Featured Research Projects

Diagnosing and preventing concussions in athletes and soldiers

Kevin Guskiewicz

Distinguished Professor & MacArthur Fellow, Exercise & Sports Science, UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz has investigated the effect of sport-related concussion on balance and neuropsychological function in high school and collegiate athletes, the biomechanics of sport concussion, and the long-term neurological effects of concussion in retired professional football players. He is now extending his research to work with the military to assess the extent of damage and recovery time from blast-induced brain injuries in soldiers.


Using DNA to find critical solutions for identity determination from facial data

Dr. Karl Ricanek

Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S), UNC Wilmington

Dr. A. Midori Albert

Professor of Anthropology, UNC Wilmington

Drs. Ricanek and Albert have been awarded significant extramural funding from the United States Government to provide subject matter expertise in areas of identity science, biometrics, computer vision, big data, and deep machine learning. They will will execute cutting edge research exploring the linkages between DNA and its manifestation on the face (DNA to face), the development of critical solutions for identity determination from facial data, and robust machine vision using deep learning techniques. The I3S institute will receive up to $1.2 million over the next three years and plans to hire several UNCW students as research assistants supporting the grant. More information here.


Detecting and neutralizing explosives from a distance

Michael Steer

Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, N.C. State University

Professor Steer is leading a team of researchers at N.C. State University that studies how to detect explosives such as roadside bombs and use high energy sources to burn and melt them from a distance. Read Full Story from News 14 Carolina.


Handheld device for rapid TBI diagnosis using biomarkers in blood

Marinella Sandros

Assistant Professor of Nanoscience, UNC Greensboro

A team of faculty at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University, are developing a hand-held platform to detect molecular biomarkers from blood to rapidly diagnose mild traumatic brain injuries.


iPad App creates 3D building maps for emergency first responders

William Ribarsky

Bank of America Endowed Chair in Information Technology, UNC Charlotte

During a mock-shooting/emergency training exercise on July 27, 2012, UNC-Charlotte campus police officers tested a new app for the iPod developed by two UNC Charlotte professors and several students. The app creates 3-D maps and interior layouts of every campus building, loaded in iPod Touches carried on the arms of SWAT team members or other first responders.


Liquid alloy-based shape-shifting antennas

Michael Dickey

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, N.C. State University

Dr. Michael Dickey is developing novel liquid metal alloys that can be injected in flexible polymers to create shape shifting, conformal antennas useful for C4I applications. Read more about this work from N.C. State University and USNews.

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