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This Master’s in AI Program Is a Cross-University Collaboration. Here’s How Students Will Learn.

Elke Rundensteiner, the William Smith Dean's Professor of Computer Science and founding head of the WPI data science program, spoke with BestColleges about the university's new master's degree in artificial intelligence

Inside the Corner Office

WPI President Grace Wang was a guest on the The New England Council’s “Inside the Corner Office” podcast. In her podcast appearance, Wang highlights WPI’s innovation in areas such as AI and robotics while also touting the university’s work around diversity and inclusion. She also shares her vision for WPI’s continued growth and discusses higher education’s role in advancing economic equity.

Bloomberg

 Mimi Sheller, dean of The Global School and mobilities researcher, provided analysis for this Bloomberg article on a new review that estimates the number of deaths, injuries, and other health and social impacts attributed to vehicles and driving

Hawaii Reporter

This article in Hawaii Reporter outlines many of the recent projects students completed on behalf of community-based nonprofits and government organizations through WPI's Hawaii Project Center. The students completed the work for their Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQP).

WalletHub

Alexander Smith, assistant professor of economics, provided analysis for an article in WalletHub about what consumers should know about credit card interest rates.

Orange County Register

Farnoush Reshadi, assistant professor of marketing, was interviewed by the Orange County Register in California about how consumers may respond to the potential for new approaches to pricing in the fast-food industry

BBC Sky At Night Magazine

BBC Sky At Night Magazine highlighted published research by a team led by MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager and her son, Max Seager, a junior at WPI, exploring the idea that the clouds above Venus could sustain the building blocks of life. 

BBC Radio 4

The Global School Dean Mimi Sheller was interviewed for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis program for an episode which explores the politics around driving, traffic policy, fuel taxes, and the political power of the motorist. Sheller, a scholar on mobilities, discusses the role of the vehicle in society, lifestyle, and identity; and how the pandemic changed some mindsets and behaviors around driving. 

BestColleges

“We're teaching the technology, but then we're helping students turn that into something that's going to make a difference in the world." The Business School Dean Debora Jackson discusses how WPI prepares future business leaders, in an article in BestColleges, a student resources website.

Boston 25

Climate change is challenging infrastructure like seawalls, drainage culverts, and wastewater systems. Carrick Eggleston, professor and head of WPI’s Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering explains that extreme rainfall is happening more frequently in New England, and in some places, a storm that used to have a 1 in 100 chance of happening in any given year now has a 1 in 8 chance of happening in any given year. Learn more about the effects of climate change on infrastructure in this Boston 25 News report.

AFP (Agence France-Presse)

Wendy’s will test dynamic pricing, meaning products may cost more at times of peak demand and less in off-hours. Purvi Shah, associate professor of marketing in The Business School, analyzes the risk and potential reward for the company in this article from Agence France-Presse in Le Parisien 

Axios

“Consumers see surge pricing that is based on time as an unfair practice… however, small price changes often go undetected by consumers.” In this Axios article, Farnoush Reshadi, assistant professor of marketing in The Business School, discusses Wendy’s decision to test out dynamic pricing

WCVB

Alexander Wyglinski, professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies, was interviewed by WCVB-TV for analysis on the nearly day-long wireless network outage affecting cell phone customers nationwide.

Spectrum News 1

Alexander Wyglinski, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies, provided analysis for Spectrum News 1 for its reporting on a wireless network outage that left tens of thousands of customers in the U.S. without the ability to make calls or send text messages.

Associated Press

The wireless network outage affecting tens of thousands of customers across the U.S. left many people unable to call or text. Alexander Wyglinski, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies, described in this Associated Press article how some affected customers may be able to still call or text by using an alternative to the cellular network. The article was re-published by several other media outlets including yahoo! finance, WISH-TV (Indianapolis), Las Vegas Review-Journal, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, WPIX-TV (New York), he Detroit News, and the Anchorage Daily News.

 

Mass Live

A wireless network outage affecting tens of thousands of customers in the U.S. demonstrated how important information technology and communications networks are to everyday tasks. Alexander Wyglinski, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies explains in this article in MassLive.

WBUR 90.9

In a report on the nationwide cellular network outages, WBUR cited analysis from Alexander Wyglinski, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies, regarding a potential workaround for some customers who were unable to call or text.

Boston Globe

Alexander Wyglinski, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and associate dean of Graduate Studies, is quoted in this article in The Boston Globe about a nationwide cell network outage. He offers a potential workaround for customers unable to text or call on the cellular network.

 

 

Eagle Times (Claremont, NH)

An article in the Eagle Times of Claremont, New Hampshire details a partnership between WPI, DEKA Research and Development, and Spark Academy to put a robot in every classroom in New Hampshire.

iBerkshires.com

Governor Maura Healey has formed a task force on AI and named President Grace Wang as a member. Wang and the other members will make recommendations on how Massachusetts can leverage AI technology to bolster the economy. This article on iBerkshires.com details the effort to make the state a leader in applied artificial intelligence.

New Bedford Guide

President Grace Wang has been named as a member of a state task force that will study artificial intelligence technology and its impact on Massachusetts.