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Unhackable: New chip stops attacks before they start

By | May 6, 2019

A new computer processor architecture developed at U-M could usher in a future where computers proactively defend against threats, rendering the current electronic security model of bugs and patches obsolete. Called MORPHEUS, the chip blocks potential attacks by encrypting and randomly reshuffling key bits of its own code and data 20 times per second—infinitely faster than a human… Read More »

Researcher helps websites better direct their internet traffic

By | May 3, 2019

A paper co-authored by Harsha Madhyastha, professor of computer science, has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force. Madhyastha and researchers from Facebook and three other participating universities presented a system called Edge Fabric that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet. Facebook uses this system to… Read More »

Tech plays role in Teaching Innovation Prize winners

By | May 2, 2019

Three of the five faculty projects honored with the 11th annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize involved technical solutions as part of their innovative approaches to improving student learning. Problem Roulette: A Stress-free Practice Zone for Student Learning: This online tool provides students with practice questions from previous exams to help them prepare for future assessments. It also allows students… Read More »

Read the 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report for higher ed

By | May 2, 2019

The EDUCAUSE Horizon Project continues to identify and describe higher education trends challenges, and technology developments that are likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. This year, EDUCAUSE releases a new, reflective section of the Horizon Report, a section that revisits several forecasts from 3-5 years ago and provides the audience with context from… Read More »

Michigan Meeting explores living in the digital age, May 9-10

By | May 1, 2019

A group of U-M faculty members have set out to ask critical questions about how today’s digital environment affects personal and societal well-being, perceptions and livelihoods. In other words, what does it mean to be alive in the digital age? That question is the focus of “Living a Digital Life,” the 2019 Michigan Meeting scheduled for May 9-10… Read More »

Connecting digital scholarship

By | April 26, 2019

The term digital scholarship can be interpreted in many different ways. As defined by Wikipedia, it means  “. . . new ways of doing scholarship that involve collaborative, transdisciplinary, and computationally engaged research, teaching, and publishing. It brings digital tools and methods to the study of the humanities with the recognition that the printed word is no longer… Read More »

Flint students get U-M Google accounts this summer

By | April 24, 2019

Beginning June 23, 2019, UM-Flint will activate student Google accounts, granting them access to the Google platform using their unique name with the new @umich.edu extension—versus the previous @umflint.edu extension. This transition follows previous moves for Ann Arbor and Dearborn and is as part of efforts to reduce costs, increase collaboration, and advance technology on the Flint campus.… Read More »

New software tool supports student collaboration

By | April 18, 2019

Academic Innovation teamed up with faculty from the College of Engineering to create Tandem, a tailored software tool that supports students working on group projects. Tandem is currently being piloted in Engineering 100 with a group of 60 students. Tandem’s asks students about their personalities and work preferences in a beginning of term survey. The tool then uses… Read More »

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 »

LSA Technology Services brings virtual reality to digital scholarship

By | April 15, 2019

During the winter 2019 semester, LSA Technology Services partnered with Professor Lisa Nakamura to explore how virtual reality (VR) can be used for teaching and learning. Her course presented a challenging opportunity: What is the support model for a class incorporating a significant amount of time in virtual reality? The answer: a lot of effort and teamwork is… 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 »