Tag Archives: CoE

CoE researcher uses machine learning to improve brain imaging

By | September 2, 2020

Melissa Haskell, an ECE postdoctoral researcher, was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health for her work using machine learning to improve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Many factors, including movement, can affect the quality of an fMRI, which is used to measure and study brain activity. Haskell works to… Read More »

Mathieu receives 2020 Henry Russel Award

By | August 12, 2020

Johanna Mathieu, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a U-M Henry Russel Award for her extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research, as well as excellent record of contributions as a teacher. This award, established in 1925, is considered the University’s highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of… Read More »

In memoriam: Frances Allen, the first woman to receive the Turing Award and U-M alumna

By | August 7, 2020

Frances Allen (MA Math 1957), the first woman to win the Turing Award and first female IBM Fellow, died on August 4, 2020. Allen was known for her pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution. Allen intended to be a math teacher… Read More »

Using AI to navigate out of a COVID treatment supply issue

By | August 6, 2020

Researchers fear that the same issues with supply chains that caused toilet paper shortages at the beginning of the pandemic in the United States may result in the same problem with the fine chemicals needed to synthesize COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines. Now, a U-M team of medicinal chemists have used artificial intelligence to find alternative pharmaceutical building blocks… Read More »

Precision Health expands campus-wide data resources offered on Analytics Platform

By | July 28, 2020

Precision Health at the University of Michigan has recently improved and expanded its offerings for campus researchers in genetics, pharmacogenomics, operations, AI, and a host of other precision health–related fields. With this enhanced Analytics Platform, Precision Health has defined a clear pathway for researchers across campus to access de-identified clinical data: a milestone in its goal of accelerating research and… Read More »

Ultra-low power brain implants find meaningful signal in grey matter noise

By | July 28, 2020

Drastically reducing the power and computation needed to identify our intentions, researchers open up a future of advanced therapies and machines enabled by our thoughts. By tuning into a subset of brain waves, University of Michigan researchers have dramatically reduced the power requirements of neural interfaces while improving their accuracy—a discovery that could lead to long-lasting brain implants… Read More »

Instructors mail robot parts, develop video project admit sudden online semester

By | June 2, 2020

As courses quickly transitioned to online formats in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors had to create new plans for the remaining weeks of their semester overnight. Some classes were more easily adjusted than others, but even those that presented unique challenges were overcome by creative solutions, like mail-delivered robot parts.   In their EECS 373 course, Prof.… Read More »

ADA Center holds 2020 symposium, highlighting new research into computer design

By | May 26, 2020

The symposium highlighted new developments in computer architecture, and included a session on how the center’s research can contribute to limiting the impact of pandemics. Computer architects, VLSI researchers, and compiler experts affiliated with the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Center gathered for the center’s annual symposium from May 18 to May 21, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak,… Read More »

Chemical Engineering graduate recruitment goes virtual

By | May 26, 2020

Participants in this year’s prospective graduate student recruitment visit experienced Michigan Chemical Engineering from an entirely new vantage point–online. The 2020 recruitment team developed two parallel plans as they monitored the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan and beyond. One version of the recruitment visit closely resembled its predecessors, while the other repackaged the traditional in-person event… Read More »

K-12 online learning platform from U-M sees dramatic rise in use

By | April 29, 2020

The Collabrify Roadmap Platform, a set of free, customizable digital learning tools developed by the Center for Digital Curricula at the College of Engineering, provides K-12 teachers with scheduling templates that can be customized to include all the activities that would normally take place in their classrooms. Created last summer as a supplemental tool to make educational resources… Read More »

Probing tech’s soft underbelly

By | April 27, 2020

On any given day in Kevin Fu’s laboratory at the College of Engineering research investigators might use an antenna to fool the lab’s sensor into giving a false temperature readings or a laser light beam to inject false voice commands in a voice-controlled assistant from a distance of 300 feet. Unlike many cybersecurity troubleshooters, Fu is not looking… Read More »

Retooled computer science course goes all-COVID, all-online

By | April 22, 2020

A COVID-era redesign of a long-running computer science undergraduate course will put up to 120 U-M computer science and engineering students to work designing software to tackle problems related to the crisis during the 2020 spring/summer semester. Computer science and engineering lecturer David Chesney has run the class for years as an in-person offering called “Software for Accessibility.”… Read More »

Computer scientists employ AI to help address COVID-19 challenges

By | April 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world around us and is affecting our health, our economy, our social interactions, and so much more. Faculty and students affiliated with the AI Lab in Computer Science and Engineering have partnered with clinicians and experts from other disciplines to bring their expertise to assist with the outbreak and to help find… Read More »

Start your (software) engines! CAEN provides XR support to MRacing team

What do you get when you combine race cars and extended reality (XR)? If you said a modded version of “Grand Theft Auto” you’d be wrong. The correct answer is: U-M’s award-winning Michigan Electric Racing Team (and CAEN’s John Hufnagel). Hufnagel is the lead MCAD applications analyst for CAEN, the IT services department for Michigan Engineering. (MCAD is… Read More »

Engineering students improve data center efficiency

By | April 8, 2020

Two U-M computer science and engineering students have distinguished themselves with their work on ways to speed up and improve data center efficiency. Computer science undergraduate Nathan Brown competed in the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Student Research Competition and took first place among undergraduates. His project provides a means to speed up software applications by reading future… Read More »

Researchers to use brain scans to understand gender bias in software development

By | April 6, 2020

A 2017 study reported that a code author’s gender had a significant impact on the code reviewer’s approval or rejection rate. In fact, women’s contributions were rejected more often when their gender was identifiable to the reviewer, and accepted more often when their work was anonymous. An interdisciplinary team of U-M researchers will test these observations and identify… Read More »

Putting hardware accelerators to work with automatic code translation

By | April 3, 2020

Most programs in use today have to be completely rewritten at a very low level to reap the benefits of hardware acceleration. This system demonstrates how to make that translation automatic. A new technique developed by researchers at U-M could enable broader adoption of post-Moore’s Law computing components through automatic code translation. The system, called AutomataSynth, allows software… Read More »

Florian Schaub earns Google Award to improve phishing protections

By | March 9, 2020

A newly announced Google Faculty Research award will fund a research project on developing better phishing warnings co-led by School of Information assistant professor Florian Schaub. Phishing attacks trick victims into clicking malicious email links to get them to disclose sensitive information such as personal data and passwords, or install malware. Building on prior work, Schaub says this project… Read More »

EECS faculty win awards for computational research

By | February 21, 2020

Two computer science and engineering professors were recently recognized for their outstanding work: Jenna Wiens, co-director of University of Michigan Precision Health, was selected for a 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for her work harnessing patient data to improve healthcare outcomes. Wiens’ primary research is in the development of data-driven predictive models needed… Read More »

CoE, SI react to allegations of misconduct by computer science professor Jason Mars

By | February 17, 2020

The faculty at U-M’s computer science and engineering department wrote a letter calling for professor Jason Mars to take a leave of absence, following an investigation from The Verge into his behavior as CEO of Clinc, an AI startup with ties to the school. Michigan’s School of Information also said it was suspending its recruiting relationship with Clinc due to Mars’… Read More »