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“Our IST 331 project specifically allowed us to tackle a problem where there wasn’t a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer, unlike more conventional assignments where the problem set is provided,”
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4/18/18

Websites for local organizations and University services recently benefited from the research of students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, thanks to a semester-long project focused on human-computer interaction.


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4/11/18

Six teams of students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of expert judges during the final round of the IdeaMakers Challenge. The competition’s conclusion was held March 28 as part of Penn State Startup Week.


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4/11/18

 Underrepresented students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology recently gathered to network and share experiences at the inaugural WIRED IN reception during Penn State Startup Week.


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4/05/18

Eight freshmen in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently traveled to San Francisco as part of the college’s annual Alternative Spring Break program. The weeklong trip provided an opportunity for students early in their IST careers to explore different companies in the tech industry and gain exposure to corporate culture in various professional settings.


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4/05/18

“Figure out who you are and try it out. You have to follow your path.”

These were the words of wisdom to inspire budding entrepreneurs from Derris Boomer, founder and CEO of Boomer Technology Group, as he kicked off the 2018 Penn State Startup Week. Having worked for Fortune 500 companies since he was 16 years old, Boomer discussed with students his tenacious perseverance, leadership and a drive for success.


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4/03/18

Penn State security and risk analysis major and Schreyer Honors Scholar Alejandro Cuevas was a research assistant on a team at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) which had a paper accepted for one of the world’s top annual computer security conferences.

Cuevas was second author of “On Enforcing the Digital Immunity of a Large Humanitarian Organization,” which will be part of the 39th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Security and Privacy, held May 21-23 in San Francisco.


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3/27/18

Anyone who has been frustrated asking questions of Siri or Alexa—and then annoyed at the digital assistant's tone-deaf responses—knows how dumb these supposedly intelligent assistants are, at least when it comes to emotional intelligence. "Even your dog knows when you're getting frustrated with it," says Rosalind Picard, director of Affective Computing Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab. "Siri doesn't yet have the intelligence of a dog," she says.


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3/22/18

 A team of Penn State faculty, librarians, and undergraduate students was recently selected for Phase One of the $100,000 Nittany AI Challenge for their prototype that uses artificial intelligence to automate parts of the University Libraries’ digital badge program. The group will demonstrate their prototype during Penn State Startup Week on March 27 in hopes of receiving an additional $5,000 to create a minimum viable product.


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3/22/18

Calvin Mende’s high school volleyball coach would open the gym long before school started to give his players time for extra practice. Some of them relished the opportunity more than others.

 


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3/19/18

The University Park campus will once again play host to dozens of entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders during Penn State Startup Week from March 26-30. The campus-wide initiative is an expansion of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s IST Startup Week, which the college created in 2012.

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