Tag Archives: research

Understanding the strongest electromagnetic fields in the universe

Alec Thomas is part of the team from the U-M College of Engineering Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science that is building the most powerful laser in the U.S. Dubbed “ZEUS,” the laser will be 3-petawatts of power. That’s a ‘3’ with 15 zeros. All the power generated in the entire world is 10-terawatts, or 1000 times less than the ZEUS laser.

Yottabyte (Blue) to retire April 2022

The Yottabyte Research Cloud, powered by Verge.io, provides U-M researchers with high-performance, secure, and flexible computing environments enabling the analysis of data sets, and hosting of databases for research purposes. Yottabyte (Blue) will retire on April 4, 2022. Yottabyte (Maize) for sensitive data will continue to be offered as a service.  To determine if a virtual server is… Read More »

Technology helps preserve Michigan’s musical history and culture

From Kentucky bluegrass “noodlin’ and doodlin’” to Louisiana Zydeco to German hurdy-gurdy to East European Klezmer to Indian Manipuri dancing to Native American pow wows, and much more, the Michigan Musical Heritage Project has been documenting Michigan’s folk history and culture since 2014.  The project is led by ethnomusicologist Lester P. Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau professor emeritus of… Read More »

Leveraging technology to improve education outcomes

Researchers from U-M campuses and all across the country are using education data provided by the State of Michigan to study a wide variety of topics ranging from the effects of COVID-19 on public school enrollment to the role of neighborhood instability on student educational outcomes to exploring the ways that financial assets can change youth’s lives. An… 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.

Speaker series highlights programming tools, resources

All members of the U-M community are invited to join the CoderSpaces hosts during the month of November as they share their expertise! The presenting hosts are a team of ITS Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and Consulting for Statistics, Computing & Analytics Research (CSCAR) consultants, faculty and post-docs, as well as research support staff originating from different research… Read More »

Google Cloud Platform: Versatility in compute options, new pricing for researchers

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) now offers greater flexibility and even better pricing for researchers. The suite of products and services includes application hosting, cloud computing, database services, and more, that is available for current faculty and staff. To date, the GCP team has given nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of credits to accelerate research and work around barriers created by supply chain shortages. 

Profiles in IT Interview: Amy Peters—Connection-focused communicator

Amy Peters, director of Research Computing and Infrastructure at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, is passionate about the supportive and connection-driven cultures shared by the four different teams she works with. Outside of work, she is an avid reader with a love of writing, having earned her Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors in English, both from the University of Iowa.

New no-cost research computing allocations are now available

The University of Michigan Research Computing Package (UMRCP), provided by Information and Technology Services, is an investment into the U-M research community via simple, dependable access to several ITS-provided high-performance computing clusters and data storage resources.  University researchers now have access to a base allocation for 80,000 CPU hours of high-performance computing and research storage services (including 10… Read More »

Bike safety research is going ‘high-res’ with new technology

By | July 27, 2021

A UM-Dearborn professor has developed a bike-mounted lidar system that could help researchers and engineers design new strategies for safer streets. Normally when one of our stories mentions lidar — the laser-powered locating technology that’s similar to radar or sonar —  we’re talking about autonomous vehicle navigation. But UM-Dearborn Assistant Professor Fred Feng, who studies non-motorized mobility safety issues,… Read More »

New research computing package supports data-intensive research

Information and Technology Services has launched a new package of supercomputing resources for researchers and PhD students on all U-M campuses: the U-M Research Computing Package, provided by ITS. The U-M Research Computing Package reduces the current rates for high performance computing and research storage services provided by ITS by an estimated 35-40 percent. The reduction in rates… Read More »

UMTurk interface simplifies tasks, wins teaching innovation award

UMTurk, a new way to collect data online and in real time using Amazon Mechanical Turk, was developed in a partnership with faculty from the Department of Psychology and staff from LSA Technology Services.  UMTurk is a simple interface that allows instructors to set up new tasks in a matter of seconds. Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) is used… Read More »

GradeCraft helps UROP students become more curious and better researchers

By | February 15, 2021

For more than 30 years, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program has been a conduit connecting researchers, undergraduate students, and community partners and organizations. In 2019, new associate director of curriculum and retention Chris Bohle was tasked with reinvigorating the program with a fresh take on its curriculum.  Adopting the philosophies of gameful learning, Bohle decided the more autonomy… Read More »

Fairer AI for long-term equity

By | February 12, 2021

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with Amazon, has awarded U-M a Fairness in Artificial Intelligence (AI) grant for research on identifying and mitigating bias in AI and Machine Learning systems to achieve long-lasting equitable outcomes. “There is an increasing awareness in the AI research community of the issue of bias,” says Mingyan Liu, professor of electrical and… Read More »