Beckman Institute faculty members Yi Ma and Robert Fossum report this month in the journal SIAM Review on a new modeling method for analyzing large amounts of unsorted high-dimensional data. They also report on successful applications of their method to real-world problems in computer vision, image processing, and system identification. To read the paper, click here.
A lightweight headset that allows players of computer games to move items on the screen with their thoughts could well benefit far more than just game fanatics, says Monica Fabiani, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor. "Often, when companies make products that are comfortable and easy to use by the public, interesting applications on the medical side" follow, she said.
A new study of the ribosome, the cell's protein-building machinery, sheds light on the oldest branches of the evolutionary tree of life and suggests that differences in ribosomal structure between the three main branches of that tree are "molecular fossils" of the early evolution of protein synthesis. Elijah Roberts, a Beckman affiliated graduate student, was the lead author of the study that confirmed and extended the early work of U. of I. microbiology professor Carl Woese. Beckman researcher and Illinois chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten is a co-author of the study.
Beckman Institute Founding Director Ted Brown has been named as the 2008 winner of the American Chemical Society's Mosher Award.
Todd Coleman's background in computer science and engineering informs his innovative research into neuroscience and development of novel brain-machine interfaces.
Nicholas Fang, a member of Beckman's 3-D Micro and Nanosystems group, has been selected as one of this year's 35 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, the world's oldest technology magazine. Fang, a professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and fellow Illinois faculty member Martin Burke were chosen by the editors of Technology Review, published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for the award which honors people under the age of 35 whose innovative work in technology and business has a profound impact on today's world.
Beckman Institute researcher Narendra Ahuja has won a coveted 2008 HP Labs Innovation Research Award, it was announced Thursday.
In a study measuring the benefits of exercise for previously sedentary older people, Beckman researcher and U. of I. psychology professor Arthur Kramer, found that those who performed aerobic exercise did better on cognition than those who just stretched and toned without increasing their heart rates.
Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures Co-chair Narayana Aluru recently reported on two important new findings in areas of nanoscale research. The papers involve innovative computational methods for analysis and design in the areas of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) and in nanofluidics.
Experiments conducted by U. of I. psychology professor Daniel Simons and colleagues at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute demonstrated the dangers of "inattentional blindness."
Beckman faculty member and U. of I. computer and electrical engineering professor Thomas Huang and three other researchers explain that for computing to become all-pervasive and useful, it must adapt to people's natural way of living, communicating, and working.
As reported in the Aug. 7 issue of the journal Nature, Beckman Institute's John Rogers and his collaborators have developed a high-performance, hemispherical "eye" camera using an array of single-crystalline silicon detectors and electronics, configured in a stretchable, interconnected mesh. The work opens new possibilities for advanced camera design. It also foreshadows artificial retinas for bionic eyes similar in concept to those in the movie "Terminator" and other popular science fiction.
Researchers led by Beckman faculty memeber and U. of I. chemistry professor Martin Gruebele and Martina Havenith of Ruhr-University Bochum used newly developed Kinetic Terahertz Absorption Spectroscopy to gain a better understanding of water's role in protein folding.
Scott White, a Beckman researcher and U. of I. professor of aerospace engineering, is the founder of Autonomic Materials, a company in Champaign that is developing self-healing coatings for ships, oil rigs and other structures.