Purdue ECE in the Media

Boosting faith in the authenticity of open source software

December 1, 2023

She and three collaborators—her former advisor Karen Sollins, a Principal Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Santiago Torres-Arias, an assistant professor of computer science at Purdue University; and Zachary Newman, a former MIT graduate student and current research scientist at Chainguard Labs—have developed a new system called Speranza, which is aimed at reassuring software consumers that the product they are getting has not been tampered with and is coming directly from a source they trust.


The Best Solar Panels That Help You Slash Your Energy Costs

November 30, 2023

“You should be thinking about the whole system, and that includes batteries [to store your excess solar power] and panels,” says Muhammad Ashraful Alam, Ph.D., a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. Not all panels are alike or even work for every home or climate, making it important to consider your personal needs when choosing panels, Alam says.


UNIVERSITY UPDATE: The CHIPS Act and workforce development

November 21, 2023

Louder for those in the back: Workforce development in the U.S. defense and industrial semiconductor industry, always an important issue, is even more critical today as big federal dollars for domestic production come online.


Purdue researcher: ‘Body internet’ invention could revolutionize tech devices

November 20, 2023

Researchers at Purdue University have invented what they call “body internet.” It’s something that could revolutionize how all of us interact with technology. The magic of this technology happens in small computer chips. The prototype is attached to the back of a phone. It uses the human body as a conductor and allows the transport of information simply by touch.


Teens exploited by fake nudes illustrate threat of unregulated AI

November 3, 2023

A phone, a few photos and artificial intelligence have stirred controversy and shattered the privacy of several teens at a New Jersey high school after they learned that nude images of them — created via AI — were circulated in group chats.


Using sound to test devices, control qubits

October 25, 2023

Control of atomic vacancies with sound waves could improve communications and offer new control for quantum computing


What is USB-C? A computer engineer explains the one device connector to rule them all

September 13, 2023

Apple announced on Sept. 12, 2023, that it plans to adopt the USB-C connector for all four new iPhone 15 models, helping USB-C become the connector of choice of the electronics industry, nine years after its debut. The move puts Apple in compliance with European Union law requiring a single connector type for consumer devices.


Researchers aim to improve dairy cow efficiency with $1m grant

September 12, 2023

A team of Purdue University researchers has received a $1 million (AU$1.5m) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to improve feed efficiency and consistency on dairy farms by using automated video analytics systems.


USDA grant equips Purdue to improve dairy farm efficiency

September 7, 2023

“Farmers are trained to make a lot of decisions based on things that they see,” said Amy Reibman, the Elmore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who specializes in video analytics for animals. “I’m an engineer. I want to solve problems. We should be able to design a system that can augment their abilities.”


DOD funds microelectronics program with Purdue, IU

August 30, 2023

A microelectronics workforce program involving Hoosier universities will receive $19 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to ramp up research and add new partners.


U.S. needs to invest in training, recruiting to expand semiconductor workforce

August 25, 2023

The United States is trying to shore up domestic semiconductor supply chains and address challenges in staffing. The Semiconductor Industry Association forecasts that by 2030, the field will face a shortage of 67,000 engineers, technicians and computer scientists.


Risk modeling initiative aims to expose the ‘hiddenness of knowledge’ in the supply chain

August 21, 2023

Santiago Torres-Arias runs in-toto, an open metadata standard framework for supply chain attestation, and Sigstore, a standard for signing, verifying, and protecting software.