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With data science, Rochester’s laser lab moves closer to controlled nuclear fusion

Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics lead’s the way to find ways to produce an inexhaustible supply of clean energy.

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Freeform optics design approach uses starting-point geometries

Professor Jannick Rolland says that this new design method could help accelerate the adoption of freeform optics in industry.

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Using data science to tell which of these people is lying

“Basically, our system is like Skype on steroids,” says Tay Sen, a PhD student in the lab of Ehsan Hoque, an assistant professor of computer science.

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Henry Kautz

Henry Kautz to direct intelligent systems division for NSF

Henry Kautz has been appointed to serve a three-year rotation as director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation.

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Wayne Knox elected to National Academy of Inventors

With 50 US patents, the optics professor is recognized for “creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact.”

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Safer electric car battery wins ‘Oscar of Invention’

Developed by Wyatt Tenhaeff’s team and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Safe Impact Resistant Electrolyte is one of R&D Magazine’s top 100 inventions of the year.

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New research initiative turns laser focus on high-energy-density physics

“Our people and our resources put us in a unique position to gain insights in the field of high-energy-density physics,” says Provost and Senior VP for Research Rob Clark.

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Song lyrics in real time and in multiple languages

Zhiyao Duan launched an automatic lyrics display system. The system is able to follow a performance and display lyrics on a large screen in real time in multiple languages.

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Researcher recognized for significant discoveries

In honor of his contributions to medical imaging and image processing, Kevin Parker has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


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Center offers a range of research opportunities

Under the direction of Jannick Rolland, the Center for Freeform Optics offers a growing number of research opportunities for students and scientists alike.

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100 years of optics

The Optical Society of America held their 100th annual meeting in Rochester, featuring research by Thomas Brown, Miguel Alonso, David Williams, and other University faculty.

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Kearns Research Symposium

More engagement for students

Beth Olivares and Wendi Heinzelman have received two grants from NSF that will support outreach to underrepresented students.

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