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Gordon Bell Prize winning team also leverages ITS services

A U-M College of Engineering team led by Vikram Gavini was recently awarded the prestigious ACM Gordon Bell Prize. The honor was presented in recognition of their outstanding achievement for developing and demonstrating an approach that brought near-quantum mechanical accuracy for large systems consisting of tens of thousands of atoms into the range of today’s supercomputers.  The ACM… Read More »

U-M developers attend first-ever US-RSE conference

A contingent from U-M took part in the first-ever US-RSE (United States Research Software Engineer Association) annual conference. It was held at the University of Illinois Chicago, October 16–18, 2023.  Abbey Roelofs and Michael Egan (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts), Srikanth Lavu (Marsal Family School of Education), and Andy Boughton (School of Public Health) attended the… Read More »

Center for Academic Innovation hosts open houses at new location near central campus

The Center for Academic Innovation will host two open houses in September at its new location at 317 Maynard Street near central campus so University of Michigan faculty, students and staff can learn about the center and tour the new facility. The open houses will be held on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 and feature a walking tour… Read More »

LSA Technology Services partners with faculty to develop MacromoleculAR research application

In May 2023, LSA Technology Services launched a new application, MacromoleculAR, that provides an interactive augmented reality (AR) experience for users to view various molecular models.  The app was developed for Randy Stockbridge, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). And it’s not only great for the students in her course, but… Read More »

CAI’s new location on Maynard fosters innovation, collaboration, connection

The Center For Academic Innovation has opened its new 47,115-square-foot facility near Central Campus, providing a new space of innovation, collaboration and connection. The building at 317 Maynard Street is equipped with an events space that can host a lecture for around 70 and can be adapted for other meeting and workshop activities to allow for continued connection… Read More »

Education and Awareness in VR: New experience illustrates the effects of racial discrimination

By | July 31, 2023

Assistance from the XR team at the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation has helped bring to life 1000 Cut Journey, a new virtual reality experience that immerses users in the life of a fictional Black man in America. 1000 Cut Journey aims to provide users with deeper insights into the microaggressions and racial injustices Black Americans… Read More »

Upcoming replacement for Hugs, the infant and patient protection system

Hugs Infant Protection is a Securitas product for infant security. Michigan Medicine uses this system of sensors, arm bands/tags, applications, and integrations to monitor the location of vulnerable patients. Alarms will sound if a patient is out of their assigned area. Michigan Medicine has the largest Hugs installation in the country. It has been implemented in Von Voightlander… Read More »

Academic Innovation Fund provides funding and tools to educational tech

By | July 14, 2023

The Center for Academic Innovation is providing funding and support to thirteen new projects aimed at helping implement educational technologies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as well as other global learning communities. The funded projects will include support for pre-college programs and residential U-M courses in both hybrid and online learning models.   The thirteen projects will receive… Read More »

Communication in Music: Using robots to physicalize remote performances

By | July 9, 2023

When the COVID-19 Pandemic struck, musicians still strove to perform together and spread hope and joy. The experience of performing virtually rather than physically quickly proved difficult through video conferencing applications, such as Zoom, with video delays and other limitations. Three U-M associate professors are hoping to change that. Michael Gurevich, associate professor in the Department of Performing… Read More »

RFID technology for capital equipment—project complete

By | July 6, 2023

Property Control is responsible for ensuring an accurate inventory of U-M’s capital equipment. Capital equipment is defined as any equipment with an original cost of $5,000 or more and a useful life of one year or more.  Last summer, Property Control and Financial Operations began partnering with HCA Asset Management, LLC to inventory and retag all U-M capital equipment. As… Read More »

Preserving and enhancing theatre: The blending of high and low techs in costume and scenic design

By | June 29, 2023

With the rise of high-tech in nearly all aspects of our world, it’s important to appreciate and continue practicing low-tech, hands-on skills, which even the most innovative of technologies would be meaningless without. This is the goal of Kevin Judge, scenic designer and associate professor of theatre & drama, who aims to find the right balance of high-… Read More »

U-M launches Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project

By | June 26, 2023

The University of Michigan recently launched the Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project to further the development of quantum research and its applications in education. The project will recruit a potential eight new faculty members to U-M’s existing expertise, combining physicists, electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists and more. Funding for the QRI also brings lab space in… Read More »

U-M’s AI for Nanobiotics: Stopping antibiotic-resistant infections

By | June 26, 2023

In 2019, 4.95 million people died from antimicrobial resistance. “Even before COVID, which worsened the problem, studies showed that by 2050, the number of deaths by antibiotic resistance will be 10 million,” said Angela Violi, a professor of six studies and U-M Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of mechanical engineering. A new computer model has been developed at the… Read More »

U-M team develops two new apps to capture interfaces and images for visually impaired users

By | June 20, 2023

U-M assistant professor of computer science and engineering Anhong Guo led the development of the two apps for visually impaired users with a team based at the University of Michigan. The research has been funded by both U-M and Google.  One of these apps, VizLens, is listed as an, “appliance reader app for users with visual impairment.” VizLens… Read More »

Interns Telling Stories: Chapter 4

By | June 15, 2023

This week’s issue of the ITS LinkedIn newsletter, Interns Telling Stories, is now available! This week’s issue, Chapter 4, may be found here and the full newsletter can be accessed here. Chapter 4 features an interview with ITS Executive Director of Enterprise Application Services Cathy Handyside, cupcakes, and information on Campus Computing’s accessible software.