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Party for the people: UpNext app lets users shape the playlist

Tired of yelling song requests at the DJ until youre hoarse, and then getting shut down anyway? Turns out a lot of people are, so three U-M students are working to empower party-goers and democratize the dancefloor with their app, UpNext. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Undergraduate Students   

An armed robber's Supreme Court case could affect all Americans digital privacy for decades to come

Prof. HV Jagadish writes in this article for The Conversation about the data privacy challenges presented by a world in which our devices continuously record and track our activities. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Big Data   Cybersecurity   Jagadish, HV   

Phone Browsing Could Become Faster, May Use Less Data With Smart Code

This article reports on Vroom, software developed by computer scientists including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate student Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk. Vroom improves mobile browsing speed by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between smart devices and web servers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Madhyastha, Harsha   

Accelerating the Mobile Web: Vroom Software Could Double its Speed

Vroom software, developed by computer scientists including Prof. Harsha Madhyastha and CSE graduate student Vaspol Ruamviboonsuk, can dramatically speed the loading of webpages on mobile devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Madhyastha, Harsha   

Apps available for your smartphone could steal your personal information

WXYZ Detroit reports on work by UM researchers that has exposed dangerous open ports in mobile platforms that can be taken advantage of by hackers. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   

Smartphone security hole: "Open port" backdoors are common

The College of Engineering reports on work by computer science security researchers which has revealed that so-called "open ports" are much more vulnerable to security breaches than previously thought. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

Hundreds of popular Android apps have open ports, making them prime targets for hacking

This article reports on the work done by CSE researchers Yunhan Jack Jia, Qi Alfred Chen, Yikai Lin, Chao Kong, and Prof. Z. Morley Mao in characterizing a widespread vulnerability in popular Android apps. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

Open Ports Create Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones

This article reports on work by CSE researchers who have characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data by using open ports to create backdoors. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

An Obscure Flaw Creates Backdoors in Millions of Smartphones

CSE researchers have characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data, and also to install malware and to perform malicious code execution which could be used in large-scale attacks. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

Open Ports Act As Security Wormholes Into Mobile Devices

Computer science and engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have for the first time characterized a widespread vulnerability in the software that runs on mobile devices which could allow attackers to steal contact information, security credentials, photos, and other sensitive data, and also to install malware and to perform malicious code execution which could be used in large-scale attacks. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

Michigan Researchers Win Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015

CSE graduate student researchers Shichang Xu, Ashkan Nikravesh, Hongyi Yao (University of Michigan), David R. Choffnes (Northwestern University) with advisor Prof. Z. Morley Mao have won the Best Poster Award at MobiSys 2015. The poster describes their work in measuring important network phenomena for debugging problems at the edge of a cellular network. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Wireless Systems   

Two Michigan Papers Share the Best Paper Award at MobiSys 2015

Two papers with authors from Michigan shared the best paper award at the 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2015). The first, "Accelerating Mobile Applications through Flip-Flop Replication," was an all-Michgan paper, and the second, "Outatime: Using Speculation to Enable Low-Latency Continuous Interaction for Mobile Cloud Gaming," was a collaboration from amongst Michigan, Microsoft Research, and other authors. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chen, Peter M.   Flinn, Jason   Graduate Students   Mahlke, Scott   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   

CS Students Sweep Awards at 2015 Mobile Apps Challenge

Computer science students dominated the awards for the 2015 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge, which is open to students, faculty, and staff campus-wide. First place went to freshman Janum Trivedi, who will be declaring in CS soon. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students   

Mobile Friendly - apps to improve life

Prof. Jasprit Singh believes mobile apps can help change lives for the better, and he's built platform technology to help make it happen. Singh and his colleague John Hinckley have consulted with a number of U-M researchers on the development of mobile apps, and by creating a general platform, they can reduce costs and turnaround time. Singh helped Prof. Daniel Eisenberg build Tinyshifts, an app that actively prompts users to answer questions about their mental health issues. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit   

Smart Phone Apps: An Interview with Prof. Georg Essl (in German)

Prof. Georg Essl is interviewed on German public radio (WDR) on the subject of smart phone apps and their potential as musical instruments. The interview includes numerous musical examples from Essl's Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

HiJack Enables a Smartphone Dongle for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

HiJack, the hardware/software platform that was developed by Prof. Prabal Dutta and his students five years ago, has opened the door to new technology. Recently, a team of researchers from Columbia University developed an HIV and syphilis point of care test that detects the diseases within 15 minutes after a fingerprick of blood. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Computer Architecture   Dutta, Prabal   Sensing and Sensors   

Making Smartphones Smarter: HiJack Adopted for Use in Commercial Product

HiJack, the hardware/software platform for use in creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for smartphones, has been adopted for use in a product offering by NXP Semiconductors. HiJack was developed under the direction of Prof. Prabal Dutta, and allows for the integration of sensors to a smartphone through the phone's audio jack, making it a universal, low cost interface. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal   

Leaders in Ultra Low Power Circuits and Systems Presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

Michigan faculty and students will present seven papers at the 2014 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, a number that exceeds any other academic institution or company. The seven papers range from a millimeter-scale wireless imaging system, to a chip that can decipher an image in a manner similar to the human brain, to continued optimization of the circuits we use every day, as well as circuits that will fuel the future Internet of Things. One of the papers, Low Power Battery Supervisory Circuit with Adaptive Battery Health Monitor, has been selected as a Symposium Technical Highlight. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Blaauw, David   Dutta, Prabal   Flynn, Michael   Integrated Circuits and VLSI   Internet of Things   Millimeter-scale Computing   Sylvester, Dennis   Zhang, Zhengya   

Investigating a new material to help you stay connected

Seungku Lee, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his dissertation research on BST FARS. These RF devices will permit significant reductions to the size, cost and complexity of current devices that are part of state-of-the-art communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits   Communications   Graduate Students   Mortazawi, Amir   

Smartphone as mentor: How tech could change behavior

Students at Michigan are developing smartphone apps to enhance mindfulness, attention, and learning, as well as mental and physical health, in Prof. Singh's newly-developed course. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Singh, Jasprit   

SHOUT, a censorship-resistant microblogging app for Android

Try out SHOUT and help test this new microblogging app for Android developed by Michigan students. SHOUT provides a way to communicate with others close by - without being dependent on the Internet. The students were advised by Professors Robert Dick, Z. Morley Mao, and Dan Wallach (Rice University). [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   

Mighty Mobile: A Supercomputer in Your Pocket

The College of Engineering has highlighted work in the department on technologies under development at Michigan that will continue to enable the mobile computing revolution. See their digital multimedia experience here. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Austin, Todd   Blaauw, David   Computer Architecture   Lu, Wei   Mudge, Trevor   Papaefthymiou, Marios   Sylvester, Dennis   Wenisch, Thomas   

CS Undergrads Develop Learning Apps for Singapore 3rd Graders

Students in Prof. Elliot Soloway's Learning Apps for Primary Education course have built a suite of educational apps for K-12 students that are designed to spark self-directed, creative, and effective learning. The apps are being tested by the students in Singapore classrooms. Includes video. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach   Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Jason Flinn Authors Book on Mobile and Pervasive Computing

Professor Jason Flinn has authored a new book entitled "Cyber Foraging Bridging Mobile and Cloud Computing," which has been published by Morgan & Claypool as a part of their Synthesis Lectures on Mobile and Pervasive Computing series.

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Flinn, Jason   

Researchers Demonstrate Firewall Vulnerability in Cell Network

Assoc. Prof. Z. Morley Mao and graduate student Zhiyun Qian have demonstrated how the security features of popular cell network firewalls can be exploited, allowing hackers to break into Facebook and Twitter accounts. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Cybersecurity   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   

Student-Formed Company Wins 2011 Student of da Vinci Award

ASK Applications, a company founded by six U-M computer science students, has won the Student of da Vinci Award for ASK Messaging, an innovative iPad app that makes mobile computing accessible to people with disabilities. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Chesney, David   Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Undergraduate Students   

Students Build Mobile Apps at 48-Hour Hackathon

U-M students with an interest in mobile device programming came together for the fifth 48-Hour Mobile Apps Hackathon and created an array of functional apps. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Shin: EE Times - Subconscious mode for Smartphones Could Extend Battery Life by Over 50 Percent

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Related Topics:  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

Shin: Science Daily - Smartphone Battery Life Could Dramatically Improve With New Invention

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

Shin: SmartPlanet - Extending Smart Phone Battery Life by More Than 50 Percent

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

Shin: Cnet News - Subconscious Mode Extends Handset Battery Life

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

Computer Scientists Win Best Paper Award at MobiCom 2011 Conference

Professor Kang G. Shin and Ph.D. student Xinyu Zhang have won the Best Paper Award at the 17th Annual MobiCom for their paper, "E-MiLi: Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening in Wireless Networks" [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

E-MILI Could Dramatically Improve Smartphone Battery Life

Prof. Kang Shin and doctoral student Xinyu Zhang have developed E-MILI, a "subconscious mode" to extend battery life for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled devices. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Shin, Kang G.   Wireless Systems   

Mao: MIT Technology Review - How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Wireless Systems   

RobustNet Research Group Releases Mobile App That Measures 3G Network Performance

U-M researchers led by Assoc. Prof. Morley Mao have released an Android/iOS 3G performance evaluation app in response to the FCC Open Internet Apps Challenge. Vote for the app here. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Wireless Systems   

Computer Science Students Win Spring 2011 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge with Accessible Messaging

A team of computer science students headed by CS undergraduate Kimberly Hunter took first place in the Spring 2011 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Undergraduate Students   

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Performs Six New Works at Spring Concert

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Georg Essl, performed six original works at its spring concert. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Soloway: THE Journal - Will Smart Phones Eliminate the Digital Divide?

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Soloway: eSchool News - Mobile Learning: Not Just Laptops Any More

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Student Programmers Create Mobile CTools App, Sell to U-M

Student programmers have created a Mobile CTools application for iOS and Android, and have sold it to U-M Information and Technology Services. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Ringenberg, Jeff   Student Teams and Organizations   

Researchers Develop Energy Efficiency Profiling Technology for Mobile Platforms

Researchers have built profiling technology to energy-optimize mobile apps and are now seeking students to use 3G phones as part of a study. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Graduate Students   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Wireless Systems   

Students Show Off, Try Apps at iOS Showcase

Computer science students showcased their iOS mobile app creations at an event in CSE's Tishman Hall on Friday, April 1. [Full Story]
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Ringenberg: Educause Quarterly - Creating a Mobile Community of App Developers

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Related Topics:  Ringenberg, Jeff   

Students Build a Number of Mobile Apps in 48 Hours

U-M students with an interest in mobile device programming came together for the fourth 48-Hour Mobile Apps Hackathon and created an array of functional apps. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Yahoo! and CSE Kick Off 48-Hour Mobile App Programming Event

U-M Students are encouraged to build app for mobile platforms in the 48-hour hackathon that begins Friday, Feb. 4. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Dutta: Slashdot - HiJacking the iPhones Headset Port

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Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal   

EECS Students Win 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge with HiJack

EECS students took a number of awards, including first place, in the Fall 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Undergraduate Students   

Soloway: New York Times - Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Soloway: Mlive.com - Smart phones changing work, play and school

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Students Give A Couple of the Best Among 3,000 Elevator Pitches

Keith Porter and Patrick Theisen won in their category Michigan Matters, and Best Mobile App. Their projects are called, Metro Detroit Computer Exchange and miParty. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship and Tech Transfer   Undergraduate Students   

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble in Original Theatrical Performance

Friday, November 5, the Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble will participate in an original theatrical piece as part of the Once. More. festival and the Performing Arts Technology 25th Anniversary. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

U-M Students Build Amazing Mobile Apps in 48 Hours

U-M students with an interest in mobile device programming came together for the third 48-hour Smartphonia Mania Hackathon. The outcome was an impressive set of functional apps! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   Undergraduate Students   

CSE and North American Bancard Host 48-Hour Hackathon

This weekend, CSE and North American Bancard will host the third annual 48-hour Smartphonia Mania Hackathon. Students are invited to join and create mobile apps - for any moble device! [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

New Student Group to Form for Mobile App Development

A new student group is forming around mobile app development, and everyone's invited to the organizational meeting in Design Lab One at the Duderstadt on Sept 30 @ 6:00pm. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations   

CSE Researchers Win First Place in ISPLED Design Contest

Three CSE researchers have won first place in the ISLPED 2010 Low Power Design Contest for developing a method for harvesting power from a smartphone audio jack. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal   

Official Michigan iPhone App Has Roots as a CSE Student Project

The U-M has released its official iPhone app, which provides access to a range of campus information. The app also has roots as a CSE student project. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students   

CS Students Win Big in ITS Mobile Apps Innovation Challenge

Current and former computer science students have been announced as top winners in all three categories of the ITS Mobile Apps Innovation Challenge. [Full Story]
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Essl: BlogTalkRadio - Radio Interview on Cell Phones and Learning

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Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Essl: WOBC News - Radio Interview on Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble

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Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Soloway: eSchool News - Education Reformers Tout Value of Handheld Technologies (pdf)

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Soloway: District Administration - Mobile Devices in the Classroom

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble Completes Premier Concert

The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, using iPhones as instruments and led by Asst. Prof. George Essl, has concluded its premier performance. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   Undergraduate Students   

Essl: BBC - iPhone Orchestra Ready for Debut

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Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Essl: Michigan Radio - The Sound of (iPhone) Music

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Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Essl: Detroit Free Press - U-M Students Merge Music with iPhone Technology

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Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble to Perform on December 9th

Led by Asst. Prof. Georg Essl, this unique new and unique student ensemble will merge technology and creativity as they perform all new works on iPhone-based instruments of their own design. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Essl, Georg   Undergraduate Students   

Smartphone App Illuminates Power Consumption

New application developed by Profs. Robert Dick, Morley Mao, and students Lide Zhang and Birjodh Tiwan will help software developers build more efficient products. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Dick, Robert   Embedded Systems   Integrated Circuits and VLSI   Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Software Systems   

Students Develop Mobile Apps During 48-Hour Smartphonia Mania

Eleven teams of student programmers worked for 48 hours to create and present a remarkable set of iPhone and Android applications at CSE. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   Undergraduate Students   

CSE Researchers Enlist Users for Worldwide 3G Network Study

CSE Researchers led by Asst. Prof. Morley Mao are enlisting iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile users to participate in a worldwide study of 3G wireless network performance. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley   Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems   Wireless Systems   

Soloway - Concentrate: Ann Arbors Got Apps

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Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Soloway - Metromode: Got Apps?

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway - Digital Directions: Making the Case for Mobile Computing

[Full Story]
Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway - Teacher Magazine: How About a Little Googling, Class?

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway - Michigan Business Review: GoKnow software moves learning to cell phones

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

48-Hour Mobile App Blitz Completes with Six Successful Apps

On March 27-29, 2009, CSE held a 48-hour mobile device programming blitz at the University of Michigan. Six creative apps were developed by student teams and demoed at the end of the event. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   Undergraduate Students   

CSE and Apple Computer Sponsor 48-Hour Mobile Programming Blitz

Why take an entire semester to build an app, when you can do it in 48 hours? Students at CSE will participate in the iPhone and mobile device programming blitz beginning this Friday, March 27 at 5:00 pm. [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway, quoted in eSchool News: Conference explores benefits of mobile learning

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway, quoted in The Dallas Morning News: Kellers Trinity Meadows students use cellphones as classroom computer

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Prof. Elliot Soloway Leads in Drive to use Smart Phones for Learning

Professor Elliot Soloway is leading a movement in K-12 education to use smart phones and mobile technologies to enable interactive, engaging, and multidisciplinary learning. U-M Press Release [Full Story]
Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway & Cathleen Norris, BusinessWeek Viewpoint: Get Cell Phones into Schools

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway featured in Tech & Learning Magazine: The Future is in Your Hand

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Elliot Soloway & Cathleen Norris, District Admin: The Impending Mobile Mega-Disruption

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Related Topics:  Education   Soloway, Elliot   

Yahoo! Seminar Series

Prof. Soloway will present the talk, "The Most Important Challenge America Faces: Educating the Mobile Generation," Friday, November 14, 4-5pm, in 1670 CSE. The Yahoo! Seminar Series features faculty presenting their research to students.
Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot