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Interdisciplinary center seeks to leverage power of big data analytics
The explosive growth in big data has enabled researchers and scientists in many fields to harness information that has the potential to change the way governments, organizations, and academic institutions conduct business and make discoveries. The massive amounts of data that are being generated, however, require sophisticated algorithms, techniques and software tools to make that information useful. A new interdisciplinary center at Penn State seeks to leverage the talents of researchers across the University as part of a joint effort to maximize the potential of big data.
Gaming for a healthier future
A project funded by Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and helmed by Erika Poole, assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is exploring how digital games can teach children the skills they need to prevent childhood obesity.
Shopping through the lens of IT
To help make shopping easier for the visually impaired, Jack Carroll -- a distinguished professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State -- has completed a study that explored how smart cameras could eventually guide visually impaired shoppers to find the items they need. Carroll worked on the study with Mary Beth Rosson, interim dean of the College of IST, as well as graduate student Jake Weidman as part of a $10 million National Science Foundation-funded project that’s seeking to replicate the human vision system using information technology (IT).
IST researchers examine role of 'white hat' hackers in cyber warfare
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- From the Heartbleed bug that infected many popular websites and services, to the Target security breach that compromised 40 million credit cards, malicious hackers have proved to be detrimental to companies’ financial assets and reputations. To combat these malevolent attackers, or “black hats,” a community of benign hackers, i.e., “white hats,” has been making significant contributions to cybersecurity by detecting vulnerabilities in companies’ software systems and websites and communicating their findings. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are studying white hat behaviors and how the talents of the white hat community can be most effectively used.
Big data may be fashion industry's next must-have accessory
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Big data may be the next new thing to hit the fashion industry's runways, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews, researchers were able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how those style trends moved through the industry, said Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State.
Penn State, AccuWeather researchers collaborate on storm prediction system
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms, cause billions of dollars of damage every year worldwide. While meteorologists use advanced technologies and the power of big data to make weather forecasts, advanced graphical techniques can be used to improve the accuracy of the current systems. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), in partnership with the weather forecasting company AccuWeather, are developing a system that leverages satellite images and historical storm reports to more accurately predict severe storms.
Lee's new app plan tackles online ‘privacy paradox’
Online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have become popular vehicles for sharing information and socializing. However, there is often a discrepancy between what social network users intend to share and the information that is actually being disclosed. A group of researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), in partnership with two professors at the University of Kansas, are working to develop a theory and system that would help social network users reduce the gap between perceived and actual privacy. “People don’t clearly understand the boundaries of personal information versus sharing boundaries,” said Dongwon Lee, the principal investigator (PI) of the project.
3-D printing brings biomedical, Penn State research projects to fruition
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- 3-D printing -- a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file -- is leading the way in biotechnology, making open-heart surgery a bit less frightening for patients and surgeons. In the Center of Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion’s (NC2IF) Extreme Events Laboratory (EEL) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), home of the Center’s MakerBot Replicator 2 3-D printer, research may not be of life and death importance, but it still carries significance. The researchers work to connect the technology of 3-D printing with organizations and departments across Penn State that can utilize printers to make research projects more feasible and cost effective.
Liu aims to develop system to detect app clones on Android markets
Carroll awarded $279K grant to develop community engagement app
Timebanking -- a new paradigm that fuses community engagement with technology -- is gradually gaining ground, according to Jack Carroll, a Distinguished Professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. With the aid of a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he is developing an app that would help bring timebanking further into the mainstream.
Squicciarini awarded grant to help social network users control image privacy
In recent years, the online sharing of images has played a key role in enhancing connections among social network users. People can learn a lot about a user’s interests and experiences through the images he or she posts on the website. However, the widespread sharing of images also increases privacy concerns, since images may go anywhere once shared and are vulnerable to exploitation by malicious attackers. Anna Squicciarini, an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is in the process of developing methods to help social network users appropriately control access to their shared images.
How many scholarly papers are on the Web? At least 114 million, professor finds
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lee Giles, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has devoted a large portion of his career to developing search engines and digital libraries that make it easier for researchers to access scholarly articles. While numerous databases and search engines track scholarly documents and thus facilitate research, many researchers and academics are concerned about the extent to which academic and scientific documents are available on the Web as well as their ability to access them. As part of an effort to make the process of accessing documents more efficient, Giles recently conducted a study of two major academic search engines to estimate the number of scholarly documents available on the Web.
IST helps to design a camera to aid the visually impaired
Vijaykrishnan Narayanan and his research team, including John Carroll, professor of information sciences and technology, are pushing the boundaries of science by making a seemingly impossible task, possible — creating a complex cognitive camera that performs beyond the capacity of the normal human visual cortex.
People in leadership positions may sacrifice privacy for security
People with higher job status may be more willing to compromise privacy for security reasons and also be more determined to carry out those decisions, according to researchers. This preoccupation with security may shape policy and decision-making in areas ranging from terrorism to investing, and perhaps cloud other options, said Jens Grossklags, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State.
Time is of the essence for new banking system developed at IST
Time banking -- a system that lets people swap time and skill instead of money -- has been gaining popularity in recent years among people who want to build supportive networks and strong, self-sustaining communities. At the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), researchers are trying to build on this momentum by refining the time-banking model and expanding the time-banking network in the community of State College.
Understanding users key to system design, according to IST professor
Technology has become an integral part of people’s lives, be it in the form of personal computers, mobile devices, household gadgets or automotive controls. According to Frank Ritter, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), it is essential for system designers to fully understand their users to develop effective interactive systems. A book that Ritter co-wrote, “Foundations for Designing User-Centered Systems,” was recently published by Springer. The book describes the basic physiological, psychological and social factors that underpin why users do what they do. In addition, it explains how those factors can affect system design.
COIL works with TLT and other ed tech groups to advance online learning
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- There’s no denying that online learning is sweeping across higher education. To keep Penn State up to date with the latest technologies, the Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) is leveraging the University’s extensive research efforts with publications, grants, events and research and development initiatives. The growing community has been working hard to push online learning into exciting new frontiers at Penn State. “COIL is designed to bring together people — like those from Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) — who are interested in innovating the teaching and learning process,” said Kyle Peck, co-director of COIL. “We work hard to connect faculty, staff and students from across Penn State and beyond to create a community that will move the University and online learning forward.”
Doctoral student receives grant to develop technology for diagnosing dyslexia
Elizabeth Eikey, a doctoral candidate at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is interested in how technology can be used to improve health outcomes. Eikey’s research goal, which is now being supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to advance diagnostic technology that will help struggling children learn to read.
Social media users need help to adjust to interface changes
TORONTO -- Social media companies that give users a greater sense of control can ease them into interface changes, as well as curb defections to competitors, according to researchers. "Several studies have looked into how social media companies have failed," said Pamela Wisniewski, a post-doctoral scholar in information sciences and technology, Penn State. "What we need to think about is how social media companies can be more adaptive and how they can improve the longevity of their sites. In a study of the reaction to the introduction of Facebook's Timeline interface between 2011 and 2012, researchers found that users considered the mandatory transition to the new interface highly stressful. They also found evidence that suggests that giving users a voice can give them a sense of control to better adapt to new online environments.
Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online
Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. In a study on parenting strategies and online adolescent safety, researchers Pamela Wisniewski, a postdoctoral scholar in information sciences and technology; Mary Beth Rosson, professor; John M. Carroll, Distinguished Professor and Heng Xu, associate professor, all of information sciences and technology, found evidence that suggests that parents should try to establish a middle ground between keeping their teens completely away from the internet not monitoring their online activities at all.
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