Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

ECE News for 2008

Blaauw and Sylvester's Technology in Technology Review's Year in Computing

Ultra Low-power Chip Named A Key Innovation for 2008 by MIT Technology Review

Professor Kamal Sarabandi Appointed the Rufus S. Teesdale Professor of Engineering

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi conducts research in the area of applied electromagnetics, including radar remote sensing, antennas, wireless systems, and radar imaging. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Professor Al Hero Appointed R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering

Prof. Al Hero conducts research interests in adaptive sensing, inference in sensor networks, bioinformatics, inverse problems, and statistical signal and image processing. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

Winter Break Hours

DCO will close at 3PM on Wednesday December 24, 2008 and will remain closed until 9AM on Monday January 5, 2009.

All normal user support will be suspended during this period. For emergency assistance or to report an outage during the closure, please contact help@eecs.umich.edu.

Tzeno Galchev's Work Recognized by the President of Bulgaria

Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria for his achievements in the field of computer engineering and information technology. [Full Story]

New Web Based Email

DCO is proud to present an upgraded version of our web based email client. Powered by Horde, it now integrates filters, address book, calendar, vacation notices, and account administration in one, easy to use, interface. The system will go live on December 17 but is now available for testing at http://pobox.eecs.umich.edu.

EECS Students Are Winners in 1,000 Pitches Competition

Jason Bornhurst (undergraduate CSE student) and Anne Itsuno (graduate EE student) won in the categories of Local Business and Global Business for their entrepreneurial ideas in the U-M 1,000 Pitches Contest. [Full Story]

Professor Stephen R. Forrest Named APS Fellow

Prof. Steve Forrest has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society for contributions leading to the demonstration of high efficiency organic light emitting devices, organic photovoltaics and organic lasers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  

Work in SDR Earns Best Paper Award at MICRO-41

Graduate students Mark Woh and Sangwon Seo, and Professors Mahlke and Mudge won the Best Paper Award at MICRO-41 for their paper entitled, "From SODA to Scotch: The Evolution of a Wireless Baseband Processor." [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

Gadara: New approach eliminates software deadlocks using discrete control theory

Prof. Lafortune (L) and Prof. Mahlke developed a new way around software deadlocks with a controller that combines discrete control theory and compiler technology. [U-M Press Release]
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  Software Systems  

Gas pump made of minerals has no moving parts

Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani, in collaboration with Mechanical Engineering student Naveen Gupta, "discovered that a type of hard mineral called zeolite can provide a high rate of gas flow in a micro-scale gas pump." The research was published in Applied Physics Letters, and online by PhysOrg.com.
Related Topics:  Gianchandani, Yogesh  MEMS and Microsystems  

EECS 590: Advanced Programming Languages

Term: Winter 2009
Course No.: EECS 590
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Chandrasekhar Boyapati
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
This is a 4-credit course that covers basic and advanced topics in programming languages, and shows how good programming languages can significantly improve the reliability and security of software systems. This course has three objectives: 1) To understand fundamental concepts in programming languages, 2) To study some recent topics and trends in PL research, and 3) To gain experience planning and carrying out a semester long PL research project. This course counts as a software kernel course and towards software area qualification for CSE graduate students. This course also counts as an upper-level CS technical elective for CS-ENGR and CS-LSA undergraduate students. Please see the course web page for further information. [Full Story]

Quantum computing breakthrough (Duncan Steel)

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

EECS485: WEB DATABASES & INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Term: Winter 2009
Course No.: EECS 485
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Dr. Scott D. Wood,
Prerequisites: EECS 484 recommended

Course Description:
This capstone course is a contemporary exploration of modern web-based information systems. It will integrate concepts from multiple computer science topics used in the design, development, systems. While broad in scope, it will also cover several key concepts in depth, including:

  • web databases and applications
  • information architecture and search
  • system security
  • site analysis and design
  • web usability and testing
  • n-tiered architectures
  • web services
Students will learn how to incorporate these concepts into an engineering process that includes design, analysis, development and testing, using technologies such as HTTP, XML, SQL, Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, AJAX, CSS, RSS, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI. Students will form project teams to implement assignments on Linux-based Apache web servers using open-source components. At the end of this course, students will understand the science behind web-based information systems and the engineering principles for integrating key web technologies. [Full Story]

EECS 598: Special Topics in Computer Vision

Term: Winter 09
Course No.: EECS 598-003
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Prof. Silvio Savarese
Prerequisites: Knowledge of linear algebra and probability are necessary for understanding the material covered in this class. Some knowledge of computer vision is desirable but not required. MATLAB or equivalent programming experience is expected. Please note that EECS 598 can count toward the signal processing major or minor in the same way that 556 ordinarily would.

Course Description:
Course DescriptionThe course surveys recent developments in high level computer vision such asobject recognition and categorization, action and event recognition, objecttracking and human motion analysis, spatial and temporal reasoning for scenereconstruction and understanding, organization and indexing of visual data fromlarge databases. The course also explores recent machine learning techniquessuch as graphical models and inference algorithms for high level visual tasks.

Requirements:

  • Present 1-2 set of papers
  • Read papers and participate at class discussion during paperpresentations
  • Course project: replicate existing methods or implement new researchideas.

    Grading policy:
  • Class participation & discussion: 20%
  • Paper presentation (quality, clarity, depth, etc.): 30%
  • Course project (quality of the project presentation, work, writing, etc): 50%



    [Full Story]

  • EECS 598: Current Topics in Optoelectronics

    Term: Winter 2009
    Course No.: EECS 598
    Credit Hours: 2
    Instructor: Professor Pallab Bhattacharya
    Prerequisites:

    Course Description:

    Graduate students and seniors specializing in the solid state/optoelectronics/optics areas are encouraged to enroll in this course. There will be lectures/seminars by the instructor and faculty members in SSEL conducting research in relevant areas. 3-4 lectures/seminars will be given by experts from outside the university. Some topics to be covered are:

    • Surface-emitting laser
    • Quantum dot lasers and amplifiers
    • Surface plasmon enhanced nanolasers
    • Spin polarized lasers
    • Quantum dot detectors
    • Organic light emitting diodes
    • Semiconductor laser applications and reliability Issues
    • Resonant cavity detectors

    The lectures/seminars will cover device physics and technology, device characteristics and applications.

    The first meeting will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

    Information Retrieval

    Term: Winter 2009
    Course No.: 498
    Credit Hours: 3
    Instructor: Dragomir Radev
    Prerequisites:

    Course Description:
    This course is about understanding, evaluating, and building searchengines. The topics include models of IR, vector-space similarity,tokenization, stemming, indexing and retrieval, word distributions,automated indexing, query expansion, text classification andclustering, lexical semantics, latent semantic indexing, web crawling,random graph models, harmonic functions, centrality, pagerank andhits, models of the web, webometrics, document modeling, textsummarization, question answering, etc.

    Required text:

    Christopher D. Manning, Prabhakar Raghavan and Hinrich Schutze,Introduction to Information Retrieval, Cambridge University Press. 2008. ISBN: 0521865719.http://www-csli.stanford.edu/~hinrich/information-retrieval-book.html

    EECS 598-2: Algorithms for Robotics

    Term: Winter 2009
    Course No.: EECS 598-2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Instructor: Edwin Olson
    Prerequisites: Programming experience (Java/C++)

    Course Description:
    This course will present and critically examine contemporary algorithms for robot perception (using a variety of modalities), state estimation, mapping, and path planning. Significant programming exercises and a substantial project will give students the opportunity to try algorithms themselves and to propose improvements. The goal of this course is to prepare students for research in robot algorithms. [Full Story]

    Grid Integration of Alternative Energy Sources

    Term: Winter 2009
    Course No.: EECS 498
    Credit Hours: 3
    Instructor: Ian Hiskens
    Prerequisites: EECS 215 or 314 or permission of instructor

    Course Description:
    The course will present a variety of alternative energy sources, along with energy processing technologies required for power system connection. System integration issues will be addressed, with consideration given to impacts on current design philosophies and operating procedures. Topics will be covered at a level suited to establishing a broad understanding of the various technologies, and of the associated system implications. The course will develop tools necessary for analysis and design of alternative energy systems. [Full Story]

    Prof. Mahta Moghaddam Elected Fellow of the IEEE

    Prof. Mahta Moghaddam has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2009, "for contributions to forward and inverse scattering techniques for radar remote sensing." [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

    Industry Sponsored Scholarships Awarded

    Congratulations to the following students who received industry-sponsored scholarships:

    Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000
    Lauren Bridge (CE): Lockheed Martin $5000
    Nathaniel Christman (CSE): Caterpillar $2500
    Nicholas Collins (EE): Caterpillar $2500
    Tanya Das (EE): Boeing $7000
    Nicole Dolan (CE): Qualcomm $5000
    Harold Evans (EE): Qualcomm $5000
    Jeff Hayden (CE): Boeing $7000
    Akram Helou (CSE): Eli Lilly $5,000
    Trevor Hunter (EE): John Deere $5000
    Kunal Jham (CE): Caterpillar $2500
    Janet John (EE): Boeing $7000
    Kevin Matzen (CSE): Lockheed Martin $5000
    Kelsey MacLennan (CE): Boeing $7000
    Paul Moncznik (CSE): Union Pacific $2500
    Marie Pelvay (EE): Union Pacific $2500

    Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.

    Microsystems Research for Energy Scavenging and Power Generation

    Micropower environmental energy harvesting generators offer an alternative source of energy for many emerging applications. A recent award-winning paper was presented at the Int. Conf. on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

    Professor Al Hero Elected to IEEE Board of Directors

    Prof. Al Hero has been elected to the IEEE Board of Directors as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). His official term of service will be 2010-2011, and he will serve as Director-Elect in 2009. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

    Prof. Kanicki Receives Excellence Award for Research on Display Technology

    Prof. Jerzy Kanicki and his group received a Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Award at the 8th Int. Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2008). [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Displays  Kanicki, Jerzy  

    2008 Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award

    Professors Todd Austin and David Blaauw received the 2008 Richard Newton Gigascale Systems Research Award for their role in the development of Razor technology. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  

    Jessy Grizzle Professorship Lecture and Reception

    Please join us to honor Jessy Grizzle, the Levin Professor of Engineering, Wed, Oct 29 at 3:30pm in the Johnson Rooms. There will be opening remarks, a lecture by Prof. Grizzle, and a reception. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

    Pallab Bhattacharya Honored as NAE Member

    Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]

    Semyon Meerkov receives Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

    Prof. Meerkov received this award for outstanding leadership in faculty governance over a period of years, with an emphasis on Universitywide service. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Meerkov, Semyon M.  

    Innovation Nanoimprint Lithography

    Prof. Jay Guo's work in nanoimprint lithography and roll-to-roll imprinting is expected to lead to more efficient LCD displays and improved solar panels. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Technology Transfer  

    Jay Guo's work in Nanoimprint Lithography

    Yuriy Goykhman Receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

    EE Graduate student Yuriy Goykhman is honored to be an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow for 2008-09. Goykhman's research interests include development of new radar remote sensing instruments, techniques, and processing algorithms. [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

    Homecoming: Friday, October 3

    Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information

    CampusRoost, Inc. Takes Off!

    Undergraduate students Jason Bornhorst, Dheeraj Sanka, and Brent Traut presented their new startup company, CampusRoost, Inc., at the conclusion of a 10-week summer entrepreneurship program called RPM-10. [Full Story]

    EECS Students Receive Google Scholarship

    Undergraduates Pascal Carole (computer science) and Remy Carole (electrical engineering) have received 2008 Google Scholarships and invitations to the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership in the field of computer science. [Full Story]

    DNS & Email List Issues - Resolved

    We're currently experiencing DNS issues within the CSE and EECS buildings. This is resulting in sluggish or complete disruption of internet service for many users. This may also be contributing to an ongoing problem related to duplicate UMICH list serve messages. We're working as quickly as possible to resolve these issues and will post more information as it becomes available.

    Update:
    High DNS query traffic is causing unreliable performance. DCO staff are attempting to raise capacity and bypass the problematic areas. Users experiencing network connection issues should renew their IP address to ensure they are the using the most current DNS configuration. An explanation on how to do this is available on the DCO website: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/dco/faq/faq.html?show=WE7#WE7

    New Chairs for EECS

    For the first time, EECS will have the benefit of two Chairs to chart the course of the department into the 21st century. Read more about the Chair of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Farnam Jahanian, and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Khalil Najafi.

    Fast quantum computer building block created

    Through the use of lasers, Prof. Duncan Steel and colleagues have demonstrated the fastest quantum computer bit that exploits the main advantage of the qubit over the conventional bit. Results will be reported in Nature Physics. [Nature Physics online] [Full Story]
    Related Topics:  Lasers  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Computing  Quantum Science and Devices  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

    Duncan Steel: Fast quantum computer bit is created

    Computer Vision EECS 442

    Term: Fall 2008
    Course No.: 442
    Credit Hours: 4
    Instructor: Prof. Savarese
    Prerequisites: Linear algebra; some knowledge of probability & statistics; MATLAB

    Course Description:
    The course is an introduction to 2D and 3D computer vision. Topics include:cameras models, the geometry of multiple views; shape reconstructionmethods from visual cues: stereo, shading, shadows, contours; low-levelimage processing methodologies such as edge detection, feature detection;mid-level vision techniques (segmentation and clustering); Basic high-levelvision problems: face detection, object and scene recognition, objectcategorization, and human tracking. [Full Story]

    Dragomir Radev Coaches Teams to Gold!

    Dragomir Radev, an associate professor in EECS as well as the Department of Linguistics in LS&A, recently led high-school teams to severalawards, including Gold medals, in 11 out of 33 individual and team events in the sixth International Linguistics Olympiad in Slanchev Bryag, Bulgaria. [Full Story]

    Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI

    Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

    This conference is held every three years and the paper competition is among all 10 Commissions. There were more than 100 international student contenders in this competition.
    Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

    Off-Campus Network Issue - Resolved

    We are currently experiencing a network issue that is preventing some off-campus users from connecting to machines on the EECS network. This issue has been reported to CAEN and they are working to resolve it ASAP.

    Intermittent Network Issues - Resolved

    Intermittent connection problems on the CAEN network are preventing some users from connecting to DCO servers. CAEN staff are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it ASAP.

    EECS Machine Room Power Outage July 30-31 - Resolved

    Several DCO administered machines will offline between 9PM July 30th and 8AM July 31st. This outage is due to ongoing repair work on the high voltage electrical system in the EECS building. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this outage.

    Steve Forrest: More Efficient OLED Lighting

    Picnic Photos - 2008

    EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]

    Research describes a method for seeing through walls

    Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and Dr. Mojtaba Dehmollaian were recognized for their research on the use of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to see through walls at IGARSS 2008. [Read more...]
    Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Sarabandi, Kamal  

    Continuum comes in first place at the North American Solar Car Race!

    After a remarkable 2,400 mile ride from Dallas, TX to Calgary in Canada, Team Continuum wins the 2008 North American Solar Challenge for the 5th time! [Solar Car Team Blog] [Full Story]

    North Campus Power Outage, July 7th-8th

    A large portion of north campus, including CSE, had no power at all last night which resulted in several EECS servers being down. A major piece of Detroit Edison switchgear failed and took many hours to repair. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    A Chip to Better Control Brain Stimulators for Parkinsons

    IEEE Spectrum reported the research of Profs. Michael Flynn and Daryl Kipke into deep-brain stimulation to control the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. Current technology in the marketplace stimulates the brain in a hit-or-miss fashion. The new technology being developed will enable more intelligent stimulation of the brain. [IEEE Spectrum Article] [See also: NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems]
    Related Topics:  Brain  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

    Kushner to Head New Plasma Science and Engineering Institute

    Prof. Mark Kushner will join the Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty September 1, 2008 to head the newly-created Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE). Kushner joins us from Iowa State University, where he was Dean of Engineering. [Read more...] [Record at Iowa State]
    Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

    2008 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

    The third annual Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) / Michigan Student Design Contest was held this past term among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. The winning projects tackled energy efficiency in handheld devices, and the design of a high performance DSP. [Read more...]

    Phoenix microchip sets low-power record with extreme sleep mode

    A low-power microchip called the Phoenix Processor, developed by Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, along with doctoral students Scott Hanson and Mingoo Seok, uses significantly less power than comparable chips now on the market. It is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors and surveillance equipment. [Read more...] [Technology Review article]
    Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Millimeter-scale Computing  Sylvester, Dennis  

    Blaauw and Sylvester: Picowatt chip sets low-power record

    Julie Claus Awarded Professional Development Grant

    Julie Claus was awarded a Professional Development Grant from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) to attend the 2009 Region V Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.

    Shannon Spencer Publishes Monograph about Service Learning Education

    Shannon Spencer, Undergraduate Student Advisor, wrote the chapter, "Service learning education for adult learners," in the monograph, Serving adult learners: A handbook for effective practice, edited by C. Palmer, J. Bonnet, and J. Garland.

    Joonki Noh and Arvind Jayaraman Honored at ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award Ceremony

    Dr. Joonki Noh and Mr. Arvind Jayaraman were recently honored for their contributions as Graduate Student Instructors by the local chapter of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They each assisted with courses in Electrical Engineering: Systems. [Read more...]

    2007-08 Student Awards

    Students, parents, and faculty gathered Friday, March 28, 2008 to celebrate the achievements of those students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, and even entrepreneurial activities. Brian E. Gilchrist, Interim Chair for the ECE Division and Farnam Jahanian, Interim Chair for the CSE Division presented the awards. [Winners]

    Arun Ganesan's interdisciplinary undergraduate research project leads to two awards

    Arun Ganesan received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for his research poster which described the design and evaluation of a system to help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies. He worked with individuals from EECS, the Medical School, and Washtenaw County. [Read more...]

    Outstanding Student Instructor Awards For 2007-08

    The following students received awards for excellence as Graduate Student Instructors or as undergraduate Instructional Aides:

    Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's):

    • Patrick Jordan - CSE
    • ShiNung Ching - EE:Systems
    • Phil Choi - EE

    Undergraduate Instructional Aide:

    • Adam Barnett - EE
    Honorable Mentions:
    • Paul Chowdhry
    • Elson Liu
    • Nick Quinnell
    • John Schmotzer
    • Chih-Wei Wang

    HKN Professor of the Year is Don Winsor

    Don Winsor, Coordinator of the Departmental Computing Organization and adjunct faculty member, received the HKN Professor of the Year Award for 2007-08. Don was surprised with the news at the end-of-the-year ice cream social for EECS students. He recently taught EECS 370 (Intro to Computer Organization) and EECS 482 (Intro to Operating Systems).

    Pinpoint microwave resolution could lead to wireless power transfer

    Prof. Tony Grbic's research could lead to advances such as laptop computers that recharge without plugging in, higher-resolution microscopes for observing molecules, and CDs that can store vastly more data. A report on the work, co-authored by Prof. Roberto Merlin and graduate student Lei Jiang just appeared in Science. [U-M Press Release] [Science Report]
    Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  

    Robert H. Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) Dedicated April 11, 2008

    Housed in the EECS Building, and fundamental to much of the research conducted in the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems, the LNF is expected to change the high-tech landscape in southeastern Michigan and the region.[Read more...]
    Related Topics:  LNF  

    Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

    EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
    Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

    Prof. Marios Papaefthymiou Receives Faculty Recognition Award

    Marios Papaefthymiou, Director of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory, has been selected to receive a highly-competitive 2008 Faculty Recognition Award from the Rackham Graduate School for his contributions to research, education, and service activities.
    [Read more...]
    Related Topics:  Lab-Advanced Computer Architecture  

    EECS 406: High-Tech Entrepreneurship

    Term: Fall, 2008
    Course No.: 406
    Credit Hours: 4
    Instructor: Professor Mohammed N. Islam
    Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate Standing (Juniors or Sophomores will also be

    Course Description:
    The technology sector represents a significant portion of the economy of every industrialized nation. In the U.S., more than one third of the gross national product and about half of private-sector spending on capital goods are related to technology. Therefore, particularly in the U.S. economic growth depends on the health and contributions of technology businesses.

    This course is about Technology Entrepreneurship, which is a style of business leadership that involves identifying high-potential, technology-intensive commercial opportunities, gathering resources such as talent and capital, and managing rapid growth and significant risks using principled decision-making skills. Technology ventures exploit break-through advancements in science and engineering to develop better products and services for customers. The leaders of technology ventures demonstrate focus, passion, and an unrelenting will to succeed. [Full Story]

    Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Provost of KAUST

    Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby has been selected as the Founding Provost and Executive Vice President of KAUST. "It is a great opportunity to shape the future," says Ulaby, who plans to maintain an appointment at Michigan. "It will provide a means for the easy flow of research, faculty, and students between the two institutions." Ulaby is expected to assume his duties Sept. 1, 2008. [read more ...]
    Related Topics:  Ulaby, Fawwaz  

    Borno and Galchev learn the entrepreneurial ropes and win Business Plan Competitions

    Ruba Borno and Tzeno Galchev, electrical engineering graduate students, have been learning the entrepreneurial ropes as they've taken their business plan on the road.
    [read more ...]

    Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

    Al Hero Receives Digiteo Chaire dExcellence

    Prof. Al Hero has been selected to receive a Digiteo chaired research faculty position in France. He will conduct research during the summer months on Distributed Active Networks: Sensing and Estimation, applied to both gene regulation networks and ad hoc communications networks. [read more ...]
    Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  

    Sensors for bat-inspired spy plane under development

    Prof. Kamal Sarabandi will lead U-M researchers on the microelectronics component of a six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat that is expected to gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information in real time. [read more ...]
    Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensors  Solar Cell Technology  

    Michigan laser beam believed to set record for intensity

    HERCULES, a titanium-sapphire laser that takes up several rooms at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, reaches new record-setting beam measuring 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter. [U-M Press Release]
    [Read more in Nature News and Laser Focus World]
    Related Topics:  HERCULES  

    High-tech device uses rays to unveil hidden artwork

    A form of radiation called "T-rays" may help uncover murals hidden beneath coats of plaster or paint in old buildings, say engineering researchers in the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. [U-M Press Release]
    Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Terahertz Technology  

    Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering

    Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his contributions to quantum-dot optoelectronic devices and integrated optoelectronics. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. [Read more...]
    Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

    2007-08 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards, and College of Engineering Awards Announced

    EECS Award Winners:
    Valeria Bertacco, Igor Markov, Jasprit Singh
    CoE Award Winners:
    David Blaauw, John Hayes, H.J. Jagadish, Jignesh Patel

    Prof. Tony Grbic Awarded CAREER Grant

    Prof. Tony Grbic, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for the project, Advances in Metamaterial Structures and Devices. [Read more...]
    Related Topics:  Grbic, Anthony  Metamaterials  

    EECS Power/Computer Outage Saturday, Feb. 9

    Dear EECS students, staff, and faculty,

    The EECS building network and all servers located in that building must be shut down for the day on Saturday, February 9. We expect the shutdown to begin at approximately 6:00 am and systems should be back up by approximately 5:00 pm.

    This is the result of urgent maintenance that the UM high voltage electricians must perform on the main EECS building transformer. This work requires a complete shutdown of all electrical power in the EECS building. Due to the length and extent of the shutdown, it is not possible to provide adequate backup power and cooling to keep the servers or network in the EECS building running. We will provide backup power to the main e-mail servers so that no incoming e-mail will be lost; any mail received during the outage will be held and delivered shortly after power is restored.

    If you are in the EECS building, we strongly recommend you shut down any computer workstations, monitors, or other electronic office equipment as you leave for the day on Friday Feb. 8. Note that the entire building network will be down on Saturday (both wired and wireless), so you will not be able to work in the EECS building or work using any systems (desktops and laptops included) in the EECS building.

    Although your e-mail and home directory are not on the affected servers, please be aware that there is a possibility of a widespread network outage as a result of this work. DCO has taken as many steps as possible to minimize the impact of this. However, without electrical power and cooling in the main EECS computer room there is no practical way to avoid some substantial interruption of service.

    The following six main servers will be shut down for the duration of the work:

    boston canberra columbus edinburgh fox wellington

    The "help@eecs.umich.edu" and Meeting Maker servers will also be down for this work.

    As regular e-mail may not be available to DCO staff during the outage, and our "help@eecs.umich.edu" tracking system will be down, I have set up a special outside e-mail address that may be used to contact us in an emergency during this work:

    eecsoutage@gmail.com

    Sincerely,Don Winsor, DCO coordinator

    Analyst II

    Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

    Location:

    Job Description:

    Position Overview

    For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



    A person hired as an Analyst II on the MS CI team will work with the VP of Survey and Panel Methodology in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, document method approaches and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



    Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools with other MS team members will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





    Qualifications

    Minimum of a M.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





    Skills

    Sophisticated SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS, advanced programming that includes documentation and portability of programs to contractors for production work.)



    Acumen in quantitative analysis



    Expertise with Excel



    Detail Oriented



    Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document survey methods and statistical programs in English



    Applying intermediate QC steps





    Experience

    Minimum of 5 years of experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control and a degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

    Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

    972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

    Analyst I

    Company or Institution: Nielsen Mobile

    Location:

    Job Description:

    For Nielsen Mobile's survey products in the Customer Insights area of the company, sample design, sample weighting, variance estimation and investigation into data quality issues are required to ensure representativeness to the survey universe and to ensure high quality syndicated products and statistics are generated. MS staff support the CI product and account teams in the design and implementation of sound survey methods. Quality review of CI products methodology, trendability, presentation and accuracy is also a key responsibility of the MS team supporting CI products and research. Most of the survey products fall into the category of complex samples and require sophisticated design and analytical methods. For example, sample weighting requires working with CI to design the sampling and weighting approach, data manipulation (SPSS, SAS primarily) of the fielded survey data, statistical programming to customize methods for each individual survey product based on its survey design, preparation of QC output for accuracy and reliability assessment, review of QC output with noting of issues and preparation of a weights file for merging with full survey product dataset.



    A person hired as an Analyst I on the MS CI team will participate in design/issue discussions with the CI team, develop software under the supervision of his/her supervisor, and produce the specified product analyses, weighting output, datafiles, documentation of report reviews, creation of databases and database tools, etc.



    Significant resources will be needed to continue quality reviews of CI products during the upcoming year especially as new products will be introduced and existing products will be enhanced. It is expected that quality reviews and development of quality control tools will be a substantial part of the new Analyst's responsibilities.





    Qualifications

    Minimum of a B.S. in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Survey Quality, Process Control, Survey Methods or other comparable field with coursework in quantitative analysis.





    Skills

    Intermediate SAS and SPSS programming skills (ability to understand and work with SAS Macros and proficiency with the SAS Data Step and Procedures in SAS Base, ability to sort and merge files with some variable recoding/manipulation in SPSS)



    Acumen in quantitative analysis



    Expertise with Excel



    Detail Oriented



    Good communication skills in English including the ability to clearly and completely document programs in English



    Applying intermediate QC steps





    Experience



    Minimum of 1 year experience in statistical analysis and statistical programming or quality assurance/control or a Master's degree with coursework requiring statistical analysis and programming.

    Tommy HouranSenior RecruiterNielsen Mobile

    972.367.2042www.nielsenmobile.com/careers

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