U-M develops innovative student learning tool with Unizin Consortium and Google Cloud

By | October 29, 2020

Using the Unizin Common Data Model to standardize course data, an ITS team built a scalable, open source tool for students to visualize their own learning. “The UDP and public cloud present interesting opportunities for us. They offer foundational infrastructure, technical innovation, and data security at consortial scale,” Sean DeMonner, executive director of ITS Teaching and Learning. Working… Read More »

Microsoft Azure cloud computing credits awarded, credits still available

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) and Information and Technology Services (ITS) recently partnered with Microsoft Azure to offer cloud computing credits to U-M faculty members for both research and teaching projects.   Congratulations to the following faculty members who received awards for their projects.  Emily Mower Provost, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, College of… Read More »

HITS deploys high reliability app delivery through MCloud

By | October 23, 2020

The Academic IT DevOps team from Health Information Technology & Services (HITS) recently deployed their first containerized vendor applications to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) through MCloud. By the end of December 2020, it will be supporting thousands of users and over 500 departmental solutions, including Jenkins, GitLab, Michigan Medicine HR Service Desk, and the Data Office Service Desk. These applications… Read More »

Workshop: The state-of-the-art in automated and semi-automated video coding

By | October 23, 2020

Video is being acquired at an alarming rate across domains, including social research, healthcare, entertainment, sporting and more. The ability to code this video—attribute certain properties, labels, and other annotations—in support of analytical domain-relevant questions is critical; otherwise, human coding is required. Human coding, however, is laborious, expensive, not repeatable, and, worse, often error prone.  Video coding, an… Read More »

Michigan Medicine CIO Dr. Andrew Rosenberg joins statewide health information network

The Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services has added Andrew Rosenberg, M.D. to the company’s board of directors. His appointment is effective Oct. 20. Rosenberg, a tenured associate professor of anesthesiology, critical care, and internal medicine at the University of Michigan, was appointed to a three-year term unanimously by the MiHIN Board of Directors. He joins with nearly… Read More »

Learning opportunities for supporting the digital humanities

Introduction to Omeka S Workshop November 11, 3 – 4 p.m. More info and register. This is an introductory workshop for anyone curious about Omeka S, the popular open source digital collection and exhibit web platform. Omeka S is commonly used in digital projects for humanities and qualitative social sciences to create online collections of digital objects. In… Read More »

SUMIT Reimagined goes online

Security at University of Michigan IT (SUMIT) 2020, ITS’s free annual event hosted during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, goes online for SUMIT Reimagined. This series of informational events where members of the U‑M community can get help from IT experts on a variety of topics is entirely virtual this year. Check out a few of the events below and see… Read More »

Tech Tip: Beautiful.ai

While we continue to work remotely, many of us continue to build and present information visually using PowerPoint or Google Slides via Zoom screen sharing. Beautiful.ai is a quick, automated way to create visually-appealing presentations with features like automatic alignment, instant color palettes, well-designed templates, and a huge image library. To present, you may simply screen share and… Read More »

CoE’s Baris Kasikci recognized as rising star by Intel

By | October 13, 2020

Baris Kasikci, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been selected as a recipient of Intel’s Rising Star Award, which recognizes early career faculty who show great promise in developing future computing technologies. The program also fosters long-term collaborative relationships with senior technical leaders at Intel. Kasikci’s work is at the intersection of software systems, computer… Read More »

Library IT overhauls its portfolio management system

By | October 12, 2020

Academic library service portfolios are mostly a mix of big to small strategic initiatives and tactical projects. Some are well-defined development projects with a fixed timeline, while others are ongoing support and legacy systems needing IT resources in order to update and sustain them. The needs and aspirations of the service and programmatic areas of the library are… Read More »

Using machine learning to study wildlife refuge wetlands habitats

A U-M School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) student team is working with the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge to study how fish move through different wetland habitats. Their work is primarily dependent on being in the field, but in March the pandemic delayed fieldwork. In June, the team of SEAS master students was allowed to begin socially distant… Read More »

Registration opens Oct. 20 for the 2020 Michigan IT Symposium

The 2020 Michigan IT Symposium will take place virtually November 10–12. This year’s theme is “Innovative solutions to support the university mission” and will feature 19 breakout session opportunities and virtual poster sessions. The goal for the 2020 symposium is to come together to highlight innovation happening across the university, engage with each other, and share and discuss… Read More »

IT4U98: Getting the Most Out of Google Meet

Over the past year, Google has continued to accelerate the development of new features for the growing number of individuals, teams, and organizations that rely on Meet to stay connected. Want to learn more about how to use Meet for videoconferencing? Register in Zoom to join IT4U98: Getting the Most Out of Google Meet on Wednesday, 10/28/20, 9-9:45… Read More »

Hardware model checker takes gold at international competition

By | October 5, 2020

Work by Karem Sakallah, professor of computer science and engineering, and PhD student Aman Goel took first place at the 11th edition of the Hardware Model Checking Competition, an event hosted by the Conference on Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design to determine the best current method for formally verifying a hardware system. The event featured nine categories composed… Read More »

Bring the power of the HPC clusters to your laptop

Open OnDemand (OOD) is a tool that brings to researchers and students the power of Great Lakes, the university’s flagship open-science, high-performance, computing cluster.  Open OnDemand is a way for researchers and students to use a web interface to access the Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS) Great Lakes and Lighthouse High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources. Because users… Read More »

Michigan IT Governance/CoP activities for September/October 2020

IT governance ensures the effective and efficient use of IT resources and capabilities across U-M in order to meet the goals of the university. Advice and guidance are provided by strategic governance committees and multiple advisory groups. Michigan IT communities of practice (CoPs) are groups where like-minded IT professionals can share information, experiences, and ideas around a particular topic in… Read More »

Microsoft Azure Cloud credits available

By | October 2, 2020

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) and Information and Technology Services (ITS) have partnered with Microsoft Azure to offer cloud computing credits to U-M faculty members for both research and teaching projects.   Research. Submit proposals for research projects in any discipline that fit one of the following categories: The research project is new and can take advantage of… Read More »