Tag Archives: data

ITS uses Canvas data to improve Undergraduate Nursing program’s clinical evaluations

By | April 27, 2018

ITS Teaching & Learning data concierge Jeff Ziegler recently completed a project for the School of Nursing’s Undergraduate Nursing program that has greatly improved their student evaluation process. Working with clinical instructor Diane Accurso and student advisors Rachel Patterson and Chad Gorski, Ziegler designed and implemented a custom solution for their Professional Nursing Education (PNE) clinical course that uses… Read More »

Connecting music and big data

By | April 23, 2018

Four U-M research teams will receive support for projects that apply data science tools to the study of music theory, performance, social media-based music making, and the connection between words and music. The funding is provided under the Data Science for Music Challenge Initiative through the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). The projects include digital analysis of… Read More »

U-M to host Precision Medicine World Conference focusing on Big Data

The 14th Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will take place at U-M’s Ross School of Business, June 6-7, 2018. The conference coincides with U-M’s launch of a Precision Health research initiative, which combines biomedical expertise, big data, and the social sciences enabling a comprehensive approach to providing patients with tailored health solutions. The conference program, which will focus… Read More »

Fragmented U.S. privacy laws leave large data loopholes

By | April 10, 2018

Florian Schaub, an assistant professor at U-M and a privacy expert, notes in a recent article that the patchwork of U. S. laws and regulations that govern data collection and privacy leave loopholes for companies to exploit. For example, Federal laws strictly protect medical, financial, and education-related records. However, online services, apps, and data collection by emerging technologies… Read More »

‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly

By | March 26, 2018

Concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was used in targeted political ads in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Other tech giants have also sparked concern: Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have all faced objections from users, the public, and even government agencies. But in a recent article, Amanda Lotz,… Read More »

Academic Innovation events for spring and summer

By | March 16, 2018

The Office of Academic Innovation has several events scheduled so far for spring and summer. Also, there’s still time to enroll for the Teach-Out starting on March 26: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality: Opportunities and Issues. AIM Analytics: Using Big Data to Understand Factors that Affect Student Success in STEM Join us on Monday, March 19 from… Read More »

New research computing package for Michigan Medicine

Research labs and teams sometimes spend a large amount of sponsored grant funding on data storage and computing resources. Researchers often have to choose between data safety and saving money, resulting in decreased productivity, and time wasted on data recovery. Beginning March 5, 2018, Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), in partnership with Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS),… Read More »

Upcoming IT4U webinars focus on data

Based on the many requests for more info on BusinessObjects and specific data sets, ITS’s IT4U series of webinars has just booked the following sessions for March and April: IT4U81: Using BusinessObjects with Financial Data–Q&A. Thursday, March 29, 9-9:45 am. Bill LaCroix (ITS) offers tips on creating and modifying Financial reports in BusinessObjects in this informal Q&A session.… Read More »

U-M launches Data Science Master’s Program

By | March 2, 2018

U-M’s new, interdisciplinary Data Science Master’s Program is taking applications for its first group of students. The program is aimed at teaching participants how to extract useful knowledge from massive datasets using computational and statistical techniques. The program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering (EECS), the College of Literature Science and the Arts (Statistics), the School of Public… Read More »

Data vs. gerrymandering

By | March 1, 2018

Pennsylvania’s congressional map was among the most gerrymandered in history. Experts like LSA political science professor Jowei Chen used data analyis and computer modeling to help change that situation. Chen’s computer programs create alternative maps based on a series of geographic constraints: maps that are compact in shape, preserve county and municipal boundaries, and have equal populations. They’re drawn,… Read More »

UCAN platform connects students and alumni

U-M has one of the largest alumni networks that spans the state and the globe. Until recently, accessing this robust network often relied upon Excel spread sheets, paper lists, making LinkedIn connections, or through serendipitous meetings—not exactly a convenient or reliable system. Frequently, students asked staff at the University Career Center (UCC): “Is there an easy way to… Read More »

To fight fatal infections, hospitals may turn to algorithms

By | February 14, 2018

Jenna Wiens, a computer scientist and assistant professor of engineering at U-M, helped create an algorithm to predict a patient’s risk of developing a C-diff infection (CDI), one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. The algorithm uses a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning to extract warning signs of disease from patients’ vital signs and other health records—constellations of symptoms, circumstances,… Read More »

U-M leads development of Unizin Data Platform

Among the 25 leading research institutions that make up the Unizin consortium, the University of Michigan is recognized as a leader in the field of learning analytics research and development. This distinction contributed to U-M being asked by Unizin to lead the design and development of the Unizin Data Platform (UDP), a cloud-based infrastructure for delivering learning analytics… Read More »

Academic Innovation events for January

By | January 12, 2018

The Office of Academic Innovation is hosting three events in January: AIM Analytics: Making Online Learning Work for Everyone Join us on Monday, January 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  at North Quad Space 2435 (105 South State Street.) for AIM Analytics. Digital Tools & Youth Outreach Community: Privacy, Ethical Considerations and Pre-College Data Join us on… Read More »

Michigan Medicine to receive $2.5M for sharing health data electronically

Michigan Medicine will receive approximately $2.5 million for completing a statewide incentive program to improve patient safety, enhance data integrity, and reduce workflow. The program, Common Key Service (CKS), provides a consistent and reliable way to match patients with their electronic health data across multiple healthcare settings by assigning a unique identifier for every patient in the state… Read More »

Yottabyte now HIPAA-compliant

Computing platform Yottabyte Research Cloud (YBRC), offered through Advanced Research Computing – Technology Services (ARC-TS), is now HIPAA-compliant. YBRC and its associated services can accept restricted data, enabling secure data analysis on Windows and Linux virtual desktops as well as secure hosting of databases and data ingestion. The new capability ensures the security of restricted data through the… Read More »

U-M research in AI & machine learning is booming

By | December 15, 2017

Research using machine learning and artificial intelligence—tools that allow computers to learn about and predict outcomes from massive datasets—has been booming at U-M. The potential societal benefits being explored on campus are numerous, from on-demand transportation systems to self-driving vehicles to individualized medical treatments to improved battery capabilities. The ability of computers and machines generally to learn from… Read More »

First-ever U-M Iron Viz Championship

It’s like “Iron Chef,” but with data instead of ingredients. The first-ever U-M Iron Viz Championship was held on November 30, 2017, in the Arbor Lakes Dome. Using Tableau Software’s visual analytics capabilities, data analysts were tasked with building a data visualization—or viz—in front of a live audience in just 20 minutes using 45,000+ rows of data about… Read More »

U-M partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform

A new partnership between the University of Michigan and Cavium Inc., a San Jose-based provider of semiconductor products, will create a powerful new Big Data computing cluster available to all U-M researchers. The $3.5 million ThunderX computing cluster will enable U-M researchers to, for example, process massive amounts of data generated by remote sensors in distributed manufacturing environments, or by… Read More »

U-M data scientist named 2017 AAAS fellow

By | November 22, 2017

H.V. Jagadish, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering and a distinguished scientist at the Michigan Institute for Data Science, was one of seven U-M faculty members among 396 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The association recognized Jagadish for distinguished contributions to database systems and many… Read More »