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Mar 06, 2014
Muhammad Faisal Wins Business Competition with Technology Critical to the Internet of Things    Bookmark and Share
Muhammad Faisal came to Michigan knowing he wanted to start a company. About to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering, he has been making some great headway lately by winning the 2014 Michigan Business Challenge. His company is currently called Movellus Circuits, and its product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper and faster than existing solutions.   More Info

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Michael Wellman Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Alec Gallimore, who will become the new Dean at the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Pressure-Sensing Smartphones: Software Lets Mobile Devices Feel Force

Kang G. Shin, the Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science, and CSE graduate student Yu-Chih Tung have developed ForcePhone, software that allows smartphones to sense force or pressure on its screen or body. They envision many uses for their technology, which could offer the masses a coveted feature of the latest generation of smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang  

Diabetes in Control: An Interview with Eran Bashan of Hygieia

In an interview with Diabetes in Control, Eran Bashan gave an overview of the d-Nav, an automated solution for insulin management that tailors the insulin regimen to the individual needs of the patient. Eran is CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, and has demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization.
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Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Health  

Alfred O. Hero, III Named John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS

Alfred O. Hero, III, R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, has been named the John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in acknowledgement of his extraordinary accomplishments that have brought distinction to himself, his students, and to the entire University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Nan Jiang Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research on Reinforcement Learning

Nan Jiang, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation, which is entitled, A Theory of Model Selection in Batch Reinforcement Learning. The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program who are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics

Companies like Sony, JP Morgan Chase, Target, and even some state universities have had sensitive information like credit card numbers and account logins leaked, resulting in far-reaching economic consequences for countless households. Prof. Liu co-founded QuadMetrics to keep companies diligent when it comes to cybersecurity. QuadMetrics offers a pair of services to help companies both assess the effectiveness of their security and decide the best way to allocate (or increase) their security budget. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

New Student Team Designs and Builds Unique New Instruments

ECE undergrads Sophia Mehdizadeh and Kiran Thawardas helped lead a brand new interdisciplinary student design team, Project Music, through its first year. This team designs and builds their own unique musical instruments, and gives its members the chance to make music together. This year the team built an electric bass out of LEGOs, and now they're planning an electric violin for next year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

M-FLY Debuts Two Planes at SAE Competition, Finishes Top 10

M-FLY, an interdisciplinary student team dedicated to designing competitive aircraft, brought two of its planes to the 2016 SAE Aero Design Competition East in Fort Worth, Texas in March. Entering both the regular and advanced class competitions, Jacob Gersh, Sophia Mehdizadeh, and Vaibhav Parashar, electrical engineering students, helped the team finish top 10 in both categories, including a first-place oral competition finish. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Science on Tap to feature talk on the unexpected properties of ordinary materials

Babak Ziaie (MSE PhD EE 91 94) will headline next week's Science on Tap at Purdue University with a discussion on the untapped potential of everyday materials. Ziaie has done multiple kitchen-top experiments with Magic Tape, and has discovered intriguing properties that can be used to make inexpensive sensors and tiny robots. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Tony Fadell: How Can We Design For A Better Experience?

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 91), the designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, delivered a TED Talk on why design is in the details and why designers often get those details wrong. Tony Fadell is a co-founder of Nest. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  

Student Team Works to Improve Care for Premature Infants

Meghna Menon, a sophomore in EE, and Mihir Sheth, Masters student in EE:Systems, designed a heated incubator to help keep low birth weight and premature infants warm and healthy as part of the student group, M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives). Findings show that maintaining the heart rate and body temperature of low birth weight and premature infants saves lives. The pair recently traveled with four other team members to compete in Rice Universitys Rice 360 Design Competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones

Alumnus Saeed Mohammadi (PhD EE 00) is working on a new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics that could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Saeed is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Sony Wants to Push AIs to Learn From Their Own Experiences

Sony has invested in AI startup Cogitai to build intelligent systems that will learn from their own experiences in the world. Prof. Satinder Singh, the co-founder of Cogitai, discusses continual learning and the future of intelligent systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

CSE Sponsors TechTwilight to Support Young People in STEM

CSE is a sponsor of the 2016 TechTwilight. TechTwilight provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery. The event encourages young people to pursue careers in, and develop life-long interests in, science, technology, and engineering. [Full Story]

Malware Attacks Putting Patients' Medical Records at Risk

Prof. Kevin Fu talks to Michigan Radio about the recent news stories regarding some U.S. hospitals being hit by malware attacks. When hospitals are hit, patient records can be in danger. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  

More Than 30 States Offer Online Voting, but Experts Warn it isnt Secure

This article revisits the question of online voting. Prof. Halderman cites a pilot project from six years ago in DC where the public was invited to attack a proposed Internet voting system. Halderman led a team that within 48 hours was able to gain nearly complete control of the server and change every vote. [Full Story]

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

A cross-cultural journey ends with a life in Fairbanks for ECE alum

Johnny Mendez (BSE EE 95) is influenced by several cultures. Although raised in Venezuela where his father is from, Mendezs mother is Armenian. He moved to Canada while his father did post-doc studies, and eventually made his way to South Carolina for high school and Michigan for his degree in EE. Johnny Mendez was bitten by Alaska while selling posters one summer in Michigan, and made the move to Fairbanks with his wife after graduation. He now works as an engineer in the drinking water program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

MARLO the bipedal robot makes worldwide news coverage with her new steps

Jessy Grizzle and his students have their latest two-legged robot, MARLO, walking well over difficult terrain. The story started out on popular tech blogs and magazines like Engadget, Popular Science, VICE Motherboard, Gizmag and CNET. It was also covered by international English language publications such as the Daily Mail, International Business Times, the BBC, and the Canadian Discovery Channel (Daily Planet show). Other international coverage included French, Danish and Czech sites. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

Michael P. Wellman Named Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Michael P. Wellman has been named the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education, and leadership. This appointment was celebrated at a ceremony which took place on May 5, 2016. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Fawwaz Ulaby Among the Best at Michigan for Inspiring Students

Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor, was ranked one of the 10 best faculty of the 4,000+ at Michigan for keeping students awake, inspired, and motivated to work hard in his classes. Ulaby strongly believes in building relationships with his students and wants to get to know them as individuals rather than just students, and it pays off. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms

MARLO, the free-standing bipedal robot developed by Prof. Jessy Grizzle's group, can now walk down steep slopes, through a thin layer of snow, and over uneven and unstable ground. The robots feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Stephen Forrest, internationally-renowned researcher, educator, and entrepreneur, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States. Steve Forrest is the Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger

As tiny embedded computers spread to every item in the home and beyond - fast, reliable memory is needed on an unheard-of scale. To fuel this ongoing revolution, Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded the company Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Embedded Computing and Systems  Entrepreneurship  Internet of Things  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools for Flint Water Crisis

A partnership between Google and the University of Michigans Ann Arbor and Flint campuses aims to provide a smartphone app and other digital tools to Flint residents and officials to help them manage the ongoing water crisis. The Michigan Data Science Team, led by CSE Prof. Jacob Abernethy, will be involved in the partnership. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Lab-Theory of Computation  

EECS 183 Showcase Highlights Another Round of Final Projects

On Thursday, April 21st, students, parents, and professors attended the EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Hacking into Homes: Security Flaws Found in SmartThings Connected Home System

Prof. Atul Prakash, CSE graduate student Earlence Fernandes, and Jaeyeon Jung (Microsoft Research), have performed a security analysis of the SmartThings programming framework. They were able to hack into the automation system and essentially get the PIN code to a homes front door. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Award-Winning EECS 2016 Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides Recognized

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on April 28 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service and excellence in teaching. ECE and CSE Associate Chairs Dave Neuhoff and Scott Mahlke hosted the event and introduced the awardees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mahlke, Scott  Neuhoff, David L.  

Students Make Connections at NSBE National Convention

The 42nd Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought members together in Boston, MA for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. Forty three U-M engineers, six from EECS, attended the convention, themed Engineering a Cultural Change. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Students earn prizes for improving image processing techniques in EECS 556

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught this past term by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, with applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  

David Chesney Receives 2016 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize

Dr. David Chesney has been awarded the 2016 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize, which recognizes faculty who have developed an innovative project. For many years, Chesney has suggested that his students think in terms of social good when developing their projects. Through his courses, students are able to learn the fundamentals of programming and software systems, while also seeing the social impact of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

Students in EECS 562, Nonlinear Systems and Control, received prizes for calculating how to land a rocket booster with minimal damage after being detached during a rocket launch. They competed with students who were taking a similar class at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Jessy Grizzle's former PhD student and CMU professor, Koushil Sreenath (PhD EE:S 2011), designed the project last year, inspired by a real-world problem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  

Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

Jeff Fessler Receives 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Technical Achievement Award

Jeffrey Fessler, William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected to receive the 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award, "For fundamental and pioneering contributions to the theory and algorithms of statistical reconstruction methods of the PET/ SPECT, CT and MRI medical imaging modalities. His research has already touched the lives of countless patients through safer imaging and improved diagnoses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Beth Lawson Receives CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Beth Lawson, Senior Research Administrator for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), received a 2016 College of Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award for her 18 years of sustained excellence serving the faculty in the Systems area. Faculty praised Beth's willingness to provide a high level of support to new and senior faculty alike, her ability to work well with other departments and institutions, and her unflappable calm in the face of sometimes dramatic changes in budgets and entire proposals. She is also a consummate professional as a manager of the Systems area. [Full Story]

Your Devices' Latest Feature? They Can Spy on Your Every Move

In The Converstation, Prof. HV Jagadish sheds light on how smart devices are a gateway for hackers to spy on you. Since devices are networked, they can communicate in ways we dont want them to and people can take control of these technologies to learn private information about you. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

For Michigan Professor, Computer Science is Much More Than a Job

This article reports on Prof. Jason Mars and his work in developing technologies for intelligent personal assistants, from the software for the assistants themselves to the servers that are required to run such software. [Full Story]

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

CSE Alumna Arzucan Ozgur Receives Science Academy Young Scientist Award

Arzucan Ozgur (PhD CSE 2010) has been awarded a Science Academy Young Scientist Award (BAGEP 2016, Turkey). Arzucan is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

5 big challenges that self-driving cars still have to overcome

in this article, Prof. Edwin Olson comments on what are seen are the key challenges involved in deploying autonomous or assistive driving technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Kimberly Mann Receives CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Kimberly Mann, CSE AI Lab Research Administrator, has been selected to receive a 2016 College of Engineering Excellence in Staff Service Award. Each year, CoE recognizes sustained excellence in staff who have made significant contributions or possess special qualities and attributes that foster teamwork and achievement. [Full Story]

Audrow Nash Earns NSF Fellowship for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research

Audrow Nash, a Master's student in EE:Systems, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor biogas emissions in landfills. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  Robotics  

Marcus Darden Voted HKN Professor of the Year for CSE

EECS students voted, and Dr. Marcus Darden was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Darden, Marcus  Undergraduate Students  

Jeff Fessler Voted HKN Professor of the Year for ECE

The student votes were counted, and Jeffrey Fessler, William L. Root Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was named the 2015-2016 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Walter Lasecki and Collaborators Win Best Paper at W4A

A team of four researchers including Prof. Walter Lasecki has won a Best Paper Award at the Web for All (W4A) Conference for "The Effects of Automatic Speech Recognition Quality on Human Transcription Latency," which explores how automated speech recognition and crowd-sourced human correction and generation of transcripts can be traded off to improve accuracy and latency. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Accessibility  Big Data  Interactive Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Sean Stetson Joins Seegrid

Alumnus Sean Stetson (PhD EE 98) has been appointed director of product development at Seegrid. Seegrid is a developer of 3D vision navigation and automation technology, focused on turning pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles. Sean previously worked at Google, where he served as the director for mobile imaging in the advanced technology and projects division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Vision  Robotics  

CSE Launches Health Initiative for Staff

To foster an environment of wellness in the spirit of the University's MHealthy program, the CSE Division is tapping the power of computation to help encourage healthy behavior amongst its administrative and support staff. [Full Story]

GridWatch Named Finalist in Vodafone's Eighth Annual Wireless Innovation Competition

GridWatch, a system for monitoring the state of the power grid using smartphones, has been selected as a finalist in the Vodafone Americas Foundation's Wireless Innovation Project competition. GridWatch is a collaboration between researchers at UM and UC Berkeley; the Michigan researchers include Prof. Prabal Dutta and graduate students Noah Klugman, Pat Pannuto, and William Huang. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Energy  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sensors  

IEEE Spectrum Video Friday: Printable Hydraulic Robots, Medical Delivery Drones, and Romeo Walks

Video Friday is IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robotics videos. Jessy Grizzle's MARLO was featured for a second week in a row, this time tackling an even bigger stack of precarious boards and obstacles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

IEEE Spectrum Video Friday: Autonomous Pizza Delivery, Handwriting Robot, and ROS Master

Video Friday is IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robotics videos. This week featured a clip of Jessy Grizzle's MARLO undergoing some tricky walking exercises. The biped power through stacks of boards and other elevated obstacles without missing a beat. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

Dropping USB Drives Is the Easiest Trick Hackers Can Use - And You're Probably a Sucker

Researchers including CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have discovered a highly effective security hack to gain access to others' computing systems - leaving USB flash drives with malicious payloads laying on the ground. In their study, they found there is a nearly 50% chance that someone will pick up a given drive, plug it into their computer, and start clicking. This presents the opportunity for malware to be activated. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)