Engineering at Illinois News News from Engineering at Illinois Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 Integreated Lab-On-a-Chip uses smartphone to quickly detect multiple pathogens <p>A multidisciplinary group that includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma has developed a novel platform to diagnose infectious disease at the point-of-care, using a smartphone as the detection instrument in conjunction with a test kit in the format of a credit card. The group is led by Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering  Professor Brian T. Cunningham; Illinois Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir; and, University of Washington at Tacoma Professor David L. Hirschberg, who is affiliated with Sciences and Mathematics, division of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Partner on Major Innovation Initiative <p><em>Collaboration based on Chicago’s South Side is first project in statewide plan for tech and economic development; U.S. Army Research Laboratory to join collaboration</em></p> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:48:00 CDT van der Zande to lead team studying novel nanomaterials in new NSF center <p>The University of Illinois was recently awarded a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center by the National Science Foundation. The new MRSEC center is supported by a six-year, $15.6M grant and will focus on two types of materials. </p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT MATSE Asst. Prof. Pinshane Huang Awarded 2017 Packard Fellowship <p>Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang has been awarded a 2017 Packard Fellowship. Each Fellow will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. Huang’s research develops techniques that use electron microscopes to characterize matter with single atom precision, with the ultimate goal of enabling an era in which materials can be designed and perfected at the level of individual atoms.</p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Mass killings happen randomly, yet rate has remained steady, study finds <p>Mass killings may have increasing news coverage, but the events themselves have happened at a steady rate for more than a decade, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers. Furthermore, some types of mass-killing events seem to occur randomly over time, making prediction difficult and response crucial. </p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Early theoretical work at Illinois foreshadowed today's LIGO/Virgo announcement <p>Today’s historic joint announcement by the U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Europe-based Virgo detector of the first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars is doubly noteworthy. Well before the development of today’s innovative technologies supporting this simultaneous gravitational-wave and optical observation, early research in numerical relativity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign helped to lay the theoretical foundation for it. In fact, many features of the discovery had been predicted in the early computational simulations of Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stuart Shapiro and his group.</p> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation <p>The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. The first cohort of 32 students, who will begin classes in July 2018, will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors and friends of the college.</p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Researchers make headway in desalination technology Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Mantis Shrimp-inspired camera enables glimpse into hidden world <p>By mimicking the eye of the mantis shrimp, Illinois researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive camera capable of sensing both color and polarization. The bioinspired imager can potentially improve early cancer detection and help provide a new understanding of underwater phenomena, the researchers said.</p> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Siebel Provides $25 Million for New Center for Design at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign <p>In the spring of 2020, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will become the new home to the highly innovative Siebel Center for Design, due to the generous support of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation, which provided a $25 million gift to enable the project.</p> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT NSF awards NCSA funds for a deep learning research instrument <p>In order to lay the groundwork for deep neural networks, and in turn study deep learning at a large scale, Principal Investigator William Gropp of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-principal investigators Roy Campbell of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Volodymyr Kindratenko and Jian Peng, also of NCSA, have been awarded over $2.7 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a Major Research Instrument (MRI), which will help to accelerate research to rapidly accelerate deep learning advancements.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois claims victory at NVIDIA AI City Challenge <p>Researchers recently placed first by a large margin in the premier IEEE Smart World NVIDIA AI City Challenge. For two months, they competed against academic labs from around the globe to make strides in the field of computer vision and engineer the most effective model for object detection in traffic video.</p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illini solar car team starts race in Australia <p>The Illini Solar Car team is making a return to competition after a 20-year hiatus. The solar-powered car Argo is in Australia for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The teams began the race in Darwin on October 8 and will end in Adelaide a week later.</p> <p>The maiden voyage for Argo is no small task. Bridgestone is an endurance challenge where teams from 21 countries test their vehicles across 1,800 miles of the Australian Outback. </p> Heather Coit Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Bashir to receive 2018 BMES Pritzker Distinguished Lecture award <p>Bioengineering Professor Rashid Bashir has been selected to receive the 2018 Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award, the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) premier recognition for outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering. </p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT New methods tackle a perplexing engineering concept <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to turn a complex materials design problem into an intuitive concept, understandable to engineers from novice to advanced experience levels. The group developed guidelines to help understand materials engineered to become thicker when stretched. This highly useful property, which is not commonly found in nature, has applications for protective sports equipment, body armor and biomedical devices.</p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois leads $25 million alliance to develop Internet of Battlefield Things <p>The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been selected to lead a $25 million initiative to develop the scientific foundations of a next-generation Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT), designed to enable new predictive battlefield analytics and services.</p> Fri, 6 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT ECE professors facilitate NextGrid study <p>A team of professors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the lead facilitators for the NextGrid Study. </p> Wed, 4 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on display <p>Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of University of Illinois engineers is observing the interactions of colloidal gold nanoparticles inside tiny aquariumlike sample containers to gain more control over the self-assembly process of engineered materials.</p> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT Sanders to testify at Congressional Hearing <p>ECE Illinois Department Head William H Sanders, Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, will testify before the 115th United States Congress on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 9 a.m. CST. His is one of four witnesses who will speak as part of a hearing titled "Resiliency: The Electric Grid's Only Hope" held by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.</p> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT CEE alum start-up wins prestigious competition <p>Johego, a nonprofit tech start up founded by a CEE graduate, won Washington University’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition.</p> Miranda Holloway, Media Communications Specialist Mon, 2 Oct 2017 00:00:00 CDT