blog posts U of I's ballbot wheelchair may be the future of mobility assistance Mar 22, 2023 9:45 am The ballbot wheelchair may be the future of mobility assistance. Researchers from across the U of I have created a robotic wheelchair that uses a single, rolling ball to provide a handsfree, intuitive, and flexible device for users. Launch of new Amazon-Illinois Center on AI for Interactive Conversational Experiences Mar 27, 2023 11:15 am 'To begin AICE will focus on a multimodal form of knowledge acquisition. Some tools intake only textual data, but a multimodal interface can continually learn and update knowledge from users through voice, text, image and video interactions...' U of I's new Center for Sustainable Aviation: Not just about reducing carbon emissions Oct 19, 2022 2:30 pm Conversations about making aviation more sustainable typically land on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuel resources. Those are primary factors, but Center director Phillip Ansell is taking a more holistic approach. Geothermal 'battery' repurposes abandoned oil and gas well in Illinois Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have successfully demonstrated efficient geothermal heat storage while simultaneously repurposing an abandoned oil and gas well. U of I joins five tech industry leaders in new Speech Accessibility Project Oct 3, 2022 10:30 am 'This task...requires a lot of infrastructure, ideally the kind that can be supported by leading tech companies, so we’ve created a(n) interdisciplinary team with expertise in linguistics, speech, AI, security, and privacy to help us meet this challenge.' Magic lamps: Microcavity plasma devices Nov 10, 2022 11:15 am The most prominent application of microcavity plasma devices to date has been producing ozone for drinking water disinfection. Microcavity plasmas developed in Eden’s lab overcome raditional barriers of cost and power consumption. Med students design bionic knee brace to empower cerebral palsy patients Jan 12, 2022 3:30 pm The bionic knee brace couples a power generator with built-in bio-feedback sensors. When the sensors detect muscle contraction, the system triggers the power generator to help move the stiffened/spastic muscles. Seizure-monitoring baseball cap created by med students Jan 21, 2022 11:45 am A seizure-monitoring baseball cap could help doctors diagnose patients with epilepsy more quickly, comprehensively. “Epicap is essentially an EEG (electroencephalogram) inside of a baseball cap,' Carle Illinois student Jennifer Cortes said. Researchers develop fast, low-cost blood test for detecting early-stage liver cancer Mar 17, 2022 12:00 pm This low-cost, portable, point-of-care technology is about the size of a toaster and is capable of diagnosing early-stage liver cancer within 30 minutes. Illinois professor Brian Cunningham led the research team. Smart surgical implant coatings provide early failure warning, prevent infection May 5, 2023 12:45 pm New “smart” coatings for surgical orthopedic implants, developed at Illinois, can monitor strain on the devices to provide early warning of implant failures while killing infection-causing bacteria. A huge leap forward: Photosynthesis hack boosts soybean yield 20% Aug 18, 2022 2:15 pm U of I-led team of RIPE researchers prove bioengineering better photosynthesis increases yields in food crops for the first time ever. CI MED students' anti-fatigue vest helps surgeons operate at their best Feb 23, 2023 10:45 am Studies indicate that between 50 and 85% of surgeons regularly experience discomfort in the back, neck, and shoulders. The students' solution combines both monitoring functions and supportive features in one product. Researchers explore wireless charging of pacemakers via wearable metasurface Mar 15, 2022 9:15 am 'People keep thinking about how to change the source to be able to charge a device more efficiently. Now we change the way how we receive the source to charge it efficiently,' said Professor Yang Zhao. A fruitful partnership in agricultural robotics Jul 25, 2022 9:00 am Being at the nexus of ag technology is great for startups and students. The ability to teach agricultural and robotics students a mere mile from campus at the Illinois Autonomous Farm testbed provides meaningful research experiences for all. Researchers are making DNA the next massive data storage solution Mar 3, 2022 11:30 am Because this team is the first to use chemically modified nucleotides for information storage in DNA, they also had to design a first-of-its-kind DNA sequence readout processing method using machine learning and artificial intelligence. Click beetle-inspired robots jump using elastic energy Jan 23, 2023 3:30 pm U of I professor Sameh Tawfick led a new study introducing click beetle-sized robots small enough to fit into tight spaces, powerful enough to maneuver over obstacles and fast enough to match an insect’s rapid escape time. Illinois and U of I System commit $50 million to support NCSA services for campus researchers Apr 5, 2023 11:45 am The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois System have announced significant new investments in world-class computing and data resources for campus researchers and students. Watch it now: BTN COVID-19 documentary showcases Illinois innovation May 22, 2023 11:15 am 'The New Normal' documentary highlights the development of a quick, saliva-based coronavirus test, and the process that made the University of Illinois campus one of the safest places to be during the pandemic. Physician innovators' new bedside table keeps comfort, safety close at hand Jan 25, 2023 2:00 pm Carle Illinois College of Medicine students have redesigned the common bedside table to make it more stable, flexible, and easier to use. It hopes to improve both patient care and medical professional's workspace. Students' app helps parents visualize their child's heart disorder Feb 15, 2023 2:30 pm An app developed by students at Carle Illinois College of Medicine leverages 3D images to help parents visualize their child’s congenital heart condition, so they’re better equipped to make important treatment decisions. DOE funds project to create bioplastic packaging that's infinitely recyclable Mar 11, 2022 9:15 am The Department of Energy has granted $2 million over three years to the U of I, Braskem America, and Princeton University to develop plastic that can be recycled perpetually, reducing waste and pollution from single-use plastics. Flying taxi cabs in the near future? Researcher Naira Hovakimyan says, 'Heads up' Apr 27, 2022 9:45 am For years, Hovakimyan's L1 adaptive flight control system has provided maneuverability and safety in airplanes, vastly outperforming human pilots in challenging conditions. This technology is key to making trustworthy small autonomous aircraft. U of I team develops automated platform for plasmid production May 16, 2022 2:45 pm These small, circular DNA molecules are well known for their applications in the production of therapeutic proteins like insulin, but designing and constructing them has been one of the most time-consuming, labor-intensive steps in biology research. Generating the disruptive ideas needed to achieve sustainable flight by 2050 Jun 1, 2022 1:00 pm A U of I study considers the aircraft configuration needed to support a liquid hydrogen/fuel cell electric propulsion system in a single-aisle, transport-class aircraft having the consistent performance capability of a Boeing 737-800. U of I researchers create first high-yield plastic microprocessors that cost under a penny each Jun 23, 2022 9:15 am Researchers developed the first flexible plastic microprocessor chips that can be manufactured at scale for less than a penny per unit. They could help even everyday objects become 'smart' - including your beer. Fast, automated, affordable test for cement durability Jul 5, 2023 12:45 pm Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new test that can predict the durability of cement in seconds to minutes – rather than the hours it takes using current methods. Future of underwater geolocalization: Polarization patterns enable new technology Jul 11, 2023 9:30 am The search and rescue operation for the missing Titan submersible pointed to a significant problem: pinpointing a location underwater, where GPS doesn't work. U of I researchers have created a new promising new solution. Climate-smart cows could deliver 10-20x more milk in Global South Oct 31, 2023 11:00 am U of I animal scientists are set to deliver a potential game changer for subsistence farmers in Tanzania: cows that produce up to 20 times the milk of indigenous breeds. Team streamlines DNA collection, analysis for elephant conservation Jan 12, 2023 9:00 am U. of I. researchers developed a new, more efficient approach to obtaining DNA from wild animals without disturbing the animals or putting researchers’ lives at risk. Microelectronics provide a remote control for biological robots Jan 18, 2023 12:15 pm Rashid Bashir’s research group pioneered the development of biobots - tiny biological robots powered by mouse muscle tissue. They demonstrated walking biobots in 2012 and light-activation in 2016. Now they're introducing remote control. Circadian rhythm and the blood-brain barrier Feb 24, 2022 3:15 pm What is the best time to take your medications? How much does time of day affect the blood-brain barrier's permeability to hormones, drugs? U of I researchers will design a chip from human stem cells to model the blood-brain interface. New AI tool predicts enzyme function better than leading tools Mar 31, 2023 8:30 am Better understanding of enzymes and their functions would be a boon for research in genomics, chemistry, industrial materials, medicine, pharmaceuticals and more. The tool is being made available online for the use of researchers everywhere. Illinois lands finalist spot in U.S. DOE prize Sep 2, 2022 1:45 pm The Grainger College of Engineering and Xerion Battery Corps.' team, SelectPureLi, is a finalist in the U.S. DOE's American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize. Organizing nanoparticles into pinwheel shapes offers new twist on engineered materials Nov 28, 2022 11:00 am These pinwheel-shaped structures self-assemble from nanoparticles and exhibit a characteristic called chirality – one of nature’s strategies to build complexity into structures at all scales, from molecules to galaxies. Center based at U of I will develop distributed computing tech for 2030 and beyond Jan 5, 2023 3:00 pm Illinois will lead the ACE Center for Evolvable Computing, which will advance distributed computing technology, from cloud-based datacenters to edge nodes, so it operates with orders of magnitude more energy efficiency than today. New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap Feb 8, 2022 10:30 am 'This has been the secret chamber that onlychemists with decades of experience can enter. This new advance blows that door wide open. Now everyone can come in and play in the sandbox, because very complex molecules become very accessible.' New approach to flexible robotics, metamaterials design mimics nature, encourages sustainability Feb 28, 2022 2:00 pm An algorithm-based design process called topology optimization, also known as digital synthesis, creates composite structures that can precisely achieve complex prescribed mechanical responses. Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain Feb 28, 2022 2:45 pm Epigenetics is a key mechanism by which gene expression is regulated. This new approach – eMRI – will open up new avenues of research into how such changes mold the brain, allowing it to grow, learn and respond to stress. Research could enable assembly line synthesis of prevalent amine-containing drugs Apr 15, 2022 9:30 am An Illinois research team has discovered a way to produce a special class of molecule that could open the door for new drugs to treat currently untreatable diseases. Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test discerns alpha variant from earlier strains Apr 19, 2022 11:30 am A point-of-care COVID-19 test developed by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now detect and differentiate the alpha variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from earlier strains in saliva samples. New metric allows researchers to better understand soft material behavior Apr 27, 2023 10:45 am U of I researchers have developed a new metric for understanding how soft materials yield to stress – an advancement that will help solve various materials engineering challenges, such as how to formulate better 3D printing inks. First major breakthrough for U of I's Molecule Maker Lab May 3, 2022 2:00 pm It would have been a tedious process using conventional methods. The Molecule Maker Lab made it easier because it’s designed to facilitate molecular discovery research that requires testing of large numbers of molecules. Study tests rotary blade designs in quest for quieter copters, drones May 18, 2022 11:15 am Researchers at Illinois are testing the limits of rotary blade design to find an efficient, but quieter option for helicopters and drones. Noise is one of the key bottlenecks for the urban air mobility market. Students develop wearable ultrasonic scanner for improved ‘sight’ May 18, 2022 9:30 am The Carle Illinois College of Medicine student team's handheld device uses ultrasound technology to allow people with poor vision to comprehensively scan their environment for obstacles to avoid hazards. NCSA names May grad winner of 2022 Fiddler Innovation Fellowship May 25, 2022 12:00 pm Gabe Tavas is the latest recipient of the $10,000 Fiddler Innovation Fellowship for developing a sustainable wood alternative to combat deforestation. Tavas graduated this spring with a degree in Sustainable Design. Mechanical engineers lend fresh insight into battery-based desalination technology Jun 7, 2023 4:15 pm Using fluid movement rather than new materials, mechanical engineers were able to increase the extent of seawater desalination five times over their non-channeled counterparts to reach salinity levels below the freshwater threshold. iVenture Accelerator welcomes eighth and largest cohort Jun 8, 2022 1:30 pm The university's iVenture Accelerator—powered by Gies College of Business—has admitted 16 startups into its eighth and largest cohort ever. This year’s group consists of 55 full-time students across 30 fields of study. Potential breakthrough treatment for cystic fibrosis enters clinical trials Jun 26, 2023 2:00 pm This promising inhalable molecular prosthetic is intended to improve lung function in people with Cystic Fibrosis who cannot benefit from current therapies. National Cancer Institute funds expansion of mantis shrimp-inspired surgical visualization tech Jul 12, 2022 10:00 am An innovative camera technology developed by Cancer Center at Illinois scientists, has the potential to transform intraoperative surgical procedures for cancer patients, giving clinicians more information during biopsies and detection procedures. New smartphone clip-on can detect Zika virus in blood samples Jul 29, 2022 3:00 pm Up next, devices that will simultaneously detect other mosquito-borne viruses and making the devices even smaller. 'Our clip-on detector is pretty small, (but) a lot of space is taken up by the batteries. The next version... will be powered by the phone's battery.'