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Fall 2015

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.


Right Place, Right Time

New software system to benefit military veterans using driverless cars 

Manfred Huber

Manfred Huber

Soldiers with brain injuries may soon have a new option for receiving important medical treatment—a date with a driverless car.

Computer science and engineering Professor Manfred Huber is leading efforts to design a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project to transport veterans on military bases to doctors’ appointments using driverless cars.

“We’re designing the system to be accessible through an android cellphone app or kiosk at a stop along the route,” says Dr. Huber. “This system will help veterans who might be suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. It will hopefully get the veterans where they need to be when they need to be there.”

The system allows veterans to provide feedback and could send text reminders about upcoming appointments. Once complete, the Applied Robotics for Installation and Base Operations project prototype will be installed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Huber says working in the controlled environment of an Army base is ideal because there are fewer variables. “Driverless systems are here. It’s just that integrating them into the common, everyday street system will be difficult,” he explains. “A driverless car can see a ball bouncing into the street but doesn’t yet have the insight to know that a child might be chasing the ball.”

Other researchers on the project include computer science and engineering Professor Gergely Zaruba and electrical engineering Associate Professor Dan Popa.

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