Category: Azer Bestavros

TripAdvisor to personalize data for travelers

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

For years, TripAdvisor has tracked all those clicks you’ve made on its site, the search for hotels in Bar Harbor with sea views or all-inclusive resorts in Aruba with swim-up bars, and it has logged the time you spent gawking at luxury digs in London before finally booking a budget hotel…

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“It’s a big undertaking because of the market research they would have to do. What is the impact on how people use the site?”

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A New Smart City Cloud Platform Is Coming to Boston

October 15th, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

A new cloud-based smart city system being developed in Boston could be a model for other state and local governments…

Expert quote:

“Today’s cities are increasingly being challenged to respond to diverse needs of their citizens, to prepare for major environmental changes, to improve urban quality of life and to foster economic development. So-called ‘smart cities’ are closing these gaps through the use of technology to connect people with resources, to guide changes in collective behavior, and to foster innovation and economic growth.”

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Cloud security

September 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, WHDH 0 comments

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Governor announces creation of open cloud for information

April 26th, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Feature, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences

Friday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $3 million investment into an open cloud project, which he said will spur on big data innovation. Patrick was one of several speakers on hand at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center…

Expert quote:

“An individual innovator can not do this in a garage. They need a platform. Think of this platform with all of these stakeholders. So all of the sudden you remove a huge hurdle for developing all of this innovation.”

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Gov. Patrick Launches Open Cloud Computing Project In Holyoke

April 25th, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Feature, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Azer Bestavros, College of Arts & Sciences

A new public cloud computing infrastructure is going to be developed in Massachusetts, as the state looks to position itself as a leader in the new sector known as “big data.”…

Expert quote:

“Cloud computing is offered today in a wholesale approach. The MOC is more like a shopping mall with little boutiques, so it is a different model for offering cloud computing.”

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Password protection becomes a not-so-secret frustration

April 22nd, 2014 in 2014, Azer Bestavros, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers 0 comments

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After Daphne Strassmann’s credit card number and other personal information were stolen in the Target data breach last fall, she diligently went about changing 10 online passwords. The process involved channeling nonsense words inspired by the view from her couch: a banana, a squirrel, a picture of her nana…

Expert quote:

“It’s called ‘social engineering.You could be part of a bigger plot. They use you as a step in a bigger scheme. This is why a person who would appear to be totally average could be useful to a hacker.”

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Should Mass. Public School Students Be Required To Study Computer Science?

June 25th, 2013 in 2013, Azer Bestavros, BostInno, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Stan Sclaroff 0 comments

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Stan Sclaroff, College of Arts & Sciences

Over the last two weeks, Massachusetts lawmakers have been contemplating a pitch to incorporate computer science into the public school curriculum, making the subject a mandatory part of students’ education beginning as early as the eighth grade…

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Bestavros:

“One can see it as a world that can be changed to match one’s needs, or one can see it as a world that somebody else designed for use in a very prescribed way. The former view is an empowering view of oneself as a ‘creator,’ whereas the latter is a mundane view of oneself as a ‘consumer’ or ‘user’ of somebody else’s creation.”

Sclaroff:

“Learning computer science is deeper: it entails learning about the systematic, logical framework that is distinctive to ‘computational thinking’ and experiencing the joy, the deeper understanding — and the empowerment — that comes with actually creating a computer program or devising an algorithm to solve a real world problem.”

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Obama on NSA spying: no one is listening to your calls

June 7th, 2013 in 2013, Azer Bestavros, Centers & Institutes in the News, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Joseph Wippl, Newsmakers, WCVB, Win Treese 0 comments

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