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VentureBeat : May 24, 2024

Voxel51 secures $30M to help gen AI understand visual input more accurately

The startup company Voxel51, co-founded by Prof. Jason Corso and alum Brian Moore, is “designed to reduce the failure rate of AI projects.”
DBusiness Magazine : May 16, 2024

Los Alamos Grants University of Michigan $15M to Fund Computing Collaboration

CSE faculty Reetuparna Das and Scott Mahlke are co-PIs on a new U-M collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop advanced computing technologies.
PBS : May 3, 2024

University of Michigan creates AI tools for campus, students

Prof. David Jurgens and Dr. Ravi Pendse are featured in this video produced by PBS about the new AI tools released for use on campus at U-M
Forbes : May 3, 2024

The Rise Of AI: Key Data Issues To Watch

Prof. Michael Wellman is mentioned in this article on the the role of data in the age of AI. Wellman is mentioned in connection with the issue of data access and the concentration of large bodies of data.
IEEE Internet Computing : April 25, 2024

Remembering David Mills (1938–2024)

This piece commemorates David L. Mills, a U-M alum who helped to enable the modern internet.
Metromode : April 18, 2024

How Michigan universities are at the forefront of advancing AI technology

Prof. Michał Dereziński is interviewed in this feature on Michigan universities’s leading role in AI education and development.
Tech Brew : April 18, 2024

Here’s what we learned during a demo ride in a May Mobility AV

Tech Brew joins Prof. Edwin Olson, CEO and founder of autonomous vehicle company May Mobility, for a recent demo ride from May’s production facility in Ann Arbor to downtown and back.
Current : April 2, 2024

5 Local Women in STEM Share Experiences and Advice

This article features a discussion with Janice M. Jenkins Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Rada Mihalcea about how her interest developed in STEM, and her advice for others thinking of entering the field.
Numerix Trading Tomorrow – Navigating Trends in Capital Markets Podcast : April 1, 2024

AI Regulation and the finance Industry

In this episode of Trading Tomorrow – Navigating Trends in Capital Markets, Host James Jockle of Numerix is joined by Professor Michael Wellman, currently one of the most influential voices on AI regulation and Division Chair of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Science : March 26, 2024

Scientists with East Asian and African names get short shrift in news coverage

Prof. David Jurgens is a co-author of the paper described in this article on the disparities that exist for being mentioned in the media.
WXYZ : March 15, 2024

Meet the women doing groundbreaking AI research at U-M

This news segment highlights four female CSE faculty – Elizabeth Bondi-Kelly, Sindhu Kutty, Rada Mihalcea, and Lu Wang – who are working to change the fields of AI and computer science so that more women, and people of all backgrounds, can participate and lead – a necessity if this powerful technology is to serve all people.
JAMA Network : March 4, 2024

Blind Spots, Shortcuts, and Automation Bias—Researchers Are Aiming to Improve AI Clinical Models

JAMA Editor in Chief Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviews Prof. Jenna Wiens about avoiding blind spots and ensuring accuracy during AI-human collaboration, particularly in medical clinical settings.
Scientific American : March 4, 2024

Everything to Know About OpenAI’s New Text-to-Video Generator, Sora

Prof. Jeong Joon Park is quoted in this article discussing the surprisingly rapid development, and potential risks, of OpenAI’s new video generation platform, Sora.
The University Record : February 15, 2024

It Happened at Michigan — ‘I really disliked writing papers’

This Heritage Communication from the University of Michigan describes how EECS alum Thomas Knoll’s dislike of writing papers allowed him to be distracted by writing programs. The result was the revolutionary photo editing software Photoshop, which he and his brother later sold to Adobe.
Wired : February 12, 2024

A Celebrated Cryptography-Breaking Algorithm Just Got an Upgrade

Prof. Chris Peikert is quoted in this article discussing the recent development of a new, more efficient LLL algorithm for lattice basis reduction, which is important in designing new experimental approaches in cryptography and mathematics.
Medium : February 5, 2024

Finding and Lifting Up Diamonds in the Rough: Shaping the Next Generation of AI Researchers

In this post, Prof. Rada Mihalcea describes how she identifies students with the potential to become successful PhD students in AI but who may not have had the opportunity to be in the environment to be show early signs of success.
waterstechnology : January 25, 2024

AI expert warns of algo-based market manipulation

This article describes research performed by Prof. Michael Wellman and his students at the intersection of artificial intelligence and finance, and quotes Prof. Wellman on how recent technology advances in machine learning have raised the prospects for supercharged market manipulation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution : January 22, 2024

Expert shows how to tamper with Georgia voting machine in security trial

This article describes a courtroom demonstration given by Prof. J. Alex Halderman on how votes can be quickly changed on Georgia’s voting machines.
Scientific American : January 17, 2024

Tomorrow’s Quantum Computers Threaten Today’s Secrets. Here’s How to Protect Them

Prof. Chris Peikert is quoted twice in this detailed article on post-quantum cryptography, a stronger form of digital security that should resist the eventual ability of quantum computers to break today’s encryption standards. Promising approaches for post-quantum cryptography utilize lattices, and area of expertise for Peikert.
The Washington Post : January 10, 2024

Trial gets underway for constitutional challenge to Georgia’s election system

This trial centers on work conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, which shows that the QR codes which appear on printed ballets can be manipulated to reflect votes different from the human-readable versions.
CBS News : January 8, 2024

Behind the wheel of Detroit’s new self-driving shuttle program

Prof. Edwin Olson is quoted in this article discussing the Detroit Automated Driving System, a new self-driving shuttle program this year to be launched by Olson’s company May Mobility this year.
The Washington Post : January 8, 2024

Trump allies seek to co-opt coming election-security case to bolster 2020 lie

This article describes work done by Prof. J. Alex Halderman which describes how malware-infected voting machines could change votes without detection. Allies of former president Trump have wrongfully said that this work supports their claim that the 2020 election was stolen, whereas Halderman has repeatedly said he has found no evidence of wrongdoing – only vulnerabilities that could at some point be exploited.
ABC News : January 7, 2024

Is Georgia’s election system constitutional? A federal judge will decide in trial

Prof. J. Alex Halderman’s report on voting security vulnerabilities is referenced in this article discussing the integrity of Georgia’s election system.
The Verge : December 18, 2023

How May Mobility went fully driverless while avoiding the pitfalls of robotaxis

Prof. Edwin Olson is quoted in this feature on May Mobility and the launch of its “rider only” driverless vehicle service in Arizona.
Michigan Daily : December 13, 2023

MIDAS, Michigan AI Lab host interactive generative AI workshop

The AI Lab has hosted a workshop on generative AI on campus in conjunction with the the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). Shane Storks, a graduste student research assistant in CSE, made opening remarks and led the workshop.
WWJ News Radio : December 5, 2023

Quantum computing could trigger either a technological revolution or a nightmare. But scientists aren’t sure which.

Prof. Chis Peikert, an expert in cryptography and security for quantum computing, and Prof Alex Burgers, an expert in quantum systems, are interviewed about what quantum computing is and the challenges that will accompany its eventual use.
Michigan News : November 30, 2023

AI in society: Perspectives from the field

Experts working in artificial intelligence discuss the recent turning point in AI and what it means for the future. This story and its accompanying videos feature comments from CSE faculty Nikola Banovic, Joyce Chai, Maggie Makar, Rada Mihalcea, and Michael Wellman.
The University Record : November 30, 2023

Automated shuttle planned for Detroit is testing at Mcity

Researchers at U-M are testing an automated shuttle vehicle that will soon provide free transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities in the city of Detroit. May Mobility, started by Prof. Edwin Olson in 2018, is providing the shuttle and participating in the testing.
World Economic Form : November 8, 2023

This smartphone tool helps people with visual disabilities us touchscreens

This video highlights how work led by Profs. Alanson Sample and Anhong Guo can make kiosks, ATMS, and other touchscreen interfaces accessible to individuals with visual disabilities or tremors. Brushlens is a smartphone case that helps users to perceive, locate, and tap buttons and keys on the touch screen menus.
Inside Higher Ed : November 3, 2023

Universities Can’t Accommodate All the Computer Science Majors

CSE Chair Michael Wellman is quoted and the U-M process for selecting from applicants for the U-M CS programs is highlighted in detail in this article on how institutions are dealing with runaway demand for CS.
New Atlas : November 1, 2023

BrushLens tech could make touchscreen displays accessible to everyone

This article highlights BrushLens, a new device could help users with visual impairments, tremors, and spasms to use touchscreens independently.
Independent Living : November 1, 2023

Smartphone case workaround

This article highlights BrushLens, a new device could help users with visual impairments, tremors, and spasms to use touchscreens independently.
Google Cloud : October 26, 2023

Cloud and consequences: Internet censorship data enters the transformation age

A blog post discussing Prof. Roya Ensafi’s work with the Censored Planet Observatory to transform the way we analyze censorship data.
Google Cloud : October 26, 2023

Shining a light in the dark: Measuring global internet shutdowns

This blog post discusses Prof. Roya Ensafi’s work with the Censored Planet Observatory to measure and track government censorship on the internet and then make that data publicly accessible.
MLive.com : October 24, 2023

University of Michigan partnering with state to prep future semiconductor workforce

Prof. Valeria Bertacco is quoted in this article discussing the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s $3.6 million investment to expand semiconductor education and training programs.
New York Times : October 23, 2023

The Race to Save Our Secrets From the Computers of the Future

Prof. Chris Peikert is quoted in this article about the need to migrate to a new generation of post-quantum cryptography.
The New York Times : October 5, 2023

Should I Get a Smart Lock for My House, or Stick With a Deadbolt?

In this article on the pluses and minuses of smart locks versus traditional locks, Prof. Atul Prakash advises smart-lock users to pair those types of locks with an additional sensor that alerts the resident when the door is opened or closed, and to be aware of software security updates.
MLive.com : September 28, 2023

Democrats advance internet voting bill that worries security experts

Democratic lawmakers in Michigan have advanced legislation to expand internet voting overseas in a way that worries election security experts, including Prof. J. Halderman, who is quoted in this article.
Crain’s Detroit Business : September 26, 2023

UM expert testifies on the dangers of AI in banking

An interview with CSE Chair Michael Wellman on the potential risks posed by AI use in the financial sector and a discussion of his recent testimony to the U.S. Senate on this topic.
The University Record : September 25, 2023

U-M gets $17.5M for outbreak response network at SPH

CSE faculty Rada Mihalcea, Jenna Wiens, and Alex Rodríguez are part of U-M’s newly launched Michigan Public Health Integrated Center for Outbreak Analytics and Modeling, or MICOM, which will receive a $17.5 million grant over five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be part of a national network of centers focused on predicting and responding to future disease outbreaks.
The University Record : September 21, 2023

MIDAS gets $2.3M to develop national training program

H.V. Jagadish, the Edgar F. Codd Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and director of MIDAS is quoted on MIDAS’s goal of effecting institutional transformation by enabling and sharing training materials.
NPR : September 7, 2023

Voting online is very risky. But hundreds of thousands of people are already doing it.

This article covers Michigan’s bill that would expand internet voting to military members’ families. Prof. J. Alex Halderman, who opposes internet voting, is quoted.
New Scientist : August 18, 2023

Making your phone screen blurry could stop people snooping on you

This article discusses Eye-Shield, a screen protection system designed by Prof. Kang G. Shin and PhD student Brian Tang that can prevent people from reading your phone from a distance while still remaining legible up close.
Automotive News : August 9, 2023

Researchers tout Battery Sleuth technology as disruption in vehicle security

This article highlights Battery Sleuth, a technology developed by Kevin and Nancy O’Connor Professor of Computer Science Kang G. Shin and Prof. Liang He at University of Colorado Denver that could represent a new, more secure approach to vehicle security.
WXYZ : July 27, 2023

U-M researchers studying ‘Battery Sleuth’ that could protect your car from being stolen

In the WXYZ-TV Detroit news segment, Kevin and Nancy O’Connor Professor of Computer Science Kang G. Shin is interviewed about Battery Sleuth, which provides a simple way to thwart hackers aiming to steal cars.
MLive.com : July 20, 2023

From a lab in Ann Arbor, fighting internet censorship around the world

This in-depth profile spotlights Prof. Roya Ensafi, her motivations, and the work she is doing to defend and open internet.
Communications of the ACM : July 20, 2023

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Foil Car Thieves

The Communications of the ACM has highlighted news from U-M on Battery Sleuth, a technology developed by Kevin and Nancy O’Connor Professor of Computer Science Kang G. Shin and his collaborators that provides a simple way to thwart hackers aiming to steal cars.
Detroit Free Press : July 18, 2023

Old-tech solution may protect high-tech car in new ways from auto hacking, theft

The Detroit Free Press discusses Battery Sleuth, the vehicle security system developed by Prof. Kang G. Shin and his team that uses the auxiliary power outlet to help safeguard cars from hacking and other forms of mishap and theft.
Bridge Michigan : July 17, 2023

The case against allowing internet voting in Michigan

This articles discusses continuing security concerns surrounding online voting, citing Prof. J. Alex Halderman’s research and his team’s ability to hack the District of Columbia’s internet voting pilot program in a matter of hours in 2010.
CBS News : July 13, 2023

Experts discuss FTC investigation of ChatGPT-maker OpenAI (video)

Prof. Lu Wang appears in this CBS Detroit news segment and comments on whether it’s harmful to consumers when chat provides false information.
Michigan Daily : June 20, 2023

UMich hosts third annual Juneteenth symposium

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, an EECS alum, is quoted regarding the importance of Juneteenth and the role his engineering training played in empowering him to effect change in his local community.
ABC News : June 15, 2023

Critics blast Georgia’s plan to delay software updates on its voting machines

Experts, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, respond to Georgia’s decision to wait until after the 2024 election to update its voting machine software.
The Washington Post : June 15, 2023

Court unseals long-awaited election security reports

A report by Prof. J. Alex Halderman on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of election machines in Georgia has been released, citing significant security flaws in the state’s voting technology.
CNN : June 14, 2023

Georgia won’t update vulnerable Dominion software until after 2024 election

State officials say election machines won’t be updated until after 2024, despite warnings about security flaws in a report by CSE Prof. J. Alex Halderman released this week.
Michigan Daily : May 31, 2023

Researchers at UMich find a way to reduce the energy consumed by AI

The Michigan Daily discusses Zeus, an open-source framework designed in the lab of Mosharaf Chowdhury to analyze and optimize the energy efficiency of training AI
Princeton University : May 31, 2023

Princeton awards five honorary degrees

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway has been recognized by Princeton University with an honorary Doctor of Science degree, for her foundational work in VLSI, and for her work as an advocate for transgender rights.
Communications of the ACM : May 25, 2023

Putting a Teaspoon of Programming into Other Subjects

Historians, scientists, humanities scholars, mathematicians, and artists today use programming to advance the goals of their own disciplines, for problems other than professional software development.
Michigan Daily : May 18, 2023

MIDAS hosts forum on ethics in artificial intelligence

Jenna Wiens is noted as the keynote speaker for this event, and presented on the potential dangers of AI bias in health care settings.
MLive.com : May 12, 2023

Security concerns raised over internet voting for Michigan military spouses

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding security concerns related to Michigan’s proposed new system for allowing electronic ballot return for deployed military members.
WEMU News : May 11, 2023

U-M artificial intelligence experts share ChatGPT lessons with Ann Arbor public

This article highlights an upcoming event at which participants from the AI Lab will discuss ChatGPT with the Ann Arbor public.
GizChina : May 5, 2023

Future is now – this revolutionary device can transform your body or a desk into a touchscreen

This article reports on SAWSense, a sensor system developed in Prof. Alanson Sample’s lab that allows for touch inputs to be made on a variety of surfaces.
May 3, 2023

2023 Inductee Lynn Conway: Leading a Revolution in Microelectronics

Lynn Conway has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Conway transformed the global microelectronics industry when she co-invented VLSI, or Very Large-Scale Integration. Her revolutionary work has allowed small teams of individuals to design powerful chips.
New York Times : April 28, 2023

Your Next Fitness Coach Could Be a Robot

Professor Nikola Banovic is quoted on how AI-based fitness programs fail to replicate the social interactions that make training effective.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation blog : April 20, 2023

Meet the brains behind the world’s first fully remote global censorship observatory

Sloan Research Fellow and Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor Roya Ensafi has been profiled on the Sloan Foundation’s blog for her work in combatting internet censorship and surveillance.
Michigan Daily : April 11, 2023

UMich Perspectives: How are we dealing with AI?

In this article, Prof. Nikola Banovic speaks with The Daily on how people connect with computers, and how they use computers to connect with each other.
Wired : March 21, 2023

I Got Investigated by the Secret Service. Here’s How to Not Be Me

Prof. Roya Ensafi is quoted in this piece on Wired about the role of ISPs in government surveillance, and how useful technologies like VPNs are in safeguarding privacy.
Michigan Daily : March 21, 2023

‘Meet Your Class’: UMich students launch website for incoming first-years to find roommates

Computer science undergraduate Blake Mischley and Business student Jonah Liss have launched a website to allow incoming first year students to upload introductory posts about themselves and meet new friends online. Students share Instagram posts that link to the site and allow students to connect before looking for roommates through the University Housing Portal.
Consumer Reports Digital Lab : January 20, 2023

Learning How U.S. Consumers Perceive and Use VPNs

Prof. Roya Ensafi and Consumer Reports Security Planner Yael Grauer authored this piece on attitudes of U.S.-based users toward VPNs, and the widespread misconceptions of how they work.
The Washington Post : December 13, 2022

Advocates seek federal investigation of multistate effort to copy voting software

The Washington Post references Prof. J. Alex Halderman’s security assessment of Georgia’s ballot marking devices in an article about recent efforts to copy sensitive voting software in several states.
Nature : December 2, 2022

DeepMind AI topples experts at complex game Stratego

Quoted in this article, Prof. Michael Wellman comments on the ability of recent AIs to master complex strategy games, such as Stratego and Diplomacy, and the need to move beyond recreational games to measure scientific progress on real-world challenges.
MLive.com : November 22, 2022

‘Data-rich, resource-poor.’ Why Michigan schools can be a ‘soft target’ for ransomware attacks

Prof. Paul Grubbs discusses the ins and outs of ransomware attacks, which recently targeted South Redford School District in Michigan.
The Washington Post : November 10, 2022

Nearly every election-denying secretary of state candidate lost

In this summary article, Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted regarding people’s expectations around voting machines.
The New Yorker : November 8, 2022

Will Election Deniers Again Try to Access Voting Systems?

There’s no evidence that votes have been tampered with, but a case in Georgia suggests a particular potential vulnerability. Prof. J. Alex Halderman discusses the issue with The New Yorker.
DBusiness Magazine : November 8, 2022

University of Michigan to Ramp Up AI Research Over Next 6 Years

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will recruit and train 60 postdoctoral fellows over the next six years as part of a new global partnership that aims to accelerate the next scientific revolution by applying artificial intelligence to research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The New Yorker : October 25, 2022

The Vulnerabilities of our Voting Machines, and How to Secure Them

The security of voting remains a huge topic of concern. Prof. J. Alex Halderman talks with The New Yorker Radio Hour about his experience analyzing American voting machines and where the risks stand today.
ASU Full Circle : October 17, 2022

Are virtual private networks actually private?

A joint project with Prof. Roya Ensafi and Arizona State University works to protect internet freedom and digital security by revealing vulnerabilities in VPN technology.
Ars Technica : September 28, 2022

Apps can pose bigger security, privacy threat based on where you download them

According to a study led by PhD student Renuka Kumar, the same app can pose different different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.
Politico : September 12, 2022

‘Absolutely terrifying prospect’: How the midterms could weaken U.S. election security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman discusses the prospect of voting system audits opening key states open to attacks and hackers in Politico.
UiPath Blog : August 17, 2022

Democratizing Automation: UiPath and University of Michigan Join Efforts

Prof. Xinyu Wang has a goal of building fundamental intelligent programming techniques that are useful in practice, and is supported by UiPath as he works toward his vision of democratizing automation so that more and more people around the world can automate their tedious tasks.
The Washington Post : August 17, 2022

GOP operatives’ troubling trend of copying election systems

GOP operatives have made efforts to copy sensitive voting information in a number of states, including in Michigan. Computer security experts have noted that this creates new security risks. This data would often include “object code,” or the language that allows machines to understand the underlying source code, said Prof. J. Alex Halderman, which is mostly straightforward to reverse-engineer.
August 15, 2022

Computer Graphics Innovator Paul Debevec to Receive Emmy for Lifetime Achievement

The Hollywood Reporter features alum Paul Debevec, who will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award during the Television Academy’s 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards.
August 15, 2022

Alum Paul E. Debevec awarded the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Debevec was awarded the 2022 Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting and photogrammetry, essential techniques used in computer graphics for VFX and Virtual Production. Debevec received UG degrees in computer engineering and math at Michigan, and his PHD in CS from UC-Berkeley.
College Professor : July 27, 2022

Can a Teaching Track Improve Undergraduate Education?

Dr. Andrew DeOrio, a teaching faculty in the department, is quoted in this article on the advantages of formalizing teaching tracks in university structures. DeOrio is an advocate for recognizing the teaching-focused faculty track as a career.
The New York Times : July 20, 2022

How ‘Stop the Steal’ Captured the American Right

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted in the New York Times Magazine regarding the balance between credible election security threats and misinformation.
Communications Biology : June 10, 2022

AMAISE: a machine learning approach to index-free sequence enrichment

CSE PhD student Meera Krishnamoorthy has published a paper in Communications Biology on a new ML-based approach for genomic sequence enrichment. Krishnamoorthy is advised by Prof. Jenna Wiens.
TechCrunch : June 9, 2022

Perceptron: Risky teleoperation, Rocket League simulation and zoologist multiplication

TechCrunch’s Perceptron has highlighted work by CSE graduate student Divya Ramesh and Vaishnav Kameswaran in the School of Information. They and their co-authors explored “financially stressed” peoples’ relationships with AI-powered systems in countries with weak legislation and argue that their findings illustrate the need for greater “algorithmic accountability.”
The Washington Post : June 3, 2022

No evidence of exploitation of Dominion voting machine flaws, CISA finds

The federal government has found no evidence that flaws in Dominion voting machines have ever been exploited, including in the 2020 election. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s five-page advisory is based in part on an analysis and report by Prof. J. Alex Halderman
Detroit Free Press : June 3, 2022

Opinion: We’ve developed a digital education model that works

Prof. Elliot Soloway writes about the U-M Center for Digital Curricula’s Collabirty tools that enable teachers and students to interact and collaborate seamlessly. It is accompanied by free, year-long, standards-aligned curricula for K-5.
ABC News : June 3, 2022

Cyber agency: Voting software vulnerable in some states

The leading US cybersecurity agency released an advisory based on a report by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, indicating that electronic voting machines from a leading vendor used in at least 16 states have software vulnerabilities that leave them susceptible to hacking if unaddressed.
The Lancet : May 12, 2022

AI models in health care are not colour blind and we should not be either

Prof. Jenna Wiens comments on a finding that AI systems can be trained to determine a person’s self-reported race based on a medical image.
IEEE Spectrum : May 9, 2022

Tony Fadell: The Nest Thermostat Disrupted My Life

Alum Tony Fadell (BSE CE ’91), inventor of the Apple iPod and founder of Nest labs, writes this piece for IEEE Spectrum detailing his years pursuing the creation of a thermostat he actually likes.
Wired : May 9, 2022

Don’t Call Tony Fadell an Asshole—He Prefers ‘Mission Driven’

Wired interviews alum Tony Fadell (BSE CE ’91), inventor of the Apple iPod and founder of Nest labs, about his new book “Build” that focuses on how to be an effective leader, why the metaverse is bunk, and when quitting is a virtue.
Bentley Historical Library : May 5, 2022

The Elegant Philosophy of Ones and Zeros

A 1936 master’s thesis written by EECS alumnus Claude Shannon changed the computing world overnight. Shannon’s insight seemed to come out of nowhere, but collections from the Bentley archive show how the genius idea grew from a revamped engineering campus and one elective class.
April 27, 2022

Using AI for good

Profs. Joyce Chai and Jason Corso are part of a multi-institution effort to make task automation and task learning more efficient.
MIT News : April 4, 2022

Dan Huttenlocher ponders our human future in an age of artificial intelligence

U-M alum and MIT Schwarzman College of Computing dean Dan Huttenlocher has been focused on bridging gaps between disciplines as the best way to address challenges and opportunities posed by rapid advancements in AI.
Frontline : March 30, 2022

Plot to Overturn the Election

A new PBS Frontline documentary on 2020 election misinformation features commentary by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, election security expert and author of a major report on purported 2020 election fraud in one Michigan county.
Korea JoongAng Daily : March 23, 2022

LG opens AI research center in Michigan

This story reports on the opening of the LG AI Research Center, and its partnership with U-M, represents a commitment by LG to become a leader in developing advanced AI technologies.
WDET : March 4, 2022

Tracked and Traced: You are the product, thanks to surveillance capitalism

Prof. Alanson Sample discusses his lab’s work on PrivacyMic, a developing audio technology that protects user privacy by operating outside the normal frequency range for human ears.
The Washington Post : February 22, 2022

New legislation could bring mobile voting to the District

Prof. J. Alex Halderman says that standards for voting should be higher – “it’s phenomenally retrograde to consider Internet voting in the present moment.”
The Washington Post : February 21, 2022

New legislation could bring mobile voting to the District

New proposed legislation could bring mobile voting to Washington DC. Prof. J. Alex Halderman comments on why we may not be ready for this.
University of Michigan : February 18, 2022

Geo-exchange system to generate renewable heating, cooling

The planned Leinweber Computer Science and Information Building will make use of a fully-renewable geo-exchange system for heating and cooling, as part of the University’s progress toward carbon neutrality.
ABC News : February 14, 2022

Feds oppose immediate release of voting machine report

A federal cybersecurity agency is reviewing a report under seal by Prof. J. Alex Halderman that indicates security vulnerabilities exist in voting machines used by Georgia and other states. Halderman has advocated to make his findings public in a limited and responsible way so that problems could be addressed.
Reuters : February 10, 2022

Sony’s new AI beats humans in Gran Turismo racing game

Sony AI America, led by CSE alumnus Peter Wurman, used 20 Playstations running continuously for 10 – 12 days to train their AI agent “from scratch to superhuman level.”
Detroit News : February 3, 2022


May Mobility has become one of Ann Arbor’s most promising near-unicorns, following its recent $86M funding round.
The Washington Post : February 2, 2022

Are voting machines too vulnerable to hacking? Georgia’s having that debate

Prof. J. Alex Halderman found multiple vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to install malicious software and undermine elections in a special report on Georgia’s voting machines.
Bloomberg : February 2, 2022

Toyota AV-Shuttle Bet May Mobility Raises $83 Million

May Mobility, the self-driving shuttle startup co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, has raised $83 million in its largest funding round to date. May will use the money to advance its self-driving software to the point that it can remove human safety drivers from shuttles and replace them with remote supervisors who can monitor several vehicles at once.
The New Yorker : December 21, 2021

The Catch-22 of Addressing Election Security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman comments on election security vulnerabilities versus current threats to the democratic process in this article that asks the question: How do politicians contend with the weaknesses in the voting system without fueling baseless claims of election fraud?
Politico : December 16, 2021

Keeping hackers out of our medical devices

As the FDA’s resident expert in medical device security, Prof. Kevin Fu oversees efforts to fortify devices that can be compromised or exploited during a security breach. He spoke with Politico about his efforts.
Popular Mechanics : December 10, 2021

Quantum Cyberattacks Are Coming. This Math Can Stop Them

In the future, quantum machines will “retroactively break” encryption schemes on today’s computers. Prof. Chris Peikert tells Popular Mechanics how we’ll protect our data.
Gizmodo : December 9, 2021

A New Report on VPNs Shows They’re Often a Mixed Bag for Privacy

Consumer Reports recently reviewed a variety of virtual private networks with the help of VPNalyzer, a tool developed in Prof. Roya Ensafi’s lab.
University of Michigan : December 3, 2021

2021 Precision Health Investigators Awards

Prof. Zhongming Liu (co-PI) and Jeffrey Fessler are members of a team newly funded by U-M Precision Health to investigate “Deep Learning for Prediction of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type.” Prof. Honglak Lee is part of a team funded to investigate “Rapid Intraoperative Molecular Diagnosis of Diffuse Gliomas Using Stimulated Raman Histology and Deep Neural Networks.”
December 2, 2021

Computer Science was always supposed to be taught to everyone, and it wasn’t about getting a job: A historical perspective

A popular blog post by Prof. Mark Guzdial explores the historical roots of computer science education.
Science Friday : November 4, 2021

Could Ordinary Household Objects Be Used To Spy On You?

How the physics of sound helped test the possibilities of indirect surveillance. Prof. Kevin Fu explores the risks & opportunities of side-channel surveillance tech in Science Friday.
The Economist : October 22, 2021

Governments are finding new ways to squash free expression online

Work by Prof. Roya Ensafi and the Censored Planet Lab has helped to identify the use of new censorship technology in Russia.
New York Times : October 22, 2021

Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

Work by Prof. Roya Ensafi and the Censored Planet Lab was cited in a New York Times report on the growing use of new censorship technology in Russia
The University Record : October 22, 2021

$25M gift to help fund computer science, information building

A $25 million gift from the Leinweber Foundation, founded by software entrepreneur Larry Leinweber, will help to bring CSE and the School of Information together under one roof for the first time.
MedTechDive : October 4, 2021

Ransomware attacks put availability of medical devices at risk: FDA cyber chief

Kevin Fu, acting director of cybersecurity at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says that “You can’t have a safe and effective medical device if it’s unavailable” due to ransomware.
Newsweek : September 27, 2021

Election Security Problems Still Must Be Addressed | Opinion

Prof. J. Alex Halderman co-authored an op-ed for Newsweek on how disinformation is inhibiting legitimate and necessary election security reforms.
Michigan News : September 23, 2021

CHEPSter to CHEPSter the Computer Science Edition

Current CS student Cole interviews CSE alum Eli Sherman about internships, PhD work, and healthcare engineering.
Detroit News : September 22, 2021

May Mobility to launch AV shuttle in Ann Arbor

May Mobility, the autonomous transportation company co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, is launching a free autonomous vehicle shuttle service in Ann Arbor beginning Oct. 11. The company also has autonomous shuttles operating in Grand Rapids; Arlington, Texas; Hiroshima, Japan; and Indianapolis.
Fast Company : September 20, 2021

This magic room charges your phone as soon as you walk in

Prof. Alanson Sample discusses his new research, which created rooms with wireless electricity, enabling the use of lamps and fans and charging cells phones all without the need for power cords.
ABC News : September 8, 2021

Experts call for rigorous audit to protect California recall

Work by Prof. J. Alex Halderman was cited by a group of election security experts calling on California’s top election official to take an additional step to protect the upcoming gubernatorial recall.
New York Times : September 2, 2021

G.O.P. Election Reviews Create a New Kind of Security Threat

Election security experts, such as Prof. J. Alex Halderman, are concerned about the security risks that are being introduced as non-election officials are granted broad access to voting equipment.
Michigan News : September 2, 2021

$2M ‘robot assistants’ project aims to reinvent construction industry

A $2 million NSF-funded project aims to enable robots to learn from human partners on construction sites, with contributions from co-PI Prof. Joyce Chai and Prof. Honglak Lee.
Communications of the ACM : September 1, 2021

The Role of Computer Science in Elite Higher Education: Seeing the Expert Blind Spot

A CACM blog by Prof. Mark Guzdial discussing the role of CS in preparing elite scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.
Science Daily : September 1, 2021

Evolution now accepted by majority of Americans

The level of public acceptance of evolution in the United States is now solidly above the halfway mark, according to a new study co-authored by Prof. Mark Ackerman based on a series of national public opinion surveys conducted over the last 35 years.
World Economic Form : September 1, 2021

This entire room has been turned into a giant wireless charger

Researchers including Prof. Alanson Sample have developed a system to safely deliver electricity over the air, a development that could potentially turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones.
The Washington Post : August 27, 2021

Experts: False claims on voting machines obscure real flaws

In an interview with the Washington Post, Prof. J. Alex Halderman reminds readers that real security flaws in voting systems do exist – even if they’ve been obscured by false claims.
Michigan News : August 9, 2021

Computer security personnel need tools, training to assist survivors of intimate partner violence

Customer support personnel at computer security companies are not sufficiently prepared to handle cases involving intimate partner violence. U-M PhD students Yixin Zou and Allison McDonald and Prof. Florian Schaub examined where training falls short in helping IPV survivors and what can be done to address the deficits.
Wired : August 6, 2021

Hacker lexicon: what is a side channel attack?

Computers constantly give off more information than you might realize—which hackers can use to pry out their secrets. Prof. Dan Genkin gives perspective to Wired.
The Hill : July 22, 2021

‘Move fast and break things’ won’t work for autonomous vehicles

The rush to deploy autonomous road vehicles in the United States is understandable, but it must be tempered by safety considerations. CSE Prof. John Meyer and ECE Prof. Carl Landwehr write for The Hill.
Newsweek : June 9, 2021

Trump Says More Countries Should Ban Twitter: ‘Perhaps I Should Have Done It While I Was President’

In this article, Prof. Roya Ensafi comments on how the June 2018 repeal of net neutrality in the U.S. has set the stage for potentially blocking websites nationwide.
Network World : June 4, 2021

Experimental Morpheus CPU is ‘mind-bogglingly terrible’ to crack

Cybersecurity researchers have found the Morpheous chip, designed by a U-M team lead by S. Jack Hu Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Todd Austin, to virtually eliminate whole classes of exploits.
June 3, 2021

How the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer Linda Zhang Brought the World an Electric Pickup

TheDrive profiles Linda Zhang (BSE EE, MSE CE, MBA), who is the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150 Lightning
June 3, 2021

Jamaican engineering genius leads US team to make World Wide Web more global

Dr. Charles Anthony Barnett (BS CE 1982) is leading the technical team at an American satellite service company aiming to make World Wide Web more global
MedTechDive : May 26, 2021

Ransomware, other cyber threats mount as medtech industry tries to adapt

Prof. Kevin Fu is interviewed on how cyber threats to the medical technology industry, including ransomware and other malware, are growing in sophistication and potentially putting patient safety at risk.
Gizmodo : May 21, 2021

Researchers Are Trying to Create an Unhackable Computer Processor

This article highlights the secure processor design developed by a U-M research team led by S. Jack Hu Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Todd Austin. The processor constantly encrypts parts of the machine’s functions to obscure how it works, thus blocking potential hackers from being able to exploit it.
The Conversation : May 20, 2021

Shape-shifting computer chip thwarts an army of hackers

Research led by S. Jack Hu Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Todd Austin have developed Morpheus, a secure new computer processor that recently defeated the attempts of 525 security researchers who tried to hack it.
A4: All About Ann Arbor : May 19, 2021

Free ‘A2GO’ autonomous shuttle service coming to Ann Arbor this fall

May Mobility, co-founded by Prof. Edwin Olson, along with U-M’s Mcity and Ann Arbor SPARK announced the launch of a free autonomous vehicle shuttle service that will begin operating in downtown Ann Arbor this October.
Yahoo : May 14, 2021

Mythic Raises $70 Million in Series C Funding Led by BlackRock and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumni Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $70 million in Series C Funding. The company has raised over $165.2 million to-date and has offices in Redwood City, CA and Austin, TX.
Bloomberg : May 5, 2021

Putin Finds Ally in China’s TikTok in Crackdown on Critics

Russia is now pioneering a “landmark” approach to censorship that relies on both pressuring platforms to police their own content and an innovative use of technology to ensure they comply, according to Roya Ensafi, the founder of the Censored Planet lab.
Twilio : April 24, 2021

University of Michigan Combines Tech and Twilio to Support a Continuous Learning Environment for Thousands of Low-income Students

The University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula, co-directed by Thurnau Prof. Elliot Soloway, uses Twilio Voice to allow students and teachers to communicate in real-time while completing assignments and to bridge the gap in distance learning and in-class learning.
Detroit News : April 19, 2021

Did UM team build an unhackable computer chip? Nobody has beaten it

The MORPHEUS chip, designed in Prof. Todd Austin’s lab, has survived the tests of hundreds of hackers – it’s still unhackable.
EE Times : April 15, 2021

SambaNova Raises Eye-Popping Series D Funding

Data center AI chip and system company SambaNova has announced an enormous Series D funding round of $676 million, pushing the company’s valuation above $5 billion. SambaNova’s cofounder is alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE ’85; MSE PhD CSE ’87 ’91).
The University Record : April 8, 2021

Academics: Russia deployed new technology to throttle Twitter’s traffic

The Censored Planet project, from the lab of Prof. Roya Ensafi, published a study explaining some of the details about the slowdown of Twitter in Russia.
Detroit News : April 2, 2021

Michigan expert debunks infamous report on Antrim County election as ‘meaningless’

A report released by Prof. J. Alex Halderman says the much-discussed December 2020 report by supporters of Donald Trump on election results in Antrim County “contains an extraordinary number of false, inaccurate or unsubstantiated statements.”
Traverse City Record Eagle : March 31, 2021

U of Mich. computer science prof: no fraud in Antrim Co. 2020 election

A 54-page report authored by Prof. J. Alex Halderman who analyzed Antrim County’s 2020 election results, found initial mistakes were the result of human error and that certified results of the presidential contest were accurate.
DBusiness Magazine : March 31, 2021

U-M Computer Chip MORPHEUS Defeats 500+ Hackers

MORPHEUS, a computer chip developed by Prof. Todd Austin’s lab, has defeated more than 500 hackers invited by the school to find its vulnerabilities.
Communications of the ACM : March 29, 2021

Building a Preeminent Research Lab in the Arab Region: The Case of QCRI

ACM look back at the founding of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), one of three national research institutes established in 2010 with the help of Prof. Karem Sakallah.
University of Michigan : March 2, 2021

Experience as a Woman in STEM at the University of Michigan

To celebrate Women’s History Month, third year CS undergrad Maya Subramanian joined U-M’s student vlog to discuss her goals and experiences as a woman in the field.
Michigan Daily : February 19, 2021

U-M Africa Week engages audience in conversations on development and growth of Africa

Valeria Bertacco, professor of computer science and engineering and vice provost for engaged learning, was one of three organizers of Africa Week, U-M’s first conference on Africa’s issues and development. She hopes Africa Week will allow students to understand opportunities to engage with global communities.
University of Michigan : February 11, 2021

Examining the intersection of natural language processing and social sciences

Prof. Rada Mihalcea joins this episode of Michigan Minds to explain her research in natural language processing, a subfield of artificial intelligence‚ and what she feels are the best ways to encourage more women and girls to pursue work in STEM-related fields.
Communications of the ACM : February 5, 2021

The Scramble for Post-Quantum Cryptography

The coming of quantum computers means that current encryption technology will be insufficient. Prof. Chris Peikert comments on the need for stronger post-quantum cryptography and the prospects for computing on encrypted data.
ASEE Prism : February 5, 2021

Solving for Equity

Profs. Jessy Grizzle and Chad Jenkins, the director and associate director of the Robotics Institute, are developing a robotics engineering degree that launches freshmen with computational linear algebra in a projects-based course. Their goal is to increase student access, engagement, and success along with overall equity.
Ann Arbor SPARK : February 2, 2021

XR internships create new reality for Ann Arbor tech ecosystem

Ann Arbor has developed a robust ecosystem for growing industries like XR. An internship program co-designed by Austin Yarger is helping connect U-M students to this ecosystem.
ARM Research : December 14, 2020

Traveling beyond Moore’s Law – together

Researchers led by Bredt Professor of Engineering Trevor Mudge and Prof. Ron Dreslinski have partnered with ARM and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh to run DARPA’s Software Defined Hardware program.
EE Times : December 14, 2020

SambaNova Emerges From Stealth With Record-Breaking AI System

SambaNova, one of the AI chip startup “unicorns,” has emerged from stealth mode after three years to announce its first product, a system-level AI accelerator for hyperscale and enterprise data centers and high performance computing (HPC) applications. SambaNova’s co-founder is alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE ’85; MSE PhD CSE ’87 ’91).
Northeastern University News Service : December 8, 2020

Northeastern Names Usama Fayyad to Lead Institute of Experiential Artificial Intelligence

Fayyad (BSE EE & CE ’84, MSE CSE ’86, MS Math ’89, PhD CSE ’91) will work with Northeastern senior leadership to create a pioneering research hub that places human skills and intelligence at the forefront of artificial intelligence development.
How to Do Grad School Podcast : December 4, 2020

Finding Gaps in Your Grad School Apps

CSE PhD student Wilka Carvalho made a guest appearance on the How To Do Grad School podcast with Chelsea Onyeador from MIT. The pair discuss how to navigate the maze of difficult questions facing applicants.
National Security Agency Central Security Service : November 30, 2020

Winner of NSA’s 8th Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Research Paper Competition

The National Security Agency’s Research Directorate selected “Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution” as the winner of its 8th Annual Best Cybersecurity Research Paper competition. Prof. Daniel Genkin is one of the authors.
Michigan Daily : November 29, 2020

IBM fired U-M professor Lynn Conway for coming out as trans in 1968. 52 years later, the company apologized.

“The thing is, this story is not entirely about me, or even about IBM,” Conway said. “We’re the messengers. Our story is a lesson: you can never take for granted that you really know what you’re doing now and how it will affect the future. It’s a new kind of social awareness.”
New York Times : November 23, 2020

Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than We Are?

A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used. Prof. Chad Jenkins is one of the researchers featured in this article.
New York Times : November 22, 2020

52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender Woman

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.
Forbes : November 20, 2020

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender…52 Years Later

IBM is apologizing to Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, for firing her 52 years ago on account of her being transgender.
Bridge Michigan : November 10, 2020

Human error, Dominion voting equipment fuel false fraud claims in Michigan

“It was ultimately a human error.” J. Alex Halderman discusses claims of voting irregularities in the state of Michigan.
CAAI : November 5, 2020

PROGRESS Out of the Blue

Prof. Chad Jenkins was interviewed on the AI with AI podcast, discussing everything from movement primitives to AI research culture.
National Public Radio : November 4, 2020

Leading Cybersecurity Expert Applauds Michigan Election Security Measures

“Good election results take time,” says Alex Halderman, co-chair of the Michigan Election Security Advisory Commission.
Politico : November 4, 2020

How Election Tech Could Create a Recount Nightmare

Most election-tech equipment is the intellectual property of the companies that make it — meaning a contested election could get even more complicated according to experts including J. Alex Halderman.
Bridge Michigan : November 2, 2020

Michigan elections vulnerable to hacks but not as much as others, report says

Michigan’s Election Security Advisory Commission, co-chaired by J. Alex Halderman, released a report on Thursday detailing a host of potential problems on Election Day, including cyberattacks from foreign states, software problems and power outages.
Detroit News : October 30, 2020

How secure are Michigan elections? Quietly released report shines light

While exerts tout the security of Michigan’s elections, multiple reforms crafted by an advisory commission have not yet been fully implemented.
PBS News Hour : October 28, 2020

Will Georgia’s new voting machines solve election problems — or make them worse?

Prof. J. Alex Halderman participates in a conversion about whether the latest voting technology being used in Georgia provides a stronger defense against meddling than the traditional paper ballot.
Financial Times : October 13, 2020

US blocks Hong Kong users from some government websites

Sites hosting economic data have been inaccessible to users in the Asian financial centre for months, according to work by Prof. Roya Ensafi and her Censored Planet team.
Associated Press : October 8, 2020

With time short, judge mulls Georgia voting system changes

After a glitch in Georgia’s voting machines, voting integrity activists including J. Alex Halderman made a request to sideline the state’s new touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots for the November general election.
The Wall Street Journal : October 8, 2020

The contest to protect almost everything on the internet

The world’s top cryptographers are competing to develop algorithms that can withstand attacks from an ultrafast quantum computer – and Prof. Chris Peikert made one of the top 15 contenders.
Detroit News : September 30, 2020

Lawyers spar over Georgia voting machine glitch, planned fix

Georgia election officials say they’re implementing a software change to fix a glitch in the state’s new voting machines. But election integrity activists, including Prof. J. Alex Halderman, say the state is downplaying the problem and putting the security of the upcoming election at risk.
University of Michigan : September 23, 2020

COVID-19 app built at U-M helps businesses stay open

A COVID-19 symptom checklist web app developed by students in classes taught by Profs. Sugih Jamin and Elliot Soloway is helping more than 2,500 Michigan employers meet state requirements to screen employees before they enter the workplace each day.
HOUR Detroit : September 15, 2020

Is Your Vote Secure in Michigan? Cybersecurity Expert Alex Halderman is Cautiously Optimistic

The notoriously pessimistic University of Michigan computer security expert says there’s a lot of positive things happening in the state
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : September 14, 2020

Study: Pa. benefits screening tool may be telling potential applicants they don’t qualify

A study by two University of Michigan researchers found errors in a Pennsylvania public benefits screening tool that could have wrongly told people they were not eligible for benefits, when in fact they were.
WWJ News Radio : September 14, 2020

Customizable Curricula Available from U-M Center

Prof. Elliot Soloway is interviewed on WWJ radio about the customizable digital curricula available from his Center for Digital Curricula. Over 20,000 students in Michigan are using the platform this Fall.
Communications of the ACM : September 8, 2020

3 Proposals to Change How We Teach Computing In Order to Reduce Inequality

Online instruction is here, whether we’re ready or not. Prof. Mark Guzdial offers three proposals for reducing inequality in computing education amid these radical changes to teaching.
New York Times : September 3, 2020

Humans Take a Step Closer to ‘Flying Cars’

Prof. Ella Atkins is featured by the New York Times in a piece about how close we are to a future of flying cars.
The New Yorker : September 1, 2020

Who Gets to Vote in Florida?

“If the Russians had pulled the trigger, there would have been utter chaos on Election Day.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman talks election security in The New Yorker.
Public Radio International : August 26, 2020

Relying on electronic voting machines puts us at risk, security expert says

How do we make elections secure? Try paper. Professor J. Alex Halderman, a security expert at the University of Michigan, explains why.
The Wall Street Journal : August 24, 2020

Covid-19 Is Dividing the American Worker

Prof. Chad Jenkins talks with Wall Street Journal about the looming effects of automation in the midst of this pandemic.
VentureBeat : August 9, 2020

Before we put $100 billion into AI…

An op-ed on developing artificial intelligence to serve the common good by Chad Jenkins.
TechCrunch : August 6, 2020

Censys, a search engine for internet devices, raises $15.5M Series A

Censys, co-founded by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, completed a round of Series A funding for $15.5M. The company will use the funding to fuel their growth in revolutionizing Attack Surface Management.
The Washington Post : July 15, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: DNC’s email voting plan limits hacking risk but can’t eliminate it

“What’s at stake here is the legitimacy of the [voting] process and for that reason security is still very important.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman talks to the Washington Post.
Forbes : July 13, 2020

How To Create An AI (Artificial Intelligence) Model

Prof. Jason Corso describes some key considerations that go into the design of a new AI model.
BBC : July 10, 2020

Voting amidst a pandemic

J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science at the University of Michigan explains why e-voting systems are so risky when it comes to election security.
Bloomberg : July 9, 2020

Delayed Election Results Could Test Social Media Companies as Never Before

The immediate gratification American voters have enjoyed for decades will likely come to an end in 2020. That’s the diagnosis of experts and academics like Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
MIT Technology Review : June 30, 2020

MIT Alumni Profile: Edwin Olson ’00, MEng ’01, PhD ’08

Profile of Prof. Edwin Olson from his alma mater MIT. Olson is the founder of May Mobility, the Michigan-based startup that operates a fleet of low-speed autonomous electric vehicles in different cities around the country.
Wired : June 22, 2020

Hacker Lexicon: What Is a Side Channel Attack?

Prof. Daniel Genkin helps to explain why side channel attacks continue to happen in this article. Genkin has been involved in identifying a number of flaws that have been vulnerable to side channel attacks, enabling attacks such as the Meltdown, Spectre, RAMBleed, and Foreshadow attacks.
National Public Radio : June 18, 2020

Delaware Quietly Fielded An Online Voting System, But Now Is Backing Away

Delaware briefly deployed a controversial internet voting system recently but scrapped it amid concerns about security and public confidence, comments from Prof. J. Alex Halderman.
CVPR Daily : June 18, 2020

A Q&A with David Fouhey

Prof. David Fouhey is interviewed about his experiences as an Assistant Professor in CVPR Daily, which is published in conjunction with the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference.
Grainstone Lee : June 12, 2020

Game Playing meets Game Theory with Professor Michael Wellman

Lynn A. Conway Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Michael Wellman is interviewed on the progress AI is making due to combining deep reinforcement learning with game-theoretic modeling.
The Washington Post : June 11, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: Georgia’s primary debacle should sound alarm bells for November

“The wide-scale problems in Georgia are exactly what experts have been fearing.” Prof. J. Alex Halderman raises alarm about November elections based on the experience in Georgia’s primary.
OneZero : June 9, 2020

Online Voting System Used in Florida and Elsewhere Has Severe Security Flaws, Researchers Find

Significant problems with Democracy Live’s OmniBallot internet voting program could result in doctored ballots as voters gear up for election season in the era of Covid-19
The Washington Post : June 9, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: DARPA wants hackers to try to crack its new generation of super-secure hardware

Prof. J. Alex Halderman offered recommendations for how election officials can use online voting platform OmniBallot’s technology while mitigating risk.
New York Times : June 9, 2020

Amid Pandemic and Upheaval, New Cyberthreats to the Presidential Election

Fear of the coronavirus is speeding up efforts to allow voting from home, but some of them pose security risks. A new study by Prof. J. Alex Halderman identifies risks to election integrity and voter privacy on the OmniBallot platform, currently in use for the Delaware primaries and in other parts of the country.
Technovation : May 5, 2020

5 Women You Should Know Working in AI

Rada Mihalcea, the Janice M. Jenkins Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the U-M AI Lab, is featured for her work in computational sociolinguistics.
Michigan Today : April 27, 2020

Probing tech’s soft underbelly

Prof. Kevin Fu’s lab has demonstrated weaknesses in the electronic devices and sensors that we rely upon to illustrate the need for improvements in cybersecurity. He is profiled in this article.
Forbes : April 16, 2020

HBO Documentary Shows The Value Of Cybersecurity In Election Security

J. Alex Halderman examines the threats associated with electronic voting machines.
TechCrunch : April 3, 2020

Nvidia makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19

Founded by Prof. Scott Mahlke and his former students Mehrzad Samadi and Ankit Sethia, Parabricks was acquired by Nvidia in December 2019. Parabricks accelerates genomic analysis.
Medium : April 2, 2020

Why I Chose to Attend Michigan Engineering

Allison Kench, sophomore studying CS, reflects on what drove her decision to attend the University of Michigan.
MLive.com : April 1, 2020

Duo Security founder donates $1M to Washtenaw County small business fund

EECS alum Dug Song, co-founder of Duo Security, has gifted $1M to an emergency fund for Washtenaw County small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bloomberg : April 1, 2020

Cybersecurity Experts Say Hacking Risk Is High for Mobile Voting

J. Alex Halderman talks with Bloomberg about mobile voting systems, saying they’re still prone to tampering and manipulation.
Michigan News : February 11, 2020

‘Alexa, let’s chat!’: U-M among 10 student teams worldwide advancing conversational AI

The U-M Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge team have made it to the semi-finals.
Gizmodo : February 6, 2020

Buggy Iowa Caucus App Is Buggy, Security Experts Say

“It’s total amateur hour,” Prof. J. Alex Halderman says of a vulnerable app used in the Iowa Caucuses.

The Washington Post : February 6, 2020

Here’s why NSA rushed to expose a dangerous computer bug

Hackers could have used vulnerabilities in the IowaReporterApp to intercept or even change passwords, vote totals, and other sensitive information, with commentary from Prof. J. Alex Halderman.

Bloomberg : February 4, 2020

How Multiple System Failures Produced Debacle in Iowa Caucus

Prof. J. Alex Halderman spoke about how the spectacle in the Iowa Caucuses should serve as a cautionary tale about electronic and internet voting.

The New York Times : February 3, 2020

App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested

Prof. J. Alex Halderman provides commentary on the vulnerabilities of app used in the Iowa Caucuses.

National Public Radio : January 30, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Internet Voting Plan Threatens Election Security: ACLU

Puerto Ricans could be casting their ballots online only in the next eight years, and Prof. J. Alex Halderman provides criticism.

Wired : January 27, 2020

Intel Is Patching the Patch for the Patch for Its ‘Zombieload’ Flaw

A research team from Michigan and University of Adelaide has identified a new microarchitectural attack that is capable of bypassing the buffer overwrite countermeasures in INtel’s flagship processors.
Michigan Daily : January 27, 2020

University professors discuss artificial intelligence’s influence on the financial world

Professors Michael Wellman and Rada Mihalcea discuss the role of artificial intelligence in finance as part of the Friday Night AI series at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library.
TRT World : January 23, 2020

ROBOTS: Time to think about laws?

Prof. Ben Kuipers discusses a world where robots become more important to our everyday lives.
The New York Times : January 13, 2020

‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020

While American election defenses have improved since 2016, many of the vulnerabilities exploited four years ago remain. Comments by Prof. J. Alex Halderman.

Politico : January 10, 2020

Research undercuts arguments from ballot-marking device advocates

Ballot-marking devices are still vulnerable to hacks, according to a study from EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman.

The Washington Post : January 9, 2020

Voting machines touted as secure option are actually vulnerable to hacking

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman’s latest study shows that hybrid voting machines are still vulnerable to hacks.
Bloomberg : January 9, 2020

Voters fail mock election, exposing vulnerability to hackers

The latest study from EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman shows vulnerabilities in ballot-marking devices.
SmarterEveryDay : January 6, 2020

Breaking Into a Smart Home With A Laser – Smarter Every Day 229

Graduate student Ben Cyr demonstrates how his lab was able to hack into smart speakers with a laser.

MGoBlue : December 10, 2019

Scholar Stories: Gu Doing What She Loves at Michigan — Dance, Computer Science

Allison Gu keeps busy: a senior in CS with an entrepreneurship minor, she’s also tri-captain of the U-M Dance Team.

TechCrunch : December 5, 2019

Toyota leads $50 million investment in autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility

The company was co-founded by Prof. Ed Olson, and specializes in autonomous shuttles.
Michigan Daily : November 22, 2019

‘U’ researchers find way to hack into virtual assistants with lasers

Researchers including Profs. Kevin Fu and Daniel Genkin were able to take control of virtual assistants using only light.
MLive.com : November 18, 2019

How UM degrees propelled careers in T-shirts, robots and photo archives

MLive profiles the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company, co-founded by alums Jerry Kozak (Business) and Ricky Winowiecki (Computer Engineering).
Bloomberg : November 14, 2019

Expensive, Glitchy Voting Machines Expose 2020 Hacking Risks

Paper ballots may be safer and cheaper, but local officials swoon at digital equipment. Remarks from J. Alex Halderman.

Associated Press : November 7, 2019

Study: Russia’s web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators

New research by Prof. Roya Ensafi sheds light on the implications of this technology.
NBC : November 5, 2019

The smart speaker in your home may not be as secure as you think

Researchers, including EECS-CSE associate professor Kevin Fu, have discovered an exploit that made home assistants vulnerable to lasers.

Wired : November 5, 2019

Hackers can use lasers to ‘speak’ to your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Researchers, including EECS-CSE associate professor Kevin Fu, have discovered an exploit that makes home assistants vulnerable to laser attacks.

The New York Times : November 5, 2019

With a laser, researchers say they can hack Alexa, Google Home or Siri

EECS-CSE associate professor Kevin Fu’s research has found a vulnerability in home assistants, reports the New York Times.

Ars Technica : November 5, 2019

Siri, Alexa, and Google Home can be controlled with lasers, new research shows

MEMS mics respond to light as if it were sound, discovered by a team including Profs. Kevin Fu and Dan Genkin
Forbes : October 31, 2019

Five Components Of Autonomous Car Security

Prof. Morley Mao’s research group released the first paper on practical attacks against a LiDAR system.
ProPublica : October 29, 2019

The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.

This article highlights concerns about voting machines made by ES&S, the nation’s largest supplier of voting technology, and the tactics used by the company to continue its dominance. Prof. J. Alex Halderman is quoted on how the company’s tactics haver slowed progress toward secure elections.
Diversity in Action Magazine : October 18, 2019

Jana Pavlasek – PhD Student in Robotics

PhD student in Prof. Chad Jenkins’ lab is profiled.
Communications of the ACM : October 18, 2019

If We Want Women to Persist in Computing, Teach Them Programming – At Any Age

Prof. Mark Guzdial writes about the need for early education if retention of women in CS is a goal.
Michigan Daily : October 1, 2019

University Professors talk using AI technology for bipolar disorder

Two professors involved in the intersection of artificial intelligence and mental health shared their work Friday evening at the Ann Arbor District Library in partnership with the University of Michigan’s AI Laboratory.
Medium : September 30, 2019

Interspeech 2019 — Machine Learning-enabled Creativity and Innovation In Speech Tech

Coverage of Interspeech 2019, including Prof. Emily Mower Provost’s research on automatically detecting suicidal ideation from natural phone conversations.
ZDNet : September 26, 2019

11 unexpected ways universities are using the Microsoft HoloLens

Dr. Dave Chesney and his students have found medical applications for the HoloLens, including providing realtime remote emergency care.

September 23, 2019

U-M experts to weigh in on artificial intelligence, mental health in Ann Arbor Sept. 27

Event to take place at Ann Arbor District Library’s downtown branch

Fast Company : September 18, 2019

In an era of distractions, Microsoft wants AI to be your coworker

The company is aiming to adapt its productivity suite to a short-attention-span world, with remarks by Prof. Walter Lasecki

Slate : September 13, 2019

Trump’s Plan to Stop Violence Via Smartphone Tracking Isn’t Just a Massive Privacy Violation

Prof. Emily Mower Provost spoke with Slate about the new HARPA proposal. She and her colleagues were skeptical.

Crain’s Detroit Business : September 12, 2019

Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang – 40 Under 40

Profs. Lingjia Tang and Jason Mars co-founded Clinc AI, developing personal assistants for a variety of applications.

CNN : August 28, 2019

Yes, tech companies may listen when you talk to your virtual assistant. Here’s why that’s not likely to stop

Prof. Jason Mars weighs in.

CNN : August 23, 2019

Yes, tech companies may listen when you talk to your virtual assistant. Here’s why that’s not likely to stop

EECS-CSE professor Florian Schaub explains privacy concerns that stem from assistants like Alexa.

Scientific American : August 21, 2019

How to Defraud Democracy

Prof. J. Alex Halderman writes a worst-case cyberwarfare scenario for the 2020 American presidential election.

Politico : August 12, 2019

Researchers wrote an algorithm that can undetectably change scanned ballot images

Digital images of scanned-in paper ballots can be easily modified to change the results of an election, according to research published by Prof. J. Alex Halderman.

IBM : August 1, 2019

Michigan co-launches competition to help build the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems

IBM Research AI and the University of Michigan are spearheading the development of algorithms that can learn goal-oriented dialog interactions effectively from human-to-human chatlogs by organizing a public competition to inspire and evaluate novel approaches that will lead to the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems.

August 1, 2019

Overcoming Challenges in Building Enterprise AI Assistants

U-M researchers including Prof. Walter Lasecki, postdoc Jonathan Kummerfeld, and PhD student Sai Gouravajhala partnered with IBM research to address one of the main challenges in existing state-of-the-art AI assistants. Their paper works to disentangle conversations that are mixed together in a single stream of messages.

MIT Technology Review : July 18, 2019

To foil hackers, this chip can change its code in the blink of an eye

EECS-CSE professor Todd Austin explains how Morpheus’ rapid churning can thwart potential hackers.

In the News : July 12, 2019

Harvard’s Tiny, Solar-Powered Flying Robot

EECS-CSE assistant professor Shai Revzen shares his thoughts on Harvard’s flying robot and predicts the future of micro-flying air vehicles.

The New York Times : July 11, 2019

Hold ’Em or fold ’em? This A.I. bluffs with the best

Michael Wellman, the Lynn A Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, explains how AI-playing Texas Hold ‘Em could drive cybersecurity advancements.

Mother Jones : July 3, 2019

Elizabeth Warren just released a plan to protect American elections

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman explains what it would take to protect elections in the United States.

IEEE Spectrum : June 21, 2019

GitHub Releases New Tools to Report Vulnerabilities

The new features came out the same day as a study by Prof. Atul Prakash that found many open-source projects lack a clear way to report security problems.

EE Times : June 18, 2019

Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m

AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $30 million in a B1 funding round.

Wired : June 15, 2019

Google Stadia has kicked off a new age of gaming data harvesting

John L Tishman Professor of Engineering John Laird tells Wired computer games are a valuable tool for analyzing human behavior and decision-making skills.

Mic : June 13, 2019

Privacy policies are too complicated to understand, new analysis confirms

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Florian Schaub explains how many privacy policies are unfair to consumers.

Ars Technica : June 11, 2019

Researchers use Rowhammer bit flips to steal 2048-bit crypto key

RAMBleed side-channel attack, discovered in part by Michigan researchers, works even when DRAM is protected by error-correcting code.
Ars Technica : June 11, 2019

Researchers use Rowhammer bit flips to steal 2048-bit crypto key

Prof. Daniel Genkin’s group contributed to the discovery of a new side-channel attack targeting a computer’s memory.
VentureBeat : May 20, 2019

Clinc raises over $50 million to bring conversational AI to cars, banks, and kiosks

Clinc, a four-year-old AI startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that it’s secured $52 million in series B financing

Ars Technica : May 14, 2019

New speculative execution bug leaks data from Intel chips’ internal buffers

Intel-specific vulnerability was found by researchers including Prof. Daniel Genkin’s group, calling their discovery of the attack Fallout.
The Hill : March 25, 2019

Voting tech creates growing concern for local officials

EECS-CSE graduate student instructor Matt Bernhard explains the risks of not addressing voting security concerns.

Inside Higher Ed : March 6, 2019

Top universities in U.S. targeted by Chinese hackers

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer and Clinical Professor of EEC-CSE Ravi Pendse explains the unique cybersecurity risks universities face, Inside Higher Ed reports.

The New York Times : March 6, 2019

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman stresses the importance of the federal government funding new technologies to improve the security of U.S. elections, as reported by New York Times.

In the News : March 5, 2019

Are our voting systems secure?

Diane Rehm interviewed EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman to discuss election security risks ahead of 2020 presidential primaries.

Time : March 1, 2019

What the U.S. can learn about electronic voting from this tiny Eastern European nation

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses the risks of online voting in Estonia with Time Magazine.

WDIV : February 15, 2019

Ann Arbor’s May Mobility raises $22 million to deploy driverless shuttles across US

Crain’s Detroit Business : February 15, 2019

May Mobility secures $22 million investment amid expansion

Futurity : February 10, 2019

Can ‘air traffic control’ make self-driving cars cheap and safe?

EECS-CSE assistant professor Walter Lasecki explains how new research can help driverless vehicles make decisions during times of uncertainty.

MLive.com : February 10, 2019

Self-driving cars could deploy sooner using ‘air traffic control’ technique, U-M researchers say

EECS-CSE assistant professor Walter Lasecki explains how new research will allow driverless vehicles to make decisions during times of uncertainty.

National Public Radio : February 8, 2019

The first driverless spin

EECS-CSE Associate Professor Matthew Johnson-Roberson discusses on-going driverless vehicle research and testing going on around the country.

National Public Radio : February 7, 2019

Research team investigating Internet censorship with tracking system

EECS-CSE research assistant professor Roya Ensafi explains how Censored Planet monitors censorship online.

Wired : January 16, 2019

A poker-playing robot goes to work for the Pentagon

Michael Wellman, the Lynn A Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, discusses how AI might help in military decision-making with Wired.

Wired : January 9, 2019

The elite intel team still fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Bloomberg : January 2, 2019

Self-driving cars keep tapping the brakes

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, an EECS-CSE and NAME associate professor and co-director of the University of Michigan’s Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, discusses the growing pains of self-driving vehicles with Bloomberg.

Crain’s Detroit Business : December 12, 2018

Parabricks finds a niche to target its computing power

University of Michigan spinoff company Parabricks is featured in Crain’s Detroit Business.

MIT Technology Review : December 7, 2018

Online censorship in Saudi Arabia soared after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Censored Planet, an internet censorship project lead by EECS-CSE research assistant professor Roya Ensafi, detected a sharp uptick in censorship following the killing of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Gizmodo : November 28, 2018

The Malware of the Future Will Have AI Superpowers

Research delving into neural network vulnerabilities done in part by EECS-CSE professor Atul Prakash and U-M graduate students is discussed in Gizmodo.

Motherboard : November 27, 2018

People Who Buy Smart Speakers Have Given Up on Privacy, Researchers Find

A U-M study that included EECS-CSE assistant professor Florian Schaub looked at smart home devices like Alexa and users opinion of privacy after owning one.

Michigan Radio : November 26, 2018

A moral code for computer scientists

In an interview with Stateside, EECS-CSE Professor H. V. Jagadish says that businesses should do more to incorporate data ethics into their practices.

Vox : November 12, 2018

This is the most important moral question about self-driving cars

EECS-CSE professor Benjamin Kuipers discusses self-driving cars’ decision-making process with Vox.

In the News : November 6, 2018

J. Alex Halderman on Election Systems and Vulnerabilities

Alex Halderman discusses election systems and vulnerabilities ahead of midterm elections with C-Span.

In the News : November 6, 2018

Don’t kid yourself, U.S. enemies are trying to hack our elections

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses election hacking and vulnerabilities ahead of midterms.

Crain’s Detroit Business : November 6, 2018

Parabricks finds a niche to target its computing power

EECS-CSE professor Scott Mahlke and U-M spin-off Parabricks are featured.

Crain’s Detroit Business : November 6, 2018

The internet security company Dug Song is betting on

Internet security company Censys is detailed by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Public Television : November 6, 2018

A look at the election security charges in Georgia’s governor’s race

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses election vulnerabilities ahead of the midterms with PBS.

GQ : November 5, 2018

How to hack an election

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses voting machine vulnerabilities ahead of midterm elections.

Popular Science : November 2, 2018

Here’s how an AI lie detector can tell when you’re fibbing

EECS-CSE professor Rada Mihalcea discusses her research and how they trained an algorithm to detect lies.

Time : October 29, 2018

Should You Be Afraid of Election Hacking? Here’s What Experts Say

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses election security ahead of midterms.

Vox : October 29, 2018

The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman and grad student Matt Bernhard discuss election security risks with Vox.

The Washington Post : October 24, 2018

Self-driving cars will have to decide who should live and who should die. Here’s who humans would kill.

EECS-CSE professor Benjamin Kuipers discusses a new study that delves into the decisions automated cars could make in the future.

The New Yorker : October 24, 2018

The campaign for mobile-phone voting is getting a midterm test

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses election security ahead of midterms.

ABC News : October 15, 2018

How hackable are American voting machines? It depends who you ask

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses voting machine vulnerabilities ahead of the midterm elections.

CNN : October 1, 2018

Facebook hack: What to do if you’re affected

EECS-CSE professor Kevin Fu suggests security measures Facebook users should implement after the latest hack.

Michigan Radio : September 24, 2018

Stateside: Wisconsin’s suspect water diversion, UM orchestra gives sci-fi film a live soundtrack

Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, talks about the twin roles that music and science play in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” The film was shown with accompanying live orchestra and chorus at Hill Auditorium Friday, September 21.

MIT Technology Review : September 14, 2018

How to hack an election—and what states should do to prevent fake votes

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman presented his election hacking findings at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference.

Associated Press : September 13, 2018

Judge weighs whether Georgia must switch to paper ballots

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman says election meddling has gone from an internal interference to interference from outside governments; particularly Russia.

Newsweek : September 13, 2018

Is Trump taking on Russia? President authorizes sanctions on countries that interfere in elections

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman says if Russia plans to interfere in U.S. midterms, they’re probably already in our election systems.

Wired : September 11, 2018

To cripple AI, hackers are turning data against itself

EECS-CSE researcher Kevin Eykholt discusses machine learning with Wired.

Scientific American : September 10, 2018

Cuba’s “sonic attack” on the U.S. Embassy could have been merely sounds emitted by a listening device

EECS-CSE professor Kevin Fu’s research done in collaboration with Zhejiang University researchers is referenced in Scientific American.

Newsweek : August 30, 2018

Security upgrades are too little, too late for 2018 midterms, and race is already on for 2020, experts say

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman discusses election security with Newsweek.

In the News : August 27, 2018

New system can detect fake news better than humans

EECS-CSE professor Rada Mihalcea and her fake news detector research are highlighted in New Indian Express.

Futurity : August 23, 2018

Algorithm beats humans for sniffing out fake news

Futurity shares the fake news detector research story done in collaboration with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Rada Mihalcea.

In the News : August 23, 2018

This fake news detection algorithm outperforms humans

The Next Web delves into the fake news detector research done in collaboration with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Rada Mihalcea.

The Hill : August 23, 2018

Researchers claim new algorithm beats humans at spotting fake news

Research led by EECS-CSE Rada Mihalcea highlights a new method for detecting fake news.

Science Daily : August 22, 2018

Fake news detector algorithm works better than a human

WXYZ : August 22, 2018

University of Michigan develops fake news detector to fight misinformation

Marketplace : August 22, 2018

Why election security experts really like paper records

EECS-CSE professor Alex Halderman talks election security with Marketplace Tech host host Tracey Samuelson.

ZDNet : August 17, 2018

​Microsoft: Here’s how to limit ‘Foreshadow’ attack impact

Futurity : August 17, 2018

Your PC might need an update to fight ‘Foreshadow’

BBC : August 16, 2018

‘Foreshadow’ attack affects Intel chips

EECS-CSE professor Thomas Wenisch explains how Foreshadow was discovered and the implications of the security risk.

Register : August 14, 2018

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

Wired : August 14, 2018

Spectre-like flaw undermines intel processors’ most secure element

University of Michigan professors are quoted in Wired.

Bloomberg : August 8, 2018

Sounding the alarm on the dangers of electronic voting

EECS-CSE professor J. Alex Halderman discusses electronic voting and hacking vulnerabilities with Bloomberg News.

Science News : July 27, 2018

People are bad at spotting fake news. Can computer programs do better?

EECS-CSE professor Verónica Pérez-Rosas and colleagues studied real and fake news with the hopes of building programs that can spot it more effectively.

Crain’s Detroit Business : July 26, 2018

Drone dreams engineered into reality

AERO and EECS professor Ella Atkins discusses the benefits of U-M’s M-Air facility in North Campus.

Time : June 13, 2018

Net Neutrality is officially dead. Here’s how the changes could affect you, according to experts

Florian Schaub, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.

In the News : May 16, 2018

From accident prevention to bike parking, Ann Arbor’s 100 mobility companies cover plenty of ground

Read about the Jason Corso’s company Voxel51, Ed Olson’s company May Mobility, alumnus Ansgar Strother’s company Movatic, and many more.

Engadget : April 25, 2018

Our democracy is broken. Why can’t technology fix it?

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, proved that voting software was vulnerable to security threats.

April 25, 2018

Duo Security: Upstarts

A company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right?

Reuters : March 23, 2018

Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.

Bloomberg : March 23, 2018

The self-driving Uber in fatal crash didn’t have a vision problem

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.

Forbes : March 23, 2018

How May Mobility is spearheading autonomous driving in the form of shuttle services

Edwin Olson, associate EECS professor, is the CEO of May Mobility.

Gizmodo : March 5, 2018

Study: Malfunctioning surveillance gear, not sonic weapons, could explain Cuba embassy ‘attack’

Kevin Fu, EECS assistant professor, believes that the sounds could have been caused by improperly placed Cuban spy gear.

Michigan Radio : March 5, 2018

UM prof floats new Cuban sonic attack theory

Kevin Fu, EECS assistant professor, does research on the use of ultrasonic waves to interfere with computer devices.

Bloomberg : February 27, 2018

BMW, Toyota back a driverless startup that wants to start small

Edwin Olson, associate EECS professor, is the CEO of May Mobility.

NBC : February 26, 2018

BMW and Toyota are investing in a start-up that makes self-driving shuttles

Edwin Olson, EECS associate professor, is May Mobility’s founder and CEO.

Forbes : February 26, 2018

How artificial intelligence is going to affect the financial industry in 2018

Jason Mars, assistant EECS professor and CEO of Clinc, has developed a conversational AI platform for financial institutions.

Reuters : February 21, 2018

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Kevin Fu, Associate EECS professor, is quoted.

In the News : January 31, 2018

SRC’s new R&D centers

The new $32 million center will develop new ideas in computing frontiers, such as autonomous control, robotics and machine-learning. Semiconductor Engineering reports.

In the News : January 25, 2018

Could algorithmic accelerators spur a hardware startup revival?

Valeria Bertacco, EECS professor, directs the ADA center. TheNextPlatform reports.

In the News : January 23, 2018

DARPA funds six centers working on computer design alternatives

Valeria Bertacco, EECS professor, leads the project. TechRepublic reports.

Crain’s Detroit Business : January 11, 2018

May Mobility steers to market with new tech licenses, plans to double workforce

Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s founder and CEO, is an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

In the News : January 8, 2018

6 months in business, autonomous vehicles on the road: Meet Ann Arbor’s May Mobility

Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s founder and CEO, is an associate professor of computer science and engineering. Benzinga reports.

TechCrunch : January 8, 2018

May Mobility is a self-driving startup with a decade of experience

Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s founder and CEO, is an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Crain’s Detroit Business : January 8, 2018

Bedrock to test May Mobility autonomous shuttle this week

Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s founder and CEO, is an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

In the News : January 8, 2018

May Mobility steers itself to $11.6M

Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s founder and CEO, is an associate professor of computer science and engineering. Global University Venturing reports.

Science News : January 8, 2018

Ask AI: How not to kill online conversations

Qiaozhu Mei, EECS professor, and colleagues trained a machine-learning program on about 63,000 Reddit threads to learn what dialog-ending responses look like.

WDIV : December 22, 2017

U of M team developing ‘unhackable’ computer

Todd Austin, CSE professor, led the research.

In the News : December 22, 2017

How to create the unhackable computer

Todd Austin, CSE professor, led the research. Healthcare News Analytics reports.

EE Times : December 22, 2017

DARPA takes chip route to ‘unhackable’ computers

Todd Austin, CSE professor, led the research.

Motherboard : December 22, 2017

A new type of computer could render many software hacks obsolete

Todd Austin, CSE professor, led the research.

Daily Mail : December 22, 2017

US military backs project to create unhackable ‘Morpheus’ computer that can thwart hackers ‘like a Rubik’s cube’

Todd Austin, CSE professor, led the research.

In the News : December 20, 2017

DARPA backs development of “unhackable” Morpheus computer system

Todd Austin, EECS professor, lead the research. New Atlas reports.

Politico : November 28, 2017

Too late to upgrade election defenses?

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, is quoted.

WXYZ : November 27, 2017

Local experts weigh in on net neutrality as FCC considers new regulations

Harsha Madhyastha, EECS associate professor, is quoted.

Politico : November 27, 2017

The time to hack-proof the 2018 election is expiring — and Congress is way behind

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, is quoted.

VentureBeat : November 7, 2017

Ann Arbor cements its status as a tech hub to watch with first unicorn

Dug Song, Michigan Engineering alum, is CEO and co-founder of Duo Security, an Ann Arbor-based startup.

Wired : October 19, 2017

Tony Fadell’s next act? Taking on Silicon Valley—from Paris

Alumni Tony Fadell (BSE CE 1991) searches for investments with his venture firm Future Shape while he continues to build roots in Paris.

In the News : October 17, 2017

VAuth tech feels your voice in your skin

Kang Shin, EECS professor, has developed a wearable device that can take the form of a necklace, ear buds or a small attachment to eyeglasses. New Atlas reports.

Campus Technology : October 3, 2017

U-M to study flexible STEM classrooms

NSF funding will help EECS associate professor Cindy Finelli and AERO research fellow Aaron Johnson continue their research.

International Business Times : August 29, 2017

Phone browsing could become faster, may use less data with smart code

Harsha Madhyastha, EECS assistant professor, is one of Vroom’s developers.

Engadget : August 29, 2017

Smart code helps your phone browse the web twice as quickly

U-M researchers have found a way to boost performance without security compromises.

NBC : August 23, 2017

Many county election officials still lack cybersecurity training

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, is quoted.

Huffington Post : April 5, 2017

Why India needs a paper trail for free and fair elections

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, led a group of scientists in hacking an electronic voting machine to reveal vulnerabilities.

Scientific American : March 1, 2017

Our voting system is hackable by foreign powers

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, says that he and his students could have changed the results of the November election.

In the News : February 23, 2017

Professor who urged an election recount thinks Trump won, but voting integrity still concerns him

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, continues to seek data from the states — Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — that could help him determine if anything improper affected the election results. Story in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Crain’s Detroit Business : February 22, 2017

Clinc raises venture capital round of $6.3 million

Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, EECS research professors, co-founded Clinc. The company whose open-source intelligent assistant and machine learning research platform is involved in research programs with Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and the National Science Foundation.

The Atlantic : February 21, 2017

Why some apps use fake progress bars

Eytan Adar, EECS professor, describes this “benevolent deception” used by sites and apps. In a paper he published in 2013 with a pair of Microsoft researchers, Adar described a wide range of design decisions that trick their users—but end up leaving them better off.

US News & World Report : February 8, 2017

Not the time to make voting less secure

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, and other computer scientists have demonstrated repeatedly that voting machines are susceptible to hacking. He has also expressed doubt in the security of elections.

Fortune : February 6, 2017

How powerful AI technology can lead to unforeseen disasters

Benjamin Kuipers, EECS professor, explains that although humans typically program AI-powered robots to accomplish a particular goal, these robots will typically make decisions on their own to reach the goal.

Detroit News : January 26, 2017

Johnson: Michigan may boost post-election audits

Alex Halderman, EECS professor, said routine audits of the state’s paper ballots would help ensure the results are accurate and safe from hackers.

The Guardian : January 5, 2017

Five things that got broken at the oddest hacking event in the world

J Alex Halderman, EECS professor, and Matt Bernhard, EECS graduate student, discuss attempts to prove that the U.S. election wasn’t hacked.

TechCrunch : December 9, 2016

Vesper grabs $15M to build a durable low-power mic that listens forever

Vesper’s technology, which emerged in part from U-M, is constantly listening, but it is doing so with an incredibly low-power draw as it seeks out the frequencies characteristic of a human voice.

WXYZ : December 9, 2016

U-M researchers create helpful tool for Flint residents during ongoing water crisis

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new app aimed at helping Flint residents during the ongoing water crisis in the city.

Huffington Post : December 8, 2016

Blaming Russia to overturn the election

Exhibit A in Stein’s petition is an affidavit from Professor J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at the University of Michigan, who alleges that Russia hacked the election.

Bloomberg : December 6, 2016

Trump allowed to join fight against Pennsylvania recount

According to an affidavit in the earlier state case filed by J. Alex Halderman, a professor of computer science at U-M, hackers could have easily infected Pennsylvania’s voting machines with malware designed to lay dormant for weeks.

New York Post : December 6, 2016

Tech advances leave society open to mass-murdering computer geeks

Dr. Kevin Fu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, said hackers could target multiple hospitals and cause a “massive, nation-wide healthcare outage.”

Detroit Free Press : December 5, 2016

GOP files federal appeal but Mich. recount continues

Alex Halderman, a computer science professor from the University of Michigan explains how a Michigan recount filed by Jill Stein’s campaign could reveal tampering with voting machines.

Bloomberg : December 1, 2016

Russia weaponized social media in U.S. election, FireEye Says

Alex Halderman, a professor of Computer Science at U-M, said hackers could have infected Pennsylvania’s voting machines with malware designed to lay dormant for weeks, pop up on Election Day and then erase itself without a trace.

The New York Times : November 28, 2016

Vote recount push advances, but reversing Trump’s win is unlikely

The Stein campaign is seeking to answer the question of whether the vote was hacked by introducing malicious software into voting machines. The possibility was raised by J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at U-M.

Vox : November 23, 2016

The election probably wasn’t hacked. But Clinton should request recounts just in case.

“Were this year’s deviations from pre-election polls the results of a cyberattack? Probably not,” Halderman writes. “I believe the most likely explanation is that the polls were systematically wrong, rather than that the election was hacked.”

Boing Boing : November 23, 2016

Alex Halderman: we will never know if the Wisconsin vote was hacked unless we check now

Alex Halderman, professor of Computer Science at UM has clarified his earlier remarks about the integrity of the Wisconsin election: in a nutshell: voting machine security sucks, hackers played an unprecedented role in this election.

Wired : November 23, 2016

Hacked or not, audit this election (And all future ones)

On Wednesday, University of Michigan computer security researcher Alex Halderman published a blog post arguing that Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania should perform recounts due to risks that the election was hacked.

BBC : November 23, 2016

Trump election: Activists call for recount in battleground states

According to a CNN report, a group of scientists including J Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, has privately told the Clinton campaign it believes there was a “questionable trend”.

In the News : November 23, 2016

Want to know if the election was hacked? Look at the ballots

UM Computer Science Professor Alex Halderman: a skilled attacker’s work might leave no visible signs–though the country might be surprised when results in several close states were off from pre-election polls.

Christian Science Monitor : November 18, 2016

Vulnerable connected devices a matter of ‘homeland security’

“In the short term, consumers are pretty much up a creek without a paddle,” says Kevin Fu, associate professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department at the University of Michigan.

CNN : November 17, 2016

Regulate cybersecurity or expect a disaster, experts warn Congress

“I fear for the day every hospital system is down,” Kevin Fu, who teaches computer security at the University of Michigan, told the hearing. “This will require some kind of governmental mandate.”

Refinery29 : November 15, 2016

How you speak to Siri & Alexa matters more than you think — here’s why

“If we want the computers to behave differently, we have to actually pay attention to how we build them so we don’t just create mirrors of what society does,” says Rada Milhacea, a professor of computer science at U-M.

In the News : November 14, 2016

Evolving technologies pose challenge for medical device security

“A Brief Chronology of Medical Device Security” is the result of THaW, which is funded by the NSF. A.J. Burns, professor at UT–Tyler, and P. Honeyman, research professor of CS at U-M, collaborated on the article.

CBC : November 13, 2016

How safe is your smart home?

Atul Prakash is a computer science professor at the University of Michigan. He specializes in computer security. “I would be cautious, overall,” Prakash advises. “The technology is relatively new.

Motherboard : November 12, 2016

The network standard used in cars is wide open to attack

According to research presented last month at the ACM Conference, courtesy of computer scientists at U-M, the (CAN) protocol implemented by in-vehicle networks has a new and potentially quite dangerous vulnerability.

Forbes : November 8, 2016

A lot of voting machines are broken across America (but it’s totally normal)

And this year is no different, as voting machines have always been vulnerable, said Matt Bernhard, computer science Ph.D. student at U-M and an expert on the security of electoral systems.

BBC : November 8, 2016

US election: Experts keep watch over ‘hack states’

“Unless the election is extraordinarily close, it is unlikely that an attack will result in the wrong candidate getting elected,” suggest Matt Bernhard and Professor J Alex Halderman, security experts from U-M.

IEEE Spectrum : November 4, 2016

The security challenges of online voting have not gone away

Matthew Bernhard, second-year computer science Ph.D student at U-M, and J. Alex Halderman, director of U-M’s Center for Computer Security and Society, emphasize online voting’s longstanding security challenges and setbacks.

In the News : November 3, 2016

Forget rigged polls: Internet voting is the real election threat

It was the office of Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at U-M. The hackers were graduate students, proving a point about Washington, D.C.’s fledgling voting system: that internet voting is vulnerable.

Motherboard : October 20, 2016

This is why we still can’t vote online

J. Alex Halderman, professor of CS at U-M, welcomed the opportunity to try to legally break into government software with his students. Within 36 hours, they found a tiny error that gave them full control of the system.

TechCrunch : October 19, 2016

Notion raises $9.5M for a smarter email app, now live on mobile and soon, Alexa

“We have focused on building a great engineering team and also tapped the resources in our network, like U-M’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Computer Science professor Jason Mars as an advisor.”

Detroit News : October 17, 2016

Experts: State should audit election results

“It should be done routinely in order to provide a strong degree of confidence,” said U-M cyber-security expert Alex Halderman. “That’s an opportunity for Michigan to improve its election procedures. You should audit every election.”

In the News : October 5, 2016

Why can’t we vote online?

During the pilot, folks were invited to try and hack the system. At U-M, Professor J. Alex Halderman and his students took up the challenge. It took them about 36 hours to change votes.

University of Michigan : June 21, 2016

U-M data science projects explore connection between student achievement, well-being

A project led by Prof. Rada Mihalcea seeks to uncover connections between students’ personal attributes such as values, beliefs, interests, behaviors and backgrounds and their success in school or overall sense of well-being.
March 29, 2016

Security risks in the age of smart homes

Smart homes, an aspect of the Internet of Things, offer the promise of improved energy efficiency and control over home security. But there are also security risks. Smart home systems can leave owners vulnerable to serious threats, such as arson, blackmail, theft and extortion.
Detroit Free Press : November 2, 2015

University of Michigan joint institute gets $10M gift

John Wu, EECS alum, and his wife, Jane Sun, have given U-M’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute is getting a $10 million donation.

Deseret News : August 4, 2014

Utah is correct to both be at the front of online voting, and cautiously study security

Prof. J. Alex Halderman is the kind of friend to internet voting Utah needs – one who has the savvy to think and act like someone dedicated to hijacking an election.
The New Yorker : April 28, 2014

Pixel Perfect

The New Yorker profiles alum Paul Debevec (CE 1992), the engineer who invented the technology that creates an elaborate 3-D digital scan of actors for a variety of special effects applications.