March 31, 2020
A monthly look at the Spartan Engineers featured in the media
The 3D printer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering started producing face shield frames on March 25 -- part of MSU’s growing efforts to address the shortage of critical medical supplies due to the novel coronavirus. MSU is helping local health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by making 3D-printed personal protective equipment. The joint effort at MSU includes the colleges of Arts & Letters, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Engineering, Natural Science, and Osteopathic Medicine. See the MSU Engineering News story featuring Brian Wright, ECE Chair John Papapolymerou, and Dean Leo Kempel.
Lansing State Journal
WOWK TV 13 (Huntington, W. VA)
WRBL.com (Columbus, GA)
Professors Arun Ross and Anil Jain, of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, are both quoted in The New Yorker on “Dressing for the surveillance age.” Dr. Ross said a surgical mask alone might not block enough face’s pixels in a digital shot to prevent a face-recognition system from making a match. Dr. Jain warned that sometimes it is hard to know how well face-recognition systems actually perform in the real world, in spite of recent gains.
The New Yorker
Researchers want to protect your selfies from facial recognition -- “It’s a very, very nice idea, but in terms of the practical implications or widespread use it’s not clear how widely it will be adopted,” Anil Jain, a biometrics and machine learning professor at MSU. “And if it is widely adopted, then the face recognition systems will do some modifications to their algorithms so it will be avoided.”
Hours after MSU stopped all in-person classes on March 11 amid news of a coronavirus outbreak in Michigan, the 50,000-student campus had already begun to look like a ghost town. Photo cutline: A deserted lecture hall at the MSU Engineering Building.
MSU and Duke researchers have engineered a new type of supercapacitor for wearable electronics that remains functional after being stretched eight times its original size. "Our goal is to develop innovative devices that can survive mechanical deformations like stretching, twisting or bending without losing performance," said senior author Chanyong Cao, assistant professor of packaging, mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering.
All About Circuits
dBusiness - Detroit
Continuing coverage -- Research led by MSU is showing ways that hackers can use ultrasonic waves to secretly control voice assistant devices. Called "SurfingAttack," the attack leverages the unique properties of acoustic transmission in solid materials — such as tables — to "enable multiple rounds of interactions between the voice-controlled device and the attacker.” Lead research author is Qiben Yan, of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
The Hackers Report
The Register (United Kingdom)
No wedding bells for Engineering academic advisor Candyce Hill in April. She was set to marry MSU PhD student Joe Lundeen on April 25, but is rescheduling their wedding day due to the current health crisis.
WILX TV 10 Lansing
The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is among MSU’s highly ranked graduate programs in this year’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report. “These innovators are working hard to ensure a safe, plentiful supply of food and water, a safe environment, renewable energy and portable health monitoring — not only in the state of Michigan and nation, but also globally,” said Dean Leo Kempel.
Outsmarting Antibiotic Resistance -- Spartan Engineers are among the MSU experts working to outsmart antibiotic resistance. Biomedical Engineering Professor Xuefei Huang is exploring potential vaccine therapies to provide a complementary approach to antibiotic discovery.
Athlete and Spartan Engineer Scott Piper is featured in Spartans All-Access, Episode 227. The senior in biosystems engineering is an award-winning swimmer for MSU.
MSU Pride Points
• March 6 - Civil engineers Peter Savolainen, Timothy Gates and Anthony Ingle were honored at the 2020 Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C., for research that shows radar-operated speed feedback signs slow motorists down and advance transportation safety on freeway ramps.
• March 31 - Assistant professors Mi Zhang and Ming Yan from the College of Engineering won the Facebook Faculty Research Award on Systems for Machine Learning and have been invited to the Facebook Research AI Systems Faculty Summit this fall. It is MSU’s first Facebook Faculty Research Award.