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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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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]

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Your Hard Drive May Be Listening

Researchers led by Prof. Kevin Fu demonstrated that a hard drive can be used as a microphone, allowing attackers to listen in to conversations. The team proposes defenses against every attack they develop, but Fu is still concerned about the implications this has for sensitive sensor-driven systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Systems  

What the U.S. Can Learn About Electronic Voting From This Tiny Eastern European Nation

This article describes the system of electronic voting used by the Baltic country of Estonia, which is often held up by many as a model for how electronic voting can be done right. It then interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who conducted a security audit of the Estonian system in 2014 and found a series of alarming problems. [Full Story]

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

The Moores Law for Self-Driving Vehicles

According to Prof. Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility, self-driving cars today are only 0.01% as good as humans. To get as good it'll take 16 years. Why? Check out his newest Medium post. [Full Story]

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

Whitmer recognizes Mourou's Nobel Prize

Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 "Chirped Pulse Amplification Day" in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups

Prof. Wei Lu's startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

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)  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Freakonomics Radio Live: Featuring Prof. Rada Mihalcea

Listen in to the new Freakonomics to catch Prof. Rada Mihalcea discuss how to increase your odds of finding out if a news article is true or fake and her piece won the episode's live audience vote! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Information Technology  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

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