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Posted August 4, 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. Here's the news clip.

Posted May 30, 2017

Kevin Lynch and Frank Park's new textbook, "Modern Robotics:  Mechanics, Planning, and Control," has just been published by Cambridge University Press.  The freely downloadable preprint of the book and its software can be found at the book's website, http://modernrobotics.org.  Brief video lectures accompanying the book are coming shortly.

Posted April 24, 2017

Over 380 members of the public attended a panel on the promises and perils of AI at the Harold Washington Library on April 13 2017. The event co-sponsored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Humanities.

Posted March 7, 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.

Posted February 22, 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 publica

Posted October 25, 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.  The study showed that rats use their whiskers to sense the direction of airflow.

Posted October 14, 2016
The robotics intro textbook is now published online (before later print publishing) at http://lynchandpark.org.
It will undergo some further refinement before final publishing, so your feedback is most welcome!
Posted October 3, 2016

Professor Brenna Argall discusses research progress on smart wheelchairs. You can hear more at the following address:
http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=5238e3d9-ee6c-4fc3...

Posted May 4, 2016

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

 

Posted March 3, 2016

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...

Posted December 9, 2015
NxR is featured heavily in McCormick's new advertising video!
Posted December 9, 2015

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.

Posted December 9, 2015

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.

Posted November 13, 2015
Elementary school kids assembling a circuit

NxR PhD student Nelson Rosa Jr. was an invited guest at a local after-school science program, Jugando con la Ciencia (Playing with Science).

Posted August 31, 2015

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:

Posted August 31, 2015

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.

Posted August 31, 2015

NxR Professor Mitra Hartmann received a 5-year, $1.7M National Institutes of Health R01 research award to investigate how primary sensory neurons in the trigeminal ganglion represent the mechanics of whiskers. Co-Investigators are Prof. Todd Murphey, also from NxR, Prof.

Posted August 10, 2015

The TPad Tablet Project created by NxR Professors Michael Peshkin and Ed Colgate and students Joe Mullenbach and Craig Shultz was featured in an article in Scientific

Posted August 10, 2015

The nScope created by Nick Marchuk and David Meyer was showcased in Crain's. Check out the article here!

Posted July 7, 2015

ABC features NxR research from the labs of Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin describing their new haptic technology to help people with disabilities. Check out the ABC story here!

Posted May 11, 2015

Check out the recent New York Times feature on the recent research coming from the labs of Malcolm MacIver and Neelesh Patankar describing the convergent evolution of an optimal swimming pattern!

Posted May 4, 2015

The nScope, a portable oscilloscope designed for a breadboard and laptop, has launched a campaign on Kickstarter. The nScope was created by Nick Marchuk, a lecturer at Northwestern and alumnus of NxR, and David Meyer, an NxR graduate student.

Posted April 14, 2015

The NxR Lab showcased a number of live demonstrations and current research projects to the public at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry as a part of their Robot Block Party celebrating National Robotics Week.

Posted February 2, 2015
Kathrin Flaßkamp, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the NxR Lab, received the President’s award for outstanding dissertation at her alma mater in Paderborn, Germany.

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