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May 16, 2014
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Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system.   More Info

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

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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  

Aug 19, 2014
Two New Faculty Join CSE in Fall 2014

CSE is delighted to welcome two outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. With highly relevant research pursuits in the realms of secure and private Internet-scale services and in machine-learning and data extraction methodologies, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Big Data  Machine Learning  Madhyastha, Harsha  Security (Computing)  Wiens, Jenna  

Aug 15, 2014
Slashdot: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Prof. Igor Markov's article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, along with the ARS Technica article that provides commentary, have been slashdptted. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 15, 2014
Are processors pushing up against the limits of physics?

ARS Technica has provided a lengthy analysis and commentary on Prof. Igor Markov's article that appeared in the journal Nature regarding the limits of computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 14, 2014
The Limits of Moores Law Limits

Following an interview with Prof. Igor Markov, EE Times asks: ...now that we are approaching the atomic scale, many see the handwriting on the wall: When you get down to one atom per memory cell, Moore's Law has to end -- or has it? [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 13, 2014
Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

In an article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, Prof. Igor Markov reviews limiting factors in the development of computing systems to help determine what is achievable, identifying "loose" limits and viable opportunities for advancements through the use of emerging technologies. His research for this project was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 11, 2014
Vulnerabilities Demonstrated in Traffic Signal Controls

Students in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent EECS 588 course, including graduate student Brandon Ghena, have demonstrated vulnerabilities that would allow hackers to take control of municipal traffic light systems. [Full Story]


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

Aug 08, 2014
Court case: Voting via the Internet is a civil rights issue for disabled

The debate over whether Americans should be permitted to vote via the Internet has long pitted voting system manufacturers, who frame it to election officials as inevitable and modern, against cybersecurity experts including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has repeatedly demonstrated vulnerabilities in voting systems worldwide. [Full Story]


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

Aug 07, 2014
New graphene sensor technology for personal and environmental health

A new wearable vapor sensor could one day offer continuous disease monitoring for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia or lung disease. The new sensor, which can detect airborne chemicals either exhaled or released through the skin, would likely be the first wearable to pick up a broad array of chemical, rather than physical, attributes. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Environment  Medical diagnosis  Sensors  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Aug 07, 2014
Student Spotlight: Patrick Sheridan - Memristors and the Brain

Patrick is at the frontier of developing memristor devices for neuromorphic computing as a member of Prof. Wei Lus nanoelectronics research group. Taking inspiration from the brain, we look at how neurons are interconnected and share signals, and then we try to replicate that with our memristive devices, said Patrick, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lu, Wei  

Aug 06, 2014
Low-Power Laser Could Speed CPUs

Prof. Bhattacharya's breakthrough room-temperature polariton laser enables commercialization of the technology. One potential application discussed by the author is to enable on-chip optical interconnects. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 06, 2014
Optoelectronics: A practical polariton laser

In this article, the author describes the importance of Prof. Bhattacharya's room-temperature, eletrically injected polariton laser, stating that it, "represents an important step towards the practical implementation of polaritonic light sources. In many ways, the first report of a semiconductor laser device based on BoseEinstein condensation that is pumped electrically at room temperature opens a new era in optoelectronics. It may not be long before polaritonic devices start to claim their share of the optoelectronics market, just as double heterostructure devices did 40 years ago." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Optoelectronics  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 05, 2014
Alumni Spotlight: Peter Tchoryk - An Entrepreneurial CEO

Peter Tchoryk (MSE EE 1994) is CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), and co-founder of Springmatter and OptoAtmospherics. Peter wants to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. His work at MAC and especially his activities in Springmatter help him do that. [Full Story]

Aug 05, 2014
Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is watching as the state of Utah convenes a committee to study how the Beehive State might proceed with online voting. [Full Story]


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

Jul 31, 2014
3 ECE Companies on Silicon 60 List

EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lu, Wei  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Jul 31, 2014
ECE pays well!

You majored in engineering? Great decision! Electrical and/or Computer Engineering? Even better! According to a study by USA Today, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are among the highest paying college majors. There are LOTS of jobs for ECE students, and you can work in virtually any field of interest. [Full Story]

Jul 31, 2014
Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

ECE researchers have developed a way to exponentially shrink the size of a system typically needed to control the polarization of light, while maintaining the high level of performance needed for numerous optical applications such as color displays, microscopy and photography. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  LNF  Metamaterials  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Jul 31, 2014
Jessy Grizzle Named Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor

Jessy Grizzle has been named the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. Prof. Grizzle is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of control systems. He has broken new ground in the application of control theory to bipedal robots and environmentally friendly automobiles. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Jul 31, 2014
Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached North American high school students to a variety of top and highly placed individual and team finishes at the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Beijing, China from July 21 through 25. It is the eighth year that Prof. Radev has performed this service. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

Jul 30, 2014
A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

MIT Technology Review described the chips being made by PsiKick, a company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. These low-power chips are the key to the promise of the Internet of Things. Their chip design has been tested in a wearable EKG monitor that runs entirely on body heat. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  

Jul 30, 2014
Gurkan Gok Receives Paper Award for Making Better Antenna Beams

Gurkan Gok (PhD, EE 2014, exp) won Third Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 2014 IEEE Int. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for his paper that describes an antenna beam former that he developed using metamaterials. The design strategy provides new opportunities in smart antenna development. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  

Jul 26, 2014
US Researchers Develop Room Temperature Polariton Laser

Device could be future optical replacement for on-chip wires. Scientists from the University of Michigan (Prof. Bhattacharya) and Intel Corporation in the US have demonstrated what appears to be the first electrically powered, room-temperature polariton laser. The device, based on a GaN-based microcavity diode, could advance efforts to replace on-chip wire connections with lasers, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics, say the researchers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  

Jul 25, 2014
2014 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Valeria Bertacco, Jason Flinn, Satish Narayanasamy, Edwin Olson, Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Zhaohui Zhong. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Flinn, Jason  Narayanasamy, Satish  Olson, Edwin  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Jul 23, 2014
Jiangfeng Wu Receives Best Paper Award for Research in Safe Fracking

Jiangfeng Wu, graduate student in electrical engineering, received the Mikio Takagi Student Prize for his research in designing and building an antenna that can better determine the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the best of the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE Int. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Environment  Graduate Students  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Jul 23, 2014
Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In Memoriam

Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]

 



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