Dissonance Series – Privacy & Security Challenges in Investigative Journalism

By | February 26, 2017

Wednesday, March 22; 5:30–6:30 pm; Michigan League, Henderson Room. Join Knight-Wallace Fellows Bastian Obermayer and Laurent Richard as they discuss their work in investigating and reporting on the Panama Papers and Luxembourg Leaks. This discussion will focus on the privacy and IT security challenges in engaging in this high-profile, international investigatory journalism. Admission is free. Light refreshments included. The… Read More »

Reminder: March 6 M-Pathways upgrade

By | February 26, 2017

UPDATE 3/2/2017: The M-Pathways PeopleTools 8.55 Upgrade for HRMS was canceled due to issues encountered during final testing. A new date for the upgrade will be announced soon. ITS is upgrading the PeopleTools technology behind M-Pathways to version 8.55. This upgrade will bring a new look and feel to navigation within M-Pathways. This change will impact everyone who… Read More »

WiFi upgrades

The WiFi Project team continues to upgrade buildings across campus. Visit the project website for additional information. Recently completed: Randall Laboratory, Kresge Business Admin Library, Computer Executive Education Bldg. Currently under construction: G.G. Brown, , Walgreen Drama Center, Dental Bldg. Lay Automotive Engineering Laboratory,  East Hall, Stamps Auditorium, Network design underway: Wyly Hall, School of Information (North), and… Read More »

Building a better brain

By | February 25, 2017

Most of the advances in artificial intelligence have been focused on solving specific data-intensive tasks like playing chess or diagnosing tumors. However, the kind of general artificial intelligence that would create systems with human capabilities like understanding language and adapting to changing conditions are still a long way off. John Laird, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, says the strategies that… Read More »

AI improves tumor diagnosis

By | February 24, 2017

A study by researchers from the U-M Medical School and Harvard University indicates the use of advanced machine learning for diagnosing brain tumors cuts the time needed for diagnosing tissue by 90 percent while maintaining considerable accuracy. Normally, diagnosing a brain tumor takes about 30 to 40 minutes, during which doctors would need to leave the operating room to put the… Read More »

Integrity of voting systems still a concern

By | February 24, 2017

J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science and engineering, received a lot of media attention in the days after the 2016 presidential election for voicing concerns about the integrity of electronic voting systems in the U.S. In this extensive interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Halderman, director of U-M’s Center for Computer Security and Society, contends that the initial reports… Read More »

Physician-rating websites

By | February 24, 2017

Consumers increasingly turn to commercial physician-rating websites, similar to those for restaurants and hotels, when searching for a new doctor, but the sites rarely have information that actually helps patients. “Consumers should still be careful about what they view on these sites,” says David Hanauer, an associate professor at the Medical School and the School of Information. A new study finds that most doctors… Read More »

Clinc raises venture capital

By | February 24, 2017

Ann Arbor-based Clinc Inc., an artificial-intelligence startup co-founded by U-M research professors Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang announced earlier this week that it has raised a funding round of $6.3 million. That follows a seed-stage round six months ago of $1.2 million for the company, which was founded in 2015. The investment followed a well-received appearance by Clinc at the Consumers Electronic… Read More »

Michigan lawmakers and social media

By | February 23, 2017

Typically, elected officials delegate social media posts to staffers, but that is changing. (President Donald Trump being the most famous example.) Michigan also has a few political social media stars, like Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and retired Rep. John Dingell, who manage their own accounts. Josh Pasek, assistant professor of communications studies, is not sure the trend bodes well for… Read More »

Just wait…trust me

By | February 23, 2017

Eytan Adar, a professor of information and computer science at U-M, explains why some apps and software packages will build in artificial wait times as a way to improve the user experience. He calls it “benevolent deception,” a term he coined in a paper he published in 2013 with a pair of Microsoft researchers. For example, TurboTax employs… Read More »

The nose knows

By | February 22, 2017

Predicting color perception is easy: specific wavelengths produce specific colors that most people see in a consistent way. But predicting how a particular molecule will smell is much tougher. So a group of researchers set up a contest and invited teams of computer scientists to come up with a set of algorithms able to predict the odor of different molecules based on their… Read More »

Free beginner R workshop

By | February 22, 2017

Saturday & Sunday, March 4–5, 2017; 1–5 pm; Ann Arbor SPARK, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI. The Ann Arbor R User Group is excited to host a free two-day beginner R workshop sponsored by SPARK. R is an open-source programming software, used widely in both industry and academia, for data processing, analysis, and visualization. This workshop is geared towards… Read More »

Cracks in the Great Firewall

By | February 22, 2017

The Great Firewall of China, the vast hardware and software system the Chinese government uses to prevent access to certain Internet content, is often depicted as monolithic and Orwellian. However, recent research by U-M’s Mary Gallagher (director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies) and Blake Miller (a PhD candidate in political science) found that information control in China is more… Read More »

3D archaeology

By | February 22, 2017

Biographies often explore the lives of great men and women, but how should we publish the memoir of a great building? And how might archaeologists write a narrative of that building for the public to more easily interact with? A new digital publication from the University of Michigan Press and its accompanying online archaeological object database answers these questions… Read More »

Dearborn adds PhD programs

By | February 21, 2017

U-M Dearborn recently announced that it will launch new doctoral degree programs in computer and information science, and electrical and computer engineering. “The new programs were designed in response to industry’s strong demand both for highly qualified engineers in research and development, and for the products of research undertaken by PhD students,” said Tony England, dean, of UM-Dearborn’s… Read More »