November 3, 2015

Geek Bar Beta
1941 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers have brought us closer to quantifying our lives, but will they truly change the way we interact with the world? This talk explores how the right combination of advances in energy harvesting, big data, and artificial intelligence could enable wearable devices to truly become digital extensions of us as humans.

Since just after World War II, U.S. and global researchers have attempted to evolve diamond’s use beyond simple gem. With extreme material properties such as ultra hardness, complete transparency to visible light, ultra high thermal conductivity, ultra fast power and frequency handling and switching, diamond it would seem, would be a perfect fit for technological use.

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In the robotics community, there is considerable interest in mobile robots that can climb and perch on a wide variety of building surfaces. Both climbing and perching robots can be useful for sensor placement and long-term surveillance. The key is the design of controllable attachment mechanisms that can easily turn the adhesion on and off to allow the robot to move on the surface. Read more…

November 10, 2014

Herman Hall Ballroom, Illinois Institute of Technology
3241 South Federal Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago Council on Science and Technology is pleased to co-present

The Birth and Death of the Cell Phone,

Part of Illinois Institute of Technology’s Presidential Lecture Series

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January 30, 2014

Advanced Photon Source Auditorium at Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S Cass Ave, Lemont, IL, USA

From tennis rackets to sunscreen, from stained glass windows to computer memory, the applications of nanoscale materials research are all around us. New television displays, cell phones and other digital devices incorporate nanostructured polymer films known as light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. Read more…

January 22, 2014

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Beverage cans. Jet Engines. Silicon semiconductors. All of these inventions have crystallography, the study of ordered structures, to thank. 100 years ago, the process of X-ray crystallography was discovered, allowing the atomic order of many materials to be determined. Read more…