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Hassoun to Receive EDA Achievement Award

Professor and Chair Soha HassounComputer Science Professor and Chair Soha Hassoun has been selected as the recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award for 2016. The award is in recognition of her service to the Design Automation Conference “and the other communities of which she is a member, and for her contribution to research, technology, and the education of engineers in such a wide variety of fields.” It will be presented at the 53rd Design Automation Conference in June. Congratulations, Professor Hassoun!

Luo and Mohamud Take First Place in High-Tech Track

Mimir Insights, a Tufts student startup team,  pose for a photo after winning first place in the High-Tech / General category.

Mimir Insights, a Tufts student startup team, pose for a photo after winning first place in the High-Tech / General category.

Computer science juniors Ian Luo and Abdisalan Mohamud were part of the team that won first place in the $100k New Ventures Competition’s High-Tech / General track. Their winning company was Mimir Insights, which helps companies selling equipment and services to scientists find the best customers for their products, grow their existing customer base, and build lasting relationships.

Scheutz Talks Robot Cognition with The Conversation

Professor Matthias Scheutz (CS) wrote about robot cognition and morality in a piece for The Conversation called “Why robots need to be able to say ‘No.’”

“In general, robots should never perform illegal actions, nor should they perform legal actions that are not desirable. Hence, they will need representations of laws, moral norms and even etiquette in order to be able to determine whether the outcomes of an instructed action, or even the action itself, might be in violation of those principles,”  Scheutz writes.

 

Casey and Wan Win Awards for Engineering Education

Carter Casey, computer science

Carter Casey, computer science

Qianwen Wan, electrical and computer engineering

Qianwen Wan, electrical and computer engineering

Carter Casey (CS) and Qianwen Wan (ECE) received awards for Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education for significantly enhancing the education programs of their departments. Casey and Wan received the awards at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony on April 29, 2016 in Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center.

New Scientist Interviews Jacob and Yuksel about BACh System

Computer Science Professor Rob Jacob and doctoral student Beste Filiz Yuksel’s BACh System — Brain Automated Chorales – helps beginners learn to play Bach chorales on piano by measuring how hard their brains are working. It only offers a new line of music to learn when the brain isn’t working too hard, avoiding information overload. BACh estimates the brain’s workload using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), a technique that measures oxygen levels in the brain. Read more of the story in New Scientist magazine.

Their paper “Learn Piano with BACh“, including co-authors Remco Chang, Kurt Oleson, Lane Harrison, Evan Peck, and Dan Afergan, won the CHI2016 Best Paper Award.

Hassoun Wins Ideas Competition Award

Professor Soha Hassoun, department chair of Computer Science

Professor and Chair Soha Hassoun was one of three recipients of an 2015 Ideas Competition award. The Ideas Competition, hosted by Tufts Gordon Institute, is designed for early-stage business ideas. Hassoun’s project “TRAG: At-Home Diagnostics System and App for Tracking the Gut Microbiota” seeks to allow individuals to easily and frequently track and assess the impact of diet, including prebiotics and probiotics, on the gut microbiota. “The global market for prebiotics and probiotics is expected to grow steadily in the next 5 years,” says Hassoun. “There is currently no sure way of predicting and tracking the benefits of these products.”
Learn more about the Ideas Competition and enter the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition.

Chow Interviewed by CNN About Cyber Security

Ming Chow, lecturer in Computer Science

Ming Chow, lecturer in Computer Science

On December 8, 2015, Lecturer Ming Chow was quoted in a CNN Money article about the potential creation of a special commission to review encryption. Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said he wants a commission to review how terrorists are empowered by technology.

“Politicians have little knowledge of tech and encryption. Technologists have little understanding of policy,” said Chow. “Want to get it right? Every stakeholder needs to be sitting at the same table. The consequences of not getting it right is that no one wins.”

Secretary of Defense Acknowledges Fisher’s Anti-Hacking Research

Kathleen FisherU.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter acknowledged the role that Professor Kathleen Fisher played in the creation of the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Secretary Carter opened DARPA’s “Wait What?” Future Technology Forum in St. Louis by discussing some of the technological advances made through programs such as HACMS.
“After years in a corporate-research lab, [Fisher] came to DARPA on a three-year tour in 2011, where she launched a program that uses so-called formal methods to make certain software, like the code behind physical control systems of an airplane or a self-driving car, to help them become mathematically provably unhackable,” said Carter.

Read a full transcript of Secretary Carter’s speech.