UA researchers use sound waves to unlock secrets of the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new brain-scanning technology that could potentially revolutionize the way neuroscientists study the human brain.   The emerging technology, acoustoelectric brain imaging or ABI, works similarly to the ultrasound technology doctors have been using for decades. ABI uses sound waves to measure electrical activity within the … Read more

Neuro-ID can identify bot from human

Protecting a company’s information against bots, fraud or hacking is an everyday task. Neuro-ID is commercializing software that can identify suspicious behaviors based on a computer or smartphone user’s typing, touch, scrolling or mouse movements. “Neuro ID provides customized solutions for our clients on a case-by-case basis,” Neuro-ID SVP of Business Development Rod Dunmyre said. … Read more

Twazer, a Craigslist for college students, launches at UA

There’s Craigslist, eBay and Amazon, and now there’s an e-commerce app that’s tailored specifically to the college student population. Peer-to-peer and geo-location marketplace Twazer has created a space where users are required to have an .edu login email in order to download the app and sell their stuff.  [youtube]https://youtu.be/IqkhrRqktAg[/youtube]   “Twazer is a mobile app … Read more

UA developing virtual reality concussion awareness app for athletes

University of Arizona engineering and biomedical researchers are working on a virtual reality experience aimed to increase concussion education and awareness with NCAA football players and other student-athletes. “Our hypothesis for this study is that if student athletes experience the side effects of concussion, which there are 22 side effects, they will be more likely … Read more

UA's iSchool receives $2.3M to start artificial intelligence project

The University of Arizona’s School of Information (a.k.a. iSchool) just announced they won $2.3 million to start a research project that aims to test artificial intelligence in the form of a jazz-playing robot. UA professor and associate director of the iSchool, Kelland Thomas, is leading the project. The five-year project, dubbed Music Improvising Collaborative Agent, … Read more

UA startup Codelucida receives $750K grant

Codelucida, a startup company born at the University of Arizona and University of Cergy-Pontoise, France, has been awarded a $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase-2 grant from the National Science Foundation.  The Company previously completed a $150,000, six-month Phase-1 grant that made it eligible to apply for the competitive Phase-2 grant. The two-year grant is non-dilutive … Read more

Uber partners with UA to boost mapping research for self-driving cars, donates $25,000

Google isn’t the only entity that is building out their driverless technology. The University of Arizona (UA) has been conducting experiments on their Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle on campus and developing mapping technology for driverless cars.  Today, the UA and Governor Doug Ducey announced a strategic partnership between the UA and the on-demand ride-hailing … Read more

ParkX reaching milestones one parking meter at a time

It used to be, stop what you are doing and sprit back to the car and feed the meter before you get a ticket or towed. Today, you can add coins through your smartphone. ParkX (formerly Park Genius), a mobile app that allows motorists to pay remotely for parking, was developed by students from the … Read more

AZCI announces 7 new startups

The Arizona Center for Innovation (AZCI) announced seven new technology startups joining the innovation center. “AzCI programs and facilities have created a dynamic environment that inspires, encourages, and empowers new entrepreneurs, leading to new business growth here in Tucson,” Tech Launch Arizona Vice President David Allen, Ph.D. said. AzCI has a program called Mentored Launch, … Read more

Five finalists chosen for Smart City App Hack

Contribution from Chloe Nordquist This past weekend, Hackers descended on the City of Phoenix for the Smart City App Hack, a global program launched in Barcelona this year to empower people to create apps and solutions for cities around the world. The mission was to build an app that provides a solution to one of … Read more

POTUS Demo Day promotes diversity, AZ companies recognized

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Only 1% of America’s venture capital-backed startups are led by African Americans, and only 3% are led by women. This has to change. Today, President Obama is hosting the first White House Demo Day, promoting diversity across all industries for women and minorities. The event is giving 30 entrepreneurs and startups … Read more

UA Increasing Tech Commercialization

Since 2013, the University of Arizona has increased its commercialized tech derived from UA research through Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). Over the past year, TLA has issued 35 patents, formed 12 startup licensee companies, and disclosed 213 inventions, up from their numbers during the previous year. Tech Launch Arizona was created by the University of Arizona … Read more

UA named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) this week announced 18 institutions across the United States made the 2015 Class of Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities. According to APLU, the designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, … Read more

UA student entrepreneurs rise to the Innovative Minds Challenge

The University of Arizona (UA) in partnership with student-led entrepreneurial organization InnovateUA and Perkins Coie LLP have announced the winners of the 2015 Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Challenge. The Challenge was created to connect UA students with business savvy mentors and help fund innovation. During the Challenge, UA student teams presented their innovative ideas to solve … Read more

Forbes names AZ companies in America's Best Employers 2015

Forbes unveiled their list of America’s Best Employers for 2015 and several Arizona companies ranked high on the list of the 500 companies recognized across 25 industries. A few of these companies have their headquarters in Arizona while the others on the list have a strong presence and employ a large number of people in … Read more

UA Online to offer 21 new undergrad degrees

The University of Arizona has launched a new online educational platform where students choose from 21  undergraduate degrees under the new UA Online campus. “We are thrilled that prospective students — from busy professionals advancing their careers and parents returning to the workforce to active military and veterans, community-college transfer students and others — can … Read more

Study shows UA Tech Park has $2B dollar impact on Pima County

Back in October, Tech Parks Arizona celebrated their 20th anniversary and ensured their commitment to another 20 years to furthering innovation and being a central technology hub in southern Arizona. And now, just a mere five months later, Tech Parks Arizona announces another milestone they can put in the books. Tech Parks Arizona has released … Read more

400 hackers and drones – InnovateUA hosts massive hackathon – March 6-8

InnovateUA, a student-led entrepreneurial organization at the University of Arizona, is hosting the Southwest’s largest-ever hackathon from March 6-8, 2015. The hackathon, dubbed ‘Hack Arizona,’ expects close to 500 participants, mostly students, to partake in the three day hacking event. With drones as a focus at Hack Arizona, Nick Morin, Director of InnovateUA shared that lead sponsor … Read more

Edible Optics and The Apollo Team win UofA's first Startup Weekend

Student-led organization InnovateUA hosted the inaugural UofA Startup Weekend in Tucson, AZ this past weekend where faculty and students were treated to 54 hours full of networking, pitching and innovation. Individuals from across the campus came together to share ideas, form teams and build their startups. Two winners were named in two separate categories: the “new idea” category … Read more

UofA to host Startup Weekend – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

InnovateUA a new program at the University of Arizona that promotes a student-led culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the entire campus, will be hosting their inaugural Startup Weekend January 30th – February 1st. The 54-hour event in which students and professionals from the community representing all disciplines will come together to share ideas, form teams, build … Read more