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Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments
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Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments

A new algorithm permits machines to sense their surroundings faster, which could help assistive robots operate more efficiently in unstructured environments.

Unhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start
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Unhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start

A new computer chip architecture could enable proactive defense against cyberthreats.

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement
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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems...

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human
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Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

An algorithm-based system that identifies linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregators and social media sites with a new weapon against misinformation...

How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy
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How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy

Researchers have found that even one automated vehicle using connected cruise control on the road among human-driven cars increases safety and reduces energy use...

Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars
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Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars

The Mcity Threat Identification Model is a new tool to help scientists analyze the likelihood of cybersecurity threats that must be overcome for autonomous and...

A 'stem' Parent Boosts Girls' Participation in Science Degrees
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A 'stem' Parent Boosts Girls' Participation in Science Degrees

Researchers at the universities of Michigan and Arkansas recently conducted a study showing that having one parent or guardian work in a STEM field makes it more...

Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed
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Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed

Vroom is a new software prototype that works by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between mobile devices and Web servers.

Emojis: How We Assign Meaning to These Ever-Popular Symbols
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Emojis: How We Assign Meaning to These Ever-Popular Symbols

Researchers have analyzed the use of emojis by 1 million users via more than 1.2 billion messages.

Next-Gen Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels
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Next-Gen Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels

Researchers say they have developed a memristor computer circuit prototype that has the potential to process complex data faster and using much less power than...

Google-Funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources
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Google-Funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources

Computer science researchers at the University of Michigan have released a mobile application and website to help Flint, MI, manage its ongoing water crisis.

Phones at the Dinner Table: U-M Study Explores Attitudes
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Phones at the Dinner Table: U-M Study Explores Attitudes

A new study investigates how people use mobile phones at the dinner table and their attitudes toward other people doing so. 

Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools For Flint Water Crisis
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Google, U-M to Build Digital Tools For Flint Water Crisis

Researchers at Google and the University of Michigan's Flint and Ann Arbor campuses will develop digital tools to help Flint, MI, manage its water crisis. 

Hacking Into Homes: 'smart Home' Security Flaws Found in Popular System
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Hacking Into Homes: 'smart Home' Security Flaws Found in Popular System

University of Michigan researchers have developed a way to hack into the leading "smart home" automation system and get the PIN code to a home's front door. 

A Better 3D Camera With Clear, Graphene Light Detectors
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A Better 3D Camera With Clear, Graphene Light Detectors

A University of Michigan team is developing a three-dimensional camera that should be smaller than current models while supporting higher resolutions. 

U-M Will Test 3D-Printed, Autonomous 'smartcarts'
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U-M Will Test 3D-Printed, Autonomous 'smartcarts'

University of Michigan researchers are working to understand the challenges of a transportation-on-demand system built around autonomous cars. 

Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing For Low-Radiation Ct Scans
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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing For Low-Radiation Ct Scans

The University of Michigan hopes to reduce the image-reconstructon process time for low-dose computed tomography scans from 30 minutes or more to five minutes. 

Lessons From Cockroaches Could Inform Robotics
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Lessons From Cockroaches Could Inform Robotics

Researchers studying how biological systems stabilize themselves, to help them design steadier robots, are testing how cockroaches maintain their footing.

Bourne Pursuit: Improving Computer Tracking of Human Activity
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Bourne Pursuit: Improving Computer Tracking of Human Activity

University of Michigan researchers have developed a method for improving a computer's human-tracking accuracy by more than 30 percent by examining where the targets...

From ACM TechNews

Improving Emergency Evacuation Planning With Decision-Making Simulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a disaster-response planning tool that uses real-time human decision-making to determine effective law-enforcement...
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