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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.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

New center with School of Computational Science and Engineering designed to advance capabilities of parallel computing systems through multi-disciplinary research and education

Governor Uses Klaus as Backdrop for Signing of Video Gaming Legislation

New legislation authorizes state income tax breaks to attract news jobs and companies in video game production to Georgia

"The system learns a person's 'touch signature,' then constantly compares it to how the current user is interacting with the device," said College of Computing assistant professor Polo Chau. Source: Engadget

Though Conti said the interdisciplinary model for the Army Cyber Institute is novel, officials there looked to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, Stanford Center for Internet and Society, among others. Source: USA Today

New Team of All-Stars for National Robotics Week
Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

College of Computing researchers have developed a new security system that continuously monitors how a user taps and swipes a mobile device. If the movements don’t match the owner’s tendencies, the system recognizes the differences and can be programmed to lock the device.

New data reveal which schools offer the best dollar-for-dollar return on your investment in a computer science degree in 2014 and Georgia Tech places third. Source: Network World

GrannyBot: GT Computing Students Create Pocket-Sized Humanoid Robot Grandma
A Rainy Day Can Ruin an Online Restaurant Review

Online restaurant reviews written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days. The new study also shows that restaurants in the Pacific and Northeast have more reviews than those in the South and Midwest.

It was big news when Georgia Tech offered a Master's in Computer Science using massively open online course technology. The master's degree cost $6,600, cheap compared to the $44,000 Georgia Tech charges for residential studies, but far more than the $49 Coursera charges for its courses.Source: Marketplace

College of Computing Picks Bader to Lead School of CSE

Veteran Georgia Tech professor plans to leverage school’s history of innovation and impactful research into new advances and successes for computational science

DeMillo Named as First Warren Chair of Computing

Former College of Computing dean serves as inaugural holder of newly endowed chair funded by Google executive and Georgia Tech alumnus.

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.