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Andrea Tapia, associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, has been awarded a Fulbright grant from The J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Tapia will travel to San Jose, Costa Rica, from January to July 2012, where she will partner with the Central American School of Geology, Department of Seismology, Vulcanology and Geophysical Research at the University of Costa Rica.


Professor James Wang in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) was recently issued US Patent #7,929,805 as a result of his collaborative research in computer security.

Wang received the patent for the image-based CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) Generation System, which he developed with Jia Li, associate professor of statistics, and Ritendra Datta, a 2009 Penn State doctoral graduate.


Chris Fivek, senior director for operations in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), traveled to Africa on Sunday, May 15, to be a part of a seven-man officiating crew for the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania.


The Center for Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF), is currently researching the gap between the collection of reports and data in computer systems and the knowledge and information collected by human observers. Sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Center is using a synthetic data set inspired by a counter-insurgency scenario in Iraq, to evaluate hard and soft sensors.