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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. 

 

I Took a Break From the Classroom to Help Do Research. It Made Me a Stronger Teacher.

EdSurge published an article by seventh-grade teacher Andrew Burnett, FA Day Middle School in Newton, in which she sited her work with Neil Heffernan, the William Smith Dean's Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Program at WPI. She detailed how her research for Heffernan, involving ASSISTments, a responsive online learning tool based in learning science that was founded by Heffernan and his wife, impacted her teaching when she returned to the classroom.

WPI's $8M Grant for ASSISTments

Boston 25 reported that WPI is getting an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to scale up ASSISTments, a middle-school math assessment tool. ASSISTments was created by Neil Heffernan, the William Smith Dean Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Program at WPI, and his wife, Cristina Heffernan.

The new wave of business cyber attacks

Associate Computer Science Professor Craig Shue was interviewed by the Worcester Business Journal for this article. As companies increase their defenses, hackers, meanwhile, react. “It is an arms race. We do have an ebb and flow going back and forth,” Shue said. “It almost feels like a competitive sport at times

Persistence Is Not Always Productive: How to Stop Students From Spinning Their Wheels

Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Program, had his opinion piece published in Ed Surge

WPI Students Developing Robot that can Find and Detonate Landmines

Boston 25 news broadcasted a segment on WPI students, under the guidance of Craig Putnam, senior instructor, computer science, developing an autonomous rover and payload-deploying drone that work together to search for and detonate landmines.

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