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KU CDR students investigate glucose-monitoring car for Bayer

This fall, students enrolled in ADS 560, an advanced design studio course at the Center for Design Research (CDR), will investigate the integration of Bayer HealthCare’s blood-glucose monitoring technology with the on-board computer system of an automobile.  Wireless technology from Sprint would enable data to be exchanged between the car and cloud-based medical records. The […]

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Industrial Designer Huw Thomas joins CDR

Huw Thomas, an industrial designer from the United Kingdom is joining the University of Kansas Department of Design. In his new post he will support the department’s burgeoning industrial design program, teaching advanced computer visualization classes. Professor Thomas will join Professors Gregory Thomas and Lance Rake on industry-sponsored projects by companies that include Ford Motor […]

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Final Presentation to Ford

The director of the CDR made a trip to Ford Headquarters in Dearborn MI, to present the work of last semesters teams. The project for last term was to redesign the automatic gearshift for the entire Ford line of automatic shifters from the F150 to the fiesta. In the end three teams developed a total […]

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EV Charger Usage

The CDR prides itself in having one of the first electric vehicle charging stations in Kansas. After a long and careful review of different charger manufacturers, we decided on Schneider Electric. As a global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric has been an active contributor in the electric vehicle (EV) market for more than a […]

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The Peggy Smedley Show

Gregory Thomas, director of the Center for Design Research was interviewed on the Peggy Smedley Show March 12, 2013. Although the show was to cover a wide range of topics, it was limited to the future of the autonomous car and status of the connected car market. The CDR is currently conducting research in: A […]

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Review of Site, 2012

The CDR was pleased to get the following information from WordPress, which we currently used for support of this site. • This blog got about 5,700 views in 2012. • There were 17 new post, growing an archive of this blog to 36 post. • The busiest day was July 11th with 94 views. The […]

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Ford “Buck” Stops Here

The CDR has just obtained delivery of a Ford “buck” car. The buck is a new car cut in half with all the interior and control elements for use in studying the ergonomics, human factors for the scheduled spring project for Ford. The project involves developing new control devices in the Ford product and the […]

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CDR Featured in Connected World

Gregory Thomas writes an article that is featured in Connected World. Connected World is the Chicago based online and print publication with current topic on all things connected. Prof. Thomas gave a keynote speech at the annual conference last June and has had several article about the work of the CDR featured by CW. Thomas […]

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CDR Featured in Local Magazine

The CDR was honored last week by the five page picture editorial about the complex. The Lawrence Business Magazine is a Lawrence based publication produced by the Kern Group. Lawrence Business Magazine aims “to tell the stories behind our local storefronts – revealing all aspects of business from board room productivity to back room sweat […]

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Fall classes at the School of Architecture, Design & Planning resume

August, 2012 The fall season of classes resumed with the School of Architecture, Design & Planning hosting their first full faculty meeting in the 804 building at the CDR complex. Dean John Gaunt presided over the meeting.

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