News: ECE

Art inspired by slime mold-like robots unveiled at NYC museum

Sometimes individuals transform when they work together. Kirstin Petersen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, right, with artist Rachel Rose, April 27 at the New Museum in New York City, presenting art inspired by Petersen’s research on swarm robots. One example is single-celled slime mold, which takes on entirely new behaviors as a collective. Another example is a scientist and an artist collaborating on a museum event, combining their respective tendencies toward the fundamental and the abstract. “I have trained my brain to think a certain way. I work in a very goal... Read more

Students presenting their projects to others.

From big picture to small screens, student projects tackle problems with tech

Can a digital platform of women’s stories inspire and advise the next generation? Are there low-cost ways to reduce the stigma of menstruation in rural India? How do you balance an autonomous bicycle? Can a video game player build a city on a folklore-inspired turtle’s back? Lindsay France/Cornell University A student explaining PSYAFE, a platform to match students with mental health professionals. These were among the challenges met by a diverse array of student research projects, on display April 24 at the annual BOOM (Bits on Our Minds) showcase in Duffield Hall. More than 200 students, the... Read more

Irwin Jacobs to receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Engineer, entrepreneur, innovator and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs ’54, BEE ’56, will speak at Cornell and be presented with the second Cornell Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award on Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall Auditorium. President Martha E. Pollack will introduce the event, and Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, will serve as moderator. The event is open to the Cornell community. Considered one of the world’s foremost communications scientists, Jacobs is the founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm Inc. He is the undisputed father of code... Read more

Comly selected as Merrill Presidential Scholar

Nick Comly, a senior double-majoring in ECE and CS, has been named a Merrill Presidential Scholar – one of the highest honors for undergraduates at Cornell. Nominated by their department, recipients are then selected by the dean of each of the University’s seven undergraduate colleges. Only 1% of each year’s graduating class receives the award. Each Merrill scholar is given the opportunity to recognize the high school teacher who most inspired his or her scholastic development as well as the Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to his or her college experience. Comly is a... Read more

Francesco Monticone receives Felsen Award at the 2019 European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), on April 3 in Krakow, Poland

Monticone receives award for excellence in electrodynamics

Francesco Monticone, assistant professor, ECE was recently awarded the 2019 Leopold B. Felsen Award for Excellence in Electrodynamics by the European Association of Antennas and Propagation. This career award is issued, by nomination only, to an early stage researcher under 40 years of age to keep the memory and scientific legacy of Prof. Leopold B. Felsen alive, as well as to foster academic excellence in the electromagnetics community, by giving recognition to outstanding fundamental contributions from early stage researchers in electrodynamics. The Award was officially presented at the... Read more

Eight grants focus on innovation in China

The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty. The winning projects were selected from among 34 proposals submitted by faculty leaders across 47 departments, centers and programs in Cornell’s colleges and schools. “We are excited about the potential for these projects to have far-reaching impact in and for China,” said Ying Hua, director of the Cornell China Center. “The grants will jump-start exciting, collaborative research, and help showcase Cornell and Cornell scholars in China.” Research teams were required to include... Read more

Vital signs without handling or animal prep

Paulin Jirkof & Petra Seebeck Lab Animal volume 48, pages 144–145 (2019) The assessment of physiological parameters, such as respiration rate, heart rate, blood pressure, or body temperature, is crucial in small animal veterinary practice and for many animal experiments. Monitoring vital signs is important during anesthesia as well as the post-surgical recovery phase, and the measurements can be used to detect cardiovascular diseases or to assess experimental treatments, e.g. during drug discovery and testing. Physiological parameters are also relevant for refinement research, as changes in... Read more

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Cornell named to Top Ten Best Robotics Colleges

Students studying robotics at Cornell University can learn about various facets of Robotics – including perception, learning, control, and human-robot interaction. The team utilizes several robots for research and learning purposes: aerial robots, humanoids, office and home assistant robots, and autonomous cars, among others. Click here to read the full article and listing. Read more

Cornell, Air Force to study ‘disruptive material’ in new center

A new center established by Cornell and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) aims to discover the atomic secrets of beta-gallium oxide, a promising new material that has piqued the interest of engineers for its potential to allow electronic devices to handle dramatically more power. Sixteen members of the AFRL joined researchers at Cornell March 7 during a daylong kickoff event for the AFRL-Cornell Center for Epitaxial Solutions (ACCESS). The center is made possible by a three-year, $3 million grant from AFRL with additional funds from Cornell and an option for a two-year extension. “The... Read more