Fiona Bell peels a bioplastic sample off of  glass

Fiona Bell: Intimacy between designers and materials leads to sustainability

March 4, 2022

ATLAS PhD student Fiona Bell is passionate about sustainability; her doctoral dissertation tackles how to reduce waste through encouraging intimate relationships between designers, the materials they use and the artifacts they develop. In recognition of her work, Bell recently received financial support to help complete her thesis through a Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

Anna Pillot performs in ATLAS B2 show INbalance IMbalance

Soaring heart rates: Revealing a performer’s inner world

March 1, 2022

She’s a trapeze artist. He’s a computer scientist. Together, they’re hoping to redefine immersive performance.

zack weaver at maker made event

Maker Made 2022 features work by ATLAS community

Feb. 22, 2022

A group of six artists and technologists connected to the ATLAS community contributed to BLDG 61’s Maker Made 2022, which runs through March 28 at the Boulder Public Library. Zack Weaver, who played a key role in establishing the ATLAS BTU Lab and the show’s curator, says the inspiration for Maker Made goes back to his days at Carnegie Mellon with ATLAS Director Mark Gross.

Logan Turner

Logan Turner, CTD major, one of six chosen for Student Leader of the Year Award

Feb. 21, 2022

Person at podium delivering a speech to an audience at the three-minute thesis competition

Varsha Koushik takes first place and Anthony Pinter is a runner-up in Three-Minute Thesis Contest

Feb. 21, 2022

Varsha Koushik, an ATLAS affiliated PhD student and a member of the Superhuman Computing Lab, won the Three-Minute Thesis Competition. Anthony Pinter, an incoming teaching assistant professor (starting fall 2022) in the ATLAS Institute and a PhD candidate in information science at the University of Colorado Boulder, was a runner-up.

Mia is helping Layne Hubbard prototype a talking stuffed animal.

Robots help kids tell stories—with a little help from stuffed animals

Feb. 21, 2022

Layne Hubbard (PhD CS, Cog Sci and Neurosci '21) recently joined forces with the Digital Learning Lab and PBSKids on an effort to develop artificial intelligence for the TV show “Elinor Wonders Why.” Hubbard was an affiliated ATLAS PhD student; Mark Gross, ATLAS director and professor of computer science, served on Hubbard's PhD advisory committee.

Wayne Seltzer helps someone at a fix-it clinic

Wayne Seltzer: Part of the global fix-it movement

Feb. 16, 2022

Wayne Seltzer started his own repair business when he was in the eighth grade; now a retired engineer, he's part of the global fix-it movement.

Anthony Pinter

Anthony Pinter researches ways to make algorithms more sensitive to humans

Feb. 9, 2022

Did you just see a Facebook “memory” of you and your ex from Valentine’s Day…three years ago, and now you’re bummed or just annoyed? You can blame the algorithms, says Anthony Pinter, a doctoral student in CU Boulder’s information science department, and soon-to-be ATLAS Institute faculty member. Pinter studies ways to make algorithms, which work behind the scenes to make social media platforms work, more sensitive to us as humans, rather than just data leveragers

Shanel Wu  bends over by a log. Wu wove the vest she is wearing on a traditional 4-shaft floor loom, integrating digital air quality sensors for outdoor workers in polluted environments.

Shanel Wu: Designing e-textiles with sustainability in mind

Feb. 9, 2022

ATLAS PhD student Shanel Wu is tackling how to reduce the waste from the rapidly expanding e-textile industry by investigating design practices that make it easier to recycle or reuse electronics and the textiles in which they are embedded.

Danny Rankin on Donuts, Design & Debate

Danny Rankin discusses logos and branding on Donuts, Design & Debate

Feb. 9, 2022

ATLAS Teaching Assistant Professor Danny Rankin discusses design, logo and branding on the Feb. 2 episode of Donuts, Design & Debate, a podcast about design from the creators of SketchUp Talk.

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