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Army Award to speed up distributed methods over networks

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an Army Young Investigator Award to speed up graph methods for distributed applications. The goal of her project, called A New Perspective for Fast Distributed Computations Over Network, is to speed up in particular those problems that involve making a lot of queries about the network very quickly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches

Prof. Danai Koutra has earned an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology. The project, Timely Insights: Interpretable, Multi-scale Summarization of Networks over Time, will tackle problems in summarizing networks at different scales to accomplish feats from speeding up web searches to better understanding the structure of the human brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Computer Games course continues growth, experimentation

Students in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, showcased their homegrown creations for a vibrant crowd at the 2019 Computer Games Showcase. The developers, adorned with neon lights and VR headsets, packed Tishman Hall full of competitive players eager to try their polished multiplayer adventures. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

3D Modeling Representations, David Fouhey, TRI and a Cat

Prof. David Fouhey wants your computer to be as smart as your cat. Now, he has funding from Toyota Research Institute to fund his research into computer vision. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Fouhey, David  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Upstarts Duo Security

Duo Security, a company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right? [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cybersecurity  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

Encouraging careers in research

An event hosted on April 15 by CSE gave undergraduates a taste of what its like to do research for a living. The poster session and panel on Research as a Career invited students to find out what it means to do research full time, to learn the ins and outs of a researchers life, and to ask questions of research scientists, engineers, PhD students, and faculty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  Women in Computing  

Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium

Prof. Chad Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

EECS students voted, and Thurnau Professor Peter Chen was named the 2018-2019 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:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  

New chip stops hacks before they start

A new computer processor architecture developed at the University of Michigan could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moores Law with innovative architecture

CSE PhD student Charles Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data. Working with Prof. Reetuparna Das, Eckert was a Department of Defense NDSEG Fellowship for his research, which focuses on how to accelerate Artificial Intelligence (AI) using in-memory computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Computer Architecture  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury has been awarded the VMWare Early Career Award to further his research on memory disaggregation. The award provides a $50,000 unrestricted gift for his work, which seeks to one day treat portions of computer memory scattered across machines as one huge, virtual block of memory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Computer Architecture  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

In a project that earned a Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing, PhD student Charlie Welch, Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas, research fellow Jonathan Kummerfeld, and Prof. Rada Mihalcea analyzed a massive collection of one authors online communications over the course of 5 years to study a number of different speaker attributes and how they are reflected in the language of the messages. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  Perez-Rosas, Veronica  

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

A paper co-authored by Prof. Harsha Madhyastha has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). In Engineering Egress with Edge Fabric: Steering Oceans of Content to the World, Madhyastha and collaborators presented a system that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet to their users. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Madhyastha, Harsha  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Qi Alfred Chen has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Securing Smart, Connected Systems Through Systematic Problem Analysis and Mitigation." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity

CSE PhD student Laura Burdick received a 2019 Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for her extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Mihalcea, Rada  

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The CSE Division has undertaken a new initiative to support a better and more welcoming climate for all students in its introductory courses. The initiative provides specialized training on inclusive teaching to all Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Assistants (IAs) who teach or provide other instructional support to those courses, emphasizing a number of factors that help instructors interact with students in an inclusive and equitable way. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Education  Graduate Students  Kamil, Amir  Weimer, Westley  Women in Computing  

Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity

Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been awarded the 2019 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award for exhibiting outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity. According to the U-M Office of Equity and Inclusion, Bertaccos contributions to the multicultural mission of the University have been extensive and of extraordinary caliber. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Women in Computing  

Towner Prize Winner Nel Escher

While teaching lab sections such as EECS 183, Nel created lessons that fostered strong engagement from students while achieving the learning outcomes of the lesson. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Computer science and engineering professor and noted election security expert J. Alex Halderman has been named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his work in strengthening election cybersecurity with evidence-based elections. [Full Story]

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

Possibilities, risks explored at University of Minnesota's annual medical device design conference

Prof. Kevin Fu spoke at the 18th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, where he spoke about his work in targeting sensors to demonstrate vulnerabilities in medical device. Summing up the challenge, he told attendees that "you are going to be designing for the risks of 10 years from now." [Full Story]

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

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

CSE PhD student Matt Perez has been selected to receive a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his project aiming to automatically track the progression of Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impairs motor skills, cognition, and speech, and monitoring its progression is a key component to clinical research involving the development of new treatments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Students map Ann Arbor art

CS students have partnered with the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance to develop an app for locating and exploring art in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Ringenberg, Jeff  Undergraduate Students  

Michigan's new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The newly-formed Michigan Election Security Commission, established by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on March 20, 2019, held its first meeting on Tuesday, April 16, on the University of Michigan North Campus. The commission is co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, whose work in election security and in exposing the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

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

All things are part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

Frying pans, pill bottles, yoga mats, coffee cups, and countless other non-electronic objects could be turned into a network of Internet of Things sensors with a new RFID-based technology from Prof. Alanson Sample. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Embedded Systems  Internet of Things  Lab-Systems  Sample, Alanson  

Michigan Radio: Making self-driving cars safer

Prof. Walter Lasecki was featured on a segment by Michigan Radio where he discussed his new system of "air traffic control" for driverless vehicles. His research shows how human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decisions during times of uncertainty. Lasecki's segment begins at 28:54 on the web player. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Lab-Interactive Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Guzdial receives SIGCSE outstanding educator award

Prof. Mark Guzdial is the 2019 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award recognizes his work in helping to create the field of computing education research, designing and evaluating innovative curricula and pedagogical methods, mentoring the field, and promoting literacy for all. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Engineering Education Research  Guzdial, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Teaching science with sound waves

Prof. Kevin Fu and visiting PhD student Xinyan Zhou volunteered to teach the first grade classes at Ann Arbor STEAM about the science of sound. The classes got to learn about cybersecurity, the physics of sound waves, and how to beam music a long distance like a flashlight using ultrasound. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Fu, Kevin  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

The Hacker Code: Don't Listen to the Experts

Duo Security Cofounder Jon Oberheide is profiled in this piece about his experience in building what became Ann Arbor's first unicorn (a privately held startup valued at over $1 billion). Duo was ultimately acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a new Election Security Commission to recommend reforms and strategies for ensuring the security of elections in Michigan, to be co-chaired by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. Haldermans work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. [Full Story]

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

3 Questions with: Jenna Wiens

Jenna Wiens focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation hosted her for a seminar on how to augment clinical care with AI. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury is developing techniques to connect all the unused memory in a data cluster and treat it as a single, massive memory unit. He has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant to overcome new challenges in this area. In the end, the team intends to make memory disaggregation practical. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Systems  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

New secure architecture confounds hackers with randomization

Prof. Todd Austin is leading development of a new hardware architecture designed to guard against hackers. The two lead PhD students on the project, Mark Gallagher and Lauren Biernacki, produced a promotional video detailing the strengths of Morpheus' randomization approach. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Austin, Todd  Computer Architecture  Cybersecurity  Graduate Students  

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries. This article summarizes the challenges in updating voting technology before the 2020 elections, and quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman's recent congressional testimony: With the 2020 election on the horizon, the next major target for foreign cyberattacks, we need to act before its too late. [Full Story]

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

State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking

Politico describes how some states are purchasing new voting machines to improve security -- but the ones they're choosing, called called ballot-marking devices, are relatively untested, says Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who is quoted in the article. [Full Story]

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

A Question For 2020: Are Our Voting Systems Secure?

In this podcast, Diane Rehm interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman about the security profile of the US voting system and asks the question: As we approach 2020, have states made the necessary changes to protect how we vote? [Full Story]

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

Uche Eke: A Balancing Act in Computer Science

Uche Eke is a senior studying computer science. He's also a student athlete and is one of a small number of black students enrolled in the CS program at Michigan. With Black History Month drawing to a close, we caught Uche between his classes and the gym to learn about his time here. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Your Hard Drive May Be Listening

Researchers led by Prof. Kevin Fu demonstrated that a hard drive can be used as a microphone, allowing attackers to listen in to conversations. The team proposes defenses against every attack they develop, but Fu is still concerned about the implications this has for sensitive sensor-driven systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cyber-physical systems  Cybersecurity  Fu, Kevin  Lab-Systems  

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

GPUs are employed by large computing clusters for both training and inference of deep learning models, and Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury and his students, Juncheng Gu and Peifeng Yu, are working to multiply the number of jobs a cluster can finish in a set amount of time and streamline methods of sharing resources on the fly with two new open-source tools. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Machine Learning  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  

What the U.S. Can Learn About Electronic Voting From This Tiny Eastern European Nation

This article describes the system of electronic voting used by the Baltic country of Estonia, which is often held up by many as a model for how electronic voting can be done right. It then interviews Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who conducted a security audit of the Estonian system in 2014 and found a series of alarming problems. [Full Story]

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

Student wins prestigious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering

Anthony Zheng is one of ten nationwide recipients of the prestigious Ford Alan Mulally Scholarship in Engineering. The scholarship program awards 10 one-time $10,000 scholarships each year to outstanding sophomore or junior engineering students at leading universities around the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Personalized knowledge graphs for faster search and digital assistants

Prof. Danai Koutra has proposed a mobile solution to develop constantly-evolving, personalized knowledge bases that identify information thats most relevant to the users changing interests. Koutra and her collaborators are working to take on this shortcoming with graphs that are customized, stored locally, and able to change over time. Koutra earned an Amazon Research Award for the project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  

All CSE News for 2019