Team to use virtual reality to help with real-world arms control

Efforts to reduce nuclear stockpiles soon may get a boost from a team of Princeton University researchers and a socially responsible gaming company that are seeking to use virtual reality to help improve systems to discover and monitor nuclear materials worldwide.

Entrepreneurship could benefit from cultural studies, conference finds

The conference, "Expanding Understanding of Business Creation: Adding More Ethnography into the Research Mix," offered insights on ways that ethnography — the study of specific cultures — can help startup teams develop new businesses.

Catherine Peters leads civil and environmental engineering

Catherine A. Peters, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been appointed chair of her department effective July 1.

Drones charge ahead

Working with Assistant Professor Minjie Chen, Princeton University undergraduate researchers are developing a system that would allow drones to automatically recharge their batteries at solar-powered charging stations (the stations are also designed to work for cellular phones.)

Embryos rapidly outgrow mother's genetic kick-start

Attaining independence from one’s parents is an enduring theme in the lives of many organisms. Birds must fly the nest, just as mammals must wean off their mother’s milk. Now a study from Princeton researchers sheds light on a similar sort of separation drama that unfolds almost from the moment life begins, and long before an animal is born or hatches from an egg.

Researchers honored for communications protocol

A system developed by Princeton researchers that allows users to better secure the encryption of their electronic communications, rather than trust their providers to do so, has been recognized with a top prize at this year’s Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium.

Taking concrete steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Recent laboratory results at Princeton University indicate that the challenge of making greener concrete may eventually be cracked.

Wood receives top honor in hydrology

Eric F. Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2017 Robert E. Horton Medal from the American Geophysical Union. The medal is awarded annually by the Union in recognition of outstanding contributions to hydrology.

Princeton engineering professor George Luchak, whose work helped astronauts land on the moon, dies at 97

George Luchak, a professor of civil engineering emeritus who taught at Princeton for two decades, died June 6 at his Princeton home. He was 97. Luchak specialized in analyzing technical innovations, including the module that landed men on the moon in 1969.

Princeton teams advance in robotics, intelligent systems competitions

Two teams of Princeton graduate students are making strong showings in national robotics competitions this year. One is a finalist in Amazon's Alexa competition, which challenges teams to create software that converses naturally with people. Another team is joining with colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the third annual Amazon Robotics Challenge, which asks teams to develop a robot that can recognize various objects that it has never seen before, pick them up, and pack them in a box. The team finished third overall in last year's challenge.