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Business Sense: WPI's Master's Program Merges IT with Analytics for Real-World Applications

Diane Strong, department head and professor of information technology and data science, spoke with Diversity in Action magazine about WPI's revised Master's in Information Technology program. (pg. 70). "Starting at the intersection of technology, business and people, we prepare our students to become leaders, to think simultaneously about what businesses need, how to answer that with innovative tech solutions and then deliver intuitive, easy-to-use products and programs," she said. 

WPI Researcher to Develop Analytical Tool for Asylum Cases

NPR Hartford reported on Andrew Trapp, associate professor of operations and industrial engineering, developing analytical tools to estimate capacities for holding sites, judges, and other resources needed to humanely process migrant asylum cases at the U.S. southern border. 

WPI receives $3M to study human-robot workplace interaction

The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI receiving $3 million from the National Science Foundation to study human-robot interaction in the workplace. Eight WPI researchers are involved: Cagdas Onal (principal investigator), Yunus Telliel, Jeanine Skorinko, Winston Soboyejo, Jing Xiao, Pratap Rao, Soussan Djamasbi and Jane Li
 

The next talent opportunity for the digital workplace? Neurodiversity

An academic paper by Eleanor Loiacono, a professor in the Foisie Business School, and Data Science PhD student Huimin Ren was cited in a World Economic Forum article. (See link to paper below the video under header “Empowering neurodiversity in the digital workplace.”)

Traders are piling into bitcoin as a haven against volatile markets. This researcher warns they could get burned.

Numerous business-related publications, including Business Insider cited a report by Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutmos, Foisie Business School. He said he’s sounding the alarm for investors, calling his report a “cautionary note” for fans of cryptocurrency.

As I See It: Inclusion of ‘Circular Economy’ in Green New Deal could Support Economic Transformation

Professor Joseph Sarkis, Foisie Business School, had his op-ed,“Inclusion of ‘circular economy’ in Green New Deal Could Support Economic Transformation,” published in the Telegram & Gazette’s As I See It column.

 

How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

The Atlantic featured a story about the impact of technology developed by Business School professor Andrew Trapp to improve refugee resettlement across the US and around the world.

It’s Time to Consider a Neurodiverse Workforce

An Op-ed by Eleanor Loiacono, professor of management information systems, Foisie Business School, “It’s Time to Consider a Neurodiverse Workforce,” was published in The Hartford Courant.

Refugee Resettlement via Analytics

The cover story of ORMS Today, the membership magazine of the Operations Research Society, featured work by an international team, led by Andrew Trapp, professor in the Foisie School of Business, to use analytics to create software to help aid organizations resettle refugees in their host countries.

On the Spectrum: WPI Professor Urges Neurodiversity in Tech Hiring

Eleanor Loiacono, professor in the Foisie Business School and director of the IDEA Hub, and Huimin Ren, a PhD student in the Data Science Program, were interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette for this article. Their newly published academic paper stated that high-tech firms have an opportunity to take advantage of the talents of a growing neurodiverse workforce.

WPI Researchers Advocate for Neurodiversive Workforce

The Worcester Business Journal featured results of a newly published academic paper in MIS Quarterly Executive by Eleanor Loiacono, professor in the Foisie Business School and director of the IDEA Hub, and Huimin Ren, a PhD student in the Data Science Program. 

How to globalize the circular economy
  • Joseph Sarkis, professor in the Foisie Business School, co-authored an article in Nature, “How to Globalize the Circular Economy,” stressing the need for more sustainable use of resources in manufacturing processes across industries worldwide.
Postpartum Depression Almost Took My Life

ScaryMommy, a parenting blog, highlighted Lifeline4Moms, an app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School that will help OB-GYNs better evaluate and treat PPD in new mothers.

App could help doctors better diagnose depression during pregnancy

An app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School was featured in a news story about depression during pregnancy. The app, called Lifeline4Moms, is giving doctors new tools to better diagnose the condition.

Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration

Analytics reported on a computational tool developed by a team led by Andrew Trapp, associate professor in the Foisie Business School, to help humanitarian aid organizations significantly improve refugees’ chances of successfully resettling and integrating into a new country.

Business School Professor Uses Analytical Tools to Address Human Trafficking

Renata Konrad spoke to WBUR's Morning Edition about work funded by the National Science Foundation using analytical tools to help aid agencies disrupt human trafficking networks.

WPI researchers granted $145k to attack human trafficking networks

The Worcester Business Journal reported on how with a one-year, $145,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers in the Foisie Business School  will explore how analytical tools commonly used in industry can be employed to attack human trafficking networks worldwide by ferreting out the supply chains that sustain them.  

WPI Addresses Unconscious Bias

WPI’s ongoing efforts to prepare students for an increasingly diverse workforce were highlighted in this Diversity in Action article. “Researchers will teach WPI students how to identify and address bias and work in groups in ways that promote equity,” the article stated.

NSF Invests In Research To Help Disrupt Operations Of Illicit Supply Networks

Bioengineer reported on Renata Konrad, associate professor, Foisie Business School, being among those receiving National Science Foundation awards to advance the scientific understanding of how illicit supply networks function. Konrad’s project focuses on a data analytic approach to understanding human trafficking networks.

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