Tag Archives: innovation

Inaugural MIDAS Michigan Data Science Fellows cohort announced

The Michigan Institute of Data Science (MIDAS) announced its inagural cohort of seven Michigan Data Science Fellows. The international group of data scientists will bring data science methods to domain sciences and data science application areas. The two-year program offers each data scientist, recent PhDs, the opportunity to work independently on research with scientific and career guidance from… Read More »

Designing social technology for rural areas

By | August 12, 2019

When we think about the technological divide between urban and rural communities, our minds likely go to infrastructure—a lack of a physical grid, wiring, or towers to connect those in remote communities. While this is a large part of the issue, School of Information doctoral student Jean Hardy says a bigger concern is the lack of innovation in the way… Read More »

First programmable memristor computer aims to bring AI processing down from the cloud

By | July 23, 2019

The first programmable memristor computer—not just a memristor array operated through an external computer—has been developed at U-M. It could lead to the processing of artificial intelligence directly on small, energy-constrained devices such as smartphones and sensors. A smartphone AI processor would mean that voice commands would no longer have to be sent to the cloud for interpretation,… Read More »

Technology allows researchers to see patients’ real-time pain while in the clinic

By | July 4, 2019

Many patients, especially those who are anesthetized or emotionally challenged, cannot communicate precisely about their pain. So U-M researchers have developed a technology to help clinicians “see” and map patient pain in real-time, through special augmented reality glasses. The portable platform combines visualization with brain data using neuroimaging to navigate through a patient’s brain while they’re in the… Read More »

Student team brings augmented reality to the operating room

By | June 13, 2019

Three computer science students and alumni have launched operating room monitors and screens into the virtual world of augmented reality. Mitchell Bigland, Nicholas Keuning, and Chase Austin, working with doctors David Chesney and Marcus Jarboe of Pediatric Surgery, have developed an app for the Microsoft Hololens to stream a video feed of a patient’s internals directly to the… Read More »

Blue unicorns: The U-M alums who founded Duo Security

By | May 14, 2019

Co-founded by U-M alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, Ann Arbor-based Duo Security sold late last year for $2.35 billion. As one of fewer than 150 privately held companies in the U.S. worth more than $1 billion (known as “unicorns”), Duo became incredibly successful in part by adhering to values besides the bottom line, such as inclusion and community. … Read More »

M-Write: A model of campus technology and academic collaboration

In fall 2018, Information and Technology Services became the sole technical supporter of M-Write, a program designed to apply “writing-to-learn” pedagogies in university courses. The move represented the culmination of a multi-year journey that provides a model of how campus technology and academic units can collaborate successfully to support teaching and learning. M-Write helps students develop a deep… Read More »

Researcher helps websites better direct their internet traffic

By | May 3, 2019

A paper co-authored by Harsha Madhyastha, professor of computer science, has been awarded an Applied Networking Research Prize by the Internet Engineering Task Force. Madhyastha and researchers from Facebook and three other participating universities presented a system called Edge Fabric that large content providers can use to smartly direct traffic over the internet. Facebook uses this system to… Read More »

Tech plays role in Teaching Innovation Prize winners

By | May 2, 2019

Three of the five faculty projects honored with the 11th annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize involved technical solutions as part of their innovative approaches to improving student learning. Problem Roulette: A Stress-free Practice Zone for Student Learning: This online tool provides students with practice questions from previous exams to help them prepare for future assessments. It also allows students… Read More »

All things could be part of the Internet of Things with new RFID system

By | April 15, 2019

U-M researchers say a new RFID-based technology they’ve helped develop is key step toward creating a truly immersive IoT experience. The system, called IDAct, bridges the gap between the estimated 14.2 billion “smart” electronic devices that are currently part of the Internet of Things and the hundreds of billions of everyday non-smart objects left out of the picture.… Read More »

U-M startup Movellus raises $6 million in venture funding

By | April 11, 2019

Movellus Inc., a U-M startup, has secured $6 million in venture funding for a total of $10 million so far. The company provides technology that helps accelerate and optimize semiconductor chip design. Its applications include cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. Movellus, based in San Jose, California, with operations in Ann Arbor, launched in 2016… Read More »

LSA courses pilot new iClicker Reef system

By | March 7, 2019

Since the beginning of the academic year, several LSA classes have been participating in a pilot program of iClicker Reef, a new student response system from Macmillan Learning, to ask a wider variety of questions than traditional iClicker remotes. This pilot program is being used to help the LSA Instructional Support Services weigh in on what advantages the… Read More »

Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers

By | February 18, 2019

In a finding that runs counter to a common assumption in physics, researchers at U-M ran a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed in order to cool another device mere nanometers away. The approach could lead to new solid-state cooling technology for future microprocessors. “We have demonstrated a second method for using photons to cool devices,” said… Read More »

Cryptocurrency innovation: U-M to establish FinTech Collaboratory

By | February 8, 2019

Financial technology research and education at U-M will get a boost with $1 million from Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative. The funding will support academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments. Ripple enables global money transfers using blockchain. With the funds, U-M will establish the FinTech Collaboratory to build curricula in the booming… Read More »