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The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

This article describes the security holes that exist in today's electronic voting machines, including both the shortcomings of voting systems that do not provide paper backup and those of the systems that transmit electronic votes to counting centers. It quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who points to flaws in the protections for vote transmission systems put forth by vendors of paperless systems. [Full Story]

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

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

This article on the security of cardiac implants quotes Prof. Kevin Fu, who notes that limiting remote interactions would also address scenarios such as an old computer virus that unintentionally shuts down global operations of remote cardiac telemetry for hundreds of thousands of patients at once. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Electronic devices  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Kim Michelle Lewis Appointed Associate Dean at Howard University

Previously at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kim Michelle Lewis, Ph.D., has been appointed as associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and full professor in the Department of Physics at Howard University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Hofmann discusses transistors in troubled Toyota Prius

Prof. Heath Hofmann lends his expertise to the LA Times to describe current troubles with Toyota Prius software and hardware. Specifically, a fix made to the Prius is being blamed for reduced fuel efficiency. [Full Story]

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

The Training Of Dr. Robot: Data Wave Hits Medical Care

This article reports on how machine learning is revolutionizing the process of making medical diagnoses. It opens by highlighting the work of Prof. Jenna Wiens and her collaborators in predicting a hospital patient's likelihood of developing a problematic C-diff infection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Prof. Wei Lu and What's Next In Neuromorphic Computing

Prof. Wei Lu and his team's work presented at IEDM 2016 was referenced in Semiconductor Engineering detailing how the commercialization of neuromorphic computing will require improved devices and architectures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  Machine Learning  

To Fight Fatal Infections, Hospitals May Turn to Algorithms

This article in Scientific American describes how machine learning is revolutionizing the process of making medical diagnoses. It opens by highlighting the work of Prof. Jenna Wiens and her collaborators in predicting a hospital patient's likelihood of developing a problematic C-diff infection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Transducer Sensors Suffer Security Risks Based on Physics, Not Malware

This article references the work of Prof. Kevin, Fu, who has demonstrated that physical manipulation can be used to trick transducers into reporting environmental data that is inaccurate. [Full Story]

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

As cell phones proliferate in K-12, schools search for smart policies

This article includes a focus on the work of Thurnau Prof. Elliot Soloway, who is a proponent for the use of mobile tech in education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

Persevering through the unknown: my conversation on emotion AI and problem solving with Emily Mower Provost

Prof. Emily Mower Provost was recently interviewed by the non-profit Iridescent - a company that brings science and engineering to underserved communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Prof. Hofmann adds expertise on defect that can cause Prius to overheat

Prof. Heath Hofmann helps inform LA Times readers on 2016 Toyota recall to fix a key electronic component on its Priuses. One of California's largest dealers said the cars were still coming in after overheating, however. [Full Story]

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

Ann Arbor's Duo Security announces record-breaking year

Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based security firm founded by CSE alumni Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, has grown spectacularly. The firm not only met, but exceeded, their 2017 goals. Since 2016, Duo has tripled its staff from 200 to nearly 600. It is now considered a "unicorn" with a valuation of over $1B. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

DARPA funds six centers working on computer design alternatives

This article reports on the six centers that DARPA has funded to jumpstart the computer computer architecture development. The $32M Applications Driving Architectures center, based at U-M and led by Prof. Valeria Bertacco, is one of them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted on the the vulnerabilities that exist in voting machines, why paper backup is a practical solution, and the approaches that should be taken in auditing election results. [Full Story]

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

Integrity of Data: Medical Device Cybersecurity Concerns

This article highlights the work Prof. Ken Fu is doing to highlight and mitigate security shortcomings in medical devices and other devices that include embedded processing systems. [Full Story]

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

DARPA Takes Chip Route to "Unhackable" Computers

This article in EE Times quotes Prof. Todd Austin on his DARPA-funded MORPHEUS project, which will use computer circuits that are designed to randomly shuffle data around a computer system in order to thwart hackers who are looking for the location of a bug or valuable data. [Full Story]

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

A New Type of Computer Could Render Many Software Hacks Obsolete

This article quotes Prof. Todd Austin on his DARPA-funded MORPHEUS project, which will use computer circuits that are designed to randomly shuffle data around a computer system in order to thwart hackers who are looking for the location of a bug or valuable data. [Full Story]

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

A Case Against Net Neutrality

In this opinion piece, Prof. Harsha Madhyastha makes that point that an entirely neutral net is not necessarily an efficient net. In order for us to operate optimally, he says we need to answer the question: How can we legally define the permissible ways an ISP could throttle or prioritize traffic in a manner that does not place undue burden on ISPs, yet is verifiable by third parties? [Full Story]

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

Rethinking Transistors for the Internet of Things

The technological achievements of PsiKick, cofounded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), are compared to other low-voltage transistors in the competition to offer the lowest power consumption for our ubiquitous electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Wentzloff, David  

Do Robots Deserve Human Rights?

In this article, Discover reached out to experts in artificial intelligence, computer science and human rights to shed light on whether or not robots should be given human rights. Prof. Kuipers talks about why robots do not deserve the same rights as humans. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Blockchain Supply Chain's Chronicled Names ECE alumnus Gutgutia as VP

As reported by BlockTribune, blockchain-based smart supply chain solutions company called Chronicled has named Abhishek Gutgutia (MS EE 2007) as one of its new Vice Presidents of Product. Gutgutia will work with Chronicled to expand its business in the pharmaceutical and precious metals industries. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

The Two-Legged Robots Walking Into the Future

Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his students are featured in this VICE Motherboard video on bipedal robots and specifically Cassie's family. Learn about Cassie's roots at Agility Robotics, see what Cassie sees, and where bipedal robots might go in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

An armed robber's Supreme Court case could affect all Americans digital privacy for decades to come

Prof. HV Jagadish writes in this article for The Conversation about the data privacy challenges presented by a world in which our devices continuously record and track our activities. [Full Story]

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

Marvell Is Buying Rival Chipmaker Cavium, Founded by ECE Alum Syed Ali, For $6 Billion

Marvell Technology is purchasing Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products founded by Syed Ali (MSE EE 1981), for $6 billion in cash and stock. Ali will serve as a strategic adviser and board member of the combined companies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Data and Computing  

University students reflect on attending COP23 Conference

Matt Irish, who is studying for masters degrees in Applied Climate Science and Electrical Engineering, attended this years 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Irish is an EDF Climate Corps Fellow & Dow Sustainability Fellow. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sustainability and Environment  

Beyond the threshold: Solving the leaking problem in ultra-low-power systems

Prof. David Blaauw and his team is recognized for their potential solution in providing a stable voltage to overcome a large hurdle in the design of small electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  

An afternoon with U-M Robotics' newest robot

WDIV visited Jessy Grizzle's team and Cassie, their bipedal robot, and put her in the spotlight with a live feed to Facebook. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Cassie Blue Makes Her Debut

Prof. Jessie Grizzle invited the Associated Press to record the new bipedal robot's first steps around North Campus. Watch the video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Securing the vote: How 'paper' can protect US elections from foreign invaders

This story on security problems with voting quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says that "Although there is no evidence that any past election in the United States has been changed by hacking, it is in my opinion only a matter of time until one is." [Full Story]

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

FDA Spells Out When Medical Device Modifications Need Review

Bill Aerts, Deputy Director at the Archimedes Center in CSE, is quoted in the article about new FDA guidance for manufacturers of medical devices regarding software patches for security purposes. Also quoted is Ben Ransford, co-founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm Virta Laboratories, a CSE spinout. [Full Story]

The newest AlphaGo mastered the game with no human input

In this article, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja is quoted from his commentary on the Nature article regarding DeepMind's use of unassisted reinforcement learning in the AlphaGo Zero system. He points out that AI programs like AlphaGo Zero, which can gain mastery of tasks without human input, may be able to solve problems where human expertise falls short. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

DeepMind has a bigger plan for its newest Go-playing AI

In this article, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on DeepMind's findings published in Nature regarding AlphaGo Zero. Prof. Baveja reinforces the notion that with reinforcement learning, AI systems do not necessarily need human expertise. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

DeepMinds Go-playing AI doesnt need human help to beat us anymore

In this article, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on DeepMind's findings published in Nature regarding AlphaGo Zero. "Over the past five, six years, reinforcement learning has emerged from academia to have much more broader impact in the wider world, and DeepMind can take some of the credit for that," says Prof. Baveja. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

DeepMind's latest AI breakthrough is its most significant yet

In this article, reinforcement learning expert Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on DeepMind's findings published in Nature regarding AlphaGo Zero's breakthrough performance and indicates that it could be one of the biggest AI advances so far. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Why the Krack Wi-Fi Mess Will Take Decades to Clean Up

This article quotes Prof. Kevin Fu, who says "For the general sphere of IoT devices, like security cameras, we're not just underwater. We're under quicksand under water." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  

VAuth tech feels your voice in your skin

This article describes VAuth, the new thechnology that supplements voice authorization developed in the lab of Prof. Kang G. Shin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Hacking North Korea is Easy. Its Nukes? Not So Much

This article reports on how difficult it is for hackers to invade North Korea's nuclear program. CSE research fellow Will Scott talks about the country's limited connections, and says that any successful attack would require a human agent working to manually sabotage target systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  

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:  Artificial Intelligence  Assistive Technology  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Language and Text Processing  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  

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  

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  

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:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  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:  Education  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

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:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

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 Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

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:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

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:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

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:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

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