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Movie Design for Specific Target Audiences

Creating products that satisfy the market is critical to companies as it determines their success and revenue. Currently, experts use their judgment to estimate solutions to designing a new product that will satisfy customers, but this does not scale or allow leveraging massive datasets. Prof. Danai Koutra and her colleagues sought to identify how they can design new movies with features tailored to a specific user population. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

MHacks Gains Focus, Maturity as MHacks X Approaches

As the 10th MHacks approaches on September 22nd, we take a look back at past MHacks events and how the institution that is MHacks has evolved over time. Hack on! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hacks  Undergraduate Students  

CS Alum's Four-Year Journey to Bring Music House to Michigan

CS alumnus Chris Salem (BS CS 2017) has a passion for live music and has been on a quest to create a space for non-music-major student musicians on campus. Formerly the president of student group Stamp Nation, he continues to work with the group's new leaders in attempt to establish a UM Music House. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet's core

This article describes an implementation of TapDance, a method of anticensorship deployment that is built into the very core of the internet itself. By building TapDance into the servers and routers that underpin the Internet, censorship would become impractical. TapDance's development has been led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Solar Car Team Spotlight: Alan Li

Computer science student Alan Li is the race strategy lead on the solar car team. He talks about his love of computer games and how those skills have transferred over to his position on the race crew. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

CRA Board Member Highlight: H. V. Jagadish

HV Jagadish, Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been profiled in the August issue of CRA's Computing Research News. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Software Systems  

CHORUS: The Crowd-Powered Conversational Assistant

Prof. Walter Lasecki and his colleagues have developed a crowd-powered conversational assistant, Chorus, and deployed it to see how users and workers would interact together when mediated by the system. Chorus is capable of providing users with relevant responses instead of merely search results by recruiting workers on demand, who in turn decide what the best response is for each user sentence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  Lasecki, Walter  

Designing for Our Own

Dr. David Chesney's students have created technology to assist Brad Ebenhoeh, a now 30-year-old sophomore in aerospace engineering, which his daily challenges. At age 19, Ebenhoeh suffered a brain hemorrhage that paralyzed the right side of his body, limited his vision, confined him to a wheelchair and forced him to leave the University for a decade. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Accessibility  Chesney, David  Engineering for the Greater Good  

Precision Health Pioneer Named to MIT Technology Review Innovator List

Prof. Jenna Wiens has been named one of MIT Technology Review's 35 Under 35 for her work in the development of data-driven predictive models needed to help organize, process, and transform data into actionable knowledge. Prof. Wiens' main focus is in the use of data and machine learning to advance the new field of precision health. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  Medical diagnosis  Wiens, Jenna  

Social Interaction Patterns Provide Clues to Real Life Changes

Researchers including Prof. Danai Koutra have explored the dynamics of individual user interactions in social networks by creating iNET, a comprehensive analytic and visualization framework that provides personalized insights into user behavior. The researchers view their work as a first step towards fully exploring the amount and type of information that can be extracted from the online social footprint of a person. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Koutra, Danai  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Software Systems  

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

This article on reports on the recent popularity of mastery-based learning in K-12 schools. Thurnau Professor Elliot Soloway is quoted in the article. He questions the approach, and contends that students learn by building on knowledge and frequently returning to it, not by working to mastery and then moving on. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

U.S. elections are an easier target for Russian hackers than once thought

This article on voting system security quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who says of the prospect of election tampering that "the technical ability is there and we wouldn't be able to catch it. The state of technical defense is very primitive in our election system now." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

ACM to Publish Leading Journal of Human-Robot Interaction; Chad Jenkins Serves as Editor-in-Chief

The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction is scheduled to become an ACM publication in January 2018 and will be rebranded as the ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction. Prof. Chad Jenkins will continue to serve as editor-in-chief. The journal covers the convergence of technology development and social understanding to capture the full spectrum of robotics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jenkins, Chad  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

Solar Car Team goes small to win big at World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigans top-ranked solar car team has unveiled the vehicle it will race in a global contest this fall, and its the smallest and most aerodynamic that any U-M team has ever built. Aptly named NovumLatin for new thingthe design, manufacturing process and solar technology behind the national champion teams fourteenth car is different than anything theyve ever done before. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Solar Cell Technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Student Hybrid Rocket Team Takes First Place at Inaugural Competition

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries. The team was led in part by EE students Jacob Sigler (Chief Engineer), Nicholas Sterenberg (Avionics Lead), and Jonathan Zarger (Avionics Lead). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New Student Team Builds Autonomous Vehicles

New student team University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle. The team is led by CE student and co-founder Adarash Mishra. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Computer Vision  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Baja Racing Team First to Three-peat National Championship, Despite Four-Car Pileup

The U-M Baja Racing team earned first place in the national competition for the third year in a row, making them the first team to ever achieve the status of 3-time consecutive national champions. Baja designs and manufactures a new off-road race vehicle every season. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

UM::Autonomy Competes with Brand New Boat Design

The UM::Autonomy team brought their latest autonomous boat, called Thurman, to participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation Roboboat competition. This year, they managed to simplify the code running the boat, changed their design to a more stable model, and added a dedicated business team to run their promotional material. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Heres exactly how Russia can hack the 2018 elections

Vulnerabilities in our voting system need to be addressed swiftly, according to experts in the field, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

MHybrid Takes on Major Design Overhaul

The Michigan Hybrid Racing team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May, led in part by ECE undergrads Madison Warsaw, Yeabsera Kebede, and Colin Wagner. MHybrids car featured many unique components, and was a major overhaul from their previous designs. They placed 5th in their class at the competition, and earned the FCA Innovation Award and General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Let's Encrypt Issues 100 Millionth Security Certificate

The Internet is more secure thanks to Let's Encrypt, the certificate authority founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators. Since launching in Jan. 2016, Let's Encrypt has issued 100 million certificates. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Apps available for your smartphone could steal your personal information

WXYZ Detroit reports on work by UM researchers that has exposed dangerous open ports in mobile platforms that can be taken advantage of by hackers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Security (Computing)  

Lee Rutledge: Mapping the World

Lee Rutledge is a master's student in computer science and engineering. Lee is working with Professor Chad Jenkins at U-M's autonomous robotics lab this fall to help AI agents map and navigate their surroundings on the fly. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Nathan Gupta: Ambitious and Thankful

Nathan Gupta is an undergraduate in data science. Nathan hopes to use his entrepreneurial and technical skills to make a difference for the people around him. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Prof. J. Alex Halderman Testifies in Front of Senate Intelligence Committee on Secure Elections

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of the broader Russian hacking investigation. His remarks focused vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

How to prevent Russian hackers from attacking the 2018 election

In this commentary piece in the Chicago Tribune, Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Justin Talbot-Zorn make the case for a straightforward policy agenda to secure America's voting systems against the threat of hackers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

CS Alumnae Tara Safavi Chosen for Google Women Techmakers Scholarship

Tara Safavi (BS CS 17) has been selected as a recipient of the Google Women Techmakers Scholarship to continue her studies in computer science and engineering. Tara will return to Michigan this Fall to pursue her PhD in CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know?

In the article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman points out how electronic voting systems even those not connected to the Internet can be compromised. One path for hackers is to attack the computers that are used to program the ballots, which are later transferred to voting machines via memory cards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Software Systems  Security (Computing)  

Mary Lou Dorf Retires; Her Focus Was On Opening Doors to Computer Science

Collegiate Lecturer Dr. Mary Lou Dorf has retired after 15 years at the University of Michigan in the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department. During her career at Michigan, Dr. Dorf worked tirelessly to open the doors of computer science to everyone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dorf, Mary Lou  

Beyster Collections showcase a lifetime of ideas from U-M alum

Three permanent exhibits on U-Ms North Campus pay tribute to the achievements of Michigan Engineer J. Robert Beyster. [Full Story]

Valeria Bertacco Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at Rackham Graduate School

Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been selected to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives serves as the primary liaison between the Rackham School and academic units in the physical sciences and engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  

CSE Staff Outing at the Nichols Arboretum

On June 2nd, the CSE staff took a leisurely walk in the Nichols Arboretum to explore the natural environment and to view the blooming Peony Garden. With nearly 800 peonies at peak bloom, the arboretum is home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America. [Full Story]

Engineering Students Bring Education to Disadvantaged Children in Ecuador

CE undergrad Sam Tenka traveled to Ecuador with a team of four multidisciplinary engineers to work with youth who have not had the chance to attend school. As part of the Engineering Honors GO program, the team stayed in the city of Quito for two weeks to aid the Street Children Work project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Eric Vander Weele: Building Bloomberg LP

Since graduating from U-M, Eric N. Vander Weele (BSE CS 08, MS CSE 10), has helped grow Bloombergs technology division and increased efficiency and production for employees and clients. He focuses on how to reuse and integrate existing C/C++ libraries within Python, how to improve productivity for other developers, and how to manage and monitor the deployment of Python applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Lattice Data Makes Gift to Michigan Computer Science and Engineering Fund

Lattice Data, Inc. has recently provided a gift to the College of Engineering to benefit the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Lattice was cofounded by Prof. Michael Cafarella. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  

Breakthrough for Large Scale Computing: Memory Disaggregation Made Practical

CSE researchers have introduced Infiniswap, the first system to scalably implement cluster-wide memory disaggregation, whereby the memory of all the servers in a computing cluster is transparently exposed as a single memory pool to all the applications in the cluster. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Shin, Kang G.  Software Systems  

CSE Receives NCWIT Award for Recruiting and Retention Efforts of Women in Computing

The Computer Science and Engineering Division has received a NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Award for excellence in promoting women in undergraduate computing. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, the NEXT Awards honor academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in increasing womens meaningful participation in computing education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Dorf, Mary Lou  Women in Computing  

Brian Noble Named Chair of Computer Science and Engineering

Influential educator and computer scientist Brian Noble has been selected as the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Noble, Brian  

U.S. Hospitals Not Immune to Crippling Cyber Attacks

In this article, Prof. Kevin Fu comments on the vulnerabilities that exist in hospital and healthcare systems and devices. The recent strike by the ransomware program called WannaCry demonstrates that these shortcomings. [Full Story]

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

Apple Just Acquired This Little-Known Artificial Intelligence Startup

CSE Prof. Michael Cafarella is a co-founder of the startup Lattice Data, which builds on statistical inference and machine learning to solve problems using dark data. Apple has acquired Lattice, which recently emerged from stealth mode, for $200M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Databases and Data Mining  Lab-Software Systems  

Apple acquires AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured dark data, for $200M

CSE Prof. Michael Cafarella is a co-founder of the startup Lattice Data, which builds on statistical inference and machine learning to solve problems using dark data. Apple has acquired Lattice, which recently emerged from stealth mode, for $200M. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cafarella, Michael  Databases and Data Mining  Lab-Software Systems  

Smartphone security hole: "Open port" backdoors are common

The College of Engineering reports on work by computer science security researchers which has revealed that so-called "open ports" are much more vulnerable to security breaches than previously thought. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Todays Youth

This blog post by Thurnau Prof. Elliot Soloway and his collaborator Cathie Norris looks at the disconnect between existing instructional materials (90% text) and how K-12 students communicate and consume (90% image-based), with ramifications for educational practices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

2017 ISCA Influential Paper Award for Groundbreaking Research in Power-efficient Computing

For their groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing, faculty and former students of the department received the 2017 ACM SIGARCH and IEEE-CS TCCA ISCA Influential Paper Award. The researchers developed a method to intelligently put parts of a computer's memory into a low power mode to save energy. Since 2002, the technique has been adopted by major chip manufacturers, and has continued to be exploited in subsequent research by the authors themselves. [Full Story]

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

Wellman and Rajan on the Ethics of Automated Trading

In this audio interview at Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project, Prof. Michael Wellman and Business Administration Prof. Uday Rajan comment on the ethics of autonomous trading agents on financial markets. The discussion encompasses algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, market manipulation, the AI control problem, and more. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wellman, Michael  

Hundreds of popular Android apps have open ports, making them prime targets for hacking

This article reports on the work done by CSE researchers Yunhan Jack Jia, Qi Alfred Chen, Yikai Lin, Chao Kong, and Prof. Z. Morley Mao in characterizing a widespread vulnerability in popular Android apps. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Open Ports Create Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones

This article reports on work by CSE researchers who have characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data by using open ports to create backdoors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Hacking with Sound Waves

CSE researchers have demonstrated a new way of using sound to interfere with devices containing accelerometers, such as smartphones and self-driving cars. This presents a new avenue for hackers to use in compromising devices to steal information or disrupt communication. [Full Story]

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

An Obscure Flaw Creates Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones

CSE researchers have characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data, and also to install malware and to perform malicious code execution which could be used in large-scale attacks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Award-Winning Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides

To celebrate the contributions of our graduate and undergraduate instructors, the department selects the best of the best, based on student evaluations, and celebrates them at a special awards ceremony. This event occurred Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when 14 students were recognized for their skill, passion, and care for the students they were charged to assist during the past academic year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

All CSE News for 2017