2012 News Archive-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

2012 News Archive

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tiramisu App Wins FCC Chairman's Award

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.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cooper to Speak at National Academy of Sciences

QoLT 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, 2012

Osborn, Siewiorek Lead Assistive Robotics Track at RoboBusiness Summit

The 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.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Atkeson Leads DARPA Grand Challenge Team

QoLT 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, 2012

First Textbook on Quality of Life Technologies Released

Under 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.
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Nahom Beyene Wins Grand Prize in PhD Comics Two Minute Thesis Competition

QoLT'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."
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Geyer Awarded NRI Funding for Human-Robot Gait Study

Hartmut 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.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

QoLT Director Dan Siewiorek Presents NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture

QoLT 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.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

QoLT Students Named Seibel Scholars

Two 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, 2012

Proceedings of the IEEE Release Special Issue on QoLT

Proceedings 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.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

PA Dept of Health Executive Deputy Michael Wolf Explores QOLT's Health Kiosk

Pennsylvania 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, 2012

QoLT Contributes to Allegheny County Employment Accessibility Report

QoLT 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.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

QoLT Tour a Featured Stop for Experienced Dreamer Contest Winner

Tess 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, 2012

QoLT at the Summer Olympics - Engineering for Mobility

QoLT 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, 2012

QoLT Students Win Prestigious Borg Scholarships

Four 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, 2012

Korean QoLT Center to host 4th International Symposium on QoLT

The 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.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Tiramisu Commercializing with SBIR Funding

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.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Seelman Keynotes at First TREATS Meeting in Taiwan

Kate 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

U.S. Secretary of Labor Explores Romibo

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.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

QoLT Travels to Harbin Institute, China

QoLT Acting Director Daniel P. Siewiorek visits the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, introduces students to Quality of Life Technology.
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Retinal Prosthesis Awarded 1M Grant from VA

ICES Researcher Shawn Kelly Awarded 1.1 Million Grant from VA to Develop Retinal Prosthesis MORE
Friday, February 17, 2012

Cooper Receives AAAS 2011 Mentor Award

QoLT 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, 2012

Osborn Speaks at Senate Briefing

QoLT'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