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Web Platforms Service hires new manager

Mark Montague has been named manager of Web Platforms and Information Systems for ITS Infrastructure Application Operations. Prior to this role, Montague ran his two-person IT consulting and contracting company from 1992–1995, and has a long history with the university that begins in 1992. Some may remember him from his previous work at ITS (1995-1998 and 2006-2010) or… Read More »

Discovering new efficiencies and savings through data center consolidation

Vaccinations, early detection, and new cures have led to incredible medical breakthroughs over the past several decades. Today, advancements in precision health, wearable technology, genetic sequencing, and big data analytics promise to reshape modern medicine even further. A critical, yet often overlooked factor in the advancement of healthcare is the underlying health IT infrastructure. As Michigan Medicine faces… Read More »

CoE’s Todd Austin recognized for outstanding achievements

By | October 12, 2018

Computer Science and Engineering professor Todd Austin, a recognized leader in the area of computer architecture research, was recently recognized with the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, which honors senior faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service, and a… Read More »

U-M tool measures ‘iffy’ news on social media

By | October 11, 2018

As the mid-term election approaches, the U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility offers media and the public a tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media through a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient. Housed in the U-M School of Information, the center’s first report confirms from a deep analysis what was suspected… Read More »

A champion for women in computer science

By | October 11, 2018

Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science and engineering, was selected as the Center for the Education of Women’s 2018 Carol Hollenshead Award recipient for her work to increase the pipeline and retention of women in engineering and computer science. Mihalcea has dedicated substantial effort to developing programs that introduce more women to the world of computing and encourage them to pursue… Read More »

Michigan Online: “Here to Learn” — Together

By | October 10, 2018

Some of Michigan’s most innovative strategies for online learning are based on values held throughout its 200-plus year history. In an interview with “Campus Technology” magazine, James DeVaney, U-M’s associate vice provost for academic innovation, explains why Michigan Online — a relatively recent initiative — brings communities of motivated learners together, both to learn together and to apply their knowledge to solving significant problems.… Read More »

U-M makes waves at Tapia 2018

By | October 5, 2018

Eight U-M students from Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) got the chance to network and celebrate diversity in computing at the 2018 Richard Tapia Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida September 19–22. This year’s conference theme was “Diversity: Roots of Innovation,” acknowledging the historical role of diversity in STEM innovation and its essential role in innovating the… Read More »

Q&A with LSA CIO Cathy Curley

By | September 20, 2018

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has worked to unite its LSA Information Technology, Instructional Support Services, Management and Information Systems, and Web Services teams. These four groups have come together to form LSA Technology Services. (Read the Michigan IT News story about the change.) This past spring, Cathy Curley joined  LSA as its new Chief Information… Read More »

U-M startup launches 3D app that maps pain

By | September 17, 2018

GeoPain, a mobile pain tracking app, launched to the public last month from MoxyTech, a U-M startup. It gives users a 3D image of the body to zero in on the pain—its location and intensity—allowing patients to quickly “paint” their pain on anatomically accurate 3D models using a phone or tablet. “It’s a more objective measurement of pain that… Read More »

Dearborn students make gains using financial data technology

By | September 14, 2018

The latest stock market results scrolled across the top of the room. And, in U-M Dearborn’s College of Business finance lab, students researched the reasons behind those numbers through a newly formed partnership with Bloomberg Finance. The COB recently acquired Bloomberg Terminals and courses began incorporating the dozen specialized software machines and keyboards — located in the new Bloomberg Finance Lab —… Read More »

Virtual visits provide patients with care from the comfort of their homes

This wasn’t how Terri wanted to spend her weekend. It was Friday night when she first started noticing signs of a urinary tract infection. She had a busy schedule, and now this recurring condition was threatening to derail her plans. Hoping for quick relief, Terri signed into MyUofMHealth.org and initiated an eVisit by answering a series of questions… Read More »

HITS publishes 2017-18 Year in Review

This month marks two years since Health Information Technology & Services formed. To celebrate its anniversary, HITS published a Year in Review, which highlights the organization’s major accomplishments, measures the breadth and impact of Health IT, and introduces inspiring staff who play a key role in advancing the mission of Michigan Medicine through technology. “The publication also reflects our efforts… Read More »

U-M part of new software institute on high-energy physics

By | September 10, 2018

The University of Michigan is part of an NSF-supported 17-university coalition dedicated to creating next-generation computing power to support high-energy physics research. Led by Princeton University, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP) will focus on developing software and expertise to enable a new era of discovery at the Large Hadron Collider… Read More »

U-M physicist researches material that could aid quantum computing

By | September 7, 2018

Quantum materials are a type of substance that could be many times more efficient at conducting electricity through smartphones than the commonly used conductor silicon—if only researchers can crack how the stuff works. U-M physicist Lu Li has gotten one step closer with detailing the conductive properties of a novel quantum material called ytterbium dodecaboride that works as both… Read More »

Art & Design professor aims to make technology more personable

By | September 6, 2018

When most people think of a cyborg, they may think of a half-human, half-machine hybrid akin to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator.” Sophia Brueckner would argue a bit differently about what being a cyborg means, as she considers herself to be one. “To me, being a cyborg doesn’t just mean biohacking or body modification. There are other ways we… Read More »

Is your kid glued to his phone? It may be a way to deal with a chaotic world

By | September 5, 2018

Parents might shake their heads at kids huddled in the corner of a restaurant booth, playing games on their tablets. But actually, the kids might be creating a comfortable space in a chaotic world they are not prepared to manage. A new U-M survey suggests that the more often kids use media devices to modulate their environments, the… Read More »

Spying on remote screens—through the webcam mic

By | September 4, 2018

Ever wonder what the people on the other end of a Hangouts session are really looking at on their screens? With a little help from machine learning, you might be able to take a peek over their shoulders. Based on research published by Daniel Genkin, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the College of Engineering,… Read More »