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Q&A with John Byers and Ahmed Ghappour, Data Science Faculty Fellows

Following the March 2017 launch of the Boston University Data Science Faculty Fellows program and call for nominations, Provost Jean Morrison announced the program’s inaugural fellows, John Byers, Professor of Computer Science, and Ahmed Ghappour, Associate Professor of Law (joining BU in fall 2017), this past May. We caught up with John and Ahmed to learn about how they use data science in their research and what they’re looking forward to as the Data Science Faculty Fellows program continues to grow.

Cloud Computing Initiative Advances Research Model through Industry Engagement

More and more, the services and applications we use for communication, security, storage, analytics, and just about every other technological need are based in the cloud. For most users, that’s a vague term meaning “not housed locally.” For the researchers and engineers working with the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) project and Red Hat Collaboratory, both hosted at Boston University, it’s a world of opportunity.

Sharon Goldberg Analyzes NSA “Traffic Shaping” Loophole

As the modern internet continues to grow with a fluidity that overlooks geopolitical borders, more and more attention is being paid to government surveillance tactics. Hariri Institute Fellow and Boston University associate professor of computer science Sharon Goldberg tackles this evolving challenge in her white paper, “Surveillance without Borders: The ‘Traffic Shaping’ Loophole and Why It Matters,” published through The Century Foundation (TCF).

Institute Affiliates Receive Faculty Promotions

Of the 21 Charles River Campus faculty who recently received promotions, three are affiliates of the Hariri Institute for Computing. Taylor Boas (Political Science, CAS) and Jacob Groshek (Emerging Media Studies, COM) have both been promoted to the rank of associate professor, while Betty Anderson (History, CAS) earned full professor status.