ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. We transform ingenious ideas into reality through research, experimentation and critical thinking. With labs and academic programs that inspire out-of-the-box ideas and creative exploration, ATLAS is a vibrant and exciting community of technology visionaries who reach beyond convention, take risks and innovate.
Through a generous gift, Dale and Patricia (Pat) Hatfield recently enabled the creation of the first endowed professorship associated with the ATLAS Institute.
ATLAS PhD students Katie Gach, Keke Wu, Fiona Bell, Kailey Shara and Sasha Novack, and Affiliated PhD students Gabrielle Johnson, Dreycey Albin and Varsha Koushik recently received Graduate School awards, grants or fellowships to support their research and creative work.
ATLAS researchers have 10 published works and one special interest group associated with the CHI 2021 conference, the world’s preeminent conference for the field of human-computer interaction. Held virtually, CHI 2021, also known as ACM’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, took place May 8-13.
This spring 42 ATLAS students earned BS in Creative Technology and Design degrees from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, a quarter with Latin honors. Fourteen students graduated from the ATLAS master's program—three from the Information and Communication Technology and Design track and 11 from Creative Industries. Donna Auguste, who graduated from ATLAS with her PhD in 2019, was the guest speaker.
Graduating in May 2021with degrees in Creative Technology and Design, these graduate and undergraduate students are being recognized for exceptional accomplishments, having demonstrated initiative in their academic and extracurricular activities, completing outstanding research or creative projects, or contributing significantly to the ATLAS community.
In a world where decisions of all kinds are based on statistical information, maximizing access to data is more important than ever. However, a recent study finds that common practices may be cutting large portions of the population out of the picture.
During the pandemic lockdown, Laura Devendorf used textiles woven with resistive yarns to document a particular part of her life–the daily “forces” that pressed against her body, especially her two children. Two of her memory fabric innovations are being exhibited at the The Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) in Hong Kong as part of the Interweaving Poetic Code exhibition.
Before she graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in Creative Technology and Design, Monica Chairez used the skills she gained at ATLAS to help solve several needs for CU Dental School of Medicine. Prior to the pandemic, dental students were introduced to oral surgery tools in the classroom. Now students who can’t attend in-person classes can at least tumble, rotate and zoom into these instruments just like they were holding them thanks to Chairez, who used the open-source software program "Blender" to create a virtual 3D library.
Capstone Projects (ATLS 4010) is a rigorous, two-semester course sequence required for all CU Boulder engineering students who are majoring in Creative Technology & Design/CTD through the ATLAS Institute. Normally taken during the senior or final CTD year, Capstone involves the development, documentation and production of a culminating project that goes through multiple rounds of faculty review and iteration.
Kailey Shara, ATLAS PhD student and a member of the Emergent Nanomaterials Lab, won the NVC 14 Audience Choice Award, adding $1,000 to the $11,000 she has raised for her startup, Chembotix, over the last month.
The National Science Foundation has awarded Danielle Szafir a CAREER award to develop tools that rapidly gauge the efficacy of different types of data visualizations.
LeeLee James, BTU's student assistant, is also the "Twirling Tech Goddess" on YouTube. Her show encourages radical diversity and inclusion by making learning tech more fun, accessible and relatable to people underrepresented in STEM.
Wayne Seltzer, ATLAS Institute's technologist-in-residence, was featured as one of four MIT alumni who are ‘making’ their mark with a love for building and tinkering. As a maker mentor, Seltzer has worked with many students and the BTU community. One of his most recent projects include a repurposed 1970s jukebox that plays digital recordings of performances by CU Boulder music students.
Long before the pandemic sent people scrambling into isolation, musicians have longed to jam virtually with others across the globe. But online jamming isn’t feasible because of latency, the tiny delay that occurs when data travels from one point to the next. ATLAS researchers and Ericsson Research project collaborators are exploring ways in which remote drumming experiences can be made more enjoyable despite the latency, including drumming with avatars.