Michigan IT Tours & Activities

Index of Upcoming Events

February 16 • Ford Robotics Building Tour
February 26 • Extended Reality (XR): Exploring the Boundaries of Research & Dissemination (Virtual)
March 8 • Ford Robotics Building Tour
March 15 • Wilson Student Project Center Tour


Ford Robotics Building Technology Tours

Friday, February 16 • Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Friday, March 8 • Noon – 12:45 p.m.

Michigan IT invites you to get out and learn about technology around campus! Register today, for an opportunity to tour the Ford Robotics Building the centerpiece in robotics research, learning, and collaboration, and home to Michigan Robotics. Select one of two reserved tour dates set aside for members of the Michigan IT community: Friday, February 16 or Friday, March 8. Tours run from 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. There is a 20-person capacity limit for each tour so register early.

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Tours include these facility highlights:

  • Three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles
  • An outdoor obstacle course for walking robots
  • High-bay garage space for self-driving cars
  • A rehabilitation lab with a Stewart platform, force plates, and dual-tread treadmill
  • A robotics maker space with CNC, 3D printers, soldering irons, and other shop tools
  • An outdoor Mars Yard with imitation martian rocks and soil for testing rovers

Who can participate? Any U-M staff, faculty, or researcher who works with technology, considers themselves a technologist, or appreciates technology can participate in the Michigan IT community.

Tour Location: 2505 Hayward St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2106; Plan to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out on any part of the tour.

Parking: There is Orange, Blue, and Visitor parking available.

  • NC26 has 82 visitor parking available as well for $2.20/hour.
  • NC53 Orange Lot
  • NC46 Orange Lot
  • NC28 Blue Lot

Take the U-M Bus: 5-minute walk from the FXB stop or Hubbard/Hayward stop on Commuter North, Northwood, Med Express, or North-East Shuttle.


Extended Reality (XR): Exploring the Boundaries of Research & Dissemination

Monday, February 26 • 3 – 4 p.m. (Virtual)

Explore the intersection of innovation and education, and learn how Extended Reality (XR), comprising Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality, is reshaping academia. Gain a comprehensive understanding of XR's potential impact on teaching and research, while delving into the complexities of intellectual property implications that will influence the future of education. We are planning this session to be open to all who are interested! Both for those who are new to XR and also for those who are well-versed in the topic and are looking for new tips and tricks to implement!

Click here for more info and to register for this virtual event

Speakers

  • Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel, U-M
  • Jessi Kittel, XR Project Lead, Center for Academic Innovation
  • Ted Hall, Extended Reality Visualization Specialist, Duderstadt Center
  • Stephanie O’Malley, Associate Director, Emerging Technologies Group, Duderstadt Center
  • Ashwathi Iyer, Assistant Director of Licensing, Innovation Partnerships (Moderator)
  • Tina Suntres, Assistant Director of Licensing, Innovation Partnerships (Moderator)

If you would like to hear our discussion on Extended Reality, but are unable to attend, please register for the event and the recording will be shared with you afterward.

Visit our website to watch past recorded sessions as part of this series.

Brought to you by: Innovation PartnershipsThe James and Anne DUDERSTADT CENTERThe Center for Academic Innovation


Wilson Student Project Center Tour

Friday, March 15 • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Register today for a special 45-minute tour of the Wilson Student Project Center for members of the Michigan IT community on March 15 beginning at 11 a.m. There is a 30-person capacity limit for this tour.

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The Wilson Center is a $10-million facility for design, assembly, machining, electronics, and painting that complements classroom instruction. It provides U-M student teams with 24/7 access to dedicated space where they can collaborate in a critical hands-on design experience and compete in national and international engineering design/build competitions.

Who can participate? Any U-M staff, faculty, or researcher who works with technology, considers themselves a technologist, or appreciates technology can participate in the Michigan IT community.

Tour Location: 2603 Draper, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2101. It is on the eastern side of University of Michigan’s North Campus. Plan to arrive early to ensure you don’t miss out on any part of the tour.

Parking: There is Orange, Blue, and Visitor parking available.

  • NC26 has 82 visitor parking available as well for $2.20/hour.
  • NC53 Orange Lot
  • NC46 Orange Lot
  • NC28 Blue Lot

Take the U-M Bus: 5-minute walk from the FXB stop or Hubbard/Hayward stop on Commuter North, Northwood, Med Express, or North-East Shuttle.