Yesterday BRL researcher Tamara Bonaci was awarded the UW’s Society for Women Engineers Outstanding Female Award for 2015! The award is given to an outstanding graduate student and undergraduate annually. Congratulations Tamara!
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Last week NPR journalist Martin Kaste dropped by the BRL to discuss our ongoing work in improving the security and privacy of brain-computer interfaces. Read more at NPR.org
The University of Washington posted a great article discussing Sam Burden‘s return to UW EE as an Assistant Professor! Sam attended UW as an undergrad before pursuing his PhD at UC Berkeley, where he is currently a Post-Doc. This coming Fall, Sam will be joining the EE department and the BioRobotics Lab as an assistant professor.
Sam has this to say about joining the BRL:
“I am thrilled to be joining UW EE and the BRL, where I’ll study dynamic motion of robots, humans, and animals. I’m particularly eager to translate principles from biology to improve the design of robots, and to adapt engineered devices to assist humans. Between the BRL, the CSNE, and the broader Seattle health sciences community, I couldn’t have found a more ideal place to work.”
This last week members of the BioRobotics Lab traveled to Washington DC to present ongoing work in the areas of BCI privacy and security, BCI optimization, and closed-loop DBS at the annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN) meeting (http://www.sfn.org/). In addition to attending the main SFN conference, BRL researchers attended and discussed their research at several satellite conferences including the IEEE EMBS Brain Grand Challenges Conference and the 2014 INS Annual Meeting.
This summer, the BRL hosted a number of summer students from either local high-schools or various undergraduate programs. Hannah Werbel, now a highschool senior, was interviewed about her experiences in the Young Scholars Program (YSP) by the CSNE:
Also interviewed were Joi Officer and Francisco Garcia who discussed their research experiences through the Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) Program. Check out their video here:
BioRobotics Lab demonstrates research technologies at the IEEE Seattle 110th Anniversary Celebration
This last Sunday evening, members of the UW BRL attended the IEEE Seattle Section’s 110th Anniversary Celebration event at the Seattle Pacific Center. Senator Maria Cantwell joined regional IEEE members to celebrate this impressive anniversary. Graduate student researchers Jeffrey Herron and Kevin Huang brought demos to the event to showcase ongoing research from the UW BioRobotics Lab. Read more
This summer the BioRobotics Lab hosted great student researchers from local highschools and colleges from around the country! Their research was supported through the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering REU and YSP programs. Here is an overview of the great work these students did:
Thank you so much for your great work! You all show such great potential and we look forward to keeping track of your future achievements!
We were sent a photo from two BRL graduate alumni, Lee White and Thavida Maneewarn, who recently met up in Bangkok.
Andy Yang from the University of Washington’s student newspaper, The Daily, visited the BRL to ask us about our ongoing BCI security research. Check out the article here
Now it’s Applied Dexterity’s turn to have the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization highlight their ongoing work! The UW C4C wrote an extensive article about the Raven open-source ecosystem and how it’s enabling new surgical robotics research. The full article is linked here
The BioRobotics Lab ran a 3-day workshop for highschool Math Academy students. This workshop introduced haptic enabled systems and allowed the students to program and experiment with haptic devices.