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Machine learning in critical care

Jul 23, 2019

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are currently being heralded as a way to address societal challenges, including healthcare. Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently featured as the author of the guest editorial for the…

Using artificial intelligence to detect discrimination

Jul 15, 2019

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool for detecting unfair discrimination—such as on the basis of race or gender—has been created by researchers at Penn State and Columbia University. Preventing unfair treatment of individuals on the basis of race, gender or ethnicity, for example, been a long-…

Can trust in social media news be improved?

May 30, 2019

More than two-thirds of Americans get their news from social media sites, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center study. But more than half who read news on social media expect it to be inaccurate. Penn State researchers are working to improve the prediction of people’s trust in what they read…

Change for ITS sponsored accounts

May 15, 2019

There is no longer a charge for ITS sponsored accounts. If email (o365) is requested for the person on the sponsored account they are charged for that. These accounts are typically used by researchers who have non-Penn State collaborators or former graduate students to access the Penn State VPN.

'Alexa, I’m in pain': Smart assistants could help combat opioid crisis

Apr 22, 2019

For patients suffering with chronic pain, relief could soon be found as close as their nearest smart assistant. Researchers at Penn State are developing a way to deliver on-demand, guided mindfulness practices via Amazon Alexa to patients experiencing chronic pain. Through their method, a smart…

Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Apr 15, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to a recent seed grant from the Social Science Research Instituteat Penn State. In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional…

A close watch: IST seed grant funds study to assess and predict substance co-use

Mar 14, 2019

A technology-based intervention that could reduce the risk of young adults simultaneously using alcohol and marijuana may soon be as close as a user’s wrist, thanks to a new study launched by researchers at Penn State. The team recently earned a seed grant from the College of Information Sciences…

mHealth Challenge encourages undergraduate innovation, engagement

Nov 6, 2018

This fall, undergraduate students are working together in cross-college teams to develop original mobile health prototypes that address societal health needs associated with specific target audiences. This year’s teams are developing apps to lessen the stress of pediatric hospital patients, ensure…

Buxton recipient of IST seed grant

Feb 4, 2018

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently announced nine projects that will receive funding from the college’s Seed Grant Program. The program provides preliminary funding for IST faculty to initiate new research projects. The college solicited research proposals…