SMU Department of Electrical Engineering

Wired: Lasers Power Pentagon’s Next-Gen Artificial Limbs

Reporter Katie Drummond with Wired magazine has covered the research of SMU engineers Marc Christensen and Volkan Otugen.

Christensen and Otugen are working as part of a consortium with industry and other universities to develop technology that will someday help amputees have “feeling” in their artificial limbs. The research is funded through a $5.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and industry for a center led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. Continue reading

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KERA: Engineering Hope: Research To Aid Injured Troops

CBS11fiberoptic.jpgReporter B.J. Austin with Dallas area Public Radio station KERA has interviewed SMU engineers Marc Christensen and Volkan Otugen who are working as part of a consortium with industry and other universities to develop technology that will someday help amputees have “feeling” in their artificial limbs. Continue reading

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Popular Science: A New Interface For Bionic Limbs

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The monthly magazine Popular Science in its March issue covered SMU research to help develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat.
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CBS 11 DFW: Doctors using fiber optics for prosthetic limbs

CBS11fiberoptic.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat.

CBS Channel 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth covered the research with a program that aired Nov. 30 “Doctors Using Fiber Optics For Prosthetic Limbs.”
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New Scientist: Robot limbs to plug into the brain with light

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: SMU, DOD Partner Again, This Time on Prosthetics That Feel

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgThe Dallas Observer’s Robert Wilonsky writes about a new $5.6 million center funded by DOD and industry, and led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. The center will develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Researchers also envision man-to-machine apps that extend beyond prosthetics, leading to brain implants to control tremors, modulators for chronic pain management and fused implants for spinal cord injuries.
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SMU leads $5.6M research center for fiber optic interface to link robotic limbs, human brain

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by DOD and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Researchers also envision man-to-machine apps that extend beyond prosthetics, leading to brain implants to control tremors, modulators for chronic pain management and fused implants for spinal cord injuries.
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DOD funds tiny cave camera, iris recognition technology for military, homeland security

PANOPTES_OpticalDesign.jpgResearchers are expanding new miniature camera technology for military and security uses so soldiers can track combatants in dark caves or urban alleys, and security officials can unobtrusively identify a subject from an iris scan.

The two new surveillance applications both build on “Panoptes,” a platform technology developed under a project led by Marc Christensen at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and funded by the Department of Defense.
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Will high-density PICs be the next big thing?

point3.jpgLasers have the potential to improve and revolutionize human lives in many ways, from consumer electronics and communications to medical equipment and homeland security. Helping unlock the barriers to these advancements is the research of SMU Electrical Engineering Professor Gary Evans.

Evans has been recognized by his peers for his contributions to the development, design and fabrication of semiconductor lasers, microscopic manufactured devices that can amplify subatomic light particles called photons. Continue reading

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