Tag Archives: research

Dearborn professor achieves “holy grail” of software engineering

By | November 15, 2018

Cleaning up messy legacy software is a bane of companies big and small, but it’s long been considered an unclimbable mountain. Now, UM-Dearborn faculty member Marouane Kessentini might have found a solution. His software refactoring tool—which helps automate the process of cleaning up messy legacy code—was impressive enough that U-M’s Office of Technology Transfer named if one of eight… Read More »

ARC director Geva elected chair of CASC

By | November 13, 2018

Sharon Broude Geva, director of Advanced Research Computing at U-M, has been elected chair of the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) for 2019. The chair position is one of four elected CASC executive officers. Geva served as CASC secretary in 2015 and 2016, and vice-chair in 2017 and 2018. Founded in 1989, CASC advocates for the use of advanced… Read More »

Can an AI lie detector tell when you’re fibbing?

By | November 12, 2018

Artificial intelligence is everywhere—but here’s a use you may not have considered: lie detection. It sounds like science fiction, but such an AI system is possible. The question is: How accurate can it be? Rada Mihalcea, a professor of computer science and engineering at U-M, has worked on deception detection for about a decade. Mihalcea’s used 121 video… Read More »

The sixth annual NCRC Expo: A time to connect

Giveaways, popcorn, games, treats, and much more! The 6th Annual North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Expo was on October 16, 2018, and brought together hundreds of researchers and their NCRC partners, including Health Information Technology and Services (HITS). The NCRC is a place of fast-paced scientific discovery that lead to improvements in health and well-being, and HITS is… Read More »

Cavium ThunderX delivers 10x Big Data performance increase

By | October 8, 2018

Recently, ARC-TS and the School of Information used the new Big Data platform Cavium ThunderX to reduce run times of the school’s analytics pipeline by a factor of 10, taking overall run time from almost a week to only a few hours. Cavium ThunderX is a free-to-use Big Data platform for researchers at U-M. Currently ThunderX supports mapreduce, Spark,… Read More »

CSCAR training opportunities

By | September 21, 2018

Consulting for Statistics, Computing and Analytics Research (CSCAR) provides consulting services and training opportunities in statistics, data science, and advanced research computation to researchers across campus, regardless of skill level or academic background. All members of the campus community interested in making more effective use of data analytic techniques are invited to make use of their services. Free… Read More »

HITS supports new researcher collaboration website

By | September 18, 2018

Last month, the Medical School Office of Research launched Michigan Research Experts, a searchable, web-based database of research expertise designed for U-M and developed to foster collaboration. Several HITS teams worked for months with the Office of Research and a new vendor in support of the effort. HITS lent its expertise in the integration of thirteen databases to create a more powerful… Read More »

U-M part of new software institute on high-energy physics

By | September 10, 2018

The University of Michigan is part of an NSF-supported 17-university coalition dedicated to creating next-generation computing power to support high-energy physics research. Led by Princeton University, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP) will focus on developing software and expertise to enable a new era of discovery at the Large Hadron Collider… Read More »

Is your kid glued to his phone? It may be a way to deal with a chaotic world

By | September 5, 2018

Parents might shake their heads at kids huddled in the corner of a restaurant booth, playing games on their tablets. But actually, the kids might be creating a comfortable space in a chaotic world they are not prepared to manage. A new U-M survey suggests that the more often kids use media devices to modulate their environments, the… Read More »

Pushing Big Data to rapidly advance patient care

By | September 4, 2018

Today, the breakneck pace of biomedical discovery is outstripping clinicians’ ability to incorporate this new knowledge into practice. Charles Friedman, of the U-M Medical School, and his colleagues recently wrote about a possible way technology offers a solution for moving research out of journals and into the clinic faster. Their approach focuses on harnessing the power of technology to… Read More »

Bringing online harassers to justice

By | August 24, 2018

Online harassment usually originates from deviants operating in dark corners of  the internet. But research shows that, more and more, anyone online is capable of becoming a troll. Efforts to curb this behavior have not been effective because they approach the problem with the wrong tools, says Sarita Schoenebeck, assistant professor of information at the School of Information (UMSI).… Read More »

Fake news detector developed at U-M works better than a human

By | August 22, 2018

An algorithm-based system that identifies telltale linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregator and social media sites like Google News with a new weapon in the fight against misinformation. Led by computer science and engineering professor Rada Mihalcea, the U-M researchers who developed the system have demonstrated that it’s comparable to and sometimes better than humans… Read More »

2018 NMC Horizon Report now available from EDUCAUSE

By | August 22, 2018

For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative… Read More »

China’s ‘Big Brother’: New surveillance system rates citizens’ behavior

By | August 17, 2018

If your quality of life depended on a surveillance-focused rating system that tracked your behavior, how would you fare? In a newly published study, U-M researcher Muzammil Hussain and his doctoral students analyzed the processes and stakeholders involved in China’s Social Credit System (SCS)—a new punishment/reward program that uses scores to determine whether citizens and organizations are able… Read More »

MiVideo supports collaborative research at U-M

Have you ever wondered how to efficiently manage and and share a collection of more than 15,000 research videos? “With MiVideo, of course!” says Melinda Kraft, ITS Teaching and Learning service manager. MiVideo is the university’s streaming media service, powered by Kaltura, and is approved for use with certain types of sensitive data. “It’s a great option for… Read More »

Online harassment: Justifiable when deserved?

  A new study has shown that people feel online harassment is deserved when the person commits an offense, even though the common consensus is that on principle, harassing is not appropriate. U-M researchers at the School of Information discovered that bystander intervention could change this perception. These researchers recruited participants from Twitter and Amazon Mechanical Turk and… Read More »

‘Smart’ online courses closing the gender gap

School of Information researchers Christopher Brooks, Joshua Gardner, and Kaifeng Cheng, presented findings at the London Festival of Learning that showed that replacing images of men with women in online courses encouraged female students to engage more with the course. These researchers are also working toward supporting the development of online courses with tailored content for the learners. The U-M research team conducted… Read More »

U-M researchers create world’s smallest computer

By | July 4, 2018

A team of researchers from U-M have created a computing device that is 0.3 mm, many times smaller than a grain of rice. That beats IBM’s March claim of creating the world’s smallest computer. However, unlike most existing devices—which retain their programming and data even when they are not externally powered—these new microdevices from IBM and now Michigan lose all… Read More »

Crowdsourcing in milliseconds

Walter Lasecki, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and in the School of Information, has co-authored a paper introducing the “look-ahead approach,” a hybrid intelligence workflow that enables instantaneous crowdsourcing systems that can return crowd responses within milliseconds. According to the published paper, “Bolt: Instantaneous Crowdsourcing via Just-in-Time Training:” …real-time crowdsourcing has made it possible to solve… Read More »

U-M researchers strive to keep confidential data safe

“Virtually all human activity in the modern world creates digital traces. It is our responsibility to ensure that the resulting data is protected and managed responsibly,” said Margaret Levenstein, director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the U-M Institute for Social Research. Levenstein is leading a project team working to create a “System of… Read More »