Allan Evans (PhD, EE '10, exp) and Scott Wright (PhD, EE '09) co-founded the non-profit charity Globe Shares to facilitate global generosity. [Full Story]
Two teams, one of UG students and the other of graduate students, shared prizes in their major design experience course, thanks to the sponsorship of Texas Instruments. [Full Story]
Conduct important research with EECS faculty and graduate students during the summer of 2010, while receiving financial support. Deadline to apply is 1/29/10. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Big Data Medical diagnosis Scott, Clayton D. Security (national and personal safety) Signal and Image Processing
Clay Scott received an NSF CAREER award for his research project, "Guided Sensing," to develop new methods for guided sensing of information. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Bhattacharya, Pallab
The former graduate students of Pallab Bhattacharya have organized a symposium in honor of his 60th Birthday. The symposium will be held December 7, 2009 in the Johnson Rooms of the Lurie Engineering Center.
EECS 461, a course designed to bridge industrial and educational goals, as well as electrical engineering and computer engineering, is now being taught in Zurich. [Full Story]
Lindsay V. Allen, graduate student in electrical engineering:systems, received the Best Conference Paper Award at the 2009 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering with co-authors Kiah Mok Goh from Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Prof. Dawn Tilbury for the paper, Closed Loop Determinism for Non-Deterministic Environments: Verification for IEC 61499 Logic Controllers. [Full Story]
More than 90 posters were on display at the recent 2009 Graduate Symposium, showing a wide range of research. Awards were given for oral and poster presentations. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Carmon, Tal Lasers Optics and Photonics
Prof. Carmon received a prestigious AFOSR YIP award for his research project entitled, "Continuous On-Chip Extreme UV Emitter." [Full Story]
Related Topics: Dick, Robert Embedded Computing and Systems Integrated Circuits and VLSI Software Systems
New application developed by Profs. Robert Dick, Morley Mao, and students Lide Zhang and Birjodh Tiwan will help software developers build more efficient products. [Full Story]
This year, hundreds of prospective students packed the EECS atrium during Tech Day to see displays by student organizations, project groups, and faculty. [Full Story]
Nov 16, 2009
Ongoing off-campus network outage
In recent weeks, some users have been experiencing problems connecting to EECS machines from off-campus. We believe that this is being caused by a lack of reliable DNS resolution for EECS hosts within some ISP networks. We are aware of the issue and are working with Comcast and several other ISPs to resolve it as quickly as possible.
In the short term, if you are unable to connect to EECS machines from off campus, we suggest that you manually set the DNS servers on your machine to 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168.
If you need assistance doing this, please contact us.
Related Topics: Kushner, Mark J.
Mark Kushner will head the new Dept. of Energy Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-Phase and Bounded Systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Optics and Photonics Quantum Computing Quantum Science and Devices Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology Steel, Duncan
The work of Duncan Steel, Robert J. Hiller Professor of Engineering, may lead to a reconfigurable quantum optical circuit to connect different quantum platforms. [Full Story]
Oct 30, 2009
Connect with EECS through Social Network Links
The EECS website now includes links to our new YouTube channel, where you can see projects and presentations. We've also added links to our Facebook group and fan pages - Join us!
Oct 24, 2009
All of north campus was without power starting at about 8 PM on Friday 10/23 and power was not restored until late Saturday morning 10/24. DCO managed servers ran off battery power for several hours, but eventually went down when building power was not restored.
At this time, many DCO servers are back online and we are actively working on bringing the rest up.
If you are encountering issues accessing your DCO home directory from your lab or office machine, verify that your home server is online by viewing the server status page and power cycle your machine to obtain new NFS handles.
If any of your machines were damaged as a result of the outage, and subsequent power bumps, please contact us and we will help you to resolve the matter.
Oct 22, 2009
Kushner and Steel Receive 2010 APS Prizes
Prof. Mark Kushner and Prof. Duncan Steel have been selected to receive prestigious awards from the American Physical Society, the Will Allis Prize and the Frank Isakson Prize, respectively.
Related Topics: Automotive industry Control Systems Grizzle, Jessy
Prof. Jessy Grizzle is applying his expertise in control theory to hybrid electric vehicles in a partnership with Ford Motor Company, and finding ways to improve fuel economy while allowing for optimal driving experiences. [Press Release] [Full Story]
Related Topics: Fessler, Jeffrey Health Medical diagnosis Signal and Image Processing
The interdisciplinary research describes a method to improve image quality while reducing patient X-ray dose in medical CT scans. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Steel, Duncan
"For seminal contributions to nonlinear optical spectroscopy and coherent control of semiconductor heterostructures." [Full Story]
Related Topics: Kushner, Mark J.
"For ground-breaking contributions to developing and applying hybrid plasma models that have advanced the fundamental understanding of the chemistry, surface kinetics, and energy transport in low temperature plasmas." [Full Story]
Related Topics: Blaauw, David Sylvester, Dennis Technology Transfer
They presented their very-low-power microprocessor, the size of about 8 grains of salt including the battery and four solar cells. The technology is spawning a new startup company. [Full Story]
Sep 30, 2009
Joe's Run Across America for MS
Joe Fairchild (BSE CE '06) is trying to raise $25K for multiple sclerosis, as he runs/walks across the country.
Visit his website
Article in the Michigan Daily
Related Topics: Integrated Circuits and VLSI Wentzloff, David Wireless Communications
Prof. David Wentzloff received a Young Faculty Award for his project, "3D Wireless Interconnect for Crossbar Routing in Many-Core Processors," in the area of Micro/Nano-electronics. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Communications Stark, Wayne E.
Prof. Wayne Stark, graduate student Cem Tekin, and former UG student Steven Hong will be presented with the Ellersick Prize at MILCOM09 in October.
Sep 28, 2009
Prof. Mark Kushner Honored with Alumni Award
Related Topics: Kushner, Mark J.
Prof. Mark Kushner has been selected to receive the 2009 Alumni Achievement in Academia award from UCLA.
Sep 14, 2009
Continuous Nanoimprinting for Displays and Solar Cells
Related Topics: Displays Guo, L. Jay Solar Cell Technology Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology
Prof. Guo's rolling nanoimprint lithography stamp could be used to print components for displays and solar cells. He is working with companies interested in the process.[ACS Nano Article] [Technology Review Article]
Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend is Sept 25-26. On the 25th, EECS will host three alumni lecturers, an alumni lunch, and other events. Be sure to join us! [Full Story]
CSE welcomes Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience at Google, as she visits the U-M to deliver the 2009 James R. Mellor Lecture on September 21. [Full Story]
CE, CS, and EE majors are in the top 6 for most lucrative college degrees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. [Full Story]
Prof. Karem Sakallah, his former graduate student, and their colleagues at Princeton have received the Computer Aided Verification Award for their series of fundamental contributions to development of modern SAT solvers. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Flynn, Michael Infrastructure Integrated Circuits and VLSI Liu, Mingyan Stark, Wayne E. Wentzloff, David Wireless Communications
Prof. Mike Flynn is leading a team of investigators in new theory and techniques for processing information from wireless sensor networks, with the goal of ensuring the nation's infrastructure. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Blaauw, David Sylvester, Dennis
EECS Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, along with two EECS graduate students and a team of researchers at IBM's T.J. Watson Reserch Center, have received the Best Paper Award at the ISLPED. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Blaauw, David Integrated Circuits and VLSI Near-threshold computing Sylvester, Dennis
EECS Professors David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, and Dennis Sylvester have received an NSF research grant to study near-threshold computing, a potential solution to the "energy crisis" faced by the semiconductor industry. [Full Story]
Read about Jacob Oberlin's role as electronics group leader on Michigan's MRacing Formula SAE team, which finished fifth, the best of any US team competing in FS Germany. [Full Story]
A team of graduate students were winners in the operational category of the 2009 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest for their work on the ultra-low power processor called Phoenix. [Full Story]
Three U-M students, two of them associated with EECS, have spent the summer developing software that will deliver real-time bus location and projected arrival time info to handheld devices. The prospect of real-world testing in Ann Arbor is not far down the road. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Big Data Health Hero, Alfred Signal and Image Processing
Prof. Al Hero and colleagues' new method for clinical flow cytometry, called FINE, employs manifold learning and information geometry. The article about the work was awarded for being the most original of the year. [Full Story]
Aug 05, 2009
New Tool [Gadara] Could Eliminate Software Freezes
Related Topics: Control Systems Lafortune, Stephane Software Systems
Gadara helps avoid the software freezes that occur when applications running concurrently begin to compete for resources. Computer Magazine featured this work by Profs. Lafortune and Mahlke in their latest issue.
Jul 19, 2009
A problem with the flow of city water to the north campus chiller plant caused a cooling failure in our CSE and EECS machine rooms and triggered the shutdown of many DCO managed servers on Saturday evening.
At this time, cooling has been restored and the majority of the down machines have been brought back up.
Work is on-going to finish fixing several lingering issues with non-critical servers.
Please contact us to report any lingering problems with machines in the EECS or CSE machine rooms.
Related Topics: Energy Grid Hiskens, Ian Power & Energy Wind Technology
Prof. Ian Hiskens will investigate how to increase the amount of wind power that can be carried on the grid system, allowing for greater utilization of wind generation. [Full Story]
Jul 16, 2009
The Bipedal Robot MABEL
The bipedal robot MABEL is walking on flat land, and being prepared for running, and walking on uneven ground. New videos are available on YouTube.
Read more on Prof. Jessy Grizzle's website.
Ali Nazari won a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) for his work in multi-terminal communications systems. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Grbic, Anthony
Prof. Tony Grbic was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers early in their careers [Full Story]
Related Topics: Lasers Optics and Photonics Quantum Computing Quantum Science and Devices Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology Steel, Duncan
Through an unexpected discovery, Prof. Duncan Steel and collaborators on the research say their work proves that one of the major hurdles to quantum computers that was previously thought to be a show-stopper, isn't one. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Senior, Thomas B. A.
Professor Emeritus Tom Senior has been awarded the 2010 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, "For significant contributions to the advancement of electromagnetic diffraction and scattering theories." [Full Story]
Michael Thiel earned first place in an international competition for his research of Human Backscattering in Buildings for Through-wall Radar Applications. [Full Story]
The EECS Department held its annual picnic at Hudson Mills metropark. Department members and their families enjoyed food, camaraderie, and activities, including a baloon toss, a three-legged race, volleyball, and of course, the annual tugs of war between the labs! Click on the link for photos! [Full Story]
EECS undergraduate students Kevin Huang and Michael Shin (pictured) were members of the team to design this portable, palm-sized metal detector. The team earned first place in a competition sponsored by the Air Force. [Full Story]
Jun 29, 2009
Monday Server Downtime - Resolved
A cooling failure in the EECS machine room has caused shutdowns of many DCO servers. An emergency maintenance request has been filed with plant operations to resolve this problem. Once cooling is restored, we will begin bringing machines back online ASAP.
Services affected: EECS email, home directories, DCO NFS mounts, and several other services provided by DCO.
We apologize for the downtime and will do everything we can to restore service ASAP.
Update: Cooling has been restored and all servers should be up once again. Thank you for your patience.
Jun 26, 2009
Recent Power Outages
Recently, there have been several short power outages that have affected buildings on north campus.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to properly protect their computer and electrical equipment by plugging it into a surge protection device. These devices can be acquired for minimal cost and can save you the hassle and cost of replacing expensive electronic equipment.
In CSE, we suggest that everyone plug electronics including computers into the GRAY wall outlets. These receptacles are connected to the building wide power conditioning system and will help to minimize any power irregularities.
As always, if you experience any problems with your computer equipment, please contact us.
Related Topics: Anastasopoulos, Achilleas Communications Information Technology Pradhan, S. Sandeep Theory
Six EECS faculty are tackling four innovative research projects ranging from plasma science to software tools and data centers that have been selected by HP Labs to receive Innovation Research awards. [Full Story]
PhD student Michael Benson received a 3-year fellowship from the Earth System Science Fellowship Program to study the surface of the earth. [Full Story]
Get ready to follow the solar electric car Infinium when it races in the World Solar Challenge in Australia this October! EECS alum Steven Hechtman (BSE EE '09), team project manager, spoke at the June 5 unveiling at the Henry Ford Museum. [Full Story]
Matt Fojtik (BSE, EE '08) was awarded a highly competitive Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellowship for his work with Prof. Dennis Sylvester in ultra-low power integrated circuits. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Kushner, Mark J. Plasma Science and Engineering
Prof. Mark Kushner, Director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering, was instrumental in creating a program in Plasma Science and Engineering, one of only a few of its kind in the country. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Forrest, Stephen
Stephen Forrest, U-M's VP for Research and Professor of EECS, is the new board chair for the region's economic development authority, SPARK. "He has been a driving force behind the university's recent efforts to strengthen ties with business and industry." [Full Story]
Related Topics: Winful, Herbert
A new course is emphasizing the creative process found in Art, Architecture, Engineering and Music, all found on North Campus at the University of Michigan. Read Prof. Winful's tips for the creative engineer. [Full Story]
May 11, 2009
Three Staff Honored for their Excellent Work
Karen Liska (Human Resources Coord.), Barb Rice (Senior Research Admin.), and Dennis Schweiger (Facilities Supervisor for the LNF) were recently honored at public ceremonies for their excellent performance during their careers in EECS.
Larry Page received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering in 1995. Watch the video, view some photos and read the highlights of his speech. [Video] [Full Story]
At the annual EECS St. George's Day Feast, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]
On April 27, the EECS Department recognized top Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at an awards luncheon. [Full Story]
Dennis Schweiger, Facilities Supervisor for the LNF, has been selected to receive a College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award. He will be honored May 8 at a public ceremony in Chesebrough Auditorium at 3pm. [Full Story]
Barb Rice, Research Administrator for SSEL, WIMS, LNF, and NNIN has been selected to receive a 2009 Distinguished Research Administrator Award. She will be honored at a public ceremony May 7 in Michigan League's Vandenberg Room, 3:30-5pm. [Full Story]
Karen Liska, EECS Human Resources Coordinator, has been selected to receive the CoE Judith A. Pitney Award. She will be honored at a public ceremony in Chesebrough Auditorium on Friday, May 8 at 3:00pm. [Full Story]
The LNF has been recognized for his design and structural achievements by the Construction Association of Michigan. The IC-inspired masonry reflects the work being done inside the facility. [Full Story]
Mr. Gomez is currently investigating a new technique that is receiving widespread attention across the medical field for treating depression, Alzheimer's, and other brain conditions. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Brehob, Mark
Mark Brehob was named Professor of the Year by HKN. He received the award on April 20, at the EECS St. George's Day feast. [Full Story]
Apr 21, 2009
Keep Your PC Healthy
The following is a list of free software and recommendations that DCO currently advises to keep Windows-based PCs clean and healthy:
1. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Best anti-malware tool out there right now, no question. Download the free version and perform a "quick scan". Even if VirusScan came back clean, do this.
Scrubs the registry and performs disk maintenance to clean up temporary and abandoned files. Free to use, but when you install it be sure to UNCHECK the "install the Yahoo! toolbar" option, because otherwise it will... install the Yahoo! toolbar. I've seen it clearup as much as 8 - 10GB of disk space.
AUCHECK is a development tool released by a member of the Windows team at Microsoft. It basically goes in and clears all the Windows Update logs, resets the state of all the Windows Update-related services, updates all the service versions, and makes sure everything is running in good health. After it completes, restart your PC and point IE to update.microsoft.com to make sure you've got all pending updates.
4. McAfee VirusScan
Until recently, McAfee didn't have a default rule to clear its QUARANTINE directory. This means that unless you have been clearing it manually, it's likely full of tens of thousands of .bup files that can bog down system performance. Getting rid of them is fairly easily... most of the time. Just open a command prompt, jump into C:\QUARANTINE and run a "del *.bup" Doing this via Windows Explorer is also a possibility, but it will take much longer if there are a *ton* of files because Explorer doesn't deal real well once you get to like 10,000+ files in a single directory.
If you get a stream of "permission denied" or a "this file is in use "error messages when you attempt to clear these .bup files, you'll have to restart the machine with your VirusScan services disabled and then attempt to clear these files again.
A group of five students, including electrical engineering student Rishi Daftuar, earned first place in the competition Feel the Music, which was dedicated to the deaf community. [Full Story]
Scott Rudolph, graduate student in electrical engineering, was selected to receive an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship Award to support his work in metamaterials with Prof. Tony Grbic. [Full Story]
Graduate student Dongjin Lee and his advisor Prof. Igor Markov shared 1st prize in the 2009 Clock Network Synthesis Contest at this year's Int. Symposium on Physical Design. [Full Story]
Apr 06, 2009
Bridging the gap between wireless sensor networks and the scientists who use them
Related Topics: Dick, Robert Integrated Circuits and VLSI Networks and Networking Sensors Wireless Communications
Prof. Robert Dick and graduate student Lan Bai are creating programming languages for wireless sensor networks that are easily used by scientists in various areas of specialty. [UM Press Release]
Sung Hyun Jo, graduate student in electrical engineering, took first place in the 2008 Raith Micrograph Award for his nanostructure, 1kb crosspoint RRAM (Resistive Random Access Memory). [Full Story]
Related Topics: Lu, Wei Memristor Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology
Prof. Wei Lu is an ECE faculty member who created a computer component with the potential to transform the semiconductor industry, enabling smaller, faster, cheaper chips and computers. [Full Story]
Sung-Hyun Jo, graduate student in electrical engineering, received this prize for his thesis, "Programmable Switching in Two-Terminal Resistive Switches and Crossbar Memory Arrays." [Full Story]
Carl Pfeiffer, an undergraduate student of electrical engineering, is one of only seven recipients of this award, which is designed to encourage future leaders and key technical contributors. [Full Story]
Feb 19, 2009
2009 EECS and CoE Faculty Awards
EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards: Jason Flinn, Jay Guo, Sandeep Pradhan
CoE Awards: Please click on the link - Congratulations to all!
Watch Dr. Yanovsky in an interview appearing on Engineering TV
: "Engineering TV visited The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan to take a closer look at HERCULES, a high-field petawatt class laser. The beam measures 20 billion trillion watts per square centimeter, contains 300 terawatts of power (300 times the capacity of the entire U.S. electricity grid), and is capable of producing this intense beam once every 10 seconds. Applications include optical communications at the terabit level, studies involving the behavior of electrons in quantum structures, and biomedical fields such as eye surgery , subcellular "nanomachining", and in vivo sensing (for example in vivo cytometry of circulating cancer cells). The National Science Foundation through the Physics Frontier Center FOCUS supports the development and construction of this laser. For more information, go to: Center for Ultrafast Optical Science
. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Hiskens, Ian
Prof. Ian Hiskens will present the lecture, What's Smart about the "Smart Grid"? April 2, 2009 in a public ceremony to announce his being named the Vennema Professor of Engineering. [Full Story]
Related Topics: Kushner, Mark J.
Prof. Mark Kusher will present the lecture Low Temperature Plasmas: Fundamental Physics, Innovative Technologies, Future Societal Benefit April 9, 2009 in a public ceremony to announce his being named the George I. Haddad Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]
Feb 10, 2009
Recent Phishing Attack
We have recently received reports of EECS users receiving fraudulent email notices. Because these messages referenced a link to our webmail server, we have gone ahead with an early switchover to the new server.
Unfortunately, this means that some users will experience issues sending email from their desktop clients if their outgoing server is set to 'mail.eecs.umich.edu'.
If you experience any issues sending or receiving email as a result of this change, please contact us.
A copy of the fraudulent email is included below. If you receive an email message similar to this, please disregard it.
Thank you to the users that reported this to us. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.
Dear @umich.edu Account User,
We want to notify all our subscribers about the phishing scam mails sentout to them. We have
lately tried to upgrade our server to facilitate ourcontrol over such mails and we will be assigning
a new password to allsubscribers. This upgrade will commence on the 7th of February 2009. Youare
advised to forward the following information to us because you will beassigned a new password
from the information we receive from you. Feel thefollowing and get back to us for your upgrade.
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We are really sorry for the inconvenience but we have to keep you safefrom scams. All you have to do is Click Reply and provide the informationrequired above, your account will not be interrupted and will continue asnormal.
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Students participating in a summer project in the Student Projects Lab find their work being tested for possible adoption by ambulance personnel. [Full Story]
Students in EECS 413: Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, earned prize money for their projects designing better headphones and a low-power neural microsystem. [Full Story]
Jan 20, 2009
Flexible photodetectors for sharper photos
Related Topics: Bhattacharya, Pallab Optoelectronics Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology
Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya and recent alumnus Zhenqiang Ma (U. Wisconsin-Madison) have developed flexible light-sensitive material that could revolutionize photography and other imaging technologies. [Applied Physics Letters] [U-Wisc Press Release]
Jan 08, 2009
Wei Lu talks about whats next after silicon
Related Topics: Lu, Wei Memristor Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology
In a New Scientist article about the new frontier in microelectronics, Prof. Lu describes the crossbar array technology, which he champions. This technology is modeled after nature's method of building structures from atoms, and can be used to build high performance memory and logic circuits even beyond transistor scaling.