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Jun 25, 2014
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Cockroaches actually have much to teach in the realm of robust systems - something we want in our technology. The article references a recent video featuring Prof. Shai Revzen's work in applying cockroach lessons to robotics.   More Info

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Oct 22, 2014
Prof. Edwin Olson Receives NSF CyberSEES Award

Associate Professor Edwin Olson was recently awarded an NSF CyberSEES grant for his research project, Sustainably Unlocking Energy from Municipal Solid Waste Using a Sensor-Driven Cyber-Infrastructure Framework. The award aims to advance the science of sustainability in tandem with advances in computing and communication technologies. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Olson, Edwin  Sustainability  

Oct 22, 2014
Prof. Satish Narayanasamy Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Satish Narayanasamy, associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a 2014 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in software engineering. The Google Faculty Research Awards program is a competitive worldwide program intended to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Narayanasamy, Satish  

Oct 22, 2014
Prof. Johanna Mathieu Working to Bring Power from Sustainable Sources to Your Home

ECE Prof. Johanna Mathieu received a grant under the NSF Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering program to pursue "Data-driven approaches to managing uncertain load control in sustainable power systems." She is working on the problem of how best to integrate wind and solar power into the nation's established electrical grid system. The the research may one day impact the nation's energy policy as it attempts to balance the cost of energy with the environmental impact of generating that energy. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grid  Mathieu, Johanna  Power & Energy  Wind Technology  

Oct 20, 2014
Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research that could Help Reveal the Brains Secrets

Raj Nadakuditi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research project, "Fundamental limits of eigen-wavefront based imaging through highly scattering random media." His research will impact the ability to investigate the structure of brain circuits through the use of optical imaging techniques. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Brain  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal and Image Processing   

Oct 15, 2014
Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Oct 15, 2014
Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

Oct 14, 2014
UM Computer Science Alumni Create Cribspot.com

Three former University of Michigan students are making a name for themselves in the growing Ann Arbor startup scene with cribspot.com. The startup helps college students find suitable places to live, while also helping landlords manage their properties. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Alumni  

Oct 13, 2014
Armin Alaghi Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

CSE graduate student Armin Alaghi received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research on scholastic computing. The 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  

Oct 10, 2014
Life, Engineered: How Lynn Conway Reinvented Her World and Ours

Emerita professor Lynn Conway engineered her life from the start and reinvented the computer chip -- without her, our cell phones wouldn't be possible. But she also pioneered a potentially harder road, becoming among the first transgender woman in engineering. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Oct 09, 2014
Prof. Valeria Bertacco Receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to receive a Faculty Recognition Award by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan for her remarkable contributions to the University through achievements in scholarly research, and excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  

Oct 08, 2014
UM Professor Named on of Brilliant 10 for Building Energy Scavenging Sensors

Prof. Prabal Dutta was interviewed on Michigan Radio's Stateside segment regarding his work on energy scavenging sensors, called smart dust, that won't need batteries to operate. Listen to the interview here. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Sensors  

Oct 06, 2014
Prof. Kevin Fu Answers Your Questions About Medical Device Security

in this Slashdot posting, Prof. Fu answers submitted questions about the security of medical devices, with subjects ranging from attack surfaces for drug-administering pumps to what to do if you've been the recipient of a hackable implant. [Full Story]

Oct 06, 2014
High School Girls Invited to Explore Computer Science

High school students: are you curious about opportunities in computer science? Girls Encoded is an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. [Full Story]

Oct 06, 2014
3 Lessons American Districts Can Learn From Foreign Schools

THE Journal reviews new approaches to learning that US K-12 schools are investigating, including work by Prof. Elliot Soloway into the use of smartphones as educational aids. Prof. Soloway has worked with schools in Singapore on an inquiry-based approach to learning that employs mobile technology, and he is now working to bring this same approach back to local schools. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Oct 06, 2014
Jia Deng Receives 2014 Yahoo ACE Award

Prof. Jia Deng has been awarded a 2014 Yahoo ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award.The award is given to five top young professors at leading research universities around the world who are selected among promising first and second-year faculty members conducting Yahoo relevant academic research. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  

Oct 02, 2014
Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Amid the rushing of students, voter registration representatives and preachers, 13 students stood on the Diag Friday with baskets of food to bring a piece of their study abroad in India back to Ann Arbor. They learned the concept of "langar," which is a shared meal that emphasizes equality, on the trip organized by ECE Prof. Jasprit Singh. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  Student  

Oct 02, 2014
Mapping the brain with lasers

Individual parts of the brain can be activated and de-activated by shining light on the neurons, and researchers are using this ability to chart how different areas of the brain function. To zoom in on individual neuron circuits within the brain, more precise light sources are needed. ECE professor Euisik Yoon is leading a team that will design and build these new light sources with a variety of lasers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Sep 30, 2014
Jason Mars Selected as Program Chair for CGO 2015

Prof. Jason Mars has been selected to serve as Program Chair for the 2015 International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO). CGO brings together researchers and practitioners working at the interface of hardware and software on a wide range of optimization and code generation techniques and related issues. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Mars, Jason  

Sep 29, 2014
Long-Lived Blue OLED Could Lead to Better Displays

Many displays in smartphones and televisions generate red and green light with phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes but use more energy-hungry fluorescent devices for blue. That's because blue PHOLEDs only last for a couple of days. Now Prof. Stephen Forrest and his group have found a way to extend the lifetime of blue PHOLEDs by a factor of 10, bringing them much closer to commercial use. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sep 29, 2014
These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things

The story focuses on how the new Michigan/UVa start-up company, PsiKick, is going to help enable the Internet of Things thanks to their very low power processing, called subthreshold processing. Also mentioned is the Michigan startup, Ambiq Micro, which has also entered the low power revolution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Sep 26, 2014
Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, Prof. Stephen Forrest and his team have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Sep 25, 2014
Khalil Najafi to Receive 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and ECE Chair, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, "For leadership in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), technologies, and devices and for seminal contributions to inertial devices and hermetic wafer-level packaging." The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Najafi, Khalil  

Sep 24, 2014
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award, "For contributions to near-infrared and visible quantum dot lasers." The IEEE David Sarnoff award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Sep 23, 2014
Ryan Wolcott Receives Best Student Paper Award at IROS 2014

Ryan Wolcott received a Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conferences on Intelligent Robot Systems. His paper focuses on one of the most significant roadblocks to autonomous vehicles, which is the prohibitive cost of sensor suites necessary for localization. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  

Sep 17, 2014
Prabal Dutta Named to Popular Science Brilliant Ten List

Professor Prabal Dutta has been named one of Popular Science's 2014 Brilliant Ten for his work in developing energy scavenging sensors that could help herald the Internet of Things. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Sensors  

Sep 17, 2014
Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney - Exploring navigation

ECE graduate student Tal Najourney is exploring new frontiers in navigation technology. He and others in the group are trying to build a navigation device that doesnt need any external frame of reference, meaning the gyroscope is meant to guide navigation devices without using GPS. He worked with a professional glass blower to hone his technique. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  GPS  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Sep 11, 2014
Fighting lung cancer with faster image processing

A new $1.9 million research program led by Prof. Jeff Fessler seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes.The advance could be particularly important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment. Prof. Thomas Wenisch is collaborating on the project. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal and Image Processing   Wenisch, Thomas  

Sep 11, 2014
David Chesney Receives IBM Faculty Award

Dr. David Chesney has been awarded a 2014 IBM Faculty Award for his work in teaching software engineering and for his success in encouraging students to leverage new approaches to developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Sep 11, 2014
Jia Deng Wins Best Paper Award at ECCV

Prof. Jia Deng and his collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at ECCV for "Large-Scale Object Classification using Label Relation Graphs." It addresses a computer's ability to accurately classify objects in images, which is a fundamental challenge in computer vision research and an important building block for tasks such as localization, detection, and scene parsing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Sep 10, 2014
Theres Really No Delete Button on the Internet

In this interview on Michigan Radio, Prof. Kevin Fu talks about Internet privacy and the fact that boundaries don't really exist in the age of cloud computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Privacy  

Sep 10, 2014
Research finds No Large Scale Heartbleed Exploit Attempts Before Vulnerability Disclosure

Did the NSA or anyone else take advantage of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure? This Threat Post story describes research by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and others which indicates that traffic data collected on several large networks shows no exploit attempts in the months leading up to the public disclosure. The article has also been slashdotted here. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Privacy  Security (Computing)  

Sep 08, 2014
Kevin Compton Receives ACM-ICPC Coach Award

Prof. Kevin Compton has received an ACM-ICPC Coach Award for his work in five times bringing student programming teams from the University of Michigan to the world finals in the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Sep 08, 2014
Scenes from MHacks IV

They came in droves and built beautiful things. See scenes from MHacks IV, which took place Sept 5-7 in the Beyster, EECS, and Dow Buildings, in this photo album by College of Engineering photographer Joseph Xu. [Full Story]

Sep 08, 2014
Facets of Privacy Discussed at Inauguration Panel

At a symposium to mark the inauguration of President Mark S. Schlissel, leading privacy scholars from U-M and Carnegie Mellon University, including Prof. Kevin Fu, discussed the issues surrounding privacy, social media, and cloud computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Privacy  

Sep 08, 2014
Jetpac: The Implications of the Google Acquisition

In this posting on Dell's Tech Page One site, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on how the totality of social media posts can, when analyzed on a massive scale, reveal deeply sensitive personal information. Google's recent acquisition of Jetpac wil allow the search engine company to expand its AI capabilities in directions that would potentially allow it to create such user profiles. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Big Data  Machine Learning  

Sep 04, 2014
Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Sep 04, 2014
Prof. Stephen Forrest a Most Influential Scientist

Prof. Stephen Forrest was included in a recent Thompson Reuters publication as one of the most influential scientific minds in the world for 2014. The basis for inclusion was the number of times his publications were cited by his peers in the literature between 2002-2012. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Sep 04, 2014
Cheng Zhang Receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

ECE graduate student Cheng Zhang received the 2014 Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship. Cheng works with Professor L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Sep 02, 2014
1,000 Hackers Expected on North Campus for MHacks IV

On the evening of Friday, September 5, about 1,000 student hackers from across the country will arrive for MHacks IV, the premier student-run hackathon. 36 hours of imagination and coding is expected to result in dozens of working projects by Sunday morning. [Full Story]

Aug 27, 2014
Kyu-Tae Lee Wins Best Poster Award for Colorful Solar Cells

ECE graduate student Kyu-Tae Lee received a Best Poster Award at the 40th Annual Michigan AVS Symposium. His poster described the creation of solar cell device structures that enable attractive multi-colored solar cells that can be used on windows and other interior and exterior surfaces. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 27, 2014
Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Space technology  

Aug 26, 2014
Tweet Analysis Paints More Accurate Employment Picture Than The US Government Release

As reported in International business Times, U-M researchers including Prof. Michael Cafarella and graduate student Dolan Antenucci have found a quicker and more accurate measure of unemployment in America -- through analysis of Twitter data. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Aug 25, 2014
Shared Memory in Mobile Operating Systems Provides Ingress Point for Hackers

Computer science researchers have exposed a shared memory weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. The research team has demonstrated how passwords, photos, and other personal information can be stolen while users use popular mainstream apps. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Security (Computing)  

Aug 22, 2014
Researchers Expose Security Flaws in Backscatter X-ray Scanners

A team of security researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and graduate student Eric Wustrow have discovered several security vulnerabilities in the full-body backscatter X-ray scanners that were deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. The researchers were able to slip knives, guns, and other contraband past the systems. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Aug 21, 2014
Sensors in the Soil (video)

Soil moisture information is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For example, this data is used to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. Prof. Mingyan Liu is working on a system that will make collecting and analyzing this data more accurate. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Communications  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Sensors  

Aug 21, 2014
Researchers Demo Hack to Seize Control of Municipal Traffic Signal Systems

Computer science researchers working with Prof. J. Alex Halderman have demonstrated that a number of security flaws exist in commonly-deployed networked traffic signal systems that leave the systems vulnerable to attack or manipulation. They presented their findings at the 8th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Aug 21, 2014
MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum

MABEL, the record-breaking bipedal robot who was taught to walk and run by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team, has arrived at the Chicago Field Museum, where she will part of the biomechanics exhibit through January 2015. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Aug 21, 2014
Solving the Big Data Dilemma

Prof. Laura Balzano talks about how to get the best results from big collections of data. Science, healthcare, economics, infrastructure and government could be completely changed by effectively using big data. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Environment  Health  Information Technology  Signal and Image Processing   

Aug 19, 2014
Researchers Hack Into Michigans Traffic Lights

MIT Technology Review has covered work led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, in which he and students including Branden Ghena have demonstrated security flaws in a common system of networked traffic signals. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Aug 19, 2014
Four New Faculty Join ECE in Fall 2014

ECE is delighted to welcome three outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental and remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Communications  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Information Technology  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Subramanian, Vijay  Willingale, Louise  

 



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