Michigan Research Videos

Research Stories from the University of Michigan

FY22 Research Annual Report

The University of Michigan reported a record $1.71 billion in research expenditures during fiscal year 2022, fueling innovations to address critical challenges ranging from global health disparities and Great Lakes water quality to firearm violence and driverless vehicle technologies.

Total research volume increased by 8.4 percent over the past fiscal year. The university also reported a record $973 million in federally sponsored research expenditures – an 8.9 percent increase when compared to FY ‘21.

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Morphable Aerial Drones: Building Simulators and Hardware

University of Michigan researcher Vasileios Tzoumas is using his aerospace engineering and science expertise to mentor students from Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program to develop the next generation of drone technology. The goal is to meet societal needs by developing morphable drones that are efficient during takeoff, maneuvering, and landing, resilient against the elements of nature, and agile in cluttered and dynamic environments.

Locating Lead: BlueConduit and Innovation Partnerships

Researchers at the University of Michigan designed software that uses machine learning to help the City of Flint bring clarity to lead service line inventory and replacement. Innovation Partnerships collaborated with researchers, Eric Schwartz and Jacob Abernethy, to launch BlueConduit, a startup that has already helped dozens of communities nationwide save millions of dollars, locate and fix lead service lines faster, and protect the health and safety of residents.

Applying Human-Centered Design to Child Care in Flint

The Provider Empowerment Program, led by Toko Oshio at the University of Michigan-Flint and Jeff Kupperman, supports child care providers throughout Flint by addressing serious challenges and unmet needs of families impacted by the water crisis. Their efforts have helped connect license-exempt and Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) child care providers with important support mechanisms and resources, while working to address government policies that inhibit participation in the child care subsidy system.

Wildfires, Communities and Climate Change

Communities across the western United States face an existential crisis. As forests become drier and thicker with vegetation, and development encroaches further into forested areas, wildfires grow larger, more frequent and more damaging. Professors Paige Fischer and Steve Yaffee, along with their colleagues at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, are working with practitioners across the west to address this growing concern.

Extremism and Social Media

Extremist groups are especially adept at hiding in plain sight by using language that differs only slightly from acceptable speech or employing thinly-veiled phrases that mask nefarious intent. Professor Libby Hemphill is developing a culturally sensitive adaptive language model to detect and effectively model the evolution of online extremist rhetoric in an effort to help advocacy groups view and anticipate this progression.

Optimizing Transportation Systems

How can improved transportation systems better prepare communities for rare, but catastrophic events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, improve quality of life and mitigate economic losses? Professor Siqian Shen is working with researchers across the University of Michigan, using computational science to answer those critical questions.

Great Lakes Water Levels

How will fluctuating water levels across the Great Lakes impact the growth of cities, people moving to the region, changes in water supply and the overall economy? Professor Drew Gronewold is working with researchers across the University of Michigan to answer those critical questions.

Running Injury Prevention

Bone stress injuries are a common setback facing many endurance athletes, including long-distance runners. Ken Kozloff and his colleagues at the University of Michigan are studying these painful injuries so they can better identify prevention measures to be adopted by people across all ages and abilities.


COVID 19’s Disproportionate Impact

Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed more than 600 low-income residents across Ypsilanti about the impact of COVID-19. Their work is giving voice to the needs of those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, ensuring that local health and economic responses attend to issues of equity.


Research Reproducibility

A significant challenge facing a wide variety of disciplines is the ability to reproduce research results. Researchers across the University of Michigan are working together to develop best practices that promote reproducible data science.

Unlocking Big Data

Data science is an important tool that can help researchers tackle challenges ranging from mobility and health to public safety and education. But having access to information comes with great responsibility, so researchers at the University of Michigan are working to ensure data science is not misused to disproportionately harm underrepresented groups.


Diving for Discovery

Some researchers sport lab coats. David Sherman prefers a wetsuit. The University of Michigan medicinal chemist and avid scuba diver travels the world in search of marine microorganisms to help pioneer new antibiotics, anticancer drugs and other medicines.

Cavity Solutions

About 23 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 have cavities, but oral treatment can be costly and traumatic for some adolescents. Dr. Margherita Fontana at the University of Michigan is leading a clinical trial to test whether a quick, painless solution applied to cavities can prevent further damage and infection.