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Michigan team competes in Amazon challenge to make AI more engaging

The team of twelve students is one of ten worldwide working to give Amazon’s Alexa more human-like conversational skills.

Best Student Paper Award for work on faster network classification for machine learning

Comparing graphs the team’s tool is up to an order of magnitude faster than competitive baselines.

New student tool gets chips from lab to fab faster than ever

The open-source system cuts a key step in chip testing down from days or weeks to a couple hours, on average.

Wireless Communication Under the Sea

U-M researchers have created a new means of enabling reliable wireless underwater communication, which could aid military, environmental, and conservation purposes.

2019 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition highlights outstanding research

The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research.

From semiconductors to driverless cars, students got an inside look at the Ann Arbor tech industry for ECE Expeditions

Students toured KLA, a global capital equipment company, and Quantum Signal AI, a startup recently acquired by Ford to make robotaxis and driverless delivery vehicles a reality within two years.

ECE honors Spirit Day 2019

Faculty, students, and staff came together in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community for the world-wide anti-bullying campaign.

Two CSE grad students selected for Rising Stars in EECS Workshop

The workshop brings together outstanding women interested in pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering and computer science.

Year of vulnerability hunting uncovers potential attacks on Intel Chips, RAM

All three of these attacks put users’ privacy at risk, exploiting new routes to sensitive data.

ECE hosts first Grad School Workshop to showcase benefits of an advanced degree

The workshop attracted students from all over the country and demystified the ECE graduate school experience.

Charging Ahead

Wireless charging is already taking hold. But imagine charging your home appliances or even your car without a single wire. Rackham electrical engineering student Xin Zan is working to make that—and more—a reality.

“Mind reading” study looks inside coders’ brains

Using real-time fMRI readings, researchers linked spatial reasoning with CS problem solving.

Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019

Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles.

Counting snowflakes for better water resource management

Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management.

KLA opens new R&D office in Ann Arbor

The global capital equipment company is looking to harness the engineering talent at U-M and power a brighter future with tech.

Two U-M students receive scholarships from the International Society for Optics and Photonics

Hanzhang Pei (ECE) and Darwin F. Cordovilla Leon (Applied Physics) were selected for their potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Huanting Huang improves accuracy of remote sensing

Huang won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics for her work developing better electromagnetic models that calculate microwave interactions with tree and vegetation cover.

Nooshin M. Estakhri receives the Helen Wu Award

Estakhri is a PhD student studying quantum optics and its potential to impact communication and biomedical imaging.

Three papers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Top Picks is an annual special edition of IEEE Micro magazine that acknowledges the 10-12 most significant research papers.

Students tour the world of Silicon Valley for ECE Expeditions

For the 6th ECE Expeditions trip, students toured seven Silicon Valley companies from small startups to large multi-national corporations, receiving facetime with U-M CEOs, executives, and founders.

Awards for outstanding graduate student instructors and instructional aides of 2019

To honor the work and integral help of the top Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and Instructional Aides (IAs) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the division held a special awards ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

Perez’s research focuses on analyzing speech patterns of patients with Huntington Disease.

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The initiative has tackled courses that make up the core curriculum for first- and second-year CS and CE majors.

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

Burdick has done extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department.

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

The goal of the work was to identify seven things about who the subject was talking to just by analyzing text messages.

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moore’s Law with innovative architecture

Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data.

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

EECS-ECE PhD student Milad Zolfagharloo Koohi is working to make smartphones faster and smaller through his research in the field of RF devices.

A Spotlight on Optics

The Optics Society at U-M hosted an Industry Spotlight event, which brought academia, industry, and community together to celebrate all things optics and photonics.

Laura Andre brings the engineering community together

EECS-ECE 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.

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

EECS-ECE PhD student Md Salman 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.

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.

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Addisie has been recognized for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications.

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.

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

“What I’m doing is trying to come up with ideas to let the agent continue learning different skills across its life.”

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

McDonald works to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Kassa is developing a framework that will look at the computations of an application and decide in real time which components will best handle it

Graduate student honors competition highlights outstanding research

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.

Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program

Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success.

Study reveals new data on region-specific website blocking practices

A team of researchers unearthed new data on geographic denial of access to web content in a new paper.

A secure future for US elections starts in the classroom

A new special topics course on election cybersecurity gives students an examination of the past, present, and future of US elections.

Expeditions: Warren, MI

ECE Community takes a stand against bullying

Spirit Day activities look to make ECE and U-M a more compassionate, inclusive place.

Gaining a deeper understanding of how personal values are expressed in text

Researchers used hierarchical trees to provide a better idea of how concepts are represented and related in a collection of text.

Conducting an orchestra of sensor nodes

Keeping time in the Internet of Things with frequency scaling

Google award to introduce women to computer science research

Mihalcea and Wendlandt believe a key strategy to increasing the number of women in computing research is to introduce them to the research process early on.

Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

To dial in on exact wind speeds, researchers needed to reverse engineering the signals from satellites.

Michigan Data Science Team wrangles big data

MDST brings together students from many fields to get their hands dirty with real data science problems and tools.

Tool for structuring data creates efficiency for data scientists

Foofah is a tool that can help to minimize the effort and required background knowledge needed to clean up data.

Finding meaning in varied data

Jie Song devised a method to combine summarized datasets that group information by incompatible units.

Exploring the source of social stereotypes

Carvalho plans to pursue research at the intersection of reinforcement learning, machine learning, and computational cognitive science.

New one-credit course allows those without experience to discover computer science

Throughout the semester, students will work with Prof. Rada Mihalcea and PhD student Laura Wendlandt to see how computers connect to real-world applications in many disciplines.

Undocumented immigrants’ privacy at risk online, on phones

When it comes to their smartphones, immigrants struggle to apply instinctive caution, according to a study by a team of University of Michigan researchers.

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

New research into implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer charging.

Jiyue Zhu awarded Wiesnet Medal for improved snow algorithms

An award-winning method will help us better understand how much snow is on the ground.

Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities

The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly approaching.

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

Mengqi Yao receives High Quality Paper Award at PowerTech Conference

In recognition of demand response research.

Stephanie Crocker Ross receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Dissertation recognized as unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.

Reflections on Telle Whitney Dow Lecture

We want all people, everywhere, to be at the table creating the technologies that will change our lives.

Students win prizes for improving image processing techniques for liver cancer detection and much more

Students in EECS 556: Image Processing, explore methods to improve image processing in applications such as biomedical imaging and video and image compression

Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees

An award-winning modeling method will help us better understand our natural environment

Bryan Stearns receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

For the past year Stearns has served as President of CSEG, whose membership comprises the entire body of over three hundred CSE graduate students.

Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization

The multi-layered organic solar cells will be able to curve in clothing or be transparently built into windows.

Andrew Wagenmaker awarded NSF Fellowship for machine learning

Wagenmaker will utilize the award as he pursues his doctoral degree at the University of Washington.

Kyle Min awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Kyle Min researches how computer vision can analyze law enforcement body cameras.

Sijia Geng awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

A PhD student in electrical engineering, Geng researches trajectory sensitivity and renewable energy in microgrids.

Zakaria Aldeneh selected for IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Aldeneh’s research focuses on identifying the features of speech that make human interaction feel natural.

CSE Graduate Student Xinchen Yan Selected for Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and Google PhD Fellowship

Xinchen Yan was selected for both fellowships to support his research in machine learning and its application in computer vision, graphics and robotics.

CSE graduate student earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for research on data mining

Tara Safavi’s research focuses on scalable and adaptive data mining algorithms using tools like hashing and sampling.

ECE Expeditions travels to Seattle

Students met with alumni at companies in the Puget Sound area.

Improving communication between humans and robots in 20 noisy questions

Hero and his team may have discovered a better way to facilitate communication using a twist on the classic game of 20 Questions.

Michigan researchers discover vulnerabilities in next-generation connected vehicle technology

The vulnerability allows an attacker to manipulate a new intelligent traffic control algorithm and cause severe traffic jams.

CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard on the Facebook data breach

In this video, CSE PhD Student Matt Bernhard weighs in on the matter Facebook data harvesting, such as that done by Cambridge Analytica.

Michigan researchers awarded 2018 Applied Networking Research Prize for their work on speeding up the mobile web

The researchers, including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate students Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk and Muhammed Uluyol, received prize for their paper, “Vroom: Accelerating the Mobile Web with Server-Aided Dependency Resolution.”

Off-roading in sand and snow with Shivani Shah

Student prototypes new transmission for four-wheel fun.

PhD candidate Michael Benson wins another year leading honor society HKN

Michael Benson reelected as student governor for HKN, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers.

Ada Lovelace opera and lightning talks highlight women’s contributions to computing

The event featured eight TED-style computer science talks by female faculty and an opera performance.

2017 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research.

Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017

New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.

Laser cooling with Laura Andre

Laura Andre says she “ended up just falling in love with optics.”

Cooling off with lasers

Lasers are typically thought of as hot. What if they were able to cool?

Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries

How a building’s thermal energy can help the power grid accommodate more renewable energy sources.

Getting people moving – Walking exoskeletons could mobilize disabled patients

Prof. Jessy Grizzle has long said that his work in robotics could one day be used to help the disabled. Now he and his group, alongside French company Wandercraft, are working to make that claim a reality in the form of walking exoskeletons.

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.

Accelerating the mobile web

New Vroom software could double its speed.

IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for modeling the world’s forests

The paper outlines a better way to quantify forest structure, which has been successful in two tree species.

Fred Buhler builds better chips for “Aweslome” applications

Fred Buhler founded Aweslome to provide custom-build chips for a broad range of applications, including machine learning, neural networks, security, and circuits testing.

The Aptitude Academy: student’s instructional YouTube channel tops 6 million views

Dsouza’s lessons have gone viral, his channel now has over 109,000 subscribers who tune in for Dsouza’s lessons and life updates.

Two students earn scholarships to pursue work in sustainable energy

Two electrical engineering students, Paul Giessner and Noah Mitchell-Ward, were awarded scholarships from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support their education in wind and solar power.

Seeing through materials

By developing a fast algorithm to map out the paths light takes through yogurt, researchers aim to someday see through skin.

Lee Rutledge: Mapping the world

Lee Rutledge, CSE graduate student, is working at U-M’s autonomous robotics lab this fall to help AI agents map and navigate their surroundings on the fly.

Anna Stuhlmacher: Power to change the world

Anna Stuhlmacher, PhD in electrical engineering, is looking for ways to change the world through power and energy.

Smartphone security hole

‘Open port’ backdoors are common.

Students in EECS 556 win prizes for improving image processing techniques for camera motion blur and facial recognition

These students are learning to improve images in medical imaging, and improve facial recognition

Student teams earn prizes for analog-digital converter circuit designs in EECS 511

The winning projects were designed for battery-operated mobile applications as well as instrumentation and measure applications.

Behzad Yektakhah earns paper award for research in seeing through walls

Yektakhah’s system improves on the speed, portability, and accuracy of many commercial models

EE sophomore takes on W8UM Amateur Radio Club leadership

Kit Ng becomes president of one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in the US

Open ports act as security wormholes into mobile devices

Researchers have for the first time characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices.

Celebrating the Persian new year at ECE’s Nowruz event

A celebration with traditional food, calligraphy, and musical performances.

Transparent Silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterials

A little silver goes a long way to improving touchscreens, displays, and much more

Timothy Trippel selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Trippel’s research interests lie in embedded systems and IoT security and privacy for the purpose of building safe and reliable autonomous systems.

Expeditions: Bay Area

Sang Won Lee receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research into facilitating collaboration for creative and artistic tasks

Lee investigates how we can coordinate collaboration among users and crowd workers, especially for complex tasks that require creativity.

Gopal Nataraj receives U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support high-impact research in medical imaging

Award for outstanding doctoral candidates near the end of their study.

CSE graduate student Pat Pannuto recognized with CoE Towner Prize

Student surveys of his course repeatedly praise his enthusiasm and passion, which make class a fun and interesting experience.

Andrew Quinn selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Andrew’s research creates cluster-scale systems that allow developers to quickly understand and debug programs.

Andrew Quinn selected for Microsoft research PhD fellowship

Andrew’s research creates cluster-scale systems that allow developers to quickly understand and debug programs.

Ushering in the next generation of flat-panel displays and medical imagers

Prof. Kanicki expects breakthroughs in both the flat-panel display and imager industries using his-ITZO TFT technology in the near future.

Wide-ranging ECE research presented at 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Systems to study cancer stem cells, new methods to remotely measure snow and ice thickness, radar for autonomous vehicles, navigation systems that don’t rely on GPS, nanowire lasers, and methods to model lithium-ion batteries were just a few of the many winning projects presented by ECE students

Liz Dreyer earns an outstanding Collegiate Member Award for years of SWE leadership

Liz Dreyer works with Prof. Steve Rand to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity.

2016 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition Highlights Outstanding Research

Four finalists presented on an area of their research.

Expeditions: Ann Arbor

MHacks win propels virtual reality startup named Gwydion, focused on child therapy and 3D gaming

EE senior Duncan Abbot and his new startup Gwydion want to make VR worth the while. Their early projects range from therapy in children’s hospitals to helping materials scientists study 3D crystals.

Sang Won Lee receives award for Best Student Composition at the International Computer Music Conference

This performance is an outcome coming from his interdisciplinary research work, Live Writing, which transforms asynchronous written communication into a real-time experience in the context of programming, writing and performing arts.

CS KickStart gives incoming freshmen an introduction to computer science

The event took place August 28th to September 2nd on North Campus, and included programming labs, CS lab tours, field trips to local tech companies, and social events to get the participants acclimated to U-M and computer science.

Researchers David Adrian and Alex Halderman receive Pwnie Award for work on DROWN attack

DROWN allows attackers to break encryption used to protect HTTPS websites and read or steal sensitive communications.

Tracking and mitigating tail latency in data centers

High tail latency has been identified as one of the key challenges facing modern data center design.

MARLO makes initial attempt at the Wave Field

For now, Grizzle and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that he calls “merely very difficult.”

An award winning radar system for collision avoidance and imaging

Armin’s research is focused on the development of a sub-millimeter-wave radar system for the next generation of navigation and imaging sensors.

A new way to test low-frequency antennas for long-range communication

Choi has developed a new technique for testing these antennas based on very-near-field measurements and a newly-developed, high-precision formula to compute the antenna’s radiation fields.

A new, low-cost way to monitor snow and ice thickness to evaluate environmental change

Mohammad has developed a new way to remotely measure the thickness of ice and snow with a technology he calls wideband autocorrelation radiometry (WiBAR).

Two papers by Michigan researchers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

The two papers from Michigan introduced the Sirius personal digital assistant and the MBus bus for modular microcomputing systems.

CSE alumnus Hsin-Hao Su selected for Principles of Distributed Computing Dissertation Award

Hsin-Hao’s thesis provides efficient algorithms for fundamental graph problems that arise in networks.

Michigan and Verisign researchers demonstrate new man-in-the-middle WPAD query attack

New security ramifications exist when laptops and smartphones configured for enterprise systems are used outside the enterprise in the realm of the wider web.

Fighting cyber crime with data analytics

QuadMetrics offers a pair of services to help companies both assess the effectiveness of their security and decide the best way to allocate (or increase) their security budget.

Nan Jiang receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research on reinforcement learning

MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms

The robot’s feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities.

Hacking into homes: Security flaws found in SmartThings connected home system

Award-winning EECS 2016 Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides recognized

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.

Students earn prizes for improving image processing techniques in EECS 556

The course covers the theory and application of digital image processing, with applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics.

CSE graduate student Vidal Borromeo recognized with CoE Towner Prize

Ryan Marcotte selected for NSF and NDSEG Graduate Research Fellowships

Yu-Wei Chao selected for Google PhD Fellowship

Doowon Lee receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to improve the reliability of computer systems

Xiang Yin earns Pre-Doc Fellowship for research in cyber-physical systems

Xiang’s research focuses on developing new methods to synthesize different control and sensing strategies in a discrete-event system.

Amr Ibrahim earns Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for research in high millimeter wave radar systems

Amr is investigating both the unique advantages and the performance limitations of radar systems operating at 240 GHz in typical outdoor environments.

Avish Kosari selected as Barbour Scholar for Research in low-power devices for the Internet of Things

Avish conducts research on ultra-low power and battery-less integrated circuits.

MBus is the missing interconnect for millimeter-scale systems

The M3 is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system.

Muzhi Wang earns a Best Paper Award for a new tunable filter for wireless communication devices

The paper describes a tunable filter for wireless communication modules in the x-band frequency range that uses germanium-telluride phase change switches.

Secure your website now: Let's Encrypt enters Public Beta

Censys enables fast searching of actionable internet data

A journey from the Ibn Sina School to Graduate School at U-M

ECE celebrates Diwali

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Posters and presentations were judged by faculty and a visiting group of 14 returning ECE alumni, and winners were chosen in each area of study.

Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun

By borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University have developed solar cells that can move with the sun.

Michigan Light Project: Shining a light on optics

The MLP seeks to provide outreach and education about the world of optics in general, and the optics industry in Michigan specifically.

The economics of energy – Hamidreza Tavafoghi earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Hamid is studying ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources on the grid.

Steven Parkison earns NSF Fellowship to design tools for the future of autonomous cars

The goal of Steven’s research is to improve vision-based perception systems on cars and to create an extra layer of safety.

Stephanie Crocker earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to bring sustainable energy to the grid

Stephanie seeks to provide continuous energy balancing on the grid by automatically controlling loads.

Introducing the Ensemble of CSE Ladies

Alyssa Kody earns NSF Fellowship for research in energy harvesting and wireless sensing

The small-scale embedded wireless systems Alyssa works with are used in a variety of applications spanning many fields; from structural to ocean engineering.

The gift of an education: Paul and Ruth Bauhahn fund the next generation of life-changing technology

Paul E. and Ruth E. Bauhahn of have made a planned gift of $450,000 to establish the Ruth E. and Paul E. Bauhahn Fellowship Fund to support full-time graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

We are now one ECE: the merged graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

In recognition of how the Electrical Engineering discipline has evolved, the two graduate programs, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering: Systems, have merged to form one graduate program: Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites

Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.

Prize winning class team project for improved image processing

The project entails investigating a recent paper and both reproducing and extending the research.

Thomas Chen earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for research in artificial neural networks for computer vision

Thomas and his group are working to improve upon artificial neural network design through a process called sparse coding.

Elnaz Ansari earns Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Her research interests include analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs.

ECE students earn CoE Distinguished Leadership Awards

Cheng Zhang and Elizabeth Dreyer are both Ph.D. students in electrical engineering, and Lauren Bilbo is an undergraduate senior majoring in electrical engineering.

Cheng Zhang awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research on nanophotonic materials and devices

Cheng works with Prof. L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.

Yi-Chin Wu receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research in network security

Her dissertation focused on “opacity,” which captures whether a given secret of the system can be inferred by intruders who observe the behavior of the system.

Dave Neuhoff receives Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Dave Neuhoff is an internationally recognized expert in information theory, source coding and image processing.

2015 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Student team reaches Qualcomm finals with their proposal for a wearable haptic device

The goal of the project is to augment the transmission of audio and video with the sense of touch.

ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year’s event, comprising nearly 80 of the day’s more than 240 presentations.

Yelin Kim wins Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia 2014 for research in facial emotion recognition

Yang Liu receives Best Applications Paper Award for cyber security research in phishing

His paper detailed his use of big data analysis to solve a major problem of cyber security.

Cheng Zhang receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

Cheng is a 4th year PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering working in field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.

Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney – Exploring navigation

Tal is researching fabrication techniques for a micro rate-integrating gyroscope, using a vacuum mold and blowtorch.

Kyu-Tae Lee wins Best Poster Award for colorful solar cells

Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big

Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.

Sneak attack through smartphone shared memory

A weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS operating systems could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users, research at the University of Michigan has shown.

Gurkan Gok receives Paper Award for making better antenna beams

Gok’s developed antenna system promises a large bandwidth of operation and a wide angle of coverage.

Jiangfeng Wu receives Best Paper Award for research in safe fracking

The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.

Thomas Frost receives Best Paper Award for achieving a HQ QD red laser

Lasers emitting in the 600nm wavelength range have applications in medicine, optical information processing, optical storage, and more.

MEMS research by Muzhi Wang recognized at IMS 2014

The paper reports on the design, fabrication, and results of a directly heated phase change RF switch using germanium telluride.

Student Spotlight: Nick Asendorf – Matrix Musician

Nick specializes in the area of machine learning and statistical signal processing.

Parinaz Naghizadeh, Researcher in economic network security, is named a Barbour Scholar

Parinaz’s research is in combining communications with economics to assess the security of a network and then apply that to cyber-insurance contracts.

Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

The two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices. Congratulations!

Student Spotlight: Luis Gomez – An expert in computational electromagnetics and teaching

The goal of Gomez’s research is to alleviate the communications blackout that sometimes occurs when vehicles are traveling through the earth’s atmosphere.

Hao Sun earns 3 Paper Awards for medical imaging research

Hao’s research is focused on improving the quality of images from magnetic resonance imaging pulse design.

Student Spotlight: Nicholas Clift – 2014 Graduate Student of the Year

He is a founding member of Own It, and is dedicated to cultivating an engineering community that feels an inherent responsibility to live ethically.

Jason Heebl receives NDSEG Fellowship

Jason’s current research focuses on developing systems to wirelessly charge or power electronic devices.

Christopher Boyd awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

His research is contributing to the overall project goal of enabling navigation in GPS denied zones through the use of specialized sensors.

Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd – From robotics to MEMS inertial sensors

Chris develops and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing.

Mai Le receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011.

Nicholas Clift receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Nick has an impressive record of service to the community throughout his years at Michigan.

Student Spotlight: Mai Le – Finding a better way to diagnose breast cancer with MRI

The research group is using statistical signal processing to create crisper images with only 20% of the data required by a traditional MRI scan.

David Hong awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Hong intends to apply machine learning and signal processing techniques to the massive data sets now available to researchers.

Student Spotlight: Nathan Roberts – Enabling the Internet of Things

Instead of a battery, the chip Nathan is engineering uses two solar cells that look like they belong on a calculator.

2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Students

These students received the award based on their participation in research, leadership, and academic performance.

Investigating a new material to help you stay connected

His final goal is to build novel RF circuits including frequency-selective switched oscillators based on his models.

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer – Ambassador for Optics

Elizabeth’s research is to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity.

Paradigm shifting research advances in sensor technology

Girish’s research has resulted in a new paradigm in sensor technology that promises both high-speed and highly-sensitive detection.

Keravnos Energy wants to make fast electric vehicle charging economical

The idea behind Keravnos Energy is for there to be an energy transfer between three entities: the building, a large stationary battery, and the car.

Muhammad Faisal wins business competition with technology critical to the Internet of Things

Movellus Circuits’ product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper, and faster than existing solutions.

Jun-Chieh Wang receives Best Oral Paper Award for plasma research

Wang’s research studies the glow-like atmospheric pressure microdischarges created under specialized conditions in laser printers.

Gopal Nataraj earns Best Paper Award for improving MRI

Nataraj is using big data techniques to transform the field of medical imaging

Gopal Nataraj receives ISA Fellowship to support research that will improve MRIs

Nataraj’s research aims to generate higher-quality and faster MRI images, resulting in improved diagnostics of neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases.

Students rewarded for their circuit designs in EECS 413

The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students.

Zhaoshi Meng receives Best Paper Award at CAMSAP 2013

This work will provide a way to efficiently reveal relationships between even distant entities in a network.

Byeongseop Song receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

The Fellowship will help Song to continue his studies in the area of optoelectronics.

Pin-Yu Chen receives Rackham Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Chen’s work can be used in community detection in social networks, network vulnerability assessment in communication systems, and more.

Mridul Mishra receives Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship

Mishra has strengthened his understanding of wireless communications through coursework and independent research.

Kyu Hyun Kim receives Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award at Frontiers in Optics Meeting

Mr. Kim was the first to demonstrate that both light and vibration could be used simultaneously in sensing.

Research that will lead to sharper photos earns best paper award

The method they developed compares favorably with the best of current techniques, while being faster and easier.

David Chen awarded NASA Fellowship to improve extreme weather prediction

The goal of the study seeks to enhance the accuracy of determining ocean surface windspeed.

Gyouho Kim awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in ultra-low power optical interfaces for mm-scale wireless sensor nodes

“We designed an ultra-low power optical wake-up receiver with a novel front-end circuit and communication scheme suitable for miniature wireless sensor node applications.”

Bharan Giridhar awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in circuit techniques for adaptive, reliable, high-performance computing

Giridhar’s research has an emphasis on developing circuit techniques for adaptive and reliable, high-performance computing.

Students in EECS 413 awarded prizes for their circuit designs

The specifications for the projects were close to the state of the art. Congratulations to the winning groups!

Seunghyun Lee takes the gold for all-graphene flexible and transparent circuit

Lee believes that graphene will play a pivotal role in realizing high speed, mechanically compliant, and transparent electronic systems in the future.

Shang-Hua Yang receives SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics

Yang’s research is focused on designing plasmonic nano-structures to enhance efficiency of conventional photoconductive terahertz emitters.

Michael Hand receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship to pursue his graduate studies in control systems

Hand likes the idea of being able to improve the efficiency of existing systems by implementing advanced or specialized control algorithms.

Award-winning EECS Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides honored at luncheon

Congratulations to out outstanding students for their much-appreciated work!

David D. Chen awarded NSERC Fellowship for Earth Remote Sensing

The bulk of Chen’s current research centers on the detection and mitigation of radio frequency interference with microwave radiometers.

Srinath Sridhar awarded Rackham International Student Fellowship

Srinath’s research focuses on using computer vision techniques such as markerless camera tracking for creating augmented reality AR environments.

Jinyoung Hwang receives Best Poster Award for research leading to improved solar cells

The researchers succeeded in drastically suppressing the thermal emission rate in GaSb/GaAs quantum dots — resulting in more efficient solar cells.

EECS 461 (Embedded Control Systems) and the freescale cup

This was the first year Freescale opened up the competition to U.S. students—teams from U-M, U-M Dearborn, and Penn State competed against teams from Mexico and China.

Anne Itsuno receives William E. Spicer – Thomas N. Casselman Award

Itsuno has already pursued an in-depth theoretical and experimental investigation on the unipolar HgCdTe nBn detector, which has the potential to replace or supplement the current technology.

Laura Freyman awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Freyman is studying Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory.

Heather Ferguson awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Heather is studying Optical Sciences here at the University and will continue her research in this field – congratulations!

Fikadu Dagefu receives 2011 Lincoln Lab Fellowship

The applications Dagefu’s research include wireless channel characterization, radar through-wall imaging, and distributed sensor networks.

Yoonmyung Lee receives 2011 Intel Corporation PhD Fellowship

Lee is currently working closely with his colleagues to build an ultra-low power wireless sensor platform.

Xueyang Duan receives first prize for research in soil moisture sensing

Duan’s research has important applications in global climate change studies and weather forecasting.

Russell Willmot awarded IEEE Fellowship

Congratulations, Russell!

Morteza Nick receives Best Paper Award at IMS2011

Morteza introduces a new voltage-controlled-oscillator design technique that offers significant advantages in terms of size, DC power consumption and frequency tunability.

AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Congratulations to the winning students!

Iverson Bell awarded NSF Fellowship for Research in Space Propulsion

Bell is investigating how to use an electrodynamic, propellantless propulsion concept to push against the Earth’s magnetic field in order to maneuver satellites and counteract drag.

MEMStim takes first prize in the Michigan Business Challenge

MEMStim is committed to improving the standard of patient care in neurostimulation. Congratulations, Angelique!

Chris Berry awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Berry is designing an emitter to operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in space.

Three EECS Teams are winners in 2011 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest

The contest is highly competitive and features the best student projects from the largest and most prestigious conferences in their respective fields.

Sonal Verma receives Microsoft Scholarship

Verma’s work aims to marry low-power sensing with the mobile phone’s computation, communications, and display technologies.

EECS students win 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge with HiJack

The Mobile Apps Challenge was open to university students, faculty and staff and encourages the development of iOS, Android, Windows 7, and web applications.

EECS 413 students earn prizes for their final projects

“We were all impressed by the fact that most students chose highly-relevant and innovating projects,” stated Dr. Naraghi.

Two electrical engineers set up a global charity

“Our mission is to find volunteer opportunities at the places that people want to travel to, opportunities that won’t cost the traveler a lot of money.”

EECS Spinoffs recognized as Key Innovators in Business Competition

Congratulations to these winning companies. Go Blue!

Paving the way for ubiquitous computing

Until now, ubiquitous computing has been hampered by the size of necessary batteries—but Ambiq Micro is changing that, with their energy-efficient micro-controllers.

CAD Team Places Second at 2010 CADathlon

The CADathlon challenges students’ CAD knowledge and associated problem solving, programming, and teamwork skills.

EECS Researchers win Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010

Their paper introduces new techniques that improve speed, solution quality, simplicity, and integration with other optimizations for global placement technology.

Computer Vision Research Recognized at Innovation in AEC Conference

With D4AR models, you can monitor progress, productivity, safety, quality, constructability and even site logistics remotely.

Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

The system could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices.

Analog Devices Finds Winning A/D Circuit Designs in EECS 511

Congratulations to Jeong, Park, and Yoon!

Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship

The Fellowship will support Patel’s research on the theory and development of textured electromagnetic surfaces.

Patrick O’Keefe awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

“I am confident we can do better than the ubiquitous keyboard and mouse paradigm, and I intend to find out how,” said O’Keefe.

Brian Buss awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Buss’ research focusses on using control theory in order to control glucose levels in ICU patients.

U-M team wins Clock Network Synthesis Contest at ACM ISPD 2010

The Michigan team produced circuits that were four times more power-efficient than those of the team that took second place. Congratulations!

Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations

The energy-harvesting devices are highly efficient at providing renewable electrical power from arbitrary, non-periodic vibrations.

Yong Long selected as Barbour Scholar

The Barbour Scholarship, established in 1914, recognizes women at the University of Michigan of the highest academic and professional caliber.

Enertia and ABC take 1st and 2nd prizes in the clean energy prize business plan competition

The competition was established by DTE Energy and the University of Michigan to encourage entrepreneurship and the development of clean-energy technologies.

Best Paper Award in Automation Research

The award was given at the IEEE Conference on Automation and Engineering. Congratulations, Lindsay!

EECS researchers receive Best Paper Award at ISLPED

The paper explores logic and memory circuit topologies for a new type of transistor in development at IBM.

Ali Nazari receives Best Paper Award at ISIT 2009

Nazari’s research is focused on an information theoretic approach to the problem of multi-terminal communications systems.

Michael Thiel earns first place in SEMCAD X Student Research Award

Thiel’s detection method allows the analysis of human backscattering within a realistic building environment.

Matthew Fojtik awarded Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellowship

The fellowship will support Fojtik’s work on a processor that can recover from timing errors and run without margining for worst case operating conditions.

Luis Gomez receives 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate a new treatment for neurological disorders

Gomez is investigating a new technique that is receiving widespread attention for treating depression, Alzheimer’s, and other brain conditions.

Scott Rudolph awarded prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

The program recognizes graduate students who show promise in pursuing a degree in microwave engineering — only six fellowships are awarded worldwide.

U-M shares 1st place prize at ISPD

Dongjin’s research is a blend of computer science with computer and electrical engineering, and can have a huge impact on upcoming integrated circuits.

Sung-Hyun Jo receives Silver Prize in SAMSUNG Human-Tech Thesis Prize

The Samsung HTP, established in 1994, is one of the most prestige thesis awards in Korea.

Tzeno Galchev’s work recognized by the President of Bulgaria

The award for which Galchev was nominated honors young scientists for their achievement in the field of computer engineering and information technology.

Microsystems research for energy scavenging and power generation

The research has applications in health care, environmental monitoring, security, energy conservation and exploration, and more.

Yuriy Goykhman receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federal research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to national security.

Eric Tkacyk receives Best Paper Award for research in biomedical optics

Tkaczyk hopes that his technique will be used to further the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Congratulations!