The MetroWest Daily News sought insight from Alexander Wyglinski, professor of electrical and robotics engineering, for this article. Wyglinski said many autonomous vehicles on the road today are electric and tend to have better technology inside them. Also, they’re easier to gauge range-wise since they run on a battery.
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Alex Wyglinski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed for the April issue of Connected World. Wyglinski says “With 5G technology, everything that surrounds us will be connected with each other, seamlessly sharing information and performing coordinated tasks, services, and applications designed to enhance our quality of life across many different sectors, such as education, commerce, transportation, national defense and security, healthcare, entertainment, and so much more.”
Security in the Cloud
As members of WPI's Vernam Group, Berk Sunar and Thomas Eisenbarth search for vulnerabilities in the remote storage and computing services known collectively as "the cloud." Cloud computing, which makes it easier and less expensive for companies to scale up their operations, has helped enable the rapid expansion of firms like Netflix and Dropbox.
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Electrical engineering alumnus Lennox Hoyte '79 found his life’s work at the intersection of healing and engineering: developing predictive models, informed by high-tech imaging and big data algorithms, that can help women make informed choices about their medical care.