UMSI student projects envision the campus of the future
Four UMSI student projects are among the finalists in the Campus of the Future design competition, part of the Fall Festival celebration of the University of Michigan Bicentennial year. Students from all majors were invited to submit projects for consideration that re-imagine methods and spaces for teaching and learning at Michigan in the 21st century.
Over 50 projects were submitted and the 30 finalists will be on display October 26 from 9 am-3 pm in the Duderstadt Center atrium and portico on the university’s north campus. The competition finale takes place at the Power Center on Thursday, October 26 between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, at which time the winners will be announced. $25,000 in prizes will be awarded.
Asha Shenoy Kudupi and Aaron Tang are UMSI contributors to the Beyster Bluepath project, a mobile app that provides audio navigation instructions. About 285 million people are estimated to be visually challenged worldwide. Yet buildings, cities and maps are designed with sighted users in mind, making navigation challenging at best and dangerous at worst. This project is building a mobile application that can provide audio navigation instructions. The application—currently being tested in the Beyster Building on North Campus—would elicit user input via voice commands in natural language, locate the user within a building and then provide turn-by-turn instructions to the destination. This solution currently fits into the room and building scales, but the prototype could be scaled further to cover every U-M building, ensuring campus-wide impact in the near future.
C2D Hub: Sustainable Dental Clinic of the Future
Corina Kesler, an MSI student, is the team leader for the C2D Hub, which envisions the dental clinic of tomorrow. Their model is an environmentally friendly, community-conscious building that serves the needs of dental professionals and their patients, supports the economic growth of the region, and implements sustainable and recycling practices in the area.
By employing principles of bio-architecture, sustainable design, and biophilia, the C2D Hub mitigates climate change and climate change impacts and aims to instruct emerging dentistry professionals on eco-friendly building designs and sustainable practices.
DOIIIT: Living Technology Exhibition Space
UMSI students Chuan-Che (Jeff) Huang and Mauli Pandey are members of the team that submitted the DOIIIT installation. In 2014, the DoIIIT Studio (Designers of Interactive, Intelligent, Internet of Things) was launched at U-M School of Information to support research and design exploring how people can better create and interact with technologies—from augmented reality displays to robots to “enchanted” objects. Some temporary exhibitions have been launched in the studio, but they were limited by space, funding and time. This group proposes to build a permanent exhibition space which would provide more robust demonstrations of technologies, longer-term presentations of novel work and periodic rotation of exhibits, all of which would make the interactive experience available to a wider range of visitors. This proposal is “room-scale” and will require the renovation of a storage space adjacent to DoIIIT’s workspace.
BSI senior Diana Oum developed an app for improving educational resources. Today’s students believe that brick-and-mortar libraries are outdated, and even a library’s digital offerings are suspect. Yet these offerings are needed to perform meaningful research. MyResearchPal, a web-based application, can address this campus-wide issue. MyResearchPal enables students to sync assignments through Canvas into a special dashboard. From there, they can connect with university resources, complete an MLibrary research guide and produce an exportable outline containing topics, sources, source notes and citations. MyResearchPal also enables users to “like” a resource or provide a review. Librarians can use this data to gauge the effectiveness of their offerings and better design future resources.
All the finalist projects are available to view online: https://campusfuture.umich.edu/projects/
- UMSI News Service