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. 

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How studying business, engineering in college can lead to jobs

WPI’s multi-faceted approach to preparing engineering students for the work force was featured in this article. “The multidisciplinary component is especially key, said Biology Professor Karen Kashmanian Oates. “None of these problems will be solved just by an engineer, so we are interested in combining the very best of engineering and the very best of liberal arts and sciences.” 

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Sailing Away: Behind WPI’s Victorious SailBot 2018 Pursuit

WPI’s sailing prowess was highlighted in Robotics Business Review, " Sailing Away: Behind WPI's Victorious Sailbot 2018 Pursuit." “For the second year in a row, a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute won the event,” the article stated.  

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Test-Driving New Classroom Tech Initiatives

Librarian Anna Gold and Lori Ostapowicz-Critz, associate director for library academic strategies, told Inside Higher Ed about Gordon Library creating the first digital scholarship lab in this article.

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WPI opens $49M dorm and education building

Worcester Business Journal reported on the grand opening of the Foisie Innovation Studio in the article. The building, which includes beds for 140 students and a lab space equipped with the latest technology, adds a third element - impact - to WPI's two long-term pillars, theory and practice. "It's about taking that world-changing work to another level," President Laurie Leshin said at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Cybersecurity for the Power Grid

Energy Central published "Cybersecurity for the Power Grid" by Michael Ahern, director of power systems engineering. “In my view, cybersecurity is like a race that never ends.  Attackers are building their capabilities even as organizations improve their defenses,” he wrote.  

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Thousands of residents still out of their homes after gas explosions trigger deadly chaos in Massachusetts

The Washington Post included insight from Michael Ahern, director of power systems engineering. Gas at high pressure, generally about 1,000 pounds per square inch (psi), is carried long distances in steel pipes with a diameter of 18 to 36 inches, Ahern said. In the case of Massachusetts, those lines will arrive from gas sources in Texas, Pennsylvania or Canada, he told The Post.

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Hurricane Trump Bears Down on Science

President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Chronicle of Higher Ed article in reaction to tweets by the president dismissing as partisan a study that tallied the death toll from Hurricane Maria at nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico.

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Team effort at WPI tackles self-driving car challenge

Assembly magazine talked with Raghvendra Cowlagi, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Alexander Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, about how automakers, suppliers and startup ventures can make autonomous vehicles operate safely and efficiently in complex urban environments. 

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WPI Unveils Newest Academic Building and Residence Hall

WPI formally opened the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall yesterday in a celebration hosted by President Laurie Leshin and WPI board chair Jack Mollen, with state and local officials including Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matt Beaton ’01; Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth, Damon Cox; State Senator and former Senate President Harriette Chandler; State Senator Michael Moore; Representative John Mahoney, and others.

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Intel announces winner of its AI Interplanetary Challenge

Data science student Rosemarie Day won Intel’s AI Interplanetary Challenge as reported by Venture Beat. She proposed a computer vision system that tapped satellite imagery to give a detailed look at how Earth is changing over time.

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Why we need more support for wildland fire research

The publication includes an article by Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering professor and interim department head. Simeoni addresses the question, "Why We Need More Support for Wildland Fire Research" explaining how this is a growing problem, not just in the United States but countries around the world. 

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Academic Incubators Think Beyond Campus Borders to Spark Innovation

The university’s opening of WPI Seaport, its innovation and collaboration space in Boston’s Seaport District, was highlighted in this The National Law Review article.

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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. 

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Kristin Tichenor Discusses Great Minds Scholars Program

In this broadcast interview on Worcester News Tonight, Senior Vice President Kristin Tichenor touts the importance of a new scholarship program for high-achieving Pell grant-eligible students from low- to moderate-income families who graduate from Worcester public high schools.

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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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This Robot Will Hunt Lionfish to Save Coral Reefs

Popular Mechanics wrote about undergraduate students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish. 

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Craig Putnam Speaks to WBUR About the Lionfish Robot

Craig Putnam, senior instructor in computer science and associate director of the Robotics Engineering Program, was interviewed on WBUR radio about undergraduate students building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish.  

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Kaveh Pahlavan: Helping Skyhook Database Receive over a Billion Hits per day

Medium interviewed Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, as part of its Iranian Americans’ Contributions Project.

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20 Best Master's in Game Design Degrees

Whether you want to write, design, or code, start your career in video games with on of the Best Master’s Game Design.

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