Research

These robots are learning the old-fashioned way—by playing

Robots in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab

12/19/2018 California Magazine - Unlike most robots, the ones in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab haven’t been programmed to perform a specific task. Instead, they’ve been programmed to learn new stuff by observation or through physical trial and error.

Greener days ahead for carbon fuels

Diagram demonstrating recycling carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals through a copper catalyst

12/18/2018 Berkeley Lab - Researchers led by Joel Ager, MSE adjunct professor, have discovered copper's potential as a catalyst for turning carbon dioxide into sustainable chemicals and fuels without wasteful byproducts.

Jiggly Jell-O makes powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

Illustration of metal carbides sparking a reaction that splits water into oxygen and valuable hydrogen gas

12/13/2018 - A cheap and effective gelatin-based catalyst, developed by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin and his Berkeley research team, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, the far more expensive current standard.

This innovation removes deadly arsenic from India's water

Professor Joyashree Roy and project team member Sreeman Mypati tasting water from ECAR plant.

12/12/2018 The Better India - Everyday, tens of millions of people drink water that significantly increases their risk of cancer and other deadly diseases. UC Berkeley professor Ashok Gadgil amd Asian Institute of Technology's Joyashree Roy hope to fix that with an efficient and cost-effective system called Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) for removing arsenic contamination from drinking water.

Watch just a few self-driving cars stop traffic jams

Traffic on freeway interchange

11/19/2018 Science - Anyone can start a traffic jam — just by tapping the brakes. Now, scientists at Berkeley have shown that a few self-driving cars can prevent such jams — and in some cases double the average speed of surrounding vehicles.

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