2012 News Archive
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tiramisu Transit, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off founded by QoLT Researchers in Safe Driving and Human-System Interaction, won this year's Federal Communications Commission Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Geo-Location Services category. Tiramisu is a smartphone app that enables transit riders to create realtime information about bus schedules and seating. MORE
Monday, December 10, 2012QoLT Co-Director and QoLTbots Systems Co-Leader, Dr. Rory Cooper, will speak at the National Academy of Sciences on December 19, 2012 as part of a special, public Workshop and Forum on Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging through Technology. Cooper's talk will explore "Technologies to Promote Activities of Daily Living and Independence" with emphasis on personal mobility. MORE
Monday, November 5, 2012The Quality of Life Technology Center inspired a new conference track
and symposium at the 2012 RoboBusiness Leadership Summit focused on business growth opportunities in assistive
robotics. Director Dan Siewiorek and Executive Director Jim "Oz" Osborn served as invited speakers to help kick-off the event additions associated with the emerging QoLT segment.
Monday, October 29, 2012QoLT Thrust Leader, Christopher Atkeson, has been selected to receive funding to lead "Team Steel" in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. The Track B team will compete by developing simulation software for humanoid robots that can drive, walk through debris, and do repairs in high-risk or disaster scenarios. MORE
Monday, October 15, 2012Under the guidance of its Person and Society Research Thrust Leader, Rich Schulz, the Quality of Life Technology Center has published the first available textbook on QoLT. The Quality of Life Technology Handbook is now available for purchase from CRC Press.
Friday, October 5, 2012QoLT's Nahom Beyene (Ph.D. candidate, University of Pittsburgh) wins the Grand Prize in PhD Comics' 2 Minute Thesis Competition. As part of the award, Jorge Cham animates Nahom's Safe Driving project in the video, "The Synthesis of NAVIsection."
Friday, September 28, 2012Hartmut Geyer, a researcher in QoLT's Mobility and Manipulation (MOMAT) Thrust, is awarded funding by the National Robotics Initiative in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and three other federal agencies to investigate the design and control of human gaits for transfer to powered leg prostheses and other robotic rehabilitation devices.
Thursday, September 20, 2012QoLT Director Dan Siewiorek presents "Virtual Coaches in Healthcare: A Vision of the Future" September 20 as part of the National Science Foundation's Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate's Distinguished Lecture Series held in Arlington, Virginia. Siewiorek's talk expands upon his vision of intelligent assistant devices for everyone, featured in the September issue of IEEE Spectrum.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012Two female graduate students in QoLT - Ruta Desai (MOMAT Research Thrust) and Min Kyung Lee (HSIT Research Thrust) have been named to the 2013 class of Siebel Scholars. MORE
Friday, August 31, 2012Proceedings of the IEEE have released a Special Issue on Quality of Life Technologies, guest edited by QoLT Center Director Emeritus, Takeo Kanade. Contributions include several papers authored by researchers at the QoLT Center.
Monday, August 13, 2012Pennsylvania Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Wolf received a personal demonstration of QoLT's Health Kiosk during a visit Monday honoring CURE Program research awards to CMU's Lane Center for Computational Biology. MORE
Wednesday, August 8, 2012QoLT Co-Director Dr. Rory A. Cooper and the Allegheny 365 Committee issued a report containing recommendations for increasing opportunities for accessibility and employment for people with disabilities in Allegheny County and elsewhere.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012Tess Lojacono, winnner of the Experienced Dreamers Project, received a personal tour of the QoLT Center as part of her official Welcome to Pittsburgh activities. MORE
Friday, July 27, 2012QoLT Co-Director Rory Cooper demonstrates how engineering helps wheelchair athletes in the 2012 Summer Paralympics maximize performance in the "Science of the Summer Olympics" a 10-part video series produced by NBC News in partnership with the National Science Foundation. MORE
Monday, July 9, 2012Four QoLT students were among the women named by Google as Anita Borg
Memorial Scholars and finalists. Ruta Desai (CMU-RI) and Anca Dragan (CMU-RI) won scholarships; while Marynel Josefina Vazquez Ugarte (CMU-RI)
and Shree Lakshmi Rao (CMU-CFA, Design) were also listed as finalists. MORE
Monday, July 2, 2012The Korea QoLT Center - based at Seoul National University - announced plans to host the Fourth International Symposium on Quality of Life Technology in Korea on October 31, 2012.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Aaron Steinfeld, Anthony Tomasic and John Zimmerman will commercialize Tiramisu - the real-time, crowd-powered, transit-tracker app - with Phase 1 SBIR funding from the US Department of Transportation. MORE
Friday, June 15, 2012Kate Seelman, Research Director for QoLT, delivered a keynote address and other presentations on QoLT at the first meeting of the Taiwan Rehabilitation Engineering Assistive Technology Society (TREATS). MORE
Thursday, June 14, 2012
QoLT Research Scientist and Origami Robotics Founder, Aubrey Shick, introduced Hilda Solis, the U.S. Secretary of Labor, to Romibo, a DIY-robot for social therapy, education or fun. MORE
Tuesday, June 12, 2012QoLT Acting Director Daniel P. Siewiorek visits the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, introduces students to Quality of Life Technology.
Friday, June 8, 2012ICES Researcher Shawn Kelly Awarded 1.1 Million Grant from VA to Develop Retinal Prosthesis MORE
Friday, February 17, 2012QoLT Co-Director Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D. awarded the 2011 Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) MORE
Friday, January 27, 2012QoLT's Executive Director, Jim "Oz" Osborn, is a featured speaker at the American Chemical Society (ACS)'s special briefing on "Engineering Research Centers: Seeding Innovation and Jobs." MORE