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

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.


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