- 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.
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.
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.
VOX published an op-ed by Suzanne Mello Stark, an associate teaching professor in computer science, which raises questions about our voting system’s vulnerability to hackers.
The Telegram & Gazette, interviewed Yanhua Li, assistant professor of computer science and data science, for the article, "WPI researcher aims for a better, cheaper commute." He’s developing an idea for a new kind of transit system, CityLines, inspired by airlines and built for urban areas.
Craig Shue, assistant professor of computer science at WPI , notes states’ rights related to the FCC Broadband privacy bill.
WPI’s Yanhua Li, assistant professor of computer science and data science, received a $174,596 grant from the National Science Foundation for a transportation study involving a "hub-and-spoke" model: an alternative urban transit system. He also appeared on WBUR radio discussing his grant.
Greater Boston, (which airs on WGBH, Boston’s PBS television station) featured Alcogait—a WPI-developed app that can measure how much a person has had to drink by the way he or she walks. Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, designed the app with help from a team of students.
The Boston Globe reports on WPI’s “AlcoGait,” a first-of-its-kind smartphone app developed by Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, and students to detect when a user has reached the legal blood alcohol limit. The app uses data from a smartphone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to monitor changes in the way users walk, similar to the common “walk the line” sobriety field test police use with suspected drunk drivers.
Healthcare IT News publishes an article on hacking, including comments by Craig Shue, assistant professor of computer science. "We're seeing that bad days happen an awful a lot in a network," Shue recently told the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum.
The American Education Research Association Journal reports on a study that quantifies the benefits of the online math homework system ASSISTments developed by WPI’s Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies PhD program.