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Aug 20, 2013
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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. [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)  

Prof. Trevor Mudge Named ACM Fellow for Contributions to Power Aware Computer Architecture

Bredt Family Professor of Engineering Trevor Mudge has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) "for contributions to power aware computer architecture." His inventive approaches have led to new technologies that reduce the energy consumption of microprocessors while maintaining acceptable performance in an era of exponential growth in embedded processors and system-on-chip designs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

U-M researchers create helpful tool for Flint residents during ongoing water crisis

This video and text news item describes MyWater-Flint, the app and website designed by UM researchers to help Flint residents with data about the ongoing water crisis. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Prof. Jason Flinn Named ACM Fellow for Contributions to Mobile Computing and Distributed Systems

Prof. Jason Flinn has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for contributions to mobile computing and reliable distributed systems. His research is in the area of operating systems, mobile computing, storage, and distributed systems. He is currently interested in creating software systems that allow concurrent programs to execute more reliably on multicore computers, as well as in enabling demanding applications to run on small, mobile computers and smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Lab-Software Systems  

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway has been elected Fellow of the American Assocation for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are recognized for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Prof. Conway has made groundbreaking and fundamental contributions to Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design and production of integrated circuits. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  

Kamal Sarabandi Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are recognized for their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Kamal Sarabandi's contributions have shaped the remote sensing radar imaging field for over the past quarter century. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Google-funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources

Faculty and students at Michigan's Ann Arbor and Flint campuses have released an app that provides Flint residents with data about the ongoing water crisis. The app was developed with support from Google.org. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

ECE Team Receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award

A seven member team from Electrical and Computer Engineering has received the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award, established to shine a light on those staff members who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Valeria Bertacco Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Computer-aided Verification and Reliable System Design

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017, "for contributions to computer-aided verification and reliable system design." Prof. Bertacco is a highly noted researcher in the area of computer architecture and is Director of the department's Computer Engineering (CE) Lab. [Full Story]

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

Trump Allowed to Join Fight Against Pennsylvania Recount

A battle over whether or not a recount of ballots cast in Pennsylvania during the recent presidential campaign is taking place. In the case made for a recount, hackers could have easily infected Pennsylvanias voting machines with malware designed to lay dormant for weeks, pop up on Election Day and then erase itself without a trace, according to Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

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

Yi-Jun Chang Selected for Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Yi-Jun Chang, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has received a Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for 2016-17. The Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship assists assists outstanding students in Rackham programs who have earned a previous degree from a university in Taiwan and who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship. Chang's research interest is in complexity theory of distributed computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Pettie, Seth  

Inspiring a New Generation of Women Engineers in Liberia

Six women engineering students from Liberia traveled to the U.S. to attend the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Women in Engineering 2016 conference, under the sponsorship of the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program and U-M-SWE. They spoke of their passion to improve their country through engineering, as well as the difficulties of being female engineers in their country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Prof. Dmitry Berenson $1.1 million to help advance a robot's ability to walk over unstable ground and deal with tangles in string, rope or wire. One of the new abilities that Berenson and his group will help robots attain is navigating unfamiliar environments by reusing previous experience from similar environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

Stephen Forrest Receives IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for Pioneering Work in OLEDs

Stephen Forrest, Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2017IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, along with Ching W. Tang and Mark Thompson, For their pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays. The Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal is given for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lu, Wei  Najafi, Khalil  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

CubeWorks: Solving Problems with the Worlds Smallest and Lowest-power Computers

CubeWorks, founded by the team at University of Michigan that developed the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, has been flying under the radar since late in 2013. This startup company specializes in the worlds smallest and lowest-power sensing technology. With its first outside funding from Intel (see the press release), the CEO of CubeWorks is now looking two years into the future, when he hopes to be manufacturing millimeter-scale computing devices for their first customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Ushering in the Next Generation of Flat-Panel Displays and Medical Imagers

Research that is expected to directly impact the future of the flat-panel display and imager industries has been selected as an Editor's Choice by the Journal of Solid-State Electronics. The article, co-authored by Prof. Jerzy Kanicki, ECE graduate student Chumin Zhao, and Dr. Mitsuru Nakata, describes a new technology that may help usher in the next generation of flat-panel displays and imagers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Mount and Wu Scholarship Rewards Extracurriculars

Brian Mount (BSE CE 01, MSE CSE 03), Melissa Wu (BSE Civ 03), and Michelle Wu (BSE ChE 01), have recently endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship. This fund will provide need-based support for in-state, undergraduate students with a preference for those engaged in College of Engineering extracurricular activities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Vote Recount Push Advances, but Reversing Trumps Win Is Unlikely

This article in the New York Times reports on the uneven progress toward recounts in three key states for the recent presidential election. Led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the recounts were inspired by a call from leading security experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

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

Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

In this post, Prof. J. Alex Halderman sets the record straight regarding what he and other leading election security experts have actually been saying to the Clinton campaign and everyone else whos willing to listen. He describes a situation where malware could be a factor in the vote totals during the presidential election. [Full Story]

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

Trump election: Activists call for recount in battleground states

The BBC reports on the call by leading computer scientists, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, for a recount of votes in the presidential election in three swing states. Their analysis shows that Clinton performed worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners. [Full Story]

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

Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results

CNN reports that a group of top computer scientists, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, have urged Hillary Clinton's campaign to call for a recount of vote totals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. The computer scientists believe they have found evidence that vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked and presented their findings to top Clinton aides on a call last Thursday. [Full Story]

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

Experts Urge Clinton Campaign to Challenge Election Results in 3 Swing States

Leading computer security experts with an interest in election integrity, including Prof. J. Alex Halerman, have called for a recount of the votes cast in the presidential election in three key swing states. They believe they have found evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated. [Full Story]

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

Vulnerable connected devices a matter of "homeland security"

This article describes the security ramifications of unprotected IoT devices such as internet-connected cameras, video recorders on the larger Internet. It quotes Prof. Kevin Fu on the effort that would be required to secure this new ecosystem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas

Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Wide-ranging ECE Research Presented at 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Systems to study cancer stem cells, new methods to remotely measure snow and ice thickness, radar for autonomous vehicles, navigation systems that don't rely on GPS, nanowire lasers, and methods to model lithium-ion batteries were just a few of the many winning projects presented by ECE students at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium. Thirteen alumni returned to judge the posters and meet with students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Professor to Congress: "Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate"

As the Internet of Things grows around us, so do the threat of cybersecurity breaches severe enough to shut down hospitals and other vital infrastructure. This is the message that Prof. Kevin Fu delivered to lawmakers at a congressional hearing this week. [Full Story]

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

Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

After Dyn cyberattack, lawmakers seek best path forward

In a hearing hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, University of Michigan professor Kevin Fu, Level 3 Communications Chief Security Officer Dale Drew and computer security luminary Bruce Schneier briefed Congress on the challenges posed by insecure internet-connected devices and whether they believe the government can make a difference. This article provides a summary of the proceedings. [Full Story]

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

How You Speak To Siri & Alexa Matters More Than You Think Here's Why

Prof. Rada Mihalcea is quoted in this story about sexism and today's virtual assistants such as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Video: Prof. Cindy Finelli and Engineering Education Research

Prof. Finelli is currently Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering, and she was founding director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering at Michigan, which supports college-wide initiatives in engineering teaching and learning. Her own research focuses on how faculty make decisions about what theyre doing in the classroom, how students understand engineering concepts, and how a flexible classroom influences both teaching and learning. Watch a new video about her and her work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia