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Student teams create two new video games over the summer

By | August 27, 2020

Videogame development is a hot topic at Michigan. This summer two teams of U-M undergrads, working remotely because of the Covid-19 outbreak, conceived, designed, and developed two videogames: Desolation Place—a 3D first-person stealth horror game, and Bloom: Tome of Power—a first person shooter inspired by genre defining games such as DOOM, Hexen, and Dusk. Advised by CSE lecturer… Read More »

$1.8M DARPA project aims to protect vehicles from hackers

By | August 25, 2020

From cars to space shuttles to drones, keeping vehicle electronics systems updated and free of security vulnerabilities is exceedingly difficult, according to Baris Kasikci, a professor of computer science and engineering. “It’s a little bit of a mess,” said Kasikci. “Traditionally, you fix the bug in the source code, you rebuild the software and you redeploy it. But… Read More »

Electronic health records: More demands, same amount of time

By | August 24, 2020

A team of researchers from U-M recently published a paper in the Journal of General Internal Medicine documenting electronic medical record time demands faced by general internists at Michigan Medicine. The findings build on other studies showing that primary care providers nationwide face the highest number of incoming tasks on electronic health records systems. Lead author Laurence McMahon, chief of general medicine at U-M,… Read More »

The most vital IT investments today are the boring ones: Michigan Medicine CIO on remote work, automation, and data analytics

Michigan Medicine CIO Andrew Rosenberg, MD, is focused on finding methods to sustain the unprecedented level of remote work and clinical care during the pandemic while keeping an eye on the data analytics and IT investments the system will need to drive efficiencies and cost-savings in the future. In a recent article with Becker’s Health IT, he discusses… Read More »

Enabling fairer data clusters for machine learning

By | August 20, 2020

Research published recently by CSE investigators can make training machine learning (ML) models fairer and faster. With a tool called AlloX, Mosharaf Chowdhury and a team from Stony Brook University developed a new way to fairly schedule high volumes of ML jobs in data centers that make use of multiple different types of computing hardware, like CPUs, GPUs,… Read More »

Ecology in the digital age: U-M students use machine learning for summer research

By | August 20, 2020

Prior to the pandemic, enrollment for spring and summer field classes at the U-M Biological Station were at an all time high. Students eagerly planned to live away from home, at the BioStation near Douglas Lake in Pellston, Michigan. When the university announced that spring and summer courses would be virtual, faculty and staff at the BioStation had… Read More »

Organize your course in a consistent pattern

By | August 12, 2020

LSA Learning and Teaching Technology Consultants have shared tips for structuring course material in a way that feels grounding and reliable to students while teaching online.  Consultants write that organizing materials and activities in Canvas can help both online and hybrid classes go more smoothly for both students and instructors. It’s important that students know where to find… Read More »

Mathieu receives 2020 Henry Russel Award

By | August 12, 2020

Johanna Mathieu, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a U-M Henry Russel Award for her extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research, as well as excellent record of contributions as a teacher. This award, established in 1925, is considered the University’s highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of… Read More »

U-M startup unveils new LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays

By | August 12, 2020

Brighter, crisper screens that draw half the power and lasts twice as long are possible with NS Nanotech’s next-gen LEDs. University of Michigan startup NS Nanotech has announced the creation of a smaller, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode that aims to offer brighter, crisper displays for massive signs, mobile phones and other devices. The company, whose technology is based on research… Read More »

Achieving career readiness through gameful learning at UM-Dearborn

By | August 11, 2020

Throughout their time on campus, students learn through not just academics — but through all aspects of their experience. Many times, however, they do not recognize these moments for growth and for developing skillsets that will greatly aid them in the future. Leaders at U-M Dearborn recognized this issue — and filled that need. The Talent Gateway at… Read More »

Study finds facial recognition technology in schools presents problems, recommends ban

By | August 11, 2020

Research reveals inaccuracy, racial inequity and increased surveillance are the touchstones of a flawed technology. Facial recognition technology should be banned for use in schools, according to a new study by the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy that cites the heightened risk of racism and potential for privacy erosion. The study by the Ford School’s… Read More »

UM-Dearborn’s ‘Blue Bytes’ helping students build cybersecurity skills

By | August 10, 2020

Assistant professor of computer science Birhanu Eshete says he didn’t know what kind of response he’d get when fellow professor Di Ma asked if he’d try to get a student organization going to support their burgeoning cybersecurity program. So he started simple, sending out an email inquiry to gauge if there was any interest. Within a couple hours,… Read More »

In memoriam: Frances Allen, the first woman to receive the Turing Award and U-M alumna

By | August 7, 2020

Frances Allen (MA Math 1957), the first woman to win the Turing Award and first female IBM Fellow, died on August 4, 2020. Allen was known for her pioneering contributions to the theory and practice of optimizing compiler techniques that laid the foundation for modern optimizing compilers and automatic parallel execution. Allen intended to be a math teacher… Read More »

Using AI to navigate out of a COVID treatment supply issue

By | August 6, 2020

Researchers fear that the same issues with supply chains that caused toilet paper shortages at the beginning of the pandemic in the United States may result in the same problem with the fine chemicals needed to synthesize COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines. Now, a U-M team of medicinal chemists have used artificial intelligence to find alternative pharmaceutical building blocks… Read More »

Wellman named chair of CSE

By | August 5, 2020

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, will be recommended to the Board of Regents to become the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) division in the College of Engineering. Wellman takes over from Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Peter Chen, who has served as interim chair of CSE… Read More »

Navatek opens Ann Arbor office, partners with U-M to conduct naval research for data-model fusion

By | August 5, 2020

U-M’s Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) enters partnership with one of the nation’s most innovative research and technology firms, Navatek LLC, to advance research in the area of data-model fusion for future naval platform design and operation. Navatek, a leading contractor focused on technology research for U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense… Read More »

Finalists for post-quantum security standards include U-M research

By | August 4, 2020

Quantum computer hold the potential to solve certain computational problems much more quickly than classical computers can. But with the new capabilities come unfortunate drawbacks: several of these problems form the foundation of our current encryption techniques. A large quantum computer could retroactively decrypt almost all internet communication ever recorded. To prepare for this possibility, in 2017 the… Read More »