While modern search tools are great at finding content relevant to a given keyword or phrase, they can’t create an accurate summary of a piece’s content, explain its tone or intent, or find other subtle meanings that humans can extract at a glance. By looking at enough written material of a specific genre, Ani Nenkova, associate professor in Computer and Information Science, says that statistical relationships begin to emerge in word choice and sentence structure, making it possible to sort written works by subjective criteria.

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Inventing the Future

Penn Engineers Demonstrate Metamaterials That Can Solve Equations

Using principles of analog computing, researchers at Penn Engineering have created a metamaterial device that can solve pre-set integral equations. Its structure consists of polystyrene plastic with a precise pattern of air holes; incoming electromagnetic waves encoded with input values are manipulated by the structure, generating a solution for those values. The team hopes to scale down the principles developed in this “photonic calculus” to light waves that could fit into a microchip and find solutions to integral equations more efficiently.

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Penn Engineers Can Detect Ultra Rare Proteins in Blood Using a Cellphone Camera

Knowing that having a rare protein of diagnostic system available as a point-of-care device would be critical for many conditions, especially traumatic brain injury, engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a test that uses off-the-shelf components and can detect single proteins with results in a matter of minutes, compared to the traditional workflow, which can take days.

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Penn Engineer’s ‘Metallic Wood’ Has the Strength of Titanium and the Density of Water

Researchers at Penn Engineering, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, the University of Cambridge, and Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey have done just that. They have built a sheet of nickel with nanoscale pores that make it as strong as titanium but four to five times lighter. The empty space of the pores, and the self-assembly process in which they’re made, make the porous metal akin to a natural material, such as wood.

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Duncan Watts Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor

Watts, a pioneer in the use of data to study social networks, will be the Stevens University Professor, with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Department of Operations, Information and Decisions in the Wharton School, where he will also be the inaugural Rowan Fellow.

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Penn Engineering 2019 Teaching Awards

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Olivia O’Dwyer: Access Engineering Launches VR Curriculum

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Vivek Shenoy Receives Heilmeier Research Award

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MEAM Seminar: “Force, Shape, and Motion in Collective Cell Migration”

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CIS Seminar: “Computer Security for Emerging Technologies”

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CBE Seminar: “Particle Transport in Soft, Disordered Media”

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Robert Ghrist Named Inaugural Faculty Co-Director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students

Robert Ghrist, the Andrea Mitchell University Professor with appointments in Penn Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering and the Department of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been named an inaugural co-director of the Office of Penn First Plus Students.

Penn Engineering Launches Online Master's in Computer Science

Penn Engineering is now offering its first completely online master's degree, a Master of Computer and Information Technology. MCIT Online is designed to be affordable, at one-third the cost of an on-campus degree, and open to students with no previous background in computer science.

About Penn Engineering

At Penn Engineering, we are preparing the next generation of innovative engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders. Our unique culture of cooperation and teamwork, emphasis on research, and dedicated faculty advisors who teach as well as mentor, provide the ideal environment for the intellectual growth and development of well-rounded global citizens.

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