NSF EAGER award to study new information and communication technologies in shared connected vehicles

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social_networkMICDE associate director Siqian Shen (PI) will collaborate with Co-PIs Tawanna Dillahunt and Tanya Rosenblat from U-M School of Information to conduct interdisciplinary research for a newly announced NSF EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) project.

The goal is to investigate the feasibility, challenges, and opportunities of deploying shared connected vehicles with new information and communication technologies (ICTs), to deliver goods and services in future smart & connected communities (S&CC). In taking on a living-lab approach, the study will engage industry, non-profit partners, and underserved populations in Detroit throughout each phase of the project.

The end result will be 1) improved mathematical models and efficient algorithms for optimizing resource allocation, supply-demand matching, and barrier-free vehicle & ICT operations in centralized and decentralized vehicle-and-service-sharing (V&SS) systems; 2) an articulation of the types of critical services that have the highest impact and are needed most among underserved communities (e.g., access to better healthcare or jobs).

miRcore’s high school biotechnology camp a success

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GIDAS Biotechnology camp’s high school students learning about microRNA targeted predictions using Flux, with support from MICDE and U-M’s Scientific Computing Student Club members.


From Aug. 8-12, 2016, MICDE and ARC-TS donated a Flux allocation and computational support to miRcore and its GIDAS’ Biotechnology Camp for high school students. All the students were able to log in the cluster, and use the command line to run RNAhybrid, a tool for finding the minimum free energy hybridization of a long and a short RNA. The students learned about microRNA target predictions that complemented the camp’s wet lab experiments. Scientific Computing Student Club members Joe Paki and Blair Winograd provided support to the students.

MICDE is partnered with miRcore, a non-profit organization whose mission is to democratize medical research by building funds for microgrants to support innovative genetic research.

MICDE parnters with non-profit miRcore

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MICDE has partnered with miRcore, a non-profit organization whose mission is to democratize medical research by building funds for microgrants to support innovative genetic research.

MICDE is providing computational resources and support for miRcore outreach activities, as well as connecting our faculty to the miRcore team to provide expertise and to teach students about personalized medicine and end-user driven research.


MICDE affiliated Prof. Barry Grant at GIDAS 2016 Research Conference poster session

On June 6, MICDE affiliated faculty member Barry Grant joined miRcore’s high school club GIDAS (Genes In Diseases And Symptoms) in their 2016 Research Conference. The students had the opportunity to experience a real conference setting that helped build their interest in science. The students had a chance to give a talk about a research project, present a poster and hands-on workshops. The conference was a huge success. You can read the proceedings on miRcore’s site.

From August 8-12, 2016, MICDE and ARC-TS will donate a Flux allocation and computational support to the GIDAS’ Biotechnology Camp for high school students. The donations will provide students the opportunity to become familiar with the Unix command line and get hands-on experience on computational genomics.

New MICDE associate directors named

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MICDE is pleased to announce the appointment of three new associate directors starting July 1, 2016: Karthik Duraisamy (Aerospace Engineering),  Annette Ostling (Ecology and Environmental Biology) and Siqian Shen (Industrial and Operations Engineering). The associate directors, together with MICDE Director Krishna Garikipati and Assistant Director Mariana Carrasco-Teja, will work on initiatives to help MICDE achieve its goals. These include growing MICDE’s educational programs, the Ph.D in Scientific Computing and the Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery & Engineering; assembling interdisciplinary research teams and helping them secure funding for their projects; engaging with industrial partners; and coordinating outreach activities.