AI enables strategic hydropower planning across Amazon basin

Biologist Alex Flecker and computer scientist Carla Gomes co-led a project that employed AI and around 40 researchers in an attempt to determine optimal placement of around 350 hydropower dams in the Amazon river basin.

‘Underground maps’ segment cities using fashion, AI

Cornell computer scientists have developed a new framework to automatically draw “underground maps,” which accurately segment cities into areas with similar fashion sense and, thus, interests.

Smart necklace recognizes English, Mandarin commands

Cheng Zhang, assistant professor of information science, and doctoral student Ruidong Zhang have developed a silent-speech recognition device, SpeeChin, that can identify silent commands using images of skin deformation in the neck and face.

René Kizilcec named Jacobs Foundation Fellow

René Kizilcec has been named a 2022-2024 Jacobs Foundation Fellow and will examine effective, affordable hybrid learning in secondary-school education in low-resource areas.

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Two Cornellians will compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ Feb. 8

Andrés Quijano ’22 will compete at 7:30 p.m. on “Jeopardy!” and Catherine Zhang ’22 will compete at 8 p.m. on the “Jeopardy!” National College Championship, on ABC and Hulu.

Seven faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Seven Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. This year's fellows, 564 in all, will be honored at a virtual event Feb. 19.

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David Williamson Receives 2022 Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Society

David Williamson, chair of the Department of Information Science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science and professor of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE), will receive the 2022 American Mathematical Society (AMS) Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research.

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Cornell Tech professor tells Congress crypto can go greener

Blockchain technology expert Ari Juels testified Jan. 20 before a Congressional subcommittee that digital currency – a notorious energy guzzler – can be validated in greener ways.

Startup roundup: New alliances for Ava Labs

Cornell startups Ava Labs have new key partnerships with Deloitte and Mastercard, while university startup companies SwiftScale Biologics and Novomer have been acquired.