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Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

Speeding up code with clever data manipulation

Prof. Baris Kasikci has proposed a new technique to tackle the issue of program optimization broadly and automatically. Kasikci presents a method to improve a programs ability to use data in a straightforward, efficient way by better use of a coding principle called locality. His project has earned an Intel Faculty Award, a renewal of his initial award for the projects proposal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  

Sloan Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law in health and AI

Prof. Reetuparna Das has been selected for a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her work in developing novel hardware architectures. Das develops new architectures that improve performance by orders of magnitude through the more efficient use of available transistors. Her research focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and precision health applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

How the Internet of Things could bring hackers into your kitchen (or bedroom)

This article and video describes vulnerabilities that exist in Internet of Things devices, and highlights work done by Prof. Kevin Fu that demonstrates how devices can be controlled by sound waves. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

New research for the future of sustainable power and energy

Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Ozay, Necmiye  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Outstanding commitment to undergraduate mentorship

Prof. Westley Weimer has earned the Computing Research Association Education (CRA-E) Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and guidance on admission and matriculation to undergraduate students working in his research group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Undergraduate Students  Weimer, Westley  

Automated software repair paper recognized for 10 years of influence

Ten years ago, Prof. Westley Weimer set out to shave time and expenditure off the process of generating patch fixes to buggy software. His solution was controversial, applying a novel approach to software development called genetic programming to generate automated patches to even large, complicated programs. The paper has since been cited over 500 times and served as groundwork for tools in use by companies like Facebook. Now, the International Conference on Software Engineering has recognized the work with a Ten-Year Most Influential Paper. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  Weimer, Westley  

Battery economics could power the future of energy

Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu's $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Abraham Addisie, a PhD candidate in computer science and engineering, has been awarded the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement by the College of Engineering for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Ann Arbor's May Mobility raises $22 million to deploy driverless shuttles across US

All About AnnArbor reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. The company is expanding its facilities and reach. [Full Story]

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

May Mobility secures $22 million investment amid expansion

Crain's Detroit Business reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. [Full Story]

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

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

"Air traffic control" for driverless cars could speed up deployment

Research led by Prof. Walter Lasecki shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Data and Computing  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dick, Robert  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mihalcea, Rada  Subramanian, Vijay  

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

CSE PhD student Zeyu Zheng has been awarded a 2018-19 Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in reinforcement learning with his advisor, Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence Satinder Singh Baveja. Zheng is working to give autonomous agents the ability to maintain the skills theyve already learned and leverage them to acquire new ones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

The Growing Tension Between Undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or Just Those Who Get Past the Caps?

Last month, the New York Times ran an article "The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class" about the dramatic increase in undergraduate enrollment, and the inability of US computer science departments to keep pace with the demand. Prof. Mark Guzdial reflects on the trend and its historical precedent. [Full Story]

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

Research team investigating Internet censorship with tracking system

A group of researchers led by Prof. Roya Ensafi is investigating Internet censorship. The team created a system called Censored Planet that monitors and reports when access to websites is blocked. The team is seeking to understand which websites governments are blocking and why. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Information Technology  Lab-Systems  

Self-driving cars could deploy sooner using air traffic control technique, UM researchers say

This article highlights the work of Prof. Walter Lasecki, who is working to create hybrid human/AI systems that can handle exceptional situations that could move forward the release of technologies such as autonomous transportation networks. [Full Story]

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

Stateside: MIs energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan's energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sustainability and Environment  

University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

Built by humans. Ruled by computers.

H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M, has been tapped to lead the Center for Responsible Information Technology, a U-M think tank thats now in development. It will aim to help technologists use algorithmic systems and other IT advances in a socially responsible way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Cybersecurity  Jagadish, HV  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

In an advance that could one day provide a comprehensive, publicly available window into worldwide internet censorship, a team led by Prof. Roya Ensafi has turned public internet servers across the globe into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Lab-Systems  

Landmark microprocessor reliability paper recognized for enduring impact

At the turn of the century, Prof. Todd Austin authored a paper that addressed the critical issue of reliability tests for microprocessors. Published in 1999, it turned out to be a major contribution to the field. The paper has been cited 872 times and has been referenced in 11 patents. Now, to recognize the works lasting relevance, Austin has earned the IEEE/ACM MICRO Test of Time Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that wont disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique called Digital Foveation that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Dick, Robert  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

The Punishing Polar Vortex is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

WIRED features ECE professor Jessy Grizzle and our favorite bipedal robot in a story about how testing Cassie in extreme weather events could help save lives in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

Allison McDonald, a third-year PhD student in CSE, has received a 2019 Facebook Fellowship. The award recognizes promising doctoral students engaged in innovative and relevant research. McDonald works with Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Prof. Florian Schaub from the School of Information to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Making a difference for women in academia

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been honored with the 2019 Sarah Goddard Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship, or other ways in their professional life. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Prof. Zhengya Zhang receives CoE undergraduate education award

Prof. Zhang receives outstanding evaluations from students and opens their imagination to research in the field of VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Zhang, Zhengya  

College award for excellence in education

Dr. Bill Arthur has been awarded the 2019 Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. This award recognizes lecturers who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate levels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Arthur, William  Education  

College award recognizes a career dedicated to service

Prof. Emeritus Kevin Compton has been selected to receive the 2018-19 Herbert Kopf Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering, in recognition of his significant service contributions to the College and University. Throughout his career, Compton has been committed to service in his work that has enhanced the student experience and the operation of the CSE Division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  

H.V. Jagadish to be Michigan Institute for Data Science director

H.V. Jagadish has been appointed director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science, effective Feb. 15. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of the initiators of an earlier concept of a data science initiative on campus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Systems  

Spotting Fake News (video)

In this One Detroit report, Prof. Rada Mihalcea and research scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas describe their work in weeding out fake news stories from the real stories using a unique algorithm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Hiwot Kassa, second-year PhD student in CSE, has been named an inaugural Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow. he research is aimed at impoving the speed and efficiency of high-performance applications, such as those that rely on large data centers, by coordinating a variety of different computing components to tackle each problems specific computational needs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Sensing and Sensors  

A poker-playing robot goes to work at the Pentagon

Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Michael Wellman comments on the signal being sent as the Pentagon and other agencies adopt more AI technologies: the technology is maturing. [Full Story]

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

David Chesney named Collegiate Lecturer for 2018-19

Three lecturers have been honored for outstanding contributions to instruction as the 2018-19 Collegiate Lecturers, a title the three will retain throughout their careers at the university. Chesney focuses his courses around creating software for the greater good. He was instrumental in the collaboration between the College of Engineering and C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital for the formation of the MGC-FEVA Center. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

Recognizing a lifetime of achievement in cognitive systems

John Laird, the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems along with his collaborator Prof. Paul Rosenbloom of the University of Southern California. This award recognizes the pairs research on cognitive architectures, especially their Soar project, their applications to knowledge-based systems and models of human cognition, and their contributions to theories of representation, reasoning, problem solving, and learning. [Full Story]

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

Students develop games, build audiences in largest computer game course yet

The 2018 Computer Games Showcase flooded Tishman Hall with pirates, hard-hatted miners, and patriotic space war recruiters on December 11. Seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, and visiting students from Eastern Michigan University showed off their final group projects with live demos set up around the hall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

The social justice case for computing: transforming tools for some into a language for all

As a Professor of EECS and Engineering Education Research (EER) at Michigan, Mark Guzdial is embedded with other computer science faculty to determine how different students think about computing, and just how exactly teaching it is supposed to work. [Full Story]

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

Collegiate Lecturership recognizes commitment to innovative teaching

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, Dr. David Chesney has been named a 2018-2019 Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer. For many years, Chesney has encouraged his students to think in terms of social good when developing their software projects. Through his courses, students are able to learn the fundamentals of programming and software systems, while also seeing the social impact of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Prof. Thomas Wenisch comments in this article on Intel's efforts to shore up the security of its microprocessors while still competing on performance. Wenisch was one of the researchers who exposed weaknesses in Intel's secure enclave technology via the Foreshadow attack. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

Why Washtenaw County is home to a special "Super Smash Bros. Melee" community

CSE game development instructor Austin Yarger provides insight in this interview on why the local region has become a Smash hub. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Yarger, Austin  

Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano receives ARO Young Investigator Award to improve high-dimensional big data problems

Applications include managing large networked systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, or computer networks. [Full Story]

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

Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring

Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  General News  Neuhoff, David L.  

Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

A new electronic device developed by Prof. Wei Lu and collaborators can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons. For the first time, the way that neurons share or compete for resources can be explored in hardware without the need for complicated circuits. "Neuroscientists have argued that competition and cooperation behaviors among synapses are very important. Our new memristive devices allow us to implement a faithful model of these behaviors in a solid-state system," said Lu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Bridging the "last centimeter barrier" in electronic communications

Michigan Engineering researchers led by Prof. Pinaki Mazumder have created a new chip interconnect technology using terahertz surface-wave interconnects that will enable ultra fast data transmissions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mazumder, Pinaki  

All EECS News for 2019