EECS News for 2008

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Dec 23, 2008
Blaauw and Sylvester's Technology in Technology Review's Year in Computing

[Full Story]

Dec 23, 2008
Ultra Low-power Chip Named A Key Innovation for 2008 by MIT Technology Review


Dec 23, 2008
Professor Kamal Sarabandi Appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi conducts research in the area of applied electromagnetics, including radar remote sensing, antennas, wireless systems, and radar imaging. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Dec 23, 2008
Professor Al Hero Appointed R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering

Prof. Al Hero conducts research interests in adaptive sensing, inference in sensor networks, bioinformatics, inverse problems, and statistical signal and image processing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Dec 17, 2008
Winter Break Hours

DCO will close at 3PM on Wednesday December 24, 2008 and will remain closed until 9AM on Monday January 5, 2009.

All normal user support will be suspended during this period. For emergency assistance or to report an outage during the closure, please contact help@eecs.umich.edu.

Dec 16, 2008
Tzeno Galchev's Work Recognized by the President of Bulgaria

Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria for his achievements in the field of computer engineering and information technology. [Full Story]

Dec 12, 2008
New Web Based Email

DCO is proud to present an upgraded version of our web based email client. Powered by Horde, it now integrates filters, address book, calendar, vacation notices, and account administration in one, easy to use, interface. The system will go live on December 17 but is now available for testing at http://pobox.eecs.umich.edu.

Dec 12, 2008
EECS Students Are Winners in 1,000 Pitches Competition

Jason Bornhurst (undergraduate CSE student) and Anne Itsuno (graduate EE student) won in the categories of Local Business and Global Business for their entrepreneurial ideas in the U-M 1,000 Pitches Contest. [Full Story]

Dec 10, 2008
Professor Stephen R. Forrest Named APS Fellow

Prof. Steve Forrest has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society for contributions leading to the demonstration of high efficiency organic light emitting devices, organic photovoltaics and organic lasers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Dec 05, 2008
Work in SDR Earns Best Paper Award at MICRO-41

Graduate students Mark Woh and Sangwon Seo, and Professors Mahlke and Mudge won the Best Paper Award at MICRO-41 for their paper entitled, "From SODA to Scotch: The Evolution of a Wireless Baseband Processor." [Full Story]

Dec 03, 2008
Gadara: New approach eliminates software deadlocks using discrete control theory


Prof. Lafortune (L) and Prof. Mahlke developed a new way around software deadlocks with a controller that combines discrete control theory and compiler technology. [U-M Press Release]


Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Software Systems  

Dec 03, 2008
Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts


Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering student Naveen Gupta, "discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump." The research was published in Applied Physics Letters, and online by PhysOrg.com.


Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  

Dec 03, 2008
Prof. Sakallah Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Prof. Karem Sakallah received this award for his contributions to the development of powerful and fast algorithms and their application in the verification of computer hardware designs and software programs. [Full Story]

Dec 01, 2008
Quantum computing breakthrough (Duncan Steel)

[Full Story]

Nov 20, 2008
Computer Science Regains Popularity

"There is an incredible demand for computer scientists right now," said Dr. Chesney, who teaches the popular introductory engineering course in gaming. [See The Ann Arbor News Article]

Nov 12, 2008
Prof. Mahta Moghaddam Elected Fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Mahta Moghaddam has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009, "for contributions to forward and inverse scattering techniques for radar remote sensing." [Full Story]

Nov 10, 2008
Yahoo! Seminar Series


Prof. Soloway will present the talk, "The Most Important Challenge America Faces: Educating the Mobile Generation," Friday, November 14, 4-5pm, in 1670 CSE. The Yahoo! Seminar Series features faculty presenting their research to students.

Nov 10, 2008
2008 CSE Honors Competition

Congratulations to this year's winners of the CSE Honors Competition, sponsored by Mentor Graphics! [Full Story]

Nov 08, 2008
Industry Sponsored Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following students who received industry-sponsored scholarships:

Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000
Lauren Bridge (CE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Nathaniel Christman (CSE): Caterpillar $2500
Nicholas Collins (EE): Caterpillar $2500
Tanya Das (EE): Boeing $7000
Nicole Dolan (CE): Qualcomm $5000
Harold Evans (EE): Qualcomm $5000
Jeff Hayden (CE): Boeing $7000
Akram Helou (CSE): Eli Lilly $5,000
Trevor Hunter (EE): John Deere $5000
Kunal Jham (CE): Caterpillar $2500
Janet John (EE): Boeing $7000
Kevin Matzen (CSE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Kelsey MacLennan (CE): Boeing $7000
Paul Moncznik (CSE): Union Pacific $2500
Marie Pelvay (EE): Union Pacific $2500

Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.

Nov 07, 2008
Microsystems Research for Energy Scavenging and Power Generation

Micropower environmental energy harvesting generators offer an alternative source of energy for many emerging applications. A recent award-winning paper was presented at the Int. Conf. on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Nov 05, 2008
Valeria Bertacco, quoted in NASA Tech Briefs: Computer Guardians

[Full Story]

Oct 29, 2008
Professor Al Hero Elected to IEEE Board of Directors

Prof. Al Hero has been elected to the IEEE Board of Directors as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). His official term of service will be 2010-2011, and he will serve as Director-Elect in 2009. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Oct 23, 2008
Bertacco and Wagner Earn Best Paper Award at ICCD

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Ilya Wagner received the Best Paper Award at ICCD for their paper about a post-silicon validation system for microprocessors. [Full Story]

Oct 22, 2008
Prof. Kanicki Receives Excellence Award for Research on Display Technology

Prof. Jerzy Kanicki and his group received a Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Award at the 8th Int. Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2008). [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  

Oct 10, 2008
2008 Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award

Professors Todd Austin and David Blaauw received the 2008 Richard Newton Gigascale Systems Research Award for their role in the development of Razor technology. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  

Oct 09, 2008
CSE at Michigan Video

Please take a moment to enjoy this seven minute video for a brief introduction to Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan! Click here.

Oct 08, 2008
Valeria Bertacco,. quoted in Technology Review: Ensuring Chip Stability

[Full Story]

Oct 08, 2008
Jessy Grizzle Professorship Lecture and Reception

Please join us to honor Jessy Grizzle, the Levin Professor of Engineering, Wed, Oct 29 at 3:30pm in the Johnson Rooms. There will be opening remarks, a lecture by Prof. Grizzle, and a reception. [Full Story]

Oct 08, 2008
John Laird Professorship Lecture and Reception

Please join us to honor John Laird, the Tishman Professor of Engineering, Thursday, Oct 30 at 3:30pm in 1670 CSE. Remarks begin at 3:40pm sharp. [Full Story]

Oct 08, 2008
Pallab Bhattacharya Honored as NAE Member

Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]

Oct 06, 2008
Semyon Meerkov receives Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

Prof. Meerkov received this award for outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on Universitywide service. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Meerkov, Semyon M.  

Oct 01, 2008
Computer hardware 'guardians'

Prof. Valeria Bertacco and graduate student Ilya Wagner devised a system that lets chips work around all functional bugs, even those that haven't been detected. [Full Story]

Oct 01, 2008
Innovation Nanoimprint Lithography

Prof. Jay Guo's work in nanoimprint lithography and roll-to-roll imprinting is expected to lead to more efficient LCD displays and improved solar panels. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

Sep 30, 2008
Jay Guo's work in Nanoimprint Lithography

[Full Story]

Sep 30, 2008
Valeria Bertacco, quoted in PC Advisor: Semantic guardian could spell end of chip bugs

[Full Story]

Sep 23, 2008
Yuriy Goykhman Receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

EE Graduate student Yuriy Goykhman is honored to be an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow for 2008-09. Goykhman's research interests include development of new radar remote sensing instruments, techniques, and processing algorithms. [Full Story]

Sep 22, 2008
Homecoming: Friday, October 3


Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information

Sep 16, 2008
CampusRoost, Inc. Takes Off!

Undergraduate students Jason Bornhorst, Dheeraj Sanka, and Brent Traut presented their new startup company, CampusRoost, Inc., at the conclusion of a 10-week summer entrepreneurship program called RPM-10. [Full Story]

Sep 16, 2008
EECS Students Receive Google Scholarship

Undergraduates Pascal Carole (computer science) and Remy Carole (electrical engineering) have received 2008 Google Scholarships and invitations to the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership in the field of computer science. [Full Story]

Sep 09, 2008
DNS & Email List Issues - Resolved

We're currently experiencing DNS issues within the CSE and EECS buildings. This is resulting in sluggish or complete disruption of internet service for many users. This may also be contributing to an ongoing problem related to duplicate UMICH list serve messages. We're working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and will post more information as it becomes available.

Update:
High DNS query traffic is causing unreliable performance. DCO staff are attempting to raise capacity and bypass the problematic areas. Users experiencing network connection issues should renew their IP address to ensure they are the using the most current DNS configuration. An explanation on how to do this is available on the DCO website: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/dco/faq/faq.html?show=WE7#WE7

Sep 04, 2008
New Chairs for EECS


For the first time, EECS will have the benefit of two Chairs to chart the course of the department into the 21st century. Read more about the Chair of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Farnam Jahanian, and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Khalil Najafi.

Aug 29, 2008
Fast quantum computer building block created

Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online] [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Devices  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Aug 21, 2008
Duncan Steel: Fast quantum computer bit is created

[Full Story]

Aug 20, 2008
Dragomir Radev Coaches Teams to Gold!

Dragomir Radev, an associate professor in EECS as well as the Department of Linguistics in LS&A, recently led high-school teams to severalawards, including Gold medals, in 11 out of 33 individual and team events in the sixth International Linguistics Olympiad in Slanchev Bryag, Bulgaria. [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2008
Software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers in high demand

A recent article in The Detroit News, "State short of tech workers," highlights the strong demand for highly educated IT professionals, especially software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers. [Full Story]

Aug 20, 2008
Bertram Herzog (1929-2008)

We are saddened by the news that Professor Bertram Herzog, computer graphics pioneer, passed away last month at the age of 79. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. [Full Story]

Aug 15, 2008
Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI

Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

This conference is held every three years and the paper competition is among all 10 Commissions. There were more than 100 international student contenders in this competition.

Aug 06, 2008
Researchers develop next-generation antivirus system

Prof. Farnam Jahanian, PhD candidate Jon Oberheide and postdoctoral fellow Evan Cooke developed a new approach to antivirus software, called CloudAV, that moves the software off individual computers while greatly improving its effectiveness against malicious software (malware). [Technology Review article] [Full Story]

Aug 06, 2008
2008 NSF CAREER Awards go to Seth Pettie and Martin Strauss


Prof. Pettie received a CAREER award for his research project, "Advanced Data Structures for Shortest Paths, Routing, and Self-Adjusting Computation." [Read more...] Prof. Strauss received a CAREER award for his research project, "Next-Generation Algorithmics for Sparse Recovery." [Read more...]

Aug 05, 2008
Off-Campus Network Issue - Resolved

We are currently experiencing a network issue that is preventing some off-campus users from connecting to machines on the EECS network. This issue has been reported to CAEN and they are working to resolve it ASAP.

Aug 01, 2008
Intermittent Network Issues - Resolved

Intermittent connection problems on the CAEN network are preventing some users from connecting to DCO servers. CAEN staff are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it ASAP.

Jul 31, 2008
EECS Machine Room Power Outage July 30-31 - Resolved

Several DCO administered machines will offline between 9PM July 30th and 8AM July 31st. This outage is due to ongoing repair work on the high voltage electrical system in the EECS building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this outage.

Jul 23, 2008
Steve Forrest: More Efficient OLED Lighting

[Full Story]

Jul 22, 2008
Atul Prakash and Grad Students Discover Banking Website Flaws

Prof. Atul Prakash and graduate students Laura Falk and Kevin Borders discover design flaws in banking web sites that make their customers vulnerable to monetary or identity theft. Banks and similar institutions need to make changes to protect their customers. [Full Story]

Jul 21, 2008
Picnic Photos - 2008

EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]

Jul 18, 2008
Student team takes first place in Trading Agent Competition


Trading Agent Competition (TAC) team captures first place at the international TAC Supply Chain tournament in a competition of 13 teams from seven different countries. [Read more...]

Jul 18, 2008
Research describes a method for seeing through walls


Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and Dr. Mojtaba Dehmollaian were recognized for their research on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to see through walls at IGARSS 2008. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Jul 18, 2008
Continuum comes in first place at the North American Solar Car Race!

After a remarkable 2,400 mile ride from Dallas, TX to Calgary in Canada, Team Continuum wins the 2008 North American Solar Challenge for the 5th time! [Solar Car Team Blog] [Full Story]

Jul 08, 2008
North Campus Power Outage, July 7th-8th

A large portion of north campus, including CSE, had no power at all last night which resulted in several EECS servers being down. A major piece of Detroit Edison switchgear failed and took many hours to repair. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Jun 26, 2008
A Chip to Better Control Brain Stimulators for Parkinsons


IEEE Spectrum reported the research of Profs. Michael Flynn and Daryl Kipke into deep-brain stimulation to control the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. Current technology in the marketplace stimulates the brain in a hit-or-miss fashion. The new technology being developed will enable more intelligent stimulation of the brain. [IEEE Spectrum Article] [See also: NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems]


Related Topics:  Brain  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Jun 26, 2008
Prof. Chen's Research in Virtual Environments Earns Best Paper Award


Prof. Pete Chen and co-authors Dr. Jim Chow and Tal Garfinkel (Stanford) received a Best Paper Award for their paper, "Decoupling Dynamic Program Analysis from Execution in Virtual Environments," at the 2008 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. The research decouples analyses from normal execution by logging nondeterministic virtual-machine inputs and replaying them on a separate analysis platform. Powerful, heavyweight analyses can then be run in parallel with performance-sensitive production or development workloads. This approach provides many of the benefits of normal inline analysis with minimal impact on latency.

Jun 26, 2008
Kushner to Head New Plasma Science and Engineering Institute


Prof. Mark Kushner will join the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty September 1, 2008 to head the newly-created Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE). Kushner joins us from Iowa State University, where he was Dean of Engineering. [Read more...] [Record at Iowa State]

Jun 20, 2008
2008 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest


The third annual Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) / Michigan Student Design Contest was held this past term among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. The winning projects tackled energy efficiency in handheld devices, and the design of a high performance DSP. [Read more...]

Jun 18, 2008
Phoenix microchip sets low-power record with extreme sleep mode


A low-power microchip called the Phoenix Processor, developed by Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, along with doctoral students Scott Hanson and Mingoo Seok, uses significantly less power than comparable chips now on the market. It is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors and surveillance equipment. [Read more...] [Technology Review article]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jun 17, 2008
Prof. Papaefthymiou's work in resonant clocking to be commercialized


Cyclos Semiconductor, a company co-founded by Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou, is named in a list of Ten top technology developments to see at DAC. His company's advances in resonant clocking is expected to lead to significant power savings in IC design. [Read more...]

Jun 16, 2008
Blaauw and Sylvester: Picowatt chip sets low-power record

[Full Story]

Jun 10, 2008
CSE Researchers Develop Software to Solve Tough Combinatorial Problems


Igor Markov, Karem Sakallah, and graduate student Paul Darga will present open-source software that can cut the time to find symmetries in complicated equations from days to seconds. The work is being presented at DAC 2008. [U-M Press Release] [EE Times Review]

Jun 10, 2008
Julie Claus Awarded Professional Development Grant

Julie Claus was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to attend the 2009 Region V Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jun 10, 2008
Shannon Spencer Publishes Monograph about Service Learning Education

Shannon Spencer, Undergraduate Student Advisor, wrote the chapter, "Service learning education for adult learners," in the monograph, Serving adult learners: A handbook for effective practice, edited by C. Palmer, J. Bonnet, and J. Garland.

Jun 02, 2008
Joonki Noh and Arvind Jayaraman Honored at ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award Ceremony

Dr. Joonki Noh and Mr. Arvind Jayaraman were recently honored for their contributions as Graduate Student Instructors by the local chapter of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They each assisted with courses in Electrical Engineering: Systems. [Read more...]

Jun 02, 2008
Z. Morley Mao Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor


Z. Morley Mao, assistant professor in Computer Science and Engineering, has been named the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor for her outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Read more...]

May 28, 2008
2007-08 Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered Friday, March 28, 2008 to celebrate the achievements of those students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, and even entrepreneurial activities. Brian E. Gilchrist, Interim Chair for the ECE Division and Farnam Jahanian, Interim Chair for the CSE Division presented the awards. [Winners]

May 28, 2008
John Laird Named John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering


John Laird, professor of Computer Science and Engineering, member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory, and an internationally renowned leader in AI, has been named the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering.[Read more...]

May 27, 2008
Arun Ganesan's interdisciplinary undergraduate research project leads to two awards


Arun Ganesan received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for his research poster which described the design and evaluation of a system to help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies. He worked with individuals from EECS, the Medical School, and Washtenaw County. [Read more...]

May 27, 2008
Outstanding Student Instructor Awards For 2007-08

The following students received awards for excellence as Graduate Student Instructors or as undergraduate Instructional Aides:

Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's):

  • Patrick Jordan - CSE
  • ShiNung Ching - EE:Systems
  • Phil Choi - EE

Undergraduate Instructional Aide:

  • Adam Barnett - EE
Honorable Mentions:
  • Paul Chowdhry
  • Elson Liu
  • Nick Quinnell
  • John Schmotzer
  • Chih-Wei Wang

May 27, 2008
New computer network security threat identified

Large companies are vulnerable to hackers when they network their computers for cost-saving live virtual machine migration.

Read the press release about this new research by graduate student Jon Oberheide, Evan Cooke, and Prof. Farnam Jahanian. See also: [Forbes Article]

May 22, 2008
Prof. Igor Markov Receives Research Breakthrough Award

Prof. Igor Markov received an A. Richard Newton Breakthrough Research Award from Microsoft for his research in "Faults, Bugs, IP Protection, and Secure Hardware." These awards attempt to identify "promising new avenues of research for solving today's most important problems." Breakthrough projects are defined as "those which demonstrate potentially high impact by solving problems of great importance to science or society, or by inventing promising new approaches for enabling their solution."

[Microsoft Announcement]

May 22, 2008
Prof. Scott Mahlke Receives Young Alumni Achievement Award


Prof. Scott Mahlke received a Young Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "in recognition of his technical contributions to computer architecture and compiler techniques for instruction-level parallel-processing compilers." Prof. Mahlke is a member of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, and heads the Compilers Creating Custom Processors Group. [Read more...]

May 15, 2008
Prof. Arthur Burks (1915-2008)


Professor Arthur W. Burks passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the age of 92. He was an active member of the University of Michigan faculty for 40 years, 1946-1986, and a pioneer in the computing field.
[Read more...] [NY Times article by Steve Lohr] [Memorial Service: June 20]

May 10, 2008
Arnab Nandi Receives Yahoo! Fellowship


Arnab Nandi received a 2008-09 PhD Fellowship from Yahoo! to pursue his research in simplifying the process of structured data searches. His immediate research goals are to enable non-experts to use simple keywords to query complex databases and get meaningful results from the queries.
[Read more...]

Apr 30, 2008
Games 4 Girls Competition

Three freshman women, Rebecca Malinowski, Alyssa Glickman, and Seonghwa Choi, won an Honorable Mention in the Games for Girls (G4G) National Competition held at University of Illinois. All three were students in Dr. David Chesney's class, ENG100: Gaming for the Greater Good. None of the three had any previous programming experience before ENG100.

Apr 25, 2008
HKN Professor of the Year is Don Winsor


Don Winsor, Coordinator of the Departmental Computing Organization and adjunct faculty member, received the HKN Professor of the Year Award for 2007-08. Don was surprised with the news at the end-of-the-year ice cream social for EECS students. He recently taught EECS 370 (Intro to Computer Organization) and EECS 482 (Intro to Operating Systems).

Apr 25, 2008
ISPD Best Paper Award For Work in Logic and Physical Synthesis


Profs. Igor Markov, Valeria Bertacco, and graduate student Steve Plaza received a Best Paper Award at the recent Int'l Symposium on Physical Design of Integrated Circuits for their paper, Optimizing Non-Monotonic Interconnect using Functional Simulation and Logic Restructuring. The work was reviewed recently in EE Times. [Paper]

Apr 25, 2008
Online Q and A forums hit the mainstream

Research conducted by Lada Adamic and Mark Ackerman into how people share knowledge on Yahoo Answers has found that participants use the site to exchange advice and opinions, in addition to technical expertise. Their study is called "Knowledge sharing and Yahoo Answers: Everybody knows something." [U-M Press Release] [Podcast]

Apr 25, 2008
Pinpoint microwave resolution could lead to wireless power transfer


Prof. Tony Grbic's research could lead to advances such as laptop computers that recharge without plugging in, higher-resolution microscopes for observing molecules, and CDs that can store vastly more data. A report on the work, co-authored by Prof. Roberto Merlin and graduate student Lei Jiang just appeared in Science. [U-M Press Release] [Science Report]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  

Apr 08, 2008
Denise Duprie Receives 2008 U-M Distinguished Research Administrator Award

Denise M. Duprie, Research Administrator for the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been named the recipient of the 2008 OVPR Distinguished Research Administrator Award. This award honors staff members for their exceptional contributions to the University's mission through the demonstration of superlative service to the research community in a manner exemplifying the highest goals of research administration.

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 3:30-5:00 in the Vandenberg Room at the Michigan League. All are invited.

Apr 08, 2008
Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) Dedicated April 11, 2008


Housed in the EECS Building, and fundamental to much of the research conducted in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, the LNF is expected to change the high-tech landscape in southeastern Michigan and the region.[Read more...]


Related Topics:  LNF  

Apr 07, 2008
Profs. Durfee and Pollack Receive Influential Paper Awards from IFAAMAS


Profs. Ed Durfee and Martha Pollack are recipients of the International Foundation of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (IFAAMAS) influential paper award in recognition of the impact their work has had on the field of agents and multiagent systems. [Read more...]

Apr 07, 2008
Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

Apr 07, 2008
Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou Receives Faculty Recognition Award


Marios Papaefthymiou, Director of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been selected to receive a highly-competitive 2008 Faculty Recognition Award from the Rackham Graduate School for his contributions to research, education, and service activities.
[Read more...]

Mar 26, 2008
Lada Adamic Wins Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Lada Adamic, assistant professor, School of Information & Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and EECS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for her studies on the effects of local interactions on global properties in the realms of the Internet, peer-to-peer systems, social networks, and bioinformatics. [read more...]

Mar 21, 2008
Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Provost of KAUST


Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby has been selected as the Founding Provost and Executive Vice President of KAUST. "It is a great opportunity to shape the future," says Ulaby, who plans to maintain an appointment at Michigan. "It will provide a means for the easy flow of research, faculty, and students between the two institutions." Ulaby is expected to assume his duties Sept. 1, 2008. [read more ...]


Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

Mar 14, 2008
Borno and Galchev learn the entrepreneurial ropes and win Business Plan Competitions


Ruba Borno and Tzeno Galchev, electrical engineering graduate students, have been learning the entrepreneurial ropes as they've taken their business plan on the road.
[read more ...]

Mar 13, 2008
Unique locks on microchips could reduce hardware piracy


Prof. Igor Markov and doctoral student Jarrod Roy presented their work called EPIC, Ending Piracy of Integrated Circuits, at the Design Automation and Test in Europe conference. "Pirated chips are sometimes being sold for pennies, but they are exactly the same as normal chips," Markov said. [read more ...] [EE Times Adv. Tech. Week in Review] [EE Times article]

Mar 13, 2008
Al Hero Receives Digiteo Chaire dExcellence


Prof. Al Hero has been selected to receive a Digiteo chaired research faculty position in France. He will conduct research during the summer months on Distributed Active Networks: Sensing and Estimation, applied to both gene regulation networks and ad hoc communications networks. [read more ...]


Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Mar 13, 2008
Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development


Prof. Kamal Sarabandi will lead U-M researchers on the microelectronics component of a six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat that is expected to gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information in real time. [read more ...]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensors  Solar Cell Technology  

Feb 18, 2008
Michigan laser beam believed to set record for intensity


HERCULES, a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, reaches new record-setting beam measuring 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter. [U-M Press Release]
[Read more in Nature News and Laser Focus World]


Related Topics:  HERCULES  

Feb 18, 2008
High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork


A form of radiation called "T-rays" may help uncover murals hidden beneath coats of plaster or paint in old buildings, say engineering researchers in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [U-M Press Release]


Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Terahertz Technology  

Feb 13, 2008
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering


Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to quantum-dot optoelectronic devices and integrated optoelectronics. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Feb 13, 2008
2007-08 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards, and College of Engineering Awards Announced

EECS Award Winners:
Valeria Bertacco, Igor Markov, Jasprit Singh
CoE Award Winners:
David Blaauw, John Hayes, H.J. Jagadish, Jignesh Patel

Feb 06, 2008
Prof. Tony Grbic Awarded CAREER Grant


Prof. Tony Grbic, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Metamaterials  

Feb 06, 2008
Prof. Valeria Bertacco Awarded CAREER Grant


Prof. Valeria Bertacco, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Correctness Constrained Execution for Processor Designs.
[Read more...]

Feb 05, 2008
EECS Power/Computer Outage Saturday, Feb. 9

Dear EECS students, staff, and faculty,

The EECS building network and all servers located in that building must be shut down for the day on Saturday, February 9. We expect the shutdown to begin at approximately 6:00 am and systems should be back up by approximately 5:00 pm.

This is the result of urgent maintenance that the UM high voltage electricians must perform on the main EECS building transformer. This work requires a complete shutdown of all electrical power in the EECS building. Due to the length and extent of the shutdown, it is not possible to provide adequate backup power and cooling to keep the servers or network in the EECS building running. We will provide backup power to the main e-mail servers so that no incoming e-mail will be lost; any mail received during the outage will be held and delivered shortly after power is restored.

If you are in the EECS building, we strongly recommend you shut down any computer workstations, monitors, or other electronic office equipment as you leave for the day on Friday Feb. 8. Note that the entire building network will be down on Saturday (both wired and wireless), so you will not be able to work in the EECS building or work using any systems (desktops and laptops included) in the EECS building.

Although your e-mail and home directory are not on the affected servers, please be aware that there is a possibility of a widespread network outage as a result of this work. DCO has taken as many steps as possible to minimize the impact of this. However, without electrical power and cooling in the main EECS computer room there is no practical way to avoid some substantial interruption of service.

The following six main servers will be shut down for the duration of the work:

boston canberra columbus edinburgh fox wellington

The "help@eecs.umich.edu" and Meeting Maker servers will also be down for this work.

As regular e-mail may not be available to DCO staff during the outage, and our "help@eecs.umich.edu" tracking system will be down, I have set up a special outside e-mail address that may be used to contact us in an emergency during this work:

eecsoutage@gmail.com

Sincerely,Don Winsor, DCO coordinator

Feb 01, 2008
Michigan researchers contribute open-source IC routers to aid CAD research

Fulfilling the goal of the inaugural Global Routing Contest held at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD), Prof. Igor Markov, graduate student Jarrod Roy and alumnus Michael Moffitt released their code as open source for their winning IC global routers known as Fairly Good Router and MaizeRouter, respectively. [Full Story]

Feb 01, 2008
Analyst II

Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

Location:

Job Description:

Position Overview

For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



A person hired as an Analyst II on the MS CI team will work with the VP of Survey and Panel Methodology in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, document method approaches and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools with other MS team members will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





Qualifications

Minimum of a M.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





Skills

Sophisticated SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS, advanced programming that includes documentation and portability of programs to contractors for production work.)



Acumen in quantitative analysis



Expertise with Excel



Detail Oriented



Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document survey methods and statistical programs in English



Applying intermediate QC steps





Experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control and a degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

Feb 01, 2008
Analyst I

Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

Location:

Job Description:

For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



A person hired as an Analyst I on the MS CI team will participate in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





Qualifications

Minimum of a B.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





Skills

Intermediate SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS)



Acumen in quantitative analysis



Expertise with Excel



Detail Oriented



Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document programs in English



Applying intermediate QC steps





Experience



Minimum of 1 year experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control or a Master's degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

Jan 29, 2008
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2008 John Bardeen Award


Pallab Bhattacharya, the Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, will be presented with the 2008 John Bardeen Award at the annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Jan 26, 2008
Analog Signals and Systems: by Dave Munson


Prof. Dave Munson co-authored, with Erhan Kudeki, the book Analog Signals and Systems. This book focuses on the mathematical analysis and design of analog signal processing, and is designed for second year electrical engineering students. [Read more...]


Related Topics:  Munson Jr., David C.  

Jan 26, 2008
Discrete Event Systems: by Stephane Lafortune


Prof. Stephane Lafortune co-authored, with Christos G. Cassandras, the book Discrete Event Systems, now in its second printing. The book is written for advanced-level students in a variety of disciplines.
[Read more...]


Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Jan 26, 2008
Kai-hui Chang receives EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award


Dr. Kai-hui Chang (PhD 2007) received the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the area of "New directions in logic and system design" by the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA).
[Read more...]

Jan 22, 2008
ECE Futures and Energy Seminar


Optimizing Plasma Surface Interactions for Materials Processing: Microelectronics to Polymer Processing
by Mark J. Kushner
Dean of Engineering, Iowa State University
Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
2:30-3:30pm in 1200 EECS [More info...]

Jan 09, 2008
CSE Distinguished Lecture: Designing a New Automotive DNA


Larry Burns
VP, Research & Development and Strategic Planning
General Motors
Thursday, January 10, 2008
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
1670 CSE [More info...]

Jan 04, 2008
New Book: Physical Database Design


By Toby Teorey, professor emeritus and academic program director for the College of Engineering Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. His other books include the 4th edition of Database Modeling and Design. [More info...]

Jan 04, 2008
New Textbook: Analysis of Bipolar and CMOS Amplifiers


By Amir M. Sodagar, assistant research scientist affiliated with the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems. His research interests include: Analog, digital, and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits, Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Wireless Implantable Microsystems. [More info...]

Jan 04, 2008
New Textbook: Foundations and Applications of Sensor Management


By Prof. Al Hero, et al. Prof. Hero is also affiliated with the departments of Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics at U-M. His research interests include: Statistical communication theory, Signal processing, Detection and estimation theory, and Tomographic imaging. [More info...]


Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Jan 02, 2008
New Interdisciplinary Research Program Will Lead to Better Understanding of Global Environmental Change


Mahta Moghaddam, associate professor and member of the Radiation Laboratory, is lead investigator at U-M for the important new multidisciplinary project: An Inundated Wetlands Earth System Data Record: Global Monitoring of Wetland Extent and Dynamics. This research will enable unprecedented insight into global environmental change. Read more...

 



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