CSE News for 2007
CCCP group sweeps awards at MICRO-40
Peter Chen Named IEEE Fellow
EECS Welcome Day: Tuesday, November 27
ATTN Students! Tuesday, November 27, 11am-3:30pm in the CSE and EECS Atriums. Come get a glimpse of EECS courses and research. Ask questions of graduate students and faculty. Several companies are sponsoring this event because they believe in the value of an EECS education! Free pizza!
EECS Students Recognized at U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the 2007 U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium:
EECS 598: Human-Inspired Computing
Term: Winter 2008
New computer program automates chip debugging
Fixing design bugs and wrong wire connections in computer chips after they've been fabricated in silicon is a tedious, trial-and-error process that often costs companies millions of dollars and months of time-to-market. Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan say it doesn't have to be that way. They've developed a new technology, called FogClear, to automate "post-silicon debugging."
Prof. Mazumder Elected Fellow of AAAS
3 .NET developers(they are willing to train those who have a background in computer science with some knowledge of .net)
Company or Institution: Confidential-Digital Marketing and Advertising Company whose clients include Audi, Botox, GlaxoSmithKline Kline, Western Union, Jet Blue, Subway etc. This is a GREAT company to work for. The environment is young, fun, and innovative.
Halloween Party - 2007
EECS! Happy Halloween!
Prof. Peter Chen Awarded the 2007 ACM/SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award
Peter Chen received the 2007 Mark Weiser Award for his demonstrated contributions to operating systems research. This award is presented to individuals whose work is deemed highly creative, innovative, and possibly high-risk, in keeping with the visionary spirit of Mark Weiser.
Continuum Finishes 7th in Australia
The U-M solar team placed 7th in the Challenge Class of the World Solar Challenge, showing how a world class team can overcome adversity. After an unfortunate collision the first day of racing, the U-M car Continuum went on to pass 25 cars on their way to the finish line. Read more on the team blog. Continuum employed a revolutionary design in the use of parabolic mirrors to improve overall performance. [Video] [Race Results] [Press Release]
Making Your First Million: and other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs
What spawned Silicon Valley and how can you capitalize on your own entrepreneurial spirit? Listen to Lee Boysel entrepreneur, investor, and inventor of the first single-chip CPU microprocessor talk about the lost early years of the microprocessor, and Making Your First Million [Video Link] [Slides Only] [Read more...]
Company or Institution: NA
DEPARTMENT HEAD ENGINEERING NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Company or Institution: NA
Predicting the Unpredictable in Nanoscale Circuits
Prof. John Hayes, Igor Markov, and graduate student Smita Krishnaswamy describe a first-of-a-kind technique to test non-deterministic parameters of nanocircuits in their article, "Tracking Uncertainty with Probabilistic Logic Circuit Testing."
CSE student team, DeepMaize, wins 2007 TAC-SCM Prediction Challenge
Three CSE students took Michigan's entry, "Deep Maize" to the final round of the 2007 Trading Agent Competition Supply Chain Management game, earning third place overall, and first place in the Prediction Challenge.
Alumnus Avi Rubin responds to recent news about weaknesses in the e-voting machines
Avi Rubin (BS CCS; MSE CSE; PHD CSE) was not surprised to hear that the electronic voting machines used in California (and elsewhere) are vulnerable to being hacked and having the voting results changed. In fact, he brought to light many vulnerabilities in the Diebold machines back in 2003, before the election that employed more of these machines than ever before.
Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.
Merit is once again experiencing network problems. They are working on the problem but give no ETA as to when connectivity might berestored. You can read more at:
Term: Fall 2007
Prof. Dragomir Radev helps coach U.S. linguistics team to victory
Eric Chown leads team to RoboCup victory
Eric Chown was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory when he graduated with his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. He is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Bowdoin College in Maine, and recently led his robotics team to an international victory in the RoboCup 2007 competition. My goal is to make science fun and exciting and attract young people, said Chown in an interview with CNN.[Read the CNN Article]
Nov 15: Ann Arbor Tech Fair and Career Mentor Panel
10:00am - 4:00pm (CSE Bldg Atrium): Organized by the student honor society, HKN, the A2Tech provides local technology companies the opportunity to showcase their work to the U-M's future computer engineers, computer scientists and electrical engineers. [Additional Information]
Peter Honeyman receives USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award
Peter Honeyman received the USENIX Lifetime Achievement Award, known as The Flame Award, this past June at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference. This award recognizes "singular contributions to the UNIX community of both intellectual achievement and service that are not recognized in any other forum." Peter was praised for his "profound and lasting impact on the field of computer science,... for his seminal contributions to computing systems," and especially for his efforts as a mentor. The award committee wrote, "Peter's often highly unconventional stewardship of the countless students, researchers, and advisees he has touched is the stuff of graduate student legend."
Peter is an adjunct faculty member with CSE, a professor with the School of Information, and scientific director of the Center for Information Technology Integration. He has advised and been a mentor to many high-achieving CSE students over the years, including Avi Rubin (Professor and author of Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting), Tim Howes (Founder and CTO of Opsware, Inc.), Larry Huston (Intel research lab), and recently Niels Provos (Senior Staff Engineer at Google, Inc.).
Research in Software Defined Radio Featured in IEEE Micro's 2007 Top Picks Issue
Research in Signal-Processing On-Demand Architecture (SODA) was selected for inclusion in IEEE Micro's annual Special Issue on Micro's Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences. [read more]
Best Paper for work in Software Defined Radio
Mark Woh, graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, is first author on the paper, "The Next Generation Challenge for Software Defined Radio," which received Best Paper at the International Workshop on Systems, Architectures, Modeling, and Simulation (SAMOS VII), held July 16-19, 2007 in Samos, Greece. The paper was co-authored by Sangwon Seo, Hyunseok Lee, Yuan Lin, Prof. Scott Mahlke, and Prof. Trevor Mudge, from the University of Michigan, Chaitali Shakrabarti from Arizona State University, and U-M alumnus Krisztian Flautner, now at ARM Ltd.
Prof. Michael Wellman co-authors new book, Autonomous Bidding Agents
Prof. Michael Wellman's new book, Autonomous Bidding Agents: Strategies and Lessons from the Trading Agent Competition, is now available through MIT Press. Prof. Wellman was one of the originators in 2000 of the Trading Agent Competition (TAC), which has now grown to an international competition that presents the best in e-commerce trading. The book was co-authored by Amy Greenwald (Brown University) and Peter Stone (University of Texas).
Dr. David Chesney's Big Fish Paper a Winner
Dr. David Chesney received the best paper award in the New Engineering Educators division at the 2007 American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exhibition for his paper entitled, "Big Fish II: The Lost Science of Story-Telling in the Engineering Classroom."
Dr. Chesney believes that the use of story-telling in the engineering classroom can be an improvement to traditional teaching methods. He has used this technique his all of the classes he teaches, including junior-level Data Structures and Algorithms, senior/graduate level Software Engineering, and Professionalism and Ethics.
Dr. Chesney is a lecturer in the Computer Science and Engineering division.
Software development, product management, quality assurance and other engineering related positions.
Company or Institution: Barracuda Networks
All positions are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Barracuda Networks, the exciting Silicon Valley based security appliances firm has launched a new software development and engineering innovation center in Ann Arbor.
After leading the way in the fight against Spam, Viruses, Spyware, Content Filtering, and Server Load Balancing, Barracuda is looking to build exciting new products in the heart of Michigan.
Barrauda Networks is a highly profitable, leading provider of application security appliances. We maintain and laid back and high energy working environment which breeds innovation. We are now looking to add more talented individuals to work on our expanding product line. With over 40,000 customers worldwide, this fast-paced, rapidly growing company needs top talent to ensure our product lines live up to the high standards of our current and future customers.
*** Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leader in security appliances, is now hiring a variety of software developers for a new Ann Arbor development office. These positions are immediately available. ***
We are looking for senior, junior, and intern/entry level talent for the exciting new satellite development office located conveniently close to the University of Michigan campus. Current CS students are also encouraged to apply.
Software engineers in this office will be tasked with developing new and exciting products for Barracuda, along with providing additional development expertise to our highly successful Spam Firewalls, Web Filters, IM Firewalls, and Load Balancers.
Please send us your resume if you have any of these skill sets:
AJAX/Advanced Web Development
Strong security knowledge
LINUX, UNIX, Windows and TCP/IP application development
Strong security and networking knowledge is preferred.
QA: Any software development QA experience
Also, any development jobs available at http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/company/careers.php are available from the Ann Arbor office.
Please send your resume, salary requirements, and availability to sheiney (at) barracuda.com.
Tell your friends! Barracuda is the coolest company around. ;)
Barracuda Networks is a privately held company with headquarters in Campbell, California. Barracuda Networks has offices in eight international locations and distributors in over 43 countries.
Click on the photo to the left or the link below for more photos from the 2007 EECS Summer picnic. [Full Story]
Lisa Hsu Awarded Intel Fellowship
Lisa Hsu, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, was recently awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge research in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.
"My research," said Hsu, "is about cache resource allocation in large scale chip multiprocessors. As CMPs become more prevalent, particularly in the server domain, I'm trying to come up with simple, scalable, and effective algorithms to manage a shared cache resource amongst many competing elements, some of which may be more important than others and require a higher quality of service than other elements."
Originally from San Diego, CA, Lisa came to Michigan after graduating from Princeton University in 2002 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She has been a Peer Advisor for incoming women to the department since 2003, and is an active member of the computer science graduate student group, CSEG. She also participates in sprint triathlons!
Prof. Todd Austin Receives 2007 Maurice Wilkes Award
Prof. Todd Austin was presented with the 2007 Maurice Wilkes Award at the 2007 International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Awards Banquet, "for innovative contributions in Computer Architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and Razor architectures."[Read more...]
Tony Fader receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Tony Fader (BS Math 2007) won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship while conducting research under Prof. Drago Radev. This research spanned two different projects:
This project aims to develop a method to find influential speakers (or mavens) from the transcript of a debate. The method, called MavenRank, represents speeches and their textual similarity as a network and ranks speakers based on the centrality of their speeches. When applied to the US Congressional Record, which is a transcript of debates and speeches in the US Senate and House of Representatives, it was found that the rank of a speaker in a congressional committee is correlated with that speaker's MavenRank score in a related topic. Work is now underway to develop a dynamic version of MavenRank that identifies influential speakers within a specific time period.
In the fields of biology and medicine, researchers are often overwhelmed by the large volume of articles published, which makes keeping up to date with a specific topic difficult. Radev and Fader developed a system called GIN (Gene Interaction Network), which aims to help researchers find what they are looking for by providing article summaries and access molecule interaction networks. Each interaction is automatically extracted from the text, so users can immediately find more information about a given interaction or view all of the interactions described in an article. The system also provides network statistics about the molecules in the interaction network, which describe the centrality of the molecules and connectedness of their neighborhoods.
Tony will be headed to U. Washington to pursue his PhD in Computer Science.
Graduate Students Awarded Prize in IEEE Programming Challenge at IWLS
Smita Krishnaswamy and Stephen M. Plaza, doctoral students in Computer Science and Engineering, were awarded the Second Best Contribution Award at the Second IEEE Programming Challenge at IWLS (Int. Workshop on Logic and Synthesis), May 30-June 1, 2007 for their paper, "AnSER: A Lightweight Reliability Evaluator for use in Logic Synthesis."
How does DCO distribute software?
For linux much of the software is served out of afs so that users are simply running the same thing they would at CAEN. In addition we almost always install things remotely via ssh. We might mount an iso off of a remote machine, scp things over, whatever. We also provide cds upon request.
EE Engineer: Instrumentation and Controls
Company or Institution: Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
Interested students should email Adam Gersh at:
Company or Institution: CONTAX Inc.
TV Now Showing on U-M Connected Computers
EECS 498: High-Tech Entrepreneurship
Term: Fall, 2007
Michael Moffitt Awarded IBM's Prestigious Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship
Michael D. Moffitt, who recently defended his PhD in Artificial Intelligence under Prof. Martha Pollack, has accepted the prestigious 2007 Josef Raviv Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for promising research in computer science. He will spend his post-doctoral year at the IBM Austin Research Lab. [Read more...]
EECS Student Instructor Awards
Martha Pollack Named Dean of School of Information
EECS 598-2, Photonic Crystals
Featured Article: Consumer Electronics Meets Distributed Storage
CSE graduate student Daniel Peek and Prof. Jason Flinn, Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor, described their Blue File System (BlueFS) project in a recent article of the IEEE Computer Magazine (Feb 2007). Responding to the complexity involved in trying to share and update information between our digital cameras, iPods, cell phones, and laptop computers, Flinn and Peek are working to simplify personal digital content management.
David Kieras Receives Education Excellence Award
Professor David Kieras received a 2007 College of Engineering Education Excellence Award. Prof. Kieras is well-known for his course, Object-Oriented and Advanced Programming, an undergraduate course that has a reputation among students for being an exceptional course. [read more...]
ACAL and AI Graduate Students Take Top Honors at ISPD 2007 Contest
CSE students Jarrod Roy (ACAL) and Michael Moffitt (AI) were honored on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) in Austin, Texas for their winning entries in an inaugural Global Routing Contest.
Term: Fall 2007
William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture
"Programming Past and Future," by Prof. Susan L. Graham, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley
ACAL Receives Microprocessor Report Analysts' Choice Award
The Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) received a 2006 MPR Analysts' Choice Award in the newly created category, Innovation. ACAL was named with industrial partner ARM, Ltd. for introducing and implementing the technology called Razor, which MPR believes is relevant to power consumption and the concept of future computing in general.
Zattoo Named to Red Herring 100 Europe 2007
Prof. Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo, has been named to the Red Herring 100 Europe 2007 list, which recognizes the 100 most promising private companies driving the future of technology, in the region of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. ---Read also: Press Release BusinessWeek.com article
CSE Faculty Member Andrew Ladd Mourned
The Department was saddened to hear that Andrew Ladd, who was recently hired as an EECS faculty member in the CSE Division, passed away in his sleep the morning of March 4, 2007. Andrew was 28 years old. His research expertise spanned a broad area including robotics, graphics, vision, theory, and systems. We in EECS looked forward to having Andrew's energy and enthusiasm as part of our department and it is with great sadness that we note his passing.[Obituary and Guest Book; search for Andrew Ladd]
HKN Peer Mentoring: All About EECS Courses and Programs
Get advice about which classes to take - Learn more about the different areas within EECS, from student members of the EECS Honors Society, Eta Kappa Nu. Thursday, March 15, 2007, from 4-7PM in Tishman Hall, CSE Bldg. All current and prospective EECS students are welcome - Pizza will be served! [Flyer]
Company or Institution: Kalamazoo RESA
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Company or Institution: Intel
In this position, you will be working with a small team of IC designers to work on physical level chips for communications. Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Working with people from different divisions, identifying and analyzing problems, plans, and solutions
Working independently on part of chip designs, from concept, schematic, simulation to key layout
Working together with a small group to achieve team goals
You must possess either a Ph.D. or a Master of Science degree in a related field with more than five years of relevant working experience, or a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field with more than eight years of relevant working experience. Additional qualifications include:
Experience with a full cycle of analog chip design, capabilities of independent work
Experience in mux* and/or demux*, serdes*, CDR designs, preferably with higher than 1Gbps speed
Experience of using foundries and outside packaging and/or testing house Experience with low cost designs Good written and verbal communication skills Knowledge of PC related circuitry is preferred
Location: Fremont, CA
You can either apply this job online at www.intel.com/jobs or send me your resume at email@example.com. [Full Story]
Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Engineering
3 EECS Students Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships
Three EECS students were awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year:
Francesco Andriulli (Electrical Engineering)
The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.
Prof. Peter Chen named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Prof. Peter Chen received a U-M Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for his outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Recently, Prof. Chen created a new course for freshmen called Microprocessors and Music, where students successfully build a music synthesizer in one term.
Sir John Pendry Lecture Available
If you missed Sir John Pendry's lecture, "The Perfect Lens: Resolution Beyond the Limits of Wavelength," you may listen to his talk and view his slides - click here.
Usama Fayyad Named 2006 ACM Fellow
Usama M. Fayyad (PhD, CSE), Chief Data Office and Senior Vice President, Yahoo!, was named a 2006 ACM Fellow, "For contributions to machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery."
Kunle Olukotun Named 2006 ACM Fellow
Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE), associate professor at Stanford University, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), "For contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi threaded processor design."
Company or Institution: Yield Software
Google has built a market value of over $150 billion and in conjunction with Yahoo and Microsoft have dominated the web advertising space. Thousands of niche search engines and advertising networks have emerged focused on everything from mortgages to travel to real estate. There is a massive influx of marketing budgets out of traditional media (television, radio, print, direct mail, etc.) and onto the Internet. At the same time, Susquehana Financial Group forecasts that the online advertising market will more than quadruple over the next five years to reach $82 billion worldwide!!
While companies know how to build great products and services, they have no idea how to harness the rapidly evolving web advertising market to attract the best traffic and convert them into loyal customers. So far, the only solution in sight is to hire lots of very expensive, very hard-to-find search engine marketing and web advertising "experts" to manually and suboptimally allocate huge budgets.
Yield Software is a complete solution to automate and optimize web marketing, transforming it from a inefficient cost center to a competitive weapon. First, it attracts and drives the most valuable users to your web site. Then, it optimizes your site to convert those users into loyal customers, sales and ultimately profits. It does this by leveraging sophisticated algorithms, innovative techniques and state-of-the-art best practices to ensure you spend your web marketing budget in the most cost effective way possible.
Join us and you'll learn and practice highly valued Web 2.0 techniques while you help launch a product that will empower companies to capitalize on this enormous opportunity. We are seeking both full-time and part-time developers, we have flexible work schedules and we even offer work from home/school opportunities. Whatever your situation, if you are talented and interested, we want to talk to you!
Yield Software has been under development for almost a year and in the final development stages of its beta product. The CEO has a proven track record, including holding various executive positions at Siebel Systems where he launched their flagship product from inception and developed it into a $1B business. Other executive team members have held senior positions at some of Silicon Valley's most successful software companies; as well as degrees from Wharton Business School and engineering schools such as Berkeley and Michigan.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of a small, fun and ambitious company that is on the verge of great success! The ideal candidate is:
We are very interested in seeing your previous work, examples, projects and experiments. We are located in San Mateo, CA. Send your resume or a description of your qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
British Corn Laws End
The British Corn Laws were abolished on this date in 1849.
Martha Pollack Receives Sarah Goddard Power Award
Prof. Martha Pollack has been selected to receive a 2007 U-M Sarah Goddard Power Award for her significant contributions to the betterment of women through distinguished leadership, scholarship, and other related activities. She will receive the award at a public awards ceremony February 7, 2007.
Three EECS faculty receive NSF CAREER Awards
Assistant professors Domitilla Del Vecchio, Z. Morley Mao, and Petar Momcilovic have recently been awarded NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious award in support of faculty in the early years of their career, and is intended to especially promote those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education.
Three Faculty Earn 2007 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award
Congratulations to the following three EECS faculty members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Department with an EECS Outstanding Achievement Award:
Jim Freudenberg, Systems Laboratory
They will receive their awards at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on February 10th at the Michigan League.
John Laird Named 2006 ACM Fellow
John Laird, professor in the Artificial Intelligence Lab, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), "For contributions to the development and application of cognitive architectures."
HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06
The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-M's student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06, the second year in a row it earned this prestigious honor. [read more]
David Liu and Adam Schrems display their senior-level project, SensorNet, a system to wirelessly monitor and control a home, at the Fall 2006 College of Engineering Design Exposition. [Full Story]