Week in Review: Nov 22 – Nov 28

November 24, 2015

Stanford physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons over a distance of 1.2 miles
Researchers from Stanford have advanced a long-standing problem in quantum physics – how to send “entangled” particles over long distances.
http://news.stanford.edu/2015/11/24/cryptography-quantum-tangle-112415/

ECE alum receives 2016 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award
IEEE has awarded the 2016 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award to an international team of researchers that includes an alumnus of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The award is given for the outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper in any of the IEEE Transactions, Journals, Magazines, or Proceedings. The team reported on a “bioinspired CMOS current-mode polarization imaging sensor based on the compound eye of the mantis shrimp” in the Proceedings of the IEEE. Among the potential applications for the sensor is the early diagnosis of cancerous lesions.
http://engineering.jhu.edu/ece/2015/11/24/ece-alum-receives-2016-ieee-donald-g-fink-award/#.V5EKIzZf1ER

AIAA honors UTA’s Frank Lewis with 2016 Intelligent Systems Award
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will honor professor Frank Lewis, head of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Advanced Controls and Sensors Group, with the society’s 2016 Intelligent Systems Award in recognition of his work to advance the capabilities of autonomous aircraft systems. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-11/uota-ahu112415.php

A Week in Review: 11/23/14-11/29/14

November 26, 2014

University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip
University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a chip on which both sound wave and light wave are generated and confined together so that the sound can very efficiently control the light. The novel device platform could improve wireless communications systems using optical fibers and ultimately be used for computation using quantum physics.
http://discover.umn.edu/news/science-technology/university-minnesota-engineers-make-sound-loud-enough-bend-light-computer

November 24, 2014

New device could make large biological circuits practical
A team of researchers at MIT has now come up with a way of greatly reducing that unpredictability, introducing a device that could ultimately allow such circuits to behave nearly as predictably as their electronic counterparts. The findings are published this week in the journal Nature Biotechnology, in a paper by associate professor of mechanical engineering Domitilla Del Vecchio and professor of biological engineering Ron Weiss.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/predictable-biological-circuits-1124

 

Communications and Sensing — Who is Air Force Basic Research

For decades, researchers have attempted to better understand how data travels and interacts with environments, and how communication sources can be enhanced for the benefit of the warfighter. Current Air Force basic research pushes the boundaries of quantum physics and plasma chemistry, supporting designs for innovations in communications technology.

In this video, see how AFOSR is leading the way in supporting designs for innovations in communications technology.