Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech to Help Expand Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech to Help Expand Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “Georgia Tech’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) was recently awarded a $995,550 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable network and research enhancements for nearby historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The NSF grant will fund at 100 percent a two-year project titled Promoting Research and Education at Small Colleges in the Atlanta University Center and at Tuskegee University Through Network Architecture Enhancements.”

Georgia Tech: New Open-source Tool Gives Cybersecurity Pros an Integrated Approach to Combat Malware

Georgia Tech: New Open-source Tool Gives Cybersecurity Pros an Integrated Approach to Combat Malware. “A new open-source cybersecurity technique called Forecast from the Georgia Institute of Technology is able to identify the capabilities that malware is planning to use in an attack before those capabilities are deployed. The all-in-one tool then predicts or ranks the likelihood of each possible staged attack – in less than five minutes on average.”

Georgia Tech: Google Funds Study of How Vulnerable Populations Seek Pandemic Info

Georgia Tech: Google Funds Study of How Vulnerable Populations Seek Pandemic Info. “Georgia Tech will receive $155,000 from Google’s Covid-19 AI for Social Good program to investigate patterns and impact of pandemic information-seeking amongst vulnerable populations, such as older adults, low-income households, and Black and Hispanic adults. These populations have experienced disproportionately high rates of Covid-19-related death, severe sickness, and life disruptions like job loss.”

GPB Radio News: Georgia Tech Professors Revolt Over Reopening, Say Current Plan Threatens Lives Of Students, Staff

GPB Radio News: Georgia Tech Professors Revolt Over Reopening, Say Current Plan Threatens Lives Of Students, Staff. “The majority of Georgia Tech professors, including some the university’s most acclaimed faculty members, have launched a revolt over reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the current plan ‘threatens the health, well-being and education of students, staff, and faculty.’ More than 700 of Tech’s 1,100 faculty members outlined their concerns to the Georgia Board of Regents in a letter titled ‘Statement of Academic Faculty of Georgia Tech on the COVID-19 Crisis and Fall 2020 Semester.’”

Georgia Tech News Center: Redesigning hand sanitizer and donating 7,000 gallons to fight COVID-19

Georgia Tech News Center: Redesigning hand sanitizer and donating 7,000 gallons to fight COVID-19. “So many people Seth Marder spoke to didn’t see the hand sanitizer crisis brewing. The country was going to run dangerously short if someone did not act urgently. The professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology rallied colleagues and partners around the cause in March, and by early June, they had replaced a key component of hand sanitizer, created a new supply chain, and initiated their own donation of 7,000 gallons of a newly designed sanitizer to medical facilities.”

Georgia Tech: Digital Tool Helps Hospital Make Important Coronavirus Retest Decisions

Georgia Tech: Digital Tool Helps Hospital Make Important Coronavirus Retest Decisions. “What-if questions can torment a doctor making coronavirus retest decisions: What if a patient’s initial negative test was a false negative, and he or she needs a second test? What if they don’t need it, and a retest would use up a scarce test kit and treatments that other patients need? Such challenges led Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta to establish a paper-based decision tree for ordering COVID-19 retests, and researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology turned it into an automated digital tool. Piedmont further developed the tool and has now built it into the hospital’s electronic medical record, where it influences the ordering of retests.”

Georgia Tech: Filtration Engineers Offer Advice on Do-It-Yourself Face Masks

Georgia Tech: Filtration Engineers Offer Advice on Do-It-Yourself Face Masks. “A new website (www.research.gatech.edu/rapid-response) has been created to bring together recommendations and templates for making face masks. The website provides guidance for making unsewn, sewn, glued, or 3D-printed face masks. The recommendations resulted from consulting with a team of experts in materials, chemical and mechanical engineering, filtration processes, and production design.”

Georgia Tech: Ivan Allen College Archive Project Receives Nearly $100,000 from NEH

Georgia Tech: Ivan Allen College Archive Project Receives Nearly $100,000 from NEH. “The Ivan Allen Archive Project at the Georgia Institute of Technology has received a two-year, $99,991 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the integration of large-scale text processing and data visualization capabilities into the open-source Omeka platform. The grant, announced Jan. 14 by the NEH, will fund further refinement of an existing suite of plug-ins developed by Georgia Tech faculty and students that enables machine-assisted data analysis and social network graphing. The eventual goal is to release the extended toolkit for use by academic and community researchers free of charge.”

Newswise: Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

Newswise: Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices. “Consumer-grade internet of things (IoT) devices aren’t exactly known for having tight security practices. To save purchasers from finding that out the hard way, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have done security assessments of representative devices, awarding scores ranging from 28 (an F) up to 100.”

Georgia Tech: New Tool First to Automate App ‘Slicing’ Capabilities for Developers

Georgia Tech: New Tool First to Automate App ‘Slicing’ Capabilities for Developers. “Whether it’s a theme park, music festival, or vacation destination, there’s always a new app. But, downloading a new app onto an already cluttered smartphone can challenging, particularly with limited network connectivity. A new plug-in tool created at Georgia Tech for app developers, however, lets people select and use relevant ‘slices’ of an app without the entire download on their phone. Known as ‘AppSlicer’, the tool builds on existing dynamic program slicing capabilities, but it is the first of its kind to eliminate the need for additional coding by automating the process for app developers.”

Georgia Tech News Center: Unauthorized Access on Georgia Tech Network Exposes Information for 1.3 Million Individuals

Georgia Tech News Center: Unauthorized Access on Georgia Tech Network Exposes Information for 1.3 Million Individuals. “A central Georgia Tech database was accessed by an unknown outside entity. Georgia Tech’s cybersecurity team is conducting a thorough forensic investigation to determine precisely what information was extracted from the system, which may include names, addresses, social security numbers and birth dates.”

Georgia Tech: Open Source Machine Learning Tool Could Help Choose Cancer Drugs

Georgia Tech: Open Source Machine Learning Tool Could Help Choose Cancer Drugs. “The selection of a first-line chemotherapy drug to treat many types of cancer is often a clear-cut decision governed by standard-of-care protocols, but what drug should be used next if the first one fails? That’s where Georgia Institute of Technology researchers believe their new open source decision support tool could come in. Using machine learning to analyze RNA expression tied to information about patient outcomes with specific drugs, the open source tool could help clinicians chose the chemotherapy drug most likely to attack the disease in individual patients.”

Georgia Tech: New Visualization Tool Helps Non-Experts Understand Neural Networks

Georgia Tech: New Visualization Tool Helps Non-Experts Understand Neural Networks. “‘Visual analytics helps people make sense of complex systems that use large data and discover insights by effectively visualizing them and let people interact with them,’ said Minsuk (Brian) Kahng, a Ph.D. student in the School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE). Kahng has recently been working alongside Associate Professor Polo Chau to build visualization tools for deep learning models, with an emphasis on public accessibility. Two examples of his work are ActiVis, a visualization system for industry-scale deep neural network models that is deployed at Facebook, and the newly released GAN Lab, which is now available to the public online.”

Georgia Tech: IC Researchers Highlight Design Implications as Venezuelans Turn to Facebook for Barter, Exchange

Georgia Tech: IC Researchers Highlight Design Implications as Venezuelans Turn to Facebook for Barter, Exchange. “Consider a scenario in which economic turmoil and hyperinflation have made it nearly impossible to purchase many of life’s basic necessities. There are food and medicine shortages, and scammers purchase what is available in bulk in an effort to manage the flow and pricing of supplies at the expense of other citizens. How, then, might honest citizens go about navigating the challenging circumstances to procure the items they need to survive? It’s a familiar environment to Venezuelan citizens who, since an economic crisis gripped the country in 2014, have faced such barriers in their daily lives. Out of necessity, many have turned to online solidarity economies like Facebook groups that are dedicated to a fairer system of barter and exchange.” I had never heard the term “solidarity economy” before. Haverford College enlightened me.