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Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Computer science and engineering professor and noted election security expert J. Alex Halderman has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his work in strengthening election cybersecurity with evidence-based elections. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Black Engineers convention comes to Detroit and ECE is there to welcome the record-breaking 14,000 attendees

At this year's convention for the National Society of Black Engineers, U-M professors, students, and alums came together with the other attendees to share experiences, offer career advice, and explore how to positively impact society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Winful, Herbert  

A Spotlight on Optics

The Optics Society at U-M hosted an Industry Spotlight event, which brought academia, industry, and community together to celebrate all things optics and photonics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Possibilities, risks explored at University of Minnesota's annual medical device design conference

Prof. Kevin Fu spoke at the 18th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, where he spoke about his work in targeting sensors to demonstrate vulnerabilities in medical device. Summing up the challenge, he told attendees that "you are going to be designing for the risks of 10 years from now." [Full Story]

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

U-M ECE alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole

ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

CSE PhD student Matt Perez has been selected to receive a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his project aiming to automatically track the progression of Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impairs motor skills, cognition, and speech, and monitoring its progression is a key component to clinical research involving the development of new treatments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Students map Ann Arbor art

CS students have partnered with the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance to develop an app for locating and exploring art in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Ringenberg, Jeff  Undergraduate Students  

UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Education  

Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative

ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  

Michigan's new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The newly-formed Michigan Election Security Commission, established by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on March 20, 2019, held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 16, on the University of Michigan North Campus. The commission is co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, whose work in election security and in exposing the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M startup raises $6 million in venture funding

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Symposium marks growth for Princeton's materials institute

Prof. Stephen Forrest was honored at Princeton as a keynote speaker where he spoke about innovation and the importance of cooperation among science, academia, and industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

All things are part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other non-electronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from Prof. Alanson Sample. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Systems  Internet of Things  Lab-Systems  

Michigan Radio: Making self-driving cars safer

Prof. Walter Lasecki was featured on a segment by Michigan Radio where he discussed his new system of "air traffic control" for driverless vehicles. His research shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. Lasecki's segment begins at 28:54 on the web player. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EE alum Dr. Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for the very first time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Guzdial receives SIGCSE outstanding educator award

Prof. Mark Guzdial is the 2019 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award recognizes his work in helping to create the field of computing education research, designing and evaluating innovative curricula and pedagogical methods, mentoring the field, and promoting literacy for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Teaching science with sound waves

Prof. Kevin Fu and visiting PhD student Xinyan Zhou volunteered to teach the first grade classes at Ann Arbor STEAM about the science of sound. The classes got to learn about cybersecurity, the physics of sound waves, and how to beam music a long distance like a flashlight using ultrasound. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Fu, Kevin  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

PhD student Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

Andre is recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the college, university, and community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Profile  

PhD student Md Salman Nazir works to improve the power grid and research papers

Nazir is recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for his outstanding reviews of recent papers. He works at the Michigan Power and Energy Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

The Future is Carbon Neutral

Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M's Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M's commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano aims to improve precision medicine as a Fulbright Scholar

Prof. Balzano will work with Portuguese researcher Mario Figueiredo to develop new machine learning methods impacting medical diagnosis and treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Health and Safety  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

The Hacker Code: Don't Listen to the Experts

Duo Security Cofounder Jon Oberheide is profiled in this piece about his experience in building what became Ann Arbor's first unicorn (a privately held startup valued at over $1 billion). Duo was ultimately acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt

This article published by IEEE Spectrum highlights some of the latest advances of the radio embedded in the millimeter-scale computer known as the Michigan Micro Mote (M3). The research, by Professors David Wentzloff, David Blaauw, and Hun Seok Kim, and ECE graduate students Yao Shi and Xing Chen, was presented recently at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a new Election Security Commission to recommend reforms and strategies for ensuring the security of elections in Michigan, to be co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. Haldermans work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

3 Questions with: Jenna Wiens

Jenna Wiens focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation hosted her for a seminar on how to augment clinical care with AI. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury is developing techniques to connect all the unused memory in a data cluster and treat it as a single, massive memory unit. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to overcome new challenges in this area. In the end, the team intends to make memory disaggregation practical. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

New secure architecture confounds hackers with randomization

Prof. Todd Austin is leading development of a new hardware architecture designed to guard against hackers. The two lead PhD students on the project, Mark Gallagher and Lauren Biernacki, produced a promotional video detailing the strengths of Morpheus' randomization approach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  

An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights Prof. Anthony Grbic's research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic's team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AI Needs Memory to Get Cozier with Compute

The EE Times highlights Prof. Wei Lu's company, Crossbar, and the work its doing to improve AI by combining advanced acceleration hardware, resistive RAM (ReRAM), and optimized neural networks to create ready-made, power-efficient solutions with unsupervised learning and event-recognition capability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  

ECE professors help robots better navigate the world

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that improves robots' use of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Vision  Kim, Hun-Seok  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Sylvester, Dennis  

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gerard Mourou talks high-intensity optics

On Thursday afternoon at Rackham Graduate School, Gerard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and founder of the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, discussed his research on laser physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  Winful, Herbert  

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries. This article summarizes the challenges in updating voting technology before the 2020 elections, and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent congressional testimony: With the 2020 election on the horizon, the next major target for foreign cyberattacks, we need to act before its too late. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking

Politico describes how some states are purchasing new voting machines to improve security -- but the ones they're choosing, called called ballot-marking devices, are relatively untested, says Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who is quoted in the article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

A Question For 2020: Are Our Voting Systems Secure?

In this podcast, Diane Rehm interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman about the security profile of the US voting system and asks the question: As we approach 2020, have states made the necessary changes to protect how we vote? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

All EECS News for 2019