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U-M startup analyzes data from patient imaging files to help cure what ails them

By | April 17, 2019

A U-M startup has figured out how to mine and analyze Big Data from digital medical image files such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans that could make treatment choices incredibly precise for each patient. Based in Ann Arbor, Applied Morphomics Inc. uses technology developed at the U-M Medical School to extract thousands of digital biomarkers from a… Read More »

All things could be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

By | April 15, 2019

U-M researchers say a new RFID-based technology they’ve helped develop is key step toward creating a truly immersive IoT experience. The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated 14.2 billion “smart” electronic devices that are currently part of the Internet of Things and the hundreds of billions of everyday non-smart objects left out of the picture.… Read More »

U-M startup Movellus raises $6 million in venture funding

By | April 11, 2019

Movellus Inc., a U-M startup, has secured $6 million in venture funding for a total of $10 million so far. The company provides technology that helps accelerate and optimize semiconductor chip design. Its applications include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Movellus, based in San Jose, California, with operations in Ann Arbor, launched in 2016… Read More »

Dissonance: Understanding the Social Implications of AI, April 17

By | April 11, 2019

Through mobile phones, the Internet of Things, and web computing, every single day around the globe we create a quintillion bytes of data. Pairing that trove of data with enormous computational power, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making strides into every aspect of everyday living, from emails and targeted advertising, to healthcare and education. But with great power comes… Read More »

New speaker series examines intersection of tech & DEI

By | April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery will host the launch of the all new Academic Innovation at Michigan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (AIM for DE&I) Speaker Series. This talk will be the first of four throughout April and May aimed at exploring issues at the intersections of teaching and learning; technology;… Read More »

University researchers examine how data science can interpret music

By | April 8, 2019

Last week, students and professors conducted live research in Hill Auditorium during a musical performance and informational presentation before nearly 200 community members. James Kibbie, chair of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Organ Department, and Daniel Forger, professor of mathematics, received a grant from the Michigan Institute for Data Science to collaborate on the analysis of… Read More »

Colleges are banding together digitally to help students succeed. Here’s how.

By | April 5, 2019

James Hilton, dean of libraries and vice provost for academic innovation at U-M, was featured in a recent article in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” about the impact and growth of Unizin, a non-profit consortium of research universities dedicated to improving learner experiences with digital teaching and learning resources. Unizin offers members up-to-date shared learning platforms and digital… Read More »

Online civic engagement is not always a positive experience

By | April 4, 2019

Online civic engagement is generally viewed as a positive way for individuals to improve the quality of life in their community. But new research led by School of Information associate professor Libby Hemphill suggests that online civic engagement doesn’t always feel good, and it doesn’t always improve the community. Hemphill and her team interviewed 40 nonprofit employees and… Read More »

Registration now open for Enriching Scholarship 2019: Where teaching and technology meet

By | April 3, 2019

Enriching Scholarship is a free, four-day event from May 6-9, 2019, that focuses on improving teaching, learning, and research through the effective integration of technology and pedagogy. More than 80 workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, and other events will take place all across campus during the four days of Enriching Scholarship 2019. The opening keynote is sure to be… Read More »

Reading to your toddler? Print books are better than digital ones

By | March 28, 2019

In a study recently published in the journal “Pediatrics,” researchers at U-M found that parents and toddlers reading print books together resulted in a more engaging experience than reading together using an electronic device. Tiffany Munzer, a fellow in developmental behavioral pediatrics at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, who was the first author on the study, said the… Read More »

Halderman co-chairs new commission to protect Michigan votes

By | March 26, 2019

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced a new Election Security Commission to be co-chaired by U-M professor of computer science and engineering J. Alex Halderman. His work in voting security and in particular electronic voting machines has positioned him as a preeminent expert in the field. Halderman has made multiple contributions to election security advocacy at… Read More »

MOOCs and the future of medical education

By | March 22, 2019

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been around, in one iteration or another, since 2006. In 2012, U-M joined the growing digital learning landscape, and Michigan Medicine was eager to try its hand. It’s been at it ever since. Michigan Online currently offers 11 health-related MOOCs from Michigan Medicine produced in collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovation.… Read More »

Great Lakes update: March 2019

By | March 21, 2019

The Great Lakes service is a next generation HPC platform for U-M researchers that will provide several performance advantages compared to Flux, primarily in the areas of storage and networking. ARC-TS recently shared additional details surrounding the timeline for Great Lakes as well as information about Early User testing. What is the current status of Great Lakes? Today, the… Read More »

Healthcare and Big Data

By | March 20, 2019

Jenna Wiens, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, leads the Machine Learning for Data-Driven Decisions research group. Her work focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation recently interviewed Wiens about her research and its practical implications for… Read More »

A2 Data Dive March 23

By | March 19, 2019

Date: Sat, 03/23/2019, noon to 5:30 p.m. Location: North Quad 2255 An afternoon-long data “hackathon” that brings together novice and experienced data scientists to help local non-profits become more effective. The A2 Data Dive will start at noon with an introduction and lunch. Participants will then break out in teams and work together on the data for the rest… Read More »

UMSI researchers recognized with 3 Best Paper awards at 2019 CHI Conference

By | March 18, 2019

U-M School of Information faculty and PhD students have earned three Best Paper and five Honorable Mention designations at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Best Paper awards go to the top one percent of accepted papers at ACM CHI, the premiere international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. This year’s conference takes place May 4-9 in… Read More »

U-M launches health study using Apple Watch

By | March 15, 2019

Consumers are increasingly turning to wearable devices to learn more about everything from their heart rate to sleep quality. Yet, the question remains: what can all of this data tell us about people’s overall health? U-M has launched a study to discover if data collected on Apple Watch, combined with other health information, can provide insight into health,… Read More »