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

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 Engineers 3D Print Smart Objects with ‘Embodied Logic’

Using stimuli-responsive materials and geometric principles, Penn Engineers have designed structures that have “embodied logic.” Through their physical and chemical makeup alone, they are able to determine which of multiple possible responses to make depending on cues in their environment. Despite having no motors, batteries, circuits or processors of any kind, they can switch between multiple configurations in response to pre-determined environmental cues, such as humidity or oil-based chemicals.

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Penn Engineers Develop Ultrathin, Ultralight 'Nanocardboard'

A team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call “nanocardboard,” an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square centimeter of nanocardboard weighs less than a thousandth of a gram and can spring back into shape after being bent in half. Its stiffness-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for aerospace and microrobotic applications, where every gram counts.

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Penn Engineers Join Honda Research Institute's 'Curious Minded Machine' Project

Honda Research Institute USA has launched a new interdisciplinary collaboration designed to imbue robots with human-like curiosity, and Penn engineers are taking part. Known as Curious Minded Machine, the three-year project aims to expand the abilities of robots to think, learn and explore in more natural ways. The Penn team is led by Kostas Daniilidis, the Ruth Yalom Stone Professor of Computer and Information Science (CIS). Read More



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

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On ENIAC’s Anniversary, a Nod to Its Female ‘Computers’

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Rise of Robogami: The Democratization of Robots

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MSE Faculty Candidate Seminar: “Tuning Nanoscale Materials Using the Local Environment”

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ESE Seminar: “Hybrid Quantum Networks: Interfacing Photons, Phonons, and Superconducting Qubits”

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CBE Seminar: “C4E – Computational Chemistry of Compounds for Catalysis and Energy”

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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.

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