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Georgia Tech Project Ensures 'What You See Is What You Send’

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a prototype software, Gyrus, that takes extra steps to prevent malware from sending spam emails and instant messages, and blocking unauthorized commands such as money transfers. 

CoC Junior Faculty Tapped for Sloan Research Fellowships

Nina Balcan and Patrick Traynor, both assistant professors in the School of Computer Science, have been selected as 2014 Sloan Research Fellows, according to an announcement today from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Georgia Tech Study Reveals Copyright Complexities, Social Norms in Online Media Creation
 Faced with a decision between braving the below-freezing cold outside and breaking SnapChat’s new security feature, Steven Hickson (CS student) said it was a no-brainer. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thad Starner’s work at MIT’s Media Lab would later lay some of the groundwork for Google Glass. Since 2010, he been a technical lead for the project, as well as the founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Institute of Technology won top honors at the 2014 Windward Code Wars hackathon as Yellow Jackets, made up of students Ben Cousins, Sadra Yazdanbod, Yijie Wang, and Zhongtian Jiang, took home the coveted glass sailboat trophy. 

“People are mainly friends with those who share similar values and interests" in a "phenomenon called homophily," wrote Catherine Grevet, the Georgia Tech Ph.D. student who led the study. "But that means they rarely interact with the few friends with differing opinions." Source: NBC News

How Politics Divide Facebook Friendships

A new study suggests that politics are the great divider on social media. People who think the majority of their friends have differing opinions than their own engage less on Facebook. For those who choose to stay logged in and politically active, the research found that most tend to stick in their own circles, ignore those on the other side and become more polarized.

David Bader Selected as One of HPCWire’s “People to Watch” in 2014

The College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of only two major universities to house its computing program within a college of its own, today announced that David A. Bader, professor and executive director of High Performance Computing, has been selected as one of HPCWire’s “People to Watch” in 2014.

Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech, appeared on Weekend Express to discuss the gender gap and explains why more women aren't interested in computer science. Source: HLN TV

In the book, “Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing” by Ian Bogost, a professor of interactive computing at Geogia Tech, advanced a concept that it was possible to be a philosopher who didn’t write down ideas, but instead made objects that embodied them. Source: Boston Globe

Georgia Tech Launches World's First Massive Online Degree Program

Approximately 375 students began coursework Wednesday, January 15, in Georgia Tech’s online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program, the first and only degree program from an accredited university that operates entirely on the “massive online” platform for course delivery.

Georgia Tech Researchers Reveal Phrases that Pay on Kickstarter

Researchers at Georgia Tech studying the burgeoning phenomenon of crowdfunding have learned that the language used in online fundraising hold surprisingly predictive power about the success of such campaigns.

“Proper configuration of mechanisms available within KNOX appears to be able to address the previously published issue,” said mobile security expert Patrick Traynor. “Samsung should strongly encourage all of their users to take advantage of those mechanisms to avoid this and other common security issues.” Source: Yahoo! News

 

“What we’ve already seen in 2013 is tremendous growth in the electronics sector,” says Henrik Christensen. “I think for the first time electronics was bigger than automotive. There’s no doubt that trend will continue.” Source: Robotics Online

 

Georgia Tech attracted attention in 2013 for creating an online master's degree program that will cost less than $7,000.

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

GT Computing Adds to Spirit of Giving with 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

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.

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

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

 

Six College Faculty Members Earn Prestigious Fellow Honors

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

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

 

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