Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

CSE News for 2014

Protean Code Allows Data Center Servers to Adapt to Changing Environments with Breakthrough Compiler Technology

A team of CSE researchers including Prof. Jason Mars, Prof Lingjia Tang, and graduate student Michael Laurenzano has developed Protean Code, a technique which efficiently and continuously transforms the way in which the application programs running in data centers are recompiled in order to adapt to changing compute environments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Code Compliation  Data Centers  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

CSE Sponsors Science on Screen Night; Lecture by Prof. Kevin Compton and Screening of The Imitation Game

In an event sponsored by CSE and designed to bring the local tech community together, Prof. Kevin Compton will speak on cryptography at Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater on January 8, 2015 in conjunction with a screening of the movie, The Imitation Game. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Cryptography  

2014 Computer Games Showcase Draws Another Big Crowd

On Friday, December 12th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2014 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Game Design and Development  Gibson, Jeremy  

The First-Ever EECS 183 Showcase was a Success

On Tuesday, December 16th, a number of students and professors attended the first-ever EECS 183 Showcase at Palmer Commons. Non-CS students from EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, presented what they learned about CS this semester in a day-long showcase that featured 183 projects made by over 750 students. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Gibson, Jeremy  

U-M Programming Team The Victors Advance to ACM World Finals

The Victors, a team of U-M computer science students, has advanced to the 39th Annual ACM-ICPC World Finals after competing in the East Central North American regional competition at Grand Valley State University in November. The ACM-ICPC is the largest and most prestigious computer programming competition in the world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Lynn Conway to Receive 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE/RSE Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award, for contributions to and leadership in design methodology and pedagogy enabling rapid advances and dissemination of VLSI design tools and systems. This award is one of the highest presented by IEEE. Prof. Conway, sometimes called the hidden hand in the microchip design revolution, was a major source of innovation in a field that eventually made personal computers and smartphones possible. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Scott Mahlke Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Compiler Code Generation and Automatic Processor Customization

CSE Associate Chair and Prof. Scott Mahlke has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2015, "for contributions to compiler code generation and automatic processor customization." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Mahlke, Scott  Parallel Computing  

Can you solve the hidden puzzle in CSE?

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning today -- and this includes a challenge! There is a puzzle hidden in the building which will require some computational thinking to solve. Find it and solve the entire challenge and you will be eligible to win a prize. [Full Story]

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been named ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery. The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with at least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  Women in Computing  

Winter 2015: Waves & Imaging in Random Media

Course No.: EECS 598-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: John Schotland
Prerequisites: Basic partial differential equations; some knowledge of probability theory

Course Description:
This is a special topics course. The focus is on the theory of wave propagation in in homogenous media in various asymptotic regimes including: (i) geometrical optics of high-frequency waves (ii) homogenization of low-frequency waves in periodic and random media (iii) radiative transport and diffusion theory for high-frequency waves in low-frequency random media. Applications to inverse problems in imaging will be considered. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Collabrified Mobile Apps for K-12

Course No.: EECS 498-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Elliot Soloway
Prerequisites: Senior status in CSE

Course Description:
In this course, students will create apps to support learners in K-12. The apps will employ the Collabrify SDK that students at UMich developed -- a software development kit that enables a developer to take an app that is meant as a solo-user app and turn that app into one that supports two or more simultaneous users!! [More Info]

Olson on Mobility Transformation Facility

In this audio interview, Prof. Edwin Olson speaks about the 36-acre Mobility Transformation Facility at Michigan and his work in developing and testing technologies for use in autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Olson, Edwin  

Talking Book trial to help poorest of poor in Ghana

[BBC News: Nov 20] Hundreds of handheld audio computers, called Talking Books, are to be given to some of Ghana's poorest communities to help spread potentially life-saving information. Leading the low power chip design for the devices at Michigan are Profs. David Blaauw and Peter Chen. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

SWE Hosts Girls Night Out to Teach Young Girls about Engineering

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a CSE sponsored organization, recently hosted Girls Night Out. The event was a small engineering outreach event geared towards middle school girls. Its purpose was to give girls a better idea of engineering by showcasing the different types of engineering and how engineering affects nearly every aspect of society. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Over 100 High School Girls Explore Computer Science at Girls Encoded

Over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event, which took place on November 8th, was run under the coordination of students Allison McDonald, Ariana Mirian, Lauren Molley, and CSE Prof. Rada Mihalcea. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mihalcea, Rada  Mower Provost, Emily  Women in Computing  

Can Hackers Get Into Your Pacemaker?

Prof. Kevin Fu is quoted in this article in The Atlantic, which summarizes a number of factors that contribute toward vulnerabilities in medical devices like insulin pumps, defibrillators, fetal monitors, and scanners. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

CS Researchers Introduce New Certificate Authority in Aim to Securely Encrypt Every Website

Computer science researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten have announced Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority that is intended to bring secure encryption to the entire web. Let's Encrypt was developed with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla and will debut in summer 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  Software Lab  

Rada Mihalcea Selected as General Chair for NAACL Conference

Prof. Rada Mihalcea has been selected to serve as general chair for the 2015 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL). Rada Mihalcea is overseeing the entire conference. It is the largest computational linguistics conference in North America, and one of the largest worldwide. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Winter 2015: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

Course No.: EECS 498-005
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Brian Gilchrist
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
This pilot course is about providing students real-world, multidisciplinary design project opportunities to satisfy their MDE requirement and for EE masters students interested in meaningful project experiences. [More Info]

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM IMC for Analysis of the Impact of the Recent Heartbleed Vulnerability

A team of computer scientists including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, CSE graduate student and lead co-author Zakir Durumeric, and CSE graduate students James Kasten and David Adrian, has won a Best Paper Award at the 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference for their comprehensive, measurement-based analysis of the impact of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, and the server operator community's response to it. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Networks and Networking  Security (Computing)  Software Lab  Software Systems  

Yelin Kim Wins Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia 2014 for Research in Facial Emotion Recognition

Yelin Kim has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 22nd ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM 2014) for her research in facial emotion recognition. The paper, "Say Cheese vs. Smile: Reducing Speech-Related Variability for Facial Emotion Recognition," was co-authored by her advisor, Prof. Emily Mower Provost. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Mower Provost, Emily  Signal and Image Processing   

Winter 2015: Advanced Topics in Analog ICs

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: David Wentzloff and Michael Flynn
Prerequisites: EECS 413 and co-requisite EECS 522

Course Description:
This course will cover design and analysis of advanced analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, beyond what is covered in EECS 511 and EECS 522. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Network Information Theory

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Sandeep Pradhan
Prerequisites: EECS 501 or equivalent

Course Description:
This course aims to develop a set of mathematical tools to study communication problems that arise in networks. A strong emphasis will be put on obtaining an intuitive framework to think about these problems. This course is aimed at graduate students working in the areas of electrical engineering, computer science, statistics, and mathematics. [More Info]

EECS Alums are Flying High with Drone Startup Skyspecs

SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Autonomous Vehicles   

2014 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Four finalists presented their research at the 11th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition. Bryce Wiedenbeck was chosen as the top presenter for his work entitled "Analyzing Very Large Simulation-Based Games". [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Research Paper by Stephen Plaza Published in Nature Scientific Journal

Stephen Plaza (CSE PhD 2008) co-authored a paper published in Nature entitled, "A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics". The paper identified cellular targets for future functional investigations, and demonstrated that connectomes can provide key insights into neuronal computations. [Full Story]

Estonia has online voting. Should the United States?

Vox takes a look at voting in Estonia, a country that is an early adopter of online voting. The article notes that the convenience of the system is outweighed by the security risks inherent in such systems and references the work done by Prof. J. Alex Halderman in exposing weaknesses in the Estonian system and in an earlier proposed system in Washington DC. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Research Paper by Smita Krishnaswamy Published in Science Magazine

A research paper by Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE PhD 2008) was recently published in Science Magazine entitled, "Conditional density-based analysis of T cell signaling in single-cell data". The article focuses on single cell data to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  

John P. Hayes Recognized with SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award

John P. Hayes, Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science, has been recognized with the 2014 SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award "for his pioneering contributions to logic design, fault tolerant computing, and testing." The award was given at ICCAD on Nov. 3 in San Jose. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Hayes, John  

Winter 2015: Performance Systems: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

Course No.: EECS 498-003 and EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Georg Essl
Prerequisites: EECS 493 or graduate standing or permission of instructor

Course Description:
In this course, you will design your own mobile phone musical instruments, write your own pieces for this new genre, and develop mobile music performance practice in a unique blend of music performance and engineering. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Embedded Systems: An Application-Centered Approach

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Robert Dick
Prerequisites: EECS 311 or 312 or 373 or 482 or equivalent or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Embedded systems are computers within other devices such as wearable devices, automobiles, sensor networks, and medical devices. The focus of this course is to give students an understanding of the process of going from an idea to a product or research finding in the field of embedded systems. [More Info]

Book on VLSI Physical Design by Prof. Igor Markov Translated into Chinese

The book entitled, "VLSI Physical Design: From Graph Partitioning to Timing Closure," co-authored by Professor Igor Markov and his recent Ph.D. advisee Jin Hu, has recently been translated into Chinese. The book introduces and evaluates algorithms used during physical design to produce a geometric chip layout from an abstract circuit design, and presents the essential and fundamental algorithms used within each physical design stage. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Markov, Igor  

Hackers Could Decide Who Controls Congress Thanks to Alaskas Terrible Internet Ballots

In today's elections, Alaska will use its first-in-the-nation Internet voting system in today's mid-term elections -- a move that top security experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, consider a security nightmare that could put control of the US Congress in the hands of hackers. More in this article at The Intercept. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Decode DC: The Future of Voting. Prof J. Alex Halderman Interviewed on Electronic Voting

In this podcast, host Andrea Seabrook and Decode DC reporter Miranda Green explore the potential benefits and risks of on-line voting. Coming down in the side of caution is Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has demonstrated security vulnerabilities in voting systems worldwide and who says that "the problem with voting and computer technology is that hackers can change the election result to be whatever they want." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Trevor Mudge Recognized for Distinguished Achievement at UIUC 50th Anniversary Event

Bredt Family Professor of Engineering Trevor Mudge has been recognized by the University of Illinois Computer Science Department as an "outstanding educator and researcher whose work has advanced the field of low-power computer architecture and its interaction with technology." He received a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Department's CS @ Illinois 50th Anniversary Celebration. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mudge, Trevor  

Rise of e-voting is inevitable, as is risk of hacking

As elections approach in both Canada and the US, more municipalities are considering the use of Internet voting or electronic voting machines. This article in the Globe and Mail describes some of the risks associated with this trend and references the work that was done during the last national election cycle when Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his students hacked the proposed Washington DC Internet voting system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

New Jersey e-vote experiment after Sandy declared a disaster

This article in Aljazeera America details research into the security of electronic voting that was taken up in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted in long form in the article. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Winter 2015: Probabilistic Graphical Models for Vision and Beyond

Course No.: EECS 598-004
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jason Corso
Prerequisites: EECS 501 or graduate-level proficiency with probability and statistics

Course Description:
This course will cover probabilistic graphical models in detail starting from the basics and pushing through contemporary results. There will be an emphasis on driving problem formulations from computer vision but our coverage will be broad; connections to other application areas will be discussed when plausible. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources

Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Johanna Mathieu
Prerequisites: EECS 215 or EECS 314 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will present a variety of alternative energy sources, along with energy processing technologies that are required for power system connection. Topics will be covered at a level suited to establish a broad understanding of the various technologies, and of the associate system implications. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Control of Discrete Event Systems

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Stephane Lafortune
Prerequisites: EECS 566 or EECS 598-005 in Fall 2013 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will cover advanced topics on control of discrete event systems, with focus on the following topics: distributed and decentralized control architectures; synthesis methodologies for controllers under safety and liveness properties; comparison of synthesis techniques for specifications described by automata and by temporal logics; joint control and diagnosis problems for fault-tolerant control; discussion of relevant case studies. [More Info]

Winter 2015: Information Retrieval and Web Search

Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Rada Mihalcea
Prerequisites: EECS 281

Course Description:
This course will cover traditional material, as well as recent advances in Information Retrieval (IR), the study of indexing, processing, querying, and classifying data. [More Info]

Prof. Edwin Olson Receives NSF CyberSEES Award

Associate Professor Edwin Olson was recently awarded an NSF CyberSEES grant for his research project, Sustainably Unlocking Energy from Municipal Solid Waste Using a Sensor-Driven Cyber-Infrastructure Framework. The award aims to advance the science of sustainability in tandem with advances in computing and communication technologies. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Olson, Edwin  Sustainability  

Prof. Satish Narayanasamy Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Satish Narayanasamy, associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a 2014 Google Faculty Research Award for his work in software engineering. The Google Faculty Research Awards program is a competitive worldwide program intended to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Narayanasamy, Satish  

UM Computer Science Alumni Create Cribspot.com

Three former University of Michigan students are making a name for themselves in the growing Ann Arbor startup scene with cribspot.com. The startup helps college students find suitable places to live, while also helping landlords manage their properties. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  

Armin Alaghi Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

CSE graduate student Armin Alaghi received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research on scholastic computing. The fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates in the final stages of their program who are unusually creative, ambitious and risk-taking. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Life, Engineered: How Lynn Conway Reinvented Her World and Ours

Emerita professor Lynn Conway engineered her life from the start and reinvented the computer chip -- without her, our cell phones wouldn't be possible. But she also pioneered a potentially harder road, becoming among the first transgender woman in engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to receive a Faculty Recognition Award by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan for her remarkable contributions to the University through achievements in scholarly research, and excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  

UM Professor Named on of Brilliant 10 for Building Energy Scavenging Sensors

Prof. Prabal Dutta was interviewed on Michigan Radio's Stateside segment regarding his work on energy scavenging sensors, called smart dust, that won't need batteries to operate. Listen to the interview here. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Sensors  

Prof. Kevin Fu Answers Your Questions About Medical Device Security

in this Slashdot posting, Prof. Fu answers submitted questions about the security of medical devices, with subjects ranging from attack surfaces for drug-administering pumps to what to do if you've been the recipient of a hackable implant. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

High School Girls Invited to Explore Computer Science

High school students: are you curious about opportunities in computer science? Girls Encoded is an exciting all-day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. [Full Story]

3 Lessons American Districts Can Learn From Foreign Schools

THE Journal reviews new approaches to learning that US K-12 schools are investigating, including work by Prof. Elliot Soloway into the use of smartphones as educational aids. Prof. Soloway has worked with schools in Singapore on an inquiry-based approach to learning that employs mobile technology, and he is now working to bring this same approach back to local schools. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Jia Deng Receives 2014 Yahoo ACE Award

Prof. Jia Deng has been awarded a 2014 Yahoo ACE (Academic Career Enhancement) Award.The award is given to five top young professors at leading research universities around the world who are selected among promising first and second-year faculty members conducting Yahoo relevant academic research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  

Jason Mars Selected as Program Chair for CGO 2015

Prof. Jason Mars has been selected to serve as Program Chair for the 2015 International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO). CGO brings together researchers and practitioners working at the interface of hardware and software on a wide range of optimization and code generation techniques and related issues. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mars, Jason  

Ryan Wolcott Receives Best Student Paper Award at IROS 2014

Ryan Wolcott received a Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conferences on Intelligent Robot Systems. His paper focuses on one of the most significant roadblocks to autonomous vehicles, which is the prohibitive cost of sensor suites necessary for localization. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  

Prabal Dutta Named to Popular Science Brilliant Ten List

Professor Prabal Dutta has been named one of Popular Science's 2014 Brilliant Ten for his work in developing energy scavenging sensors that could help herald the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Internet of Things  Sensors  

David Chesney Receives IBM Faculty Award

Dr. David Chesney has been awarded a 2014 IBM Faculty Award for his work in teaching software engineering and for his success in encouraging students to leverage new approaches to developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Jia Deng Wins Best Paper Award at ECCV

Prof. Jia Deng and his collaborators have won the Best Paper Award at ECCV for "Large-Scale Object Classification using Label Relation Graphs." It addresses a computer's ability to accurately classify objects in images, which is a fundamental challenge in computer vision research and an important building block for tasks such as localization, detection, and scene parsing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Robotics and Computer Vision  

Theres Really No Delete Button on the Internet

In this interview on Michigan Radio, Prof. Kevin Fu talks about Internet privacy and the fact that boundaries don't really exist in the age of cloud computing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Privacy  

Research finds No Large Scale Heartbleed Exploit Attempts Before Vulnerability Disclosure

Did the NSA or anyone else take advantage of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure? This Threat Post story describes research by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and others which indicates that traffic data collected on several large networks shows no exploit attempts in the months leading up to the public disclosure. The article has also been slashdotted here. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Privacy  Security (Computing)  

Kevin Compton Receives ACM-ICPC Coach Award

Prof. Kevin Compton has received an ACM-ICPC Coach Award for his work in five times bringing student programming teams from the University of Michigan to the world finals in the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Programming  

Scenes from MHacks IV

They came in droves and built beautiful things. See scenes from MHacks IV, which took place Sept 5-7 in the Beyster, EECS, and Dow Buildings, in this photo album by College of Engineering photographer Joseph Xu. [Full Story]

Facets of Privacy Discussed at Inauguration Panel

At a symposium to mark the inauguration of President Mark S. Schlissel, leading privacy scholars from U-M and Carnegie Mellon University, including Prof. Kevin Fu, discussed the issues surrounding privacy, social media, and cloud computing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Privacy  

Jetpac: The Implications of the Google Acquisition

In this posting on Dell's Tech Page One site, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on how the totality of social media posts can, when analyzed on a massive scale, reveal deeply sensitive personal information. Google's recent acquisition of Jetpac wil allow the search engine company to expand its AI capabilities in directions that would potentially allow it to create such user profiles. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Big Data  Machine Learning  

1,000 Hackers Expected on North Campus for MHacks IV

On the evening of Friday, September 5, about 1,000 student hackers from across the country will arrive for MHacks IV, the premier student-run hackathon. 36 hours of imagination and coding is expected to result in dozens of working projects by Sunday morning. [Full Story]

Fall 2014: Foundations of Computer Vision

Course No.: EECS 598-008
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jason Corso
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
Computer Vision seeks to extract useful information from images. This course begins the fundamentals of image formation and then organizes the remaining material according to the class of information to be extracted. The course has been designed to present an introduction to computer vision targeted to graduate students. The course will balance theory and application both in lectures and assignments. [More Info]

Fall 2014: Practical Machine Learning

Course No.: EECS 598-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jenna Wiens
Prerequisites: EECS 445 or EECS 545 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
In this seminar class we will cover the basics of practical machine learning and data mining while focusing on real-world applications. We will read and critique recent applied ML work in the fields of sports analytics, data-driven medicine, finance, and personalized education. At the same time, we will review a complementary set of papers to help guide our discussion in terms of the pragmatic aspects of ML e.g., feature engineering, cross-validation, and performance measures. The overall goal of the class is for students to gain a deeper understanding of the practical challenges and pitfalls associated with applying machine learning tools and techniques in a real-world setting.

Fall 2014: Probabilistic Analysis of Large Scale Systems

Course No.: EECS 598-006
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Vijay Subramanian
Prerequisites: EECS 501 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will focus on emerging topics in epidemics and diffusions, queueing systems, analysis of randomized algorithms, Bayesian information cascades, network analysis and random graphs. [More Info]

Fall 2014: Laser Plasma Diagnostics

Course No.: EECS 598-005
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Louise Willingale
Prerequisites: EECS 537 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will cover the techniques used for creating, characterizing and timing high power laser pulses from megajoule-nanosecond pulses to relativistic-intensity femtosecond pulses. [More Info]

Tweet Analysis Paints More Accurate Employment Picture Than The US Government Release

As reported in International business Times, U-M researchers including Prof. Michael Cafarella and graduate student Dolan Antenucci have found a quicker and more accurate measure of unemployment in America -- through analysis of Twitter data. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Shared Memory in Mobile Operating Systems Provides Ingress Point for Hackers

Computer science researchers have exposed a shared memory weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows, and iOS operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. The research team has demonstrated how passwords, photos, and other personal information can be stolen while users use popular mainstream apps. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Expose Security Flaws in Backscatter X-ray Scanners

A team of security researchers including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and graduate student Eric Wustrow have discovered several security vulnerabilities in the full-body backscatter X-ray scanners that were deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. The researchers were able to slip knives, guns, and other contraband past the systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Demo Hack to Seize Control of Municipal Traffic Signal Systems

Computer science researchers working with Prof. J. Alex Halderman have demonstrated that a number of security flaws exist in commonly-deployed networked traffic signal systems that leave the systems vulnerable to attack or manipulation. They presented their findings at the 8th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Hack Into Michigans Traffic Lights

MIT Technology Review has covered work led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, in which he and students including Branden Ghena have demonstrated security flaws in a common system of networked traffic signals. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Two New Faculty Join CSE in Fall 2014

CSE is delighted to welcome two outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. With highly relevant research pursuits in the realms of secure and private Internet-scale services and in machine-learning and data extraction methodologies, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data  Machine Learning  Madhyastha, Harsha  Security (Computing)  Wiens, Jenna  

Slashdot: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Prof. Igor Markov's article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, along with the ARS Technica article that provides commentary, have been slashdptted. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Are processors pushing up against the limits of physics?

ARS Technica has provided a lengthy analysis and commentary on Prof. Igor Markov's article that appeared in the journal Nature regarding the limits of computing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

The Limits of Moores Law Limits

Following an interview with Prof. Igor Markov, EE Times asks: ...now that we are approaching the atomic scale, many see the handwriting on the wall: When you get down to one atom per memory cell, Moore's Law has to end -- or has it? [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

In an article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, Prof. Igor Markov reviews limiting factors in the development of computing systems to help determine what is achievable, identifying "loose" limits and viable opportunities for advancements through the use of emerging technologies. His research for this project was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Vulnerabilities Demonstrated in Traffic Signal Controls

Students in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent EECS 588 course, including graduate student Brandon Ghena, have demonstrated vulnerabilities that would allow hackers to take control of municipal traffic light systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Court case: Voting via the Internet is a civil rights issue for disabled

The debate over whether Americans should be permitted to vote via the Internet has long pitted voting system manufacturers, who frame it to election officials as inevitable and modern, against cybersecurity experts including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has repeatedly demonstrated vulnerabilities in voting systems worldwide. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is watching as the state of Utah convenes a committee to study how the Beehive State might proceed with online voting. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists in Competition at International Linguistics Olympiad

Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached North American high school students to a variety of top and highly placed individual and team finishes at the 12th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Beijing, China from July 21 through 25. It is the eighth year that Prof. Radev has performed this service. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computational Linguistics  Diversity and Outreach  Radev, Dragomir  

2014 Promotions of our Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty who received promotions this year: Valeria Bertacco, Jason Flinn, Satish Narayanasamy, Edwin Olson, Mina Rais-Zadeh, and Zhaohui Zhong. Keep up the great work! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Flinn, Jason  Narayanasamy, Satish  Olson, Edwin  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Alumni Explore Lots of EECS-related Engineering with Their Kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children visited North Campus June 26 and 27 as part of the Xplore Engineering summer camp, with many of the activities related to or hosted by EECS. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Barzan Mozafari and Collaborators Chosen for Best Demo at ACM SIGMOD

Prof. Barzan Mozafari and his collaborators have received the Best Demo Award at the 2014 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference. The demo was of their Analytical Bootstrap (ABS) System, which enables complex exploratory data analysis on large volumes of data. ABS is described in their paper, ABS: a System for Scalable Approximate Queries with Accuracy Guarantees. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data  Mozafari, Barzan  

Jeremy Gibson Authors Book on Game Design, Prototyping, and Programming

Independent game designer and CSE Lecturer Jeremy Gibson has authored a new book entitled Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development, which for the first time brings these three disciplines together in a single volume. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Game Design and Development  Gibson, Jeremy  

Audio Story: Dissecting Voices to Find the Hidden Call For Help

This New Tech City Audio Story on wNYC describes work that Prof. Emily Mower Provost is doing in conjunction with psychiatrist Melvin McInnis to use smartphones in detecting the mood swings of patients with bipolar disorder as they talk on smartphones. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Mower Provost, Emily  

Wakefield and Kieras Win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

Profs. Gregory Wakefield and David Kieras, along with three coauthors from the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, received the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Conference on Auditory Display for EPIC Modeling of a Two-Talker CRM Listening Task. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Acoustic Processing  Kieras, David  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

David Kieras Wins a Best Paper Award at CHI 2014

Prof. David Kieras has coauthored Towards Accurate and Practical Predictive Models of Active-Vision-Based Visual Search, which has been selected for a SIGCHI Best of CHI Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Kieras, David  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Grant Schoenebeck Selected for Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Grant Schoenebeck has been selected as the recipient of a Facebook Faculty Award for his work in theoretical computer science and its potential for impact in the area of social networking. He is currently working on better understanding "complex" contagions, which, unlike diseases and rumors, typically require more than one neighbor for infection. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Schoenebeck, Grant  Theory  

Zakir Durumeric Selected for Google PhD Fellowship

CSE graduate student Zakir Durumeric has been selected to receive a Google PhD Fellowship in Security for the 2014-15 academic year. Zakir was chosen as a Google Fellow on the basis of his security research related to Internet-wide scanning, the HTTPS ecosystem, weaknesses in cryptographic keys and protocols, and network mismanagement. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

High School Students Explore Engineering through Music and Computer Science

High school students from the Ann Arbor area got a crash course in computing and its connections to creativity at a College of Engineering computer science camp during the week of June 16. Entitled It's All About the Music, the camp allowed students to explore CS in the context of real-world problems and applications through challenging, hands-on, and music-centric applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

Computer Architecture Innovator Trevor Mudge Chosen for Top Recognition by ACM/IEEE

Bredt Family Professor of Engineering Trevor Mudge has received the ACM/IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, which is widely viewed as the computer architecture community's most prestigious recognition, for his pioneering contributions to low-power computer architecture and its interaction with technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Mudge, Trevor  

Computer Scientists Author Book on Hardware Prefetching

Professor Thomas F. Wenisch and his collaborator Prof. Babak Falsafi of EPFL Switzerland have authored a new book entitled A Primer on Hardware Prefetching, which has been published by Morgan & Claypool as one of their Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Wenisch, Thomas  

Benjamin Englard Awarded Thiel Fellowship

Benjamin Englard, who has completed one year of study toward a degree in computer science at Michigan, has been selected as a 2014 Thiel Fellow. The Fellowship provides promising young entrepreneurs with two years of funding to pursue an innovative or scientific project and mentorship for commercialization. [Full Story]

Robotics Researchers Ready for Automated Vehicle Test Facility

CoE robotics researchers Prof. Edwin Olson of CSE and Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME will be amongst the first users of the Mobility Transformation Facility, the automated vehicle test facility being built on North Campus. The two will initially use the facility to run tests related to the development of sensing and mapping technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Computer Vision  Transportation  

Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

In the Wall Street Journal opinion piece, the authors quote Prof. J. Alex Halderman on electronic voting, who says "With today's security technology, no country in the world is able to provide a secure Internet voting system." More that 30 US states and territories currently allow some form of internet voting. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Making Smartphones Smarter: HiJack Adopted for Use in Commercial Product

HiJack, the hardware/software platform for use in creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for smartphones, has been adopted for use in a product offering by NXP Semiconductors. HiJack was developed under the direction of Prof. Prabal Dutta, and allows for the integration of sensors to a smartphone through the phone's audio jack, making it a universal, low cost interface. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Mobile Computing  

Doowon Lee Selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Doowon Lee, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship to continue his studies in improving the dependability of computer systems by both efficient design-time validation and run-time fault tolerance techniques. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  

BBC: Is Estonia e-Voting Safe?

In this audio interview, Prof. J. Alex Halderman details some of the security risks that his research team has uncovered in the Estonian electronic voting system. Up to a quarter of the electorate will vote online. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Schools adding computer coding to curriculum

Prof. Elliot Soloway comments on the trend toward integration of coding as an important aspect of one's education. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

The Washington Post: How Russia could easily hack its neighbors elections

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

PC World: Estonian electronic voting system vulnerable to attacks, researchers say

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

The Guardian: Estonian e-voting shouldnt be used in European elections, say security experts

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Researchers Identify Security Risks in Estonian Online Voting System

Ahead of European Parliamentary elections on May 25, an international team of independent experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate students Travis Finkenauer and Drew Springall, has identified major risks in the security of Estonia's Internet voting system and recommended its immediate withdrawal. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

The spread of coding instruction, while still nascent, is "unprecedented theres never been a move this fast in education," according to Prof. Elliot Soloway. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

Leaders in Ultra Low Power Circuits and Systems Presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

Michigan faculty and students will present seven papers at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a number that exceeds any other academic institution or company. The seven papers range from a millimeter-scale wireless imaging system, to a chip that can decipher an image in a manner similar to the human brain, to continued optimization of the circuits we use every day, as well as circuits that will fuel the future Internet of Things. One of the papers, Low Power Battery Supervisory Circuit with Adaptive Battery Health Monitor, has been selected as a Symposium Technical Highlight. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Mobile Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  Zhang, Zhengya  

Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings via Voice Analysis

U-M researchers, including Prof. Emily Mower Provost, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja, Research Fellow Zahi Karam, and colleagues at the U-M Health Center, have created a smartphone app that monitors subtle voice qualities during everyday phone conversations to detect early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Mower Provost, Emily  

Students to Use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in Class

Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Computer Science with Soul

This multimedia website highlights how technology could help people with disabilities live fuller lives -- if it were affordable. Motivated by one amazing young lady, Dr. David Chesney and his students are working to make a difference. [Full Story]

Heartbleed: Behind the Scenes at CSE

Computer science researchers at Michigan, including graduate student Zakir Durumeric, used their Internet scanning software to rapidly pinpoint vulnerable servers on the Internet, quantifying the scope of the Heartbleed bug and providing data on when and where servers were patched to repair the flaw. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

The Annual Slaying of the Dragon

Students were hungry for this years St. Georges Day Feast. It happens every year the day before the last day of classes a day when the faculty serve the students, and battle the dragons! [Full Story]

Award-Winning EECS Student Instructors

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on May 8 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. According to the student comments, they are "awesome!" [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Wired: Its Crazy What Can Be Hacked Thanks to Heartbleed

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Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  

Startup Virta Labs Wins Ann Arbor SPARK Best of Boot Camp

Virta Laboratories, Inc., the startup co-founded in part by Prof. Kevin Fu and visiting scholar Denis Foo Kune, has been named Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Virta Labs delivers malware and anomaly detection on medical devices and process control systems by non-intrusively measuring the power consumption patterns of the machines being protected. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  Security (Computing)  

Thank Lynn Conway for your Cell Phone

Emerita professor Lynn Conway, the hidden hand in the 1980s microchip design revolution, has been named a fellow at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA for her work in developing and disseminating new methods of integrated circuit design. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

Students Build Apps for Grace

Students in Dr. David Chesney's EECS 481 Software Engineering class demoed their senior projects at a showcase event on April 22. The projects were designed as assistive technologies for Grace, a young woman with athetoid cerebral palsy who has shared her time with Dr. Chesney's class for the past two semesters. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  Undergraduate Students  

CS Students Win at Mobile Apps Challenge

Three teams with CS students won at the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, placing first and tying for third. Their projects included a collaborative music app, a location-based alert system for Duderstadt Center resources, and an animated action/arcade game. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

EECS Students Attend National NSBE Convention - Come Back Psyched

Five students attended the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and came back excited about their career and newly connected to many professionals in the field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

gEECS Hosts High School Students at {Girls Code}

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th - 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for {Girls Code}, an Arduino Workshop at Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping hardware and software platform that can be used to create interactive objects or environments. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Jill Bender Chosen for CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Jill Bender has received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Jill has coached young girls in robotics competition and encouraged inclusion in computer science, has held leadership positions in student organizations, and has worked as an EECS instructional assistant. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Halderman and Lafortune Join TerraSwarm Research Center

Two EECS faculty with expertise in Privacy and Security, J. Alex Halderman and Stephane Lafortune, will join the TerraSwarm Research Center in May. TerraSwarm addresses the huge potential, as well as the risks, of pervasive integration of smart, networked sensors and actuators into the connected world. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lafortune, Stephane  Security (Computing)  

New York Times: Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed

Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

The Society of Women Engineers Student Section at the University of Michigan held its second annual G.R.E.A.T Day (Girls Research Engineering And Technology) on April 12th for 240 students and parents from states across the Midwest. CS undergraduate Ariana Mirian was a co-chair for the event. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Heartbleed Hackers Steal Encryption Keys in Threat Test

Hacker From China Wastes Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed

Researchers find thousands of potential targets for Heartbleed OpenSSL bug

CSE researchers have used ZMap, their Internet address scanning software, to perform comprehensive scans of the IPv4 address space and to identify servers still vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Michigan Daily: Internet security flaw left University sites vulnerable

Hands-On Robotics (video)

Prof. Shai Revzen presents his Hands-On Robotics course (EECS 498). Watch the students in action as he describes: teaching philosophy, what makes for a great team, how to enhance collaboration across teams, even unexpected ways to get a great grade (wackiness allowed). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Revzen, Shai  

Vox: Take these 4 steps right now to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, Vox interviews Research Prof. Michael Bailey who comments on steps you can take to better protect your information on the web. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  

The Heritage of Mead & Conway: What Has Remained the Same, What Has Changed, What Was Missed, and What Lies Ahead

This recent Point of View article in the Proceedings of the IEEE reflects upon the impact of the vision and ideas of Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway and her collaborator Carver Mead of Caltech, and the work the two did in ushering in the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

AAMI: Cyberthreats Loom with the End of Windows XP Support

In this Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation article, Prof. Kevin Fu comments on the security threats that healthcare facilities will face with the end of Windows XP support on April 8. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Fall 2014: Hands-On Robotics

Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Shai Revzen
Prerequisites: MATH 216 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will cover basic concepts in robotics, such as kinematics, control, programming and design. [More Info]

Fu: FierceHealthIT - As Windows XPSecurity Updates Cease, Whats Next for Healthcare Providers?

Cafarella - Washington Post: Twitter is surprisingly accurate at predicting unemployment

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Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Meghan Clark Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Meghan Clark has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and the smart grid. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies in embodied cognition, robotics, and cognitive architecture. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Branden Ghena Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Branden Ghena has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in embedded systems, in which he aims to create Internet of Things devices that are useful and usable. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Forest Agostinelli Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CSE graduate student Forest Agostinelli has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies in multi-column neural networks and deep learning. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Michael Lewis says the market is rigged. But his Flash Boys rigged themselves.

CSE graduate student Elaine Wah writes in The Guardian that not only has the high frequency trading arms race rigged the stock markets, but strategies such as latency arbitrage have created the potential to reduce trading gains for all market participants, regardless of their speed of access. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Elizabeth Mamantov Selected for Microsoft Graduate Womens Scholarship

CSE graduate student Elizabeth Mamantov has been selected for a 2014 Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship to support her work in intellegent robotics. This year, Microsoft has awarded only 10 such scholarships to top Ph.D. students in the US and Canada who represent a selection of the best and the brightest in their fields. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Fall 2014: EECS 598-001 Analysis of Electric Power Distribution Systems and Loads

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Johanna Mathieu
Prerequisites: EECS 463 or equivalent

Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of electric power distribution systems and electric loads. We will start with an introduction to distribution grids, including their components, typical topologies, and operational strategies. Other topics include power flow in distribution grids and transformers as well as electric loads, including electric load modeling, analysis, and control methodologies. [More Info]

Fall 2014: EECS 598-002 Power Semiconductor Devices

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Becky Peterson
Prerequisites: EECS 320 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
In this course, you will explore semiconductor devices for both discrete and integrated power electronics. Power switches and rectifiers including the power MOSFET, IGBT, HEMT, thyristors, Schottky and pin diodes, as well as emerging power devices will be covered. [More Info]

Sanae Rosen Selected for Margaret Ayers Host Award

CSE graduate student Sanae Rosen has been selected for the Margaret Ayers Host Award by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, a sense of social responsibility and service, and a lively interest in promoting the success of women in the academic community. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Noble and Wilson Named as Learning Analytics Fellows

Prof. Brian Noble and CSE graduate student Dana Wilson have been named 2014 Learning Analytics Fellows by the Provost's Learning Analytics Task Force. They will be using quantitative measures of student work habits to predict final course outcomes. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Noble, Brian  Technology for Education  

Cafarella: The Economist - Big Data - Separating tweet from chaff

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Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards

Nick Asendorf, Armin Jam, and Elaine Wah received the 2014 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement for their achievments in the graduate programs, Electrical Engineering:Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Hamid-Reza Ossareh and Bryce Wiedenbeck received the 2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors for their instruction in the courses EECS 560 (Linear Systems Theory) and ENGR 151 (Acc. Intro. to Computers and Programming), respectively. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

2013-14 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 14, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Marios Papaefthymiou, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Researchers Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS 2014

A team of researchers including CSE PhD candidate Anthony Gutierrez, Dr. Ron Dreslinski, and Bredt Family Professor in Engineering Trevor Mudge has won the Best Paper Award at the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS) for "Sources of Error in Full-System Simulation." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dreslinski, Ron  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Mudge, Trevor  

Technological Singularity Passes, Unnoticed Until Now

Apr. 1, 2014 -- The technological singularity - that moment in time at which artificial intelligence surpasses the point of human intelligence - appears to have occurred just over three weeks ago, according to a researcher at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

CSE Students to Attend CRA-W Workshop

Five CSE graduate students - Neha Agarwal, Lauren Hinkle, Yelin Kim, Elizabeth Mamantov, and Dana Wilson - will attend the 2014 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop, which will be held April 11-12, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Kevin Fu Selected for World Economic Forum Young Scientist Award

Prof. Kevin Fu has been recognized by the World Economic Forum with its Young Scientist Award for improving the security of embedded computer systems by uncovering their security flaws. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Security (Computing)  

CSE Connects at SXSW 2014

The University launched its biggest-ever presence at the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, with CSE participating and reaching out to friends old and new. Dr. Jeff Ringenberg and undergraduate student Mike Huang shared information with attendees regarding programs in CSE and made connections with hiring companies and lots of alums. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Prospective Grad Students Visit, Learn About CSE

On March 13 - 15, prospective graduate students from around the country visited CSE to engage with faculty, current graduate students, and recent alumni to learn about the graduate program in Computer Science and Engineering - and wood-fired brick oven pizza making. [Full Story]

Olson: The Wall Street Journal - Driverless Cars Are Data Guzzlers

Fall 2014: Applied matrix algorithms for signal processing, data analysis and machine learning

Course No.: 453
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Raj Nadakuditi
Prerequisites: EECS 301 or MATH 425 or STATS 215 or STATS 412 or STATS 426 or IOE 265 or equivalent

Course Description:
Theory and application of matrix algorithms to signal processing, data analysis and machine learning. Theoretical topics include subspaces, eigenvalue and singular value decomposition, projection theorem, constrained, regularized and unconstrained least squares techniques and iterative algorithms. Applications such as image deblurring, ranking of webpages, image segmentation and compression, social networks, circuit analysis, recommender systems and handwritten digit recognition. Greater emphasis on applications than in EECS 551. [More Info]

CSE Connects at Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

CSE reached out to diverse student populations at the 2014 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Seattle, WA. This year's conference theme was "The Strength of Diversity" as conference attendees celebrated the contributions to computing by members of broad and diverse communities. Two CSE students attended the conference as Microsoft Scholarship Recipients. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Wolverine Soft Demos Science Games for Kids at Ann Arbor District Library

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to development of video games, demoed projects created during the recent Intel-sponsored "Code for Good" Game Jam at an event to be held at the Ann Arbor District Library main branch on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Michael Wellman Recognized with ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

Prof. Michael P. Wellman has been selected by the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence as the recipient of its 2014 Autonomous Agents Research Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of outstanding researchers in the field of autonomous agents, and is granted each year to one individual whose work is influencing and setting the direction for the field. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic Commerce  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Alum Dongyoon Lee Selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Dongyoon Lee has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Holistic System Design for Deterministic Replay." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Fu: Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry - Five MedTech Influencers You Should Know

Narayanasamy and Olson Named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

Satish Narayanasamy and Edwin Olson, assistant professors in Computer Science and Engineering, have been named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors. The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Narayanasamy, Satish  Olson, Edwin  

New Center Develops Technologies to Help Youths with Disabilities

A $4.5 million federal grant will allow U-M researchers to explore how technology can be used to help young adults with spinal cord dysfunction and neurodevelopmental disabilities to improve their health and become more independent as they mature. Prof. Edmund Durfee is the center's co-director. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Durfee, Edmund  Health  

Daniel Atkins Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Prof. Daniel E. Atkins III has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, class of 2014, "for leadership in development of radix algorithms and cybertechnical collaborative systems." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Atkins, Daniel  

Halderman: The Baltimore Sun - Experts worry about election fraud threat

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Karem Sakallah Continues Commitment to Qatar Computing Research Institute

Prof. Karem Sakallah has taken a leave of absence from CSE for calendar year 2014 to help shape the development of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in Doha, Qatar. He has been involved in the planning for the institute since 2005. [Full Story]
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State Farm Gift Supports Student Projects Lab

State Farm has donated $50,000 to support and enhance the activities of the Student Projects Lab in the Beyster Building, which is home to both the Embedded Systems Hub, a shared resource for the development of projects with embedded systems, and MSuite, the student mobile applications development group. [Full Story]
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Prabal Dutta Selected for NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Prabal Dutta has been awarded an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Scalable Sensor Infrastructure for Sustainably Managing the Built Environment." Prof. Dutta will develop advanced sensor technologies that will help to create progress toward Federal sustainability goals that mandate that 50% of U.S. commercial buildings become net-zero energy by 2050. [Full Story]
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2014 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 2014 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Mary Lou Dorf, Clayton Scott, and Herbert Winful. [Full Story]
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Four CSE Faculty Selected for College of Engineering Awards

Four CSE faculty have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their extraordinary contributions: David Chesney for outreach and diversity, Andrew DeOrio for teaching, Scott Mahlke for education excellence, and Quentin Stout for his contributions to the Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics. [Full Story]
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Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center has issued its Annual Report, which includes reported placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. By most measures, CS students and grads are the most sought and best compensated. [Full Story]

Wolverine Soft Game Jam Produces 17 Video Games in 48 Hours

Wolverine Soft, the student group dedicated to the development of video games at Michigan, has held its annual 48-hour Game Jam with 70 students participating. Polar Coordinator, by Kevin Jeon, David Cai, Andrew Yang, and Cameron Flora, was chosen as the top game. [Full Story]
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MHacks and the Rise of the Hackathon

The Statement, which is the Michigan Daily's weekly magazine, has published two extensive articles on the rise of hackatons and on MHacks in particular: Coding the Future: the rise of the hackathon, and Quidditch and Red Bull: the MHacks experience.
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Students Create Card-Playing Bots to Compete in Barracuda Programming Contest

About 100 students spent 24 hours on January 10 and 11 designing and optimizing intelligent game-playing bots in the annual Barracuda Programming Contest. CS Undergrads Siyuan Zhou, Baishen Xu, and Bowen Xu took first place in the competition. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Kyle Lady Elected as First Student Member of IEEE-HKN Board of Governors

Kyle Lady, a graduate student in the Computer Science and Engineering program, has been elected by national chapters of the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society to serve as the first student member of the organization's Board of Governors for the 2014 calendar year. [Full Story]
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Markov: Forbes/Quora: Are There Too Many Students Going Into Computer Science?

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