EECS in the News

Visitors: Receive the department's Friday morning email message containing upcoming events, as well as news items posted on the web during the past week.   [Subscribe]

Sep 10, 2014
Theres Really No Delete Button on the Internet

In this interview on Michigan Radio, Prof. Kevin Fu talks about Internet privacy and the fact that boundaries don't really exist in the age of cloud computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Privacy  

Sep 10, 2014
Research finds No Large Scale Heartbleed Exploit Attempts Before Vulnerability Disclosure

Did the NSA or anyone else take advantage of the Heartbleed bug prior to its public disclosure? This Threat Post story describes research by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and others which indicates that traffic data collected on several large networks shows no exploit attempts in the months leading up to the public disclosure. The article has also been slashdotted here. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Privacy  Security (Computing)  

Sep 08, 2014
Facets of Privacy Discussed at Inauguration Panel

At a symposium to mark the inauguration of President Mark S. Schlissel, leading privacy scholars from U-M and Carnegie Mellon University, including Prof. Kevin Fu, discussed the issues surrounding privacy, social media, and cloud computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Privacy  

Sep 08, 2014
Jetpac: The Implications of the Google Acquisition

In this posting on Dell's Tech Page One site, Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja comments on how the totality of social media posts can, when analyzed on a massive scale, reveal deeply sensitive personal information. Google's recent acquisition of Jetpac wil allow the search engine company to expand its AI capabilities in directions that would potentially allow it to create such user profiles. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Big Data  Machine Learning  

Aug 26, 2014
Tweet Analysis Paints More Accurate Employment Picture Than The US Government Release

As reported in International business Times, U-M researchers including Prof. Michael Cafarella and graduate student Dolan Antenucci have found a quicker and more accurate measure of unemployment in America -- through analysis of Twitter data. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Aug 19, 2014
Researchers Hack Into Michigans Traffic Lights

MIT Technology Review has covered work led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, in which he and students including Branden Ghena have demonstrated security flaws in a common system of networked traffic signals. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Aug 15, 2014
Slashdot: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Prof. Igor Markov's article in this week's issue of the journal Nature, along with the ARS Technica article that provides commentary, have been slashdptted. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 15, 2014
Are processors pushing up against the limits of physics?

ARS Technica has provided a lengthy analysis and commentary on Prof. Igor Markov's article that appeared in the journal Nature regarding the limits of computing. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 14, 2014
The Limits of Moores Law Limits

Following an interview with Prof. Igor Markov, EE Times asks: ...now that we are approaching the atomic scale, many see the handwriting on the wall: When you get down to one atom per memory cell, Moore's Law has to end -- or has it? [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Markov, Igor  

Aug 08, 2014
Court case: Voting via the Internet is a civil rights issue for disabled

The debate over whether Americans should be permitted to vote via the Internet has long pitted voting system manufacturers, who frame it to election officials as inevitable and modern, against cybersecurity experts including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who has repeatedly demonstrated vulnerabilities in voting systems worldwide. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Aug 06, 2014
Low-Power Laser Could Speed CPUs

Prof. Bhattacharya's breakthrough room-temperature polariton laser enables commercialization of the technology. One potential application discussed by the author is to enable on-chip optical interconnects. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  

Aug 05, 2014
Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is watching as the state of Utah convenes a committee to study how the Beehive State might proceed with online voting. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Jul 30, 2014
A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

MIT Technology Review described the chips being made by PsiKick, a company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. These low-power chips are the key to the promise of the Internet of Things. Their chip design has been tested in a wearable EKG monitor that runs entirely on body heat. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Technology Transfer  Wearable electronics  Wentzloff, David  

Jul 26, 2014
US Researchers Develop Room Temperature Polariton Laser

Device could be future optical replacement for on-chip wires. Scientists from the University of Michigan (Prof. Bhattacharya) and Intel Corporation in the US have demonstrated what appears to be the first electrically powered, room-temperature polariton laser. The device, based on a GaN-based microcavity diode, could advance efforts to replace on-chip wire connections with lasers, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics, say the researchers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  

Jul 03, 2014
Tailor-made surface swaps light polarization

A new approach to manipulating light using two-dimensional metamaterials called metasurfaces offers a compact alternative to traditional methods. The researchers believe the basic geometry of cascading patterned metallic sheets can provide the basis for cleverly designing and fabricating a broad range of optical devices, including symmetric circular polarizers, polarization rotators, and asymmetric linear polarizers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Metamaterials  

Jun 25, 2014
Cockroaches rule! And heres why

Cockroaches actually have much to teach in the realm of robust systems - something we want in our technology. The article references a recent video featuring Prof. Shai Revzen's work in applying cockroach lessons to robotics. [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2014
Semitransparent PV cells go designer

Prof. Jay Guo and his team have engineered what are believed to be the first semitransparent, colored photovoltaic cells. Broadening the use of solar power while maintaining aesthetic appeal for all kinds of environments, this technology could become energy-harvesting billboards on the sides of buildings, solar window shades in our homes and even stained glass, Guo said. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  

May 29, 2014
Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

In the Wall Street Journal opinion piece, the authors quote Prof. J. Alex Halderman on electronic voting, who says "With today's security technology, no country in the world is able to provide a secure Internet voting system." More that 30 US states and territories currently allow some form of internet voting. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 21, 2014
Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

"For more than a decade technologists have predicted and argued about the onslaught of these ubiquitous devices [Internet of Things]. 'There is lot of quibbling about what to call it, but theres little doubt that were seeing the inklings of a new class of computer,' says David Blaauw, who leads a lab at the University of Michigan that makes functioning computers no bigger than a typed letter o." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

May 21, 2014
Silicon Valley to Get a Cellular Network, Just for Things

Prof. David Blaauw comments on What's Next - which in this article means the Internet of Things, and the need for a wireless network for "things" rather than person-to-person communication. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

May 21, 2014
BBC: Is Estonia e-Voting Safe?

In this audio interview, Prof. J. Alex Halderman details some of the security risks that his research team has uncovered in the Estonian electronic voting system. Up to a quarter of the electorate will vote online. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 20, 2014
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld

"Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Terahertz Technology  

May 19, 2014
Schools adding computer coding to curriculum

Prof. Elliot Soloway comments on the trend toward integration of coding as an important aspect of one's education. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

May 16, 2014
The Washington Post: How Russia could easily hack its neighbors elections

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 16, 2014
PC World: Estonian electronic voting system vulnerable to attacks, researchers say

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 16, 2014
The Guardian: Estonian e-voting shouldnt be used in European elections, say security experts

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 12, 2014
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

The spread of coding instruction, while still nascent, is "unprecedented theres never been a move this fast in education," according to Prof. Elliot Soloway. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

May 01, 2014
Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses

"Were talking featherweight futuristic night vision awesomeness here, Iron Man soldier suit style, without the hulking suit. They seem almost as cool as Googles blood glucose-level tracking contacts." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graphene  Sensors  

Apr 29, 2014
Wired: Its Crazy What Can Be Hacked Thanks to Heartbleed


Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  

Apr 17, 2014
PsiKicks batteryless sensors poised for coming Internet of Things

Apr 17, 2014
Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses (with video)

Apr 17, 2014
New York Times: Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed

Apr 17, 2014
Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Apr 15, 2014
Heartbleed Hackers Steal Encryption Keys in Threat Test

Apr 15, 2014
Hacker From China Wastes Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed

Apr 15, 2014
Researchers find thousands of potential targets for Heartbleed OpenSSL bug

CSE researchers have used ZMap, their Internet address scanning software, to perform comprehensive scans of the IPv4 address space and to identify servers still vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Apr 15, 2014
Michigan Daily: Internet security flaw left University sites vulnerable

Apr 10, 2014
Vox: Take these 4 steps right now to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, Vox interviews Research Prof. Michael Bailey who comments on steps you can take to better protect your information on the web. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bailey, Michael  Security (Computing)  

Apr 09, 2014
The Heritage of Mead & Conway: What Has Remained the Same, What Has Changed, What Was Missed, and What Lies Ahead

This recent Point of View article in the Proceedings of the IEEE reflects upon the impact of the vision and ideas of Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway and her collaborator Carver Mead of Caltech, and the work the two did in ushering in the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

Apr 09, 2014
AAMI: Cyberthreats Loom with the End of Windows XP Support

In this Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation article, Prof. Kevin Fu comments on the security threats that healthcare facilities will face with the end of Windows XP support on April 8. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Apr 09, 2014
Fu: FierceHealthIT - As Windows XPSecurity Updates Cease, Whats Next for Healthcare Providers?

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Apr 08, 2014
Have New Cars Gone Haywire?

ECE Professor Jim Freudenberg comments on the increasing complexity of automobile electronics with Discovery News. Commenting on this, he said that the complexity of software in a vehicle is daunting, and added that the average Ford in 2010 had 10 million lines of code, more than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Freudenberg, James S.  

Apr 08, 2014
Cafarella - Washington Post: Twitter is surprisingly accurate at predicting unemployment


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Apr 02, 2014
Cafarella: The Economist - Big Data - Separating tweet from chaff


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Apr 01, 2014
Guo: Science World - Beautiful Energy

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Mar 24, 2014
Olson: The Wall Street Journal - Driverless Cars Are Data Guzzlers

Mar 20, 2014
Night-Vision Contact Lenses that use Infrared Technology

Mar 20, 2014
Stained Glass Windows that Double as Solar Panels


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Mar 20, 2014
Graphene Gives You Infrared Vision in a Contact Lens

Feb 28, 2014
Fu: Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry - Five MedTech Influencers You Should Know

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

 



Categories


EECS News

News by Topic

News by Faculty

EECS In the News

Research News

Faculty and Staff News

Student News

Course Announcements

Alumni News

Department News

News Archives


2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999