Students best corporate sponsor in robot contest

A bit of history was made in the annual robotics competition, Dec. 7 in the atrium of Duffield Hall, where a robot created by Cornell students defeated the corporate sponsor’s robot in a head-to-head block-gathering challenge.

Naturally, ‘Berry Great Outdoors!’ scoops ice cream victory

Pining for ice cream? This campy mix of graham cracker swirl, fudge, toasted marshmallow flavor and berries, has won top honors in a food science class annual competition.

Start smart with smartphone privacy and safety

Whether you’re using the same old phone, or you received a new smartphone as a holiday gift, the last thing you want to do is put yourself — and your personal information — at risk. Vitaly Shmatikov, professor of computer science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science and at Cornell Tech, offers four tips to consider for smartphone app security as we head into the New Year.

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Climate-driven disease compromises seagrass health

In an oceanic omen for climate change’s intensifying effects, Cornell-led research shows that seagrass suffers from a wasting disease and root-system deterioration.  

Smartphone use contributes to teacher ‘technostress’ in India

Rama Adithya Varanasi, a Ph.D. candidate in the field of information science, spent six months studying hundreds of teachers in rural and urban communities to understand how different aspects of smartphone use and governance were causing significant technology-related stress.

AI innovators to speak at Cornell BrAIn symposium Dec. 9-10

Cornell BrAIn, initiated and led by the College of Arts & Sciences, will host a two-day symposium Dec. 9-10, bringing together innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and neuroscience.

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New initiative elevates Cornell as leader in AI

Cornell is launching a bold new initiative in artificial intelligence that will expand faculty working both in core areas, as well as the nearly unlimited domains affected by advances in AI.

Estrin, health tech pioneer, wins von Neumann medal

Deborah Estrin, associate dean and the Robert V. Tishman ’37 Professor at Cornell Tech, has been named the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) John von Neumann Medal. 

Overly positive feedback leads to poor assistive tech

Being overly positive about new tech is a type of response bias – a hazard of all studies involving people, where participants give less than accurate reactions, whether consciously or unconsciously.