Wolverines meet Deere

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John Deere, like other successful multinational companies, always has a hopper of engineering ideas they would like to explore: exciting new technology, improvements to their existing product line, novel product ideas and more. One such project on the list was to develop new and refined functionality for their TANGO E5 Autonomous Lawnmower.  Based on the requirements and timing of the project and U-M’s expertise in robotics, John Deere felt this was an excellent project for some eager and talented students. So John Deere turned to the Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP) at U-M’s College of Engineering. Each year, MDP partners with…

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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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A rare look under the hood

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“Working with the Business Engagement Center, Axalta was able to connect with U-M students in a collaborative, mutually beneficial way. The coatings industry is complex, and together we worked to show students how their skills can transfer to the paint business.” –David Fischer, Axalta vice president for market strategy and growth (B.S. ’80, MBA ’89) How engineering, chemistry and business excellence transfers to both NASCAR and the coatings industry is one conversation many University of Michigan students did not expect to be a part of. But through the facilitation of U-M’s Business Engagement Center, 36 students had the opportunity to…

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U-M, IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system

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The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver “data-centric” supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology. The system is designed to enable high performance computing applications for physics to interact, in real time, with big data in order to improve scientists’ ability to make quantitative predictions. IBM’s systems use a GPU-accelerated, data-centric approach, integrating massive datasets seamlessly with high performance computing power, resulting in new predictive simulation techniques that promise to expand the limits…

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Axalta and U-M announce new research partnership

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On March 30th, 2016, Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and the University of Michigan unveiled a new partnership to benefit the research and education missions of the University. Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR® Cup Series champion and current Axalta Global Business Advisor to Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver and his executive team, joined leaders from both organizations for the announcement at the Walter E. Wilson Student Team Project Center. Under the multi-year agreement, Axalta and U-M will collaborate on a number of business and research and development initiatives. The first public display of…

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Deloitte alumni and the Deloitte Foundation help U-M develop future leaders

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With over 700 University of Michigan alumni in its U.S. operations alone, and a working relationship dating back more than 25 years, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries recognize U-M as one of their most strategic university relationships. Having been involved in numerous initiatives across campus, Deloitte U-M alumni recently decided to focus their financial support to make a greater impact for U-M students. Guided by the Business Engagement Center’s Nell Dority and Michigan Ross’ Margaret Krebsbach, Deloitte leaders met with a variety of U-M faculty and representatives over the course of 18 months to identify initiatives and priorities common to…

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Satinder Singh Baveja, U-M professor of computer science and engineering and director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab draws a diagram to illustrate the Turing test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950 as a test of machine intelligence. For a computer to pass it, it must converse with a human interrogator so fluidly that the interrogator believes it is human. Also pictured are David Nahamoo, (center) chief speech technology officer in IBM Research's Watson Group and  Emily Mower Provost, U-M assistant professor of computer science and engineering.  University of Michigan faculty members are working with IBM to turn the company's Watson cognitive computing platform into a truly conversational system that could pass or redefine the Turing test.

U-M, IBM partner on advanced conversational computing system

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“The broad goal is to innovate the whole space of conversational technology,” said Dr. David Nahamoo, IBM fellow and speech chief technology officer at IBM Watson. “We’re creating a knowledge-rich system that humans can converse with. This is an exciting time for those involved. We are grateful to the Business Engagement Center for spearheading the conversations between IBM and the University of Michigan in order to bring this project to life.” In an effort to help solve one of the grand challenges of artificial intelligence, the University of Michigan and IBM have launched a $4.5 million collaboration to develop a…

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Autonomous cars in snow: Ford, U-M test at Mcity

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Typical autonomous vehicle sensors are useless on snow-covered roads, but researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford are collaborating on a solution. In Michigan and on U-M’s 32-acre Mcity simulated urban environment, they’ve conducted what they believe are the industry’s first tests of autonomous vehicles in wintry conditions. Ford will announce the tests today at the North American International Auto Show at an 11:40 a.m. live-streamed press conference that will be followed by a broader discussion of autonomous vehicles at 2 p.m. U-M’s Edwin Olson, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, will take part in that discussion….

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Stryker’s recruiting relationship leads to student support

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Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Stryker, a FORTUNE 500 company, considers the University of Michigan one of its two core schools for recruiting “At the University of Michigan, we are able to recruit for different divisions of our company because students come from all over the country with a wide variety of backgrounds,” said Katie Grau, Stryker university recruiter. “From engineering and computer science to finance and marketing, we have the opportunity to connect with the best-of-the-best. We are grateful to the Business Engagement Center for helping us make these connections.” Roughly 10 percent of the 200 interns Stryker places each…

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U-M opens world-class battery research lab

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Ford, MEDC partner to create open innovation laboratory The opening of the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or Battery Lab, today further expands the Midwest’s rapidly growing battery research and manufacturing capabilities. The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users. The lab’s capabilities have already attracted global user interest from startups, established corporations and academics. The facility is funded with a $2 million investment from U-M, with $5 million in additional financial support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and $2.1…

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