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UM-Flint supports campus community in working and learning remotely

By | March 30, 2020

The University of Michigan-Flint is helping its campus community work and learn remotely in a wide variety of ways. Office of Extended Learning director Nicholas Gaspar and Information Technology Services director Scott Arnst shared an update on support services in a Q&A with University Communications & Marketing.  For example, the Office of Extended Learning (OEL), in conjunction with… Read More »

Using machine learning to detect disease before symptoms manifest

By | March 27, 2020

Alfred Hero, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been working on predicting health and disease of people exposed to infectious viral pathogens since early 2007. His research uses machine learning to help discover genes in whole blood that can be used to detect early signs of acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI), as well as improve the… Read More »

Big data, small footprint

By | March 27, 2020

At a time when we’re relying on the internet to an unprecedented degree in our daily lives, a team of U-M researchers led by Mosharaf Chowdhury and Harsha Madhyastha has found a way for tech companies, banks and health systems to squeeze more capacity out of our existing infrastructure. A change to the design of big-data software tool Apache Spark could enable the… Read More »

Student-centered events at Dearborn are getting a reboot online

By | March 26, 2020

As classes moved online last week and most UM-Dearborn staff started working from home, one vital part of campus life was left mostly on the sidelines in the wake of new social distancing measures: in-person university events disappeared from the calendar. Dean of Students Amy Finley says that was a particularly big blow to students and student organizations. But… Read More »

U-M awards six XR projects under new initiative

By | March 23, 2020

U-M has awarded funding to six extended reality projects under the its new XR Initiative, announced in the fall. The three-year funded initiative calls for the Center for Academic Innovation to seed new projects and experiments that integrate XR into residential and online curricula, and to create innovative public/private partnerships to develop new XR related educational technology. “The… Read More »

At home during Coronavirus pandemic? U-M offers online courses, exhibits, speakers

By | March 20, 2020

Living rooms around the world can become places to learn how to start a business for social impact or to peek inside a museum to see homemade ancient wooden toy horses from Roman Egypt. U-M is providing multiple opportunities to learn and explore online while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic: U-M’s art and performance organizations and… Read More »

FutureLearn Campus provides additional course access to U-M students, staff, and alumni

By | March 16, 2020

U-M and the Center for Academic Innovation are proud to be the first university partner with social learning platform FutureLearn in the launch of FutureLearn Campus. This new offering in the platform allows Michigan students, staff, and alumni access to online short courses on FutureLearn.  “Both FutureLearn and the University of Michigan are committed to delivering high-quality education… Read More »

Student programming team competes in North American Championship

By | March 13, 2020

At Michigan, coding has been a competitive sport since the late 1980s when teams of students began competing in Association for Computing Machinery collegiate programming contests. In these competitions, teams of three students work on a single computer to solve as many programming challenges as possible in a set amount of time.  This year, one U-M team qualified to advance… Read More »

Hessam Mahdavifar receives CAREER award to empower next gen communication

By | March 10, 2020

In the next decade, the emergence of massively connected networks of billions of devices will lead to an unprecedented increase in mobile data traffic. Hessam Mahdavifar, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has received an NSF CAREER award to support research on solutions for reliable communications across future wireless networks. This research aims to develop enabling… Read More »

Florian Schaub earns Google Award to improve phishing protections

By | March 9, 2020

A newly announced Google Faculty Research award will fund a research project on developing better phishing warnings co-led by School of Information assistant professor Florian Schaub. Phishing attacks trick victims into clicking malicious email links to get them to disclose sensitive information such as personal data and passwords, or install malware. Building on prior work, Schaub says this project… Read More »

New programs in data science & analytics at UM-Flint offer innovative career pathways

By | March 6, 2020

UM-Flint is poised to help more students to succeed in big data with the introduction of three new programs in data science and analytics offered across three departments and at the undergraduate and graduate levels: B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Data Science B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Data Analytics Graduate Certificate in Data Sciences… Read More »

AI could enhance diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders

By | March 6, 2020

Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve efficiencies and precision in sleep medicine, resulting in more patient-centered care and better outcomes, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Because of the vast amounts of data collected by sleep centers, AI and machine learning could advance sleep care, resulting in more accurate diagnoses,… Read More »

Big Data advances research, but it shouldn’t do so at the cost of privacy

By | March 5, 2020

It might seem pretty safe to add an app that promises to help take control of your health. But doctors who appreciate the research potential of incorporating big data into medical care are also warning about the need to manage the risk of exposing such health data while it’s still possible to do so. “Some health data shared… Read More »

How should you clean your phone?

By | March 4, 2020

The average person touches their smartphone more than 2,000 times a day, surveys have shown. Also, people tend to carry their phones everywhere with them, including the bathroom where most contamination happens. So it’s not surprising that phones can harbor lots of bacteria and germs. Wiping your phone or cleaning it with soap and a little water, or preventing your phone… Read More »

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

By | March 3, 2020

Researchers at U-M have discovered the widespread use of popular, commercial network filtering technologies for purposes of censorship in as many as 103 countries around the world. With a framework they call FilterMap, the researchers took advantage of several tools designed to detect censorship in real time to call attention to the proliferation of this technology for these… Read More »

Register for the Extended Reality at Michigan Summit, April 14

By | February 26, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the first ever Extended Reality (XR) at Michigan Summit. We’ll welcome speakers from all over the country to share their knowledge and insight around XR. Please register if you plan to attend.   The XR at Michigan Summit expects to feature the following: Featured speakers who are national leaders in… Read More »