EECS

Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’

6/13/2019 Washington Post - EECS graduate student Shruti Agarwal and incoming professor Hany Farid argue that powerful new AI software has effectively democratized the creation of convincing “deepfake” videos, making it easier than ever to fabricate someone appearing to say or do something they didn’t really do.

Berkeley Engineers off to change the world

Commencement 2019

5/22/2019 - At two rainy commencement ceremonies, speakers called on graduates to draw on their Berkeley Engineering education to promote equity as well as innovation.

Salto the jumping robot

5/22/2019 - Topping out at less than a foot, Salto the robot looks like a "Star Wars" imperial walker in miniature. But don’t be fooled by its size — this little robot has a mighty spring in its step.

Berkeley links up with Facebook, but wants to see tech giant’s accountability

Hany Farid and Alexei Efros, with the Facebook logo

5/17/2019 - Stung by bad press and government investigations, Facebook is investing $7.5 million in a partnership with three universities — UC Berkeley, Cornell and Maryland — to develop new methods to improve detection of fake content, fake news and misinformation campaigns. At Berkeley, the work will be led by EECS professors Hany Farid and Alexei Efros.

Scott Shenker elected to the NAS

Scott Shenke

5/1/2019 - EECS professor Scott Shenker is one of eight UC Berkeley faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences this year. He is considered to be one of the top computer scientists in the country and has designed new ways to configure complex computer networks.

Machines that heal

Rikky Muller and nerual dust component

5/1/2019 Rikky Muller is building tiny, wireless devices that can be implanted in the brain, with the aim of treating conditions such as epilepsy or spinal cord injuries.

Going with the Flow

5/1/2019 Researchers have developed a machine-learning tool to manage traffic where autonomous, partially-automated and manual vehicles share the road.

Football and the teenage brain

5/1/2019 A new study shows that a single season of high school football may cause microscopic changes in the structure of the brain.

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