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Ann Arbor's May Mobility raises $22 million to deploy driverless shuttles across US

All About AnnArbor reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. The company is expanding its facilities and reach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

May Mobility secures $22 million investment amid expansion

Crain's Detroit Business reports that May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $22M during its recent Series A funding round. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

"Air traffic control" for driverless cars could speed up deployment

Research led by Prof. Walter Lasecki shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Data and Computing  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dick, Robert  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mihalcea, Rada  Subramanian, Vijay  

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

CSE PhD student Zeyu Zheng has been awarded a 2018-19 Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in reinforcement learning with his advisor, Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence Satinder Singh Baveja. Zheng is working to give autonomous agents the ability to maintain the skills theyve already learned and leverage them to acquire new ones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

The Growing Tension Between Undergraduate and K-12: Is CS for All, or Just Those Who Get Past the Caps?

Last month, the New York Times ran an article "The Hard Part of Computer Science? Getting Into Class" about the dramatic increase in undergraduate enrollment, and the inability of US computer science departments to keep pace with the demand. Prof. Mark Guzdial reflects on the trend and its historical precedent. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Research team investigating Internet censorship with tracking system

A group of researchers led by Prof. Roya Ensafi is investigating Internet censorship. The team created a system called Censored Planet that monitors and reports when access to websites is blocked. The team is seeking to understand which websites governments are blocking and why. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Information Technology  Lab-Systems  

Self-driving cars could deploy sooner using air traffic control technique, UM researchers say

This article highlights the work of Prof. Walter Lasecki, who is working to create hybrid human/AI systems that can handle exceptional situations that could move forward the release of technologies such as autonomous transportation networks. [Full Story]

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

Built by humans. Ruled by computers.

H.V. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M, has been tapped to lead the Center for Responsible Information Technology, a U-M think tank thats now in development. It will aim to help technologists use algorithmic systems and other IT advances in a socially responsible way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Cybersecurity  Jagadish, HV  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

In an advance that could one day provide a comprehensive, publicly available window into worldwide internet censorship, a team led by Prof. Roya Ensafi has turned public internet servers across the globe into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Lab-Systems  

Landmark microprocessor reliability paper recognized for enduring impact

At the turn of the century, Prof. Todd Austin authored a paper that addressed the critical issue of reliability tests for microprocessors. Published in 1999, it turned out to be a major contribution to the field. The paper has been cited 872 times and has been referenced in 11 patents. Now, to recognize the works lasting relevance, Austin has earned the IEEE/ACM MICRO Test of Time Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

Allison McDonald, a third-year PhD student in CSE, has received a 2019 Facebook Fellowship. The award recognizes promising doctoral students engaged in innovative and relevant research. McDonald works with Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Prof. Florian Schaub from the School of Information to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities. [Full Story]

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

Making a difference for women in academia

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been honored with the 2019 Sarah Goddard Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women through their leadership, scholarship, or other ways in their professional life. [Full Story]

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

College award for excellence in education

Dr. Bill Arthur has been awarded the 2019 Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award from the College of Engineering. This award recognizes lecturers who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate levels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Arthur, William  Education  

College award recognizes a career dedicated to service

Prof. Emeritus Kevin Compton has been selected to receive the 2018-19 Herbert Kopf Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering, in recognition of his significant service contributions to the College and University. Throughout his career, Compton has been committed to service in his work that has enhanced the student experience and the operation of the CSE Division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  

H.V. Jagadish to be Michigan Institute for Data Science director

H.V. Jagadish has been appointed director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science, effective Feb. 15. Jagadish, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was one of the initiators of an earlier concept of a data science initiative on campus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Systems  

Spotting Fake News (video)

In this One Detroit report, Prof. Rada Mihalcea and research scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas describe their work in weeding out fake news stories from the real stories using a unique algorithm. [Full Story]

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

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Hiwot Kassa, second-year PhD student in CSE, has been named an inaugural Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow. he research is aimed at impoving the speed and efficiency of high-performance applications, such as those that rely on large data centers, by coordinating a variety of different computing components to tackle each problems specific computational needs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

A poker-playing robot goes to work at the Pentagon

Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Michael Wellman comments on the signal being sent as the Pentagon and other agencies adopt more AI technologies: the technology is maturing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

David Chesney named Collegiate Lecturer for 2018-19

Three lecturers have been honored for outstanding contributions to instruction as the 2018-19 Collegiate Lecturers, a title the three will retain throughout their careers at the university. Chesney focuses his courses around creating software for the greater good. He was instrumental in the collaboration between the College of Engineering and C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital for the formation of the MGC-FEVA Center. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

Recognizing a lifetime of achievement in cognitive systems

John Laird, the John L. Tishman Professor of Engineering, has been awarded the 2018 Herbert A. Simon Prize for Advances in Cognitive Systems along with his collaborator Prof. Paul Rosenbloom of the University of Southern California. This award recognizes the pairs research on cognitive architectures, especially their Soar project, their applications to knowledge-based systems and models of human cognition, and their contributions to theories of representation, reasoning, problem solving, and learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Students develop games, build audiences in largest computer game course yet

The 2018 Computer Games Showcase flooded Tishman Hall with pirates, hard-hatted miners, and patriotic space war recruiters on December 11. Seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, and visiting students from Eastern Michigan University showed off their final group projects with live demos set up around the hall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

The social justice case for computing: transforming tools for some into a language for all

As a Professor of EECS and Engineering Education Research (EER) at Michigan, Mark Guzdial is embedded with other computer science faculty to determine how different students think about computing, and just how exactly teaching it is supposed to work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Collegiate Lecturership recognizes commitment to innovative teaching

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, Dr. David Chesney has been named a 2018-2019 Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer. For many years, Chesney has encouraged his students to think in terms of social good when developing their software projects. Through his courses, students are able to learn the fundamentals of programming and software systems, while also seeing the social impact of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Prof. Thomas Wenisch comments in this article on Intel's efforts to shore up the security of its microprocessors while still competing on performance. Wenisch was one of the researchers who exposed weaknesses in Intel's secure enclave technology via the Foreshadow attack. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

Why Washtenaw County is home to a special "Super Smash Bros. Melee" community

CSE game development instructor Austin Yarger provides insight in this interview on why the local region has become a Smash hub. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Yarger, Austin  

Bridging the "last centimeter barrier" in electronic communications

Michigan Engineering researchers led by Prof. Pinaki Mazumder have created a new chip interconnect technology using terahertz surface-wave interconnects that will enable ultra fast data transmissions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mazumder, Pinaki  

Taking on the limits of computing power

By harnessing the power and speed of graphics processing units, a University of Michigan startup can dramatically accelerate gene sequencing, shortening tasks that took multiple days to a single hour. Ann Arbor-based Parabricks Inc. was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant of $748,000.

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Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Dreslinski named Wellman Professor for outstanding research in energy efficient processors

Ron Dreslinski, assistant professor in Computer Science and Engineering, has been named a Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor. Dreslinski works in the area of energy efficient processor architectures, a subject that has evolved from his dissertation work at Michigan. He is now working with a $9.5million DARPA grant to develop a hardware architecture and software ecosystem that together can approach the power of ASICs with the flexibility of a CPU. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Dreslinski, Ron  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Freakonomics Radio Live: Featuring Prof. Rada Mihalcea

Listen in to the new Freakonomics to catch Prof. Rada Mihalcea discuss how to increase your odds of finding out if a news article is true or fake and her piece won the episode's live audience vote! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Information Technology  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Prof. Kevin Compton, mentor and coach for CS students, retires

Prof. Kevin Compton has retired after 34 years at the University of Michigan in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department. Throughout his career, Prof. Compton has made contributions in service that have enhanced the student experience and the operation of the CSE Division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Lab-Theory of Computation  

Lynn Conway encourages graduates to embrace coming social change

Professor emerita and transgender advocate Lynn Conway delivered the 2018 Winter Commencement address to U-M graduates. Story published by The University Record. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

The web really isn't worldwide -- every country has different access

Users from certain countries cant visit certain websites not because their governments say so, but because a corporation halfway around the world has made a decision to deny them access. New article by CSE PhD student Allison McDonald at The Conversation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ensafi, Roya  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Information Technology  Lab-Systems  

The Malware of the Future Will Have AI Superpowers

The cybersecurity threats of deep learning and neural networks are emerging. Some learning algorithms can be fooled into making simple but crucial errors, which can lead to more malicious attacks later on. Prof. Atul Prakash and collaborators found that by sticking small black and white stickers on stop signs, they could make them undetectable to the AI algorithms used in self-driving cars. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Prakash, Atul  

Censys, a search engine for internet-connected devices, raises $2.6 million led by GV and Greylock

Cybersecurity startup Censys, co-founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, PhD candidate David Adrian, and alum Zakir Durumeric, announced that it has raised a $2.6 million seed round led by GV and Greylock. The funding will be used as Censys, which just launched as a commercial company last year, seeks to collect more data and develop additional paid services. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cybersecurity  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Halderman, J. Alex  

The Disappeared: Beyond Winning and Losing

The #MeToo movement is bringing ever-increasing awareness of the challenges faced by women in STEM. Emerita Prof. Lynn Conway drew upon her unique life-experiences in the industry, and wrote insights in an invited-essay in a Special Issue of IEEE Computer Magazine on "Winning and Losing in IT." This PDF is copyright IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Helping drivers use smart cars smarter

Profs. Jason Mars, Lingja Tang, CSE students Shih-Chieh Lin, Chang-Hong Hsu, and Yunqi Zhang, and Ford Motor Company have developed a conversational in-vehicle digital assistant that can respond to drivers questions and commands in natural language, helping them get to know the autonomous tools their cars have to offer. Their paper earned Honorable Mention Award in the Best Paper competition at this years ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Online censorship in Saudi Arabia soared after Jamal Khashoggis murder

This story highlights how tools such as Censored Planet, developed by Research Prof. Roya Ensafi, have shed light on state-sponsored censorship activities such as the measures that were put in place recently in Saudi Arabia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Lab-Systems  

A moral code for coders: Should ethics be part of the computer science curriculum?

This airing of Stateside on Michigan Radio includes an audio interview with Bernard A. Galler Professor of EECS HV Jagadish on the moral questions companies should ask when working with private information, and how best to incorporate ethics into coding and computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Systems  

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  

Trolley Folly

A favorite debate around self-driving vehicles is the trolley problem: a self-driving vehicle finds itself in a pickle and must choose between two terrible outcomes. See what Prof. Edwin Olson has to say on this much talked-about conundrum in his new article on Medium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Using drones, a new software tool can bring LTE networks anywhere

Prof. Z. Morley Mao and alumnus Mehrdad Moradi (PhD CSE 2018) earned a best paper award at this year's ACM MobiCom for their work on SkyCore, a reliable new way to deploy LTE networks using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The paper, SkyCore: Moving Core to the Edge for Untethered and Reliable UAV-based LTE networks, demonstrated a way to connect hotspots on drones with commercial networks and smartphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  

Toyota funds professorship in AI at U-Michigan

Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja is U-M's first Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence. A $3 million gift from Toyota Motor Corporation endows the first named professorship in artificial intelligence at the University of Michigan and provides additional funding to support AI and robotics faculty. [Full Story]

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

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  

All CSE News for 2019