Nyssa Bulkes, a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative, and Jamila Hedhli, a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow in the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, present their research at the Graduate Student Seminar held at noon Wed., April 5, in Room 1005 Beckman. Lunch is provided.
Clipping out objects from photos and videos is often a time-consuming process — but Adobe is looking for new ways to change that with deep learning software. Published earlier this month, the research for Deep Image Mapping by Adobe, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign aims to improve on software-based clipping solutions.
In theaters, Spider-Man swings over the streets of New York, gliding across impossible gaps, somersaulting through explosions. In the studio, however, Tom Holland rolls around in front of a giant green sheet. But fortunately for many actors, a new A.I. technology could bring an end to the tedious experience of acting in front of a green screen. A new paper co-published by Adobe, the University of Illinois, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology explains how a new A.I. program could remove the background behind a person or object in virtually any situation, letting actors do their jobs in slightly-more-natural circumstances. The technique could be the beginning of the end for the venerable green-screen (or “chroma keying”) technique, which has been putting actors on Mars and inside of volcanoes for over eighty years.
Xiuling Li, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as an IEEE Fellow. Li has been recognized for her contributions to semiconductor nanomaterials for electronic and photonic applications. Her research focuses on developing innovative semiconductor structures and device concepts through both bottom-up and top-down approaches.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the pending induction of Hyunjoon Kong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, to its College of Fellows. Kong’s research focuses on the synthesis, characterization and processing of nanobiomaterials for diagnostic imaging and molecular/cell therapies of wounds and vascular diseases and regeneration of neuromuscular interface.
Liang Gao, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, has received an NSF CAREER Award for his proposal on compressed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. His research could revolutionize the microscopy field by allowing biologists to quantitatively image dynamic fluorescence events at an unprecedented speed.
Ling-Jian Meng, associate professor of nuclear, plasma, and radiological engineering, is creating and leading a new working group at the Beckman Institute. He will create the Radio-Opto-Nano Working Group.
Thomas S. Huang, a research professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Group at Beckman, has been recognized as a Top 10 Most Influential Scholar by AMiner, a free online service for academic social network analysis and mining. He was recognized for his outstanding and vibrant contributions to the field of computer vision.
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Rachael Rubin and Jason Patrick will present the March 30 Beckman Institute Director’s Seminar at noon in Room 1005.
Health trends come and go, but one medical truism has proven remarkably durable: if regular exercise were a drug, nearly every doctor would prescribe it. Exercise has the potential to stave off heart disease, diabetes, and a range of other ailments. Staying physically fit can help keep the mind sharp as well.
Prashant Jain, a professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, and his collaborators are working on improving a different facet of lithium batteries: the electrolyte. Jain and his students have developed a superionic solid, made from nanoparticles of copper selenide. It allows charged particles to flow at a rate comparable to a liquid electrolyte, improving the safety and life cycle of batteries.
Pierce Hadley, a junior in bioengineering and a member of the first class of Cancer Scholars within that department, has been named the recipient of the William R. Schowalter Award, given by the College of Engineering.
You’re working hard to stay in shape—it helps your spirit, your body, and your mind. The bad news is that, as you age, your muscles do too. Despite your best intentions, there’s no guarantee that you can maintain that hard-earned muscle mass over time. The good news is that Beckman researcher Marni Boppart is on the job, examining why muscle loss occurs and looking for ways to rejuvenate muscle.
Cerebral aneurysms are defects on the wall in the primary artery of the brain, which are formed due in part to abnormal high hemodynamic stresses induced by traumatic brain injury amongst other reasons. Jean Paul Allain, professor of nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, and colleagues are investigating how magnetic fields
Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.
Their report on quantum-controlled fusion puts forth the notion that rather than heating atoms to temperatures found inside the sun or smashing them in a collider, it might be possible to nudge them close enough to fuse by using shaped laser pulses: ultrashort, tuned bursts of coherent light.
Authors include Martin Gruebele, professor of chemistry and member of the Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials Group, simulated reactions in two dimensions that, if extrapolated to three, might just produce energy efficiently from deuterium and tritium or other elements.