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.
A paper by NxR graduate student Lucie Huet and professor Mitra Hartmann titled, "The search space of the rat during whisking behavior," was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, and was featured in "Inside JEB," a section of the journal dedicated to highlighting papers of particular impact.
McCormick just published a news article on all of the NxR activities happening in and around the 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) happening right now at the Palmer House Hilton.
Update (5/29): The Movement event scheduled for May 29th has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for a later date.
NxR Student Nelson Rosa will be giving a talk on Dynamic Robotic Locomotion at Movement: What's Possible, Chicago? See details below.
Thursday, May 29th, at 7:30PM
Mike Paulin (Department of Zoology, University of Otago, New Zealand) visited Northwestern University to deliver a seminar entitled 'The origin of inference: Ediacaran ecology and the evolution of spiking neurons.' This symposium was the first to be cosponsored by the Department of Neurobiology (Wienberg College of Arts and Sciences) and the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (McCormick School of Engineering).
NxR professor Dr. Todd Murphey was recently awarded the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. This is the highest honor that Northwestern bestows for excellence in teaching. This year only three faculty from across the entire university were selected. Congratulations Prof. Murphey!
This is the fourth time that an NxR professor has received this award.
“Exploring Affective Communication Through Variable-Friction Surface Haptics” by Joe Mullenbach, Craig Shultz, Ed Colgate, and Anne Marie Piper was awarded Honorable Mention Best of CHI 2014. It is the first user study to be published using the TPad Tablet, a variable friction surface haptic tablet. It is also the first study to investigate communication with a variable friction surface.
Touchscreens have expanded the functionality of our devices, but compared to traditional buttons and switches, the one major component that they lack is touch feedback. Northwestern's Neuroscience and Robotics Lab has been a key force in developing surface haptic technology, and a pioneer in the movement towards touchscreens that touch back.
NxR professor Malcolm MacIver has received some new press coverage from the BBC. In a new article titled Amazon electric fish inspire underwater robotics the BBC discusses how the unique sensing of the weakly-electric knifefish has inspired a robotic system that mimics this sensing to navigate in dark environments.