As we enter the fall quarter, we’d like to provide some helpful information for prospective students. Due to a high volume of interest in our lab, it may not be possible to get an individual response from one of our principal investigators or current graduate students. Please read the appropriate page below FIRST, before sending an e-mail, and try to be as specific as possible with the name of the project you’re interested in working on. Thanks!
Our students are going great places this summer!
- Maggie Thompson is headed to two internships, with Draper Labs this summer and then Northrup Grumman in the fall
- Tim Brown received a predoctoral fellowship through Humanities Without Borders (learn more here and here)
- Katherine Pratt is going to be an intern with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the ACLU’s office in Seattle, WA
- Kyle Lindgren is going to be an intern with the Army Research Laboratory this summer
BluHaptics, a spinoff from the BioRobotics Lab, just received $1.3 million in Series A funding from a group of Seattle investors to help it develop a commercial product for delivery later this year. Check out the coverage from these area journals:
- GeekWire: http://www.geekwire.com/2017/bluhaptics-undersea-software-space/
- Robotics Business Review: https://www.roboticsbusinessreview.com/energy-mining/bluhaptics-raises-1-36m-subsea-robotics-software/
- PE Hub: https://www.pehub.com/2017/03/software-startup-bluhaptics-nets-1-36-mln-series/
- Puget Sound Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/03/01/uw-bluehaptics-snags-1-4m-robotics-software.html
- Xconomy: http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2017/03/01/backed-by-seattle-angels-bluhaptics-readies-robot-control-software/#
- UW EE http://www.ee.washington.edu/spotlight/startup-bluhaptics-raises-1-3m-to-bring-its-underwater-software-to-space/
- UW CoMotion http://comotion.uw.edu/news/telerobotics-company-bluhaptics-secures-additional-investments-support-growth
Congrats to BRL professor Blake Hannaford on being named an Amazon Catalyst Fellow. Read the full article here.
BRL alumnus Fredrik Ryden was featured by UW CoMotion for his work as a Commercialization fellow. Read more here.
Fredrik and fellow BRL alumnus Charlie Matlack (founder of startup PotaVida) were panel members to prospective EE graduate students as they visited campus last week, discussing how the university supports entrepreneurship.
We’ve had many papers and conference submissions accepted!
-Two papers accepted to the 8th International IEEE Conference on Neural Engineering in Shanghai, China, May 25-28, 2017:
A. Haddock, A. Velisar, J. Herron, H. Bronte-Stewart, H. J. Chizeck, “Model Predictive Control of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinsonian Tremor”
B. Houston, M. Thompson, J. Ojemann, A. Ko, H. Chizeck, “Classifier Based Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Essential Tremor”
-Paper accepted to be published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters:
M. Haghighipanah; M. Miyasaka; B. Hannaford, “Utilizing Elasticity of Cable Driven Surgical Robot to Estimate Cable Tension and External Force,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-1
-Paper accepted to the Hybrid System Control Conference (HSCC):
A. Pace, S. Burden, “Piecewise–Differentiable Trajectory Outcomes in Mechanical Systems Subject to Unilateral Constraints”
-Paper accepted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
A. Pace, S. Burden, “Decoupled limbs yield differentiable trajectory outcomes through intermittent contact in locomotion and manipulation”
As winter quarter draws to a close, we’d like to highlight some of the achievements of our students:
Danying Hu passed her dissertation defense and is now Dr Hu
Junjie Yan passed his general exam
Maggie Thompson passed her general exam
Tyson Heo passed his masters thesis defense!
Also, BRL alums Hannah Werbel (left) and Evan Wang (right) were both awarded Undergraduate Medalists! Read more about them here.
Congrats to all!
BRL graduate students Tim Brown and Maggie Thompson are featured in a new article on the Neuroethics Blog, about collaboration and the role of ethics in engineering. Learn more here about their research and how they create a synergistic work and research environment.
Last week two of our BRL PhD students presented at the Neuroscience and Ethics Engagement: From Gray Matters to an NSF Engineering Research Center. Maggie Thompson (EE, left) and Tim Brown (Philosophy, right) participated in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering workshop, and from their website:
This conference gathers experts in the fields of bioethics and neuroethics to think about ways of engaging ethics and science. The conference will take as its starting point recommendations from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues report, “Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society.”
In addition to her research on neural security, BRL graduate student Katherine Pratt is active as a student veteran. Recently she brought the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative to the UW Seattle and Tacoma campuses to record the conversations of student veterans. Their visit was covered by The Daily, UW’s student newspaper. You can read it here.
BRL graduate student Maggie Thompson just got back from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, where she hosted a workshop titled, “Talking About Your Best Self: Speaking Highly about Your Own Work and Accomplishments!” It was well attended and received! She’s pictured (left) with workshop attendee Aayushi Malviya.
Hello all! Welcome to fall quarter here at UW. We have a few announcements and some news:
- We’d like to welcome new graduate students Momona Yamagami and Benjamin Ferleger!
- Congrats to Andrew Haddock for passing his General Exam!