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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

Posted January 24, 2014

The new Master of Science in Robotics (MSR) program opened its application a few days ago, and it will remain open until March 15. Students admitted to this program will have the opportunity to work closely with NxR research labs. If you are interested in the work NxR does, and you are looking for a way into the robotics job market, this program may fit nicely.

Posted January 14, 2014

NxR Prof. Todd Murphey has been appointed an editor of the journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO).  He is scheduled to hold the position until Dec. 31, 2018.  T-RO is an important robotics journals, and the editorial appointment is definitely an honor.

Posted November 25, 2013

The IEEE Board of Directors has elevated Professor Ed Colgate to IEEE Fellow effective January 1st, 2014 with the citation "for contributions to the field of haptics." Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade evaluation. Congratulations Prof. Colgate!

Posted November 25, 2013

Hack-A-Day has featured Professor Peshkin's innovative clear whiteboard (Lightboard) used for online lectures for his ME 233 course, Electronics Design. Professor Peshkin uses a sheet of glass attached to a metal frame with embedded LED strips to illuminate the inside of the glass making whiteboard markers show up clearly.

Posted November 21, 2013

The McCormick School of Engineering recently announced that they will begin offering a Master of Science in Robotics.  The program will be an interdepartmental program aimed at equipping students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, or Biomedical Engineering with the tools required to become a practicing engineer in robotics.  The program is directed by NxR faculty member Dr.

Posted November 21, 2013

NxR is excited to announce three new Ph.D. students: Ahalya Prabhakar, Ben Richardson, and Zack Woodruff. Welcome to the lab!

Posted November 11, 2013

Vik Chib, NxR and BME PhD 2007, recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University starting Feb 2014.  

Posted November 11, 2013

James Sulzer, LIMS (NxR) PhD graduate 2009, joined the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Texas Austin as an assisstant professor in Fall 2013.

Posted November 6, 2013

An article, featuring several NxR researchers as authors, was published in the Nov. 4-8 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Sciences, and is generating some media coverage.  The author list includes NxR members Prof.

Posted October 11, 2013

NxR postdoctoral researcher Michael Wiertlewski won the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) award for best Ph.D. thesis in Robotics. He will receive the award on the 18th of October in Annecy, France. Congratulations Michael!

Announcement can be found here (in French)

Posted September 29, 2013

Stryker Corporation announced this week that it is acquiring Mako Surgical Corporation for $1.65B.  Mako began as Z-KAT in 1995, a company co-founded by NxR professor Michael Peshkin, graduate student Julio Santos, and three others.

Posted September 26, 2013

Prof. Michael Peshkin has invented a so-called "lightboard" to aid in developing lectures for online classes and flipped classrooms.  This new technology is really cool, and has already been used to develop lectures for online courses offered by NxR faculty.

Posted September 26, 2013

Prof. Todd Murphey was selected by the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science to receive the Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Advising 2012-2013.  Awardees must be nominated by students, and a selection committee chooses the winners.

Posted September 19, 2013

Lauren Miller and Joe Mullenbach have received the Martin Outstanding Doctoral Fellowship, an award to honor Ph.D. candidates for their outstanding scholar and research achievements in mechanical engineering and to encourage these young researchers to establish themselves as future leaders in their respective fields.

Posted September 10, 2013

Science writer and blogger Jennifer Ouellette will interview NxR's Malcolm MacIver for the September episode of Virtually Speaking Science on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013, from 7--8 pm (Central Time). Topics include neuroprosthetics, fish robotics, the evolution of consciousness, and

Posted September 5, 2013

The Weather Channel just published a video describing Malcolm MacIver's research on the locomotion and sensing capabilities of knifefish.   See the video here.

Posted September 5, 2013

The research of NxR professor Malcolm MacIver was covered in an article as part of the National Science Foundation's Discoveries program. Read the full article here.

Posted August 1, 2013

NxR professor Todd Murphey has been selected for the DARPA/IDA Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) program for 2014-2015.

Posted July 31, 2013
Posted July 31, 2013

NxR graduate students Alex Ansari, Lauren Miller, and Yoni Silverman had papers accepted to the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems which is taking place November 3-8th in Tokyo, Japan.

Posted July 31, 2013

As part of a collaboration with Melvin Leok at UCSD, Prof. Murphey has received a three year grant from the National Science Foundation to study numerical methods for mechanical exploration algorithms.

Posted July 22, 2013

Nelson Rosa presented on "The Passive Dynamics of Walking and Brachiating Robots: Results on the Topology and Stability of Passive Gaits" at the International Conference of Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) held in Sydney July 14-17.

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