Prof. J. Lindqvist' group develops "Hazard Tracker Application" for Warren Township NJ.

The Warren Township Committee announced the results of the Township Utility Hazard Inventory and Remediation Project conducted by a group of volunteers known as the "Warren Township Utility Advisory Committee (WTUAC)."
 

The Hazard Inventory was conducted in the fall of 2013 to:
  1)   Document potential threats (hazards) to the townships electrical delivery system,
  2)   Report the hazards to the utility companies (JCP&L, PSEG),
  3)   Develop and implement a remediation plan to address the hazard list .

Prof. Gruteser and WINLAB Touch Communication Project featured in MIT Technology Review

The touch communications project that recently won the best paper award at ACM MobiCom has been featured in MIT Tech Review. The WINLAB team led by Prof. Marco Gruteser built a working prototype pictured here.

A special ring worn on the finger the finger transmits a few bits of data through the skin to the touch screen.

The method demonstrated by the WINLAB prototype "opens new directions in user interaction and authentication", says Romit Roy Choudhury, a computer scientist at Duke University familiar with the research.

Prof. Janne Lindqvist's mobile privacy project featured on MIT Technology Review

Dr. Janne Lindqvist's privacy project together with his colleagues Jason Hong and Joy Zhang at Carnegie Mellon University was featured on MIT Technology review. With today's smartphone platforms, users do not understand privacy ramifications of their installed applications, which is also why a recent FTC report has called for understandable privacy disclosures for mobile platforms. The project provides for better privacy disclosures for mobile phone users by using novel crowdsourcing techniques and user interface designs.

Prof. Greg Burdea @ American Museum of Natural History

Professor Greg Burdea has been featured in a new exhibit, "Brain: The Inside Story," at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. Open now through August 15th, the exhibit seeks to provide visitors "a new perspective and keen insight into their own brains." Professor Burdea's research contributes quite well to such an aim, and it’s no surprise that the Museum would incorporate his work. Not a surprise except to Prof. Burdea, a member of the Rutgers ECE faculty, who had no idea about his involvement with the exhibit.

Dr. Pompili's Research Featured on iSGTW Online Publication

Dr. Dario Pompili's research was featured on <a href="http://www.ece.rutgers.edu/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://www.isgtw.org/">http://www.isgtw.org/">iSGTW</a>, an international weekly online publication that covers distributed computing and the research it enables. iSGTW is jointly funded by organizations in America and Europe. In the U.S., it is funded by the DoE's Office of Science and by the NSF via the Open Science Grid.

Senators Franken and Coons cite WINLAB Researchers

As widely reported in the media last week, Senators Al Franken and Chris Coons urged OnStar to reconsider changes in their privacy policy. The letter to OnStar cited a WINLAB research paper to back up their position. OnStar has since reversed the decision to track and sell customer's location information. The letter referred to the paper "On the Anonymity of Periodic Location Samples" authored by Prof. Marco Gruteser and his student Baik Hoh. It was published in the proceedings of the 2nd Intl. Conference on Security in Pervasive Computing, Boppard, Germany, 2005.

The ParkNet Project Featured on Star Ledger Frontpage

A Winlab team of researchers, led by Professor Marco Gruteser (pictured) and Professor Wade Trappe, mounted ultrasonic distance sensors on the passenger side doors of vehicles. Using data collected over two months as the drivers commuted through Highland Park, NJ, the researchers developed an algorithm that translated the ultrasonic distance readings into a count of available parking spaces that was 95 percent accurate. By combining this with GPS data, they also generated maps of which spaces were occupied and which were open that were over 90 percent accurate.

Prof. Chris Rose Interviewed on Nationally Broadcasted Radio Program

Professor Chris Rose was recently interviewed on the nationally broadcasted weekly radio program, Are We Alone, for an episode entitled “Space Archeology.” Each episode is distributed around the country on the Public Radio Exchange network, the Public Radio Satellite System, and available globally via the iTunes podcast system. Supported, in part, by a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Are We Alone aims to explore with insight and humor the “origins, organization, behavior and future of life on Earth.”

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