Social networks’ hidden resources

Assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles is studying how people can better under­stand and leverage their social net­works to iden­tify valu­able and pre­vi­ously unno­ticed con­nec­tions or resources. She says this work could be par­tic­u­larly valu­able for the military.

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.

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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.

3Qs: Is a potential Facebook hack on the horizon?

The hacker group Anony­mous recently announced through a YouTube video that it plans to “kill” Face­book on Nov. 5 for sup­pos­edly abusing the pri­vacy of its users. We asked Engin Kirda, the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Endowed Pro­fessor for Infor­ma­tion Assur­ance — with joint appoint­ments in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence and Depart­ment of Elec­trical and Com­puter Engi­neering — to dis­cuss the poten­tial impli­ca­tions of the hack and the motives behind hacking groups such as Anonymous.

3Qs: Campaigning in Twitter’s virtual ‘big tent’

Pres­i­dent Obama, who’s known for his social media savvy, held the first-​​ever Twitter Town Hall meeting last week, where he answered the public’s ques­tions about taxes, jobs and the economy. Dan Kennedy, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of jour­nalism, is an expert in news reporting and social net­works. Here, he dis­cusses Obama’s choice to engage the public through Twitter, and the use of social media by pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and journalists.