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Georgia Tech’s CheckDroid Wins 2014 Startup Madness Competition

CheckDroid, representing School of Computer Science, bests entrepreneurial teams from seven other ACC schools in bracket-style competition in Raleigh, NC.

Is it possible for scientists to predict genocide? "Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem" follows the work of scientists, like Georgia Tech's Michael Best, whose research attempts to predict mass-violence using machine-learning tools. 

Merrick Furst aims to change the way companies are born. The American professor has developed a process to help entrepreneurs start companies, believing that in the same way a bridge or an aeroplane is engineered, entrepreneurs can benefit from a form of mental engineering to work out whether their ideas are feasible. This month, Mr Furst was in Abu Dhabi at the invitation of New York University Abu Dhabi to deliver a lecture explaining his unique approach. Source: The National

Face It: Instagram Pictures With Faces are More Popular

Instagram pictures with human faces are 38 percent more likely to receive likes than photos with no faces. They’re also 32 percent more likely to attract comments.

With the recent surge in popularity of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), how can a student decipher the program that fits his or her their needs? Explore the three major online educational platforms, including Georgia Tech's partnership with Udacity. Delve into the possibilities of today's virtual learning programs. Source: The New York Times

College of Computing Builds upon U.S. News Top 10 Ranking

The College of Computing once again ranks among the Top 10 computer science programs in the nation with the release today of the 2014 graduate school rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Robotic Prosthesis Turns Drummer into a Three-Armed Cyborg
CS PhD Student Passes Away After Suffering Severe Burns

Saamer Akhshabi, a Georgia Tech Ph.D. student in computer science who was seriously injured Feb. 4 in his Midtown apartment, died March 6 in Grady Hospital.

Research Connects Drug War Violence in Mexico with Desensitization in Social Media

Amid times of crisis, citizens often turn to social media as a method to share information, make observations and vent. But as a Georgia Tech professor’s research into social media use amid the Mexican drug war shows, posts can reveal growing numbness, or desensitization, during times of protracted violence and stress.

Thad Starner has been wearing some kind of computer on his head for twenty years. Now the Georgia Tech professor and Google Glass pioneer wants the world to join him. Source: Atlanta Magazine

"Things are getting interesting," says Thad Starner, Google's technical lead on Glass, which is expected to go on sale commercially this year. It's now in the hands of tens of thousands of folks who purchased the $1,500 device after writing a successful pitch to Google.

Barbara J. Ericson, the director of computing outreach and a senior research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, examined the same data and found stark inequities in the racial and gender profiles of test-takers.

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.