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NASA selects Northeastern for humanoid robot research

North­eastern and MIT are the only uni­ver­si­ties in the country chosen by NASA to per­form advanced research and devel­op­ment work on humanoid robots—robots that could play a role in NASA’s plan to send astro­nauts to Mars.

Researchers develop system to control information leaks from smartphone apps

A research team led by Northeastern’s David Choffnes has found “exten­sive” leakage of users’ per­sonal iden­ti­fying infor­ma­tion from apps on mobile devices, including pass­words. Their unique ReCon cloud-​​based system can detect those leaks and give you the tools to stop them.

Northeastern alumna, a pioneering neuroscientist, named MacArthur Fellow

Beth Stevens, BPH’93, dis­cov­ered a key func­tion of microglia, a lesser-​​known type of brain cell, that is prompting a shift in thinking about brain devel­op­ment in healthy states as well as in neu­ro­log­ical dis­or­ders like Alzheimer’s disease.

World-​​renowned scholars launch Northeastern’s Network Science Institute

The Net­work Sci­ence Insti­tute, home of the nation’s first doc­toral pro­gram in net­work sci­ence, brings together an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of renowned North­eastern scholars to plumb the struc­ture and func­tion of sys­tems and develop inter­ven­tion strate­gies to improve the health and secu­rity of people around the world.

Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters

From a cyclone that knocked out swaths of the Indian Rail­ways Net­work to the winter storms that brought the MBTA system to its knees, an urgent need exists for sys­tem­atic strate­gies that speed the recovery of crit­ical life­lines in the wake of dis­as­ters. Thanks to North­eastern researchers, that need is being met.

Cloud computing, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Thursday hosted EMC Cor­po­ra­tion CEO and Chairman Joseph Tucci and Amit Yoran, pres­i­dent of RSA, EMC’s secu­rity divi­sion, for an engaging dis­cus­sion about trends in high tech.

Northeastern researchers unlock details of Uber’s surge pricing—and suggest ways to avoid it

A research team led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson cracked open the algo­rithm that drives Uber’s surge pricing. The team exam­ined ‘surge regions’ within cities and reports find­ings that reveal tips on how con­sumers might avoid the inflated prices.

Researchers develop novel 3-​​D printing method for creating patient-​​specific medical devices

North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Ran­dall Erb and Joshua Martin, PhD ’17, have devel­oped an inno­v­a­tive 3-​​D printing tech­nology that could rev­o­lu­tionize impor­tant bio­med­ical equip­ment, enhancing treat­ment for everyone from pre­ma­ture babies to patients needing implants.