Dr. Taylor Ware, assistant professor of bioengineering, about the creation of a strong adhesive that can quickly stick and unstick with just a flash of light.
"Each one of these pillars is like rubber, as well as its backing, which would feel similar to a rubber band," he said. "In theory it would leave no more residue than rubber if they engineer the material in such a way that you can effectively prevent the breaking of these columns."
Dr. Kevin Hamlen, associate professor of computer science and member of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, about fake apps available in technology stores.
"Consumers of those devices sort of have this sense of confidence that anything in the story is probably trustworthy and that might be unwise."
Dr. Robert Rennaker, a former Marine who now heads the Department of Bioengineering and directs the Texas Biomedical Device Center, about brain injury treatment being tested.
"As a marine, you see these guys coming back with injuries and the doctors really can't do anything for them," he said. "My hope is that when they come back the docs will say, 'Hey we've got something for you,' whereas right now we don't."
Texas Instruments CEO Richard K. Templeton at a lecture in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, as well as University Founders Day, about how students can maximize their time at UT Dallas.
"It really comes down to your creativity, your curiosity, your urgency, your desire to make an impact," said Templeton, also TI’s president and chairman. "Those will be the differentiators that go on top of that knowledge that you pick up while you’re here."
Dr. Nicholas Gans, clinical associate professor of electrical engineering, on KERA’s Think program.
"I think what will be more likely in the near future is that the vehicles will have the ability to communicate with each other via the internet with civil infrastructure or with authorities."
Dr. Shalini Prasad, associate professor of bioengineering, about her work published in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical about the development of a wearable device that can monitor an individual’s glucose level via perspiration on the skin.
"We used known properties of textiles and weaves in our design," she said. "What was innovative was the way we incorporated and positioned the electrodes onto this textile in such a way that allows a very small volume of sweat to spread effectively through the surface."
Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the Department of Bioengineering and holder of the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, on becoming a world-class researcher who uses vagus nerve stimulation to rewire connections in the brain to treat a variety of neurological disorders.
"We are walking in the woods and smell a particular odor,” he said. “If a bear immediately jumps out, and we happen to survive, we will forever connect that smell with the danger of a bear."
Dr. Kyeongjae (KJ) Cho, professor of materials science and engineering, on news about faulty lithium-ion batteries that explode.
"When you see something happening you tend to panic and try not to use any battery. I’m going to throw away my cell phone because there’s a battery inside. That’s not a good attitude."
Dr. Nicholas Gans, an assistant professor of electrical engineering who is part of the computer engineering program, on making some of the key technology that will make self-driving cars practical, affordable and reliably safe.
"I would consider a self-driving car to be a robot. And you’ll find that the researchers that are working on these problems all for the most part came out of the robotics community – the technology, the mathematics, the understanding of sensors and motion planning and interplay – these really are fields of robotics."
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, professor of computer science and executive director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, on.
"Whenever you have a microprocessor, there is a potential for vulnerability because there is the hardware and software that goes with it. There is some malicious code they could have exploited."
Dr. Kamran Kiasaleh, associate dean of assessment for the Jonsson School, on Facebook using light to wirelessly transmit internet signals.
Because of all these benefits, building on Facebook’s proof of concept holds tremendous potential not just for remote areas, but for meeting increased data demand all over the world, he said
Dr. Ryan McMahan, assistant professor of computer science, about using virtual reality to train surgical staff.
"Medical VR training can ensure that healthcare professionals are aware of proper procedures and protocols, can allow them to practice those procedures without harming others, and can inform those workers what the consequences of bad practices could be. Altogether, these aspects should ensure that healthcare workers are better prepared for their jobs and ultimately provide better patient care."
Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering, on using soluble catalysts in lithium-air batteries instead of conventional solid crystals.
"There’s huge promise in lithium-air batteries. However, despite the aggressive research being done by groups all over the world, those promises are not being delivered in real life…hopefully this discovery will revitalize research in this area and create momentum for further development."
Dr. Robert Gregg, assistant professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering, about robots such as MARLO that walk on unstable terrain.
"The ability of MARLO to gracefully navigate uneven terrains is very exciting for my work in prosthetics."
Aaron Quigg, a mechanical engineering student and leader of a team building a single-seat, gas-powered, 200-pound vehicle to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016.
"I would rather be doing this than homework. It’s more fun."
Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, executive director of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute at UT Dallas, on ransomware being like a home burglar.
"But this is even more dangerous, because you can attack a person’s machine from anywhere. It’s a malicious way of doing things. They really want to cause as much havoc as possible."
Husam Wadi, a mechanical engineering student who so far has won $4,000 in scholarships playing Polycraft World, the comprehensive Minecraft modification kit created by a UT Dallas team. Polycraft World was created to infuse polymer chemistry into the video game.
"So for instance what’s this one? Quiksilver! Quiksilver," Wadi says to his youngest brother in the video. "So my little brother, who has no idea of the periodic table or anything else, can now easily find out what element goes to what. Because before Polycraft, there was just iron, diamond and gold. That’s it. Then you come to Polycraft and there’s 20 different elements."
Dr. Arif Malik, associate professor of mechanical engineering, about event organized to help teenagers on autism spectrum gain experience in group design problems.
"What we want to do is give them the team working skills so that they pursue college and careers beyond college in science and engineering, that they’ll be successful in working on those teams"
Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering, on his research that found animals with neuropathy can experience pain around cellphone towers.
"I met Ret. Maj. Underwood, who visited our lab. He was the one who told me his experience feeling tremendous pain, basically reliving the explosion that took off his arm in Iraq. [He said] to me that he relives that pain every time he drives through a cellphone tower in Texas. So, to me, that was incredible. I have never heard anything like that before. So knowing how the nerve responds to injury, I thought I could possibly test that in the lab."
Dr. Kenneth K. O, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas about an electronic circuits manufactured is CMOS technology that could make breath analysis affordable.
"It means blood test, without taking blood samples. Breath analyses using the programmable electronic nose tests both blood and digestive systems. The applications are limitless."
Jey Veerasamy, senior lecturer in computer science, on waiting to introduce kids to coding until they are at least second grade.
"There’s no need to rush. Younger kids may benefit, but you have to remember that it’s not for everybody."
Aria Nosratinia, professor of electrical engineering, about one of three grants recently awarded from the National Science Foundation to investigate wireless communications technology.
"We aim to develop methods that break the wireless messages into microstreams, or smaller pieces, enabling them to be transmitted through-rather than against-other signals in the environment."
Dr. Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, professor of computer science, principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project that uses haptic devices to enhance remote visits between doctors and patients.
"We’re bringing the sense of touch to telemedicine."
Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the Department of Bioengineering in the Jonsson School and director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center.
"The current preclinical models of fear are poor models for PTSD. This grant includes a new preclinical model so we can better understand the mechanisms behind PTSD before moving it to clinical trials."
Dr. Robert Wallace, professor of materials science and engineering, about his team’s work published in Nature Communications on how transition metal dichalogenides, or TMDs, could behave like a semiconductor switch.
"If realized, these materials could revolutionize the electronics industry and better enable even higher-performance portable devices like smartphones and the Internet of Things. Their atomically thin layer nature gives rise to the concept of two-dimensional semiconductor materials."
Dr. Robert Gregg, assistant professor of bioengineering and mechanical engineering, about his powered prosthetic that can dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk.
"The feedback from the amputee patients we've worked with has been very positive," Gregg says. "They felt like the prosthetic leg seemed to be following them rather than them following the leg. They can start or stop, and the leg will respond; they can go faster or slower, and the leg will respond to that naturally."
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Congratulations to Joseph Pancrazio, a bioengineering professor and associate provost for UT Dallas, for being named Neurotechnology Researcher of the Year for 2016 by Neurotech Reports: http://utd.edu/t/2685Posted by The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science at UT Dallas on Friday, February 3, 2017