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The Clemson University Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments (CU-iMSE) promotes digital and human-machine hybrid solutions as part of a paradigm shift in the design and occupation of the built environment. We participate in the design, research, and evaluation of intelligent environments, their materials and systems. iMSE aligns the university with industry, manufacturing and government partners to develop sustainable and resilient solutions for tomorrow’s problems in the built world.

 iMSE News & Events

Spatial Cognition and Design Colloquium_Cancelled

Clemson recently moved courses to an online environment and suspended all university activities until April 5, 2020 in response to Gov. Henry McMaster orders of the closure of all public schools – including colleges and universities – through March 31. We are cancelling the Spatial Cognition and Design Colloquium in response. We will work to re-schedule at a future date. Keep your papers/thoughts at the ready!

CLEMSON – Clemson University Professor Robert R. Hewitt has been elected to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Council of Fellows:

“Hewitt has consistently advanced landscape architecture, constantly seeking new challenges and contributing new knowledge through his roles as landscape architect, teacher and researcher,” said Kate Schwennsen, director of the Clemson School of Architecture, as part of nominating materials submitted to the ASLA Council of Fellows More

Spatial Cognition and Design


A colloquium to engage researchers and scholars across disciplines broadly using priciples of spatial cognition in the built environment. An INTERFACE event of the Academy of Neurosciences for Architecture advisory council. Sponsored by CU-iMSE and the School of Architecture, Clemson University. AIA. Download Agenda here>>
  • 8:00AM Coffee in Watt Center for Innovation
  • 8:30AM "John Eberhard, ANFA and Early EFforts at Framing a New Discipline", Prof. David Allison Clemson University
  • 9:00AM "Impact of Age-Related Cognitive Changes on Human-Spatial environment Interaction", Dr. Kaileigh Byrne, Clemson University
  • 9:45AM "Feeling-for-Space", Dr.Harrt Francis Mallgrave, IIT(Emeritus)
  • 10:30AM Coffee Break
  • 10:50AM "Direct Perception and Its Implications for Design", Dr. Christopher Pagano, Clemson University
  • 11:45AM Discussion, moderated by Dr. Winifred Newman, Clemson University and Rober t Condia, Kansas State University
  • 12:30PM Closing remarks and adjournment


Clemson STEAM Exhibit at Artisphere 2020 Call for Proposals

Clemson University invites students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals to showcase dynamic experiences of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) at the 2020 Artisphere festival in Greenville, SC, on May 8-10 ( The purpose of this interactive exhibit, sponsored by the colleges of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and Architecture, Arts and Humanities, is two-fold: (1) To excite the imagination of festival-goers and demonstrate the interconnectedness of technology, engineering, science, design, art, and creativity, and (2) to showcase novel, creative, and engaging STEAM experiences developed by Clemson students, faculty, and staff. See attached PDF

CLEMSON- The School of Architecture at Clemson University has been named one of “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” by DesignIntelligence.

In addition, three Clemson faculty members were named among only 29 architecture professors nationwide as the “Most Admired Educators”: Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the School of Architecture; David Allison, Alumni Distinguished Professor and director of graduate studies in Architecture + Health; and Daniel Harding, associate professor, director of graduate programs in architecture and director of the Community Research and Design Center. >> More

Brown-Bag Research Talk- Fall 2019


Mark Your CALENDAR: Time for the Brown-bag Research Talks for Fall 2019
Location: Lee 3 Wedge

  • Monday Oct. 28, 12:00-1:15 D. Hudson Smith: Data Science
  • Monday Dec. 09, 12:00-1:15 Brandon Ross: Engineering
Sim[PLY] Published Article is now live on Banker and Tradesman
Prototype Sim(PLY) houses have been built and tested in South Carolina. Now, the system is set to debut commercially in British Columbia as part of an effort to build affordable housing for teachers, nurses, police and firefighters.

The College/Underserved Community Partnership Program (CUPP) is a federal program that connects the intellectual strengths of College faculty, staff, and students with small or underserved communities. Project ideas are generated by community leaders, and CUPP personnel from branches of the federal government help to connect the projects to University people who may want to address the identified needs. Clemson campus engages in high-impact practices - research, service-learning, project-based curricula - with our graduate and undergraduate students. Faculty and professional staff and students are welcome to think creatively about how the community needs may fit with our educational priorities. Many projects are highly applicable for cross-College collaboration. If you are interested in learning more about any of these project ideas and to get started with community leaders, please contact Associate Dean Dr. Bridget Trogden,


Clemson-designed technology and building solution: Sim[PLY]
Habitat for Humanity understands the concept. So do weekend warriors and faithful DIY-ers: The value of a do-it-yourself construction project lies not only in its affordability, but also in its community focus and the pride that comes from creating something by hand, from scratch. Clemson University is taking the concept of DIY construction to the next level with a newly patented 3D building technology, developed by faculty and students at this R1 Research University and land-grant institution. Called Sim[PLY], the building system blends technological advancements with DIY sensibilities. And by finding better ways to build, Clemson also is leading the way in everything from affordable housing to disaster relief shelters, pop-up health care facilities and more.

The term DIY takes on new meaning with newly patented Clemson-designed technology and building solution: Sim[PLY]
Clemson University Relations, May 9, 2019
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Watt Faculty Fellows Program
The 2019-2020 Fellows will assemble into small teams, with each team collaborating throughout the academic year. This year, the Fellows will focus on a specific issue:
How to use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve teaching and learning in all academic disciplines.

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2018-2019 COTE Top Ten Winners
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), have selected the recipients of the 2019 AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition.
Congratulations, Clemson Winners!
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Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant
2019-2020 Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant Call for Proposals   
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I-SENSE Seminar Series: Winifred Newman, Ph.D.
Thu, Apr 18, 2019 5:30pm @ MetroLAB, Higher Education Complex - Ground Floor Florida Atlantic University   
Download Poster Here >>

Clemson World Research: Big Questions Need Big Data
by Heidi Coryell Williams   Read more>>


Internship Program at Oakridge National Lab


Recent Associate and Bachelor’s Graduates
Apply for an internship for undergraduates
Apply for an internship for a recent Associate and Bachelor’s Graduate

Funding| Limited Submission


Sponsor: NSF
2020 NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Anticipated Date to Be Posted: May 6, 2019
Anticipated Internal Deadline: June 17, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: October 11, 2019

Sponsor: NSF
2020 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Anticipated Date to Be Posted: May 6, 2019
Anticipated Internal Deadline: July 8, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2019

Sponsor: NSF
2020 NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
Anticipated Date to Be Posted: May 6, 2019
Anticipated Internal Deadline: August 14, 2019
Full Proposal Deadline: January 1-19, 2020

News| World Design Studio


Since 2006, Clemson University Landscape Architecture faculty and students have been collaborating with international counterparts in parallel, cross-cultural, design studios focusing on community engagement and design for important heritage and development sites in the world. This studio, envisioned as the World Design Studio, includes students from four continents—Africa, North American, Asia and Europe—and is open to students worldwide. It is the first studio of its kind employing the knowledge and expertise of four Universities in developing student skills in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

World Design Studio

Mon. Feb. 18, 9:00am-11:00am @ LEE-3 Wedge
Exhibition Poster>>
Symposium Poster>>


Brown-Bag Research Talk- Spring 2019
Poster >>
  • Mon. Feb. 4, 12:00-1:15 @ LEE-3 Wedge
    Michael Carlos Barrios Kleiss
  • Mon. Apr. 1, 12:00-1:15 @ LEE-3 Wedge
  • Dustin Albright and Dan Harding
  • Mon. Apr. 15, 12:00-1:15 @ LEE-3 Wedge
    Hala Nassar and Rob Hewiit


Brown-Bag Research Talk- Fall 2018
Poster >>
  • Mon. Oct. 29, 11:30-1:00 @ LEE-3 Wedge
    Diana Thrasher
  • Mon. Apr. 1, 11:30-1:00 @ LEE-3 Wedge
    Winifred E Newman

 National News & Events

The John Paul Eberhard Fellowship:   TThe mission of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) is to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment. The Academy gratefully acknowledges John Paul Eberhard, FAIA for his wisdom in identifying a role for neuroscience in architecture, and for his seminal efforts in the creation of and continued support for ANFA and further, for his unstinting commitment to encouraging research by dedicated explorers of “The Brain Landscape”.More->>


A Great Carbon Reckoning Comes to Architecture:   I’ve started calling them come-to-carbon moments—the inner alarm bells that sound as you begin to register the devastating ecological costs of every man-made surface around you. Every sidewalk you’ve ever walked on, every building you’ve ever walked into, and every material inside those buildings, too. It’s the kind of thing you can’t un-see once you’ve started looking, the kind of knowledge that can transform a worldview, or a practice.More->>


Researchers Develop High Sensitivity Electronic Skin Material:  The development of electronic skin is certainly an important part of future prosthetic devices. To make a high quality artificial skin, one would have to make a very flexible system seeded with many sensors, all wired somehow to a central core where the data can be interpreted. This requires pretty impressive material design skill, but researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, Chemnitz University of Technology, both in Germany, and Osaka University in Japan, have now managed to develop a way of integrating electronic components, that are all based on organic thin-film transistors, into a highly flexible and rugged material with sensing capabilities. Hopefully this will help to spur the development of medical devices that have been waiting for high density flexible sensor platforms to make them possible.More->>


An engineering student is helping envision a self-driving future for people with disabilities:  : The weekend she was supposed to be presenting a plan to improve transit service for people with disabilities using self-driving shuttles, Jen Schlegel was confronting her own problems getting around. The Ohio State University engineering student had opted for a rolling walker over the wheelchair she sometimes uses, but nonetheless she was late. “The running joke among my friends is that if you can’t find me, I’m waiting on either a bus or an elevator,” Schlegel said. Schlegel, 27, never planned to become an engineer — math was not her strongest subject in school, and her family did not expect her to go to college. But as she learned to manage with her cerebral palsy and other health problems, she took up engineering inadvertentlyMore->>


This Dutch urban plan is completely car-free  As part of an ambition to transform Merwede in southwest Utrecht, an urban plan design, led by Marco.Broekman has been underway since 2016 with a definitive design endeavor under development this year. Simply called Merwede, the new neighborhood includes 6,000 dwellings, high-quality public spaces dressed in greenery, courtyards, and habitable rooftops. Designed as a car-free community, pedestrians and cyclist are prioritized.More->>


Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research  Divergence in Architectural Research is an international doctorate symposium hosted by the ConCave Ph.D. Student Group in the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. The goal of the Ph.D. Symposium is to provide a supportive atmosphere for Ph.D. students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing work. Students at different stages in their research will have an opportunity to present and discuss their studies. The symposium provides doctoral students with a diverse academic ground from which to share their research with established scholars and other graduate students interested in similar research areas. The symposium aims to enable Ph.D. students to interact and network with other participants and potential collaborators to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions, and experiences. The symposium is open to all Ph.D. students affiliated with any graduate programs currently developing research in architecture and related disciplines.More->>


Singapore's Unmanned Convenience Stores Learn from China's Failures  Unmanned stores are appealing to retailers in Singapore, where workers are in short supply and labor costs are rising. Governmental support for unmanned stores has helped spur automated retail in Singapore; government agencies such as Enterprise Singapore can contribute up to 70% of the technology costs required to launch an unmanned store. Singapore's unmanned retailers are being careful not to repeat the mistakes that led to the failure of unmanned stores in other markets. For example, a recent boom in unmanned stores in China ended almost as quickly as it started, as stores struggled to move fresh groceries. Full-scale automated retail stores worldwide will grow from fewer than 500 this year to more than 44,000 by 2023, according to ABI Research.More->>


Japan Loves Robots, but Getting Them to Do Human Work Isn't Easy  While Japan has embraced robots to help its various industries stay competitive, getting those systems to work to the standard of humans has been a challenge. A government initiative called Society 5.0 aims to use robots and other types of automation to help solve Japan's demographic problems and labor shortage. However, some efforts to use robots or automation have hit snags, such as when a hotel staffed by robots had to discontinue their use after customers complained. During a trial of self-driving buses in Oita City, a bus crashed into a curb, and officials realized autonomous vehicles are not quite ready to cope with real-life situations. Said Jennifer Robertson of the University of Michigan, “I think the Japanese have been more innovative in thinking about applications of robotics in everyday life. But the hype got in the way of reality." More->>


3D Printing Takes Dinosaur Research to Next Level  The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada is using three-dimensional (3D) printing to build replicas of fragile dinosaur bone specimens to advance paleontology and develop exhibits. The process involves capturing images of specimens from multiple angles and triangulation via computer programs, which yields a 3D model. The technology adds a new dimension to research on dinosaur brains by using reconstructed brain cavities. Museum curator Francois Therrien said combining a computed tomography scanner with 3D printing relieves much of the physical effort that goes into reconstructions. Said Therrien, "We can ask a lot of questions [about dinosaur behavior] that previously would have been impossible to do."More->>


The Facts about Architecture and Climate Change  As we enter a new year, and indeed a new decade, the "Climate Emergency" continues to embody a renewed worldwide focus on tackling climate change. While there is no "one solution" to the multifaceted challenges brought about by this crisis, there is an onus on every citizen, in both a personal and professional capacity, to apply their skills and actions in addressing the profound pressures on the natural world.More->>


How do Solar Tiles Work? Solar tiles operate identically to the photovoltaic panels that are already widely used in construction. The primary difference between them lies in their assembly: whereas photovoltaic panels are attached to an existing roof, solar tiles are part of the roof's construction from the start, taking the place of regular tiling. The tiles are formed by photovoltaic cells that, when they receive sunlight, create an electric field capable of providing electrical energy for use inside the building. Each tile is connected by cables to the power distribution board.More->>


Educating Designers to Computational Design and Robotics can make Architecture and Construction more Sustainable More->>


In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years More->>

Affordable 3D-printed housing model debuts at SXSW More->>


Ford Self-Driving Cars To Launch In Austin In 2021 | Reuters (9/25, Lienert) reports Ford on Wednesday announced “it will add Austin, Texas, to the short list of cities where it plans to launch a commercial transportation service using automated vehicles in 2021.” Ford Autonomous Vehicles chief executive Sherif Marakby “said Ford plans to launch the commercial transportation service in 2021 in a purpose-built hybrid vehicle that can be equipped to carry either people or goods.” The automaker’s self-driving system is being jointly developed with Argo AI. That startup’s president, Peter Rander, “said development teams soon will be manually driving the Fusion test vehicles in Austin, mapping the city streets and assessing driver and pedestrian behaviors ahead of the commercial launch.” More->>


ITS-Davis Researchers Examine Driving Behaviors Associated With Partially Autonomous Vehicles  |Forbes (9/25) carries a blog post on autonomous driving by three researchers from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis who say “vehicles on sale today that already have partial automation” offer revelations about what driving behaviors might look like in a world where vehicles are fully autonomous. More->>

Amazon Announces Variety Of Alexa Wearables  |The Wall Street Journal (9/25, Herrera, Subscription Publication) reports Amazon is bringing Alexa to items such as earbuds and finger rings as it seeks to expand its reach into customers’ lives. At a press event Wednesday, the company unveiled more than a dozen new devices with the virtual assistant built into them. More->>

NASA Working On Shapeshifter Project  |CNET News (9/25, Kooser) reports that “NASA is developing a robot concept” capable of transforming “with independent components that can mesh together into a single machine.” On Wednesday, NASA called its 3D-printed prototype “a contraption that looks like a drone encased in an elongated hamster wheel.” The “Shapeshifter” project “has two halves that split apart and can fly as aerial drones, or they can combine together and roll along the ground.”More->>


Author Praises Coding Academy Model  |Richard Vedder, author of “Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America,” writes at Forbes Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (8/1) in praise of the coding academy model, saying that it “reeks with incentives and innovation, keys to educational reform.” Coding academy Thinkful “is an online institution, so it avoids enormous capital costs (expensive buildings empty for much of the year). More->>

Clemson Researchers Find Metal Crystals Can Grow And Shrink  |The Upstate Business Journal (SC) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/31) reported researchers at Clemson University “say some of the crystals in metal can ‘grow and shrink like bath bubbles, and understanding how materials form and evolve at this small scale will have tremendous implications on the manufacturing and processing industries.’” More->>

Cities Are Not Ready For The Changes Self-Driving Cars Will Bring  |The New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (8/1, Taub) reports that whenever self-driving cars hit the road cities such as New York and Los Angeles will have to take into account several matters. More->>

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners   |Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections of individual light particles. More->>

Smoother 3D Prints   |Researchers from Inria, the French research institute for digital sciences, have developed software for the three-dimensional (3D) printing of curved surfaces. More->>

U.S. Army Tests Smart-City Communication Tools  | Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are studying how the Internet of battlefield things (IoBT) environment can be applied to a dense urban environment. The researchers tested the capabilities of a commercial networking protocol, the long-range wide-area network, to determine how that system would perform in an urban environment where tall buildings can obstruct transmission. ARL's James Michaelis said that from the perspective of the IoBT, "The notion of a smart city is really just a general way to categorize underlying scientific and engineering challenges that involve smart device/system technologies." More->>

First Deep Learning-Based 3D Simulation of the Universe  |To attain a better understanding of the cosmos, researchers successfully developedthe first deep learning-based 3D simulation of the universe. More->>

New construction photos of Zaha Hadid Architects-designed metro station reveal a true feat of engineering  |Riyadh-based photographer Faisal Bin Zarah has documented the construction process of a major new project soon to be completed in his home city. The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) Metro Station, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is projected to be completed next year, eight years after construction began in 2012. More->>


How to Achieve a Resilient City? First, Let it Shape by Itself  |Resilience seems to be the topic of much discussion within circles of urbanism today. Though, there is a slight problem. We can’t quite agree on what the term means. Two definitions seem to be floating about. The first rooted in material science. The second, in ecology. Consider an object. An object given a certain form and a certain strength. A pressure is then applied. More->>


Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work  |Purdue University News: Purdue University researchers have developed a smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity like lifting objects from one area and carrying them to another. The embedded app, VRa, utilizes augmented reality to let the user either walk where the robot should go to perform tasks, or draw a workflow directly into real space. The app offers options for how those tasks should be performed, such as within a specific amount of time, in repetition, or following the completion of a job by another machine. After programming, the user places the phone into a dock attached to the robot; the phone then serves as both eyes and brain for the robot, controlling its navigation and activities. Said Purdue researcher Karthik Ramani, "Our goal is for everyone to be able to program robots, and for humans and robots to collaborate with each other." More->>

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off  |IEEE Spectrum: Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network. The eight-rotor, 35-kg. (77-lb.) octocopter is equipped with an onboard quantum communication system. During testing, the researchers demonstrated that the quantum drone can operate while hovering in midair for 40 minutes at a time. The device is capable of maintaining two air-to-ground links, each about 100 meters long, and can receive and transmit entangled photons during the daytime, on a clear night, and even on a rainy night. The researchers believe they can scale down the quantum communication system to fit in small consumer drones for on-demand local-area quantum networks, or scale it up for high-altitude drones that would serve as nodes in wide-area networks spanning hundreds of kilometers." More->>


Walmart Kickstarting $1-Trillion Driverless Delivery Market  |Bloomberg: Walmart is testing a fleet of "robo-vans" to deliver packages at least part of the way to consumers. The retail giant hopes to exploit this "middle mile" market, which could potentially be worth $1 trillion, using self-driving technology developed by Silicon Valley startup Gatik. The robo-vans follow fixed routes, to reduce the likelihood of accidents. Many of these routes are already mapped out using human drivers, making it unnecessary to build new infrastructure to load and receive the goods. Gatik CEO Gautam Narang said, "This middle mile is the most expensive part of the whole supply chain; it's a huge pain point. This fills a big gap in the market." More->>


Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics  |The Wall Street Journal: Artificial intelligence (AI) startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective, using a code of ethics to guide operations, a tool to explain how software makes decisions, and best practices that feature consistent, open communication and immediate feedback about algorithmic output. For example, Analytics Ventures' startups employ a tool called Klear to forensically analyze why AI systems arrive at decisions. Analytics Ventures' Andreas Roell said, "I see explainability as a core component of having an ethical guardrail around AI." Meanwhile, a tech accelerator run by Innovation Works unveiled a voluntary ethics component to its program for startups, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. The program targets issues like bias and data privacy, and asks each startup’s founders to craft an ethical values statement. More->>

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside  | The Washington Post: Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida. The trucks are equipped with a hybrid driving system partly governed by a remote human operator. Starsky founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher said, "When it comes to driving a truck, a decent person paired with a decent artificial intelligence [AI] is better than the best person or the best AI." The hybrid system leaves certain decisions, like navigating off-ramps and lane changes, up to humans, while computers are better at sustaining focus during long, uninterrupted stretches of driving. Seltz-Axmacher sees this setup as benefiting remote truck operators, who otherwise would spend long stretches on the road. More->>


Scientists Teleport Information Inside a Diamond  | UPI: Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University (YNU) have teleported quantum information inside a diamond. A collection of symmetrical carbon atoms, diamonds are ideal for quantum teleportation, despite the fact that all diamonds have flaws. The researchers created an oscillating magnetic field around a diamond, triggering an entanglement between an electron anchored to the nanomagnet and the spinning nucleus of the adjacent carbon atom. They then had the electron absorb a photon holding quantum information, and saw the photon's polarization state transferred to the carbon. The carbon atom in effect memorizes the photon's polarization, enabling the transfer and storage of quantum information. Said YNU's Hideo Kosaka, "Our ultimate goal is to realize scalable quantum repeaters for long-haul quantum communications and distributed quantum computers for large-scale quantum computation. More->>


Researchers Designed a Video Game That Changes on the Fly to Compensate for Lag  | Gizmodo: Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Finland's Aalto University have created a means of eliminating lag in video games, with the game itself automatically adjusting to give players a fair chance of winning when faced with increased latency. The researchers artificially introduced lag to a relatively simply game, Flappy Bird, to study how it affected a player's success. Based on that study, the researchers developed a model that could predict players’ success given the level of latency affecting gameplay, and use those predictions to physically alter the game’s obstacles to compensate for reduced responsiveness in the controls as a result of lag and increase the player's chances of success. More->>

Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'—Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See  |Stanford News: Stanford University researchers have developed prototype glasses that automatically restore proper vision to people who would ordinarily need multifocal progressive lenses. The autofocals work much like the lens of the human eye, with fluid-filled lenses that bulge or narrow as the field of vision changes. The device incorporates eye-tracking sensors that triangulate where a person is looking and determines the precise distance to the object of interest. While the researchers did not invent the lenses or eye-trackers, they did develop the software system that harnesses the eye-tracking data to keep the fluid-filled lenses in constant, perfect focus. The researchers tested the prototype on 56 individuals with presbyopia. In tests, subjects said the autofocals performed better and faster than traditional progressive lenses for reading and other tasks. More->>

Teaching AI to Create Visuals with More Common Sense  | MIT News: Researchers at IBM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a system that can automatically generate realistic photographic images and edit objects inside them. The system, called GANpaint Studio, could help computer scientists identify "fake" images, as well as helping artists and designers make quick adjustments to visuals. GANpaint Studio also could be used to improve and debug other generative adversarial networks (GANs) under development by analyzing them for "artifact" units that need to be removed. MIT Ph.D. student David Bau said the project was one of the first times computer scientists have been able to “paint with the neurons” of a neural network. More->>

Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable  | IEEE Spectrum: Scientists at the Public University of Navarre in Spain have identified optimal types of solar power-storage management algorithms. The researchers developed models based on a year's worth of power generated by a medium-sized, approximately 100kw solar cell array. An examination of dynamic, quadratic, and linear solar-cell energy management algorithms found dynamic algorithms demanded far more computational power than the others. The researchers found quadratic algorithms offered the optimum balance of accuracy and computational simplicity for solar power applications, boasting computational needs similar to linear algorithms, and also realizing revenues similar to dynamic algorithms for all battery sizes. More->>

NEWS | Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston, following deployment of autonomous grocery deliveries in Houston and Phoenix. Nuro's Kevin Vasconi said the unmanned electric delivery robots "are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey." Once Domino's customers in Houston place an order, they can track the driverless robot through the Domino's app. When the vehicle reaches the site location, customers can use a PIN code provided by the pizza chain to unlock the vehicle's compartment and obtain their order. More->>


NEWS | Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is collaborating in a Telefónica R+D+i project, together with the companies Divisek, and Dronitec, in which they have developed a sustainable innovation pilot project for early detection and prevention of forest fires through drone technology.  More->>

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind | Artificial intelligence and robots are playing significant roles as planners develop the cities of the future. The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is facing a major shift in balancing the massive amounts of data available through advanced technologies.  More->>


NEWS | The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).  More->>


NEWS | Google extensively studed the question -- what are the common behaviors of their very best managers? It came up with a list of eight attributes, verified quantitatively and qualitatively in multiple ways. It then rolled out those findings in 2010 to its organization to ingest and use.  More->>


ARTICLE | Computational thinking was popularized in a March 2006 article in Communications of the ACM by Jeannette Wing. In 2010, she published a more concise definition (see link here for her article about the evolution of these definitions): Computational Thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions so that the solutions are represented in a form that can be effectively carried out by an information-processing agent (Cuny, Snyder, and Wing, 2010).  More->>

NEWS | A paradigm shift in education could briefly be described as a profound change in the theoretical and conceptual models that are commonly accepted in the field. These models are important because they provide solutions and roadmaps to professionals, including educational researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers.  More->>

NEWS | USC Viterbi researchers are helping to increase exposure to language in deaf infants to improve their development of language, reading, grammar, and writing skills for the rest of their lives.  More->>

NEWS | Women are at nearly equal risk to men to lose their jobs to automation by 2030 as labor-saving technology spreads, study says.  More->>

NEWS |Fleet of “roboats” could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals.  More->>

NEWS | Ask a robot to pick up an egg or a bowling ball, and it may not know how to adjust its grip to account for the different weights. A new smart glove allows a neural network to learn the shape and weight of an object just with sensors embedded into a glove, which could be put to use with robots in factories or homes, and can even teach us about our own human grip.  More->>

NEWS | For environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, infrastructure maintenance and certain security applications, slow and energy efficient can be better than fast and always needing a recharge. That’s where “SlothBot” comes in. Powered by a pair of photovoltaic panels and designed to linger in the forest canopy continuously for months, SlothBot moves only when it must to measure environmental changes.  More->>

Plastic: The Scourge of Cities Becomes a Resource | The Wall Street Journal featured professor Kate O'Neill in this video on the future of recycling. Hundreds of types of plastic exists but only a few are currently profitable to recycle. Most plastic waste products are sent to a landfill, even if they are initially sent to recycling centers.  More->>

NEWS | Our Shared Future: Autonomous and Intelligent Systems to Advance Sustainable Development More->>


CONFERENCE | iLRN 2019 Registration More->>


NEWS | Google PhD Fellowship Program More->>

NEWS | Bezos Proposes Plan For Commercial Moon Landing, Unveils Spacecraft More->>

NEWS | Experts Testify Before House Panel On STEM Diversity More->>

NEWS | Intel’s Mobileye, Britain’s Mapping Agency Launch Trial To Map Roadside Infrastructure. More->>

NEWS | Ford Unveils New Autonomous Robot in Factories More->>

NEWS | Researchers Showcase Humanoid Robot Crossing Narrow Terrain Using Autonomous Planning More->>

NEWS | Experts warn Macron against rushing to rebuild Notre-Dame More->>

NEWS | The St Andrews Prize for the Environment More->>

NEWS | FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline More->>

NEWS | Future Of Self-Driving Cars: Research Shows New Way Of 'Seeing' Objects More->>

NEWS | NASA Launching Astrobee Robots to Space Station More->>

NEWS | Academics hide humans from surveillance cameras with 2D prints More->>

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CONFERENCE | AIA Future cities beyond its excess, extremes, and appetite for the ersatz, Las Vegas is a global pioneer in design. Its ever-changing landscape is an incubator for the kind of transformation that influences architecture and design trends the world over. And with tens of millions of visitors each year, Las Vegas is boldly on display. Not just the casinos and nightlife, but the hospitals, schools, community centers, parks, apartment buildings, and art installations that are part of people’s everyday lives. This work is a testimony to how architects are designing a better future by taking on the critical challenges facing cities—and our world—today. More->>

The Wall Street Journal: Golf-Home Owners Find Themselves in a Hole> | January 13th, 2019

The Wall Street Journal Lawsuits pile up and fairways fall into disrepair as younger Americans shun golf, leaving behind homeowners who paid a premium for life on the links.
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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019  | January 10th, 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms. The three companies are targeting the living room as a locus for such products...
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We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN | January 13th, 2019

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
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NYTimes: U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed | January 8th, 2019

• America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years.
• A steep drop in coal use wasn’t enough to offset rising emissions in other parts of the economy, which grew at a strong pace last year.
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Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All | December 28, 2018

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