How to Create Safe, Energy-Efficient Buildings in a Post-Covid World

BU Innovators Address New Requirements of Commercial Real Estate by Maya Bhat & Maureen Stanton, CISE Staff Smart building technology has been a growing trend in the commercial real estate sector to help building owners and other stakeholders automate processes, reduce costs, boost energy efficiency, and improve the comfort of tenants.  In a post-covid world, […]

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Congratulations to the CISE Best Student Paper Award Winners

The Center for Information of Systems and Engineering is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 CISE Best Student Paper Award. The CISE Best Student Paper Award Competition is an annual event established to promote student research and to recognize the scientific quality and scope of research being conducted by CISE students. This year’s event […]

One Small Step For A Mouse: Using Information Science to Understand the Brain

by Allison Kleber How does learning a new skill or process change the physical structure of the brain? Using techniques from data science and high-dimensional statistics, Professors Bobak Nazer (ECE), Venkatesh Saligrama (ECE, SE), and Xue Han (BME), aim to find out. Their project, titled “Discovering Changes in Networks: Fundamental Limits, Efficient Algorithms, and Large-Scale […]

‘Happy and Proud,’ Declares Dissertation Award Recipient

Alumnus Update: 2020 SE Dissertation Award Winner Ruidi Chen  By Emily Sorkin As an applied scientist at Microsoft, alumnus Ruidi Chen (SE PhD ’19) has already established herself as a pioneer in a new area of research called Distributionally Robust Optimization (DRO). Her resume boasts 12 co-authored papers and her monograph on Distributionally Robust Learning was recently […]

Spring 2021 CISE-ENG Seed Awards Winners

By Margo Stanton Four Spring 2021 Seed Grants were awarded by the Boston University Center for Information & Systems Engineering (CISE) and the College of Engineering’s (ENG) Dean’s Catalyst Award program.  This joint seed-funding program is aimed at enabling CISE affiliates and ENG faculty the opportunity to kickstart innovative interdisciplinary research projects, broaden significant research areas, […]

How Fitbits, Other Bluetooth Devices Make Us Vulnerable to Tracking

BU researchers found that a third-party algorithm can track the location of some Bluetooth devices By Sarah Wells (COM ’18) for BU Today  In 2018, nearly 3.7 billion new Bluetooth-enabled devices shipped worldwide to consumers. From phones and speakers to thermostats and fridges, home appliances and personal devices including “wearables” are rapidly becoming more connected […]

PhD Candidate Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE CDC

SE PhD candidate Wei Xiao is the first author on a paper titled “Feasibility-Guided Learning for Constrained Optimal Control Problems.” The piece was published in Proceedings of 59th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and earned the Outstanding Student Paper Award.

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COVID-19 Risk Assessment to Address Inequity

This article was written by Eliza Shaw (CISE), videos produced by SE. Informing Policy, Resource Allocation and Workplace Adjustment Policies Video Part 1: Researching the risk of COVID-19 relates to the patients’ preexisting health conditions and socioeconomics factors.    COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, placing significant pressures on healthcare systems. Particularly in countries with limited […]

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$3 Million for Transformational Energy Technology

“NewRAMP will develop innovative approaches that quantify the risk of individual Electric-Power-Grid-interconnected assets based on their performance and ability to deliver market cleared capacity and energy,” explains Prof. Caramanis. “By synthesizing ideas and theories from finance and insurance, operations research, power system engineering and electricity market design, NewRAMP will offer ground-breaking methodologies constituting a risk-driven paradigm to achieve higher adoption of stochastic resources and a more efficient and reliable system operation. As such, it will contribute to reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency.”