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Samir Rawashdeh
“It’s just plastic and a bunch of motors. But somehow it becomes more than the sum of its parts.”

— Samir Rawashdeh, a UM-Dearborn associate professor of electrical and computer engineering who 3D printed replicas of the “Star Wars” droids and engineered them into robotic toys for his kids

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A photo of a bloom at the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden

The roots of U-M’s peony garden

In 1922, as he neared his 70th birthday, William E. Upjohn approached the U-M Board of Regents with an offer of “a very valuable collection of peonies.” More than a century later, the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden is home to one of the world’s most impressive collections of peonies.

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    • Kimberley Kinder

    The public-facing nature of bookstores makes them particularly powerful agents of social change and can serve as a bridge to more formal avenues of organizing, says Kimberley Kinder, associate professor of urban planning: “These places proclaim political identity in signage and events that spill out into the streets.” 

    The New York Times
    • Headshot of Robert Lionel

    “It’s going to be interesting to see whether AI complements our pet ownership or replaces it. There’s huge potential. But there’s equally huge risk,” said Lionel Robert, professor of information and robotics, on the latest pet tech innovations like smart collars and robot nannies.

    The Washington Post
    • Shelie Miller

    “There is so much that the plastics industry needs to do to improve the sustainability of plastics,” said Shelie Miller, professor of environment and sustainability. “If our stance is, consumers should be able to consume whatever they want in whatever quantity they want and it’s someone else’s job to deal with it, that’s not a path toward sustainability.”

    National Public Radio

    “Instead of installing cameras at an intersection, if we know the trajectory of the vehicle, then the vehicle itself becomes the traffic sensor,” said Mcity Director Henry Liu, on the use of data gathered directly from internet-connected vehicles or navigation apps on drivers’ phones to help municipalities adjust the timing of their traffic lights. 

    The Wall Street Journal
    • Rada Milhacea

    Rada Milhacea, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and EECS doctoral student Artem Abzaliev are using artificial intelligence to better understand what a dog’s bark conveys about whether it is feeling playful or angry. “Advances in AI can be used to revolutionize our understanding of animal communication. Our research opens a new window into how we can leverage what we built so far in speech processing to start understanding the nuances of dog barks,” Milhacea said.

    BBC