE Students Create Social Networking Apps for Cars

On April 23, six teams of students demoed the apps they created in the new "Cloud Computing in the Commute" course taught this semester at U-M in partnership with Ford. Video from event on Facebook. [Full Story]

Awards and Dragon Slaying

Matt Lauer, 2010 HKN President, surprised Prof. David Wentzloff with the HKN Professor of the Year award at St. George's Day Feast. Also, HKN receives award, and EECS Alumni Society hands out awards. [Full Story]

Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

Read about the research of Brian Buss (Control of Glucose Monitoring), Anne Itsuno (Infrared Photodetectors), Matt Tomes (Optical MEMS), and Fan Wu (BioMEMS), and incoming student Patrick O'Keefe (HCI).

Fan Wu Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in BioMEMS

Fan Wu, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in BioMEMS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Matt Tomes Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Optics

Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Anne Itsuno Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Photodetectors

Anne Itsuno, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research in infrared photodetector devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Brian Buss Receives NSF Fellowship for Control Research

Brian Buss, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in controlling glucose levels in ICU patients, using control theory. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Debapriya Chatterjee Receives NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

Ph.D. candidate Debapriya Chatterjee has received an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship for his work in developing EDA applications for GP-GPU platforms. [Full Story]

Student iPhone App Acquired by National Company

The popular DoGood iPhone app - created by three U-M students and downloaded by close to 70,000 people - has been acquired by Tonic. [Full Story]

David Kieras Inducted into the CHI Academy

Prof. David Kieras has been recognized by the HCI community through his election into the CHI Academy by the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI. [Full Story]

CS-Focused Companies Graduate from TechArb Incubator

Eight student-run and student-involved companies, most CS-driven, will graduate from TechArb, the Center for Entrepreneurship's incubator. Featured at the event will be Jason Bornhorst, CSE graduate, co-founder of TechArb, and co-founder of Mobil33t. [Full Story]

Adaptive Art AESTHETIC POSSIBILITIES OF ALGORITHMS, COMPUTATION, AND MACHINE LEARNING

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: 498
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Satinder Bavej (EECS) and Osman Khan (A & D)
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
This course will meet with ARTDES 300-007. [Full Story]

Intro to Computer Security

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: EECS 398-001
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: J. Alex Halderman
Prerequisites: EECS 281; EECS 370 recommended

Course Description:
Course will meet TTH 10:30-12 in EECS 3427 and Fri 2:30-3:30 in EECS 1003 [Full Story]

Power Electronics

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: EECS 498-009
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Heath Hofmann
Prerequisites: (EECS 215 and EECS 216) or Graduate Standing

Course Description:
Course will meet MW 3-4:30 in EECS 3427 [More Info]

Xin Hu Receives Yahoo! Research Award

CSE Graduate Student Xin Hu has received a Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program Award for his research in network security. [Full Story]

Featured Video: Phoenix 2 Chip

This video describes the Phoenix 2 chip, a solar-powered, commercial-grade microprocessor that is the smallest chip that can harvest energy from its surroundings, and the company spawned by the research, Ambiq Micro. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

Prabal Dutta Wins IPSN Best Paper Award

Prof. Prabal Dutta, along with two colleagues from UCLA, has won a Best Paper Award at the 9th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks in Stockholm, Sweden. [Full Story]

U-M Researchers Win 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award

EECS Professors Anna Gilbert and Martin Strauss, along with Joel Tropp, have won the 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award from EURASIP. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Domitilla Del Vecchio Receives Donald P. Eckman Award

Prof. Domitilla Del Vecchio received this Award from the American Automatic Control Council, "For contributions to the theory and practice of hybrid dynamical systems and systems biology." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Brian Noble to Receive Teaching Award

Professor Brian Noble has been selected to receive a 2010 University Undergraduate Teaching Award, which honors faculty who have demonstrated outstanding ability in teaching undergraduate students. [Full Story]

Amin Ansari Wins Distinguished Achievement Award

CSE graduate student Amin Ansari has won the 2010 College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes academic and research excellence. [Full Story]

Nadakuditi-New Scientist: Enter the matrix: the deep law that shapes our reality

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Job Prospects Best for EECS Majors!

Various news agencies (CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week) are reporting excellent jobs outlook for engineering majors compared to other areas, especially for EECS majors. [Full Story]

Radev: NALCO Press Release - Say What? High School Linguists Break the Code

Essl: BlogTalkRadio - Radio Interview on Cell Phones and Learning

Essl: WOBC News - Radio Interview on Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble

Autonomous Robotics Laboratory

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: EECS 498-006
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Ed Olson
Prerequisites: EECS 281 (or permission of instructor)

Course Description:
Want to learn how to program smart robots? Take EECS 498-006: Autonomous Robotics Laboratory!

**498 is approved as an upper level elective for CS and CE students, and as a flexible technical elective for EE students.**

The prerequisite is EECS 281, though permission will generally be granted to students with 280 and either 373 or 461. Register early; the class is likely to fill up quickly.

A highlights video from last term is available here:

http://april.eecs.umich.edu/courses/eecs498_f09/videos/

You can also view last term's website:

http://april.eecs.umich.edu/courses/eecs498_f09/wiki

Course Objective

This course will provide students with essential theoretical background and hands-on experience in central topics in robotics. These include: kinematics, inverse kinematics, sensors and sensor processing, and motion planning. Teams of students will explore these subjects through a series of challenge-themed laboratory exercises. Successful students will develop a pragmatic understanding of both theoretical principles and real-world issues, enabling them to design and program robotic systems incorporating sensing, planning, and acting.

We explore these topics from a computer science perspective, but we will also cover critical robotics topics that are often omitted from computer science curricula. These may include, for example, electrical circuits, control systems, Kalman filters, mechanics, and dynamics. Specialized computer science topics such as embedded systems programming, real time operating systems, artificial intelligence, etc., may also make appearances. No background is assumed in these areas.

The course is intended for upper-level computer science undergraduates, though any one with the appropriate background is welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Prof. Olson, but please check the wiki first!




Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Performance Systems - Building a Mobile Phone Ens.

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: 498-008
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Georg Essl
Prerequisites: EECS 280

Course Description:
FA 2010Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceEECS 498 - Special TopicsSection 008Performance Systems - Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble Credits:3

Undergrad and GradMeet Together ClassesEECS 598 - Special Topics, Section 004PAT 461 - Performance Systems, Section 001PAT 511 - Engin App Media Tech, Section 001PAT 561 - Perf Systems, Section 001 Primary Instructor:Essl,Georg

This course introduces the students to the process of setting up, coding for and performing in a mobile phone ensemble. The students will learn how to program mobile phones to be able to interactively play synthesis algorithms on them, as well as engage with the sensory capabilities of the device to harness their interactive capabilities. We will also engage with the technical limitation of the devices and explore technological ways to overcome these short-coming. The goal of the class is to teach the process of building a new performance system from scratch by moving from setting up infrastructure to ultimately playing live, ensemble-based music with mobile phones and the class closes with performances created by the students for the ensemble they created.

Target audience: Upper-class undergraduate and/or entering graduate students in PAT, EECS, and related fields

Markov: EE Times - IBM Benchmarks Prod Microprocessor Designers

Students Win Clock Network Synthesis Contest at ISPD 2010

EECS students Dongjin Lee and Myungchul Kim have won first place in the Clock Network Synthesis Contest at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, producing circuit designs four times more energy efficient than those of their closest competitor. [Full Story]

Data Structures Behind Internet Applications

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: 498-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Seth Pettie
Prerequisites: EECS 203 and (EECS 281 *OR* Informatics Majors w/EECS 282

Course Description:
Description: This course covers the theory behind the major internet applications.Students will learn, among other topics, the text indexing datastructures that make search engines possible,the data structures behind peer-to-peer file sharing networks,data structures for finding shortest path queries in road networks,algorithms for ranking webpages,and explanations of the "small world" phenomenon in social networks.

Ed Tang creates a popular video for the US Census

Ed Tang, student majoring in electrical engineering and senior process engineer for the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility created a video to encourage students to complete the US Census. He took 3rd place in the popular vote. Watch the video. Nicholas Peters, student majoring in computer science, took 4th place in the popular vote. Watch the video [Full Story]

Najafi-Galchev: AP Story in Battle Creek Enquirer - U-M looks to harvest energy

Soloway: eSchool News - Education Reformers Tout Value of Handheld Technologies (pdf)

Visualization Graphics Selected

CSE grad David Adams is now a PhD candidate in Physics at U-M, and has been using graphics for visualization of his research since taking Prof. Sugih Jamin's EECS 487 Interactive Computer Graphics course. The American Physical Society recently highlighted this image from David in their image gallery.

Prof. James Meindl Delivers Lecture on Nanotechnology

Prof. James Meindl, pioneer and leader in microelectronics and microsystems research and education, was on campus recently to deliver the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture. You may watch his lecture, entitled, Nanoelectronics in Retrospect, Prospect and Principle, and hear his predictions for the future of nanoelectronics. Video
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Najafi-Galchev: Popular Science: Tiny Mini-Generators Scavenge Energy From Ambient, Random Vibrations

Najafi-Galchev: Physorg: Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

Tiny generators could produce enough electricity from random, ambient vibrations to power a wristwatch, pacemaker or wireless sensor. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Energy Scavenging  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  Sensors  

Scott Hanson - Crain's Detroit: Ambiq Micro wins UM student business plan competition

Random matrix theory, algorithms and signal processing applications

Term: Fall 2010
Course No.: 598
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Raj Rao Nadakuditi
Prerequisites: Basic linear algebra and probability

Course Description:
This course covers and the theory and algorithms emerging from the study of random matrices as it is currently applied in signal processing, statistics and science. Topics include random sample covariance matrices, spectral limit theorems such as Wigner's semi-circle and Marcenko-Pastur laws, free probability, randomized numerical linear algebra, matrix statistics, passage to the continuum limit, moment methods, and compressed sensing. There will be a special focus on presenting the theory in a manner that facilitates the development of new applications and allows students that already have a topic in mind to to apply these ideas. Emerging applications in signal processing, wireless communications and statistical physics will be discussed.

Wei Lu: Europe Sun: Missing link of electronics could make brain-like computers

Wei Lu: Physorg: Brain-Like Computer Closer to Realization

Wei Lu: Chemistry World: Silver sputtered nano chips mimic brain synapse

Noble and Flinn: Technology Review - Creating Apps Just for Cars

Wei Lu: New Scientist: Electronics 'missing link' brings neural computing closer

Kamal Sarabandi Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, received the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Yong Long Selected as Barbour Scholar

Yong Long, EE:Systems PhD student working to improve the quality and safety of CT scans, was selected as a 2010-11 Barbour Scholar. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Martha Pollack Re-Elected to CRA Board of Directors

Prof. Martha Pollack has been re-elected to a three-year term on the Computing Research Association Board of Directors. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Amanda Funai Receives Margaret Ayers Host Award

Amanda Funai, EE:Systems graduate student working to improve the image quality of MRIs, received this award to pursue her research in Statistical Signal Processing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

CSE Graduate Student Receives Margaret Ayers Host Award

CSE graduate student Mona Attariyan has received the Margaret Ayers Host Award from the U-M Rackham Graduate School. [Full Story]

Bertacco and Austin: UPI.com - Study Finds Weakness in Security System

Bertacco and Austin: The Register - Severe OpenSSL Vuln Busts Public Key Crypto

Bertacco and Austin: Slashdot - Researchers Find Way to Zap RSA Algorithm

Adar: Technology Review - Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet

CSE Alumna Selected to Receive Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE Ph.D. 2008) has been selected to receive the 2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the European Design and Automation Association. [Full Story]

CSE Researchers Find Weakness in Common Digital Security System

Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Todd Austin, and doctoral student Andrea Pellegrini have demonstrated a weakness in a popular encryption method that is frequently used in a variety of electronic transactions. [Full Story]

Duncan Steel Honored with Graduate Student Mentor Award

Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor, received a 2010 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Steel, Duncan  

CSE Graduate Student Receives Best Paper Award at FAST '10

Graduate student Kaushik Veeraraghavan won the Best Paper Award at the 8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST) in San Jose. [Full Story]

Ambiq-Enertia: New York Times - Michigan Business Challenge

EECS Technology Wins Top Prizes in Michigan Business Challenge

Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009) presents a prototype microprocessor from the startup Ambiq Micro, which he co-founded with Profs. Blaauw and Sylvester. 2nd place went to Enertia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  

48-Hour Game Development Contest Yields 10 Games

Wolverine Soft, the student video game development group at U-M, held its 7th annual 48-hour game development contest on Feb. 12-13. At the event, 25 participants on 9 teams created 10 games. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

New High-Tech Sensors May Predict Bridge Fatigue

KTVU recently broadcast a Special Report about our ongoing research to ensure the safety of America's bridges and infrastructure. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics  Communications  Energy Scavenging  Flynn, Michael  Infrastructure  Liu, Mingyan  Mortazawi, Amir  Najafi, Khalil  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wireless Communications  

ISSYS - MEMS Coriolis Flow: Mini Technology Makes Its Move on Industry

Pictured is a Micro Coriolis mass flow sensors with submillimeter to millimeter diameter tubes. These sensors, developed by the company Integrated Sensing Systems (ISSYS), are being positioned for use in a variety of industrial applications. ISSYS was founded by Prof. Khalil Najafi and EECS alumnus Nader Najafi in 1995. [Full Story]

EECS Students Claim Top Two Clean Energy Prizes

The teams Enertia and Advanced Battery Control took first and second place in the 2009-10 Clean Energy Prize business plan competition. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Three EECS Students Receive Predoctoral Fellowships

Mojtaba Mehrara conducts research in compiler technology.Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media.

Clean Energy Prize: PR Newswire

Clean Energy Prize: Renewable Energy Sources

Edmund Durfee Recognized as IFAAMAS 2010 Influential Paper Award Co-Winner

Prof. Ed Durfee will receive the Influential Paper Prize from the Intl. Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. This award recognizes a paper published at least 10 years ago that has had significant and lasting impact. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Two Electrical Engineers Receive Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships

Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media. Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Mojtaba Mehrara Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Computer Science and Engineering graduate student Mojtaba Mehrara has been awarded a 2010 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Sylvester and Blaauw-MSNBC: Tiny solar-powered sensor runs almost forever

Sylvester and Blaauw-Popular Science: Miniature Sensor Perpetually Charges Self Using Environmental Energy

Kushner-New York Times: Hospital-Clean Hands, Without All the Scrubbing

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Hofmann-New York Times: Electric Motors, Made to Order

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Wolverine Soft to Hold 48-Hour Game Development Contest

Wolverine Soft, the student video game development group at U-M, will hold its 7th annual 48-hour game development contest, beginning this Friday, Feb. 12. No programming experience required - artists, musicians, and others interested in game development are welcome! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Student Programming Team Competes Well in ACM 2010 World Finals

Having succeeded previously in regional North American competition, a team of three U-M computer science students competed in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest on Friday, February 5 in Harbin, China. [Full Story]

Smallest solar-powered sensor system could run forever

A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

EECS Professors To Pursue Research Under Grants From Google

Google has announced its first-ever round of Google Focused Research Awards, and four EECS professors have received two grants for their research into energy-efficient computing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Sylvester, Dennis  

iPhone Developers Club Holds 24-Hour Hackathon

The iPhone Developers Club will host a 24-hour mobile hackathon this Friday, February 5, beginning at 6:00pm at Design Lab One in the Duderstadt Center. Students are welcome to develop on iPhone, Android, or any mobile device. [Full Story]

Wei Lu Receives CAREER Award

Wei Lu received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "Understanding, Development and Applications of Nanoscale Memristor Devices." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Yogesh Gianchandani Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Yogesh B. Gianchandani has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2010, for contributions to silicon-based microactuators and on-chip microplasmas. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway Receives Computer Pioneer Award

Lynn Conway has been recognized by the IEEE Computer Society with the Computer Pioneer Award for her work in computer architecture at IBM and work at Xerox PARC that revolutionized VLSI design. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  

EECS Alumni Awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

In addition to our own faculty member, Prof. Tony Grbic, we also congratulate EECS alumni Prof. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts of Duke University, and Prof. Jack Ma of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award this year, and last year, respectively. Both Prof. Stiff-Roberts and Prof. Ma are former students of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Mobius Microsystems Sold to IDT

Michael McCorquodale (MSE PHD EE '00 '04), CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems with PhD advisor Richard B. Brown, just sold Mobius to the global company IDT. Students may be interested in his talk last semester about commercializing research. [Full Story]

Tony Grbic Meets the President

Prof. Grbic was honored at the White House along with fellow 2009 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  

2010 EECS and CoE Faculty Awards

EECS Awards: Profs. Anastasopoulos, Mortazawi, Wellman
College of Engineering Awards: Profs. Grizzle, Mortazawi, Wakefield, Chesney, Flynn, Gianchandani, Najafi, Sylvester, Wise
Congratulations Everyone!

Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at URSI National Radio Science Meeting

Adel Elsherbini, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the second prize award in the Student Paper Competition at the 2010 IEEE USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, held January 6-9, 2010 for his paper, Mapping of Sand Layer Thickness in Deserts Using SAR interferometry, co-authored by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

Video Games Created, Played, and Judged by Students

U-M Students in Dave Chesney's Gaming for the Greater Good class demoed their final class projects - and were judged by local high school students. [Full Story]

EECS 598: Wireless Sensor Networks

Term: Winter 2010
Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Prabal Dutta
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
Room: 1018 Dow
Time: TuTh: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Guo: Nature Photonics - Dynamic nanoscribing

Al Hero Receives Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award

Prof. Hero and his co-authors received this award for their important work in localization in wireless sensor networks, published in 2005. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

CAEN wireless network change requires UMROOT password

If you don't know your UMROOT aka Active Directory password, please set it here:

https://accounts.itcs.umich.edu/pwreset-bin/pwreset?command=ad

ADVANCED LASERS AND PHOTONICS

Term: Winter 2010
Course No.: 438
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: A. Galvanauskas
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
Lectures: TTH 1230-130PM in 1303 EECS [More Info]