June 2020
In recent years, new salt-tolerant turfgrass mixtures have been developed by University of Minnesota researchers in collaboration with MnDOT and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB). Unfortunately, these new mixtures did not succeed on roadsides as well as predicted, often because of watering practices. In the latest LRRB-funded project, researchers studied ways to water new roadside installations more efficiently so the salt-tolerant mixes establish more successfully without wasting water.
What if your phone knew you had been exposed to COVID-19 before you did? According to computer science and engineering professor Shashi Shekhar, data collected by the cellular devices we keep in our pockets could be a key weapon in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, health and sanitation workers nationwide are putting themselves in harm’s way to disinfect public places for the deadly virus. A College of Science and Engineering team in the Minnesota Robotics Institute’s Distributed Robotics Lab is building a robot to lighten their load. The machine will be equipped with a robotic arm to disinfect areas such as airplane cabins.
Shared mobility companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Lime are becoming increasingly common, but despite the benefits these companies offer, they also pose difficult questions regarding data security: To what degree are people tracked in these new modes of transportation, and who gets to see the data?