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Dec 01, 2010
MABEL walking over rough ground - Take 2    Bookmark and Share
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   

Other News

Valeria Bertacco Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been honored for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education with an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. In addition to teaching three key courses in CS and CE for well over a decade, she is a faculty mentor to student groups for undergraduate and graduate women and goes the extra mile to interact with all of her students outside the classroom. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Harsha Madhyastha Selected for Google Faculty Award

Prof. Harsha V. Madhyastha has been awarded a 2017 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in enabling the deployment of low-latency web services in the cloud. It is his third research award from Google. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cloud Computing  Data Centers  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networks and Networking  Software Systems  

Design Automation Conference Technical Program Committee Holds Meeting in Detroit

190 individuals from around the world converged at Detroit for a Technical Program Committee meeting for the 2017 Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC is the premier conference for electronic design and automation; the Technical Program Chair is Prof. Valeria Bertacco. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Memristor Research Highlights Neuromorphic Device Future

Professor Wei Lu is leading an effort to make neuromorphic processor technology a reality. Lus group is focusing on the memristors a two-terminal device that essentially is a resistor with memory that retain its stored data even when turned off that can act like synapses to build computers that can act like the human brain and drive machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Brain  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Inside the Recount

This story provides an in-depth, inside view of how the recount effort for the 2016 presidential election - of which Prof. J. Alex Halderman was a primary participant - was sparked, how it came to focus on three states, what the results showed, and what we can learn from it all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Our Voting System Is Hackable by Foreign Powers

This article reviews the vulnerabilities that currently exist in our voting system. It references Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has stated that he and his students could have changed the results of the November election. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

U-M first in line for new bird-inspired walking robot

A new two-legged robot is coming to Michigan Engineering: the third generation biped in the lab of Jessy Grizzle, whose previous 'bots have been programmed to walk unassisted over rough terrain and jog a nine-minute mile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Alum Michelle Stock Elected SPIE Fellow for Development of the Photonics Industry

ECE alumna Dr. Michelle Stock (BSE MSE PhD EE 88 90 94) been elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, "for achievements in business development and science policy for the photonics industry." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Optics and Photonics  

Prof. Zetian Mi Elected SPIE Fellow for Contributions to Photonic Devices and Artificial Photosynthesis

Prof. Zetian Mi has been elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics "for contributions to the development of high performance III-nitride nanowire photonic devices, including electrically injected deep UV lasers, full color nanowire LEDs, and high efficiency artificial photosynthesis." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  Optics and Photonics  

Emily Mower Provost Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop Emotion and Mood Recognition for Mental Health Monitoring and Treatment

Prof. Emily Mower Provost has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her research project, "Automatic Speech-Based Longitudinal Emotion and Mood Recognition for Mental Health Monitoring and Treatment." The CAREER grant is one of the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards, conferred for "the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  

How Powerful AI Technology Can Lead to Unforeseen Disasters

This article reports on a panel discussion on AI ethics and education hosted by the Future of Life Institute. Panelist Prof. Benjamin Kuipers notes that the small decisions that robots make on their own can cause trouble because human programmers may fail to take all of a robot's possible choices into account. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics  

Andrew Quinn Selected for Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Andrew Quinn, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship for the 2017 - 2019 academic years. The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for PhD students enrolled in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mathematics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Graduate Students  

For Black History Month, CSE Spotlights Faculty and Alumni in Academia

In recognition of Black History Month, CSE would like to spotlight faculty and alumni in academia. These six individuals have made a profound impact in the field of computing and they continue to break barriers in academia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Herb Winful: Professor of Optics, Friend of the Arts

Prof. Herb Winful specializes in nonlinear optics and lasers. In this interview he describes his research, his teaching, and his symbiotic relationship with the arts community on campus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  Winful, Herbert  

Innovation is for Finishers

Many researchers are hoping startups will help get their ideas to the marketplace and universities are trying to help. Prof. Stephen Forrest, himself the founder of multiple companies, has helped colleagues get their own projects off the ground through his support for the Michigan Venture Center. Former CSE chair Farnam Jahanian also shares experiences with his founding of Arbor Networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Forrest, Stephen  Networks and Networking  Optics and Photonics  

Michigan has video game heaven thanks to ECE alum David Carter

David Carter (BSE EE ) serves as a reference services librarian and archivist for the U-M Computer and Video Game Archive. The CVGA features over 7,000 titles everything from time-honored favorites such as Pac-Man and Frogger to newer fare, including Call of Duty and Halo on dozens of gaming systems. Carter was previously was a lecturer at Michigans School of Information and is trained as an electrical engineer, specializing in optics and radio waves. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Game Design and Development  

Reetuparna Das Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop In-situ Compute Memories

Assistant Professor Reetuparna Das has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her research project, In-Situ Compute Memories for Accelerating Data Parallel Applications. The CAREER grant is one of the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards, conferred for "the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

MichiGames Arcade Spotlights, Preserves Student-Built Video Games

The MichiGames Arcade is designed to archive and showcase videogames built by students in EECS 494: Computer Game Design and Development, and by students in the student group Wolverine Soft. It is located on the first floor of the Beyster Building and is available for anyone to try out. [Full Story]

Wolverine Soft's January Game Jam Produces Strong Games, Three Winners

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to the development of video games at Michigan, held its third 48-hour game jam of the 2016-17 academic year, entitled "Space Jam 3," on the weekend of January 13-15. A number of great games were created; three were declared winners! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

CSE and Local Community Turn Out For Science on Screen Movie and Lecture

On Wednesday, January 25, the U-M CSE and local Ann Arbor communities turned out for a special Science on Screen event at downtown Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater. The program included a screening of I Voted? and a lecture by Prof. J. Alex Halderman on security risks in America's election system and his analysis of the results from the 2016 presidential election recounts, which he helped to organize. [Full Story]

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

Tea beyond the cup

Young Mountain Tea, Fulbright scholar, and ECE alum Adhiraj Vable's (BSE EE ) start-up in Oregon works to create sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Sustainability  

A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin Connecting Diverse Students

ECE alumnus Rhonda Franklin uses her influence as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota to attract a diverse student population to the STEM field, and her own field of applied electromagnetics. She believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  

Dr. David Paoletti Selected to Receive CoE Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award

Dr. David Paoletti has been selected to receive the 2016 2017 CoE Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award. This award recognizes non tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate levels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Paoletti, David  

Z. Morley Mao Receives CoE George J. Huebner, Jr. Research Excellence Award

Prof. Z. Morley Mao has been selected to receive the George J. Huebner, Jr. Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering for her work in the areas of mobile computing, security, networking, distributed systems, SDN, and cloud computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Alfred O. Hero Receives CoE Stephen S. Attwood Award

Al Hero, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, received the 2016-2017 Stephen S. Attwood Award, which is the highest honor awarded to a faculty member by the College of Engineering. It recognizes "extraordinary achievement in teaching, research, service, and other activities that have brought distinction to the College and University." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Wei Lu Receives CoE David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award

Prof. Wei Lu received the 2016-2017 David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering for his contributions to computing systems with his memristors, neuromorphic circuits, and RRAM.Prof. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in the development of memristors for memory and logic applications. He has also developed nanowire transistors suitable for flexible electronics and optoelectornics, and conducts research into other emerging electrical devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  

Mingyan Liu Receives CoE Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award

Prof. Mingyan Liu received the 2016-2017 Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering for her significant and impactful service contributions in the academic and professional community, particularly in the recruitment and retention of female students and faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  

David C. Munson Jr. named president of Rochester Institute of Technology

David C. Munson Jr. was named president of Rochester Institute of Technology. Munson joined Michigan in 2003 to become Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He immediately made an impact on student relations and undergraduate education, supporting the interaction between the arts and engineering, and on the lighter side, giving us three years of memorable Halloween costumes. His forward-thinking vision for the future of engineering was recognized by the University when he was named Dean of the College of Engineering in 2006, a position he held for 10 years. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Munson Jr., David C.  

2017 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2017 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Marcus Darden, Almantas Galvanauskas, Atul Prakash, and Euisik Yoon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Darden, Marcus  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Prakash, Atul  Yoon, Euisik  

Sensors from Head to Toe Todd Coleman Makes Measuring Health Simpler

Prof. Todd Coleman (BSE CE, EE ) thinks theres a way on the horizon for patients in need of regular monitoring to get out of their hospital beds. His group at the University of California San Diego is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home. To answer this need, he and his group have created sensors as thin as skin that can gather data from nearly anywhere. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Flexible electronics  Health  Sensors  Winful, Herbert  

The 2016 US Election Wasnt Hacked, but the 2020 Election Could Be

Prof. Alex Halderman is quoted in this article which reports on the recent Chaos Communication Congress. "Developing an attack for one of these machines is not terribly difficult," says Prof. Halderman. "I and others have done it again and again in the laboratory. All you need to do is buy one government surplus on eBay to test it out." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

CSE Alumnus Peter Wurman Named VP of Engineering at Cogitai

Cogitai, the artificial intelligence start-up focused on next generation machine learning technologies, has announced that Peter Wurman (MSE ME 88, MS CSE 96, PhD CSE 99) has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Wurman is also a member of the CSE National Advisory Board. Cogitai was cofounded by Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Poker Is the Latest Game to Fold Against Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Michael Wellman is quoted in this article on new AI systems that are able to best top-level human opponents in games of poker. "What's really new for such a complex game is being able to effectively compute the action to take in each situation as it is encountered, rather than having to work through a simplified form of the entire tree of game possibilities offline," says Prof. Wellman. Prof. Wellman is also quoted on the same subject in this article in Wired. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Becky Peterson Receives NSF CAREER Award for Research in Amorphous Semiconductors for Next Generation Electronics

Prof. Becky Peterson was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her research project entitled Band Engineering in Amorphous Semiconductors." She will develop new alloys of amorphous oxide semiconductors with precisely tuned semiconductor energy band structures in order to enable new categories of electronic and opto-electronic devices. This research is applicable to the next generation of high-power electronics and deep ultraviolet optoelectronic devices, with specific applications in renewable energy and health care. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optoelectronics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

Prof. Kevin Fu to deliver endowed Dr. Dwight Harken Memorial Lecture on medical device security

Prof. Kevin Fu has been selected to give the annual Dwight E. Harken Lecture during the AAMI 2017 Conference & Expo in Austin, TX, June 912. Prof. Fu directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security and the Security and Privacy Research Group at Michigan and is also CEO and chief scientist of Virta Labs, Inc. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2016 Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Four ECE grad students won prizes for their posters, and Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the event's keynote address. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Kushner, Mark J.  LNF  Plasma Science and Engineering   

Five things that got broken at the oldest hacking event in the world

Chaos Communications Congress is the world's oldest hacker conference, and Europe's largest. Every year, thousands of hackers gather in Hamburg to share stories, trade tips and discuss the political, social and cultural ramifications of technology. This story quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who with his student Matt Bernhard, has studied the security of the past US presidential election. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Kamal Sarabandi | Remote Sensing Science and Technology

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi delivered a Geoscience Remote Sensing Seminar, titled "Remote Sensing Science and Technology in Support of Exploration and Safe Utilization of Energy Resources." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Mark Kushner | The Role of Plasma Modeling

Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the Keynote Address at the 2016 LNF Users Symposium, titled The Role of Plasma Modeling in the Innovation Cycle for Nanofabrication. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

New Courses Offered by ECE: Winter 2017

As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty. The following courses being offered to students for the Winter 2017 term include completely new courses as well as nearly-new courses that may soon become a regular part of the curriculum. They are all being offered by faculty uniquely qualified to teach the courses. The faculty bring extensive experience based on their own research in these areas. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Berenson, Dmitry  Course  Forrest, Stephen  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Grbic, Anthony  Hiskens, Ian  Islam, Mohammed  Kira, Mackillo  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Revzen, Shai  Scott, Clayton D.  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

EE Student Noah Mitchell-Ward Earns PES Scholarship to Support Studies in Renewable Power

Noah Mitchell-Ward, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Noah is interested in renewable energy sources, and hopes to work with solar or wind generation and battery energy storage. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power & Energy  Undergraduate Students  

EE Student Leonard Kapiloff Earns PES Scholarship to Support Studies in Secure, Sustainable Grid

Leonard Kapiloff, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Leonard is also earning a minor in Energy Science and Policy. Leonard wants to work in the energy industry towards a more sustainable and secure electric grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power & Energy  Undergraduate Students  

EE Student Arun Nagpal develops new ENG 100 section to spotlight space science

For incoming freshman, Engineering (ENGR) 100 provides an initial glimpse into the world of collegiate engineering design. Starting this upcoming winter semester, a new ENGR 100 section will be implemented that spotlights previously under-represented topics: atmospheric and space science. Arun Nagpal, electrical engineering junior and co-President of SEDS, saw an opportunity to increase freshman engagement in space research through hands-on course-work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

Call for Ideas: Recuiting and Retaining Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computer Science

Girls Encoded is a series of events run by faculty and students at CSE that are aimed at increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in computing. Girls Encoded invites the submission of your proposals for initiatives to recruit or retain women and minorities in computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Visually Impaired Teen, Engineering Students Create Tech for the Blind

Dr. David Chesney's EECS 481 Software Engineering class helps, and is helped by, India West, a passionate young woman who lost her eyesight at an early age. Together, they conceptualize and develop technology for the visually impaired. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

Popular Intro CS Course Continues to Grow; Over 870 Students Present Final Projects at Showcase

Over 870 students in EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, displayed their final projects for friends, family, classmates, and industry sponsors in a series of project showcases in the Michigan League Ballroom. The course teaches undeclared students and non-CS majors the fundamentals of algorithmic thinking and programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Arthur, William  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Semyon Meerkov Elected Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

On October 27, 2016, Professor Meerkov was unanimously elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to Systems Science and Automation. The Academy, established in 1774, is the highest scientific institution in Russia. His current work is centered on production systems engineering, quasilinear control, and on the theory of resilient monitoring and control systems, which degrade gracefully under cyber-attacks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Meerkov, Semyon M.  

Congratulations New ECE PhDs: 2015-2016

Electrical and Computer Engineering conferred 45 PhD degrees in the Fall 2015, Summer 2016, and Winter 2016 semesters. Congrats to all of our outstanding new graduates! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Graduate Students  

Peter M. Chen to Serve as Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof. Peter M. Chen, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will assume the role of Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering effective January 1, 2017. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Software Systems  

Todd Austin Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Simulation Techniques and Resilient System Design in Computer Architecture

Prof. Todd Austin has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017, "for contributions to simulation techniques and resilient system design in computer architecture." Prof. Austin is a recognized leader in the area of computer architecture research, having delivered several seminal papers that have changed the landscape of research in the field, and where he is the 12th all-time most sited author and the leader of the field's largest research center. [Full Story]

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