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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.

Jason Flinn earns Test of Time award for 1999 invention of adaptable battery use in mobile apps

The approaches to energy adaptation he proposed are now commonplace, and the applications he analyzed (web browsers, voice recognition, video players, and maps) are still ubiquitous.

Hunger and COVID: Fighting pandemic-related food insecurity in Detroit

Public policy and engineering team up to improve food access.

Students lead the way on State of Michigan web application to help curb the spread of COVID-19

“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.”
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.

New method ensures complex programs are bug-free without testing

The system targets software that runs using concurrent execution, a widespread method for boosting performance, and proves whether a program will output what it’s supposed to.
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.

New remote voting risks and solutions identified

The upcoming presidential election in the middle of a pandemic has jurisdictions exploring new technologies. They’re not secure.
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.

Web app, dashboard from U-M to inform Michiganders’ return to work

The web tools will help state officials identify potential hotspots as they reopen Michigan to business.

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.

Get to know: Xinyu Wang

“My research has the potential to democratize programming and make it possible for millions of people around the globe to automate otherwise tedious tasks using programming.”

Westley Weimer voted 2020 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

Weimer is well known as a passionate educator, and for going the extra mile to engage with and advocate for students.
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.

Research team takes on food insecurity in Detroit in the face of coronavirus limitations

Researchers are working with the city on two key initiatives to address food availability for elderly and low-income populations.

Building better coronavirus databases with automatic quality checks

The team will build high-quality datasets to enable automatic quality checking and fraud detection of the new coronavirus data.

Nine CSE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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

Undergraduate research on speeding up data centers earns ACM first prize

The student’s project targets critical moments where the next instruction in a program is only available in a slower type of memory.

Analytical model predicts exactly how much a piece of hardware will speed up data centers

The analytical model, called Accelerometer, can be applied in the early stages of an accelerator’s design to predict its effectiveness before ever being installed.
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.

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.

Researchers to use brain scans to understand gender bias in software development

The team will use fMRI to identify some of the underlying processes that occur when a code reviewer weighs in on a piece of software and its author.

Programming around Moore’s Law with automatic code translation

Most programs in use today have to be completely rewritten at a very low level to reap the benefits of hardware acceleration. This system demonstrates how to make that translation automatic.

Big data, small footprint

How changing the rules of computing could lighten Big Data’s impact on the internet.

Autonomous vehicles can be fooled to ‘see’ nonexistent obstacles

Vehicles that perceive obstacles that aren’t really there could cause traffic accidents.

Five papers by CSE researchers presented at NSDI

The teams designed systems for faster and more efficient distributed and large-scale computing.

Real-time monitor tracks the growing use of network filters for censorship

The team says their framework can scalably and semi-automatically monitor the use of filtering technologies for censorship at global scale.
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.

Halderman honored for public engagement efforts

The U-M presidential award honors individuals who provide sustained, dedicated, and influential leadership and service in major national or state capacities.
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.

$1M grant to develop U-M high-capacity research network

The team will develop a secure, data-intensive network solution to effectively transport extremely high volumes of research data on and off campus.

Facebook Fellowship for improving high-demand web services

Akshitha Sriraman works to enable hyperscale computing on high-demand web services.
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.
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.

Not enough voters detecting ballot errors and potential hacks, study finds

Researchers carried out the first study on voter behavior with electronic assistive devices, found 93% missed incorrect ballots.
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.

CRA recognizes three outstanding undergraduate researchers

The three students were given Honorable Mentions for their interdisciplinary projects.

Three faculty earn MIDAS grants to broaden the frontiers of data science

This round of funding strongly encourages pioneering work with the potential for major expansion.

Danai Koutra named Morris Wellman Professor

Koutra specializes in advancing network methods to speed up a variety of big data applications.

CSE faculty funded for three precision health projects

The CSE faculty include Prof. David Fouhey, Prof. Danai Koutra, Prof. Rada Mihalcea, and Research Scientist Veronica Perez-Rosas.

Best Student Paper Award for work on faster network classification for machine learning

Comparing graphs the team’s tool is up to an order of magnitude faster than competitive baselines.
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.
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.

Researchers design new solution to widespread side-channel attacks

The proposal provides a chip-level safeguard against sensitive data being transmitted after it’s accessed.

How Let’s Encrypt doubled the percentage of secure websites in four years

A Q&A with J. Alex Halderman, who co-founded the nonprofit organization.

2019 CSE Graduate Student Honors Competition highlights outstanding research

The competition is the culmination of a process that narrows a field of entrants to a handful of finalists, each of whom gives a summary presentation on an area of their research.
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.

How Russia’s online censorship could jeopardize internet freedom worldwide

The nation is using inexpensive commodity equipment to block 170K domains on more than 1K privately-owned ISPs.
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.

H.V. Jagadish recognized with Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof Jagadish is an internationally recognized expert in the field of very large databases.

Offensive vehicle security toolbox makes car hacking easier

The new system is designed to save security researchers time and effort spent reverse-engineering the message format of every vehicle they study.

New tool combats evolving internet censorship methods

Technology pioneered by Michigan researchers can circumvent many effective website blocking tools

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.

Year of vulnerability hunting uncovers potential attacks on Intel Chips, RAM

All three of these attacks put users’ privacy at risk, exploiting new routes to sensitive data.

CSE faculty bring significant showing to major systems conference

Researchers designed three new systems to speed up code at several key bottlenecks.

$2M NSF grant to explore data equity systems

Researchers plan to establish a framework for a national institute that would enable research using sensitive data, while preventing misuse and misinterpretation.

$1M NSF grant supports new system for gathering, structuring data with ease

The team’s new tool will combine of software and data to make gathering structured data dramatically easier.

7 new faculty in CSE

The new additions to the department offer a breadth of research and educational experience, with projects spanning robotic interaction and the future of programming languages.

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.

“Mind reading” study looks inside coders’ brains

Using real-time fMRI readings, researchers linked spatial reasoning with CS problem solving.

Automated tool optimizes complex programs better than humans

Erie provided database repairs that were previously performed exclusively by human programmers.

PET Award for making privacy policies easier to read

The research generated a chatbot to help users sift through important details in privacy policies.

Best paper award for analysis of a decade of malware reports

The research suggests that common blacklist-based prevention systems are ineffective.

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.
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: 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.

Peter Chen voted 2019 HKN Professor of the Year in CSE

This is the fifth time that Prof. Chen has been named Professor of the Year by EECS students.

CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

Chen’s dissertation research was dedicated to developing proactive defense approaches to the new security challenges of a hyper-connected world.

Award for helping popular websites better direct their internet traffic

Edge Fabric offers providers real-time performance analysis and a way to incorporate this data into routing decisions.

Chowdhury receives VMWare Award to further research on cluster-wide memory efficiency

Chowdhury’s work has produced important results that can make memory in data centers both cheaper and more efficient.

Prof. J. Alex Halderman named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Halderman will work to further educate lawmakers, future cybersecurity experts, and the public about how to ensure that election results can relied upon and verified

Michigan’s new Election Security Commission holds inaugural meeting on U-M Campus

The meeting began the commission’s review and assessment of election security in Michigan.

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

The effort seeks to protect the integrity of every vote.

Chowdhury wins NSF CAREER award for making memory cheaper, more efficient in big data centers

Chowdhury connects all unused memory in a data cluster and treats it as a single unit.

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

Chowdhury’s lab multiplied the number of jobs a GPU cluster can finish in a set amount of time

Election security: Halderman recommends actions to ensure integrity of US systems

In congressional testimony, professor urges $370M in federal funding to replace outdated machines.

Personalized knowledge graphs for faster search and digital assistants

Graphs that are customized, stored locally, and able to change over time can enable faster and more accurate searching and digital assistants

Speeding up code with clever data manipulation

Kasikci presents a method to improve a program’s ability to use data in a straightforward, efficient way

Automated software repair paper recognized for 10 years of influence

Ten years ago, Prof. Westley Weimer set out to shave off time and expenditure sunk into patch fixes.

Outstanding commitment to undergraduate mentorship

“Thanks to his tireless support and unparalleled patience, I am now equipped with a fundamental research skill set.”

Facebook Fellowship for research on web privacy, security, and censorship

McDonald works to develop better privacy and security tools for marginalized communities

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

Censored Planet could provide new insight into the flow of online information

Jagadish appointed director of Michigan Institute for Data Science

Jagadish will help lead MIDAS into its next stage and further expand data science efforts across disciplines.

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.

Using drones, a new software tool can bring LTE networks anywhere

SkyCore is a complete software solution to deploying mobile networks on unmanned drones

Study reveals new data on region-specific website blocking practices

A team of researchers unearthed new data on geographic denial of access to web content in a new paper.

A secure future for US elections starts in the classroom

A new special topics course on election cybersecurity gives students an examination of the past, present, and future of US elections.

Making software failures a little less catastrophic

Researchers have implemented a new way to diagnose software failures with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.

Tyche: A new permission model to defend against smart home hacks

“The work is an important step towards understanding how to make tradeoffs between usability and security.”

Intel processor vulnerability could put millions of PCs at risk

Patches can provide protection.

CSE welcomes 9 new faculty

Get to know the new arrivals.

Tool for structuring data creates efficiency for data scientists

Foofah is a tool that can help to minimize the effort and required background knowledge needed to clean up data.

Finding meaning in varied data

Jie Song devised a method to combine summarized datasets that group information by incompatible units.

Necmiye Ozay receives Henry Russel Award for extraordinary accomplishment

Ozay is one of four U-M faculty members selected to receive a Henry Russel Award for 2019. The Award is one of the university’s highest honors for junior faculty members.

Undocumented immigrants’ privacy at risk online, on phones

When it comes to their smartphones, immigrants struggle to apply instinctive caution, according to a study by a team of University of Michigan researchers.

Cafarella Receives VLDB Test of Time Award for Structured Web Data Search

This award is given to the VLDB paper published ten years earlier that has had the most influence since its publication.

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.

Designing a flexible future for massive data centers

A new approach recreates the power of a large server by linking up and pooling the resources of smaller computers with fast networking technology.

Zuckerberg Capitol Hill testimony: Engineering experts offer comments

U-M profs weigh new business model, European-style regulation

Three CSE faculty selected for Google Faculty Research Awards

Profs. Jia Deng, Roya Ensafi, and Manos Kapritsos have been selected to receive Google Faculty Research Awards.

‘I hacked an election. So can the Russians.’

Professor Alex Halderman and the New York Times staged a mock election to demonstrate voting machine vulnerability.

Michigan researchers discover vulnerabilities in next-generation connected vehicle technology

The vulnerability allows an attacker to manipulate a new intelligent traffic control algorithm and cause severe traffic jams.

CSE PhD student Matt Bernhard on the Facebook data breach

In this video, CSE PhD Student Matt Bernhard weighs in on the matter Facebook data harvesting, such as that done by Cambridge Analytica.

Chat tool simplifies tricky online privacy policies

Automated chatbot uses artificial intelligence to weed through fine print

Michigan researchers awarded 2018 Applied Networking Research Prize for their work on speeding up the mobile web

The researchers, including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate students Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk and Muhammed Uluyol, received prize for their paper, “Vroom: Accelerating the Mobile Web with Server-Aided Dependency Resolution.”

FCC repeals net neutrality: Engineering experts offer comments

A long-standing tenet of the internet was overturned today.

An armed robber’s Supreme Court case could affect all Americans’ digital privacy for decades to come

How much can your cellphone reveal about where you go?

Net neutrality repeal: Michigan Engineers weigh in

On Dec. 14, the FCC will vote on the rules that today ensure internet service providers treat all web content equally.

Two faculty named AAAS fellows

Professors H. V. Jagadish and Christopher Poulsen are honored for advancing socially impactful research.

Manos Kapritsos and collaborators win USENIX security paper award

Their paper introduces a new programming language and tool called Vale that supports flexible, automated verification of high-performance assembly code.

“Learning database” speeds queries from hours to seconds

Verdict can make databases deliver answers more than 200 times faster while maintaining 99 percent accuracy.

Accelerating the mobile web

New Vroom software could double its speed.

Prof. J. Alex Halderman testifies in front of senate intelligence committee on secure elections

His remarks focused on vulnerabilities in the US voting system and a policy agenda for securing the system against the threat of hacking.

Lattice Data, Inc supports CSE students

The gift supplemented the Computer Science and Engineering Special Projects Fund.

A breakthrough for large scale computing

New software finally makes ‘memory disaggregation’ practical.

Brian Noble named chair of Computer Science and Engineering

On the faculty since 1998, Noble was most recently associate dean for undergraduate education.

Smartphone security hole

‘Open port’ backdoors are common.

Jack Kosaian selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Jack has enjoyed involvement in research across diverse domains within the College of Engineering.

Open ports act as security wormholes into mobile devices

Researchers have for the first time characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices.

Qi Alfred Chen receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research into network and system security

Chen investigates how to develop defense approaches that can fundamentally address security challenges in existing and future smart systems.

Barzan Mozafari named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professor

Prof. Mozafari is passionate about building large-scale data-intensive systems that are more scalable, more robust, and more predictable.

Harsha Madhyastha selected for Google Faculty Award

Prof. Madhyastha seeks to enable the cloud provider to monitor traffic on behalf of all the web services hosted on its platform.

Andrew Quinn selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Andrew’s research creates cluster-scale systems that allow developers to quickly understand and debug programs.

Andrew Quinn selected for Microsoft research PhD fellowship

Andrew’s research creates cluster-scale systems that allow developers to quickly understand and debug programs.

Prof. Z. Morley Mao selected to receive CoE George J. Huebner, Jr. Research Excellence award

Prof. Mao has led inquiries into issues of Internet routing, measurement and security, wide-area and enterprise network management, malware behavior analysis and host-based security in general.

Prof. Jason Flinn named ACM Fellow for contributions to mobile computing and distributed systems

Prof. Flinn has been an active researcher in the field of mobile computing for a number of years.

Harsha Madhyastha selected for Facebook Faculty Award

Prof. Madhyastha’s recent research has focused on enabling latency-sensitive web services to optimize user experience.

Peter Honeyman receives USENIX Test of Time Award

The USENIX Test of Time Awards recognizes papers presented at its respective conference from at least 10 years ago that have had a lasting impact on their fields.

Algorithms can be more fair than humans

Still, it’s not guaranteed, as seen in Amazon’s same-day delivery service. Algorithm designers may not even realize a problem has crept in.

Researchers David Adrian and Alex Halderman receive Pwnie Award for work on DROWN attack

DROWN allows attackers to break encryption used to protect HTTPS websites and read or steal sensitive communications.

With over 7 million certificates issued, Let’s Encrypt aims to secure the entire web

In order to bring HTTPS to everyone, Prof. Halderman joined forces in 2012 with colleagues at Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to found Let’s Encrypt, a non-profit certificate authority with the mission of making the switch to HTTPS vastly easier.

Summer Bootcamp prepares undergraduates for work with big data

The Big Data Summer Bootcamp is a six-week interdisciplinary training and research program at the University of Michigan.

Danai Koutra receives 2016 SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Award

The annual SIGKDD doctoral dissertation award recognizes excellent research by doctoral candidates in the field of data mining and knowledge discovery.

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.

Proxy optimizes webpage loading for better user experience

Klotski seeks to improve users’ perceptions of how quickly a page loads by maximizing the amount of important content on the page that is fetched and displayed within the user’s attention span.

Mosharaf Chowdhury receives ACM SIGCOMM Dissertation Award

Prof. Chowdhury bridges the gap between application-level performance and network-level optimizations through the coflow abstraction.

Michigan and Verisign researchers demonstrate new man-in-the-middle WPAD query attack

New security ramifications exist when laptops and smartphones configured for enterprise systems are used outside the enterprise in the realm of the wider web.

Thorny technical questions remain for net neutrality

Not all online traffic is the same; should we treat it the same anyway?

Pressure-sensing smartphones: Software lets mobile devices feel force

New software developed by CSE engineers and inspired, in part, by a Batman movie, could give any smartphone the capacity to sense force or pressure on its screen or body.

Hacking into homes: Security flaws found in SmartThings connected home system

New vulnerabilities form when hardware like electronic locks, thermostats, ovens, sprinklers, lights and motion sensors are networked and set up to be controlled remotely.

Michael J. Cafarella selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

He has built software systems for information extraction, database integration, and feature engineering and applied these to problems in the social sciences.

Mosharaf Chowdhury receives Google Faculty Research Award

The project aims to create a new software stack for analytics over geo-distributed datasets.

Barzan Mozafari receives NSF CAREER Award to improve predictability of database systems

Prof. Mozafari is passionate about building large-scale data-intensive systems that are more scalable, more robust, and more predictable.

Secure your website now: Let’s Encrypt enters Public Beta

Let’s Encrypt allows anyone to request a free website security certificate without needing an invitation.

Cafarella and Lee named Morris Wellman Faculty Development Professors

The professorship is awarded to junior faculty members in recognition of outstanding contributions to teaching and research.

Censys enables fast searching of actionable internet data

The software enables users to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet and get an immediate reply.

Michigan Researchers Win the 2016 Applied Networking Research Prize

In their paper, the researchers present the first report on global adoption rates of SMTP email security extensions.

The Promise and Perils of Predictive Policing Based on Big Data

Such tactics, even if effective in reducing crime, raise civil liberty concerns.

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at ACM Conference on CCS for Exposing the Vulnerabilities of the Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Diffie-Hellman is a popular algorithm used for encrypted communications, including emails VPNs, HTTPS, and other protocols where a client and server negotiate a shared secret key for communication

J. Alex Halderman Named One of Popular Science’s Brilliant Ten

Halderman has met significant contributions in the areas of electronic voting security, internet security, and electronic censorship resistance.

Peter M. Chen Recognized for Influential Work in Operating Systems with ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award

The paper was published at the 2002 Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation.

J. Alex Halderman and Collaborators Receive NSF Cybersecurity Award to Develop Rapid-Response Architecture

This project strives to positively impact the availability and reliability of the Internet and provide the security community with tools, platforms, and comprehensive vulnerability measurement data.

Prof. Jason Flinn Receives U-M’s Faculty Recognition Award

Prof. Flinn joined the department in 2002 as an assistant professor.

$3.46M to Combine Machine Learning on Big Data with Physical Simulations

The focal point of the project will be a new computing resource, called ConFlux, which is designed to enable supercomputer simulations to interface with large datasets while running.

Michigan Researchers Win Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015

It describes their work in measuring important network phenomena for debugging problems at the edge of a cellular network.

Two Michigan Papers Share the Best Paper Award at MobiSys 2015

In an unusual turn of events, we’ve tied with ourselves for this one.

Security Flaw in New South Wales Puts Thousands of Online Votes at Risk

Securing Internet voting requires solving some of the hardest problems in computer security, and even the smallest mistakes can undermine the integrity of the election result.

Z. Morley Mao Receives Google Faculty Research Award

Mao’s goal was to create a diagnosis tool to achieve responsive and energy-efficient mobile apps that work well in diverse network conditions.

J. Alex Halderman Selected for Sloan Research Fellowship

Prof. Halderman’s research interests span software security, network security, data privacy, anonymity, electronic voting, censorship resistance, digital rights management, computer forensics, ethics, and cybercrime, as well as the interaction of technology with law, governmental regulation, and international affairs.

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.

Computer science researchers aim to securely encrypt every website

A project is underway which will offer a free, automated, and easy process for converting webservers from HTTP to HTTPS that is implemented with a single command.

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at 2014 ACM Internet Measurement Conference

The research team performed a comprehensive, measurement-based analysis of the impact of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability.

Sneak attack through smartphone shared memory

A weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS operating systems could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users, research at the University of Michigan has shown.
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.

2014 Promotions of our faculty – congratulations!

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

Jason Flinn Authors Book on Mobile and Pervasive Computing

CSE grad students win best student paper at OSDI 12 symposium

Their paper addresses the challenge of troubleshooting the performance of production software.

J. Alex Halderman to Teach Course on Electronic and Internet Voting through Coursera

The 5-week course will provide the technical background and public policy foundation that today’s citizens need to understand the electronic voting debate.