Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Research Equipment Fund (REF) Awards, 2016-17

Spring 2017


Fall 2016

Heather Hundley, Medical Sciences Program
Typhoon Variable Mode Imager for Precise Quantification of Biomolecules

The ability to precisely quantify protein and nucleic acid interactions has become a fundamental tool in nearly all biomedical research. Therefore, one of the most extensively used instruments in the Indiana University Physical Biochemistry Instrumentation Facility (PBIF) is the Typhoon Variable Mode Imager.

John Shea, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health
Upgrading Motor Control Research Laboratory Equipment

Items include one set of the Microsoft HoloLens (Microsoft mixed reality glasses), four sets of the Kinects v2 with tripods and related software, one set of 128-channel actiCAP system (Brain Products) and one VUZIX M100 Heads-Up Display eye tracker that will be used in conjunction with other equipment to conduct research on decision making solutions for the conduct of goal directed movements, and the development of interventions by which these processes can be improved.

David Williams, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometer instrumentation for Organic Chemistry

For the purchase of a robust, research-grade instrument that allows broad applications to nearly all organic substances and multiple end users. Bruker Optics provides the FT-IR Tensor II, which is a precise, high-performance spectrometer that is user-friendly and requires little maintenance. The computer interface facilitates data collection to a departmental archival system, and the analyses of solids, liquids, and films are rapidly acquired.

Chen Yu, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Smart Room: A Multisensory Environment for Studying Social Interactions in Naturalistic Contexts

A camera array consists of 20 high-resolution cameras. Those cameras will be positioned on the ceiling and walls to cover different areas in the Smart Room. Two video recording workstations with video capture cards, each of which will record 16 video channels. An eye tracking system from SMI ( which directly records gaze data on a smartphone. This is the newest technology of head-mounted eye tacking which is easy to carry around and therefore allows participants, especially young children, to navigate in the room easily. A display-based eye tracking system from SMI to allow researchers to collect gaze data in well-controlled experiments. The data from those cognitive experiments will be linked with naturalistic behaviors to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of social skills in different contexts. Furniture to decorate the Smart Room to be home-like. To elicit natural behaviors, we will need to decorate the room with everyday furniture.