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Research & Innovation

Faculty Research

Jack Donnelly, Pioneer in Human Rights Studies

DU professors are breaking new ground across the disciplines. They're breaking new ground in the study of aging, examining viruses on the molecular level and publishing novels to international acclaim.  

One hallmark ties together all of this work, regardless of what field it's in. Ultimately, all research at DU has one common purpose-to have a real impact on people's lives.

Meet just a few of the professors whose work is changing the world.

Anna Sher

Robots helping with autism

Mohammad Mahoor, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can have trouble understanding and responding to social cues. But while other people may seem overwhelming, toys with technology can be a lot more accessible.

That's why a team of faculty and students from the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science led by Associate Professor Mohammad Mahoor have developed NAO, a remote-controlled robot that can help children with ASD learn to recognize facial expressions, direct their gaze appropriately and more.

Learn more about robots and ASD

Larry Conyers and Jennie Sturm do research in Peru

Uncovering history

Larry Conyers, associate professor of anthropology

It turns out RADAR can help us with more than navigation and speeding tickets. Larry Conyers, an associate professor of anthropology, is a pioneer in using ground-penetrating RADAR to find and map things buried underground. Conyers has traveled the world and looked into the depths of human history in Scotland, Peru, Jordan and Israel. Stateside, he's mapped tortoise burrows in Florida, searched for a murder victim in California and looked into 5,000-year-old pit-house villages in Oregon—and that's only the beginning.

Learn more about Conyers' work