CSE News for 2009

Computer Games Showcase Captivates Crowd

CS Seniors in EECS 494 showed off their final projects to an enthusiastic crowd at the 2009 Computer Games Showcase. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Laird, John  Undergraduate Students  

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]

Syed: MIT Technology Review - Tests May Reveal Hidden Predictors of Heart Disease

Event Showcases Student-Designed Computer Games

CS Seniors will show off their final projects at the 2009 Computer Games Showcase at CSE. Come to see and play the future of computer games! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Laird, John  Undergraduate Students  

Soloway: District Administration - Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Completes Premier Concert

The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, using iPhones as instruments and led by Asst. Prof. George Essl, has concluded its premier performance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

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

Farnam Jahanian Named ACM Fellow

Professor Farnam Jahanian has been named a 2009 ACM Fellow for his contributions to the dependability and security of networks and systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

U-M Computer Scientists Author Book on Quantum Circuit Simulation

Quantum Circuit Simulation, a new book by Profs. Igor Markov and John Hayes, along with their former student Dr. George Viamontes, is now available. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Data and Computing  Hayes, John  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  Quantum Science and Technology  

CSE Celebrates National Computer Science Education Week

The United States Congress has named the week of December 7 as National Computer Science Education Week. Join CSE as we we applaud this resolution. [Full Story]

Grad Students Applicants Will Find Vibrant CSE Program at Michigan

Graduate student candidates in computer science and engineering are encouraged to apply at Michigan, where our growing, cutting-edge program provides tremendous opportunity. [Full Story]

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble to Perform on December 9th

Led by Asst. Prof. Georg Essl, this unique new and unique student ensemble will merge technology and creativity as they perform all new works on iPhone-based instruments of their own design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Essl, Georg  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

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  

Noble - IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing: Juggler: Virtual Networks for Fun and Profit

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Noble, Brian  

CSE Grad Students Present at Honors Competition

Four finalists gave presentations on their research at the 6th annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on November 17. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

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]

Students Develop Mobile Apps During 48-Hour Smartphonia Mania

Eleven teams of student programmers worked for 48 hours to create and present a remarkable set of iPhone and Android applications at CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  Undergraduate Students  

Student Programming Team Advances to ACM World Finals

A team of three U-M students has advanced from regional competition and will compete in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Harbin, China. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Compton, Kevin  Student Teams and Organizations  

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.

Radev - Computing Research News: Expanding the Pipeline... (pdf)

CSE Researchers Win Best Paper Award at IEEE ICCD

Ph.D. students Shantanu Gupta, Shuguang Feng, and Amin Ansari, along with Assoc. Prof. Scott Mahlke, have won the Best Paper Award at the 27th IEEE ICCD. [Full Story]

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

U-M Team Qualifies to Compete in MAGIC 2010 Robot Challenge

A team of over 20 students, led by Asst. Prof. Edwin Olson, has qualified to compete in the 2010 Worldwide Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Olson, Edwin  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

EECS Alumnus Returns to Ann Arbor to Run Mobile Software Company

Greg Schwartz, Founder and CEO of Mobatech, has returned from New York City to Ann Arbor, with its U-M connections, to run Mobatech. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Soloway - Concentrate: Here, There, Then Back Again

Chen - IEEE Computer: The OS Faces a Brave New World (pdf)

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  

EECS Graduate Student Wins First Place in Tech Paper Competition

Graduate student Hector Garcia won first place in the technical paper competition at this year's SHPE conference in Washington D.C. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

UM Solar Car Team Third In World

Noble, Flinn - Crains Detroit Business: U-M Students to Experiment with Future Ford Sync Applications

CSE Students Help Ford Bring Cloud Computing to Cars

CSE students, led by Profs. Brian Noble and Jason Flinn, are helping Ford to bring social networking and cloud computing to Ford vehicles. More info in this Wired story. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Flinn, Jason  Lab-Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Noble, Brian  

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!

CSE Hosts Site for ACM Regional Programming Contest

CSE will host student programming teams from around the North Central region on October 31 as they compete in the first rounds of the annual ACM programming competition. [Full Story]

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

David Chesney Addresses US Dept of Education as Panelist on New Education Plan

Dr. David Chesney participated in a panel that provided input to the US Department of Education on October 21 regarding the creation of a new National Educational Technology Plan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  Education  

CSE Researchers Present Findings from Internet Study

CSE researchers, in conjunction with Arbor Networks and Merit Network, released findings at NANOG47 on the evolution of the Internet from the largest study of its kind. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Lab-Systems  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Forrest: Big Energy Funding for Tiny Technology (Nanotechnology)

Igor Markov to Receive IEEE CEDA Early Career Award

Assoc. Prof. Igor Markov has been chosen to receive the Early Career Award from the Council on Electronic Design Automation for his work on physical design of ICs. [Full Story]

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

Chesney - Michigan Engineer: Faculty, Teaching By Example

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  

Halderman - Slashdot: Making Data Unvanish

Halderman - Freedom to Tinker: Breaking Vanish: A Story of Security Research...

Oberheide - Slashdot: Dam Burst Tool Disables China's Green Dam

Oberheide - ZDNet: Hacker Ships Tool to Circumvent China's Green Dam

CSE Researchers Enlist Users for Worldwide 3G Network Study

CSE Researchers led by Asst. Prof. Morley Mao are enlisting iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile users to participate in a worldwide study of 3G wireless network performance. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile Computing  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Wireless Systems  

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  

Soloway - Tech & Learning: Cell Phones Welcome Here

John Holland, CS Pioneer, Recognized on 80th Birthday

John Holland, one of the first in the world to receive a PhD in computer science and a founder of the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems, is turning 80. Please come celebrate! [Full Story]

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]

CSE Alumnus and Google Exec RJ Pittman to Speak at U-M North Campus

CSE welcomes RJ Pittman, Director of Product Management at Google, as he visits the U-M to give a CSE Distinguished Lecture on innovation on September 17. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Soloway - Concentrate: Ann Arbors Got Apps

Soloway - Metromode: Got Apps?

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

CSE Alumnus Usama Fayyad to Speak a Michigan

CSE Alumnus and 2009 Alumni Merit Award Winner Usama Fayyad will visit Michigan as a special guest of the College of Engineering and give a lecture on Homecoming Weekend. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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  

Grbic: Winning Strategies: Advice from PECASE Winners

[Full Story]

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

Dragomir Radev Coaches US Computational Linguistics Team to Gold

Assoc. Prof. Dragomir Radev recently led two US high school teams to several awards, including the team gold cup, in the 2009 Linguistics Olympiad in Wroclaw, Poland. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Language and Text Processing  Radev, Dragomir  

Alex Halderman - PC World: Android Security Chief: Mobile-Phone Attacks Coming

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)  

Computer Scientists Demonstrate Vulnerability in Electronic Voting Machine

A team of researchers from three universities, including Asst. Prof. J. Alex Halderman at CSE, has demonstrated how criminals could hack and take control of an electronic voting machine. [Full Story]

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

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  

Alex Halderman - Science Daily: Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine with New Programming Technique

Alex Halderman - Slashdot: Voting Machine Attacks Proven To Be Practical

Valeria Bertacco - IEEE Spectrum: Crowdsourcing the Complexities of Electronic Design Automation

Valeria Bertacco - Slashdot: Making a Game of Hardware Design

Valeria Bertacco - Science Daily: Game Utilizes Human Intuition to Help Computers Solve Complex Problems

Valeria Bertacco - Boing Boing: Game Uses Fun as Incentive to Solve Hard Chip Design Prolems

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  

Martha Pollack - The Chronicle: Top Computer Scientists Met to Discuss Dangers

Martha Pollack - S. California Public Radio: AI Explosion: Could Robots Take Over?

Martha Pollack - Fox News: Will Robots Soon Be Able to Wage War Against Humans?

Elliot Soloway - USA Today: Cellphones teach phonics, animation and more...

FunSAT Game Helps IC Designers Use Intuition to Optimize Chip Layout

CSE Researchers have developed a game that combines work and play to help solve fundamental problems underlying microchip design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Bertacco, Valeria  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

CSE Holds CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Teachers

CSE welcomes Michigan high school teachers to CS4HS, a workshop that explores the use of technology in learning and CS curricula. The workshop is Aug 26-27; some seats are still available. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

CSE Launches K-12 Outreach Website

CSE has launched CS Connections, a website that highlights CSE's outreach activities for K-12 students and educators. [Full Story]

Second Life Data Offers Insight into How Trends Spread

Assistant Professor Lada Adamic has collected and analyzed data from the virtual world of Second Life to study how social influence plays a role in spreading trends. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  

Student Company Develops iPhone App to Promote Good Deeds

Mobil33t, a company formed by a team of three U-M students, has created DoGood, a popular iPhone App that leverages mobile networks and social media to encourage and promote altruism on an global scale. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Undergraduate Students  

U-M Wins Trading Agent Competition; Introduces Ad Auction Game

The U-M team led by Professor Michael Wellman has won the Supply Chain Management game at this year's Trading Agent Competition. TAC 2009 also featured a new Ad Auctions game, designed by Prof. Wellman and Ph.D. student Patrick Jordan. [Full Story]

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

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.

Lada Adamic - US News: Second Life Data Offers Window into How Trends Spread

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

Elliot Soloway - Digital Directions: Making the Case for Mobile Computing

Gilchrist: Near-lightspeed nano spacecraft might be close

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  

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

Alex Halderman - PC Magazine: Chinas Filtering Software Contains Pirated Code

Alex Halderman - New York Times: Experts Say Chinese Filter Would Make PCs Vulnerable

John Holland - SIGEVOlution newsletter: An Interview with John H. Holland

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  

Michigan Dominates Student Paper Competition at APS/URSI 2009

Five student papers from Michigan were named among the 16 finalists in the 2009 International APS/URSI conference. Amit Patel earned the overall Best Paper award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

CSE Researchers Discover Security Vulnerabilities in Government-Mandated Chinese Censorware

CSE researchers Scott Wolchok, Randy Yao, and Prof. Alex Halderman have released a report on security vulnerabilities caused by Green Dam, the censorware program that the Chinese government just ordered installed on all new PCs in China beginning July 1. [Full Story]

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

Tom Wenisch - Processor: Optimizing the Sleep Cycle

EECS Graduate Student Receives Rackham International Fellowship

Andrea Pellegrini has been awarded a 2009 Rackham International Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement and professional promise. [Full Story]

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

Alex Halderman - Yahoo! Games: Could Videogame Anti-Piracy Protection Invite Hackers into Your PC?

Thomas Wenisch Receives NSF CAREER Award

Asst. Professor Thomas Wenisch received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal entitled, "Programming Models and Hardware Mechanisms for a Polymorphic Multicore Cache Architecture." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Wenisch, Thomas  

David Chesney - Livingston Daily: Students Get Technology Preview

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  

Game Theory and AI Offer Better Bidding Strategies

Professor Michael Wellman and doctoral student Julian Schvartzman have conducted research that yields better ways of determining best bidding strategies in dynamic auctions. [Full Story]

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

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  

CSE Security Researcher Petitions for DMCA Exemption to Study DRM

Assistant Professor Alex Halderman is petitioning the U.S. Copyright Office to grant an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that he and others can study the potential security risks of DRM technologies. [Full Story]

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

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  

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]

Students Showcase Projects in Microprocessors and Music

Tech and tunes mixed recently in Tishman hall as students demonstrated and interacted with projects from their Microprocessors and Music course. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.  Lab-Systems  Undergraduate Students  

Elliot Soloway Joins Board of Directors for ISTE

Prof. Elliot Soloway has been elected to the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, which helps to advance the effective use of technology in PK-12 education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  

CITI Sponsored by Microsoft to Develop NFS Software

Computer scientists at the Center for Information Technology Integration will develop software that enables Microsoft Windows to better interoperate with emerging Internet storage protocols. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

David Chesney in College Video on Social Change and Engineering

Dr. David Chesney, Lecturer at CSE, appears in a video by the college on social change and engineering, which highlights how engineering students can use their skills to address societal challenges. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Chesney, David  

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  

U-M CS Alumnus Describes Visual Effects Processes Used in Watchmen

DJ DesJardin returned to CSE and described the creative and technical processes behind the visual effects in the recent Watchmen movie. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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 update.microsoft.com 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]

Elliot Soloway - Michigan Business Review: GoKnow software moves learning to cell phones

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

Jeannette Wing to Give Distinguished Lecture at U-M

Jeannette Wing, President's Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and Assistant Director for CISE at National Science Foundation, will give a distinguished lecture at CSE on Wednesday, April 15. [Full Story]

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  

CSE Grad Student John Oberheide in the News on Security Issues

CSE grad student Jon Oberheide has been quoted in the news on security issues for mobile devices and on the recent Conficker virus. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

EECS Graduate Student Receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Amir Hormati has been awarded a 2009 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding research and academic achievement. [Full Story]

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

48-Hour Mobile App Blitz Completes with Six Successful Apps

On March 27-29, 2009, CSE held a 48-hour mobile device programming blitz at the University of Michigan. Six creative apps were developed by student teams and demoed at the end of the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  Undergraduate Students  

CSE and Apple Computer Sponsor 48-Hour Mobile Programming Blitz

Why take an entire semester to build an app, when you can do it in 48 hours? Students at CSE will participate in the iPhone and mobile device programming blitz beginning this Friday, March 27 at 5:00 pm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  

Yahoo! Hack U 2009 Finishes at CSE

On March 17-21 Yahoo! held its first Hack U at the University of Michigan. The week included lots of outreach from Yahoo and a programming contests for students. [Full Story]

CSE Alumnus Kai-Hui Chang Receives Dissertation Award

CSE alumnus Kai-hui Chang has been awarded the 2009 ACM SIGDA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Alex Halderman, quoted in PC Wold: Cheap scanners can fingerprint paper

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

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

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems (ECE)  

Prof. H.V. Jagadish Elected to CRA Board of Directors

Prof. H.V. Jagadish has been elected to a three-year term on the Computing Research Association Board of Directors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Systems  

PowerNap and RAILS provide roadmap for reduced data center energy requirements

A U-M team led by Asst. Prof. Thomas Wenisch has proposed a plan to reduce data center energy requirements by 75%, in part by creating "naps" for energy-hungry servers. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Warehouse-Scale and Parallel Systems  Wenisch, Thomas  

Elliot Soloway, quoted in The Dallas Morning News: Kellers Trinity Meadows students use cellphones as classroom computer

Elliot Soloway, quoted in eSchool News: Conference explores benefits of mobile learning

David Chesney, featured in ASEE Prism magazine and e-newsletter: Story Time

Professor Farnam Jahanian Honored as 2009 Distinguished University Innovator

Professor Farnam Jahanian was honored by the University on April 1st for his contributions to network security research and in demonstrating their transformational potential by commercializing them through Arbor Networks, Inc. U-M Research Announcement [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Yahoo! Hack University Week Comes to U-M March 17 - 21

Yahoo! will be at U-M to host Hack U, a great week of coding and fun for students. Join in the 24-hour hackfest to win prizes, and maybe even a trip to California to represent U-M at Yahoo's International University Hack Showdown this summer! [Full Story]

Prof. Farnam Jahanian Receives Test Of Time Award

Professor Farnam Jahanian, Chair of the CSE Division of EECS, has been recognized with the prestigious ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award for his groundbreaking paper, co-authored with two former students, on Internet routing instability. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Z. Morley Mao Awarded a Sloan Fellowship

Asst. Professor Z. Morley Mao has been awarded a 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, in recognition of distinguished performance and unique potential. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  

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

Michael Wellman, quoted in ComputerWorld: A.I. comes of age

Atul Prakash, quoted in MSN Money: How dangerous is online banking?

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Prakash, Atul  

Satinder Baveja, quoted in The Independent: Rise of the machines, end of the humans?

Prof. Elliot Soloway Leads in Drive to use Smart Phones for Learning

Professor Elliot Soloway is leading a movement in K-12 education to use smart phones and mobile technologies to enable interactive, engaging, and multidisciplinary learning. U-M Press Release [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Lab-Interactive Systems  Mobile Computing  Soloway, Elliot  

Dragomir Radev Honored as ACM Distinguished Scientist

Assoc. Professor Dragomir Radev has been elected a 2008 ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery, in recognition of significant accomplishments with an impact on the field of computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Radev, Dragomir  

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 'mail.eecs.umich.edu'.

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 @umich.edu 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.

@umich.edu Helpdesk Service

Professor John Laird Named Cognitive Science Society Fellow

Professor John Laird has been honored as a Cognitive Science Society Fellow in recognition of his sustained contributions to the field of Cognitive Science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Laird, John  

Valeria Bertacco Receives Young Investigator Award

Asst. Professor Valeria Bertacco received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in January 2009 for her proposal entitled, "Defending Against Hardware-Based Security Attacks." [Full Story]

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

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  

Prof. H.V. Jagadish Awarded a Collegiate Professorship in Engineering

Prof. H.V. Jagadish has been named the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in recognition of his sustained excellence in research, teaching, and service within the College of Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Jagadish, HV  Lab-Systems  

Mark Ackerman Recognized by HCI Community

Assoc. Professor Mark Ackerman has been inducted into the CHI Academy by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Ackerman, Mark  Lab-Interactive Systems  

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

[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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  

Elliot Soloway featured in Tech & Learning Magazine: The Future is in Your Hand

Elliot Soloway & Cathleen Norris, BusinessWeek Viewpoint: Get Cell Phones into Schools

Elliot Soloway & Cathleen Norris, District Admin: The Impending Mobile Mega-Disruption

Elliot Soloway, quoted in EDTECH: Coming Up Big