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Taking Machine-Learning Models in Health Care from Concept to Bedside

Machine learningan application of artificial intelligence in which large amounts of data are processed, patterns are identified, and the information then applied to help answer real-life questionsholds enormous promise for precision health applications. But implementing machine learning in clinical healthcare has been challenging. As the authors of a recent Nature Medicine article point out, The potential impact of machine learning (ML) in health care warrants genuine enthusiasm, but its limited adoption in clinical care to date indicates that many of the current strategies are far from optimal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

DARPA Award for more responsive AI that combines human and machine

Prof. Walter Lasecki has been awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award for his project, Hybrid Intelligence Agents for Deploying Robust AI Systems. The award recognizes rising research stars who hold junior faculty positions, with the goal of developing the next generation of scientists who will address national security challenges. His project seeks to combine human and robotic intelligence to make AI systems more responsive and robust. [Full Story]

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

Year of growth, experiments for May Mobility

Its been a busy year for autonomous vehicle startup May Mobility, co-founded by CSE Prof. Edwin Olson. Its six-seat electric shuttles are deployed in cities across the Midwest, and with a new round of financing its undertaken a nationwide expansion. On top of that, the company has facilitated over 100,000 rides in autonomous shuttles across its different routes, now including Grand Rapids, Michigan, Columbus, Ohio, Providence, Rhode Island, and Detroit alongside their headquarters in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

New browser strategy game has players tackle real-life bat catastrophe

Austin Yarger, lecturer in CSE, is working on a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to spread the word about a widespread fungal infection in bat populations with a public service video game that simulates the predicament. The strategy simulation, which will enter beta testing in the fall of 2019, takes inspiration from the popular Plague Inc. and has players manage research resources and monitor bat migration to mitigate infection and prevent as many bat deaths as they can. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sustainability and Environment  Yarger, Austin  

Mind reading study connects spatial problem solving with computer science

A group of researchers led by Prof. Westley Weimer and CSE grad student Yu Huang set out to identify how computer scientists think, using real-time fMRI readings to look inside coders brains while they program. This mind reading project studied whether manipulating data structures in a program (like balancing a tree) uses the same parts of the brain as spatial reasoning (rotating a map or turning a key in a lock). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Undergraduate Students  Weimer, Westley  

U-M researchers provide control software to ensure autonomous vehicles stay in their lane

The team was awarded a Best New Application Paper Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for their work developing reliable control systems for Lane Keeping and Adaptive Cruise Control. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi welcomes Emperor and Empress of Japan at IGARSS 2019

Predicting future disasters is an important goal of those participating in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [Full Story]

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

AI video recognition startup nabs $2 million in seed round

Prof. Jason Corso's company, Voxel51, receives investment from eLab Ventures, a Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor-based venture capital fund started by U-M alums. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  

AURA students celebrate experiences, projects at program reception

Ten students from Ethiopia have completed a new summer-long exchange program in engineering at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  

Ford Buys Defense Contractor to Get Robot Rides on the Road

Quantum Signal will still operate independently, with its own human resources department, and continue to be run by co-founder and ECE Council Member Mitchell Rohde (BSE MSE EE 1994 1996; MSE PhD BME 1997 2000). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Quantum Science and Technology  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Army-funded researchers earn top scientific honors

U.S. Army announces Prof. Alfred Hero's 2020 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

First Programmable Memristor Computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

IEEE Spectrum highlights the Michigan team's memristors built atop standard CMOS logic to demo a system that can do a variety of edge computing AI tasks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Flynn, Michael  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Zhang, Zhengya  

Paper recognized for lasting contributions to AI decision making

Intelligence relies on remembering information, retaining skills, planning aheadso abstracting knowledge over time is a key problem in #AI research. Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja tackled this in a 1998 paper that's been recognized for its lasting impact with the 2019 Classic Paper Award by the Artificial Intelligence Journal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

The new quantum spurs action by the Michigan Quantum Science & Technology Working Group

The new working group showcased Michigans strength in Quantum Science at a workshop attended by researchers throughout the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Forrest, Stephen  Kira, Mackillo  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Xianhe Liu receives Best Poster Award at ICNS 2019

The research impacts development of high-efficiency, micro LEDs, used in a variety of applications [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE's role in advancing space exploration

For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back and a look forward to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  England, Anthony W.  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Sarabandi, Kamal  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Willingale, Louise  

Prof. Winick retires, leaving a legacy that empowers students to seek life and learning outside of the lab

For the past 31 years, Prof. Winick has helped define undergraduate courses and curriculum both at U-M and abroad while inspiring all to engineer their future by understanding the past. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Leith, Emmett  Network, Communication, and Information Systems  Optics and Photonics  Winick, Kim A.  

The National Academy of Engineering invites Prof. Johanna Mathieu to symposium to advance the engineering frontier

The symposium brings together 82 young engineers from different technical areas from around the country. [Full Story]

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

First programmable memristor computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

Professors Wei Lu, Zhengya Zhang, and Michael Flynn have developed the first programmable memristor computer, which could lead to the direct processing of artificial intelligence on small devices, including smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Flynn, Michael  LNF  Lu, Wei  Machine Learning  Memristor  Zhang, Zhengya  

Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019

Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Autonomous Vehicles  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Counting snowflakes for better water resource management

Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Sustainability and Environment  

Univ. of Michigan: Hun-Seok Kim describes approach to low-cost, high-accuracy location solution

Prof. Hun-Seok Kim outlines the progress his team has made to develop an infrastructure-light location solution that is designed to leverage 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi signals to deliver location data that is accurate within 10 centimeters. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kim, Hun-Seok  

Harvard's Tiny, Solar-Powered Flying Robot

Prof. Shai Revzen shares his thoughts on the RoboBee X-Wing, a solar-powered micro-aerial vehicle from Harvard Microrobotics Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

May Mobility reveals prototype of a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle

Autonomous transportation startup May Mobility, co-founded by Prof. Ed Olson, is doing more than just talking about accessibility when it comes to self-driving transportation tech development. The company recently began developing a wheelchair-accessible prototype version of its autonomous shuttle vehicle, and just concluded an initial round of gathering feedback from the community of people in Columbus, Ohio, who would actually be using the shuttle. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue

The rays used by airport scanners might have a future in medical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Medical Imaging  Norris, Theodore B.  Sensing and Sensors  

Alfred Hero Receives 2020 IEEE Fourier Award

Hero's research in signal processing has explored theoretical foundations and applications including personalized health imaging and information networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses

Willingale's research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Power and Energy  Space technology  Willingale, Louise  

Jenna Wiens Named New Precision Health Co-Director

Jenna Wiens, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, will become a Michigan Precision Health Co-Director. Weins succeeds Eric Michielssen, PhD, the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who is stepping down as Co-Director to take sabbatical leave. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

25-year paper award for power-saving approach to high-performance computing

A paper by Bredt Family Professor of Engineering Trevor Mudge that was first published in 2000 has been recognized for its lasting impact on computer design. The paper, Power: A first class design constraint for future architectures, earned the Most Impactful Paper Award at the International Conference on High-Performance Computing (HiPC) in December 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  

By Cannibalizing Nearby Stromal Stem Cells, Some Breast Cancer Cells Gain Invasion Advantage

Cancer biologists and engineers collaborated on a device that could help predict the likelihood of breast cancer metastasis. [Full Story]

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

Stephen Forrest named Henry Russel Lecturer for 2020

Stephen R. Forrest has been selected as U-M's 2020 Henry Russel Lecturer, the university's highest honor for senior faculty members. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

GitHub Releases New Tools to Report Vulnerabilities

A team of researchers including Prof. Atul Prakash found that many open-source projects lack a clear way to report security problems prompting Github to release a new set of tools for reporting vulnerabilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Systems  Prakash, Atul  

Proprietary chip design allows PsiKick, now Everactive, to power wireless sensors entirely from harvested energy, eliminate the need for batteries

PsiKick, the company pioneering wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems and co-founded by a U-M Prof. David Wentzloff, announced it has changed its name to Everactive and closed a $30 million funding round. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Internet of Things  Wentzloff, David  

Building community through clean energy with GRID Alternatives

From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Energy Science and Engineering  Power and Energy  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  

KLA opens new R&D office in Ann Arbor

The global capital equipment company is looking to harness the engineering talent at U-M and power a brighter future with tech. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

Computer vision: Finding the best teaching frame in a video for fake video fightback

The frame in which a human marks out the boundaries of an object makes a huge difference in how well AI software can identify that object through the rest of the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Machine Learning  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Advancing AI for video

Prof. Jason Corso's startup launches powerful video processing platform. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Corso, Jason  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Machine Learning  

David Blaauw named Kensall D. Wise Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Blaauws innovations in low-power computing led to development of the Michigan Micro Mote, the worlds smallest computer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Millimeter-scale Computing  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Wise, Kensall  

Two U-M students receive scholarships from the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Hanzhang Pei (ECE) and Darwin F. Cordovilla Leon (Applied Physics) were selected for their potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deotare, Parag  Galvanauskas, Almantas  Graduate Students  Steel, Duncan  

Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing

Huang won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics for her work developing better electromagnetic models that calculate microwave interactions with tree and vegetation cover. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

Nooshin M. Estakhri receives the Helen Wu Award

Estakhri is a PhD student studying quantum optics and its potential to impact communication and biomedical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  

Advancing AI for video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform

Voxel51, a University of Michigan startup co-founded by Prof. Jason Corso, today launched its flagship producta software platform designed to make it easier, faster and more affordable to access the untapped potential of video data. The software is aimed at companies that work with video but struggle to extract the information they need from it. While video is a rich form of data, it is difficult to analyze and search because of its complexity, large file sizes and lack of defined units like words. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  Machine Learning  

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m

AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $30 million in a B1 funding round. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Mingxin Liu receives award for advancements in green chemistry

Dr. Mingxin Liu received a 2019 IUPAC-Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry from the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Liu is a visiting researcher working with Prof. Zetian Mi on photo-catalyzed material and energy conversion using semiconductors. [Full Story]

All EECS News for 2019