A beautiful, peculiar molecule

In the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series, Nobel lau­reate Sir Harold Kroto dis­cussed his dis­covery of Buck­min­ster­fullerene with a standing-​​room-​​only audience.

The wonder of human movement

North­eastern pro­fessor Dagmar Sternad received the 50th annual Robert D. Klein Uni­ver­sity Lec­turer Award on Tuesday and dis­cussed her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on how the brain con­trols the human body.

Computing’s invisible challenge

Ning­fang Mi, an assis­tant pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is exploring better ways of pre­dicting and man­aging demand for cloud com­puting resources.

3Qs: An engineer’s breakdown of a landslide

In the wake of the recent deadly mud­slide in Wash­ington state, Tom Sheahan, pro­fessor and senior asso­ciate dean for aca­d­emic affairs in the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, breaks down the anatomy of slides and offers poten­tial pre­ven­ta­tive measures.

Face value

Assis­tant pro­fessor Ray­mond Fu is devel­oping facial recog­ni­tion soft­ware with appli­ca­tions ranging from adver­tising to crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tions. His research recently earned him a Young Inves­ti­gator award from the Inter­na­tional Neural Net­work Society.

A VAST solution for airport security

Advanced video ana­lytics tech­nology devel­oped by researchers in Northeastern’s ALERT Center helps TSA agents make better use of data col­lected by sur­veil­lance cam­eras at Cleve­land Hop­kins Inter­na­tional Airport.

Snow falls differently on the nanoscale

Pro­fessor Hanchen Huang’s new theory of nanorod crystal growth could be a game-​​changer for nanoscale research and have big impli­ca­tions for a range of com­mer­cial prod­ucts, from glue to pop­ular hand­held devices.

3Qs: New ways to treat injuries like Gronk’s

Pro­fessor Thomas Web­ster, chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­ical Engi­neering, is exploring nanomed­i­cine approaches that could have a major impact on healing sports injuries like those suf­fered by Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL.

Robotic inspectors on disaster duty

Jerry Hajjar, pro­fessor and chair of the Depart­ment of Civil and Envi­ron­mental Engi­neering, is helping to design an autonomous low-​​flying vehicle capable of under­standing and pre­dicting struc­tural damage in unsafe and remote loca­tions fol­lowing dis­aster events and for longterm maintenance.