Hany Farid appointed to Endowed Chair

See the full coverage at Dartmouth Now.

Every year Dartmouth names a few of its top faculty to endowed professorships, recognizing their scholarship, teaching, and service to the College community as models of Dartmouth’s liberal arts ideal. We congratulate our very own Dr. Hany Farid, who was appointed to the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professorship.

In the Dartmouth Now interview, Prof. Farid says:

Each fall I teach “Computer Science 1” to around 200 students. For many, this is their first introduction to programming, and about half are first-year students taking their first Dartmouth class. This is an awesome opportunity and responsibility to expose students to the power, creativity, and beauty that underlie our field. My goal is not to pump out more computer science majors, but to show all students—from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences—how computing can be leveraged to further their interests and passions, whatever they may be.

Electronics 360 features Prof. Zhou's Light-Sensing System

Dartmouth researchers are “using the power of the light all around us to develop a light-sensing system that tracks a person’s behavior continuously in real-time, without being overbearing,” writes the website Electronics 360 in a feature about the system.

“The StarLight system has a variety of potential applications, including virtual reality without on-body controllers and real-time health monitoring. The new system builds upon the team’s previous work, called license, and reduces the number of intrusive sensors while overcoming furniture blockage and supporting user mobility,” the website writes.

Fighting Online Extremism

Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid — using funding from Microsoft Corp. — has developed technology to help scrub extremist content from the internet.

Working with the nonprofit think tank Counter Extremism Project, Farid built software capable of identifying and tracking photo, video and audio files, even if they’ve been altered. The software, unveiled Friday, would allow websites such as Facebook Inc. to automatically catch flagged content and remove it or prevent it from being uploaded.

Several news sources are discussing this research. Read and/or watch the full overage at:

Wall Street Journal features CS Prof's Research

The Wall Street Journal is featuring a both a written and video story about a research project from Dartmouth CS's Prof. Wojciech Jarosz and his colleagues at ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, and Columbia University. The team created a computationally assisted spray paint can which "knows" what image it should paint, and the user just has to wave it around.

You can read the full article on the WSJ or watch their video story.

The Atlantic features CS Prof. and Neukom Study of Wikipedia

The Atlantic is running a story about research coming out of Dartmouth and Duke. The authors, including our very own Prof. Daniel Rockmore, studied the verifiability of information on Wikipedia. They were interested not in Wikipedia's accuracy, but rather how easy it is for someone to determine the accuracy of an article on their own. They argue that Wikipedia, and other online information outlets, should include a "source-o-meter" on each page, reflecting the quality of the citations.

You can find the full story on The Atlantic, and the original research paper on arXiv.org.

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.