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Glen Chou receives the NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Glen Chou is focused on ensuring that autonomous systems, including cars and robots, never threaten human safety. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Autonomous Vehicles  Berenson, Dmitry  Control Systems  Graduate Students  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous 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  

Elizabeth Hou recognized for her research on detecting anomalies in traffic networks

PhD candidate Elizabeth Hou was awarded an honorable mention for her presentation at the Michigan Student Symposium for Interdisciplinary Statistical Sciences on her research that could help monitor nuclear nonproliferation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Hero, Alfred  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  

Mehrdad Moharrami aims to advance our understanding of the world with better mathematical models

For his creative, ambitious, and impactful dissertation, PhD student Mehrdad Moharrami receives the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Data and Computing  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Subramanian, Vijay  

Xin Zan wins the Towner Prize for his work advancing wireless power transfer

PhD student Xin Zan is helping to free the world from cords, which could advance implantable medical devices, autonomous electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

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)  

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  

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  

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  

Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi receives IEEE MTT-S Fellowship to advance 5G communications

PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Mortazawi, Amir  

Michigan Electric Racing Revs Up

This summer, Michigan Electric Racing will race their first all-electric car in Formula-style competitions they plan to win. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability and Environment  Undergraduate Students  

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  

Students Journey to Silicon Valley for ECE Expeditions

The spring Expeditions trip took students into the heart of Silicon Valley where they met with U-M alums including CEOs, toured a variety of companies, and received behind-the-scenes tours. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

PhD student Laura Andre is recognized by the College of Engineering with the Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the college, university, and community. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Optics and Photonics  Student Profile  

PhD student Md Salman Nazir works to improve the power grid and research papers

Nazir is recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems for his outstanding reviews of recent papers. He works at the Michigan Power and Energy Lab. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Power and Energy  Sustainability and Environment  

Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication

ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds

Gehner's academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Electronic devices  Power and Energy  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

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  

Women Engineers lift up next-generation

The Society of Women Engineers took students to the Women Engineers conference, where engineers from diverse backgrounds shared their stories to inspire and encourage young engineers to break barriers and advance the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  

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  

Crafting better digital systems with ECE PhD student Jie-Fang Zhang

Zhang is recognized with the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship for his work designing hardware solutions that could help support computer vision and machine learning. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Computer Vision  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Machine Learning  Student Profile  Zhang, Zhengya  

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Abraham Addisie, a PhD candidate in computer science and engineering, has been awarded the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement by the College of Engineering for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications. [Full Story]

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

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lasers and Optics  Plasma Science and Engineering   Student Profile  Willingale, Louise  

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

CSE PhD student Zeyu Zheng has been awarded a 2018-19 Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in reinforcement learning with his advisor, Toyota Professor of Artificial Intelligence Satinder Singh Baveja. Zheng is working to give autonomous agents the ability to maintain the skills theyve already learned and leverage them to acquire new ones. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Baveja, Satinder Singh  Graduate Students  Lab-Artificial Intelligence  Machine Learning  

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

Allison McDonald, a third-year PhD student in CSE, has received a 2019 Facebook Fellowship. The award recognizes promising doctoral students engaged in innovative and relevant research. McDonald works with Prof. J. Alex Halderman and Prof. Florian Schaub from the School of Information to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Ensafi, Roya  Graduate Students  Halderman, J. Alex  Lab-Systems  

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Hiwot Kassa, second-year PhD student in CSE, has been named an inaugural Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow. he research is aimed at impoving the speed and efficiency of high-performance applications, such as those that rely on large data centers, by coordinating a variety of different computing components to tackle each problems specific computational needs. [Full Story]

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

Students develop games, build audiences in largest computer game course yet

The 2018 Computer Games Showcase flooded Tishman Hall with pirates, hard-hatted miners, and patriotic space war recruiters on December 11. Seniors in EECS 494, Computer Game Design and Development, and visiting students from Eastern Michigan University showed off their final group projects with live demos set up around the hall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Yarger, Austin  

Hacking the perfect melody

Project Music brought together students from all backgrounds across the university to originate musically-inspired creations for the first Music Makeathon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Miniature satellites to maximize global communication

Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Profile  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Graduate student honors competition highlights outstanding research

CSE held its fifteenth annual CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition on November 7, 2018. The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants from each of the department research areas to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research. CSE faculty and an industry sponsor from Toyota Research Institute ranked the finalists' presentations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Outstanding student research on display

This year, three students working with Prof. Emily Mower Provost were recognized for outstanding projects in their areas at the Graduate Symposium. Katie Matton and Matt Perez won two of the Emerging Research categories, Engineering Innovation and Science Communication, respectively; and John Gideon earned honorable mention for the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research. [Full Story]

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

A secure future for US elections starts in the classroom

Prof. J. Alex Halderman has been at the forefront of exposing vulnerabilities in electronic voting systems around the world. This Fall, Prof. Halderman and CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard are teaching a new special topics course on election cybersecurity, providing students with a deep examination of the past, present, and future of US elections with perspectives from computer security, tech policy, human factors, and more. [Full Story]

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

ECE students display their research at the 2018 Graduate Engineering Symposium

Students' projects encompassed a wide variety of fields: revolutionizing energy systems, advancing technologies, and improving cybersecurity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Graduate Students  

CSE students celebrate women in computing at Grace Hopper

8 women in CSE stood among nearly 20,000 at this years Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the worlds largest gathering of women technologists, which is offered by AnitaB.org and the Association for Computing Machinery. Grads and undergrads traveled to the conference for career opportunities and presentations by women who hold lead positions across academia and industry. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  Women in Computing  

Kickstarting the first year for women in computer science

The third annual CS KickStart gave 22 incoming women in CS a hands-on look at the skills and careers on offer in the world of computing. CS KickStart is a free week-long summer program for incoming first-year students that aims to improve the enrollment and persistence of women in CS and give women a voice in shaping the future through technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brehob, Mark  Das, Reetuparna  Diversity and Outreach  Ensafi, Roya  Laird, John  Undergraduate Students  

Faster, cheaper gene sequencing to make healthcare more precise

Arun Subramaniyan, CSE PhD student, received a U-M 2018 Precision Health Scholars Award for his project, Hardware-accelerated systems for next-generation sequencing analysis. Subramaniyan is working with his advisor Prof. Reetuparna Das to make genome sequencing as affordable as a routine medical test with highly efficient computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Das, Reetuparna  Graduate Students  Health and Safety  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

Michigan Data Science Team wrangles big data

The Michigan Data Science Team brings together students from many fields to get their hands dirty with real data science problems and tools. The team gives members a place to learn from experts, form groups to tackle data science challenges, and do research that matches their interests. In the 2018-19 school year, Computer Science and Data Science undergrad Wesley Tian will be leading the organization as president, with plans to focus the groups activities and provide a better learning experience for new members. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Big Data  Graduate Students  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Making education accessible in rural India

CS student Divyansh Sharma is working to help combat the disadvantages of poverty in rural India with his non-profit startup EduTech Academy. Through EduTech, he and his team of ten developers are working to deliver free video courses directly to people in need of basic education. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Education  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Undergraduate Students  

Student org brings investors to Michigan

A new student org at the University of Michigan wants to build new connections for the startups in southeast Michigan and give undergrads a look into the world of venture capital along the way. Called UpRound VC and co-founded by CS undergrad Jonah Erlich, the group works with national and local firms to accelerate the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the region. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Four students earn awards at 2018 IEEE APS/URSI

Four University of Michigan graduate students won Honorable Mentions at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting. This is the flagship conference for those researching antenna, propagation, and radio sciences, with over 2,000 authors presenting their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

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

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

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Exploring the source of social stereotypes

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

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

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

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

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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

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

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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

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

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer  Mobile Computing  Undergraduate Students  

Finding meaning in varied data

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

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

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

Xin Zan, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Al-Thaddeus Avestruz, has won two awards for his research on high-frequency wireless power transfer related to implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer wireless charging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Eric Winsor honored with Goldwater Scholarship

Computer Engineering and Honors Mathematics student Eric Winsor has been named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. The program provides scholarships to students interested in careers in science, math, and engineering, and they are considered the premier scholarships awarded to undergraduates in these fields. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Jiyue Zhu awarded Wiesnet Medal for improved snow algorithms

Jiyue Zhu was recognized for an award-winning method that will help us better understand how much snow is on the ground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

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