Innovative, Impactful Research Will Be On Display at WPI's Annual Graduate Research Innovation Exchange

December 08, 2014

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The Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE) is an annual showcase for research by graduate students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Master's and PhD candidates at will fill the upper level of the Rubin Campus Center, eager to share the results of their work in engineering, science, the life sciences and bioengineering, business, and the social sciences.

In colorful posters, they will describe ongoing research on such topics as:

• The impact of health care reform in Massachusetts on hospital costs and quality of care

• The role of pathogens in the decline of bumblebee populations

• Using artificial human muscles to screen drugs for muscular dystrophy

• The effect of floor vibration and wind feedback on spatial orientation in virtual environments

• The detection of emotions in social media data

• The hydrodynamics of sperm motility in complex geometries

• A theoretical and experimental analysis of a pressure-operated soft robotic snake

• Tethered undersea kites for power generation

• An MRI-guided robotic system for precision conformal ablation of brain tumors

• The development of a cheaper and greener cement from industrial wastes


More than 200 master's and PhD candidates will participate.


Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

• 8 a.m. to noon: posters in business and social science, the life sciences and bioengineering, and science.

• 1 to 5 p.m.: posters in all engineering fields. 


Rubin Campus Center Odeum, on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

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Up to 60 posters will be chosen as finalists. They will be on display again in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 15, 2015, when judges will select several for awards and cash prizes.

This is the first of two annual events that celebrate research and discovery on the WPI campus. The second is i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact, a research presentation competition that encourages graduate students to think and communicate like entrepreneurs. Students make short pitches that explain how their ideas and innovations could become the foundation for new products, new commercial processes, or new companies.

The i3 finals will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 15, 2015, in the Odeum, following the GRIE poster finals.