News: Research


Computer scientists design a way to defend against attacks to AI-based security systems

April 26, 2019

A picture imagining backdoor attacks to AI based security systems

In a new published paper, a group from Prof. Ben Zhao and Prof. Heather Zheng’s SAND Lab describe the first generalized defense against backdoor attacks in neural networks.

Scientists measure half-life of element that’s longer than the age of the universe

April 25, 2019

XENON1T experiment

Using the XENON1T experiment, a giant detector deep under an Italian mountainside, UChicago scientists documented the decay of atoms of xenon-124, the rarest process ever observed in the universe.

Scientists climb UChicago buildings to study air quality and pollution

April 22, 2019

Scientists on top of a university building to study air pollution

Researchers from UChicago and Harvard University are using Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery to collect data that will be used to create a map of the air around Chicago’s urban center and what it contains.

Scientists invent a way to trap a mysterious ‘dark world’ particle

April 19, 2019

Visualization of dark matter

In a newly published paper, UChicago and Fermilab scientists presented an innovative method for tracking dark matter in the Large Hadron Collider by exploiting a potential particle's slightly slower speed.

UChicago’s innovative research is shaping the future of computer science

April 16, 2019

Students during a CS lab

Not only are UChicago researchers advancing the foundations of data science and artificial intelligence, they are also expanding their applications to other fields.

Podcast features Prof. Ben Zhao’s research on AI

April 15, 2019

Prof. Ben Zhao

Computer scientist, Ben Zhao, explains how artificial intelligence can break crucial systems and be broken itself on Big Brains, a UChicago podcast. Listen and subscribe.

Rivers raged on Mars late into its history

April 15, 2019

Rivers on Mars

A new study by University of Chicago scientists catalogued rivers to conclude that significant river runoff persisted on Mars later into its history than previously thought.

UChicago researchers provide a promising boost for quantum computers

April 12, 2019

Optimized Compilation of Aggregated Instructions for Realistic Quantum Computers

A new finding by UChicago research group, EPiQC, promises to improve the speed and reliability of current and next generation quantum computers by as much as ten times.

UChicago-run South Pole Telescope Contributes to First Black Hole Image

April 10, 2019

Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes, including the UChicago-run South Pole Telescope, captured the first ever image of a black hole. The black hole is at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.

Cold atoms act as messengers at a distance

April 4, 2019

Prof. Cheng Chin and postdoctoral researcher Brian DeSalvo

In a paper published by Nature on April 3, researchers at the University of Chicago report that atoms can exchange information using intermediary particles. This is the first time the phenomenon has been observed in a cold atom system, where atoms are maintained at temperatures close to absolute zero to reveal their quantum mechanical properties. 

Physical Sciences Division announces the Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry

March 5, 2019

Prof. Gregory Voth

A new UChicago research center focused on theoretical chemistry will expand the study of chemical systems by examining the fundamental origins of reactivity, electronic behavior, and complex organization.

Edward ‘Rocky’ Kolb to direct Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

February 26, 2019

Prof. Rocky Kolb

The University of Chicago has named Edward 'Rocky' W. Kolb as director of its Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, a leading center dedicated to deepening our understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe and the laws that govern it.

UChicago graduate student helps discover rare exoplanet using Kepler data

January 10, 2019

A newly discovered exoplanet

Although NASA's Kepler space telescope ran out of fuel and ended its mission in 2018, citizen scientists, including UChicago graduate student Adina Feinstein, have used its data to discover an exoplanet 226 light-years away in the Taurus constellation.


PSD’s Research and Innovation Milestones of 2018

December 17, 2018

Parker Solar Probe takeoff

This past year brought us the launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe, named after Prof. Emeritus Eugene Parker, the next generation South Pole Telescope, metal-organic nanoflowers to treat cancer, and more. Here is a look back at ten highlights in research and innovation in the PSD.

Flash Center turns 20, welcomes new director

October 29, 2018

Petros Tzeferacos

October marks the 20th anniversary of the Flash Center for Computational Science. The center is the home of FLASH, a community code with applications in fields ranging from astrophysics to engineering and biology.