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Prof. Elaheh Ahmadi receives AFOSR Young Investigator Program award
Prof. Ahmadi will investigate promising new materials needed for an increasingly electrified world
Machine Learning and Systems: A conversation with 2020 Field Award winners Al Hero and Anders Lindquist
Hero and Lindquist took a few minutes to talk about the impact of machine learning on Signal Processing and Control Systems, and what they plan to do about it
Most powerful laser in the US to be built at MichiganUsing extreme light to explore quantum dynamics, advance medicine and more.
Channel Coding for Next Generation 5G and Beyond
With the help of two NSF awards totaling $1.7m, Prof. Hessam Mahdavifar is tackling new problems to improve the reliability of communication systems for 5G and beyond.
Can organic solar cells last – even into the next millennium? These might.
Finally, proof that organic photovoltaics can be as reliable as inorganic, with real-life desert testing
AI-powered Whatsapp Bot fights fake news in India
CE undergrad Amulya Parmar designed a machine learning algorithm to curb fake news as part of the Tavtech Fellowship program.
U-M researchers provide control software to ensure autonomous vehicles stay in their lane
The team was awarded a Best New Application Paper Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for their work developing reliable control systems for Lane Keeping and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The new quantum spurs action by the Michigan Quantum Science & Technology Working Group
The new working group showcased Michigan’s strength in Quantum Science at a workshop attended by researchers throughout the University of Michigan.
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
First programmable memristor computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud
Circuit elements that store information in their electrical resistances enable a brain-like form of computing, storing and processing information in the same place.
Kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue
The rays used by airport scanners might have a future in medical imaging.
Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses
Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.
Advancing AI for Video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform
Voxel51 uses AI processing to identify and track objects and activities through video clips.
New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms
A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.
A high-efficiency GaAs solar cell to power the Internet of Tiny Things
The Michigan Micro Mote gets a new gallium arsenide solar cell for added power and adaptability.
SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation
Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results.
Communicating with the world’s smallest computers
Researchers built the first millimeter-scale transmitter and antenna that can talk Bluetooth Low Energy with ease.
Biopsy alternative: “Wearable” device captures cancer cells from blood
New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples.
The Future is Carbon Neutral
Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M’s commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all.
Unravelling the mysteries of bacterial communication
EECS-ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs.
New research for the future of sustainable power and energyTake a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy.
More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision
Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications
Time-varying metamaterials for next generation communication, sensing, and defense systems
With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately
$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.
Solar cells enable self-powered camera
A solar cell combined with a camera sensor collects photons to provide electricity.
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.
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.
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.
Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells
Buildings, clothing could generate power.
New quick-learning neural network powered by memristors
U-M researchers created a reservoir computing system that reduces training time and improves capacity of similar neural networks.
New biodegradable hydrogel offers eco-friendly alternative to synthetics
A water-absorbing hydrogel made from bacteria provides a safer soil solution.
Seed-sized U-M computers pumped into oil wells featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Millimeter-sized computers log the temperature and pressure from deep within oil wells.
Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017
New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.
U-M, Cavium partner on Big Data research computing platform
The new partnership will provide scalable storage and an analytic software framework available to all U-M researchers.
$1.6M toward artificial intelligence for data science
DARPA is trying to build a system that can turn large data sets into models that can make predictions, and U-M is in on the project.
Cooling off with lasers
Lasers are typically thought of as hot. What if they were able to cool?
Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser
It could enable tabletop particle and X-ray sources as well as the investigation of astrophysics and quantum dynamics.
Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries
How a building’s thermal energy can help the power grid accommodate more renewable energy sources.
Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don’t beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that.
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.
BigANT tackles the wave field
Prof. Shai Revzen’s lab in ECE has developed an inexpensive technique to rapidly fabricate a variety of useful robots.
Best Paper Award recognizes research in electrical engineering student motivation
Phillips, Lenaway, Daly, and Foley concluded that early exposure to EE technical areas was likely the best way to draw more students to the field further down the line.
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.
Seeing through materials
By developing a fast algorithm to map out the paths light takes through yogurt, researchers aim to someday see through skin.
Dmitry Berenson helps robots play nice with people
Putting our arm movements into code.
Next-gen computing inspired by biology
New memristor chips can see patterns over pixels.
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.
‘Sister cell’ profiling aims to shut down cancer metastasis
Michigan engineers release individual cells from a specially-designed chip using laser pulses.
Making learning addictive
Alumnus develops platform that allows instructors to turn almost any course into a multiplayer online game.
2017 ISCA Influential Paper Award for groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing
This award recognizes the paper published 15 years ago (2002) that has had the biggest impact on the field
MICDE grant funds renewable power research
Prof. Mathieu is partnering with IOE faculty to improve the nation’s grid system
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
Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems
As a member of the DDOTS to PICS MURI, Revzen will advance modeling and control of dynamic systems.
Cindy Finelli: Community building and envisioning the future of engineering education research
Finelli takes on the future of educating engineers
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.
CASSIE: A tougher, lighter bipedal robot with eyes
New walking robot based on birds
Michigan’s millimeter-scale computers featured at ISSCC2017, and in IEEE Spectrum
Professors Blaauw and Sylvester showcase capabilities of tiny computing
Becky Peterson receives NSF CAREER Award for research in amorphous semiconductors for next generation electronics
In this project, Prof. Peterson will develop new alloys of amorphous oxide semiconductors with precisely tuned semiconductor energy band structures, in order to enable new categories of electronic and opto-electronic devices.
$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities
Office of Naval Research has awarded Dmitry Berenson, an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, $1.1 million to help advance emergency response capabilities for robots.
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
Alum startup wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition
Movellus Circuits won $25,000 in the University Research Highlight and People’s Choice categories
Parag Deotare receives AFOSR Award for research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)
Prof. Deotare’s work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion.
COVE: a tool for advancing progress in computer vision
Centralizing available data in the intelligent systems community through a COmputer Vision Exchange for Data, Annotations and Tools, called COVE.
Cancer stem cells: new method analyzes 10,000 cells at once
A new tool for making sense of the cells believed to cause cancer relapses and metastases.
Necmiye Ozay receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for research in cyber-physical systems
Prof. Ozay’s award-winning work will be used in future space missions
Students seek the secrets of the brain in study abroad program
IPAN sent eight undergraduates to Germany for a month of lab work, learning about the intricacies of the brain.
Two Michigan papers win top awards at IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium
One of the paper describes and demonstrates a malicious hardware backdoor. The other demonstrated security failings in a commercial smart home platform.
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).
Injectable computers can broadcast from inside the body
This platform has enabled a variety of sensors that can fit inside the human body, made possible by several breakthroughs in ultra-low power computing.
Novel collaboration to probe brain activity in unprecedented detail
A pilot program will bring together researchers from different universities to collaborate on advancing research that may lead to a better understanding of the human brain.
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.
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.
Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger
Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology.
The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity?
A better 3D camera with clear, graphene light detectors
While 3D films are currently made using multiple cameras to reconstruct each frame, this new type of camera could record in 3D on its own.
MBus is the missing interconnect for millimeter-scale systems
The M3 is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system.
Somin Lee receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award for research in bioplasmonics
The award supports research that will help our understanding of how tissues form distinct shapes and structure to become organs, such as lungs, salivary glands, and mammary glands.
Googling the physical world
PsiKick’s and other’s IoT applications are what many consider to be the next wave of computing and the next driving force of the semiconductor industry.
$5M for international neurotechnology “dream team”
A “dream team” of experts in sensors, electronics, data analysis and neuroscience has been awarded a $5 million grant to help unravel the mysteries of the brain and cross-train a group of internationally-connected neuroscientists and engineers.
Layered graphene beats the heat
An international team of researchers, led by faculty at the University of Michigan, have found that a layered form of graphene can expel heat efficiently, which is an important feature for its potential applications in building small and powerful electronics.
Using data science to achieve ultra-low dose CT image reconstruction
Ultra-low dose CT scans that provide superior image quality could not only benefit patients, but they could open up entirely new clinical applications.
Next generation laser plasma accelerator
One of the most promising avenues for achieving new target levels of high peak intensity and high average power in an ultrafast laser system is to turn to fiber lasers.
New Michigan-Saudi Arabia collaboration promises exciting new research – beginning with the auto industry
KACST will provide manpower and will collaborate with Michigan faculty and students on their projects.
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.
‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space
The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit altogether.
Michigan Micro Mote (M3) makes history as the world’s smallest computerA brief history of what led to the technical feat known as the Michigan Micro Mote, a tiny speck of a computer that does it all.
Prof. Robert Dick to apply cyber information to air quality management
The grant is part of a new $12.5M initiative by the National Science Foundation to encourage computing innovations for a sustainable society.
Prof. Necmiye Ozay awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for research in cyber and physical systemsOzay’s research interests lie at the broad interface of dynamical systems, control, optimization and formal methods with applications in system identification, verification and validation, autonomy and vision.
Wakefield and Kieras win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014
The paper addresses how to manage multiple sources so that the user can maximize the information gained from each acoustic source.
New research program to investigate optical energy conversion
The fundamental objective of the research initiative is to uncover, explain, and exploit dynamic magneto-optical processes and materials for new technological capabilities.
Metal particles in solids aren’t as fixed as they seem, new memristor study shows
The findings show, for the first time, exactly how some memristors remember.
T-ray converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging
U-M researchers demonstrated a unique terahertz detector and imaging system that could bridge the terahertz gap.
Leaders in ultra low power cicuits and systems presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium
All of the research being presented focuses on getting the absolute best performance from the tiniest circuits, sensors, and electronic devices.
Thank Lynn Conway for your cell phone
She’s been called the “hidden hand” in the 1980s microchip design revolution that made today’s personal computers and smartphones possible.
New tech could lead to night vision contact lenses
The detector developed by University of Michigan engineering researchers doesn’t need bulky cooling equipment to work.
Transparent color solar cells fuse energy, beauty
The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.
‘Photon glue’ enables a new quantum mechanical state
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Queens College used light to create links between organic and inorganic semiconductors in an optical cavity.
Biochips for better cancer therapy
One promising area of cancer treatment is photodynamic therapy, which combines the agents of a photosensitive drug, light, and oxygen.
Smartphone as Mentor: How tech could change behavior
What if smartphones could act as mentors in mindfulness?
MCubed A Year Later: A record of fostering innovative research
Several of the cubes enabled research to progress to the point that faculty are applying for larger grants to continue the work.
New algorithms and theory for shining light through non-transparent media
Their technique utilizes backscatter analysis to construct “perfectly transmitting” wavefronts.
How a metamaterial might improve a depression treatment
The headpiece design is a big departure from today’s figure 8-shaped devices made of just two coils.
Making the Internet of Things happen
Wentzloff aims to remove the necessity of a power outlet or even a battery to power miniature sensors.
Research Spotlight: Better miniaturized vacuum pumps for electronics and sensors
The three microdevices created at Michigan are each particularly suited to specific applications.
Image processing 1,000 times faster is goal of new $5M contract
Lu plans to design and fabricate a computer chip based on so-called self-organizing, adaptive neural networks.
Jae Young Park receives Best Student Paper Award for research impacting structural health monitoring
SHM systems are critical for monitoring aging structures and infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.
Faster, more powerful mobile devices: U-M startup Crossbar could disrupt the memory market
RRAM is a new form of nonvolatile memory that has the potential to replace the flash memory commonly used in tablets, digital cameras and solid-state drives.
When GPS fails, this speck of an electronic device could step in
The research group developed special fabrication processes that allows them to stack and bond seven different devices in layers.
Neural Probe Research recognized with Best Paper Award at 2013 Transducers Conference
“We present a novel strategy to scale up the number of electrodes with minimized risk.”
Research in production systems engineering is recognized with Best Paper Award
“The paper introduces a new management paradigm: ensure the desired lead time while maximizing the throughput.”
MEMS research recognized with Best Poster Award at 2013 Transducers Conference
This research is targeted at developing a precision master clock for a chip-scale Timing and Inertial Measurement Unit.
New laser shows what substances are made of; could be new eyes for military
By shining the laser on a target and analyzing the reflected light, researchers can tell the chemical composition of the target.
Workshop to chart the future of nano and micro manufacturing
“This workshop is a first step toward developing a roadmap for practical innovations in nano/micro-manufacturing.”
A new laser paradigm: An electrically injected polariton laser
“It is no longer a scientific curiosity. It’s a real device.”
Research in distributed networks earns Notable Paper Award at AISTATS
The research provides a way to efficiently reveal relationships between even distant entities in a network.
Advancing secure communications: A better single-photon emitter for quantum cryptography
The new device improves upon the current technology and is much easier to make.
Researchers funded to develop a leap forward in Processor Architectures
The project proposes to produce a parallel heterogeneous 3D near-threshold computing system with unprecedented energy efficiency.
After Newtown: A new use for a weapons-detecting radar?
The technology could potentially identify a hidden weapon from a distance in less than a second.
Scientific Milestone: A room temperature Bose-Einstein condensate
A BEC is an unusual state of matter in which a group of boson particles can exist in a single quantum state, allowing scientists to observe novel quantum phenomena.
Cockroaches and Robots: Reverse engineering the balance systems of animals
These new insights could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors’ understanding of human gait abnormalities.
Translating animal movement into better robotic design
Revzen believes that his findings can be used to engineer better man-made devices, including prosthetic limbs and complete robots.
Next-Gen E-Readers: Improved peacock technology could lock in color for high-res displays
The research could lead to advanced color e-readers, more energy efficient electronic devices, and improved data storage and cryptography.
David Wentzloff receives CAREER Award for research in energy-autonomous systems
His research addresses critical needs in the area of wireless communication for the growing field of ubiquitous, energy-autonomous sensing devices.
Zhaohui Zhong receives CAREER Award for research in graphene-based optoelectronics
The use of graphene-based hot carrier optoelectronics is the key novelty of Prof. Zhong’s research.
Using HERCULES to probe the interior of dense plasmas
Thanks to HERCULES, scientists are now able to study very dense plasmas — a crucial step in nuclear fusion and astrophysical research.
Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel
“We believe this could be used as an invisible knife for noninvasive surgery,” Guo said. “Nothing pokes into your body, just the ultrasound beam.”
Predicting your risk of illness
Imagine a future when you could predict whether or not you are at risk of becoming sick.
James McCullagh receives Best Student Paper Award for research to keep bridges safe
McCullagh is working to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health.
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.
Nathan Roberts earns Best Paper Award for research to assist in remote patient monitoring
Roberts is helping to develop low-power sensor nodes that will be worn on the body to detect certain medical conditions.
Bourne Pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity
Researchers have found a way to improve a computer’s human-tracking accuracy by looking at where the targets are going, but also at what they’re doing.
Developing the wireless component for personalized health devices
The program aims to create wearable systems that monitor a person’s environment and health in search of connections between pollutants and chronic diseases.
Combining flexible, transparent electronics with high speed communications for the first time
Prof. Zhaohui Zhong and his team of graduate students have built the first flexible, transparent digital modulator for high speed communications.
Nano-origami project combines art and engineering to further technology
With an origami-like approach, manufacturers could use existing machinery to make high-tech “paper” that can be folded into the desired device.
Mina Rais-Zadeh receives NASA Early Career Grant to develop technology needed for picosatellites
Prof. Rais-Zadeh intends to develop a chip-scale timing unit that offers an order of magnitude higher performance compared to existing solutions.
Student Research: Amit Patel earns prize in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition for antenna research
The method can be useful in the design of low-profile antennas integrated into body panels of vehicles.
Silvio Savarese’s research applying computer vision techniques to construction sites leads to best paper award and a new spinoff company
“We have pioneered an integrated scene understanding framework that enables the automatic tracking of structural changes, allowing data to be collected easily.”
Research Spotlight: Sensors and actuators for portable microsystems
Though a number of research challenges remain to realize the potential of microdischarge-based devices, the authors’ work demonstrates their promise.
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.
Prof. Mingyan Liu receives Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks
The goal is to be able to monitor the soil moisture with as few measurements as possible and with a high degree of accuracy.
Robots Building Better Maps: For robots and other mechanical creatures
Nick’s primary research involves creating algorithms that decipher what the cameras and lasers are detecting to generate a map.
U-M researcher involved in $10 million project to advance computer programming
The five year project includes multiple research institutions, partners in industry, and educational outreach to the next generation of computer scientists.
Artificial synapses could lead to advanced computer memory and machines that mimic biological brains
“This hybrid circuit is a critical advance in developing intelligent machines.”
A new way to cool materials with light
The work advances the scientific understanding of laser cooling technologies currently being pursued to explore the boundary between classical and quantum physics.
Chris Berry awarded 2012 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
The proposed emitter incorporates plasmonic photoconductors to more efficiently convert power from incident laser light into terahertz radiation.
Next-generation computer memory firm receives U-Ms first startup investment
Crossbar is developing a new nonvolatile memory technology that will offer unprecedented density and power improvements in tomorrow’s electronics.
Research Spotlight: 3-D electrical force fields manipulate microscale particles
The primary advance shown in this research as compared to earlier work is the successful use of a 3-D potential force field.
New technology allows CT scans to be done with a fraction of the conventional radiation dose
“We’re excited to be adding Veo to the measures we already have in place to ensure that we get diagnostic images using the lowest amount of radiation possible.”
Prof. Raj Nadakuditi receives 2012 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award
Nadakuditi’s research has applications in biomedical signal processing, wireless communications, geophysical signal processing, array processing, and finance.
A smarter way to make ultraviolet light beams
The researchers have optimized an optical resonator to take an infrared signal from relatively cheap telecommunication-compatible lasers and boost it to an ultraviolet beam.
‘Perfect black’ coating can render a 3D object flat, raises intriguing dark veil possibility in astronomy
The carbon nanotube carpet is about half the thickness of a sheet of paper and absorbs 99.9 percent of the light that hits it.
ePack, Inc. wins Masco Next Gen Manufacturing Award at Innovation Competition
“ePack utilizes state of the art micromachining technology to provide a cost effective and high performance packaging service for micro- and milli-scale devices.”
New method for building a low-cost, high-performance electric machine and drive could result in huge energy savings
Prof. Hofmann intends to design, build and test a 30kW brushless, self-excited synchronous field winding prototype machine that overcomes the weaknesses of the current technology.
New research program aims to make better “sense” of the world
Applications of this research range from soil sensors which allow for increased understanding of global climate change to futuristic sensory skins which can monitor the integrity of an object.
Research about resilient sensor networks for power plant monitoring is recognized with Best Track Paper Award
The sensor network addressed in the paper assesses the operating conditions of a power plant. It is intended to measure process variables and assess plant status.
Modernizing the nation’s electric grid for alternative energy
“We are proposing an integrated solution that will combine the construction of well-positioned storage facilities that will route excess energy to where it needs to be.”
Laura Freyman awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Freyman is studying Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory.
New NSF Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials
“Advances in photonics depend critically on new materials, and this new center brings together top minds to focus on two of the most exciting new directions in materials for nanophotonics.”
New laser could treat acne with telecom technology
The laser could treat acne by targeting the oil-producing sebaceous glands, which are known to be involved in the development of the skin disease.
Breakthrough: Researchers find wide gap in immune responses of people who did or didnt get the flu after exposure
If scientists can understand what happens at the genome level that makes people more or less susceptible to viral illness, they could potentially develop therapies to prevent illness.
New techniques in medical informatics lead to improved diagnosis of MDS
The technique involves a visualization method that renders clinical flow cytometry data more interpretable to pathologists.
Making smart dust a reality
This research is expected to have a fundamental and long term impact on a diverse set of applications ranging from energy conservation to health care.
MABEL the bipedal robot
MABEL, at one time the world’s fasted running bipedal robot, now sits in the biomechanics exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum.
Gyemin Lee receives Best Paper Award for research in machine learning for biomedical diagnosis
Lee’s primary motivation is to apply his research methods to hematopathology, the study of blood-related diseases.
Using imprint processing to mass-produce tiny antennas could improve wireless electronics
The antenna is typically the largest wireless component in mobile devices, and shrinking it could leave more room for other gadgets and features.
A minimally-invasive brain implant to translate thoughts into movement
The implant is called the BioBolt, and unlike other neural interface technologies that establish a connection from the brain to an external device such as a computer, it’s minimally invasive and low power.
Most powerful millimeter-scale energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations
The researchers have built a complete system that integrates a high-quality energy-harvesting piezoelectric material with the circuitry that makes the power accessible.
Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible
This new technique could make solar power cheaper and, with improved materials, more efficient.
Safer medical imaging with microwaves
The goal of the research is to develop an alternative method to x-ray imaging that is safer and uses nothing stronger than radio frequency waves.
Engineers rebuilding Liberias universities and infrastructure
Through visiting professorships, summer programs and more, the U-M community will contribute to the revitalization of the nation.
Toward computers that fit on a pen tip: New technologies usher in the millimeter-scale computing era
U-M faculty have developed what is believed to be the first complete millimeter-scale computing system, with applications in radio communication and wireless sensing.
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.
Xi Chen and Prof. Robert Dick receive DATE Best Paper Award
The authors analyzed performance and accuracy for a variety of dynamic thermal analysis techniques and used their findings to develop a new analysis technique. Congratulations!
Zhengya Zhang receives NSF CAREER Award
The proposed research addresses the frontiers of error-correction coding and very-large-scale integration by advancing algorithms and circuit techniques.
Jackie Vitaz receives Top Prize at USNC/URSI
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.
HERCULES laser rivals a synchrotron for short pulse x-ray beams
By using the wiggling motion of electrons in a plasma bubble generated by the ultrashort laser pulse, researchers produced X-rays comparable to that produced in a synchrotron facility.
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.
New equation could advance research in solar cellsA groundbreaking new equation could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors.
New work resolves long-standing questions about short pulses in quantum cascade lasers
Can the laser’s pulse propagate in such a way that it does not change its energy, and leaves the system in the excited state? Does the pulse speed up during propagation?
EECS Faculty receive 2010 HP Labs Innovation Research Awards
Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights
Moghaddam will oversee the design and fabrication of the AirMOSS instrument, a high-powered, low-frequency radar that NASA/JPL collaborators will build for the project.
Organic laser breakthrough
The team is working toward building organic lasers that, like many inorganic lasers today, can be excited with electricity rather than light.
Ambiq Micro: Taking a startup to the next level
“Imagine a microprocessor so tiny and long lasting that it can be implanted in the eye of a glaucoma sufferer to measure the progress of the disease.”
WIMS and CUOS among 60 Years of Sensational Research by NSF
The WIMS has impacted health care, environmental monitoring, the national infrastructure while CUOS specializes in ultrafast lasers.
Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed
The system could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices.
Prof. P.C. Ku Awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award
The Award engages rising research stars and provides high-impact funding to develop their ideas in the context of Department of Defense needs.
Prof. Mona Jarrahi awarded a DARPA Young Faculty Award
The award acknowledges Jarrahi’s efforts to develop a new generation of compact high power terahertz sources.
U-M researchers win 2010 Signal Processing Best Paper Award
The work, published in 2006, will be acknowledged at the EUSIPCO Conference in Denmark.
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.
EECS professors receive research grants from Google
The research funded by Google involves redesigning servers and data centers to improve their energy efficiency.
Wei Lu receives CAREER Award
Lu was awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his research project, which intends to develop unconventional, high-performance memory and logic systems.
Tony Grbic awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
Prof. Al Hero receives 2009 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award
The paper addresses the importance of knowing where networks of sensors are located once they’ve been deployed.
Best Paper Award in Automation Research
The award was given at the IEEE Conference on Automation and Engineering. Congratulations, Lindsay!
Tal Carmon receives Young Investigator Award for research in lasers and optics
The award will support Professor Carmon in three years of basic research on continuous on-chip extreme UV emitters.
Mark Kushner to head new $10M DoE plasma research center
The research that will be conducted at the center could lead to more efficient solar cells, finer-featured microchips and new medical tools.
Ford, U of M explore new ways to speed development of future hybrid vehicles
“The main goal of this project,” explained Opila, “is to bring advanced methods to HEV and plug-in HEV design.”
Yong Long receives Best Poster Award for work in medical imaging
Long’s work describes a new algorithm for performing model-based methods in a way that requires less computation yet provides improved image quality.
Prof. David Wentzloff awarded Young Faculty Award (YFA) by DARPA
Wentzloff is working to develop a wireless 3D interconnection fabric that can provide communication channels and crossbar routing.
Ellersick Prize for Best Paper Awarded to authors in communications
“The paper studies the key enabling technologies of Cognitive Radio and makes contributions in two key areas: sensing and learning.”
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.
Prof. Hiskens receives stim money for wind energy
The grant is to be used to develop new techniques for assessing the impact of wind generation on power system voltage control and transient stability.
Michael Benson receives NASA Fellowship
For his research, Benson plans to utilize SAR in order to estimate variable vegetated parameters and monitor the planet’s crustal movement.
Smart bridges under development with new grant
The monitoring system will collect data from surface and penetrating sensors, then wirelessly relay the information to an inspector on site or miles away.
Microsystems research for energy scavenging and power generation
The research has applications in health care, environmental monitoring, security, energy conservation and exploration, and more.
Prof. Jerzy Kanicki’s group earns Excellence Award for Basic and Original Technology
This work investigates the fundamental effects of illumination on amorphous InGaZnO thin-film transistors.
University of Michigan Office of Technology to showcase inventions
Guo’s computer chip imprinter is one of more than 300 inventions that researchers disclosed last year to U-M’s Technology Transfer office.
Ted Norris and CUOS: Reaching new frontiers in ultrafast optical science
Comprised of electrical engineers, astrophysicists, physicists, materials scientists, biomedical engineers, and doctors, CUOS explore ultrafast laser applications.
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!
Pallab Bhattacharya: The race is on
His work involves the conception and realization of synthetically modulated semiconductor structures and nanophotonic devices.