CSE Department News

Collaborative master's program in data science announced

Developed and taught collaboratively by the faculty of the CSE Division of EECS in the College of Engineering, the Department of Statistics in the College of LSA, the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health, and the School of Information, the Data Science master's program is now accepting applications for Fall 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Education  Lab-Software Systems  

2018 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 2018 EECS Outstanding Achievement Award are Peter Chen, Jason Corso, Jason Flinn, and PC Ku. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Corso, Jason  Flinn, Jason  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  

Ada Lovelace Opera and Lightning Talks Highlight Women's Contributions to Computing

A creative event designed to showcase women's contributions as computer scientists took place November 16. The Ada Lovelace Opera began with eight TED-style lightning talks by female faculty and students at UM who are engaged in cutting-edge computing research. The talks were followed by an opera on Ada Lovelace's establishment as the research partner of inventor Charles Babbage in the 1840s, which was performed by students in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Prof. Jason Mars is Bringing Smart Banking to Market

Ann Arbor-based spinout Clinc, which was founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, along with their former students Michael Laurenzano and Johann Hauswald, in 2015, is leading the pack of intelligent banking assistant solutions. Their flagship product, called Finie, is being adopted by a number of banks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Third annual MIDAS research symposium emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to data analysis

Big data, data science and analytics were among the main topics discussed at the third annual Michigan Institute for Data Science daylong research symposium Wednesday, Oct 11, at Rackham Auditorium and the Michigan League. Alfred Hero, co-director of MIDAS and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, spoke about how this diverse set of speakers aligns with the theme of the symposium, "A Data-Driven World: Potentials and Pitfalls." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Computing+Data Wide Across the Curriculum

CSE Alumnus Rob Rutenbar gave a CSE Distinguished Lecture on September 20, 2017, where he described the CS+X Program that rolled out under his watch at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Watch the video and learn more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Four New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome four outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in software quality to internet security, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

CRA Board Member Highlight: H. V. Jagadish

HV Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been profiled in the August issue of CRA's Computing Research News. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

Designing for Our Own

Dr. David Chesney's students have created technology to assist Brad Ebenhoeh, a now 30-year-old sophomore in aerospace engineering, which his daily challenges. At age 19, Ebenhoeh suffered a brain hemorrhage that paralyzed the right side of his body, limited his vision, confined him to a wheelchair and forced him to leave the University for a decade. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Assistive Technology  Chesney, David  

Precision Health Pioneer Named to MIT Technology Review Innovator List

Prof. Jenna Wiens has been named one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Under 35 for her work in the development of data-driven predictive models needed to help organize, process, and transform data into actionable knowledge. Prof. Wiens' main focus is in the use of data and machine learning to advance the new field of precision health. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Wiens, Jenna  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman Testifies in Front of Senate Intelligence Committee on Secure Elections

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the broader Russian hacking investigation. His remarks focused vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking. [Full Story]

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

Mary Lou Dorf Retires; Her Focus Was On Opening Doors to Computer Science

Collegiate Lecturer Dr. Mary Lou Dorf has retired after 15 years at the University of Michigan in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department. During her career at Michigan, Dr. Dorf worked tirelessly to open the doors of computer science to everyone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Beyster Collections showcase a lifetime of ideas from U-M alum

Three permanent exhibits on U-Ms North Campus pay tribute to the achievements of Michigan Engineer J. Robert Beyster. [Full Story]

Valeria Bertacco Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at Rackham Graduate School

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives serves as the primary liaison between the Rackham School and academic units in the physical sciences and engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  

CSE Staff Outing at the Nichols Arboretum

On June 2nd, the CSE staff took a leisurely walk in the Nichols Arboretum to explore the natural environment and to view the blooming Peony Garden. With nearly 800 peonies at peak bloom, the arboretum is home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America. [Full Story]

Lattice Data Makes Gift to Michigan Computer Science and Engineering Fund

Lattice Data, Inc. has recently provided a gift to the College of Engineering to benefit the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lattice was cofounded by Prof. Michael Cafarella. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  

CSE Receives NCWIT Award for Recruiting and Retention Efforts of Women in Computing

The Computer Science and Engineering Division has received a NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for excellence in promoting women in undergraduate computing. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, the NEXT Awards honor academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in increasing womens meaningful participation in computing education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Brian Noble Named Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Influential educator and computer scientist Brian Noble has been selected as the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Noble, Brian  

EECS 280 Becomes Third Largest Course at U-M

With almost 1000 students enrolled, EECS 280: Programming and Introductory Data Structures, is a core CS class that has grown in popularity. Course enrollment has increased by almost 200 students in just one year, making it the third largest course for the winter 2017 semester at U-M, and the largest course in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Courage to Resist: The High-Stakes Adventures of J. Alex Halderman

This story by Randy Milgrom at the UM College of Engineering profiles Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his work in the area of Digital Democracy. [Full Story]

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

Computer Science Continues to Be One of the Most Popular and Rewarding Programs at Michigan

Computer science is a fast-growing and highly popular discipline at Michigan. CS students earn the highest median salary in every category of employment tracked by the College of Engineering, and CS is the second-most popular major at the entire university. [Full Story]

Design Automation Conference Technical Program Committee Holds Meeting in Detroit

190 individuals from around the world converged at Detroit for a Technical Program Committee meeting for the 2017 Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC is the premier conference for electronic design and automation; the Technical Program Chair is Prof. Valeria Bertacco. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

For Black History Month, CSE Spotlights Faculty and Alumni in Academia

In recognition of Black History Month, CSE would like to spotlight faculty and alumni in academia. These six individuals have made a profound impact in the field of computing and they continue to break barriers in academia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

CSE and Local Community Turn Out For Science on Screen Movie and Lecture

On Wednesday, January 25, the U-M CSE and local Ann Arbor communities turned out for a special Science on Screen event at downtown Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater. The program included a screening of I Voted? and a lecture by Prof. J. Alex Halderman on security risks in America's election system and his analysis of the results from the 2016 presidential election recounts, which he helped to organize. [Full Story]

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

Dr. David Paoletti Selected to Receive CoE Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award

Dr. David Paoletti has been selected to receive the 2016 2017 CoE Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award. This award recognizes non tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated sustained excellence in instruction and guidance at the undergraduate levels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Paoletti, David  

Call for Ideas: Recuiting and Retaining Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Computer Science

Girls Encoded is a series of events run by faculty and students at CSE that are aimed at increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in computing. Girls Encoded invites the submission of your proposals for initiatives to recruit or retain women and minorities in computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Popular Intro CS Course Continues to Grow; Over 870 Students Present Final Projects at Showcase

Over 870 students in EECS 183, Elementary Programming Concepts, displayed their final projects for friends, family, classmates, and industry sponsors in a series of project showcases in the Michigan League Ballroom. The course teaches undeclared students and non-CS majors the fundamentals of algorithmic thinking and programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Arthur, William  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Peter M. Chen to Serve as Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof. Peter M. Chen, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will assume the role of Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering effective January 1, 2017. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Software Systems  

Michael Wellman Selected to Serve on Financial Research Advisory Committee

Prof. Michael P. Wellman as been selected to serve on the Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC) for the US Department of Treasury's Office of Financial Research. As the only academic computer scientist on the FRAC, Professor Wellman brings expertise on algorithmic trading and other computational techniques that are transforming financial markets and the financial system. [Full Story]

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

Clinc Launches Finie, an AI Personal Assistant for Mobile Banking

Clinc, the research lab founded by CSE Profs. Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, has recently launched a new application called Finie, the financial genie. Finie, which can be referred to as the Siri of personal banking, is an artificial intelligence platform for banks that helps customers talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way to get real-time and instant financial insights. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Six New Faculty Join CSE

CSE is delighted to welcome six outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. From contributions in distributed systems to building reliable and secure software, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

A New Era of Robotics at Michigan

A newly approved robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

How Electronic Voting Could Undermine the Election

Foreign hackers, domestic hackers, those with physical access to voting machines, and those who attack from afar: this article describes the multiple risks associated with electronic voting and highlights the work of Prof. J. Alex Halderman in making this clear to us. [Full Story]

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

Toyota Research Institute Partners with U-M on Artificial Intelligence

Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute, TRI CEO Gill Pratt announced recently in an address to U-M faculty. [Full Story]

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

Hands-On Robotics: A Course for Anyone Interested in Robots and Autonomy

Check out this new video about the course Hands on Robotics. It not only provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics, it encourages students to solve an open-ended problem. Students build different types of robots throughout the semester using the CKBot modular robot system. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course Announcements  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguists in Competition at 2016 International Linguistics Olympiad

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached US high school students to successful competition at the 14th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held at the Infosys campus in Mysore, India from from July 25 to July 29, 2016. It is the tenth year that Radev has coached the team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

Summer Bootcamp Prepares Undergraduates for Work with Big Data

The Big Data Summer Bootcamp, a six-week interdisciplinary training and research program co-designed by Prof. Barzan Mozafari and his collaborators from other departments, has given students from around the country a comprehensive overview of the field of big data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  

EECS Research Highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Jenkins, Chad  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Systems  Olson, Edwin  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Grows Rapidly, Graduates First Student

In Fall 2015, the EECS Department and the Department of Statistics in LSA launched a joint undergraduate program in Data Science. As of Spring of 2016, the program had grown to 79 declared majors, 36 in engineering and 43 in LSA. The first engineering student to graduate with a degree in data science was Ryan Schrader, a dual data science/computer science major who matriculated in December 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Big Data  Education  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Dragomir Radev Teaching Course on NLP Through Coursera

This summer, Prof. Dragomir Radev is teaching two offerings of his course,"Introduction to Natural Language Processing" through Coursera, the online education platform which aims to provide universal access to the worlds best education. The first course offering began July 4th and the second is set to begin on August 1st. Both sessions are 12 weeks long. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Radev, Dragomir  

CSE Kicks Off Another Summer Of MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, has kicked off for summer 2016. This summer CSE has brought back all three camps: Tinkering with Mobile Apps, Game Design & Development, and Hacking in a Digital World. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Darden, Marcus  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!

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Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Future of Transportation

The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Beyond Asimov: How to Plan for Ethical Robots

In The Converstation, Prof. Ben Kuipers discusses the moral and ethical guidelines we should give robots as they soon will be a part of our daily lives. He delves into past moral rules and the complex situation of guiding robot behavior in our society. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Michael Wellman Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2016. He succeeds Alec Gallimore, who will become the new Dean at the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

CSE Sponsors TechTwilight to Support Young People in STEM

CSE is a sponsor of the 2016 TechTwilight. TechTwilight provides companies and student groups with the opportunity to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery. The event encourages young people to pursue careers in, and develop life-long interests in, science, technology, and engineering. [Full Story]

Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools for Flint Water Crisis

A partnership between Google and the University of Michigans Ann Arbor and Flint campuses aims to provide a smartphone app and other digital tools to Flint residents and officials to help them manage the ongoing water crisis. The Michigan Data Science Team, led by CSE Prof. Jacob Abernethy, will be involved in the partnership. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Lab-Theory of Computation  

EECS 183 Showcase Highlights Another Round of Final Projects

On Thursday, April 21st, students, parents, and professors attended the 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 over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Hacking into Homes: Security Flaws Found in SmartThings Connected Home System

Prof. Atul Prakash, CSE graduate student Earlence Fernandes, and Jaeyeon Jung (Microsoft Research), have performed a security analysis of the SmartThings programming framework. They were able to hack into the automation system and essentially get the PIN code to a homes front door. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Software Systems  Prakash, Atul  

Girls Encoded Motivates Students to Study CS

For the second year in a row, over 100 high school girls and their parents attended Girls Encoded, an all day event designed to educate and encourage girls to study computer science. The event took place Saturday, April 9th and was co-directed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea, CSE research fellow Veronica Perez-Rosas, and CS student Lauren Molley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Mihalcea, Rada  

CSE Launches Health Initiative for Staff

To foster an environment of wellness in the spirit of the University's MHealthy program, the CSE Division is tapping the power of computation to help encourage healthy behavior amongst its administrative and support staff. [Full Story]

CSE at South by Southwest

U-M attended the 2016 South by Southwest festival in Austin, and CSE participated in showing off another round of innovative technologies. South by Southwest began as a small film and music festival and has grown to become one of the biggest arts and technology fests in the country. Spanning two weeks and a half-dozen conferences in Austin, Texas, it brought together executives and creative types from industries ranging from tech to gaming to music to movies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

It's Official: Computer Science is #1... and #2!

Computer science is a fast-growing discipline with huge potential for impact, and this is clearly reflected at the University of Michigan in terms of two measurements: the number of declared majors in the undergraduate program, and the employment survey data available from student co-ops, interns, and full-time hires. [Full Story]

Doowon Lee Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to Improve the Reliability of Computer Systems

Doowon Lee, a CSE PhD candidate, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation, which is entitled, Low-Cost Comprehensive Robustness for Modern Heterogeneous Systems. The Rackham Predoctoral 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  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Passwords, Privacy and Protection: Can Apple Meet FBI Demand Without Creating a Backdoor?

Join The Conversation, in which Prof. HV Jagadish sheds some light on the issues involved in the FBI/Apple standoff over the court order to unlock a terrorism suspect's iPhone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

MBus is the Missing Interconnect for Millimeter-Scale Systems

Looking ahead to millimeter scale computing and the future of ubiquitous computing, EECS faculty members David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, graduate students Patrick Pannuto and Benjamin Kempke, research scientist Ye-Sheng Kuo, and a number of other Michigan researchers have created MBus, a chip-to-chip interconnect that facilitates an ultra-low power system operation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Hackers Tackle Assistive Technology

Dr. David Chesney and current computer science students are once again contributing to the development of assistive technology. On Thursday, January 28th, Chesney and his team launched Hacking for the Greater Good, a 6-hour hackathon that allowed students to work on projects that centered on assistive technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Hacking  Undergraduate Students  

Three Michigan Universities Receive Pacesetters Awards to Attract More Women to Computer Science

The University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University, and Michigan State University have been selected for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program. Pacesetters is a 2-year program under which participating institutions develop aggressive and measurable goals for increasing the number of women in the US computing and technology workforce. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Secure Your Website Now: Let's Encrypt Enters Public Beta

Lets Encrypt, the free certificate authority created by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and CSE graduate student James Kasten, recently entered Public Beta, which allows anyone to request a certificate without needing an invitation. The service was created to provide an easy way for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS. [Full Story]

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

Elementary Programming Class Introduces Students to Coding

This story in The Michigan Daily highlights EECS 183, the introductory CS course taught by Dr. Mary Lou Dorf, who designed the class to be experiential and to provide the support for students to become both familiar with computing concepts and more confident in their ability to learn to code. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase Highlights Over 20 New Games

On Friday, December 18th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a large crowd of over 100 attendees for the Fall 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Undergraduate Students  

Fairy Door in CSE is First at U-M

Fairies have for the first time ventured onto the Michigan campus and have taken up residence in a computer located in the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which is home to CSE. Next time you're here, look for them in the first-floor atrium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  Mihalcea, Rada  

Five U-M Programming Teams Compete in ACM Regional Contest

Five University of Michigan programming teams have competed in the 2015 ACM East Central North America Regional Programming Contest, with two teams, the Valiant and the Conquering Heroes, placing in first and second place. The East Central North America Regional Programming Contest was held October 31st and took place simultaneously at four sites: Cincinnati, Grand Valley, Windsor, and Youngstown, and the U-M teams competed at the Grand Valley site. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Data and Computing  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Computing CARES: A Plan to Boost the Retention of Women in Computing

The field of computing is one in which women have been historically underrepresented. A few faculty in the CSE Division have recently begun in a new quest to boost the participation and retention of women in computing courses and degree majors. These expanded opportunities will be accomplished through a U-M's Third Century grant. Prof. Valeria Bertacco and Mary Lou Dorf spearheaded this effort through a proposal that they submitted this past summer to the Third Century Initiative. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Olson, Edwin  Ringenberg, Jeff  Wellman, Michael  Women in Computing  

Relationship with Addis Ababa Institute of Technology Grows with Research Exchange Program

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have started a research exchange program between UM and AAiT. During the pilot program, which took place this year, three U-M CSE graduate students, William Arthur, Salessawi Ferede, and Biruk Mammo, traveled to Ethiopia for one month to bootstrap research projects with current AAiT students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan Researchers create virtual reality 'Matrix' with unreal engine

Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]

Don't like Siri? Build your own!

In this CBC radio interview, Prof. Jason Mars speaks about the rise of intelligent personal assistants and the computational load that is associated this trend. He and Prof. Lingjia Tang led the research project that resulted in Sirius, an open-source IPA that anyone can download and use. Sirius was used to model future workloads in order to determine requirements for future data centers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Machine Learning  Mars, Jason  

John Holland (1929-2015): In Memoriam

John Henry Holland, University of Michigan professor of psychology, computer science, and complex systems, passed away on Aug. 9 at the age of 86. Holland was the first U-M Ph.D. in computer science (1959). He soon became one of the first professors in the U-M Department of Computer and Communication Science. [Full Story]

An Eye for Detail Brings Unique Rewards

Prof. Igor Markov has received two Knuth reward checks in exchange for suggesting improvements to publications authored by Prof. Donald Knuth of Stanford. According to MIT Technology Review, "Knuths reward checks are among computerdom's most prized trophies." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Over 140 Students attend 2015 MiBytes Computer Camps

MiBytes, a series of summer computer camps hosted by CSE, was even bigger and better for summer 2015. There was a 5-day Tinkering With Mobile Apps camp and a 2-week-long Hacking in a Digital World camp, both led by Dr. Jeff Ringenberg, as well as a 5-day Game Design & Development camp led by Dr. Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Diversity and Outreach  Ringenberg, Jeff  

Four EECS companies make Crain's list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list

Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Islam, Mohammed  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  

HTTPS-crippling attack threatens tens of thousands of Web and mail servers

ARS Technica reports on the Logjam vulnerability in detail and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says, "Logjam shows us once again why it's a terrible idea to deliberately weaken cryptography, as the FBI and some in law enforcement are now calling for. That's exactly what the US did in the 1990s with crypto export restrictions, and today that backdoor is wide open, threatening the security of a large part of the Web." [Full Story]

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

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Stretches, Challenges Performers and Audience

Creativity and tech were blended as the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Georg Essl, performed 12 original works at its Final Class Concert in April. This story includes video of each of these unique performances. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Undergraduate Students  

Hospitals are testing a way to detect malware by analyzing the flow of electricity to connected devices

One of the biggest reasons why health professionals are reticent to connect their devices is a concern over security for health tech, attacking a device can mean attacking a person. Prof. Fu talks about WattsUpDoc, a program that uses power and electricity as a means to detect if a malware has been introduced into a network. Hospitals are now slowly beginning to sign up and try out this new malware detection system.

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Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Medical Device Security  

Over 600 Students Present Final Projects at EECS 183 Showcase

On Friday, April 24th, a number of students, parents, and professors attended the 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 over 150 projects made by over 600 students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  Undergraduate Students  

Winter 2015 Games Showcase Brings Lively Crowd to Tishman Hall

On Friday, April 24th, Tishman Hall in the Beyster Building had a lively crowd of over 100 attendees for the 2015 Computer Games Showcase. The event showcased the final projects of computer science seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, which is taught by Jeremy Gibson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

Students Show off Projects during Winter Semester Showcases

A number of CS students finished the semester strong by displaying their projects during the winter semester project showcases. Students, professors, and parents were able to see a combination of hard work, creativity, and skill during the ENG 100, EECS 183, EECS 373, EECS 467, and EECS 494 project showcases. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

New Undergraduate Program in Data Science Announced

CoE students have a new major course of study to choose from, and it's a highly relevant choice in this age of "Big Data." The program in Data Science, developed in conjunction with the Statistics Department, will help to prepare a class of experts who can extract actionable data from text, audio, video, and sensor measurements. The program will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2015. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Education  

Shift Collaborative: Providing Creative Space and Community for Tech Students with Business on the Brain

Located in a house just off U-Ms campus, Shift Collaborative is home to a student group that exists to nurture and facilitate its members fresh and creative ideas for new applications, programs, products, or startup businesses. Originally the brainchild of U-M alumnae Nancy Chow and backed by funding from former University of Michigan and NFL football player Dhani Jones, Shift Collaborative was founded in the fall of 2013. [Full Story]

Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. Georges Day Feast

In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George's Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Future Scientists Tour CSE

On Friday, April 10th, CSE Professors Valeria Bertacco and Todd Austin hosted a CSE visit for the preschoolers of U-Ms Towsley Childrens House. The event was a way for the children to experience computer science in a fun and engaging way. The day started with a meet and greet from Prof. Edwin Olson through his TeleRobot. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  

Creativity in the Classroom: Gibson Puts Emphasis on Collaborative Learning and Quick Prototyping in Games MDE

Many forward thinking educators are flipping the tables on their students by diverging from the standard classroom lecture format and implementing innovative curriculum in order to enhance student experience and stimulate learning. In his EECS 494 Computer Game Design and Development course, instructor Jeremy Gibson has done just that, and the results are promising. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bond, Jeremy  

CSE Sponsors Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing Conference to be Hosted by U-M

The University of Michigan will host the 5th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The conference, which is also sponsored by CSE, will take place at the Duderstadt Center March 20-21st, 2015 and registration is now open. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Women in Computing  

Former CSE Chair Farnam Jahanian Named Provost at Carnegie Mellon University

Farnam Jahanian, former chair of CSE and most recently vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon University, has been appointed as CMU's provost. Jahanian was on the faculty at the U-M from 1993 to 2014 and served as chair for CSE at U-M from 2007 to 2011. [Full Story]

Two Faculty Open Door for Collaboration with Ethiopian Institute

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco visited Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia in 2009 to talk about Michigan Engineering. They found great enthusiasm but scant resources. By 2011, they were donating equipment for labs and in 2012 built curriculum and taught during sabbatical. A broader initiative between U-M and AAIT now exists, and Austin and Bertacco were part of a recent U-M delegation to AAIT. That trip, and a look at Ethiopia, is the subject of this Digital Multimedia Experience. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

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]

Despite Cold Weather, CSE Community Turns Out For Science on Screen Movie & Lecture

The event took place at downtown Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on the evening of January 8, 2015. It featured a screening of the movie, The Imitation Game, followed Prof. Kevin Compton's lecture on WWII cryptography and the life of Alan Turing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Lab-Theory of Computation  Undergraduate Students  

Mourning the Loss of an Innovator: J. Robert Beyster Dies at 90

Michigan alumnus, philanthropist, scientist, and entrepreneur: J. Robert Beyster, a namesake of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building and funder of Michigan Engineering's largest fellowship program, has died at age 90. [Full Story]

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  Lab-Theory of Computation  

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:  Bond, 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:  Bond, Jeremy  Dorf, Mary Lou  

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  Data and Computing  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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]

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  

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]

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  

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  

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]

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]

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  

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]

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  

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sakallah, Karem  

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]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

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]

CSE Photo Contest Garners Creative Entries

We received some creative photos in our annual "A Week in the Life at CSE" photo contest. This year's winner is Denis Bueno for his entry, "SOS -- someone forgot to feed the grad students." See all the entries here. [Full Story]

CSE Puzzle Solved By a Few

There was a puzzle hidden in the Beyster Building for CSEdWeek, and a few were able to find it. Click to see the leaderboard. The top puzzler was graduate student Eric Wustrow, aka somenoob. [Full Story]

Larry D. Leinweber Gives $2.4 Million to Fund Students in CS

Michigan-based entrepreneur and business leader Larry D. Leinweber sees an opportunity to help build a stronger economic foundation for the state. He envisions Michigan as a home for more software companies and wants to help build a pipeline of talent to make that vision a reality, with a special emphasis on retaining University students whose home state is Michigan. [Full Story]

Ghosts Hack EECS 388 on Halloween

Not long into an otherwise perfectly normal lecture in Prof. J. Alex Halderman's security class on Halloween, strange and spooky things began to happen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  

Tales From the Crypto Community

In this article in Foreign Affairs, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger of University of Pennsylvania describe how recent NSA actions have diminished computer security for everyone and harmed US national cyberdefense interests in a number of ways. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Software Class Aims to Help One Teen Communicate

Undergradate students in Dr. David Chesney's senior-level software engineering course are devising systems that could make it easier for a 13-year old with cerebral palsy to communicate, play, or act more independently at school or home. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Undergraduate Students  

Six New Faculty Join CSE

The CSE Division is pleased to announce the addition of six new faculty, beginning in Fall 2013. From contributions to big data and cloud explorations to servers and architectures, they'll help to lead and teach us as we enter a world increasingly shaped by computer science and engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Abernethy, Jake  Deng, Jia  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Mars, Jason  Mihalcea, Rada  Mozafari, Barzan  Tang, Lingjia  

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

Dragomir Radev, Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, the School of Information, and in the Department of Linguistics, has coached North American high school students to successful competition at the 11th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which was held in Manchester, UK, from July 22 through 26th, 2013. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

Brian Noble Appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering

Prof. Brian Noble has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the College of Engineering by David Munson, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. He succeeds James Holloway, who is stepping down to become the U-M Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Noble, Brian  

Edwin Olson Talks Robotics at World Science Festival

Prof. Edwin Olson spoke on his work in the realm of robotics at the annual World Science Festival in New York City on Sunday, June 2. His presentation was a part of the Festival's acclaimed Cool Jobs program, which features a series of thought-provoking and inspirational lectures on technical occupations aimed at young people and their families. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Prospective Grad Students Show High Level of Interest in CSE

CSE experienced record interest in its graduate program when 54 prospective students visited for an in-depth look at the people, labs, projects and flying blue sharks that compose the intellectual landscape in CSE at Michigan. [Full Story]

CSE Spinoff Wins The Linley Groups Analysts Choice Award

Cyclos Semiconductor, co-founded by CSE Chair Marios Papaefthymiou, has received The Linley Group's Analysts' Choice Award for Best Processor Technology for its achievements in replacing conventional clock-signal trees with a resonant clock mesh and easing the design of high-performance chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  

David Chesney Speaks at TEDxUofM

Dr. David Chesney spoke at "Untapped," the fourth annual TEDxUofM, which took place April 5th at the Power Center for the Performing Arts. His talk was entitled, "Shouts and Whispers: Small Events Leading to Big Changes." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

Kevin Fu Interviewed Regarding Cyber Security of Medical Devices

Kevin Fu, Director of the Security and Privacy Research Lab, has been interviewed by Healthcare Info Security about the evolving malware and security risks associated with implantable and bedside medical devices. Article includes audio interview. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  

Solid-State Circuits Magazine Publishes Special Issue with Lynn Conway Memoir of the VLSI Revolution

Professor Emerita Lynn Conway, who revolutionized Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, has been featured in a special edition of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. The issue includes her 24-page memoir and related articles by colleagues who offer their perspectives on the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Martha Pollack Appointed U-M Provost

Former Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Martha E. Pollack has been selected to serve as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the University of Michigan by President Mary Sue Coleman. Pollack has served as the university's vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs since 2010. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Pollack, Martha  

Career Center Report Shows Computer Scientists Highly Sought After, Best Compensated

The Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC) has issued its 2011-2012 Annual Report, which includes placement and salary survey data for College of Engineering students. In all categories of undergraduate employment in the report, computer science students reported the highest median salaries. [Full Story]

Hackers Brighten Beyster Building with a Puzzle of Programmable Lights

Holiday hackers have struck the Beyster Building, leaving a twinkling tech puzzle for those who'd like to hack the "Beyster Blinkenlights." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  

Photo Contest: A Week in the Life at CSE

Thanks to all who entered our photo contest. The winner is Jill Bender, for her entry, His assignment was to write "I will not throw planes in class" 100 times; he did it the CS way. See this photo and all other entries at the link. [Full Story]

Kevin Fu Testifies on the Security of Smart Cards to Access Medicare and Medicaid Services

Professor Kevin Fu testified on Nov. 28 in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on the cybersecurity of smart cards for combating fraud in health care. Students can learn about such technical, human, and regulatory issues by enrolling in Prof. Fu's Winter 2013 course, EECS 598-008, the first course in the nation dedicated to issues of medical device security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Medical Device Security  

Join Us to Celebrate the Place of Computing in Our Lives

CSE is observing Computer Science Education Week beginning on Monday, Dec. 3. Solve the hidden puzzle in the Beyster Building - designed by Michigan Hackers - and you could win a prize! The Leaderboard is here. Other activities are scheduled throughout the week. [Full Story]

Kevin Fu to Testify on Security in Health Care on Nov 28.

Professor Kevin Fu testifies this Wednesday in the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on the cybersecurity of smart cards for combating fraud in health care. Students can learn about such technical, human, and regulatory issues by enrolling in Prof. Fu's Winter 2013 course, EECS 598-008, the first course in the nation dedicated to issues of medical device security. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  

A2CS Tech Mixer to Connect U-M Computer Science Students with Local Tech Companies

Looking for connections into the local CS/tech scene? The December 5th A2CS Tech Mixer is intended to be fun, relaxed, and a fabulous opportunity for the local computer science/tech community to meet up. [Full Story]

Chih-Chun Chia Selected as First Beyster Computational Innovation Graduate Fellow

Electrical Engineering:Systems PhD candidate Chih-Chun Chia has been chosen as the first Fellow of the J. Robert Beyster Computational Innovation Graduate Fellows Program. [Full Story]

Digital Multimedia Experience: Gaming for the Greater Good

See, hear, and read about the work that Dr. David Chesney is doing with his students to create engineering projects with a strong social context. In particular, his class has created a suite of video games with theapeutic value for use by children on the autistic spectrum. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  

CSE Faculty Help Make the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science a Reality

CSE Associate Chair and Professor Karem Sakallah and Professor Michael Wellman are participating in the launch of the Ibn Sina School for Computer Science, a new initiative which aims to prepare undergraduate students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for successful careers in computer science research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Sakallah, Karem  Wellman, Michael  

Symposium to be held for the establishment of the Patrick C. Fischer Professorship in Theoretical Computer Science

To be held November 5, the Symposium will feature lectures from three prominent computer scientists who will offer their perspectives and discuss recent advances in the field of theoretical computer science. Registration is required. [Full Story]

Securing Digital Democracy Opens on Coursera

Securing Digital Democracy, a massive open on-line course taught by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, launched on September 3, with over 14,000 people enrolled. New students are still welcome to join. [Full Story]

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

Faculty Help Build Program, Relationship With Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Ethiopia

Profs. Todd Austin and Valeria Bertacco have developed a relationship with AAIT. They've helped build a lab, and this summer designed courses and lectured at the Institute. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Dragomir Radev Coaches High School Linguists to Multiple Wins in International Competition

Prof. Dragomir Radev has led North American high school students to successful competition at the 10th International Linguistics Olympiad, with wins in individual and team contests. The ILO was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from July 29th to August 4th, 2012. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

High School Students Explore the Intersection of Music and Computer Science at Summer Camp

High school students from across the state are able to explore the workings and impact of computer science through the medium of music at a series of summer camps run by Dr. David Chesney and funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Diversity and Outreach  

EECS Summer Picnic

The annual EECS picnic was June 22, 2012. It was a perfect day for faculty, staff, students and family members to gather at a local park, cook out, eat, and play games. There was wading in the Huron River, a balloon toss, tug of war, volleyball games, 3 legged races, bouncing gym, and slide. Enjoy the photos! [Full Story]

Game Time with the Legendary Sid Meier

The first-ever Sid Meier Game Design Boot Camp was held at CSE. The camp was an intensive eleven days of lectures, activities, game design and development for senior students or recent graduates with a serious career interest in the video game design industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Laird, John  

Software Engineering Class Hacks Autism

Dr. David Chesney's project-based EECS 481 Software Engineering class has created a series of video games as autism therapies using the Microsoft Kinect platform. This blog post by Marc Sirkin, VP at Autism Speaks, provides a viewpoint from the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Health and Safety  

Alex Halderman to Teach Digital Democracy Course Through Coursera

Prof. J. Alex Halderman will teach a free course on Securing Digital Democracy this fall through Coursera, the online education company that was founded in 2011 by two faculty from Stanford University. [Full Story]

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

Ambiq Micro and Cyclos Semiconductor, 2 EECS startups, join the EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list

Ambiq Micro, specializing in intelligent energy-efficient ICs, was founded in 2010 by Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and EE alumnus Dr. Hanson. Cyclos Semiconductor, specializing in resonant clock-mesh technology for IC design, was co-founded in 2004 by Prof. Papaefthymiou. [more about Ambiq Micro] [more about Cyclos Semiconductor] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Sylvester, Dennis  

2012 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

Dedication Ceremony Held for Bob and Betty Beyster Building

On Wednesday, April 11, the College of Engineering held a dedication ceremony for the naming of the Bob and Betty Beyster Building, which is the home of the Computer Science and Engineering Division. [Full Story]

Student Projects Lab Provides Training, Expertise on Embedded Systems Topics

The Student Projects Lab (SPL), directed by Dr. Mark Brehob, is providing open lessons on fundamentals in embedded systems projects for undergraduate and graduate students, among other services. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

New Computer Science Program Announced for LSA Students

Undergraduate students who undertake a study of computer science through the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts can now customize their program by selecting from nine tracks of specialization. [Full Story]

Hackers Install Bubbler as a Salute to Beysters

Sometime on the weekend of February 18, hackers struck the Computer Science and Engineering building at U-M, installing a hot tub on the fourth floor balcony of the building. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacking  

CSE Building to be Named in Honor of Beyster Gift

In recognition of a $15 million gift to the College of Engineering, the CSE Building will be named the Bob and Betty Beyster Building at a ceremony this spring. The gift, from philanthropist and four-time U-M alum J. Robert Beyster, includes the largest sum dedicated to fellowships in the college's history. [Full Story]

Engineering at Michigan (video)

Michigan Engineering's newest video captures the pace of activity of our students and faculty! In this video, catch the Solar Car, Formula SAE racing, Jessy Grizzle and the robot MABEL, Fred Terry, the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and much more! Watch the video and find out who said, "It would be a disaster if it broke." [Full Story]

Photo Contest: A Week in the Life of CSE

Check out a week in the life at CSE! This gallery includes photos submitted from our photo contest, which took place Dec. 5 - 9. The winning picture was #Occupy CSE, submitted by Emily Carpenter. [Full Story]

Computer Science Education Week Puzzle Winners

Find and solve the two puzzles hidden in the CSE building and you'll be entered our Hall of Fame! Those who solve both puzzles will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Click here to see additional activities planned for CSEdWeek.
[Full Story]

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguistics Team to Multiple Wins

In his fifth year as US team coach, Prof. Dragomir Radev has led the US Computational Linguistics Team to multiple wins in its best showing ever at the International Linguistics Olympiad. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

E-Waste event is tomorrow at Pioneer H.S.

Free e-Waste Events May 2011: Recycle ResponsiblyPublic e-Waste Event Saturday, May 7, 9am2pm at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 [Full Story]

2011 St. Georges Day Feast - an EECS Tradition!

In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

U-M Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC 2011

The University of Michigan Alumni and Friends mixer at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) reunited faculty, students, colleagues and friends at this annual event. See photos and other information by following the link. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Engineers rebuilding Liberias universities and infrastructure

USAID is funding a 5 yr, $18.5M effort to rebuild Liberia after 15 years of civil war. Leading the engineering effort at U-M is Prof. Herb Winful. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Intel Donates Computers to EECS to Support Research and Teaching

Intel Corporation has donated funds to EECS for computers to support research and teaching in the areas of Computing Systems and Logic Design. [Full Story]

December 5 - 11 is National Computer Science Education Week

Come to CSE to join in lectures and activities.

Also, see the Hall of Fame for Top Puzzle Solvers!
[Full Story]

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble in Original Theatrical Performance

Friday, November 5, the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble will participate in an original theatrical piece as part of the Once. More. festival and the Performing Arts Technology 25th Anniversary. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  

CSE and North American Bancard Host 48-Hour Hackathon

This weekend, CSE and North American Bancard will host the third annual 48-hour Smartphonia Mania Hackathon. Students are invited to join and create mobile apps - for any moble device! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  

Team Michigan Departs for MAGIC Robotics Competition

Team Michigan, a group of U-M students led by Prof. Edwin Olson, will depart for the world finals in the MAGIC robotics competition in Australia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Linguistics Team to Multiple Wins

For the fourth year, Assoc. Prof. Dragomir Radev has coached the US Computational Linguistics Team to multiple wins. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

CSE to Hold CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

CSE welcomes Michigan high school teachers to CS4HS, a two-day summer workshop takes place August 18 - 19, 2010 at CSE. Welcome, teachers! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

U-M Tech Transfer Office Program for Entrepreneurs

This video story features Ambiq Micro and Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009), CEO and co-founder of the company along with Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester. Ambiq Micro is called one of the most promising companies that mentor-in-resident Dave Hartmann has worked with recently. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

CSE Spinout Highlighted in National Report on Research to Jobs

Arbor Networks, founded in 2000 by Prof. Farnam Jahanian and G. Robert Malan, who was then a doctoral student at U-M, has been highlighted in a report on federal investment in basic research and resultant job creation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  

Prof. James Meindl Delivers Lecture on Nanotechnology

Prof. James Meindl, pioneer and leader in microelectronics and microsystems research and education, was on campus recently to deliver the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture. You may watch his lecture, entitled, Nanoelectronics in Retrospect, Prospect and Principle, and hear his predictions for the future of nanoelectronics. Video
Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Three EECS Students Receive Predoctoral Fellowships

Mojtaba Mehrara conducts research in compiler technology.Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media.
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Event Showcases Student-Designed Computer Games

CS Seniors will show off their final projects at the 2009 Computer Games Showcase at CSE. Come to see and play the future of computer games! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Laird, John  Undergraduate Students  

CSE Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week

The United States Congress has named the week of December 7 as National Computer Science Education Week. Join CSE as we we applaud this resolution. [Full Story]

Grad Students Applicants Will Find Vibrant CSE Program at Michigan

Graduate student candidates in computer science and engineering are encouraged to apply at Michigan, where our growing, cutting-edge program provides tremendous opportunity. [Full Story]

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble to Perform on December 9th

Led by Asst. Prof. Georg Essl, this unique new and unique student ensemble will merge technology and creativity as they perform all new works on iPhone-based instruments of their own design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

Connect with EECS through Social Network Links

The EECS website now includes links to our new YouTube channel, where you can see projects and presentations. We've also added links to our Facebook group and fan pages - Join us!

David Chesney Addresses US Dept of Education as Panelist on New Education Plan

Dr. David Chesney participated in a panel that provided input to the US Department of Education on October 21 regarding the creation of a new National Educational Technology Plan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

John Holland, CS Pioneer, Recognized on 80th Birthday

John Holland, one of the first in the world to receive a PhD in computer science and a founder of the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems, is turning 80. Please come celebrate! [Full Story]

Join EECS for Homecoming

Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend is Sept 25-26. On the 25th, EECS will host three alumni lecturers, an alumni lunch, and other events. Be sure to join us! [Full Story]

CSE Alumnus and Google Exec RJ Pittman to Speak at U-M North Campus

CSE welcomes RJ Pittman, Director of Product Management at Google, as he visits the U-M to give a CSE Distinguished Lecture on innovation on September 17. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

CSE Alumnus Usama Fayyad to Speak a Michigan

CSE Alumnus and 2009 Alumni Merit Award Winner Usama Fayyad will visit Michigan as a special guest of the College of Engineering and give a lecture on Homecoming Weekend. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Marissa Mayer of Google to Give Mellor Lecture at U-M North Campus

CSE welcomes Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience at Google, as she visits the U-M to deliver the 2009 James R. Mellor Lecture on September 21. [Full Story]

CSE Holds CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

CSE welcomes Michigan high school teachers to CS4HS, a workshop that explores the use of technology in learning and CS curricula. The workshop is Aug 26-27; some seats are still available. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CSE Launches K-12 Outreach Website

CSE has launched CS Connections, a website that highlights CSE's outreach activities for K-12 students and educators. [Full Story]

EECS Picnic 2009

The EECS Department held its annual picnic at Hudson Mills metropark. Department members and their families enjoyed food, camaraderie, and activities, including a baloon toss, a three-legged race, volleyball, and of course, the annual tugs of war between the labs! Click on the link for photos! [Full Story]

UARTS 250 (Creative Process): One of the Universitys Most Intriguing Classes

A new course is emphasizing the creative process found in Art, Architecture, Engineering and Music, all found on North Campus at the University of Michigan. Read Prof. Winful's tips for the creative engineer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Google Founder and EECS Alumnus Larry Page Delivers Commencement Speech

Larry Page received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering in 1995. Watch the video, view some photos and read the highlights of his speech. [Video] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

St. George's Day Feast Enjoyed by All

At the annual EECS St. George's Day Feast, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]

David Chesney in College Video on Social Change and Engineering

Dr. David Chesney, Lecturer at CSE, appears in a video by the college on social change and engineering, which highlights how engineering students can use their skills to address societal challenges. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  

U-M CS Alumnus Describes Visual Effects Processes Used in Watchmen

DJ DesJardin returned to CSE and described the creative and technical processes behind the visual effects in the recent Watchmen movie. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Jeannette Wing to Give Distinguished Lecture at U-M

Jeannette Wing, President's Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and Assistant Director for CISE at National Science Foundation, will give a distinguished lecture at CSE on Wednesday, April 15. [Full Story]

Computer Science Regains Popularity

"There is an incredible demand for computer scientists right now," said Dr. Chesney, who teaches the popular introductory engineering course in gaming. [See The Ann Arbor News Article]

CSE at Michigan Video

Please take a moment to enjoy this seven minute video for a brief introduction to Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan! Click here.

John Laird Professorship Lecture and Reception

Please join us to honor John Laird, the Tishman Professor of Engineering, Thursday, Oct 30 at 3:30pm in 1670 CSE. Remarks begin at 3:40pm sharp. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Pallab Bhattacharya Honored as NAE Member

Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]

Homecoming: Friday, October 3

Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information

New Chairs for EECS

For the first time, EECS will have the benefit of two Chairs to chart the course of the department into the 21st century. Read more about the Chair of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Farnam Jahanian, and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Khalil Najafi.

Software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers in high demand

A recent article in The Detroit News, "State short of tech workers," highlights the strong demand for highly educated IT professionals, especially software developers, systems analysts and computer programmers. [Full Story]

Bertram Herzog (1929-2008)

We are saddened by the news that Professor Bertram Herzog, computer graphics pioneer, passed away last month at the age of 79. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. [Full Story]

Picnic Photos - 2008

EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]

Prof. Arthur Burks (1915-2008)

Professor Arthur W. Burks passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the age of 92. He was an active member of the University of Michigan faculty for 40 years, 1946-1986, and a pioneer in the computing field.
[Read more...] [NY Times article by Steve Lohr] [Memorial Service: June 20]

CSE Distinguished Lecture: Designing a New Automotive DNA

Larry Burns
VP, Research & Development and Strategic Planning
General Motors
Thursday, January 10, 2008
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
1670 CSE [More info...]

Halloween Party - 2007

EECS! Happy Halloween!

With encouragement of Dave Munson and Farnum Jahanian, the CSE administration extends a cordial invitation to all EECS faculty, staff, and students to join us in a haunt-filled event to celebrate Halloween. Attendance and dressing up in extremely silly costumes is mandatory!
[More Info]

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...]

EECS Summer Pcinic - 2007

Click on the photo to the left or the link below for more photos from the 2007 EECS Summer picnic. [Full Story]

TV Now Showing on U-M Connected Computers

Thanks to the enterprising efforts of Prof. Sugih Jamin, U-M is bringing live TV to the Internet for faculty, staff and students. The technology is based on software developed by Jamin, association professor of computer science and engineering, and co-founder of Zattoo, Inc. [The University Record]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Jamin, Sugih  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Software Systems  

Martha Pollack Named Dean of School of Information

Prof. Martha Pollack has been named the new Dean for U-M School of Information, effective August 1, 2007. Pollack came to U-M in 2000, and has served as Associate Chair for the Computer Science and Engineering division since 2004.
UM Press Release

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Pollack, Martha  

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
Thursday, April 5, 2007
4:30pm, 1670 CSE Building
Reception Following the Lecture [abstract and bio]

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]

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.

U-M Scores in iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition

Students representing various disciplines across the University, including the College of Engineering, Business Administration, LS&A, and Bioinformatics, participated in the 4th annual iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine) Jamboree. U-M's team took third place in the category, Best Real World Application. Read more...

Faculty Recently in the News

Jessy Grizzle talks to representatives from the Coalition for National Science Funding

Martha Pollack Supports Women's Role in Science and Engineering. Read more...

EECS Leads U-M in Tech Transfer Activities

Two new startup companies within the past year having roots in EECS are tangible evidence of the leading role the department plays in U-M's tech transfer activities. This past year, the EECS Department led U-M in invention disclosures, any of which may lead to patents, and/or technology found in the marketplace. A recent Ann Arbor News article about Tech Transfer at U-M mentions Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo.

Prof. Conway to Present Distinguished Lecture on VLSI Design

Lynn Conway, Emerita Professor in EECS, will give a Distinguished Lecture at Columbia University in March, 2007, entitled "Reflections on the VLSI Design Revolution."

Emeritus Faculty Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)

Emeritus faculty member Bernard A. Galler passed away September 4, 2006, at the age of 77. Galler was a great friend to all, and a true pioneer in the field of Computer Science. He was a founding member of the Computer Science department in the early 70's, a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery, and founding editor of the journal, The Annals of the History of Computing. We will miss him.
Ann Arbor News Obituary
Career Interview with Bernie Galler

EECS Picnic Photos

Here are a few photos from this summer's EECS picnic.

Bike Ride for the Multiple Sclerosis Society

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Previous Donors, This is a final request this year for donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society through the MS-150 bike ride. If you are away and see this after the event, I can accept your funds and send them into M.S. until August 25, 2006.

I'll be riding 200 miles again this coming weekend (July 15 & 16) with Team AAA Michigan (a nice group that actually includes a couple of AAA employees and we get cool jerseys). This is my twelfth MS-150 in thirteen years To date, I've ridden ~2125 miles in these rides and with your generosity have sent ~$21,495 dollars to the M.S. Society.

The main thing you get for your money is the good feeling of knowing you did some good, followed by the nice benefit of a tax deduction. As a benefit to my sponsors, I send a final story of the ride report. It is a primarily fact-based account of my fun, pain, and suffering which some of my long-time donors find amusing. Unfortunately, I set a high standard on this my first year when I crashed early and rode most of the even with a big red road rash wound on my left knee. I won't promise to repeat this, but hopefully I'll deliver something amusing (a somewhat embellished sample follows this message).I'll be happy to take your pledges e-mail or via the MS Society web link below. You can also give me checks directly (made out to "The M. S. Society"). Your donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Society.

Thanks, Fred Terry
2417F EECS Building 2122

To sponsor me:href=http://www.nationalmssociety.org/MIG/home/epledge_search_2.asp

July 12, 2006. The Spanish daily El Pis dropped a bombshell in its Sunday edition. Fred Terry and and all the other riders of Team AAA Michigan have been cleared of any involvement in the Operacin Puerto doping scandal. The full team of 13 riders has been cleared to start at Davisburg, MI, on Saturday and is now expected to be a dominate force in the event. Unconfirmed sources quoted UCI President Pat McQuaid as saying, I don't know what these guys were worried about. They are so old and slow that we would not have taken action against them even if they were found guilty of doping. If I were them, I would see Dr. Fuentes and get some EPO and probably some Geritol too.The grueling 2 day MS-150 Michigan has been compared to the Tour de France for grueling hors-cat (out- of category) climbs. The final 12 miles on the return to Davisburgh has been called the Michigan equivalent of L'Alpe d'Huez. Skeptics have claimed these comparisons have all come from delusional aging professors.
[Full Story]

Brian Gilchrist Named Interim Chair of EECS

Professor Brian Gilchrist has been named Interim Chair of the EECS Department, effective July 1, 2006. Gilchrist, a member of the Radiation Laboratory, and the Space Physics Research Laboratory in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences Department, has been Associate Chair for the ECE Division since 2004, shortly after Prof. Munson came to the University as Chair of the EECS Department. Munson has been named Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1.

Computer Science as a Career

An explosion of job opportunities is expected for computer science specialists in the next decade. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts computer specialists to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2004-2014. Read a recent article about the excellent outlook for those wanting to major in the field of computer science. Also, read an article that places Software Engineer as the top-ranked career in the country, and Computer IT Analyst as seventh.

AMD Supports VLSI at Michigan

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has partnered with U-M to sponsor a student design contest among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. In addition, AMD donated cash and equipment to create a VLSI server pool that is accommodating 60 new Opteron 285 dual core processors.
[Read More...]

David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering

EECS chair, Dr. Munson, has recently been appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. He will be missed.

See U-M Press Release for more info.

Betty Cummings' Retirement Party

Photos from the party to celebrate Betty Cummings recent retirement from EECS after 40 years of service can be seen at the link below. We wish you all the very best, Betty. [Full Story]

Startups Doing Well!

Arbor Networks, a company founded by Prof. Farnam Jahanian, is number 9 in the 2005 Inc. 500 List. It has grown 4,651% in the past 5 years, making it the 9th fastest growing company in the country. [Additional Information]

Mobius Microsystems, co-founded by Chief Technical Officer and EECS alumnus Michael McCorquodale (MS and PhD, EE, '00 and '04), was presented with an award for Innovation of the Year, and was counted among 1 of the 50 companies to watch in Michigan at the second annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. [Press Release - Additional Information - Photo]

ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce Comes to Ann Arbor

The 2006 ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce will be held in Ann Arbor this year, June 11-15, 2006. The conference is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), chaired by Prof. Michael Wellman. David Pennock (PhD, CSE '99) is the program co-chair. Read about his work in the latest EECS News, pg. 23.

David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering

Dave Munson, Chair of EECS since 2003, will become the next U-M College of Engineering, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, pending Regents' approval.

Dr. Munson has increased the department's commitment to undergraduate and graduate programs, planned extensive renovation and expansion of research laboratories, improved its relationships with alumni and industry, and completed a comprehensive strategic-planning exercise. The department thanks him for his excellent leadership these past three years, and wishes him much success in his new position. [U-M Press Release]


The EECS Department is pleased to offer the 2006 Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program. This program provides support to undergraduate students for three months during the spring/summer term to work with a faculty member on a research project of mutual interest. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2006. See the description of projects available.

NSF Names Daniel Atkins to Head New Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Prof. Atkins is affiliated with both the EECS Department, and the School of Information, for which he was founding Dean.

See the press release by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

U-M Amateur Radio Club Will Attempt Contact with Expedition Group on Peter I Island

Join the U-M Amateur Radio Club (UMARC), based in 4436 EECS, as they attempt to establish contact with a DXpedition group on Peter I Island between February 8th - 24th. UMARC invites all students, faculty, and staff with any interest in radio communication to join them.
Additional Information


EECS 498

Term: WINTER 2006


Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Jerzy Kanicki

Office: 2307 EECS Building
tel. 734 - 936 - 0964
e-mail: kanicki@eecs.umich.edu
Office Hours: Any time per appointment

Class Meetings: Monday & Wednesday 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.; 3437 EECS building
Course Texts: Will be provided.
Course Format: Two 90-min lectures per week.
Course Grading:
Device analysis individual reports: 30%
Term group paper: 30%
Final group presentation: 20%
Class attendance and participation: 20%
Midterm and Final Examinations: Term group paper and final presentation.
Homework’s: Two device analysis individual reports.
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.

Goals: This course is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students interested in the basic interdisciplinary science of the organic semiconductors and their application to different device structures. The fundamental science and technology to be addressed in this class are inherently interdisciplinary; they fall at the intersection of three disciplines: chemistry, physics and engineering. The fundamental optical, opto-electrical and electronic, and carrier transport properties of the organic macromolecules used in practical organic and molecular devices will be discussed. Comprehensive analysis of the operating principles of thin-film organic semiconductor devices such as light-emitting and photovoltaic devices, thin-film transistors, optical, chemical and biological sensors, lasers and molecular rectifiers will be discussed in details during this class. Finally storage and electrical stability of the devices and their possible applications to future plastic electronics will be addressed.

EECS Fall Bash Video Clips

Ever wonder just how many talented people work and go to school here in EECS? You can see a sample by checking out video clips of those who recently participated in the 2nd annual EECS Fall Bash. You may need Internet2 bandwidth and a couple of terabytes of storage space to download but I guarantee you will not be disappointed. The cake was good too. -djh [Full Story]

Florence Robinson to Retire

Long-time University of Michigan employee Florence Robinson will retire at the end of this year.

Florence started at the UM in 1970 and came to EECS in June of 1993. Flo has provided support to the department over the last 12 years by delivering approximately 62,400 packages and 1,248,000 pieces of mail to us!! She has developed her investigative skills as well as her ability to read addresses in 97 languages!!

She has expedited, tracked, stamped, stored, delivered and documented a plethora of paper and boxes in to and out of our buildings.

We would like to honor Florence on the occasion of her retirement on Monday, December 5th at 3:30 in the Chair's lobby of the EECS building. Please stop in to wish her well on her retirement as well as thank her for her many years of service to the department.

Solar Car Momentum Wins the Race

U-M’s solar car race team, and their car Momentum, took first place in the 2005 North American Solar Car Challenge July 27, 2005. Michigan has competed eight times, and earned four National Championships since the inception of the race in 1990, more than any other competing University.

The solar cars began the race July 17 in Austin, TX and ended July 25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a new route for the American Solar Car Challenge, and at 2,500 miles, the longest in its history. With the lead time at 53 hours, 59 minutes, and 43 seconds, only 11 minutes and 52 seconds separated Michigan and the second place team, U. of Minnesota.

The Solar Car Challenge is a race of engineering mastery, strategy and some luck, as racers and their teams adjust to clouds, wind, and rain, equipment malfunctions, border checks, and even stop lights. Michigan started strong this year, in first place after 2 days, only to be socked by cloudy weather the third day – depleting their battery and their lead. They made a dramatic comeback on day 8 of the race. Facing intense head winds, Momentum’s aerodynamic design and race strategy helped it gain 19 minutes on Minnesota’s car. The next day would give the lighter cars an advantage as they faced mountain climbs – however, despite having one of the heavier cars, U-M’s overall design and engineering kept it in first place. Momentum set a record for average speed during the race, 46.2 miles per hour.

Every two years the North American Solar Challenge brings together cars built by student teams all over the country to compete in a cross country race, using nothing but the sun’s rays as power.

To quote Richard King, U.S. Department of Energy, who provided commentary for the race, “What these teams are proving out here is that solar electricity really works and energy efficiency pays off. Considering the consequences of billions of people around the world burning fossil fuels at an ever-growing rate, demonstrating technologies that can make a difference is significant.”

Of the 21 members of the race crew, seven are EECS students: Mirai Aki, Jonathan Brown, Jeff Ferman, David Masselink, David Mazur, Brent Schwartz, and Robert Vogt. Vogt, Head Strategist and the only EECS graduate student on the team, is a four year veteran of the team who also runs a web hosting/consulting company, ArborHost, and has a patent in Signal/Image Processing. Learn more about all the team members on the Solar Car webpage at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/solarcar/aboutus/racecrew.html

EECS Prof. Brian Gilchrist, faculty co-advisor to the Solar Car team, and his son were on hand to witness the race. Prof. Gilchrist said, “I am very proud of what the team accomplished, but even more so of what they learned! Over two years some 100+ students have been able to experience what it takes to develop a complete system from beginning to end! This is experience that would take years to obtain in industry.”

The Solar Car team has earned the opportunity to participate in the 8th World Solar Challenge, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, 2005 in Australia.

EECS Picnic Photos

Photos from last Friday's picnic are on the web link below. [Full Story]

ACL Conference to Focus on Advances in Natural Language Processing

Approximately 700 educators, researchers, and students from around the world will gather in Ann Arbor for the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics from June 25-30. The conference will focus on advances in the ability of computers to understand and react to natural language. Popular applications include making Web search engines respond more accurately to users' questions, automatic text translation, knowledge extraction from the Web, and human-computer dialogue. Dragomir Radev, an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Information, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Department of Linguistics, is local chair of the event. The U-M School of Information, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Linguistics are co-hosting the conference. [Full Story]

Professor Peter Chen and Students Receive Best Paper Award at USENIX Conference

Professor Peter Chen and his students Sam King and George Dunlap received the Best Paper Award at the 2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Anaheim, California for their paper "Debugging Operating Systems with Time-Traveling Virtual Machines." Their work enables a programmer to debug an OS in reverse, implementing commands such as reverse breakpoint, reverse watchpoint, and reverse single step.

St. George's Day Returns - Student Appreciation Day

The EECS Department revived St. George's Day April 18, 2005, when EECS faculty served lunch to approx. 800 EECS students.

St. George's Day was started in 1987, when the department first moved to North Campus from downtown. It’s our way of saying thanks to all of our students, and is held on the last Monday of classes in the Winter term.

St. George was a real person, born in Turkey 270 AD, who was put to death April 23, 303 for his efforts on behalf of religious freedom. Over the next 1000 years, many miracles and legends became ascribed to him, including the famous slaying of the dragon, hence the dragons on the aprons. He was made Patron Saint of England around the year 1400, and after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, St. George’s Day became a day of feasting.

The Faculty wish our graduating students the best - stay in touch! For those students still in the program, hang in there, your efforts will be rewarded!

[Full Story]

Computer Games Showcase

Saturday, Dec. 18, the students in this semester's EECS 494class, Computer Game Design and Development, displayed their term projectsto the public in the Duderstadt Center.

Nearly 200 people attended, and had agreat time trying out the games that the students had developed. Bothsingle-player and multi-player games were presented. Along with the chanceto play new and innovative games and enjoy refreshments, the eveningincluded a raffle of computer games donated by Electronic Arts andMicrosoft.

Attendees voted on the best games, and the winners, shown above, were:

1. Puck Off: A frantic multiplayer party game where the winner is the firstto clear their area of pucks.
Kevin Cheng, Toby Long, Andrew Roskamp

2. Road to Victory: A full 3D third person team game based on UnrealTournament. Attendees were stunned!
Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias, Arthur Tomlin

3. Dodgem3D: A multiplayer game where players attempt to collect balls,shoot them at their opponents, and avoid perils in the many levels.
James Allen, Nathaniel Hramits, Nicholas Piegdon

All of the games are available free fromhttp://www.eecs.umich.edu/~soar/Classes/494/showcase-2004/Games.htm.

The instructors for this course were Prof. John Laird and Prof. Sugih Jamin.

David Blaauw wins 2005 Henry Russell Award

Congratulations to Professor David Blaauw, who has been named a winner of the 2005 Henry Russell Award. This esteemed University of Michigan award is a "special honor conferred on junior faculty members in recognition of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher."

Engineering Awards Applications

The link below leads to the application forms for the College of Engineering Awards and Prizes. Many carry a monetary award. Juniors, especially, are eligible for the Henry Ford II Prize, worth $15,000. [Full Story]

EECS Fall Bash Party

EECS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends, Please come to the first annual EECS Fall Bash: a mixer, party, and variety show featuring performances by EECS students, faculty, staff, and friends. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire department to relax in an informal and entertaining setting with music, poetry, skits, food, and conversation.

Time and Venue: 7 p.m., Friday, November 5th, Pierpont Commons Dining Room

EECS Halloween Party - 2004

Want to see something scary?

First Annual EECS Fall Bash!

Attention EECS Students, Faculty, and Staff:

It is time to create new traditions, and you have a part!

The EECS Department will have its first annual Fall Bash on Friday, November 5, 2004. This will be held at the Pierpont Commons, beginning at 7pm.

You will be treated to live performances by your fellow students, faculty, and staff, plus...good food!

At this time, we are inviting those of you who are musicians, poets (urban, hip hop, or otherwise), exotic dancers, comedians, sword swallowers, space aliens, etc. who would like to share your creativity in some other way (we love skits!), to let us know of your willingness to perform that evening.

Please speak to a member of the planning committee:

Prof. Herbert Winful (arrays@umich.edu: 647-1804)
Prof. Michel Maharbiz (maharbiz @eecs.umich.edu: 615-4469)
Catharine June (cmsj@umich.edu: 936-2965).

If you don't want to perform, mark the date to come and enjoy the show!

Ken McCrath: Memorial Bench Dedication

Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004

See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below

The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, 2003 at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model and mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done right. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him.

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Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe

Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe passed away on Friday, September 10, 2004. Professor Sharpe earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor in the department for 32 years. He and his wife, Martha, moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1996. He is survived by his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held: September 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church 800 Market Street, Southern Village Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27156

Memorial Bench Dedication for Ken McCrath

Ken's wife, Jan, has asked that we have a small dedication when the bench was in and ready. After a year, the bench is now here and in place outside the main doors west to the diag. Please join us for the dedication on Friday, September 24 at 3pm. Jan would love to see and chat with us. She has some of Ken's close friends and family members planning to attend. Refreshments will be served. We are also still collecting donations, if anyone is interested. We were short $400. Please stop by and say hello to Jan, if at all possible. For more info about Ken McCrath, see the web link below. [Full Story]

Ham Club is active again!

With the enthusiastic work of a team of graduate and undergraduate EECS students, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club is once again up and running. Located on the fourth floor of the EECS building, the club is using its previous call sign, W8UM.

The station presently is running a TS-450S/AT HF transceiver on loan to the club by one of the local Ann Arbor amateurs. The antenna is an 80/40m fan dipole up 65 ft. atop the EECS building. It is working well and is also resonant and useable on 15m and 10m with a matching network. VHF access is through the club’s old TS-700A all-mode rig and a roof-top Discone courtesy of one of the university retired staff.

Future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig that permits access to the local repeaters including the club’s own 2-meter station, a membership drive and an FCC license course for new hams.

“We've been making some early evening 40m contacts lately and the station is getting good signal and audio reports,” says graduate student Chris Galbraith, club president, “But there’s much more to do, including antenna work and the acquisition of some good modern equipment.” Near-future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig, a membership drive, and an FCC license course for new hams.

Note: Anyone wishing to donate equipment to the club should contact Catharine June at cmsj@umich.edu, or (734) 936-2965.

EECS 584: Advanced Database Systems

EECS 584 will cover a number of advanced topics in development of database management systems (DBMS) and the application of DBMSs in modern applications. Topics to be discussed include advanced concurrency control and recovery techniques, query processing and optimization strategies for relational database systems, advanced access methods, database resource management, parallel and distributed database systems, extensible database systems, data analysis on large databases, and application of DBMS techniques in XML-based applications, mobile applications and bioinformatics. The course material will be drawn from a number of papers in the database literature. We will cover 2-3 papers per week, and all students attending the class are expected to read the papers before coming to the lecture. Before each class you will be required to hand in a brief summary (~10 sentences total) of the paper that will be discussed in the class. The summary should not a facsimile of the abstract of the paper, but should be your assessment of the key contributions and limitations of the paper. The reviews will be graded on a scale of 0-4, with 4 being the highest grade. http://www.eecs.umich.edu/courses/eecs584/ [Full Story]

Summer Picnic Photos

See the link below for picnic photos! [Full Story]

Professor Elliot Soloway Receives Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004

Professor Elliot Soloway received the EECS Department Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004, in recognition of his "outstanding teaching efforts." The recipient of this annual award is chosen by all EECS students, not just those who are members of Eta Kappa Nu. The award is given to a professor who "has made a lasting impact on his students, one that carries beyond a certain class or semester."

Betty Cummings to Receive OVPR's Distinguished Research Administrator Award

Betty Cummings – Administrative Manager of the Solid State Electronics Lab in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the Distinguished Research Administrator Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This award is given to individuals who “have demonstrated superlative service to the research community over a number of years exemplifying the highest standards of professional research adminstration.” Betty will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.

Linda Cox to Receive CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award

Linda Cox -- the Graduate Program Assistant for the EE:Systems Program in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the College of Engineering's Excellence in Staff Service Award and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center, North Campus.

UM Programming Team Advances to World Finals

A CSE undergrad student team will compete in the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from March 28 to April 1, 2004. The contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sponsored by IBM, will bring together 72 teams selected from regional competitions among 1300 colleges and universities in 68 countries. The UM team, consisting of undergraduate computer science students Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias and James McCann, won its berth by placing fourth in a field of 127 teams at the East Central North America (ECNA) Regional Programming Contest on November 8. A second UM team, consisting of undergraduate students William Cheng, Yuan-Min Tang, and Arthur Tomlin, placed fifth. College of Engineering professor Kevin Compton and graduate students Andrew Nierman and Jarrod Roy, all of the EECS Department, coached both teams. A UM team has not qualified for the international competition since 1997. Recent ACM competition rankings for UM were 9th and 10th for 2000, 6th and 11th for 2001, and 9th and 10th for 2002. The ECNA region includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, the Michigan lower peninsula, eastern Ontario, and most of Indiana. Universities in this region may enter at most two teams of three students in the regional contest. The only teams scoring better than the two UM teams were the University of Waterloo teams (placing first and third) and a University of Toronto team (placing second). Teams competed to solve the most programming problems in a five hour period, with total time as a tie breaker. The Chentanez-Elias-McCann team solved six of the eight problems posed and the Cheng-Tang-Tomlin team solved five. Some of the UM team members began training for the regional contest in January. In addition to the team members listed above, Gabriel Black, Marina Polishchuk, Matthew Stockton, and Robert Schroeder served as team reserves and took part in weekly practices. Team training benefited from the expertise of Nierman and Roy, who are contest veterans, and from funding of ACM student activities by Proctor & Gamble and Goodyear Tire Corporation.

CSE Building Information

More information and several new artistic renditions of the new CSE building can be found at the link below. [Full Story]

Sam King and Peter Chen Receive ACM Best Paper Award

Sam King (a CSE graduate student) and Professor Peter Chen (CSE faculty) received a Best Paper Award from the 2003 ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP༿) for their paper ``Backtracking Intrusions.'' This is a significant honor to both Sam and Pete, and to CSE as well as EECS, especially in view of the fact that ACM SOSP is one of the most prestigious conferences in computer science, being held bi-annually. Mere presence in this symposium enhances our national/international visibility in computer science, let alone winning a best paper award.

Halloween Party A Big Success

We enjoyed fun costumes and comaraderie at the 2nd Annual EECS Halloween Party on Friday. Beth Lawson and Becky Turanski have put together a few scenes of the party into a quicktime movie which you can view at the web link below (if you dare) ... [Full Story]

Ken McCrath, 1931-2003

Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004

See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below

The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor at EECS in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model to other staff, a mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him. Donations for a memorial in his honor may be given to Jean Ringe. (734-647-1753) Email: jean@eecs.umich.edu Our goal is to raise enough funds for a bench with a dedication plaque near the EECS building.

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EECS welcomes the following new faculty beginning September 1, 2003:

Valeria Bertacco, Ranjit Gharpurey, Michel Maharbiz, Lee Markosian, Mahta Moghaddam

Additional new faculty will join EECS in January 2004:

Chandrasekhar Boyapati, Zhuoquing Morley Mao, Serap Savari

Summer 2003 Picnic Photos

Click the link below to view photos taken at last Friday's Department Picnic. [Full Story]

Second Annual U of M EECS Alumni Reception in Anaheim

Our Second Annual EECS Alumni Reception was held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in California in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference (DAC). We had some new alumni's visit us this year. Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures. [Full Story]

Education Is Put In Hands of Teenagers

October 16, 2002 IN THE CLASSROOM Education Is Put in Hands of Teenagers Youths in Palmdale are given Palm Pilots to help with assignments. But some researchers say gadgets won't improve student performance.

By David Pierson, Times Staff Writer

Zera Sanford holds her education in the palm of her hand--with a Palm Pilot. As part of a technology experiment, Highland High School in Palmdale gave her and 31 other students hand-held computers to keep track of homework, download research material and complete classroom assignments. They are part of a growing national trend at high schools to use similar devices, the size of a calculator with a 2 1/2 inch-by-2 inch screen.

With a pencil-sized pointer, users can write on the screen or tap on it to open programs and issue commands. At close range, messages can be beamed from one hand-held computer to the next, much like a wireless pager. The computers can store textbooks, even though some say the screens are too small to read. "It's not just an expensive notebook," Sanford said while beaming a message to a friend. "I don't see why anybody would pass the opportunity to use one of these."

School spending on hand-held computers, whether Palm Pilots, Handsprings or other brands, is predicted to increase from $5 million during the 2000-01 school year to $310 million by 2005-06, according to a study by International Data Corp., a market research company. Hand-held computers cost as little as $99 and are considered a less fussy option to lap-tops, which generally cost more than $1,000. Highland's hand-held program cost $4,000 for 35 devices and was paid for by the Antelope Valley Union High School District's educational technology office. "The way you get productivity out of technology is when it's ubiquitous," said Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who has developed educational software for the hand-held computers. "Education changed when every kid was given a paper book," he said. "Education will change again when every kid has a computer, and the only way to do that is with a hand-held computer" because of its low cost.

At Highland High, the Palm Pilots are being tested on students in Spanish teacher Jim Trumps' class. The instructor has the technological savvy and passion that experts say is essential to getting new computer programs up and running. Trumps, who pitched the hand-held computer idea to the school district, designed his own Web site where students can check their grades and download assignments. "The problem with lap-tops is students have to carry them from class to class and they already have 70 pounds of books ... ," Trumps said. "But kids don't mind holding Palm Pilots. You can do most of the work on a hand-held that you would do on a lap-top." The Antelope Valley district has had a lap-top program for five years. Currently, 600 of the district's 20,000 students carry lap-tops they own or borrow from the schools. Kent Tamsen, director of educational technology, said the Palm Pilots might replace lap-tops, but a study first must determine the effects both technologies have on student achievement.

In the four weeks since Trumps distributed the hand-held computers for students to keep for the school year, he's had them draw a comic strip on the device with dialogue in Spanish. He's beamed questions and answers for quizzes. And every day the children plug their Palm Pilots to a platform connected to a desk-top computer that downloads media Web sites and study guides. "I've been reading a lot more," said 14-year-old Danielle Edwards. "When I'm bored, I study my Spanish vocabulary [on the Palm Pilot]. I also never used to check the news and weather, but now I do it all the time."

But some researchers say the technology is doomed to disappoint because not enough teachers will be properly trained to use the devices. They warn that some schools have spent lavishly on technology in the past -- such as on educational television -- without ever showing higher achievement. Teachers "are hardly given any technical assistance and professional help to integrate the technology into daily classes," said Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University and author of "Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom." Educational psychologist Jane M. Healy , the author of "Failure to Connect--How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds," questioned whether the hand-helds would improve children's behavior. She said hiring qualified teachers and reinvigorating marginalized programs such as the arts and athletics are "far more important than an electronic toy." Palm Inc., which manufactures the devices used by Trumps' class, says it holds 82% of the education market. Since 2000, the Milpitas, Calif.-based company has given out $2.3 million worth of the equipment to learn more about how to market the product. Though not at Highland, the hand-held computers have been given to schools in Berkeley and Lennox, Calif., as well as to schools in New Jersey, West Virginia and Nebraska. Mike Lorion, vice president of education at the company, said teachers can use the Palm Pilot to see what class a student wandering the hallways should be in. Teachers can follow text displayed on a hand-held being read aloud by a student and highlight words that were mispronounced. Instantly, the child has a note of what needs improvement.

However, Bob Moore, vice chairman of the Consortium of School Networking, a Washington, D.C., organization that promotes computer technology in schools, thinks the computer that works best for students will have to be a happy medium between a hand-held and a lap-top. "It's a promising technology," he said of hand-helds. "The one thing I'm concerned with is the small screen. How usable is it? It's good for calendars and contacts, but how useful is it for kids and teachers?" Predictably, students have found their own uses for the devices. Though this has not happened in Trumps' classroom, stories abound about students elsewhere downloading software that enables them to switch on and off televisions and power VCRs to the dismay of unsuspecting teachers. They download games such as "Dope Wars," a strategy game in which the player must outsell computer opponents in make-believe drugs. Trumps warns his students that if he finds one of them playing games in his or another teacher's class, he'll take the device away. The computers also have created a social fabric. One of Trumps' first assignments was for the class to exchange phone numbers. Students who never spoke to each other before now call each other several times a week to gossip and talk about schoolwork. "We're more organized," said 14-year-old Clarrisa Camacho. "We're learning new stuff while communicating with each other."
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Professor Dragomir Radev's work on news summarization

Professor Dragomir Radev's work on news summarization was featured in Wired News, La Stampa (Turin, Italy), Il Giornale (Vicenza, Italy), L'Arena (Verona, Italy), The Hindu (Chennai, India), The Michigan Daily, The Ann Arbor News, The University Record. Dragomir was also interviewed for local NPR affiliate WEMU-Ypsilanti. NewsInEssence has been under development by the CLAIR. (Computational Linguistics And Information Retrieval) group - Six SI and EECS students have been involved in the design and development of the system. Research on NewsInEssence was partially supported by NSF-IIS-ITR Grant#0082884. The underlying public domain MEAD text summarization system was partially supported by NSF-IIS Grant#0097467, which included support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

More good news about Elliot Soloway

More good news about Elliot Soloway may be found at: http://www.gwu.edu/~media/pressreleases/04-02-02-soloway.htm

Prof. Noble's research featured in New York Times article

New York Times (9/26/2002)
For Users Who Dash Back and Forth, a Watchful Laptop


LOSING a laptop computer is one of the hazards of the mobile age. But laptops and the data they contain do not have to be lost for snoopers to get hold of their secrets.

Walk away from an operating laptop for a few moments, and interlopers can help themselves, even if the computer has a cryptographic file system to keep sensitive information secure. That is because once the owner has supplied the initial decryption key, typically when logging in, anyone using the laptop has access to data stored on the disk.

To limit vulnerability to intrusions, some systems ask users to prove who they are by regularly resupplying their password each time the laptop awakens from its "sleep" mode. The password is then used to derive a decryption key.

But many people dislike features of this sort and disable them or reset the prompts for longer intervals.

"There's a tension," said Brian D. Noble, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan who specializes in research on mobile computing. "For a security system to be effective, the laptop must constantly ask you to prove who you are. But the user wants that to happen as infrequently as possible."

Now Dr. Noble and one of his graduate students, Mark Corner, have come up with a high-security system for the slothful. The new system protects data by automatically scrambling it the moment users walk away, then quickly restoring it upon their return.

Called Zero-Interaction Authentication or ZIA, the system requires that laptop owners wear a small device or token — in this case a wristwatch equipped with a processor and a short-range wireless link — to communicate with the laptop. When the token moves out of range, ZIA re-encrypts information on the laptop within five seconds, before someone else can gain access to it. When the laptop detects that the token is back within range, the system decrypts the data within six seconds.

At the beginning of the process, the user enters a password on the watch. "That's to make sure an imposter isn't wearing your token," Dr. Noble said. Then, each second, the laptop broadcasts a cryptographic request that only the token can correctly answer. This procedure, an exchange of cryptographic numbers, is a standard security measure.

But Dr. Noble has endowed the token with another function: the token, not the laptop, holds the master key to the cryptographic process for securing data on the computer.

"Our project is about moving the master key away from the laptop, so that the token has the master key," he explained. When users want to get data off the disk, they must have the key. "Only the token knows this key," he said. "So, no token nearby, no decryption of data from the disk."

Neither the modest processing power of the token nor the slowness of wireless connections poses a problem for encryption or decryption, he said. "The stored keys that you are decrypting on the token are small enough to enable the process," he said. "Individual users should not notice any slowness in the exchange."

The wristwatch, which runs the Linux operating system, was designed at I.B.M. under the direction of Chandra Narayanaswami, manager of wearable computing at the company's T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

David Johnson, an associate professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, said that ZIA had a noteworthy design, particularly in the way that encryption and decryption are handled in the operating system's disk cache, the spot in the system where data is temporarily deposited when it is pulled from the hard disk.

When users leave, the system re-encrypts data in the cache. "When they return and want to use that data again," Dr. Johnson said, "ZIA can decrypt it faster than by going back to the disk to get a fresh copy." ZIA takes advantage of the cache's tendency to be reused.

While ZIA is a prototype, systems using other approaches to block unauthorized access to a laptop are commercially available.

Ensure Technologies of Ann Arbor, Mich., uses a wireless radio transmitter embedded in a badge to communicate with the computer, which is equipped with a plug-in radio transceiver. The system automatically locks the keyboard and renders the screen blank within 1.6 seconds, said George Brostoff, the company's president.

The distance between badge and machine can be set so finely that the system will shut off access even if the user simply swivels away from the screen, he said. The user can set a longer distance, for instance, for working in an airport lounge or for making presentations from a laptop. In the future, Mr. Brostoff said, the company plans on embedding the transmitter in watches, cellphones and other devices.

Dr. Noble said he hoped that ZIA's token encryption would help laptop owners, especially doctors, maintain security with little effort. "I first thought of this system for use in hospitals," he said, after talks with his wife, who is a doctor, and with doctors at the University of Michigan hospital.

But he learned that while many doctors like using laptops on their rounds, they often leave their machines behind, for instance, while doing tests. "Confidential patient records could be exposed then," he said.

"But the doctors didn't like the constant reauthentication needed to prevent this," he said, "so I wanted something that required nothing of them at all."

High Schools Are Flunking Tech

The Business Week article High Schools Are Flunking Tech mentions Professor Elliot Soloway's research.

First Annual U of M EECS Alumni Reception in New Orleans

Our First Annual EECS Alumni Reception was a success!  It was held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, LA in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference.  Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures we took and see how much fun it was! [Full Story]

2001 Grand Prix 373

The 2001 Grand Prix 373 took place on the afternoon of December 20, 2001, at the 2nd floor of the EECS Building. This race was the culmination of a 3-week long final project for 17 of the students who took EECS 373 in the Fall semester, 2001. For more information, please click here.

Golden Apple Award to Elliot Soloway

Congratulations to Professor Elliot Soloway who is this year's recipient of the Golden Apple Award sponsored by Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching (SHOUT).

The Golden Apple Award honors those teachers who consistently teach each lecture as if it were their last, and strive not only to disseminate knowledge but to inspire and engage students in its pursuit.

Approximately 520 students nominated various professors for the Golden Apple Award this year. Students of Professor Soloway who sent in nominations agreed with his philosophy on teaching and said they were inspired by him.

The concept of the Golden Apple Award was inspired by one of the greatest teachers of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who taught 1900 years ago, "Get your life in order one day before you die." The Award is an annual reminder to the entire University that all of us should always be giving our "last lectures."

In honor of winning the Golden Apple Award, Professor Soloway will give his "ideal last lecture" January 22 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and be awarded $1,000 cash.

John J. Carey, Emeritus Professor

John Joseph Carey, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has passed away November 10, 2001, at the age of 89. Professor Carey was born in Boston, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1934 and 1953. From 1934-41, he worked on the Panama Canal, serving with the Panama Canal Department as Associate Electrical-Mechanical Engineer. He then joined an engineering firm in Boston. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, serving in the Corps of Engineers 1943-45, and he was awarded the Campaign Star in 1944. During 1945-46, Prof. Carey taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Kansas. In 1946 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1948 and to Professor in 1957. Prof. Carey retired in 1972. While at the University of Michigan, Prof. Carey was co-director of the Power Systems Laboratory, and taught courses in power systems analysis, electro-mechanical energy conversion, engineering economics, and circuits. He also taught courses in power systems for employees of the Consumers Power Company, the Commonwealth Associates, and the Detroit Edison Company. Throughout his career at Michigan, Professor Carey demonstrated unique capabilities as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in electric power systems and energy conversion. Prof. Carey also gave generously of his time and talents to administrative and University-wide committees. He was very active in the Michigan Society for Professional Engineers, for which he was a past president, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; he was also a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE. Prof. Carey spent 10 weeks in India, where he had been stationed in the Army, in 1965 working on curriculum issues under the sponsorship of the Government of India and U.S. Aid. Upon his retirement, Prof. Carey was a frequent consultant in product liability and personal injury lawsuits. Prof. Carey is survived by his wife, Grace; their children, John Jr., Sharon, and Karen; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister Louise; and 16 nieces and nephews. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of John Joseph Carey, and expresses its gratitude for his 26 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan.

National Research Council - News Release

Please find the attached news release (pdf format) announcing the National Research Council - 2002 Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.

Application materials and additional information regarding the programs, laboratories, their locations, and areas of research can be found on the Website at: http://www.national-academies.org/rap

Prospective applicants are invited to contact the NRC directly for additional assistance.

National Research Council, Associateship Programs (TJ 2114/D7)2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
Note - Application deadlines are: January 15, April 15, and August 15, 2002.

Thank you,

Lisa Kendra

Office of the Dean
College of Engineering
Email: lkendra@umich.edu

Click here for more info

Elliot Soloway's research on hand-held computers

Professor Elliot Soloway's research on hand-held computers appears in the Detroit News.

The e-commerce of the future

Tech teams gather to compete in designing the e-commerce of the future. Professor Mike Wellman led the effort at Michigan to design the game and the school hosts the servers. See complete article

William G. Dow Distinguished Lecture

SPEAKER: Dr. Robert W. Lucky
WHEN: November 8, 2001 at 4pm
WHERE: Chrysler Chesebrough Auditorium


Please click here for additional information

Keeping Up in Class With Software for a Hand-Held

Elliot Soloway has been mentioned in an article entitled "Keeping Up in Class With Software for a Hand-Held" and is in the NY Times. In addition, a second article for Dr. Soloway, Debating Merits of Palms in Class appeared in Wired News.

Handheld computers in summer science elementary classrooms

Professor Elliot Soloway's work with handheld computers in summer science elementary classrooms appeared in Detroit News, July 23, 2001 [Full Story]

Using a Computer Game to Develop Advanced AI

Appeared in Computer Magazine, July's issue: Laird, J. E. (2001b) Using a Computer Game to Develop Advanced AI, Computer, 34(7), July 2001, pp. 70-75.

Interactive Computer Games: Human-Level AI's Killer Application

Appeared in AI Magazine # 22 Laird J.E. and Van Lent, M. (2001) Interactive Computer Games: Human-Level AI's Killer Application, AI Magazine, 22(2), 15-25.

Palm pilots and Education

Elliot Soloway's work with palm pilots and education appears in Business Week

Dr. Soloway was also interviewed recently by WIRED NEWS. The following Internet radio broadcast is currently being hosted at Wired: Kids Need Hands-On Tech Elliot Soloway is a professor of education at University of Michigan. He discusses the increased presence of technology in education through the use of palm-sized computers in the K-12 classroom and improved integration of curriculum and technology.

Download the interview

Palm Computers and Kids

Computer Science Gaming Courses

Computer Science Gaming Courses makes the Joystick 101.org News

Recent Press Concerning our Hexapod Robot

ABC World News with Peter Jennings (many airings on local stations throughout U.S. and Canada), April 15, 2000. RHex

SCIENCE, "Better Than Nature Made It," Gary Taubes, 288(5463):80-3, April 7, 2000. RHex (attached) (as a companion piece to)
Biologists and Engineers Create a New Generation of Robots That Imitate Life, Gary Taubes, Science, April 7, 2000;

Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species (Material World Books) by Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio , Hardcover - 240 pages (August 11, 2000) MIT Press; ISBN: 0262133822

Biobots. Can man mimic organic life-forms with machinery? By Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio DISCOVER Vol. 21 No. 9 (September 2000)

Taking the Mystery out of Science

Professor Elliot Soloway's research appeared in the August 24, 2000 issue of Wired News, in an article entitled, Taking the Mystery out of Science.

WHAT'S NEXT; Online Auctions of the Future

Professor Mike Wellman was mentioned in New York Times: Thursday, August 17, 2000, in: WHAT'S NEXT; Online Auctions of the Future, It'll Be Bot vs. Bot vs. Bot By ANNE EISENBERG. "They are called shopbots, buybots, pricebots or just plain bots -- the ''bot'' is short for robot. The name is playful, but the reality is all business because shopbots are meant to roam the Web all by themselves one day, efficiently buying and selling ...

Choosing Quick Hits Over the Card Catalog

Professor Elliot Soloway's research appeared in the August 10, 2000 issue of the New York Times in an article, "Choosing Quick Hits Over the Card Catalog"

Web shopping about to get easier

Professor Michael Wellman also made front page of the Detroit News on 2/25/00 in an article entitled, Web shopping about to get easier. The article featured smart programs developed at U-M.

Elliot Soloway - Perpetual Energy Source

Professor Elliot Soloway appears in Converge.Mag at in an article appropriately titled, Perpetual Energy Source.

Professor Quentin Stout's NPACI Project

Professor Quentin Stout's NPACI project appears in ONLINE MAGAZINE's May 2000 issue. The article discusses work with social sciences on developing a parallel program to do multiple imputation. It also appeared at the June 2000 issue of the University Record.

Sign Up for Webcasts of Two Upcoming CSE Events Through MconneX

Monday, April 22: CSE Distinguished Lecture by Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google - "The Science and Engineering of Online Learning"

Wednesday, April 24: The 4th University of Michigan Data Mining Workshop. Lectures will be held all day.

Space Weather Prediction

Professor Quentin Stout's work on space weather prediction, funded via an NSF KDI award, appeared in the Fall/Winter 99 issue of Michigan Engineer.