University of Minnesota secures $2.5 million grant to improve quality of life in cities

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National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program includes outreach to K-12 teachers and students MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/12/2017) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded a $2.5 million grant to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota for a new project to […]

Photons do the twist, and scientists can now measure it

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Measurement of optical torque by scientists holds promise for industrial and consumer devices MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/26/16) — Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have measured the twisting force, or torque, generated by light on a silicon chip. Their work holds promise for applications such as miniaturized gyroscopes and torsional […]

University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute to host the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

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Commissioners and expert panelists address challenges in improving nation’s cybersecurity MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (08/16/16) — On Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) will host an open meeting of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The University of Minnesota is one of just five locations where the Commission is […]

University of Minnesota professors and alumnus win international award for groundbreaking recommender systems research

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Recommender algorithms first published by University of Minnesota researchers are now widely used in industry MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (03/24/2016) – Three University of Minnesota computer science and engineering professors and a University of Minnesota alumnus will receive the 2016 Seoul Test of Time Award at the World Wide Web Conference in Montreal […]

Supercomputer fuels research to limit carbon emissions

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By Kevin Coss Take a moment to picture a chemist’s research tools, and you might imagine microscopes, beakers and Bunsen burners. But when it comes to theoretical and computational chemistry, researchers prefer a different instrument: the supercomputer. The University of Minnesota’s most powerful supercomputer is giving researchers new ways to simulate the […]

Watson kicks off cognitive computing research

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The recent avian flu outbreak proved devastating to Minnesota. The virus killed more than 9 million of the state’s turkeys and chickens and wiped out the flocks of 108 poultry farms, according to a Minnesota Public Radio report. This fall, University of Minnesota students with expertise in computer science and food security will […]

Featured Fellow: Roboticist Volkan Isler

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Editor’s note: IonE’s nearly 70 resident fellows — faculty with appointments throughout the University of Minnesota system who come together here to share ideas, inspiration and innovation across disciplinary boundaries — are among the shining stars of IonE’s signature approach to addressing global grand challenges. Over the course of the next year, […]

Precision farming targets major threat to soybean crops

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Over the last 15 years, farmers across the U.S. have faced a daunting challenge. The soybean aphid, an invasive species first reported in the U.S. in 2000, has flourished on farms. These tiny yellow insects can destroy up to 40 percent of a soybean field when left unchecked. This is bad news […]

MSI Beta experiments with new technologies

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A key tenant of design thinking is rapid prototyping — the idea that testing a new idea early and often in an environment that supports and learns from failure is crucial to driving innovation forward. Now, the University of Minnesota is bringing that same concept to high-performance computing. As part of its […]

Foundation will expand researcher’s spatial data software

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By Kevin Coss The University of Minnesota is no stranger to software innovation. Back before the World Wide Web took hold, the U’s invention of Gopher protocol in 1991 allowed users to find and retrieve documents over the Internet in a more easily navigable format than its alternative, the File Transfer Protocol […]