Category: ME Spotlight-Research

Metamaterials Offer Communications Breakthroughs

Professor Xin Zhang (ME, ECE, BME, MSE) is an expert in the field of metamaterials and recently her lab has developed two new structures that can manipulate sound and electromagnetic waves. Although they are different, both offer two forms of wave control in their own spectrums, performance yet seen in other devices.

ENG Robotics Programs Listed Among Nation’s Best

Boston University makes the short list of top Robotics Universities, according to Analytics Insight. The Robotics Lab at Boston University’s college of engineering offers three distinct research topics to impart the knowledge of how to program and create robotic automation among its students. Boston University Robotics Lab is a self-contained research facility situated in the Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) on Boston University’s Charles River campus.

Rebecca Khurshid Joins Systems Engineering to Advance the Relationship Between Humans and Robots

Khurshid heads the BU CAIR Laboratory and opens doors to SE graduate students this fall. Systems engineers further CAIR productivity by offering a strong mathematical background to model the complexities of systems consisting of human beings and robots. These models can then be used to generate desired behaviors in a robotic partner.

Shrinking Down Soft Robots

A novel four-step process has been developed by researchers including Assistant Professor Tommaso Ranzani (ME) and Assistant Professor Sheila Russo (ME) to construct microfluidic origami for reconfigurable pneumatic/hydraulic (MORPH) systems. Their work, published in Advanced Materials, details the process and demonstrates its capabilities with the fabrication of a highly complex soft structure.