Innovation & Research

Researchers from the Swanson School of Engineering and the Learning Research and Development Center discuss the promises and challenges that lie ahead for artificial intelligence.
Nicole Coleman
Main Street businesses may not compete with national and online retailers on price, but they can win by serving customers in ways these giants can’t, says Pitt Business associate professor and consumer behavior expert Nicole Coleman.
a sketch of the backpack in stretcher mode, with a person/dummy lying on it
A multidisciplinary team led by Ron Poropatich is working on a specialized medical backpack for the U.S. Army that could help injured patients in the field survive until they reach a fully staffed hospital.
Clark Chilson
Clark Chilson, an associate professor who studies Buddhism and self-reflection, is one of a handful of scholars outside Japan studying Naikan—a form of structured meditation for thinking about relationships.
Marci Lee Nilsen and Jonas Johnson
The human papillomavirus (HPV) epidemic has led to a sharp increase in HPV-related head and neck cancer. Many patients survive, but then face new obstacles related to the treatment of their condition.
Carrie Leana
In a series of studies of workers ranging from nursing aides to truck drivers, business professor Carrie Leana found that the more employees worried about money, the worse their work performance—even if they earned middle-class salaries.
Sophia Choukas-Bradley and Vanitha Swaminathan
Psychologist Sophia Choukas-Bradley and brand strategist Vanitha Swaminathan say Instagram’s move this week to hide the number of likes on some posts in the U.S. could change how young adults feel about themselves and their peers.
A healthcare professional using a tablet
It can take 100 clicks for a doctor to order the right test and check a patient’s health history using a typical electronic health record. Yalini Senathirajah has designed a program that could reduce that digital burden and improve patient care.
Jeffrey Newman, with a monitor displaying two dimensional stars and galaxies
A new 5,000-eyed instrument is searching the skies for dark energy, and a star survey recently unveiled the smallest known black hole. Two teams in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are working to unravel the universe’s mysteries.
Garrett Coyan at the 2019 Pitt Innovation Challenge
To address the critical need for long-lasting heart valve replacements, a team of Pitt researchers created a mesh that harnesses the body’s own healing power.