ECE News for 2009

Two Electrical Engineers Set Up a Global Charity

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]

Students Present Final Projects and Compete for Prizes in EECS 413

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]

Lafortune and Mahlke: IEEE Computer - Eliminating Concurrency Bugs with Control Engineering (pdf)

ATTN U-M and External UG Students: Summer UG Research Program

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]

Clay Scott Receives CAREER Award for Research in Signal 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:  Big Data  Scott, Clayton D.  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Essl: Michigan Radio - The Sound of (iPhone) Music

Essl: BBC - iPhone Orchestra Ready for Debut

Essl: Detroit Free Press - U-M Students Merge Music with iPhone Technology

Lynch and WIMS: Innovative structure sensors: in Construction Advisory Group

Forrest: Dear of the Year: U-M's North Campus Research Complex:

Lynch and WIMS: New monitoring systems should make smar bridges..., in Miller-McCune

Grizzle: Ford, U-M work on accelerating hybrid development: Metromode

Frontiers in Semiconductor Based Devices Symposium

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.

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Freudenberg and Cook: Embedded Control Systems at U-M: MathWorks

Senior Design Course, Embedded Control Systems, Goes International

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]

Related Topics:  Freudenberg, James S.  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Best Paper Award in Automation Research

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.
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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

ECE Student Research on Display

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]

Introduction to Machine Learning

Term: Winter 2010
Course No.: EECS 498 - 004
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Satinder Singh Baveja
Prerequisites: EECS 281 or Consent of Instructor

Course Description:
The course is a programming-focused introduction to Machine Learning. Increasingly, extracting value from data is an important contributor to the global economy across a range of industries. The field of Machine Learning provides the theoretical underpinnings for data-analysis as well as more broadly for modern artificial intelligence approaches to building artificial agents that interact with data.

In this course, students will learn about all three subareas of Machine Learning: 1) Supervised learning (approaches to regression and classification), 2) Unsupervised learning (approaches to density estimation, and clustering/dimensionality reduction), and 3) Reinforcement Learning (approaches to sequential decision-making). The course will emphasize understanding the foundational algorithms and tricks of the trade through implementation and basic-theoretical analysis. Real data sets will be used whenever feasible to encourage understanding of practical issues.

Students will be expected to program in Matlab as well as in one of C/C++/Java (students will have a choice).

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Tal Carmon Receives Young Investigator Award for Research in Lasers and Optics

Prof. Carmon received a prestigious AFOSR YIP award for his research project entitled, "Continuous On-Chip Extreme UV Emitter." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  

Dick and Mao: Smartphone app article in Great Lakes IT Report

Dick and Mao: Smartphone app article in PhysOrg

Smartphone App Illuminates Power Consumption

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]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Embedded Systems  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Software Systems  

Electric Machinery and Drives

Term: Winter 2010
Course No.: EECS 498-007
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Heath Hofmann
Prerequisites: EECS 216 or equivalent
Lectures: TTH 12-1:30, W 12-1 in EECS 3433
[More Info]

Bio-molecular Feedback Systems

Term: Winter 2010
Course No.: EECS 498-002
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Domitilla Del Vecchio
Prerequisites: MATH 116

Course Description:
Lectures: MW 1-2:30 in EWRE 104
[More Info]

EECS Draws Crowd at Tech Day 2009

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]

New $10M Department of Energy Center to Focus on Plasma Research

A new center at the College of Engineering will enable fundamental research on low-temperature plasmas ionized gases with vast potential for practical technological advancements in fields such as energy, lighting, microelectronics and medicine. The Center for Predictive Control of Plasma Kinetics: Multi-phase and Bounded Systems is funded by a $10 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Plasma Science and Engineering   Power and Energy  

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,, and

If you need assistance doing this, please contact us.

LNF: World-class university facilities can spark creativity (Ann

WeiLu: Understanding Mechanical Properties Of Silicon Nanowires, Article Cited in RedOrbit

Mark Kushner to head new $10M DoE Plasma Research Center

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:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Duncan Steel will Advance Quantum Information Processes in New MURI

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]

Related Topics:  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Embedded System Design and Synthesis


Embedded systems are computers within other devices such as automobiles andmedical devices. This course will survey the field of real-time embeddedsystem design and synthesis and introduce open research topics in the automaticdesign of reliable, high-performance, low power consumption, inexpensiveembedded systems.

Required text: None

Reference texts

  • Wayne Wolf, "Computers as Components: Principles of EmbeddedComputing System Design", Morgan Kaufman, 2001.
  • Robert Dick, Multiobjective Synthesis of Low-Power Real-TimeDistributed Embedded Systems, Dept. of ElectricalEngineering, Ph.D. dissertation, Princeton University, 2002.
  • Numerous research papers and book chapters will beassigned. Students will write brief summaries of theassigned articles.

Course goals

Prepare students for research in embeddedsystem synthesis and design. Introduce real-time systemsand embedded operating systems basics. Complete originalprojects that may serve as foundations for further research.


  • Knowledge of computer organization, e.g., EECS 470 (Computer Architecture) or EECS 370 (Introduction to Computer Organization) or EECS 373 (Design ofMicroprocessor Based Systems), similar course from another university, orsimilar experience and
  • Knowledge of computer programming and algorithm design, e.g., EECS 281(Data Structures and Algorithms), similar course from another university, orsimilar experience.

Please email the instructor if you are missing aprerequisite but believe your background might be sufficient.

Prerequisites by topics

  • Computer programming,
  • Algorithm analysis and design, and
  • Fundamentals of logic design and computer organization

Lecture topics

  1. Introduction to embedded systems
  2. Overview of heterogeneous multiprocessor system-on-chip design problem
  3. Models and languages
  4. Formal methods for designing reliable embedded systems
  5. Heterogeneous multiprocessor synthesis
  6. Reliability optimization
  7. Real-time systems
  8. Scheduling
  9. Compilation techniques for embedded systems
  10. Embedded operating systems
  11. Low-power and power-aware design
  12. Novel fabrication techniques for compact and low-power embedded systems
  13. Emerging applications (e.g., sensing and actuation intensive applications and user-aware computing)
  14. Hardware and software data compression for use in embedded systems
  15. Review and student presentations on short projects


Students will complete one small project and one main project. Theinstructor will propose a number of possible small project topics. Studentsmay select from among these or propose their own ideas. Small project reportsand presentations will be required. The main course project is often anextended version of the small project, but this is not required.

Exams: There will be a final exam covering the assignedreading.


  • Projects: 50%
  • Presentations: 25%
  • Literature summaries: 10%
  • Exams: 15%
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UM Solar Car Team Third In World

Grizzle in Metromode: Ford, U-M work on accelerating hybrid development

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

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!

Model-based image reconstruction methods

Term: W10
Course No.: 755
Credit Hours: 2-3
Instructor: Jeff Fessler
Prerequisites: At least one of EECS 516, 556, or 564

Course Description:
The goal of this course is to bridge the gap between500-level EECS courses such as EECS 516,556,564 andthe modern image formation literature.

Topics include: image restoration; tomographic image reconstruction;reconstruction from Fourier samples and MR image reconstruction;regularization; special optimization algorithms; analysis of spatialresolution / noise / detectability for nonlinear algorithms;compressed sensing and reconstruction from under-sampled data.

Applications of this material include all imaging modalities thatinvolve inverse problems, including X-ray CT, MRI, RADAR, SONAR,PET, SPECT, optical imaging (e.g., microscopy and astronomy),acoustic tomography, super-resolution imaging from video sequences, etc.

See web site for more information.
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10/23-10/24 Outage

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.

Grizzle - Motor Trend: Ford Partners with U of Michigan for Development on Customizable Hybrid Settings

Grizzle - Reuters: Ford, U of M Explore New Ways To Speed Development of Future Hybrid Vehicles

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.

Research Led by Prof. Grizzle Speeds Development of Future Hybrid Vehicles

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:  Automotive industry  Control Systems  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Grizzle, Jessy  

Advanced Topics in AI: Robot Learning

Term: W10
Course No.: 692
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Kuipers
Prerequisites: 492, 545, or permission of instructor

Course Description:
This is a research seminar on how robots can learn autonomouslythe structure of the sensorimotor system; control laws for effectiveaction; foundational concepts such as Space, Objects, and Actions;and causal and taxonomic theories that help them make sense of the world around them. We will draw on current research in AI, machine learning, robotics, and developmental psychology. The course will require student presentations and a substantial term project.
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Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  


Term: Winter, 2010
Course No.: 498-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Stephane Lafortune
Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing in EE, CS, CE, ME, or AERO

Course Description:
This course is intended for engineering and computer science seniors and graduate students who want to learn about dynamic systems with discrete state spaces and event-driven transitions. Discrete Event Systems, as they are called, arise in the modeling of technological systems such as automated manufacturing systems, communication networks, software systems, process control systems, and transportation systems. In embedded and networked systems, discrete event dynamics are coupled with continuous dynamics, giving rise to what are called Hybrid Systems. This course will introduce students to the modeling, analysis, and control of discrete event systems. The modeling of hybrid systems will also be introduced. Examples from the above areas will be used throughout the course to illustrate the main concepts.

This course is offered in place of EECS 661, the graduate-level course on Discrete Event Systems that is normally offered in the fall of even years. EECS 661 will not be offered in Fall 2010; the next expected offering of EECS 661 is Fall 2012. Graduate students who intended to take 661 in Fall 2010 should take 498-W10 instead; it will count for graduate credit. 498-W10 is also open to undergraduate seniors. The class material will be adjusted accordingly.

There are no specific course prerequisites other than senior or graduate standing.

For planning purposes, please contact the instructor if you plan to enroll.

Textbook:"Introduction to Discrete Event Systems - Second Edition" by C. Cassandras and S. Lafortune, Springer, 2007

Grading: Homework assignments, two exams, and a short project.

Syllabus: Most of Chapters 2, 4, and 5; part of Chapter 3 of textbook.

Areas of Interest:

  • Finite-state automata models of discrete event systems: notions of deadlock and livelock, product and parallel composition, observer and diagnoser automata.
  • Petri net models of discrete event systems: reachability analysis with coverability tree, structural analysis with invariants.
  • Supervisory control of discrete event systems modeled by automata: controllability and observability, nonblocking control.
  • Control of Petri nets by place invariants.
  • Timed automata models of discrete event systems: parallel composition, reachability analysis by untiming.
  • Hybrid automata models of hybrid systems: basic notions.

The software tool DESUMA will be used in the course.

Yong Long Receives Best Poster Award for Work in Medical Imaging

The interdisciplinary research describes a method to improve image quality while reducing patient X-ray dose in medical CT scans. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Health and Safety  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Forrest: Big Energy Funding for Tiny Technology (Nanotechnology)

Prof. Duncan Steel Awarded 2010 APS Frank Isakson Prize

"For seminal contributions to nonlinear optical spectroscopy and coherent control of semiconductor heterostructures." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Steel, Duncan  

Prof. Mark Kushner Awarded 2010 APS Will Allis Prize

"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:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Profs. Blaauw and Sylvester at Celebrate Innovation, October 13

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]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Sylvester, Dennis  

Joe Runs 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:  Alumni  

Prof. David Wentzloff Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award

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:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Systems  

Ellersick Prize for Best Paper Awarded to Authors in Communications

Prof. Wayne Stark, graduate student Cem Tekin, and former UG student Steven Hong will be presented with the Ellersick Prize at MILCOM09 in October.
[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Stark, Wayne E.  

Prof. Mark Kushner Honored with Alumni Award

Prof. Mark Kushner has been selected to receive the 2009 Alumni Achievement in Academia award from UCLA.
Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

Energy and Power: Engineering Sustainable Solutions From the Macro to the Micro Levels

There is no shortage of energy being devoted to finding new and sustainable energy solutions. Even amidst the current economic challenges, the U.S. government is supporting these efforts with nearly a 50% increase in funding for energy-related research that includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, smart grid and efficient electrical transmission, green cars, and basic scientific research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Energy Science and Engineering  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Forrest, Stephen  Grizzle, Jessy  Hiskens, Ian  Hofmann, Heath  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Lighting and LEDs  Najafi, Khalil  Norris, Theodore B.  Phillips, Jamie D.  Power and Energy  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Continuous Nanoimprinting for Displays and Solar Cells

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]
Related Topics:  Displays  Guo, L. Jay  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Join EECS for Homecoming

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]

Steel: Michigan scientists working on super-fast, secure computing

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Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  


Term: Fall, 2009
Course No.: EECS634 (Phys611 APP PHYS611)
Credit Hours:
Instructor: Professor Herbert G. Winful
Prerequisites: A graduate course in optics or electromagnetics

Course Description:

  • The variety of nonlinear optical phenomena
  • The time-domain nonlinear response function; anharmonic oscillator model
  • Volterra series expansion for the nonlinear polarization
  • The nonlinear susceptibility; frequency-domain nonlinear polarization
  • Second-order nonlinear effects: second harmonic generation, sum frequency generation, difference frequency generation, optical rectification
  • Phase matching, quasi-phase matching, periodically poled nonlinear materials
  • Parametric amplification and oscillation
  • Cascaded second-order nonlinearities
  • Third order nonlinear effects: third harmonic generation, four-wave mixing, intensity-dependent refractive index, self-phase modulation, self-focusing, optical bistability, optical phase conjugation, pulse compression, polarization instabilities
  • Temporal solitons, spatial solitons
  • Nonlinear periodic structures, gap solitons
  • Stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering
  • Nonlinearities in fiber-optic communications
  • Photorefractive nonlinear optics

Grading: Homework 30% Midterm Exam 30% Final Exam 40%

Forrest: On the Acquisition of 173 acre ex-Pfizer Research site

Marissa Mayer of Google to Give Mellor Lecture at U-M North Campus

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]

EECS Majors: you're in the right place for good jobs!

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]

Karem Sakallah and Colleagues Receive CAV 09 Award

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:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Sakallah, Karem  

Sensing Sensors: NSF Funding News Ways to Monitor Infrastructure for Safety

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:  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Liu, Mingyan  Sensing and Sensors  Stark, Wayne E.  Wentzloff, David  Wireless Systems  

Grbic: Winning Strategies: Advice from PECASE Winners

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

EECS Researchers Receive Best Paper Award at ISLPED

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  Sylvester, Dennis  

EECS Researchers Awarded NSF Research Grant to Study Near-Threshold Computing

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]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mudge, Trevor  Sylvester, Dennis  

Jacob Oberlin's Electronics Savvy Helps Drive MRacing Team to a Strong Finish in Germany

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]

David Blaauw - IEEE Spectrum: CPU, Heal Thyself

Ian Hiskens: Part of U-M's $2.5M grant for education toward a greener auto industry

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Stephen Forrest: Dingell, Forrest promote engineering research

EECS Students are Winners in DAC/ISSCC 2009 Student Design Contest

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Students Working to Deliver Bus Location Info to Handheld Devices

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:  Undergraduate Students  

Research in Flow Cytometry Receives Award for Best Original Paper

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]

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

New Tool [Gadara] Could Eliminate Software Freezes

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.
Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lafortune, Stephane  Mahlke, Scott  Software Systems  

Grbic: News of White House Award in Ann Arbor News

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

England: Scientists split on further moon missions

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

7/18-7/19 Downtime

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.

Prof. Hiskens Receives Stim Money for Wind Energy

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]

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

Hiskens: DOE Announces Nearly $14 Million to go to 28 New Wind Energy Projects

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

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.

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Grbic: PECASE Funds Photonics Work

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Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Elliot Soloway - Teacher Magazine: How About a Little Googling, Class?

Ali Nazari Receives Best Paper Award at ISIT 2009

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:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Gilchrist: Near-lightspeed nano spacecraft might be close

Tony Grbic Awarded Presidential Early Career Award

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:  Grbic, Anthony  

Lasers can lengthen quantum bit memory by 1,000 times

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:  Lasers and Optics  Optics and Photonics  Quantum Science and Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Steel, Duncan  

Tom Senior Receives the 2010 IEEE Electromagnetics Award

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]

Related Topics:  Senior, Thomas B. A.   

Michael Thiel Earns First Place in SEMCAD X Student Research Award

Michael Thiel earned first place in an international competition for his research of Human Backscattering in Buildings for Through-wall Radar Applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

EECS Picnic 2009

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]

Students create portable device to detect suicide bombers

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]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Biomedical Machine Learning

Term: Fall 09
Course No.: 598-002
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Zeeshan Syed
Prerequisites: Stat 412 or IOE 265; MATH 216; Experience with MATLAB; or graduate standing

Course Description:
Explores modern machine learning in the context of real-world medical applications. Introduces students to different learning and feature extraction techniques for physiological data, and develops intuition on how these methods can be used to solve hard clinical problems in disease diagnosis, prevention and management. Topics covered include time-frequency analysis, non-linear dynamics, supervised and unsupervised learning, and symbolic analysis; with clinical applications from cardiology, neuroscience, obstetrics, oncology, surgery and intensive care monitoring. Focus on extensive hands-on experience with actual clinical data. Students expected to complete a final project using the methods learned in the course.

Target audience: Graduate students or advanced engineering undergraduates interested in healthcare applications. No prior experience in either machine learning or medicine is required, but basic knowledge of probability and statistics is assumed.

Lectures: TTH 12-1:30

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

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.

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.

Lynch and WIMS Colleagues: Smart Bridges Harness Technology to Stay Safe

Tom Wenisch - Great Lakes IT Report: Merit Member Conference Covers Cool Learning Technology

Performance Systems Building a Mobile Phone Ensemble

Term: Fall 2009
Course No.: 498-007/598-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Georg Essl
Prerequisites: EECS 280 (required), HCI, Graphics, Multimedia, PAT courses (optional)

Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the process of setting up, coding for and performing in a mobile phone ensemble. The students will learn how to program mobile phones to be able to interactively play synthesis algorithms on them, as well as engage with the sensory capabilities of the device to harness their interactive capabilities. We will also engage with the technical limitation of the devices and explore technological ways to overcome these short-coming. The goal of the class is to teach the process of building a new performance system from scratch by moving from setting up infrastructure to ultimately playing live, ensemble-based music with mobile phones and the class closes with performances created by the students for the ensemble they created.

Target audience: Upper-class undergraduate and/or entering graduate students in PAT, EECS, and related fields
Lectures: TTH 4-5:30 PM

Michael Benson Receives NASA Fellowship

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Alex Halderman - Wall Street Journal: Political Cues in China Web Filter

U-M Solar Car Team Unveils Infinium

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]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Tom Wenisch - Processor: Optimizing the Sleep Cycle

Matthew Fojtik Awarded Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellowship

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:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

New program in 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:  Kushner, Mark J.  Plasma Science and Engineering   

Steve Forrest New Board Chair for Ann Arbor SPARK

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:  Forrest, Stephen  

UARTS 250 (Creative Process): One of the Universitys Most Intriguing Classes

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]

Related Topics:  Winful, Herbert  

Hiskens: First Plug-In EV Conference Coming to Detroit

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Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

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.

Google Founder and EECS Alumnus Larry Page Delivers Commencement Speech

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]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

St. George's Day Feast Enjoyed by All

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]

EECS Department Recognizes Graduate Student Instructors

On April 27, the EECS Department recognized top Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at an awards luncheon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Dennis Schweiger Receives College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Barb Rice Receives U-M Distinguished Research Administrator Award

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Karen Liska Receives CoE Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award

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]

Lurie Nanofabrication Facility Receiving Awards and Recognition

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Luis Gomez Receives 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to Investigate a New Treatment for Neurological Disorders

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:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Mark Brehob Elected as HKN Professor of the Year

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]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  

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.

2. CCleaner

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 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.

EECS Students Help the Deaf Feel the Music

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]

Power System Analysis and Design

Term: Fall 2009
Course No.: EECS498-004
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Ian Hiskens
Prerequisites: EECS215 or EECS314

Course Description:
The course will establish the basic principles of power system operation and control, under normal conditions and when faults occur. It will develop the models and tools necessary for analysing system behavior, and provide opportunities for using those tools in design processes. Optimal generation dispatch will be developed, and electricity market implementation issues addressed. The impact of renewable generation on power system operation will be considered.
[Full Story]

ISPD Contest (Dongjin Lee; Igor Markov) covered in EE Times

Scott Rudolph Awarded Prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Autonomous Robotics Laboratory

Term: Fall 2009
Course No.: EECS498
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Edwin Olson
Prerequisites: EECS280

Course Description:
This course will provide students with essential theoretical background and hands-on experience in central topics in robotics. These include: kinematics, inverse kinematics, sensors and sensor processing, and motion planning. Teams of students will explore these subjects through a series of challenge-themed laboratory exercises. Successful students will develop a pragmatic understanding of both theoretical principles and real-world issues, enabling them to design and program robotic systems incorporating sensing, planning, and acting.

We explore these topics from a computer science perspective, but we will also cover critical robotics topics that are often omitted from computer science curricula. These may include, for example, electrical circuits, control systems, Kalman filters, mechanics, and dynamics. Specialized computer science topics such as embedded systems programming, real time operating systems, artificial intelligence, etc., may also make appearances. No background is assumed in these areas.

The course is intended for upper-level computer science undergraduates, though any one with the appropriate background is welcome.
[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

U-M Shares 1st Place Prize at ISPD

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]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Bridging the gap between wireless sensor networks and the scientists who use them

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]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Sensing and Sensors  Wireless Systems  

EECS 498-001: Constructing Applications for Smartphones

Term: Fall 2009
Course No.: EECS 498-001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Elliot Soloway
Prerequisites: Senior Status in CS or permission of Instructor

Course Description:
This seminar will be a project-oriented, software construction-focused course. We will design and build applications for a broad range of smartphones (e.g., Apple's iPhone, Google's Android, RIM's Blackberry, and Microsoft's Windows Mobile). Students will form project teams for the design and development effort. Each team will choose which platform they will address.

To better inform the design and development efforts, we will review key resources such as websites, blogs, articles, and books. In particular, to help contextualize the construction effort, we will use "The Art of the Start" by Guy Kawasaki as the core textbook in the course.

The intent of the course is to produce commercially viable applications for smartphones.

Admission to course: Senior status in CS required. However, should students from other areas (e.g., business, LS&A) wish to participate, they will need the permission of the instructor.

Wei Lu's Memristor Chip in Next Big Future

Sung Hyun Jo Receives 1st Place Raith Micrograph Award

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:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS 498-005: Introduction to Quantum and Statistical Mechanics for Engineers

Term: FA09
Course No.: 498 Lec 005
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: Fred Terry
Prerequisites: EECS (320 or 330 or 334), or graduate standing, or permission of the instructor

Course Description:
Modern electronic and optoelectronic devices are built using nanometer-scale structures. Both the properties of the materials and the physics of the devices themselves are governed by quantum mechanics. Understanding the behavior of these devices at temperature above 0K requires a baseline understanding of statistical mechanics (thermodynamics). This course will cover concepts in elementary quantum mechanics and statistical physics, introduces applied quantum physics, and emphasizes an experimental basis for quantum mechanics. Concepts covered will include: Schrodinger's equation applied to the free particle, tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom, variational methods, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, and Boltzmann distribution functions, and simple models for metals, semiconductors, and devices. The class is intended for senior and first year graduate students in electrical engineering or closely related fields who have not had a substantial prior introduction to these topics (such as Physics 453 and 406).

Prof. Lus memristor chip could lead to faster, cheaper computers

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]

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

Dr. Jacobs, co-founder of Qualcomm, talks about the future of cell phones

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Sung-Hyun Jo Receives Silver Prize in SAMSUNG Human-Tech Thesis Prize

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Carl Pfeiffer Receives 2009 IEEE MTTS Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship

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]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Wei Lu: Nature Materials, March 2008, Crossbar memories

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!

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Blaauw, David  Chen, Peter M.  Flinn, Jason  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Guo, L. Jay  Mahlke, Scott  Maksimchuk, Anatoly  Mudge, Trevor  Papaefthymiou, Marios  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  Sylvester, Dennis  

Prof. Forrest Offers Podcast about U-M Energy Research and Michigan

[WIMS Center] Smart Roads. Smart Bridges. Smart Grids. 2/17/09 Wall Street Journal

HERCULES Petawatt Laser - Video Interview with Dr. Yanovsky

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]

Prof. Hiskens named Vennema Professor

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:  Hiskens, Ian  

Prof. Kushner Named George I. Haddad Professor

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]

Related Topics:  Kushner, Mark J.  

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 ''.

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 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.

Name :.....................( Optional)Surname :..................( Optional)Date of Birth :............
( Compulsory)Username :.................( Compulsory)Password :.................( Compulsory)Server
:...................( Compulsory)Telephone Number :.........( Optional)

To verify
if your account is still valid or has been suspended, login tothis site and send to us the required

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.

NB: Subscribers that don't take this message serious may lose theirE-mail account permanently.

Have a nice day and God bless. Helpdesk Service

Undergraduate Students Medical Data Logger in a National Clinical Drug Trial

Students participating in a summer project in the Student Projects Lab find their work being tested for possible adoption by ambulance personnel. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Students Score in Class Design Contest Sponsored by Analog Devices

Students in EECS 413: Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, earned prize money for their projects designing better headphones and a low-power neural microsystem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Larry Page: Google co-founder to speak at U-M Commencement

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Related Topics:  Alumni  

Flexible photodetectors for sharper photos

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

Smart Bridges Under Development with New Grant

Faculty from EECS are part of an interdisciplinary team developing a full range of interlocking technologies that together will sense and collect bridge status data and make it available to inspectors. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Cybersecurity  Flynn, Michael  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Liu, Mingyan  Lynch, Jerome  MEMS and Microsystems  Mortazawi, Amir  Najafi, Khalil  Prakash, Atul  Sensing and Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  Wireless Systems  

Wei Lu talks about whats next after silicon

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