Engineering at Illinois News http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/recent-news.html News from Engineering at Illinois Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT 5 Researchers design sounds that can be recorded by microphones but inaudible to humans http://www.csl.illinois.edu/news/csl-researchers-design-sounds-can-be-recorded-microphones-inaudible-humans <p>Researchers at the Coordinated Science Laboratory have designed a sound that is completely inaudible to humans (40 kHz or above) yet is audible to any microphone. The sound combines multiple tones that, when interacting with the microphone’s mechanics, create what researchers call a "shadow," which is a sound that the microphones can detect. </p> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/520569 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois researchers build Dropbox-like storage, analytical system for scientific data https://csl.illinois.edu/news/illinois-researchers-build-dropbox-storage-analytical-system-scientific-data <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are looking to speed up the materials-to-device process through a novel framework called “4CeeD: Real-Time Data Acquisition and Analysis Framework for Material-related Cyber-Physical Environments.” 4CeeD connects microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure through a high-speed University of Illinois campus network. The interface works much like Dropbox – with easy drag-and-drop uploading – but offers much more advanced data management, annotation, and analytics capabitilies, along with a higher level of semantic understanding.</p> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Rakesh Kumar's work on Bespoke Processors highlighted in IEEE Spectrum http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/design/bespoke-processors-cheap-lowpower-chips-that-only-do-whats-needed <ul id="breadcrumbs" role="menubar" style="box-sizing: initial; margin: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-left: 0px; display: inline-block; width: 620px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;"> <li role="menuitem" style="box-sizing: initial; list-style: none; line-height: 14px; float: left; margin: 0px; font-family: Theinhardt-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; border: none; padding: 0px 8px 0px 0px;"><a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/blog/tech-talk" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration-line: none; outline: 0px;">Tech Talk</a></li> <li role="menuitem" style="box-sizing: initial; list-style: none; line-height: 14px; float: left; margin: 0px; font-family: Theinhardt-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; border-left: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0); padding: 0px 8px;"><a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration-line: none; outline: 0px;">Semiconductors</a></li> <li role="menuitem" style="box-sizing: initial; list-style: none; line-height: 14px; float: left; margin: 0px; font-family: Theinhardt-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; border-left: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0); padding: 0px 8px;"><a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors/design" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); text-decoration-line: none; outline: 0px;">Design</a></li> </ul> <h1 class="article-title" style="box-sizing: initial; margin: 28px 0px 18px; font-size: 34px; font-family: Theinhardt-Medium, sans-serif; line-height: 36px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Bespoke Processors: Cheap, Low-Power Chips That Only Do What’s Needed</h1> <div class="metadata" role="contentinfo" style="box-sizing: initial; display: inline-block; padding: 14px 0px; font-family: Theinhardt-Regular, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; width: 620px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <div class="byline" style="box-sizing: initial; float: left; width: 310px;">By <span class="author-name" style="box-sizing:initial"><a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/author/moore-samuel-k" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); outline: 0px;">Samuel K. Moore</a></span> <div style="box-sizing: initial;">Posted <label style="box-sizing: initial; display: inline-block; max-width: 100%; margin-bottom: 5px; cursor: pointer;">16 Jun 2017 | 14:00 GMT</label></div> </div> <div class="addthis_sharing_toolbox" data-description="Engineers have found a way to save space and power by quickly redesigning microcontrollers to strip them of unused logic gates" data-title="Bespoke Processors: Cheap, Low-Power Chips That Only Do What’s Needed" data-url="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/design/bespoke-processors-cheap-lowpower-chips-that-only-do-whats-needed" style="box-sizing: initial; clear: both; float: right;"> <div aria-labelledby="at-6fbf7009-27f4-4dde-9836-27eecf718767" class="at-resp-share-element at-style-responsive addthis-smartlayers addthis-animated at4-show" id="atstbx" role="region" style="box-sizing: initial; position: relative; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-size: 0px; line-height: 0; animation-fill-mode: both; animation-timing-function: ease-out; animation-duration: 0.3s; opacity: 1 !important;"> <div class="at-share-btn-elements" style="box-sizing: initial;"> </div> </div> </div> </div> <figure class="xlrg" style="box-sizing: initial; margin: 0px 0px 26px; width: 620px; height: auto; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; text-align: start; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><img alt="A black computer chip with miniature construction workers inspecting it." src="http://spectrum.ieee.org/image/MjkxMjA3OA.jpeg" style="border:0px; box-sizing:initial; display:block; margin-bottom:5px; max-width:100%; vertical-align:middle" /> <figcaption class="hi-cap" style="box-sizing: initial; color: rgb(86, 86, 86); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-align: left; min-height: 18px; max-width: 100%; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; margin: 0px 0px 4px;">Photo: iStockphoto</figcaption> </figure> <div class="entry-content" style="box-sizing: initial; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px;"> <p style="box-sizing: initial; margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 18px; line-height: 25px;">“Processors are overdesigned for most applications,” says University of Illinois electrical and computer engineering professor <a href="http://rakeshk.crhc.illinois.edu/" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); outline: 0px;">Rakesh Kumar</a>. It’s a well-known and necessary truth: In order to have programmability and flexibility, there’s simply going to be more stuff on a processor than any one application will use. That’s especially true of the type of ultralow power <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/tag/microcontrollers" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); outline: 0px;">microcontrollers</a> that drive the newest embedded computing platforms such as wearables and Internet of Things sensors. These are often running one fairly simple application and nothing else (not even an operating system), meaning that a large fraction of the circuits on a chip never, ever see a single bit of data. Kumar, University of Minnesota assistant professor <a href="http://people.ece.umn.edu/users/jsartori/" style="box-sizing: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); outline: 0px;">John Sartori</a> (formerly a student of Kumar’s), and their students decided to do something about all that waste.</p> </div> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Engineering IT Team Wins 2017 Emerging Ally Award http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/22171 <p>The Engineering IT team received the 2017 Emerging Ally Award from the LGBT Resource Center. The award recognizes an individual or team for showing commendable action as they begin their journey of consciousness. </p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:47:00 CDT Stephani showcases work to NASA officials, lawmakers on Capitol Hill https://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/stephani-showcases-work-nasa-officials-lawmakers-capitol-hill <p>Kelly Stephani, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering  had the opportunity to show off her impactful work to some of the highest officials in NASA yesterday on Capitol Hill. </p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT LaViers steps up research on robotic choreography with extended DARPA award http://mechanical.illinois.edu/news/laviers-steps-research-robotic-choreography-extended-darpa-award <p>Following up on her 2016 Young Faculty Award from DARPA, Assistant Professor Amy LaViers was awarded extended funding for a third year that will continue to build on her research project, “Choreography of Embodied, Platform-invariant Motion Primitives.” </p> Julia Cation Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Senior design team builds on Kyle Smith's battery research http://mechse.illinois.edu/news/senior-design-team-builds-smith%E2%80%99s-battery-research <p>As part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Kyle Smith, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, and his research group are developing batteries to store energy on the electric grid to enable efficient use of renewable energy resources. These redox flow batteries (RFBs) use two separate liquids that store charge in molecules at different potentials. When charge is exchanged between these liquids inside a reactor, energy is either stored or released. </p> Miranda Holloway Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT WSJ: ShipBob co-founded by alumnus Divey Gulati raises $17.5 million amid expansion push https://www.wsj.com/articles/warehouse-startupshipbob-raises-17-5-million-amid-expansion-push-1497353404?utm_source=HPVP+Master+List&utm_campaign=9c6a98b4ec-ShipBob&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_027f125364-9c6a98b4ec-114974317 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology http://physics.illinois.edu/news/article/22141 <p><span style="color:rgb(19, 31, 51); font-family:azo-sans-web; font-size:medium">Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new nanoscale memory cell that holds tremendous promise for successful integration with superconducting processors. The new technology, created by Professor of Physics Alexey Bezryadin and graduate student Andrew Murphy, in collaboration with Dmitri Averin, a professor of theoretical physics at State University of New York at Stony Brook, provides stable memory at a smaller size than other proposed memory devices.</span></p> Siv Schwink Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Researchers unveil new spin on future of transistors with novel design https://beckman.illinois.edu/news/2017/06/leburton-transistors <p>A UT Dallas researcher, in collaboration with Jean-Pierre Leburton, a member of Beckman’s Nanoelectronics and Naomaterials Group, and former Beckman Graduate Fellow Anuj Girdhar, has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today’s electronic devices.</p> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois listed 18th in Worldwide Universities granted U.S. Utility Patents http://www.academyofinventors.com/pdf/top-100-universities-2016.pdf <p>The university of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is listed 18th in Worldwide Universities granted U.S. Utility Patents in a report released by the National Academy of Inventors. Illinois has been listed in the top 20 each of the four years the rankings have been released. </p> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT MRL hosts the Advanced Materials Characterization (AMC) Workshop http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/22128 <p><a href="http://mrl.illinois.edu">Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)</a> hosted the <a href="http://mrl.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/2017program.pdf">Advanced Materials Characterization</a> (AMC) Workshop on June 6th and 7th: a two-day workshop dedicated to providing critical, comparative, and condensed overviews of techniques for materials characterization with emphasis on practical applications. Presentations will cover a range of basic to advanced topics suited for everyone from novice to experienced scientists.</p> Caitlin McCoy Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Metal-ion catalysts and hydrogen peroxide could green up plastics production https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/510072 <p><span style="color:rgb(54, 61, 68); font-family:ff-meta-serif-web-pro,georgia,serif; font-size:18.354px">Researchers at the University of Illinois are contributing to the development of more environmentally friendly catalysts for the production of plastic and resin precursors that are often derived from fossil fuels. The key to their technique comes from recognizing the unique physical and chemical properties of certain metals and how they react with hydrogen peroxide.</span></p> Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Kevin Pitts leading Illinois effort on Muon g-2 experiment at Fermilab http://physics.illinois.edu/news/article/22051 <p>Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among the members of the Muon g-2 collaboration, comprising in all more than 150 scientists and engineers from more than 30 institutions in nine countries.</p> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT CS at Illinois honored for increasing women's involvement in computing. http://cs.illinois.edu/news/cs-illinois-honored-increasing-women-s-participation-computing <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Lato, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; letter-spacing: 0.3px;">The Department of Computer Science has received the $100,000 Grand Prize for the NCWIT Extension Services Transformation <a href="https://www.ncwit.org/project/ncwit-extension-services-transformation-next-awards" style="color: rgb(0, 182, 240); box-sizing: border-box; background: transparent; text-decoration-line: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; transition: background-color 0.2s linear, color 0.2s linear;">(NEXT) Award</a>. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, the NEXT Awards honor academic departments that show significant positive outcomes in increasing women’s meaningful participation in computing education. </p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 17px; color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Lato, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; letter-spacing: 0.3px;">http://cs.illinois.edu/news/cs-illinois-honored-increasing-women-s-participation-computing</p> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 CDT Illinois Innovators Podcast: Sanjay Patel, Personify CEO http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/22072 <p>Illinois Innovators is the College of Engineering’s podcast series hosted by Marketing & Communications Coordinator Mike Koon. In his episode, Koon interviews ECE Professor and Co-Founder and CEO of Personify, Sanjay Patel. </p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT Three Engineering at Illinois professors named NCSA Faculty Fellows http://www.ncsa.illinois.edu/news/story/ncsa_awards_eight_illinois_professors_with_faculty_fellowships Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT New plasmonic sensor improves early cancer detection http://engineering.illinois.edu/news/article/22070 <p>A new plasmonic sensor developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will serve as a reliable early detection of biomarkers for many forms of cancer and eventually other diseases.</p> Mike Koon, Marketing and Communications Coordinator Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatment https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/505582 <p>Melanoma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat once it has metastasized, spreading throughout the body. University of Illinois researchers, led by Kristopher Kilian, professor of bioengineering and of materials science and engineering, are using chemistry to find the deadly, elusive malignant cells within a melanoma tumor that hold the potential to spread.</p> Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 CDT