Tag Archives: innovation

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 »

Michigan App released for public beta

The Michigan App has been available for limited beta for a little over two months. The development team took that feedback from testers and has now launched the public beta to all U-M staff, faculty, and students. The new app features a completely redesigned interface that helps streamline daily activities and supports success towards academic and personal goals for… Read More »

Reflecting on the original “Big Idea” for MOOCs

By | March 14, 2018

In an guest post for Inside Higher Ed, James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, writes that the real innovation of the MOOC (massive online open courses) era is not the unbundling of academic degrees that first captured massive attention, but rather the re-bundling that results from serious academic R&D—the creation of new communities and credentials for all levels.… Read More »

How AI will affect the financial industry in 2018

By | March 5, 2018

Over the last few years, artificial intelligence has helped push the envelope in terms of technological advancements in the financial industry. For example, consumers can use facial recognition to log in to financial apps and use voice commands to check their balances. In an article on Forbes.com, Jason Mars, a computer science professor at U-M and the CEO of Clinc,… Read More »

Call for proposals: 2018 Gameful Learning Summer Institute

By | February 21, 2018

Last July, the Gameful Learning Summer Institute (GLSI) brought faculty, teachers, instructional designers, administrators, staff, and students together from around the world to learn about gameful ideas and how to design a course from a gameful perspective. Based on positive feedback from attendees and adoption of gameful ideas, the Office of Academic Innovation’s Gameful Learning Lab will host… 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 »

Barcode scanning eliminates breast milk misadministration

Thanks in part to a barcoding system developed by Health Information Technology & Services, C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (C&W) virtually eliminated the misadministrtion of breast milk to infants in their care. C&W is home to the first 24/7 formula and breast milk preparation room in a pediatric hospital nationwide. Opened in 2011, the Milk… Read More »

UM-Dearborn software lab announces industry partnership

By | February 9, 2018

UM-Dearborn Professor Marouane Kessentini founded Search-Based Software Engineering (SBSE) research lab five years ago with the goal of innovative software development. Now, through a partnership with software company Sema, Kessentini is seeing the impact the SBSE lab is making for the university, in students’ lives, and in the software industry. Through the partnership, the U-M Office of Technology Transfer licensed four of… Read More »

Tech takes a seat in Ann Arbor

By | February 8, 2018

Duo Security—an Ann Arbor-based company launched by two U-M alumni in 2009—is at the forefront of a fledgling wave of early-stage technology startups that have chosen to take root, not in the San Francisco and East Coast technology hubs, but within Metro Detroit. “Ann Arbor is our home,” Dug Song, one of Duo Security’s founders, said in an October,… Read More »

New app reinvents U-M bus system to be more like Uber

By | February 6, 2018

Reinventing Urban Transportation and Mobility (RITMO) aims to revolutionize public transit through an online app that turns transportation into an on-demand service. RITMO, partnering with Ford Motor Company, will allow students, faculty, and staff to use on-demand shuttle transportation linked with the U-M bus system. Pascal Van Hentenryck, a professor at the College of Engineering who leads the project, hopes… Read More »

U-M startup offers new approach to cybersecurity

By | February 5, 2018

Rolling out what it’s calling a “street view for cyberspace,” Censys—a tech startup based on technology developed at the university—has launched a commercially available version of its internet-wide scanning tool. Based on technology developed in the lab of computer science and engineering professor J. Alex Halderman, Censys continuously scans the internet, analyzing every publicly visible server and device.… Read More »

U-M leads new $32M computer design center

By | January 19, 2018

As the computing industry struggles to maintain its historically rapid pace of innovation, a new, $32 million center based at U-M aims to streamline and democratize the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems. The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, will develop a transformative, “plug-and-play” ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers… Read More »

U.S. News recognizes UM-Flint’s online grad programs

By | January 15, 2018

UM-Flint has been recognized for its excellence in online education by the U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Online Program” rankings. Flint received recognition in the online graduate programs for both nursing and education. UM-Flint offers an online Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP) that prepares nurses to become family, primary care adult-gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners. There is also an… Read More »

Collaboration creates new digital signage that engages, informs Michigan Medicine community

As one of the largest health care systems in the world, communication to the more than 26,000 Michigan Medicine employees is not always easy. “As an organization, we are continuously looking for new channels to communicate important news and updates to employees,” said Kathleen McCool, employee communications manager with the Michigan Medicine Department of Communication. “Email is not… Read More »

Memristors power quick-learning neural network

By | December 26, 2017

A new type of neural network made with memristors can dramatically improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans. The network, called a reservoir computing system, could predict words before they are said during conversation, and help predict future outcomes based on the present. The research team that created the reservoir computing system, led by Wei… Read More »

U-M team working on unhackable computer

By | December 20, 2017

By turning computer circuits into unsolvable puzzles, a University of Michigan team aims to create an unhackable computer with a new $3.6 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Todd Austin, U-M professor of computer science and engineering, leads the project, called MORPHEUS. Its cybersecurity approach is dramatically different from today’s, which relies on software—specifically software patches… Read More »

Interested in emerging tech? Check out Cool Toys!

The Cool Toys Conversation group started out as one of the many spaces on campus where people share cool tech they’ve discovered for education, research, clinical care, outreach, and productivity. Since then, it’s evolved to become more of a community of practice around emerging trends and technologies, but without ever completely giving up the original sharing of cool… Read More »