The latest member of Michigan Robotics, dubbed Cassie Blue, arrived in late summer and is ready to help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level. In this video, Jessy Grizzle, the director of Michigan Robotics and the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, explains how two more joints in each leg not only give Cassie the potential to be better at the independent walking pioneered by its predecessor, MARLO, but it opens a host of new possibilities.
Teams of architecture students in an engaged learning workshop called Practice Sessions work with professional mentors over a long weekend to help solve real-world design challenges. In this video, students, faculty and professionals discuss the project, which is funded with a $350,000 grant through U-M's Third Century Initiative.
In this video, Brandon Wong, doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, discusses how he and his team from the Real Time Water Systems Lab are trying to change not only how a city can dynamically manage water on-site, but also how they can control water. He is working with Branko Kerkez, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, to develop "smart" stormwater systems to lessen the impacts of flooding. The project has received a $1.8 million National Science Foundation grant.
Frogs in Peru
A U-M ecologist and his colleagues have discovered three more frog species in the Peruvian Andes, raising to five the number of new frog species the group has found in a remote protected forest since 2012. In this video, Rudolf von May, a postdoctoral researcher in the Rabosky Lab at the Museum of Zoology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, talks about how they found the tiny creatures that live in the mountain forests and Andean grasslands of central Peru.
2017 faculty awards
Provost Martin Philbert presents a Faculty Recognition Award to Margherita Fontana, professor of dentistry, during Monday's annual faculty awards ceremony at the U-M Museum of Art. She was one of 31 faculty members honored for their teaching, scholarship, service and creative activities. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)