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Graduate student honors competition highlights outstanding research

CSE held its fifteenth annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on November 7, 2018. The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants from each of the department research areas to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research. CSE faculty and an industry sponsor from Toyota Research Institute ranked the finalists' presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Outstanding student research on display

This year, three students working with Prof. Emily Mower Provost were recognized for outstanding projects in their areas at the Graduate Symposium. Katie Matton and Matt Perez won two of the Emerging Research categories, Engineering Innovation and Science Communication, respectively; and John Gideon earned honorable mention for the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research. [Full Story]

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

A secure future for US elections starts in the classroom

Prof. J. Alex Halderman has been at the forefront of exposing vulnerabilities in electronic voting systems around the world. This Fall, Prof. Halderman and CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard are teaching a new special topics course on election cybersecurity, providing students with a deep examination of the past, present, and future of US elections with perspectives from computer security, tech policy, human factors, and more. [Full Story]

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

ECE students display their research at the 2018 Graduate Engineering Symposium

Students' projects encompassed a wide variety of fields: revolutionizing energy systems, advancing technologies, and improving cybersecurity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  

CSE students celebrate women in computing at Grace Hopper

8 women in CSE stood among nearly 20,000 at this years Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the worlds largest gathering of women technologists, which is offered by AnitaB.org and the Association for Computing Machinery. Grads and undergrads traveled to the conference for career opportunities and presentations by women who hold lead positions across academia and industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Women in Computing  

Kickstarting the first year for women in computer science

The third annual CS KickStart gave 22 incoming women in CS a hands-on look at the skills and careers on offer in the world of computing. 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 CS and give women a voice in shaping the future through technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Ensafi, Roya  Laird, John  Undergraduate Students  

Faster, cheaper gene sequencing to make healthcare more precise

Arun Subramaniyan, CSE PhD student, received a U-M 2018 Precision Health Scholars Award for his project, Hardware-accelerated systems for next-generation sequencing analysis. Subramaniyan is working with his advisor Prof. Reetuparna Das to make genome sequencing as affordable as a routine medical test with highly efficient computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan Data Science Team wrangles big data

The Michigan Data Science Team brings together students from many fields to get their hands dirty with real data science problems and tools. The team gives members a place to learn from experts, form groups to tackle data science challenges, and do research that matches their interests. In the 2018-19 school year, Computer Science and Data Science undergrad Wesley Tian will be leading the organization as president, with plans to focus the groups activities and provide a better learning experience for new members. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Graduate Students  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Making education accessible in rural India

CS student Divyansh Sharma is working to help combat the disadvantages of poverty in rural India with his non-profit startup EduTech Academy. Through EduTech, he and his team of ten developers are working to deliver free video courses directly to people in need of basic education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Undergraduate Students  

Student org brings investors to Michigan

A new student org at the University of Michigan wants to build new connections for the startups in southeast Michigan and give undergrads a look into the world of venture capital along the way. Called UpRound VC and co-founded by CS undergrad Jonah Erlich, the group works with national and local firms to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the region. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Four students earn awards at 2018 IEEE APS/URSI

Four University of Michigan graduate students won Honorable Mentions at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting. This is the flagship conference for those researching antenna, propagation, and radio sciences, with over 2,000 authors presenting their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Michigan's first Science Olympiad invitational for students, by students

This year, the University of Michigan offered the state's first Science Olympiad invitational competition run by Olympiad alumni. Conceived of and organized in part by CS freshman Omar Al-Ejel, the inaugural U-M Science Olympiad gave 45 high school student teams a place to hone their craft and prep for the core competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Exploring the source of social stereotypes

Incoming CSE PhD student Wilka Carvalho has been selected for the GEM Fellowship under the sponsorship of Adobe. Carvalho plans to work with Profs. Satinder Singh Baveja, Honglak Lee, and Richard Lewis (Psychology) to pursue research at the intersection of reinforcement learning, machine learning, and computational cognitive science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Brain  Graduate Students  Lee, Honglak  Machine Learning  

Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition

The U-M Mars Rover Team brought a new remote astronaut assistant to the University Rover Challenge in the desert of southern Utah, pulling off a 9th place finish out of 36 competing international teams and 3rd out of the US teams. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

M-Fly's season ends with top-10 finishes, new autonomous plane

The M-Fly student aircraft design team provides undergraduates the opportunity to design, build, present, and test real-world aerospace projects. This year was extremely productive, with the team building more planes than ever, including its first autonomous craft. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Party for the people: UpNext app lets users shape the playlist

Tired of yelling song requests at the DJ until youre hoarse, and then getting shut down anyway? Turns out a lot of people are, so three U-M students are working to empower party-goers and democratize the dancefloor with their app, UpNext. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

Finding meaning in varied data

CSE grad student Jie Song earned the runner up Best Paper Award at the 2018 Extending Database Technology conference for her paper GeoAlign: Interpolating Aggregates over Unaligned Partitions. Song devised a method to combine summarized datasets that group information by incompatible units. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Graduate Students  Jagadish, HV  Koutra, Danai  

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

Xin Zan, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Al-Thaddeus Avestruz, has won two awards for his research on high-frequency wireless power transfer related to implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer wireless charging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Eric Winsor honored with Goldwater Scholarship

Computer Engineering and Honors Mathematics student Eric Winsor has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. The program provides scholarships to students interested in careers in science, math, and engineering, and they are considered the premier scholarships awarded to undergraduates in these fields. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Jiyue Zhu awarded Wiesnet Medal for improved snow algorithms

Jiyue Zhu was recognized for an award-winning method that will help us better understand how much snow is on the ground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

PhD student Jean Young Song earned a Best Student Paper Honorable Mention at the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018) conference in Tokyo. Her paper, "Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance," offers an improved solution to the problem of image segmentation in computer vision by introducing a new way to think about leveraging human effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Lasecki, Walter  

Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers

U-M's STARX team hosted the first Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton (ACE) Competition, where teams from five schools gathered to tune-up, learn, and demonstrate their powered mechanical suits, which augment the wearers strength and abilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  

Computer science and business school students team up to create "intention" skill for Alexa

Inspired by a class on managing professional relationships, five recent University of Michigan graduates are developing an app that would mesh with Alexa to help nudge people when theyre out of sync with what they want. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Undergraduate Students  

Stephanie Crocker Ross receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Stephanie Crocker Ross, a PhD candidate advised by Professor Johanna Mathieu, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, which supports outstanding doctoral students working on unusually creative, ambitious and impactful dissertations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  

Mengqi Yao receives High Quality Paper Award at PowerTech Conference

Mengqi Yao, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Johanna Mathieu, recently won a High Quality Paper Award at the PowerTech Conference for her paper, Using demand response to improve power system voltage stability margins. Yao researches power system stability and how demand response, as opposed to changing supply during a disruption, can improve this stability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  

Xiang Yin receives honorable mention for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Xiang Yin (MSE PhD EE:S 2013 2017) received an honorable mention for the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. Yin, now Associate Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, researched cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems with Professor Stphane Lafortune. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Lafortune, Stephane  

Students win prizes for improving image processing techniques for liver cancer detection and much more

Students in EECS 556: Image Processing, explore methods to improve image processing in applications such as biomedical imaging and video and image compression. The techniques are fundamental to companies such as KLA-Tencor, which offered prizes to two teams of students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Medical Imaging  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

U-M programming team competes at highest level in ACM-ICPC competition

The Victors, a U-M student programming team, competed in the prestigious 2018 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals in Beijing, China, on April 15 - 20, 2018. The team was able to correctly solve four out of nine problems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Undergraduate Students  

Arthur Shi: Blogging about CS

Computer science is known to be a rigorous area of study, and students need to put forth countless hours of work to succeed. Undergraduate student Arthur Shi communicates the highs and lows of CS via the blogging platform Medium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees

Huang, a University of Michigan PhD candidate studying electrical engineering under Professor Leung Tsang, works in remote sensing. Because of her award-winning mathematical modeling, we will better understand our natural environment through knowing the shapes of trees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Student Profile  Sustainability and Environment  Tsang, Leung  

Bryan Stearns receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

For the past year Stearns has served as President of the Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CSEG), whose membership comprises the entire body of over three hundred CSE graduate students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Laird, John  

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2018

We honored the GSIs and IAs who students ranked as the best, sometimes better than the professer, the day before commencement. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Andrew Wagenmaker awarded NSF Fellowship for machine learning

Andrew Wagenmaker (BSE MSE EE 16 17) was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue research on machine learning. Wagenmaker will utilize the award as he pursues his doctoral degree at the University of Washington this fall in Seattle. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Student Profile  

Kyle Min awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Kyle Min, a master's student soon to be a PhD in electrical engineering, works on using computer vision to analyze body camera footage from law enforcement officers with Professor Jason Corso. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  

Sijia Geng awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Sijia Geng, PhD student in electrical engineering, researches trajectory sensitivity and adding renewable energy to microgrids with Professor Ian Hiskens. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Student Profile  Sustainability and Environment  

Zakaria Aldeneh selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Zakaria Aldeneh, CSE graduate student, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Aldeneh is working with Prof. Emily Mower Provost in the area of social signal processing. Aldeneh's research focuses on identifying the features of speech that make human interaction feel natural. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Mower Provost, Emily  

Installing an alternative on spring break

The GRID Alternatives Students for Sustainable Energy traveled to the La Jolla Indian Reservation outside of San Diego, California, to perform a solar installation of over 10kW on three homes during spring break, with plans for much greater in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Power and Energy  Student Teams and Organizations  

Tara Safavi earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for research on data mining

CSE graduate student Tara Safavi has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research in data mining on graphs, time series, and sequences. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  

Xinchen Yan Selected for Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and Google PhD Fellowship

CSE PhD candidate Xinchen Yan has been selected for a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and a Google PhD Fellowship to support his research in machine learning and its application in computer vision, graphics and robotics. In his thesis, Xinchen investigates the conditional generation problem that synthesizes structured sensory data from a given conditioning variable. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

2017-18 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 16, 2017 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Dave Neuhoff, Senior Associate Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Brian Noble, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Expeditions Travels to Seattle

On the fourth trip of ECE Expeditions, students took a journey around Seattle to meet with alumni and get an insiders view of several companies, coming away with new opportunities, a better understanding of their future, and a stronger community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard on the Facebook data breach

In this video, CSE PhD Student Matt Bernhard weighs in on the matter Facebook data harvesting, such as that done by Cambridge Analytica. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Ali Mostajeran earns IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award

Ali Mostajeran, visiting scholar from Cornell University, received a 2018 IEEE-SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award award. Mostajeran works with Prof. Ehsan Afshari researching novel millimeter-wave and terahertz electronics for imaging, biomedical hydration sensing, and communication applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  

Risk Aware Autonomy - Moving Artificial Intelligence Forward

This short video highlights the work of CSE PhD student Dhanvin Mehta, who is working on an algorithm to help guide robots in uncertain environments with constantly changing variables, such as for autonomous vehicles driving among pedestrians who can suddenly change direction or speed without signaling. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Battling Drone Ships with Anthony Uytingco

Anthony Uytingco, a junior in Electrical Engineering, leads UM::Autonomy, Michigans RoboBoat team for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internationals (AUVSI) RoboBoat Competition. Challenges for the boats include speeding around buoys, navigating a field of obstacles, staying in a precise formation, and docking based on an underwater pinger. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Off-Roading in Sand and Snow with Shivani Shah

Shivani Shah (BSE 2017, MSE 2018) is a key member of the Michigan Baja Racing team. Shahs expertise in electrical engineering allowed her to lead the development of an electronically controlled variable transmission (eCVT), a project she launched in EECS 473. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Control Systems  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

PhD Candidate Michael Benson Wins Another Year Leading Honor Society HKN

Michael Benson, a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was reelected student governor for Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the electrical and computer engineering honor society and the honor society of the IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Raymond Fok selected as finalist for CRA UG research award; two others receive honorable mention

CS undergraduate student Raymond Fok was selected as a finalist for CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. The award program recognizes undergraduate students in North American colleges and universities who show outstanding potential in an area of computing research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Computer Games Showcase Highlights New Games Built by CS Seniors

Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building hosted the ever-popular Computer Games Showcase, which allows attendees to wade into a CS mosh pit and play the final projects developed by computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Student-Built App Guides Smithsonian Gallery Visitors Through Ancient Asian Art Exhibit

Visitors to the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler Galleries in Washington DC will be guided through an exhibit on ancient Asian art by an app developed by a team of UM students through the Multidisciplinary Design Program. The exhibit and app trace the historic pilgrimage of 8th century Korean monk Hyecho to provide context for the exhibit. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jamin, Sugih  Undergraduate Students  

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