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May 30, 2013
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Power Harvesting Sensor Patch Uses Your Body As a Battery

IEEE Spectrum reported on a sensor patch that can power itself by using thermoelectric materials to turn the temperature difference between your body and the surrounding air into electricity. The project, based at North Caroline State University's Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors (ASSIST), involves Prof. David Wentzloff, who specializes in integrated circuit design for adaptable wireless communication systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

Injectable Radios to Broadcast From Inside the Body

IEEE Spectrum reported on medical devices being developed at Michigan that may one day be small enough to go through a syringe. Professors David Blaauw and David Wentzloff are collaborating with researchers at the U-M medical school to come up with the first test application. These devices will be able to monitor oxygen, glucose, and other biometrics, or follow disease progression in tumors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Wentzloff, David  

John L. Tishman, Builder Who Shaped American Skylines, Dies at 90

John L. Tishman, a master builder of the 20th century whose Tishman Realty and Construction Company transformed the skylines of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, died on Saturday at his home in Bedford, N.Y. He was 90. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Valeria Bertacco Receives U-M Sarah Goddard Power Award

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to receive a 2016 Sarah Goddard Power Award. The award is given to a University of Michigan faculty member who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the betterment of women and who have demonstrated a clear record of success and significant achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership, and mentoring women. [Full Story]

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

Necmiye Ozay Receives CAREER Award for Research in Cyber-Physical Systems

Prof. Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded an NSF CAREER award for her research project, "A Compositional Approach to Modular Cyber-Physical Control System Design." This research is applicable to a wide variety of safety-critical and autonomous systems, including next generation air vehicles, automotive systems, robotics and smart manufacturing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Lab-Systems  Ozay, Necmiye  

Al Hero gets a shoutout from the court

Alfred O. Hero, received the spotlight at Tuesday evening's basketball game against Indiana. He was recognized as part of a program to shine the light on the University's most distinguished faculty. Prof. Hero, an internationally recognized expert in the field of signal and image processing, is the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, and co-director of the recently launched Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Jenna Wiens Receives NSF CAREER Award to Increase the Utility of Machine Learning in Clinical Care

Assistant Professor Jenna Wiens has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for her research project, "CAREER: Adaptable, Intelligible, and Actionable Models: Increasing the Utility of Machine Learning in Clinical Care." Under this project, she will develop data-driven predictive models to transform large and diverse datasets into actionable knowledge for improved patient care. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Muzhi Wang Earns a Best Paper Award for a New Tunable Filter for Wireless Communication Devices

Muzhi Wang, third year PhD student in ECE, has earned a Best Paper Award at the 2016 Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (SiRF) for his implementation of the first tunable filter for wireless communications to use a germanium-telluride phase change switch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Wireless Communications  

Hackers Tackle Assistive Technology

Dr. David Chesney and current computer science students are once again contributing to the development of assistive technology. On Thursday, January 28th, Chesney and his team launched Hacking for the Greater Good, a 6-hour hackathon that allowed students to work on projects that centered on assistive technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Hacks  Undergraduate Students  

Karl Winsor Named Churchill Scholar

Honors Mathematics and Computer Science undergraduate student Karl Winsor has been named a 2016-17 Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. The award provides funding for a year of Master's study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge, based at Churchill College. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Barzan Mozafari Receives NSF CAREER Award to Improve Predictability of Database Systems

Assistant Professor Barzan Mozafari has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his research project, "CAREER: Designing a Predictable Database - An Overlooked Virtue." Under this project, Prof. Mozafari aims to restore the missing virtue of predictability in the design of database systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Databases  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

President Obama Announces Computer Science for All

President Obama has announced a new Computer Science for All initiative to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn CS and be equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators in the digital economy, not just consumers, and to be active citizens in our technology-driven world. [Full Story]

2016 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 2016 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Prof. Anthony Grbic, Dr. David Paoletti, Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Prof. Thomas F. Wenisch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Wenisch, Thomas  

Energy researchers receive $1.4 million grant

Researchers from the University, including ECE's Prof. Ian Hiskens, have received a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Energy to help develop data on power system optimization in energy grids. The team will work to develop new test cases to formulate better software algorithms for transmission operators to run the energy grid algorithms which regulate energy amounts. These operators are largely non-profit government agencies. The need for such research stems from the ongoing energy transition from traditional, emission-heavy sources such as coal and nuclear power to cleaner, renewable sources like wind and solar. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy  Environment  Grid  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  

Internet voting is just too hackable, say security experts

This article revisits the question of Internet voting, and reviews the reasons why these systems have been proven unreliable in the past. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, a prominent researcher in this area who has demonstrated vulnerabilities in many types of electronic voting systems, is quoted: "Imagine the incentives of a rival country to come in and change the outcome of a vote for national leadership. Elections require correct outcomes and true ballot secrecy." [Full Story]

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

Driverless cars work great in sunny California. But how about in a blizzard?

This article quotes Prof. Edwin Olson regarding the research he is doing in conjunction with Ford on autonomous vehicles and their use in conditions that include snow-covered roads. [Full Story]

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

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Jason Mars Receives NSF CAREER Award to Advance System Architectures for Artificially Intelligent Services and Applications

Assistant Professor Jason Mars has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project, CAREER: Advancing the Frontier in System Architectures for Artificially Intelligent Services and Applications. The award will enable Prof. Mars to understand how future cloud and mobile systems should be designed to support increasing demand from users of intelligent assistants. [Full Story]

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

What good is Nanotechnology? NBC Learn brings us Jay Guo to find out

How could something only billionths of a meter thick defend against water, dirt, wear, and even bacteria? Working at the nanoscale, scientists and engineers, like Jay Guo are creating protective nanoscale coatings and layers. These surfaces have applications in energy, electronics, medicine, and could even be used to make a plane invisible. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Coolest gadget of CES 2016? I pick Avegant's Glyph

USA Today was wowed by the Glyph, a new virtual reality headset by ECE alum-founded Avegant. Allan Evans (MS PhD EE ) and Ed Tang (BSE EE ) lead the company that says it can provide the world's first personal theater. With this technology, theres no screen, no LCDs, no OLEDs, no emissive panels at all. Instead, the images are generated from reflected light, which mimics how we see the world around us. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Virtual Reality  

Secure Your Website Now: Let's Encrypt Enters Public Beta

Lets Encrypt, the free certificate authority created by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten, recently entered Public Beta, which allows anyone to request a certificate without needing an invitation. The service was created to provide an easy way for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS. [Full Story]

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

Two CSE Faculty Selected for 2015-16 College of Engineering Awards

Two CSE faculty have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their extraordinary contributions: Prof. Valeria Bertacco for service and Dr. Mary Lou Dorf for teaching. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

ECE Celebrates African American Engineers

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

Somin Lee Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for Research in Bioplasmonics

Prof. Somin Eunice Lee received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support research that will ultimately help our basic understanding of how tissues form distinct shapes and structure to become organs, such as lungs, salivary glands, and mammary glands. This understanding will facilitate new strategies to engineer replacement tissues. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lee, Somin E.  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Robert J. Armantrout Establishes ECE Graduate Education Fund

Robert J. Armantrout (BSE EE 1976) of Santa Clara, CA, has established the Robert J. Armantrout Endowed Fellowship Fund. The Fund will provide merit-based support to graduate students studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Armantrout spent much of his career on RF test and measurement for the wireless community. He is currently a consultant at RedwoodRF, specializing in the wireless and RF domains. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Lees Make Gift to Empower CSE Student Activities

Dr. Peter Lee (BS MS PhD CCS 82, 82, 87) and Susan Lee have made a $25,000 discretionary gift for student activities to CSE. With their gift, the Lees aim to provide the opportunity to support CSE students to do and achieve more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

EECS Alumnus Leads $10M NSF Expeditions Project for Synthetic Biology

Douglas Densmore (BSE CE 01), Associate Prof. of ECE at Boston University, will lead the Living Computing Project, an effort to create a toolbox of catalogued biological parts that can be used to engineer organisms with predictable results. These parts will allow the entire field to understand better what computing principles can be applied repeatedly and reliably to synthetic biology. The project is funded under a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) "Expeditions in Computing" grant. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Kamal Sarabandi Receives Stephen S. Attwood Award

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, received the 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:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Nadkarni Gift Invests in Student Entrepreneurs

Shirish Nadkarni (BSE EE 82) and his wife Manisha Nadkarni, of Medina, Washington, have made an expendable gift to be used at the discretion of the chair of the CSE Division. Its purpose is to support student teams in junior/senior-level project-oriented courses in CSE in which students develop software and hardware prototypes, many of which have commercial potential. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Even your academic advisor might one day be a robot

This article in Engadget highlights the new research collaboration between Michigan and IBM, which is aimed at building a conversationally-driven, artificially intelligent academic advisor that guides undergraduate students through their course options [Full Story]

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

U-M, IBM Partner on Advanced Conversational Computing System

The University of Michigan and IBM have launched a $4.5 million collaboration to develop a new class of conversational technologies that will enable people to interact more naturally and effectively with computers. Under the project, the researchers will develop a cognitive system that functions as an academic advisor for undergraduate computer science and engineering majors at the university. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lasecki, Walter  Lee, Honglak  Mars, Jason  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Radev, Dragomir  Tang, Lingjia  

Cafarella and Lee Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Michael Cafarella and Honglak Lee, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lee, Honglak  

Kevin Fu Named a Top Influencer in Health Information Security

Prof. Kevin Fu has been named to the 2016 list of Top Influencers in Healthcare Information Security by HealthcareInfoSecurity. This list recognizes leaders who are playing significant roles in shaping the way healthcare organizations approach information security and privacy. [Full Story]

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

Censys Enables Fast Searching of Actionable Internet Data

CSE researchers have introduced Censys, a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet and get an immediate reply. Censys builds on past work at Michigan that produced the first fast Internet-wide scanner, ZMap. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  

Cybersecurity Startup QuadMetrics Calculates Odds a Company Will be Breached

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, QuadMetrics Inc. says it can predict with greater than 90% accuracy the likelihood that a company will be breached within the next year. QuadMetrics cloud service determines the probability of a breach at a particular company by collecting from its network more than 250 different data points. The company was co-founded by Prof. Mingyan Liu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

The Story of a Digital Teddy Bear Shows How College Learning Is Changing

This story highlights the changing nature of education, driven in part by computationally-enabled entrepreneurship. Hackathons such as MHacks at U-M and other "outside the classroom" activities have created new opportunities for students to manage their own educations. The digital teddy bears highlighted in the story came to life as a project at MHacks 6. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  

A Journey from the Ibn Sina School to Graduate School at U-M

Sherin Hazboun has had many obstacles in her life, but that has not deterred her from moving abroard to pursue her degree in computer science. She was in the first cohort of students that Prof. Karem Sakallah taught at the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science, an institution in Palestine that was launched in 2012. Since then he has been her mentor, leading her to the University of Michigan, where she is currently pursuing her masters degree in CSE. [Full Story]

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

Researchers make progress on holy grail of autonomous vehicles: driving in snow

This story by Michigan Radio talks about testing autonomous cars on snow covered roads. The new research was done by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice in collaboration with Ford. The new research shows it's possible for a self-driving car to get around using highly detailed 3D maps of everything that surrounds the vehicle. The news was also featured in their top of the hour news summary, please click here to listen. [Full Story]

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

Prof. Anthony Grbic Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to the Theory and Design of Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Prof. Anthony Grbic has been elected IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to the theory and design of electromagnetic metamaterials." He has created radically new antennas and optical devices based on the development of novel metamaterials and metasurfaces. His research could pave the way for flat/low profile, integrated optical devices, as well as new generations of wireless consumer electronics and mobile devices that are either smaller or more versatile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Metamaterials  

Fairy doors appear on University of Michigan's North Campus

San Francisco's SF Gate has noted the appearance of Fairy Doors on North Campus, including the first -- discovered by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, her daughter, and research fellow Carmen Banea -- which was found in CSE's Beyster Building. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Mihalcea, Rada  

Ford tests driverless cars in snow at U-M's Mcity

This article in MLive covers work done by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice in collaboration with Ford at Mcity, in which the researchers have tested new technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate on snow-covered streets. Their solution combines live LIDAR data with learned 3D map stores to enable the systems to compute location and to drive successfully. It is believed that this is the first test to address the challenges of snow-covered roads. [Full Story]

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

U-M, Ford are First to Address Autonomous Driving on Snow-Covered Roads

Researchers at U-M and Ford have tested new technology that allows autonomous vehicles to navigate on snow-covered streets. Their solution combines live LIDAR data with learned 3D map stores to enable the systems to compute location and to drive successfully. It is believed that this is the first test to address the challenges of snow-covered roads. [Full Story]

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

Inventive thinkers at NREL reach record number, including a shutoff idea designed to keep firefighters safer from an ECE alum

Chris Deline (BSE MSE PhD EE 03 05 08), a research engineer in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's photovoltaic performance and reliability group, has designed a concept for a "PV Module-Level Remote Safety Disconnect." The idea is to keep firefighters out of harm's way when they're called to a home with rooftop solar panels, which are normally much more difficult to cut power to in emergency situations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Solar Cell Technology  

Chevy Bolt electric car could be the first mass-market EV success

ECE alumnus Andy Farah did great things as lead designer of the Chevrolet Volt, GM's successful plug-in hybrid vehicle. Now he's unveiling the Chevy Bolt, a concept all-electric car that will be capable of traveling 200 miles between charges and that will sell in the low $30,000 range. This could transform the prospects for widespread adoption of electric cars. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  

Fairy doors appearing on U-M's North Campus

This story in MLive reports on the recent appearances of Fairy Doors on North Campus. The first, discovered by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, her daughter, and research fellow Carmen Banea, was found in CSE's Beyster Building. Since then, the story reports, two more have been found in the Chrysler Center. We're glad the fairies have come to stay! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Mihalcea, Rada  

Elementary Programming Class Introduces Students to Coding

This story in The Michigan Daily highlights EECS 183, the introductory CS course taught by Dr. Mary Lou Dorf, who designed the class to be experiential and to provide the support for students to become both familiar with computing concepts and more confident in their ability to learn to code. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Googling the Physical World

David Wentzloff wants to get rid of batteries and build the Internet of Things - a "Google of the physical world." This undertaking will use trillions of tiny sensors embedded in everything you can think of, communicating wirelessly. With his company PsiKick, David hopes to provide the technology that makes it happen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase Highlights Over 20 New Games

On Friday, December 18th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a large crowd of over 100 attendees for the Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Games  Gibson, Jeremy  Undergraduate Students  

Stephen Forrest - The End of Moore's Law: Are We Facing the Creation or the Apocalypse?

At long last, Moores Law is inevitably reaching its end. Nothing continues in an exponential fashion forever, and the same goes for the miniaturization of transistors that has led to this computational explosion. In his distinguished faculty lecture, Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Collegiate Professor of Engineering, discusses this trend and what it means for industry and the economy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

ECE Celebrates Diwali

ECE continued its new tradition of celebrating the different cultures of its student body with a celebration of Diwali on November 13. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach