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Patrick O’Keefe awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

"I am confident we can do better than the ubiquitous keyboard and mouse paradigm, and I intend to find out how," said O'Keefe.| Short Read
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Patrick O’Keefe, incoming graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in human computer interaction. O’Keefe plans to work with Prof. George Essl.

When asked about his research, O’Keefe responded, “I aim to change the way we interact with technology. The fusion of multiple sensors, modalities, and disciplines (such as accelerometers, speech, and computer vision) allows for new, rich experiences and interfaces. I am confident we can do better than the ubiquitous keyboard and mouse paradigm, and I intend to find out how.”


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

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