Involving the Crowd in Engineering Research

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Two college research teams are using crowdfunding – the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people, usually via the Internet – to pioneer leading-edge technologies in energy and robotics and to engage colleagues, students and the broader community in their work. Projects led by PhD student Chern-Hooi Lim of chemical and biological engineering and Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll of computer science are among eight projects involved in CU-Boulder’s crowdfunding pilot, a 45-day campaign that ends June 15.

Lim and his team are working to use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into a clean-burning liquid fuel. For them, the campaign is an alternative to competitive seed funding and a chance for people to directly support research about which they feel passionate.
> Learn more: CO2 to fuel project

Correll and his students want to expand the reach of their swarm robotics research to K-12 schools and even art museums. While an NSF grant funds their research, the team is looking to the community to help them mass produce the robots for teaching applications and interactive art installations. 
> Learn more: Swarm robots

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