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From the Director

Today (July 16, 2011) we’ll celebrate the official opening of the Studio 804 building. Although the new building will signify the start of a physical location, the concept and activity ...

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Studio 804

About the Studio 804 Project The new Center for Design Research building is a response to the emerging culture and support of sustainability at the University of Kansas. In congruence ...

CDR Spotlight

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About the CDR

The Center is focused on interdisciplinary collaboration in the research and development ...
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CDR History

In 1912, Harold Chamney started his dairy farm – Chamney Dairy – ...
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Center Opening Scheduled July 16.

The long awaited opening of the CDR – designed and built by ...

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CDR “WellCar” project in the news

The concept of a highly medically adapted vehicle operated by a nurse practitioner that will travel to rural Kansas, has taken off due to a number of media announcements. A quick look at a few: http://news.ku.edu/2013/11/18/house-calls-could-return-wellcar http://medcitynews.com/2013/11/aca-propels-mobile-health-solution-forward/ http://heartlandtrc.org/ku-puts-telemedicine-wheels-wellcar/?utm_source=Total+Serv+Area+HTRC+Community&utm_campaign=6dd5a849f8-Oct2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e3eef19ba4-6dd5a849f8-341053193 The WellCar concept development by the CDR will provide advanced healthcare solutions to rural, elderly, ethnic minorities, […]

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CDR Director to address Bayer Corporation worldwide

CDR Director Gregory Thomas has been requested to address the Bayer Corporation in a worldwide webinar in March. The request to present a 60 minute web presentation to all employees, worldwide came from Dr. Jamie Showrank, IT Global Innovation Manager, Bayer Business Services, Germany. Dr. Showrank stated in her request, “Your techniques are interesting and […]

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CDR Students present to Bayer HealthCare

A interdisciplinary class of CDR students presented their findings for the fall 2013 project for Bayer. Students representing Industrial Design, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering developed concepts for Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM), through an in-car system that enabled drivers to generate vehicle health reports. The project utilized systems such as Sprint’s VELOCITY technology to connect via […]

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CDR Director presents at mHealth Summit 2013

CDR Director Gregory Thomas presented a talk on the current “WellCar” research project at the recent mHealth Summit 2013 in Washington DC on December 18, 2013. Prof. Thomas submitted a paper on the WellCar project and was asked to deliver the content at the recent conference. The mHealth Summit is where Technology, Business, Research and […]

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Ford Donates Vehicle

Ford Motor Company has officially donated a Ford Transit Connect Wagon for research to be conducted by the CDR. Minyang Jiang, Brand Manager, Transit/Transit Connect vehicles at Ford sent a letter of conformation to the CDR Director on December 2, 2013. The request for a vehicle from Ford was to enable research and development on […]

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Sprint and CDR Enter Collaboration

The CDR is pleased to have received notification of approval from Kansas City based Sprint, to provide technical and product support for the Bayer and WellCar projects.  A request was made by the CDR director, to the mobile service provider for support in the research being conducted on the connected car projects. The CDR had […]

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Guest Speakers Present to Students

Both the WellCar and Bayer Healthcare projects have provided the opportunity to have speakers who are highly respected in their the fields present to the students. As is the mission of the CDR, it is important to have the students come in contact with working professionals in various areas of disciplines to inform the students […]

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CDR to develop “CDR IMAGING” w/new faculty/technology

The University of Kansas’s Center for Design Research has recently been experimenting with a SpheroCam system from Spheron-VR AG, Germany. Spheron-VR AG are known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software. The 32-bit HDR camera system is capable of producing seamless HDR images for Computer Generated […]

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Students begin design of “WellCar”

The need to begin address the high cost of medical care begins by removing it from fixed structures that continually demand upgrades, providing tools for patients to self-monitor, and providing a healthcare practitioner with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to provide on-site quality patient care. Students at the CDR and ID Thesis class have begun the development […]

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CDR Director to present at mHealth Summit 2013

CDR Director Gregory Thomas has had a paper selected to present at the 2013 mHealth Summit in Washington DC in December. Prof. Thomas’ paper “Delivering Healthcare in the Rural Environment” outlines a position of developing a connected vehicle and an healthcare practitioner to deliver quality healthcare to patients in rural parts of the State. The […]

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