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U-M Invests $600,000 in Advanced Transportation Technologies

Thursday, July 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Ann Arbor, Mich. (July 20, 2017) – Seven technologies demonstrating high potential to help solve transportation issues are receiving a total of $600,000 in funding from the University of Michigan’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) statewide Innovation Hub program to continue their advancement into the commercial market.

Five technologies will receive a $100,000 grant while two will receive $50,000 with the opportunity to unlock the remaining $50,000, after certain milestones are reached throughout the year.

“These teams have made the connection between their research and future transportation systems, and are working hard to get their technology to market,” said Eric Petersen, newly appointed U-M MTRAC Program Director. “Investing in projects and people will help the state retain leadership in the transportation industry as vehicles become electrified and as autonomous systems are proposed for moving people and goods.”

Projects receiving $100,000 in funding include:

High-Frequency RADAR for Automotive Autonomous Applications (U-M): A sub-millimeter-wave radar system with superior detection resolutions, wide-scanning range and minimal size, weight and power consumption.

High-Performance Coatings for Engine Cylinder Bores (Michigan State University): A process to deposit diamond-like coatings onto the inner surface of cylinder bores to reduce friction and resultant fuel consumption.

Multi-Material 3D Printing (U-M): A method which integrates electrical assemblies into components through micro-additive manufacturing.

–Variable Coupling Wireless Power Transfer System (U-M): A wireless power transfer system that achieves high efficiency at a wide range of positions and distances between transmitter and receiver.

–Your Own Planner (U-M): An optimal travel planning search engine producing lower costs at minimal effort for given constraints and preferences.

Projects receiving $50,000 in funding include:

–Enhanced Object Recognition LIDARs for Robotics (U-M): A system to compliment the distance ranging of LIDARs with fast and accurate object recognition, which will enable LIDAR point clouds to be efficiently translated into object semantics.

–Sensor Fusion and Cognitive Computing Solution for Autonomous Driving (U-M): A reduced computing power system that converts raw sensor inputs into highly compressed “cues” to enhance the accuracy of real-time decision making tasks such as trajectory prediction and multi-object tracking.

Since 2012, U-M has been running the MTRAC Advanced Transportation program. Over the course of five years, the program received 47 project proposals, funding 17 of them generating a total of nearly $8 million in follow-on funding. Due to the program’s success, U-M was designated a statewide innovation hub for advanced transportation projects in February 2017.The Advanced Transportation Innovation Hub is part of a statewide initiative, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)’s Entrepreneur and Innovation initiative, funding translational research and accelerating the creation and transfer of new technologies from institutions of higher education, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers. Technologies can be from research settings to practical real-world applications. The U-M Innovation Hub is run jointly with the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) and the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT).

 
 

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