Monitoring Vital Signs for the Elderly

by Helen Vasaly October 24th, 2014

The National Science Foundation recently featured University of Missouri computer scientist Marjorie Skubic in a Science360 radio episode. Skubic is engineering high speed networks that can remotely monitor movement and vital signs. The goal is to help provide independent living for the elderly. In this photo at the Smart America Expo, Skubic is showing sensors that are placed […]

Big Data in the Classroom

by Helen Vasaly October 23rd, 2014

Data sets are growing rapidly. Yahoo, Google, and Amazon, work with data sets that consist of billions of items. The size and scale of data, which can be overwhelming today, will only increase as the Internet of Things matures. Data sets are also increasingly complex.  It is becoming more important to increase the pool of qualified scientists and engineers […]

Reminder Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

by Helen Vasaly October 23rd, 2014

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) issued a new call for proposals for workshops that will catalyze and enable innovative research at the frontiers of computing.  The CCC encourages creative ideas from all segments of the computing research community on topics ranging from the formulation of new basic research to the use of existing research ideas and technologies to address important scientific […]

Ebola-Fighting Robots

by Helen Vasaly October 22nd, 2014

Could robots really aid in the Ebola fight? On November 7th, robotics researchers from around the country will come together to try to answer that question. They will see if robots can prevent the spread of Ebola by possibly decontaminating infected equipment and or even burying victims. Robin Murphy, a professor of computer science and engineering at Texas […]

NSF CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) Program

by Helen Vasaly October 22nd, 2014

The following is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) by the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Acting Assistant Director, Dr. Suzanne Iacono.   Dear Colleagues: Through its CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI) program (NSF 14-593 –, the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) supports world-class […]

Spurring Innovation in Healthcare using MOOCS

by Helen Vasaly October 21st, 2014

The following is a guest post by Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her collaborators were Regina Herzlinger of Harvard Business School and Kevin Schulman of Duke University School of Medicine.  A computer scientist, doctor, and business professor all walked into a MOOC… Well, not exactly, […]