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$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Prof. Dmitry Berenson $1.1 million to help advance a robot's ability to walk over unstable ground and deal with tangles in string, rope or wire. One of the new abilities that Berenson and his group will help robots attain is navigating unfamiliar environments by reusing previous experience from similar environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

Stephen Forrest Receives IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for Pioneering Work in OLEDs

Stephen Forrest, Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2017IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, along with Ching W. Tang and Mark Thompson, For their pioneering work on organic devices, leading to organic light-emitting diode displays. The Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal is given for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Video: The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility is a state-of- the-art cleanroom that provides advanced micro- and nano-fabrication equipment and expertise to internal and external researchers. The LNF enables cutting edge research, including semiconductor materials and devices, electronic circuits, solid-state lighting, energy, biotechnology, medical devices and unconventional materials and processing technologies. Learn more in this video. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lu, Wei  Najafi, Khalil  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

CubeWorks: Solving Problems with the Worlds Smallest and Lowest-power Computers

CubeWorks, founded by the team at University of Michigan that developed the Michigan Micro Mote (M3), the worlds smallest computer, has been flying under the radar since late in 2013. This startup company specializes in the worlds smallest and lowest-power sensing technology. With its first outside funding from Intel (see the press release), the CEO of CubeWorks is now looking two years into the future, when he hopes to be manufacturing millimeter-scale computing devices for their first customers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Communications  

Ushering in the Next Generation of Flat-Panel Displays and Medical Imagers

Research that is expected to directly impact the future of the flat-panel display and imager industries has been selected as an Editor's Choice by the Journal of Solid-State Electronics. The article, co-authored by Prof. Jerzy Kanicki, ECE graduate student Chumin Zhao, and Dr. Mitsuru Nakata, describes a new technology that may help usher in the next generation of flat-panel displays and imagers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Winter 2017: Advanced Topics and the Design of Power Electronics

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Al Avestruz
Prerequisites: EECS 418 and EECS 460 or equivalents

Course Description:
This class will address some advanced topics and techniques in power electronics and the craft of design through case studies. [More Info]

Winter 2017: EECS 598

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Mack Kira
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 240 and (EECS 334 or 434 or 320 or 540)

Course Description:
This lecture will provide a pragmatic and brief introduction to solidstate theory, manybody formalism, and semiconductor quantum optics to explore pragmatic possibilities for nanotechology. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Waves & Imaging in Random Media

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

Course Description:
This is a special topics course. The focus is on the theory of wave propagation in inhomogeneous media in various asymptotic regimes including: (i) geometrical optics of high-frequency waves (ii) homogenization of low-frequency waves in periodic and random media (iii) radiative transport and diusion theory for high-frequency waves in random media. Applications to inverse problems in imaging will be considered. The necessary tools from asymptotic analysis, scattering theory and probability will be developed as needed. The course is meant to be accessible to graduate students in mathematics, physics and engineering. [More Info]

Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas

Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Wide-ranging ECE Research Presented at 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Systems to study cancer stem cells, new methods to remotely measure snow and ice thickness, radar for autonomous vehicles, navigation systems that don't rely on GPS, nanowire lasers, and methods to model lithium-ion batteries were just a few of the many winning projects presented by ECE students at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium. Thirteen alumni returned to judge the posters and meet with students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Wentzloff, David  

Video: Prof. Cindy Finelli and Engineering Education Research

Prof. Finelli is currently Director of Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering, and she was founding director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching in Engineering at Michigan, which supports college-wide initiatives in engineering teaching and learning. Her own research focuses on how faculty make decisions about what theyre doing in the classroom, how students understand engineering concepts, and how a flexible classroom influences both teaching and learning. Watch a new video about her and her work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Winter 2017: Organic Electronics: Fundamentals

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Steve Forrest
Prerequisites: Senior level quantum physics, electricity and magnetism

Course Description:
In this course, we will trace the history, science and modern applications of organic electronic technology. [More Info]

Liz Dreyer Earns An Outstanding Collegiate Member Award for Years of SWE Leadership

ECE PhD student Liz Dreyer was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Member award by the Society of Women Engineers, "for leadership and innovative efforts to grow SWE's presence on campus, particularly among graduate students, and for advancing the overall interests of women in STEM fields across the globe." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Rand, Stephen  Student Teams and Organizations  

Winter 2017: Formal Verification of Hardware and Software Systems

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours:
Instructor: Karem Sakallah
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
This course explores the latest advances in automated proof methods for checking whether or not certain properties hold under all possible executions of a complex hardware or software system. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Project - Supplemental Information

Course No.: EECS498-006 and EECS 498-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Anthony Grbic or Greg Wakefield
Prerequisites: See PDF

Course Description:
See attached PDF [More Info]

Winter 2017: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

Course No.: EECS 498
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 douse 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 WN17, we will have several projects with a biomedical focus as well as energy, sports, spaceflight, and other areas needing EECS students (e.g. sensor/electronics, embedded systems, controls, and wireless). Please contact Prof. Gilchrist with questions. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Internet Foundations

Course No.: EECS 398
Credit Hours: 1 credit
Instructor: Mohammed Islam
Prerequisites: ENGR 101 or EECS 183

Course Description:
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the internet. You use the internet every day, and in this course we permit you to look under the hood of the internet. We start by reviewing the differences between various applications, such as world wide web, skype, and Bit-Torrent. The 4-layer internet model will be explained, which includes the application, transport, network and link layers. Internet protocol and TCP/IP communication will be reviewed, along with a detailed discussion of how packet switching and routers work. The link and physical layer description will include explanations of how WiFi and Ethernet networks work [More Info]

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Gets a New Director

Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  

Winter 2017: Motion Planning

Course No.: EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Dmitry Berenson
Prerequisites: A linear algebra class and significant programming experience

Course Description:
This course will cover the major topics of motion planning including (but not limited to) planning for manipulation with robot arms and hands, mobile robot path planning with non-holonomic constraints, multi-robot path planning, high-dimensional sampling-based planning, and planning on constraint manifolds. Students will implement motion planning algorithms in open-source frameworks, read recent literature in the field, and complete a project that draws on the course material. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Social Computing Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Walter Lasecki
Prerequisites: EECS 493 or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This course will be based on reading from the social computing research literature. Practical projects will give students experience using and creating online social computing platforms. A significant team-based final project component will let students gain experience designing and building the types of systems we will study. Students will select a topic, and then propose, design, and build a real system. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Hands On Robotics

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

Course Description:
Take Hands On Robitics, a design course where you learn robotics by building robots using the CKBot modular robot system! Covering concepts in robotics from kinematics, control, to programming. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Quantum Information, Probability and Computing

Course No.: EECS 598
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Sandeep Pradhan
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Course Description:
Extended introduction and overview of the field of quantum information, quantum probability and quantum computing [More Info]

Winter 2017: Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Course No.: EECS 498/598
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS 215 or EECS 314

Course Description:
This course will consider large-scale integration of renewable generation in electricity grids. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Intro Distributed Systems

Course No.: EECS 498-003
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Harsha Madhyastha
Prerequisites: EECS 482

Course Description:
In this class, you will learn the core principles and techniques that apply across various scenarios to maximize performance, reliability, efficiency, etc. [More Info]

Winter 2017: Information Science

Course No.: EECS 398-001
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: Clayton Scott
Prerequisites: MATH 116 and ENGR 101 or equivalent

Course Description:
This course develops the theory of information, and applies that theory to understand several modern technologies for information processing and analysis. [More Info]

Meera Sampath | The Art & the Science of Innovation

Sampath (PhD EE:S 95) earned the 2016 CoE Alumni Society Merit Award for ECE. She is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of the Xerox Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. Check out Meera's talk. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Michael Stonebraker | The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box

Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE 66, PhD CICE 71) received the 2016 CoE Alumni Medal Award. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database management systems and founded multiple successful database companies based on his pioneering work. He received the Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems." Check out the talk he delivered on campus [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Databases  

MHacks Win Propels Student Virtual Reality Startup, Focused on Child Therapy and 3-D Gaming

Propelled by a win at MHacks, EE major Duncan Abbot and English major Paul Stefanski co-founded the startup company Gwydion, a virtual and augmented reality software development company. Early projects range from therapy in children's hospitals to helping materials scientists study 3-D crystals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Virtual Reality  

Michael Flynn Earns U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Michael Flynn has received a Faculty Recognition Award for his accomplishments in research, teaching, and service to the University. Prof. Flynn is one of the world's premier scholars in the area of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and other interface circuits. His pioneering research and designs have improved the performance and energy efficiency of analog-digital interfaces and transformed the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

U-M to build $75-million robotics hub

Robotic technologies for air, sea, and roads, and for factories, hospitals, and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan's planned Robotics Laboratory. Prof. Jessy Grizzle has been named director of robotics at U-M, and is leading the new facility's planning and development. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together for games and exciting displays at this year's Family Fun Night. Attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of science, robots, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator and alum Todd Coleman (BSE EE ) shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Health  

Experts: State Should Audit Election Results

Since hackers have targeted the election systems of more than 20 states, cyber-security experts including Prof. J. Alex Halderman say Michigan should change its policy and routinely audit a sample of its paper ballots to protect against election fraud. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Parag Deotare Receives AFOSR Award for Research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)

Prof. Parag Deotare received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support basic scientific research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS). In this project, Prof. Deotare will investigate the interactions between exciton and mechanics, which will lead to a better understanding of exciton dynamics. This work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy  Energy Scavenging  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optics and Photonics  Power & Energy  

What Surveillance Will Look Like in the Future: Even Bugs Will Be Bugged

Prof. David Blaauw gets a mention in the Atlantic for building the world's smallest computers, which can be equipped with cameras and other sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sensors  

Asked and Answered Jessy Grizzle Takes on Reddit

Prof. Jessy Grizzle, newly named Director of Michigan Robotics, took to Reddit to answer the internet's burning questions about bipedal robots. The first in the department to tackle the medium, he spent a day fielding open questions from the public as part of an Ask Me Anything on the science subreddit. Questions ranged from deep algorithm inquiries to complaints about tough EECS courses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics  

A Silver-Medal Finish for ECE Olympic Rower

Electrical Engineering sophomore and Ann Arbor native Zach Burns brought home a silver medal from the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics in September as part of the US Paralympic Rowing Team. This was Zachs third year with the team, finally getting to take on the Olympic games after two years traveling to the World Championships. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Undergraduate Students  

Solving the "Christmas light" problem so solar panels can handle shade

Just 10 percent shade cover can create a 50 percent drop in solar panel electricity production. Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestrus is working to ensure power produced by a solar panel reflects the average over all the cells. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power & Energy  Solar Cell Technology  Sustainability  

COVE: A Tool for Advancing Progress in Computer Vision

A new project has been launched to provide open and easy access to up-to-date, varied, data sets, annotations and their relevant tools. Based at the University of Michigan with collaborators at Boston University and the University of Notre Dame, the program aims to centralize available data in the intelligent systems community through a COmputer Vision Exchange for Data, Annotations and Tools, called COVE. The project promises to have an immediate and far-reaching impact on the computer vision community as well as researchers involved in machine learning, multimedia, natural language processing, data mining, and information retrieval. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Corso, Jason  Lab-Systems  Signal and Image Processing   

U-M Shannon Centennial Symposium Celebrates the Father of Information Theory

Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math , ScD hon. ) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium on September 16, 2016, co-organized by Al Hero, Hye Won Chung, Dave Neuhoff, and Sandeep Pradhan. All four plenary talks are available online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  Neuhoff, David L.  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  

Cancer stem cells: new method analyzes 10,000 cells at once

A new device for studying tumor cells can trap 10,000 individual cells in a single chip. The technique, developed by Prof. Euisik Yoon's group, could one day help screen potential cancer treatments based on an individual patients tumor and help researchers better understand so-called cancer stem cells. It also shed light on a controversy: are large cells or small cells more likely to be cancer stem cells? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Yoon, Euisik  

David Blaauw Honored with SIA/SRC University Research Award

Prof. David Blaauw was presented with the University Research Award by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in consultation with Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to semiconductor research in the area of design research. He was presented with the award by the SIA Board on September 21, 2016 in San Jose, CA. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Cindy Finelli Invited to NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

Cindy Finelli was among 48 faculty members across the country invited to attend the 2016 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. She will present her project about A more student-centered electrical engineering classroom through pre-class reading and in-class problem solving, which integrates elements of a flipped classroom. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Engineering Education  Finelli, Cynthia  

Meet the New Director of Michigan Robotics

Jessy Grizzle, the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor and Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering, has been written about in Wired, his work featured on CNN and The Discovery Channel, and his robot videos viewed around the world even in Michigan Stadium during the football games. He's now the new director of Michigan Robotics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  Robotics  

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  

EECS Students Row Blue! to Victory

The Michigan Mens Rowing team won their 9th consecutive national championship in Gainesville, Georgia, with four EECS students rowing in their toughest category. Their succesful season qualified the team to compete abroad in the Henley Royal Regatta, the most prestigious boat race series in the world, which takes place annually on the River Thames in England. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Mark Kushner Receives Plasma Chemistry Award for Lifetime of Achievement

Mark Kushner, George I. Haddad Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2017 Plasma Chemistry Award (PCA) from the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS). The Plasma Chemistry Award is the highest recognition awarded by the IPCS and recognizes a lifetime of achievements in the field of the Plasma Chemistry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Berenson, Dmitry  Kim, Hun-Seok  Kira, Mackillo  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  Mahdavifar, Hessam  Mi, Zetian  Pilanci, Mert  

U-M, Yottabyte partner to accelerate data-intensive research

A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data. Prof. Eric Michielssen says it will “improve research productivity by reducing the cost and time required to create the individualized, secure computing platforms that are increasingly necessary to support scientific discovery in the age of Big Data.” [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Michielssen, Eric  

All ECE News for 2016