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Seed-sized U-M computers pumped into oil wells featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Tiny computers developed at the University of Michigan will be featured for their role in oil exploration as part of a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Energy Science and Engineering  Gianchandani, Yogesh  Grbic, Anthony  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Wentzloff, David  

The Beanbag Test for Robots

Its one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff? Dmitry Berenson and the Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) Lab showcase their latest work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Million Foot View: Profile of Kamal Sarabandi

In this profile, Kamal Sarabandi describes his work as he has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Sarabandi, Kamal  Wireless Communications  

Third annual MIDAS research symposium emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to data analysis

Big data, data science and analytics were among the main topics discussed at the third annual Michigan Institute for Data Science daylong research symposium Wednesday, Oct 11, at Rackham Auditorium and the Michigan League. Alfred Hero, co-director of MIDAS and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, spoke about how this diverse set of speakers aligns with the theme of the symposium, "A Data-Driven World: Potentials and Pitfalls." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Student's digital art makes the Cube even more interactive

CE junior Keenan Rebera wants to make the Michigan Union's famous Cube sculpture even more interesting with the power of technology. Rebera has designed a small sensor array and display device that attaches magnetically to the Cube. When active, it can detect the velocity of the Cube when a person spins it and generate any number of fun factoids to show off [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  

Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center

Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don't beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that. The University of Michigan is partnering with center leader Boston University and Florida Int. University on an ambitious $20 million project to grow new heart tissue for cardiac patients. Lead U-M researcher is Prof. Stephen Forrest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Health  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot called Cassie Blue will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Grizzle, Jessy  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigans Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Zetian Mi Recognized a Most Highly Prolific Author in Nano Letters

Zetian Mi has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Nano Letters in the past five years, and is listed on the ACS Journal Stars website. Prof. Mi's research includes semiconductor nanostructures, optoelectronic devices, LEDs and lasers, solar cells, and III-nitride electronic devices.
Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

New grad program: Engineering Education Research

New program turns a researchers eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.

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Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Lifelong Radiation Lab Researcher Valdis Liepa Retires

Dr. Valdis V. Liepa, research scientist in ECE, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 2017. Dr. Liepa has been a member of the U-M family for his entire career, earning his BS , MS, and PhD in EE (1958, 1959, and 1966, respectively), and joining the Radiation Laboratory in 1968. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M Optics Researchers Sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot

Professionals and researchers from across Michigan's optics industry gathered for the Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot on March 27, celebrating both the Optical Society of America's 100th anniversary and the Ann Arbor chapter's 50th. The event was sponsored in part by the Optical Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM), advised by research scientist John Nees. Prof. Aghapi Mordovanakis (BME) was also part of the planning of the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Nees, John A.  Optics and Photonics  

Forrest Family Supports UG and Grad Engineering Students With Three New Funds

Prof. Stephen R. Forrest (MS PhD Physics 74 79) and Rosamund M. Forrest (AM LS 78), have established two funds to support graduate students in the fields of sustainability and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. Andy Yagle Retires After a 32-Year Career in Signal and Image Processing

Prof. Andy Yagle will retire in May after 32 years at the University of Michigan distinguished by his dedication to teaching as well as contributions to research in the area of signal and image processing. A nearly lifelong Ann Arbor resident, Andy is as Maize and Blue as they come. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Yagle, Andrew E.  

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

This article features work done by Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators in which they demonstrate a way to take control of or influence devices such as smartphones through the use of sound waves. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a security advisory alert for affected chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Computing and Systems  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

A Q&A with Ann Stals Getting Down to the Details

Students, alumni, and faculty alike have something to thank Ann Stals for. As ECEs event planner, she has her hands in nearly everything the division does. Hired in August of 2014, her three years has been spent expanding ECEs outreach to students of different cultures, planning alumni meetups around the country, developing camps for high school students, and, most recently, sending current students to local and Silicon Valley companies for an insider look at an engineering workday. [Full Story]

A Q&A with Tomas Mauricio Giving Back

Tomas Mauricio spends a lot of time behind the scenes, but when he steps out front this intern makes a big impression. Helping coordinate events like ECE's Electrify tech camps and the recent ECE Expeditions, participants always remember their cheerful guide. Now he has a year with the division behind him, and Tomas looks forward to working on at least one more round of Electrify this summer. Learn more about Tomas and the varied work he does to help ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Students Take an ECE Expedition to Silicon Valley

ECE brought 18 students to San Jose on Sunday, February 26 for the second ECE Expedition. The students, ranging from freshman to doctoral level, spent three days of their spring break learning from professionals in their field and getting a firsthand look at where their degree could take them after graduation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Edith Beigne on Auto-adaptive digital circuits

Dr. Edith Beign presented the talk Auto-adaptive digital circuits Application to low-power Multicores and ultra-low-power Wireless Sensor Nodes to members of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory. Dr. Beign came to Michigan as a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer Program. This program features researchers who are known for the quality and quantity of their research, and are considered to be excellent speakers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Herb Winful Professor of Optics, Friend of the Arts

In a new interview, Prof. Herb Winful discusses the many facets of his career as an educator and researcher. Prof. Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear fiber optics and nonlinear optics in periodic structures. He also discussed the interdisciplinary course he helped create, UARTS 250: Creative Process, and the creative challenges of teaching engineering principles to students of the arts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Optics and Photonics  Student Teams and Organizations  Winful, Herbert  

LNF User Symposium - Sharing Ideas and Celebrating Innovation

The 2016 Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Four ECE grad students won prizes for their posters, and Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the event's keynote address. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Kushner, Mark J.  LNF  Plasma Science and Engineering   

New Courses Offered by ECE: Winter 2017

As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty. The following courses being offered to students for the Winter 2017 term include completely new courses as well as nearly-new courses that may soon become a regular part of the curriculum. They are all being offered by faculty uniquely qualified to teach the courses. The faculty bring extensive experience based on their own research in these areas. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Berenson, Dmitry  Course Announcements  Forrest, Stephen  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Grbic, Anthony  Hiskens, Ian  Islam, Mohammed  Kira, Mackillo  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Revzen, Shai  Scott, Clayton D.  Wakefield, Gregory H.  

Congratulations New ECE PhDs: 2015-2016

Electrical and Computer Engineering conferred 45 PhD degrees in the Fall 2015, Summer 2016, and Winter 2016 semesters. Congrats to all of our outstanding new graduates! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Graduate Students  

ECE Team Receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award

A seven member team from Electrical and Computer Engineering has received the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award, established to shine a light on those staff members who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Inspiring a New Generation of Women Engineers in Liberia

Six women engineering students from Liberia traveled to the U.S. to attend the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Women in Engineering 2016 conference, under the sponsorship of the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program and U-M-SWE. They spoke of their passion to improve their country through engineering, as well as the difficulties of being female engineers in their country. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Gets a New Director

Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  LNF  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  

Having Fun with ECE

Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together for games and exciting displays at this year's Family Fun Night. Attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of science, robots, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  

Parag Deotare Receives AFOSR Award for Research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)

Prof. Parag Deotare received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support basic scientific research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS). In this project, Prof. Deotare will investigate the interactions between exciton and mechanics, which will lead to a better understanding of exciton dynamics. This work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Energy Scavenging  Energy Science and Engineering  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Optics and Photonics  Power and Energy  

U-M Shannon Centennial Symposium Celebrates the Father of Information Theory

Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math , ScD hon. ) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium on September 16, 2016, co-organized by Al Hero, Hye Won Chung, Dave Neuhoff, and Sandeep Pradhan. All four plenary talks are available online. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  Neuhoff, David L.  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  

A New Era of Robotics at Michigan

A newly approved robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Afshari, Ehsan  Berenson, Dmitry  Kim, Hun-Seok  Kira, Mackillo  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lab-Systems  Mahdavifar, Hessam  Mi, Zetian  Pilanci, Mert  

Jasprit Singh: Seeking a Better Life Through Engineering - Even in Retirement

Prof. Jasprit Singh has retired after 30 years at the University of Michigan to embark on his second career as president and co-founder of Gurmentor, Inc., a software application company. During his time at Michigan, he experienced the thrill of scientific discovery, enlightening students into the physics and mysteries of electrical engineering, and sharing his belief that technology can enhance healthy and peaceful living. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Singh, Jasprit  

Hands-On Robotics: A Course for Anyone Interested in Robots and Autonomy

Check out this new video about the course Hands on Robotics. It not only provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics, it encourages students to solve an open-ended problem. Students build different types of robots throughout the semester using the CKBot modular robot system. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course Announcements  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

EECS Research Highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference

The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Jenkins, Chad  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Systems  Olson, Edwin  Revzen, Shai  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

Leaders in Neuroscience Look to the Future

Engineers and neuroscientists from around the globe gathered at Michigan to explore the future of neurotechnology and research at the International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN). Understanding the complexity and mysteries of the brain is one of the biggest scientific challenges of this century. ICAN is an inaugural conference to bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools to move neuroscience forward, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community. The event included guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as a student poster session. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lu, Wei  MEMS and Microsystems  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Wise, Kensall  Yoon, Euisik  

Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time

Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Prof. Andrew Yagle authored the 2nd edition of the book, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time, published by National Technology & Science Press. This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets. This textbook is designed for a sophomore-level or early junior-level introductory course on signals and systems. Engineering applications of signals and systems are integrated into the presentation as equal partners with concepts and mathematical models. At least seventeen schools in the U.S. are using the first edition textbook in their courses. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Systems  Ulaby, Fawwaz  Yagle, Andrew E.  

Prof. Al Hero Editor of New Book: Big Data over Networks

Alfred O. Hero, III, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, is co-editor of the book, Big Data over Networks, published by Cambridge University Press, along with Prof. Shuguang Cui (Texas A&M), Prof. Zhi-Quan Luo (U. Minnesota), and Prof. Jos Moura (CMU). The book explores the principles underpinning large-scale information processing over networks and examines the crucial interaction between big data and its associated communication, social and biological networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Systems  

Steve Rand: Expanding Technical Education in India

Prof. Stephen Rand recently visited India to learn about the countrys ongoing expansion in higher education as an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Lecturer. He focused on "how India is enhancing its role as a leader in optical engineering and physics discovery in the 21st century," in an article written for the June issue of Optics and Photonics News.
Read the article. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!

Yes - that's right!

Top Robotics Graduate Programs
Top 20 Robotics Engineering Schools in the U.S.
Want to learn more about the faculty who are making it happen here in EECS? Click Here
Related Topics:  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

FICO has acquired QuadMetrics

Announced June 14, 2016, FICO (NYSE: FICO) has acquired QuadMetrics to accelerate development of the product, which will provide greater transparency into cybersecurity for underwriting, vendor management and self-assessment. Co-founded in 2014 by Prof. Mingyan Liu, who served as Chief Science Officer, QuadMetrics was a firm that used predictive analytics to rate the security of an organization. [Read the story: Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Michigan Shines at the National Robotics Initiative 5 Year Anniversary

Professor Jessy Grizzle took part in a full day of events celebrating the fifth anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) on June 9, 2016. "It was very exciting to meet fellow robotics researchers and to share our work with members of Congress," said Prof. Grizzle, who appreciates all that the NRI has done for the field. However, he agrees that robotics research needs to increase to match that of our global competitors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Systems  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

The Future of Transportation

The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hero, Alfred  Lab-Software Systems  Shin, Kang G.  

Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura Delivers Dow Distinguished Lecture (with video)

Professor Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th Wiliam Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, "Road Toward the New Light: The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting," on April 5, 2016. Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  CPHOM  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Norris, Theodore B.  

Claude Shannon centennial celebrants recall U-M grad's advances, societal impact

April 30 will be the 100th birthday for Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory. "Claude Shannon is the founder of the theory of information and communication. These contributions were singularly important in that they led directly to the digital revolution that powers our electronic world," said Prof. Alfred Hero. Prof. Hero and Prof. Dave Neuhoff are helping to plan a workshop this fall to celebrate the centennial of his birth. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

MBus is the Missing Interconnect for Millimeter-Scale Systems

Looking ahead to millimeter scale computing and the future of ubiquitous computing, EECS faculty members David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, graduate students Patrick Pannuto and Benjamin Kempke, research scientist Ye-Sheng Kuo, and a number of other Michigan researchers have created MBus, a chip-to-chip interconnect that facilitates an ultra-low power system operation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Millimeter-scale Computing  

Gift Launches M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lecture Series in Optical Sciences and Optoelectronics

To honor the legacy of her late brother Mathias Alten Gilleo (BSE EE ), Anita Gilleo (BS Lit 44) has made a gift to endow the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lecture Series in Optical Sciences and Optoelectronics. Her gift will give students the chance to engage with the worlds top researchers in the field of optics and optoelectronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

ECE Celebrates African American Engineers

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Winful, Herbert  

ECE Celebrates Diwali

ECE continued its new tradition of celebrating the different cultures of its student body with a celebration of Diwali on November 13. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Chillin with Chewie

Are you hyped up for The Force Awakens? So is U-M Engineering to celebrate, faculty have been bringing in some familiar faces to talk Star Wars tech and get down with a holiday rap from Dean Munson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Systems  Munson Jr., David C.  Nees, John A.  

Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years

A special celebration took place on November 20 that brought over 100 attendees together to commemorate the anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's foundational treatise on light and electromagnetism. Titled Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years," the event brought together students, researchers, and industry experts from around the nation to enjoy keynote talks, project demonstrations, and open discussion with a panel of experts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Lee, Somin E.  Optics and Photonics  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

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