Heart patients who have reached end-stage heart failure may have a pump surgically inserted to help blood flow to the rest of the body. This mechanical implant is called a ventricular assist device (VAD), and it can prolong and improve patients' lives. Though physicians have been performing this surgery for years, the patient outcomes are not as predictable as would be expected. While some patients are finally able to return to their normal lifestyle post-surgery, other patients do not live long after receiving this technology.
In a recent article on CNBC, Assistant Professor Chinmay Kulkarni shared his research that is bringing together individuals with very different viewpoints. Kulkarni's research focuses on building technology that can support and improve how people live and learn. So he was quick to spot an opportunity following the election to connect groups of people with differing opinions for a positive gain.
"It is easy to say, 'I'm going to talk to somebody else and try to understand them,' but without the right circumstances, you're quickly at each other's throat," Kulkarni said.
Associate professor Jason Hong believes that we are currently living in the early stages of the third wave of computing. The first wave was about twenty years ago and was the basics of computing. Then the second wave brought us connected computers in a global network. This new wave is the incorporation of computers with the physical world in which we live. Hong calls it "computation and communication embedded into everyday objects."
In this project, we aim to address the systematically-reduced standardized test scores of African American students compared to their Euro-American peers by using virtual peer technology to understand the role of dialect, and more broadly, cultural congruence, on students's performance, and to help students achieve in the classroom.Education Learning Sciences and Technologies Societal Problems articulab.justinecassell.com/projects/alex.html Faculty