Category: Research and Innovation

Toby Li

Toby Li Receives Google Research Scholar Award

Toby Li, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has received a Google Research Scholar Award for his project “Effective Human-AI Collaboration with Data-Driven Models in UX Design.” The project’s goal is to create software …

Yanfang (Fanny) Ye

Combating online opioid trafficking with advanced AI techniques

Opioid abuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, and opioid trafficking has moved online — making it even more difficult to stop. “Cyber criminals are always coming up with new tactics,” said Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering …

Ph.D. student Yanina Nahum

Notre Dame engineers join forces with Trinity College Dublin to advance novel treatment for cystic fibrosis

Notre Dame engineers have joined forces with microbiologists at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, to further investigate a promising strategy for managing cystic fibrosis lung infections. Cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that causes patients’ airways to fill with a thick and sticky …

NeuRRAM chip. Photo credit: David Baillot/University of California San Diego

Computing on the edge: computer engineers co-design new energy-efficient neuromorphic compute-in-memory chip

Computers constantly transfer information between processing and memory units, and this shuttling back and forth of data consumes a lot of energy. Siddharth Joshi, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and Ph.D. student Clemens Schafer, are …

Ph.D. student Jialing Xu with filter sample

Removing heavy metals from water with innovative 3D-printed filters

Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame have developed a highly effective filter for removing lead and other toxic heavy metals from water. The new filter is sensitive enough to identify and capture one metal ion, even when mixed with a million other molecules, according to William …

Notre Dame College of Engineering Ph.D. student David Kelly helps Laura Light with a powered prosthetic lower leg and foot.

Mobile assist: ROAM engineering lab developing powered prosthesis to aid natural movement

Grasping the railing of a stopped treadmill in the basement of Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering, Laura Light broke into an electric smile as she used an experimental foot-and-ankle prosthesis to stand on her tiptoes. Patrick Wensing, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering …

Donny Hanjaya-Putra assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering holds a vial of specially engineered nanoparticle backpacks.

Engineering bioactive nanoparticles to restore damaged stem cells

Within a newborn’s umbilical cord lie potentially life-saving stem cells that can be used to fight diseases like lymphoma and leukemia. That is why many new parents elect to store their infant’s stem cell-rich umbilical cord blood. But in the 6-15 percent of pregnancies affected by …

Hydrologist Marc Muller receives NSF CAREER Award for new methods to inform response to climate change

Marc Muller, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Critical Aspects of Sustainability (CAS) CAREER award. CAREER awards are among the highest honors awarded to young faculty. CAS awards provide support for …

Omo River Valley, Ethiopia

With land grabs comes competition for water — and local farmers are likely to lose

Water from Ethiopia’s Omo River, which flows for 472 miles along the country’s southwest side, has helped sustain the livelihood of tribal populations for hundreds of years. Human rights organizations have estimated 200,000 people in the region rely on the Omo’s water for cattle and to grow …

Roy Stillwell working on Nearwave device

Ready for launch: New imaging device for breast cancer detection and monitoring goes from idea to prototype

When electrical engineering Ph.D. students Roy Stillwell and Vince Kitsmiller were writing mock grant proposals for their biophotonics class, little did they realize that one of the ideas they were pitching would lead to a promising start-up. Their idea was to build a handheld medical imaging …