News Archive (2001-2013)

Two employees working on Google Glass gave MIT Technology Review their takes on what it was like to live with the device. Wearable-computing pioneer Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor and technical lead on the project, said that the device offers a “killer existence.” Source: Technology Review

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Georgia Tech’s College of Computing makes holiday shopping for that computing aficionado in the family that much easier with the third annual edition of its Holiday Gift Guide. No more worries about what to get the chips-, algorithms- and robotics-obsessed brother, sister, aunt or uncle as this definitive guide lists the most inspired, ambitious and digital “gifts” ever placed under the virtual tree.

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Opinion piece by wearable pioneer, Thad Starner. Source: Wired

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Thad Starner talks about his work with the CHAT (Cetacean Hearing Augmentation and Telemetry) project, which seeks to allow humans to communicate with dolphins. Source: Huffington Post

 

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Six College of Computing professors recently joined the fellows rank for several of the most prestigious science, engineering and computing associations. 

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Speaking at the sixth international conference for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) at Cape Town University in South Africa today, Michael Best, of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, described experiences of running the SMTC during elections in Nigeria and Liberia in 2011 and then in Ghana in 2012. Source: HumanIPO

 

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Ian Bogost’s piece in the Atlantic about hyperemployment—a tech-fueled “commitment to our usual jobs and to many other jobs as well”—has hyperemployed a lot of brain cells and Internet pixels. Source: Slate

 

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Ronald C. Arkin, a veteran roboticist at Georgia Institute of Technology whose research has included the ethics of robots for the military, delivered a talk on “How to NOT Build a Terminator. Source: The New York Times

 

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Rich DeMillo writes about advances is higher education. Source: Scientific American

 

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Srinivas Aluru discusses the debut of high-end processors. Source: EE Times

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Researchers from Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and cheaply make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working electrical circuits in the 60 seconds it takes to print them.

The technique, called instant inkjet circuits, allows the printing of arbitrary-shaped conductors onto rigid or flexible materials and could advance the prototyping skills of non-technical enthusiasts and novice hackers.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced the launch of its Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), the newest of Georgia Tech’s ten Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs). IRIM brings together robotics researchers from across campus—spanning colleges, departments and individual labs—to support and connect research initiatives, enhance educational programs and foster advances for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), first announced by President Obama in 2011, and officially established in 2012.

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But perhaps the most promising experiment is from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which next year will start offering a $6,600 online master’s degree, a sixth the price of its current degree, in partnership with the MOOC platform Udacity and AT&T Georgia Tech is putting its reputation behind a MOOC credential. Source: The New York Times

 

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Earlier this year, Georgia Tech became the first top university to offer a steep discount for an online grad degree:  less than $7,000 for a master’s in computer science, instead of the usual $45,000. Source: NPR

 

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In the past three weeks, Georgia Tech received nearly twice as many applications for a new low-cost online master’s program as its comparable residential program receives in a year. Source: All Things D

 

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Georgia Tech this semester added Industrial Design as the fourth partner in the interdisciplinary Masters of Human-Computer Interaction (MS-HCI) degree, which focuses on bringing together the broad mix of practical skills and theoretical understandings required to design and implement modern human-computer interfaces.

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It’s around 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday, and David Bader is explaining how trick-or-treating is connected to graph theory.

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Two young Iranian women expressing how happy they were to find a strong female figure to look up to. A quadriplegic in Scotland sharing how, for the first time in his life, he felt equal to his classmates.

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Ron Arkin and Andrea Thomaz's research is featured as projects that are covered by the new NSF grant. Source: National Science Foundation

 

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Hadi Esmaeilzadeh recently joined the School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology as assistant professor. He is the first holder of the Catherine M. and James E. Allchin Early Career Professorship. Source: Machine Intelligence Research Institute

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A team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Interactive Computing studied 500 active Twitter users over 15 months and examined the impact of 22 factors on those users’ growth in followers. Source: Forbes

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In this podcast, Richard Fujimoto and Surya Kalidindi from Georgia Tech describe the new FLAMEL doctoral student training program. Source: Inside HPC

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Professor Tom Conte of the School of Computer Science this week was elected as the 2014 president-elect of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Additionally, Professor David Bader of the School of Computational Science and Engineering was tapped to join the society’s Board of Governors.

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A Georgia Tech study of June 2012 activity on Pinterest found that the most common verbs on the social network were "use," "look," "want," and "need," highlighting its potential as a shopping tool. Source: Business Insider

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The expansion of online delivery has led some to believe that universities will be able to scale up their classes and reduce their costs per student. While this will happen in a few cases—Georgia Tech is now offering an online computer science master's for $6,600—it won't transform the university cost structure. Source: Wall Street Journal

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 Michael Best, a Georgia Tech professor who coordinated the study, said the findings highlighted a paradox about the concept of digital natives, a term that is often bandied about for marketing purposes. Source: The New York Times

 

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The Lumina Foundation recently appointed Distinguished Professor Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech, as one of its inaugural Lumina Fellows.  The Lumina Foundation is the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. 

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According to a new study, only 30 percent of the world’s youth population between the ages of 15 and 24 years old has been active online for at least five years. In South Korea, 99.6 percent of young people are active, the highest percentage in the world.

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Last spring, the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a deal with Udacity to deliver a master’s degree in computer science online for less than $7,000 in tuition, supported by a $2 million grant from AT&T. Naturally enough, the telecom firm hopes to hire some of the program’s graduates. Source: Inside Higher Ed

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In our increasingly “busy” lives, we want to pursue as many opportunities as we can without having their qualities devalued and online courses allow us to do that. Georgia Tech sees it that way too: it offers an entire masters program that you can earn through MOOCs. Source: USA Today

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As wearable technologies proliferate, humans will need to adapt, said Georgia Tech professor Thad Starner. He advises Google on its glasses, which are lightweight frames equipped with a hidden camera and tiny display that responds to voice commands. Source: Associated Press

 

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The Lumina Foundation has appointed Distinguished Professor Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, one of four Lumina Fellows. The Lumina Fellows will work to advance the Foundation's 2013 to 2016 Strategic Plan by analyzing issues and recommending solutions, using their national media presence to influence the dialogue around issues of importance to Goal 2025, a call for the nation to create a workforce in which 60 percent of Americans have a high quality postsecondary education credential by 2025.

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Using nothing more than a smartphone resting next to a laptop, researchers at MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new technique for logging your keystrokes based on sound and vibration. Source: Yahoo Finance

 

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Ian Bogost, a philosopher and video game scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology, talks about the new Grand Theft Auto V. Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

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The Georgia Institute of Technology announced earlier this year that they would unveil a two-year online master's degree program in partnership with Udacity, a company founded by Google's Sebastian Thrun as a platform for online college courses. Source: Fast Company

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Professor Mary Jean Harrold, recognized as one of the world’s leading software engineers as well as a fierce advocate for broadening participation in computing, died following a battle with cancer on Thursday, Sept. 19.

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Congress had plenty of questions about pricing, accreditation and the pros and cons of MOOCs for an assistant dean (Charles Isbell) at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The university offers a master’s degree in computer science with Udacity for under $7,000. Source: Politico

 

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a vest that allows a trained dog to "talk" to its owner. Source: BBC

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The college business model, says Mitch Daniels, is all wrong and deserves to be toppled. He will be watching closely a Georgia Institute of Technology plan to offer an online master's degree in computer science next year. It will cost just $7,000, versus as much as $60,000 for the traditional course. Source: Bloomberg

 

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Last month, the Georgia Institute of Technology announced it will offer a MOOC-based master's degree in computer science beginning in January 2014 at a fraction of the on-campus cost. Source: MSN

 

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Kim Xu, a recent Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, developed the app with one of her professors. Source: Mashable

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Zvi Galil, the dean of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is seeking a technological and academic revolution by developing an online master's of science (OMS) degree in computer science via massive open online courses (MOOCs) for roughly $6,600, perhaps 15 percent of what a traditional degree in the field might cost. Source: Yahoo! News

 

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The College of Computing Threads curriculum for undergraduate computer science majors was recognized this month as one of the most effective courses of study throughout the entire University System of Georgia, as the Board of Regents honored the College with its 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs.

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Thad Starner talks about the early days of wearable computing and how he helped develop Google Glass. Source: The New York Times

 

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As universities ponder whether and how to offer affordable, high-quality instruction over the Internet, all eyes are on the Georgia Institute of Technology. The school recently announced plans to offer an online master’s degree in computer science for less than $7,000 — a fraction of what such a degree would cost in an on-campus setting. Source: Boston Globe

 

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Thad Starner, technical lead for Google Glass, along with Georgia Institute of Technology professor Melody Jackson and research assistant Clint Zeagler, created FIDO to enable clearer communication between service dogs and their human handlers. Source: Forbes

 

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Georgia Tech, which is a national leader in computer science, just announced it will begin offering an online master’s degree in computer science at a fraction of the cost of a traditional class, but it’s just as rigorous and it’s producing engineers who are just as good. Source: Inside Higher Ed

 

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Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) earned its highest endorsement to date as President Barack Obama cited the program as a nationwide model for controlling the rising costs of higher education.

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Three graduates of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing earned inclusion this week to MIT Technology Review’s “35 Innovators under 35,” an annual list recognizing people driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs.

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The disruption may be approaching, though, as Georgia Tech, which has one of the country’s top computer science programs, plans to offer a MOOC-based online master’s degree in computer science for $6,600 — far less than the $45,000 on-campus price, writes the NYT’s Tamar Lewin. Source: The Wall Street Journal

 

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Researchers from the School of Computer Science, College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology created a proof-of-concept "Jekyll" app and "successfully published it in the App Store." Source: NBC News

 

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Georgia Tech researchers included code on their Jekyll app that allowed them to monitor Apple’s review process. They discovered that the app had only been tested for “a few seconds” before it was allowed to go live on the iOS App Store. Source: Forbes

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In January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education. Source: The New York Times

 

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The malware designers, a research team from Georgia Institute of Technology's Information Security Center (GTISC), were able to monitor their app during the review: they discovered Apple ran the app for only a few seconds, before ultimately approving it. Source: IT News

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 In "Jekyll on iOS: When Benign Apps Become Evil", a paper presented at the Usenix Security '13 conference, Tielei Wang, Kangjie Lu, Long Lu, Simon Chung, and Wenke Lee describe how they were able to create apps that can be exploited remotely through program paths that did not exist during the app review process. Source: Information Week

 

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Researchers from Georgia Tech have determined that the Apple’s review process runs at least some programs for only a few seconds before giving the green light, which wasn’t long enough for Apple to notice that an app that purported to offer news from Georgia Tech contained code fragments that later assembled themselves into a malicious digital creature. Source: Technology Review

 

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 “I would never plug my phone into a public charger,” says Billy Lau, a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology who led the Black Hat demo. “You don’t know whether you are just charging your phone or if something else is going on. Source: New York Daily News

 

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Georgia Tech Information Security Center researchers presented how they were able to hack into an iPhone using its charger at a briefing on Wednesday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Source: CBS News

 

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The FIDO project through the Georgia Institute of Technology is developing wearable technology that aims to improve communication between working or assistance dogs and their handlers. Source: Forbes

 

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Richard Demillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, put it another way: The Great Recession exposed structural flaws in higher education. The system simply cost too much and accomplished too little. Source: Associated Press

 

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"If a dog could communicate clearly with a human being, there are so many ways it would be life-changing for the human and even life-saving,"Melody Jackson, associate professor at Georgia Tech and director of the BrainLab, told NBC News. Source: Today 

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Georgia Tech Information Security Center researchers will reveal how they were able to hack into an iPhone using its charger at a Black Hat briefing on Wednesday. Source: CBS News

 

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At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, three Georgia Tech security researchers carried out a demonstration for reporters showing just how easily they could compromise an iPhone 5 using a malicious charger built with a three-inch square, $45 computer known as a BeagleBoard. Source: Forbes

 

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The work was done by Billy Lau, a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and graduate students Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song. Source: Reuters

 

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Since the technology is rapidly evolving, there are challenges in developing SDN course content, but the Georgia Institute of Technology forged ahead to offer the first SDN college course of its kind, spearheaded by Associate Professor of Computer Science Nick Feamster. Source: TechTarget

 

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Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered two security weaknesses that permit installation of malware onto Apple mobile devices using seemingly innocuous applications and peripherals, uncovering significant security threats to the iOS platform. 

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Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered two security weaknesses that permit installation of malware onto Apple mobile devices using seemingly innocuous applications and peripherals, uncovering significant security threats to the iOS platform.

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Ronald Arkin, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has done pioneering work on creating “ethical governors” for robots. But we’re a long way from a satisfactory simulation of morality. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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Beki Gitner, a professor of human computer interaction at Georgia Tech, who has studied how people use technology for spiritual purposes, said about YouVersion, “the sheer number of downloads is a good reminder to all of us that if we think about technology as purely a secular tool, we are missing out on how it’s being used by people all over the world.” Source: The New York Times

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Georgia Tech announced Tuesday that it will offer an online master's degree in computer science for less than $7,000. Source: CBS This Morning 

 

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Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It’s offering a new master’s degree in computer science, delivered through a series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for $6,600. Source: Slate

 

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Now, a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology is working on a wearable computing device that will allow the dogs themselves to "talk" back to their handlers via devices like Google Glass. Source: Fast Company

 

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Three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to develop a new piece of technology attire--for dogs. The project, FIDO (Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations), would allow dogs to communicate crucial information--be it about navigation for the blind, bombs for security, or diagnoses for doctors--to their handlers or owners. Source: Popular Science

 

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The technology might initially sound barking mad, but its creators at Georgia Institute of Technology believe that it will give crime dogs and other K-9s a clearer and more direct way to communicate with their handlers. Source: Daily Mail

 

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At the Georgia Institute of Technology, visiting associate professor Melody Jackson, professor and Google Glass technical lead Thad Starner, and research scientist Clint Zeagler are working on a system called FIDO, which stands for “facilitating interactions for dogs with occupations.” Source: IO9

 

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Becoming a computer scientist isn' t part of most people' s retirement plans, but that' s exactly what Cedric Stallworth did after retiring from professional football. Source: Live Science

 

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The original technical lead on Google Glass, who is currently a Georgia Institute of Technology professor, is now part of a project called FIDO: “Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations.” Source: Fast Company

 

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Udacity recently said it will offer master’s degrees from Georgia Tech. Source: Wall Street Journal

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A multi-university team that includes Georgia Tech's Mike Stilman has been advanced to the next round of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge.

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A Georgia Tech study, led by Eric Gilbert, of June 2012 activity on Pinterest found that the most common verbs on the social network were "use," "look," "want," and "need," highlighting its potential as a shopping tool. Source: Businsess Insider

 

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Barbara Ericson, director of computer outreach at the Institute for Computing Education at Georgia Tech, said people sometimes ask: why not wait until children are older to start teaching them how to program? "Anything over the age of 7 is capable, they are capable of learning reasoning," she said. Source: MSN

 

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In May, Moody’s announced that the Georgia Institute of Technology’s MOOC-like master’s degree in computer science is credit positive for the university. That report cited increased brand recognition and the potential to increase and diversify enrollment and revenue as major factors in the decision. Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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Pindrop Security, an Atlanta startup based on research developed at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, has raised $11 million towards their efforts to reinvent Caller ID. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

 

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 "When you teach a MOOC, you have to be a deliberate teacher," said Richard DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, at the U.S. News 2013 Stem Solutions Conference. Source: U.S. News & World Report

 

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has released the results of a study on the patterns of twitter posters and followers. The study of more than 500 twitter users and over half a million tweets shows 9 scientific ways to increase twitter followers. Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

 

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Georgia Tech’s dean of computing Zvi Galil expressed similar glee when he said in an interview, “You know there is a revolution going on, right?” Source: Forbes

 

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Mark Riedl, an assistant professor of computer science at Georgia Tech and winner of DARPA’s 2011 Young Faculty Award (Riedl is now 37), discusses his crowdsourcing research. DARPA provided $300,000 for Riedl’s two-year project to develop software that uses the wisdom of the crowd to develop training scenarios. Source: Defense News

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Now being tested by early adopters, Glass is an ambitious attempt to advance “wearable computing.” It’s also a milestone for Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor who has been building and wearing head-mounted computers since 1993. Source: Technology Review

 

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A team of researchers from Georgia Tech say they've discovered, and can demonstrate, a way to to hack into an iPhone or iPad in less than a minute using a "malicious charger." The team plans to demonstrate its findings at the Black Hat computer security conference, which begins July 27 in Las Vegas. Source: CNN

 

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At the upcoming Black Hat security conference in late July, three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to show off a proof-of-concept charger that they say can be used to invisibly install malware on a device running the latest version of Apple’s iOS. Source: Forbes

 

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“What the computer science community has been slow to grasp is that there are a lot of different people who are going to need to learn computer science, and they are going to learn it in a lot of different ways,” says Mark Guzdial. Source: The Smithsonian Magazine

 

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In this guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Georgia Institute of Technology’s David A. Bader discusses his upcoming ISC’13 session, Better Understanding Brains, Genomes & Life Using HPC Systems. Source: Inside HPC

 

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In this video, Alexander Gray from the Georgia Institute of Technology presents: Big Data Science – The Algorithmic Advances that Lie Underneath. Source: Inside Big Data

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“Most people are not talking about privacy here, they are talking about social appropriateness,” said Thad Starner, who is the director of the Contextual Computing Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a technical adviser to the Google Glass team. Source: The New York Times

 

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When it comes to education, an even greater productivity gain may be on the way. This month, for instance, the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a new online master’s degree in computer science, for a price of no more than $7,000.  Source: The New York Times

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Georgia Tech is close to issuing a request for proposals to pick a development adviser for the school’s nearly 700,000-square-foot High Performance Computing Center proposed in Midtown’s Technology Square. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

 

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Among those lucky early adopters with imperfect vision was Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor who, in 2010, was recruited to join a top-secret project at Google's fabled X Lab. Source: Engadget

 

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While a new report puts the average debt load of new college grads at a stomach-churning $35,200, Georgia Tech is rolling out an alternative program experts say offers a beacon of hope for both students and employers: A three-year master’s degree in computer science that can be earned entirely online — and that will cost less than $7,000. Source: Time

 

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Since the unveiling of Google Glass, the tech giant's new wearable computing device, a common nickname for its wearers has arisen among skeptics and critics: Glassholes. (Article by Ian Bogost, Interactive Computing). Source: The Atlantic

 

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Mark Riedl, a 2011 YFA recipient, is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology who specializes in the intersection of artificial intelligence, virtual worlds and storytelling. Source: DARPA

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The Georgia Institute of Technology said it will offer a two-year master's degree in computer science to thousands of students online for a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. Georgia Tech dean Charles Isbell joins digits. Source: Wall Street Journal

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The Georgia Institute of Technology said it will offer a two-year master's degree in computer science to thousands of students online for a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. Source: The New York Times

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Starting in the fall, the Georgia Institute of Technology, together with AT&T and Udacity, an online education venture, will offer a master’s degree in computer science that can be earned entirely through so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Source: Associated Press

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Georgia Tech's College of Computing will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the “massive online” format. The degree will be provided in collaboration with online education leader Udacity Inc. and AT&T.

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Jacob Eisenstein has studied regionalisms on Twitter, and found that the word, “suttin”— meaning “something” — appears 10 times as often in Twitter posts from New York as it does in the rest of the United States. Source: The New York Times

 

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Advances in miniaturization will help this trend pan out as predicted, Henrik Christensen — director of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech, and co-author of the robotics report. Source: NBC News

 

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David Bader will be presenting the session "Scientist Scarcity Lies in Automation," where delegates will gain insight on how network transformation plays a role in enabling enterprises to migrate and better support a cloud environment. Source: Examiner

 

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Thad Starner (Georgia Tech), a pioneer of wearable computing who is a technical adviser to the Glass team, says he thinks concerns about disruption are overblown.

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After looking at half a million tweets for 15 months, Eric Gilbert and C.J. Hutto from Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing have gotten what makes people popular on Twitter down to a science. Source: Cosmopolitan

 

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Georgia Tech School of Computer Science professor Paul Royal spoke to CBS 46 about the computer virus Spy Eye. Source: CBS 46

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Want to know the perfect formula for boosting your Twitter followers? Make sure your tweets are happy, interesting, and don't use too many hashtags. This is according to findings from a study by Eric Gilbert being presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in France this week. Source: Daily Mail

 

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As Lance Fortnow describes in his new book, “The Golden Ticket: P, NP and the Search for the Impossible,” P versus NP is “one of the great open problems in all of mathematics” not only because it is extremely difficult to solve but because it has such obvious practical applications. Source: The New Yorker

 

 

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What do all Twitter users want? Followers – and lots of them. But unless you're a celebrity, it can be difficult to build your Twitter audience (and even some celebs have trouble). Looking at a half-million tweets over 15 months, a first-of-its-kind study from Georgia Tech has revealed a set of reliable predictors for building a Twitter following.

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Ronald Arkin, a roboticist and roboethicist at Georgia Tech who has received funding from the Department of Defense, is in favor of the moratorium, but is optimistic in the longterm. Source: Rolling Stone

 

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Robots are now able to intelligently maneuver within clutter, gently making contact with objects while accomplishing a task, thanks to technology developed by Dr. Charlie Kemp and the Healthcare Robotics Lab.

 

 

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Female Pinterest users have more “re-pins,” while male users have more followers on the popular photo-sharing site, according to a new study from Georgia Tech, led by Eric Gilbert, and the University of Minnesota. Source: RedOrbit

 

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Long before it was a gleam in Sergey Brin's eye, Thad Starner was sporting a bulky, comparatively prehistoric version of what would ultimately become Google Glass. Source: Mashable

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Professor Ronald Arkin told the BBC the rights campaign may be premature. "A moratorium as opposed to ban -- where we say, 'We're not going to do this until we can do it right' -- makes far more sense to me than simply crying out, 'ban the killer robots,'" he said.Source: UPI

 

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Researchers at Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota have released a new study that uses statistical data to help understand the motivations behind Pinterest activity, the roles gender plays among users and the factors that distinguish Pinterest from other popular social networking sites.

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Georgia Tech researchers have developed a computational model that can predict video game players’ in-game performance and provide a corresponding challenge they can beat, leading to quicker mastery of new skills. The researchers used a method called collaborative filtering, a popular technique employed by Netflix and Amazon in product ratings and recommendations. While Netflix recommends movies, the gaming model recommends the next challenge for players, adjusting game difficulty by computationally forecasting in-game performance.

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The autism center, which is funding the app development with a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is collaborating with Behavior Imaging Solutions, a Boise, Idaho, medical-technology company, and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Source: USA Today

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Rosa Arriaga talks to CNN en Español about the evolution of the cell phone (interview in Spanish). Source: CNN en Español

 

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Annie Antón talks with CNN about about the battle to secure cyberspace. Source: CNN Radio

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Henrik Christensen and Andrea Thomaz discuss gentler industrial robots, designed to work and play well with others, that are coming out from behind their protective fences to work shoulder-to-shoulder with people. Source: The New York Times

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"Some of those 'phone books' are open for anybody to use," says Paul Royal. "Unfortunately that means that attackers can abuse those 'phone books' by asking a question in a way that generates a very large response and targets a victim of their choice." Source: Marketplace

 

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During a keynote speech to kick off the trade show, Henrik Christensen outlined a vision of a near future when we'll see robots and autonomous devices everywhere, working side by side with humans and taking on a surprisingly diverse set of roles. Source: Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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It's important to be aware of the threats to enterprise security that are coming over the horizon and heading this way. It's a question the Georgia Institute of Technology addresses in its Emerging Cyber Threat Report 2013, in which researchers identify at least six threats that all security professionals should know about. Source: E-Security Planet

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Ron Arkin (Interactive Comp) that automation can also make war more humane. Robots may lack compassion, but they also lack the emotions that lead to calamitous mistakes, atrocities and genocides: vengefulness, panic, tribal animosity. Source: The New York Times

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Annie Antón (Interactive Comp) is among some of the people who are actively working to bring more women into computing. She describes why she chose to spend her time and energy on this effort in “Facing Challenges and Having Fun." Source: Today's Engineer

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Most of those on track to graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have job offers two months before May, when they leave, said Jasmine Lawrence, 21, a computer science major who has been hired by Microsoft Corp., where she had an internship last summer. Source: Bloomberg

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On Monday, March 4, Nobel Laureate Ken Arrow delivered the College of Computing’s Distinguished Lecture titled “Health and Wealth.” Addressing a standing-room-only crowd, Arrow discussed longevity and other aspects of health as commodities, as well as their trade-off with more usual goods as important measures of the well being of nations.

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Henrik Christensen (Interactive Comp) and Ron Arkin talk to the BBC about the new era of robot wars. Source: BBC News

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Annie Antón discusses the importance of gender diversity in computing with Alfred C. Weaver, director of the University of Virginia's Applied Research Institute. Source: IEEE Computer Society.

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In some ways, MOOCs are not that different from a large lecture course, where a professor might give presentations to a class of 300 students, said Tucker Balch (Interactive Comp). Source: Athens Banner-Herald

 

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Researchers Wei Meng and Ruian Duan, working under the supervision of Wenke Lee, studied the botnet's remediation efforts, which began early last year, and found that phone contact, billing notices, and redirecting infected users to special Web pages are the best ways to alert them to their infections. Source: Dark Reading

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Cedric Stallworth, along with other computer science professionals, discusses why it is imperative for the field to embrace a diversity of perspectives to address today's global challenges. Source: National Science Foundation

 

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Scientists have boilde down half a million tweets to a few simple rules for gaining a following on Twitter. C.J. Hutto, advised by Eric Gilbert (Interactive Comp), examined the content and retweeting fate of tweets sent by 500 non-celebrities over a 15-month period. Source: New Scientist

 

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Nick Feamster (Comp Sci) discusses data caps and tiered broadband pricing. Source: BroadbandBreakfast 

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This spring, Georgia Tech will offer a comprehensive free, 6-week online course about software-defined networking, one of the hottest topics in enterprise IT. The MOOC (massive open online course) is being offered via Coursera and is being led by Nick Feamster (Comp Sci). Source: Computerworld

 

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Sixty-six Georgia high school girls were honored for computing-related achievements at the 2012-13 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards, held Feb. 24 in Atlanta and cosponsored by the College of Computing and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

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Researchers Wei Meng and Ruian Duan, working under the supervision of Wenke Lee, announced Tuesday the results of a study based on the industry’s response to the DNS Changer Trojan and shared recommendations to help curb future malware outbreaks at a presentation during the M3AAWG 27th General Meeting in San Francisco. Source: MAAWG

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Nick Feamster (Comp Sci) discussed his own personal tests on data cap usage, noting differences in the capacity of a home router and a mobile router. Source: BroadbandBreakfast

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Strava and rival sites such as MapMyRide, TrainingPeaks, Garmin Connect and dailymile tap into the psychological elements that make sports rewarding, says Ian Bogost (Interactive Comp). They exploit people's competitive instincts to get them to ride their bikes faster, or work harder. Source: Denver Post

 

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Recent College of Computing Alum and Rhodes Scholar, Joy Buolamwini, talks about her mission to bring computer science to underrepresented groups. Source: The Huffington Post

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This segment features vides of robots from the Aware Home. Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Amy Bruckman (Interactive Comp) talks about the newly popular social media app, Snapchat. Source: 11 Alive

 

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Ian Bogost (Interactive Comp) theorizes that a shaky global economy has forced some companies to take a pause from investing in serious games. Source: CNN International

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Georgia Tech is using its PR2 to develop software and user interfaces for robots that could assist elderly people living at home. “They have been a key facilitator of collaborative infrastructure for robotics,” says Henrik Christensen (Interactive Comp). “We have to figure out how this can be continued.” Source: Technology Review

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A similar strategy is part of Courteous.ly, which sports the tagline: “if they only knew how much email you have.” This service (which is part of a larger research project by Eric Gilbert (Interactive Comp)) connects to your Gmail account and counts how many messages you receive. Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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As technology continues to transform the business of news dissemination, what role does computation play in the practice of journalism—both today and in the future? Last week, the Georgia Tech College of Computing tried to answer that question through the second “Computation + Journalism Symposium,” held Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

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"We have developed algorithms that allow a robot to determine whether it should deceive a human or other intelligent machine and we have designed techniques that help the robot select the best deceptive strategy to reduce its chance of being discovered," said Ronald Arkin (Interactive Comp). Source: Design News

 

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Simon is a humanoid robot being developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the purposes of exploring intuitive ways for people and machines to live and work alongside one another. Source: The New York Times

 

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During a presentation on Monday, Henrik I. Christensen (Interactive Comp) sharply criticized a recent “60 Minutes” saying that, while automation may transform the work force and eliminate certain jobs, it also creates new kinds of jobs that are generally better paying and that require higher-skilled workers. Source: The New York Times

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Growth in the Atlanta area’s mobile industry can be attributed in part to the presence of academic institutions where mobility is a focus, including Georgia Tech, and to corporations that are active in the mobile space. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

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IEEE TV featured Georgia Tech's Blair MacIntyre (Interactive Comp) and the Augmented Reality Lab. Source: IEEE TV

 

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"To paint advances in technology as just taking jobs is very one-sided," stated Dr. Henrik Christensen (Interactive Comp). "Studies have shown that 1.3 better, higher paying jobs are created in associated areas for every one job that may be insourced. Source: Herald Online

 

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Such a piece on the guns, video games and violence debate (if in fact it’s even fair to qualify it as a debate) was published in The Atlantic late last week, titled “How the Video-Game Industry Already Lost Out in the Gun-Control Debate,” written by video games researcher Ian Bogost (Interactive Comp). Source: Time

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Ian Bogost (Interactive Comp) has been designing and blogging about newsgames for several years. His own studio, Persuasive Games, creates titles for public policy makers, educators and corporations, dealing with current affairs and issues. Source: The Guardian UK

 

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There also appears to be some truth to the idea that, as Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost (Interactive Comp) has put it, MOOCs are just marketing for elite colleges. Source: The Atlantic

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Google has created a level of over-hype and over-expectation that their hardware cannot possibly live up to," Blair MacIntyre (Interactive Comp) told Wired in 2012. "It's going to generate ideas in people and expectations that might not match." Source: U.S. News & World Report

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