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With the Atlanta city skyline behind them, three students in a new Georgia Institute of Technology summer internship program harvested spinach at the Truly Living Well farm.

Arkin Studies Animals to Build Smarter Robots
Designing Super Long-Lasting Computers

Georgia Tech researchers have created a tool to monitor the accessibility of Web pages around the world that can be installed by adding a single line of code to a web page. The tool, Encore, runs when a user visits a website where the code is installed and then discreetly collects data from potentially censored sites.

Big Data has created a big employment problem for metro Atlanta—there are simply too many jobs in data science and not enough people. And the gap between supply and demand is getting bigger. Universities in metro Atlanta are filling that void, helping both employers and those who want to obtain those jobs. A day does not go by that we don’t hear of, or read a news story related to, the topic of data. It seems that everyone is collecting data—everything from our Facebook posts to our energy consumption to the books we read. Georgia Tech has launched a Master of Science in Analytics, again with a strong connection with the local business community. Other emerging programs in analytics are offered by Emory University and the University of Georgia. 

Henrik Christensen received the Engelberger Award in 2011 for his role in robotics education. As a professor at Georgia Tech, he carries out various research projects with an eye always toward “real problems with real solutions.” He’s published some 300 papers in the field dealing with big-picture topics from robot vision to artificial intelligence.

He recently made the startling prediction that robotics is advancing sufficiently such that children born today will never actually drive a car.

Wearable computing gloves can teach Braille, even if you’re not paying attention

Several years ago, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers created a technology-enhanced glove that can teach beginners how to play piano melodies in 45 minutes. Now they’ve advanced the same wearable computing technology to help people learn how to read and write Braille. The twist is that people wearing the glove don’t have to pay attention. They learn while doing something else.

Georgia Tech Research Identifies Android Security Weaknesses Caused by Performance Design

Georgia Tech researchers have identified a weakness in one of Android’s security features and will present their work at Black Hat USA 2014, which will be held August 6-7 in Las Vegas.

Google’s Made with Code Initiative Features Georgia Tech’s Tesca Fitzgerald

Tesca Fitzgerald, who begins her second year in the College of Computing's Computer Science Ph.D. program this fall, is one of 11 women featured in Google’s new Made with Code initiative to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once. 

Administrators at the Georgia Institute of Technology are optimistic but “not declaring victory” after one semester of its affordable online master’s degree program in computer science. While the program has been well-received by students, administrators are still striving to solve an equation that balances cost, academic quality and support services.

With Georgia Tech leading the charge, colleges and universities are using new technology to attract non-traditional students.

Atlanta-based predictive analysis startup, Lucena, is taking on Wall Street. Co-founded by Georgia Tech's Prof. Tucker Balch, Lucena is using software to replace "quants" in the financial investment industry. 

Georgia Tech Offers a New One-Year Master's in Analytics

Georgia Tech has just announced a new interdisciplinary, one-year Master's in Analytics degree program. 

GT Computing Flexes Power at Parallel Computation Symposium

Georgia Tech is putting forth a dominating presence at one of the premier parallel computation symposia this week in Phoenix as it sends 30 of its professors and researchers to present nine papers, two of which earned “best paper” honors.

Over the past couple of years, venture firms have invested in start-ups in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and all over China. Mr. Andreessen said another hot place is Atlanta, the home of Georgia Tech. Source: The New York Times

Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva for four days, starting on May 13. Two robotics experts, IRIM’s Ronald Arkin and Noel Sharkey, will debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots. The meeting will be held during the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

Georgia Tech Remembers Mike Stilman

Assistant Professor Mike Stilman, recognized as an emerging leader in humanoid robotics research, died following an apparent accident at his Atlanta home on Tuesday, May 6.

Lipton Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

CoC professor joins short list of Georgia Tech notables as fellow of exclusive association

Randall Picked to Lead Algorithms and Randomness Center

Human-robot collaboration is “gaining an enormous amount of momentum,” says Henrik Christensen, executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. “In the past, robots have penetrated 10 percent of the industry. There’s still 90 percent of the industry, and that’s where you need collaborative robots.”

The Robotic Industries Association, a U.S. trade group, last week organized its first conference dedicated to collaborative robots, at which robot manufacturers and customers gathered to discuss the trend. Christensen was a keynote speaker.

Georgia Tech Health Research Reveals Online Search Patterns, New Customized Software

By creating proactive, accessible health and wellness technologies, Georgia Tech has taken significant steps in enabling people to control their own health to greater, more effective degrees. Highlighting Georgia Tech’s health research strategy are three projects focused on personal technologies and networked computing tools designed to radically change how users interact with health care information and systems. 

IRIM Executive Director Henrik Christensen discusses what Google might do with its recently acquired robot companies.