Research

Can common heart condition cause sudden death?

human stem cell-derived cardiac microtissue grown on a fiber-based scaffold

9/28/2018 Gladstone Institutes - Kevin Healy's bioengineering lab combined their tissue engineering with the Gladstone Institute's genome editing techniques to create a “diseased heart micro-tissue” model. The new tool will help explore how common environmental stress affects normal and abnormal heart tissue.

Diamond dust boosts magnetic field detection

Iron shavings showing magnetic fields

9/10/2018 - Berkeley engineers have created a device that dramatically reduces the energy needed to power magnetic field detectors, which could revolutionize how we measure the magnetic fields that flow through our electronics, our planet and even our bodies.

Algorithm provides early warning system for goundwater contamination

Aerial view of cleanup project at Savannah River Site

8/30/2018 Berkeley Lab - National laboratory researchers led by Berkeley Lab's Haruko Wainwright, a new associate adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley, have developed a low-cost method for real-time monitoring of groundwater pollutants using commonly available sensors.

AI-altered video makes it look like you can dance

Thumbnail of video: Everybody Dance Now

8/27/2018 Engadget - Experimenting with deep learning systems, a team of Berkeley computer science researchers is using artificial intelligence to make dancers look more skillful. The project uses algorithms to pass dance moves via video from a skilled dancer to a virtual skeleton to an amateur subject.

UC Berkeley to co-lead DOE center to study corrosion in nuclear reactors

Nuclear symbol

8/6/2018 - Berkeley engineers are co-leading a new DOE-funded Energy Frontier Research Center to study how extreme conditions such as radiation exposure and corrosion affect nuclear reactor materials. The new center, led by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is called the Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes, or FUTURE.

How robot hands are evolving

Dactyl robot hand

7/30/2018 New York Times - Drawing on the latest in machine learning, Autolab and BAIR Lab researchers are developing robots that can pick up or move all manner of objects, and even learn to make a bed.

Engineering innovators join Bakar ranks

Bakar Fellows Steven Conolly, David Schaffer, Ming Wu and Ting Xu

7/27/2018 - Berkeley Engineering faculty members Steven Conolly, Ming Wu, Ting Xu and David Schaffer are among the new members of the Bakar Fellows Program.

New technique could speed synthesis of DNA

Sebastian Palluk and Daniel Arlow in a lab at the Joint BioEnergy Institute

6/18/2018 - A team of scientists in chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Jay Keasling's lab has made a breakthrough in the synthesis of new genes, offering promise for cheaper, faster and safer development of medicines.

Download the world's largest self-driving dataset

Roadway image showing bounding boxes over objects of note, like cars and traffic signals

6/7/2018 Interesting Engineering - The Berkeley DeepDrive Industry Consortium has released an open-source dataset of 100,000 self-driving video sequences — largest of its kind — to the public in hopes of helping engineers develop autonomous vehicles.

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