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    LIVE: Charles Wallace at White House Conference on Aging Monday Afternoon

    2015 White House Conference on AgingProf. Charles Wallace was invited to the White House Conference on Aging because of his Breaking Digital Barriers project and the ongoing outreach to research, understand, and help bridge the technology gap experienced by older Americans. Wallace is participating on the Technology and the Future of Aging panel, which begins at 3:50pm July 13, 2015.

    There is an official website for the White House Conference on Aging.

    The conference is being streamed live at:

    Online@Library is a joint outreach project between the Michigan Technological University Computer Science Department and the Portage Lake District Library that provides free computer help. These computer help sessions with individual tutors are held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library through August. Student volunteers show participants how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, share pictures and letters, find information, solve computer problems, and much more. Tutors help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have devices (such as laptops, tablets, phones, cameras, etc.) may bring them. Online@Library is free and everyone is welcome.

    More information can be found at the Breaking Digital Barriers website:

    Charles Wallace
    Charles Wallace, center, attends the White House Conference on Aging.

    Financial Engines’ CEO Lawrence Raffone a Panelist at the White House Conference on Aging

    The panel addressed Technology and the Future of Aging, and was moderated by Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Other panelists included Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager, East Coast, at Uber; Tom Parkinson, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, at Peapod LLC; Charles Wallace, Associate Professor, Computer Science, at Michigan Technological University; and Donna Levin, Co-Founder & VP, Policy, CSR and Global Workplace Solutions, at United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez delivered the closing remarks.

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    Chuck Wallace Shares How to Break Digital Barriers at White House Conference

    “We’re looking at this from the user perspective,” Wallace says. “And we’re hoping to take this from an outreach, educational opportunity to build in more of a research component to better understand what’s happening with these users.”

    Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Allison Mills.

    Aging Together: Students and seniors breaking down technology barriers

    We’ll age out of the technology gap.

    I think that’s an unspoken belief around helping seniors overcome technology barriers. Everyone today uses the Internet and owns a device. Barriers will fall as people of all ages get swept into the “cloud” and embrace the “Internet of Things.”

    I may have felt the same until talking with Michigan Tech Professor Charles Wallace.

    Read more at MLive, by Dustin Block.

    Jeon Presents at International Conference on Auditory Display

    ICAD 2015Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) and colleagues presented four research projects at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) in Graz, Austria: “Regulating drivers’ aggressiveness by sonifying emotional data,” “Subjective assessment of in-vehicle auditory warnings for rail grade crossings,” “Exploration of semiotics of new auditory displays: A comparative analysis with visual displays,” and “Cultural differences in preference of auditory emoticons: USA and South Korea.” Jeon also successfully hosted the workshop on “In-vehicle Auditory Interactions” at ICAD. This workshop was partly supported by MTTI.

    ICAD 2015 – ICAD in Space: Interactive Spatial Sonification was held July 8-10.

    New Associate Professor Spiros Bakiras

    Spiros Bakiras
    Spiros Bakiras

    Spiros Bakiras received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, his M.S. degree in Telematics from the University of Surrey, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at John Jay College, City University of New York. Before that, he held teaching and research positions at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His current research interests include database security and privacy, applied cryptography, and mobile computing. He is a recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award.

    New Assistant Professor Keith Vertanen

    Keith Vertanen
    Keith Vertanen

    Dr. Keith Vertanen specializes in designing intelligent interactive systems that leverage uncertain input technologies. A particular focus of his research is on systems that enhance the capabilities of users with permanent or situationally-induced disabilities. Dr. Vertanen’s broader interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), speech and language processing, mobile interfaces, and crowdsourcing. Dr. Vertanen received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009. Dr. Vertanen serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vice-president for Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SIG-SLPAT), and was an associate chair for MobileHCI 2014 and IUI 2015.

    Invited Talk for Soner Onder in Switzerland

    Soner Onder
    Soner Onder

    Professor Soner Onder (CS) will be giving an invited talk at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 16, 2015. The talk is entitled Breaking out of Control-Flow Jail: Single Assignment Compiler, Single-Assignment Architecture. EPFL is a research university that specializes in physical sciences and engineering. It is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world for engineering and sciences, ranking 17th overall and 10th in engineering according to 2015 QS World University Rankings.

    University Establishes Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

    ICCMichigan Tech recently established the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC), a new research institute to promote research and learning experiences in the areas of mobile computing, cybersecurity, cyber physical systems, cyber human systems and computer systems. ICC is the research arm of the Alliance of Computing, Information and Automation (ACIA).

    “The Institute of Computing and Cybersystems will be a focal point for research in computer-related areas, and fits well into the Michigan Tech model of research centers that reach across multiple academic boundaries,” says Dave Reed, Vice President for Research. “There has been some consolidation of existing research organizations on campus, and partly because of that I am optimistic that the ICC will achieve the critical mass necessary for major funding opportunities and external visibility.”

    ICC is currently composed of three centers: Center of Mobile Computing and Cybersecurity (MCC), Center of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Center of Cyber Human Systems (CHS). The Center for Computer Systems Research (CCSR) will be folded into ICC.

    “The ICC will bring our faculty and students together to discover innovative new knowledge in the fields of computing and cybersystems, and will foster interdisciplinary collaborations and enable our faculty to develop multidisciplinary proposals which otherwise would not be possible,” says Min Song, ICC Founding Director and member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “ICC will improve ACIA external visibility and create a platform for broad sets of national and international collaborations to make valuable contributions to the field.”

    Daniel Fuhrmann, chair of the ACIA Executive Committee says, “We stand at the dawn of the era of the Internet of Everything, where computers, sensors and networks play an ever-increasing role in all aspects of our lives. In order for Michigan Tech to remain a national leader as a technological university, it is critical that we have robust, visible programs in computer science and computer engineering and all engineering fields that are touched by computing. I am delighted that we have Min Song here to lead that effort and that he has pulled together the people to create this organization on campus.”

    “One of the original goals of ACIA was to provide a means to leverage the research capabilities of individual faculty members and researchers in order to provide an opportunity to develop larger, interdisciplinary projects,” says James Frendewey, member of the ACIA Executive Committee. “The ICC will provide an effective structure to allow researchers within the alliance and across the university to develop competitive proposals and conduct significant research.”

    ICC is authorized for five years through December 2020.