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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  

Army Award to speed up distributed methods over networks

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an Army Young Investigator Award to speed up graph methods for distributed applications. The goal of her project, called A New Perspective for Fast Distributed Computations Over Network, is to speed up in particular those problems that involve making a lot of queries about the network very quickly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology. The project, Timely Insights: Interpretable, Multi-scale Summarization of Networks over Time, will tackle problems in summarizing networks at different scales to accomplish feats from speeding up web searches to better understanding the structure of the human brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Computer Games course continues growth, experimentation

Students in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, showcased their homegrown creations for a vibrant crowd at the 2019 Computer Games Showcase. The developers, adorned with neon lights and VR headsets, packed Tishman Hall full of competitive players eager to try their polished multiplayer adventures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

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  

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

Prof. David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. Now, he has funding from Toyota Research Institute to fund his research into computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Fouhey, David  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

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  

Upstarts Duo Security

Duo Security, a company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cybersecurity  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Encouraging careers in research

An event hosted on April 15 by CSE gave undergraduates a taste of what its like to do research for a living. The poster session and panel on Research as a Career invited students to find out what it means to do research full time, to learn the ins and outs of a researchers life, and to ask questions of research scientists, engineers, PhD students, and faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

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  

Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium

Prof. Chad Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

EECS students voted, and Thurnau Professor Peter Chen was named the 2018-2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  

New chip stops hacks before they start

A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law with innovative architecture

CSE PhD student Charles Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data. Working with Prof. Reetuparna Das, Eckert was a Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship for his research, which focuses on how to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) using in-memory computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded the VMWare Early Career Award to further his research on memory disaggregation. The award provides a $50,000 unrestricted gift for his work, which seeks to one day treat portions of computer memory scattered across machines as one huge, virtual block of memory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Computer Architecture  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

In a project that earned a Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, PhD student Charlie Welch, Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas, research fellow Jonathan Kummerfeld, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea analyzed a massive collection of one authors online communications over the course of 5 years to study a number of different speaker attributes and how they are reflected in the language of the messages. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

A paper co-authored by Prof. Harsha Madhyastha has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In Engineering Egress with Edge Fabric: Steering Oceans of Content to the World, Madhyastha and collaborators presented a system that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet to their users. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Qi Alfred Chen has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Securing Smart, Connected Systems Through Systematic Problem Analysis and Mitigation." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity

CSE PhD student Laura Burdick received a 2019 Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for her extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The CSE Division has undertaken a new initiative to support a better and more welcoming climate for all students in its introductory courses. The initiative provides specialized training on inclusive teaching to all Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Assistants (IAs) who teach or provide other instructional support to those courses, emphasizing a number of factors that help instructors interact with students in an inclusive and equitable way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Kamil, Amir  Weimer, Westley  Women in Computing  

Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity

Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been awarded the 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award for exhibiting outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity. According to the U-M Office of Equity and Inclusion, Bertaccos contributions to the multicultural mission of the University have been extensive and of extraordinary caliber. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Towner Prize Winner Nel Escher

While teaching lab sections such as EECS 183, Nel created lessons that fostered strong engagement from students while achieving the learning outcomes of the lesson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

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  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Computer science and engineering professor and noted election security expert J. Alex Halderman has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his work in strengthening election cybersecurity with evidence-based elections. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

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  

Possibilities, risks explored at University of Minnesota's annual medical device design conference

Prof. Kevin Fu spoke at the 18th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, where he spoke about his work in targeting sensors to demonstrate vulnerabilities in medical device. Summing up the challenge, he told attendees that "you are going to be designing for the risks of 10 years from now." [Full Story]

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

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  

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

CSE PhD student Matt Perez has been selected to receive a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his project aiming to automatically track the progression of Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impairs motor skills, cognition, and speech, and monitoring its progression is a key component to clinical research involving the development of new treatments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Students map Ann Arbor art

CS students have partnered with the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance to develop an app for locating and exploring art in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Ringenberg, Jeff  Undergraduate Students  

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  

Michigan's new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The newly-formed Michigan Election Security Commission, established by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on March 20, 2019, held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 16, on the University of Michigan North Campus. The commission is co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, whose work in election security and in exposing the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

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  

All things are part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other non-electronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from Prof. Alanson Sample. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Systems  Internet of Things  Lab-Systems  Sample, Alanson  

Michigan Radio: Making self-driving cars safer

Prof. Walter Lasecki was featured on a segment by Michigan Radio where he discussed his new system of "air traffic control" for driverless vehicles. His research shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. Lasecki's segment begins at 28:54 on the web player. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

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  

All EECS News for 2019