ECE News for 2012

Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel

A carbon-nanotube-coated lens that converts light to sound can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer points than ever before. This new therapeutic ultrasound approach could lead to an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery. Working on the project is an interdisciplinary team lead by Prof. Jay Guo, with Prof. Euisik Yoon, Prof. John Hart (ME), and Prof. Zhen Xu (BioMed). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Health and Safety  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

James McCullagh Receives Best Student Paper Award for Research to Keep Bridges Safe

James McCullagh, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, is helping to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health. He recently received a best student paper award at PowerMEMS 2012. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Ted Norris Named Grard A. Mourou Professor of EECS

Ted Norris has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to science, technology, and education by being named the Girard A. Mourou Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Most exciting optics research in the past year

Prof. Tal Carmon and his group showed that light can be used to cool objects at the range between atomic and device scale through spontaneous brillouin cooling. This surprising discovery has been recognized as among the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research of the past year by Optics and Photonics News. See the summary in the December issue, and the U-M Press Release describing the work.
Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  

Seunghyun Lee takes the gold for all-graphene flexible and transparent circuit

EE doctoral candidate Seunghyun Lee was honored with a Gold Graduate Student Award by the Material Research Society for his research on flexible transparent circuits made entirely from graphene. Graphene is expected to play a pivotal role in realizing high speed, mechanically compliant, and transparent electronic systems in the near future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Juan Rivas Receives CAREER Award for Research in Next-Generation Power Electronics

Prof. Juan Rivas was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, Power converters with embedded passive components. With traditional methods nearing the end of their ability to improve much beyond their current state, Rivas will investigate new design techniques to dramatically improve the power density and performance of power electronics. [Full Story]

W. David Tarver TEDxDetroit talk - Anatomy of a Successful Tech Startup

W. David Tarver (MSE EE) gives a TEDxDetroit talk about his experiences starting a telecommunications instrumentation firm in the basement of his New Jersey home, which he sold 12 years later for $30 million. He did so without angel investors, venture capital, or government contracts. His talk will reveal what powered his success, and what is needed in Michigan today in order for that success to be replicated. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Recent EECS Alums Win ICCAD 2012 Competition

EECS doctoral students Myung-Chul Kim and Jin Hu have won first place at the ICCAD 2012 place-and-route competition. The competition was held in August and September, but the results were revealed, after thorough evaluation by IBM Researchers, on November 6, 2012 at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design in San Jose, CA. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Savarese: - Bourne pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity

Savarese: Communications of the ACM - Bourne Pursuit: Improving Computer Tracking of Human Activity

EE Student David Hiskens Awarded Two Energy Scholarships

The IEEE Power & Energy Society named David a future power and energy leader by awarding him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. He was also selected to receive one of the inaugural John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Awards. David is interested in optimizing and controlling the way in which energy flows through the nation's grid system. [Full Story]

Research on Display at the 2012 Graduate Symposium

More than 85 research posters were presented by graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the 2012 College of Engineering Graduate Symposium. Students winners were announced for all the sessions, which included Energy, MEMS, Engineering in Medicine, Signal Processing and Computer Vision, Solid State Materials and Physics, and many more [Full Story]

Chris Berry Awarded 2012 AP-S Doctoral Research Award

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Doctoral Research Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award will support his doctoral research in the area of plasmonic photoconductive antennas for high power terahertz generation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Nils Stannik Named Power & Energy Society Scholar

Nils Stannik, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Nils' focus is renewable energy, and he'd like to help in the transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. [Full Story]

2012 ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

For their ground-breaking research in the area of voltage scaling processors, this award went to Professors David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, and alumni Dr. Steven Martin and Dr. Krisztian Flautner. Their 2002 paper was judged to be the most influential on research and industrial practice in computer-aided design of integrated circuits over the past ten years. [Full Story]

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

Nathan Roberts Earns Best Paper Award for Research to Assist in Remote Patient Monitoring

Nathan Roberts designed an ultra-low power receiver for wireless sensor node applications that operates using nanowatts of power. The research will facilitate remote patient monitoring through wireless body area networks. His work earned him Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Ku: U Record - Tech Transfer sets new record for agreements in fiscal year 2012

Hacker Teams from Michigan Win Recognitions at PennApps Hackathon

Two teams of students have won sponsored prizes this fall at PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the country in a trip organized by student group Michigan Hackers. [Full Story]

Bourne pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity

Prof. Silvio Savarese and his group have found a way to improve a computer's human-tracking accuracy by more than 30 percent by looking not only at where the targets are going, but also at what they're doing. His computer vision algorithms will help make cars safer on the road, in addition to various other applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Forrest: - U-M head of research Stephen Forrest discusses budget and cars

Grizzle: NSF - 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awardees Announced

Grizzle: PhysOrg - 2012 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough awardees announced

Grizzle: Popular Mechanics - 10 World-Changing Innovators

Popular Mechanics names Jessy Grizzle as a top 10 world-changing innovator for 2012

For his work with the bipedal robot known as MABEL, Prof. Grizzle was named a Top 10 Innovator for 2012 by Popular Mechanics. One of MABEL's biggest feats was mastering the run - becoming the fastest bipedal robot with knees. Her successor, MARLO, just arrived at Michigan - ready to take up where MABEL left off. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Production Systems Engineering, Chinese Edition

Prof. Semyon Meerkovs book, Production Systems Engineering, co-authored by former student Dr. Jingshan Li (PhD EE:Systems 2000), was translated into Chinese and published by Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012.
Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Developing the Wireless Component for Personalized Health Devices

Prof. David Wentzloff will be developing the wireless component for the next generation of personalized health devices as a member of a new 5-year, $18.5M NSF Nanosystems Engineering Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technology (ASSIST), led by North Carolina State University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Sensing and Sensors  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Systems  

Signal Processing @ Michigan: Putting Theory to Work for a Better World

Signal processing is the art of generating, transforming, and interpreting information, which we think of as being a signal. Some signals can be detected electronically, while others might be a pattern that arises from data such as a gene pool, social media activity, or economic data. Signal processing delves into nearly as many application areas as can be conceived. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Fessler, Jeffrey  Hero, Alfred  Kieras, David  Lab-Systems (ECE)  Munson Jr., David C.  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Neuhoff, David L.  Scott, Clayton D.  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

Grizzle: Discovery News - Run! Top 5 Fastest Robots to the Rescue

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Zhong: Science - Flexible and Fast

Zhong: Nanotechweb - Digital modulator goes transparent

Enabling flexible, transparent electronics with high speed communications for the first time

Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his team of graduate students, Seunghyun Lee, Kyunghoon Lee, Chang-Hua Liu, and Girish S. Kulkarni, have built the first flexible, transparent digital modulator for high speed communications, made solely out of graphene. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Ku: PhysOrg - Nano-origami project combines art and engineering to further technology

UG Research Spotlight: Fred Buhler spends his summer improving circuit testing

Fred Buhler spent his summer figuring out how to build specially designed testing boards for wireless transceivers, and found that his boards performed better than existing test equipment. He worked with Prof. Michael Flynn's research group, which specializes in analog and mixed signal circuits. [Full Story]

MEMStim, startup company: CoE Feature Story

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Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Angelique Johnson (PhE EE 11) and MEMStim: - Innovation Corps: U-M spinoffs among 27 teams exploring ways to turn research into profit

Ku: CBS Detroit - Nano-Origami Project Combines Art, Engineering

Nano-origami project combines art and engineering to further technology

Prof. P-C Ku is co-PI in a new project funded by NSF to find out whether the ancient art of origami could bring nanotechnology into the third dimension. The goal is for manufacturers to use existing machinery to make high-tech "paper" that can then be folded into the desired device. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Solar Car Team Third in World Solar Challenge

The best solar car in the U.S., Quantum, finished third in the 1,800-mile World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback. U-M's solar car team has now reached third place five times in the World Solar Challenge, and was hoping for gold this year. Unfortunately a broken wheel cover on the fourth day leaves the dream alive for another year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Mina Rais-Zadeh Receives NASA Early Career Grant to Develop Technology Needed in PicoSatellites

Prof. Mina Rais-Zadeh will pursue research into a "Chip-Scale Precision Timing Unit for PicoSatellites" as one of ten researchers selected in the inaugural year of NASA's Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Space technology  

Jay Guo quoted in Scientific American

Richard P. Wallace: Reaching New Heights

Alumnus Rick Wallace (BSE EE 1982) is President and CEO of KLA-Tencor Corporation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

MAAV Student Team Places First with Robotic Quadrotor

The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles student team has placed first in the annual International Aerial Robotics Competition. Seven of the 13 MAAV team members are EECS students. [Full Story]

Kensall D. Wise: Michigan, MEMS and Microsystems

Kensall D. Wise, William G. Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, officially retired in June, 2011, though he continues to participate in ongoing research projects - giving his colleagues hope that he will never truly retire. (PDF story) [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  MEMS and Microsystems  Wise, Kensall  

Seminar/Webinar on Wireless Implantable Microsystems: Creating a Revolution in Health Care

Professor Kensall Wise from the University of Michigan will give a seminar and webinar based on a plenary presentation made at the Solid State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop. The title of his talk is "Wireless Implantable Microsystems: Creating a Revolution in Health Care" The event will be held in room 1005 of the EECS Bldg starting promptly at 3pm. If you wish to attend online, the registration is at

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Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Student Research: Amit Patel Earns Prize in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition for Antenna Research

Amit Patel, graduate student in electrical engineering, was awarded 2nd prize in the student paper competition at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for research that will help integrate antennas onto vehicle surfaces and other platforms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

EECS Summer Picnic

The annual EECS picnic was June 22, 2012. It was a perfect day for faculty, staff, students and family members to gather at a local park, cook out, eat, and play games. There was wading in the Huron River, a balloon toss, tug of war, volleyball games, 3 legged races, bouncing gym, and slide. Enjoy the photos! [Full Story]

Research by Silvio Savarese applying computer vision techniques to construction sites leads to best paper award and a new spinoff company

Prof. Silvio Savarese received the 2011 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management for research that applies fundamental principles developed for real-world scene understanding to the problem of efficient construction site monitoring. He co-founded the company Vision Construction Monitoring, LLC, to offer the technology to the construction industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Two UG students awarded scholarships to continue their work in sustainable energy

Nils Stannik and Rebecca Wolkoff, UG students studying electrical engineering, each received a scholarship given by the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group to further their studies in electric power engineering. [Full Story]

Research Spotlight: Sensors and Actuators for Portable Microsystems

Dr. Christine Eun and Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani describe the diversity of applications possible for sensors based on microscale plasmas (or microdischarges) in a paper featured on the cover of the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Health and Safety  Plasma Science and Engineering   Sensing and Sensors  Space technology  

Team UM::Autonomy are champions again

Serenity, UM::Autonomy's robotic boat, calmly takes first place for the second time in its four years of competition at the RoboBoat competition. The interdisciplinary team went into the competition this year with a new electrical and vision system, and an advanced control system. [Full Story]

Prof. Mona Jarrahi to represent U-M in NAE 2012 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Prof. Jarrahi has been selected as one of the nations brightest young engineers to take part in the National Academy of Engineering Symposium, held Sept. 13-15, 2012 in Michigan. Included in the discussion will be serious games, vehicle electrification, climate engineering, and engineering materials for the biological interface. More about Frontiers in Engineering. [Full Story]

ECE startup, PicoCal, receives a a Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant

The Ann Arbor-based ECE startup company PicoCal, founded by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, is one of the first two companies to receive a SCIP grant, given through the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). The grant will support research in ECE to improve the manufacturing process of nano-structured materials and nano devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Research in nuclear material detection earns Randy Schiffer an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award

Randy Schiffer (BSE EE '11), a master's student in electrical engineering, received an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for his research developing a scalable and portable hardware/software platform for the detection and classification of nuclear material. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Mona Jarrahi Receives ARO Young Investigator Award

Prof. Mona Jarrahi has been selected to receive a 2012 Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program for the project, "Fundamental Properties and Capabilities of Plasmonic Antennas for Efficient Interaction with Nanoelectronics." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Shang-Hua Yang Receives SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics

Shang Hua Yang, first year EE grad student, has been selected to receive a 2012 SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics to advance his research in the area of high-performance terahertz photoconductors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Student teams earn prizes for their analog/digital interface circuit designs in EECS 511

Every year, Prof. Michael Flynn gives his students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits the opportunity to compete for prizes for the best final project, thanks to the sponsorship of Analog Devices. This year, the winning projects were a Log SAR ADC and an Asynchronous SAR ADC. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Congratulations to our faculty on their recent promotions!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Bailey, Prof. Michael Flynn, Prof. P.C. Ku, Prof. Mingyan Liu, Prof. Igor Markov, Prof Brian Noble, Prof. Seth Pettie, and Prof. Clayton Scott on their recent promotions! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Liu, Mingyan  Markov, Igor  Noble, Brian  Pettie, Seth  Scott, Clayton D.  

England: U Record - Tony England named interim dean of CECS at UM-Dearborn

Michael Hand Receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship to Pursue his Graduate Studies in Control Systems

Michael Hand received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the EECS Department at the end of 2011, and was recently informed that he received a one-year fellowship to support his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering:Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

WIMS - Gianchandani: ScienceDaily - Smart Gas Sensors For Better Chemical Detection

Forrest: Technology Review - Sharp Transistors Could Enable Cheap, Retina-Style Displays

A gift for all time: Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

Faculty, students, and friends and family of Ernest and Bettine Kuh gathered together April 25 to dedicate the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. The first recipient of this award is Prof. Tony Grbic. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Award-Winning EECS GSIs & IAs Honored at Luncheon

On May 1, the Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Luncheon to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. Congratulations! [Full Story]

Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) in California

A recent outreach event held in Sunnyvale, CA raised the visibility of the WIMS2 research program in Silicon Valley. In total, the attendees represented more than 45 different companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Initial indications are that several new projects will be initiated because of this meeting. [Full Story]

Graduating students make their marks locally, globally: A Michigan engineer pays it forward

Christopher Boyd is graduating with his UG degree in electrical engineering. He has spent much of his college career here giving back trying to instill in his fellow students an excitement for the field and the skills to succeed in it.

Thanks and Congratulations to Chris - and to all of our graduating students!!! [Full Story]

Ambiq Micro and Cyclos Semiconductor, 2 EECS startups, join the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list

Ambiq Micro, specializing in intelligent energy-efficient ICs, was founded in 2010 by Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and EE alumnus Dr. Hanson. Cyclos Semiconductor, specializing in resonant clock-mesh technology for IC design, was co-founded in 2004 by Prof. Papaefthymiou. [more about Ambiq Micro] [more about Cyclos Semiconductor] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sylvester, Dennis  

The worlds first two-legged robot with a trip reflex

The two-legged robot named MABEL can now recover from a stumble like a person, making her the world's first robot with a trip reflex, says Prof. Jessy Grizzle. The fastest bipedal robot with knees can now step up onto a platform that's in her path. She has no cameras, so she uses a sense of touch, so to speak, to keep steady footing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

New Textbook: Engineering Signals and Systems

A new textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems, by Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby and Prof. Andrew Yagle, will be used by students this Fall in the undergraduate course, Introduction to Signals and Systems (EECS 216). The new textbook combines theory with application, so that students learn to solve real world problems, such as analyzing a trumpet signal, or automobile suspension responses to curbs and potholes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Mark Brehob Voted HKN Professor of the Year

Based on student input, Dr. Mark Brehob was selected as the 2011-2012 HKN Professor of the Year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

2012 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

Prof. Mingyan Liu Receives Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

The paper, "In-Situ Soil Moisture Sensing: Measurement Scheduling and Estimation using Compressive Sensing," by Prof. Mingyan Liu and Xiaopei Wu (a visiting student), was named Best Paper at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks. This research aims to monitor soil moisture over time using as little energy as possible while maintaining a high degree of accuracy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Diversity and Outreach  Liu, Mingyan  Sensing and Sensors  Sustainability and Environment  

Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) Named ECE Chair at Georgia Tech

Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) was named chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Most recently he served as vice provost for International Initiatives and as Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at Georgia Tech. He is a co-founder of Whisper Communications. [Full Story]

Charles (Ned) Birdsall: 1925-2012

The Department pays tribute to the life of EE alumnus Charles Kennedy (Ned) Birdsall, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a pioneering inventor and educator in microwave tubes and plasma physics. He died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the age of 86. Prof. Birdsall was the brother of EECS emeritus faculty member Ted Birdsall. [Full Story]

Forrest: Nature - Japan Gambles on Displays

Computer Vision Course is Part of a Groundbreaking Online Initiative

An open and free online course on Computer Vision co-taught by Prof. Silvio Savarese and Prof. Fei Fei Li of Stanford will be offered as early as July 2012. The course is offered through the education company called Coursera, founded in 2011 and dedicated to providing free online courses taught by world-class faculty from the top universities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Savarese: LidarNews Magazine - D4AR - 4 Dimensional Augmented Reality

Robots Building Better Maps: for robots and other mechanical creatures

Nick Carlevaris-Bianco, PhD student in Electrical Engineering:Systems, is using a robot equipped with highly sensitive 3D laser scanners and cameras to generate robust 3D maps. These maps could be used in the future for autonomous navigation of vehicles and similar applications. [includes a video of the project] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Gianchandani and WIMS2: EPM Magazine - Micro and High Precision Technology Event Declared Successful by RNCG

Wei_Lu: Nature Communications - Observation of conducting filament growth in nanoscale resistive memories

Gianchandani and WIMS2: Nanotechnology Now - Micro and High Precision Technology Event declared a Success

Lafortune: Concentrate - U-M prof plays key role in $10M computer programming project

Lafortune: WWJ-TV - UM Researcher Involved In $10M Project To Advance Computer Programming

$10 million NSF project to advance computer programming

Making computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive is the goal of a new $10 million NSF project, Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE), that involves Prof. Stphane Lafortune and is based at the U. of Pennsylvania. Prof. Lafortune aims to automate the complicated, time-consuming and expensive software-debugging process. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Information Technology  Lafortune, Stephane  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Software Systems  

Revzen: CNN - Holy &%$! inventions

Thomas Frost Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Thomas Frost, a first semester PhD student in electrical engineering, received the good news that he has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his research in semiconductor lasers as part of the research group of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Mona Jarrahi Receives ONR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Mona Jarrahi received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program to conduct fundamental physical studies on the ultrafast dynamics of carriers in semiconductor nanostructures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

ACE Innovator of the Year Award goes to Dr. Michael McCorquodale

After nearly 15 years pursuing an idea that others thought a dead-end, Dr. Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) is earning awards for his vision and leadership in bringing a new technology to market. He was named Innovator of the Year at the 2012 UBM ACE Awards event, and the company for which he is General Manager, IDT, received an Ultimate Products award in the category of analog ICs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains

In a step toward computers that mimic the parallel processing of complex biological brains, researchers from HRL Labs and Prof. Wei Lu's group have built a type of artificial synapse. They have demonstrated the first functioning memristor array stacked on a CMOS circuit. Memristors combine the functions of memory and logic like the synapses of biological brains. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  LNF  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Lu: CBS Detroit - UMs First Startup Investment Goes To Semiconductor Memory Firm

Sarabandi: EE Times - BAE Systems wins $34M DARPA contract

Next-generation computer memory firm receives U-Ms first startup investment

With the help of the Michigan Investment in New Technology Startups (MINTS) program, Prof. Wei Lu and his company, Crossbar, Inc., are developing technology to dramatically enhance the global memory storage industry. [Full Story]

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

Local students see science and engineering in action with MABEL, the bipedal robot

When students from the Michigan Technical Academy came to the University to discover some of what goes on in engineering, they discovered fun, football, and physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Yoon: Saturday Evening Post - Watch Me Walk

A new way to cool materials with light

New research that has come out of Prof. Tal Carmon's research group provides the first experimental evidence of an acoustical density wave in a solid using Brillouin scattering. This research overturns scientists understanding of how light and sound interact in the process called Brillouin scattering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  

Chris Berry Awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a 2012 MSGC fellowship for research in the area of terahertz technology for Space applications. Chris's research focuses on creating a novel terahertz radiation emitter that can operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in Space. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Forrest-Grbic: Advanced Materials - Electrically Small Antennas

Evigia (startup): Frost & Sullivan Lauds Evigia for its Extensive Line of RFID-Sensing Products

6th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Students in the Fall 2011 EECS 427 (VLSI Design I) class competed against their classmates for cash prizes in the 6th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest. The winning designs were a Lower Power 8T SRAM Design, and a Lower Power 3T Embedded DRAM Design. [Full Story]

Mona Jarrahi Receives Crosby Research Award

Mona Jarrahi was awarded an Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award to support her research in terahertz technology. The Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Awards were created to support the participation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at the University of Michigan, [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  

Cleaner, longer-lasting lighting the goal of a new company called Arborlight

Prof. PC Ku is co-founder of Arborlight LLC, a new start-up with a technology to replace fluorescent bulbs with more energy-efficient yet still cost-effective LED lighting. The company received an award for "Most Disruptive Idea" at the recent Clean Energy Venture Challenge competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Lighting and LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Jeff Fessler Honored with Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Jeffrey Fessler, professor of EECS, Biomedical Engineering, and Radiology, has been honored with a 2012 Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his sustained efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students. Prof. Fessler is an internationally renowned research leader in computational medical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  

Research Spotlight: 3-D electrical force fields manipulate microscale particles

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and colleagues at the University of Michigan are using electrical energy as a 3-D force field to manipulate microscale objects. Potential applications for this research include biochemical reactions, sample analysis and synthesis, molecular genetics, cell manipulation, and biotechnology production. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Health and Safety  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Max Seiden Selected for KPCB Engineering Fellowship

CE undergrad Max Seiden has been selected as a 2012 KPCB Engineering Fellow by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. [Full Story]

Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby Receives the IEEE James H. Mulligan Education Medal

Fawwaz T. Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the IEEE James H. Mulligan Education Medal, "For contributions to undergraduate and graduate engineering education through innovative textbooks, dedicated mentoring of students, and inspirational teaching." [Full Story]

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Forrest-Grbic: Nature - Printing tiny coiled antennas

Prof. George Haddad Receives the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Career Award

George Haddad, Robert J. Hiller Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the 2012 recipient of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Career Award. This Award recognizes a career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution by an individual in the field of microwave theory and techniques. [Full Story]

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Fessler: Advance for Imaging and Radiation Oncology - New Technology Allows for CT Scans...

Forrest, Grbic: BioPortfolio - Direct Transfer Patterning of Electrically Small Antennas onto Three-Dimensionally Contoured Substrates

Fessler: Michigan Daily - New CT technology decreases radiation

MichiganProbe-Wise: Michigan Today - An oboe for the brain

Four EECS Faculty Recognized with College of Engineering Awards

The following faculty received awards from the College of Engineering: Jason Flinn (Education Excellence Award), Ted Norris (Research Excellence Award), Jeff Ringenberg (Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award), and Kim Winick (Service Excellence Award). Congratulations! [Full Story]

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Alumni Spotlight: Syed B. Ali (MSE EE 81)

Syed Ali is founder, president, and CEO of one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States, Cavium. He returned to campus in October 2011 as the College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award winner for ECE. Read more about Syed Ali, and watch a short video as well as a recording of his talk, From Michigan to NASDAQ. [Full Story]

New technology allows CT scans to be done with a fraction of the conventional radiation dose

A technological breakthrough is allowing the University of Michigan Health System to be the first teaching hospital in the U.S. to perform some CT scans using a fraction of the radiation dose required for a conventional CT image. The scan displayed shows a dark spot indicative of cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health and Safety  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Students awarded prizes for their class designs of an energy harvesting circuit and a high efficiency audio amplifier

Two teams in the Fall 2011 EECS 413 (Monolithic Amplifier Circuits) Design Contest came up with winning designs for their final class project: an energy harvesting circuit for implantable devices and sensor networks, and a high-efficiency audio amplifier for mobile applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Lu: BioPortfolio - A Functional Hybrid Memristor Crossbar-Array/CMOS System

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi received a Young Investigator Award to support research that is expected to improve the quality of information obtained from sensors and sensor networks through the creation of improved algorithms to detect, estimate, and classify even weak signals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Sensing and Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Receives 2012 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award

Prof. Nadakuditi received this award for the excellence of his 2008 research paper, "Sample Eigenvalue Based Detection of High-Dimensional Signals in White Noise Using Relatively Few Samples." The research has applications to biomedical signal processing, wireless communications, geophysical signal processing, array processing, and finance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Theory of Computation  

Engineering at Michigan (video)

Michigan Engineering's newest video captures the pace of activity of our students and faculty! In this video, catch the Solar Car, Formula SAE racing, Jessy Grizzle and the robot MABEL, Fred Terry, the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and much more! Watch the video and find out who said, "It would be a disaster if it broke." [Full Story]

2012 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of this years EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards: Prof. Satinder Baveja, Prof. Ian Hiskens, and Prof. Dennis Sylvester. Each faculty member has made important contributions to the department and research community in recent years, in addition to their regular activities in teaching, research, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Hiskens, Ian  Sylvester, Dennis  

Michael McCorquodale is the brains behind Product of the Year

Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) invented crystal free solid-state oscillators with his advisor while a student here at U-M. He then started the company Mobius which was bought by IDT, where he is now a General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control. The technology was named Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine. [Full Story]

Blaauw-Sylvester-Wise: EE Web Pulse - Millimeter Scale Energy Harvesting Based Sensors

Guo: Paint & Coatings Industry - The Skys the Limit with Nanotechnology

Flynn, Kipke, Lee: EDN Asia - Medical sensors in biomedical electronics: The brain, heart and lungs