Undergrad research program culminates in 2023 symposium

After an exciting summer of research, students from the Cornell Bowers CIS BURE program shared their results with faculty, mentors, and fellow students.

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‘Trashbots’ help Brooklynites clean up, connect

Cornell Tech researchers deployed “trashbots” in Brooklyn for two weeks in July. The goal of the experiment was to see how people interact with, and make sense of, service robots in public spaces. The cleaning was an added bonus.

Using broad race categories in medicine hides true health risks

Many medical studies record a patient’s race using only the broad categories from the U.S. Census, which may conceal racial health disparities, a new Cornell-led study reports.

Algorithm overlooks Spanish speakers in online SNAP ads

A Cornell-led team found the algorithm behind Google Ads charged far more to deliver online ads to Spanish speakers about the benefits of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.

6th Celebration of Statistics and Data Science scheduled for September 8

The day-long event will feature talks from seven field scholars, including this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award, Karen Bandeen-Roche, chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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9 receive 2023 Bowers CIS-LinkedIn grants

This second round of grants from the five-year, multimillion-dollar partnership will fund high-impact research on topics ranging from large language models and recommender systems to dynamic information retrieval and algorithmic fairness.

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Researchers prefer same-gender co-authors, study confirms

Researchers are more likely to pen scientific papers with co-authors of the same gender, a pattern not solely due to gender representation across disciplines and time, according to joint research from Cornell and the University of Washington.

Analysis of court transcripts reveals biased jury selection

Cornell researchers have shown that data science and artificial intelligence tools can successfully identify when prosecutors question potential jurors differently, in an effort to prevent women and Black people from serving on juries.

That’s funny – but AI models don’t get the joke

Is artificial intelligence beginning to “understand” humor? In experiments using the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest as a testbed, researchers found that it’s making some progress, but isn’t quite there yet.