From the latest issue:
BY Jason Togyer - Thursday December 17, 2009Collaborative Web sites offer researchers a new opportunity to study how people work togetherBy Meghan HolohanAs a young psychology researcher at Cornell, Robert Kraut visited bowling alleys, attended hockey games and observed pedestrians, watching them, hoping for the glimpse of a smile. After watching scores of people, Kraut and his co-authors concluded that people smile not simply to express joy, but also as a way to smooth their social relationships with others.
BY Jason Togyer - Thursday December 17, 2009Pittsburgh's Bossa Nova Robotics takes the fun factor of high technology very seriously.By Meghan Holohan"Oh, he's practicing his backstroke," David Palmer says as he watches Prime-8, a robotic toy ape, swim across the office floor into a wall. "He wants to be in the Olympics. He wants to be Michael Phelps."
BY Jason Togyer - Thursday December 17, 2009The Lane Center for Computational Biology becomes SCS's newest academic unit following a summer marked by several research milestonesBy Jason Togyer and Byron SpiceThe newest department in the School of Computer Science has already made great strides in analyzing the biological processes that control diseases such as diabetes and asthma and identifying more than 100 genes that are potential targets for new cancer therapies.
BY Jason Togyer - Thursday December 17, 2009InterACT helps change science fiction into science factBy Karen Hoffmann (S'04)The Thai toddler cries and cries. Her father doesn't speak any English, and the visiting American doctor barely knows a word of Thai. Still, the doctor asks, "What's wrong?" A rugged laptop computer translates and speaks the Thai words. The girl's father answers, "Her stomach hurts," and the computer repeats it in English. In this way, the doctor is able to diagnose and treat the girl's pain.
BY Jason Togyer - Thursday December 17, 2009Faculty, staff and students have made the big move to the Gates and Hillman centers--and may yet learn to love the Helix.By Jason Togyer They like the collaborative spaces. They like the comfy chairs. They like all the windows and the internal views and the sixth-floor patio, which turns out to be a pretty neat place from which to watch fireworks shot off elsewhere in Pittsburgh. Yet after four months in the Gates Center for Computer Science, people still aren't sure they like that Helix.
BY Jennifer Bails - Thursday December 17, 2009By Jennifer Bails For 20 years, the Master of Software Engineering Program has produced professionals who make an impact in their companies and the worldProducing "agents of change" sounds more like a political catchphrase than anything to do with computer science.