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NAI Fellow

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UTA, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional honor given to academic inventors, according to Dallas Innovates

Flood mapping

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering in UTA’s College of Engineering, is reviewing federal rainfall estimates in Texas, which could lead to major changes in the mapping of flood-prone areas, reported ASEE First Bell.

Flood mapping

Monday, December 11, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, asked Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering in UTA’s College of Engineering, to review federal rainfall estimates for Texas. This research could lead to major changes in the mapping of flood-prone areas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Fang created a flood warning system that helped protect Texas Medical Center during Hurricane Harvey.

Flood mapping

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

UTA is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve flood warning and relief, reported phys.org. According to the story, Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering in UTA’s College of Engineering, received a contract to help the Corps of Engineers improve its watershed mapping capabilities.

Robotics lab

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Arlington Voice reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.

Robotics future

Friday, December 1, 2017

Robotics Tomorrow reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.

Origami-like method

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UTA developed an origami-like method of creating deeply bowl- or dome-shaped silicon detectors, Laser Focus World reported.

Robotics living lab

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Star-Telegram reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.

Living lab

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Innovates, ASEE First Bell, China's Irobotnews and France's Infohightech reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.

Research on robots

Monday, November 20, 2017

Research conducted by Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, attracted additional coverage, with KXAS NBC 5 reporting on Greer’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Greer’s research about the interaction of humans and robots showed that interacting with robots decreased depression among senior citizens.

Alumnus wins half marathon

Monday, November 20, 2017

UTA alumnus Craig Lautenslager won the New Zealand half marathon in 1 hour 4 minutes and 58 seconds, reported the Nelson Mail. Lautenslager’s time is the fifth fastest winning time in the history of the New Zealand half marathon. Lautenslager, a former track athlete at UTA, graduated in May with a degree in computer science. 

Puppala profiled

Friday, November 17, 2017

Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean of research for the College of Engineering and civil engineering professor, was profiled in the September-October issue of TR News, a magazine the Transportation Research Board publishes. The TRB is one of seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Puppala, who also is director of UTA’s Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure Center, focused on major areas of his research, including sustainable utilization of recycled materials, expansive soils’ stabilization, resilience issues and use of drones to inspect infrastructure.

Robotics lab

Friday, November 17, 2017

UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab continued to attract national attention with KTVT Fox 13 in Tampa, Fla., WALA Fox 10 in Mobile, Ala., Robotics TrendsAzorobotics and many other media outlets covering the start of the lab, which will investigate what the future will look like with robots.

Future with robots

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Researchers at UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab are investigating what the future will look like with robots. They're also examining how robots can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support, KTVT CBS 11, KRLD 1080 AM, ArlingtonTx.gov, CBSDFW.com, McKnight’s Senior LivingScienMag and Phys.org reported. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of Theatre Arts, is directing the new lab. 

Facial recognition

Monday, November 13, 2017

Vassilis Athitsos, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, was interviewed for a WFAA ABC 8 story about facial recognition software on the new iPhone. He assured viewers that a “two-dimensional photo” should not be able to unlock the phone. The story also was aired on KREM CBS 2 in Spokane, Wash., WVEC ABC 13 in Norfolk, Va. and WFMY CBS 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

Brain stimulation

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hanli Liu, UTA bioengineering professor, is leading a multi-institutional Texas project to develop a new, non-invasive neuromodulation tool to enhance cognitive function in the human brain by using a technology called transcranial infrared brain stimulation, or TIBS, The Daily Texan reported. 

Facial recognition

Friday, November 10, 2017

Apple’s new facial recognition software is not fail proof, a WFAA ABC 8 story proved. Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor in UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, explained how the technology uses millions of data points to learn what facial features to recognize.

Climate resiliency

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nick Fang, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, served on a climate-resilient infrastructure panel that discussed how well those structures fared following natural disasters, ASCE News reported. The panel was one of several featured at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure.

Lifetime achievement

Monday, November 6, 2017

Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and professor in UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, won the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Scienmag.com. Lewis also recently received the Lianoning China Friendship Award and he was named a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Scholar.

UAVs used to map

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Research conducted at UTA using unmanned aerial vehicles could help cities save time and money after a natural disaster, WFAA ABC 8 reported. The project is currently focused on Beaumont, Texas as it continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey. KVUE ABC 24 in Austin also picked up the story. Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean for research and a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering; Surya Congress, a civil engineering doctoral student; and Cody Lundberg, a research engineer at the UTA Research Institute are participating in the project.

ClaimBuster acclaim

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

mediashift.org story about new fact-checking tools for media outlets mentioned ClaimBuster, a tool developed by Chengkai Li, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering. ClaimBuster is part of the Tech & Check Cooperative, a new initiative launched by the Duke University Reporters’ Lab to automate fact-checking.

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