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).  

Posted May 5, 2014

NxR Professor Mitra Hartmann is attending the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition in Washington, DC, on May 7, where she will meet with Congressional and Senate staff to discuss national science funding priorities.  More information is available at

Posted May 2, 2014

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.

Posted April 23, 2014

“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.

Posted April 23, 2014

NxR graduate student Yu-Wei Liao has recently participated in the "Ready-Set-Go" program, during which he directed, edited, and starred in a video clip introducing his work at NxR.

Posted April 18, 2014

NxR Professor Malcolm MacIver was in Los Angeles on April 17 2014 for a discussion with the creators of the TV series Person of Interest. A variety of topics were covered including artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and privacy, and the nature of distributed intelligence.

Posted April 15, 2014

Over a dozen NxR students participated in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's Robot Block Party as a part of the 2014 National Robotics Week.

Posted April 14, 2014

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.

Posted March 12, 2014

Rethink Robotics came to Northwestern and NxR to check out the work we have been doing with our Baxter Research Robot. They met with Prof. Kevin Lynch and graduate students Jarvis Schultz and Adam Barber to get a sense of how NxR has been using Baxter and plans for the future.

Posted March 6, 2014

Based on his experience teaching the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Everything Is The Same: Modeling Engineered Systems" through Coursera last Fall, Prof.

Posted February 18, 2014

AAAS has posted the webcast of the press conference with NxR Professor Malcolm MacIver and fellow symposium participants Barbara Webb of the University of Edinburgh and Sangbae Kim of MIT. The webcast can be found here.

Posted February 18, 2014

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.

Posted January 30, 2014

NxR Professor Malcolm MacIver will participate in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and will highlight collaborative efforts with fellow NxR Professors Kevin Lynch, Todd Murphey, and Michael Peshkin as well as


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