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Desert ants’ survival strategy emerges from millions of simple interactions

Ants’ frenzied movements may seem aimless and erratic to a casual observer, but closer study reveals that an ant colony’s collective behavior can help it thrive in a harsh environment _and may also yield inspiration for robotic systems.

Improvised dance embodies complexities of social decisions

Princeton researchers have developed a mathematical analysis of dancers’ decisions and opportunities for collaborative composition in the rule-based improvisational work “There Might Be Others.” The work is part of an ongoing effort to explore collective behavior in nature and art and to inform the design of control systems for robot teams.

Students explore technology policymaking through CITP’s Tech Policy Boot Camp

Sixteen Princeton University students traveled to Washington, D.C., during fall 2018 to learn more about the intersection between technology and policymaking.

Collaboration and fundamental questions drive vision for a new era of technology

Sharad Malik, the George Van Ness Lothrop Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, discusses research at the dawn of a new technological paradigm, and the skills that will shape the future of innovation.

Dying bacteria absorb antibiotic, allowing others to survive and grow

New results from researchers at Princeton and California State University-Northridge have shown that in a population of bacteria treated with an antibiotic, some dying cells absorbed large amounts of the drug, allowing their neighbors to survive and continue growing.

Griffiths receives Troland prize from the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced that Thomas Griffiths has received one of the two Troland Research Awards issued this year “for his research into how people and machines make decisions.” The Troland awards recognize unusual achievement by young investigators (defined as no older than 40) working within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

Sewers could help clean the atmosphere

Researchers have concluded that sewer plants serving municipalities worldwide offer a major option for capturing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Machine learning could reduce testing, improve treatment for intensive care patients

Doctors in intensive care units face a continual dilemma: Every blood test they order could yield critical information, but also adds costs and risks for patients. To address this challenge, researchers from Princeton University are developing a computational approach to help clinicians more effectively monitor patients’ conditions and make decisions about the best opportunities to order lab tests for specific patients.

Andlinger Center program yields summer exploration, new pathways

Undergraduates sponsored by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment in its eight-week summer internship program worked in labs throughout the University and, for the first time, at two national environmental organizations.

Princeton collaboration brings new insights to the ethics of artificial intelligence

“Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics” is an interdisciplinary research project that brings engineers and policymakers into conversation with ethicists, philosophers, and other scholars.

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