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An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights Prof. Anthony Grbic's research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic's team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AI Needs Memory to Get Cozier with Compute

The EE Times highlights Prof. Wei Lu's company, Crossbar, and the work its doing to improve AI by combining advanced acceleration hardware, resistive RAM (ReRAM), and optimized neural networks to create ready-made, power-efficient solutions with unsupervised learning and event-recognition capability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lu, Wei  

ECE professors help robots better navigate the world

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that improves robots' use of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer Vision  Kim, Hun-Seok  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Sylvester, Dennis  

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gerard Mourou talks high-intensity optics

On Thursday afternoon at Rackham Graduate School, Gerard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and founder of the University of Michigan Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, discussed his research on laser physics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  Winful, Herbert  

Extreme light: Nobel laureate discusses the past & future of lasers

Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

Whitmer recognizes Mourou's Nobel Prize

Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 "Chirped Pulse Amplification Day" in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mourou, Gerard A.  Optics and Photonics  

A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting

Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting. [Full Story]

Laura Balzano receives NSF CAREER Award to improve machine learning for big data applications

Her research deciphering messy data sets will first tackle applications in genetics and computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Machine Learning  

U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups

Prof. Wei Lu's startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) founded Hygieia to automate and streamline diabetes treatment. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Health and Safety  

Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics 1982 MSE CICE 1984) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll's brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

New research for the future of sustainable power and energy

Take a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Ozay, Necmiye  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Battery economics could power the future of energy

Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu's $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Profs. Valeria Bertacco, Robert Dick, Rada Mihalcea, and Vijay Subramanian, for their extraordinary contributions in research, teaching, and service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dick, Robert  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mihalcea, Rada  Subramanian, Vijay  

Stateside: MIs energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan's energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sustainability and Environment  

University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Sustainability and Environment  

How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid

In an approach that wont disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique called Digital Foveation that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Dick, Robert  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

The Punishing Polar Vortex is Ideal for Cassie the Robot

WIRED features ECE professor Jessy Grizzle and our favorite bipedal robot in a story about how testing Cassie in extreme weather events could help save lives in the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid

Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Prof. Zhengya Zhang receives CoE undergraduate education award

Prof. Zhang receives outstanding evaluations from students and opens their imagination to research in the field of VLSI circuits and systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Zhang, Zhengya  

Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems

With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  

Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Mathieu's outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Laura Balzano receives ARO Young Investigator Award to improve high-dimensional big data problems

Applications include managing large networked systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, or computer networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  Data and Computing  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring

Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  General News  Neuhoff, David L.  

Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

A new electronic device developed by Prof. Wei Lu and collaborators can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons. For the first time, the way that neurons share or compete for resources can be explored in hardware without the need for complicated circuits. "Neuroscientists have argued that competition and cooperation behaviors among synapses are very important. Our new memristive devices allow us to implement a faithful model of these behaviors in a solid-state system," said Lu. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Lynn Conway encourages graduates to embrace coming social change

Professor emerita and transgender advocate Lynn Conway delivered the 2018 Winter Commencement address to U-M graduates. Story published by The University Record. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Conway, Lynn  Diversity and Outreach  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Events (Post Event Writeups)  

ECE and data science: a natural connection

ECE faculty and students at Michigan are part of the revolution in data science that is happening today. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  

Hacking the perfect melody

Project Music brought together students from all backgrounds across the university to originate musically-inspired creations for the first Music Makeathon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Why space weather is being made in the lab

National Geographic mentions Prof. Louise Willingale and the HERCULES laser in this story about understanding stellar winds and planetary magnetic fields by duplicating conditions in a laboratory setting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Willingale, Louise  

Pallab Bhattacharya to receive 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor and James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, is the co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal, which he will receive For contributions to the development and commercialization of quantum dot lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

The Disappeared: Beyond Winning and Losing

The #MeToo movement is bringing ever-increasing awareness of the challenges faced by women in STEM. Emerita Prof. Lynn Conway drew upon her unique life-experiences in the industry, and wrote insights in an invited-essay in a Special Issue of IEEE Computer Magazine on "Winning and Losing in IT." This PDF is copyright IEEE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Conway, Lynn  Women in Computing  

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

A window into the future of solar power

Prof. Stephen Forrest is looking to have windows double as efficient solar cells in buildings of the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Science and Engineering  Forrest, Stephen  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

All ECE News for 2019