The four projects presented by ATLAS at DIS'22

ATLAS research front and center at DIS’22

June 29, 2022

Researchers from ATLAS Institute's Unstable Design, THING, Living Matter and Superhuman Computing labs presented four papers, including three that received “Honorable Mention” awards, at the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '22).


DIS'22: Living Matter and Unstable Design labs introduce biofoam

June 21, 2022

Exploring biofoam as a Material for Tangible Interaction, authored by Eldy S. Lazaro Vasquez, Netta Ofer, Shanel Wu, Mary Etta West, Mirela Alistar and Laura Devendorf introduced the DIS audience to biofoam, a water soluble and biodegradable material that can be made conductive.

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April 28, 2022

ATLAS researchers will present six published works and two workshops at the 2022 ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), the world’s preeminent forum for the field of human-computer interaction. The conference, commonly referred to as “CHI,” will be held hybrid-onsite April 30-May 6, 2022 in New Orleans.

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Augmenting Books With Tangible Animation

Jan. 31, 2022

SIGGRAPH sat down with Purnendu, a PhD student in the ATLAS Institute and a researcher at Meta Reality Labs, to talk about his team’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Labs project, “Electriflow: Augmenting Books With Tangible Animation Using Soft Electrohydraulic Actuators.” The team's actuator technology strives to augment animation within physical books.

Museum visitors interact with Gallagher's Ghost exhibit

ATLAS community’s work featured in Museum of Boulder exhibit

Nov. 1, 2021

A group of 14 artists and technologists connected to ATLAS contributed to the Museum of Boulder’s newest exhibit, “Convivial Machines,” which opened Oct. 30. It's the first museum installation for Boulder Experiments in Art and Technology (B.E.A.T), founded by Jiffer Harriman (ATLS PhD '16).

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Origami comes to life with new shape-changing materials

July 22, 2021

Imagine opening up a book of nature photos only to see a kaleidoscope of graceful butterflies flutter out from the page. Such fanciful storybooks might soon be possible thanks to the work of a team of designers and engineers at CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute.

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ATLAS @ CHI 2021

May 14, 2021

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.

Students working with biochips during the workshop organized by the Living Matter Lab at ATLAS Institute.

Engaging Underrepresented Students (funded through Google exploreCSR)

This project aims to engage under-represented undergraduate students in the Living Matter Lab's research through a series of online workshops and hands-on sessions, as well as guides participants through finding good graduate programs and the application process.

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Healthcare at Home

June 17, 2020

Mirela Alistar, assistant professor of computer science and the director of the ATLAS Institute’s Living Matter Lab, wants to make healthcare more personal with microfluidic biochips.

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ATLAS research helps define the future of human-computer interaction

May 1, 2020

At a time when the field of human-computer interaction is becoming more important than ever, ATLAS researchers are making substantial contributions, contributing nine papers and two workshops to CHI '20.