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."

Portrait of Mark Rentschler

Rentschler featured in American Society of Mechanical Engineers article

Aug. 19, 2019

Associate Professor and IRT Member Mark Rentschler was interviewed for an article in the ASME Magazine.

Tim white at the conference with his award

White brings hard science to International Soft Matter Conference

Aug. 5, 2019

Presenting his findings from “Pixelated Polymers: Programming Function into Liquid Crystalline Polymer Networks and Elastomers,” Gallogy Professor Tim White spoke before the researchers and scientists gathered for the International Soft Matter Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.

Micro-Indentation and Visualization system

Soft material study could improve medical devices, other applications

Aug. 5, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new technique that can study friction between soft materials like those inside the body, paving the way for improvements to medical devices used by millions each year.

Wil Srubar and a student

9News video: Bacteria that grow into bricks being researched at CU Boulder

July 15, 2019

IRT member Wil Srubar’s lab was recently profiled.