A fleet of autonomous "SmartCarts" — high-tech, 3-D printed, low-speed electric vehicles — could one day zip around North Campus, taking students, professors and staff to class, labs and offices while also serving as one of the first test beds for on-demand autonomous transit.
Oscar Ybarra, professor of psychology and an entrepreneur whose startup company helps people maintain cognitive health and mental sharpness, will become the director of Innovate Blue, the University of Michigan's campuswide entrepreneurial effort.
In a torpedo-shaped one-seater powered by a lawnmower engine, a team of U-M students is aiming for a fuel economy of thousands of miles to the gallon.
The U-M Supermileage Team will compete in the Shell Eco-marathon, held for the first time in Detroit this Thursday-Sunday.
In transportation, health care, education and beyond, robots are changing lives, say the organizers of the fifth annual Michigan Robotics Day. And they're doing it from Michigan.
Robotics Day is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 9 at the North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Road.
U-M's Mobility Transformation Center — a major research partnership of industry, government, and academia that is laying the foundation for a commercially viable system of connected and automated vehicles — has launched its Affiliates Program with 27 initial members from a wide range of industries.
Stephen Forrest, former vice president for research and one of the university's most prolific inventors, has been selected to receive the Distinguished University Innovator Award for 2015.
Efforts to get healthier food choices for Detroit residents have proven somewhat successful in recent years with the opening of grocery stores and small markets, but one major obstacle still stands in the way of families getting access to fresh, nutritious food.
Detroit leaders and redevelopment experts will convene Wednesday at the 2015 U-M Social Impact Challenge Finals to evaluate student proposals on a social impact strategy for creative redevelopment of Detroit's abandoned industrial buildings.
David Burke describes a scenario that could be one outcome of the work he and colleagues are doing with their project, Deep Monitoring, which just received a large second infusion of funding from the Third Century Initiative.
"Is that pen from U-M?" he asked an interviewer furiously scribbling his comments. The answer is affirmative.
The university has awarded funding for another 18 projects under the Transforming Learning for a Third Century portion of the Third Century Initiative.
The latest Quick Wins and Discovery grants will be among the last, as the university plans only one more round of funding at this level.
Electric Field Solutions, a U-M startup that uses technology first developed for measuring electric fields caused by dust storms on the surface of Mars, has been acquired by Premier, a gas and electrical industries service company.
Just weeks after a new minor in entrepreneurship opened to all students at U-M, a new campaign to celebrate student innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship kicks off across campus Thursday with the ICE Winter Blast.
A list on a whiteboard tells the children what they can do this day. Among the options: LEGOs, K'Nex, LittleBits, stencils on clothing, poster or card creation, stop-motion animation and Snap Circuits.
Since its inception in February 2013, MHacks, the university's semi-annual event that helped spark the nation's college hackathon movement, has grown from a just-for-fun challenge to a sophisticated operation that draws big sponsors and students from a variety of backgrounds.
Members of the university community have until Feb. 2 to put forward their favorite examples of outstanding teaching by nominating them for the 2015 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize.
In its seventh year, the competition will award $5,000 to up to five faculty projects.
A 32-acre "mini-city," designed expressly for testing connected and automated vehicle systems and other emerging 21st-century smart-city technologies, is taking shape on North Campus.
Three U-M researchers have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
An entrepreneurial education will be available to all U-M students beginning in January with a new 15-credit minor in entrepreneurship that aims to attract students from diverse areas of study.
The world's largest student pitch competition is helping to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship across U-M and beyond. The 1,000 Pitches contest, which began at U-M seven years ago, has grown to six campuses across the country, and this year it gathered more than 7,500 ideas.
The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a U-M research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts.