Q&A with Barbara Simons
3/16/2018 - Since her early days as a computer science student in the 1970s, Barbara Simons has had an interest in the overlap of people and technology. Most recently she has been working on election technology. She is a founding member of WiCSE (Women in Computer Science and Engineering), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend .
The perfect selfishness of mapping apps
3/15/2018 The Atlantic - Popular mapping and routing apps may make overall traffic conditions worse in some areas, new research by Alexandre Bayen and the Institute of Transportation Studies suggests.
Protein 'mat' can soak up pollution
3/15/2018 - Berkeley researchers led by Ting Xu, professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry, have found a unique way to keep proteins active in synthetic environments, using this breakthrough technology to create fiber mats that can trap chemical pollution.
California Alliance improving pipeline to the professoriate
3/13/2018 - Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, like EECS postdoc Amal El-Ghazaly, are moving into the pipeline for coveted faculty positions thanks to a creative coalition of four elite universities, led by UC Berkeley.
The hidden social mission behind a trending toy
3/13/2018 - A herd of stuffed animals with mix-and-match parts paid a visit to a Sutardja Center classroom to help students learn how they can design products to have a social impact — a subject dear to the heart of Animoodles CEO (and industrial engineering alumna) Marissa Louie.
New machine learning method sees the forests and the trees
3/6/2018 Berkeley Lab - In an effort to teach computers to guide science, researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have come up with a novel machine learning method, which they call "iterative Random Forests," that enables scientists to derive insights from systems of previously intractable complexity in record time.
Brown fat flexes its muscle to burn energy — and calories
3/6/2018 - Scientists at the UC Berkeley, including bioengineering professor Sanjay Kumar, have discovered that the same kind of fat cells that help newborn babies regulate their body temperature could be a target for weight-loss drugs in adults.
New exercise app uses machine learning to keep goals within reach
3/5/2018 - Berkeley researchers are using machine learning to encourage people to get more exercise. They have developed an algorithm for an exercise app that automatically adjusts goals to keep them within reach and to keep users motivated.
How flight simulation tech can help turn robots into surgeons
3/2/2018 Wired - Robotics researchers from Berkeley's AUTOLab, led by IEOR and EECS professor Ken Goldberg, have built a heaving robotic platform — mimicking the motion of a breathing, heart-beating human patient — to help develop algorithms that robotic surgical assistants can use to guide their cutting.
Retraining the brain’s vision center to take action
3/1/2018 - Neuroscientists, including Berkeley EECS professor Jose Carmena, have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the eyes to develop new skills, in this case, to control a computer-generated tone.