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Virtual healthcare agents, at your service

North­eastern con­vened an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of researchers for the 2014 Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Intel­li­gent Vir­tual Agents, where experts dis­cussed and show­cased avatars that could be used in a variety of health­care applications.

Where to put all the energy

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity con­vened experts from industry, gov­ern­ment, and acad­emia last week to dis­cuss advance­ments in next-​​generation energy storage and bat­tery technologies—both of which have major impli­ca­tions for global chal­lenges in energy con­sump­tion, mate­rials short­ages, and cli­mate change.

New grant supports co-​​ops in cancer nanomedicine

With sup­port from the National Insti­tutes of Health’s National Cancer Insti­tute, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will partner with the Dana-​​Farber/​Harvard Cancer Center to pro­vide co-​​op expe­ri­ences to under­grad­uate stu­dents, who will receive training to study and con­duct cancer nanomed­i­cine research.

New algorithm gives credit where credit is due

Assigning credit for sci­ence papers with mul­tiple authors can some­times be a chal­lenge. But a paper from Northeastern’s Center for Com­plex Net­work Research offers a new way to allo­cate this credit.

Researchers aim to thwart targeted cyberattacks

North­eastern cyber­se­cu­rity expert Engin Kirda and his col­leagues have pro­duced ground­breaking research that sheds light on tar­geted attacks, which rep­re­sent the growing majority of cyberes­pi­onage world­wide taking place today.

Students build community through robotics engineering

Nutrons 125, Northeastern’s robotic engi­neering stu­dent club, offers area high school stu­dents the chance to design, build, and test a robot in com­pe­ti­tions around the region.

What’s wiping out the Caribbean corals?

Sarah Gignoux-​​Wolfsohn and Felicia Aronson, two student-​​researchers at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, turned to crowd­funding to sup­port their work on exam­ining white-​​band dis­ease, which has killed up to 95 per­cent of the Caribbean’s reef building corals.

Climate change research goes to the extremes

In a new paper, North­eastern researchers show how they’ve used advanced com­pu­ta­tional data sci­ence tools to demon­strate that despite global warming, we may still expe­ri­ence severe cold snaps due to increasing vari­ability in tem­per­a­ture extremes.

3Qs: Global impact of the Ebola outbreak

North­eastern pro­fessor and net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespignani—a world-​​renowned expert who has devel­oped com­pu­ta­tional models to pre­dict the spread of disease—discusses the recent out­break of Ebola virus in West Africa.

Where are the whales?

New research from Purnima Ratilal, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering whose exper­tise is in under­water acoustic sensing methods, pro­vides high-​​resolution local­iza­tion data of sperm whales swim­ming in shallow con­ti­nental shelf waters.