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Prof. Baris Kasikci recognized as rising star by Intel

The award recognizes early career faculty who show great promise in developing future computing technologies.

Hardware model checker takes gold at international competition

The system automatically proves the trustworthiness of a hardware design, outperforming the competition in nearly every category.

Jason Mars inducted into MICRO Hall of Fame

This honor recognizes outstanding researchers with eight or more papers at the International Symposium on Microarchitecture.

New collaboration promises greater innovation in medical device security

The two organizations will connect their membership and partner networks to work on advancing security for life-saving devices.

Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

“The technology can give users the confidence they deserve when reusing respirators or other PPE.”

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

EECS 373 course instructors quickly pulled together an alternative final project that had students building robots at home.

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

The symposium highlighted new developments in computer architecture, and included a session on how the center’s research can contribute to limiting the impact of pandemics.

IEEE security conference features six accepted papers from CSE researchers

The projects impact voting systems, physical sensors, integrated circuit fabrication, and multiple microarchitectural side-channel vulnerabilities.
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.

Nine CSE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The nine students represent a broad range of research areas in the department.
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.

Guidance on decontaminating face masks: U-M researchers contribute to national effort

Collaborative website launched while U-M researchers continue advanced testing.

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for design of robust, reliable and repairable software systems

Subarno Banerjee uses program analysis to improve software systems’ safety and security.

Predoctoral Fellowship for mathematically provable hardware design

Goel designs algorithms that can automatically demonstrate the correctness of hardware systems.

Andrew McCrabb recognized with Towner Prize

This award is presented to an outstanding graduate student in each degree program.

Todd Austin Named S. Jack Hu Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof. Austin is a creative, outside-the-box thinker who has produced a body of work that has had extraordinary impact in the area of computer architecture.

Das recognized as outstanding researcher for work on computational caches

Computational caches are an emerging technology based on the use of a processors cache space to perform computations.
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.
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.

New student tool gets chips from lab to fab faster than ever

The open-source system cuts a key step in chip testing down from days or weeks to a couple hours, on average.
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

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

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

Two CSE grad students selected for Rising Stars in EECS Workshop

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

Valeria Bertacco appointed vice provost for engaged learning

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

Remote attack on temperature sensors threatens safety in incubators and industry

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

New attack on autonomous vehicle sensors creates fake obstacles

Up to this point, no attacks had been discovered targeting a car’s LiDAR system—but a major new finding from researchers at the University of Michigan has demonstrated what that might look like.

Creating more efficient data centers for AI

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

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

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

Three papers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

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

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

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

Teaching science with sound waves

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

Bertacco recognized for efforts to bolster diversity

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

NDSEG Fellowship for overcoming Moore’s Law with innovative architecture

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

New chip stops hacks before they start

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

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

Sensing technology could keep seniors safe.

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

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

Abraham Addisie awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

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

2019 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

Congratulations to these recipients of the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award

Landmark microprocessor reliability paper recognized for enduring impact

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

Student earns Microsoft Fellowship for research in a new computing paradigm

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

Bridging the “last centimeter barrier” in electronic communications

Michigan Engineering researchers led by Prof. Pinaki Mazumder have created a new chip interconnect technology using terahertz surface-wave interconnects that will enable ultra fast data transmissions.

Dreslinski named Wellman Professor for outstanding research in energy efficient processors

Dreslinski is working with a $9.5million DARPA grant to overcome the limitations of Moore’s Law

Taking on the limits of computing power

By harnessing the power and speed of graphics processing units, a University of Michigan startup can dramatically accelerate gene sequencing, shortening tasks that took multiple days to a single hour.

Helping drivers use smart cars smarter

This conversational in-vehicle digital assistant can respond to drivers’ questions and commands in natural language

Understanding at every level

From quantum physics to computer systems: a profile of Pinaki Mazumder, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Todd Austin recognized for outstanding achievements

Austin is a recognized leader in the area of computer architecture research.

Faster, cheaper gene sequencing to make healthcare more precise

Genome sequencing could be as affordable as a routine medical test with highly efficient computing.

CSE welcomes 9 new faculty

Get to know the new arrivals.

Beyond Moore’s law: $16.7M for advanced computing projects

DARPA’s initiative to reinvigorate the microelectronics industry draws deeply on Michigan Engineering expertise.

Using software to beat Moore’s Law: $9.5M to design the ‘reconfigurable computer’

Transmuter can change how programs use the hardware available to them in real time, effectively acting as a reconfigurable computer.

Michigan chips will be first to test next-generation hardware design tools

U-M team will serve as model for nimble and innovative system-on-chip design.

Reetuparna Das earns Borg Early Career Award

Das is passionate about promoting diversity and mentoring women in computer science.

CSE researchers win Best of SELSE award

Three researchers with Michigan CSE affiliations have won the the best paper award at the 14th Workshop on Silicon Errors in Logic – System Effects (SELSE).

Duplicate text detection system now integrated with conference management software

The system is currently being used by IEEE and ACM, and helps them enforce their new 30%-policy.

Can sound be used as a weapon? 4 questions answered

What happened to people inside the U.S. Embassy in Havana?

Cuba ‘sonic attacks’: A covert accident?

‘We’ve demonstrated a scenario in which the harm might have been unintentional.’

New computing system to enable deep space missions

A new radiation-hardened, multi-processor, Arm-based spacecraft processor is being developed at Michigan in a project led by Boeing and funded by NASA.

Unhackable computer under development with $3.6M DARPA grant

The researchers say they’re making an unsolvable puzzle: ‘It’s like if you’re solving a Rubik’s Cube and every time you blink, I rearrange it.’

Kevin Fu Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Embedded and Medical Device Security

Prof. Fu was named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2018, “for contributions to embedded and medical device security.”

Bringing smart banking to market

Jason Mars, CEO of Ann Arbor startup Clinc, was named #2 in Bank Innovations’s “10 Most innovative CEOs in Banking 2017” list. Clinc is leading the pack for development of intelligent banking assistant software.

Reetuparna Das inducted into the MICRO Hall of Fame

This honor recognizes outstanding researchers with eight or more papers at the International Symposium on Microarchitecture.

Michigan researchers win best paper award at DFT 2017

Prof. John Hayes and CSE graduate student Paishun Ting received the award for their paper entitled “Eliminating a Hidden Error Source in Stochastic Circuits.”

Kevin Fu recognized with Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service

Kevin Fu has been recognized for informing policy makers and Congress about issues in computer security.

BugMD: automatic mismatch diagnosis for bug triaging

Bugs that are not caught before a product is released can cost companies billions of dollars.

Valeria Bertacco appointed associate dean for academic programs and initiatives at Rackham Graduate School

She will serve as the primary liaison between the Rackham School and academic units in the physical sciences and engineering.

Five faculty honored for increasing women’s participation in computing

A team of NAME and EECS faculty have been awarded with a Second Place Excellence in Promoting Women in Undergraduate Computing Award.

2017 ISCA Influential Paper Award for groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing

This award recognizes the paper published 15 years ago (2002) that has had the biggest impact on the field

Nilmini Abeyratne selected for the Lipschutz, Ayers Host and Olcott Smith Award

Her research focuses on computer architecture as it applies to high performance computing, supercomputers, memory, and interconnects.

Timothy Trippel selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Trippel’s research interests lie in embedded systems and IoT security and privacy for the purpose of building safe and reliable autonomous systems.

Sonic cyber attacks show security holes in ubiquitous sensors

Michigan Engineering researchers discuss and demonstrate the sound-based attacks they leveled at the accelerometers found in everyday electronics.

CSE-based startup Clinc receives $6.3M in funding to further develop intelligent banking assistant

Clinc has built Finie, the world’s most advanced voice-controlled A.I. platform for banking.

Valeria Bertacco named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor for contributions to undergraduate education

Prof. Bertacco is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and has made it her mission to improve the undergraduate educational experience of all of her students.

Reetuparna Das receives NSF CAREER Award to develop in-situ compute memories

Das’ research seeks to design specialized data-centric computing systems that dramatically reduce time and energy required to move data from storage to computing units.

Todd Austin elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to simulation techniques and resilient system design in computer architecture

Prof. Austin is a recognized leader in the area of computer architecture research.

Prof. Trevor Mudge named ACM Fellow for contributions to power aware computer architecture

His inventive approaches have led to new technologies that reduce the energy consumption of microprocessors while maintaining acceptable performance.

Valeria Bertacco elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to computer-aided verification and reliable system design

Prof. Bertacco is a highly noted researcher in the area of computer architecture and is Director of the department’s Computer Engineering (CE) Lab.

Professor to Congress: ‘Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate’

Michigan Engineering professor Kevin Fu spoke in front of congress on Nov. 16, 2016.

Lingjia Tang selected to receive Facebook Faculty Award

She recently helped develop a modular load tester platform for data centers, which is designed to help measure and mitigate tail latency.

Clinc launches Finie, an AI personal assistant for mobile banking

Finie, which can be referred to as the “Siri” of personal banking, is an artificial intelligence platform for banks that helps customers talk to their bank accounts in a natural and conversational way.

CSE-based startup receives funding to develop systems based on intelligent personal assistant technology

Clinc has built Lucida, its state-of- the-art, open-source intelligent assistant and machine learning platform that allows developers and the open-source community to easily create and deploy personalized voice and vision-based intelligent assistants.

Two Michigan papers win top awards at IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium

One of the paper describes and demonstrates a malicious hardware backdoor. The other demonstrated security failings in a commercial smart home platform.

Tracking and mitigating tail latency in data centers

High tail latency has been identified as one of the key challenges facing modern data center design.

Two papers by Michigan researchers chosen as IEEE Micro Top Picks

The two papers from Michigan introduced the Sirius personal digital assistant and the MBus bus for modular microcomputing systems.

Startup founded by U-M assoc. professor gets NSF grant

Healthcare security company Virta Laboratories, Inc. has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Doowon Lee receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to improve the reliability of computer systems

His research addresses the problem of diminishing reliability in future computer systems.

MBus is the missing interconnect for millimeter-scale systems

The M3 is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system.

Design Automation Conference Technical Program Committee Holds Meeting in Detroit

Prof. Valeria Bertacco, Technical Program Chair for the 2017 conference, chose Michigan as the meeting location.

Valeria Bertacco receives U-M Sarah Goddard Power Award

The award recognizes unwavering commitment to the betterment of women, and clear record of success and significant achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership, and mentoring women.

Jason Mars receives CAREER Award to advance system architectures for artificially intelligent services and applications

The award will enable Prof. Mars to understand how future cloud and mobile systems should be designed to support increasing demand from users of intelligent assistants.

Kevin Fu named a top influencer in health information security

He is recognized for raising awareness regarding medical device cybersecurity issues by speaking out about critical concerns.

Researchers Receive NSF/Intel Award to Develop Visual Recognition System for Wearable Devices

The researchers are finding a solution to implement state-of-the-art vision systems in wearable devices where there is little heat dissipation

Prof. Kevin Fu Addresses Technical Debt of Medical Device Security at NAE Symposium

The symposium focused on Cybersecurity and Privacy, Engineering the Search for Earth-like Exoplanets, Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials, and Forecasting Natural Disasters.

CSE Researchers Win at Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge

Their Powerblade project is the smallest, lowest cost, and lowest power AC plug-load meter that measures real, reactive and apparent power, and reports this data over Bluetooth.

An Eye for Detail Brings Unique Rewards

Prof. Igor Markov considers his Knuth checks and important honor.

Ron Dreslinski Selected for IEEE TCCA Young Computer Architect Award

Dr. Dreslinski conducts research in the area of energy efficient processor architectures

Kevin Fu Named to CRA Computing Community Consortium Council

His three-year term will begin July 1.

Computer Engineering Research Lab Explores the Bounds of Computer Integration

The CE Lab is the successor to the Department’s Advanced Computer Architecture Lab (ACAL).

Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

Sirius as an important platform for research into the development of next-generation warehouse computing. It gives researchers a testbed for studying how the data centers that process voice-enabled queries should evolve.

Scott Mahlke Receives Micro Test of Time Award

His 1992 paper describes problems associated with utilizing conventional compiler support for predicated execution, a technique for dealing with conditional branches in application programs, on superscaler processors. It introduces the hyperblock, a structure to overcome those shortcomings.

Prabal Dutta Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Dutta’s research has pioneered practical, low-power platforms and wireless protocols for pervasive sensing, computing, and communications.

HiJack Enables a Smartphone Dongle for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

HiJack is a hardware/software platform that utilizes the headset jack on a smartphone as a universal power/data interface.

Four CSE Faculty Selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards

Congratulations to the following CSE Faculty recipients of 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards.

End of the Road for the Von Neumann Architecture? Not Yet.

So went the vote held in the debating chamber of the University of Cambridge Union.

Protean Code Allows Data Center Servers to Adapt to Changing Environments with Breakthrough Compiler Technology

Protean Code is an enabling technology for dynamically recompiling native applications and rebalancing the use of Warehouse Scale Computers resources as demands dictate.

Scott Mahlke Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Compiler Code Generation and Automatic Processor Customization

Mahlke’s research has been focused on the design of customized multicore processors, accelerators, and systems consisting of both that are higher performance, lower power, and more reliable.

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Named ACM Distinguished Scientist

Bertacco’s research is focused on creating novel solutions to enable the sustainable development of silicon systems, by making them more powerful, more reliable and significantly cheaper to design and manufacture.

Smita Krishnaswamy’s Research Paper Published in Science Magazine

The paper focuses on computational methods to analyze single cell data in order to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals.

Stephen Plaza’s research paper published in Nature Scientific Journal

Plaza’s paper provides key insights into neuronal computations.

John P. Hayes Recognized with ACM SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award

Hayes was recognized “for his pioneering contributions to logic design, fault tolerant computing, and testing.”

Prof. Igor Markov’s book on VLSI Physical Design Translated into Chinese

The book introduces and evaluates algorithms used during physical design to produce a geometric chip layout from an abstract circuit design, and presents the essential and fundamental algorithms used within each physical design stage.

Trevor Mudge Recognized for Distinguished Achievement at UIUC 50th Anniversary Event

He was recognized as an “outstanding educator and researcher whose work has advanced the field of low-power computer architecture and its interaction with technology.”

Satish Narayanasamy Receives Google Faculty Research Award

His research focus is on addressing concurrency issues in mobile and cloud systems, which increasingly rely upon event-driven programming and customized processor accelerators.

Prof. Valeria Bertacco Receives U-M’s Faculty Recognition Award

Bertacco’s research is in the area of computer design, with emphasis on reliability, design correctness, and hardware-security assurance.

Jason Mars Selected as Program Chair for CGO 2015

Mars’ current research interests include cross-layer systems in software and hardware, datacenter and warehouse-scale computer architecture, and hardware/software co-design.

Prabal Dutta Named to Popular Science’s Brilliant Ten List

Dutta designs hardware and software for smart dust and larger sensors that don’t need batteries because they can harvest energy from the world around them.

2014 Promotions of our faculty – congratulations!

Congratulations to Profs Bertacco, Flinn, Narayanasamy, Olson, Rais-Zadeh, and Zhong.

Wakefield and Kieras win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

The paper addresses how to manage multiple sources so that the user can maximize the information gained from each acoustic source.

Leaders in ultra low power cicuits and systems presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

All of the research being presented focuses on getting the absolute best performance from the tiniest circuits, sensors, and electronic devices.

Thank Lynn Conway for your cell phone

Conway will be named a fellow at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Researchers funded to develop a leap forward in Processor Architectures

The project proposes to produce a parallel heterogeneous 3D near-threshold computing system with unprecedented energy efficiency.

Prabal Dutta receives Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award

Todd Austin Receives A. Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award for 2012

2012 ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award to Prof. Blaauw, Prof. Mudge, and EECS alumni Dr. Martin and Dr. Flautner

The research addressed voltage scaling of processors at the point where, at very low voltages, voltage leakage begins to dominate the computational power consumption.

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ISPASS-2012

U-M computer science researchers David Meisner, Junjie Wu, and Professor Thomas F. Wenisch have won the Best Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS-2012), which took place April 1-3, 2012 in New Brunswick, NJ.

Making smart dust a reality

This research is expected to have a fundamental and long term impact on a diverse set of applications ranging from energy conservation to health care.

EECS Researchers win Best Paper Award at ICCAD 2010

Their paper introduces new techniques that improve speed, solution quality, simplicity, and integration with other optimizations for global placement technology.

EECS professors receive research grants from Google

The research funded by Google involves redesigning servers and data centers to improve their energy efficiency.

Austin and Blaauw Receive 2008 Richard Newton GSRC Industrial Impact Award

The award recognized research that is “at least five years old and has had significant industrial impact.”