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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  

High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigan's Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes, labs, and even toured the Big House as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Ganago, Alexander O.  Hofmann, Heath  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  

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, CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrow’s technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call “the human interface revolution.”

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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  

Peter S. Fuss: From Michigan to Leading a Global Network Technology Company

Peter S. Fuss (BSE EE 1956; MS EE 1960, NYU) was a student at Michigan when drafting classes were mandatory, and computers were made with vacuum tubes. But his solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International, a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Communications  Entrepreneurship  

Solar Car Team goes small to win big at World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigans top-ranked solar car team has unveiled the vehicle it will race in a global contest this fall, and its the smallest and most aerodynamic that any U-M team has ever built. Aptly named NovumLatin for new thingthe design, manufacturing process and solar technology behind the national champion teams fourteenth car is different than anything theyve ever done before. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Solar Cell Technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Student Hybrid Rocket Team Takes First Place at Inaugural Competition

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries. The team was led in part by EE students Jacob Sigler (Chief Engineer), Nicholas Sterenberg (Avionics Lead), and Jonathan Zarger (Avionics Lead). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New Student Exoskeleton Team Launches Prototype

Student team STARX (STrength Augmenting Robotic eXoskeletons) completed its second year, focused on making practical powered exoskeletons that increase the effective strength of the user. This year, they built a new load-bearing exoskeleton called the Lexo. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New Student Team Builds Autonomous Vehicles

New student team University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle. The team is led by CE student and co-founder Adarash Mishra. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Computer Vision  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Baja Racing Team First to Three-peat National Championship, Despite Four-Car Pileup

The U-M Baja Racing team earned first place in the national competition for the third year in a row, making them the first team to ever achieve the status of 3-time consecutive national champions. Baja designs and manufactures a new off-road race vehicle every season. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Peter and Evelyn Fuss Endowed Chair of ECE

Peter and Evelyn Fuss created a Michigan ECE legacy when they endowed the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Najafi, Khalil  

UM::Autonomy Competes with Brand New Boat Design

The UM::Autonomy team brought their latest autonomous boat, called Thurman, to participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation Roboboat competition. This year, they managed to simplify the code running the boat, changed their design to a more stable model, and added a dedicated business team to run their promotional material. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New grad program: Engineering Education Research

New program turns a researchers eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.

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Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Heres exactly how Russia can hack the 2018 elections

Vulnerabilities in our voting system need to be addressed swiftly, according to experts in the field, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

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

Dennis Sylvester recognized for his distinguished talk at RESMIQ

Prof. Dennis Sylvester gave a talk at the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMIQ) annual symposium. He appeared there as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He received an award for the excellence of his presentation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sylvester, Dennis  

MHybrid Takes on Major Design Overhaul

The Michigan Hybrid Racing team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May, led in part by ECE undergrads Madison Warsaw, Yeabsera Kebede, and Colin Wagner. MHybrids car featured many unique components, and was a major overhaul from their previous designs. They placed 5th in their class at the competition, and earned the FCA Innovation Award and General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Tencent, Led by Alum Martin Lau, Dominates in China. Next Challenge Is Rest of the World

Martin Lau (BSE EE) is the president of Tencent, the most valuable company in all of Asia. Tencent is the creator of three of the top apps in China (Honor of Kings, WeChat, and QQ), with downloads from 2/3 of the population. As president, Lau is the company's public face and a key business strategist. He joined in 2003 after working as a banker at Goldman Sachs, and earning an MS in EE from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Let's Encrypt Issues 100 Millionth Security Certificate

The Internet is more secure thanks to Let's Encrypt, the certificate authority founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators. Since launching in Jan. 2016, Let's Encrypt has issued 100 million certificates. [Full Story]

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

Apps available for your smartphone could steal your personal information

WXYZ Detroit reports on work by UM researchers that has exposed dangerous open ports in mobile platforms that can be taken advantage of by hackers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Security (Computing)  

Lee Rutledge: Mapping the World

Lee Rutledge is a master's student in computer science and engineering. Lee is working with Professor Chad Jenkins at U-M's autonomous robotics lab this fall to help AI agents map and navigate their surroundings on the fly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Nathan Gupta: Ambitious and Thankful

Nathan Gupta is an undergraduate in data science. Nathan hopes to use his entrepreneurial and technical skills to make a difference for the people around him. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Anna Stuhlmacher: Power to change the world

Anna Stuhlmacher spends a lot of her time thinking about power, but not in a scheming, dictator sort of way. A recent graduate and NSF fellow of Boston University, Anna focuses mostly on the power to change the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman Testifies in Front of Senate Intelligence Committee on Secure Elections

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the broader Russian hacking investigation. His remarks focused vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking. [Full Story]

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

How to prevent Russian hackers from attacking the 2018 election

In this commentary piece in the Chicago Tribune, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Justin Talbot-Zorn make the case for a straightforward policy agenda to secure America's voting systems against the threat of hackers. [Full Story]

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

CS Alumnae Tara Safavi Chosen for Google Women Techmakers Scholarship

Tara Safavi (BS CS 17) has been selected as a recipient of the Google Women Techmakers Scholarship to continue her studies in computer science and engineering. Tara will return to Michigan this Fall to pursue her PhD in CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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  

Prof. Becky Peterson Honored with 2018 U-M Henry Russel Award

Prof. Becky Peterson has received a University of Michigan Henry Russel Award for her extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research, as well as excellent record of contributions as a teacher. This award, established in 1925, is considered the University's highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of their career. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know?

In the article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman points out how electronic voting systems even those not connected to the Internet can be compromised. One path for hackers is to attack the computers that are used to program the ballots, which are later transferred to voting machines via memory cards. [Full Story]

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

Mary Lou Dorf Retires; Her Focus Was On Opening Doors to Computer Science

Collegiate Lecturer Dr. Mary Lou Dorf has retired after 15 years at the University of Michigan in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department. During her career at Michigan, Dr. Dorf worked tirelessly to open the doors of computer science to everyone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

All EECS News for 2017