Professors from the Coordinated Science Lab—including Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman's Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group; and Lui Sha, a professor of computer science and a member of Beckman's Intelligence, Learning and Plasticity Group; and Petros Voulgaris, a professor of aerospace engineering—have secured two grants to design more robust defenses against attacks to cyber-physical security systems.
Two faculty members with Beckman affiliations are among five U of I professors elevated as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Naira Hovakimyan, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Group, was honored for contributions to control with applications to aerospace and robotic systems. Olgica Milenkovic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the Computational Multiscale Nanosystems Group, was honored for contributions to genomic data compression.
In a new study, Illinois researchers Gene Robinson, Matthew Hudson and their colleagues established that gentle Africanized honey bees in Puerto Rico are genetically similar to other so-called killer bees, but have some distinct genetic similarities to European honey bees the researchers believe allowed them to become more gentle. Robinson is a member of Beckman’s Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity Group.
Yuhang (Steven) Wang is a 7th year in Biophysics, working with the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group.
A group of students from the Biomedical Engineering Society is working with Wawrzyniec Dobrucki, a professor of bioengineering and Beckman faculty affiliate, to develop PhantomCOR, a dynamic, multimodal heart phantom that can be used to test and validate new research protocols and novel imaging strategies.
What will the doctor's office of the future look like? In a continuing podcast series from the College of Engineering on “Why Cancer Research Needs Engineering,” Stephen Boppart, a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the director of Imaging at Illinois, foresees more engineering and technology integrated into the doctor-patient relationship.
You may have 20/20 vision, but your eyes are no match for those of the mantis shrimp. This unique sea creature has inspired researchers at Illinois to create an ultrasensitive camera said to be capable of sensing both color and polarization. “The animal kingdom is full of creatures with much more sensitive and sophisticated eyes than our own,” said Viktor Gruev, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, and co-author of the new study. “These animals perceive natural phenomena that are invisible to humans.”
Amy Wagoner Johnson, a professor of mechanical science and engineering and a member of the Beckman's Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to further her leading-edge research on synthetic bone scaffolds.
Jefferson Chan, an assistant professor of chemistry and a member of Beckman’s Bioimaging Science and Technology Group, developed a photoacoustic molecular probe that activates in tissues low in oxygen. The device could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of cancer, stroke, and blocked or narrowed blood vessels.
Pragya is an junior undergraduate student in psychology, working in the Behavioral Genetics lab.
According to a study led by Alejandro Lleras, an associate professor of psychology and member of Beckman’s Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group, that feeling of zoning out on long tasks is because the human brain is built to detect and respond to change, so prolonged attention on a single task can hinder performance. To remain productive, Lleras recommends taking breaks during long tasks.
Charles Sing, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named an affiliate faculty member in the Computational Molecular Science Group, within in the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme.
Jiahui Yu is an MS-PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, working with the Image Formation and Processing Group.