Funny robots lead to best paper award

Naomi Fitter, assistant professor of robotics, won the Best Paper Award at the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. The paper, co-written with John Vilk, “Comedians in Cafes Getting Data: Evaluating Timing and Adaptivity in Real-World Robot Comedy Performance,” reported findings that may provide key clues for how social robots can […]

Santala wins NSF CAREER award

Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science at Oregon State University, recently won a Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, award from NSF for her proposal titled “Revealing the Crystallization Kinetics of Marginal Glass Formers through In Situ Microscopy and Nanocalorimetry Experiments.”

Sencer wins JSPE Best Paper Award

Burak Sencer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will be part of a group of researchers who will receive this year’s Best Paper Award from the Japan Society for Precision Engineering.

Layer by layer

Together with teams across the College of Engineering, Paul and Pasebani have secured more than $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation and other federal, state, and private sources to develop a new generation of MAM technology.

From Corvallis to Koruridua: Making prototypes in Ghana

by Kelly Fox and Peter Beck (both ’19 B.S., Mechanical Engineering) (Editor’s note: Four students traveled to Ghana in spring 2019. This is their story with minor edits for style and flow.) What brought us to Ghana: a groundnut (peanut) roaster There were four of us on our senior design project: Peter Beck, Kelly Fox, […]

The “How” of design

By Ali Trueworthy I want to put things in the ocean that can generate electricity. In pursuit of that, I do research which works to answer the question, “How do we design things that go in the ocean and generate electricity?” This is different from, “What things can we design that go in the ocean […]

Searching for a safer refrigerant

By Tabeel Jacob Have you ever heard of a “refrigerant?” It almost sounds like “refrigerator,” right? Well, if you thought they might be related, you’d be right! In fact, a wide range of our daily appliances and machinery – such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and automobiles – contain refrigerants. The refrigerants in these systems undergo […]

Geometry of Locomotion

By Suresh Ramasamy A majority of mobile robots that operate in the world around us either use wheels or legs for locomotion. The reason for this is the inherent simplicity of operation in the case of wheels and easy access to environments of societal interests like buildings, stores, and warehouses in the case of legs. […]