Worcester Polytechnic researchers tackle self-driving vehicles as legislators examine policy

Raghvendra Cowlagi, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Alexander Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are developing self-driving cars that can operate safely and efficiently, even in complex city environments; the work is funded by a $425,000 National Science Foundation award. 

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Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education

John Orr, IEEE Fellow and director of sustainability and professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned in the IEEE article “Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education.” Orr received the Meritorious Service Citation “in recognition of sustained contributions and leadership in IEEE-HKN and engineering accreditation.” 

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These researchers are creating snake-like robots to help search-and-rescue efforts

Professors Cagdas Onal and Jie Fu are featured for developing autonomous snake-like robots that could support search-and-rescue teams.

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A Future Finally Free of Cell Phone Chargers Gets a Little Closer

USA Today interviewed Alexander Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, for the lead article in its Tech section. Commenting on sound waves generated by technology able to generate enough power to keep multiple devices running, Wyglinski said, “in general, just like with any other signal, there’s an issue with it getting weaker the farther away it travels from the transmission source.” 

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Local Researchers Create More Freedom For Amputees With New Prosthetic Devices

This story features WPI-developed prosthetic technology. The work is aimed at providing better prosthetics options for injured soldiers and others with transradial amputations who have found it difficult or impossible to perform a wide range of daily tasks with current one-degree-of-freedom hand-wrist prostheses. 

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Hand-wrist prosthesis research

Boston’s NPR station interviewed Edward Clancy about work he and fellow professor of electrical and computer engineering Xinming Huang are conducting on improving the ability of hand-wrist prostheses to move more naturally.   Read full transcript. Listen to audio clip

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Google Launches Self-Driving Minivans: Are Autonomous Cars Inching Closer to Mass Movement?

Alex Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was quoted in this article: “Although activities surrounding the development of autonomous vehicles have existed ever since the 1920s, there has recently been a significant push by both the automotive and high tech sectors to make these vehicles a reality.”

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The Future of the Auto Industry Depends on Partners, Says Nissan CEO

Alex Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, pointed out that connectivity is "one of those core technologies that would facilitate reliable and safer self-driving cars in the future by giving them beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness on the road.”

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Wireless Innovation Lab Tackles Problems, Forges Partnerships – Even Bumblebees

As the director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory at WPI, Alex Wyglinski is involved in a number of key projects.

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