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Indonesia earthquake—how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing

Collapsed building after 2018 Lombok earthquake. Credit: Shutterstock At the time of writing, 436 people have died following an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok. A further 2,500 people have been hospitalised with serious injuries and over 270,000 people have been displaced. Earthquakes are one of the deadliest natural disasters, accounting for just 7.5% of such events between 1994 and 2013 but causing 37% of deaths. And, as with all natural disasters, it isn’t the countries that suffer the…

Deep learning to intervene where it counts – Coursera Engineering – Medium

How we built a feedback loop to optimize learning nudges Learning isn’t easy. To make it a little easier, we launched In-Course Help, delivering behavioral and pedagogical nudges as learners move through course material. In this post, we cover our process and learnings in implementing a machine learning feedback loop for personalizing and optimizing these nudges. In the first implementation of In-Course Help, all learners at a given point in a given course — for example, completing Lecture 9 of Course A, or…

The Power of Goals – Coursera Engineering – Medium

How setting — and being reminded of — goals are moving the needle for learners The very first moments of a course are a crucial point to engage learners for the long haul, and many learners need a nudge to get started — especially those who have yet to invest their time and resources in their learning journey. The literature has consistently shown that having specific goals in mind helps learners build motivation and stay focused, resulting in more positive learning outcomes. We decided to test that…

MU researchers working on groundbreaking VR classroom

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty Prasad Calyam and Henry He, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Associate Director and Professor of Special Education Janine Stitcher and several graduate students such as Sai Shreya Nuguri are working on vSocial, a cloud-based virtual reality platform intended to create virtual classrooms and curricula for students with autism, particularly those in rural areas with less access to specialized curricula. Photo by Amy Parris. Recent University of Missouri research sponsored by the National…

EECS summer programs shed light on cyber security, machine learning

The goal of the REU was to focus more on machine learning-related work around consumer networking problems that have societal impact in healthcare, public safety and education. Photos courtesy of Prasad Calyam. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department had another busy summer, hosting research-focused college students from around the country at its National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research in Consumer Networking Technologies and several high school students as part of its Summers@Mizzou Hacker Trackers program. Both…

MU Engineering’s Keller keeps busy at IEEE world conference

Jim at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) World Congress on Computational Intelligence WCCI in Brazil in July. Photo courtesy of Jim Keller. Jim Keller had a pretty whirlwind week in Rio de Janeiro. But it wasn’t a sightseeing trip for the Mizzou Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor. This visit was all business. Keller gave a keynote presentation, presented on two research papers, was re-elected vice president of publications and participated in a…

NSF-funded program at MU set to train teachers in STEM

The MU College of Engineering has four National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate sites, geared toward expanding learning opportunities for college students. But what about building interest in younger students who may decide at too early an age that engineering or related fields aren’t for them? The solution — train the teachers. For years, Satish Nair has run LEGO robotics camps, robotics design challenges, a rural and title-1 elementary program TECH4K5, prepared sample curricula for elementary school teachers and…

Out of the Classroom: A Snapshot of Uber’s Summer 2018 Interns

Uber’s engineering intern program gives college students a chance to find out how their studies can be put to practical use in an industry setting. Working under the guidance of a mentor, interns at Uber embed within a team and are assigned a project with a scope that fits within the 12 to 16 weeks of their internship. Over 200 engineering interns from universities all over North America and a diverse array of backgrounds participated in the summer 2018 program.…

How The Internet Has Changed Entertainment For Us

Since the beginning of time, humans have entertained themselves by telling each other stories, singing songs and challenging each other in competitions. In some ways, not much has changed over the years. Instead of telling stories, we watch movies and TV shows, instead of singing songs we listen to music on Spotify or YouTube and we play video games with each other to satiate our competitive spirits. Of course, that is a reductive way of looking at things – entertainment…

Effects similar to those seen in regular smokers and patients with chronic lung disease — ScienceDaily

E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal Thorax. The vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences of the respiratory tract. The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that while further research is needed to better…