In The News Archive

This monthly summary includes excerpts from Illinois in the News, a daily service provided by the University of Illinois News Bureau and other media search tools. This collection of recent stories focuses on engineering topics and faculty contacted for their expertise by print and broadcast reporters around the world.

PODCAST: Interviews from the 5th Healthcare Engineering Systems Symposium

The University of Illinois hosted the 5th Health Care Engineering Systems Symposium, which brought experts to discuss simulation/virtual reality/augmented reality in health care and education, wearable computing, voice user interface, artificial intelligence in health care, medical and social robotics, and assistive living technologies. The program includes interviews with Darrin D’Agostino, Executive Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs at Kansas City University; Citali Lopez Ortiz, professor of kinesiology and community health at Illinois; Stephen Boppart, Director of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at Illinois' Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology; Scott Barrows, Director of Medical Visualization at Jump Simulation Peoria; Judy Rowen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, John Vozenilek, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for the Jump Simulation Center Illinois; and Kesh Kesavadas, Director of the Healthcare Engineering Systems Center at Illinois.

Merging mathematical and physical models toward building a more perfect flying vehicle
Artificial intelligence crowdsources data to speed up drug discovery

Science News (Oct. 18) -- A new cryptographic system could allow pharmaceutical companies and academic labs to work together to develop new medications more quickly – without revealing any confidential data to their competitors. “This work is visionary,” says Jian Peng, a professor of computer science at Illinois who was not involved in the study. “I think (it) will lay the groundwork for the future of collaborations in biomedicine.”

DOE Invests $80 Million in Bioenergy R&D

R&D Magazine (Oct. 17) -- The U.S. Department of Energy is investing about $80 million on bioenergy projects that will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products and power from nonfood biomass and waste feedstocks. Researchers from the U. of I. have received $5 million to research next-generation feedstocks for the emerging bioeconomy.

How human waste could power global agriculture

Geographical (Oct. 16) -- New research at Illinois measures the abilities of major cities worldwide to reuse critical nutrients found in wastewater.

Killer Robots: Weeds Won't Know What Hit Em'

Farm Journal's Ag Professional (Oct. 15) -- While weeds occasionally dodge herbicides—can they avoid robots? University of Illinois researchers are using a USDA grant to find out.

High entropy alloys hold the key to studying dislocation avalanches in metals

Science Daily (Oct. 15) -- For decades researchers have studied materials from structures to see why and how they fail. Before catastrophic failure, there are individual cracks or dislocations that form, which are signals that a structure may be weakening. While researchers have studied individual dislocations in the past, a team has now made it possible to understand how dislocations organize and react at nanoscale. Also: Space Daily (Oct .16)

Gears turning on $41M renovation of UI's Mechanical Enginnering Building

News-Gazette (Oct. 13) --￿A $41 million renovation of a major University of Illinois engineering building kicked off Friday as part of campus homecoming festivities. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the Mechanical Engineering Building, at 1206 W. Green St., U, where a three-year project will renovate 60,000 square feet of space and add a five-story addition for a new design center.

As companies embrace AI, it's a job-seeker's market

WHBL-FM (Oct. 15) -- The expanding applications for artificial intelligence have created a shortage of qualified workers in the field. At Illinois, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, last year tripled the enrollment cap on the school’s introduction to artificial intelligence course to 300. The extra 200 seats were filled in 24 hours, he says.

Disorder induces topological Anderson insulator

Chemical Industry (Oct. 11) -- ta team of experimental physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made the first observation of a specific type of topological insulator that’s induced by disorder. Professor Bryce Gadway and his graduate students Eric Meier and Alex An used atomic quantum simulation, an experimental technique employing finely tuned lasers and ultracold atoms about a billion times colder than room temperature, to mimic the physical properties of one-dimensional electronic wires with precisely tunable disorder. The system starts with trivial topology just outside the regime of a topological insulator; adding disorder nudges the system into the nontrivial topological phase.

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