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WPI project aims to use artificial intelligence to enhance teacher training

This article featured the news that computer science assistant professor Jacob Whitehill and his colleagues received a $750,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a platform that will combine machine learning, natural language processing, and elements of psychology and educational theory to deliver rapid feedback on teacher-student interactions. 

Smartphone Intelligence: WPI Professor Develops Apps to Improve Health Care and Safety

Emmanuel Agu, professor of computer science, was featured in a profile in Diversity in Action on his road to exploring computer science, and how it landed him a teaching position at WPI. "I found that WPI's philosophy of integrating theory with practice matches the way I approach problems," he said. 

2020 Census Comes With New Technology, but Greater Risks

The Wall Street Journal quoted Associate Professor Craig Shue, computer science, in this article. The census “is a treasure trove of information for nation-state hackers [because] it hopefully will have information about every American,” Shue told The Journal.

Emmanuel Agu Talks to BBC About Sobriety App

Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, was interviewed by the BBC regarding his smartphone app that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze a user’s walking pattern to detect alcohol impairment. Uber is seeking to develop an app to allow drivers to gauge passenger’s sobriety.

Engineering Innovation Sperm Obstacle Course Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., aired a segment featuring Erkan Tüzel, associate professor of physics, biomedical engineering, and computer science, discussing a sperm-sorting device that could improve IVF success. The segment also appears on the National Academy of Engineering web site.

After 38 years, a college degree at last

This article featured the WPI graduation story of David D’Antonio who, in 1980, was a few classes short of earning a computer science degree when he ran out of money and dropped out. “Thirty-eight years later, the Arlington resident received his long-awaited diploma as well as praise from WPI president Laurie Leshin, who noted his ‘special amount of perseverance’ in her speech honoring the 981 undergraduates at the commencement ceremony on May 12.

Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

The74Million, an online news site focused on education in the U.S., an op-ed by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of Learning Sciences and Technologies.

Sperm Sorting Device Developed At WPI May Improve Fertility Treatments

WBZ-TV​ profiled research in which a team of researchers from WPI and Stanford University developed a sperm sorting device that could improve IVF Success. The device uses an “obstacle course” to sort and select faster and healthier sperm cells. 

Is My Not-So-Smart House Watching Me?

The New York Times quoted computer science professor Craig Shue about cybersecurity concerns related to Internet-enabled devices, as its Right At Home column asks, “Is My Not-So-Smart House Watching Me?”

Craig Wills, Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Steps to Curb Exposure of Your Data

The Telegram & Gazette published an opinion piece by Craig Wills, department head and professor of computer science. “I have identified the need to limit at least one of three conditions to increase privacy protection: the leakage of information, its linkage with other information sources and the lifetime of its existence,” Wills advised.

WPI prof: Reach for the cloud for home network security

The Telegram & Gazette featured Craig Shue, associate professor computer science, and a $507,600 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. Shue will use the grant to create a system that outsources security to experts in the cloud.

College Town: WPI prof creates game weaving quilting with computer science

The Telegram & Gazette profiled Gillian Smith, assistant professor of computer science, in this College Town article. 

WPI granted $1.6M to develop wound-care app

The Worcester Business Journal reported on work funded by a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a new smartphone app to monitor chronic wounds. The work is led by Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science and coordinator of WPI’s Mobile Graphics Research Group, with co-principal investigators professor Diane Strong and associate professor Bengisu Tulu, both of the Foisie Business School, and Peder Pedersen, a retired professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Craig Shue Talks with WBUR About Home Network Security

Craig Shue, associate professor of computer science, was interviewed about his research into cloud-based security for home networks. The work is supported by a $507,600 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Obesity: Could a new smartphone app prevent overeating?

Medical News Today published an article about a smartphone app developed at WPI that may help in the fight against obesity. While apps that aim to assist with weight loss are not new, this app — known as SlipBuddy — takes a unique three-pronged approach to combat overeating.

Tomorrow's Technology Today

WBZ Am Radio broadcast a report (12:37 mark) on computer science professor Craig Shue designing a cybersecurity system known as the Policy Enforcement and Access Control for Endpoints, or PEACE system, which enhances security and allows IT analysts to identify and deal with malware quickly.

WPI researcher targets fake news with $516K federal grant
  • Assistant professor of computer science Kyumin Lee, assistant professor of computer science  has developed algorithms that have proven highly accurate in detecting fake “likes” and followers across various platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter. His work is funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

 

Researchers use mixed realty viewer to visualize complex biological networks in 3D
  • WPI scientists are using visualization tools and mixed reality to explore complex biological networks, a depiction of a system of linkages and connections so complex and dense it’s been dubbed the “hairy ball.” Dmitry Korkin, PhD, associate professor of computer science and director of the university’s bioinformatics and computational biology program, leads the research team.
3 Lessons Learned From Education Technology Research

U. S. News & World Report reported on a rigorous study by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT that took a hard look at education technology and cited ASSISTments, a free homework platform created by computer science professor Neil Heffernan, as one program that is having a measurable positive impact. “We had the guts to expose ourselves” to randomized control trials, Heffernan said, adding that he now has grants for ongoing work on the program. 

WPI, Girls Who Code partner to help shatter perceptions

Kristin Tichenor,  WPI senior vice president, was quoted in the article. “The quickest way to bridge the gap between the number of people we need with computing expertise to fill jobs and those with the talent to do that work, is to encourage more women and underrepresented minority students to pursue computer degrees in college,” she said.

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