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New lecture series brings AI to the public

The Michigan AI Lab in CSE hosted the first in its series of Friday Night AI events. Open to the public and drawing a full house, the evening featured a panel with Profs. Benjamin Kuipers and Edwin Olson as speakers, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea as moderator, on ethical questions surrounding AI and self-driving cars. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

Three CS students and alumni have launched operating room monitors and screens into the virtual world of augmented reality. Mitchell Bigland (BS CS 2019), Nicholas Keuning (BS CS 2018), and Chase Austin (BS CS expected Fall 2019), working with Dr. David Chesney and Dr. Marcus Jarboe of Pediatric Surgery, have developed an app for the Microsoft Hololens to stream a video feed of a patients internals directly to the surgeons field of vision, helping them keep their eyes on their tools [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Undergraduate Students  

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Sustainability and Environment  

Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge

MRover placed 7th over at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soils samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Afshari group receives Best Invited Paper award at the 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Electronic devices  

Researchers use Rowhammer bit flips to steal 2048-bit crypto key

Researchers including Prof. Daniel Genkin have unveiled a new attack that lets unprivileged attackers corrupt or change data stored in vulnerable memory chips. This attack, called RAMBleed, can allow third parties access cryptographic keys or other secrets stored in vulnerable DRAM modules. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Announcing the 2019 Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant Winners

With a Bloomberg Data Science Research Grant, Prof. Walter Lasecki and postdoc Jonathan Kummerfeld are designing a system that combines the power of human workers and machine learning systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Systems  Lasecki, Walter  Machine Learning  

Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate

GineersNow profiles Prof. Stephen Forrest's research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Samir Nooshabadi looks to close the terahertz gap for better communication

As an undergrad, Nooshabadi designed tiny transmitters with big potential and received fellowships from the Department of Defense and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Communications  Undergraduate Students  

New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips internal buffers

A new Intel-specific vulnerability was found by researchers including Prof. Daniel Genkin, who previously helped expose similar attacks like Meltdown and Foreshadow. Called ZombieLoad (or Fallout, by Genkin's team), this vulnerability is similar to its predecessors a speculative execution attack, leaking data from Intel chips' internal buffers. [Full Story]

Microscopic smart dust sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors

The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Advancing microelectronics and systems for the security of the future

As an ECE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Muldavin (BSE EP; MSE PhD EE) spoke about a DoD initiative to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. in microelectronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cyber-physical systems  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany

Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Three CSE papers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Three papers authored by CSE researchers have been selected for IEEE Micro's Top Picks from the 2018 Computer Architecture Conferences. Top Picks is an annual special edition of IEEE Micro magazine that acknowledges the 10-12 most significant research papers from computer architecture conferences in the past year based on novelty and potential for long-term impact.

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Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter M.  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Das, Reetuparna  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Systems  Narayanasamy, Satish  Sylvester, Dennis  Wenisch, Thomas  

A high-efficiency GaAs solar cell to power the Internet of Tiny Things

The Michigan Micro Mote gets a new gallium arsenide solar cell for added power and adaptability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  

In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections

The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M's contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Wise, Kensall  

SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation

Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jamie Phillips is honored by the college as a true team player

The College of Engineering has chosen Prof. Phillips as the recipient of this year's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. The award is given to only one faculty member in the entire college. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Ann Stals, the Woman Behind the Curtain, is honored for her excellence in ECE

Ann Stals is one of four College of Engineering staff members honored with the Staff Excellence Award. She was selected for her exemplary work as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  

Amateur radio continues to connect the world

U-M's amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  England, Anthony W.  Mortazawi, Amir  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

A quicker eye for robotics to help in our cluttered, human environments

In a step toward home-helper robots that can quickly navigate unpredictable and disordered spaces, University of Michigan researchers have developed an algorithm that lets machines perceive their environments orders of magnitude faster than similar previous approaches. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Assistive Technology  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Research responsible for establishing field of medical device security recognized by IEEE

In 2008, Prof. Kevin Fu and collaborators made a landmark discovery the medical devices implanted in patients had major security flaws. The paper detailing their findings has now been recognized from a pool of submissions spanning 40 years with the inaugural IEEE Security and Privacy Test of Time Award, and its impact can be felt in every corner of the medical devices industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Army Award to speed up distributed methods over networks

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an Army Young Investigator Award to speed up graph methods for distributed applications. The goal of her project, called A New Perspective for Fast Distributed Computations Over Network, is to speed up in particular those problems that involve making a lot of queries about the network very quickly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology. The project, Timely Insights: Interpretable, Multi-scale Summarization of Networks over Time, will tackle problems in summarizing networks at different scales to accomplish feats from speeding up web searches to better understanding the structure of the human brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Computer Games course continues growth, experimentation

Students in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, showcased their homegrown creations for a vibrant crowd at the 2019 Computer Games Showcase. The developers, adorned with neon lights and VR headsets, packed Tishman Hall full of competitive players eager to try their polished multiplayer adventures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Inside the Robotics Lab

All About Ann Arbor features Prof. Jessy Grizzle and the Robotics lab in their new video about the work being done with Cassie and exoskeletons. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Blood biopsy: New technique enables detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells

Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Yoon, Euisik  

Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo

Tony Hsu (BSE EE 1968) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

Prof. David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. Now, he has funding from Toyota Research Institute to fund his research into computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Fouhey, David  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Upstarts Duo Security

Duo Security, a company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cybersecurity  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Encouraging careers in research

An event hosted on April 15 by CSE gave undergraduates a taste of what its like to do research for a living. The poster session and panel on Research as a Career invited students to find out what it means to do research full time, to learn the ins and outs of a researchers life, and to ask questions of research scientists, engineers, PhD students, and faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Biopsy alternative: Wearable device captures cancer cells from blood

New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Wearable electronics  

Xin Zan wins the Towner Prize for his work advancing wireless power transfer

PhD student Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords, which could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Stephane Lafortune Voted HKN 2019 Professor of the Year in ECE

An expert in discrete event systems, Lafortune is currently teaching a sophomore level class in Signals and Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Dr. Hadavi sets up new endowment to help ECE wolverines change the world

Dr. Cyrus Hadavi (PhD CE 83) shares his hopes for the future of the ECE program, his knowledge as CEO of a long-lasting company, and his memories of good ole Ann Arbor days. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium

Prof. Chad Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

EECS students voted, and Thurnau Professor Peter Chen was named the 2018-2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  

New chip stops hacks before they start

A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law with innovative architecture

CSE PhD student Charles Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data. Working with Prof. Reetuparna Das, Eckert was a Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship for his research, which focuses on how to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) using in-memory computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded the VMWare Early Career Award to further his research on memory disaggregation. The award provides a $50,000 unrestricted gift for his work, which seeks to one day treat portions of computer memory scattered across machines as one huge, virtual block of memory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Computer Architecture  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

In a project that earned a Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, PhD student Charlie Welch, Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas, research fellow Jonathan Kummerfeld, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea analyzed a massive collection of one authors online communications over the course of 5 years to study a number of different speaker attributes and how they are reflected in the language of the messages. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

A paper co-authored by Prof. Harsha Madhyastha has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In Engineering Egress with Edge Fabric: Steering Oceans of Content to the World, Madhyastha and collaborators presented a system that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet to their users. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Qi Alfred Chen has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Securing Smart, Connected Systems Through Systematic Problem Analysis and Mitigation." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity

CSE PhD student Laura Burdick received a 2019 Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for her extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The CSE Division has undertaken a new initiative to support a better and more welcoming climate for all students in its introductory courses. The initiative provides specialized training on inclusive teaching to all Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Assistants (IAs) who teach or provide other instructional support to those courses, emphasizing a number of factors that help instructors interact with students in an inclusive and equitable way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Kamil, Amir  Weimer, Westley  Women in Computing  

All EECS News for 2019