Past Projects

Ultra-fast low acutation voltage RF MEMS switch

2004 | George Barbastathis

Manufacturers in industries from cell phones to satellites are looking for ways to create next-generation radio frequency products, even as current... Read more

Novel ice-cream production method

2004 | John Brisson

The estimated 10.9 million liters of ice cream produced each year are made via a process that hasn’t changed much since the invention of the hand-... Read more

Making 3G and 4G a reality with low-cost amplifiers...

2004 | Chiping Chen

Wireless operators are continuously striving to reduce the cost of delivering voice and data to their customers. The high cost of building and... Read more

Slim-Format Spectrometer

2004 | Vladimir Bulovic

The proposed technology, a compact, rugged, inexpensive optical spectrometer, would greatly improve the performance of field applications like point-... Read more

Tonal Management for Digital Photography and Video

2004 | Fredo Durand

As resolution, or number of megapixels, in digital cameras reaches a plateau that matches most casual needs, better tonal and color processing are... Read more

Accelerating innovation in the chemistry lab with...

2004 | Klavs Jensen

Today's chemistry laboratories operate very much like they did in Thomas Edison's day 100 years ago — with elaborate and time-consuming experiments... Read more

Authenticating and Protecting Digital Information...

2004 | Srini Devadas

Secret keys embedded in portable and consumer devices protect owners from electronic fraud and content providers from illegal use of content. Those... Read more

HexFlex - Enabling nanofabrication with a six-axis...

2004 | Martin Culpepper

Positioning and alignment are core components of manufacturing processes and research activities, and nanomanipulators carry out these functions with... Read more

Engineered electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells

2004 | Yang Shao-Horn

Fuel cells—electrochemical engines that combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity—show promise as a solution to both "global warming" and to... Read more

Low-cost x-ray imaging systems

2004 | Richard Lanza

Given today's costs, two-thirds of the world population will never be able to have an x-ray to diagnose life-threatening illnesses such as... Read more

Microfluidic platform for high-density multiplexed...

2004 | Todd Thorsen

Advances in genomic and proteomic research have generated a strong need to reduce the costs and increase the capabilities of hybridization assays... Read more

Hybrid DBMS optimized for read-intensive...

2004 | Michael Stonebraker

The structure of today's most popular relational database management systems (DBMS) is not efficient for data warehouse applications. Today's... Read more

Growth of long, strong carbon nanotube fibers

2004 | Alexander Slocum

Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes in 1991, applications of carbon nanotube-based materials have been fantasized. Carbon nanotubes have 10-50... Read more

Ionic colloidal crystals, tiny structures with...

2003 | Yet-Ming Chiang

Ionic colloidal crystals (ICC) are an exciting family of materials that have fascinating properties. Cousins of naturally occurring opal gemstones,... Read more

A new approach for speech recognition

2003 | Thomas Knight

Speech is our most natural communication medium, but difficulties with present-day speech-recognition algorithms prevent its widespread use in our... Read more

An accurate, inexpensive cardiac screening system

2003 | John Guttag

Eighty percent of the people referred to cardiologists as suffering from mitral valve prolapse (MVP) do not actually have MVP. This is in large part... Read more

New engine to replace diesel

2003 | Bill Green

The $73 billion world market for diesel engines is a plum incentive for developing a less polluting alternative engine. Diesel engines produce a... Read more

Slow down warning system for safe highways

2003 | Eric Feron

The statistics tell the story: brake lights have limited benefits when it comes to highway safety. The millions of collisions that occur every year... Read more

Powered joint braces to help the mobility-impaired

2003 | Team: Woodie Flowers with John Bean and Kailas, et al.

Ten million of the 21 million Americans with disabilities have difficulty lifting a light object or need help with activities of daily living. Twenty... Read more

Image Analysis for Digital Cameras

2003 | William Freeman

Worldwide shipments of digital cameras have been growing at double-digit rates, and revenues are in the billions of dollars. But for all of their... Read more