Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer

Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer available to college in fall

Sept. 8, 2020

With it, they can perform mechanical load and displacement tests of materials, devices and components that were not possible previously.

Mike in the lab looking at a sample window with students

Research shows promising advances to lower cost and durable smart window technology

June 5, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed an improved method for controlling smart tinting on windows that could make them cheaper, more effective and more durable than current options on the market.

Close up snake skin

Research into mechanics of snakeskin could shape soft robotics technology

May 26, 2020

Professor Yifu Ding is starting a new research project that explores how soft robots of the future could include new materials inspired by snakeskin.

Laura Devendorf working in her lab on materials

NSF CAREER Award supports Devendorf’s research in smart textile development

May 12, 2020

Laura Devendorf, an assistant professor of information science with the ATLAS Institute, has been awarded 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.

A student working with the robot in the field

Sub T Challenge sharpens students’ skill in the field

April 30, 2020

CU Boulder is one of several funded teams in the Subterranean Challenge, a competition launched by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to stimulate and test ideas around autonomous robot use in difficult underground environments.

Robots shaped like bugs

From insects to robots: Jayaram takes inspiration from nature

Feb. 19, 2020

Assistant Professor Kaushik Jayaram sees nature as a giant catalogue of design ideas.

A student working in the lab on a robotic arm

Robotic skin could transform manufacturing, human robot interactions

Dec. 5, 2019

The human skin is an amazing organ, with distinct tactile “sensors” for pain or pressure as well as a vascular system for power. Body hair can be used for perception as well, with airflow around it allowing us to perceive objects and people at a distance. Assistant Professor Alessandro Roncone finds all of it inspiring, both for its compact and layered functionality, and for what it could teach us about the potential of robotics.

Lucy Pao standing in front of the wind turbine blade

Podcast: Jacob Segil and Lucy Pao - innovators in the college

Nov. 22, 2019

On this edition of On CUE, we're looking at two research projects at the college that could be transformational at both the individual and global levels.

A farmer's tractor plowing a field

Creating the internet of living things

Oct. 22, 2019

Using relatively new methods, devices such as sensors can be manufactured quickly and cheaply and linked together easily, ushering in an era of connectivity today known as the internet of things. Researchers in the Multifunctional Materials Interdisciplinary Research Theme, however, are taking that idea in a new direction with what they call the internet of living things.

Diagram of a robot hand picking up an apple

What Robot Startups Can Learn From the Computer Revolution

Oct. 9, 2019

Correll: "In their search for killer apps, robotics companies should look at the amazing evolution of computers."