Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 Hoeft T&M student conducts pilot internship program in China https://business.illinois.edu/peter-ninchich Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Study uses DNA sequences to track plant evolution http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9744 <p> Scientists from North America, Europe and China today published a paper that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet. Illinois CS/BioE professor Tandy Warnow and her student Siavash Mirarab developed new methods for analyzing the massive datasets used in the project.</p> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> Scientists from North America, Europe and China today published a paper that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet. Illinois CS/BioE professor Tandy Warnow and her student Siavash Mirarab developed new methods for analyzing the massive datasets used in the project.Scientists from North America, Europe and China today published a paper that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet. Illinois CS/BioE professor Tandy Warnow and her student Siavash Mirarab developed new methods for analyzing the massive datasets used in the project. - See more at: http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/in-the-news.html#sthash.HSRGuac8.dpuf</div> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Through 3D-Printed Prosthetic, Illinois Students Lending a Hand in Ecuador http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9730 <p> A group of University of Illinois students has created one of the first 3D-printed prosthetic hands with pattern recognition capability. A machine-learning algorithm allows it to do more than just open and close. It learns other positions of the hand for more functionality. In addition, it can be created for a mere $270 compared to the average myoelectric prosthetic, which retails for between $30,000-$40,000. Even taking in consideration mark-up, it still represents a significant cost decrease to the patient.</p> Mike Koon, Engineering Communications Office Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Taxi GPS data helps researchers study Hurricane Sandy's effect on NYC traffic http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9717 <p> When Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast in late October 2012, the “superstorm” disrupted traffic in New York City for more than five days, but the evacuation proceeded relatively efficiently with only minor delays. The largest Atlantic hurricane on record, Sandy offered a chance for Illinois researchers to try out a new computational method they developed that promises to help municipalities quantify the resilience of their transportation systems to extreme events using only GPS data from taxis.</p> Celeste Arbogast, CEE Dept. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Eden awarded nearly $1 million grant for microplasma research http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9710 <p> ECE professor Gary Eden was awarded a $917,744 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to fund his purchase of laser and gas analytical equipment. He plans to use this equipment to continue his research of microplasma devices.</p> <div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;"> Eden was awarded a $917,744 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to fund his purchase of laser and gas analytical equipment. He plans to use this equipment to continue his research of microplasma devices. - See more at: http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=9710#sthash.4Tt68RNH.dpuf</div> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Abbamonte selected Moore Investigator http://physics.illinois.edu/news/story.asp?id=9704 <p> Physics professor Peter Abbamonte is one of nineteen outstanding scientists nationwide to be designated a Moore Experimental Investigator in Quantum Materials. Recipients of this five-year grant are selected based on the potential for their research to transform our understanding of quantum materials, making it possible to ask new fundamental questions about the organization and behavior of complex quantum matter.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Songbin Gong wins DARPA Young Faculty Award http://www.ece.illinois.edu/mediacenter/article.asp?id=8721 <p> ECE Assistant Professor Songbin Gong sees “increased power consumption by electronics as an issue that must be met within the next 10 years. To solve it, we will completely overhaul modern electronic architecture.” Gong won the DARPA Young Faculty Award for a concept that aims to develop an integrated circuit design that replaces the transistor with a completely new technology.</p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT CS @ Illinois celebrates 50 years! http://cs.illinois.edu/news/cs-illinois-50th-anniversary-celebration <p> During the last five decades, the Department of Computer Science at Illinois has produced thousands of creative and driven graduates who have made important contributions to the computing field and to society at large. Collectively, its alumni and faculty have birthed entirely new industries, generated billions of dollars in commerce, created tens of thousands of jobs, and revolutionized the way people communicate, shop, conduct business, and are entertained. This week the CS department is inviting alumni and friends, corporate and campus partners, and current faculty, staff and students to join in a week of celebration. Activities include the Women in Computer Science Fall Student & Alumni Dinner, the 50th Anniversary Celebration, the CS @ ILLINOIS Awards, and Homecoming festivities and football.</p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Fostering geospatial discovery and innovation through a national CyberGIS facility http://cybergis.illinois.edu/news/141017_mri.html <p> Geospatial data—or information that is linked to location and time—can be complex, irregular, and difficult to analyze. The CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign was established to tackle these issues by managing, processing, and visualizing massive and complex geospatial data, while performing associated analysis and simulation. CyberGIS can provide insights to scientists about trends, tipping points, and hidden connections.</p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Chicago Innovation Exchange partners with Engineering at Illinois http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9694 <p> The University of Chicago’s new <a href="https://cie.uchicago.edu/">Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE)</a>, which celebrated its grand opening on October 16, announced a partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. The CIE, in collaboration with the <a href="http://research.chicagobooth.edu/polsky/">Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation</a> of the <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/">University of Chicago</a> <a href="http://www.chicagobooth.edu/">Booth School of Business</a>, helped foster the relationship, which unites Chicago Booth students and entrepreneurship with top-tier engineering talent and encourages the development and retention of start-ups in Illinois, both in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign.</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Sculpture installed at ECE http://news.illinois.edu/ii/14/1016/ECEsculpture_photo.html <p> Workers install John Adduci’s “Diss-Connections,” next to the Wright Street entrance of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. The sculpture consists of three simple bronze wire connectors sitting atop twisted stainless steel wires. Adduci, an internationally recognized artist based in Chicago, uses the fluidity of metal to express both movement and stability to outdoor sculpture.</p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT CS @ Illinois first to offer Data Mining and Cloud Computing specializations on Coursera http://cs.illinois.edu/news/cs-illinois-first-offer-data-mining-and-cloud-computing-specializations-coursera-platform <p> Coursera and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced a pair of computer science specializations, one in data mining and Big Data and one in cloud computing. These targeted sequences of courses will be offered as massive, open online courses (MOOCs).</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT 26 Illinois undergrads selected for NCSA internships http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/24_illinois_undergrads_selected_for_internships_with_ncsa <p> Twenty-six undergraduate students have been selected for 2014-2015 internships at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). These talented undergraduates were selected through NCSA's SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program. They will pursue research and development projects—from developing an app to display crystal structure data to enhancing the experience of dance, theater and music performances—with mentors from NCSA and related University programs.</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Study reveals optimal particle size for anticancer nanomedicines http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9546 <p> Nanomedicines consisting of nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery to specific tissues and cells offer new solutions for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Understanding the interdependency of physiochemical properties of nanomedicines, in correlation to their biological responses and functions, is crucial for their further development of as cancer-fighters. In a recent study, published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>, MatSE associate professor Jianjun Cheng and his collaborators systematically evaluated the size-dependent biological profiles of three monodisperse drug-silica nanoconjugates at 20, 50 and 200 nm.</p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT New imaging may reveal trace metals' role in Alzheimers and Parkinsons http://npre.illinois.edu/news/new-xset-imaging-holds-potential-revealing-trace-metals-role-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-parkinson%E2%80%99s <p> NPRE Associate Prof. Ling-Jian Meng’s team is developing a new, non-invasive X-ray imaging technique, called X-ray stimulated emission tomography (XSET), for mapping the distribution of trace metals in mouse brain. The new technology could provide critical information for studying the relation between the presence of trace metals in the brain and certain neural degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as provide a more precise way for image-guided anti-cancer drug delivery and release processes.</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Ruzic Elected as APS Fellow http://npre.illinois.edu/news/ruzic-elected-aps-fellow <p> NPRE Prof. David N. Ruzic has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Ruzic, Bliss Professor of Engineering, has been cited “for major contributions toward the use of lithium as a plasma facing component for fusion applications and understanding of plasma-material interactions through innovative experiments.”</p> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Geagea to deliver Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture on Oct. 22 http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9672 <p> Joseph C. Geagea, senior vice president of technology, projects and services at Chevron, will deliver the  College of Engineering’s Dean's Distinguished Leadership Lecture on Wednesday, October 22. His presentation, “Meeting our Energy Needs For a Better Tomorrow,” will take place at  4:30 p.m. in Room 1310 at the Yeh Center in Newmark Laboratory.</p> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT U of I chosen for NIH Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/9624 <p> The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be the home of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Excellence for Big Data Computing, part of a wide-ranging effort to develop new strategies to analyze and leverage the explosion of increasingly complex biomedical data sets, often referred to as Big Data. These NIH multi-institute awards constitute an initial investment of nearly $32 million in fiscal year 2014 by NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative to establish 12 centers that will each tackle specific data science challenges.</p> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:30:00 CDT New Illinois-Mayo Center Announced to Revolutionize Genomic Data Analysis http://www.igb.illinois.edu/news/illinois-mayo-clinic-collaborate-revolutionize-genomic-data-analysis <p class="p1"> In 2012, the National Institutes of Health created the <a href="http://bd2k.nih.gov/"><span class="s1">Big Data to Knowledge</span></a> (BD2K) initiative to enable efforts to harness the potential of this flood of information.  As part of the first wave of BD2K funding, the <a href="http://illinois.edu/"><span class="s1">University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</span></a> and <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/"><span class="s1">Mayo Clinic</span></a> have now received a $9.34M, 4-year award to create one of several new Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing.</p> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Featured on New York Times - Rogers' Wearable Technology Feels Like Skin http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/fashion/wearable-technology-that-feels-like-skin.html?_r=2 <p class="p1"> <a href="http://rogers.matse.illinois.edu/"><span class="s1">John A. Rogers</span></a>, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been working for nearly a decade to perfect flexible devices that can be worn on the skin or implanted internally. <span style="font-size: 12px;">The health applications are enormous. Over the past year, Mr. Rogers and his team of scientists have been working with patients with Parkinson’s disease to monitor their motions, dermatologists to treat skin diseases, and beauty companies like L’Oréal to develop digital stickers that track skin hydration. </span><span style="font-size: 12px;">Wearable-computer advocates are also giddy about the infinite style possibilities.</span></p> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT