Tech enthusiast finds home at Northeastern

As a kid, Andrew Colgin liked to tinker with tech­nology. And now—surprise, surprise—he’s a first-​​year stu­dent in the university’s com­puter sci­ence pro­gram. “There are stu­dents all around me who like a lot of the same things that I do,” he says.

Coast-​​to-​​coast collaboration targets food security

A team of 20 grad­uate stu­dents at Northeastern’s Boston and Seattle cam­puses spent the spring semester working together, col­lab­o­rating via Skype, GitHub, and Google Hang­outs to build a soft­ware plat­form aimed at con­necting a global com­mu­nity of farmers, researchers, and educators.

Meet the graduates: Andrew Barba

Barba vividly remem­bers the moment Steve Jobs intro­duced the first iPhone to the world in 2007. A teenager at the time, he’d long been inter­ested in “hacking around and building things” with elec­tronics. As a North­eastern stu­dent, he’s devel­oped two apps and spent three co-​​ops working as a soft­ware engi­neer. We asked him what’s next after graduation.

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Is that a turnip or a bomb?

North­eastern researchers have devel­oped a new pro­gram­ming lan­guage that can deci­pher images relayed by drones, untan­gling, for instance, if an image is of a ter­rorist planting a bomb or simply a farmer planting root veg­eta­bles for his livelihood.

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.

How to battle disease using Big Data

When it comes to fighting dis­eases in the 21st cen­tury, Big Data is becoming an inte­gral weapon. At the fore­front of this battle is world-​​​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Alessandro Vespig­nani, who […]

How does marine life survive climate extremes?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a four-​​year, $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to develop new ways to study how marine organ­isms respond to cli­mate related severe tem­per­a­ture stress.

How to fix the Internet’s plumbing problem

Edmund Yeh, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engi­neering, is working to design a better Internet, one that’s more equipped to meet its growing traffic demands. His approach: create a net­work of Internet drains.