Electronics, Devices + Computers
Shaping the future of semiconductorsElaheh Ahmadi, David Blaauw, Michael Flynn, Hun-Seok Kim, Hessam Mahdavifar, and Zhengya Zhang bring their expertise and creativity to this nationwide undertaking in the area of semiconductors and information & communication technologies.
Dawn of nitride ferroelectric semiconductors
The ability to precisely tune electrical polarization switching through molecular beam epitaxy is a gamechanger
Nanoscale ferroelectric semiconductor could power AI and post-Moore’s Law computing on a phoneNext-gen computing material gets down to the right size for modern manufacturing.
Scalable method to manufacture thin film transistors achieves ultra-clean interface for high performance, low-voltage device operationLed by Prof. Becky Peterson, the research focuses on a category of materials important for low power logic operations, high pixel density screens, touch screens, and haptic displays.
Six ECE faculty will help shape the future of semiconductors as part of the JUMP 2.0 programElaheh Ahmadi, David Blaauw, Michael Flynn, Hun-Seok Kim, Hessam Mahdavifar, and Zhengya Zhang bring their expertise and creativity to this nationwide undertaking in the area of semiconductors and information & communication technologies.
Science: January 5, 2023
Sun-powered water splitter produces unprecedented levels of green energyA new breakthrough by Prof. Zetian Mi’s group resulted in a device that triples the efficiency of previous setups.
Semiconductor Engineering: January 4, 2023
Photosynthesis photodetectorProf. Stephen Forrest talks about a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy, developed by his group.
Open-source hardware: a growing movement to democratize IC designDr. Mehdi Saligane, a leader in the open-source chip design community, was among the first researchers to fabricate a successful chip as part of Google’s multi-project wafer program.
Laser Focus World: December 13, 2022
Meet ZEUS, the highest-power laser in the U.S.Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk describes Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System (ZEUS), the most powerful laser in the U.S., in a short recorded interview
December 9, 2022
MemryX Inc. opens R&D center in Bangalore, India – advancing simple and scalable processing solutions for Edge AIThe opening of the Bangalore site is complementary to existing MemryX engineering capabilities in Taipei, Hsinchu, and Ann Arbor. MemryX, co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, offers a differentiated high efficiency, low power, and scalable Edge AI solutions.
December 8, 2022
UofM Alumni Startup Launches Battery-less Sensor to Hyperscale Sustainable IoT in Manufacturing and BeyondAutomation Alley: Silicon Valley-based startup Everactive, which was co-founded in 2012 by Prof. David Wentzloff, launched its first development kit of ENV+ Eversensor battery-less sensors.
December 7, 2022
What is Batteryless IoT?Everactive’s Co-Founders & Co-CTO’s, Ben Calhoun & David Wentzloff, discuss batteryless IoT and its future use cases in this podcast by IoT for all.
December 7, 2022
A game changer: Epitaxially grown nitride ferroelectricsCompound Semiconductor features Zetian Mi’s breakthrough research on epitaxially grown nitride ferroelectrics.
New non-invasive optical imaging approach for monitoring brain health could improve outcomes for traumatic brain injury patientsThe SCISCCO system could better monitor brain and organ metabolism, helping to diagnose concussions, monitor cerebral metabolism in traumatic brain injury patients, and gauge the response of organs to treatments in an operating or emergency room scenario.
November 22, 2022
Everactive launches ‘batteryless IoT’ development kitEveractive, a startup company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff and making what it describes as “category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems”, is releasing its first development kit to allow third-party developers to build their own IoT products without the constraints of batteries.
Miniature and durable spectrometer for wearable applicationsA team led by P.C. Ku and Qing Qu have developed a miniature, paper-thin spectrometer measuring 0.16mm2 that can also withstand harsh environments.
Best paper for a low-power ADC circuit for brain-machine interface applicationsEuisik Yoon’s team, led by Sungjin Oh, developed a low-power neural recording front-end circuit to interface with state-of-the-art neural probes.
Jesse Codling wins Best Presentation award for sensors that help protect these little piggies in their pensKnown affectionately as “The Sh*tty Project,” Codling, an ECE PhD student, monitors the vibrations in pig pens to track the health of the piglets and predict when they’re in danger.
November 10, 2022
Red MicroLEDs Three Orders Of Magnitude Smaller In Surface AreaSemiconductor Engineering reported on Zetian Mi’s research
Mike Flynn named Fawwaz T. Ulaby Collegiate Professor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringFlynn is one of the world’s premier scholars of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and other interface circuits.
October 21, 2022
ECE Startup Movellus Secures $23M in Series B Funding to Accelerate GrowthMovellus, the startup company founded by ECE alumni Mohammad Faisal and Jeff Fredenburg, provides intelligent clock networks for the next generation of complex integrated circuits. Prof. David Wentzloff sits on the board.
Breakthrough in green micro-LEDs for augmented/mixed reality devicesProf. Zetian Mi’s team are the first to achieve high-performance, highly stable green micro-LEDs with dimensions less than 1 micrometer on silicon, which can support ultrahigh-resolution full-color displays and other applications.
Seeing electron movement at fastest speed ever could help unlock next-level quantum computingNew technique could enable processing speeds a million to a billion times faster than today’s computers and spur progress in many-body physics.
Innovation Nation: October 8, 2022
These Tiny Sensors Are Saving SnailsThis video shows how the Michigan team’s tiny computers (called the Michigan Micro Mote) are being used for conservation efforts for even small invertebrates.
CHIPS and Science Act: Implications and OpportunitiesThe CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 promises to revitalize the U.S. semiconductor industry. Dennis Sylvester offers his perspective on what it means for ECE.
TechCrunch: September 21, 2022
Voxel51 lands funds for its platform to manage unstructured dataTechCrunch features Voxel51, a startup founded by Prof. Jason Corso, which closed on $12.5m in Series A funding.
Medium: September 21, 2022
Announcing Our $12.5M Series A Funding to Bring Transparency and Clarity to the World’s DataVoxel51, founded by Prof. Jason Corso, closed on $12.5M Series A funding to accelerate the next phase of their growth in bringing data-centric Machine Learning to the world.
Associated Press: September 15, 2022
Univ. of Michigan’s ZEUS will be most powerful laser in USZEUS is a 3 petawatt laser. And “3 petawatts is 3,000 times more powerful than the U.S. power grid,” said Louise Willingale, Assoc. Director of the laser facility.
First light soon at the most powerful laser in the USThe ZEUS laser at the University of Michigan has begun its commissioning experiments
Photosynthesis copycat may improve solar cellsThe new approach moves energy efficiently and could reduce energy losses converting light into electricity.
August 29, 2022
12 Midwest Institutions Launch Semiconductor-focused NetworkThe University of Michigan is one of twelve Midwest research universities and community colleges that established the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics.
Next generation neural probe leads to expanded understanding of the brainThe hectoSTAR probe, with 128 stimulating micro-LEDs and 256 recording electrodes integrated in the same neural probe, was designed for some stellar brain mapping projects
ZEUS Joins International Community of Extreme Light VirtuososAs a member of the X-lites program, ZEUS joins an international community of extreme light labs working together to advance laser science for the benefit of society
Ester Bentley receives Impact award for her research with the goal of GPS-free navigationBentley presented her research as an NDSEG Fellow. She is working to make smaller, more affordable high accuracy navigation-grade gyroscopes.
Business Wire: August 16, 2022
MemryX Begins Customer Sampling of AI Accelerator ChipMemryX Inc., a pioneering start-up co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu that designs breakthrough silicon for artificial intelligence (AI) processing for edge devices, announced today it has begun customer sampling of its revolutionary MX3 AI Accelerator.
Forbes: August 15, 2022
MemryX Is A New AI Company We Actually NeedCo-founded by Prof. Wei Lu in 2019, MemryX is developing a fundamental core architecture for Edge AI with high flexibility and reconfigurability. In a crowded space, it seems MemryX has what it takes to succeed.
Smithsonian: August 11, 2022
This 17-Year-Old Designed a Motor That Could Potentially Transform the Electric Car IndustryProf. Heath Hofmann is quoted in this article by the Smithsonian about the sustainable manufacturing of electric vehicles that do not require rare-earth magnets.
Laser Focus World: July 22, 2022
‘Impossible’ unipolar terahertz emitter is another step toward quantum computingAn effectively unipolar terahertz emitter created by Mack Kira and collaborators may provide a way to accelerate conventional computing and process quantum information at room temperature.
Toward manufacturing semitransparent solar cells the size of windowsA peel-off patterning technique could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Solar-powered chemistry uses carbon dioxide and water to make feedstock for fuels, chemicalsProducing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass.
2022 IEEE APS R. W. P. King Award recognizes new theory in computational electromagneticsPatel and Michielssen developed the Wigner-Smith time delay matrix for electromagnetics.
Emulating impossible “unipolar” laser pulses paves the way for processing quantum informationQuantum materials emit light as though it were only a positive pulse, rather than a positive-negative oscillation.
Overcoming the efficiency cliff of red micro-LEDs for virtual/augmented realityProf. Zetian Mi leads a team that created highly-efficient red micro LEDs suitable for augmented and virtual reality.
May 5, 2022
N-polar InGaN/GaN nanowires: overcoming the efficiency cliff of red-emitting micro-LEDsPhotonics Research described research led by Prof. Zetian Mi in a special story explaining the significance of their breakthrough in developing red micro LEDs.
Graphene-hBN breakthrough to spur new LEDs, quantum computingStudy uncovers first method for producing high-quality, wafer-scale, single-layer hexagonal boron nitride
Detroit News: April 13, 2022
Michigan universities might be developing the next big thing: transparent solar panelsRead about the efforts of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group to use buildings to generate renewable solar power through the use of transparent solar panels in windows. Doctoral student Xinjing Huang also talks about the research in a video.
New textbook provides hands-on guide for learning about chaotic dynamics and electronic circuitsThe book was co-authored by ECE Master’s student Wesley Joo-Chen Thio and Professor Emeritus Julien Sprott of U Wisconsin.
Touheed Anwar Atif awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for his research on quantum information and quantum computingAtif’s coding framework addresses quantum information network coding problems and has helped uncover new insights into the world of quantum information.
Ashley Jian receives Barbour Scholarship to further her research on high-power electronicsJian works to improve the efficiency of high-power electronics for better energy security and sustainability.
Physics World: March 7, 2022
Dynamic control over exciton transport achieved at room temperaturePhysics World described Parag Deotare’s work in dynamically-controlled exciton transport, which takes a big step toward room temperature, practical excitonic devices including cooler and more efficient electronics.
Subhajit Mohanty awarded Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic AchievementMohanty’s research is focused on advancing high electron mobility transistors for next generation wireless technologies.
Ashley Jian awarded Marian Sarah Parker Prize from the College of EngineeringJian’s research is focused on improving the efficiency of high-power electronics, which is important for energy security and sustainability.
ECE alum Mihir Sheth receives Young Innovator Award from Innovate UK for making a medical device that weans patients off ventilators quickerSheth is the co-founder of Inspiritus Health and has developed a simple to use, non-invasive medical device that keeps patients’ muscles engaged when they are on a ventilator to prevent muscle atrophy.
‘Exciton surfing’ could enable next-gen energy, computing and communications techA charge-neutral information carrier could cut energy waste from computing, now that it can potentially be transported within chips.
New understanding of neurons in the hippocampus: they’re all the sameA longstanding collaboration between engineers and neuroscientists leads to new insights into how neurons work in the hippocampus.
Quantum tech: Semiconductor “flipped” to insulator above room tempDiscovery could pave the way to high speed, low-energy quantum computing.
Research full speed ahead on manufacturable III-V materials for next-generation electronicsA recent breakthrough in ferroelectric III-V semiconductors at the University of Michigan has been followed by several advancements and new funding to bring the technology closer to market.
Batteryless next-generation cellular devices could empower a more sustainable futurePhD student Trevor Odelberg is looking to enable long range, highly reliable, and low-power cellular IoT devices that one day can run entirely on harvested energy, reducing battery waste and empowering devices to last for decades.
Prof. Heath Hofmann named IEEE Fellow for his impact in the areas of electric machinery and drive systemsHofmann’s control technology has been implemented in commercial vehicles, and he works tirelessly to enhance opportunities for underrepresented students.
Prof. Euisik Yoon named IEEE Fellow for groundbreaking research in Bio-MEMSYoon’s research has contributed to a better understanding of the brain, as well as improved detection and treatment of cancer.
Prof. Zetian Mi named IEEE Fellow for his pioneering contributions to III-nitride photonics and clean energyMi’s research is impacting the future of alternative energy, as well as improved methods for water purification and air disinfection.
Business Wire: December 2, 2021
Everactive’s Batteryless Technology Will Influence 6G Roadmap Through Next G AllianceThe vision of Everactive, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, is to use hundreds of billions of batteryless devices connected over a future worldwide 6G cellular network.
Mimicking a human fingertip’s sensitivity and sense of direction for robotic applicationsWith the help of 1.6 million GaN nanopillars per sensor, the University of Michigan team was able to provide human-level sensitivity with directionality on a compact, easily manufactured system
Egg-carton-style patterning keeps charged nanoparticles in place and suitable for a wide range of applicationsProf. Jay Guo and his team discovered a scalable way to settle down and precisely arrange micro- and nano-sized particles according to size
ASEE Prism: October 22, 2021
Sense & SensibilitiesASEE’s interview with Pei Zhang describes his research (including helping the elderly, identifying a certain disease in children by their gate, and ensuring healthy pigs) as well as his family history as Chinese engineers in America and the accompanying challenges.
Elaheh Ahmadi receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to support future sensor and communication systemsAhmadi’s research is focused on using GaN and Ga2O3 materials to provide higher output power per unit area at higher frequencies.
October 4, 2021
“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.
Laser Focus World: September 18, 2021
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.
Business Wire: September 1, 2021
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.
PV Magazine: September 1, 2021
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.
Science Daily: August 31, 2021
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
Michigan Radio: August 26, 2021
Tiny snail computersMichigan Radio talks about innovative technology that came out of ECE and EEB to help figure out what’s killing tiny snails.
$1 Million DARPA contract to empower the wireless systems of the futureProf. Elaheh Ahmadi is working to design a new kind of semiconductor that can provide high power at high frequencies
July 30, 2021
Snail ComputersProf. David Blaauw talks with BYUradio about the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a snail mass extinction mystery.
The New York Times: July 13, 2021
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.
July 2, 2021
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.
Michigan startup MemryX, Inc. promises faster, cheaper AI processingThe ECE startup builds neuromorphic computer chips uniquely suitable for AI applications
Nanotech OLED electrode liberates 20% more light, could slash display power consumptionA five-nanometer-thick layer of silver and copper outperforms conventional indium tin oxide without adding cost.
June 18, 2021
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.
CNET: June 17, 2021
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.
Snails carrying the world’s smallest computer help solve mass extinction survivor mystery
The study yields new insights into the survival of a native snail important to Tahitian culture and ecology and to biologists studying evolution, while proving the viability of similar studies of very small animals including insects
Dawn of nitride ferroelectric semiconductors for next-generation electronics
The ability to precisely tune electrical polarization switching through molecular beam epitaxy is a gamechanger
Profiles in ECE: Rucha Apte (MS ECE 2021)
From the internships that inspired her interest in signal & image processing and machine learning to late night study sessions at the Duderstadt to her background in classical dance, Master’s student Rucha Apte shares her journey with us.
ECE Lab Kit team recognized by the College of Engineering with the Team Staff Excellence AwardWhen the pandemic shut down in-person instruction, this six-member team created and delivered individual lab kits to 1,200 students around the world so hands-on lab experience could continue.
DBusiness Magazine: April 24, 2021
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.
3D motion tracking system could streamline vision for autonomous tech
Transparent optical sensor arrays combine with a specialized neural network in new University of Michigan prototype
Prof. Pei Zhang solemnly swears that he’s up to some good
In a project he calls the “Marauder’s Map,” Prof. Zhang uses machine learning-based data models, physics models, and heuristic models to turn physical structures into sensing devices.
$6.25 million to develop new semiconductors for artificial photosynthesis
An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI
Research to advance low-power speech recognition highlighted by IntelMichael Flynn and his group are applying their groundbreaking work in beamforming to the challenge of low-power on-chip speech recognition.
“Egg carton” quantum dot array could lead to ultralow power devices
By putting a twist on new “2D” semiconductors, researchers have demonstrated their potential for using single photons to transmit information.
Elaheh Ahmadi receives CAREER Award to improve efficiency in high power electrical systemsThe research could improve efficiency in systems such as electric vehicles, grid systems, mass transit, and industrial automation
DBusiness Magazine: February 2, 2021
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
Demba Komma awarded Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship for research on IoT localization technologies
Komma, a PhD student, is working to develop robust low powered localization technology for Artificial Intelligence enabled Internet of Things in locations where GPS is limited or blocked.
Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities
Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors.
First digital single-chip millimeter-wave beamformer will exploit 5G capabilities
The digital beamforming chip offers significant advantages over current analog beamforming solutions.
Medium: November 2, 2020
Introducing FiftyOne: A Tool for Rapid Data & Model ExperimentationAlum Brian Moore details Voxel51’s new (and open source!) tool for your machine learning toolbox
Phys.org: October 28, 2020
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.
Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer
In a project funded by National Geographic, ECE researchers are teaming up with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to advance our understanding of monarch butterfly migration with the most ambitious iteration of the Michigan Micro Mote yet.
Burn after reading
A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech.
Coordination and collaboration are critical to U.S. leadership in plasma science: a Q&A with the Plasma 2020 Decadal Study co-chair
Plasma science has the potential to speed advances in medicine, energy, electronics and more—including helping us deal with pandemics.
Magna cum Laude Merit Award for research to detect the progress of diseases such as multiple sclerosis
The researchers’ imaging technique is fast, accurate, and reproducible
U-M startup SkyGig aims to take 5G to the next level
With new funding in the company, the hardtech startup is bringing revolutionary technologies to reshape mmWave wireless.
Full-color nano-LEDs for better, longer lasting LED performance
Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi to advance LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays is recognized with the Distinguished Paper Award from the Society for Information Display.
Autonomous well monitoring solution recognized with a Best Innovators award
The WAND wireless sensor developed in a collaboration between Total, an oil & gas company, and the University of Michigan is revolutionizing well monitoring
August 12, 2020
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 NS Nanotech unveils new generation of LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays
Brighter, crisper screens that draw half the power and lasts twice as long are possible with NS Nanotech’s next-gen LEDs.
Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity
Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective.
Battery-free sensor startup takes aim at industrial efficiency
Part of the team that brought us the world’s smallest computer in 2015 brings the future of computing technology into the present.
“Ultra low-power receivers for IoT applications” wins Outstanding Invited Paper
Prof. David Wentzloff’s paper examining the trends and techniques to achieve ultra-low power receivers was honored by the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference
Elaheh Ahmadi receives ONR Young Investigator Award to prepare for the next generation of wireless technology
Prof. Ahmadi will contribute to the science and technology of efficient, high-frequency, high-power transistors for 5G and beyond
Zhanni Wu awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Wu is working on advanced metasurfaces, which could help next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.
Small, precise and affordable gyroscope for navigating without GPS
Accurate gyroscopes are a bottleneck for backup navigation systems in autonomous vehicles.
Hessam Mahdavifar receives CAREER award to empower next gen communication
Mahdavifar is preparing for a future of billions of connected devices and an unprecedented increase in mobile traffic.
Best paper award for optimizing wireless power transfer
Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz and PhD student Xin Zan were honored at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition for their work improving the efficiency and reliability of wireless power transfer.
David Blaauw named Kensall D. Wise Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Blaauw’s innovations in low-power computing led to development of the Michigan Micro Mote, the world’s smallest computer.
A 3D camera for safer autonomy and advanced biomedical imaging
Researchers demonstrated the use of stacked, transparent graphene photodetectors combined with image processing algorithms to produce 3D images and range detection.
Hun-Seok Kim receives CAREER Award to facilitate Internet of Things connectivity
Kim takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackle challenges in heterogeneous classes of energy-efficient and versatile communication systems.
‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2
A catalyst on a solar panel can make methane, the main component of natural gas, with carbon dioxide, water and sunlight.
Creating a place where kids of all abilities can play together
Prof. Hun-Seok Kim helped design iGYM, an augmented reality system that allows disabled and able-bodied people to play physical games together.
Enabling large-scale testing of cancer drugs with machine learning
Prof. Euisik Yoon and his team developed a new machine learning tool that enables large-scale testing of cancer drug effectiveness with microfluidics.
Beyond Moore’s Law: taking transistor arrays into the third dimension
Thin film transistors stacked on top of a state-of-the-art silicon chip could help shrink electronics while improving performance.
Wireless Communication Under the Sea
U-M researchers have created a new means of enabling reliable wireless underwater communication, which could aid military, environmental, and conservation purposes.
Prof. Elaheh Ahmadi receives AFOSR Young Investigator Program award
Prof. Ahmadi will investigate promising new materials needed for an increasingly electrified world
Jamie Phillips named Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility
Phillips – who specializes in optoelectronic devices for next generation infrared detectors, solar cells, and thin film electronics – shares his goals for the 13,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art cleanroom facility.
Two ‘U’ researchers receive Distinguished University Innovator AwardThe Michigan Daily profiles Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, who are this year’s recipients of the 2019 Distinguished University Innovator Award.
Blaauw, Sylvester are 2019 Distinguished University Innovators
Pioneering computer technology that is spurring innovation and disruption across industries has earned David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester, professors of electrical engineering and computer science, this year’s Distinguished University Innovator Award.
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.
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.
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.
Afshari group receives Best Invited Paper award at the 2019 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference
Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection.
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.
Blood biopsy: New technique enables detailed genetic analysis of cancer cells
Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment.
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.
IEEE Spectrum: March 7, 2019
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
A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting
Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting.
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
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.
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
A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air
Subscription service offers real-time monitoring
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.
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
Conducting an orchestra of sensor nodes
Keeping time in the Internet of Things with frequency scaling
Solving impossible equations
Eric Michielssen has discovered a new way to rapidly analyze electromagnetic phenomena, and it’s catching on.
Blue Sky and Research Accelerator Initiatives fund solar fuel and high-power research
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.
Hun-Seok Kim receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to advance research in IoT networks
Kim’s research is expected to impact the future design and wireless operation of the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices
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.
Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum
Electron states in a semiconductor, set and changed with pulses of light, could be the 0 and 1 of future “lightwave” electronics or room-temperature quantum computers.
Solar cells enable self-powered camera
A solar cell combined with a camera sensor collects photons to provide electricity.
Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells
Buildings, clothing could generate power.
A shoe-box-sized chemical detector
Powered by a broadband infrared laser, the device can zero in on the ‘spectral fingerprint region’.
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.
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.
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.
Cooling off with lasers
Lasers are typically thought of as hot. What if they were able to cool?
$7.75M for mapping circuits in the brain
A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists.
Next-gen computing inspired by biology
New memristor chips can see patterns over pixels.
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
Ultrashort light pulses for fast “lightwave” computers
Extremely short, configurable “femtosecond” pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today’s electronics.
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.
A fantastic voyage: ERC for WIMS
The first-ever Engineering Research Center in Wireless Integrated Microsensing and Systems has forged advances in many fields.
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.
CubeWorks: Solving problems with the world’s smallest and lowest-power computersCubeworks receives its first external funding to manufacture millimeter-scale computing devices
The Michigan Probe: Changing the Course of Brain Research
Some believed early Michigan brain researchers were engaging in “science fiction” – until development of an advanced tool for forging breakthroughs proved them wrong.
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.
Leaders in neuroscience look to the future
ICAN bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community.
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.
With a radio specifically designed to communicate through tissue, researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering are adding another level to a computer platform small enough to fit inside a medical grade syringe.
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.
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?
Emmett LeithInventor of Practical Holography
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.
Necmiye Ozay receives CAREER award for research in cyber-physical systems
Cyber-physical systems are smart, networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators that are designed to interact with the physical world.
Googling the physical world
IoT applications are the next wave of computing and the next driving force of the semiconductor industry. The startup PsiKick [now Everactive] is helping shape this future.
Mapping the brain: probes with tiny LEDs shed light on neural pathways
The new probes can control and record the activity of many individual neurons, and are believed to be the smallest implantable LEDs ever made.
$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.
Art-inspired solar cells
Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.
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.
What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues
Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question.
CBS News: April 16, 2015
This is the world’s smallest computerComputers used to consume whole rooms, but now one computer can fit on the edge of a nickel. At just one millimeter cubed, the Michigan Micro Mote (M^3) is the smallest autonomous computer in the world.
Mobile Friendly – apps to improve life
Technology continues to transform the health care industry, and researchers at the University have utilized mobile apps to expand the impact of their work.
Elnaz Ansari earns Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement
Her research interests include analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs.
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. Wei Lu editor of new book – Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy
The book is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Smart Materials series.
Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A leader in flexible solar cell technology
Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon.
Prof. Becky Peterson awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to investigate new materials for power semiconductor devices
Peterson’s findings could be used in wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with monitoring of the environment and medical conditions.
Mapping the brain with lasers
Yoon is leading a team that will design new light sources with lasers capable of zooming in on individual neuron circuits within the brain.
Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney – Exploring navigation
Tal is researching fabrication techniques for a micro rate-integrating gyroscope, using a vacuum mold and blowtorch.
Forbes: September 17, 2014
These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things
Fighting lung cancer: Faster image processing for low-radiation CT scans
This advance could be important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment.
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.
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.
A new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power
With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam.
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.
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.
What are quantum computers going to do for us?
Michigan Engineering professor Duncan Steel explains how quantum computing works, using quantum bits that take on superpositions of 0 and 1 simultaneously.
Making the Internet of Things happen
Wentzloff aims to remove the necessity of a power outlet or even a battery to power miniature sensors.
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.
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.
A new laser paradigm: An electrically injected polariton laser
“It is no longer a scientific curiosity. It’s a real device.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
UG Research Spotlight: Fred Buhler spends his summer improving circuit testing
The project involved designing new boards and writing test software, as well as writing software to control instruments and some integrated circuit design.
Kensall D. Wise: Michigan, MEMS and MicrosystemsThis retrospective of Kensall D. Wise, William G. Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, provides a view of how he built a world-class program in MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Prof. David Blaauw Elected Fellow of the IEEEProf. Blaauw was a core member of the Michigan team that developed the award-winning circuit known as Razor in 2003.
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.
Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficient
Professor Jay Guo has developed the reflective photovoltaic color filter device that can convert absorbed light to electricity.
Laura Freyman awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Freyman is studying Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory.
Powering breakthrough technologies
Ambiq Micro could revolutionize ubiquitous computing, with energy-efficient microcontrollers that are 10 times more energy efficient than conventional microprocessors.
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.
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.
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.
CNET: February 22, 2011
Researchers unveil first mm-scale computing systemResearchers at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco demonstrate a prototype implantable eye pressure monitor and a tiny new radio.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Laser-based missile defense for helicopters being developedProtecting helicopters in combat from heat-seeking missiles is the goal of new laser technology created at the University of Michigan and Omni Sciences, Inc., which is a U-M spin-off company.
Zhengya Zhang earns Best Paper Award at Symposium on VLSI Circuits
The resulting 65nm CMOS test chip achieved an energy efficiency of 21 pJ/bit making it a promising candidate for low-power, high-performance applications.
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.”
Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed
The system could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices.
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.
Duncan Steel will advance quantum information processes in new MURI
Steel will concentrate his efforts on solid state systems, specifically with epitaxially grown InAs/lGaAs semiconductor quantum dots.
Sensing Sensors: NSF Funding News Ways to Monitor Infrastructure for SafetyThe program aims to develop revolutionary wireless sensor node, optimized for infrastructure monitoring.
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.
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.
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.