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Michigan Programming Teams Compete Regionally; One Team Advances to National Finals

Student programmers from Michigan are competing in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, the world’s most prestigious student programming competition.

Researchers design new solution to widespread side-channel attacks

The proposal provides a chip-level safeguard against sensitive data being transmitted after it’s accessed.

How Let’s Encrypt doubled the percentage of secure websites in four years

A Q&A with J. Alex Halderman, who co-founded the nonprofit organization.

2019 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition highlights outstanding research

The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research.

How Russia’s online censorship could jeopardize internet freedom worldwide

The nation is using inexpensive commodity equipment to block 170K domains on more than 1K privately-owned ISPs.

Researchers take control of Siri, Alexa, and Google Home with lasers

The newly discovered microphone vulnerability allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants using light.

H.V. Jagadish recognized with Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof Jagadish is an internationally recognized expert in the field of very large databases.

Offensive vehicle security toolbox makes car hacking easier

The new system is designed to save security researchers time and effort spent reverse-engineering the message format of every vehicle they study.

New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods

Technology pioneered by Michigan researchers can circumvent many effective website blocking tools

Two CSE grad students selected for Rising Stars in EECS Workshop

The workshop brings together outstanding women interested in pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering and computer science.

Learning the computational mindset – education researchers give perspective

The authors argue that modern children already think with computation after being shaped by the prolific digital tools that fill their lives

Michigan AI celebrates second annual symposium

The goal of the symposium is to facilitate conversations between AI practitioners from Michigan and beyond.

Year of vulnerability hunting uncovers potential attacks on Intel Chips, RAM

All three of these attacks put users’ privacy at risk, exploiting new routes to sensitive data.

Alumnus William Sanders appointed Dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering

Sanders has spent the past 25 years of his career at the University of Illinois, working on secure and dependable computing and security for critical infrastructures.

Valeria Bertacco appointed vice provost for engaged learning

Bertacco will advocate for and support university initiatives that create opportunities for action-based and engaged student learning.

CSE faculty bring significant showing to major systems conference

Researchers designed three new systems to speed up code at several key bottlenecks.

Five EECS faculty and alumni recognized for business success

Nominees were selected based on their career accomplishments, impact in their field, and contributions to their community.

Alum named director at major collaborative theory center

Pennock’s research is focused on designing intelligent markets to crowdsource forecasts and improve decision making.

$2M NSF grant to explore data equity systems

Researchers plan to establish a framework for a national institute that would enable research using sensitive data, while preventing misuse and misinterpretation.

$1M NSF grant supports new system for gathering, structuring data with ease

The team’s new tool will combine of software and data to make gathering structured data dramatically easier.

Remote attack on temperature sensors threatens safety in incubators and industry

The researchers demonstrated that an adversary could remotely manipulate the temperature sensor measurements without tampering with the targeted system or triggering automatic temperature alarms.

7 new faculty in CSE

The new additions to the department offer a breadth of research and educational experience, with projects spanning robotic interaction and the future of programming languages.

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 bedside

The 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.

Creating more efficient data centers for AI

Tang’s project will redesign data center systems to support large-scale use of hardware accelerators to meet future computational demand.

New browser strategy game has players tackle real-life bat catastrophe

As a fungal infection ravages bat populations, the new game hopes to promote public awareness of ongoing research to combat the issue.

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.

Visiting students celebrate experiences, projects

Ten students from Ethiopia have completed a new summer-long exchange program in engineering at the University of Michigan.

“Mind reading” study looks inside coders’ brains

Using real-time fMRI readings, researchers linked spatial reasoning with CS problem solving.

Automated tool optimizes complex programs better than humans

Erie provided database repairs that were previously performed exclusively by human programmers.

Jenna Wiens Named New Precision Health Co-Director

Wiens is transitioning to Co-Director from a successful role as a Co-Lead for Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT Workgroup, which expanded access to data and research tools across the university.

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.

PET Award for making privacy policies easier to read

The research generated a chatbot to help users sift through important details in privacy policies.

Best paper award for analysis of a decade of malware reports

The research suggests that common blacklist-based prevention systems are ineffective.

25-year paper award for power-saving approach to high-performance computing

Mudge’s paper examined the power-saving needs of high-performance computing.

Advancing AI for Video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform

Voxel51 uses AI processing to identify and track objects and activities through video clips.

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy.

Three papers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

Top Picks is an annual special edition of IEEE Micro magazine that acknowledges the 10-12 most significant research papers.

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

With the help of a VR headset, three students helped a doctor stay focused in the operating room.

New lecture series brings AI to the public

The 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.

Research responsible for establishing field of medical device security recognized by IEEE

Defibrillator security paper receives Test of Time Award from IEEE Security & Privacy

CAREER Award for deeper insights into interconnected data: from neurons to web searches

Danai Koutra earned the award for her proposal to innovate the way we use networks to understand the world and speed up our technology.

Encouraging careers in research

Organizers hoped to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully apply to a graduate program.

Computer Games course continues growth, experimentation

EECS 494’s final group project requires the students to cover all phases of game development.

Chad Jenkins named new council member for CRA Computing Community Consortium

Jenkins has been appointed as one of seven new members on the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council, which is affiliated with the Computing Research Association (CRA). His term begins July 1.

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

This is the fifth time that Prof. Chen has been named Professor of the Year by EECS students.

Student awarded NSF Fellowship for automating speech-based disease classification

Perez’s research focuses on analyzing speech patterns of patients with Huntington Disease.

Guzdial receives SIGCSE outstanding educator award

Guzdial is a leading expert in the field of computing education, and was one of its earliest researchers.

Teaching science with sound waves

The classes got to learn about cybersecurity, the physics of sound waves, and how to beam music a long distance like a flashlight using ultrasound.

Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity

Bertacco is a key leader in efforts to improve the representation of women in computer science and develop more extensive cross-cultural connections within the department.

Training student instructors for inclusive teaching in intro CSE courses

The initiative has tackled courses that make up the core curriculum for first- and second-year CS and CE majors.

Student receives GSI Award for innovative work as educator, promoting diversity

Burdick has done extensive work as an instructor in EECS courses and promoter of diversity in the department.

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

Chen’s dissertation research was dedicated to developing proactive defense approaches to the new security challenges of a hyper-connected world.

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

Edge Fabric offers providers real-time performance analysis and a way to incorporate this data into routing decisions.

Paper award for identifying speaker characteristics in text messages

The goal of the work was to identify seven things about who the subject was talking to just by analyzing text messages.

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Chowdhury’s work has produced important results that can make memory in data centers both cheaper and more efficient.

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moore’s Law with innovative architecture

Eckert is working to expand the role of memory and give it a dual responsibility to both store and compute data.

Army Award to speed up distributed methods over networks

Danai Koutra has earned an Army Young Investigator Award to speed up graph methods for distributed applications.

New chip stops hacks before they start

MORPHEUS can encrypt and reshuffle code thousands of times faster than human and electronic hackers.

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Halderman will work to further educate lawmakers, future cybersecurity experts, and the public about how to ensure that election results can relied upon and verified

Students Map Ann Arbor Art

CS students have partnered with the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance to develop an app for locating and exploring art in Ann Arbor.

Michigan’s new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The meeting began the commission’s review and assessment of election security in Michigan.

All things can be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

Sensing technology could keep seniors safe.

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

The effort seeks to protect the integrity of every vote.

Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Chowdhury connects all unused memory in a data cluster and treats it as a single unit.

Uche Eke: A Balancing Act in Computer Science

Uche Eke is a senior studying computer science. He’s also a student athlete and is one of a small number of black students enrolled in the CS program at Michigan. With Black History Month drawing to a close, we caught Uche between his classes and the gym to learn about his time here.

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

Chowdhury’s lab multiplied the number of jobs a GPU cluster can finish in a set amount of time

Election security: Halderman recommends actions to ensure integrity of US systems

In congressional testimony, professor urges $370M in federal funding to replace outdated machines.

Personalized knowledge graphs for faster search and digital assistants

Graphs that are customized, stored locally, and able to change over time can enable faster and more accurate searching and digital assistants

Speeding up code with clever data manipulation

Kasikci presents a method to improve a program’s ability to use data in a straightforward, efficient way

When pioneers disappear from history

Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time.

Automated software repair paper recognized for 10 years of influence

Ten years ago, Prof. Westley Weimer set out to shave off time and expenditure sunk into patch fixes.

Outstanding commitment to undergraduate mentorship

“Thanks to his tireless support and unparalleled patience, I am now equipped with a fundamental research skill set.”

Sloan Fellowship for overcoming Moore’s Law in health and AI

To meet computing demand in a post Moore’s Law future, Das develops new architectures that improve performance by orders of magnitude.

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Addisie has been recognized for his work in domain-specific architectures for data-intensive applications.

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to these recipients of the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award

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.

Landmark microprocessor reliability paper recognized for enduring impact

Published in 1999, Todd Austin’s paper turned out to be a major contribution to the field, cited over 870 times

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

McDonald works to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities

Making a difference for women in academia

Mihalcea has dedicated substantial effort to developing programs aimed at introducing women to the world of computing

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

Censored Planet could provide new insight into the flow of online information

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

Kassa is developing a framework that will look at the computations of an application and decide in real time which components will best handle it

College award recognizes a career dedicated to service

Kevin Compton has been committed to service in his work that has enhanced the student experience

College award for excellence in education

Bill Arthur was recognized for demonstrating sustained excellence in instruction and guidance.

Jagadish appointed director of Michigan Institute for Data Science

Jagadish will help lead MIDAS into its next stage and further expand data science efforts across disciplines.

Students develop games, build audiences in largest computer game course yet

EECS 494 uses game design to teach its students broader lessons about iteration in software development

Recognizing a lifetime of achievement in cognitive systems

Laird has been an energetic contributor to AI and cognitive science for over 30 years

Transforming tools for some into a language for all

The efforts of computing education researcher Mark Guzdial span the challenges facing a young field

Collegiate Lecturership recognizes commitment to innovative teaching

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to education, Dr. David Chesney has been named a 2018-2019 Toby Teorey Collegiate Lecturer.