Tag Archives: innovation

Unlocking Hydrogen’s Potential: Leveraging U-M Advanced Research Computing for Enhanced Vehicle Fuel Usability

Alauddin Ahmed, an assistant research scientist in mechanical engineering, has been using resources provided by ITS’s Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team to answer this exact question in an effort to increase hydrogen’s  usability as a promising vehicular fuel.

Automated Data Cleaning for Sleep Data from Wearables

Automated sleep data cleanup and processing to harmonize Fitbit data obtained via Fitabase with self-reported sleep diary entries sent via SMS-to-Email. This project uses Microsoft Power Automate for processing sleep diary entries in a shared mailbox, and Excel / Power Query for loading and cleaning sleep stages and HRV data.

U-M’s Alumni Association Streamlines LEAD Scholarship Applications with Salesforce Integration

U-M’s Alumni Association has improved its LEAD Scholarship Application process by integrating Salesforce. The new system streamlined the award process, reducing overhead and improving efficiency. The LEAD program processed over 1400 applications, and more than 80 scholarships were offered for the upcoming academic year.

LSA Technology Services partners with faculty to develop MacromoleculAR research application

In May 2023, LSA Technology Services launched a new application, MacromoleculAR, that provides an interactive augmented reality (AR) experience for users to view various molecular models.  The app was developed for Randy Stockbridge, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB). And it’s not only great for the students in her course, but… Read More »

Education and Awareness in VR: New experience illustrates the effects of racial discrimination

By | July 31, 2023

Assistance from the XR team at the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation has helped bring to life 1000 Cut Journey, a new virtual reality experience that immerses users in the life of a fictional Black man in America. 1000 Cut Journey aims to provide users with deeper insights into the microaggressions and racial injustices Black Americans… Read More »

Academic Innovation Fund provides funding and tools to educational tech

By | July 14, 2023

The Center for Academic Innovation is providing funding and support to thirteen new projects aimed at helping implement educational technologies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as well as other global learning communities. The funded projects will include support for pre-college programs and residential U-M courses in both hybrid and online learning models.   The thirteen projects will receive… Read More »

Communication in Music: Using robots to physicalize remote performances

By | July 9, 2023

When the COVID-19 Pandemic struck, musicians still strove to perform together and spread hope and joy. The experience of performing virtually rather than physically quickly proved difficult through video conferencing applications, such as Zoom, with video delays and other limitations. Three U-M associate professors are hoping to change that. Michael Gurevich, associate professor in the Department of Performing… Read More »

U-M launches Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project

By | June 26, 2023

The University of Michigan recently launched the Quantum Research Institute, a $55-million project to further the development of quantum research and its applications in education. The project will recruit a potential eight new faculty members to U-M’s existing expertise, combining physicists, electrical engineers, computer and materials scientists and more. Funding for the QRI also brings lab space in… Read More »

U-M Professors discuss how societal impacts compare to technological advances

By | June 6, 2023

Ross School of Business professor Nigel Melville and Ford School of Public Policy professor Shobita Parthasarathy recently participated in a Faculty Q&A on a U-M podcast, Business and Society with Michigan Ross, to answer questions about the rise of AI and its implications. Melville and Parthasarathy have studied the popularization of AI, as well as what it means… Read More »

The Future of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Exploring oceans and bringing closure to families

By | June 6, 2023

Many know that much of the Earth’s oceans remain undiscovered. Not as many may know, however, that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014 helped scientists to learn more about what happens on our ocean floor.  While the search for MH370 has been unsuccessful, it did unearth valuable information about underwater landscapes, from ridges and volcanoes… Read More »

AV Community of Practice hosts certification training for audiovisual specialists

John “JJ” Jahn, a project engineer lead with LSA Technology Services, firmly believes in continuing education for audiovisual (AV) people on campus. That’s why he asked the Michigan IT AV Technology Community of Practice in May if there was interest in a course to prepare for the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) professional… Read More »

Custom software development advances LSA research

The LSA Technology Services Research Software Programming team has developed numerous custom desktop, web, and mobile applications for researchers in LSA. Programs developed by this group have helped with projects as varied as building robots, tracking monkey behavior, training mice to recognize patterns, and analyzing circadian rhythms.