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Introductory EECS course designed for women, those without prior experience embarks on first semester

This article provides an early glimpse of student experiences in EECS 198: Discover Computer Science. Taught by Prof. Rada Mihalcea and doctoral student Laura Wendlandt, the course provides a supportive atmosphere for students with more curiosity than experience in CS. [Full Story]

Hackers can spy on your computer screen just by listening to your webcam's microphone, experts warn

Prof. Daniel Genkin and a team of researchers discovered how hackers can spy on remote computers. LCD displays emit high-frequency sounds that can be recorded by a microphone, including from webcam, smartphone or smart speaker up to 30 ft away. These recordings are then fed into a machine learning algorithm and analyzed to generate an estimation of what's onscreen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Lab-Software Systems  Machine Learning  

Researchers find way to spy on remote screensthrough the webcam mic

Prof. Daniel Genkin and collaborators have investigated a potential new avenue of remote surveillance that they have dubbed "Synesthesia": a side-channel attack that can reveal the contents of a remote screen, providing access to potentially sensitive information based solely on "content-dependent acoustic leakage from LCD screens." All that is needed is audio picked up by webcam microphones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Lab-Software Systems  Machine Learning  

To cripple AI, hackers are turning data against itself

Data has powered the artificial intelligence revolution. Now security experts are uncovering worrying ways in which AIs can be hacked to go rogue. PhD student Kevin Eykholt talks to Wired. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Machine Learning  Prakash, Atul  

Cuba's "Sonic Attack" on the U.S. Embassy Could Have Been Merely Sounds Emitted by a Listening Device

A Penn bioengineer disputes a recent New York Times report suggesting microwaves accounted for what occurred at the U.S. embassy in Havana, agrees with hypothesis by Prof. Kevin Fu that the cause could have been ultrasound spy tech.

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

Detecting Fake News With The Help Of An Algorithm

Prof. Rada Mihalcea recently developed an algorithm that can identify fake news stories better than humans. The algorithm uses linguistic clues to differentiate between factual and inaccurate stories. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Algorithm outperforms humans at spotting fake news

An artificial intelligence system that can tell the difference between real and fake news often with better success rates than its human counterparts has been developed by Prof. Rada Mihalcea. Such a system may hep social media platforms, search engines, and news aggregators filter out articles meant to misinform. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mihalcea, Rada  

Kids at hacking conference show how easily US elections could be sabotaged

In this article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted on the problems that continue to exist with electronic voting, and why paper ballots should be used. [Full Story]

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

Intel's SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack

ARS Technica reports on the security work done by Michigan CSE researchers and their collaborators on a flaw in what was supposed to be a secure enclave in Intel chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Software Systems  Wenisch, Thomas  

Spectre-Like Flaw Undermines Intel Processors' Most Secure Element

Wired reports on the security work done by Michigan CSE researchers and their collaborators on a flaw in what was supposed to be a secure enclave in Intel chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Genkin, Daniel  Graduate Students  Kasikci, Baris  Lab-Software Systems  Wenisch, Thomas  

Hackers are out to jeopardize your vote

Cyberattacks on the 2016 US election caused states to bolster the defenses of their voting systems. Prof. J Alex Halderman explains why this hasn't been enough in this Q&A piece. [Full Story]

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

Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Voting?

West Virginia is experimenting with voting via a blockchain network using smartphones. Prof. J. Alex Halderman cautions that such an approach is not yet truly viable, and that mobile voting using blockchain doesn't address core security problems that are unique to mobile voting. [Full Story]

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

Sounding the Alarm on the Dangers of Electronic Voting

Prof. J. Alex Halderman explains the dangers inherent with electronic voting machines, especially those without paperbackup, in the BloombergTV interview with Emily Chang. [Full Story]

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

Voting systems in Wisconsin, a key swing state, can be hacked, security experts warn

This article at WisconsinWatch.org reports in detail on potential vulnerabilities in Wisconsin's voting system, including risks from Russian hacking. It reviews the response of Wisconsin politicians to this prospect as well as the viewpoints of computer scientists. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, an expert in computer, network, and election security, is highlighted in the story. [Full Story]

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

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  

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  

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)  

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  

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  

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  

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  

Here's how hackers could cause chaos in this years US midterm elections

This article reviews areas of vulnerability in the US voting system and how these weaknesses can be addressed. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, an expert in computer, network, and election security, is highlighted in the story. [Full Story]

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

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.  

How May Mobility Is Spearheading Autonomous Driving In The Form Of Shuttle Services

This article describes how the startup May Mobility, cofounded by Prof. Edwin Olson, to getting to market first by focusing on autonomous shuttle service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  

Security of State Voter Rolls a Concern as Primaries Begin

This article describes steps being taken in Illinois, the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort, regarding its election systems. It quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who points out that many of the same weaknesses present in 2016 remain. [Full Story]

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

Election audits to debut in Mich. 2018 race

This article describes new measures to bolster security for Michigans 2018 midterm elections. Prof. J. Alex Halderman points out that additional progress can occur in the stat's process for auditing of paper ballots. [Full Story]

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

Hottest Major

In this article, the Ann Arbor Observer reports on the pressures that have emerged due to the exploding enrollments in computer science classes. According to CSE Chair Brian Noble, CSE is constantly recruiting in an attempt to hire more faculty to handle the load. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Noble, Brian  

U of M computer scientists might have solved mystery behind Cuba 'sonic attacks'

In this local news segment, Prof. Kevin Fu explains why the "sonic attacks" that poisoned diplomats in Cuba may have been the accidental effect of eavesdropping. [Full Story]

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

Can sound be used as a weapon? 4 questions answered

Were foreign diplomats and tourists in Cuba attacked with a "sonic weapon" or was it something else? Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators demonstrate a rational, evidence-based explanation. [Full Story]

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

Comcast offers 1-gigabit service in SE Mich.

In this news report, Prof. Mosharaf Chowdhury comments on the potential impact of Comcast's forthcoming 1-gigabit residential and business service. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chowdhury, Mosharaf  Data and Computing  Lab-Software Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

How Can We Trust a Robot?

This article by Prof. Benjamin Kuipers is featured in the March 2018 Communications of the ACM. Prof. Kuipers discusses how advances in artificial intelligence and robotics have raised concerns about the impact on our society of intelligent robots, unconstrained by morality or ethics. Includes a video interview with Prof. Kuipers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

BMW and Toyota are investing in a start-up that makes self-driving shuttles

May Mobility, cofounded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has received additional funding from BMW and Toyota for their autonomous shuttle technology. May hopes to get to market quickly by deploying shuttles on campuses and in other smaller-scale environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

How Artificial Intelligence Is Going To Affect The Financial Industry In 2018

Prof. Jason Mars, cofounder (with Prof. Lingjia Tang and others) of the AI startup firm Clinc, is interviewed in this article on the AI-driven conversational interface Clinc has developed for the banking industry. Clinc had sales of $4.5M in 2017 and his partnering with USAA to roll out their technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mars, Jason  Tang, Lingjia  

Prof. Michael Wellman participates in Asimov Memorial Debate

Michael Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, participated in the recent Issac Asimov Memorial Debate on Artificial Intelligence, which was hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. You can see the entire debate in this video. [Full Story]

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

The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

This article describes the security holes that exist in today's electronic voting machines, including both the shortcomings of voting systems that do not provide paper backup and those of the systems that transmit electronic votes to counting centers. It quotes Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who points to flaws in the protections for vote transmission systems put forth by vendors of paperless systems. [Full Story]

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

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

This article on the security of cardiac implants quotes Prof. Kevin Fu, who notes that limiting remote interactions would also address scenarios such as an old computer virus that unintentionally shuts down global operations of remote cardiac telemetry for hundreds of thousands of patients at once. [Full Story]

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

The Training Of Dr. Robot: Data Wave Hits Medical Care

This article reports on how machine learning is revolutionizing the process of making medical diagnoses. It opens by highlighting the work of Prof. Jenna Wiens and her collaborators in predicting a hospital patient's likelihood of developing a problematic C-diff infection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

To Fight Fatal Infections, Hospitals May Turn to Algorithms

This article in Scientific American describes how machine learning is revolutionizing the process of making medical diagnoses. It opens by highlighting the work of Prof. Jenna Wiens and her collaborators in predicting a hospital patient's likelihood of developing a problematic C-diff infection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Wiens, Jenna  

Transducer Sensors Suffer Security Risks Based on Physics, Not Malware

This article references the work of Prof. Kevin, Fu, who has demonstrated that physical manipulation can be used to trick transducers into reporting environmental data that is inaccurate. [Full Story]

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

As cell phones proliferate in K-12, schools search for smart policies

This article includes a focus on the work of Thurnau Prof. Elliot Soloway, who is a proponent for the use of mobile tech in education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

Persevering through the unknown: my conversation on emotion AI and problem solving with Emily Mower Provost

Prof. Emily Mower Provost was recently interviewed by the non-profit Iridescent - a company that brings science and engineering to underserved communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Mower Provost, Emily  

Ann Arbor's Duo Security announces record-breaking year

Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based security firm founded by CSE alumni Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, has grown spectacularly. The firm not only met, but exceeded, their 2017 goals. Since 2016, Duo has tripled its staff from 200 to nearly 600. It is now considered a "unicorn" with a valuation of over $1B. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  

DARPA funds six centers working on computer design alternatives

This article reports on the six centers that DARPA has funded to jumpstart the computer computer architecture development. The $32M Applications Driving Architectures center, based at U-M and led by Prof. Valeria Bertacco, is one of them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

New bill could finally get rid of paperless voting machines

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted on the the vulnerabilities that exist in voting machines, why paper backup is a practical solution, and the approaches that should be taken in auditing election results. [Full Story]

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

Integrity of Data: Medical Device Cybersecurity Concerns

This article highlights the work Prof. Ken Fu is doing to highlight and mitigate security shortcomings in medical devices and other devices that include embedded processing systems. [Full Story]

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

DARPA Takes Chip Route to "Unhackable" Computers

This article in EE Times quotes Prof. Todd Austin on his DARPA-funded MORPHEUS project, which will use computer circuits that are designed to randomly shuffle data around a computer system in order to thwart hackers who are looking for the location of a bug or valuable data. [Full Story]

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

A New Type of Computer Could Render Many Software Hacks Obsolete

This article quotes Prof. Todd Austin on his DARPA-funded MORPHEUS project, which will use computer circuits that are designed to randomly shuffle data around a computer system in order to thwart hackers who are looking for the location of a bug or valuable data. [Full Story]

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

A Case Against Net Neutrality

In this opinion piece, Prof. Harsha Madhyastha makes that point that an entirely neutral net is not necessarily an efficient net. In order for us to operate optimally, he says we need to answer the question: How can we legally define the permissible ways an ISP could throttle or prioritize traffic in a manner that does not place undue burden on ISPs, yet is verifiable by third parties? [Full Story]

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

Do Robots Deserve Human Rights?

In this article, Discover reached out to experts in artificial intelligence, computer science and human rights to shed light on whether or not robots should be given human rights. Prof. Kuipers talks about why robots do not deserve the same rights as humans. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Kuipers, Benjamin  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  

An armed robber's Supreme Court case could affect all Americans digital privacy for decades to come

Prof. HV Jagadish writes in this article for The Conversation about the data privacy challenges presented by a world in which our devices continuously record and track our activities. [Full Story]

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

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