With more than 150 researchers and numerous campus units on board, the Strategic Initiative on Imaging at the University of Illinois is playing host to its second conference since it was formed almost two years ago. Set for Oct. 14-15 at the Beckman Institute, the theme for this year’s two-day conference is “Imaging Without Boundaries” and a key focus of the event will be on the computational aspects of imaging.
Min-Feng Yu, a Beckman Institute faculty member and professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois, led the team that has developed a tiny needle to deliver a shot right to a cell’s nucleus.
Beckman Institute researcher Rohit Bhargava led a successful effort that secured a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new diagnostic approach for prostate cancer.
Paris Smaragdis is a new faculty member in the Beckman Institute’s Artificial Intelligence group. Smaragdis is a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science whose research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and signal processing.
John Rogers of the Beckman Institute’s 3-D Micro- and Nanosystems group collaborated on a project with researchers from Northwestern University that designed a square polymer stamp that easily picks up an array of electronic devices from a silicon surface and moves and prints them on a curved surface.
New findings from the laboratory of Beckman researcher Joe Lyding are providing valuable insight into graphene, a single two-dimensional layer of graphite with numerous electronic and mechanical properties that make it attractive for use in electronics.
Beckman Institute researcher Dan Simons appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show and NPR’s program Science Friday last week to talk about his new book, The Invisible Gorilla, with co-author Chris Chabris. To see the TODAY Show appearance, click here. To listen to or read a transcript of their Science Friday interview with host Ira Flatow last Friday click here.
The Fall 2010 issue of Synergy features high tech applications and science but most of all it is about people: how biosensing applications could someday help people, what happens when science becomes a family affair, and profiles of two people whose research is benefitting others.
Amy Alexander grew up in a city steeped in aviation history, Dayton, Ohio, and earned an Engineering Psychology Ph.D. at Illinois that had a focus on aviation human factors. Alexander also took advantage of the Beckman Institute’s Flight Simulator during her time at Illinois, but it wasn’t until after leaving college that she could realize a longtime desire, going from a virtual cockpit to the controls of a real airplane.
Like many parents, scientists at the Beckman Institute often see their children follow them into their chosen profession.
Yi Lu is a leader in employing chemical approaches to gain an understanding of biological structures and functions and in applying that knowledge, using biomolecules like DNA enzymes coupled to nanomaterials like gold nanoparticles, to develop real-world medical, industrial, and home use technologies.
The development of biological sensors, or biosensors, is a rapidly growing field and Beckman Institute researchers are in the forefront of these developments.
New York Times – A study of the effects exercise can have on the adolescent brain led by researchers from the Beckman Institute is the focus of an article in the New York Times. Lead author of the study is graduate student Laura Chaddock of the Human Perception and Performance group, with Beckman faculty member Charles Hillman and Institute Director Art Kramer as co-authors.
Beckman Institute researcher Dan Simons is scheduled to appear on the TODAY Show Thursday and the NPR program Science Friday to talk about his new book, The Invisible Gorilla, with co-author Chris Chabris. Thursday’s TODAY Show appearance on NBC Thursday morning is scheduled for the 9 a.m. Central Time hour. The Science Friday interview with host Ira Flatow will be available as a podcast.
The first Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar is set for Wednesday, September 22 at Noon in Room 1005. The seminar will feature three short talks from graduate students: Laura Chaddock, Corissa Lee, and Lydia Majure. A pizza lunch is provided to those attending the seminar.
Beckman Institute researcher Tom Huang led a team that finished with the top three scores at the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge 2010. The competition tests teams from around the world on the accuracy of their object classifier algorithms used to retrieve and identify content in images.
Florin Dolcos has joined the Beckman Institute as a full-time faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience group. Dolcos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. His research uses brain imaging techniques to study the neural correlates of affective-cognitive interactions in healthy and clinical populations.