Week in Review: 11/26/17 – 12/2/17

11/30/17

Building the hardware for the next generation of artificial intelligence

Vivienne Sze and Joel Emer teach Hardware Architecture for Deep Learning, a class in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science that focuses on building specialized hardware for AI. http://news.mit.edu/2017/building-hardware-next-generation-artificial-intelligence-1201

Vivienne Sze shares Engineering Emmy Award with colleagues

Vivienne Sze, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, was a member of the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC), which developed the acclaimed High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. For its work, the team received an Engineering Emmy Award during the Television Academy’s recent 69th Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

http://news.mit.edu/2017/mit-vivienne-sze-receives-engineering-emmy-award-video-compression-1130

11/29/17

Scientists demonstrate one of largest quantum simulators yet, with 51 atoms

Physicists at MIT and Harvard University have demonstrated a new way to manipulate quantum bits of matter. In a paper published today in the journal Nature, they report using a system of finely tuned lasers to first trap and then tweak the interactions of 51 individual atoms, or quantum bits. http://news.mit.edu/2017/scientists-demonstrate-one-largest-quantum-simulators-yet-51-atoms-1129

11/28/17

Tufts University engineer wins Air Force grant for ultra-high-resolution bio-imaging

Xiaocheng Jiang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering at Tufts University, has been awarded an early-career award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for his work developing graphene-based microfluidics for ultra-high-resolution, dynamic bio-imaging. http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/tufts-university-engineer-wins-air-force-grant-ultra-high-resolution-bio-imaging

Week in Review: 11/19/17 – 11/25/17

11/24/2017

Young investigator award funds vision enhancement research

An assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kats aims to enhance the spectral information available to healthy human eyes. https://www.engr.wisc.edu/young-investigator-award-funds-vision-enhancement-research/

Optoelectronics origami: An easy-to-make, double-duty curved image sensor

In a breakthrough that could, for example, lead to cameras with beyond-the-state-of-the-art features such as infinite depth of field, wider view angle, low aberrations, and vastly increased pixel density, flexible optoelectronics pioneer Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma has devised a method for making curved digital image sensors in shapes that mimic an insect’s compound eye (convex) and a mammal’s “pin-hole” eye (concave).

https://www.engr.wisc.edu/optoelectronics-origami-curved-image-sensor/

Week in Review: 11/12/17 – 11/18/17

11/17/2017

Scientists capture colliding organic nanoparticles on video for first time

A Northwestern University research team is the first to capture on video organic nanoparticles colliding and fusing together. This unprecedented view of “chemistry in motion” will aid Northwestern nanoscientists developing new drug delivery methods as well as demonstrate to researchers around the globe how an emerging imaging technique opens a new window on a very tiny world. https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2017/november/scientists-capture-colliding-organic-nanoparticles-on-video-for-first-time/

11/16/2017

Math gets real in strong, lightweight structures

Rice University engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials with complex, repeating patterns. The porous structures called schwarzites are designed with computer algorithms, but Rice researchers found they could send data from the programs to printers and make macroscale, polymer models for testing. Their samples strive to use as little material as possible and still provide strength and compressibility. http://news.rice.edu/2017/11/16/math-gets-real-in-strong-lightweight-structures/

Week in Review: 10/29/17 – 11/4/17

11/2/2017

The relentless pursuit of hypersonic flight

How much new science will it take to design a vehicle that can routinely fly at many times the speed of sound? http://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/PT.3.3762

A strange new world of light

Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a tool to generate new, more complex states of light in a completely different way. The research is published in Science. https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2017/11/strange-new-world-of-light

Week in Review: 10/22/17 – 10/28/17

10/24/2017

Old phones get new life in high-powered computer servers

In a recent paper, graduate student Mohammad Shahrad and David Wentzlaff, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, demonstrated that it is possible to build servers out of ranks of old smartphones. Servers are specialized computers that provide data, storage or computing power to other computers. They are at the heart of the internet, from social media or video streaming to high-security banking. https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/10/24/old-phones-get-new-life-high-powered-computer-servers

10/23/2017

Thruster for Mars mission breaks records

An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall thruster. The development of the thruster was led by Alec Gallimore, University of Michigan professor of aerospace engineering and the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering. http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/25192-thruster-for-mars-mission-breaks-records