‘The most interesting tech IPO of the year’ was founded by alums

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A Q&A with founders of Twilio A $1 billion cloud communications startup founded by Michigan Engineering alums went public in late June, bringing in $150 million. Quartz called the move “the most interesting tech IPO of the year.” “(The) closer you look at Twilio, the more it represents a new kind of tech company for a new era of tech,” the Quartz piece argues. Twilio is an application programming interface, or API, that works behind the scenes of apps by the likes of Uber, Airbnb, WhatsApp, Home Depot and the Red Cross. The software lets developers easily add text, voice and video…

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Toyota Research Institute partners with University of Michigan to accelerate artificial intelligence research

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$22 million investment to begin research collaborations focused on autonomous vehicles and advanced robotics projects Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan (U-M) will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) , announced today by TRI CEO Gill Pratt in an address to the U-M faculty. “Toyota has long enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the University of Michigan, and we are excited to expand our collective efforts to address complex mobility challenges through artificial intelligence,” said Pratt. “We look forward to collaborating…

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Tech Transfer welcomes new director of licensing

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Bryce Pilz has been announced as the U-M Office of Tech Transfer’s director of licensing effective July 18. Pilz is returning to Tech Transfer, where he worked closely with the licensing staff as an IP attorney from 2006-2011, taking the position previously held by Robin Rasor. Rasor recently left U-M after 15 years of service to assume the leadership of the tech transfer office at Duke University. Pilz was most recently affiliated with the U-M Law School’s Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Clinic, which he co-founded in 2011, mentoring upper-level law students representing startup companies on intellectual property, corporate and financing matters….

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University of Michigan soars to No. 2 on Money Magazine best college list

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press The University of Michigan – long recognized as one of the top universities in the nation – took a giant step up one set of rankings this year, pulling into the No. 2 slot on Money Magazine’s annual list of best colleges for your money. U-M was ranked 18th last year, but came in second this year. It’s the highest a public university has ever been on the list. U-M just narrowly lost the No. 1 slot to Princeton. Read the full article here: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/07/11/university-michigan-soars-up-best-college-list/86941248/

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Ford increases investment in University of Michigan Solar Car Team, talent pipeline

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Weeks before the University of Michigan’s solar car team shoots for a sixth consecutive national championship, Ford announced it will significantly increase its investment in the program. At a Friday, June 24 event at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, company executives announced Ford will be increasing its annual financial contribution to the team to $25,000, an increase from $5,000. The automaker has been working with several of the school’s programs for the past decade, with representatives acting as mentors and also providing the teams access to the company’s lab facilities for testing. Alliances with “top-flight” universities such as Michigan…

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Sony launches connected tennis racket with U-M technology

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Just months after Wilson Sporting Goods launched its Wilson X Connected Basketball employing patented technology from the University of Michigan lab of Noel Perkins, Sony, through a sub-license with Wilson, has come to market with a smart tennis sensor based on the same underlying U-M technology. The sensor, when affixed to the handle of a racket, allows the user to record data on every shot, sending information in real time to any linked smartphone via Bluetooth. “Through the app screen,” according to Sony, “you can check the swing (shot) type, ball speed, swing speed, ball spin, ball impact spot, and…

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$8M DOD grant aims to address defense downsizing

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Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have lost more than 6,800 defense supply-chain positions in recent years—cuts spurred largely by the ending of two foreign wars and the current federal fiscal environment. Based on a successful pilot project, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment has awarded $8 million to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy to assist communities and companies in the three states that have been impacted by these job losses. “When communities are faced with the type of sudden and severe economic dislocation that can result from a defense plant…

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U-M ME alumna spearheads project, inspires high school students to learn to love engineering

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Autonomous vehicles may be the way of the future and what better approach to get high school students interested in pursuing careers in engineering than creating a two-part workshop focused on learning more about them? That’s exactly what University of Michigan (U-M) Mechanical Engineering (ME) alumna Katherine Avery (MSE ’11, PhD ’16) hoped to do when she developed Exploring Autonomous Vehicles in a Connected Infrastructure (EAVICI), a two-part workshop designed to introduce high school students from the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics teams in Detroit to engineering concepts involving autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure and the…

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Transportation, learning analytics projects get data science funding

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Four research projects — two each in transportation and learning analytics — have been awarded funding in the first round of the Michigan Institute for Data Science Challenge Initiatives program. The projects will each receive $1.25 million dollars from MIDAS as part of the Data Science Initiative announced in fall 2015. U-M Dearborn also will contribute $120,000 to each of the two transportation-related projects. The goal of the multiyear MIDAS Challenge Initiatives program is to foster data science projects that have the potential to prompt new partnerships between U-M, federal research agencies and industry. The challenges are focused on four…

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