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Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses

Competition and cooperation, which regulate the strengthening and weakening of connections in the brain, can now be modeled directly.

Lynn Conway encourages graduates to embrace coming social change

Professor emerita and transgender advocate Lynn Conway delivered the 2018 Winter Commencement address to U-M graduates.

A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making

Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship

ECE and data science: a natural connection

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty and students at Michigan are part of the revolution in data science that is happening today.

Pallab Bhattacharya to receive 2019 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

Bhattacharya honored for the development and commercialization of quantum dot lasers.

Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering.

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

$1.6M for solar cell windows and high-temperature solar power

New sustainability research garners support from Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.

A window into the future of solar power

Windows in the buildings of the future could double as efficient solar cells.

Rick Bolander: Entrepreneurship is a team sport

Rick Bolander (BSE MSE EE ’83 ’85; MBA ’94, Harvard) has devoted his career to fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of others as much as his own.

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.

A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air

Subscription service offers real-time monitoring

$6.8M initiative to enable American laser renaissance

After Europe and Asia surpassed U.S. in high intensity laser research in the early 2000s, the Department of Energy is funding new collaborative research network to make the U.S. more competitive.

U-M researchers develop small device that bends light to generate new radiation

This device, the size of a match head, can bend light inside a crystal to generate synchrotron radiation in a lab.

Computing pioneer to receive honorary U-M doctorate

Lynn Conway is a leader in the microchip design revolution that made cell phones and laptops possible, and an internationally-recognized advocate for transgender rights.

Prof. Anthony Grbic receives U-M Faculty Recognition Award

Grbic is a world leader in the development of metamaterials and metasurfaces.

Alumnus Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award

From blowing up microwaves to inspiring a new generation of microwave engineers, Professor Franklin shares her research, insights, and thoughts on the future of women in engineering.

Computing visionary honored by Michigan Engineering

The highest accolade from the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board goes to a thought leader with a track record of predicting the industry’s future.

Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students

VP of the world’s largest gaming and social company, Tong spoke to students about AI, pursuing a global maximum in your career, and what it’s like to work in China when you don’t speak Mandarin.

Norman Scott (1918–2018): In Memoriam

Over the course of his career Scott became internationally recognized for his work on digital computer logic and design.

$1.8M for ‘active learning’, a step toward broader change in higher education

Rare in engineering education research, the project involves a randomized control trial to determine if it’s effective.

It takes two photonic qubits to make quantum computing possible

Professors Ku and Steel are applying their expertise to take key next steps toward practical quantum computing

Art, economics, and engineering in Finland

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi reviews a University focused on collaboration

Conducting an orchestra of sensor nodes

Keeping time in the Internet of Things with frequency scaling

Solving impossible equations

Eric Michielssen has discovered a new way to rapidly analyze electromagnetic phenomena, and it’s catching on.

The new law that will guide the future of information processing

The law of small numbers could impact the next generation of tools that deal with data.

Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

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

Rick Flores leads a partnership of automakers into the autonomous future

Flores leads the development of frameworks for autonomous driving, connectivity, and electronic controls.

Blue Sky and Research Accelerator Initiatives fund solar fuel and high-power research

Blue Sky: Up to $10M toward research so bold, some of it just might fail

Inspired by startup funding models, Michigan Engineering reinvents its internal R&D grant structure.

STEM Education: A taste of research for K-12 teachers

The REACT workshop pairs U-M researchers with K-12 science educators to introduce primary school teachers to new laboratory science and classroom-friendly activities.

Memory-processing unit (MPU) could bring memristors to the masses

AI, weather forecasting and data science would all benefit from computers that store and process data in the same place. Memristors could be up to the task.

Beyond Moore’s law: $16.7M for advanced computing projects

DARPA’s initiative to reinvigorate the microelectronics industry draws deeply on Michigan Engineering expertise.

Piston Group Leader Amit Singhi’s Four-Point Play to Life

With an engineering background, Singhi has excelled in business.

Michigan chips will be first to test next-generation hardware design tools

U-M team will serve as model for nimble and innovative system-on-chip design.

A new hybrid chip that can change its own wiring

The speedy and efficient system-on-chip could unify wireless communication.

Enabling anyone to design hardware with a new open-source tool

Six-month hardware design process will be turned into 24-hour automated task.

Prof. Jason Corso on artificial intelligence

The most exciting use of AI for me focuses around a better collective use of our available resources, says Corso.

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

This year the team tackled their first autonomous aircraft.

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

This year’s model, “Phoebe,” received a major design overhaul that gave her a speed boost and new codebase that can be used for years to come.

Hun-Seok Kim receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to advance research in IoT networks

Kim’s research is expected to impact the future design and wireless operation of the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Necmiye Ozay receives Henry Russel Award for extraordinary accomplishment

Ozay is one of four U-M faculty members selected to receive a Henry Russel Award for 2019. The Award is one of the university’s highest honors for junior faculty members.

Q&A with Mingyan Liu

The incoming electrical and computer engineering chair talks about her vision for the future.

Mingyan Liu named chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cybersecurity entrepreneur and interdisciplinary researcher named 15th chair of ECE

An even smaller world’s smallest ‘computer’

The latest from IBM and now the University of Michigan is redefining what counts as a computer at the microscale.

How to color-code nearly invisible nanoparticles

With a bit of metal, nanoparticles shine in colors based on size.

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.

The next medical markets of Collin Rich

An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich is ready to repeat success with revolutionary technology.

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

Mingyan Liu, 2018 Distinguished University Innovator, talks about her company and data science commercialization

Mingyan Liu, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Innovator of the Year award, gave a talk about her startup company and participated on a panel discussing data science commercialiation.

Nino A. Masnari (1935 – 2018): In memoriam

Nino Masnari, alumnus, friend, and former faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away May 19, 2018 at the age of 82.

Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers

Five college teams test robotic suits that could enhance humans’ abilities.

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.

Mike Stander honored with CoE Staff Excellence Award

Stander has given 33 years of exceptional service to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a Hardware and Electronics Technician

Xiang Yin receives honorable mention for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

Yin researched cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems.

Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

New device doubles previous efficiency, opens path to commercial viability.

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

Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

Electron states in a semiconductor, set and changed with pulses of light, could be the 0 and 1 of future “lightwave” electronics or room-temperature quantum computers.

Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees

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

$6.25M MURI project will decode world’s most complex networks

New tools could fight crime, protect financial system

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.

A Role Model at Raytheon: Katherine Herrick

Katherine Herrick is a leader at Raytheon, and discovered how to be a mentor from her own role models after her time at Michigan.

Solar cells enable self-powered camera

A solar cell combined with a camera sensor collects photons to provide electricity.

Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II serves as inaugural director of U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility

To address the growing concern of fake news, U-M has formed the School of Information Center for Social Media Responsibility, and hired EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II.

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.

Dmitry Berenson receives NSF CAREER Award to advance a robot’s ability to handle soft objects

Berenson works to improve the ability of autonomous robots to handle soft, deformable objects.

SMAP Update: A mission to manage water globally

The satellite mission to collect global data of surface soil moisture can help weather forecasting around the world.

Inaugural ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture: Dr. Isaac R. Porche III

Porche discussed the changing definition of war and how information is playing a greater role than ever.

Alfred Hero illustrates common threads of complex networks in Distinguished University Professor lecture

Lecture part of highest professorial honor bestowed on U-M faculty.

Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam

His research included transportation systems, digital communications, position location, and microwave and fiber optics.

Duncan Steel is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, 2nd edition

Encyclopedia covers optics through light-emitting diodes.

Shai Revzen receives inaugural Robotics Institute Teaching Award for hands-on approach to education

Course encourages students to come up with their own robot designs.

Necmiye Ozay receives ONR Young Investigator Award to advance research in autonomous systems

Research will focus on how autonomous vehicles adapt to wide-ranging changes.

Louise Willingale advancing scientific knowledge of plasmas

Using some of the best lasers in the world, Willingale is shedding light on the impact of solar events on Earth.

Charles and Patricia Krumm endow the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund

Chuck and Pat Krumm look forward to the Fellowship Fund enhancing the ability of future engineers to contribute positively to society.

Battling drone ships with Anthony Uytingco

Student leads team that programs the future of boats.

2018 EECS Outstanding Achievement awards

Congratulations to these recipients of the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award

Herbert Winful receives Outreach and Diversity Award from the College of Engineering

The award honors his efforts in organizing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, and offering mentorship.

Necmiye Ozay receives 1938E Award from College of Engineering

The award recognizes “an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses.”

Raj Nadakuditi receives Excellence in Teaching Award from College of Engineering

The award honors faculty “with a demonstrated sustained excellence in curricular development, instruction, and guidance.”

Stéphane Lafortune receives Research Excellence Award from College of Engineering

The award honors his contributions to system and control theory.

Alfred Hero receives CoE Professional Leadership and Service Award

Hero is a leader in both professional and academic communities.

COMBAT team receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award

The group brought together experts in radar and remote sensing, integrated circuits, imaging, navigation, power, communications, and nano-fabrication.

Off-roading in sand and snow with Shivani Shah

Student prototypes new transmission for four-wheel fun.

Prof. Amir Mortazawi introduces robust wireless power transfer

Compared to conventional methods of wireless power, which require a specific distance and alignment, Prof. Mortazawi’s version operates over a range of distances and orientations without a drop in power.

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.

Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells

Buildings, clothing could generate power.

Professor Emeritus Ribbens publishes 8th edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics