Wired In: Mark Van den Avont
Mark Van den Avont has developed a composite foam that is lighter and less expensive than foam that is currently available to be used in impact applications like for gymnastics.
The Future of the Robot Operating System (ROS)
The open ROS has been a boon to robot creators. Can ROS keep up with the dazzling array of new demands? Panelists: Brian Gerkey (Open Robotics), Morgan Quigley (Open Robotics), Melonee Wise (Fetch Robotics). on the TC Sessionshow
Armstrong honored for graduate student leadership
Apr 27, 2018 Stefanie Anderson, MechSE Communications
MechSE PhD candidate Ashley Armstrong recently received special recognition for her efforts to increase graduate student outreach among her peers. The Graduate College and SAGE (Students Advising on Graduate Education) recognized just a few graduate students at Illinois who have demonstrated outstanding service that has left a positive impact on the campus or wider Urbana-Champaign community. They were honored at a reception earlier in April
A major factor that led to the recognition was Armstrong’s work with ENVISION (ENgineers Volunteering In STEM educatION). She and fellow MechSE graduate student Matt Milner founded the organization about two years ago, and it’s now a campus Registered Student Organization. ENVISION is a…
Wired In: Aimy Wissa
Hear from Aimy Wissa, director of the Bio-inspired Adaptive Morphology Laboratory (BAM lab) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering.
Wired In: Amy LaViers
Assistant Professor Amy LaViers was the featured "high-tech entrepreneur" for The News-Gazette's weekly Wired In feature.
"Yes, robotic manipulators can move, with redundancy, to an entire workspace, but my studies in dance and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies indicate that human movement is much more than just the positioning of the ends of our limbs,” she tells staff writer Paul Wood. “I'm working on an information theoretic description of moving platforms to demonstrate this to the robotics community.”
Researchers use sound waves to advance optical communication
Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a computer chip. These devices, called optical isolators, may help solve major data capacity and system size challenges for photonic integrated circuits, the light-based equivalent of electronic circuits, which are used for computing and communications.