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.”

Rutgers Launches Master of Business and Science Degree with a Concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering

For the 2010 Fall semester, Rutgers officially debuted the Masters of Business and Science degree on the Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden campuses. ECE Professor Dr. Deborah Silver serves as the director of the program which currently has ninety-one students enrolled in twenty concentrations across the University.

Slow light on a Silicon Chip - What’s the Limit?

The information bandwidth of lightwave is much higher than today’s electronic information technology. Processing information on lightwave thus has a significant advantage. Temporarily slowing down light on silicon chip allows us to complete the information processing in a small chip before light rushes off the chip. However, significant loss of light intensity occurs as light slows down. This fundamentally limits our capability in optical processing information on a small chip.

Mobility First

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $7.5 million grant to a Rutgers-led research team to develop a future Internet design optimized for mobile networking and communication.
The team of nine universities and several industrial partners has dubbed its project "MobilityFirst", reflecting the Internet's evolution away from traditional wired connections between desktop PCs and servers toward wireless data services on mobile platforms.

Sensors aim to monitor smoker activity

The University's Center for Autonomic Computing developed a wireless sensor project that detects human motion and can further medical research.

The sensors, which are small devices that attach to the body, contain accelerometers and gyroscopes that measure movement and can tell what action a person is doing, said Alex Weiner, a School of Engineering junior who is fine-tuning the algorithm of the sensors.

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