ECE In the Media
“Get non-Real”: Department of Energy grant funds novel research in High-Performance Algorithms at U-MThe Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) features research led by Prof. Laura Balzano and Prof. Hessam Mahdavifar that will help revolutionize the data processing pipeline with state-of-the-art algorithms to optimize the collection and processing of any kind of data.
Ransomware attacks put availability of medical devices at risk: FDA cyber chiefKevin Fu, acting director of cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says that “You can’t have a safe and effective medical device if it’s unavailable” due to ransomware.
University of Michigan is ‘training’ these robots in disaster responseProf. Jessy Grizzle leads a new $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to “train” robots to navigate disaster zones and wilderness areas in real time.
Novel transparent solar cells show promise for power-generating windowsThe transparency-friendly solar cell, developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, pairs high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes.
U-M Receives $1M Grant for Bipedal First Responder Robots ProjectA new University of Michigan research project led by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable robots to navigate in real time without the need for a preexisting map of the terrain they traverse.
Everactive and Armstrong International Partner on Smart Steam Trap Management With Real-Time Batteryless MonitoringSteam Trap Management Industrial IoT Solution Combines Everactive’s Batteryless Sensors and Armstrong’s Deep Thermal Energy Expertise. Everactive was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff.
Novel approach for thermophotovoltaics promises higher efficienciesProf. Stephen Forrest and a team of U.S. researchers have proposed a new approach to fabricate solar thermophotovoltaics (STPV) with higher power densities, bringing the technology a step closer to practical viability.
Turning thermal energy into electricityScience Daily features a project with Prof. Stephen Forrest that’s turning thermal energy into electricity that could provide compact and efficient power for soldiers on future battlefields
Tiny snail computersMichigan Radio talks about innovative technology that came out of ECE and EEB to help figure out what’s killing tiny snails.
FiftyOne Turns One!ECE startup Voxel51 celebrates its 40,000 users for their open source dataset curation and model analysis tool, FiftyOne.
VIDEO: Grid-interactive efficient buildingsProf. Johanna Mathieu and Shunbo Lei organized and spoke on a panel examining how energy efficiency and demand response interplay with each other in grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs)
IEEE EDS Podcast with Prof. Kensall D. WiseThe IEEE Electron Devices Society interviews Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of EECS, about his life and career.
Snail ComputersProf. David Blaauw talks with BYUradio about the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a snail mass extinction mystery.
Four named University Diversity and Social Transformation ProfessorsThe University of Michigan has awarded Herbert Winful one of four new University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships.
From Spacecraft to Sensor FusionIEEE Spectrum profiles EE PhD alum Iverson Bell.
‘Move fast and break things’ won’t work for autonomous vehiclesThe rush to deploy autonomous road vehicles in the United States is understandable, but it must be tempered by safety considerations. CSE Prof. John Meyer and ECE Prof. Carl Landwehr write for The Hill.
Tiny computers mounted on snail shells helped reveal how one species escaped extinctionIn this feature story, CBC showcases the new study done by ECE and EEB researchers using the Michigan Micro Mote to learn how some snails use sunlight to hide from invasive predators
A tribal chiefCBC’s “As It Happens” interviewed U-M EEB researcher Cindy Bick on how snails & the world’s smallest computer helped solve a Tahitian mass extinction mystery w/ a suspect “wolf in snail’s clothing” & how sunshine and white shells saved the day (starts at 21:10)
Gaming collector shatters two records with thousands of vintage systemsElectrical Engineer alum Linda Watson-Guillory has set world records for “Largest Collection of LCD Gaming Systems” and “Largest collection of playable gaming systems.”
How Do You Solve an Extinction Mystery? Put a Tiny Computer on a Snail.The New York Times features the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a mass extinction snail survivor mystery.
Energy equity depends on data, and experts say there isn’t enough of itUtility Dive interviews Prof. Johanna Mathieu about her work with energy testbed, Pecan Street, which is expanding its residential network into Detroit to gather more insights from communities of color regarding the clean energy transition.
Revamped OLED Electrodes Could Cut Power ConsumptionOptics & Photonics News covers research by L. Jay Guo and his efficient organic LED (OLED) that emits more light with the same amount of power.
World leading engineers shortlisted for £350,000 research prizeProf. Anthony Grbic has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) prestigious A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize in recognition of an outstanding achievement in radar and microwave engineering.
Snail Survivors (The Poetry of Science)UK author of the blog “The Poetry of Science” wrote a poem called Snail Survivors about the research collaboration between developers of the world’s smallest computer and biologists.
World’s smallest computer helps solve mystery of snail species survivalThis partnership between biologists and engineers yields scientific insights into a surviving species of Tahitian tree snails, while also proving the viability for very small animal studies using the Michigan Micro Mote.
How the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer Linda Zhang Brought the World an Electric PickupTheDrive profiles Linda Zhang (BSE EE, MSE CE, MBA), who is the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150 Lightning
Jamaican engineering genius leads US team to make World Wide Web more globalDr. Charles Anthony Barnett (BS CE 1982) is leading the technical team at an American satellite service company aiming to make World Wide Web more global
The future of the IoT (batteries not required)MIT News profiles Everactive, a startup co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, working to develop batteryless IoT
The CTO interview with Ambiq’s Scott HansonEE News: Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE ’04 ’06 ’09), founder and CTO of sub-threshold voltage microcontroller vendor Ambiq, answers a few questions as his company moves out from its position in the wearables market.
Mythic Raises $70 Million in Series C Funding Led by BlackRock and Hewlett Packard EnterpriseAI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumni Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $70 million in Series C Funding. The company has raised over $165.2 million to-date and has offices in Redwood City, CA and Austin, TX.
U-M Researchers Develop 3-D Motion Tracking for Autonomous TechResearchers have developed a 3-D motion tracking system that could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in autonomous technologies.
How to do Grad School: Big Ideas and Formal MethodsECE PhD student Kwesi Rutledge is featured in this podcast where he talks about his research approach and gives advice for how to manage graduate school.
SambaNova Raises Eye-Popping Series D FundingData center AI chip and system company SambaNova has announced an enormous Series D funding round of $676 million, pushing the company’s valuation above $5 billion. SambaNova’s cofounder is alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE ’85; MSE PhD CSE ’87 ’91).
The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbitThe Washington Post features the history and use of CubeSats, including the University of Michigan’s MiTEE project led by Prof. Brian Gilchrist.
Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with useNanowerk shares Prof. Zetian’s Mi research on a water-splitting device that becomes more efficient with use, which could make artificial photosynthesis a practical method for producing hydrogen fuel.
ECE alumna Tanya Das appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of ScienceTanya Das was most recently a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she worked on legislation on a range of issues in clean energy and manufacturing policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
An Innovative Team: 55 Years of Dixon and Carol DollDixon (MSE PDH EE 1965 1969) and Carol Doll met while Carol was attending U-M. Doll published one of the first books on data communications, later started Dow Capital Management, and joined his wife in many philanthropic efforts, including endowing the position of executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Submits Final RecommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable, transferrable, and financially responsible pathways for the University of Michigan to achieve net-zero emissions, has submitted its final report to President Mark Schlissel and university leadership.
Ford partners with University of Michigan on robotics research, new buildingJessy Grizzle talks about the new building, and creating realistic situations for the robots that roam inside.
Corp! Awards Honor MVPs Who Make Michigan the Best Place to Live, WorkAlum Eran Bashan, CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, make the list with their company that promises a better way to use insulin
Voices of Victors: Claude ShannonThe Michigan Alumni Association features the life and career of ECE alum Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory, in their podcast series “Voices of Victors.”
Alum David Tarver interviewed on “The Elders”A conversation with alumnus William David Tarver about his efforts growing a company and then selling that company successfully and using his success to train and support others as a professor and investor.
Remembering Two Glass Industry LegendsAlumnus Norm Nitschke founded Glasstech Solar and then Solar Cells Inc., which developed the cadmium telluride coating technology for the thin film solar modules used to launch First Solar into the solar energy business.
Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent MysteriesProf. Zhongming Liu’s research is cited in this piece by Quanta Magazine about digging out signals hidden within the brain’s electrical chatter to gain new insights into sleep, aging, and more.
Solving for EquityProfs. Jessy Grizzle and Chad Jenkins, the director and associate director of the Robotics Institute, are developing a robotics engineering degree that launches freshmen with computational linear algebra in a projects-based course. Their goal is to increase student access, engagement, and success along with overall equity.
U-M Spinoff Everactive Closes $35M Funding Round on Battery Monitoring TechEveractive is an IoT company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. The company makes battery-free monitoring solutions
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable and transferable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, has released its preliminary draft recommendations for public comment.
10 top products in 2020NS Nanotech’s coronavirus-killing chip makes Electronic Products’ Top 10 Products of 2020 list
Startup claims first solid-state far-UVC chip that neutralizes CoronavirusProf. Zetian Mi’s startup, NS Nanotech, has claimed the first solid-state far-UVC chip that kills the coronavirus and other airborne pathogens without posing any threat to humans.
Exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architectureTech Xplore features the U-M Robotics Building and Prof. Jessy Grizzle in this piece about exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture
How EE Lab Education is Evolving with At-Home LearningNow that universities are adjusting to the realities of remote learning, how are they accommodating the hands-on aspects of EE lab education?
IBM fired U-M professor Lynn Conway for coming out as trans in 1968. 52 years later, the company apologized.“The thing is, this story is not entirely about me, or even about IBM,” Conway said. “We’re the messengers. Our story is a lesson: you can never take for granted that you really know what you’re doing now and how it will affect the future. It’s a new kind of social awareness.”
52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender WomanLynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.
IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender…52 Years LaterIBM is apologizing to Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, for firing her 52 years ago on account of her being transgender.
U-M Researchers Create Solar Cells that Harness Heat to Store ElectricityDBusiness highlights the research led by Prof. Stephen Forrest on heat harnessing solar cells that store energy.
Alumna Rhonda Franklin named 2020 Scientist of the YearRhonda Franklin, ECE alumnus and professor at the University of Minnesota, received this award from the Minnesota Chapter of Advancing Science in America Foundation. Watch the presentation and talk.
Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer-PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh highlights the contribution of Inhee Lee, an ECE alum, in the project using Michigan Micro Motes to track monarch butterfly migration.
Introducing FiftyOne: A Tool for Rapid Data & Model ExperimentationAlum Brian Moore details Voxel51’s new (and open source!) tool for your machine learning toolbox
Tracking monarch butterfly migration with the world’s smallest computerPhys.org re-publishes our piece on how researchers from ECE and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are using the Michigan Micro Mote to track monarch migration in unprecedented ways.
Parts from the ISS have been used to design a new type of prosthetic limbKnowledia profiles Prof. Robert Gregg’s work designing a new kind of robotic prosthetic leg using motors originally designed for the International Space Station
Product News: Everactive’s Evernet protocol to accelerate IoT deploymentsEveractive, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, announced improvements to its proprietary wireless networking protocol, a key enabler in the technology company’s batteryless IoT solutions.
U-M joins universities, nonprofits, governments at Midwest Climate SummitStephen Forrest, William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering and co-chair of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, who will discuss U-M’s climate commitments and the carbon commission on Oct. 9
How Transparent Solar Panels And ‘Quantum Dots’ Could Make Skyscrapers Power ThemselvesIn labs around the world, scientists and engineers are working to transform skyscrapers into giant solar energy-generating pylons.
U-M Researchers Develop Self-erasing Computer Chips that React to UV LightThe University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has developed self-erasing chips that could help stop counterfeit electronics or provide alerts if sensitive shipments are tampered with.
Transparent Solar Panels for Windows Developed at U-M Hits Efficiency RecordResearchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The milestone brings them closer to having skyscrapers serve as power sources.
Devices Reflect 99% Of Heat To Up Chance To Turn It Into PowerFuturity covers Prof. Forrest’s work on new heat-harnessing “solar” cells, or thermal photovoltaics, that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity.
Dr. Steven McLaughlin Named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia TechMcLaughlin is an ECE alumnus and recipient of the 2019 ECE Distinguished Educator Award
Fluke Leads Series C Investment in Everactive to Accelerate Growth in IIoT SolutionsFluke Corporation (“Fluke”) announced today that it led an investment in Everactive, a Silicon Valley-based technology company that sells category-defining batteryless, wireless Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. Everactive will raise up to $35M as part of its Series C funding round. Everactive was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff.
Humans Take a Step Closer to ‘Flying Cars’Prof. Ella Atkins is featured by the New York Times in a piece about how close we are to a future of flying cars.
How Tony England transformed engineering at UM-DearbornFormer ECE faculty member and retiring dean of UM-Dearborn talks candidly about his push to reinvent the engineering culture at UM-Dearborn — and the work that still lies ahead.
Reproducible Research Insights with Steven Whitaker, Jon-Fredrik Nielsen, and Jeff FesslerThe International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Highlights Reproducible Research Insights on Prof. Fessler, ECE PhD student Whitaker, and BME Research Scientist Nielsen.
Q&A with Steven Whitaker, Jon-Fredrik Nielsen, and Jeff FesslerThe International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine talks to Prof. Fessler, ECE PhD student Whitaker, and BME Research Scientist Nielsen.
The factory of the future, batteries not includedEveractive provides an industrial “internet of things” platform built on its battery-free sensors.
Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency recordIn a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, researchers have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells.
Michigan university scientists’ new solar panels could eventually lead to self-powering skyscrapersImagine if all the glass we see on the sides of skyscrapers and other buildings were actually solar cells in disguise, collecting energy from the sun and helping to power the building and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Transparent solar panels that can cover windows reach record efficiencyTransparent solar panels, that could one day be used to generate renewable energy from buildings, have reached a record-breaking efficiency of 8 per cent, researchers have said.
Ann Arbor-based Voxel51 launches industry’s first open-source experimentation tool
Ann Arbor-based artificial intelligence software company Voxel51 announced the launch of an open-source tool, called FiftyOne, that helps data scientists and machine learning engineers tackle the laborious process of image data management. The company was co-founded by Prof. Jason Corso and alumnus Dr. Brian Moore.
Monarch Conservation Spotlight: M3 Monarch Migration StudyThe “Monarch Conservation Spotlight” series highlights impactful projects, programs and organizations working hard to address the declining trend across North American monarch populations, including those involved in a project to track Monarch butterflies: Professors David Blaauw, Hun-Seok Kim, InHee Lee, and Andre Green.
U-M Startup: Brighter Displays on Mobile Phones That Draw Half the PowerA University of Michigan startup has announced the creation of a smaller, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode that aims to offer brighter, crisper displays for massive signs, mobile phones, and other devices.
NS Nanotech Closes the LED “Green Gap”The company’s green LED technology is expected to deliver an order-of-magnitude improvement in efficiency for micron-sized devices. NS Nanotech was co-founded by Prof. Zetian Mi, who developed the technology.
How To Create An AI (Artificial Intelligence) ModelProf. Jason Corso describes some key considerations that go into the design of a new AI model.
Mask making on a pandemic sabbaticalAlumna and ECE Advisory Council member Prof. Rhonda Franklin led a University of Minnesota team in developing a general-purpose face mask inspired by hospital procedure masks.
University of Minnesota faculty receive Abbott Professorships to introduce prospective students to STEMAlumna and ECE Advisory Council member, Prof. Rhonda Franklin, receives Institute for Engineering in Medicine Abbott Professorship in Innovative Education.
Batteryless Machine Health Monitoring Solution Debuted by Ann Arbor’s EveractiveEveractive, which has an office in Ann Arbor, launched its machine health monitoring solution, which is designed to deliver real-time, maintenance-free insights into the health of rotating equipment such as motors, pumps, fans, and compressors.
The feasibility of cyber-risk management to ensure social goodForbes India profiles the research of Assistant Research Scientist Ranjan Pal, who’s estimating the risk of catastrophic cyber-attacks – and the financial impact on businesses and their cyber-insurance.
When is the likelihood of a cyber blackout?Kings College London profiles the research of Assistant Research Scientist Ranjan Pal, who’s estimating the risk of catastrophic cyber-attacks – and the financial impact on businesses and their cyber-insurance.
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Vik VermaECE Council member Vik Verma (MSE EE ’89) is profiled by MoneyInc.
Everactive Machine Health Monitoring May Address COVID-19 Supply Chain ConcernsSupplyChain Management profiles the work of Everactive, a U-M startup co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and their Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) solution, designed to deliver real-time, maintenance-free insights into the health of rotating equipment.
Catching nuclear smugglers: Fast algorithm could enable cost-effective detectors at bordersPhysOrg spread the word about Hero’s work with Sara Pozzi and others. The research was published in Scientific Reports.
Probing tech’s soft underbellyProf. Kevin Fu’s lab has demonstrated weaknesses in the electronic devices and sensors that we rely upon to illustrate the need for improvements in cybersecurity. He is profiled in this article.
Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Voxel51; A Means of Tracking Social DistancingThe Computing Community Consortium profiles the work done by Voxel51, a U-M startup led by Prof. Jason Corso, that uses custom AI to continuously track vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic in real time at some of the most visited places in the world to help the COVID-19 response.
Company Uses Public Street Cams to Measure Social DistancingThe Ann Arbor, Mich., company, Voxel51, is using data from street cameras to measure social distancing across the world. The company hopes the data gets put to good use, “even if it’s only public awareness.”
How To Watch The Grim Reality Of Physical Distancing In Major CitiesScreenRant profiles the work of Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in cities.
Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and moreTechCrunch highlights the work by Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in cities.
Local AI startup creates platform to track social distancing in global cities — including Ann ArborClickonDetroit highlights the work by Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in some of the busiest cities in the world.
New Gyroscope Design Will Help Autonomous Cars and Robots Map the WorldProf. Khalil Najafi’s development of a small, precise and affordable gyroscope for navigation without GPS is featured in IEEE Spectrum.
University of Michigan gyroscope could reduce dependence on GPS in electronicsClick on Detroit highlights the research led by Prof. Khalil Najafi.
3 Questions: Joe Steinmeyer on guiding students into the world of STEMMIT profiles Prof. Joe Steinmeyer, an EECS alum.
New lasers see into the brain to detect concussions
University of Michigan Engineering researchers’ work to detect distressed cells in the brain is detailed by Freethink.
Boeing Nominates New Directors; Announces Director RetirementsSteve Mollenkopf (MSE EE 1993) and CEO of Qualcomm has been nominated as a new director of Boeing.
He’s Stared Down Activists and Apple, and Is Still in ChargeThe New York Times profiles Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE 1993).
Engineering professor Leung Tsang elected to the National Academy of EngineeringThe Daily profiles Prof. Leung Tsang and talks to his PhD students about his election to the NAE.
Transparent graphene photodetectors make advanced 3D cameraPhysics World covers the work done by a team led by professors Zhaohui Zhong, Jeffrey Fessler, and Theodore Norris where they developed a new 3D camera that enables safer autonomy and advanced biomedical imaging.
How a scientific breakthrough is making ‘green methane’Scientists are creating “green methane” out of a process called artificial photosynthesis — which could make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral.
Scientists develop new catalyst that uses light to convert carbon dioxide to fuel
EECS-ECE professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is featured in Interesting Engineering.
Taking a cue from plants, new chemical approach converts carbon dioxide to valuable fuelEECS Professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is described in Science.
Tomorrow’s industries: from OLEDs to nanomaterialsProf. Stephen Forrest lends his expertise to this piece by Nature.
USA Today: Researchers level playing field for disabled kidsVIDEO: A University of Michigan research team, including ECE Prof. Hun-Seok Kim, has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together (Dec. 10).
ABC News: iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied childrenA University of Michigan research team, including ECE Prof. Hun-Seok Kim, has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together
Associated Press: iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied childrenProf. Hun Seok Kim helped perfect an augmented reality system that helps level the playing field between disabled and able-bodied players.
Michigan News: Inclusive play: U-M art professor leads creation of interactive game for kids with and without disabilitiesProf. Hun Seok Kim is a member of the team that created the augmented reality system called iGYM
Herbert Winful – The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear OpticsProf. Herbert Winful presents “The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear Optics” as part of Saturday Morning Physics.
The Future of Organic Electronics OLED DisplaysProfessor Stephen Forrest discusses what makes organic electronics special and how its attributes create exciting new opportunities to finally realize its promise after 70-plus years of applied research, during a Distinguished Lecture Series held at the Office of Naval Research.
How UM degrees propelled careers in T-shirts, robots and photo archivesMLive profiles the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company, co-founded by alums Jerry Kozak (Business) and Ricky Winowiecki (Computer Engineering).
Only Appropriate DataECE Research Scientist Ranjan Pal co-wrote a blog based on his multi-university collaborative research on issues surrounding the mass collection of data from apps, how it impacts our privacy, and what the future may look like. The article is based on an ongoing international collaboration of the authors with the following faculty: Jon Crowcroft (University of Cambridge), Edgar Whitley (London School of Economics), Yong Li (Tsinghua University) and Swades De (IIT Delhi).
Elon Musk says he has the solution for California’s fire-related blackouts. It starts at $15,000.Prof. Ian Hiskens comments on using rooftop-mounted solar and battery storage as a way to achieve energy independence.
PG&E’s role in Sonoma fire questioned as power outage frustrations growProf. Ian Hiskens serves as an expert-commentator in a Washington Post story about the potential role Pacific Gas & Electric equipment played in the wildfires ravaging Northern California.
Meet the super robots that are about to lap the world’s fastest humansProf. Jessy Grizzle’s robot, Mabel, is profiled in this piece by Popular Mechanics.
U-M MUSEUM OF ART BRINGS ROBOTS TO THE ART WORLDU-M Robotics members, including Robotics Director and ECE Professor Jessy Grizzle, are working with the University of Michigan Museum of Art to test a prototype robot docent.
Carnegie Mellon appoints new dean for College of EngineeringWilliam Sanders received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering; a master’s degree in computer, information and control engineering; and a doctoral degree in computer science and engineering, each from the University of Michigan.
Dr. James W. Albers Earns Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. James Albers (BSE EE 1965; MS Bioengineering 1966; MS Psychology 1968; PhD Bioengineering 1970; MD 1972) was named winner of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (AANEM) 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, for his unparalleled contribution to neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine through efforts in teaching, research, and scholarly publications.
Can organic solar cells stand the test of time?Stephen Forrest’s research group demonstrated it’s possible to create organic solar cells that reliably work for 27,000 years outdoors.
Students from the United States visiting various work groups of BrainLinks-BrainTools this summerJenny is a student at the University of Michigan (member of IPAN), studying Neuroscience, and she visited Prof. Dr. Carola Haas’s lab.
Ford Buys Defense Contractor to Get Robot Rides on the Road
Quantum Signal will still operate independently, with its own human resources department, and continue to be run by co-founder and ECE Council Member Mitchell Rohde (BSE MSE EE 1994 1996; MSE PhD BME 1997 2000).
Army-funded researchers earn top scientific honors
U.S. Army announces Prof. Alfred Hero’s 2020 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing.
Michigan co-launches competition to help build the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems
IBM Research AI and the University of Michigan are spearheading the development of algorithms that can learn goal-oriented dialog interactions effectively from human-to-human chatlogs by organizing a public competition to inspire and evaluate novel approaches that will lead to the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems.
First programmable memristor computer
EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu explains the power of his lab’s new memristors.
Univ. of Michigan: Hun-Seok Kim describes approach to low-cost, high-accuracy location solution
Prof. Hun-Seok Kim outlines the progress his team has made to develop an infrastructure-light location solution that is designed to leverage 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi signals to deliver location data that is accurate within 10 centimeters.
Mingxin Liu receives award for advancements in green chemistry
Dr. Mingxin Liu received a 2019 IUPAC-Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry from the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Liu is a visiting researcher working with Prof. Zetian Mi on photo-catalyzed material and energy conversion using semiconductors.
Proprietary chip design allows PsiKick, now Everactive, to power wireless sensors entirely from harvested energy, eliminate the need for batteries
PsiKick, the company pioneering wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems and co-founded by a U-M Prof. David Wentzloff, today announced it has changed its name to Everactive and closed a $30 million funding round.
Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m
AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $30 million in a B1 funding round.
Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate
GineersNow profiles EECS-ECE Prof. Stephen Forrest’s research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells.
Microscopic ‘smart dust’ sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors
The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants.
Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany
Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo.
In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections
The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M’s contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of EECS-ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level.
Inside University of Michigan’s Robotics Lab in Ann ArborClickonDetroit tours Prof. Jessy Grizzle’s robotics lab.
Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative
EECS-ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer.
UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering
EECS-ECE alum Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
EECS-ECE alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute
EECS-ECE Prof. Stephen Forrest was honored at Princeton as a keynote speaker where he spoke about innovation and the importance of cooperation among science, academia, and industry.
Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
EECS-ECE alum Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for THE VERY FIRST TIME.
Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners
Movellus is a U-M startup founded by EECS-ECE alum Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and EECS-ECE Prof. David Wentzloff.
Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt
Bluetooth low-energy data packets can now be sent by millimeter-size IoT motes
An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization
Phys.org highlights EECS-ECE Prof. Anthony Grbic’s research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is ECE PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic’s team.
Alum recognized for her contributions in STEMDr. Katherine Herrick (BSE MSE Ph.D EE ‘93 ‘95 ‘00) is honored by Tuscon Business as a Woman of Influence.
AI needs memory to get cozier with compute
EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu’s company, Crossbar, is featured in EE Times.
3 New Chips to Help Robots Find Their Way Around
IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that helps robots better navigate the world
Congratulations to all 2019 Women of Influence Winners and Nominees!
Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tuscon Local Media.
3 New Chips to Help Robots Find Their Way AroundIntel and academic groups, including the team of Blaauw, Kim, and Sylvester, are designing specialized hardware to speed path planning and other aspects of robot coordination
Whitmer recognizes Mourou’s Nobel PrizeGovernor Whitmer recognized Prof. Gérard Mourou’s Nobel Prize in Physics by naming February 28, 2019m, “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day.”
Governor Whitmer declares 03/28/19 “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day” in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for ECE Prof. Emeritus Gerard Mourou
Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day” in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE.
U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups
Prof. Wei Lu’s startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system.
Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services
Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award
VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics ’82 MSE CICE ’84) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll’s brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop.
Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems
Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu’s $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid.
Stateside: MI’s energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes
Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan’s energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future.
University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality
Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal.
The punishing polar vortex is ideal for Cassie the robot
EECS-ECE professor Jessy Grizzle explains how the polar vortex was used to push current robotics to its limits to improve designs in the future.
Why space weather is being made in the lab
Lousie Willingale, assistant professor ECE, discusses her research using HERCULES to study magnetized space winds in a lab.
A stellar achievement: Magnetized space winds in the laboratory
The international team that includes Prof. Louise Willingale is investigating the role of intense magnetic fields dragged by high-speed plasmas through astrophysical environments. HERCULES was used in the experiments.
The Quest to Build Robotic Hands
Humans can readily manipulate all kinds of objects. But robots need better mechanics – and a lot more intelligence. Prof. Dmitry Berenson teaches robots with large “arms” how to manipulate even soft, malleable objects.
KLA-Tencor Announces Plans to Establish R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan
“We’re confident that we can continue to create and deliver impactful technologies that ultimately help enrich the human experience. Our expansion into Michigan will help us realize our vision,” said alumnus Rick Wallace, chief executive officer.
Zetian Mi joins PBS SciTech Now for interview
EECS-ECE professor Zetian MI is featured in PBS SciTech Now.
Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland Win Nobel Prize in Physics
EECS-ECE Professor Emeritus Gerard Mourou and two other Nobel Prize awardees are featured.
Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland
EECS-ECE Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other Nobel Prize awardees are detailed.
Nobel prize in physics awarded to scientists who put light to work
Gérard Mourou and two other researchers were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Former University of Michigan professor awarded Nobel Prize
Michigan Engineering Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other researchers were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
University of Michigan professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics
Michigan Engineering Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other researchers have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.
PsiKick Brings Patented Batteryless IoT Sensor to Steam Traps
Prof. David Wentzloff’s startup company PsiKick is helping companies and their customers save money by ensuring equipment such as steam traps are functioning properly.
Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor raceGretchen Whitmer to name Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate.
Michigan is making tech tiny … very tiny
David Blaauw explains the newest and smallest dust-sized computing system developed by a team of electrical and computer engineers.
Alumna Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory CommitteePhillips (BSE EE 1993; MBA 1998 Ross School of Business Business Administration) has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
Appier Strengthens AI Team with New Chief Artificial Intelligence ScientistAlumnus Dr. (PhD EE:S) Dr. Min Sun has been appointed Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist of Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company.
‘Foreshadow’ attack affects Intel chips
EECS-CSE professor Thomas Wenisch explains how Foreshadow was discovered and the implications of the security risk.
University of Michigan team creates an even smaller world’s smallest ‘computer
Computer the size of a speck of dust created at University of Michigan
EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester and Jamie Phillips and BE professor Gary Luker discuss the world’s smallest computer.
Michigan researchers demonstrate memristor-based PDE solver
EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu is featured in HPCwire.
Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s DataTap into Newark profiles alumnus Dr. Kurt Rohloff (PhD EE) and his data security company, Duality.
University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social mediaECE alumnus Garlin Gilchrist serves as executive director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility.
Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touchECE alumnus Rick Bergman is CEO of Synaptics, a company dedicated to “human interface technology.”
The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of RiceThe University of Michigan just defeated IBM in creating this tiny computing device designed by ECE Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of RiceThe University of Michigan just defeated IBM in creating this tiny computing device.
The world’s smallest computer can fit on the tip of a grain of rice
EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips led the development of the system.
Researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’
David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the development of the new system together with EECS-ECE professor Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of ECE.
The world’s smallest computer revealed: Incredible image shows tiny machine dwarfed by a grain of rice
David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the research with fellows EECS-ECE professors Jamie Phillips and Dennis Sylvester.
World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive
David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the development of the new system together with EECS-ECE professor Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of ECE.
Researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’
EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips led the development of the system. TechXplore reports.
Chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $11M of planned $20M offeringAmbiq Micro is a U-M startup based on microchip technology co-founded in 2009 by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE ’04 ’06 ’09) and his thesis advisors, Prof. Dennis Sylvester and Prof. David Blaauw.
U.S. Spy Agencies Seek Tech to Identify Deadly Chemicals From 30 Meters Away
Mohammed Islam, electrical engineering and computer science professor, and his team’s research into chemical sensing is profiled in IEEE Spectrum.
Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster
Researchers from Germany and the University of Michigan created a new computing technique that uses laser-light pulses to make a prototype of the fundamental unit of computing, called a bit, that could switch between its on and off, or “1” and “0” states, 1 quadrillion times per second.
15 of The Greatest Minds in Automobile Engineering TodayInteresting Engineering highlights ECE alumnus Andrew Farah, who’s spearheading GM’s move into autonomous cars.
Startup Maps AI into Flash ArrayEE Times profiles Mythic, an AI accelerator chip startup founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick mentored by Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
From accident prevention to bike parking, Ann Arbor’s 100 mobility companies cover plenty of ground
Read about the Jason Corso’s company Voxel51, Ed Olson’s company May Mobility, alumnus Ansgar Strother’s company Movatic, and many more.
Crossbar pushes resisted RAM into embedded AI
The company, co-founded by Wei Lu, EECS professor, hopes to move artificial intelligence systems into mobile devices.
Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster
Researchers from Germany and University of Michigan pulsed infrared laser light on honeycomb-shaped lattices of tungsten and selenium, allowing the silicon chip to switch from “1” to “0” states just like a normal computer processor — only a million times faster.
Watch robot casually strut its stuff through fire
Jessy Grizzle, EECS and ME professor, sent bipedal robot Cassie Blue through fire.
Video Friday: Cassie on Fire
If you’ve ever wondered why Cassie continually takes steps like she’s walking across something hot, this video will make sense to you.
Professor Stephen Forrest elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesUniversity of Michigan faculty members have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for their significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
Cassie Blue robot at capitol building
Jessy Grizzle, EECS and ME professor, is quoted. WILX reports.
University of Michigan breaks ground on $75M Ford Robotics BuildingMLive highlights the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Robotics Building.
Michigan engineers develop solar-powered imaging sensor
This device developed by Sung-Yun Park, Kyuseok Lee, Hyunsoo Song and Professor Euisik Yoon can simultaneously capture an image and harvest energy.
Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash
Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.
The self-driving Uber in fatal crash didn’t have a vision problem
Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.
How May Mobility is spearheading autonomous driving in the form of shuttle services
Edwin Olson, associate EECS professor, is the CEO of May Mobility.
Mythic snags $40 million to advance AI chipsMythic is an AI accelerator chip startup founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick mentored by Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
Howard University College Of Arts And Sciences Appoints Three Distinguished Faculty To New RolesEECE Alumna Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis (MS EE; PhD Applied Physics), has been appointed as associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and full professor in the Department of Physics.
Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable
Kevin Fu, Associate EECS professor, is quoted.
An afternoon with U-M Robotics’ newest robot
ClickonDetroit spends time in Jessy Grizzle’s lab to witness his latest two-legged robot, known as Cassie Blue.
Tony Fadell’s next act? Taking on Silicon Valley—from Paris
Alumni Tony Fadell (BSE CE 1991) searches for investments with his venture firm Future Shape while he continues to build roots in Paris.
The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality
The web of connected objects has so far failed to live up to its billing. But that should change.
Tencent dominates in China. Next challenge is rest of the world
EECS alumnus Martin Lau is the lead strategist and steward of day-to-day operations, as well as the one who fields questions during Tencent’s quarterly conference calls with investors and analysts.
Computers could get 100,000 times faster thanks to laser light pulses
Quantum computers get a step closer
Laser pulse study could lead to ultrafast computers
We’re talking about computers 100,000 times faster than current machines.
Lasers Could Lead To Computers That Are 100,000 Times Faster Than Today
When you consider what today’s computers are capable of, it’s fairly mind-boggling to imagine what a computer would be like that’s 100,000 times faster.
Laser breakthrough could make computers 100,000 times faster
The result is a step towards lightwave electronics which could eventually lead to a breakthrough in quantum computing
Blue Cross teams with Hygieia to test diabetes insulin delivery product
Pocket-sized device sees north at forefront of diabetes care
Diabetes: Pocket-sized device to allow control over insulin intake
Southeast Michigan’s Most Innovative Companies
Marvell Technology Completes Acquisition of Cavium
Cavium was founded by ECE alumnus Syed Ali. Ali will continue as a member of Marvell’s Board of Directors