May/June 2018

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"I hacked an election. So can the Russians."

Alex Halderman at mock election

Prof. J. Alex Halderman showed the New York Times just how easy it is to change votes on a commonly-used voting machine – even giving Ohio State a win over Michigan in an on-campus mock election. Includes video.



U-M graduates

Study maps careers of CS PhDs using decades of data

Prof. Danai Koutra and PhD student Tara Safavi have provided the world's first data-driven answer to the burning question: what happens after a PhD in CS?

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Building a security standard for a post-quantum future

A quantum computer could retroactively decrypt virtually all internet communication ever recorded. Prof. Chris Peikert has proposed a solution.

ACM ICPC competition

U-M student programming team competes at highest level

A U-M student team advanced to finals and competed well in the prestigious ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Beijing, China.

Garlin Gilchrist II

Alumnus heads new center to fight "fake news"

Garlin Gilchrist II, one of President Obama's former social media managers, is the inaugural director of the U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility.

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Alumnus startup collects $56M for AI chip research

Co-founded by alumnus Kunle Olukotun, the company will develop a computing platform to reimagine how we power machine learning and data analytics.

Alexa intention skill team

CS, business students create "intention" skill for Alexa

Five recent graduates are developing an app that will mesh with Alexa to help nudge people when they're out of sync with what they want.


Ben Kuipers

How can we trust a robot?

Prof. Benjamin Kuipers highlights how advances in AI and robotics have raised concerns about the impact on our society of intelligent robots, unconstrained by morality or ethics.