Dartblog: Prof. Campbell one of "best professors in Hanover"

Dartblog, curated by Joe Asch '79, often highlights problems that need to be addressed at the College. This week, however, Dartblog includes a positive article discussing Prof. Andrew Campbell, whom it names one of "best professors in Hanover". Check out the full article at Dartblog.

Scot Drysdale's Last Lecture

After 38 years with the Computer Science department, Prof. Scot Drysdale taught his last class today. As the College’s first Computer Science Professor, former long-serving Department Chair, a wonderful colleague, and a dedicated and skilled teacher, Scot has had a tremendous and lasting impact on the College, the department, and our students. He will be greatly missed.

Make sure to also check out Dartmouth Now's article about Scot's retirement and last lecture.

Dartmouth Professors win $100K Microsoft Hololens grant

A team of Dartmouth Professors (Emily Cooper from PBS and Wojciech Jarosz and Xing-Dong Yang from CS) win the highly competitive Microsoft HoloLens Research Grant. Their winning proposal, entitled "Augmenting Reality for the Visually Impaired with Microsoft HoloLens”, will investigate ways that augmented reality devices like the HoloLens can aid the visually impaired in their day-to-day tasks. See more details about all the winners at Microsoft's blog or at Engadget.

Can Your Smartphone Predict Your GPA?


Many cognitive, behavioral, and environmental factors impact student learning during college. The SmartGPA app uses passive sensing data and self-reports from students’ smartphones to understand individual behavioral differences between high and low performers during a single 10-week term.

The research team show that there are a number of important behavioral factors automatically inferred from smartphones that significantly correlate with term and cumulative GPA, including time series analysis of activity, conversational interaction, mobility, class attendance, studying, and partying.

DartNets Lab's HiLight System Won Best Demo at MobiSys'15

HiLight is the first system that allows screens (e.g., screens of TVs, laptops, tablets, or smartphones) to talk to camera-equipped devices without you knowing it, regardless of the content shown on the screen. It works even upon the dynamic screen content generated on the fly by user interactions (e.g., gaming, web browsing). It removes the need of showing the gangly barcodes (e.g, QR codes) on the screen, so that the screen can display the content as it normally does, while the communication happens behind the scene, in real time.

This work was presented and demoed at the ACM MobiSys'15 on May 20, in Florence, Italy. It won the Best Demo Award.

Check out the demo video on the HiLight project website: http://dartnets.cs.dartmouth.edu/hilight.

Find out other interesting research projects in DartNets Lab at: http://dartnets.cs.dartmouth.edu.

Dartmouth Readies Students for Cybersecurity Challenges

There are approximately 3.5 billion devices in the U.S. today connected through the Internet—smartphones, laptops, tablets, servers—and by 2020 there will be 45 billion, predicts William Nisen, associate director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth.

“We are going to have machines talking to machines without human intervention, and unless we get the security right we are going to wind up with a huge problem,” he says.

“Today there are about 2 million correctly certified web servers on the Internet, but we don’t have a fully effective way to tell it’s really ‘Amazon’ on the other end,” says ISTS Director Sean Smith. “What will happen when the number of these things increases a thousand-fold?”

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