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.
Posted January 9, 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 by the Chicago

Posted January 5, 2015

NxR Profs. Ed Colgate and Michael Peshkin have been named as 2014 National Academy of Inventors Fellows.

Posted November 8, 2014

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.

Posted October 28, 2014

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.

Posted October 15, 2014

On September 18, 2014, the NxR Lab participated in a public outreach event as part of the IROS 2014 Conference in Chicago. As part of the Adler After Dark series, in honor of the IROS conference, the event's theme was Hops n’ Bots. NxR Prof.

Posted October 7, 2014

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.

Posted September 16, 2014

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.

Posted August 4, 2014

NxR Professors Todd Murphey and Ed Colgate have received a National Science Foundation National Robotics Initiative grant titled "Autonomous Synthesis of Haptic Languages." The research will enable robots to develop languages directly from raw tactile data acquired during exploration.

Posted June 13, 2014

NxR graduate students Eric Shearer, Vlad Seghete, Jarvis Schultz, and Steven Manuel have successfully defended their theses and completed their PhD degrees.  Their thesis titles and committee members can be seen below.

Posted June 13, 2014

A recent article posted on The New Yorker website cited NxR Professor Malcolm MacIver and his buena vista hypothesis concerning the rise of consciousness as animals emerged to land from sea and are suddenly able to see great distances.

Posted June 6, 2014

Lauren Miller has been selected to be the Chair of the Student Activities Committee (SAC) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) for the term 2014-2015.

Posted June 3, 2014

MeterGenius is a group started as part of the NUvention: Energy course that has recently won several prestigious awards, and Yan Man, an NxR PhD student, is one of the founding members.

Posted May 29, 2014
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Papers authored by NxR graduate students Matthew Elwin, Yu-Wei Liao, Nelson Rosa, and Eric Schearer under the direction of Prof.

Posted May 21, 2014

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

Posted May 19, 2014

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).  


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