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FAU’s Research Encounter is your opportunity to interact with the future of innovation by exploring the research happening right in your backyard.

From virtual reality to DNA taste tests and autonomous go-carts, the hands-on exhibits give you a behind the scenes look at how researchers at FAU are changing our world.

Enjoy an evening of live music and hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, while you experience FAU research like never before!

Your encounter starts now!

To read more about some of the specific research that will be highlighted at the encounter, click here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Driving & Parking Directions

FAU is one 1/2 mile east of I-95 off of Glades Road. Free parking will be available in parking lots 12, 13, 14 and there will be an FAU shuttle coming from lot 5 to drop off at the location as well. People with blue FAU Research Encounter shirt will be standing around to give directions.

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The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies

Get Behind the Wheel

FAU High School students work with professors, undergraduate and graduate students, to design and build alternative energy vehicles. Students learn:
    • fundamental mechanical and electrical engineering concepts
    • real-world troubleshooting
    • 3D part design
    • And, compete at the National EV Challenge in April.

FAU High School

Uncover Big Discoveries

Ever wonder what’s in a shark nose? Take a peek inside a model of the olfactory rosettes from a hammerhead shark nose.

Micro Movies: Check out videos constructed using a micro CT scanner located in the High School Imaging Lab.

Robo-sparrow: Meet a decoy male sparrow, made using 3D printing and robotics in The Cane Institute, and used in the field to elicit territorial songs.

What is it? Play the game of guessing the picture, taken using various pieces of equipment found in the High School Imaging Lab (e.g. scanning electron microscope, inverted microscope).

The FAU Wave

Get Hooked!

Stop by and check out a unique swimbait lure invented by FAU High School’s Vassili Georgakopoulos. This swimbait (fishing lures that imitate fish) is specifically designed for snook, redfish, tarpon and grouper.

What makes it unique?
    • The jig head’s rigging and design allows anglers to fish the bait weedless or exposing the hook, allowing for greater range of motion and action.
    • Since the hook can pivot, it lowers the chance of fish throwing the hook.
    • The square tail and the pivoting hook make significant amounts of disturbance in the water.
    • The design mitigates the chance of straightened hooks and the large hook is almost completely hidden inside the body of this small bait.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Learn About the Human-Animal Bond

When people interact with animals, particularly dogs, there are positive physical, psychological, and social benefits.

Cheryl Krause-Parello, Ph.D., is applying her research to ensure such benefits help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. She founded Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-PAWW) to explore the canine-human bond and positive impacts on health, like stress reduction, less anxiety in crowded places, reestablishing independence and increasing physical activity.

Stop by and meet Fenway, a Goldendoodle who is a certified therapy dog. Fenway’s handler is Anne Meoli, Ph.D., a visiting instructor in the College of Nursing.

Division of Research

Focus on Research

In an effort to highlight the cutting-edge research across the colleges, the Division of Research hosted its first Art of Science photo contest for all members of the FAU community - students, faculty and staff.

Come get a sneak peek at the winners of the Art of Science photo contest, which will be on exhibit from Feb. 19 to Feb. 28 outside the Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

Don’t forget to join us for the exhibit debut from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Experience the Future

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies uses virtual reality and other emerging technologies to visualize edutainment experiences for historical sites and museums in collaboration with local companies like Magic Leap and Museum of Discovery and Science.

College of Business

In 2009, an anonymous programmer launched open source code that would revolutionize global payments. Today, bitcoin is a household name, with a market capitalization on par with many of the most widely-used national currencies.

William J. Luther, Ph.D., is an expert in cryptocurrencies. His research explains how bitcoin got off the ground and explores the challenges upstart monies face on the path to widespread adoption.

Come learn how to send and receive bitcoin with a popular wallet app.

College for Design and Social Inquiry

See Sea-Level Rise

This research focuses on taking a close look at areas vulnerable to current and future flood risks due to sea-level rise (SLR), in particular a two-block stretch of Las Olas Boulevard, between Southeast 9th Avenue and Southeast 11th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, where researchers expect mean high tides up to 36 inches higher by the year 2100.

Both augmented and virtual reality (VR) offer immersive educational and engagement experiences, which may convey information in a more meaningful way. Using a quasi-experimental methodology of before-and-after surveys, this research compares the degree to which virtual reality technologies improve (or impede) the absorption of information regarding sea-level rise risks.

With assistance from VR goggles, or a cell phone, you can visualize the sea-level rise projections.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Hold Jennifish – A Robotic Jellyfish

Researchers designed the robotic jellyfish to collect data on ocean health as it swims along the briny deep. The jellyfish is the latest technology to emerge from Erik Engeberg’s BioRobotics Lab, where he and his team research how biological entities and processes can be harnessed to create life-enhancing technology — a branch of science called bioinspiration.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Behold the Brain

Neuroscientists at the FAU Brain Institute and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine recently partnered with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium to create a new permanent exhibit called Journey Through the Human Brain.

Experience one section from that exhibit, called a Deep Dive, where visitors navigate into the realms of the human brain.

Also, watch how the brain uses electricity to float a ball into the air and control muscles.

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Play With a Powerful Puppy

Using a combination of deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI), researchers are training four-legged, mechanical canines to help people.

Future robotics systems will involve AI and quantum technologies. Scientists from the College of Science envision a swarm of four-legged robots, drones and aquatic robotics working together for a variety of reasons, even serving as first responders for search and rescue missions. To keep robots safe and secure they will need quantum communications systems. 

Stop by and check out a 100-pound super pooch’s tricks and a demo of drone quantum communication research.

FAU Tech Runway

Engage with Entrepreneurs

From the ideation phase through early revenue stage, FAU Tech Runway guides entrepreneurs in acquiring funding, mentoring and even co-working space for their business ventures. In just five years, Tech Runway has helped launch 93 companies. Here’s a look at what they achieved, collectively:

    • $95.3 million in capital raise
    • 587 jobs created
    • $109.9 million in sales revenue generated
Want to learn more? Come meet our entrepreneurs as they showcase their venture, share their journey and detail their experiences in the Tech Runway’s Venture Program.

Learn how FAU Tech Runway has empowered them to translate their ideas into real products, businesses and services ­­­– and how you could be next.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Eat, Drink, and Be You Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music while mingling on the second-floor open patio, sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a leader in the field of lifelong learning since 1980.

OLLI is the oldest and largest such institute in the United States with close to 15,000 program participants, and is recognized nationally for its high-quality offerings that help mature adults remain engaged in learning and mentally active.

 Last Modified 2/3/20