Category: BU News

News and updates from BU sources

RISCS Co-Director Wins Award for Secure Multi-Party Computing Platform

Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS), Mayank Varia, has been awarded “Best Talk” at the University of Bristol’s Theory and Practice of Multi-Party Computation Workshops. The workshop took place April 3rd-7th at the University of Bristol’s campus in Bristol, England. Varia’s talk, “Design and Deployment of Usable, Scalable, MPC” focused on his work with Hariri Institute faculty and partners at UMass to develop a multi-party computing (MPC) platform that aggregates data input by Boston employers and looks at the pay-gap between their female and male employees.

BU, Red Hat & City of Boston Sponsor Co.Lab Workshop for Middle School Girls

In collaboration with BU and the City of Boston, Red Hat, the world’s leader in open source enterprise software, will teach 25 middle school girls the value of collaboration through a three day workshop from April 19th-April 21st. The workshop, held in a Red Hat mobile Co.Lab trailer outside of City Hall Plaza, will teach the girls how to build and code a digital camera. The girls will then venture out to take photos of what collaboration means to them and later share their work.

Spark! Announces Residency Program for Summer 2017

BU Spark! is now accepting applications for in-residence interns for Summer 2017. BU Spark! is an exciting initiative that creates a supportive community for student-centered entrepreneurship in computing as well as a suite of programs, activities, resources, and networks to help and empower students to pursue next-stage development of their ideas, concepts, and creations for innovative computing and data-driven technology. The program is looking for in-residence interns for the 2017 summer season.

BU Spark! Sources Projects for CS506

Launched this January, BU Spark! is already contributing to the student experience at BU. As one its first projects, the new initiative worked to source real-world projects for CS 506 (Spring 2017 section) students to work on.

Digital Health Initiative Inaugural Roundtable & Funding Opportunity

On Monday, February 27, BU’s Digital Health Initiative (DHI) hosted a roundtable to discuss the future of digital health in various functions. Additionally, the event announced a new funding opportunity for faculty interested in pursuing “research that examines the leveraging of technologies and methodologies from computing and data sciences to tackle a range of applications related to healthcare systems, from medical informatics to healthcare delivery and patient activation.” Proposals are due Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information, please review the proposal call and submission form.

Poster Call: Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media Conference

Poster Call for Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media (JSTASM):
Implications of “fake news” and internet trolling for democracy, politics and citizen inclusion conference. Hosted by the College of Communication, and co-sponsored by the Hariri Institute for Computing, the conference will take place from April 23-25, 2017, at Boston University.

Two Institute Affiliates Promoted to Full Professorship

Two of the 16 faculty recently promoted to the rank of full professor on the Charles River Campus are closely connected to the Hariri Institute and have been supported through the Hariri Research Awards and Junior Faculty Fellows programs. Prakash Ishwar, professor of electrical and computer engineering and systems engineering in the College of Engineering has received full professor status, as well as Richard West, professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Urban Refuge Puts Aid on the Map for Refugees with Help From the Hariri Institute and SAIL

Urban Refuge, a project by international relations professor Noora A. Lori, is gaining noteworthy attention for its goal giving refugees options to choose and find their own resources on a location tracking map tool. The research project was recently turned into an app with help from Microsoft and has received significant funding and technology support from the Software and Application Innovation Laboratory (SAIL) at the Hariri Institute, which was granted this past January. The project has found a home in both the Hariri Institute and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.