Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE News for 2015

The 'skyscraper chip' that could boost the power of computers by a THOUSAND

This arrticle highlights the called Nano-Engineered Computing Systems Technology (N3XT) project, a carbon nanotube transistor based stacked mricochip architecture under development by researchers at Stanford, Michigan, CMU, and UC Berkeley, including Prof. Igor Markov. [Full Story]

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

Michigan Researchers Win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

A team of researchers, including CSE graduate students Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, James Kasten, CS student Ariana Mirian, and Prof. J. Alex Halderman have received The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) for their paper, "Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor MITM... An Empirical Analysis of Email Delivery Security". The Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) recognizes the best new ideas in networking. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

How computers are getting better at detecting liars

This article highlights the lie-detecting software that was created by Prof. Rada Mihalcea. Using videos from high-stakes court cases, the researchers have built a lie-detecting software database that uses a persons words and gestures to detect behavioral patterns that may be out of the norm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

New Lie-Detecting Software from U-M uses Real Court Case Data

By studying videos from high-stakes court cases, Prof. Rada Mihalcea and Prof. Mihai Burzo (UM Flint) are building unique lie-detecting software based on real-world data. Their prototype considers both the speaker's words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, it doesn't need to touch the subject in order to work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

New software analyses words, gestures to detect lies

This Economic Times article highlights Prof. Rada Mihalceas research. She is developing a unique lie-detecting software that considers both the speaker's words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, does not need to touch the subject in order to work. By studying videos from high-stakes court cases she is building the lie-detecting software based on real-world data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Dragomir Radev Named ACM Fellow for Contributions to Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics

Prof. Dragomir Radev has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for contributions to natural language processing and computational linguistics. Prof. Radev is a leader in the field of computational linguistics, which leverages techniques from computer science and linguistics and is concerned with the computational aspects of the human language faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

A Search Engine for the Internets Dirty Secrets

This MIT Technology Review article highlights a new search engine called Censys, which aims to help security researchers find specific hosts and create aggregate reports by tracking all the devices hooked up to it. Data is harvested through the software ZMap and the researchers are trying to maintain a complete database of everything on the Internet. The open-sourced project is led by CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Alumnus Nam Sung Kim Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Circuits and Architectures for Power-Efficient Microprocessors

Nam Sung Kim (PhD CSE 04), an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2016, for contributions to circuits and architectures for power-efficient microprocessors," which is a high honor for an associate professor. While at the University of Michigan, Kim was advised by Prof. Trevor Mudge. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Mudge, Trevor  

Why medical devices are so hard to secure

In this article, Prof. Kevin Fu addresses the security of medical devices. Many of the aging medical devices still in wide use in hospitals across the U.S. were built without much consideration for security controls. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Medical device security? Forget hackers, think 'hand-washing'

In this article, Prof. Kevin Fu talks about the potentially dangerous faults in implants and bedside devices. Fu states, if you're using this old software, these old operating systems, you're vulnerable to all that malware that garden-variety malware that has been out in the wild for more than 10 years. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Winter 2016: Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project - Supplemental Information

Course No.: EECS 498-006 and EECS 498-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Tony Grbic or Greg Wakefield
Prerequisites: See PDF

Course Description:
See attached PDF [More Info]

Could hackers break my heart via my pacemaker?

This BBC article highlights Prof. Kevin Fu's first peer-reviewed paper describing an attack on a heart device. Fu and his team made a combination pacemaker and defibrillator deliver electric shocks, a potentially fatal hack had the device been in a patient rather than a computing lab. The article addresses the publics concern about the security of pacemakers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Researchers Receive NSF/Intel Award to Develop Visual Recognition System for Wearable Devices

A team of researchers including Profs. Jia Deng (PI), Jason Mars, Kevin Pipe, Lingjia Tang, Thomas Wenisch and CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou have been awarded a $1.4M joint NSF and Intel grant for their research project, Large-Scale Visual Recognition: From Cloud Data Centers to Wearable Devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Mars, Jason  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Pipe, Kevin  Tang, Lingjia  Wenisch, Thomas  

Winter 2016: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

Course No.: EECS 498
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Brian Gilchrist
Prerequisites: EECS student

Course Description:
EECS students, together with ME and MSE students, work on common, interesting, significant major design experience (MDE) projects. This pilot douse is about providing students real-world, multidisciplinary design project opportunities to satisfy their MDE requirement and for ECE masters students interested in meaningful project experiences.

For WN16, we will have several projects with a biomedical focus as well as energy, sports, spaceflight, and other areas needing EECS students (e.g. sensor/electronics, embedded systems, controls, and wireless). Please contact Prof. Gilchrist with questions. [More Info]

2015 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Biruk Mammo was the winner of the 2015 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. The competition culminated on November 23, when four finalists presented on an area of their research, with a panel of CSE faculty and industry sponsors from Northrop Grumman ranking the presentations. [Full Story]

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

Creating a formula to detect lies in the face (Spanish)

This article reports on research conducted by Prof. Rada Mihalcea and her collaborators in the area of deception detection. The researchers have produced a computer algorithm that is significantly better at spotting lies in courtroom testimony than humans are. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Machine Learning  Mihalcea, Rada  

Fairy Door in CSE is First at U-M

Fairies have for the first time ventured onto the Michigan campus and have taken up residence in a computer located in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which is home to CSE. Next time you're here, look for them in the first-floor atrium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  Mihalcea, Rada  

Winter 2016: Information Retrieval and Web Search

Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Rada Mihalcea
Prerequisites: EECS 281

Course Description:
This course will cover traditional material, as well as recent advances in Information Retrieval (IR), the study of indexing, processing, querying, and classifying data. Basic retrieval models, algorithms, and IR system implementations will be covered. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Introduction to Autonomous Robotics

Course No.: EECS 398-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Chad Jenkins
Prerequisites: Linear algebra (MATH 214, 217, 417, 419) and data structures (EECS 281 or equivalent)

Course Description:
This course will cover the essentials of robot modeling and autonomy. See flyer website for more details. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Social Computing Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-008
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Walter Lasecki
Prerequisites: EECS 493 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Computation rarely exists in isolation. From social media, to collaboration and coordination tools, to crowdsourcing and collective intelligence, technology has risen from use as an individual tool for focused domains to play a role in or even mediate a majority of social interactions today. Social Computing is the study of this interplay between social processes and the computation that supports and augments them. This course will cover topics including social media, systems for supporting collective action, data mining and analysis, crowdsourcing, human computation, and peer production. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Computing for Computer Scientists

Course No.: EECS 398-003
Credit Hours: 1 credit
Instructor: Pat Pannuto
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:
Learn the tools that every computer scientist should know: Shells, Scripting, Makefiles, Version Control, Compilers, Text Editors, Debugging. This class is a 1 credit seminar meeting weekly on Fridays from 1:30-2:30, designed for early-career EECS students. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Power System Markets & Optimization

Course No.: EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Johanna Mathieu
Prerequisites: EECS 463

Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of electric power system markets, and the optimization methods required to solve planning and operational problems including economic dispatch, optimal power flow, and unit commitment. The course will highlight recent advances including convex relaxations of the optimal power flow problem, and formulations/solutions to stochastic dispatch problems. Problems will be placed in the context of actual electricity markets, and new issues, such as incorporation of renewable resources and demand response into markets, will be covered. All students will conduct an individual research project. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS)

Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Emily Mower Provost
Prerequisites: EECS 280 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Today's world is becoming increasingly automated. This includes not only explicit interactions with automated systems, but also implicit sensing that accompanies many popular technologies. Explicit interactions include speech-based question answering with Siri and Google Voice. But what can we learn implicitly? How can we take advantage of the wealth of pervasive and ubiquitous computing platforms? How can we leverage distributed sensor environments? These are the questions that increasingly underlie Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS). The focus of this class will be on providing methods that can be used to answer these questions and a semester-long project that ties these questions together through a new interactive technology. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Learn To Be A Software Consultant By Doing Consulting!

Course No.: EECS 498-009
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Elliot Soloway
Prerequisites: Senior status in CSE

Course Description:
As part of UMichs Innovate Blue, the School of Information offers a Design Clinic (see description below) where budding entrepreneurs come with software projects and receive UI/UX consulting from SI students. However, the entrepreneurs oftentimes have questions about software design and development (questions about prototyping tools, underlying architecture, etc.).

In this 498, then, CSE students would serve two 2.5 hour/week shifts in the Design Clinic providing software design/development consulting to entrepreneurs and they would create template apps as demos; in addition, CSE students will participate in learning sessions with the other consultants. CSE students will develop consulting skills as they provide real consulting to users of the Design Clinic. [More Info]

Ford, Michigan Researchers Test First Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice, working with Ford Motor Company, have been the first to test a fully autonomous vehicle at the University's Mcity test facility. The Ford vehicle features sensing and AI technology developed at Michigan. [Full Story]

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

The Promise and Perils of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

Given our ability to sift through big data and to make predictions from it, we should not be surprised to learn that police departments are using data analysis to move toward "predictive policing." In this article, Prof. HV Jagadish comments on the potential benefits and pitfalls of such approaches. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

New Research: Encouraging trends and emerging threats in email security

This Google security blog entry highlights recent findings from an analysis of email delivery security. Google will leverage the findings to improve the security provided through its Gmail service and to warn its users when messages are not secure. The study was conducted by Michigan researchers J. Alex Halderman, Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, and James Kasten along with rsearchers from the University of Illinois and Google. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Gmail Will Soon Warn Users When Emails Arrive Over Unencrypted Connections

This article in Tech Crunch highlights recent findings from an analysis of email delivery security. Google will leverage the findings to improve the security provided through its Gmail service and to warn its users when messages are not secure. The study was conducted by Michigan researchers J. Alex Halderman, Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, and James Kasten along with rsearchers from the University of Illinois and Google. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Winter 2016: Advanced Topics and Design of Power Electronics

Course No.: EECS 598-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Al-Thaddeus Avestruz
Prerequisites: EECS 418 and EECS 460 or equivalents

Course Description:
This class will address some advanced topics and techniques in power electronics and the craft of design through case studies. Topics may include switched capacitor circuits, resonant power conversion, magnetics, wireless power transfer, and instrumentation, among other. Advanced methods in the analysis, manufacturing, and control of power electronics will also be discussed. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Topics in Optoexcitonic Engineering

Course No.: EECS 598-009
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Parag Deotare
Prerequisites: Introductory electromagnetics and solid state physics or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This seminar course will review recent research and developments on topics in Nanophotonics and Excitonic Engineering with potential applications in data communication and processing. Topics covered will be related to engineering interaction of light with nanoscale systems, optical interactions between nanosystems and resonance phenomenon. Students read research papers followed by a brief lecture introducing the important related concepts before the papers are open for discussion in the class. Students/teams will also spend last 4 weeks investigating a current research problem posed by a faculty member. This will entail reading and spending time in the faculty lab and will be followed by a presentation to the full class. [More Info]

Lie-detecting algorithm spots fibbing faces better than humans

This article in New Scientist highlights the work of postdoctoral fellows Veronica Perez-Rosas and Mohamed Abouelenien, Prof. Rada Mihalcea, and Prof. Mihai Burzo in using machine learning to detect whether a person is being deceptive or not. The system outperforms the best human interrogators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Machine Learning  Mihalcea, Rada  

Garlin Gilchrist II: Innovation for the People

Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05) is on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need. As Detroit's Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, he's vital to restoring trust in Michigan's biggest city. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Five U-M Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest

Five University of Michigan programming teams have competed in the 2015 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with two teams, the Valiant and the Conquering Heroes, placing in first and second place. The East Central North America Regional Programming Contest was held October 31st and took place simultaneously at four sites: Cincinnati, Grand Valley, Windsor, and Youngstown, and the U-M teams competed at the Grand Valley site. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Data and Computing  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Winter 2016: Hands On Robotics

Course No.: EECS 498-003
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Shai Revzen
Prerequisites: Engineering and science seniors and grad students

Course Description:
Hands On Robotics is a robotics course based on building robots using the CKBot modular robot system. The course will cover basic concepts in robotics: kinematics, control, programming and design.

Open to EECS seniors and up; all other engineering and science seniors and graduate students with permission of instructor. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Carbon Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Zhaohui Zhong
Prerequisites: EECS 520 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Carbon based nanomaterials, in particular carbon nanotube and graphene, have generated great excitements over the past decade due to their unique electrical, optical and mechanical properties. This special topic course introduces theories and experimental works on carbon nanotube and graphene based electronic and photonics devices. The course will also have two student labs of testing graphene and nano electronics. [More Info]

Email Encryption is Broken

This article in Motherboard highlights research which found that large chunks of email traffic are being deliberately stripped of their encryption, or just sent without any in the first place, leaving them totally open to passive eavesdroppers. Amongst the study's authors are Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate students Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Ariana Mirian, and James Kasten. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM Conference on CCS for Exposing the Vulnerabilities of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

A team of researchers, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate students Zakir Durumeric, David Adrian, Drew Springall, Benjamin VanderSloot, and Eric Wustrow, has won a Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), which took place October 12-16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. In the paper, Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice, the researchers investigate the security of Diffie-Hellman key exchange. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

The Future of Data Science: Kicking Off U-Ms Proactive Step into an Exploding Field

Researchers from around the nation gathered at Rackham on October 6 to celebrate the official launch of Michigans $100M Data Science Initiative. Central to this program is the new Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), which aims to make sense of the massive datasets researchers in every field now have at their disposal. The symposium, titled The Future of Data Science: A Convergence of Academia, Industry, and Government, was an all-day event featuring representatives of many major industries and academic institutions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Big Data  Health  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Systems  Michielssen, Eric  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Winter 2016: Organic Electronics: From Fundamentals to Applications

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Steve Forrest
Prerequisites: Senior level quantum physics, solid state physics, electricity and magnetism

Course Description:
In this course, we will trace the history, science and modern applications of organic electronic technology. The first half of the course is dedicated to understanding the fundamentals of organic semiconductor materials. This includes consideration of crystal structure, bonding forces, and structure-property relationships of both small molecule and polymer semiconductors. We then provide a comprehensive description of the physics leading to their unique optical and electrical properties. What are the characteristics that make organic semiconductors (sometimes known as excitonic materials) different from conventional semiconductors such as Si and GaAs? The second half of the course concentrates on applications that exploit the unique characteristics of organics. We focus particularly on light emission in OLEDs, and how electron spin plays a significant role in organics, particularly in contrast to inorganic semiconductors. Then we address light detection in photodetectors and solar cells. Will the potentially low cost of these devices ultimately lead to their widespread use? Finally, we will examine advances in thin film transistors, lasers, and even molecular electronic devices, and their prospect for use in new, and even traditional optoelectronic applications. [More Info]

Drones are coming soon to an apple orchard near you, farmers and students hope

Students were invited to a local orchard on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to explore how drones can help fruit growers maintain their harvest. From analyzing how sunlight hits the orchard, to giving temperature or pest readings, all agreed the technology could have a major impact on the business. EECS grad students Ivan Ma (CSE) and Haohuan Wang (ECE) offered drone demonstrations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Competitive Team in Data Science Launches at Michigan

The Michigan Data Science Team (MDST) has been formed to solve data prediction challenges in competitive venues. MDST is one of the first collegiate teams of its kind, with a mission to compete against professional and amateur data scientists from around the world in online prediction challenges. They've just completed their first competition with very good placement. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Winter 2016: Random Matrix Theory

Course No.: EECS 598-004
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Raj Rao Nadakuditi
Prerequisites: EECS 551 or linear algebra, basic probability

Course Description:
This course covers the theory and algorithms emerging from the study of random matrices as it is currently applied in signal processing, machine learning, statistics and science. Topics include random sample covariance matrices, random graphs, spectral limit theorems such as Wigner's semi-circle and Marcenko-Pastur laws, free probability, randomized numerical linear algebra, matrix statistics, passage to the continuum limit, moment methods, matrix completion and compressed sensing. [More Info]

Winter 2016: Information Science

Course No.: EECS 398-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Clayton Scott
Prerequisites: MATH 116 and (ENGR 101 or equivalent)

Course Description:
This course will examine the basic mathematical theory of information, and apply that theory to understand several modern technologies for information processing and analysis.

Projected Syllabus: 4-5 weeks: Essentials of Shannons information theory, including entropy, data compression, transmission over noisy channels, and error correcting codes 2-3 weeks: Encryption, from historical ciphers to modern crypto systems 3-4 weeks: Extracting information from data: information retrieval and machine learning 3-4 weeks: Frequency concepts: Fourier analysis, AM and FM radio, sampling and reconstruction, spectrum spreading, and digital signal processing [More Info]

This Common Cryptography Method Is Alarmingly Vulnerable

This blog posting on Slate examines the recent paper presented by Prof. Halderman and other researchers at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. The paper reveals the vulnerabilities of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, which is a method for two parties to securely share a cryptographic key that was first published in 1976 and is widely used. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

How the NSA can Break Trillions of Encrypted Web and VPN connections

Privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, virtual private network apps, and other cryptographic software to adopt the Diffie-Hellman cryptographic key exchange as a defense against surveillance from the US National Security Agency and other state-sponsored spies. Now, Prof. Alex Halderman and other researchers are renewing their warning that a serious flaw in the way the key exchange is implemented is allowing the NSA to break and eavesdrop on trillions of encrypted connections. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Research Shows How NSA Exploits Flaws to Decrypt Huge Amounts of Communications Instead of Securing the Internet

According to an award-winning paper, which was co-authored by Prof. Alex Halderman, the NSA has likely used its access to vast computing power as well as weaknesses in the commonly used TLS security protocol in order to spy on encrypted communications. The paper represents a major contribution to public understanding by drawing a link between the NSAs computing resources and previously known cryptographic weaknesses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

NSA may be Breaking Popular Algorithm

A popular algorithm, known as the Diffie-Hellman key exchange, is vulnerable to state-sponsored attackers, according to a new research paper presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, which was co-authored by Prof. Alex Halderman. Diffie-Hellman is used to secure websites, email and other protocols. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Peter M. Chen Recognized for Influential Work in Operating Systems with ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award

Prof. Peter M. Chen has been recognized with the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award for his paper entitled, ReVirt: Enabling Intrusion Analysis through Virtual-Machine Logging and Replay, which demonstrated that the execution of an arbitrary program inside a virtual machine can be replayed deterministically and efficiently. Prof. Chen authored the paper with his former CSE graduate students George Dunlap, Samuel King, Sukru Cinar, and Murtaza A. Basrai. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  

J. Alex Halderman and Collaborators Receive NSF Cybersecurity Award to Develop Rapid-Response Architecture

A team of leading security experts has been awarded $2M by the National Science Foundation for a project aimed at reducing the impact of software vulnerabilities in Internet connected systems. The researchers, J. Alex Halderman, Vern Paxson, and Michael Bailey, will leverage the high-speed ZMap Internet-wide scanning system developed in Prof. Halderman's lab as the basis for a rapid response architecture to counter emerging threats. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Computing CARES: A Plan to Boost the Retention of Women in Computing

The field of computing is one in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few faculty in the CSE Division have recently begun in a new quest to boost the participation and retention of women in computing courses and degree majors. These expanded opportunities will be accomplished through a U-M's Third Century grant. Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Mary Lou Dorf spearheaded this effort through a proposal that they submitted this past summer to the Third Century Initiative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Olson, Edwin  Ringenberg, Jeff  Wellman, Michael  Women in Computing  

Prof. Jason Flinn Receives U-M's Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Jason Flinn has been selected to receive a Faculty Recognition Award by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan for his remarkable contributions to the University through achievements in scholarly research and excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  Lab-Software Systems  

From search to distributed computing to large-scale information extraction

Prof. Michael Cafarella was interviewed for the O'Reilly Daily Show Podcast, and excerpts from that conversation are published here. In the interview, he talks about the origins of Nutch, Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce), HBase, and his decision to pursue an academic career and step away from these projects. They also discussed ClearCutAnalytics, his startup to commercialize a highly regarded academic project for structured data extraction. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Lab-Software Systems  

Prof. Kevin Fu Addresses Technical Debt of Medical Device Security at NAE Symposium

Prof. Kevin Fu was selected to speak at the 2015 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, which was hosted by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The event took place September 9-11 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. He was one of only 15 speakers who presented at the symposium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Brad Campbell and Pat Pannuto Organize Robo Cafe Demo at DARPA Tech Conference

CSE graduate students Brad Campbell and Pat Pannuto participated in the Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum that took place September 9-11th in St. Louis, Missouri. The forum was hosted by DARPA and focused on future technologies in conjunction with national security. Campbell organized a demonstration from the TerraSwarm team that integrated technologies from five universities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Security (national and personal safety)  

Brilliant 10: Alex Halderman Strengthens Democracy Using Software

For the 14th year, Popular Science honors the brightest young minds in science and engineering. Prof. J. Alex Halderman has been named one of their Brilliant 10 for exposing the vulnerabilities in electronic-voting systems and working with governments to make them more secure. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

J. Alex Halderman Named One of Popular Science's Brilliant Ten

Associate Professor J. Alex Halderman has been named one of Popular Science's 2015 Brilliant 10 for his work in computer security and privacy. From exposing the vulnerabilities in e-voting systems to making voting more secure, he is the epitome of a bright young mind that Popular Science selects for their annual list. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Eleven New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome eleven outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in big data and computer architecture to robotics and cryptography, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

Silicon Valley, Seeking Diversity, Focuses on Blacks

This article in the New York Times reports on the diversity gap in Silicon Valley and describes some of the new efforts being undertaken to help black students to bridge the opportunity gap. EECS alumnus Erin Teague, director of product management at Yahoo, is quoted on her experience. "I didnt know what to dream for." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Honglak Lee Receives CAREER Award for Research in Advanced Deep Learning Techniques

Assistant Professor Honglak Lee has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his project, "CAREER: New Directions in Deep Representation Learning from Complex Multimodal Data."Prof. Lee will develop advanced deep learning techniques to learn a robust representation that allows for holistic understanding and high-level reasoning (such as, analogy making, hypothetical reasoning and temporal prediction, and question answering) from complex, multimodal data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lee, Honglak  

MHacks 6 Showcased Another Round of Creative Projects

Student hackers from around the country have completed MHacks 6, which took place September 11th-13th, 2015 on University of Michigans North Campus. Over 1,300 students were represented at this 36 straight hour event to produce creative and impactful projects. The grand prize winner was Relay, an application that allows you to easily and securely access all of your accounts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  Undergraduate Students  

$3.46M to Combine Machine Learning on Big Data with Physical Simulations

Prof. Barzan Mozafari is co-PI of the new Center for Data-Driven Computational Physics. The center will build and manage a new computing resource, called ConFlux, which is designed to enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running. The National Science Foundation is providing $2.42 million to develop the facility and the university is providing an additional $1.04 million. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

U of Michigan Project Combines Modeling and Machine Learning

This article in HPC Wire highlights ConFlux, the unique new facility, funded largely by NSF, to be built at Michigan which will enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running. Prof. Barzan Mozafari will oversee the implementation ConFlux. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Online security braces for quantum revolution

This article in Nature examines the security ramifications of quantum computers, which are expected to be a reality in the next 5 to 30 years. The article references work in the area of lattice based cryptography done by Prof. Chris Peikert and his collaborators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Peikert, Chris  Security (Computing)  Theory of Computation  

A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption

This article in Quanta Magazine examines the security ramifications of quantum computers, which are expected to be a reality in the next 5 to 30 years. The article references work in the area of lattice based cryptography done by Prof. Chris Peikert and his collaborators. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Peikert, Chris  Security (Computing)  Theory of Computation  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Paper Award at VLDB 2015

Prof. H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and CSE graduate student Fei Li have received the Best Paper Award at the 41st International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, which took place Aug 31st - Sept 4th in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Their paper is entitled "Constructing an Interactive Natural Language Interface for Relational Databases". [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

MHacks Adds New Workshops and Events for 6th Hackathon

Since the first MHacks in February 2013, Michigan students have built the bi-annual event into a sophisticated operation that draws speakers, participative sponsors, and student participants with a variety of technical and non-technical backgrounds. With each new MHacks comes new projects that showcase what students are capable of creating. There will be an emphasis on learning and diversity at this coming hackathon with their new workshops and events. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  Undergraduate Students  

Fall 2015: Randomness and Computation

Course No.: EECS 598-04
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Grant Schoenebeck
Prerequisites: EECS 376

Course Description:
Randomness and the tools of probability theory have proven central in many areas of modern science, including, perhaps surprisingly, the design and analysis of algorithms. This course will be organized around the main tools and techniques (linearity of expectation, the second moment method, Chernoff bounds, martingales, Lovasz-Local Lemma, Monte Carlo Markov Chain, etc) used in probabilistic analysis of algorithms. Along the way, students will be exposed to a large variety of classic theoretical computer science works resulting from the applications of these same tools to both randomized algorithms and the analysis of random combinatorial objects (e.g. graphs, Boolean formulae) and deterministic algorithms applied to random inputs drawn from some distribution.

Advanced applications covered may include the Talagrands inequality; social networks; streaming algorithms; distributed algorithms; quantum computation; approximation algorithms; semidefinite programs; cryptographic protocols, and more. Specific advanced topics included will depend on the interests of the students.

If you are interested in theoretical computer science (TCS) or tools of probabilistic analysis, it should be a fun course. It will assume basic theory understanding (at the level of 376) and basic probability theory, and the methodology will be that of formal mathematical proofs. The course will be targeted as an introductory course for CSE graduate students studying theory (very broadly speaking)though others should benefit as well, including advanced undergraduates and graduate students from other areas. This course will count for a theory breadth requirement CSE masters and PhD students and for a depth requirement for PhD students. See course website for more information. [Full Story]

Relationship with Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Grows with Research Exchange Program

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have started a research exchange program between UM and AAiT. During the pilot program, which took place this year, three U-M CSE graduate students, William Arthur, Salessawi Ferede, and Biruk Mammo, traveled to Ethiopia for one month to bootstrap research projects with current AAiT students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan Researchers create virtual reality 'Matrix' with unreal engine

Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Virtual Reality  

Don't like Siri? Build your own!

In this CBC radio interview, Prof. Jason Mars speaks about the rise of intelligent personal assistants and the computational load that is associated this trend. He and Prof. Lingjia Tang led the research project that resulted in Sirius, an open-source IPA that anyone can download and use. Sirius was used to model future workloads in order to determine requirements for future data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Machine Learning  Mars, Jason  

Fall 2015: Graph Mining and Exploration at Scale: Methods and Applications

Course No.: EECS 598-012
Credit Hours: 4 Credits
Instructor: Danai Koutra
Prerequisites: Prerequisites for Lec 012: Basic knowledge of Linear Algebra, Probability Theory/Statistics, and Programming (e.g., Python, JAVA, Matlab, R) or Permission of Instructor

Course Description:
Graphs naturally represent information ranging from links between webpages to friendships in social networks, to connections between neurons in our brains. These graphs often span billions of nodes and interactions between them. Within this deluge of interconnected data, how can we extract useful knowledge, understand the underlying processes, and make interesting discoveries?

This course will cover recent models and algorithms for exploring and making sense of large graphs, as well as applications in various domains (e.g., web, social science, computer networks, neuroscience). The focus will be on scalable, practical, but also principled methods, and students will have the chance to analyze large-scale datasets. The topics that we will cover include ranking, label propagation, clustering and community detection, summarization, similarity, and anomaly detection.

Fall 2015: Human Computation and Crowdsourcing Systems

Course No.: 598-011
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Walter Lasecki
Prerequisites: Programming fluency; senior undergraduate or graduate standing in either EECS, or Permission of Instructor

Course Description:
Using human intelligence to solve computational tasks -- also called human computation -- has enabled the creation of software systems that go well beyond the current boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI). Making open recruitment calls to large, often heterogeneous, groups of people (crowdsourcing) has allowed human computation to be scaled to provide on-demand services and even real-time responses. This course will cover the core work in human computation and crowdsourcing, with a focus on techniques for creating interactive intelligent systems that are powered by a combination of human and machine intelligence. We will also touch on the theory underlying many of the current approaches (e.g., game theory, voting theory, and machine learning), and potential ethical concerns raised by these systems (e.g., ensuring fair wages, and end-user privacy)."

Puzzling out which Ann Arborites construct crosswords for The New York Times

This MLive article highlights four Ann Arborites who contribute crossword puzzles to The New York Times. Among them is Prof. Jason Flinn, who began solving crossword puzzles while recovering from an illness. He became hooked an began constructing his own puzzles, the first of which was published in the Times on October 9, 2013 and the most recent on June 18, 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason  

John Holland (1929-2015): In Memoriam

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science, and complex systems, passed away on Aug. 9 at the age of 86. Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science. [Full Story]

Making a Middle Class: Can Engineering Education Lift Ethiopia?

For the past six years, Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have been going to Ethiopia to visit the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology. In 2009, they went to talk about Michigan Engineering, in 2011, they established a 25-station computer lab, and in 2012, they spent a sabbatical teaching at AAIT. Recently, the professors attended a symposium in Addis Ababa where more than 30 U-M professors met with a range of Ethiopian professors and government officials to map the future of U-Ms role in the country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

IBMs Rodent Brain Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

In this MSN article, Prof. Jason Mars comments on TrueNorth, a chip created by IBM that has the same number of neurons as a small rodent brain. This chip can run deep learning algorithms in smaller spaces with considerably less electrical power, which will allow more AI onto phones and other tiny devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  

Zakir Durumeric Named MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35

MIT Technology Review has named CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric one of this years Innovators Under 35. Each year since 1999, MIT Technology Review selects exceptionally talented young innovators whose work they believe has the greatest potential to transform the world. His work focuses on developing quantitative, measurement-based approaches to combat threats against hosts and networks on the Internet. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

CSE Researchers Win at Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge

CSE graduate student researchers Sam DeBruin and Branden Ghena, together with their advisor Prof. Prabal Dutta and postdoctoral researcher Ye-Sheng Kuo received the "Best Environmental Impact" award and placed in the top ten at the Texas Instruments Innovation Design Challenge for their PowerBlade project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Fall 2015: Data Science for Medicine

Course No.: EECS 498-005
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Zeeshan Syed
Prerequisites: EECS281 or equivalent

Course Description:
With increasing amounts of medical data becoming available there is an opportunity to significantly reduce the burden imposed by major diseases in a data-driven manner. This course provides students with a hands-on introduction to computational advances offering significant improvements in our ability to understand, diagnose, and treat major healthcare conditions. During the semester we will explore several foundational topics in data science for medicine, including data representation, data manipulation, data analysis, and data visualization with a review of organ system physiology and common medical data elements. Students will be introduced to these topics during lectures, with the class focusing on breadth instead of a focus on any single topic in depth to provide an opportunity to sample and apply data science techniques. The course also focuses on providing students with a significant opportunity to investigate the application of these ideas to real-world clinical challenges. Students will be expected to supplement theory in data science for medicine with a semester long project on actual medical data. Students will be encouraged to think creatively about traditionally hard problems and required to perform group research exposing them to designing practical data science systems for medical care. Students will also be exposed to research and potential entrepreneurship opportunities beyond the class.

University of Michigan Develops Social Sensory Surfaces for Autism Therapy [Video]

This story on WDET covers the work of students from EECS and the School of Art and Architecture in creating a blend of light, music, and structure to provide highly sensory experiences for children with autism spectrum disorder. Prof. Sean Ahlquist is interviewed; Dr. David Chesney appears in the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Technology and Wellness  

Virta Labs Introduces PowerGuard

Virta Labs recently introduced their flagship product called PowerGuard. While it looks like an everyday power outlet, its embedded intelligence detects when an infected device is plugged into the outlet by analyzing subtle power consumption patterns. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  

Michigan Rolls a Different Kind of Car off a Different Kind of Assembly Line

This story on the Big Ten Network highlights the work of Prof. Edwin Olson, who is using 3-D printed low-speed electric vehicles provided by alternative carmaker Local Motors to develop an intelligent transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

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

Mary Lou Dorf Wins Best Paper Award at ASEE

Dr. Mary Lou Dorf and her collaborators have received the Best Paper Award at the 122nd American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exhibition (ASEE) for their paper entitled, "Student Performance Improvement using Interactive Textbooks: A Three-University Cross-Semester Analysis." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Technology for Education  Women in Computing  

Can hackers take over Ann Arbor's traffic signals? U-M researcher discusses

In this MLive article about the security of municipal traffic signal systems, the work of CSE graduate student Branden Ghena is highlighted. Ghena received permission to hack the traffic lights at an unnamed Michigan municipality in 2014, where he quickly demonstrated how signals could be taken under the control of a hacker. Ann Arbor's system, he notes, is hardwired and would require a direct connection, rather than a wireless connection, to hack. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Can hackers take over traffic lights?

In this Washingtion Post article about the security of municipal traffic signal systems, the work of CSE graduate student Branden Ghena is highlighted. Ghena received permission to hack the traffic lights at an unnamed Michigan municipality in 2014, where he quickly demonstrated how signals could be taken under the control of a hacker. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

An Eye for Detail Brings Unique Rewards

Prof. Igor Markov has received two Knuth reward checks in exchange for suggesting improvements to publications authored by Prof. Donald Knuth of Stanford. According to MIT Technology Review, "Knuths reward checks are among computerdom's most prized trophies." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Lynn Conway Receives 2015 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, received the 2015 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell Medal, for contributions to and leadership in design methodology and pedagogy enabling rapid advances and dissemination of VLSI design tools and systems. The James Clerk Maxwell Medal is one of the highest awards presented by IEEE. [Watch her acceptance speech.] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Women in Computing  

The Conversation: Big Data analyses depend on starting with clean data points

Join The Conversation about big data, where Prof. HV Jagadish has written about the need to avoid inaccuracies in large data sets and how an emphasis on clean data should motivate data collection and processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguistics Team to Multiple Wins at IOL

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached North American high school students to successful competition at the 13th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria from from July 20-24, 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

Two sentences explaining why your self-driving car wont have a steering wheel

Prof. Edwin Olson comments on why, once an autonomous vehicles is operating, it is actually difficult for a human occupant to take control in an emergency. Prof. Olson is working on projects related to autonomous vehicles and transportation systems at the newly-opened Mcity test facility. [Full Story]

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

Scientists warn against Artificial Intelligence weapons

Prof. Michael Wellman confirms that the potential for danger from automated weapons systems should be taken seriously in this story that appeared on Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. Prof. Wellman was one of over a thousand AI researchers who recently signed a letter to the UN urging them to ban robotic weapons. [Full Story]

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

The race is on to figure out what self-driving cars should look like

In this Washington Post article, Prof. Edwin Olson notes that we don't know what autonomous vehicles might look like in the future, since autonomy will change many factors in the way transportation is scheduled and executed. Prof. Olson has just launched a project to study a transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]

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

EECS Students Make Career Connections at NSBE Conference

The 41st National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought together over 3,600 members to Anaheim, California for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. 55 U-M engineers attended the convention, themed Reimagining Your Future, and developed vital connections in their field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Building Better RoboBoats: UM::Autonomy Takes Third at International Competition

Autonomous vehicles are in hot demand right now, and thats just as true at sea. UM::Autonomy designs, programs, and builds their own autonomous boat every year for the annual RobotBoat competition. This year the team took third prize. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Researchers Employ Unsupervised Funniness Detection in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest

Researchers including Prof. Dragomir Radev and his former student and alumnus Rahul Jha teamed up with Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor for The New Yorker, to take a computational approach to understanding humor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Over 140 Students attend 2015 MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, was even bigger and better for summer 2015. There was a 5-day Tinkering With Mobile Apps camp and a 2-week-long Hacking in a Digital World camp, both led by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg, as well as a 5-day Game Design & Development camp led by Dr. Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Why Are Computers So Bad At Jokes?

What is funniness? Can it possibly be quantitative? And why is it so difficult to define -- for, say, a mechanical reproduction of it? These are questions that have plagued scientists for decades. And its the central question that brought together an incredibly diverse group of authors on a new paper looking for an answer, including Prof. Dragomir Radev; The New Yorker's Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff; and scientists from Yahoo! and Columbia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

3-D Printed Cars Emerging; Early Units will Serve as Testbed for On-Demand System at Michigan

Prof. Edwin Olson will be using 3-D printed low-speed electric vehicles provided by alternative carmaker Local Motors to develop a transportation on demand system built around autonomous vehicles. He is quotes in the article about Local Motors' plans. [Full Story]

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

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  

U-M to Test Driverless 3-D Printed Carts

in this article, the Detroit News reports on the University of Michigan's plans to test low-speed, 3-D printed driverless carts within the year and eventually deploy them on its North Campus. Researches led b Prof. Edwin Olson will use the carts to develop an automated on-demand transportation system. [Full Story]

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

An Autonomous "SmartCart" Testbed is Coming to Michigan

Researchers led by EECS Prof. Edwin Olson and NAME Prof. Ryan Eustice will be using 3D printed "SmartCarts" at Mcity to develop an on-demand autonomous transit system. The focus of this particular project is not the autonomy itself, but the challenges of an intelligent transit system that include understanding passengers' preferences and expectations, coordinating the routes of a fleet of vehicles, and figuring out how to balance supply and demand. [Full Story]

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

Worlds smallest computer can fit on the edge of a nickel

David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, and Prabal Dutta, as well as several graduate students, have developed tiny computing units (on a millimeter scale) that are capable of harvesting solar power to utilize wireless communication, pressure and temperature sensors, and even still image and video processing. Ready for production now, the M3 is expected to see use in the medical field for monitoring human body processes, as well as conducting EKGs and detecting and monitoring tumor growth. Harkening back to scenes from the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage or 1987s Innerspace, the M3 can actually be injected into the body to perform some of these functions. [Full Story]

Miss Wayne County Inspires Young Girls to Pursue Computer Science

CS student Anna Dai is redefining the stereotype of women in computing. She is this year's Miss Wayne County, which she achieved through passion, talent, and hard work, and she is combining her pageant win with her love of computer science. She decided to run for Miss Wayne County to inspire thousands of little girls across the country as Miss Wayne County, and hopefully Miss Michigan and Miss America in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Women in Computing  

Prof. Kevin Fu Testifies on the IRS Data Breach for Senate Committee

As reported on the Computing Community Consortium blog, Prof. Kevin Fu was one of the five witnesses to testify to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs at a hearing on "The IRS Data Break: Steps to Protect Americans Personal Information." Video from the hearing is available here; Prof. Fu speaks at about 13:00. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Ron Dreslinski Selected for IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award

Dr. Ron Dreslinski has been selected to receive the Young Computer Architect Award from the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Computer Architecture (TCCA). The award recognizes an early career individual who has made an outstanding, innovative research contribution or contributions to Computer Architecture. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Dreslinski, Ron  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Steven Parkison Earns NSF Fellowship to Design Tools for the Future of Autonomous Cars

Steven Parkison, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received an NSF Fellowship to support his research on machine learning for autonomous vehicles. He is working with Prof. Ryan Eustice as part of the Next Generation Vehicle (NGV) project, a partnership between Ford Motor Company and researchers at the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop the autonomous vehicles of the future. Michigans principal investigators, Profs. Eustice and Edwin Olson, are taking a leading role on sensing and decision-making. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  

Massive Clinton-era Internet bug shows pitfalls of Obama's 'backdoor' proposal

In this CNN Money article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding the FBI's request for security backdoors in technology products. "It's a bad idea," he says. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Duc Le Selected for Mary A. Rackham Institute Graduate Student Research Assistantship

CSE PhD student Duc Le has been selected by the Mary A. Rackham Institute for a Graduate Student Research Assistantship. The Institute's GSRA positions are offered to encourage outstanding doctoral students to pursue research careers in areas pertinent to the Institute's mission of promoting the well-being of individuals who are struggling with mental health, learning, and communication difficulties. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  

Introducing the Ensemble of CSE Ladies

The Ensemble of CSE Ladies is a group to support graduate women students in CSE at the University of Michigan. The group aims to foster a sense of community among graduate women, support members' academic and career development, help incoming graduate students adapt and thrive in CSE, and generally enable a great graduate experience for their members. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Graduate Students  Women in Computing  

Mark Brehob Named U-M Collegiate Lecturer

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to instruction, Dr. Mark Brehob has been selected for distinction through the U-M Collegiate Lecturer Program. His appointment as Collegiate Lecturer this year is a title he will retain throughout his career at the University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

Michigan Researchers Win Both Best Paper Awards at AAMAS 2015

Michigan researchers won both best paper awards at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems 2015, which took place May 4-8 in Istanbul, Turkey. The two winning papers were selected from a field of 127 full paper submissions in the main technical track. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Michigan Researchers Win Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015

CSE graduate student researchers Shichang Xu, Ashkan Nikravesh, Hongyi Yao (University of Michigan), David R. Choffnes (Northwestern University) with advisor Prof. Z. Morley Mao have won the Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015. The poster describes their work in measuring important network phenomena for debugging problems at the edge of a cellular network. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  Wireless Communications  

Rumor-detector software IDs disputed claims on Twitter

Prof. Qiaozhu Mei and a team of researchers have developed software to help society identify and correct erroneous claims on Twitter. They introduced the software recently at the International World Wide Web Conference in Florence, Italy. Later this summer, they hope to put it in practice at a website they're developing called Rumor Lens. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mei, Qiaozhu  

New data science major aligns with growing corporate needs

The Michigan Daily reports on the new data science major, which will be subsumed under the Computer Science and Engineering division and the Statistics Department. The new major will be available in Fall 2015 to both LSA and Engineering students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Prakash, Atul  

Two Michigan Papers Share the Best Paper Award at MobiSys 2015

Two papers with authors from Michigan shared the best paper award at the 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2015). The first, "Accelerating Mobile Applications through Flip-Flop Replication," was an all-Michgan paper, and the second, "Outatime: Using Speculation to Enable Low-Latency Continuous Interaction for Mobile Cloud Gaming," was a collaboration from amongst Michigan, Microsoft Research, and other authors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Flinn, Jason  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Mahlke, Scott  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  

2015 Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Prabal Dutta, J. Alex Halderman, Rada Mihalcea, Sandeep Pradhan, and Zhengya Zhang. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Zhang, Zhengya  

Kevin Fu Named to CRA Computing Community Consortium Council

Prof. Kevin Fu has been appointed as one of five new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council. CCC conducts activities that strengthen the computing research community, articulate compelling research visions, and align those visions with pressing national and global challenges. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

ARS Technica reports on the Logjam vulnerability in detail and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says, "Logjam shows us once again why it's a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for. That's exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export restrictions, and today that backdoor is wide open, threatening the security of a large part of the Web." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

New Computer Bug Exposes Broad Security Flaws

The Wall Street Journal reports on the newly-discovered Logjam bug, which could allow an attacker to read or alter communications that claim to be secure and may have been exploited by the National Security Agency to spy on virtual private networks, or VPNs. The vulnerability could also be exploited by hackers. CSE Graduate student Zakir Durumeric, one of the researchers working on the bug, is quoted in the article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Health and Fitness Company Founded by CS Alum Gets Acquired by Practo

Dhruv Gupta (BSE CS ༿) co-founded FitHo, a web and mobile based weight management program that provides customized diet plans and exercises, in 2011. FitHo has recently been acquired by Practo, an Indian health care startup that helps patients find doctors and book appointments online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Medical Education meets Google Glass

Google Glass is being adopted in anatomy labs at U-M as an avenue for hands-free and immediate access to information. The inventor of Glass, ECE alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE; MSE Physics), anticipated these types of applications and has described how the Glass technology is changing what it means to know something when answers can be nearly instantaneous. Also mentioned in the article about Glass and medical education are alumni Larry Page (BSE CE), Founder of Google, and Tony Fadell (BSE CE), who is currently leading the team exploring the future of Google Glass. [Read more about Dr. Parviz and the development of Google Glass] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Stretches, Challenges Performers and Audience

Creativity and tech were blended as the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Georg Essl, performed 12 original works at its Final Class Concert in April. This story includes video of each of these unique performances. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Undergraduate Students  

Computer Engineering Research Lab Explores the Bounds of Computer Integration

The new Computer Engineering Lab at U-M is the successor to the 30-year-old ACAL Lab and is home to researchers who are looking to stretch the definition of how computational systems are designed and employed. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

CE Alum Jon Fraleigh Named New Executive at BrightPoint Security

Jon Fraleigh (BSE CE ྎ) has been named senior VP of worldwide sales at BrightPoint Security (formerly Vorstack), a leading Threat Intelligence Platform provider for automation, curation, and sharing of threat intelligence to fight cyber threats. He was most recently senior VP of worldwide sales at Q1 Labs/IBM Security Systems Division, where he grew revenue from $10 million to $200 million over six years, and expanded sales into more than 90 countries. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Designing Machines - Can we create machines who learn like we do?

Technology certainly seems smart now - phones listen and talk, computers interpret images and video - but in spite of that, the field of artificial intelligence might best be described as a hot mess: an assortment of intriguing pieces that have yet to be integrated into a truly intelligent system. This article in looks at some of those pieces and how they might fit together. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Laird, John  Lee, Honglak  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Hospitals are testing a way to detect malware by analyzing the flow of electricity to connected devices

One of the biggest reasons why health professionals are reticent to connect their devices is a concern over security for health tech, attacking a device can mean attacking a person. Prof. Fu talks about WattsUpDoc, a program that uses power and electricity as a means to detect if a malware has been introduced into a network. Hospitals are now slowly beginning to sign up and try out this new malware detection system.

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Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (national and personal safety)  

Eric M. Aupperle (1935 - 2015): An Internet Pioneer Leaves a Remarkable Legacy

Eric Max Aupperle (BSE EE and Math '57; MSE NERS '58; Instm.E. '64), renowned president of Merit Network and Research Scientist Emeritus, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the age of 80. As director and president of the computer research network called Merit, Eric Aupperle had a strong influence on the current form of the Internet. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

EECS Graduate Student Instructors Earn Awards for Teaching Excellence

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on April 30 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service and excellence in teaching. ECE and CSE Associate Chairs Dave Neuhoff and Scott Mahlke hosted the event and introduced the awardees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mahlke, Scott  Neuhoff, David L.  

Bay Area CSE Alumni and Friends are Invited to Join Us for Tech Talks

Bay Area CSE alumni and friends are invited to join us for tech talks, conversation and hors d'oeuvres including Zingerman's from Ann Arbor on May 7th. More info and registration here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Over 600 Students Present Final Projects at EECS 183 Showcase

On Friday, April 24th, a number of students, parents, and professors attended the EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Your House Is Your Next Fit Band

This article in Discovery highlights a Wi-Fi based approach to a local area fitness monitoring system prototyped at MIT. It includes commentary by U-M Prof. Fu, who sees potential for the system, especially in cases where typical sensor placement is not viable. He does, however, have concerns about WiFi security for medical data transmission. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Winter 2015 Games Showcase Brings Lively Crowd to Tishman Hall

On Friday, April 24th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

Students Show off Projects during Winter Semester Showcases

A number of CS students finished the semester strong by displaying their projects during the winter semester project showcases. Students, professors, and parents were able to see a combination of hard work, creativity, and skill during the ENG 100, EECS 183, EECS 373, EECS 467, and EECS 494 project showcases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Announced

CoE students have a new major course of study to choose from, and it's a highly relevant choice in this age of "Big Data." The program in Data Science, developed in conjunction with the Statistics Department, will help to prepare a class of experts who can extract actionable data from text, audio, video, and sensor measurements. The program will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  

Digital democracy: will 2015 be the last paper-based general election?

There is a growing call for on-line voting in the UK with Estonia's system seen by some as a model, as discussed in this article in The Telegraph. However, work by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and others, including Halderman's 2014 assessment of the Estonian systems, point to major risks in the system [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

This article in The Register highlights plans for testing in two hospitals of a system that can detect malware infections on medical equipment by monitoring AC power consumption. Former CSE postdoc Denis Foo Kune developed the technology, called WattsUpDoc, with Prof. Kevin Fu and others while at Michigan. They have commercialized it through their startup, Virta Labs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  

13 Of 2015s Hottest Topics In Computer Science Research

In this contributed piece on Forbes, Prof. Igor Markov presents his view of where computer science research will be focused in the near term. It's a list worth reviewing! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Shift Collaborative: Providing Creative Space and Community for Tech Students with Business on the Brain

Located in a house just off U-Ms campus, Shift Collaborative is home to a student group that exists to nurture and facilitate its members fresh and creative ideas for new applications, programs, products, or startup businesses. Originally the brainchild of U-M alumnae Nancy Chow and backed by funding from former University of Michigan and NFL football player Dhani Jones, Shift Collaborative was founded in the fall of 2013. [Full Story]

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moores Law

NPRs All Tech Considered: Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution. That man was Gordon Moore. Moores Law is all about electronic miniaturization, and the article talks about the worlds smallest computer, the Michigan Micro Mote, currently on display at the Computer History Museum. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. Georges Day Feast

In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George's Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Advancing Computation: 4th U-M Alum Wins Turing Award

With the recent announcement of Michigan alumnus Michael Stonebraker as the 2014 Turing recipient, we'd like to recognize Stonebraker and three other Michigan alumni Frances Allen, Edgar Codd, and Stephen Cook who are recipients of this honor, extending a legacy of impact by Michigan alumni on the field of computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Future Scientists Tour CSE

On Friday, April 10th, CSE Professors Valeria Bertacco and Todd Austin hosted a CSE visit for the preschoolers of U-Ms Towsley Childrens House. The event was a way for the children to experience computer science in a fun and engaging way. The day started with a meet and greet from Prof. Edwin Olson through his TeleRobot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  

CS Students Sweep Awards at 2015 Mobile Apps Challenge

Computer science students dominated the awards for the 2015 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge, which is open to students, faculty, and staff campus-wide. First place went to freshman Janum Trivedi, who will be declaring in CS soon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mobile and Networked Computing  Undergraduate Students  

Elaine Wah Receives CoE Marian Sarah Parker Prize

Elaine Wah, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a CoE Marian Sarah Parker Prize. The award is given to an outstanding woman graduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and/or community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Women in Computing  

The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

This article in Medium describes Prof. Prabal Dutta's interest in Smart Dust - a network of tiny, sensor-enabled autonomous computers - and its ability to to measure everyday data to solve issues of critical sustainability. It traces how he began collaborating with Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester on the development of the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), which is now the world's smallest and first millimeter scale computer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

Duo Security Raises $30 Million To Protect Enterprises Against Data Breaches

Ann Arbor-based Duo Security, the two-factor authentication startup founded by CS alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, wants to do more to help protect companies from hackers trying to gain access to their networks. With that goal in mind, its launching a new product to secure their networks and announcing $30 million in new funding led by Redpoint Ventures. More in this article on Techcrunch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Security (Computing)  

Creativity in the Classroom: Gibson Puts Emphasis on Collaborative Learning and Quick Prototyping in Games MDE

Many forward thinking educators are flipping the tables on their students by diverging from the standard classroom lecture format and implementing innovative curriculum in order to enhance student experience and stimulate learning. In his EECS 494 Computer Game Design and Development course, instructor Jeremy Gibson has done just that, and the results are promising. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

Machine politics: Electronic voting and the persistent doubts about its integrity

Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborator Dr. Vanessa Teague are interviewed on Up Close, the research talk show from the University of Melbourne, about their work in investigating the iVote system recently used in New South Wales and about the security challenges of electronic voting in general. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

OpenSource.com: A case for predictable databases

Prof. Barzan Mozafari is interviewed in this Q&A on OpenSource.com about his open source DBSeer and DBSherlock database tools, and about guaranteeing a consistent and predictable level of performance is cloud-based database systems [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

Elaine Wah Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research on Algorithmic Trading

Elaine Wah, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support her research on algorithmic trading, or the use of automated computer algorithms to submit orders to buy or sell, in financial markets. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Women in Computing  

Karl Winsor Honored with Goldwater Scholarship

Honors Mathematics and Computer Science undergraduate student Karl Winsor has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. This program provides scholarships to students interested in careers in science, math, and engineering, and they are considered the premier scholarships awarded to undergraduates in these fields. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Undergraduate Students  

This is the worlds smallest computer

CBS News did a video and story about the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), which is the world's smallest computer and the world's first millimeter scale computer. "As the Internet of Things (IoT) gets bigger, the Michigan team is pushing to make computers ever smaller." [Full Story]

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

Why you arent voting for Chicago mayor from a smartphone

This article in the Chicago Tribune summarizes why Chicago voters won't be casting online votes in April 7's mayoral runoff election. Although other transactions can be accomplished by smartphone, "the shape of the problem is fundamentally different than things we routinely do online today," says Prof. J. Alex Halderman in the article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

This article in the New York Times examines the phenomenon of hackathons and how they have become a new fast track to success in the tech industry. Quoted are CS major and director of the past two MHacks, Vikram Rajagopalan, as well as David Fontenot, a former MHacks director. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Fall 2015: Plasmonics

Course No.: EECS 598-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Somine Eunice Lee
Prerequisites: None

Course Description:
Plasmonics is the study of optical phenomena related to the electromagnetic response of conductors. The furled of plasmonics has recently been accelerated by the rapid advancements in nano fabrication. The interaction of light with nanoscale objects renders unique optical, electronic, magnetic and thermal properties useful to a wide range of areas, including electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry and physics. [More Info]

Fall 2015: Power System Dynamics and Control

Course No.: EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS 463 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will introduce angle and voltage stability concepts and consider control strategies for improving dynamic performance. It will provide and overview of nonlinear dynamical systems, including geometrical properties of solutions, Lyapunov methods for approximating the region of attraction, and bifurcation analysis. [More Info]

Fall 2015: Foundations of Computer Vision

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jason Corso
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Computer Vision seeks to extract useful information from images, video and other visual content. This course will introduce the breadth of modern computer vision through a few foundational problems that span various topic areas. Examples of possible foundational problems include image formation and projective geometry, robust model fitting, perceptual priors, matching and similarity, invariance, motion and multi view geometry. The foundational problems will be tied to specific applications such as feature extraction, segmentation, structure from motion, and action recognition. [More Info]

Fall 2015: Hybrid Systems: Specification, Verification and Control

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Necmiye Ozay
Prerequisites: EECS 562 or EECS 560 + permission of instructor

Course Description:
Hybrid systems, dynamical systems where continuous dynamics and discrete events interact, are ubiquitous and can be found in many different contexts. Examples are as diverse as manufacturing processes, biological systems, energy systems, medical devices, robotics systems, automobiles and aircrafts. Advances in computing and communications technologies have enabled engineering such systems with a high degree of complexity. Most of these systems are safety-critical, hence their correctness must be verified before they can be deployed. This course will provide a working knowledge of several analysis and design techniques to guarantee safety, reliability and performance of such systems. [More Info]

Fall 2015: An Introduction to Social, Economic and Technological Networks

Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Vijay Subramanian
Prerequisites: EE203 and/or EECS 301 are recommended

Course Description:
Networks are everywhere. We encounter a variety of networks of different sizes and forms on a daily basis: societal networks such as the network of retweets of a certain has tag on Twitter or the friends network on Facebook; technological networks such as the Internet with the telecommunication network of computers, the links between webpages, the groupings of users generated by recommendation systems for predictions or the network of users on BitTorrent downloading a specific file; and economic networks such as trade networks or supply-chain networks. Some of these networks emerge naturally such as many societal networks, while others are planned such as the public transportation or road network. We depend on the efficient functioning of these networks to transact many of our activities.

This course serves as an introduction to the broad class of networks described above: how these networks are connected, how they form, how processes and transactions take place on them, and how they are being transferred and interconnected in the modern world. Students will learn how to develop and apply mathematical models and tools from graph theory, linear algebra, probability and game theory in order to analyze network processes such as how opinions and fads are spread on networks, how sponsored advertisements are developed, how web content is displayed, how recommendation systems work, etc. [More Info]

Worlds Largest Processor Announced; Perfect for Big Data and Other Applications

Computer architecture researchers in the Computer Science and Engineering division of the EECS Department at the University of Michigan have announced a new paradigm in the evolution of computer development: the worlds largest processor chip, designed for big data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Smart Phone Apps: An Interview with Prof. Georg Essl (in German)

Prof. Georg Essl is interviewed on German public radio (WDR) on the subject of smart phone apps and their potential as musical instruments. The interview includes numerous musical examples from Essl's Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile and Networked Computing  

Our Data, Our Health. A Future Tense Event Recap.

This blog posting on Slate addresses threats to medical device security and highlights the thoughts of Prof. Kevin Fu on the matter. Prof. Fu directs the Archimedes Medical Device Research Center at Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Probing the Whole Internet for Weak Spots

This article in MIT Technology Review profiles the work of CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric. Durumeric led in the development of ZMap, the software capable of probing the entire public Internet in less than an hour. Through the use of ZMap, Durumeric was first person to realize the scope of the FREAK flaw. His use of ZMap was also pivotal to researchers' understanding of the recent Heartbleed flaw. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Michael Stonebraker Receives ACM Turing Award

Michael Stonebraker (MS EE '66, PhD CICE '71) has been named the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. The ACM Turing Award, widely considered the Nobel Prize of Computing, carries a $1 million prize with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Voice Control Will Force an Overhaul of the Whole Internet

This article in Wired reports on Sirius, the open-source personal digital assistant released by Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang and graduate student Johann Hauswald. It focused in in the projects underlying thrust: that the data centers of today are not built to accommodate the voice-based data loads of tomorrow. Sirius is a tool that will help researchers to understand the needs of next-generation data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Thousands of NSW iVotes open to FREAK flaw

This article in The Australian covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Critical iVote security flaws expose risk of online voting fraud

This article in CNet covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [Full Story]

Australian online voting system may have FREAK bug

This article in The Register covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

NSW election result could be challenged over iVote security flaw

This article in The Guardian covers the discovery of a security flaw in the the online voting system used in New South Wales during the current election. The researchers included Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melbourne. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Security Flaw in New South Wales Puts Thousands of Online Votes at Risk

A security flaw detected by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Dr. Vanessa Teague of the University of Melborne may have exposed thousands of votes to manipulation during a six-day period of online voting in New South Wales, Australia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Fall 2015: EECS 498: Control of Manufacturing Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Semyon Meerkov
Prerequisites: Elementary probability theory

Course Description:
Manufacturing is a major source of national wealth. Losing manufacturing, a country is losing its wealth. Until recently, methods of design and control of manufacturing systems has been based on "weak" engineering - experience, common sense, and, in some cases, simulations. Efficient manufacturing requires more: rigorous analytical methods. Such methods have emerged during the last 25 years. The results obtained, with emphasis on control and management, will be discussed in the course.

The course is directed towards undergraduate students from all CoE departments interested in careers involving design/manufacturing of products, e.g. automobiles, aircraft, semiconductors, computer/communication devices, etc. The skill acquired should make the students knowledgable in various facets of manufacturing and marketable as engineering managers of manufacturing operations. [More Info]

Edwin Olson: Driverless Cars (radio interview)

In this radio interview on Newstalk ZB in New Zealand, Prof. Edwin Olson discusses the future of autonomous vehicles, how autonomy might be introduced into the marketplace, and M City, the automated test track for autonomous vehicle research and testing at Michigan. [Full Story]

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

Michigan Micro Mote (M3) Makes History

Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, is taking its place among other revolutionary accomplishments in the history of computing at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Measuring in at less than a half a centimeter, it is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

2015 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Each year the College of Engineering awards the Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) to the top graduate student instructors throughout the College of Engineering. In 2015, three of the four awards went to students in EECS. The winners are Jonathan Beaumont, Michael Benson, and Mai Le. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Software Systems  

EECS Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 13, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned special awards for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Researchers just built a free, open-source version of Siri

This article in VentureBeat reports on Sirius, the open-source intelligent personal assistant software introduced by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with graduate student Johann Hauswald. It focuses on the open-source nature of Sirius and quotes the researchers regarding its possibilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Engineers Bring A New Open-Source Siri To Life

This article in readwrite reports on Sirius, the open-source intelligent personal assistant software introduced by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with graduate student Johann Hauswald. It focuses in part on the open-source nature of Sirius and the potential that creates for anyone to create a customized personal assistant. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Free Sirius One-Ups Siri

This article in EE Times reports on Sirius, the open-source intelligent personal assistant software introduced by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with graduate student Johann Hauswald. The article focuses in part on Sirius's ability to process photos. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

What You Tweet Might Tell Janet Yellen Its Time to Raise Rates

Economists at the Fed are looking into whether non-traditional data could improve the accuracy and timeliness of the forecasts they put before monetary-policy decision makers about every six weeks. This could include Prof. Mike Cafarella's social media tool that monitors tweets to create an index of initial claims for unemployment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Data and Computing  Lab-Software Systems  

Irma Wyman: Computer Pioneer and Advocate for Women in Engineering

Irma Wyman (BSE EngMath 49) was a pioneer in the field of computers, beginning with her work on some of the earliest programmable machines ever made. As the first female vice president at Honeywell, she knew success - but she also knew firsthand how rare she was to succeed in a field where women were scarce. Now, at 86 years of age, she remains a strong advocate for equal opportunity for women. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Scott Mahlke Receives Micro Test of Time Award

CSE Associate Chair Scott Mahlke has been recognized with a Micro Test of Time Award for his groundbreaking 1992 paper on the hyperblock, a structure for improving the efficiency of code execution on superscalar and related processors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Sirius Is the Google-Backed Open Source Siri

This article in Motherboard discusses Sirius, the open-source digital assistant developed by CSE researchers, its ability to process images, its open-source roots, and ultimately reflects on its utility versus a past attempt in this realm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

CSE researchers have introduced Sirius, an open-source computing system designed to spark a new generation of intelligent personal assistants for wearables and other devices. Core functionalities include speech recognition, image matching, natural language processing, and a Q&A system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Emily Mower Provost Receives Oscar Stern Award for Research in Emotion Expression and Perception

Assistant Professor Emily Mower Provost has been awarded the 2015 Oscar Stern Award for Depression Research. The award will support her research into how variation in mood affects variation in emotion perception using stimuli developed at UM. The intent of the award is to promote high impact, innovative ideas leading to strategic interventions to prevent or manage mood disorders. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

Chappie ponders future of humans in a world run on artificial intelligence

Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja is quoted in this article in The Washington Times on the emergence of artificial intelligence and the need for controls to be established before AI can operate independently of human oversight. [Full Story]

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

Security Concerns Raised Regarding Clinton Offices Use of Private Email

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding security concerns in this Al Jazeera America article on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email service while in office as Secretary of State. Prof. Halderman has previously demonstrated vulnerabilities in the security of a number of trusted systems, including airport body scanners and electronic voting systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Outdated Encryption Keys Leave Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have used their ZMap scanning software to determine that of the 14 million web sites worldwide that offer encryption, more than 5 million remain vulnerable to the FREAK encryption flaw as of March 4. Prof. Halderman is quoted on the danger of weak crypto and "back doors" in this New York Times article on the subject. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Researchers Map Extent of FREAK Security Flaw

Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric have used their ZMap scanning software to determine that of the 14 million web sites worldwide that offer encryption, more than 5 million remain vulnerable to the FREAK encryption flaw as of March 4. The U-M researchers are part of a broad effort that has demonstrated the dangers inherent in the older 512-bit encryption code that is still in use. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

Alumnus Erin Teague Listed Among 25 Women to Know in 2015

Erin Teague (BSE CE '04) was listed in Rolling Out Magazine as one of the top 25 woman we should know in 2015. Erin is the director of product management at Yahoo! The article, part of a celebration of International Women's History Month, describes the barriers she's broken in the industry. Previously, she was named among the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider. (Check out a previous Q&A with Erin for more in-depth info here.) [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Z. Morley Mao Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Associate Professor Z. Morley Mao has been awarded a 2015 Google Faculty Research Award for her work entitled, "Enabling Cross-layer Visibility for Mobile Apps: Performance and Energy Efficiency Diagnosis". Mao's goal was to create a diagnosis tool to achieve responsive and energy-efficient mobile apps that work well in diverse network conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Women in Computing  

Dutta and Halderman Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Prabal Dutta and J. Alex Halderman, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  

Prabal Dutta Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Professor Prabal Dutta has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in developing energy-scavenging sensors and wireless communications, mobile-sensor-interfaces, and "Smart Dust" system architecture. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

J. Alex Halderman Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Professor J. Alex Halderman has been selected for a Sloan Research Fellowship for his work in the science of computer and network security with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  Security (national and personal safety)  

HiJack Enables a Smartphone Dongle for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

HiJack, the hardware/software platform that was developed by Prof. Prabal Dutta and his students five years ago, has opened the door to new technology. Recently, a team of researchers from Columbia University developed an HIV and syphilis point of care test that detects the diseases within 15 minutes after a fingerprick of blood. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Dutta, Prabal  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mobile and Networked Computing  Sensors  

Jacob Abernethy Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Jacob Abernethy has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "CAREER: Machine Learning through the Lens of Economics (And Vice Versa)," to investigate the relationship between machine learning and microeconomic theory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Grant Schoenebeck Receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Grant Schoenebeck has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research project, "CAREER: Social Networks Processes, Structures, and Algorithms," to develop a rigorous theoretical understanding of complex networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Lab-Theory of Computation  Schoenebeck, Grant  Theory of Computation  

Jason Corso Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Prof. Jason Corso received a 2015 Google Faculty Research Award to further his research in computational learning from instructional video content. His goal is to develop a consistent and reliable method for producing a visual and textual summary of any video that describes a process - from simple sandwich how-to's to more elaborate technical processes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Robotics  

Jia Deng Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Assistant Professor Jia Deng has been awarded a 2015 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in large-scale image understanding. The Google Faculty Research Awards program is a competitive worldwide program intended to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics  

CSE Sponsors Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference to be Hosted by U-M

The University of Michigan will host the 5th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference, which is also sponsored by CSE, will take place at the Duderstadt Center March 20-21st, 2015 and registration is now open. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Careers in Robotics: Spotlight on the University of Michigan

This article in Robotics Business Review takes a look at robotics research at Michigan, in particular the work in perception and autonomy that is being conducted by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice. It also examines how that research is a key ingredient in the work to be done on autonomous vehicles at Michigan's new Mobility Transportation Center. [Full Story]

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

Former CSE Chair Farnam Jahanian Named Provost at Carnegie Mellon University

Farnam Jahanian, former chair of CSE and most recently vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon University, has been appointed as CMU's provost. Jahanian was on the faculty at the U-M from 1993 to 2014 and served as chair for CSE at U-M from 2007 to 2011. [Full Story]

Two Faculty Open Door for Collaboration with Ethiopian Institute

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco visited Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia in 2009 to talk about Michigan Engineering. They found great enthusiasm but scant resources. By 2011, they were donating equipment for labs and in 2012 built curriculum and taught during sabbatical. A broader initiative between U-M and AAIT now exists, and Austin and Bertacco were part of a recent U-M delegation to AAIT. That trip, and a look at Ethiopia, is the subject of this Digital Multimedia Experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway to Advise Open-Access CS Journal

Lynn Conway, Prof. Emerita of EECS, will serve on the advisory board for a new open-access journal by PeerJ, called PeerJ Computer Science. (What is an open-access journal? Watch this comic video) The peer-reviewed web journal previously considered articles in the biological and medial sciences, making this its first expansion into a new field since its founding in 2012. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

HKN Students Crowned Mr. and Ms. Engineer at the The Engineering Games

This years Engineering Games, hosted by SWE (Society of Women Engineers), pitted teams from six engineering student organizations in a clash of talent, skill, and problem solving. Representing HKN (Eta Kappa Nu), the international honor society for Electrical and Computer Engineers, ECE graduate student David Hiskens and CS senior Alyssa Kornylo took home the Mr. and Ms. Engineering crowns. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Cooking robot may offer artificial culinary intelligence

Prof. Jason Corso was asked to comment on research that involved the use of artificial intelligence to provide robots with the ability to recognize objects and learn actions by watching humans. In this case, the robot was watching a video. He said it is possible to reconstruct the 3D environment (2D space plus time) that is being shown in the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Coding For Kids: Teaching Girls, Minorities To Program Important For A Diverse Tech Workforce

This story on the International Business Times website speaks about creating a new generation of programmers by reaching out to demographics that historically haven't considered coding as a profession. In it, Prof. Elliot Soloway says, "Coding is about giving kids the new pencil and paper, it's giving them the new typewriter, the new tool to say things that they couldn't say before." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Diversity and Outreach  Soloway, Elliot  

MHacks Continues to Impress with Over 1200 Participants at Hackathon

Since its inception in February 2013, MHacks, the university's semi-annual event that helped spark the nation's college hackathon movement, has grown from a just-for-fun challenge to a sophisticated operation that draws big sponsors and students from a variety of backgrounds. Hacks have gone from short-term creations to impressive longer-term ventures. [Full Story]

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Helen Hagos, CSE Masters Student, Selected for Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Helen Hagos has been selected for a Dow Sustainability Fellowship for her work in the design of embedded systems for use in differentiated waste collection and management. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sustainability  Women in Computing  

CSE Graduate Student Develops Lower-Cost Self-Driving Car Navigation System

CSE graduate student Ryan Wolcott has developed a navigation system for autonomous vehicles that leverages game technology and which could eliminate the need for expensive laser-scanning sensor systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Four CSE Faculty Selected for College of Engineering Awards

Four CSE faculty have been selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research and education: Todd Austin, Ronald Dreslinski, J. Alex Halderman, and Edwin Olson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Dreslinski, Ron  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Olson, Edwin  

Three Faculty Selected for 2015 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2015 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Benjamin Kuipers, Stephen Rand, and David Wentzloff. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Rand, Stephen  Wentzloff, David  

Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center has issued its Annual Report, which includes reported placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. By most measures, CS students and grads are the most sought and best compensated. [Full Story]

Despite Cold Weather, CSE Community Turns Out For Science on Screen Movie & Lecture

The event took place at downtown Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on the evening of January 8, 2015. It featured a screening of the movie, The Imitation Game, followed Prof. Kevin Compton's lecture on WWII cryptography and the life of Alan Turing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Graduate Students  Lab-Theory of Computation  Security (Computing)  Undergraduate Students  

Researchers Gather at CSE for Midwest Theory Day

Computer scientists and mathematicians from across the greater midwest region gathered at CSE on December 6, 2014 for the 66th Midwest Theory Day. The event provided an opportunity for the theory community to meet up, share research findings, and initiate collaborations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Theory of Computation  Theory of Computation  

The Center for Future Architectures Research Holds Annual Research Review at U-M

The Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR) held its Annual Research Review on Nov. 20-21 at the University of Michigan. The event featured research updates from some of the leading researchers in computer architecture on exciting new topics in the field. [Full Story]

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

Computer Architecture Researchers Debate Future for Von Neumann Architecture

On December 16, 2014, computer architecture researchers and scientists assembled in the debating chamber of the University of Cambridge Union for a hot debate on whether or not the end of the road has been reached for the Von Neumann Architecture. Chairing the debate was Trevor Mudge, Bredt Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

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

MHacks is Returning for its Fifth Hackathon

MHacks is gearing up for their 5th hackathon, which will take place January 16th-18th, 2015 on North Campus at The University of Michigan. Over 1,000 students from 267 schools will be represented at this 36 straight hour event to think big, collaborate, and produce creative projects. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  Student Teams and Organizations  

Mourning the Loss of an Innovator: J. Robert Beyster Dies at 90

Michigan alumnus, philanthropist, scientist, and entrepreneur: J. Robert Beyster, a namesake of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building and funder of Michigan Engineering's largest fellowship program, has died at age 90. [Full Story]