Students step up summer research, with increased support, amid pandemic’s challenges
For undergraduates in the engineering school, summer often means a chance to apply their learning in new ways, whether conducting field research, working in industry or volunteering abroad. Last summer, with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting many of these plans, some students’ research projects took them in unexpected directions.
Tool helps clear biases from computer vision
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a tool that flags potential biases in sets of images used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The work is part of a larger effort to remedy and prevent the biases that have crept into AI systems that influence everything from credit services to courtroom sentencing programs.
How secure is the internet from attacks?
Jennifer Rexford, chair of the Princeton University Computer Science Department, visits the podcast to discuss what kind of vulnerabilities exist in the Internet that allow hackers to exploit its weaknesses.
Engineering students honored for academic achievement
Princeton University celebrated the academic accomplishments of its students with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes to seven students, including four engineering students. While the annual prizes are typically awarded at Opening Exercises, there was no ceremony this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Graduate students honored with Siebel Scholar awards
The Siebel Scholars Foundation has awarded Siebel Scholars fellowships to six Princeton University graduate students: Sotiris Apostolakis, Kyle Genova, Wei Hu, John Li and Divyarthi Mohan in computer science; and Joseph Hamill in chemical and biological engineering. Now in its 20th year, the program annually recognizes exceptional students from the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, energy science and bioengineering.
Conversation quickly spreads droplets inside buildings
With implications for the transmission of diseases like COVID-19, researchers have found that ordinary conversation creates a conical ‘jet-like’ airflow that quickly carries a spray of tiny droplets from a speaker’s mouth across meters of an interior space.
Episode 3: Bulletproofing the Ballot Box
There’s been a lot of anxiety lately about the security of the American balloting infrastructure, but Andrew Appel has been thinking about this question for years. He has research specialties in public policy and security and privacy. He’s a well-known specialist in election technology.
Algorithms uncover cancers’ hidden genetic losses and gains
Limitations in DNA sequencing technology make it difficult to detect some major mutations often linked to cancer, such as the loss or duplication of parts of chromosomes. Now, methods developed by Princeton computer scientists will allow researchers to more accurately identify these mutations in cancerous tissue, yielding a clearer picture of the evolution and spread of tumors than was previously possible.
Episode 2: Why Online Media Platforms Get You Hooked
This is the second half of our conversation with Arvind Narayanan, associate professor of computer science here at the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Comprehensive look at U.S. fuel economy standards shows big savings on fuel and emissions
In one of the first comprehensive assessments of the fuel economy standards in the United States, Princeton University researchers found that, over their 40-year history, the standards helped reduce reliance on foreign oil producers, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and saved consumers money.