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Michigan AI celebrates second annual symposium

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

A World Record for Robotic Deep Freeze Walking

Cassie Blue, the bipedal robot, takes advantage of the 2019 polar vortex to set a record-breaking walk.

AI-powered Whatsapp Bot fights fake news in India

CE undergrad Amulya Parmar designed a machine learning algorithm to curb fake news as part of the Tavtech Fellowship program.

New attack on autonomous vehicle sensors creates fake obstacles

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

Taking machine-learning models in health care from concept to bedside

The authors provide an overview of common challenges to implementing ML in a health-care setting, and describe the necessity of breaking down the silos in ML.

U-M researchers provide control software to ensure autonomous vehicles stay in their lane

The team was awarded a Best New Application Paper Award by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for their work developing reliable control systems for Lane Keeping and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Year of growth, experiments for May Mobility

May Mobility intends to gradually acclimate the public to the experience of autonomous driving.

DARPA Award for more responsive AI that combines human and machine

The goal of Lasecki’s proposal is to create methods for making AI systems more robust and flexible.

Paper recognized for lasting contributions to AI decision making

Baveja’s paper tackled the difficult problem of giving artificial intelligence a way to understand and represent knowledge collected over time.

First programmable memristor computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

Circuit elements that store information in their electrical resistances enable a brain-like form of computing, storing and processing information in the same place.

Six teams of ECE researchers make the finals at AP-S/URSI 2019

Second Prize overall went to doctoral student Xiuzhang Cai for his radar target classification research applicable to autonomous vehicles.

Computer vision: Finding the best teaching frame in a video for fake video fightback

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.

Advancing AI for Video: Startup launches powerful video processing platform

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

New lecture series brings AI to the public

The new event series aims to create an educational environment for the public.

SLAM-ming good hardware for drone navigation

Researchers built the first visual SLAM processor on a single chip that provides highly accurate, low-power, and real-time results.

A quicker eye for robotics to help in cluttered environments

New algorithm can help robots go from structured environments like factories to complex, unstructured places like our homes.

Rackham Fellowship for enabling autonomous agents to learn continuously

“What I’m doing is trying to come up with ideas to let the agent continue learning different skills across its life.”

‘Air traffic control’ for driverless cars could speed up deployment

Human-generated responses could remotely assist autonomous vehicles decision’s during times of uncertainty.

More efficient machine vision technology modeled on human vision

Prof. Robert Dick and advisee Ekdeep Singh Lubana developed a new technique that significantly improves the efficiency of machine vision applications

Precision Health Award for measuring moods

The result will be new measurement methods to determine how moods are shaped by both the behavior of an individual and daily interactions over time

Two papers announced among 10 most influential in healthcare and infection control

The papers provide data-driven solutions to hospital infection and the use of machine learning in healthcare.

The logic of feeling: Teaching computers to identify emotions

A Q&A with machine learning expert Emily Mower Provost.

Prof. Jason Corso on artificial intelligence

The most exciting use of AI for me focuses around a better collective use of our available resources, says Corso.

Faculty spotlight: Rada Mihalcea

Rada Mihalcea is a rock star professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M’s College of Engineering and a champion for the growth and retention of women in that field.

Connected cars can lie, posing a new threat to smart cities

The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly approaching.

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

Exoskeletons compete to boost strength of rescue workers

Five college teams test robotic suits that could enhance humans’ abilities.

Dmitry Berenson receives NSF CAREER Award to advance a robot’s ability to handle soft objects

Berenson works to improve the ability of autonomous robots to handle soft, deformable objects.

Preventing deadly hospital infections with machine learning

Model successfully applied to data from medical centers with different patient populations, electronic health record systems

Duplicate text detection system now integrated with conference management software

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

Necmiye Ozay receives ONR Young Investigator Award to advance research in autonomous systems

Research will focus on how autonomous vehicles adapt to wide-ranging changes.

BMW, Toyota invest in U-M startup May Mobility

Other investors include Detroit Venture Partners, Maven Ventures, SV Angel, Tandem Ventures, Trucks Ventures, and YCombinator.

Prof. John Laird and CSE Alumna Shiwali Mohan receive award for research on learning in autonomous intelligent agents

The award is for papers that present ideas and visions that can stimulate the research community to pursue new directions, such as new problems, new application domains, or new methodologies.

Professor Michael Wellman shares expertise in Asimov Memorial Debate

The debate was held at the American Museum of Natural History and was hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Emotions predicted by examining the correlation between tweets and environmental factors

External factors, ranging from weather, news exposure, social network emotion charge, timing, and mood predisposition may have a bearing on one’s emotion level throughout the day.

Michigan, Georgia Tech researchers funded to deter financial market manipulation

Increasingly, market manipulators are attacking market integrity through complex computer-controlled attacks.

Improving natural language processing with demographic-aware models

Word associations vary across different demographics, allowing researchers to build better natural language processing models if they can account for demographics.

Getting people moving – Walking exoskeletons could mobilize disabled patients

Prof. Jessy Grizzle has long said that his work in robotics could one day be used to help the disabled. Now he and his group, alongside French company Wandercraft, are working to make that claim a reality in the form of walking exoskeletons.

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

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.

BigANT tackles the wave field

Prof. Shai Revzen’s lab in ECE has developed an inexpensive technique to rapidly fabricate a variety of useful robots.

Codeon is the intelligent assistant for software developers

With Codeon, developers can request help by speaking their requests aloud within the context of their Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Dmitry Berenson helps robots play nice with people

Putting our arm movements into code.

Building more stable four-legged robots

A biologist turned roboticist takes a closer look at dog gaits to help design better movements for four-legged robots.

How to build a BigANT – Shai Revzen’s critter-inspired robots

How to build fast and cheap robots

Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems

As a member of the DDOTS to PICS MURI, Revzen will advance modeling and control of dynamic systems.

Wellman participates in AI doomsday prevention workshop

Michael Wellman, a U-M Engineering professor, recently took part in a workshop to anticipate and prevent possible adverse outcomes of artificial intelligence.

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

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

CASSIE: A tougher, lighter bipedal robot with eyes

New walking robot based on birds

U-M first in line for new bird-inspired walking robot

Cassie is the first offering from new startup Agility Robotics, and is loosely modeled on the cassowary, a flightless bird similar to an ostrich.

$1.1 million grant to develop robot emergency response capabilities

Office of Naval Research has awarded Dmitry Berenson, an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, $1.1 million to help advance emergency response capabilities for robots.

Clinc launches Finie, an AI personal assistant for mobile banking

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

COVE: a tool for advancing progress in computer vision

Centralizing available data in the intelligent systems community through a COmputer Vision Exchange for Data, Annotations and Tools, called COVE.

Engineering an advantage in debates

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an algorithm that can analyze and measure the amount that one candidate linguistically matches their opponent and have found that matching your opponent in a debate leads to higher polling numbers.

Chad Jenkins receives NSF National Robotics Initiative Grant to improve robotic control in cluttered environments

This project aims to improve goal-directed dexterous robotic manipulation in cluttered and unstructured environments.

Necmiye Ozay receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for research in cyber-physical systems

Prof. Ozay’s award-winning work will be used in future space missions

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

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

Researchers seek to help the disabled with intelligent robotic wheelchair

Vulcan, the intelligent robotic wheelchair, aims to help the elderly and those with disabilities effortlessly move around their environment.

New venture is on the path to build continual learning AIs

Cogitai was formed with the aim of developing AI technology that empowers machines to learn from interaction with the real world.

MARLO makes initial attempt at the Wave Field

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.”

An award winning radar system for collision avoidance and imaging

Armin’s research is focused on the development of a sub-millimeter-wave radar system for the next generation of navigation and imaging sensors.

Patented camera calibration tool automates calibration target acquisition

This innovative software guides users through the process of collecting a set of images of a calibration target.

Michigan shines at the National Robotics Initiative 5 year anniversary

The NRI is a multi-agency effort to accelerate the development and use of robots that work beside or cooperatively with people.

Beyond Asimov: How to plan for ethical robots

As robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us.

Rada Mihalcea co-authors new book on text mining

Text Mining brings together a broad range of contemporary qualitative and quantitative methods to provide strategic and practical guidance on analyzing large text collections.

MARLO, the free-standing two-legged robot, conquers terrain with innovative control algorithms

The robot’s feedback control algorithms should be able to help other two-legged robots as well as powered prosthetic legs gain similar capabilities.

Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

The goal of the class project was to control the safe landing of a rocket booster after it disengaged from the portion of the rocket that would continue into Space.

Yu-Wei Chao selected for Google PhD Fellowship

U-M researchers launch fight against C. difficile with $9.2M grant from NIH

Machine learning proves useful for analyzing NBA ball screen defense

Honglak Lee selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Necmiye Ozay receives CAREER award for research in cyber-physical systems

Cyber-physical systems are smart, networked systems with embedded sensors, processors, and actuators that are designed to interact with the physical world.

Jenna Wiens receives NSF CAREER Award to increase the utility of machine learning in clinical care

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

U-M, IBM partner on advanced conversational computing system

U-M, Ford are first to address autonomous driving on snow-covered roads

Lie-detecting software uses real court case data

U-M researchers are building a unique lie-detecting software that works from studying real world data from real, high-stakes court cases.

Brad Campbell and Pat Pannuto Organize Robo Cafe Demo at DARPA Tech Conference

ECE welcomes new engineering robotics center

The center, to be built on North Campus, will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a 3-story, 100,000 square foot building.

ECE’s ideas worth spreading – TEDxUofM

Profs. Shai Revzen and Herbert Winful spoke about their passion for their work at the sixth annual conference, themed “Constructive Interference”.

Meet Sirius: An Open-Source Digital Assistant

Prof. Necmiye Ozay awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for research in cyber and physical systems

Ozay’s research interests lie at the broad interface of dynamical systems, control, optimization and formal methods with applications in system identification, verification and validation, autonomy and vision.

ECE welcomes four new faculty for 2014-15 academic year

These faculty deepen ECE’s areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions.

Technological Singularity Passes, Unnoticed Until Now

Research in distributed networks earns Notable Paper Award at AISTATS

The research provides a way to efficiently reveal relationships between even distant entities in a network.

Cockroaches and Robots: Reverse engineering the balance systems of animals

These new insights could one day help engineers design steadier robots and improve doctors’ understanding of human gait abnormalities.

Translating animal movement into better robotic design

Revzen believes that his findings can be used to engineer better man-made devices, including prosthetic limbs and complete robots.

Bourne Pursuit: Improving computer tracking of human activity

Researchers have found a way to improve a computer’s human-tracking accuracy by looking at where the targets are going, but also at what they’re doing.

Robots Building Better Maps: For robots and other mechanical creatures

Nick’s primary research involves creating algorithms that decipher what the cameras and lasers are detecting to generate a map.

Sid Bao earns Best Student Paper Award for Computer Vision Research

Bao’s research is in Semantic Structure from Motion, a new framework for jointly recognizing objects as well as reconstructing their underlying 3D geometry.

MABEL the bipedal robot

MABEL, at one time the world’s fasted running bipedal robot, now sits in the biomechanics exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum.

Gyemin Lee receives Best Paper Award for research in machine learning for biomedical diagnosis

Lee’s primary motivation is to apply his research methods to hematopathology, the study of blood-related diseases.

Best Paper Award in Automation Research

The award was given at the IEEE Conference on Automation and Engineering. Congratulations, Lindsay!