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Cameron Polack and BLUElab India - Engineering Winners

Cameron Polack, senior in EE, is taking engineering to the real world. A founding member of the student team BLUElab India, organized in fall of 2013, Cameron is intent on using her major to benefit others as directly as possible. The team was recently awarded 3rd place in the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability, part of U-Ms Dow Sustainability Fellows Program. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Student Teams  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

New ideas abounded at 2014s Graduate Symposium, the College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students. ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year's event, comprising nearly 80 of the day's more than 240 presentations. Several of these placed first or second in their field in the poster presentation contest. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Shayna Simon - From Intern to Full-Time, Making Company Experience Matter

Shayna Simon has been busy. A Michigan native from West Bloomfield and a senior in Electrical Engineering, shes already taken huge steps to getting her career on track after graduation. Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school. Shell be working on a team serving as a bridge between software and hardware development. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Winter 2015: Multidisciplinary Capstone (MDE) Design Pilot

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

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

Alumni startup Avegant announces $9.37M funding round - led by Intel

Intel announced $62M in new investments in 16 tech companies. One of those companies is Avegant, founded by ECE alumni Ed Tang and Allan Evans. Avegant is a virtual-reality company that is developing Glyph, a set of consumer goggles that double as headphones. The company expects to begin shipping devices in 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

Ambiq Micro Announces $15 Million Funding Round

ECE startup Ambiq Micro, a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits for power-sensitive applications, announced that is has closed a $15 million Series C funding round to accelerate the development and marketing of its SPOT (Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology) platform. [More about Ambiq Micro] [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Technology Transfer  

David G. Mazur Honored for Leadership in Stealth Technologies

EE alumnus David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA's annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  

Technological implants will allow us to improve our bodily functions

Trans-humanism isn't just about appearance. Bulky night-vision goggles have been used for years by the armed forces, but scientists at the University of Michigan [Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his group] recently unveiled technology that could lead to contact lenses that allow the wearer to see in the dark. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graphene  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wearable electronics  Zhong, Zhaohui  

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

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

Winter 2015: Advanced Topics in Analog ICs

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

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

Winter 2015: Network Information Theory

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

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

Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A Leader in Flexible Solar Cell Technology

Kyusang Lee is on the leading edge of flexible electronics. Conducting research under Prof. Stephen Forrest, Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique using an inorganic III/V material (ie, GaAs) to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Elected President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering, has been elected president of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS). He will begin his two-year term January 1, 2015. The fields of interest of the GRS Society are the theory, concepts, and techniques of science and engineering as they apply to the remote sensing of the earth, oceans, atmosphere, and space, as well as the processing, interpretation and dissemination of this information. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

EECS Alums are Flying High with Drone Startup Skyspecs

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

Michigan and Prof. Forrest awarded photovoltaics R&D award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot Initiative

U-M was selected as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy SunShot's "Next Generation Photovoltaics 3" program and was the only project awarded for organic photovoltaic ("OPV") research and development. Prof. Stephen Forrest said he very pleased to be able to continue his work on the SunShot Initiative. Forrest has achieved significant results in the area of organic photovoltaics, and believes they have the potential to redefine the cost structure of the solar industry and introduce solar power to untapped applications." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Forrest, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

New Approaches to Solar Cell Technology Featured in Sustainability Hour (Profs. Rand and Guo)

Professors Stephen Rand and Jay Guo delivered presentations for the November Meeting of the North Campus Sustainability Hour on the topic of solar energy and its future. The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Energy  Guo, L. Jay  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Rand, Stephen  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability  

Yang Liu Receives Best Applications Paper Award for Cyber Security Research in Phishing

Yang Liu, Ph.D Candidate in Electrical Engineering:Systems, earned a Best Applications Paper Award from the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA2014) for his recent research on phishing. His paper detailed his use of big data analysis to solve a major problem of cyber security [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data  Communications  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Security (Computing)  

Winter 2015: Performance Systems: Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments

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

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

Winter 2015: Embedded Systems: An Application-Centered Approach

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

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

Prof. Robert Dick to Apply Cyber Information to Air Quality Management

Prof. Robert Dick, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and specialist in embedded systems, received a CyberSEES grant to to study the impact of weather and human activity on production of, and exposure to, ozone and other air pollutants. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Computing and Systems  Environment  

Scott Hanson Receives 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Alumni  Internet of Things  

Winter 2015: Probabilistic Graphical Models for Vision and Beyond

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

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

Winter 2015: Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources

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

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

Winter 2015: Control of Discrete Event Systems

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

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

Winter 2015: Information Retrieval and Web Search

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

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

Prof. Johanna Mathieu Working to Bring Power from Sustainable Sources to Your Home

ECE Prof. Johanna Mathieu received a grant under the NSF Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering program to pursue "Data-driven approaches to managing uncertain load control in sustainable power systems." She is working on the problem of how best to integrate wind and solar power into the nation's established electrical grid system. The research may one day impact the nation's energy policy as it attempts to balance the cost of energy with the environmental impact of generating that energy. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grid  Mathieu, Johanna  Power & Energy  Wind Technology  

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research that could Help Reveal the Brains Secrets

Raj Nadakuditi, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research project, "Fundamental limits of eigen-wavefront based imaging through highly scattering random media." His research will impact the ability to investigate the structure of brain circuits through the use of optical imaging techniques. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Signal and Image Processing   

Prof. Becky Peterson Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to Investigate New Materials for Power Semiconductor Devices

Becky Peterson, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently awarded a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, "Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors for Switched-Mode Power Supplies." Such power supplies could potentially be used in a wide variety of wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with security and monitoring of the environment and medical conditions. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Prof. Necmiye Ozay Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for Research in Cyber and Physical Systems

Necmiye Ozay, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award for her research project, Dynamics-based information extraction: a hybrid systems approach." Her research will impact the safety and security of cyber and physical systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Diversity and Outreach  Ozay, Necmiye  

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

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

Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Amid the rushing of students, voter registration representatives and preachers, 13 students stood on the Diag Friday with baskets of food to bring a piece of their study abroad in India back to Ann Arbor. They learned the concept of "langar," which is a shared meal that emphasizes equality, on the trip organized by ECE Prof. Jasprit Singh. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit  

Mapping the brain with lasers

Individual parts of the brain can be activated and de-activated by shining light on the neurons, and researchers are using this ability to chart how different areas of the brain function. To zoom in on individual neuron circuits within the brain, more precise light sources are needed. ECE professor Euisik Yoon is leading a team that will design and build these new light sources with a variety of lasers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Yoon, Euisik  

Long-Lived Blue OLED Could Lead to Better Displays

Many displays in smartphones and televisions generate red and green light with phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes but use more energy-hungry fluorescent devices for blue. That's because blue PHOLEDs only last for a couple of days. Now Prof. Stephen Forrest and his group have found a way to extend the lifetime of blue PHOLEDs by a factor of 10, bringing them much closer to commercial use. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Displays  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things

The story focuses on how the new Michigan/UVa start-up company, PsiKick, is going to help enable the Internet of Things thanks to their very low power processing, called subthreshold processing. Also mentioned is the Michigan startup, Ambiq Micro, which has also entered the low power revolution. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, Prof. Stephen Forrest and his team have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Forrest, Stephen  LEDs  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Khalil Najafi to Receive 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies

Khalil Najafi, Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and ECE Chair, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, "For leadership in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), technologies, and devices and for seminal contributions to inertial devices and hermetic wafer-level packaging." The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Najafi, Khalil  

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya To Receive 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, was selected to receive the 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award, "For contributions to near-infrared and visible quantum dot lasers." The IEEE David Sarnoff award is one of IEEE's Technical Field Awards, which are among the highest awards given by IEEE. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney - Exploring navigation

ECE graduate student Tal Najourney is exploring new frontiers in navigation technology. He and others in the group are trying to build a navigation device that doesnt need any external frame of reference, meaning the gyroscope is meant to guide navigation devices without using GPS. He worked with a professional glass blower to hone his technique. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  GPS  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Fighting lung cancer with faster image processing

A new $1.9 million research program led by Prof. Jeff Fessler seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes.The advance could be particularly important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment. Prof. Thomas Wenisch is collaborating on the project. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal and Image Processing   Wenisch, Thomas  

Prof. Ted Norris Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  

Prof. Stephen Forrest a Most Influential Scientist

Prof. Stephen Forrest was included in a recent Thompson Reuters publication as one of the most influential scientific minds in the world for 2014. The basis for inclusion was the number of times his publications were cited by his peers in the literature between 2002-2012. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Cheng Zhang Receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

ECE graduate student Cheng Zhang received the 2014 Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship. Cheng works with Professor L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Kyu-Tae Lee Wins Best Poster Award for Colorful Solar Cells

ECE graduate student Kyu-Tae Lee received a Best Poster Award at the 40th Annual Michigan AVS Symposium. His poster described the creation of solar cell device structures that enable attractive multi-colored solar cells that can be used on windows and other interior and exterior surfaces. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Space technology  

Fall 2014: Foundations of Computer Vision

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

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

Fall 2014: Practical Machine Learning

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

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

Fall 2014: Probabilistic Analysis of Large Scale Systems

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

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

Fall 2014: Laser Plasma Diagnostics

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

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

Sensors in the Soil (video)

Soil moisture information is just as important to NASA engineers as it is to local farmers. For example, this data is used to monitor climate patterns and predict landslides. Prof. Mingyan Liu is working on a system that will make collecting and analyzing this data more accurate. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Communications  Environment  Liu, Mingyan  Sensors  

MABEL at the Chicago Field Museum

MABEL, the record-breaking bipedal robot who was taught to walk and run by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and his team, has arrived at the Chicago Field Museum, where she will part of the biomechanics exhibit through January 2015. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Computer Vision  

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