ECE ILLINOIS - In the Media Media appearances for ECE ILLINOIS Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT 5 Donated blood gets stiffer with age (Inside Science TV) "What we found is that their stiffness is steadily increasing, the cells are getting stiffer as they are stored longer in the bank," said ECE Professor Gabriel Popescu. Karin Heineman, Inside Science TV Thu, 4 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Mousr: the first artificiallyintelligent cat toy (ECN) Dave Cohen (MSEE '13), Michael Friedman (MSEE'’13), and David Jun (BSEE '08, MSEE '10, PhD '14) have created Mousr, a robotic toy for cats that's taken the Internet by storm. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT Four U of I professors design robotic bats (The Daily Illini) The visualization of these "robot bats" began this August, when Seth Hutchinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Soon-Jo Chung, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, Timothy Bretl, associate professor in aerospace engineering and Mani Golparvar-Fard, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, began designing what they deemed "the next generation robot." Abby Glickman, The Daily Illini Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 CDT New UI president cut his teeth studying earth's upper atmosphere (The News-Gazette) Listening to Killeen's speech Wednesday was Farzad Kamalabadi, a UI electrical and computer engineering professor. "I was delighted by his selection because I am closely acquainted with his scholarly and leadership accomplishments," said Kamalabadi, who also works in space physics and remote sensing. Christine Des Garennes, The News-Gazette Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT IL Water Purification Startup That Removes Harmful Chemicals From Laundry Wins $300K (Chicago Inno) An Illinois startup that wants to make commercial laundry greener was one of nine U.S. clean tech businesses to receive funding from the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. Jim Dallke, Chicago Inno Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT EPA grant to help Champaign firm (The News-Gazette) CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign company plans to use nearly $400,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop and commercialize ozone generators for purifying water. Don Dodson, The News-Gazette Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow (R&D) Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve connections after injury. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Buy your cat a robot: Mousr acts like real prey (CNET) We already have video evidence of cats catching rides on Roombas, so we know cats like robots. It was only a matter of time before the feline crowd got a robot of its very own. The Mousr from Petronics on Kickstarter is a sensor-laden bot built for high-tech cat entertainment. Amanda Kooser, Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Smell-canceling odors are like white noise for your nose ( Ever wished you could have your broccoli taste like macaroni and cheese, watch movies in true Smell-O-Vision, and be able to quickly neutralize any bad smell you’ve ever come across? A new study by researchers at IBM and the University of Illinois could help translate this, and much more, into reality. Dario Borghino ( Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Low-cost 3-D-printed prosthetic hand to be tested on amputees in Ecuador ( A PhD candidate and six undergraduate students, including several ECE students, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a low-cost, programmable, 3-D-printed prosthetic hand that may soon change the lives of amputees in Ecuador. Richard Moss ( Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT New research looks at how information on the Internet can be manipulated ( "You can envision the possibility," said Michael Bailey, a new Illinois ECE and CSL faculty member. "Where turnouts are only a couple hundred votes, could one use the sciences of influence and persuasion and a knowledge of Facebook and Google customization and personalization to actually influence the outcome?" Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT 'White Noise' For Your Nose Cancels Out Nasty Odors (The Huffington Post) "This is different than traditional approaches to odor cancellation," Dr. Lav R. Varshney, one of the researchers, who is an assistant professor in engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told The Huffington Post in an email. Jacqueline Howard (The Huffington Post) Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:00:00 CDT Raising Cryptography's Standards (Product Design and Development) "Perfect secrecy is a very stringent requirement — essentially, the only way of guaranteeing that is to use a one-time pad, like they would in spy novels," says Maxim Raginsky, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT White noise for your nose cancels pungent aromas (New Scientist) Kush Varshney of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York and his brother Lav Varshney of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ... have created a mathematical model that predicts how humans perceive the smell of a particular substance based on its physical and chemical properties. Jacob Aron, New Scientist Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers ( With additional NSF support, a new program in digital forensics at (Illinois) has the goal of building a curriculum that will teach students about cybersecurity in the context of the law enforcement, the judicial system, and privacy laws. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Argonne battery roadshow aims to connect with industry (Chicago Tribune) Battery pricing is a huge hurdle for commercial acceptance. "People are saying the prices will go down when you buy the product and people who want to buy the product are saying we'll buy the product when the prices comes down. So, we have to break this," said George Gross, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois. Julie Wernau, The Chicago Tribune Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Google's 'Security Princess' a hacker's nightmare (The News-Gazette) "It was easy to see the potential in (Google Security Princess Parisa Tabriz) when she was a graduate student," said Nikita Borisov, UI professor of electrical and computer engineering and her graduate adviser. Julie Wurth, The News-Gazette Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT VanBlaricum receives Lou Liay Spirit Award (The Daily Illini) This year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association endowed its Lou Liay Spirit Award to Michael L. VanBlaricum(BSEE '72, MSEE '74, PhD '76). Ruge Li (The Daily Illini) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT University of Chicago partners with University engineers to promote startup development (The Daily Illini) Already, 25 seniors in electrical and computer engineering, as well as 15 students from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, have signed on to participate in the new partnership between Engineering at Illinois and the University of Chicago’s Chicago Innovation Exchange. Josh Winters (The Daily Illini) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT Alum wants the world to know about UI contributions to everyday life (The News-Gazette) URBANA - What do forced-air heating, the plasma screen and aerosol whipped cream have in common? While no secret among scientific circles, one University of Illinois alumnus said that, in general, people aren't aware that these inventions and many others that affect our everyday lives took shape on the UI campus. Michael VanBlaricum said that's about to change with the Illinois Distributed Museum. Noelle McGee, The News-Gazette Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 CDT