Autonomy, AI & Robotics
Focused ambitionsWhile hunger for an artificial intelligence that can think like a human remains unsated, AI continues to appear in our lives in smaller ways.
U-M CSE research team advances to top five in Amazon Alexa Prize Simbot ChallengeThe challenge is a means of pushing forward with their research into development of next-generation embodied AI agents.
Diversity and inclusiveness are an essential part of the pursuit of AI at CSEThe Michigan AI Lab is focused on building a community of diverse viewpoints in an effort to reduce the bias we see in the exploding world of artificial intelligence.
“It’s a supportive and collaborative environment” — making connections as a PhD student in and outside the classroomU-M CSE PhD candidate Sarah Jabbour discusses how collaboration is centered in her experience as a graduate student.
U-M, Schmidt Futures to partner on new AI research program$10M will fund training for 60 postdoctoral fellows as part of international cohort.
Decisive differences in healthcare AIWhen decisions about your healthcare are informed by AI, bias in machine learning can have dire consequences. Ph.D. student Trenton Chang researches how inequities in healthcare delivery impact machine learning and AI.
Six new projects funded by LG AI ResearchThe projects are a part of LG’s mission to advance AI such as Deep Reinforcement Learning, 3D Scene Understanding, and Reasoning with a Large-scale Language Model and Bias & Fairness related to AI ethics.
U-M team reaches next phase of Amazon Alexa Prize SimBot ChallengeTeam SEAGULL, led by doctoral student Yichi Zhang and advised by Prof. Joyce Chai, strives to develop embodied AI agents capable of attending to users’ needs, following natural language instructions, collaborating, and continuously improving through interaction.
Prof. Xinyu Wang collaborates with UiPath to democratize automationThe two will collaborate on building new programming techniques that are accessible to non-experts and non-programmers.
Natural Language Processing at Michigan Research DayThe meetup was intended to foster connections between researchers across campus with an interest in the development and application of NLP.
Atkins chairs National Academies report on speeding discovery with automated research workflowsProf. Emeritus Daniel Atkins III chaired and Prof. Al Hero served on a National Academies committee that published a new report describing the impact of artificial intelligence and automated research workflow technologies in propelling research and scientific discovery.
LG AI Research opens North American Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Ann Arbor with strong ties to U-MThe LG AI Research Center, and its partnership with U-M, represents a commitment by LG to become a leader in developing advanced AI technologies.
David Fouhey receives NSF CAREER Award for vision system to perceive the interactive worldHis goal is to build AI systems that can recognize and understand a 3D and interactive world from a single image.
Joyce Chai named ACL Fellow for significant contributions to grounded natural language processing and the interaction between language processing and roboticsProf. Chai has been recognized for significant contributions to grounded natural language processing and the interaction between language processing and robotics.
Generating 3D spaces from a single pictureNew model PixelSynth creates an interactive experience given just a single image.
Helping autonomous agents make smarter decisions in chaotic environmentsA new algorithm gives autonomous agents the ability to take in batches of multiple instructions at once while responding dynamically to changes in their surroundings.
Best paper award for a robot that can see and move transparent objects
A new method enables robot arms to build a tower of champagne glasses.
Jaylin Herskovitz selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Through her work in augmented reality, Jaylin hopes to improve the accessibility of emerging technologies for people with disabilities and expand access to computing.
Sky CH Wang selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Through his work in NLP and computational social science, Sky hopes to understand complex social interactions and contribute towards the democratization of technology.
Zhizhuo Zhou selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Zhizhuo is interested in computer vision and its ability to make breakthroughs in interdisciplinary fields such as ecology and climatology.
CSE doctoral student Tara Safavi receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
The fellowship will advance her work in inferring relational world knowledge in machines with explicit and implicit representations.
Lu Wang earns CAREER Award to summarize long text with machine learning
Wang hopes that, by summarizing longer documents, she can make a new class of information more accessible to a variety of audiences.
Qi Zhang selected as first recipient of David J. Kuck Dissertation Prize
His work is in the area of coordinating systems of autonomous agents that operate in uncertain, dynamic environments.
Seven papers by CSE researchers presented at AAAI 2021
Twelve students and faculty co-authored papers spanning several key application areas for AI.
Zeyu Zheng selected for JP Morgan PhD Fellowship
His work on reinforcement learning is aimed at accelerating the training of RL agents.
Incoming faculty Anhong Guo named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Science
This distinction recognizes young researchers with exceptional promise who are having an impact on the world.
Student NASA award supports work on more dexterous, collaborative space robots
PhD student Emily Sheetz is working to design more dexterous robots to work alongside humans in space.
New research teaches AI how people move with internet videos
The project enables neural networks to model how people are positioned based on only partial views of their bodies, like perspective shots in instructional videos or vlogs.
$1.8M DARPA project aims to protect cars, trucks and spacecraft from hackers
Ironpatch could head off growing danger of security vulnerabilities in vehicle systems.
Prof. Danai Koutra recognized as rising star with ACM SIGKDD Award
The Rising Star Award is based on an individual’s whole body of work in the first five years after the PhD.
Baris Kasikci earns CAREER Award to automatically improve software quality with data from everyday program use
Kasikci will sift through the byproducts of hundreds of millions of common program executions to determine how this data can automate some key steps in bug finding and fixing.
The Wolverines Behind the Next Generation of Autonomous VehiclesThe Center for Entrepreneurship profiles a team of EECS students, who are working to develop the next generation of delivery vehicles.
Technology that serves all: a single step could pave the way
A Q&A with Chad Jenkins.
Model helps robots think more like humans when searching for objects
The model is a practical method for robots to look for target items in complex, realistic environments.
AI-powered interviewer provides guided reflection exercises during COVID-19 pandemic
The virtual interviewer uses therapeutic writing techniques to help users cope with difficult situations.
Research on human biases in AI learning earns best student paper award
The project, which received a best paper award, demonstrated that a certain bias in humans who train intelligent agents significantly reduced the effectiveness of the training.
Faster than COVID: a computer model that predicts the disease’s next move
Predictive model could help care providers stay safe, anticipate patient needs.
Faculty Profile: Emily Mower Provost
Mower Provost talks about getting awards, doing industry research, understanding human behavior – and Star Wars.
Computer scientists employ AI to help address COVID-19 challenges
Five multidisciplinary research teams are working on projects to assist with the coronavirus outbreak and to help find solutions to pressing problems.
Emily Mower Provost named Toyota Faculty Scholar
Her work uses machine learning to measure mood, emotion, and other aspects of human behavior for purposes of providing early or real-time interventions for people in managing their health.
CSE researchers present 9 papers at leading AI conferenceThe students and faculty submitted projects spanning several key application areas for AI.
Alumnus Peter Wurman inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
Wurman and his cofounders were recognized for their invention of the Kiva system, a revolutionary warehouse order fulfillment system that uses mobile robots and control software to bring inventory shelves to workers.
Michigan AI celebrates second annual symposium
The goal of the symposium is to facilitate conversations between AI practitioners from Michigan and beyond.
New attack on autonomous vehicle sensors creates fake obstacles
Up to this point, no attacks had been discovered targeting a car’s LiDAR system—but a major new finding from researchers at the University of Michigan has demonstrated what that might look like.
Taking machine-learning models in health care from concept to bedsideThe authors provide an overview of common challenges to implementing ML in a health-care setting, and describe the necessity of breaking down the silos in ML.
Year of growth, experiments for May Mobility
May Mobility intends to gradually acclimate the public to the experience of autonomous driving.
DARPA Award for more responsive AI that combines human and machine
The goal of Lasecki’s proposal is to create methods for making AI systems more robust and flexible.
Paper recognized for lasting contributions to AI decision making
Baveja’s paper tackled the difficult problem of giving artificial intelligence a way to understand and represent knowledge collected over time.
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 lecture series brings AI to the publicThe new event series aims to create an educational environment for the public.
A quicker eye for robotics to help in cluttered environments
New algorithm can help robots go from structured environments like factories to complex, unstructured places like our homes.
Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously
“What I’m doing is trying to come up with ideas to let the agent continue learning different skills across its life.”
‘Air traffic control’ for driverless cars could speed up deployment
Human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decision’s during times of uncertainty.
Precision Health Award for measuring moods
The result will be new measurement methods to determine how moods are shaped by both the behavior of an individual and daily interactions over time
Two papers announced among 10 most influential in healthcare and infection control
The papers provide data-driven solutions to hospital infection and the use of machine learning in healthcare.
The logic of feeling: Teaching computers to identify emotions
A Q&A with machine learning expert Emily Mower Provost.
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.
Faculty spotlight: Rada Mihalcea
Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M’s College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field.
Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities
The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly approaching.
Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately
PhD student Jean Young Song offers an improved solution to the problem of image segmentation.
Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers
Five college teams test robotic suits that could enhance humans’ abilities.
Preventing deadly hospital infections with machine learning
Model successfully applied to data from medical centers with different patient populations, electronic health record systems
Duplicate text detection system now integrated with conference management software
The system is currently being used by IEEE and ACM, and helps them enforce their new 30%-policy.
BMW, Toyota invest in U-M startup May Mobility
Other investors include Detroit Venture Partners, Maven Ventures, SV Angel, Tandem Ventures, Trucks Ventures, and YCombinator.
Prof. John Laird and CSE Alumna Shiwali Mohan receive award for research on learning in autonomous intelligent agents
The award is for papers that present ideas and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new directions, such as new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies.
Professor Michael Wellman shares expertise in Asimov Memorial Debate
The debate was held at the American Museum of Natural History and was hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Emotions predicted by examining the correlation between tweets and environmental factors
External factors, ranging from weather, news exposure, social network emotion charge, timing, and mood predisposition may have a bearing on one’s emotion level throughout the day.
Michigan, Georgia Tech researchers funded to deter financial market manipulation
Increasingly, market manipulators are attacking market integrity through complex computer-controlled attacks.
Improving natural language processing with demographic-aware models
Word associations vary across different demographics, allowing researchers to build better natural language processing models if they can account for demographics.
Codeon is the intelligent assistant for software developers
With Codeon, developers can request help by speaking their requests aloud within the context of their Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Wellman participates in AI doomsday prevention workshop
Michael Wellman, a U-M Engineering professor, recently took part in a workshop to anticipate and prevent possible adverse outcomes of artificial intelligence.
CSE-based startup Clinc receives $6.3M in funding to further develop intelligent banking assistant
Clinc has built Finie, the world’s most advanced voice-controlled A.I. platform for banking.
Jia Deng selected as recipient of PAMI Mark Everingham Prize
Prof. Deng and his collaborators received the award for their work on ImageNet.
Clinc launches Finie, an AI personal assistant for mobile banking
Finie, which can be referred to as the “Siri” of personal banking, is an artificial intelligence platform for banks that helps customers talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way.
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.
Engineering an advantage in debates
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an algorithm that can analyze and measure the amount that one candidate linguistically matches their opponent and have found that matching your opponent in a debate leads to higher polling numbers.
Chad Jenkins receives NSF National Robotics Initiative Grant to improve robotic control in cluttered environments
This project aims to improve goal-directed dexterous robotic manipulation in cluttered and unstructured environments.
Toyota Research Institute Partners with U-M on Artificial IntelligenceToyota will invest $22 million to begin research collaborations focused on autonomous vehicles and advanced robotics. Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice will assume roles at the facility to lead research into perception and mapping/localization.
CSE-based startup receives funding to develop systems based on intelligent personal assistant technology
Clinc has built Lucida, its state-of- the-art, open-source intelligent assistant and machine learning platform that allows developers and the open-source community to easily create and deploy personalized voice and vision-based intelligent assistants.
Researchers seek to help the disabled with intelligent robotic wheelchair
Vulcan, the intelligent robotic wheelchair, aims to help the elderly and those with disabilities effortlessly move around their environment.
New venture is on the path to build continual learning AIs
Cogitai was formed with the aim of developing AI technology that empowers machines to learn from interaction with the real world.
EECS research highlighted at 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference
The University hosted the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which allowed attendees to hear about the latest in robotics through talks, presentations, workshops, and tutorials.
Prof. Dragomir Radev Teaching Course on NLP Through CourseraProf Radev is teaching the 12-week course twice this summer; the course is free and open to the public.
Patented camera calibration tool automates calibration target acquisition
This innovative software guides users through the process of collecting a set of images of a calibration target.
Beyond Asimov: How to plan for ethical robotsAs robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us.
Rada Mihalcea co-authors new book on text mining
Text Mining brings together a broad range of contemporary qualitative and quantitative methods to provide strategic and practical guidance on analyzing large text collections.
CSE faculty lead university collaboration with Toyota on autonomous vehicles
Faculty members Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice are joining TRI as area leads.
Yu-Wei Chao selected for Google PhD Fellowship
Yu-Wei is a third year PhD student whose research focuses on computer vision and machine learning.
U-M researchers launch fight against C. difficile with $9.2M grant from NIH
Prof. Wiens will continue to use machine learning techniques to study the disease.
Machine learning proves useful for analyzing NBA ball screen defense
The team used machine learning to extract information from NBA sports data for automatically recognizing common defense strategies to ball screens.
Honglak Lee selected for Sloan Research Fellowship
His work impacts computer vision, audio recognition, robotics, text modeling, and healthcare.
Jenna Wiens receives NSF CAREER Award to increase the utility of machine learning in clinical care
Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare.
Jason Mars receives CAREER Award to advance system architectures for artificially intelligent services and applications
The award will enable Prof. Mars to understand how future cloud and mobile systems should be designed to support increasing demand from users of intelligent assistants.
U-M, IBM partner on advanced conversational computing system
The project aims to develop a cognitive system that functions as an academic advisor for undergraduate computer science and engineering majors at the university.
U-M, Ford are first to address autonomous driving on snow-covered roads
The solution Ford and U-M are working on involves high-resolution 3D maps. U-M researchers have developed these maps and Ford’s test vehicles are equipped with them.
Lie-detecting software uses real court case data
U-M researchers are building a unique lie-detecting software that works from studying real world data from real, high-stakes court cases.
Ford, Michigan Researchers Test First Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity
The scope of the project consists of a number of thrusts including a key research collaboration led by Profs. Edwin Olson and Ryan Eustice, who are playing a leading role in the development of the critical sensing and decision-making found in the Ford test vehicles.
Brad Campbell and Pat Pannuto Organize Robo Cafe Demo at DARPA Tech Conference
The demo focused on a robot delivery service, called Robo Café, where a team of robots delivered snacks to attendees at the touch of a button.
An Autonomous "SmartCart" Testbed is Coming to Michigan
Over the next year, U-M researchers will develop autonomy capabilities and build a mobile phone interface users can use to request a ride.
Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant
Sirius as an important platform for research into the development of next-generation warehouse computing. It gives researchers a testbed for studying how the data centers that process voice-enabled queries should evolve.