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The 5 States Most Vulnerable to a 2018 Election Hack

13 states are still using some electronic voting systems without paper backup. Five states rely upon them exclusively. According to Prof. J. Alex Halderman, "If a sophisticated nation state wants to cause chaos on Election Day, theyre probably already in our systems." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social media

EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist, executive director of the UM Center for Social Media Responsibility, says "it's time to reclaim your space." This is the message behind the center's new Social Integrity website, which is intended to help people to better navigate social media platforms. The site launched June 30. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Michigan's first Science Olympiad invitational for students, by students

This year, the University of Michigan offered the state's first Science Olympiad invitational competition run by Olympiad alumni. Conceived of and organized in part by CS freshman Omar Al-Ejel, the inaugural U-M Science Olympiad gave 45 high school student teams a place to hone their craft and prep for the core competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touch

ECE alumnus Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, talked to The Mercury News about Synaptics and its evolution into other areas beyond physical touchpads. "At the end of the day, what we like to do is make devices easier to use," said Bergman. Synaptics products are used by Apple, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Tool for structuring data creates efficiency for data scientists

Transforming messy data into a usable state turns out to be labor-intensive and tedious. Traditionally, domain experts handwrite task-specific scripts to transform unstructured data. Enter Foofah, a project developed by CSE graduate students Zhongjun Jin and Michael Anderson, Prof. Michael Cafarella, and Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science H.V. Jagadish that can help to minimize the effort and required background knowledge needed to clean up data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Jagadish, HV  

Exploring the source of social stereotypes

Incoming CSE PhD student Wilka Carvalho has been selected for the GEM Fellowship under the sponsorship of Adobe. Carvalho plans to work with Profs. Satinder Singh Baveja, Honglak Lee, and Richard Lewis (Psychology) to pursue research at the intersection of reinforcement learning, machine learning, and computational cognitive science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Brain  Graduate Students  Lee, Honglak  Machine Learning  

Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition

The U-M Mars Rover Team brought a new remote astronaut assistant to the University Rover Challenge in the desert of southern Utah, pulling off a 9th place finish out of 36 competing international teams and 3rd out of the US teams. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

M-Fly's season ends with top-10 finishes, new autonomous plane

The M-Fly student aircraft design team provides undergraduates the opportunity to design, build, present, and test real-world aerospace projects. This year was extremely productive, with the team building more planes than ever, including its first autonomous craft. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Party for the people: UpNext app lets users shape the playlist

Tired of yelling song requests at the DJ until youre hoarse, and then getting shut down anyway? Turns out a lot of people are, so three U-M students are working to empower party-goers and democratize the dancefloor with their app, UpNext. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

Finding meaning in varied data

CSE grad student Jie Song earned the runner up Best Paper Award at the 2018 Extending Database Technology conference for her paper GeoAlign: Interpolating Aggregates over Unaligned Partitions. Song devised a method to combine summarized datasets that group information by incompatible units. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Graduate Students  Jagadish, HV  Koutra, Danai  

New one-credit course allows those without experience to discover computer science

Interested in Computer Science? Heard about programming but not really sure how it works? A new 1 credit course, EECS 198, will take on these questions and more beginning Fall 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mihalcea, Rada  Undergraduate Students  

May Mobility Is Deploying Self-Driving Vehicles Now, Starting In Detroit

May Mobility, the autonomous shuttle service co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is deploying low speed autonomous electric shuttles on the streets of downtown Detroit. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Undocumented immigrants' privacy at risk online, on phones

Every day, undocumented immigrants in the U.S. face discrimination, surveillance, deportation, and other dangers. When it comes to their smartphones, immigrants struggle to apply instinctive caution, according to a study by a team of University of Michigan researchers that included CSE PhD student Allison McDonald. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  

Can Ultrasonic Noise Make You Sick?

Prof. Kevin Fu and his research collaborators have shown how ultrasonic signals can contribute to produce audible and potentially dangerous tones similar to the ones that overseas diplomats have described. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Faculty spotlight: Rada Mihalcea

Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M's College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field. She sat down to talk with us about why she loves what she does and wants other women to love it, too. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Cafarella Receives VLDB Test of Time Award for Structured Web Data Search

This award is given to the VLDB paper published ten years earlier that has had the most influence since its publication. In this paper, Cafarella and co-authors Alon Halevy, Zhe Daisy Wang, Eugene Wu, and Yang Zhang set out to determine how to provide search-engine-style access to huge volumes of structured web data. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  Data and Computing  

Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities

In the article in The Conversation, PhD candidate Qi Alfred Chen and Prof. Z. Morley Mao describe how vulnerabilities in intelligent infrastructure, such as the Intelligent Traffic Signal System being tested by the US Department of Transportation, can create opportunities for hackers to create chaos. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Designing a flexible future for massive data centers

The days of bulky, expensive servers filling up data centers may be numbered: a new approach recreates the power of a large server by linking up and pooling the resources of smaller computers with fast networking technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Software Systems  Mozafari, Barzan  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

PhD student Jean Young Song earned a Best Student Paper Honorable Mention at the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018) conference in Tokyo. Her paper, "Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance," offers an improved solution to the problem of image segmentation in computer vision by introducing a new way to think about leveraging human effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Lasecki, Walter  

The sonic attack in China was probably clumsy ultrasonic eavesdropping

In this Quartz article, the author talks about Prof. Kevin Fus research on why the "sonic attacks" that poisoned diplomats in Cuba may have been the accidental effect of eavesdropping. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  

CSE researchers funded to connect music and big data

Four U-M research teams, including two teams led by CSE researchers, will receive support for projects that apply data science tools like machine learning and data mining to the study of music theory, performance, social media-based music making, and the connection between words and music. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  Mihalcea, Rada  

US Employee Suffers Brain Injury After Sound Incident in China, Embassy Issues Alert

Prof. Kevin Fu determined earlier this year that the sounds as described could have been created by two listening devices placed in close proximity to each other. In such a scenario, Fu and his team concluded that the question of whether this was an intentional attack remains unanswered. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  

Fall 2018: Discover Computer Science

Course No.: EECS 198-001
Credit Hours: 1 credit
Instructor: Rada Mihalcea
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
Interested in Computer Science? Heard about programming but not really sure how it works? Discover Computer Science!
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Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers

U-M's STARX team hosted the first Applied Collegiate Exoskeleton (ACE) Competition, where teams from five schools gathered to tune-up, learn, and demonstrate their powered mechanical suits, which augment the wearers strength and abilities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  Student Teams and Organizations  

Study maps careers of CS PhDs using decades of data

Of the many burning questions in the world of computing research, the one most dear to a student's heart has typically been the least investigated: what happens after a PhD in computer science? Prof. Danai Koutra and CSE PhD student Tara Safavi set out to provide the world's first data-driven answer, analyzing several decades of post-PhD computing careers using a large new dataset rich with professional information. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Koutra, Danai  

Computer science and business school students team up to create "intention" skill for Alexa

Inspired by a class on managing professional relationships, five recent University of Michigan graduates are developing an app that would mesh with Alexa to help nudge people when theyre out of sync with what they want. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Undergraduate Students  

"Stitching" together a web user from scattered, messy data

Modern internet users submit a massive trove of personal details to the web - but they scatter their data across dozens of websites, accounts, and devices with very little continuity. Prof. Danai Koutra will work to "stitch" these personal details together into a cohesive, useful whole, making a user's time online a more pleasant, continuous experience across devices with better product and service recommendations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Koutra, Danai  

Building a security standard for a post-quantum future

Chris Peikert, with a team of eleven other researchers, has submitted a cryptographic scheme as a proposed standard to the NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography project. Called FrodoKEM, this family of encryption algorithms is designed to be a conservative and practical implementation of one of the most-studied approaches in the post-quantum cryptography field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Peikert, Chris  Quantum Science and Technology  

Reetuparna Das earns Borg Early Career Award

Prof. Reetuparna Das has been chosen as one of two recipients of the 2018 Borg Early Career Award. This award is given annually to women in computer science or engineering who have made significant research contributions and made a positive impact on advancing women in the computing research community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Women in Computing  

Mike Stander honored with CoE Staff Excellence Award

Mike Stander received a 2018 College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award, recognizing 33 years of exceptional service to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a Hardware and Electronics Technician. [Full Story]

Keki Irani (1924-2018): In Memoriam

Keki Irani, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away on Wednesday, May 2, at the age of 93. He was a model faculty who made important contributions to the EECS department, was always supportive of students, and who supported the department at critical times throughout the years. [Full Story]

JPMorgan's latest hire proves the bank is serious about artificial intelligence

This article on the importance of AI to banking giant JP Morgan Chase quotes Prof. Jason Mars, co-founder of the startup Clinc, which makes AI products for the banking industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  

U-M programming team competes at highest level in ACM-ICPC competition

The Victors, a U-M student programming team, competed in the prestigious 2018 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Finals in Beijing, China, on April 15 - 20, 2018. The team was able to correctly solve four out of nine problems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Undergraduate Students  

Arthur Shi: Blogging about CS

Computer science is known to be a rigorous area of study, and students need to put forth countless hours of work to succeed. Undergraduate student Arthur Shi communicates the highs and lows of CS via the blogging platform Medium. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Bryan Stearns receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

For the past year Stearns has served as President of the Computer Science and Engineering Graduate Student Organization (CSEG), whose membership comprises the entire body of over three hundred CSE graduate students. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Laird, John  

$6.25M project will decode worlds most complex networks

A new $6.25 million project built on game theory and led by Professors Mingyan Liu and Michael Wellman will develop tools to understand and shape online and on-the-ground networks that drive human decision making. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Wellman, Michael  

Yongjoo Park is runner-up for Jim Gray dissertation award

CSE alumnus and postdoctoral researcher Yongjoo Park (CSE PhD 2017) has been selected as a runner-up for the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Fast Data Analytics by Learning." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Software Systems  

CSE researchers win Best of SELSE award

have won the the best paper award at the 14th Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic - System Effects (SELSE) for their paper entitled "Low Cost Transient Fault Protection Using Loop Output Prediction." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Architecture  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Mahlke, Scott  

Bring Your Child to Work Day features robots, games, and more

CSE faculty and staff got to show their kids how we have fun in Beyster. Bring Your Child to Work Day 2018 gave kids the run of the building, on a mission to find all the exciting activities the department had to offer. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Andrew DeOrio voted HKN Professor of the Year for CSE

EECS students voted, and lecturer Andrew DeOrio was named the 2017-2018 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE by the Beta-Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  DeOrio, Andrew  Student Teams and Organizations  

Fall 2018: Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Surface Interactions

Course No.: EECS 598-007
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Mark Kushner
Prerequisites: See instructor

Course Description:
Low temperature plasmas are used for materials and microelectronics proc-essing, plasma aided combustion, lighting, lasers and medicine. This course will address the plasma initiated chemistry and plasma surface interactions of these systems. Electron impact, ion-molecule and excited state reactions, radiation transport; and the reaction of these species with inorganic, organic and liquid surfaces will be discussed.
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Zakaria Aldeneh selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Zakaria Aldeneh, CSE graduate student, has been selected to receive a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. Aldeneh is working with Prof. Emily Mower Provost in the area of social signal processing. Aldeneh's research focuses on identifying the features of speech that make human interaction feel natural. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Mower Provost, Emily  

Three CSE faculty selected for Google Faculty Research Award

Profs. Jia Deng, Roya Ensfari, and Manos Kapritsos have been selected to receive the Google Faculty Research Award. The Google Faculty Research Awards Program aims to recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Deng, Jia  Ensafi, Roya  Kapritsos, Manos  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

I hacked an election. So can the Russians.

Professor Alex Halderman and the New York Times staged a mock election to demonstrate voting machine vulnerability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  

Alum startup SambaNova collects $56m in funding for AI chip research

Startup SambaNova Systems, co-founded by alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE MSE PhD CSE ), earned $56M in its series A funding round to develop a computing platform that may reimagine how we power machine learning and data analytics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Mudge, Trevor  

Tara Safavi earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for research on data mining

CSE graduate student Tara Safavi has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research in data mining on graphs, time series, and sequences. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  

CSE alum earns IEEE award for pioneering work in CPU design

Alumnus Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE ) received the IEEE Computer Society's 2018 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for his innovative work in multi-core processor design. Olukotun is often called "the father of multi-core processors" for his early contributions to this now commonplace technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Computer Architecture  Mudge, Trevor  

Possession of ransomware is now a crime in Michigan

There were more than 1,300 reported cases of ransomware attacks in Michigan in 2017, according to FBI statistics. New legislation signed by the governor closes a loophole that hindered the pursuit of suspected cybercriminals. Professor Kang Shin weighs in on the usefulness of these laws and headaches that may arise. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Shin, Kang G.  

Xinchen Yan Selected for Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and Google PhD Fellowship

CSE PhD candidate Xinchen Yan has been selected for a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and a Google PhD Fellowship to support his research in machine learning and its application in computer vision, graphics and robotics. In his thesis, Xinchen investigates the conditional generation problem that synthesizes structured sensory data from a given conditioning variable. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II serves as inaugural director of U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility

To address the growing concern of fake news, U-M has formed the School of Information Center for Social Media Responsibility, and hired one of President Barack Obama's former social media managers as its director, EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05). Gilchrist will ensure that people are connected, informed, empowered, and free to share their ideas on the internet. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

All CSE News for 2018