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September 13, 2018

Purdue develops online tool to help survive hurricanes, natural disasters

As Hurricane Florence continues a fierce push to the East Coast, Purdue ECE researchers are testing technology to help find victims of natural and man-made disasters. A new online platform called the Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit could help first responders better monitor areas where hurricanes make landfall, thus help people caught in weather-related disasters.
September 5, 2018

Physics model acts as an 'EKG' for solar panel health

A new algorithm can track the "health" data of solar panels from anywhere in the world, helping to extend their lifetime. Real-time diagnostics would ultimately inform better panel designs – the cost-saving "treatment" that could prolong lifespan and continue to cut electrical bills.
August 20, 2018

Low bandwidth? Use more colors at once

ECE researchers are investigating ways to harness the bandwidth of light for faster electronics. The Purdue-led team has simplified the manufacturing process that allows utilizing multiple colors at the same time on an electronic chip instead of a single color at a time.
July 30, 2018

Trapping light that doesn't bounce off track for faster electronics

A Purdue ECE-led effort will eventually make electronic devices faster. Prof. Zubin Jacob and graduate research assistant Saman Jahani have helped develop a new protective metamaterial "cladding," which prevents light from leaking out of the very curvy pathways it would travel in a computer chip.
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