Tag Archives: research

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 »

Michigan Research Cores database aids U-M science researchers

By | February 19, 2019

U-M is full of rich core resources, but they are often challenging to find. The new Michigan Research Cores web portal enables researchers to easily find and identify the location and capabilities of 70 research cores across campus. Cores are centralized facilities or labs that offer services, equipment, resources and expertise on a recharge basis to scientific researchers.… Read More »

Teaching self-driving cars to predict pedestrian movement

By | February 14, 2019

By zeroing in on humans’ gait, body symmetry and foot placement, U-M researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than current technologies. Data collected by vehicles allow the researchers to capture video snippets of humans in motion and then recreate them in 3D computer simulation. With that, they’ve created a system… Read More »

Why fears of fake news are overhyped

By | February 13, 2019

A study conducted by U-M professor of public policy Brendan Nyhan suggests that the effect of fake news on the 2016 election has been overestimated. Using laptop/desktop web traffic data from a nationally representative online panel allowed Nyhan and his colleagues to measure who visited fake news sites before the 2016 election with unprecedented precision. “Relatively few people consumed this form… 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 »

Eric Michielssen completes term as AVPR – Advanced Research Computing

By | January 17, 2019

Eric Michielssen stepped down from his position as Associate Vice President for Research – Advanced Research Computing on December 31, 2018. He served in that leadership role for almost six years. Dr. Michielssen will return to his faculty role in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering. Read more on the ARC-TS… Read More »

New device mimics brain-like computing

By | December 20, 2018

A new electronic device developed at U-M can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons. “Neuroscientists have argued that competition and cooperation behaviors among synapses are very important. Our new memristive devices allow us to implement a faithful model of these behaviors in a solid-state system,” said Wei Lu, U-M professor… Read More »

CSCAR offers free workshops starting in January 2019

By | December 13, 2018

Beginning in January of 2019, Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) will offer most of its workshops free of charge to U-M students, faculty, and staff. CSCAR is able to do this thanks to funding from U-M’s Data Science Initiative. Registration for workshops is still required, and seats are limited. CSCAR requests that participants please cancel their… Read More »

Parents, kids talk more about using tech than content

By | December 12, 2018

A recently published study led by former U-M researcher Sarah Domoff found that parents spend more time talking with kids about the mechanics of using their mobile devices than they do about what their kids watch and download on those devices. Domoff, now an assistant professor at Central Michigan University, said the findings revealed some concerning trends in how… Read More »

Connecting Digital Scholarship, Jan. 23

By | December 10, 2018

Join us as we engage in a lively discussion focused on Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship/Digital Studies. This event will offer a series of lightning talks and a panel discussion that showcase several faculty involved in DH/DS projects. Participants will reflect on the potential of and challenges related to digital scholarship and its role in teaching, research, and publishing. In other words, how do you… Read More »

Precision Health Award for measuring moods via novel tech approach

By | December 5, 2018

Computer Science And Engineering Professor Emily Mower Provost and collaborators on the Prechter Bipolar Research team were one of 10 recipients of the Michigan Precision Health Investigators Award. Mower Provost and her team propose novel technology, data collection, and computational models that will provide objective assessments of an individual’s behavior and social environment based on analyses of comprehensive… Read More »

U-M hosts new data center for educational research collaboration

By | November 30, 2018

The launch of a new research collaboration and a data center at the University of Michigan marks the start of a unique collaboration between U-M, Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information. The new Michigan Education Research Institute and Michigan Education Data Center will facilitate research projects in education,… Read More »