Computing and Information Science

BDN shares UMaine Learning With AI initiative

The Bangor Daily News reported that the University of Maine launched Learning With AI, an initiative to help faculty and students adapt to an educational landscape transformed by generative AI like ChatGPT and DALLE. “The evolution of AI tools over the past six months has been unprecedented. This has led to an urgent need for […]

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Ghanavati awarded $674,804 from NSF to study data privacy

Sepideh Ghanavati, assistant professor of computer science, has received a $674,804 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research studying data privacy. The annual NSF CAREER awards are one of the organization’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty and include a federal grant for research and education activities […]

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UMaine moves forward with new B.S. program in Human-Centered Technology Design

The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) will launch a new Bachelor of Science in Human-Centered Technology Design program in the fall 2023 semester. The degree program was approved at the Jan. 30 meeting of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. Human-Centered Technology Design, or HCTD, focuses on the […]

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Salimeh Sekeh wants to teach AI how to manage itself

Salimeh Sekeh wants to help humanity — and she sees artificial intelligence as a key way to do that. At the University of Maine, Sekeh is leading research that designs machine learning models and teaches artificial intelligence to essentially improve itself, which will have impactful applications in Maine and beyond. Before Sekeh joined the University […]

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The Atlantic, the Conversation cite Dym study about fandom communities online

In an article about whether Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter will lead to an exodus from the platform, the Atlantic and the Conversation cited a study co-authored by Brianna Dym, lecturer at the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine, looking at why fandom communities migrated from platforms such as LiveJournal […]

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Ippolito quoted in PPH about “Hopeful” artist Hewitt launching NFTs

John Ippolito, a professor of new media at the University of Maine, spoke to the Portland Press Herald about 76-year-old artist Charlie Hewitt launching a collection of NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, becoming one of the first major Maine artists to explore that market. Hewitt is best known for his “Hopeful” signs, which are on display […]

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Olsen to study effects of mineral weathering on tropical forest productivity

Tropical forests can mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into plant biomass through photosynthesis. But as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, some forests may not be able to sequester more of it because their habitats lack sufficient supplies of nutrients.  Amanda Olsen, a University of Maine associate […]

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BDN features Rheingans program, NSF award

The Bangor Daily News reported that Penny Rheingans, professor and director of the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine, leads a team of UMaine faculty and staff committed to finding the barriers to computing students’ success and tackling them head-on. This team was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million from the […]

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