New tools to get your smartphone up to speed

Dave Choffnes, an assis­tant pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Sci­ence, is devel­oping pro­grams that incen­tivize smart­phone users to share their data in order to improve the mobile Internet expe­ri­ence while still pro­tecting their privacy.

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.

Brilliant and motivated, but a good hire?

World-​​renowned net­work sci­en­tist Albert László Barabási was installed as the inau­gural Robert Gray Dodge Pro­fessor of Net­work Sci­ence on Monday, when he deliv­ered a lec­ture high­lighting his research on the “sci­ence of success.”

A VAST solution for airport security

Advanced video ana­lytics tech­nology devel­oped by researchers in Northeastern’s ALERT Center helps TSA agents make better use of data col­lected by sur­veil­lance cam­eras at Cleve­land Hop­kins Inter­na­tional Airport.

A new era for climate change science

New research from North­eastern cli­mate sci­en­tists sug­gests that the most recent gen­er­a­tion of models is no better at pre­dicting future out­comes than the older gen­er­a­tion. But they have a solution.

3Qs: A crazy little drug called love

Research from Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Lisa Feldman Barrett’s lab con­firms what singers and film­makers have known all along: Love is a drug. It affects our behaviors—and our brains—in the same ways as addiction.

Give the gift of voice

In a recent talk at TED Women, asso­ciate pro­fessor Rupal Patel announced The Human Voice­bank Ini­tia­tive: a crowd-​​sourced plat­form that will help give per­son­al­ized syn­thetic voices to people with severe speech impairments.

Students find life calling through co-​​op

Co-​​op doesn’t just pro­vide stu­dents with pre­mier expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. It also helps many find their life’s pur­pose, said sev­eral Col­lege of Sci­ence stu­dents who shared their sto­ries at last week’s Spring Co-​​op Expo.