Faculty members Naira Hovakimyan and Frances Ranxiao Wang, from the Human Perception and Performance Group, are working to explore how humans interact with and react to flying robots that could potentially benefit humans in the workplace and home. The robots are tested in a virtual environment in Beckman's Illinois Simulator Lab.
Minje Kim from Artificial Intelligence, Patty Weisensee from 3D Micro- and Nanosystems, and Ziad Mahmassani from Bioimaging Science and Technology are the presenters at the October 14 noon seminar in Room 1005. Lunch is provided.
Researchers at the Beckman Institute have received more than $2 million dollars over three years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BRAIN Initiative in order to develop an analytical platform that can lead to new insights in neuroscience and create diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities in treating neurological diseases.
Leading University of Illinois researchers, including a number of faculty and staff members from the Beckman Institute, will be presenting at the Share the Vision event on Thursday, October 8. A complete list of speakers and presentation topics can be found on the Share the Vision web site.
Emad Tajkhorshid, a professor of biophysics and biochemistry, loves the challenge of “going after uncharted territories in the molecular world.” He and his colleagues have been the first in the world to be able to describe at an atomic level the entire motion of a transporter protein during its cycle.
Emad Tajkhorshid, full-time faculty member in the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, and Leanne Knobloch, affiliate in Human Perception and Performance, have been named University Scholars in recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
Camille Goudeseune, computer systems analyst at the Beckman Institute's Illinois Simulator Lab, has developed technology for high-resolution images that can aid in indicating changes in vegetation, drainage, erosion or snowdrift, allowing for more accurate decisions in agriculture.
This issue of Synergy highlights the $5 million gift the Beckman Institute received from the Beckman Foundation Board, as well as the innvoative work of students, including Aadeel Akhtar, Arielle Rausin, the 2015 Beckman Awardees, and the 2015 Beckman Graduate Fellows.
A low-cost prosthetic hand developed by Aadeel Akhtar and Timothy Bretl has the potential to help amputees around the world.
The 3D scanner in Beckman’s Visualization Laboratory is helping create new racing gloves for the Illinois wheelchair track team.
The next Director's Seminar of fall 2015 is scheduled for October 8, featuring Nancy Sottos, materials science and engineering professor and part-time faculty member of the Autonomous Materials Systems Group. The presentation will start at noon in Beckman room 1005, and lunch will be provided.
Beckman researchers, including Florin Dolcos, Sanda Dolcos, and Yifan Hu from the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and their colleagues found that healthy adults who have a larger orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region located just behind the eyes, are more optimistic and less anxious.
A special feature in Nature News details the origins of the Beckman Institute, one of the first interdisciplinary academic research facilities.
A team from the University of Illinois is developing a voice amplifier for Illinois art history student Alexis Wernsing, which will attach to her wheelchair and allow her to control it with the nudge of her elbow. The team, including Deana McDonagh from the Human Perception and Performance Group, hopes the device will be useful to others who have difficulty projecting their voice.
Deana McDonagh of the Human Perception and Performance Group, John Rogers of the 3D Micro- and Nanoystems Group, and their team are working together to make wearable health-monitoring devices comfortable, easy for users to apply, and inconspicuous.