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Portrait: Hao Sun

Student Devises Way for Robots to Anticipate Human Behavior

A Mizzou Engineering graduate student has been invited to share his work at a prestigious conference after devising a way for robots to learn human intention and anticipate their behaviors.

Model of a skull and brain

Feeling anxiety? Reverse-engineering the brain could help

The anxiety you may be feeling right now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic stems back to our prehistoric need to survive. Biologists have explored this principle for decades. Those breathing techniques that your mobile app, HR office or best friend might be recommending? They can help—psychology studies have proven this. But what’s happening inside your brain during those deep breaths? That’s a problem for engineering.

A diagram showing how easily a photo on social media can be shared with unintended recipients

How to Stay Private While Sharing on Social Media

More people are turning to social media for human interaction during stay-at-home orders, but one Mizzou Engineering researcher warns that oversharing gives scammers opportunities to steal your private information.

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Those with chronic illnesses look to web for support during crisis

Roughly 150 million U.S. citizens with chronic illnesses turn to online support communities for assistance — a number likely to grow as COVID-19 forces high-risk individuals to stay home. But not all online health forums are created equal, one expert from Mizzou Engineering warns.

poster session winners with dean

Mizzou Engineering Highlights Research

Lafferre Hall was bustling with activity March 5 as the College celebrated its third annual Research Day. The College’s research drives innovation and new technology, while exposing Mizzou Engineering students to cutting-edge ideas and discoveries, preparing them to become the engineering leaders of tomorrow.

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Smartphones, smart cars, smart… bandages?

Researchers at the University of Missouri are developing a bandage with “smart” capabilities that could help people with diabetes better treat foot ulcers so they can heal, improving their quality of life.

Large mass of waterfowl standing in water, photographed from the sky.

Aerial Reconnaissance

Yi Shang, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently received a four-year, $372,000 grant from the MDC to assess the feasibility of using unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and deep learning computing techniques for waterfowl and wetland habitat monitoring.

Prof. Vellore Gopalaratnam

Student Success Focus of NSF Grant

A five-year project that started Jan. 1, 2020 seeks to increase the recruitment and retention of high-achieving undergraduates and graduate students from low-income backgrounds to earn degrees in civil engineering. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.

Heather Hunt

Hunt Wins National Continuing Educator Award

Mizzou Engineering Associate Prof. and E-Learning Strategic Initiatives Fellow Heather Hunt in the Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering has won the 2020 Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award from the University Professional & Continuing Educator Association (UPCEA).

Bret Ulery Portrait

In Search of a Better Cancer Treatment

Bret Ulery, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering, recently received $298, 013 (per year for two years) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore “aptamer-modified POSH inhibitor micelles as a novel leukemia treatment modality;” in other words, find safer, more efficient treatment systems for ALL.