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.
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 publica
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. The study showed that rats use their whiskers to sense the direction of airflow.
The five-year, $525,000 grant will help people with a wide variety of disabilities who can benefit from robotic devices.
More information can be found at: http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2016/03/brenna-argal...
Engineers at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering are working to incorporate touch into robotics. Researchers have developed a new robotic manipulation system that uses tactile sensors and a high-speed camera vision system to catch and manipulate objects. The goal is to give robots the same manipulation capabilities as humans.
NxR members Kevin Lynch, Nick Marchuk, and Matt Elwin's new book Embedded Computing and Mechatronics with the PIC32 Microcontroller is now available! This book is based on the course ME 333 Introduction to Mechatronics here at Northwestern. For more information, please see http://nu32.org.
NxR graduate students Hayley Belli, Chris Bresee, Nick Bush, and Emmanouil Tzorakoleftherakis have been awards a variety of research fellowships. Details of each award follow below:
Jasmine Alade'fa (center in photo), a graduating senior in Northwestern's Biomedical Engineering department (BME), won the 2015 BME undergraduate research award. Jasmine did research in the NxR laboratory during all four years of her undergraduate degree.
NxR PhD student Nelson Rosa traveled as a visiting scholar to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education's (ITESM) Morelia campus November 6th-9th in Morelia, Mexico. He is giving several presentations to ITESM students and staff on research in the NxR lab and on how mechatronics curriculum is taught at Northwestern University.
NxR Professor Malcolm MacIver took part in a televised panel discussion covering the effects of technology on the future of work. The discussion was broadcast on Chicago Tonight on WTTW and can also be viewed on the internet throught the link below.