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Sept. 16: WSU Tri-Cities interactive robot artwork focus of TEDxRichland talk

Designed to pique curiosity along with uneasiness, the Huminal is about the size and shape of a large dog and covered with white plastic discs resembling scales or fur. Its four jointed legs give the appearance of walking as it rolls in an elliptical path outside its apparent den.RICHLAND, Wash. – “The Huminal,” an interactive, kinetic sculptural installation featuring an autonomous, mobile robot that senses and responds to changes in its environment, was completed this month by an interdisciplinary team at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

$1.77M NIH grant funds WSU professors’ smart-home technology research

By Addy Hatch, WSU Nursing

ninr logoSPOKANE, Wash. – An interprofessional team of scientists from Washington State University has landed a $1.77 million grant to research how “smart-home” technology can monitor the health and safety of senior citizens from afar. » More …

WSU Tri-Cities offers professional engineering exam workshops

RICHLAND, Wash – WSU Tri-Cities is launching a series of workshops to prepare engineers for the professional engineering exam. » More …

Area students among computing award winners

PULLMAN, Wash. – Eight high school girls from eastern Washington will be honored for their interest and success in computing and technology at a ceremony and banquet March 22 at Washington State University. » More …

Young researcher award funds data science, analysis

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Assefaw-GebremedhinPULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science professor Assefaw Gebremedhin has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for exceptional researchers at the beginning of their careers. » More …

March 26: WSU hosts fourth annual public hackathon

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By Marissa Mararac, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Registration is open to the public for the free, annual 36-hour Washington State University Pullman hackathon, which will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, in the Smith CUE. » More …

Feb. 17-26: Interactive sculpture lets viewers blow ROBOBBLEs

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By Zahra Debbek, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A phrase not often heard at exhibits, “Please touch the artwork,” was on the lips of Saleh Kalantari at a recent opening of the interactive show, ROBOBBLE. The exhibit will be on display again Feb. 17-26 in the gallery of Carpenter Hall at Washington State University. » More …

Device prompts elderly to remember next task

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Maureen-Schmitter-EdgecombePULLMAN, Wash. – Being able to remember a simple daily routine can mean the difference between independent living and life in a nursing home for people with memory loss associated with aging and other forms of cognitive decline. » More …

Mom glories in overcoming odds to achieve degree

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Renee-WaitePULLMAN, Wash. – What many people would see as obstacles to getting an education, graduate Renee Waite classifies as advantages because they “helped me develop skills that I may not have otherwise.” » More …

Research center advances work on smart environments

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

serc-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Someday, your phone may be so smart that it alerts you to get a decaf as you head to Starbucks, since you’ve already drunk five caffeinated cups of coffee that day. And sensors in your body may alert you to low insulin levels or the need for a deep drink of water. » More …