Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 31, 2011

Ortiz office

Dean’s summer office hours

This summer, Dean Christine Ortiz will hold open office hours. Students are invited to stop by with questions or concerns, or simply to introduce themselves.

Office hours will be held in 3-132 on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 15, 4 – 5pm
Tuesday, June 28, 4 – 5pm
Wednesday, July 6, 4:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, July 26, 4 – 5pm
Tuesday, August 30, 5 – 6pm

May 18, 2011

Locately Will Find Which 50% Of Your Advertising Is Wasted

Companies want insight into whether their ads have any effect on consumers’ driving route and what they purchase along the way. Delivering such insight is how Locately, a start-up founded by two MIT PhD graduates, is getting paid. And in the process of commercializing their technology, Locately is winning millions in grants from the U.S. government.

In a May 13 interview with Locately co-founder and CEO, Dr. Thaddeus Fulford-Jones (former Hugh Hampton Young fellow), we started off our conversation watching a presentation that Fulford-Jones narrated of Nikki, a woman who volunteered to share her location data via the GPS chip in her mobile phone.

Location analytics revealed that Walmart (WMT) was a favorite shopping destination, with Nikki willing to drive past rivals Target (TGT) and Costco (COST) just to get there. But on Friday afternoons after leaving work early, she would head to the Family Dollar (FDO) instead, to avoid the after-school rush at her favorite Walmart. Continue reading the article on Forbes.

May 18, 2011

Thomas Heldt is Sensing Brain Pressure without Surgery

One of the most important things to monitor in patients who’ve sustained a severe blow to the head or a serious hemorrhage is pressure in the brain. This can reveal an increase in the brain’s volume, thanks to bleeding, swelling, or other factors, which can compress and damage brain tissue and starve the organ of blood. Increases in pressure have also been implicated in other, less critical neurological problems, such as migraines and repeated concussions. But current methods for monitoring intracranial pressure are highly invasive—a neurosurgeon drills a hole in the skull and inserts a catheter, which carries a risk of infection.

Thomas Heldt (former Hugh Hampton Young fellow), a research scientist at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, and collaborators Faisal Kashif and George Verghese, also at MIT, hope to change that with a new, noninvasive method for monitoring intracranial pressure. While the technology is still in its early stages of development, initial studies on data from comatose patients show that it is about as accurate as intracranial monitoring with a catheter and more accurate than other, less invasive options, which involve inserting a catheter into the tissue layers between the inner skull and the brain. Heldt presented the research at the Next-Generation Medical Electronic Systems workshop at MIT earlier this month. Continue reading the article in the MIT Technology Review.

May 10, 2011

Alan Davidson to Discuss Issues of Privacy and Tracking with Congress

Representatives from Apple and Google are set to publicly speak about privacy matters next week. Guy Tribble, Apple VP of software technology and Alan Davidson (former Hugh Hampton Young fellow), Google’s director of public policy for the Americas will appear as witnesses at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law will preside on the hearing, which is titled, “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell phones and your Privacy. Read the rest of the article on PCWorld.