Ellen Do keynote speaker at Asia's largest gathering of computer-aided architectural design researchers
Ellen Do, professor and director of partnership and innovation in the ATLAS Institute, will be a keynote speaker for the 25th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), the continent's largest annual gathering of researchers of computer-aided architectural design.
Imagine a textile that cleaned itself, killing viruses and bacteria, and dissolving flecks of embedded organic material. Such a fabric could transform the safety and cleanliness of seating in planes, buses and other public spaces—a particularly appealing prospect given recent events.
Shaz Zamore, ATLAS instructor and STEM outreach coordinator, coauthored this blog affiliated with the Integrative and Comparative Biology journal. "Having a network of fellow Black nature and STEM enthusiasts encourages us to contribute ideas and perspectives our non-Black peers may not have considered," Zamore wrote with coauthor Alexus Roberts. "In turn, starting these conversations can promote political discourse that may not have otherwise occurred. Simply put, our presence is change."
At a time when the field of human-computer interaction is becoming more important than ever, ATLAS researchers are making substantial contributions. For CHI '20, the world's leading conference for HCI, ATLAS researchers contributed nine papers and organized two workshops.
Laura Devendorf, an assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, providing $550,000 over five years to support the development of smart textiles. The award is one of the most prestigious given to faculty in the early phases of their careers.
From their homes, three members of the ATLAS Institute community have completed parts for roughly 320 face shields, and this is only the beginning. As they continue to print more shields, the three are experimenting with ways to increase production speed. At the same time, three more ATLAS faculty members recently joined the effort, also printing face shield parts from home.
A business start-up team led by two ATLAS Creative Industries master’s students took fourth place in CU Boulder’s 2020 New Venture Challenge (NVC), beating 142 competing entrepreneurial startup ventures and winning $12,500 for their company at the 12th annual NVC.