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The cohort of 36 new tenured and tenure-track faculty includes 11 faculty hired at the rank of professor or associate professor.
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New mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.
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The hectoSTAR probe, with 128 stimulating micro-LEDs and 256 recording electrodes integrated in the same neural probe, was designed for some stellar brain mapping projects
Highlights include CNN and Popular Science.
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Highlights include The New York Times and National Geographic.
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The new computer model accurately predicts the behavior of millions of microbial communities from hundreds of experiments, an advance toward precision medicine.
Sheth is the co-founder of Inspiritus Health and has developed a simple to use, non-invasive medical device that keeps patients’ muscles engaged when they are on a ventilator to prevent muscle atrophy.
Tested without needing hospitals to share data, the method for developing the model could speed further improvements in medical prediction tools.
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The partnership will expand the capabilities of other labs, and enable them to conduct high-impact research.
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The modular exoskeleton system will help workers and the elderly, boosting ankle, knee and/or hip joints by mounting new motors to off-the-shelf orthotics.
An open-source perception and movement system, to be developed with NSF funding, could enable robots that partner with humans in fires and disaster areas.
$2M project aims to partner humans with robots for safer jobsites.
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Splitting the path into difficult and easy terrain speeds up path planning for robots that use “hands” to maintain balance on uneven ground.
What should a robot do when it cannot trust the model it was trained on?
The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility
The researchers compare them to fat deposits in living creatures.
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Getting rid of some gears enabled a free-swinging knee, regenerative braking and brought the noise level down from vacuum cleaner to fridge.
A Q&A with Chad Jenkins.
‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.
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U-M startup says robotic food deliveries have quadrupled.
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Charting a path to powered exoskeletons: A Q&A with Leia Stirling
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An ultra-precise mind-controlled prosthetic.
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U-M researchers examined how a person’s perception of safety in an autonomous vehicle was influenced by its “personality” traits.
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Automated drone does work at the same speed as a novice roofer, researcher says.
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Data gleaned from cameras and sensors increases predictive accuracy.
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Michigan Engineering now hosts advanced robotics facilities for land, air, sea, and space.
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Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.
The gift will accelerate construction.
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Cassie is the first offering from new startup Agility Robotics, and is loosely modeled on the cassowary, a flightless bird similar to an ostrich.
For now, Grizzle and his graduate students are only attempting the easiest routes, between the grassy two- to three-foot moguls, over smaller undulations that he calls “merely very difficult.”
A wrist-worn device detected disrupted sleep 24 hours before study participants began shedding flu viruses.
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Cancer cells delete DNA when they go to the dark side, so a team of doctors and engineers targeted the “backup plans” running critical cell functions.
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Polyurethane locks in the antimicrobial power of tea tree and cinnamon oils. The new technology could start making public spaces safer within a year.
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Work for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will develop a policy roadmap to safe, low cost water services.
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A protein that crosses the blood-brain barrier carries a drug that kills tumor cells and another that activates the immune system.
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Nano-engineered drugs that stop harmful bacteria and viruses could be on the horizon.
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Technique pioneered at the University of Michigan could improve outcomes for cancer and neurological conditions.
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Michigan Engineering researchers will help reveal pathways for virus detection and transmission
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Studies in mice show how the two of the body’s natural injury responders conflict following traumatic muscle injuries.
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Terahertz light creates twisting vibrations in biomolecules such as proteins, confirming whether their compositions and structures are safe and effective.
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Computer modeling links a person’s genes to whether producing more antibodies will help them fight off the disease.
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Twisted semiconductor nanostructures convert red light into the twisted blue light in tiny volumes, which may help develop chiral drugs.
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The multidisciplinary research team will synergize efforts across the University.
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The model can be used as a tool to inform decision-makers and individuals on relative risks and advantages associated with a layered defense.
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In preparation for climate adaptation in water-stressed areas, researchers will assess how well existing treatment systems prepare water for reuse.
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A conventional approach to HIV vaccination does not induce immune responses in everyone equally, and a new computer model shows why.
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Material and size designed to give electrodes a chance to operate in the body for years.
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“Wastewater-based epidemiology has shown to be a valuable tool to inform public health officials of case levels and infection trends in a community.”
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The method could one day be used to develop nanobodies against other viruses and disease targets as well.
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How engineers are applying their expertise for future planning.
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U-Michigan and Auburn researchers will use cough simulators, lasers, mannequins, human subjects and computational modeling.
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First-of-its-kind study examined multiple pathogens, as well as filtration and fit.
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A new approach makes liquid-crystal-like beacons out of harmful amyloid proteins present in diseases such as Type II diabetes.
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Measuring RNA from SARS-COV-2 allows for more accurate testing than similar methods.
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Research in mice shows efficacy for multiple sclerosis.
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Medical giant Johnson & Johnson and federal HHS select U-M design with “minimal impact on daily life.”
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Amid six months of tumult and chaos, engineering researchers moved quickly and collaboratively with public health officials, producing vital research in the fight against COVID-19.
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University of Michigan collaboration with Hackensack Meridian CDI offers new pathway to identify antibodies.
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Traditional 2D research may rule out better treatment options.
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The company’s technology delivers an anti-inflammatory agent directly to overreactive neutrophils, minimizing harm from “cytokine storms.”
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Studies in mice give clues to combatting changes in muscle stem cells.
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Engineers used smoke machines, physics-based modeling and route optimization algorithms to quantify risk.
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Microsoft-supported project to coordinate site locations, supply distribution.
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Rather than attacking cancer cells directly, new cell-model research probes weaknesses in pancreatic cancer’s interactions with other cells to obtain nutrients needed for tumor growth.
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“The technology can give users the confidence they deserve when reusing respirators or other PPE.”
Public policy and engineering team up to improve food access.
An autonomous HVAC system could provide more comfort with less energy.
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When white blood cells don’t know when to stop, an injection of rod-shaped particles may draw them away from a site of excessive inflammation.
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The web tools will help state officials identify potential hotspots as they reopen Michigan to business.
As COVID-19 looks more like a disease of the immune system, a Michigan engineer is working with doctors to look at how immune responses differ between mild and severe cases.
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Predictive model could help care providers stay safe, anticipate patient needs.
A major defense project pivots to explore how to encourage COVID-safe behavior effectively.
A new method could replace trial and error drug development.
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The nation is using inexpensive commodity equipment to block 170K domains on more than 1K privately-owned ISPs.
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Censored Planet could provide new insight into the flow of online information
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Room-temperature plasma beams could essentially dissolve away bacteria and viruses.
The algorithm can pick out weak signals from nuclear weapons materials, hidden in ordinary radiation sources like fertilizer.
New, statistically-derived guidelines could potentially save millions of prostate patients from painful and invasive follow-up treatments.
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The device could also be used to detect other diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis, asthma and others associated with lung or systemic blood inflammation.
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A Q&A with biomedical engineering professor Jan Stegemann, whose work in mice shows the promise of ‘microtissues.’
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U-M researchers have designed nanoparticles that intercept immune cells on their way to the spinal cord and redirect them away from the injury.
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Re-thinking what stethoscopes tell us.
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Born in an engineering class, now the ‘arterial everter’ has been licensed to Baxter.
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Powered by a broadband infrared laser, the device can zero in on the ‘spectral fingerprint region’.
Vehicles that perceive obstacles that aren’t really there could cause traffic accidents.
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The frame in which a human marks out the boundaries of an object makes a huge difference in how well AI software can identify that object through the rest of the video.
Could censorship end the internet as we know it? Not if Roya Ensafi can help it.
Technology could capture household information without recording speech.
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Election security expert J. Alex Halderman dissects Antrim County’s election debacle to help future contests go more smoothly.
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A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech.
Low-cost sensors could one day enable patients to log exercise and track progress in a smartphone app
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The rays used by airport scanners might have a future in medical imaging.
Ironpatch could head off growing danger of security vulnerabilities in vehicle systems.
A Q&A with J. Alex Halderman, who co-founded the nonprofit organization.
Expert advice for voting in an unprecedented election.
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The upcoming presidential election in the middle of a pandemic has many jurisdictions exploring new technologies. They’re not secure.
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Researchers carried out the first study on voter behavior with electronic assistive devices, found 93% missed incorrect ballots.
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Patches can provide protection.
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U-M profs weigh new business model, European-style regulation
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Professor Alex Halderman and the New York Times staged a mock election to demonstrate voting machine vulnerability.
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In this video, CSE PhD Student Matt Bernhard weighs in on the matter Facebook data harvesting, such as that done by Cambridge Analytica.
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‘We’ve demonstrated a scenario in which the harm might have been unintentional.’
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Researchers demonstrated the use of stacked, transparent graphene photodetectors combined with image processing algorithms to produce 3D images and range detection.
A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists.
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Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.
Transparent optical sensor arrays combine with a specialized neural network in new University of Michigan prototype
Yoon’s research has contributed to a better understanding of the brain, as well as improved detection and treatment of cancer.
Prof. Al Hero was interviewed and gave a presentation about his research using machine learning to improve our understanding of the human gut
This new book by Mingyan Liu offers an engineering and strategic approach to improving cybersecurity through cyber insurance
The workshop, co-organized by a team including two EECS faculty, focused on ensuring the safety of Level 3 autonomous vehicles, where humans must be ready to take over control.
Zhang is working to improve data security and address important ethical issues related to AI and discriminatory data sets.
With $7.5M MURI grant, Professor Anthony Grbic is developing metamaterials for a new generation of integrated electromagnetic and photonic systems.
Yektakhah’s system improves on the speed, portability, and accuracy of many commercial models
One of the paper describes and demonstrates a malicious hardware backdoor. The other demonstrated security failings in a commercial smart home platform.
Thomas and his group are working to improve upon artificial neural network design through a process called sparse coding.
Her dissertation focused on “opacity,” which captures whether a given secret of the system can be inferred by intruders who observe the behavior of the system.
She computationally measures, represents, and analyzes human behavior data to illuminate fundamental human behavior and emotion perception, and develop natural human-machine interfaces.
The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is a remote sensing organization with more than 3700 members around the globe.
Peterson’s findings could be used in wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with monitoring of the environment and medical conditions.
Since coming to the University in 1984, Bhattacharya has pioneered several important technological advances.
The researchers believe that metasurfaces could one day be used to completely control the phase, amplitude, and polarization of light.
The research group developed special fabrication processes that allows them to stack and bond seven different devices in layers.
By shining the laser on a target and analyzing the reflected light, researchers can tell the chemical composition of the target.
The technology could potentially identify a hidden weapon from a distance in less than a second.
McCullagh is working to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health.
The carbon nanotube carpet is about half the thickness of a sheet of paper and absorbs 99.9 percent of the light that hits it.
Gérard Mourou, Professor Emeritus of EECS, returned to campus to discuss winning the Nobel Prize and his work in high-intensity optics.
Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou.
Prof. Somin Lee and her research group developed a way to reduce trial and error in gene editing by getting a look at the process in real time
Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi has been honored with the 2020 Editor-in-Chief Choice Award from “Photonics Research.”
New technology provides a contactless method to add respiratory rate and heart rate to temperature readings .
The interdisciplinary team was able to dramatically speed up the process while potentially doubling the quality of the image
The researchers’ imaging technique is fast, accurate, and reproducible
Prof. Euisik Yoon and his team are recognized for their work designing low-noise, multisite/multicolor optoelectrodes that will help neurologists learn more about neural connectivity in the brain.
ECE postdoc Melissa Haskell works on improving functional magnetic resonance imaging so we can better measure and understand brain activity.
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and ECE PhD student Navid Barani won a best paper award for their research on how biological cells may use electromagnetic signal transmission to communicate.
A new application for an ongoing NSF project could bolster contract tracing efforts.
To improve the prediction and identification of stem-like cancer cells, Prof. Euisik Yoon’s group developed a method that is 3.5 times faster than the standard approach.
It will now be possible to study brain activity when timing is important, such as the consolidation of memory.
Collaborative website launched while U-M researchers continue advanced testing.
Prof. Alfred Hero speaks to ECE about his work using data to predict the transmission of infectious disease among people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and how it relates to COVID-19.
By looking at tissue oxygen and cell metabolism at the same time, doctors could have a fast and noninvasive way to monitor the health of brain cells.
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Prof. Euisik Yoon and his team developed a new machine learning tool that enables large-scale testing of cancer drug effectiveness with microfluidics.
Cancer biologists and engineers collaborated on a device that could help predict the likelihood of breast cancer metastasis.
Balzano will work with Portuguese researcher Mário Figueiredo to develop new machine learning methods impacting medical diagnosis and treatment.
Capturing cancer cells from blood samples offers a non-invasive way to observe whether the cancer is disappearing or whether it is becoming resistant to the treatment.
EECS-ECE PhD student Navid Barani received the IEEE APS Doctoral Research Award for his work modeling how bacteria use electromagnetic waves to communicate, which could lead to medical breakthroughs.
With a bit of metal, nanoparticles shine in colors based on size.
An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich is ready to repeat success with revolutionary technology.
SPARC awarded $1M to a U-M project developing better nerve mapping.
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don’t beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that.
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By developing a fast algorithm to map out the paths light takes through yogurt, researchers aim to someday see through skin.
Michigan engineers release individual cells from a specially-designed chip using laser pulses.
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Award for outstanding doctoral candidates near the end of their study.
Prof. Todd Coleman’s group is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home.
Some believed early Michigan brain researchers were engaging in “science fiction” – until development of an advanced tool for forging breakthroughs proved them wrong.
A new tool for making sense of the cells believed to cause cancer relapses and metastases.
IPAN sent eight undergraduates to Germany for a month of lab work, learning about the intricacies of the brain.
ICAN bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community.
With a radio specifically designed to communicate through tissue, researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering are adding another level to a computer platform small enough to fit inside a medical grade syringe.
A pilot program will bring together researchers from different universities to collaborate on advancing research that may lead to a better understanding of the human brain.
The device resembles a swaddling hammock and features a heating pad charged by thermoelectrics, allowing users to light candles beneath the cells to generate power.
Each day the students set up a mobile clinic with a doctor from a partner organization, reaching as many 600 community members while in Cusco.
While 3D films are currently made using multiple cameras to reconstruct each frame, this new type of camera could record in 3D on its own.
KLA sponsored prizes for three outstanding projects focused on improving image processing for neurosurgery and satellite applications and MRI reconstruction techniques.
Terahertz and sub-terahertz imaging can provide superior results in some biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and water saturation detection.
Students in EECS 556: Image Processing, explore methods to improve image processing in applications such as biomedical imaging and video and image compression
Prof. Kanicki expects breakthroughs in both the flat-panel display and imager industries using his-ITZO TFT technology in the near future.
The course covers the theory and application of digital image processing, with applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics.
Amr is investigating both the unique advantages and the performance limitations of radar systems operating at 240 GHz in typical outdoor environments.
Prof. Fessler has revolutionized medical imaging with groundbreaking mathematical models and algorithms that improve both safety and quality.
Ultra-low dose CT scans that provide superior image quality could not only benefit patients, but they could open up entirely new clinical applications.
One of the most promising avenues for achieving new target levels of high peak intensity and high average power in an ultrafast laser system is to turn to fiber lasers.
This advance could be important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment.
U-M researchers demonstrated a unique terahertz detector and imaging system that could bridge the terahertz gap.
Hao’s research is focused on improving the quality of images from magnetic resonance imaging pulse design.
Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011.
The research group is using statistical signal processing to create crisper images with only 20% of the data required by a traditional MRI scan.
Nataraj is using big data techniques to transform the field of medical imaging
Nataraj’s research aims to generate higher-quality and faster MRI images, resulting in improved diagnostics of neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Their technique utilizes backscatter analysis to construct “perfectly transmitting” wavefronts.
The method they developed compares favorably with the best of current techniques, while being faster and easier.
“We’re excited to be adding Veo to the measures we already have in place to ensure that we get diagnostic images using the lowest amount of radiation possible.”
The researchers have optimized an optical resonator to take an infrared signal from relatively cheap telecommunication-compatible lasers and boost it to an ultraviolet beam.
The goal of the research is to develop an alternative method to x-ray imaging that is safer and uses nothing stronger than radio frequency waves.
Long’s work describes a new algorithm for performing model-based methods in a way that requires less computation yet provides improved image quality.
Tkaczyk hopes that his technique will be used to further the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Congratulations!
Mower Provost talks about getting awards, doing industry research, understanding human behavior – and Star Wars.
Five multidisciplinary research teams are working on projects to assist with the coronavirus outbreak and to help find solutions to pressing problems.
Her work uses machine learning to measure mood, emotion, and other aspects of human behavior for purposes of providing early or real-time interventions for people in managing their health.
Recent breakthrough developments in technologies for real-time genome sequencing, analysis, and diagnosis are poised to deliver a new standard of personalized care.
Subarno Banerjee uses program analysis to improve software systems’ safety and security.
Prof. Mao and her students have played an important role in understanding the efficiency, security, and performance of a number of mobile systems.
TrustForge, based on U-M research spearheaded by Austin and Bertacco, provides users with the ability to protect data using a process called sequestered encryption
A medical security expert outlines the risks and how hospitals can protect themselves.
Microphones that “hear” light; microprocessors that “tell” us secrets; self-driving cars that “see” fake objects; sensors that “feel” the wrong temperature. Our devices are under attack in new, increasingly sophisticated ways. Security researchers at CSE are exploring the limits of hardware and finding new, sobering vulnerabilities in our computers and homes.
Today, over 225 million websites are protected by free certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.
The winning paper broke open a new area of investigation in hardware-based data leaks.
Censored Planet is releasing technical details for other researchers and for activists.
Prof. Roya Ensafi and PhD candidate Reethika Ramesh led organizing efforts for USENIX’s Tenth Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet.
The two organizations will connect their membership and partner networks to work on advancing security for life-saving devices.
The projects impact voting systems, physical sensors, integrated circuit fabrication, and multiple microarchitectural side-channel vulnerabilities.
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.
The team says their framework can scalably and semi-automatically monitor the use of filtering technologies for censorship at global scale.
The proposal provides a chip-level safeguard against sensitive data being transmitted after it’s accessed.
The newly discovered microphone vulnerability allows attackers to remotely inject inaudible and invisible commands into voice assistants using light.
The new system is designed to save security researchers time and effort spent reverse-engineering the message format of every vehicle they study.
Technology pioneered by Michigan researchers can circumvent many effective website blocking tools
All three of these attacks put users’ privacy at risk, exploiting new routes to sensitive data.
The researchers demonstrated that an adversary could remotely manipulate the temperature sensor measurements without tampering with the targeted system or triggering automatic temperature alarms.
The research generated a chatbot to help users sift through important details in privacy policies.
The research suggests that common blacklist-based prevention systems are ineffective.
The meeting began the commission’s review and assessment of election security in Michigan.
The effort seeks to protect the integrity of every vote.
In congressional testimony, professor urges $370M in federal funding to replace outdated machines.
McDonald works to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities
A team of researchers unearthed new data on geographic denial of access to web content in a new paper.
A new special topics course on election cybersecurity gives students an examination of the past, present, and future of US elections.
“The work is an important step towards understanding how to make tradeoffs between usability and security.”
When it comes to their smartphones, immigrants struggle to apply instinctive caution, according to a study by a team of University of Michigan researchers.
A large quantum computer could retroactively decrypt almost all internet communication ever recorded.
The vulnerability allows an attacker to manipulate a new intelligent traffic control algorithm and cause severe traffic jams.
What happened to people inside the U.S. Embassy in Havana?
Healthcare security company Virta Laboratories, Inc. has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
“I don’t think any of us expected a global pandemic at the end of our senior year, let alone being able to work on an application that helps address it.”
The CSE faculty include Prof. David Fouhey, Prof. Danai Koutra, Prof. Rada Mihalcea, and Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas.
Prof. Wiens will continue to use machine learning techniques to study the disease.
Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and healthcare.
Three Michigan Engineering faculty help to elevate communities and systems through a people-first approach to teaching.
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Mechanical engineers at the University of Michigan are tackling mysteries of bone density loss in space and on Earth.
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Elaheh Ahmadi, David Blaauw, Michael Flynn, Hun-Seok Kim, Hessam Mahdavifar, and Zhengya Zhang bring their expertise and creativity to this nationwide undertaking in the area of semiconductors and information & communication technologies.
Wintenberg is developing computer algorithms and tools to improve the security of cyber and cyber-physical systems.