Innovation Showcase and Reception: SXSW 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown
111 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701

9:30am-4:30pm – Join the Cockrell School of Engineering as they host a full day of panel sessions, including presentations from thought leaders, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

4:30-6:00pm – Innovation Showcase and Reception presented by OTC

[ UT Village at SXSW 2015 ]

[PDF]Official flyer

[ Andrea Alu ]Andrea Alú (bio)

Single-frequency cellular communications

We are presenting a magnetic-free radio-frequency circulator capable of broadening the bandwidth of cellular devices and enabling full-duplex functionality. An extended description can be found here and here.

[ Ashish Deshpande ]Ashish Deshpande (bio)

Robotic exoskeleton

Dr. Deshpande’s team has developed a robotic exoskeleton for delivering recuperative therapy for those living with spinal cord injuries and stroke. More information here.

[ Carolyn Seepersad ]Carolyn Seepersad (bio)

3D printing and vending

The Innovation Station, a 3D printing vending machine, allows students at UT Austin to fabricate almost any part they can imagine, automatically and securely in a public space, thus lowering the barriers to accessing 3D printers. More information here and here.

[ Nanshu Lu ]Nanshu Lu (bio)

Electronic skin tattoo

We have developed innovative micro-structures and manufacturing processes to build tattoo-like, disposable epidermal sensor systems (ESS) out of intrinsically stiff and brittle electronic materials. The multifunctional ESS integrates gold, silicon, and polymers and has been successfully applied to measure ECG, EMG, skin temperature, skin hydration, and respiratory rate. More information here.

[ Rhykka Connelly ]Rhykka Connelly (bio)


[ Halil Berberoglu ]Halil Berberoglu (bio)

Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL)

Researchers at The University of Texas are pursuing a technology called hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that transforms carbon-based molecules found in waste materials into fuel-based hydrocarbons, thus reducing the carbon footprint created by landfills. More information here.

[ Todd Humphreys ]Todd Humphreys (bio)

GPS-based augmented reality

Augmented reality (AR) is a concept closely related to virtual reality, but has a fundamentally different goal. Inventors at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a methodology by which visual feature and carrier-phase GNSS measurements can be coupled to provide precise and absolute position and orientation of an object. More information here.

[ Martin Poenie ]Martin Poenie (bio)


[ Thomas Milner ]Thomas Milner (bio)


Jeff Kuhn


Austin McElroy

Ultra-high resolution microscope

Dr. Poenie and his group have made significant progress towards building a spectrally encoded modulated polarization microscope (SEMPM) that will have the ability to discern never before seen sub-cellular events. This microscope will provide unprecedented resolution and speed, allowing biologists to better understand dynamic cellular events.

[ Jennifer Maynard ]Jennifer Maynard (bio)

Whooping cough vaccine

Jennifer Maynard, an associate professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, is on the cusp of a therapeutic injection to treat the symptoms of pertussis and the painful coughing fits that come with the illness. More details here.

[ Maria Croyle ]Maria Croyle (bio)

Inhaled Ebola vaccine

An inhaled respiratory vaccine in development has shown promise in monkeys for long-term protection against the deadly Ebola virus. The positive results from a preclinical study could have significant global implications in controlling future outbreaks. Learn more here.

Featured technologies:
Radio-frequency circulator – robotic exoskeleton – electronic tattoo – pertussis antibodies

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