OIT and Earth Sciences Department Test Distributed Acoustic Sensing on SMU Campus Dark Fibers

With Special Reporting from Chris Hayward, Department of Earth Sciences

 In the past several months, SMU’s Earth Sciences Department and SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) networking have collaborated to test a new fiber optic interrogator that can measure tiny strains, the result of seismic noise from traffic, along with up to 100km of fiber optic cable. This technique is called Distributed Acoustic Sensing (or DAS). The first round of testing, which started just before the beginning of the Fall 2023 semester, viewed changes in the seismic noise as a result of students returning to campus and of the seismic noise generated as a result of the semester’s first football game. Continue reading OIT and Earth Sciences Department Test Distributed Acoustic Sensing on SMU Campus Dark Fibers

Curious About Copilot? Check out these LinkedIn Learning Courses!

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Microsoft’s new Copilot AI assistant, formerly known as Bing Chat, has been getting a lot of buzz lately! Along with all of the other AI innovations in the news recently, Microsoft AI is geared towards being an easily available companion when browsing the Internet, working with documents, and for generic requests.

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The Spring Skills Sharpener is Coming!

a basket of flowers on a yellow background.Are your tech skills feeling dull or do you just want to discover something new? Join OIT for the 2024 Spring Skills Sharpener training series! From April 15 to May 15, we’re offering over two dozen training courses, both in-person and via webinar, on popular topics like Excel, Microsoft Teams, Wiki.SMU, Adobe Express, and more for our faculty and staff!

Check out our list of sessions now!

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Infrastructure Improvements for Research and Learning Continue in 2024

NetworkingThe work of installing and maintaining network infrastructure for world-class research and education is a never-ending endeavor. As web services become more and more sophisticated and research data sets become larger by the day, SMU’s network must grow and improve alongside them. 2024 will see both wired and wireless network improvements in many buildings on campus, in addition to other major projects that will enhance services for our entire community. Continue reading Infrastructure Improvements for Research and Learning Continue in 2024