New tools to get your smartphone up to speed

Dave Choffnes, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is devel­oping pro­grams that incen­tivize smart­phone users to share their data in order to improve the mobile Internet expe­ri­ence while still pro­tecting their privacy.

Face value

Assis­tant pro­fessor Ray­mond Fu is devel­oping facial recog­ni­tion soft­ware with appli­ca­tions ranging from adver­tising to crim­inal inves­ti­ga­tions. His research recently earned him a Young Inves­ti­gator award from the Inter­na­tional Neural Net­work Society.

Want your computer to go faster? Just add light

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary duo of North­eastern pro­fes­sors have cre­ated the first elec­tronic chip that mixes optical and elec­tronic sig­nals to per­form the most ele­men­tary com­pu­ta­tional operations—a break­through that could lead to much faster and more effi­cient elec­tronic devices.

Students find life calling through co-​​op

Co-​​op doesn’t just pro­vide stu­dents with pre­mier expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. It also helps many find their life’s pur­pose, said sev­eral Col­lege of Sci­ence stu­dents who shared their sto­ries at last week’s Spring Co-​​op Expo.

Blog:  iNSolution

A friendlier Facebook

  Online social inter­ac­tions have cre­ated an entirely new way for humans to interact, and the stan­dard oper­ating pro­ce­dures don’t work. We don’t get the imme­diate feed­back we do with face-​​​​to-​​​​face […]

Your iPhone gets emotional

Vir­tual humans, rela­tional robots, brain imaging devices, and mobile eye-​​tracking tech­nolo­gies were among the inno­v­a­tive research projects high­lighted at a day­long con­fer­ence at North­eastern that explored the inter­sec­tion of emo­tion sci­ence and technology.

Business leaders to students: go green

As part of the Women Who Inspire Speaker Series Tuesday night, pres­i­dents and CEOs of renew­able energy, cli­mate change, and sus­tain­ability com­pa­nies dis­cussed their careers and urged stu­dents and industry pro­fes­sionals to seize oppor­tu­ni­ties in rapidly-​​growing green industries.

Cancer research co-​​op points to exciting career path

Fifth-​​year chem­istry major Mark Naniong’s research while on co-​​op at the Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute made it to the pages of a pres­ti­gious aca­d­emic journal—and inspired him to pursue a career linked to inno­va­tion in science.

Nobel laureate to join Northeastern faculty

Sir Richard Roberts, a Nobel lau­reate and glob­ally rec­og­nized leader in genomics and mol­e­c­ular biology, has joined the uni­ver­sity as a Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Science.

3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

3Qs: Could circuits’ face-​​lift mean faster, smaller phones?

North­eastern asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering Nian Sun has devel­oped a method for power effi­ciently tuning the induc­tors of inductor – capac­itor tank cir­cuits widely used in cell phones and other radio-​​frequency devices allowing a much large tun­able fre­quency range, a feat that has eluded sci­en­tists for decades.