Reinforcement Learning: A More Efficient Way for Robots to Learn

Robot nurses — myth or reality? Although this may sound far-fetched, there are already hospitals in which robots assist nurses by bringing them tools, allowing the nurses to focus on providing care to their patients more efficiently. Vittorio Giammarino, a fifth-year PhD candidate (SE) at Boston University, hopes that his work can be useful for […]

Shifting the Purpose of Robots From Serving Humans to Collaboration

In dire situations like fires, time is of the essence. Firefighters need to work quickly to extinguish the fire and rescue any people. However, with emerging technologies like robots, putting out fires might become easier.  Mela Coffey 3rd year ME PhD Candidate (Advisor: Alyssa Pierson) is interested in contributing to collaborative human-robot systems and human-robot […]

Estimating the Improbable with PhD Student Zack Bezemek

Could oil price volatility cause a stock market plunge? What’s the risk factor of a new drug causing a seizure? How likely is it that a driverless car could crash into a bus? What’s common among these seemingly disparate topics is that they are “rare events” –  low-probability incidents that, if they occur, often have […]

Student Spotlight: Anthony Byrne is advancing the security, energy efficiency, and cost transparency of cloud computing

The cloud computing industry has faced several significant data breaches, impacting millions of people. Furthermore, the industry currently consumes between 1% and 2% of the world’s energy supply, and consumption increases yearly. Anthony Byrne, working with collaborators, is developing an innovative new cloud computing architecture, MicroFaaS, to improve security, energy efficiency, and cost transparency. Byrne […]

Rui Liu Wins CISE 2022 Best Student Paper Award

Rui Liu, 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in Systems Engineering, won the 2022 CISE Best Paper Award for her paper titled Temporal Difference Learning as Gradient Splitting. Liu’s interests consist of reinforcement learning, multi-agent systems, and optimization. Her paper gives a fuller explanation for why a common class of algorithms in reinforcement learning work as well […]

Announcing the 2022 CISE Best Student Paper Awards

CISE is delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 CISE Best Student Paper Award. This year five papers were chosen as award recipients. The winning papers were selected via a blind review process, and were evaluated based on the significance and impact of the work, creativity and innovation, completeness and quality, articulacy, and relevance to […]

CISE Announces the CGSW 8.0 Best Presenter Awards

Congratulations to  Jimmy Queeney, Ph.D. candidate SE (Advisors: Christos Cassandras & Yannis Paschalidis) who received the CGSW 8.0 Best Presenter award for his research presentation on Stable and Efficient Reinforcement Learning with Principled Sample Reuse. CGSW award finalists included Arslan Riaz, Ph.D. candidate ECE (Advisor: Rabia Yazicigil) who received second place for his presentation on […]

Arslan Riaz awarded COMSNETS 2022 Best Research Demo Award

Arslan Riaz, PhD candidate (ECE), won the “Best Research Demo” award at the 14th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS (COMSNETS 2022) January 3-8, 2022. Riaz demonstrated the first fully-integrated universal Maximum Likelihood Decoder in 40 nm CMOS using the Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND) algorithm. This novel technology provides a universal system for […]

Salomón Wollenstein-Betech Lunch and Learn Recap

At the Lunch and Learn on October 20th, 5th year Ph.D. student, Salomón Wollenstein-Betech, met with his peers to share his insights from interning at MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab (2019), PROS software company (2020), and Amazon Inc (2021). Wollenstein-Betech’s specific area of study is optimization and control of intelligent transportation systems. At IBM, he worked […]

Balancing electricity demands and costs of high-performance computing

Some computational problems are so complex that they require many times more calculations than a typical laptop can handle. High performance computing (HPC) combines a number of computer servers to carry out these large-scale computations that often operate on massive data sets. But data centers for HPC require immense amounts of power and limiting power […]