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Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a new Election Security Commission to recommend reforms and strategies for ensuring the security of elections in Michigan, to be co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. Haldermans work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

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

3 Questions with: Jenna Wiens

Jenna Wiens focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation hosted her for a seminar on how to augment clinical care with AI. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury is developing techniques to connect all the unused memory in a data cluster and treat it as a single, massive memory unit. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to overcome new challenges in this area. In the end, the team intends to make memory disaggregation practical. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

New secure architecture confounds hackers with randomization

Prof. Todd Austin is leading development of a new hardware architecture designed to guard against hackers. The two lead PhD students on the project, Mark Gallagher and Lauren Biernacki, produced a promotional video detailing the strengths of Morpheus' randomization approach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  

An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights Prof. Anthony Grbic's research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic's team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AI Needs Memory to Get Cozier with Compute

The EE Times highlights Prof. Wei Lu's company, Crossbar, and the work its doing to improve AI by combining advanced acceleration hardware, resistive RAM (ReRAM), and optimized neural networks to create ready-made, power-efficient solutions with unsupervised learning and event-recognition capability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  

ECE professors help robots better navigate the world

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that improves robots' use of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Vision  Kim, Hun-Seok  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Sylvester, Dennis  

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehners academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gerard Mourou talks high-intensity optics

On Thursday afternoon at Rackham Graduate School, Gerard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and founder of the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, discussed his research on laser physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  Winful, Herbert  

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries. This article summarizes the challenges in updating voting technology before the 2020 elections, and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent congressional testimony: With the 2020 election on the horizon, the next major target for foreign cyberattacks, we need to act before its too late. [Full Story]

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

State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking

Politico describes how some states are purchasing new voting machines to improve security -- but the ones they're choosing, called called ballot-marking devices, are relatively untested, says Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who is quoted in the article. [Full Story]

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

A Question For 2020: Are Our Voting Systems Secure?

In this podcast, Diane Rehm interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman about the security profile of the US voting system and asks the question: As we approach 2020, have states made the necessary changes to protect how we vote? [Full Story]

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

Uche Eke: A Balancing Act in Computer Science

Uche Eke is a senior studying computer science. He's also a student athlete and is one of a small number of black students enrolled in the CS program at Michigan. With Black History Month drawing to a close, we caught Uche between his classes and the gym to learn about his time here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Your Hard Drive May Be Listening

Researchers led by Prof. Kevin Fu demonstrated that a hard drive can be used as a microphone, allowing attackers to listen in to conversations. The team proposes defenses against every attack they develop, but Fu is still concerned about the implications this has for sensitive sensor-driven systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Systems  

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

GPUs are employed by large computing clusters for both training and inference of deep learning models, and Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury and his students, Juncheng Gu and Peifeng Yu, are working to multiply the number of jobs a cluster can finish in a set amount of time and streamline methods of sharing resources on the fly with two new open-source tools. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Extreme light: Nobel laureate discusses the past & future of lasers

Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

What the U.S. Can Learn About Electronic Voting From This Tiny Eastern European Nation

This article describes the system of electronic voting used by the Baltic country of Estonia, which is often held up by many as a model for how electronic voting can be done right. It then interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who conducted a security audit of the Estonian system in 2014 and found a series of alarming problems. [Full Story]

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

Student wins presitgious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering

Anthony Zheng is one of ten nationwide recipients of the prestigious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering. The scholarship program awards 10 one-time $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding sophomore or junior engineering students at leading universities around the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Personalized knowledge graphs for faster search and digital assistants

Prof. Danai Koutra has proposed a mobile solution to develop constantly-evolving, personalized knowledge bases that identify information thats most relevant to the users changing interests. Koutra and her collaborators are working to take on this shortcoming with graphs that are customized, stored locally, and able to change over time. Koutra earned an Amazon Research Award for the project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  

The Moores Law for Self-Driving Vehicles

According to Prof. Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility, self-driving cars today are only 0.01% as good as humans. To get as good it'll take 16 years. Why? Check out his newest Medium post. [Full Story]

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

Whitmer recognizes Mourou's Nobel Prize

Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 "Chirped Pulse Amplification Day" in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Election security: Halderman recommends actions to ensure integrity of US systems

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Service and General Government, urging lawmakers to approve additional funding for election cybersecurity prior to the upcoming 2020 elections. [Full Story]

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

A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting

Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting. [Full Story]

Laura Balzano receives NSF CAREER Award to improve machine learning for big data applications

Her research deciphering messy data sets will first tackle applications in genetics and computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Machine Learning  

U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups

Prof. Wei Lu's startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) founded Hygieia to automate and streamline diabetes treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Health and Safety  

Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics 1982 MSE CICE 1984) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll's brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

Speeding up code with clever data manipulation

Prof. Baris Kasikci has proposed a new technique to tackle the issue of program optimization broadly and automatically. Kasikci presents a method to improve a programs ability to use data in a straightforward, efficient way by better use of a coding principle called locality. His project has earned an Intel Faculty Award, a renewal of his initial award for the projects proposal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  

Sloan Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law in health and AI

Prof. Reetuparna Das has been selected for a 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her work in developing novel hardware architectures. Das develops new architectures that improve performance by orders of magnitude through the more efficient use of available transistors. Her research focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and precision health applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

How the Internet of Things could bring hackers into your kitchen (or bedroom)

This article and video describes vulnerabilities that exist in Internet of Things devices, and highlights work done by Prof. Kevin Fu that demonstrates how devices can be controlled by sound waves. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Internet of Things  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

New research for the future of sustainable power and energy

Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Ozay, Necmiye  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Outstanding commitment to undergraduate mentorship

Prof. Westley Weimer has earned the Computing Research Association Education (CRA-E) Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award for providing exceptional mentorship, undergraduate research experiences, and guidance on admission and matriculation to undergraduate students working in his research group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Undergraduate Students  Weimer, Westley  

Automated software repair paper recognized for 10 years of influence

Ten years ago, Prof. Westley Weimer set out to shave time and expenditure off the process of generating patch fixes to buggy software. His solution was controversial, applying a novel approach to software development called genetic programming to generate automated patches to even large, complicated programs. The paper has since been cited over 500 times and served as groundwork for tools in use by companies like Facebook. Now, the International Conference on Software Engineering has recognized the work with a Ten-Year Most Influential Paper. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Systems  Software Systems  Weimer, Westley  

Battery economics could power the future of energy

Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu's $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Abraham Addisie, a PhD candidate in computer science and engineering, has been awarded the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement by the College of Engineering for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications. [Full Story]

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

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  

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

"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  

All EECS News for 2019