• Discovery improves prospects for higher-quality nanotubes

    Discovery improves prospects for higher-quality nanotubes

    Researchers at Brown University and in Korea document for the first time how single-walled carbon nanotubes are cut. The finding could lead to producing more precise nanotubes, which are just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair. Such improvements would make them more attractive for use in automotive, biomedicine, electronics, energy, optics and other fields.

  • BrainGate system harnesses brain signals to control assistive devices

    BrainGate system harnesses brain signals to control assistive devices

    The BrainGate team focuses on developing and testing neuroscientifically inspired technologies to improve the communication, mobility, and independence of people with neurologic disorders, injury, or limb loss. Team leaders John Donoghue and Leigh Hochberg work with physicians, scientists, and engineers at Brown, the Providence VA Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • International collaboration produces multitouch system for visual arts

    International collaboration produces multitouch system for visual arts

    Brown librarians, humanities scholars, and computer scientists work with the British Library and Microsoft to explore how tactile computing can facilitate the discovery and exploration of archival materials.

  • ICERM studies the convergence of mathematics and computation

    ICERM studies the convergence of mathematics and computation

    The eighth federally funded national mathematics research institute, ICERM is the only one in New England. The institute hosts international workshops, including this one on kinetic theory, which advanced discussion of the emerging industrial needs in micro- and nanotechnology.

Brown is a research university that regards the creation of knowledge as one of its fundamental missions. Our faculty and students work at the cutting edge of research in their fields and collaborate with colleagues across disciplines and around the world to address society’s biggest challenges.

 

The University has strengthened all aspects of its research infrastructure in the past decade. Among its many achievements are its investment in high-performance computing, the creation of a School of Public Health and a School of Engineering, the opening of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the opening of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Mathematics, the only mathematics research institute funded by the National Science Foundation in New England.

 

Brown has created centers and initiatives that bring traditional disciplines for collaboration and research in areas such as brain science, spatial structures in the social sciences, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

 

The Office of the Vice President for Research advances the research enterprise at Brown by supporting our faculty and students in all aspects of their research activities from the conception of new ideas through the dissemination of the knowledge they create.