U-M named to IBM’s Cognitive Horizons Network to advance cognitive computing

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NOTE: This post is courtesy of IBM’s research blog, and was published on September 20, 2016. Written by Guru Banavar, Chief Science Officer, Cognitive Computing and VP, IBM Research. It seems that every day we learn about a new application of cognitive computing. From identifying more effective cancer treatments to analyzing NBA draft picks, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence have arrived and are making a measurable difference in our daily lives. But with all the excitement around real-world applications of this powerful technology, it’s easy to forget that the Cognitive Era, as we call it at IBM, is still in its infancy. And there…

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UMCU endows new Arts Adventures program with $1.5M gift

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The University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) has endowed a new Arts Adventure program at the University of Michigan with a $1.5 million gift. The donation is the largest corporate gift to the arts in the Victors for Michigan Campaign to date and will deeply impact both the community and campus—enabling compelling encounters with the arts for students and providing grants that extend the availability of arts programs to underserved communities. The UMCU Arts Adventures Program provides funding for these programs in perpetuity, while allowing the organizations to enhance and expand upon programs as needs evolve. “The University of Michigan…

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Robotics building design approved, including space for Ford

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Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan’s planned Robotics Laboratory. Today, the U-M Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the $75 million facility, which is slated for the northeast corner of North Campus in the College of Engineering. The 140,000 square-foot building will house a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, an outdoor obstacle course for walking ‘bots, and high-bay garage space for self-driving cars, among other features. And in a unique collaboration, Ford Motor Co. will provide funding to add a…

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Fourth annual Dow Sustainability Fellows Impact Report released

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“The University of Michigan’s work on sustainability—teaching, research, and public service—is an essential part of our commitment to serving the people of Michigan and the world,” said University of Michigan Provost Martha Pollack. “The generous support of The Dow Chemical Company and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation enables students from a wide array of backgrounds to engage in sustainability work. The diverse perspectives of the fellows ensure that new and promising approaches to sustainability will continue to develop,” continued Pollack. “Most importantly, these students learn to work across disciplinary boundaries and stakeholder perspectives as they must when addressing the big sustainability challenges faced by society. They are uniquely ready for the…

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Fraumann named Executive Associate Athletic Director for Development

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Katie Fraumann has been named the Executive Associate Director of Athletics for Development at the University of Michigan. Fraumann, a Michigan graduate and former captain of the women’s basketball team, returns to the athletic department where she previously served as Senior Director of Major Gifts from 2011-14. She will begin her tenure Sept. 19. “I am delighted to welcome Katie back to the department in this pivotal role,” said Warde Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “Her love for, and knowledge of, the Michigan community is matched by her ability to connect with others. Katie shares our values in…

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Barger Leadership Institute seeks corporate support for students

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The Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) equips students to confidently face the challenges of leadership in the 21st century. Students use BLI leadership development programs to help them achieve their goals on campus and as alumni, translating their academic knowledge into action wherever their careers take them. Students define the problems they wish to address, and through their participation in BLI programming, they articulate and implement compelling solutions that merge their intellectual passions and personal goals into effective action. BLI activities are designed to draw students from all over campus and deeply engage them in collaborative projects within safe bounds where failure is as powerful a teacher as success. Experiential leadership…

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Support multidisciplinary student competition that sparks innovation

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The Innovation in Action (IIA): Solutions to Public Health Challenges program, brings innovation and entrepreneurship to public health. More than 150 students from 17 U-M schools and colleges have completed the program since 2013. After four months of not-for-credit curriculum, the students spend two months preparing for the competition which offers more than $22,000 in cash prizes. IIA is seeking corporate sponsorship for the program to provide seed funding for student groups, cover the cost of new learning modules and send students to South by Southwest (SXSW), in addition to a variety of other initiatives. Interested in getting your company involved with cutting-edge innovation? Click…

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‘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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