Trade in your tech…for the kids!

What happens when you trade up your old tech at Computer Showcase through March 31? You get instant store credit toward a new technology purchase. We donate an extra 10% of your trade-in value to Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan! Your tech. Your computer store. For the kids. Computer Showcase is making a donation to Dance Marathon for every hardware… Read More »

First Privacy@Michigan symposium draws over 200 participants

On January 30, the university held its first Privacy@Michigan symposium. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of International Data Privacy Day, the event featured an interdisciplinary group of U-M faculty and researchers who addressed top privacy-related—and threatening—issues in an era when the very notion has gotten complicated. The event was sponsored jointly by the U-M School of Information (UMSI), and… Read More »

U-M preparing GDPR compliance program

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018, will affect organizations worldwide, including universities. The regulation expands personal privacy rights for European Union residents. It will take some time for organizations around the world to sort through, understand, and determine the implications of the GDPR requirements, as well as figure out how best to… Read More »

CSE faculty named 2018 Sloan Research Fellow

By | February 22, 2018

Jia Deng, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is one of four U-M researchers who have been named 2018 Sloan Research Fellows. Deng directs the College of Engineering’s Vision & Learning Lab. His research focus is on computer vision and machine learning, in particular, achieving human-level visual understanding by integrating perception, cognition, and learning. The researchers are part… Read More »

Protect your privacy on social media

Protect your privacy and stay secure when using social media sites and apps. Before you post, tweet, or share, pay attention to privacy by following some simple guidelines. For example, strive to “undershare” (rather than overshare), avoid sharing your location, and be aware that anonymous doesn’t mean untraceable. These tips and more are on the Social Media Privacy page… Read More »

ITS offers new features & discounts for AWS

In the last few months Information & Technology Services (ITS) has announced several enhancements to its cloud offerings to the U-M campus. One of these enhancements was the execution of a new Enterprise Agreement and Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Amazon for AWS at U-M. With this agreement, faculty, researchers, and staff at all U-M campuses can now… Read More »

An online conversation with Dearborn’s G.A.M.E. Lab founder

The Cool Toys Conversations group is hosting a conversation with U-M Dearborn Professor Bruce Maxim on Gaming, Education, and the G.A.M.E. (Games and Multimedia Environments) Laboratory. This event will occur online through BlueJeans on February 27, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Please be sure to have installed in advance the BlueJeans plugin (for desktop participation)… Read More »

Call for proposals: 2018 Gameful Learning Summer Institute

By | February 21, 2018

Last July, the Gameful Learning Summer Institute (GLSI) brought faculty, teachers, instructional designers, administrators, staff, and students together from around the world to learn about gameful ideas and how to design a course from a gameful perspective. Based on positive feedback from attendees and adoption of gameful ideas, the Office of Academic Innovation’s Gameful Learning Lab will host… Read More »

WiFi update

The project hit an important milestone last month, as we went over the 12 million square foot mark of building space upgraded. Work continues on buildings that play an important role in supporting operations for the U-M campus. Check out our current progress. Recently completed: Wolverine Tower, 305 W. Liberty, Weidenbach Hall Currently under construction: Varsity Drive Building,… Read More »

Secure your home wireless network

If you use a wireless internet connection at home, secure your network so that only those you allow can access it. There are two basic steps to securing your home wireless connections: Update all your Internet-enabled devices with the latest operating systems, web browsers, and security software. This includes any mobile devices that access your wireless network, such as… Read More »

Reset forgotten UMICH passwords without security questions

Beginning February 24, you will be able to reset your UMICH (Level-1) password yourself without having to remember answers to your security questions. Before you can reset your UMICH password online at UMICH Account Management, your identity must be verified. For several years that has been done through the use of pre-set security questions and answers along with… Read More »

Patients respond enthusiastically to MyUofMHealth updates

MyUofMHealth, also known as the U-M patient portal, empowers patients to take an active role in their care by providing access to key components of their medical record, while also allowing them to communicate with their care team(s). The feedback from patients on the efficacy of this tool has been wholly positive. A U-M heart transplant patient praised… Read More »

Robots with personality seem more trustworthy

By | February 16, 2018

As more robots are showing up in all kinds of jobs, organizations must figure out how to successfully integrate human and robot co-workers. But how? According to a recent study co-authored by School of Information associate professor Lionel Robert, it’s by making robots more like people. The study, “Human-Robot Similarity and Willingness to Work with a Robotic Co-worker,” found that… Read More »

The coming death of facts?

By | February 16, 2018

Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the School of Information’s Center for Social Media Responsibility, cautions that technology and social media that can be used to enhance and distort what is real is evolving faster than our ability to understand and control or mitigate it. “I’m from the free and open source culture,” he says. “The goal isn’t to… Read More »

Flint completes first phase of password sync project

By | February 15, 2018

After over a year in development and testing in collaboration with the UM-Ann Arbor ITS Identity and Access Management team, UM-Flint ITS completed a project designed to synchronize employees’ UMICH passwords to their Flint LAN accounts. This project has reduced the number of passwords UM-Flint employees need to remember and increased the time between password changes to one… Read More »

Reminder: Secure your devices if you use them for U-M work

Security is everyone’s responsibility. If you use your personal devices—smartphone, laptop, tablet, and so on—for work, you are responsible for appropriately securing and managing them, as well as for meeting the obligations described in Security of Personally Owned Devices that Access or Maintain Sensitive Institutional Data (SPG 601.33). Your unit may have additional restrictions beyond those found in… Read More »

To fight fatal infections, hospitals may turn to algorithms

By | February 14, 2018

Jenna Wiens, a computer scientist and assistant professor of engineering at U-M, helped create an algorithm to predict a patient’s risk of developing a C-diff infection (CDI), one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. The algorithm uses a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to extract warning signs of disease from patients’ vital signs and other health records—constellations of symptoms, circumstances,… Read More »