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Univ. of Iowa student highlights importance of engineering research

Friday, February 23, 2024
Cheryl Reuben is an undergraduate research assistant in the Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab.
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UI professor’s work now in space, monitoring air quality on Earth

Friday, January 5, 2024
Just after midnight on April 7 along the eastern coast of Florida, Jun Wang saw a blinding light burst across a harbor, followed by a mighty roar. It was a SpaceX rocket lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and starting its ascent into space. With his wife and two of his kids by his side, Wang watched the rocket climb higher and higher into the inky sky — carrying years of his research with it.
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CBJ: Virtual Soldier Research program saves military time, money

Friday, September 15, 2023
For 40-plus years, the Army has been waiting for someone like 18-year-old Santos. He runs, he deadlifts, executes push-ups and carries burdens like a pack mule and is fresh as a daisy the next day. He’s also entirely virtual. University of Iowa's Santos (and his female counterpart Sophia), is a biomechanically accurate digital avatar that predicts behavior through
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Iowa Innovation Podcast: The Future is Virtual featuring Karim Malek and Maj. Gen. Stewart Wallace (retired)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Karim Malek, director of the Virtual Soldier Research program at the University of Iowa, and Maj. Gen. Stewart Wallace (retired) appear on the Iowa Innovation Podcast powered by NewBoCo. They discuss how the Virtual Soldier Research program has the capacity to change the world, why Wallace would come out of retirement for this specific project, and host Anthony’s fears of the movie “I, Robot” becoming a reality.
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The Register: Wow, so they actually let AI fly an F-16 fighter jet

Friday, February 17, 2023
DARPA is also testing how human pilots interact with AI to examine how well they trust machines to automatically conduct dogfights. Air Force pilots have flown L-29 jet trainers also running AI algorithms at the University of Iowa Technology Institute's Operator Performance Laboratory.
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CBJ: UI flight expert briefs DARPA on AI in aerial combat

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) director and University of Iowa industrial engineering professor Tom “Mach” Schnell briefed national security leaders on a project seeking to improve artificial intelligence in aerial combat.
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DARPA highlights UI's contribution as ACE program transitions from simulation to live flight

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
In less than three years, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms developed under DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program have progressed from controlling simulated F-16s flying aerial dogfights on computer screens to controlling an actual F-16 in flight. University of Iowa's Operator Performance Lab has contributed to the progress.
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R&D Mecca in the American Heartland

Saturday, December 3, 2022
The University of Iowa may not have the visibility of some aviation schools, but the institution is well known for important research for the civil and military sectors. Robert W. Moorman spoke with their principals. Often research of new technology serves as a prologue to a corresponding need for new or better training. Such could be the case with various research programs at the Iowa Technology Institute, part of the College of Engineering.
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Press-Citizen: Take a look inside the UI's high-tech research lab for pilots

Thursday, October 27, 2022
It’s fly-in pancake breakfast day at the Iowa City Municipal Airport and, as usual, Tom “Mach” Schnell is hustling around a hangar that is the high-tech headquarters for the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory.
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UI launches program encouraging employees to explore campus

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
The Iowa Technology Institute participated in the University of Iowa's new pilot program, Discover Your University, which allows faculty and staff to explore campus that they don’t get to visit during a normal workday.