The science behind your Netflix recommendations

More than eight out of 10 movies or TV shows Net­flix users watch are based on the site’s rec­om­men­da­tions. Those sug­ges­tions are the result of com­plex algo­rithms, according to Carlos Gomez Uribe, vice pres­i­dent of product inno­va­tion at Net­flix, who spoke on campus Thursday as part of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series.

Explore new know-​​how’

Swatch watch co-​​inventor and inno­va­tion advo­cate Elmar Mock sat down with Provost Stephen W. Director at Tuesday’s Pro­files in Inno­va­tion event to dis­cuss Mock’s pas­sion for cre­ativity, risk-​​taking, and dis­rup­tive inventions.

March’s can’t-miss campus events

From high-​​profile speakers and ath­letic events to career con­fer­ences and Relay for Life, here are some of the can’t-miss events hap­pening on campus this month.

President Aoun and inventor Robert Langer talk innovation

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun on Wednesday after­noon sat down with Langer — inventor, entre­pre­neur, and engi­neer extra­or­di­naire — to dis­cuss Langer’s awe-​​inspiring ability to har­ness the power of sci­ence and engi­neering to develop drug delivery sys­tems and life-​​saving technologies.

The art of entrepreneurship

Entre­pre­neur­ship is not about money,” says Claire Chase, the anom­alous flutist, arts entre­pre­neur, and 2012 MacArthur Fellow, who spoke at North­eastern on Tuesday evening in the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series. “It’s about agency and activism.”

The fight against cancer, one fruit fly at a time

Pio­neering cancer researcher Ross Cagan, the keynote speaker at Northeastern’s Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series on Thursday, described how his lab is using fruit flies to deter­mine per­son­al­ized treat­ment for patients.

A beautiful, peculiar molecule

In the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series, Nobel lau­reate Sir Harold Kroto dis­cussed his dis­covery of Buck­min­ster­fullerene with a standing-​​room-​​only audience.

The next generation of electronics is a press-​​on tattoo

John A. Rogers is refor­mu­lating elec­trical cir­cuits and devices to better con­form to the human body by making them flex­ible and stretch­able. The mate­rials sci­en­tist, who spoke Thursday at North­eastern University’s Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series, said the unlikely inspi­ra­tion for his pio­neering work is kids’ tem­po­rary tattoos.

The revolution will be televised

Chet Kanojia, a dig­ital media tech­nol­o­gist and North­eastern alumnus, dis­cussed his ground­breaking online TV plat­form Aereo on Monday night in the latest install­ment of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series.

Why reverse innovation will change the world

Global busi­ness strate­gist Vijay Govin­darajan said on Monday at Northeastern’s Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series “Pro­files in Inno­va­tion” that reverse inno­va­tion rep­re­sents one of the biggest oppor­tu­ni­ties for cor­po­rate growth in America.