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February 3, 2024

Compact Spinning Tech Makes Thermal Imaging Bright

“Our system leverages specially designed metasurfaces with cutting-edge computational algorithms,” says Xueji Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in electrical and computer engineering at Purdue. “By stacking and spinning these metasurfaces, we break down thermal light into its spectral...components.”
January 17, 2024

Reining in AI means figuring out which regulation options are feasible, both technically and economically

Concern about generative artificial intelligence technologies seems to be growing almost as fast as the spread of the technologies themselves. These worries are driven by unease about the possible spread of disinformation at a scale never seen before, and fears of loss of employment, loss of control over creative works and, more futuristically, AI becoming so powerful that it causes extinction of the human species.
January 17, 2024

What will 2024 will bring

We have all been startled by the power of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and its ilk of Gen AI tools, like Google's Gemini and Meta's Llama. One critical question in 2024 will be, can these be weaponised to make our cyberspace more insecure?
December 18, 2023

Biden has big plans for chips manufacturing, but there are too few qualified workers

Last year, Purdue University in Indiana launched the nation's first program for semiconductor degrees. The goal is to attract science students who would ordinarily be tempted to join a software or social media company to instead think about these electronic devices found in everything from cell phones to cars to weapons. And for 19-year-old Adam Mack, it was a convincing sales pitch.
December 1, 2023

Boosting faith in the authenticity of open source software

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.
November 30, 2023

The Best Solar Panels That Help You Slash Your Energy Costs

“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.
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