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Category: Computer Engineering

Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings — ScienceDaily

One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich. The group of scientists — led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich — drew inspiration from bacteria to design smart, biocompatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape when needed, they can pass through narrow blood…

Mizzou Engineers head out on a different kind of winter break

Volunteering with adaptive ski programs that allow people with disabilities to experience skiing is just one example of how University of Missouri students serve the global community. This winter break, 475 Mizzou students will volunteer across the country and in the Dominican Republic. Photo courtesy of MU News Bureau. A total of 475 students took part in last week’s Mizzou Alternative Breaks, and among them were 24 Engineering students: Alexandra Crump, Liam Gray, Olivia LaVal, Margaret Page, Ethan Rackers, Jacquelyn Ware,…

Open-sourcing Spectrum 1.0.0 for mobile image uploads

DANIEL HUGENROTH As mobile camera hardware rapidly improves, our phones capture and store larger and larger files. Uploading these large files can eat up mobile data; it can take forever for them to load; and, sometimes, the files fail to load at all. To make the upload process more efficient, we developed Spectrum, an image processing library for Android and iOS. With Spectrum, we have improved the reliability and quality of image uploads at a large scale across our apps.…

Assistant dean, STEM colleagues land grant to study identity expression

Assistant Dean Tojan Rahhal, Terrell Morton of Education and Johannes Schul of Biology received an Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) Excellence Grant for Employees. Identifying and understanding contextual, cultural and developmental differences among identity expression for historically underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is key in supporting and growing these populations in STEM fields. Mizzou Engineering, through Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives Tojan Rahhal, is part of a project seeking to do just that…

Water, not temperature, limits global forest growth as climate warms — ScienceDaily

The growth of forest trees all over the world is becoming more water-limited as the climate warms, according to new research from an international team that includes University of Arizona scientists. The effect is most evident in northern climates and at high altitudes where the primary limitation on tree growth had been cold temperatures, reports the team this week in the online journal Science Advances. “Our study shows that across the vast majority of the land surface, trees are becoming…

10 years ago, Sheri Sangji died following a lab fire

Posted By Jyllian Kemsley on Jan 16, 2019 in Academia, Accidents, Featured, Research Laboratories | The syringe Sangji was using to transfer tert-butyllithium when the reagent ignited. (Credit: UCLA) Today is the 10th anniversary of Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji’s death from injuries sustained in a laboratory fire at the University of California, Los Angeles. From C&EN: Her death pushed some chemists to try to improve academic lab safety culture to prevent similar accidents at their own institutions and…

Trends in AI: NeurIPS 2018

Co-authors: Gungor Polatkan and Romer Rosales  In December, we attended the artificial intelligence and machine learning conference NeurIPS 2018 in Montreal, Canada. In this post, we share our personal observations from the event, explain the trends in artificial intelligence research, and provide an overview of specific hot topics in addressing the problems in online systems and web applications. Though we provide an overview of each problem for a broader audience, we will also dive into a couple of selected papers…

Aarhus Engineering Internship: Building Aggregation Support for YQL, Uber’s Graph Query Language for Grail

Lau Skorstengaard is a Ph.D. student at Aarhus University who pursued a 2018 internship with Uber Engineering’s Aarhus, Denmark office. In this article, Lau discusses his path to Uber and the technical challenges faced while building his internship project as a member of our Infrastructure team.    At some point, every computer science student stands at a crossroads, having to decide whether to pursue a career in industry or academia. At the end of my master’s program, I found myself…

Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish’s explosive slime — ScienceDaily

Hundreds of meters deep in the dark of the ocean, a shark glides toward what seems like a meal. It’s kind of ugly, eel-like and not particularly meaty, but still probably food. So the shark strikes. This is where the interaction of biology and physics gets mysterious — just as the shark finds its dinner interrupted by a cloud of protective slime that appeared out of nowhere around an otherwise placid hagfish. Jean-Luc Thiffeault, a University of Wisconsin-Madison math professor,…

Using Social Media As A Crucial Marketing Tool

There’s no way of escaping it: in the modern age, using social media is essential for marketing. With Instagram alone boasting over 800 million monthly active users and other social sites claiming statistics which are just as impressive, it’s clear that a critical mass of potential consumers is all over social. From the small business which can target adverts at those who live in a certain neighborhood to the major international corporations ready to announce a new product launch, almost…