OFRN NEWS

Ohio Federal Research Network team demos battery with double lifespan

OFRN Press Release – March 8, 2019 (Springfield, OH)… An Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) project team, led by Dr. Vikas Prakash of Case Western Reserve University, successfully flew a drone outfitted with structural batteries for 171 minutes – nearly double the roughly 90-minute lifespan of a standard UAV battery —in a demo late February at […]

Ohio Federal Research Network Pools Research on Next-Generation Battery

OFRN Press Release – December 4, 2018 (Dayton, Ohio)… A new Lithium-Sulfur battery being developed in an Ohio research collaboration can store two to three times as much energy as the most efficient Lithium-Ion battery on the market. Over the past many years, groups like the United States Air Force and NASA have focused on improving […]

Jet Engine Efficiency is Focus of Ohio Federal Research Network

OFRN Press Release – December 3, 2018 (Columbus, Ohio)… The hotter a jet engine can run, the more efficiently it can generate power.  Because of the cross-disciplinary applications for jet engines or gas turbines — from flying a military plane to powering electric generation— research into gas turbine efficiency appeals to researchers across Ohio’s universities, military […]

Creating more Transparency when Humans Interact with Big Data

OFRN Press Release – August 9, 2018 (Dayton, Ohio) …Whether we are always aware of it, humans are interacting with machine learning programs, and their algorithms, more and more each day. Decisions such as which customer service operator you speak to, your credit score, or even how your car operates are all being decided by […]

OFRN Awards $6.3 million to Advance UAV Innovations

OFRN Press Release – July 17, 2018 The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) awarded $6.3 million to four teams in support of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research and development (R&D). Funding was awarded under OFRN’s Sustaining Ohio’s Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation in the Next Generation (SOARING) initiative, OFRN’s third round of R&D funding. The SOARING […]

Sweat Sensing Research Making Breakthroughs in Noninvasive Biochemical Data Collection

OFRN PRESS RELEASE – June 26, 2018 (Cincinnati, Ohio) … Every day, vast amounts of data are being collected about us from our cell phones, computers, and even our homes, yet the ways to gather data from the human body in a non-invasive manner are still limited.  However, Dr. Jason Heikenfeld, an electrical engineering researcher […]

Ohio Researchers from Academia, Government and Business Work to Create More Trust in Autonomous Systems

OFRN PRESS RELEASE – June 14, 2018 (Dayton, Ohio) ….  Autonomous vehicles are increasingly becoming part of the public discourse. Last year, Ohio passed legislation to allow autonomous delivery robots on sidewalks and just this past month, Governor John Kasich signed an executive order to fast track the testing of autonomous vehicles in the State […]

Motion Sickness linked to Lower Back Pain for many U.S. Naval Aircrew

OFRN PRESS RELEASE January 4, 2018 What’s the number one complaint for U.S. Navy Aircrew? Surprisingly enough, one of the top issues for Naval aircrew is lower back pain – something to which most of us can relate.  But in the US military, lower back pain is linked to motion sickness and for military pilots, […]

Ohio Engineering Team Leading Way in Smart Material Research

OFRN PRESS RELEASE February 5, 2018 From aviation, to automation, to biomedicine, one consistent problem engineers are working to improve is the science of creating motion, known as actuation. Researchers have been studying smart material-based actuation for over five decades.   As simple as it seems, actuation is incredibly difficult to produce, especially in a way […]

Building a Better Battery through the Ohio Federal Research Network

Whether it’s for a cell phone, laptop, or camera, people always complain about their batteries. The problems remain the same – the amount of time needed between recharge as well as the overall life of the battery itself. Dr. Yu Zhu, an assistant professor of polymer science from the University of Akron, is leading a […]