Jeff Hawkins, inventor of the Palm Pilot and co-founder of three successful technology companies, is now applying his talents to understanding brain function and advancing the area of machine learning. Hawkins will give the 2010 SmithGroup Lecture Nov. 12 at the Beckman Institute.
Beckman Institute researcher John Rogers has been a pioneer in developing novel technologies, including electronics that can be stretched or integrated with silk, that have potential uses in consumer devices and, increasingly for Rogers, in biomedicine. Rogers and his collaborators are now reporting on an implantable technology composed of inorganic LED semiconductors and photodetectors that is flexible and bio-compatible, ideal qualities for biomedical uses such as health monitors or in drug delivery.
The Fall 2010 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, November 3rd. The seminar will feature two short talks from students Rohith Reddy, and Angel R. Aquino. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.
Kenneth Suslick of the Beckman Institute’s Bioimaging Science and Technology group has applied colorimetric sensor technology developed in his lab toward detection of an explosive that has been used in shoe bomb attempts. Suslick’s chemical sensor could be used in airports in the form of an inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld reader.
Richard Powers of the Beckman Institute's Cognitive Neuroscience group is the author of a short story in the New Yorker about an American woman’s lifelong re-readings of an obscure English novel she discovered in the Cotswolds while on a junior year abroad. The article is only available online to paid subscribers.
Newsweek magazine chose the research of Beckman Institute faculty member Mark Shannon into developing a device that can take human sewage and turn it into fresh water, methane, and minerals as an example of one of its 10 Big Green Ideas for trying to make green a reality.
Beckman Institute faculty member Brian Ross believes the goals humans have play a critical role in cognitive processes such as those associated with memory and learning.
Beckman Institute researcher Tom Huang and a team of his students have garnered a National Science Foundation grant to develop a system that could make cloud computing more efficient and easier to use. Huang, Co-chair of Beckman’s Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction research theme, and his students received an Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the NSF to develop an efficient search algorithm toward applications in cloud computing.
The Fall 2010 Beckman Institute Graduate Student Seminar Series continues on Wednesday, October 13. The seminar will feature three short talks from students Michael Evans, Yuan Liu, and Alex Duda. The seminar will be held in Beckman Institute Room 1005 and a pizza lunch will be served to those attending the talks.