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Prof. Wei Lu and What's Next In Neuromorphic Computing

Prof. Wei Lu and his team's work presented at IEDM 2016 was referenced in Semiconductor Engineering detailing how the commercialization of neuromorphic computing will require improved devices and architectures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  Machine Learning  

Alfred Hero Illustrates Common Threads of Complex Networks in Distinguished University Professor Lecture

Alfred Hero explained how we can infer the intricate, hidden properties of a network in his Distinguished University Professor lecture, Locating the Nodes: From Sensor Arrays to Genomic Networks," held in the Rackham Amphitheatre. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Hero, Alfred  

Shai Revzen Receives Inaugural Robotics Institute Teaching Award for his Hands-on Approach to Robotics Education

Prof. Shai Revzen was presented with the inaugural Robotics Institute Teaching Award for blazing a new pedagogical path in the teaching of robotics. Since coming to Michigan in 2012, Revzen established an active learning class at the senior undergraduate level, Hands on Robotics; added key components to the graduate course, Robotics Systems Lab; and created a new graduate course, "Comparative Biomechanics Seminar." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Revzen, Shai  

Battling Drone Ships with Anthony Uytingco

Anthony Uytingco, a junior in Electrical Engineering, leads UM::Autonomy, Michigans RoboBoat team for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Internationals (AUVSI) RoboBoat Competition. Challenges for the boats include speeding around buoys, navigating a field of obstacles, staying in a precise formation, and docking based on an underwater pinger. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Prof. Hofmann adds expertise on defect that can cause Prius to overheat

Prof. Heath Hofmann helps inform LA Times readers on 2016 Toyota recall to fix a key electronic component on its Priuses. One of California's largest dealers said the cars were still coming in after overheating, however. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hofmann, Heath  

Herbert Winful receives Outreach and Diversity Award from the College of Engineering

Herbert Winful, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach and Diversity Award from the College of Engineering. This award honors his efforts in organizing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, offering mentorship, and championing improvements in local and global communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Necmiye Ozay receives 1938E Award from College of Engineering

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 1938E Award from the College of Engineering, which recognizes "an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses, an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of a career, a contributor to the educational growth of his/her College, and a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades his/her service and the profession of Engineering." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ozay, Necmiye  

Raj Nadakuditi receives Excellence in Teaching Award from College of Engineering

Raj Nadakuditi, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Engineering. This award honors faculty "with a demonstrated sustained excellence in curricular development, instruction, and guidance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  

Stephane Lafortune receives Research Excellence Award from College of Engineering

Stephane Lafortune, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received the David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering honoring his contributions to system and control theory, and especially discrete event systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lafortune, Stephane  

Mark J. Kushner receives Stephen S. Attwood Award from College of Engineering

Professor Mark J. Kushner received the Stephen S. Attwood Award, the most prestigious award that the College of Engineering bestows, in recognition of his extraordinary achievement in teaching, research, service, and other activities that have brought distinction to the College and University. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Alfred Hero Receives CoE Professional Leadership and Service Award

Alfred O. Hero, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, received the 2018 H. Scott Fogler Award for Professional Leadership and Service from the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

ECE Team behind COMBAT Receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award

Eight core researchers who contributed to the Center for Objective Microelectronics and Biomimetic Advanced Technology (COMBAT) received the 2018 Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award from the College of Engineering. These members include Dr. Jack East, Prof. Stephen Forrest, Dr. Leland Pierce (Deputy Director of COMBAT), Prof. Amir Mortazawi, Prof. Khalil Najafi, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi (Director of COMBAT), Prof. Dennis Sylvester, and Prof. Euisik Yoon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Mortazawi, Amir  Najafi, Khalil  Pierce, Leland E.  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sylvester, Dennis  Yoon, Euisik  

Professor Leung Tsang Receives 2018 Van de Hulst Award

Prof. Leung Tsang has been selected to receive the 2018 Van de Hulst Light-Scattering Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in the area of electromagnetics. Prof. Tsang is a world-renowned expert in the field of theoretical and computational electromagnetics, and in particular microwave remote sensing of the earth. His research has laid the foundation for the analysis of radar and radiometer remote sensing data and for the development of airborne and spaceborne systems aimed at monitoring the environment, including monitoring climate change, improving hydrological predictions, and managing water and agricultural resources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Tsang, Leung  

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.)  

Off-Roading in Sand and Snow with Shivani Shah

Shivani Shah (BSE 2017, MSE 2018) is a key member of the Michigan Baja Racing team. Shahs expertise in electrical engineering allowed her to lead the development of an electronically controlled variable transmission (eCVT), a project she launched in EECS 473. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Control Systems  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Quantum Computers Threaten Data Encryption

Prof. Duncan Steel adds to the discussion around quantum computing's potential threat to our current encryption methods. Prof. Steel uses optics to study, control, and manipulate the quantum properties of semiconductor structures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Technology  Steel, Duncan  

Prof. Amir Mortazawi Introduces Robust Wireless Power Transfer

In this video, Prof. Mortazawi introduces his work in improving wireless charging. Compared to conventional methods of wireless power, which require a specific distance and alignment, Prof. Mortazawi's version operates over a range of distances and orientations without a drop in power. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mortazawi, Amir  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

PhD Candidate Michael Benson Wins Another Year Leading Honor Society HKN

Michael Benson, a PhD candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was reelected student governor for Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the electrical and computer engineering honor society and the honor society of the IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  

Semiconductor Breakthrough May Be Game-changer for Organic Solar Cells

In an advance that could push cheap, ubiquitous solar power closer to reality, Prof. Stephen Forrest and his team have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  

Professor Emeritus Ribbens Publishes 8th Edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics

William Ribbens, professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, recently published an 8th edition of his textbook Understanding Automotive Electronics, which adds information on the latest in automotive technology, including autonomous vehicles, camera systems, hybrid control, and software networks [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  

Prof. Forrest: The Future of Organic LEDs

What's the difference between organic LEDs and inorganic LEDs? Where can organic LEDs take us in the future? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Bhattacharya: From Glazier Way to Quantum Dot Lasers

Quantum dots are at the cusp of adoption in nanotechnogy across industries. What are they, and how did they come about? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Ken Wise: Microelectronics, MEMS, and Microsystems

Hear about the lifetime career of a professor responsible for enabling the Internet of Things," with technologies like infrared sensors, interface circuits, implantable microsystems for healthcare. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  MEMS and Microsystems  Wise, Kensall  

New quick-learning neural network powered by memristors

Prof. Wei Lu led a team in creating a new type of neural network made with memristors, which can dramatically improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans. The network, called a reservoir computing system, could predict words before they are said during conversation, and help predict future outcomes based on the present. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

A shoe-box-sized chemical detector

Prof. Mohammed Islam developed a small chemical sensor device that will be able to detect "single-fingerprint quantities" of substances from a distance of more than 100 feet away. It could potentially be used to identify traces of drugs and explosives and speed the analysis of certain medical samples. It could also be mounted on a drone or carried by doctors, police, border officials and soldiers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Islam, Mohammed  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  

Rethinking Transistors for the Internet of Things

The technological achievements of PsiKick, cofounded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), are compared to other low-voltage transistors in the competition to offer the lowest power consumption for our ubiquitous electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Wentzloff, David  

The Art of Cyber War with Isaac Porche

Isaac Porche (PhD EE:S 1998) is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he leads research to help Homeland Security and the government adopt proper cyber security tactics. In this interview, he shares the global state of cyber warfare, the threats to government computer systems, and how his time at Michigan led him to being on the frontlines of technological attacks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Security (national and personal safety)  Security and Privacy (Computing)  

This Researcher Is Using Brain-Mapping to Improve Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Teens

Anastasia Yendiki (PhD EE:S 2005) talks about her work mapping brain matter to help better treat anxiety and depression in teens in this profile series by InStyle magazine highlighting women "who not only have a voice but defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender."
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Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Blockchain Supply Chain's Chronicled Names ECE alumnus Gutgutia as VP

As reported by BlockTribune, blockchain-based smart supply chain solutions company called Chronicled has named Abhishek Gutgutia (MS EE 2007) as one of its new Vice Presidents of Product. Gutgutia will work with Chronicled to expand its business in the pharmaceutical and precious metals industries. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Thomas B. A. Senior (1928 - 2017): In Memoriam

Thomas B. A. Senior, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away peacefully November 24th at the age of 89. Professor Senior was a devoted member of the department for 41 years as an active faculty member, and another 19 as an emeritus faculty. He was known for his fundamental contributions to electromagnetic and acoustic scattering, for his signficant service and leadership to the department and professional community, and for his excellence as an educator. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Senior, Thomas B. A.   

The Two-Legged Robots Walking Into the Future

Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his students are featured in this VICE Motherboard video on bipedal robots and specifically Cassie's family. Learn about Cassie's roots at Agility Robotics, see what Cassie sees, and where bipedal robots might go in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Jordi Ribas: From Video Compression to Leading AI Products at Microsoft

Jordi Ribas (PhD EE:S 1996), Corporate Vice President of AI Products at Microsoft and an ECE Council member, describes utilizing what he learned in electrical engineering and video compression to eventually work and lead one of the largest tech companies' AI Products division. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Winter 2018: Organic Electronic Devices and Applications

Course No.: EECS 598-001
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Stephen Forrest
Prerequisites: Senior level quantum mechanics, junior level electronic devices

Course Description:
Today, there is a revolution in optoelectronics: OLED displays are used in billions of smart phones, televisions, tablets and smart watches worldwide. They are now coming into use in lighting for both residential and automotive applications. Organic solar cells are achieving 15% efficiencies, bringing them to the cusp of generating a new, ultralow cost renewable energy source. Contemporaneously, the fundamental understanding of organic semiconductors used in these emerging applications has been a subject of intense study for over 70 years, and in many cases is still not fully understood. In this course, we will trace the history, science and modern applications of organic electronic technology. Since some students have taken the first course on this topic in W17, only the first few weeks of the course will provide the fundamental physics of organics primarily as a review. This will include the basics of the optical and electrical properties of organic semiconductors. Next, we will discuss how organics are deposited and patterned to achieve thin film device structures. The bulk of the class material is concerned with device physics, engineering and applications. In particular light emission from OLEDs, their various structures and adaptations for high efficiency displays and lighting will be discussed. This is followed by a treatment of organic thin film transistor physics and applications for sensing, medical applications etc. The course is concluded by a comprehensive treatment of organic solar cells: their status, efficiency limits, reliability, as an energy harvesting technology will be described.
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Winter 2018: Control and Modeling of Power Electronics

Course No.: EECS 598-002
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Al Avestruz
Prerequisites: Familiarity with classical control concepts

Course Description:
Transformative technologies in energy conversion will be smarter, faster, and more reliable. This class will address the control and modeling of acdc, dcac, and dcdc power electronic systems. Topics include smallsignal models; digital and analog control; switched, sampleddata, and averaged models; large signal considerations; distributed power conversion; computer modeling in PLECS, MATLAB/Simulink, and LTSpice; and other advanced topics. Design cases may include audio switching power amplifiers, peak power point tracking for renewables and energy scavenging, resonant converters for wireless power transfer, power factor correction, and grid connected converters among others.
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Wei Lu Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Neuromorphic Systems

Prof. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in the development of memristors for memory and logic applications. He has also developed nanowire transistors suitable for flexible electronics and optoelectornics, and conducts research into other emerging electrical devices. Lu founded the successful company Crossbar, Inc. in 2010. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

Marvell Is Buying Rival Chipmaker Cavium, Founded by ECE Alum Syed Ali, For $6 Billion

Marvell Technology is purchasing Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products founded by Syed Ali (MSE EE 1981), for $6 billion in cash and stock. Ali will serve as a strategic adviser and board member of the combined companies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Data and Computing  

University students reflect on attending COP23 Conference

Matt Irish, who is studying for masters degrees in Applied Climate Science and Electrical Engineering, attended this years 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Irish is an EDF Climate Corps Fellow & Dow Sustainability Fellow. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sustainability  

New biodegradable hydrogel offers eco-friendly alternative to synthetics

Professor Jerzy Kanicki and an international team of collaborators have developed a new hydrogel made from natural and biodegradable materials that allows for applications in agriculture and medicine without the potential risks of synthetic hydrogels. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kanicki, Jerzy  Sustainability  

Winter 2018: Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project - Supplemental Information

Course No.: EECS 498-006 and EECS 498-007
Credit Hours: 3 or 4 credits
Instructor: Jay Guo and Hun Seok Kim
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
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Winter 2018: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

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

Course Description:
EECS students, together with ME and MSE students, work on common, interesting, significant major design experience (MDE) projects. This pilot course is about providing students real-world, multidisciplinary design project opportunities to satisfy their MDE requirement and for ECE masters students interested in meaningful project experiences.

For WN18, we expect to have several projects with application focus in biomedical, energy, spaceflight, and other areas needing EECS students (e.g. sensor/electronics, embedded systems, controls, and wireless). Please contact Prof. Gilchrist with questions.
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Beyond the threshold: Solving the leaking problem in ultra-low-power systems

Prof. David Blaauw and his team is recognized for their potential solution in providing a stable voltage to overcome a large hurdle in the design of small electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Electronic devices  

Seed-sized U-M computers pumped into oil wells featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

A specially created version of the Michigan Micro Mote, measuring 5mmx5mm, is being featured for its role in oil exploration as part of a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Grbic, Anthony  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

3D Printing Technology Facilitates Fabrication Of A Curved Organic Photodetector For Image Sensing Devices

Prof. Jerzy Kanicki and his team developed a new fabrication method for curved substrates using a 3D printing process. The technique will enable next-generation camera systems or artificial eyes, as well as high performance image sensing devices for breast cancer detection and other more. Read the paper in Advanced Materials Technologies. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Kanicki, Jerzy  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

The Beanbag Test for Robots

Its one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff? Dmitry Berenson and the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Lab showcase their latest work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Million Foot View: Profile of Kamal Sarabandi

In this profile, Kamal Sarabandi describes his work as he has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Sarabandi, Kamal  Wireless Systems  

An afternoon with U-M Robotics' newest robot

WDIV visited Jessy Grizzle's team and Cassie, their bipedal robot, and put her in the spotlight with a live feed to Facebook. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Winter 2018: Mining Large-scale Graph Data

Course No.: EECS 598-008
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Danai Koutra
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of linear algebra, programming, and machine learning

Course Description:
Graphs naturally represent information ranging from linksbetween webpages to friendships in social networks, tocollaborations between coauthors and connections betweenneurons in our brains. These graphs often span billions of nodesand interactions between them. Within this deluge of interconnected data, how can we extract useful knowledge,understand the underlying processes, make interesting discoveries, and contribute to decision-making?

This course will cover recent methods and algorithms foranalyzing large-scale graphs, as well as applications in variousdomains (e.g., neuroscience, web science, social science,computer networks). The focus will be on scalable and practicalmethods, and students will have the chance to analyzelarge-scale datasets. The topics that we will cover includeclustering and community detection, recommendation systems,similarity analysis, deep learning, summarization, and anomalydetection in the graph setting.
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Winter 2018: Social Computing Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Walter Lasecki
Prerequisites: EECS 485 or EECS 493 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
Computation rarely exists in isolation. From social media, to collaboration and coordination tools, to crowdsourcing and collective intelligence, technology has risen from use as an individual tool for focused domains to play a role in or even mediate a majority of social interactions today. Social Computing is the study of this interplay between social processes and the computation that supports and augments them. This course will cover topics including collaborative systems, social media, systems for supporting collective action, data mining and analysis, crowdsourcing, human computation, and peer production.
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Deep UV LEDs Lead to Two Best Poster Awards at ISSLED 2017

At ISSLED 2017, PhD student David Laleyan and visiting scholar Xianhe Liu both won best student poster awards for their work showcasing new techniques for creating deep ultraviolet (UV) LEDs. The researchers work with Prof. Zetian Mi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LEDs  Mi, Zetian  Optics and Photonics  Power and Energy  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Zachary Lemnios: Current and Future Tech at IBM

Zachary Lemnios, VP for Physical Sciences and Government Programs, talks about current and future tech at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served in the Department of Defense as Chief Technology Officer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  

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