Quadrotors Come to TED

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab. On Wednesday, Feb. 29, Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP Lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 28, 2012

Penn Helps Rethink Smartphone Design With 'Computational Sprinting'

PHILADELPHIA — Computational sprinting is a groundbreaking new approach to smartphone power and cooling that could give users dramatic, brief bursts of computing capability to improve current applications and make new ones possible.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 22, 2012

Penn Researchers Build First Physical “Metatronic” Circuit

PHILADELPHIA -- The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-349-5964February 17, 2012

Penn Science Cafe Presents Swarms of Flying Robots

On Tuesday, February 21, two members of Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will take part in the Penn Science Café, the free lecture series that for more than five years has taken science out of the lab for a night on the town.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Chriss Swaney | swaney@andrew.cmu.edu | 412-268-5776February 16, 2012

Carnegie Mellon University and Penn Engineering Receive $3.5 Million for Innovative Transportation Research

PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science a $3.5 million grant for the next two years to conduct research and implement technologies for improving the safety and efficiency of transportation.

Video: Swarm of Mosquitoes? Nope, a Quad Rotor

February 8, 2012

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is featured for work on flying robots.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 6, 2012

RecycleMania 2012 Begins at Penn

PHILADELPHIA –- As part of its Year of Games, the University of Pennsylvania is among the 600-plus colleges and universities across the United States and Canada competing during the next eight weeks in RecycleMania 2012. This competition is designed to see which schools will minimize their waste stream most significantly and achieve the greatest recycling rate.

Video: Autonomous Quadrocopters Fly in 20-Strong Formation

February 1, 2012

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s GRASP laboratory is highlighted for nanobot quadrocopters.

Article Source: Wired.co.uk

Robotic Hockey Teams Face-off at Penn Engineering

For students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Design of Mechatronic Systems class, “the finals” are more than an exam; they are a tournament in which the winners hoist a trophy high above their heads in victory.

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