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A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

ECE and data science: a natural connection

ECE faculty and students at Michigan are part of the revolution in data science that is happening today. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  

Symposium celebrates 30 years of Artificial Intelligence at Michigan

The Michigan AI Lab celebrated 30 years of leading research with its first annual AI Symposium, AI for Society. The event welcomed 250 participants from U-M and around the country for a day of presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions and featured U-M alumnus and Google VP Scott Huffman as the keynote speaker. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program

Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success. SkyGig, a startup company focused on improving wireless communication in the world of 5G and beyond, is the inaugural winner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Najafi, Khalil  

Understanding at every level

From quantum physics to computer systems: a profile of Pinaki Mazumder, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mazumder, Pinaki  

KLA-Tencor Announces Plans to Establish R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan

"We're confident that we can continue to create and deliver impactful technologies that ultimately help enrich the human experience. Our expansion into Michigan will help us realize our vision," said alumnus Rick Wallace, chief executive officer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

ECE Community takes a stand against bullying

Spirit Day activities look to make ECE and U-M a more compassionate, inclusive place. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

ECE Expeditions travels to GM

The fall ECE Expeditions trip took 25 students to the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, MI, for an insider's look into what an ECE alum might be doing in the high-tech world of modern transportation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  

Prof. Laura Balzano receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for research that addresses massive streaming data

Prof. Balzano uses statistical signal processing, matrix factorization, and optimization to unravel dynamic and messy data. [Full Story]

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

Michigan CS makes waves at Tapia 2018

Students in CSE got the chance to network and celebrate diversity in computing at the 2018 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida on September 19 - 22. This years conference theme was Diversity: Roots of Innovation, acknowledging the historical role of diversity in STEM innovation and its essential role in innovating the future. CSE staff attended the conferences exhibition hall as an event sponsor, and were able to connect with a number of students regarding programs of study in computer science and engineering at Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Undergraduate Students  

Gerard Mourou receives Nobel Prize in Physics for the most powerful laser pulses known to mankind

Gerard Mourou, the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, advanced and commercialized 'chirped pulse amplification,' leading to more precise LASIK eye surgery and pushing the limits of optical science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Norman Scott (1918-2018): In Memoriam

Norman Scott, professor emeritus of EECS, passed away on August 20, 2018 at the age of 100. Prof. Scott was recognized not only within U-M, but also nationally, for his work on digital computer logic and design. [Full Story]

2001: A Space Odyssey: From science fiction to science fact

Three leading researchers, including Profs. Rada Mihalcea and Ben Kuipers, explored the question of science and science fiction in a panel discussion Friday, Sept. 21 part of Michigan Engineerings celebration of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The panel preceded a screening of the film with live orchestral and choral accompaniment. Michigan Engineering and the University Musical Society co-sponsored the screening, which was one of only three such live performances across the country this year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Michigan startup May Mobility to deploy self-driving shuttles in Columbus, Ohio

Michigan startup May Mobility, cofounded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has announced that it has been chosen by the state of Ohio to begin testing a self-driving shuttle service on the streets of Columbus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Family Fun Night draws over 500 attendees

Culminating with a laser light show, Family Fun Night 2018 gathered students, alumni, faculty, and anyone interested in the Michigan ECE community to play, learn, and explore all that makes up electrical and computer engineering. Greeting visitors were demonstrations from student groups and research labs, games, activities, arts and crafts, giveaways, and dinner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

Art, Economics, and Engineering in Finland

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor and Director of the Radiation Laboratory, took a week out of his packed schedule to accept an invitation to evaluate the progress of Aalto University in Finland. "It's important to see what other institutions around the world are doing, especially those that are daring to break with tradition," said Sarabandi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

CSE welcomes 9 new faculty

Models of human behavior, scene understanding, cryptography, convolutional neural networks, IoT sensors and systems, and a commitment to innovating in the practice of education. With nine new faculty hires in 2018, Michigan is expanding and strengthening the scope of its research activities in computer science and engineering while simultaneously broadening participation in the field through a focus on innovation and inclusiveness in education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lab-Systems  Lab-Theory of Computation  

Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

Researchers, including graduate student Tianlin Wang, are reverse engineering the signal from the same GPS satellites that provide location capabilities to our phones and cars in order to more accurately determine wind speeds within roaring hurricanes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Space technology  

People are bad at spotting fake news. Can computer programs do better?

This article is a survey of the many projects dedicated to using computing power to identify fake news. It includes a description of work being done at Michigan by Veronica Perez-Rosas and her colleagues on the use of language in the posts regarding fake news. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Prof. Jason Corso on Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Jason Corso covers the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) in an interview by Online Engineering Programs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  

New one-credit course allows those without experience to discover computer science

Interested in Computer Science? Heard about programming but not really sure how it works? A new 1 credit course, EECS 198, will take on these questions and more beginning Fall 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Undergraduate Students  

Q&A with Mingyan Liu

Mingyan Liu, the incoming electrical and computer engineering chair, talks about her vision for the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Mingyan Liu named new chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan

Mingyan Liu, professor and entrepreneur specializing in communication networks and predictive analytics, has been named the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective September 1, 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Ben Barton (1925 - 2017): In Memoriam

Ben F. Barton, alumnus and professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away December 16, 2017 at the age of 92. Professor Barton earned his B.S. degree in 1947, his M.S. degree in 1952, and his PhD degree in 1957, all in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He retired as emeritus professor of EECS in 1993 after a career of 36 years at Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Faculty spotlight: Rada Mihalcea

Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M's College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field. She sat down to talk with us about why she loves what she does and wants other women to love it, too. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

New Courses Offered by ECE in 2018

As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty. Here are the latest new course offerings in ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course Announcements  

Nino A. Masnari (1935 - 2018): In Memoriam

Nino Masnari, alumnus, friend, and former faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away May 19, 2018 at the age of 82. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

ECE launches the ECE Innovator Program

Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan has launched the ECE Innovator Program, which is aimed at inspiring and facilitating the commercialization of research conducted in ECE. The program will provide financial support to a team of entrepreneurs with both technical and product management skills. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Graduate Students  

Keki Irani (1924-2018): In Memoriam

Keki Irani, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, at the age of 93. He was a model faculty who made important contributions to the EECS department, was always supportive of students, and who supported the department at critical times throughout the years. [Full Story]

Bring Your Child to Work Day features robots, games, and more

CSE faculty and staff got to show their kids how we have fun in Beyster. Bring Your Child to Work Day 2018 gave kids the run of the building, on a mission to find all the exciting activities the department had to offer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

I hacked an election. So can the Russians.

Professor Alex Halderman and the New York Times staged a mock election to demonstrate voting machine vulnerability. [Full Story]

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

Girls Encoded hosts panel to connect students with successful women in CS

On Tuesday, March 20th, around 25 undergraduate computer science students attended Sharing Perspectives Panel: Women in Computing, an event hosted by Girls Encoded that highlighted women software engineers and researchers in industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Anonymous alumnus endows award in recognition of EECS professors

The Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World will recognize and incentivize outstanding research and scholarship related to engineering at the meso-scale, micron-scale, nano-scale and beyond. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Najafi, Khalil  Wise, Kensall  

Igor Markov's duplicate text detection system now integrated with conference management software

Prof. Igor Markov's duplicate text detection system, called DUDE, is now integrated with Softconf's conference management software. Softconf is an internet company dedicated to organizing conferences, workshops and other software development events. DUDE is now integrated with their signature product, START V2, which is a web-based solution for managing peer-reviewed conferences and workshops. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Free electrical engineering textbooks for students

A new textbook initiative spearheaded by faculty at University of Michigan, UC-Berkeley, and The University of Utah aims to ease the financial burden of college students in engineering courses by offering newly-published books for free online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Undergraduate Students  

Igor Markov named a top Quora writer for fifth year in a row

Prof. Igor Markov has been named a top writer for 2018 on Quora, the question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users. This is the fifth straight year that he has been ranked as a top writer on the site. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam

Marlin P. Ristenbatt, research scientist emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away March 2, 2018, at the age of 89. Since retiring in 1998, following a long and productive career as a teacher and researcher, he has remained closely affiliated with the Department. The Department salutes Marlin Ristenbatt and thanks him for all that he contributed to the department and the discipline. [Full Story]

BMW, Toyota invest in U-M startup May Mobility

May Mobility, the autonomous vehicle microtransit company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson to replace existing transportation systems with fleets of self-driving micro-shuttles, has announced that BMW i Ventures and Toyota AI Ventures have joined its investor-base. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Collaborative master's program in data science announced

Developed and taught collaboratively by the faculty of the CSE Division of EECS in the College of Engineering, the Department of Statistics in the College of LSA, the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, and the School of Information, the Data Science master's program is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Education  Lab-Systems  

2018 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service. The recipients of the 2018 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Peter Chen, Jason Corso, Jason Flinn, and PC Ku. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Corso, Jason  Flinn, Jason  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  

Quantum Computers Threaten Data Encryption

Prof. Duncan Steel adds to the discussion around quantum computing's potential threat to our current encryption methods. Prof. Steel uses optics to study, control, and manipulate the quantum properties of semiconductor structures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Quantum Science and Technology  Steel, Duncan  

Professor Emeritus Ribbens Publishes 8th Edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics

William Ribbens, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, recently published an 8th edition of his textbook Understanding Automotive Electronics, which adds information on the latest in automotive technology, including autonomous vehicles, camera systems, hybrid control, and software networks [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  

Prof. Forrest: The Future of Organic LEDs

What's the difference between organic LEDs and inorganic LEDs? Where can organic LEDs take us in the future? [Full Story]

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

Prof. Bhattacharya: From Glazier Way to Quantum Dot Lasers

Quantum dots are at the cusp of adoption in nanotechnogy across industries. What are they, and how did they come about? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Ken Wise: Microelectronics, MEMS, and Microsystems

Hear about the lifetime career of a professor responsible for enabling the Internet of Things," with technologies like infrared sensors, interface circuits, implantable microsystems for healthcare. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  MEMS and Microsystems  Wise, Kensall  

Thomas B. A. Senior (1928 - 2017): In Memoriam

Thomas B. A. Senior, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away peacefully November 24th at the age of 89. Professor Senior was a devoted member of the department for 41 years as an active faculty member, and another 19 as an emeritus faculty. He was known for his fundamental contributions to electromagnetic and acoustic scattering, for his signficant service and leadership to the department and professional community, and for his excellence as an educator. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Senior, Thomas B. A.   

Ada Lovelace Opera and Lightning Talks Highlight Women's Contributions to Computing

A creative event designed to showcase women's contributions as computer scientists took place November 16. The Ada Lovelace Opera began with eight TED-style lightning talks by female faculty and students at UM who are engaged in cutting-edge computing research. The talks were followed by an opera on Ada Lovelace's establishment as the research partner of inventor Charles Babbage in the 1840s, which was performed by students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

The Beanbag Test for Robots

Its one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff? Dmitry Berenson and the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Lab showcase their latest work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Million Foot View: Profile of Kamal Sarabandi

In this profile, Kamal Sarabandi describes his work as he has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Sarabandi, Kamal  Wireless Systems  

Prof. Jason Mars is Bringing Smart Banking to Market

Ann Arbor-based spinout Clinc, which was founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with their former students Michael Laurenzano and Johann Hauswald, in 2015, is leading the pack of intelligent banking assistant solutions. Their flagship product, called Finie, is being adopted by a number of banks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

All EECS News for 2018