Driving, autonomously, into the future

At “The Future of…” pres­i­den­tial speaker series on Tuesday, Lyft chief tech­nology officer and North­eastern grad­uate Chris Lam­bert dis­cussed how autonomous vehi­cles are the future of transportation—and what that means for Lyft, for people, and for cities in America.

Researchers challenge federal law in attempt to prevent ‘Big Data’ discrimination

Northeastern’s Alan Mis­love and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algo­rithms e-​​commerce and other web­sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion. Now the ACLU has sued the gov­ern­ment on their and others’ behalf so they can con­tinue to do so without prosecution.

Researchers reveal inconsistent borders in online maps

Google and Bing maps of some coun­tries show users dif­ferent bor­ders based on where the users live. It’s how gov­ern­ments claim sov­er­eignty over dis­puted bor­ders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have devel­oped a com­put­er­ized system to reveal the manip­u­la­tions: It crawls online maps con­tin­u­ously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.

Does Big Data have the flu?

In response to rev­e­la­tions of fail­ures in the Google Flu Trends’ pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researchers exam­ined how Big Data can best be uti­lized for sci­en­tific gain in a report pub­lished online on Thursday in the journal Science.

Blog:  iNSolution

Twitter in the city

A couple weeks ago I wrote a story about some work related to the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that net­work sci­en­tists in David Lazer’s lab are working on. They’re asking Android […]

The evolution of language, from Shakespeare to present day

Assis­tant pro­fessor David Smith is lever­aging dig­ital human­i­ties tech­niques to ana­lyze syn­tactic changes throughout his­tory in an effort to under­stand how lan­guages evolve.