Computer engineers Yun Fu, a graduate student at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute, and Thomas Huang, a Beckman researcher and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois, have trained a computer system to estimate a person's age based on facial features.
According to Art Kramer, a U. of I. psychology professor at the Beckman Institute, social interaction might be one of the keys to keeping the brain in shape as people age.
Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute are pleased to announce that Michael Walsh has been selected to serve as the first Fellow in their exciting new joint research program. Walsh's work will focus on breast cancer imaging and new technologies for diagnostic tools.
A new chemical approach to making strong carbon films less than 5 nanometers thick could help speed their use in molecular sieves and flexible displays, according to researchers in the U.S. The tough nanomembranes made by the team, led by Beckman researchers Jeffrey Moore and John Rogers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including balloons, tubes and pleats.
For decades, scientists have dreamed of computer chips that manipulate light rather than electricity. Unlike electrons, photons can cross paths without interfering with each other, so optical chips could compute in three dimensions rather than two, crunching data in seconds that now takes weeks to process. "You can take the light, criss-cross it and it doesn't interfere. It allows you to build more complex and compact architectures," said Paul Braun, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. materials science professor.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is pleased to announce the selections for the 2008 Graduate Fellows program: Nitin Agarwal, Peter Freddolino, Justin Haldar, Agatha Luszpak, and Mahdi Rastad.
"I think we still have limited knowledge of how to rank different kinds of exercises that humans could be asked to choose or engage in," said Bill Greenough, a U. of I. neuroscientist at the Beckman Institute. Greenough and his colleagues were among the first scientists to take an in-depth look at how exercise causes physical changes in the brain.
The Beckman Institute Spring 2008 Graduate Student Seminar Series concludes on Wednesday, May 21 at Noon in Room 1005 at the Beckman Institute. The seminar will feature the following presentations: "Multimodality Image Fusion and Pattern Classification by Subspace Learning" by Raymond Yun Fu; and "Precise Control of Distances between Gold Nanoparticles Using Phosphorothioate Anchors on DNA and a Bifunctional Linker" by Jung Heon Lee.
Erik Luijten's academic training was in theoretical physics but he wasn't afraid to take his research interests in new directions, one of which may lead to better treatments for cystic fibrosis patients.
U of I News Bureau -- The Journal Nature this week is featuring the work of Beckman Institute researcher Al Feng involving an Asian frog with ultrasonic capabilities. Feng is reporting among other items that sounds produced by females of the species play a more important role in the mating ritual than was previously known and that to mate, males do the initial calling but have to listen to the female call and localize her.
The work of Beckman Institute researcher Kenneth Watkin is profiled in the News-Gazette. Watkin is collaborating on a project that is developing "smart helmets" that can sense brain injuries.
Feniosky Peña-Mora from the Department of Civil Engineering is a new faculty member in the Artificial Intelligence group at the Beckman Institute.