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.

Professor brings science to the art of persuasion

Assis­tant pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp has brought sci­ence to the art of crafting per­sua­sive text for things like adver­tise­ments and polit­ical talking points. A study found the algo­rithm he cre­ated gen­er­ated per­sua­sive text that shifted people’s opin­ions of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care law.

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.

The power of global research opportunities

Thomas Web­ster, pro­fessor and chair of the chem­ical engi­neering depart­ment, knows the value of working over­seas and of con­ducting research out­side North­eastern. Putting the two together, he launched a summer pro­gram that gives under­grad­u­ates research oppor­tu­ni­ties at seven uni­ver­si­ties around the world and brings stu­dents from those insti­tu­tions here.