Getting rid of Social Security numbers is the best move, and here’s why

This week, the Trump administration announced that it is exploring ways to replace the use of Social Security numbers as the main method of assuring people’s identities, with a safer system based on modern technology. This comes in the wake of consumer credit agency Equifax Inc.’s massive data breach. Emin Gun Sirer is an associate professor of […]

Surveillance leak first of many without system overhaul

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, detailing tools the CIA allegedly uses to hack into smartphones, computers and other electronic devices. Fred Schneider is a Cornell University computer science professor who researches trustworthy computing and public policy, and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Working Group at Cornell. Schneider cautions that without the investment in more-secure systems, […]

H1-B visa overhaul robs US of future tech leaders

Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University’s Computing and Information Science, says Trump’s immigration policies hinder high-skilled workers’ entry into the country and will affect creation of future STEM jobs. Bio:   Morrisett says: “Steve Jobs’s father immigrated from Syria. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, immigrated from India. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, immigrated from […]

Robot enthusiasts coming to Cornell to connect to robotics community

WHAT: Roboticists gather for two-day robotic showcase, research meeting, and job fair WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 30 WHERE: Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University MEDIA: The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 […]

Annual hackathon event to feature sustainability innovations

WHAT: 450 college students from across the Northeast will showcase innovative sustainability projects at 2016 ‘Big Red Hacks!’ event on Cornell campus WHEN: Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. through Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Hacking will take place in Physical Sciences Building, closing ceremony Sunday in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium MEDIA: The event is […]

Where can I buy a chair like that? This app will tell you

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you think you have a knack for interior design, or just want to spruce up your own home, new technology developed by Cornell researchers may help you choose furnishings the way professionals do. And professionals may find it helpful, too. Given a photo of a chair, lamp or some other item, […]

New dementia app helps memory loss patients find memories

ITHACA, N.Y. – People suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of age-related dementia sometimes have trouble recognizing friends and family or knowing what to talk about when they visit. A new app created by a group of Cornell University students offers to help patients stay connected to their memories – and thus to their friends […]

Play and experience new video and virtual reality games developed by Cornell students

WHAT:         Cornell Game Design Initiative Showcase 2016 will feature new video games that Cornell students have developed, including a new virtual reality game WHEN:         Friday, May 20, 4 – 7 p.m. WHERE:       ACCEL Labs, Carpenter Hall, Cornell University MEDIA:         The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to […]

Hollywood hospital cyberattack shows Bitcoin ransoms are modern-day heists

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s computer network has been down for days following a “ransomware” attack, with hackers demanding millions to bring the network back online. Emin Gun Sirer, a Cornell University computer science professor and world-renowned expert on cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, says the attack shows the fragile nature of computer infrastructure. Bio:   Sirer […]

$10 million grant helps Cornell launch multi-institutional virtual research lab

ITHACA, N.Y. – The National Science Foundation today announced $30 million in new awards to three Expeditions in Computing projects, one of which has been awarded to Cornell University Computer Science Professor Carla Gomes, also with appointments in Information Science and the Dyson School and director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability. Each award will […]