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ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

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

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

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dick, Robert  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mihalcea, Rada  Subramanian, Vijay  

Stateside: MIs energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan's energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future. [Full Story]

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

University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that wont disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique called Digital Foveation that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Dick, Robert  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

The Punishing Polar Vortex is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

WIRED features ECE professor Jessy Grizzle and our favorite bipedal robot in a story about how testing Cassie in extreme weather events could help save lives in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources. [Full Story]

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

Prof. Zhengya Zhang receives CoE undergraduate education award

Prof. Zhang receives outstanding evaluations from students and opens their imagination to research in the field of VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Zhang, Zhengya  

Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Sensing and Sensors  

Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano receives ARO Young Investigator Award to improve high-dimensional big data problems

Applications include managing large networked systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, or computer networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Data and Computing  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring

Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  General News  Neuhoff, David L.  

Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

A new electronic device developed by Prof. Wei Lu and collaborators can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons. For the first time, the way that neurons share or compete for resources can be explored in hardware without the need for complicated circuits. "Neuroscientists have argued that competition and cooperation behaviors among synapses are very important. Our new memristive devices allow us to implement a faithful model of these behaviors in a solid-state system," said Lu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Lynn Conway encourages graduates to embrace coming social change

Professor emerita and transgender advocate Lynn Conway delivered the 2018 Winter Commencement address to U-M graduates. Story published by The University Record. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

ECE and data science: a natural connection

ECE faculty and students at Michigan are part of the revolution in data science that is happening today. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  

Hacking the perfect melody

Project Music brought together students from all backgrounds across the university to originate musically-inspired creations for the first Music Makeathon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Why space weather is being made in the lab

National Geographic mentions Prof. Louise Willingale and the HERCULES laser in this story about understanding stellar winds and planetary magnetic fields by duplicating conditions in a laboratory setting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  

Pallab Bhattacharya to receive 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, which he will receive For contributions to the development and commercialization of quantum dot lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

The Disappeared: Beyond Winning and Losing

The #MeToo movement is bringing ever-increasing awareness of the challenges faced by women in STEM. Emerita Prof. Lynn Conway drew upon her unique life-experiences in the industry, and wrote insights in an invited-essay in a Special Issue of IEEE Computer Magazine on "Winning and Losing in IT." This PDF is copyright IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

A window into the future of solar power

Prof. Stephen Forrest is looking to have windows double as efficient solar cells in buildings of the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

A stellar achievement: Magnetized space winds in the laboratory

The international team that includes Prof. Louise Willingale is investigating the role of intense magnetic fields dragged by high-speed plasmas through astrophysical environments. HERCULES was used in the experiments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Space technology  Willingale, Louise  

A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air

Co-founded by Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani and alumnus and research scientist Dr. Yutao Qin, the company's subscription service offers real-time monitoring [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Health and Safety  LNF  MEMS and Microsystems  Sensing and Sensors  

Rick Bolander: Entrepreneurship is a team sport

Rick Bolander (BSE MSE EE 1983 1985; MBA 1994, Harvard) has devoted his career to fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of others as much as his own. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program

Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success. SkyGig, a startup company focused on improving wireless communication in the world of 5G and beyond, is the inaugural winner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Najafi, Khalil  

Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students

VP of the world's largest gaming and social company, Tong spoke to students about AI, pursuing a global maximum in your career, and what it's like to work in China when you don't speak Mandarin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Information Technology  

ECE students display their research at the 2018 Graduate Engineering Symposium

Students' projects encompassed a wide variety of fields: revolutionizing energy systems, advancing technologies, and improving cybersecurity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  

KLA-Tencor Announces Plans to Establish R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan

"We're confident that we can continue to create and deliver impactful technologies that ultimately help enrich the human experience. Our expansion into Michigan will help us realize our vision," said alumnus Rick Wallace, chief executive officer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Photosynthesis and Clean Energy

In this interview with Scitech Now, Prof. Zetian Mi talks about a new way to create energy from the sun - borrowing from the idea of photosynthesis. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Mi, Zetian  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

$6.8M initiative to enable American laser renaissance

After Europe and Asia surpassed U.S. in high intensity laser research in the early 2000s, the Department of Energy is funding new collaborative research network to make the U.S. more competitive. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics  

The Quest to Build Robotic Hands

In this article, Prof. Dmitry Berenson comments on the evolution of robots. Humans can readily manipulate all kinds of object, but robots need better mechanics and a lot more intelligence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Mingyan Liu, 2018 Distinguished University Innovator, talks about her company and data science commercialization

Mingyan Liu, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Innovator of the Year award, gave a talk about her startup company and participated on a panel discussing data science commercialiation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

All ECE News for 2019