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ECE News for 2019

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

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

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

AI video recognition startup nabs $2 million in seed round

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

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  

Ford Buys Defense Contractor to Get Robot Rides on the Road

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

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

Army-funded researchers earn top scientific honors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Xianhe Liu receives Best Poster Award at ICNS 2019

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

Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Counting snowflakes for better water resource management

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Kim, Hun-Seok  

Harvard's Tiny, Solar-Powered Flying Robot

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

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

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

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

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

Alfred Hero Receives 2020 IEEE Fourier Award

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

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Forrest named Henry Russel Lecturer for 2020

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

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

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

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

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

Building community through clean energy with GRID Alternatives

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

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

KLA opens new R&D office in Ann Arbor

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

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

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

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

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

Advancing AI for video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing

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

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

Nooshin M. Estakhri receives the Helen Wu Award

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

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

Advancing AI for video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform

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

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  Machine Learning  

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

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

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

Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m

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

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Mingxin Liu receives award for advancements in green chemistry

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

New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms

A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Sustainability and Environment  

Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge

MRover placed 7th overall at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soils samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Afshari group receives Best Invited Paper award at the 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Electronic devices  

Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate

GineersNow profiles Prof. Stephen Forrest's research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Samir Nooshabadi looks to close the terahertz gap for better communication

As an undergrad, Nooshabadi designed tiny transmitters with big potential and received fellowships from the Department of Defense and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Communications  Undergraduate Students  

Microscopic smart dust sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors

The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants. [Full Story]

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

Advancing microelectronics and systems for the security of the future

As an ECE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Muldavin (BSE EP; MSE PhD EE) spoke about a DoD initiative to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. in microelectronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cyber-physical systems  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany

Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

A high-efficiency GaAs solar cell to power the Internet of Tiny Things

The Michigan Micro Mote gets a new gallium arsenide solar cell for added power and adaptability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  

In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections

The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M's contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health and Safety  Wise, Kensall  

SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation

Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jamie Phillips is honored by the college as a true team player

The College of Engineering has chosen Prof. Phillips as the recipient of this year's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. The award is given to only one faculty member in the entire college. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Ann Stals, the Woman Behind the Curtain, is honored for her excellence in ECE

Ann Stals is one of four College of Engineering staff members honored with the Staff Excellence Award. She was selected for her exemplary work as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  General News  

Amateur radio continues to connect the world

U-M's amateur radio club, headquartered in ECE, offers engineering challenges and a chance to network with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and strangers both on the other side of the world and those orbiting it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  England, Anthony W.  Mortazawi, Amir  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Inside the Robotics Lab

All About Ann Arbor features Prof. Jessy Grizzle and the Robotics lab in their new video about the work being done with Cassie and exoskeletons. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Blood biopsy: New technique enables detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells

Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment. [Full Story]

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

Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo

Tony Hsu (BSE EE 1968) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Biopsy alternative: Wearable device captures cancer cells from blood

New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Wearable electronics  

Xin Zan wins the Towner Prize for his work advancing wireless power transfer

PhD student Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords, which could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Stephane Lafortune Voted HKN 2019 Professor of the Year in ECE

An expert in discrete event systems, Lafortune is currently teaching a sophomore level class in Signals and Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Dr. Hadavi sets up new endowment to help ECE wolverines change the world

Dr. Cyrus Hadavi (PhD CE 83) shares his hopes for the future of the ECE program, his knowledge as CEO of a long-lasting company, and his memories of good ole Ann Arbor days. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi receives IEEE MTT-S Fellowship to advance 5G communications

PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Mortazawi, Amir  

Michigan Electric Racing Revs Up

This summer, Michigan Electric Racing will race their first all-electric car in Formula-style competitions they plan to win. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  Undergraduate Students  

Black Engineers convention comes to Detroit and ECE is there to welcome the record-breaking 14,000 attendees

At this year's convention for the National Society of Black Engineers, U-M professors, students, and alums came together with the other attendees to share experiences, offer career advice, and explore how to improve society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Winful, Herbert  

A Spotlight on Optics

The Optics Society at U-M hosted an Industry Spotlight event, which brought academia, industry, and community together to celebrate all things optics and photonics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

U-M ECE alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole

ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Education  

Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative

ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  

Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M startup raises $6 million in venture funding

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Symposium marks growth for Princeton's materials institute

Prof. Stephen Forrest was honored at Princeton as a keynote speaker where he spoke about innovation and the importance of cooperation among science, academia, and industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EE alum Dr. Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for the very first time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Students Journey to Silicon Valley for ECE Expeditions

The spring Expeditions trip took students into the heart of Silicon Valley where they met with U-M alums including CEOs, toured a variety of companies, and received behind-the-scenes tours. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

PhD student Laura Andre is recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the college, university, and community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Profile  

Communicating with the world's smallest computers

Researchers built the first millimeter-scale transmitter and antenna that can talk Bluetooth Low Energy with ease. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Communications  Electronic devices  Kim, Hun-Seok  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

PhD student Md Salman Nazir works to improve the power grid and research papers

Nazir is recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for his outstanding reviews of recent papers. He works at the Michigan Power and Energy Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

The Future is Carbon Neutral

Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M's Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M's commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano aims to improve precision medicine as a Fulbright Scholar

Prof. Balzano will work with Portuguese researcher Mario Figueiredo to develop new machine learning methods impacting medical diagnosis and treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Health and Safety  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt

This article published by IEEE Spectrum highlights some of the latest advances of the radio embedded in the millimeter-scale computer known as the Michigan Micro Mote (M3). The research, by Professors David Wentzloff, David Blaauw, and Hun Seok Kim, and ECE graduate students Yao Shi and Xing Chen, was presented recently at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights Prof. Anthony Grbic's research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic's team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AI Needs Memory to Get Cozier with Compute

The EE Times highlights Prof. Wei Lu's company, Crossbar, and the work its doing to improve AI by combining advanced acceleration hardware, resistive RAM (ReRAM), and optimized neural networks to create ready-made, power-efficient solutions with unsupervised learning and event-recognition capability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  

ECE professors help robots better navigate the world

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that improves robots' use of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Vision  Kim, Hun-Seok  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Sylvester, Dennis  

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

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

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gerard Mourou talks high-intensity optics

On Thursday afternoon at Rackham Graduate School, Gerard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and founder of the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, discussed his research on laser physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  Winful, Herbert  

Extreme light: Nobel laureate discusses the past & future of lasers

Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

Whitmer recognizes Mourou's Nobel Prize

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

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting

Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano receives NSF CAREER Award to improve machine learning for big data applications

Her research deciphering messy data sets will first tackle applications in genetics and computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Machine Learning  

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

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

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) founded Hygieia to automate and streamline diabetes treatment. [Full Story]

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Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics 1982 MSE CICE 1984) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll's brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop. [Full Story]

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Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

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New research for the future of sustainable power and energy

Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy. [Full Story]

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Battery economics could power the future of energy

Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid. [Full Story]

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Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu's $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid. [Full Story]

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ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

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2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

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Stateside: MIs energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan's energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future. [Full Story]

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University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal. [Full Story]

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How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that wont disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry. [Full Story]

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More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique called Digital Foveation that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications. [Full Story]

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The Punishing Polar Vortex is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

WIRED features ECE professor Jessy Grizzle and our favorite bipedal robot in a story about how testing Cassie in extreme weather events could help save lives in the future. [Full Story]

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Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources. [Full Story]

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Prof. Zhengya Zhang receives CoE undergraduate education award

Prof. Zhang receives outstanding evaluations from students and opens their imagination to research in the field of VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]

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Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems. [Full Story]

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Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy. [Full Story]

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Laura Balzano receives ARO Young Investigator Award to improve high-dimensional big data problems

Applications include managing large networked systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, or computer networks. [Full Story]

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Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring

Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work. [Full Story]

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