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Mar 30, 2017
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Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 24, 2017 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Peter Chen, Interim Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards.   More Info

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ECE Alumni in Academia

ECE alumni are educating the next generation of innovators all around the world! Check out many of our active alumni in academia. Please contact us to let us know of any we are missing! [Full Story]

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Nowruz Celebration 1396: Persian New Year Festival

Over 200 students and faculty celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on March 21 with traditional food, calligraphy, and musical performances. This is the first ECE Nowruz celebration, and it's part of ECE's growing tradition of recognizing the cultural events of its diverse student body. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

University researchers develop ultra-thin silver film to improve touch-screen technology

Prof. Jay Guo's research team succeeded in creating a tarnish-proof silver film whose properties allow for various uses such as high-tech screens. The teams paper, published last Monday, details the films versatility. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Nilmini Abeyratne Selected for the Lipschutz, Ayers Host and Olcott Smith Award

The Rackham Graduate School has selected CSE graduate student Nilmini Abeyratne for the Susan Lipschutz, Margaret Ayers Host and Anna Olcott Smith Award. Abeyratne was selected for this award for her contributions towards the success of women and her drive to increase the number of women in science and engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Women in Computing  

Michigan Allots $87 Million to Replace Flints Tainted Water Pipes

Prof. Jacob Abernethy collaborated with Flint officials and colleagues at UM Flint on a study last year that analyzed the Flint water system and the undertaking required to identify and replace lead pipes in homes. He said that the state's just-announced plan for finishing the replacement of thousands of targeted lead pipes in three years seemed possible with enough money and resources. [Full Story]

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

The next cyberattack could render your anti-virus and encryption software useless

Researchers including Prof. Kevin Fu and CSE graduate student Timothy Trippel have demonstrated a new way of using sound to interfere with devices containing accelerometers, such as smartphones. This presents a new avenue for hackers to use in compromising devices to steal information or disrupt communication. [Full Story]

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

University of Michigan students create app to help with food allergies

Computer science students Ish Baid and Michael Copley have created the Edible Project app, which helps people with special dietary restrictions to find restaurants and meals they can enjoy without worrying about allergies or ingredients. [Full Story]

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Chris Peikert Named First-Ever Patrick C. Fischer Development Professor

Associate Professor Chris Peikert has been named the first-ever Patrick C. Fischer Development Professor in Theoretical Computer Science. Peikert's research is dedicated to developing new, stronger mathematical foundations for cryptography, with a particular focus on geometric objects called lattices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Peikert, Chris  

U-M Presents Babak Parviz with Bicentennial Alumni Award

Electrical engineer and Google Glass creator Babak Parviz is widely recognized for revolutionizing communication technology through advances in optics, self-assembly, and miniaturized electronics. Now the Vice President of Amazon, U-M gave the award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential, and thus improve peoples lives. [Full Story]

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Screens of the future could be made with transparent silver

Prof. Jay Guo just published new research in the journal Advanced Materials that suggests using a seven-nanometer-thick film made of silver could replace indium tin oxide as a transparent conductive surface for touch screens. Indium is growing more expensive as its use increases, so this could be a valuable alternative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

University presidents: Prepare for global economy

President Mark Schlissel writes with two other Michigan university presidents on the need to prepare graduates to compete in the global market. The article mentions ECE professor Kamal Sarabandi, a world leader in radar sensing whose work is used by NASA and other government agencies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Building More Stable Quadruped Robots: A Dog's Point of View

Research into the gait of dogs may lead to improved design of quadruped robots and how we control their movement. Shai Revzen, a biologist turned roboticist, brings a unique perspective to the study of animals, one thats beginning to be heard by the biological community as well. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Mariesa Crow is Looking to the Future of Power

Mariesa Crow (BSE EE 85),is working to power the future through her research on energy storage and microgrids and her commitment to training the next generation of power engineers. The Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and VP for Research at Missouri S&T, Crow came to Michigan to discuss her work as part of the Michigan Power and Energy Lab Seminar Series [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Grid  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  

How to Build a BigANT Shai Revzen's Critter-Inspired Robots

Want to build your own robot fast and cheap? Shai Revzen is making that easier with his plate and reinforced flexure (PARF) fabrication technique. He used PARF to develop the meter-scale hexapedal robot known as BigANT, whose design files are available to all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Transparent silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterials

The thinnest, smoothest layer of silver that can survive air exposure has been laid down by Prof. Jay Guo, and it could change the way touchscreens and flat or flexible displays are made. It could also help improve computing power, affecting both the transfer of information within a silicon chip and the patterning of the chip itself through metamaterial superlenses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Flexible electronics  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

A Q&A with Alumnus Angela Blanton: VP and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University

Angela Blanton (BSE EE 1993) was recently named vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from U-M, she worked at Delphi and Chrysler Motors Corp. as an electrical engineer. She then returned to academia to earn her MBA from the Tepper School of Busines at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). We asked her a few questions about her career. [Full Story]

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Timothy Trippel Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Graduate student Timothy Trippel has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests lie in embedded systems and IoT security and privacy for the purpose of building safe and reliable autonomous systems in the future. [Full Story]

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Smartphone Accelerometers Can Be Fooled by Sound Waves

This article features work done by Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators in which they demonstrate a way to take control of or influence devices such as smartphones through the use of sound waves. [Full Story]

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

Video: Tech Time - Software developed to help the blind

This news segment on WDIV TV highlights the work that Dr. David Chesney and his students have done in conjunction with 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  

A small team may have just cracked one of the big obstacles facing smart glasses

ECE alumni startup Avegant may have just beat the billion-dollar startup Magic Leap to the first public demonstration of technology that integrates graphics with the real world with depth, so your eyes can focus on virtual objects at different distances. Co-founded by Ed Tang (CTO) and Allan Evans, Avegant first gained fame with their Glyph technology, an all-in-one personal theater. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Virtual Reality  

Computer Science Continues to Be One of the Most Popular and Rewarding Programs at Michigan

Computer science is a fast-growing and highly popular discipline at Michigan. CS students earn the highest median salary in every category of employment tracked by the College of Engineering, and CS is the second-most popular major at the entire university. [Full Story]

Sonic Cyber Attacks Show Security Holes in Ubiquitous Sensors

Sound waves can be used to hack into critical sensors used in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles, medical devices, and the Internet of Things, according to research performed by Prof. Kevin Fu, Prof. Peter Honeyman, CSE graduate student Timothy Trippel, and their collaborators at the University of South Carolina. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Computing and Systems  Fu, Kevin  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

This article features work done by Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators in which they demonstrate a way to take control of or influence devices such as smartphones through the use of sound waves. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a security advisory alert for affected chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Computing and Systems  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

A Q&A with Ann Stals Getting Down to the Details

Students, alumni, and faculty alike have something to thank Ann Stals for. As ECEs event planner, she has her hands in nearly everything the division does. Hired in August of 2014, her three years has been spent expanding ECEs outreach to students of different cultures, planning alumni meetups around the country, developing camps for high school students, and, most recently, sending current students to local and Silicon Valley companies for an insider look at an engineering workday. [Full Story]

A Q&A with Tomas Mauricio Giving Back

Tomas Mauricio spends a lot of time behind the scenes, but when he steps out front this intern makes a big impression. Helping coordinate events like ECE's Electrify tech camps and the recent ECE Expeditions, participants always remember their cheerful guide. Now he has a year with the division behind him, and Tomas looks forward to working on at least one more round of Electrify this summer. Learn more about Tomas and the varied work he does to help ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Students Take an ECE Expedition to Silicon Valley

ECE brought 18 students to San Jose on Sunday, February 26 for the second ECE Expedition. The students, ranging from freshman to doctoral level, spent three days of their spring break learning from professionals in their field and getting a firsthand look at where their degree could take them after graduation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Optical Magnetism: Photons induce high levels of magnetism in optical materials

Prof. Steve Rand's group at the MURI Center for Dynamic Magneto-Optics (DYNAMO) have both observed and explained the presence of photon-induced magnetic dipole (MD) scattering (optical magnetism) in certain crystalline materials that is just as intense as ordinary Rayleigh scattering. The experiments show for the first time an alternative way of controlling magnetic properties of materials with light. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Metamaterials  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Edith Beigne on Auto-adaptive digital circuits

Dr. Edith Beign presented the talk Auto-adaptive digital circuits Application to low-power Multicores and ultra-low-power Wireless Sensor Nodes to members of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory. Dr. Beign came to Michigan as a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer Program. This program features researchers who are known for the quality and quantity of their research, and are considered to be excellent speakers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Qi Alfred Chen Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research into Network and System Security

CSE PhD candidate Qi Alfred Chen has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research into network and system security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Cindy Finelli: Community Building And Envisioning The Future Of Engineering Education Research

Prof. Cindy Finelli was highlighted as a pioneer of engineering education for her work in community building and education research. She is part of a new initiative at U-M to include education research in engineering departments. She is also the Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Sang Won Lee Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research into Facilitating Collaboration for Creative and Artistic Tasks

CSE PhD candidate Sang Won Lee has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research into the interactive systems that lie at the intersection of music and computer science, with a focus on collaborative music making, live coding, and interactive music. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

ECE Graduate Student Nathan Sawicki Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Nathan Sawicki received a 2017 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors. Nate assisted with EECS 216 (Signals and Systems) and EECS 351 (Intro to Digital Signal Processing). He said he was inspired to be a great GSI because he himself had benefited from two award winning GSIs, and knew what a difference they could make in a student's understanding of the material. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumnus Jim Boerkoel Awarded NSF CAREER Grant for Research into Autonomous Systems

CSE alumnus Jim Boerkoel (CSE MS 08, PhD 12), Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant for his project "Robust and Reliable Multiagent Scheduling Under Uncertainty." [Full Story]

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CSE-Based Startup Clinc Receives $6.3M in Funding to Further Develop Intelligent Banking Assistant

Clinc, the cutting-edge artificial intelligence startup founded by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang along with CSE research fellow Michael Laurenzano and CSE graduate student Johann Hauswald, has announced it has closed a $6.3 million Series A round of financing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Technology Transfer  

Herb Winful Professor of Optics, Friend of the Arts

In a new interview, Prof. Herb Winful discusses the many facets of his career as an educator and researcher. Prof. Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear fiber optics and nonlinear optics in periodic structures. He also discussed the interdisciplinary course he helped create, UARTS 250: Creative Process, and the creative challenges of teaching engineering principles to students of the arts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Winful, Herbert  

Azadeh Ansari Receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Research in GaN-based Electro-acoustic Devices

Dr. Azadeh Ansari received a 2017 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation, GaN Integrated Microsystems for RF Applications. This award recognizes exceptional dissertations of outstanding scholarly quality in any field of study. The focus of her dissertation was the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel and advanced electro-acoustic devices and integrated micro/nano systems based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). GaN is the material that led to the development of new high-efficiency lighting and was the focus of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Optoelectronics  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Gopal Nataraj Receives U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to Support High-impact Research in Medical Imaging

Gopal Nataraj, a doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research that promises to lead to improved techniqes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program whose research is unusually creative, ambitious and impactful. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

AI Scientists Gather to Plot Doomsday Scenarios (and Solutions)

Michael Wellman, Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, was part of a workshop aimed at worst-possible adverse outcome AI scenarios and how to prevent them. One of the topics discussed was Prof. Wellman's stock market manipulation scenario. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Graduate Student Pat Pannuto Recognized with CoE Towner Prize

CSE graduate student Pat Pannuto has been selected to receive a 2017 Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors by the College of Engineering for his work in creating C4CS (Computing for Computer Scientists), which introduces core concepts of hands-on software engineering to persons with no prior experience. [Full Story]

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Ann Arbor-based Cribspot evolving from listing rentals to managing them

Ann Arbor-based startup Cribspot has evolved from simply listing rentals to now managing more than 100 spaces for property owners across the Midwest. The founders, Tim Jones and Evan Dancer, former Computer Science students, and Jason Okrasinski, a former Ross Business student, all graduated in May 2013 with the same goal in mind, to make the off-campus housing search as easy as possible. [Full Story]

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Barzan Mozafari Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor

Barzan Mozafari, assistant professor in Computer Science and Engineering, has been named a Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Databases and Data Mining  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Will artificial intelligence ever actually match up to the human brain?

This article asks the question: How long will it be until we have a general artificial intelligence, rathe than silos of narrow, specific AIs? John Laird, the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, comments in the article on the challenges involved in identifying capabilities and integrating them together into a general AI. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Michigan's Millimeter-Scale Computers featured at ISSCC2017, and in IEEE Spectrum

Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester presented a total of 10 papers at the 2017 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Most were related to their Michigan Micro Mote (M3) computers. Their goal is to make smarter, smaller sensors for medical devices and the Internet of Things that can do more with less energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Snow science in action

Using high-tech equipment like infrared sensors and low-tech gear like shovels, researchers are trying to determine what remote sensors could best be used on satellites to produce more accurate snowpack measurements around the world. ECE grad student Mohammad Mousavi is working on Grand Mesa with a University of Michigan boom truck parked at the Jumbo Campground by Mesa Lakes and outfitted with a microwave radiometer, one type of snowpack measurement device. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Professor Who Urged an Election Recount Thinks Trump Won, but Voting Integrity Still Concerns Him

This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education includes a Q and A with Prof. J. Alex Halderman on the 2016 presidential election recount and on the challenges ahead for election integrity. [Full Story]

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

CASSIE: A Tougher, Lighter Bipedal Robot with Eyes

A new two-legged robot is coming to Michigan Engineering: the third generation biped in the lab of Jessy Grizzle, whose previous bots have been programmed to walk unassisted over rough terrain and jog a nine-minute mile. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Clinc Raises Venture Capital Round of $6.3 million

Clinc, the artificial-intelligence startup founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, announced Wednesday morning that it has raised a funding round of $6.3 million. The company's open-source intelligent assistant and machine learning research platform is involved in research programs with Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Why Some Apps Use Fake Progress Bars

School of Information Professor Eytan Adar is quoted in this article about a technique he calls "benevolent deception" which can increase user's trust in a system. Later in the article, he lays out guidelines for using benevolent deception. Prof. Adar also has an appointment in CSE. [Full Story]

VIDEO: U-M to begin experimenting with bird-inspired robot

The University of Michigan will begin experimenting with the capabilities of a robot inspired by a flightless bird. With two legs, backward facing knee-like joints and a short torso, researchers note that it may remind people a bit of an ostrich. Named CASSIE, the robot comes from Agility Robotics, a startup spun out of Oregon State University. U-M is one of the first organizations to begin testing out CASSIE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Valeria Bertacco Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been honored for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education with an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. In addition to teaching three key courses in CS and CE for well over a decade, she is a faculty mentor to student groups for undergraduate and graduate women and goes the extra mile to interact with all of her students outside the classroom. [Full Story]

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