ECE News for 2003
Profs. Bhattacharya, Norris and Singh Win College of Engineering Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award for 2003-04
Professors Pallab Bhattacharya, Ted Norris and Jasprit Singh (with Prof. Rachel Goldman of Materials Science and Engineering) were selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award for 2003-04. They will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of the production of an extraordinary and significant piece of work from current or recent collaboration in teaching or research to the College of Engineering.
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Wins College of Engineering Research Excellence Award
Professor Kamal Sarabandi has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Research Excellence Award for 2003-04. Professor Austin will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of demonstrated sustained excellence in research and related scholarly activities.
Prof. Todd Austin Wins College of Engineering Education Excellence Award
Associate Professor Todd Austin has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Education Excellence Award for 2003-04. Professor Austin will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of demonstrated sustained excellence in curricular development, instruction and guidance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including, graduate student supervision, and the development ofnew courses, teaching laboratories, teaching techniques, software packages for self teaching, etc.
Prof. Dennis Sylvester Wins College of Engineering 1938E Award
Assistant Professor Dennis Sylvester has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering 1938E Award for 2003-04. Professor Sylvester will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses, an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of career, a contributer to the educational growth of his/her College, and a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades his/her service to the University and the profession of Engineering.
Prof. Jessy Grizzle - Wins 2003 Control Systems Technology Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society
Professor Jessy Grizzle -- along with Jeffrey A. Cook, Ford Motor Company, and Jing Sun, formerly of Ford Motor Company and currently an Associate Professor in UM's NAME Department -- has won the 2003 Control Systems Technology Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society "for the development of fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly automotive powertrains through innovative application of control theory." The award will be formally announced and presented during the annual Awards Ceremony of the Control Systems Society, which will be held during the 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) in Maui, Hawaii on Thursday, December 11, 2003.
Database systems have come along a long way since their inception in the 1970s. Database Management Systems (DBMSs) have been widely successful and are the heart of most information management system. However, there are a number of significant challenges that future DBMSs must meet if they are to continue playing the center role in information processing and management. We are on the verge of a new revolution in ubiquitous computing in which zillions of devices, ranging from small personal digital assistants (PDAs) to “invisible” embedded sensor devices, will demand answers to queries under a wide range of system conditions. These devices will rely on a distributed backend infrastructure to deliver the query results. The data sets in the back-end systems are growing at astonishing rates, demanding scalable distributed data management techniques. Furthermore, the data sets are increasingly complex, and are not limited to simple alphanumeric data types (which traditional relational DBMS manage very effectively). Database query processing and database storage techniques that exist today fall far short of meeting the demands of these future systems. What then are the techniques that will deliver this new world to us? This is the question that we will explore in this course. The course will focus primarily on query processing and query evaluation techniques that are likely to be applicable in mobile, distributed, and sensor database environments of the future. Since most of the questions in this area are unanswered, this course will be very exploratory. [Full Story]
John Hayes Receives Humboldt Research Award
Professor John Hayes has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. The award is from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in Bonn, Germany, and is in recognition of "past accomplishment in research and teaching."
Ping-Cheng Yeh Receives UM Outstanding GSI Award for 2003
Ping-Cheng Yeh, graduate student instructor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will receive the University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award for 2003. Recipients of the Outstanding GSI award have demonstrated "exceptional ability, creativity and continuous growth as teachers." The award is also a recognition of outstanding service as a mentor and advisor to students, colleagues and others in need of help. Yeh satisfied all of these requirements as an instructor of EECS 451: Digital Signal Processing. Read more on Ping-Cheng's award at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/news/news/yehgsiaward/index.html
How can you be sure that a hardware or software system is really correct? This course is a chance to put logic and automata theory into action! Until recently, testing has been the only way to ``validate'' designs, especially of hardware components.The alternative approach of actually proving correctness has not been practical. But a new development in this area has changed all that: easy-to-use model checking systems. In this course we will study formal verification methods with an emphasis on model checking. You will learn to use the SMV model checking system developed at Carnegie Mellon and use it to verify a significant hardware or software system. This is your chance to learn about an emerging technology! There will be three hours of lecture and an one hour of discussion each week. Both graduate and undergraduate students welcome; prerequisites are EECS 203 and 376. Prof. Bill Rounds [Full Story]
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.
This 4 credit course covers most of the well known analog to digital and digital to analog conversion schemes. The theory of analog-digital conversion, as well as metrics and test are also discussed. Both Nyquist rate and oversampling converters are covered. Nyquist rate schemes include flash, folding, multi-step and pipeline. The main focus is on CMOS circuits but some bipolar schemes are also discussed. The emphasis is on designing circuits that can be built on state-of-the-art commercial processes. The course begins with a short review of mixed-signal design. Common building blocks, such as comparators and opamps will be examined in detail. However, students are expected to have a good knowledge of analog design fundamentals (i.e. feedback, small signal analysis, stability etc.) and should also be familiar with spice or spectre, before taking this course. EECS 413 (or an equivalent) is a prerequisite. Design work is a significant part of this course. Students design and model complete converters. Design is done with the aid of Matlab, Composer and Spectre. Follow the link below for information on the projects from an earlier special topics offering of this material. [Full Story]
A special topics 3-credit graduate course on computer and network security is being offered in Winter 2004. See the course web page for further information. [Full Story]
InstructorYaoyun Shi, shiyy@eecs, 764-3308, EECS 2233
Meeting scheduleMW3:00-4:30, 153 EWRE
As a result of remarkable theoretical advances in recent years, quantum information science has drawn enthusiastic participations from scientists in many fields. It has been demonstrated that quantum information behaves fundamentally different from classical information, and, it appears that computers based on exact quantum mechanical principles can be dramatically more powerful than those currently deployed.
This course is an introduction to the theory of quantum computation and information. Topics include foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum algorithms and complexity, quantum information theory, quantum entanglement, quantum error-correcting, and quantum cryptography. It is intended for all interested and mathematically mature audiences with a strong background in linear algebra. Prior knowledge in theoretical computer science, classical information theory, or quantum mechanics is useful, but not necessary.
Difference with the Fall 2002 courseFor this course we aim at a more diverse group of audiences (mathematicians, physists, computer scientists, electrical engineerers, etc.), and will discuss a wider range of topics, though at a lower level of depth. The focus will be on the very most important results and techniques.
PrerequisitesGraduate standing or permission by the instructor. A solid background in linear algebra is necessary.
Credits: 3 UnitsThis course counts for the CSE 500 level course requirement.
CourseworkI will lecture for all the meeting time except for two or three lectures when the student will present their project. There will be no exams. Besides attending the lectures and reading books/lecture notes to keep up with the class, the students are required to do the following.
Reference booksNo textbook is completely satisfying for this course. Among the following three books, more materials will be taken from 3, which is available online.
Kang Shin Wins 2003 Technical Achievement Award
Professor Kang Shin has won the 2003 Technical Achievement Award of the Real-Time Technical Committee of the IEEE Computer Society.
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]
Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003
Professor Pallab Bhattacharya Awarded 2003 Quantum Devices Award
Professor Pallab Bhattacharya received the 2003 Quantum Devices Award at the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), for Pioneering Contributions to Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Applications of III-V Heterostructure Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices. This award is sponsored by Fujitsu and is given to an individual who has made "pioneering contributions to the fields of compound semiconductor devices and quantum nanostructure devices which have made a major scientific or technological impact in the past twenty years."
Dennis Sylvester Receives Outstanding New Faculty Award
Assistant Professor Dennis Sylvester has been awarded the 2003 SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award, by ACM SIGDA (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Design Automation). This award "recognizes a junior faculty member early in her or his academic career who demonstrates outstanding potential as an educator and/or researcher in the field of electronic design automation."
Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 16-18, 2003
Homecoming promises to be a great weekend! It will be a chance for many of us to get together, renew old friendships, update ourselves on what has been going on in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and at the University, watch our beloved Wolverines trounce the Illini, and so much more!
Professor Mingyan Liu receives NSF CAREER Award
Prof. Mingyan Liu is being awarded an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal titled "Capacity-driven design of large scale wireless sensor networks", funded by the ANI program in CISE. Congratulations Mingyan!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Our goal is to raise enough funds for a bench with a dedication plaque near the EECS building.
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
Mark Bartsch awarded Graduate Student Instructor Award
Mark Bartsch, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering: Systems
program in EECS, was awarded a special Graduate Student Instructor Award
for his outstanding work in the development of the laboratory experiments
for the course EECS 206: Signals and Systems I.
The award was presented to Mark by Professor Lafortune, Associate Chair of
EECS for the ECE Division, together with Professors Fessler, Neuhoff, and
Wakefield, on August 22, 2003.
EECS Alumni Stonebraker and Trew Named 2003 Honorees!
As part of Alumni Weekend, two EECS alumni will be honored as recipients of the College of Engineering's Alumni Society Merit Awards. This year's recipients are Dr. Michael Stonebraker and Dr. Robert Trew. They will receive their awards at the College of Engineering's Awards Dinner on Friday, October 17th.
The IEEE Board of Directors has named Tony England recipient of the 2004 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award. As recipient of the award, he is being recognized "for significant contributions to the development and application of spaceborne microwave radiometry to remote sensing." Tony is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Society Executive Committee Changes
The EECS Alumni Society welcomes Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., the new chair of the EECS Department effective June 1. Dr. Munson, who also will serve on the Society executive committee, comes to us from the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. His research interests span a variety of topics throughout the field of signal and image processing. His research has concentrated on computational imaging, i.e. on systems that use computers to calculate images from data acquired by sensors. Examples of such systems include computer tomography, synthetic aperture radar, radio astronomy, and hybrid optical/digital systems. Munson has been especially involved in research on synthetic aperture radar, where recent projects focused on radar imaging of the moon, radar imaging of a runway from a landing aircraft, and on a new form of 3-D radar for imaging objects having complicated geometries.
RadLab Grad Students Win IEEE Best Paper Award
RadLab graduate students from EECS received best paper awards at the 2003 international IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society meeting held June 23-27, in Columbus, Ohio. RadLab students Kevin Buell and Rickie Kindt received the first and third prizes (respectively) in the paper competition among 108 contestants. This has become a tradition for many years and demonstrates the quality of our students and our graduate program in the area of applied electromagnetics.
Click the link below to view photos taken at last Friday's Department Picnic. [Full Story]
Michael Wellman Receives 2002-2003 Faculty Recognition Award
Professor Michael Wellman has been selected to receive the Faculty Recognition Award for 2002-2003, from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. Recipients demonstrate substantive contributions to the University through significant achievements in research and other scholarly/creative activities; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the University. The award will be presented and announced officially to the University community at a special program in early October 2003.
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]
UM Wins DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest
First place in the Conceptual Category of the Design Automation Conference / International Solid-State Circuits Conference Student Design Contest went to EECS graduate students Robert J. Senger, Matthew Guthaus, Eric D. Marsman, Michael S. McCorquodale, Fadi H. Gebara, Keith L. Kraver, and their advisor, Prof. Richard B. Brown. Their project was the design of a 16-bit mixed-signal microsystem with integrated CMOS-MEMS clock reference.
Second place in the Conceptual category went to Masoud Agah, Yang Li, Robert M. Senger, and Prof. Kensall D. Wise; they designed an integrated thermally-based microflow sensor.
This is the second year in a row for a first place finish at this prestigious conference. The 2002 first-place team consisted of doctoral candidates Steven M. Martin and Roy H. Olsson, III, and faculty advisor Prof. Richard B. Brown. Their project, "A Microsystem for Near-Patient Accelerated Clotting Time Blood Tests" also won the prize for best overall paper.
McCorquodale Co-Authors Prize Business Plan
Michael McCorquodale, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate student, has received an award for the Best Written Plan in the U-M Business School’s 2003 Pryor-Hale Business Plan Competition. McCorquodale wrote the winning entry with Jeff Wilkins, a Business School graduate student instructor. The U-M Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies sponsors the Competition.
McCorquodale’s and Wilkins’ plan presented the framework for Mobius, a company that will sell patented intellectual property to microchip makers – specifically, Mobius will sell technology that permits manufacturers to integrate clock mechanisms directly onto microprocessors.
McCorquodale’s research interests lie in microsystems technology with a focus on the convergence of commercial Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor and micromachining technologies for system-on-chip applications. He is working with Prof. Richard B. Brown.
Best Paper Award: Siah and Volakis
Congratulations to Engswee Siah and his advisor Professor John Volakis for receiving the Best Paper Award at the 2003 International Conference on Electromagnetic Compatibility held last week in Instanbul, Turkey! The paper was entitled "Optimization for RF Coupling and Interference Reduction of Devices in Complex Systems", and authored by E.Siah, T. Ozdemir, J.L. Volakis and P.Y Papalambros.
This paper competed with 16 other nominated papers for the best paper award.
Congratulations Engswee and John!
Yeh wins 2003 Outstanding GSI Award
Ping-Cheng Yeh will be awarded the University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for 2003. This is the second year in a row that one of our students has been honored like this. Ping-Cheng has been GSI for 451 for the past four terms. He will receive his award and $1,000 at a ceremony on October 28, and his photo will hang in the Rackham corridor leading to the Dean's offices.
Hero Elected President-Elect
Al Hero has been elected President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. Hewill serve two years in this role, followed by two years as President,and then two years as Past-President.
Sylvester Awarded Spira Teaching Award
Dennis Sylvester will be awarded the 2003Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award. Dennis has stellar courseevaluations, and he developed a new digital circuits course, 312, which isproving to be very popular with our students. Congratulations to you,Dennis, for furthering the tradition of teaching excellence in EECS!
Ken Wise, J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, faced a tall order during the April 2 William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professorship lecture: making a highly complex topic entertaining and educational for an audience of technical and non-technical people. [Full Story]
Course materials for EECS 215 lectures and homework assignments in the Spring term 2003 are available at the following web link. [Full Story]
Michael McCorquodale, PhD student working with Prof. Rich Brown, and his team (with individuals from the Business School) won first prize, $10,000, at the USF 2003 International Business Plan Competition. The team also won $1,000 for the best "pitch."
"The University of San Francisco New Venture Center [NVC] seeks to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities for USF Students, Alumni, and Faculty, the San Francisco Bay Area Community, and Entrepreneurs everywhere."
Specifically, the NVC Staff have worked to develop strong relationships with the San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Communities by organizing business plan competitions, seminars, and community service activities.
For additional information, please click the web link below. [Full Story]
William R. Bennet Paper Award
I am delighted to announce that Kang Shin and a couple of his former students will be awarded the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize Paper Award in the Field of Communications Circuits and Techniques for their paper: "The Blue Active Queue Management Algorithms" appearing in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, August 2002. They will receive the award at ICC in Anchorage Alaska on Monday, May 12. This award brings honor to the whole department and strengthens our reputation in networking. Congratulations to Kang, Wu-chang Feng, Dilip D. Kandlur, and Debanjan Saha!
I am delighted to announce that Jamie Phillips, who came to the Department as an assistant professor in January 2002, has been awarded an NSFCAREER Award for his proposal titled "Ferroelectric HeterostructureIntegration With GaAs Optoelectronic Devices." This is a great way toget started. Congratulations, Jamie!
Nam Sung Kim: Humantech Thesis Prize
Congratulations to Nam Sung Kim, a candidate for the PHD in VLSI whose advisor is Trevor Mudge, who recently won a silver medal and a check for $5,000 in the Humantech Thesis Prize competition awarded by Samsung Electronics. The prize is in its 8th year and the winners were selected from among 633 entries that came from over 60 institutions from around the world. Nam's award was the highest awarded to someone from a non- Korean institution.
Jay Sivagnaname and Rahul Rao, graduate students in the Electrical Engineering program in EECS, and their advisor Prof. Rich Brown, took first prize for their entry, "Dual Issue PowerPC FXU Processor" at The 16th International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSI DESIGN 2003), held Jan. 4-8, 2003 in New Delhi, India.
The conference states that "the aim of the Contest is to encourage education and research in state-of-the-art in VLSI design and its realization at universities and other educational organizations." [Full Story]
Jessy Grizzle receives the 2002 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
Jessy Grizzle has been selected to received the 2002 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. Every year, the Control Systems Society presents up to three outstanding paper awards to authors of papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during the preceding two calendar years. This outstanding paper award is based on originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity. The award is named after George S. Axelby, founding editor of the Transactions.