U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (second from left) talks with Randy Visintainer of the Ford Motor Co. during a visit Tuesday to Mcity. Looking on are U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Ziad Ojakli of Ford. Chao joined a variety of industry, government and university officials at U-M's 32-acre test site for connected and automated vehicles to announce new federal guidance for industry and state governments on automated driving systems. (Photo by Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)
Jerboas and bipedal robots
Researchers from U-M have created a model to quantitatively measure the unpredictability of the movement pattern of the jerboa, a bipedal desert rodent. In this video, Ram Vasudevan, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, and Talia Moore, research fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, discuss how they used information theory to measure the randomness or unpredictability of this highly evasive animal, and why they believe their model can be applied to bipedal robots as a way to engineer unpredictability in their gait.
Taubman Wing opening
Jonathan Massey (second from right), dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, presents a ceremonial brick inscribed with a Block M to Robert Taubman during Friday's grand opening of the A. Alfred Taubman Wing of the Art & Architecture Building. Looking on are Gayle Taubman Kalisman (left) and William Taubman. All three are children of A. Alfred Taubman, namesake of the addition that provides an additional 36,000 square feet to the existing 72,000 square foot facility. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
The dental health of middle-aged Americans faces a lot of problems right now, and an uncertain future to come, according to new results from the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging. This video gives an overview of the findings that show one in three Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 say they're embarrassed by the condition of their teeth, while 40 percent of those polled don't get regular cleanings or other preventive care that can help prevent dental problems.
A new 14,000-pound, 25-foot-tall kinetic sculpture, "3 Cubes in a Seven Axis Relationship," was installed recently on North Campus in front of the entrance of G. G. Brown Building on Hayward Avenue. The sculpture is designed by Northern Californian artist Philip Stewart and took two years to complete after being commissioned by College of Engineering in honor of Charles M. Vest, a U-M alumnus, and former provost and engineering dean.