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Christina Forrester

Setting the standards for testing with Christina Forrester

Christina Forrester’s meticulous nature is a plus for her work leading technical testing and analysis of radiological and nuclear detection devices, whether that work takes her to the Desert Southwest or to her own lab outfitted with specialized equipment at Oak Ridge. Forrester directs...
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Cutting through the noise with Singanallur Venkatakrishnan

Singanallur “Venkat” Venkatakrishnan is helping scientists get a better view of objects under study by some of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s most powerful instruments by creating algorithms that turn data into 3D renderings with fewer images. The result is a better understanding of the...
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Sensors—Vehicle fingerprinting

May 1, 2018 – Algorithms designed to parse data gathered by roadside sensors could make it easier to identify vehicles sought in AMBER Alerts and to assist researchers studying traffic patterns. Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists built a sensor platform to collect detailed images of...
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Brixon, Inc. licenses ORNL’s innovative sensor technology for security applications

Brixon, Inc., has exclusively licensed a multiparameter sensor technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The integrated platform uses various sensors that measure physical and environmental parameters and respond to standard security applications. By...

Electricity: Mini-grid to the max

Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineers have devised a testbed that lets them mimic high-voltage equipment in a safe, low-voltage setting. The Software-Defined Intelligent Grid Research Integration and Development platform, or SI-GRID, operates below 100 volts—less than a household outlet...
ORNL inventors Bruce Warmack, left, and Nance Ericson display an early prototype of the DC hotstick. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Hotstick USA exclusively licenses ORNL direct-current detector for emergency responder safety

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 21, 2018 – North Carolina-based Hotstick USA has exclusively licensed a direct-current detector technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to help emergency responders safely detect high voltages. In emergency situations, first...

Smart grid goals: ORNL, Chattanooga EPB test sensors to enhance electricity grid resiliency, security

With a fiber-optic network that provides Chattanooga residents and businesses with exceptional high-speed communications, the city’s Electric Power Board (EPB) provides the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with an ideal testbed for smart grid research....
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Fossil energy—Neutrons run deep

To improve models for drilling, hydraulic fracturing and underground storage of carbon dioxide, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists used neutrons to understand how water flows through fractured rock. Researchers used neutrons bouncing off the hydrogen in water molecules to see inside...

Weather -- Precision de-icing

A precision approach to treating snow- and ice-covered roads, developed by an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led research team, aims to help cities effectively allocate resources and expand coverage on roadways. The combined software and hardware technology analyzes existing city data and...
ORNL’s Frank Combs and Michael Starr of the U.S. Armed Forces (driver) work in ORNL’s Vehicle Security Laboratory to evaluate a prototype device that can detect network intrusions in all modern vehicles. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Cybersecurity - Guarding autonomous vehicles

A new Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed method promises to protect connected and autonomous vehicles from possible network intrusion. Researchers built a prototype plug-in device designed to alert drivers of vehicle cyberattacks. The prototype is coded to learn regular timing of...

Energy - Homes get smart

Ways to give homeowners more centralized control over how much electricity their home uses—from the air conditioning unit to the heat pump water heater—are being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. An ORNL team is working with Southern Company and Alabama Power on its Smart...

The ENABLE platform: An energy router for the modern household

Directing energy flows and syncing a home’s electricity generation sources like solar power with the utility grid would get a lot easier with a single, easy-to-use platform that is the aim of a recent research and development agreement between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Woodland...

DC Hot Stick developed for first responder, worker safety

With more volts than ever before in electric vehicles (EVs) and on solar-paneled rooftops, first responder and electrical worker safety is a growing concern. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are addressing the challenge with the development of a probe to accurately...

ORNL scientists apply imaging, computational expertise to St. Jude research

In the quest to better understand and cure childhood diseases, scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital accumulate enormous amounts of data from powerful video microscopes. To help St. Jude scientists mine that trove of data, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have...

Advancing grid resiliency, security with a microgrid test bed: SI-GRID

A unique, low-voltage test bed established at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is providing researchers a safe way to evaluate the operation and cybersecurity of equipment developed to support a growing number of microgrids—or local electric grids formed when residential or business...

Neuroscience - Faster image processing

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists designed software for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that significantly sped processing of microscopy images used in brain development research. The software provided frame-by-frame analysis of video taken of a mouse brain cell in a matter...

EESR researchers develop automated measurement system to enhance quality, worker safety in Pu-238 production

Under a collaborative partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), a new automated measurement system developed at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will ensure quality production of plutonium-238 while reducing...

Exploring for opportunities: Technologist in Residence program kicks off with field visit

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers in multiple disciplines recently paid a field visit to exploration and production company Pioneer Natural Resources as part of a new Technologist in Residence (TIR) program. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and...

New report provides drone use best practices by electric utilities

Electric utilities seeking to enhance worker safety and system reliability by using drones to inspect their transmission systems can look to a new report by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers to help guide their efforts. The report by ORNL’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center...

Vehicle cybersecurity lab taps ORNL expertise

Modern vehicles are essentially computers-on-wheels, operating with an average of 100 million lines of code and 60 control units. Those numbers are on the rise as automakers expand safety, entertainment, navigation, and autonomous driving features. Each of these sensors and connectivity...

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