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New Center for Robotics and Biosystems Launches

December 2019   More than 100 faculty, students, and industry professionals came together on December 3 to consider “Our Future with Robots,” the launch event for Northwestern Engineering’s Center for Robotics and Biosystems.

Zack Woodruff is featured in a New York Times article on rock climbing

November 2019   Zack Woodruff is featured in a New York Times article on rock climbing.

Taosha Fan Wins Best Student Paper at International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

November 2019   Taosha Fan, PhD student at the Center for Robotics and Biosystems, wins the best student paper at one of the two largest annual conferences in robotics.

Shape-shifting Robot Built from ‘Smarticles’ Shows New Locomotion Strategy

September 2019   “Smarticles” robot built entirely from smaller robots.

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New Algorithms Discover Networks Within Systems

August 2019   Research could have implications in swarm robotics and many other fields.

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Brenna Argall to Participate in Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

July 2019   Argall is among 82 young engineers selected by the NAE.

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NxR students attend Robotics: Science and Systems conference

June 2019   NxR students traveled to Europe to attend the Robotics: Science and Systems conference in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

Advancing Research through the Robot Design Studio

June 2019   Students create two robots to advance work of mechanical engineering faculty.

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Professor Mitra Hartmann receives University Teaching Award

May 2019   On May 14th, Mitra Harmann will receive the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding performance and dedication to undergraduate education at Northwestern University.

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Todd Murphey Appointed to Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

April 2019   Murphey will advise on engineering and technology matters related to the Air Force mission.

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NxR students awarded national fellowships

April 2019   Congratulations to NxR graduate students Chris Miller and Milli Schlafly, who have been award the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Chris was also awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

MacIver featured on Sean Carroll's Mindscape Podcast

March 2019   Professor Malcolm MacIver has been featured on Sean Carroll's Mindscape Podcast.

NxR student attending 2018 Hand Brain Technology Conference

August 2018   Graduate student Rebecca Fenton Friesen is attending the Hand Brain Technology Conference in Ascona, Switzerland, August 26-31. She'll be presenting her work investigating tactile pitch perception of surface textures using haptic displays.

"Modern Robotics" MOOC now available on Coursera

July 2018   "Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control," Kevin Lynch and Frank Park (Cambridge University Press 2017), is now available as a MOOC (massive open online course) specialization on Coursera!

Several NxR students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

July 2018   Congratulations to NxR graduate students Ana Pervan and Kyra Rudy, who have been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations also to NxR graduate student Tito Fernandez, who received honorable mention.

MS in Robotics Projects Featured in ROS 10 Year Montage Video

December 2017   Open Robotics (formerly the Open Source Robotics Foundation) just released a montage video showcasing a variety of robotics projects that have been built on the Robot Operating System (ROS).

Professor Kevin Lynch Receives Harashima Award

October 2017   Kevin Lynch has received the 2017 IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, awarded by the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

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New Textbook Examines Modern Robotics

September 2017   Free to download, the textbook also includes video lessons and accompanying software.

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NxR's Malcolm MacIver interviewed on PBS show "SciTechNow"

August 2017   Professor Malcolm MacIver was interviewed on the recent PNAS study on why our fish ancestors made the leap on to land 385 million years ago. The interview was for the PBS science and technology show SciTechNow and was conducted by Hari Sreenivasan.

Researchers Discuss the Future of Bio-Integrated Technology

May 2017   “The Networked Body” took place Tuesday, May 16.

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Prof. MacIver Participates in Public Panel on Future of AI

April 2017   MacIver spoke on the impact of AI on the future of work, potential benefits of AI, and how art goes beyond reflecting developments in AI to participate in shaping its trajectory.

Peshkin Receives National Educator Award from ASEE

April 2017   Ralph Coats Roe Award recognizes outstanding teachers in mechanical engineering.

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NSF Profiles Recent Work in Prof. Todd Murphey's Lab

April 2017   Today, the National Science Foundation released a new article and corresponding video in the Science Nation online magazine that focuses on recent work in Prof. Todd Murphey's lab.

Teaching Robots to Adapt to Human Unpredictability

April 2017   NSF’s Science Nation showcases Professors Todd Murphey and Julius Dewald’s work to develop more helpful robots.

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The Eyes Have It

April 2017   Professor Malcolm MacIver and collaborators studied the fossil record and discovered that fish eyes nearly tripled in size before the creatures made the water-to-land transition.

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NxR's MacIver, Mugan, and Murphey publish discovery that vision led our fish-like ancestors to land, not limbs

March 2017   In a new PNAS study, NxR's Malcolm MacIver, Ugurcan Mugan, and Todd Murphey show that eyes greatly increased in size just prior to vertebrates coming out of water to live on land, nearly 400 million years ago. The study has implications both for how and why our vertebrate ancestors came on to land, as well as for the evolution of complex cognitive abilities.

New NxR Publication Garnering Significant Social Media Attention

February 2017   A new Perspective in the journal Neuron by NxR faculty Malcolm MacIver and co-authors, entitled "Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias", has touched a nerve in social media, garnering 900 tweets reaching an upper bound of one million followers since its publication on Feb 8.

Article by Prof. Hartmann and Students Draws Global Media Interest

October 2016   A study by Yu, Graff, Bresee, Man and Professor Hartmann, published in the journal Science Advances and featured as a graphic highlight on the journal’s website, was widely reported on in the popular science media both domestically and internationally.

New Robotics Textbook Published Online by Prof. Lynch

October 2016   The robotics intro textbook is now published online.

Brenna Argall’s Plans for an Autonomous Wheelchair Profiled in Crain’s

August 2016   Smart wheelchair can adapt its actions based off of instruction.

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20 Years Later: Cobots Co-opt Assembly Lines

August 2016   Northwestern team collaborated with GM to create a new type of robot.

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Rat Whiskers Shed Light on How Neurons Communicate Touch

August 2016   Researchers find that whisker sensory neurons mainly encode mechanical information.

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Professor Malcolm MacIver Featured on Reddit - PLOS Science Wednesday

May 2016   NxR professor Malcolm MacIver will be hosting a Reddit “Ask Us Anything” session at 1 pm ET May 4, 2016.

Brenna Argall Receives CAREER Award

March 2016   The five-year, $525,000 grant will help people with a wide variety of disabilities who can benefit from robotic devices.

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Faculty Publish New Mechatronics Textbook

February 2016   Based on the ME 333 curriculum, the book is augmented by instructional videos.

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Northwestern Engineering Names Winners of 2015 Cole-Higgins Awards

December 2015   Todd Murphey and Igal Szleifer win this year’s awards.

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Engineering Touch

December 2015   Researchers are incorporating touch into robotics.

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Gantz, Colgate, and Peshkin to Enter Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

October 2015   Members of Northwestern Engineering community will be recognized in part for helping launch Northwestern startups.

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Connoisseurs of Touch

September 2015   Northwestern Engineering researchers break through the touchscreen technology, putting tactile information at users' fingertips. Literally.

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Diverse Sea Creatures Evolved to Reach Same Swimming Solution

April 2015   Elongated fins use same mechanical motion to optimize speed across eight animal groups.

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Robot Block Party this Weekend

April 2015   Robotics experts to demonstrate their creations at Museum of Science and Industry.

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McCormick Professors Inducted into NAI

March 2015   Mechanical engineering professors J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin received the high professional honor.

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Bringing Texture to Your Flat Touchscreen

February 2015   Model of ‘virtual bumps’ could lead to feeling a keyboard on your touchscreen.

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