Public policy

AI: The revolution hasn’t happened yet

Michael Jordan

4/25/2018 Medium - EECS and statistics professor Michael Jordan writes about the opportunity and imperative of developing a "human-centric engineering discipline" to address the ethical concerns of artificial intelligence.

Cryptocurrencies come to campus

 Students in a cryptocurrency course at New York University

2/9/2018 New York Times - UC Berkeley is one of several institutions rushing to add courses about Bitcoin, blockchain and other elements of virtual currency to the curriculum. EECS professor Dawn Song is co-teaching one such course to a standing-room-only audience of engineering, business and law students.

Keeping watch on nuclear weapons

Bethany Goldblum at Berkeley Lab.

1/22/2018 - With her hand in a few different research projects, ranging from nuclear weapons detection to war-game simulations on social media, Bethany Goldblum also finds time to direct and establish groups whose aim is to shape nuclear security policy.

Fight sexual harassment in tech — with technology

Harvey Weinstein

12/14/2017 Mercury News - In a commentary piece, CITRIS post-doc Brandie Nonnecke reports on two novel ways that women-led Bay Area startups are using technology to address gender-based discrimination and harassment in the tech sector.

Bot-spotting college kids, doing what Twitter won't

Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte

11/1/2017 Wired - Berkeley computer science undergrads Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte are doing what they say Twitter won’t: sorting out and tagging the angry propaganda bots designed to undermine, destabilize and inflame American political discourse.

Fresh ideas for nuclear power

Bootcamp participants at California Memorial Stadium.

8/24/2017 - Two dozen students from all over the world gathered at Berkeley for two weeks over the summer to discuss, plan and help start building a new nuclear energy sector. The students, along with professional mentors and speakers, were part of the 2017 Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp.

Dawn Tilbury to head NSF engineering

Dawn Tilbury

6/21/2017 NSF - Dawn Tilbury (M.S.'92, Ph.D.'94 EECS), a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Michigan, will lead investments in fundamental engineering research and education as the newly appointed head of the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering.

After Nice attack, Berkeley students create class to tackle terrorism

Student presentations on battling terrorism through technology

5/1/2017 LA Times - A friend's death in last summer's truck attack in Nice, France, helped motivate students Tyler Heintz (B.S.'18 EECS) and Anjali Banerjee to develop a class, in conjunction with the Sutardja Center, that explored technological means to deal with international terrorism.

Countering extremism with technology

Students working in Jacobs Hall

3/13/2017 - Every Thursday afternoon, students gather in a light-filled teaching studio of Jacobs Hall to develop technology-based solutions to a very tangible problem: ideologically motivated violence in the United States.