Topic: Innovation

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Why are Alexa and Siri designed to be so nice?

Author Carla Diana explores the thinking behind why your smart devices — such as Alexa, Siri, and even exercise equipment — are intentionally designed to include social qualities.

Preparing highways for connected and automated vehicles

A new paper in the "Journal of Infrastructure Systems" discusses the challenges and opportunities required to support CAV operations.

Would you believe what wood can achieve?

University of Maryland researchers are turning trees into super-strong, nearly invisible, and definitely “cool” building materials.

EMI Conference speaker’s statistical methods make the unpredictable more predictable

How can you model extreme events and predict them before they happen? One of the world’s foremost experts in probabilistic mechanics and stochastic mechanics plans to show you at the upcoming Engineering Mechanics Institute conference.

A year later – considering the effects of COVID-19 on civil engineering

ASCE's COVID-19 Community Calls podcast series featured civil engineers checking in on how the pandemic was changing their worlds. Now they're back reflecting with a year's worth of perspective.

New method developed to create super-hard metals

Researchers at Brown University have developed a pressure sintering method that compresses individual nanoclusters of crystals to form macro-scale chunks of super-hard solid metal.

Applying virtual reality to assess construction’s ergonomic risks

Can a virtual reality-based ergonomic assessment method reduce the need for physical mock-ups and lessen the cost and time required to develop and implement an improved workstation design? A new study conducted experiments.

2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure grades reveal widening investment gap

The grades are in for ASCE's 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure.

Micro-hydropower project launched in Oregon

An innovative micro-hydropower system in use in Hillsboro, Oregon, will help generate clean, renewable electricity.

AI-driven building facade will learn and ‘improve’ itself

A 53-story tower, dubbed Vertical Oasis, will be capable of harnessing nature through a combination of factors such as renewable energy harvesting and AI.