Siobhan Sabino is a jack of all trades — writer, photographer, Harry Potter aficionada, web designer, French linguist, and history buff. But it was love at first Google the day her family home hooked into the Internet, thus commencing her love affair with computers.
Statistician Dr. David Holmes is a modern day Sherlock, but with a twist. Channeling his namesake’s gifts for catching culprits, this word-sleuth applies the techniques of stylometry—the statistical analysis of literary style—to uncover the authorship of anonymous works of literature.
Every year, the R&D 100 Awards—nicknamed the “Oscars of Invention”—showcase the best new technologies from around the world. Most researchers go their entire career without even being nominated. Edwin Tracy (formerly Trzeciak, Class of 1968) just won his second, putting him in elite company and positioning him at the forefront of his field of renewable-energy research.
Conducting Robots is research-based, multidisciplinary course taught by four faculty members from Computer Science, Interactive Multimedia, Mechanical Engineering, and Music. The course allows students from each discipline to construct artificial systems capable of conducting an orchestra and visualizing feedback. In essence, the students create a robotic “maestro” that mimics the arm movements and facial expressions of a human conductor at work. The course was originally created with the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.