Lav Varshney, Beckman affiliate in Image Formation and Processing, and his brother Kush Varshney, of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, have created a mathematical model that predicts how humans perceive the smell of a particular substance based on its physical and chemical properties, by matching a database of compounds to another of perceived smells. By combining compounds in just the right mixture, the researchers have worked out how to produce the olfactory equivalent of white noise
Deana McDonagh, of the Human Perception and Performance Group and professor in industrial design, worked with sophomore students in her industrial design class to design and make something wearable in order to explore kinesiology and empathy.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to a team of Illinois researchers and collaborators at Brown University to develop bat-inspired robots to supervise construction sites. Artificial Intelligence Group members Seth Hutchinson, professor in electrical and computer engineering, and Timothy Bretl, associate professor in aerospace engineering, will work with others in the College of Engineering and at Brown University to develop this project.
For most amputees, the road to a more functional prosthetic device is slow and costly. However, thanks to a research group at the University of Illinois, lead by Beckman graduate student Aadeel Akhtar and advised by Beckman faculty member Tim Bretl, that might be changing, which is especially good news for those who are most in need, residents of the developing world. In August, the group put their latest creation, an open-source dexterous artificial hand, to the test on an Ecuadorian man.
Current Beckman Senior Fellow Chris Chipot shares his prowess with spherification, or when liquid food is encased in a thin polysaccharide membrane that, when consumed, pops open to release a burst of flavor. This avant-garde culinary expertise combines "my two passions,” Chipot says. “My job as a theoretician and cooking.”
Mark Hersham, who did his doctoral work and Illinois and worked at Beckman with Joe Lyding of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, was recently awarded the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius Grant."
Lane Schwartz, assistant professor of linguistics, has been named a Beckman affiliate faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence Group, within the Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme.
William O'Brien, professor of electrical and computer engineering and full-time faculty member in the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory, will present on Thursday, November 6 at noon in Beckman room 1005. Lunch will be provided.
Jianjun Cheng, part-time faculty member in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and his collaborators systematically evaluated the size-dependent biological profiles of three monodisperse drug-silica nanoconjugates at 20, 50, and 200 nm.
Chad Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University, speaks at 4 pm Thursday, October 16, in the Beckman Auditorium on "The Nature of the DNA Bond."
Alek Aksimentiev, of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, and Beckman graduate student Manish Shankla found that it is possible to control how DNA goes through a graphene nanopore for sequencing by applying an electric charge to the graphene.
A new online tool developed by researchers at the University of Illinois will aid studies into postnatal brain growth in human infants based on the similarities seen in the development of the piglet brain. Through a cooperative effort between researchers in animal sciences, bioengineering, and the Beckman Institute, Rod Johnson and Beckman faculty members Ryan Dilger and Brad Sutton have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brain atlas for the four-week old piglet that offers a three-dimensional averaged brain and anatomical regions of interest.
First Lady Michelle Obama incorrectly referred to Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley as “Bruce Bailey” several times. This kind of slip of the tongue, or "spoonerisms," as they're called, are surprisingly common, and reveal a lot about how our brains organize and process language. Activation networks in the brain have been implemented computationally by people like psychology professor and Beckman faculty member Gary Dell, and do a pretty good job predicting the kinds of speech errors people make.
Company MC10 is testing attachable computers that look like small rectangular stickers, about the size of a piece of gum, and can include wireless antennas, temperature and heart-rate sensors, and a tiny battery. MC10 recently teamed up with John Rogers, a Beckman faculty member and professor of materials science and engineering, who has been working for nearly a decade to perfect flexible devices that can be worn on the skin or implanted internally.
Eight faculty members from the Urbana-Champaign campus gave brief presentations to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on their research and outreach activities. The presentations address health and wellness research from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, underscore the broad excellence of the campus, and give keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois, and why they choose to stay. Beckman affiliate Rashid Bashir's research seeks to leverage engineering principles at the micro- and nanoscale for biomedical applications. His lab has used engineering design and 3D printing to create platforms for HIV diagnostics, DNA sequencing, and miniature biological robots.