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WPI students help Audio Journal listeners connect by developing first phone app

Rodica Neamtu, associate teaching professor of computer science, was quoted in a Worcester Magazine article on her students developing an iOS phone app for Worcester-based nonprofit Audio Journal. “I realized that this was going to be something bigger than creating a nice app,” Neamtu said, referring to the project the students did as part of their Major Qualifying Project (MQP).

WPI launches new cyber security master’s program

The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI creating a Master’s in Cyber Security, a new graduate program that prepares students to be leaders in the fields of cyber security and computer science. The program launches in fall 2021 and applications are currently being accepted. “We recognize that the workforce needs professionals who can combine technical expertise in security with an understanding of its impact on people and businesses,” Craig Shue, associate professor of computer science, said in a statement.

WPI awarded $3M for graduate data program

In the article, “WPI Awarded $3M for Graduate Data Program” the Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI using a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a unique graduate curriculum to train the next generation of scientists who can apply chemical sciences along with data analytics, mathematics, and computing power to reduce energy usage, waste, and pollution. Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science, founding director of the Data Science program, and principal investigator on the grant, is collaborating with Michael Timko and Aaron Deskins, associate professors of chemical engineering, and Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical and data sciences, among others.

WPI Developing Safe COVID-19 Detection Robotic Ultrasound

Spectrum 1 News covered the $300,000 grant received by Haichong Zhang, assistant professor in robotics engineering and biomedical engineering, to build a robotic ultrasound machine to detect disease symptoms in the lungs. This is a significant development that will allow healthcare providers to minimize their exposure to the virus when conducting assessments of COVID-19 patients.

College Town: Nichols gets $2M anonymous gift

In its College Town section, The Telegram & Gazette featured how Jacob Whitehill, assistant professor of computer science, is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder to explore how artificially intelligent (AI) teaching agents might help encourage more meaningful collaboration among students in school classrooms.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You’re Drunk-Walking

Wired interviewed Professor Emmanuel Agu, computer science, for their article. (scroll down to interview beginning in 7th paragraph). “He and his coworkers also used smartphones to measure intoxicated sway, and even built an inebriation-detecting app called AlcoGait,” Wired wrote. “Gait-sensed impairment is quite accurate, which is why the police have used the field sobriety test for decades,” Agu added.

The Computer-Science Boom is Straining Colleges. But it Could Save Some, Too.

Craig Wills, professor and head of computer science, spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education about the surge of students enrolling in computer science programs.

Coronavirus Is Taking Down Warships Everywhere

The National Interest talked to Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, about how and why diseases, like coronavirus spread quickly on ships.

Mounting Pandemic Data Aiding Local Researchers but Unknowns Still Persist

The Boston Herald reported on the research that Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, is doing to project how viruses, including the coronavirus, might spread in confined spaces.

WPI Team Develops Way to Project Virus Spread in Confined Spaces

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, and his eight-member graduate team, were featured in this article. The researchers developed an artificial intelligence-based computational model that predicts how an infectious disease spreads in a confined space.

Team of academics working to develop app to help people with disabilities report abuse

The Boston Herald reported on the work that Krishna Venkatasubramanian, assistant professor of computer science, and Jeanine Skorinko, professor of social science and policy studies, are doing on an app to help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities report abuse.

Sharing Data Faster to Fight an Epidemic

Bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin was featured in an article highlighting a trend in researchers bypassing traditional journals in favor of publishing their findings more quickly online. Korkin and his team built a 3D roadmap of the coronavirus and posted it online to provide a tool for others to use in their own research. “We felt the urgency of this work,” Korkin said.

Here’s how local researchers are helping cure the new coronavirus

A stand-alone story about WPI’s role in developing and sharing a 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus appears in Boston.com. The story includes quotes from WPI bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin and PhD students Senbao Lu and Oleksandr Narykov. The piece also includes several photos, a graphic of the novel coronavirus, and a 30-second video explainer.

 

Coronavirus 3D roadmap: WPI researcher’s model could help find a treatment

WPI professor Dmitry Korkin is interviewed in this story about his role in guiding a research team in developing and sharing the 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus. The story includes comments from PhD student Ziyang Gao, who has friends in the region most impacted by coronavirus. The story also includes an explainer graphic.

WPI Professor and Students Create 3D Models of Coronavirus

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science at WPI and director of the university’s bioinformatics and computational biology program, appears on a three-minute segment on NBC10 discussing his role in developing and sharing the 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus. The segment includes insightful comments from PhD students Ziyang Gao and Hongzhu Cui.

WPI Professor, Grad Students Share Coronavirus Roadmap

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, spoke with WBZ News Radio about the structural road map of the 2019 novel conoravirus he and his graduate students developed. The goal of the research is to reach new breakthroughs in treating the virus.

WPI Professor Develops 3D Model of Coronavirus

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, was featured in the Telegram & Gazette for groundbreaking research he is doing to create a structural 3D roadmap of the new coronavirus. The story includes multiple photos and a 60-second video.

Too Hot, Too Cold? Scientists Search For The Optimal Temperature For Learning

Forbes reported online about research led by Shichao Liu to study the optimal indoor conditions for learning. Liu, Jacob Whitehill and Steven Van Dessel received $299,991 develop technologies that detect and boost student engagement in lessons by controlling classroom temperature, ventilation, and lighting.

WPI Researcher Gets $1M Grant to Develop Technology for Deaf Users

Erin Solovey, assistant professor of computer science, was featured in a Telegram & Gazette article. Solovey received a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that could lead to significant breakthroughs in technology platforms for the ASL-signing Deaf Community.

Ring Recommends Users Update Their Home Security System Passwords After String of Hacking Incidents

Time interviewed Craig Shue, associate professor of computer science, for this article (scroll down to 8th graph).  Shue told Time he agrees hackers are likely getting Rings users’ account information from third parties. “I would also encourage everybody to do their own form of risk assessment and determine what they need in these devices and whether it’s worth the risk to have that functionality,” he added. 

 

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