Tag Archives: research

Jenna Wiens named new Precision Health co-director

By | July 4, 2019

Effective September 1, 2019, Jenna Wiens, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, will become a Precision Health co-director. She succeeds Eric Michielssen, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who is stepping down to take sabbatical leave. Wiens is transitioning to co-director from a successful role as a co-lead for Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT Workgroup,… Read More »

UMSI students help make civic tools work for Detroit residents

By | July 3, 2019

The City of Detroit has a lot of data to share. The challenge is making this data accessible to residents. So, the city partnered with Data Driven Detroit to solve the problem. Together, they formed a user testing group, CUTgroup Detroit, and enlisted the School of Information (UMSI) to contribute the user testing acumen necessary to ensure the voices of Detroit… Read More »

New tech explored at BRCF Genomics Showcase

On June 13, 2019, more than 300 people came together at the Biomedical Research Core Facilities Genomics Showcase to learn more about the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space. Cores are centralized facilities or labs that offer shared services, shared equipment, resources, and expertise to biomedical researchers and investigators on a fee-for-service basis.… Read More »

Explore new technologies at the BRCF Genomics Showcase

By | May 29, 2019

Join the BRCF for a Genomics Showcase to explore the rapidly evolving technologies, applications, and platforms available in the genomics space, including single cell analysis, ATAQ-Seq, epigenetics, high-throughput sequencing applications, and more. Thursday, June 13, 2019Palmer Commons, 4th FloorSpeaking sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Lunch and information tables open at 11:30 a.m. The Showcase will explore multiple topics,… Read More »

Read the 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report for higher ed

By | May 2, 2019

The EDUCAUSE Horizon Project continues to identify and describe higher education trends challenges, and technology developments that are likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. This year, EDUCAUSE releases a new, reflective section of the Horizon Report, a section that revisits several forecasts from 3-5 years ago and provides the audience with context from… Read More »

Michigan Meeting explores living in the digital age, May 9-10

By | May 1, 2019

A group of U-M faculty members have set out to ask critical questions about how today’s digital environment affects personal and societal well-being, perceptions and livelihoods. In other words, what does it mean to be alive in the digital age? That question is the focus of “Living a Digital Life,” the 2019 Michigan Meeting scheduled for May 9-10… 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 »

Online civic engagement is not always a positive experience

By | April 4, 2019

Online civic engagement is generally viewed as a positive way for individuals to improve the quality of life in their community. But new research led by School of Information associate professor Libby Hemphill suggests that online civic engagement doesn’t always feel good, and it doesn’t always improve the community. Hemphill and her team interviewed 40 nonprofit employees and… Read More »

Healthcare and Big Data

By | March 20, 2019

Jenna Wiens, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, leads the Machine Learning for Data-Driven Decisions research group. Her work focuses on developing the computational methods needed to help organize, process, and transform patient data into actionable knowledge. The Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation recently interviewed Wiens about her research and its practical implications for… Read More »

UMSI researchers recognized with 3 Best Paper awards at 2019 CHI Conference

By | March 18, 2019

U-M School of Information faculty and PhD students have earned three Best Paper and five Honorable Mention designations at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Best Paper awards go to the top one percent of accepted papers at ACM CHI, the premiere international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. This year’s conference takes place May 4-9 in… Read More »

U-M launches health study using Apple Watch

By | March 15, 2019

Consumers are increasingly turning to wearable devices to learn more about everything from their heart rate to sleep quality. Yet, the question remains: what can all of this data tell us about people’s overall health? U-M has launched a study to discover if data collected on Apple Watch, combined with other health information, can provide insight into health,… Read More »

Two solutions for GPU efficiency can boost AI performance

By | March 8, 2019

Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have been getting a big workout from new advancements in AI because they offer significant performance boosts thanks to their parallel computing capabilities. GPUs are employed by large computing clusters to handle huge datasets for deep learning applications. Achieving cost-effectiveness in these clusters relies on efficiently sharing resources between multiple users. However, these systems… Read More »

U-M Precision Health use case to focus on mobile technology and mental health

By | February 27, 2019

Precision Health at U-M is is funding a new use case focused on the effects of wearable and mobile technology on mental health outcomes. The project, “Enhancing Mental Health Care through Mobile Technology,” is led investigators Amy Bohnert and Srijan Sen from Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Researchers will use machine learning to identify key predictors of treatment… Read More »