Building a testing-free future

By | January 11, 2021

Testing is a cornerstone of quality software design. And yet, it’s time consuming, labor and resource intensive, and extremely difficult to do exhaustively. In fact, most software in use today is so complex that thorough testing is practically impossible. A group of researchers from U-M envision a smarter alternative: why not let math do the heavy lifting of… Read More »

$9.95M for ‘smart intersections’ across Ann Arbor

By | January 8, 2021

Ann Arbor will soon be home to more than 20 “smart intersections”—capable of gathering and transmitting information in real time to connected cars—as part of a University of Michigan effort to demonstrate the safety potential of connected and automated vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has awarded U-M $9.95 million toward the effort, which will… Read More »

Michigan Medicine launches Fluency Direct speech recognition technology

By | January 7, 2021

Beginning this month, Michigan Medicine will launch a speech recognition technology called Fluency Direct. Michigan Medicine is retiring Dragon services effective Feb. 3 and Phone Transcription services effective Feb. 15. “Michigan Medicine has seen a steady decline in phone transcription users, but still incurs substantial per-line transcription costs and fixed vendor costs,” said Jeff Terrell, professor of otolaryngology.… Read More »

Managing your digital life

By | January 4, 2021

“Digital archiving” might sound like something best left to trained professionals, but with so much of our lives online — photos, videos, financial records, audio recordings, creative projects — we’re all engaged in it these days, if only by neglect.  To help people become more purposeful about the organization and preservation of their digital lives, Scott Witmer, digital preservation… Read More »

Patient rounds: Ages-old care & learning concept gets technology upgrade, international collaboration

By | December 24, 2020

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical rotations were halted for medical students, which meant they could not participate in patient rounds—those bedside consultations with seasoned medical staff to discuss and learn about a patient’s condition. This led Mark Cohen, a professor of surgery and pharmacology who runs the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the Medical School to think… Read More »

Changes coming in 2021 to Zoom for Health

By | December 23, 2020

U-M Zoom has been approved for PHI (HIPAA data). As a result, Zoom for Health at U-M will be consolidated into regular U-M Zoom January 2–3, 2021. New features Thanks to collaborative efforts of U-M and Zoom, users will be able to use expanded features, such as: Cloud recording Live transcription Viewing identifying information in reports Ability to… Read More »

Lessons in architecture: 3-D without leaving the classroom (or living room)

By | December 22, 2020

When architecture professor Jonathan Rule wanted his students to see firsthand the way various building materials came together, he had to find a construction site near campus and arrange for the class to walk through. Finding a suitable project isn’t always feasible, not to mention the logistics and liability involved. So with assistance over the past year from… Read More »

XR Initiative at 1: Milestones met as pandemic brings new challenges, opportunities

By | December 22, 2020

When leaders at the Center for Academic Innovation announced an XR initiative a little more than a year ago, they knew there was a hunger from a growing segment of campus to advance teaching through the development of augmented and virtual reality technologies. They couldn’t have anticipated, however, that a global pandemic would so disrupt education that faculty… Read More »

Watch: Lessons learned from quick pivots to online education

By | December 21, 2020

The winter term that begins in January will be the third term in a row that instructor David Chesney’s unique software design course will be online, and he has learned from each iteration.  For the past decade, the U-M electrical engineering and computer science lecturer has taught Software for Accessibility, a class he designed in which  undergraduate students… Read More »

HoloLens2 for Nursing: ‘Hands-on’ learning during pandemic and beyond

By | December 21, 2020

The U-M School of Nursing has one of the most technologically advanced programs around with its Clinical Learning Center, yet leadership in the school wrestled with how to teach hundreds of students the hands-on nursing skills and procedures required to advance in the program, while following COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing and university calls to minimize in-person courses.… Read More »

Founded by CoE alum, SambaNova announces AI-accelerated HPC system

By | December 18, 2020

As artificial intelligence applications grow and multiply, researchers have been racing to design a new generation of hardware that meets the unique computational needs of those applications. The market for these “AI chips” is booming, and a key player in this new space is Palo Alto based SambaNova Systems. SambaNova, now a unicorn valued at over $2.5 billion,… Read More »

New how-to resources and data offerings on Precision Health Analytics Platform

By | December 17, 2020

Researchers across campus can now directly query, via SQL server, a de-identified version of the Research Data Warehouse, which includes all 4 million unique Michigan Medicine patients. Learn how to leverage this resource and more Precision Health resources through our updated documentation site (accessible with a Level 1 UMICH login) and video demos and how-to’s. Precision Health has expanded its offerings… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | December 16, 2020

This past year has called for extraordinary leadership, dedication, can-do attitude, trusting each other, supporting each other, serving our community, and working together. Each one of YOU exhibited these amazing attributes and more.

Sign up for the 2021 Michigan IT Mentor Program

Are you interested in helping colleagues reach their professional goals, or striving towards professional goals of your own? If so, sign up to become a mentor or mentee in the 2021 Michigan IT Mentor Program. The Michigan Mentor IT program empowers and enables Michigan IT professionals from all levels to connect and learn from others with similar interests… Read More »

Extended reality: U-M online courses make XR accessible to everyone

By | December 15, 2020

A new three-course online specialization on extended reality developed by Michael Nebeling, an assistant professor with both the School of Information and the College of Engineering, and a team at the U-M Center for Academic Innovation has something for everyone—from novices to the most advanced users, designers, and developers. Extended reality, or XR, is the term for technology… Read More »

BlueJeans usage continues to drop as U-M prepares for May 1 service retirement

This past fall, Information and Technology Services announced that U-M will retire BlueJeans effective May 1, 2021 due to a significant drop in usage that began with the launch of Zoom last March. For example, in November there were just under 3,000 BlueJeans users across all campuses compared to 16,000 during peak usage in April.  “ITS is committed… Read More »

ResponsiBLUE Guest required for all university visitors

By | December 15, 2020

Information and Technology Services (ITS) has been overseeing the technical aspects of U-M’s recent effort to implement the guest version of ResponsiBLUE, the health-screening tool developed to help keep the university healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The State of Michigan now requires all visitors, contractors and vendors through April 14, 2021, to complete a preliminary health… Read More »

Accessibility scanner Deque Comply to become Axe Monitor

By | December 14, 2020

This year, Information and Technology Services has been implementing Deque Comply – a best-in-market, cloud-based enterprise accessibility scanner. The product, which is switching its name to Axe Monitor, is designed to help schools, colleges and units have a clearer understanding of the accessibility effectiveness of their websites, and to be able to assess how they are doing. The… Read More »

U-M vice president for IT honored with leadership award

Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, was awarded with the Michigan CIO of the Year ORBIE Award for the nonprofit/public sector by the Michigan CIO Leadership Association (MichiganCIO). The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.  “The MichiganCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the value great leadership creates. Especially in… Read More »