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A touch of color: Engaging children with autism; other exhibits at SXSW

A touch of color: Engaging children with autism; other exhibits at SXSWA gentle push on the stretched white fabric and the vibrant colors come alive. Children with autism find the visual feedback is altered based upon how much pressure they apply to interactive coloring textiles. The social sensory surfaces research at the University of Michigan aims to develop tools for skill-building with fine and gross motor control.

Researchers from architecture, computer science, music, civil engineering, information, interactive design, and occupational therapy came together for this sensory surface project, which is one five U-M exhibits featured at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX this week. Read more on sensory surfaces.

This marks the sixth straight year that U-M will share innovation, technology and entrepreneurship projects at the conference where more than 400,000 innovation tourists attend. The featured U-M innovations:

Mcity, a unique 32-acre simulated mini-city on U-M's Ann Arbor campusDriving technology into the future
Mcity, a unique 32-acre simulated mini-city on U-M's Ann Arbor campus, is the world's first facility designed expressly to test the performance and safety of connected and automated vehicles under controlled conditions. Read more.

One of three babies who were the first in the world to be saved by a 3D printed device that held their airways open, allowing them to breathe.3D printing: A second chance at life
Three babies with a terminal form of tracheobronchomalacia, which causes the airway to periodically collapse and prevents normal breathing, were the first in the world to be saved by a 3D printed device that held their airways open, allowing them to breathe. Read more.

Researchers are using technology to better understand and identify concussions in athletes.From the laboratory to the gridiron
Concussions are an increasing concern for athletes of all ages and sizes. Researchers are using technology to better understand and identify concussions in athletes. Read more.

MHacks, long the gold standard in university hackathons, teams up students to develop new hardware, software, programs and apps.Shaping the Hackathon culture we helped create
MHacks, long the gold standard in university hackathons, teams up students to develop new hardware, software, programs and apps that range from quirky and cool to useful and potentially life-changing. Read more.


U-M Panels

Christian SandvigAlgorithmic Lunacy and What to Do About It
Christian Sandvig, Steelcase Research Professor and Associate Professor in Communication and Information, School of Information

Saturday, March 12 , 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC

Kevin FuAre Medical Devices and Systems Hack Proof?
Kevin Fu, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Saturday, March 12 , 5:00PM - 6:00PM
JW Marriott
Room 203-204

Mohamed MostagirTechnology and Labor: A Contentious Romance
Mohamed Mostagir, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations, Ross School of Business

Saturday, March 12, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
JW Marriott
Salon 1-2

Matthew BurgessUsing Data Science to Catch Legislators in the Act
Matthew Burgess, PhD candidate in Computer Science, College of Engineering

Saturday, March 12 , 3:30PM - 4:30PM
JW Marriott
Salon 5