In the News

Crain's Detroit Business June 15, 2016

Credit score company FICO buys University of Michigan spinoff

Mingyan Liu, EECS professor, discusses how the cybersecurity company she cofounded, QuadMetrics, has now been bought by FICO.
Tech.Co June 15, 2016

Just how safe is your home security system?

Atul Prakash, CS professor, discusses how a team of U-M scientists was equipped to hack into prominent smart home security systems — Samsung’s SmartThings — just using malware.
Science June 15, 2016

Lab-grown bones restore pig faces

Scott Hollister, BME professor, who has been able to regrow pig facial bone, discusses how the new technique, now inching toward testing in humans, will still have to prove its advantages over other experimental bone regeneration approaches.
Xconomy June 14, 2016

Companion app allows users to keep a digital eye on loved ones

Lexie Ernst, student, discusses how she and fellow students have attempted to modernize the process of safely getting home alone by developing a peer-to-peer app called Companion, which allows users to connect with family, friends, or public safety officials to keep an eye on them virtually as they walk home.
In the News June 11, 2016

Why can’t we just vote online?

J. Alex Halderman, EECS professor, says "There are protections in place to make sure the servers aren’t compromised, but if they are, they can output any vote totals they want," in Pacific Standard.
Fortune June 11, 2016

How electric vehicles can boost new markets

Mark Barteau, CHE professor, writes how we should extol electric vehicles not for their low-carbon virtue, but as a way to create and to satisfy demand in both the electricity and transportation sectors. June 8, 2016

Expert weighs in on lead, PCB contamination at old Ypsilanti industrial site

Stuart Batterman, CEE professor, recommends more comprehensive testing of land adjacent to hot spots of PCB contamination along Water Street in Ypsilanti, and advises against developing homes in the immediate area.
Times of India May 28, 2016

Batman-inspired software lets you squeeze smartphone to make calls

Kang Shin, EECS professor, and a team of U-of-M engineers have developed pressure-sensitive display technology that can be applied to any smartphone without requiring special built-in sensors.
CNN May 25, 2016

America’s infrastructure: Beams disintegrating under bridges

Victor Li, MSE professor, has been developing bendable concrete that can heal itself from cracks over the past 10 years. The bendable concrete can withstand a force hundreds of times more powerful than standard concrete, he said.
Gizmodo May 16, 2016

A simple software update lets any smartphone detect squeezes and forceful touches

EECS engineers have developed software that not only can recreate Apple's 3D Touch functionality, it can also be added to any smartphone and can detect when the phone is being squeezed.
The Wall Street Journal May 12, 2016

Apple’s new classroom experiment

Elliot Soloway, School of Education professor, cautioned that "[s]chools always make the mistake of buying computers first and then asking what do we do with them."
Gizmag May 8, 2016

Bipedal robot conquers uneven ground

Jessy Grizzle, EECS professor, and his team said that MARLO has the best walking ability of any robot not equipped with powered ankles. MARLO, an unsupported bipedal robot, can negotiate steep slopes, thin layers of snow, and unstable ground using algorithms.