In the news
Mesa entrepreneurs create live-event app Crowd Mics (Arizona Republic, azcentral.com)
ASU engineering alumnus Tim Holladay and his brother Sean are getting attention for the startup they’ve formed after developing a smartphone app called Crowd Mics. The technology enables a smartphone or a tablet to become a microphone that can be used by groups in large meeting rooms and auditoriums. The app enables crowds to text comments and makes possible real-time polling of audience members. Tim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 2005, and says what he learned at ASU provided him knowledge he drew from to create the Crowd Mics app. Read the article.
DARPA is getting closer to an Iron Man suit (Popular Mechanics)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Defense is supporting research and development of technology designed to enhance the physical capabilities of soldiers. Among the projects is one being done at the Human Machine Integration Laboratory at ASU Polytechnic School. Engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes is refining wearable technology to enable soldiers carrying heavy gear to move faster with less physical exertion. Read the article.
Building intelligent cities (ASU magazine)
A cover story on what ASU researchers are contributing to efforts to ensure the sustainability and quality of life for the future of cities spotlights work by Vijay Vittal and Guoliang Xue. As director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center, Vittal is overseeing projects to make electrical power girds that are more resilient, reliable and economically efficient. Xue is conducting research to improve the security of mobile social networks and smart grids. Vittal is the Ira A. Fulton Chair Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Xue is a professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering. Read the article.