New technologies are changing the way research is done across the world. Researchers at WID are actively developing emerging technologies and applying them to research questions and real-world problems in innovative ways. Research in emerging technologies at WID spans biology, medicine, social science, data science, and more.
WID is also developing an Emerging Technologies Hub created by experts in the areas of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 3D capture, game development, computer graphics, visualization, art, 3D reconstruction, and public displays to extend creative networks for discovery.
We create novel and natural interfaces for immersive virtual environments and develop methods, techniques, and tools to improve virtual reality.
We are using and improving the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system to make precise changes to DNA and developing treatments for myriad diseases and conditions.
We are creating and deploying novel nanomaterials for delivery of drugs, gene editing tools, and other technologies in medical contexts.
We apply machine learning to large quantities of data using algorithms to build analytical models and helping computers “learn” from data with exciting new applications.
Faculty on the Cutting Edge
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Faculty in emerging fields are developing and applying new technologies to basic research problems and real-world challenges. Their innovations are supported by WID's collaborative environment.
Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong
Biostatistics & Medical Informatics
Elebeoba "Chi-Chi" May
WID alumnus awarded first AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in the U.S. Department of the Treasury
WID and Saha Lab alumnus, and current postdoc at the Morgridge Institute for Research, Amritava Das anticipates that he will put his engineering and bioscience training to use exploring the sometimes knotty connections between science, national security, and finance.
Researchers use virtual reality to demonstrate effectiveness of 3D visualization as a learning tool
Researchers from the Neuroimaging Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Dr. Karen Schloss from Wisconsin Institute for the Discovery at University Wisconsin-Madison have developed the UW Virtual Brain Project, producing unique, interactive, 3D narrated diagrams to help students learn about the structure and function of perceptual systems in the human brain.
UW researchers join three national artificial intelligence institutes
Institute for Future Edge Networks and Distributed Intelligence (AI-EDGE) led by Robert Nowak, UW–Madison professor of electrical and computer engineering and researchers at Ohio State.
Micro-Molded ‘Ice Cube Tray’ Scaffold is Next Step in Returning Sight to Injured Retinas
WID's Sarah Gong is part of a team that developed a micro-molded scaffolding photoreceptor "patch" to be implanted under damaged or diseased retinas, the next step in restoring sight.
Fixing Genetic Mistakes to Restore Vision
Shaoqin "Sarah" Gong collaborates on a new approach to target genetic mutations and develop a new therapy for restoring vision in children and adults.
UW Engineers and Vision Researchers Develop Stem-cell Therapy for Combat-related Eye Injuries
Using a microscopic retinal patch, researchers at the University of Wisconsin‒Madison will develop and test a new way to treat United States military personnel blinded in combat with help from engineers including WID's Sarah Gong.