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Virtual summer programming at the Michigan Engineering Zone

By | August 2, 2021

The Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) is a place for middle and high school students of Southeast Michigan to learn, grow, and lead. As part of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the MEZ strives to provide world-class STEM resources, instruction, and counseling to students. The community is thriving through two online summer programs: the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab… Read More »

Bike safety research is going ‘high-res’ with new technology

By | July 27, 2021

A UM-Dearborn professor has developed a bike-mounted lidar system that could help researchers and engineers design new strategies for safer streets. Normally when one of our stories mentions lidar — the laser-powered locating technology that’s similar to radar or sonar —  we’re talking about autonomous vehicle navigation. But UM-Dearborn Assistant Professor Fred Feng, who studies non-motorized mobility safety issues,… Read More »

World’s smallest computer helps solve snail extinction mystery

By | June 15, 2021

More than 50 species of tree snail in the South Pacific Society Islands were wiped out following the introduction of an alien predatory snail in the 1970s, but the white-shelled Partula hyalina survived. Now, thanks to a collaboration between University of Michigan biologists and engineers with the world’s smallest computer, scientists understand why: P. hyalina can tolerate more… Read More »

A smart speaker that doesn’t eavesdrop

By | June 9, 2021

Microphones are perhaps the most common electronic sensor in the world, with an estimated 320 million listening for our commands in the world’s smart speakers. The trouble, of course, is that they’re capable of hearing everything else, too. A team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a system that can inform a smart home—or listen for the… Read More »

Histotripsy technology used in a clinical trial to treat liver tumors

By | June 4, 2021

The University of Michigan is one of eight sites around the country that will enroll patients in a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a technology that uses ultrasound to treat liver tumors. The #HOPE4LIVER trial will employ the noninvasive technique to mechanically destroy primary and metastatic liver tumors. The technology, called histotripsy, was developed by U-M researchers… Read More »

Using virtual reality to create a language learning community

By | May 25, 2021

UM-Dearborn students taking Arabic language courses will practice speaking through digital interactions with college students in Algeria and Morocco in an environment stimulated to look like Middle Eastern marketplaces, kitchens, and other gathering spaces. Starting this fall, UM-Dearborn will partner with Florida International University (FIU) to offer Tabadul, a digital learning platform that gives students an opportunity to… Read More »

Library system overhaul happening in June

By | May 25, 2021

An upcoming overhaul of the platform that allows you to find, request, and borrow materials will be bringing some changes to library services and interfaces. The current technology, which is more than thirty years old, is out-of-sync with modern computing standards, and doesn’t meet the needs of a large collection that includes an expanding variety of materials and… Read More »

New MOOC specialization offers glimpse into data-driven sports world

By | May 25, 2021

From player recruitment and athlete training to fan marketing and amateur gambling, managers of the most successful franchises and those who follow their teams have increasingly come to rely on data to make decisions about our favorite sports. An interdisciplinary group of University of Michigan faculty from the School of Kinesiology and the School of Information have come… Read More »

Enriching Scholarship 2021

By | April 26, 2021

Hosted by the University of Michigan’s Teaching and Technology Collaborative (TeachTech), Enriching Scholarship is a free, multi-day event held annually the first full week of May. Taking advantage of the remote nature of our collective work, this year, instructors from six institutions, including Miami University, Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota will present on the ways their teaching… Read More »

New online education program brings high-demand topics in technology to the world

By | April 2, 2021

The Continuum program, launched in Fall 2020, offers continuing online education for everyone from high schoolers to engineers already established in their careers taught by faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Michigan. Courses range from introductory classes designed for high school students to specialized classes for those already established in their careers to keep up-to-date… Read More »

U-M rolls out new eco-friendly workstations

By | April 1, 2021

The Michigan IT Steerage Committee is happy to announce a new, high-end desktop workstation for use in both the academic and medical center environments across the university.  Introducing the Future Object-Oriented Laptop, a brand-new technology designed to be more “green”—sustainable, biodegradable, and using fewer heavy metals and less electricity to create and to operate—than contemporary workstations. Included in… Read More »

UM-Dearborn is launching the first artificial intelligence master’s program in the state

By | March 31, 2021

The program is hoping to address a major need for qualified AI systems developers. Artificial intelligence is so rapidly transforming a huge array of industries that companies are facing challenges filling positions requiring advanced knowledge of AI systems. One of the reasons for the shortage of workers may simply be a shortage of AI graduate programs. While many… Read More »

World-class robotics complex opens

By | March 30, 2021

The facility will accelerate future of advanced, more equitable robotics and mobility. As robots and autonomous systems are poised to become part of our everyday lives, the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. are opening a one-of-a-kind facility where they’ll develop robots and roboticists that help make lives better, keep people safer and build a more equitable… Read More »

U-M computer chip wins against 500+ hackers

By | March 29, 2021

MORPHEUS technology from the University of Michigan emerged unscathed from a DARPA virtual hackathon. An “unhackable” computer chip lived up to its name in its first bug bounty competition, foiling over 500 cybersecurity researchers who were offered tens of thousands of dollars to analyze it and three other secure processor technologies for vulnerabilities. MORPHEUS, developed by computer science… Read More »

Michigan Medicine will add Edge Chromium browser to CoreImage Windows computers

By | March 2, 2021

On Wednesday, March 3, Health Information Technology & Services will begin installing Microsoft’s Edge Chromium web browser on CoreImage Windows computers. Internet Explorer (IE) will continue as a standard option, and Google Chrome will still be available. Eventually, IE will be going away in favor of Edge Chromium. HITS strongly recommends that Michigan Medicine users make the switch to Microsoft… Read More »