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Students digital art makes the Cube even more interactive

CE junior Keenan Rebera wants to make the Michigan Union's famous Cube sculpture even more interesting with the power of technology. Rebera has designed a small sensor array and display device that attaches magnetically to the Cube. When active, it can detect the velocity of the Cube when a person spins it and generate any number of fun factoids to show off [Full Story]

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Michigan, Georgia Tech Researchers Funded to Deter Financial Market Manipulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology will develop innovative approaches to detecting and deterring the computerized manipulation of financial markets under a $1M grant from the National Science Foundations's Big Data program. Michael Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is project director and one of five PIs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Economic Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Improving Natural Language Processing with Demographic-Aware Models

Michigan researchers, including Prof. Rada Mihalcea, research fellow Carmen Banea, and graduate student Aparna Garimella have found that word associations vary across different demographics, and researchers can build better natural language processing models if they can account for demographics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Historic Satellite Launch Brings U-M History to Space

An interdisciplinary team of Michigan students, including several from ECE, is working to design and launch the Michigan Bicentennial Archive (M-BARC), a space-based time capsule to celebrate the 200th anniversary of U-M. The capsule will be attached to a small satellite called a CubeSat and is planned to orbit Earth for 100 years in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) the first CubeSat to enter orbit that high above the Earth. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center

Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don't beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that. The University of Michigan is partnering with center leader Boston University and Florida Int. University on an ambitious $20 million project to grow new heart tissue for cardiac patients. Lead U-M researcher is Prof. Stephen Forrest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Health  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Ambiq Micro Powers the Latest Huawei Wearables

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), founder and CTO of Ambiq Micro, developed the Apollo2 platform to efficiently run application code and process sensor data with minimal power, allowing for more uses between battery charges. Because of its performance, Huawei uses the Apollo2 in its latest fitness wearables, including the Huawei Band 2 Pro. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Putting Headphones Back on New iPhones

Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 2007 2010), co-founder of Avegant, launched a new Kickstarter project with Eric Migicovsky, the Pebble smartwatch creator. The team created an iPhone battery case with room for the easy-to-lose AirPods. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Hygieia Expanding Access to Better Insulin Management

After success with patients in Northern Ireland, Hygieia led by CEO Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 2008) signed an agreement with Spirit Healthcare to offer its digital insulin guidance throughout the United Kingdom. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Getting People Moving: Walking Exoskeletons Could Mobilize Disabled Patients

PhD student Omar Harib, postdoctoral researcher Ayonga Hereid, and PhD student Eva Mungai spent four days in July working with French company Wandercraft in Paris. The company's goal is to create an exoskeleton that will allow patients that are paralyzed from the waist down to walk upright, with a natural gait and the freedom to use their hands. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Health  Lab-Systems  Robotics  

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot called Cassie Blue will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

CS KickStart Wants First-Year Women to Succeed in Computer Science

The second annual CS KickStart took place August 27 September 1, 2017, on North Campus in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building. CS KickStart is a free week long summer program for incoming first-year students that aims to improve the enrollment and persistence of women in U-Ms computer science program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Women in Computing  

BugMD: Automatic Mismatch Diagnosis for Bug Triaging

Today's incredibly dense microprocessors take more time to verify for correctness than they do to design, and bugs are extremely difficult to track down and correct. CSE researchers have introduced BugMD, an automatic bug triaging solution that collects multiple architectural-level mismatches and employs a classifier to pinpoint buggy design units. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Scribe: Deep Integration of Human and Machine Intelligence to Caption Speech in Real Time

Research by Prof. Walter Lasecki and his collaborators is highlighted in the Sept. issue of Communications of the ACM. The researchers describe Scribe, a system that combines human labor and machine intelligence to caption speech in real time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Acoustic Processing  Artificial Intelligence  Interactive Systems  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality

Get some insights into the future of the Internet of Things including the so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in this article featuring commentary by Prof. David Blaauw. Read The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality, by Edwin Cartlidge, Optics & Photonics News, September 2017 - Online or download the PDF. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

Four New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome four outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in software quality to internet security, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

Phone Browsing Could Become Faster, May Use Less Data With Smart Code

This article reports on Vroom, software developed by computer scientists including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate student Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk. Vroom improves mobile browsing speed by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between smart devices and web servers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Mobile Computing  

'Learning Database' Speeds Queries from Hours to Seconds

University of Michigan researchers developed software called Verdict that enables existing databases to learn from each query a user submits, finding accurate answers without trawling through the same data again and again. Verdict allows databases to deliver answers more than 200 times faster while maintaining 99 percent accuracy. In a research environment, that could mean getting answers in seconds instead of hours or days. [Full Story]

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

After Y Combinator, May Mobility Ready to Test Self-Driving Fleets

May Mobility, founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is focused on real-world implementations of autonomous driving technology, with a specific emphasis on whats possible today, not what might be doable five or ten years from now. [Full Story]

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

May Mobility is a self-driving startup with a decade of experience

May Mobility, founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is focused on real-world implementations of autonomous driving technology, with a specific emphasis on whats possible today, not what might be doable five or ten years from now. [Full Story]

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

Mark Ackerman Receives European CSCW Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Mark Ackerman has been chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, for his groundbreaking and highly-recognized research in CSCW. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Codeon is the Intelligent Assistant for Software Developers

Researchers, including Profs. Walter S. Lasecki and Steve Oney, and graduate students Yan Chen and Yin Xie have created Codeon, a system that enables more effective task hand-off between end-user developers and remote helpers by allowing asynchronous responses to on-demand requests. With Codeon, developers can request help by speaking their requests aloud within the context of their Integrated Development Environment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigans Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

BigANT Tackles the Wave Field

Prof. Shai Revzen's lab has developed an inexpensive technique to rapidly fabricate a variety of useful robots, requiring only their modules and two stock materials. One of the lab's modular bots, BigANT, just received a major redesign that lets it walk over grass, up hills, and across uneven surfaces. It took on north campus' biggest terrain challenge, the Wave Field, in this new video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

Accelerating the Mobile Web: Vroom Software Could Double its Speed

Vroom software, developed by computer scientists including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate student Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk, can dramatically speed the loading of webpages on mobile devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Mobile Computing  

Kurator Will Help You Curate Your Personal Digital Content

People capture photos, audio recordings, video, and more on a daily basis, but organizing all these digital artifacts quickly becomes a daunting task. Automated solutions struggle to help us manage this data because they cannot understand its meaning. Profs. Walter Lasecki and Mark Ackerman have helped create Kurator, a hybrid intelligence system leveraging mixed-expertise crowds to help families curate their personal digital content. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Movie Design for Specific Target Audiences

Creating products that satisfy the market is critical to companies as it determines their success and revenue. Currently, experts use their judgment to estimate solutions to designing a new product that will satisfy customers, but this does not scale or allow leveraging massive datasets. Prof. Danai Koutra and her colleagues sought to identify how they can design new movies with features tailored to a specific user population. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

MHacks Gains Focus, Maturity as MHacks X Approaches

As the 10th MHacks approaches on September 22nd, we take a look back at past MHacks events and how the institution that is MHacks has evolved over time. Hack on! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Undergraduate Students  

CS Alum's Four-Year Journey to Bring Music House to Michigan

CS alumnus Chris Salem (BS CS 2017) has a passion for live music and has been on a quest to create a space for non-music-major student musicians on campus. Formerly the president of student group Stamp Nation, he continues to work with the group's new leaders in attempt to establish a UM Music House. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet's core

This article describes an implementation of TapDance, a method of anticensorship deployment that is built into the very core of the internet itself. By building TapDance into the servers and routers that underpin the Internet, censorship would become impractical. TapDance's development has been led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

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

Solar Car Team Spotlight: Alan Li

Computer science student Alan Li is the race strategy lead on the solar car team. He talks about his love of computer games and how those skills have transferred over to his position on the race crew. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

CRA Board Member Highlight: H. V. Jagadish

HV Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been profiled in the August issue of CRA's Computing Research News. [Full Story]

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

CHORUS: The Crowd-Powered Conversational Assistant

Prof. Walter Lasecki and his colleagues have developed a crowd-powered conversational assistant, Chorus, and deployed it to see how users and workers would interact together when mediated by the system. Chorus is capable of providing users with relevant responses instead of merely search results by recruiting workers on demand, who in turn decide what the best response is for each user sentence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Designing for Our Own

Dr. David Chesney's students have created technology to assist Brad Ebenhoeh, a now 30-year-old sophomore in aerospace engineering, which his daily challenges. At age 19, Ebenhoeh suffered a brain hemorrhage that paralyzed the right side of his body, limited his vision, confined him to a wheelchair and forced him to leave the University for a decade. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Accessibility  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Precision Health Pioneer Named to MIT Technology Review Innovator List

Prof. Jenna Wiens has been named one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Under 35 for her work in the development of data-driven predictive models needed to help organize, process, and transform data into actionable knowledge. Prof. Wiens' main focus is in the use of data and machine learning to advance the new field of precision health. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Wiens, Jenna  

Best Paper Award Recognizes Research in Electrical Engineering Student Motivation

Prof. Jamie Phillips and ECE undergraduate advisor Catherine Lenaway, along with co-authors Prof. Shanna Daly (Mechanical Engineering) and Phillips former student Justin Foley, have earned the Theodore E. Batchman Best Paper Award for their work examining the motivations of students in electrical engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Social Interaction Patterns Provide Clues to Real Life Changes

Researchers including Prof. Danai Koutra have explored the dynamics of individual user interactions in social networks by creating iNET, a comprehensive analytic and visualization framework that provides personalized insights into user behavior. The researchers view their work as a first step towards fully exploring the amount and type of information that can be extracted from the online social footprint of a person. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

This article on reports on the recent popularity of mastery-based learning in K-12 schools. Thurnau Professor Elliot Soloway is quoted in the article. He questions the approach, and contends that students learn by building on knowledge and frequently returning to it, not by working to mastery and then moving on. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Microsensors and flexible electronics in smart lenses offer a closer look at diabetes and glaucoma. ECE alum Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 1997, 2001) is a pioneer in the area of smart lenses. He worked director at Google and launched the Verily-Alcon smart-lens project, which worked to measure the glucose in tears. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Flexible electronics  

IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for Modeling the World's Forests

Researchers in Electrical and Computer Engineering are working to find a better way to quantify forest structure around the globe. Forest structure is an important indication of the earth's carbon cycle, which impacts global climate, as well as biodiversity and other topics including land use and development. Their research, led by doctoral student Michael Benson, was presented at 2016 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) and selected the following year to receive one of two Interactive Symposium Paper Awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

$7.75M for mapping circuits in the brain

A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists. The technology exists to stimulate and map circuits in the brain, but neuroscientists have yet to tap this potential. Now, developers of these technologies are coming together to demonstrate and share them to drive a rapid advance in our understanding of the brain, funded by $7.75 million from the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Yoon, Euisik  

ECE Alum Steven McLaughlin Named Dean of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Steven W. McLaughlin (PhD EE:S 1992), the Steve Chaddick School Chair and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, has accepted the role of Dean in their College of Engineering, effective Sept. 15, 2017. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Youd Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone

Prof. David Blaauw offers feedback on this concept for a batteryless cellphone. Overall what they are doing is very interesting and they are pursuing a goal that everyone would love and kill for." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  

U.S. elections are an easier target for Russian hackers than once thought

This article on voting system security quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says of the prospect of election tampering that "the technical ability is there and we wouldn't be able to catch it. The state of technical defense is very primitive in our election system now." [Full Story]

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

Where the Jobs Are: 2017

Hot fields in the United States include embedded engineering, control engineering, and robotics. ECE's the place to be! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Embedded Computing and Systems  Robotics  

Fred Buhler Builds Better Chips for "Aweslome" Applications

ECE PhD student Fred Buhler is working on more efficient chips for a broad range of applications, including machine learning, neural networks, security, and circuits testing. A member of Prof. Michael Flynns lab since he was an undergrad, Buhler's work has resulted in high-profile published papers and a new company, Aweslome, LLC. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

The Aptitude Academy: Student's Instructional YouTube Channel Tops 6 Million Views

Daniel Dsouzas plan to share some knowledge ballooned into a huge following on YouTube. The ECE masters student produces short videos to help viewers succeed in career aptitude tests in India. He's been posting to his YouTube channel and website, called The Aptitude Academy, since 2013. In that time, Dsouzas lessons have gone viral and attracted 109,011 subscribers and over 6,300,000 views to date. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

ACM to Publish Leading Journal of Human-Robot Interaction; Chad Jenkins Serves as Editor-in-Chief

The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction is scheduled to become an ACM publication in January 2018 and will be rebranded as the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. Prof. Chad Jenkins will continue to serve as editor-in-chief. The journal covers the convergence of technology development and social understanding to capture the full spectrum of robotics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics giving tech a sense of touch

ECE alum Rick Bergman (BSE EE 1986), CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrows technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call the human interface revolution, and has over 1900 granted and pending patents for common human interface technologies like touch sensors, display drivers, and biometric sensors. Their track record includes the first touchpad to replace a computer mouse, adopted by Apple in 1994. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Zetian Mi Recognized a Most Highly Prolific Author in Nano Letters

Zetian Mi has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Nano Letters in the past five years, and is listed on the ACS Journal Stars website. Prof. Mi's research includes semiconductor nanostructures, optoelectronic devices, LEDs and lasers, solar cells, and III-nitride electronic devices.
Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

For Jack Schultz, it's good to be back on the golf course

Jack Schultz (BSE CE 2012) of Whitefish Bay, golfer and former Big Ten Freshman of the year at Michigan, quit playing because he developed the driver yips. After a break of several years he has started playing and winning again. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

All EECS News for 2017