Research Spotlight

Penn State experts contribute to NATO counterterrorism training curriculum

March 23, 2020

A new international publication, which will be utilized as a framework for counterterrorism training in organizations around the world, has expert input from several Penn State faculty, students and alumni.


Crowdsourcing plot lines to help the creative process

March 13, 2020

Creative authors could soon have a new option to help overcome writer’s block, thanks to a system launched by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State.


Profit-prediction system may lower suicide rates among indebted Indian farmers

February 27, 2020

Researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology are taking steps to address the alarming rate of suicides among indebted farmers in India, by developing a deep-learning algorithm as the first step in a decision-support system that could predict future market values of crops.


Improving qualitative data management by agencies responding to refugee crises

February 21, 2020

As of September 2019 there were approximately 330,000 Venezuelans that had fled to neighboring Ecuador amid an economic and political crisis in their home country.


Program to introduce undergrad researchers to machine learning in cybersecurity

February 17, 2020

Undergraduate students interested in machine learning in cybersecurity research activities are invited to apply to a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program, to be hosted this summer at the College of Information Sciences and Technology.


New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence

February 14, 2020

Penn State has launched the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, a multi-unit research center that promotes the thoughtful development and application of AI and studies its impact on all areas of human endeavor.


Using machine learning to reduce traffic congestion

January 17, 2020

Researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology are advancing work that utilizes machine learning methods to improve traffic signal control at urban intersections around the world.


NIH-funded work to explore replacing diagnostic gold standard with 3D histology

December 13, 2019

Development of a new, diagnostic, three-dimensional imaging technique is the focus of a new Penn State-led research project funded by a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Using artificial intelligence to analyze placentas

December 2, 2019

New research and patent-pending technology could allow for accurate, automated and near-immediate placental diagnostic reports through computerized photographic image analysis, which could lead to better health outcomes for mothers and babies.


IST research well-represented at top information retrieval conference

November 11, 2019

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology was well-represented at the Association for Machinery’s 28th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, held in Beijing, China, Nov. 4-7.


Examining perceptions of Internet-of-Things devices in Rwandan farming community

November 11, 2019

This past spring a cohort of Penn State students participated in an innovative research study to examine the potential for Internet of Things devices on a farming community in Rwanda, to explore the potential impact of unmanned vehicles at a farm on the outskirts of the city of Kigali.


Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection

November 11, 2019

Researchers at Penn State have narrowed down myriad examples of fake news to seven basic categories, which include false news, polarized content, satire, misreporting, commentary, persuasive information and citizen journalism.


NSF grant to advance understanding of violent extremists’ online behavior

November 4, 2019

How do violent extremists use social media platforms to spread ideologies? And how do individuals then embrace those ideologies and become radicalized online to take violent action?


Multi-institutional team to use AI to evaluate social, behavioral science claims

October 23, 2019

A computer program that could quickly and accurately evaluate the validity of published research claims in social and behavioral sciences literatures will be the focus of a team of researchers from Penn State, Texas A&M, Old Dominion and Microsoft Research — led by C.


IST researchers to explore new integrated support for visually impaired

October 16, 2019

Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology recently received a three-year, $712,000 award from the National Institutes of Health to investigate a new form of prosthetic support for people with visual impairment.