September 23, 2013

Ph.D. Plus Gives Engineering Graduate Students Career Edge

A Ph.D. in engineering, followed by years of postdoctoral study, has traditionally opened the door to an academic career focused on research and teaching—but more and more Ph.D. engineers are headed in other directions.  In fact, today, around 70 percent of Duke University’s engineering Ph.D. [...]

September 18, 2013

Genomic Test Accurately Sorts Viral Versus Bacterial Infections

A blood test developed by Duke researchers showed more than 90-percent accuracy in distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections when tested in people with respiratory illnesses. The test, which detects a specific genetic “signature” that the sick person’s immune system expresses as a [...]

September 09, 2013

Cochlear Implant Pioneer Blake Wilson to Receive Lasker Award

Blake S. Wilson, a pioneer in the development of cochlear implants who serves as a co-director of the Duke Hearing Center, will receive the 2013 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced Monday that Wilson will share the award with Graeme M. [...]

August 06, 2013

Entrepreneurs in ECE

Entrepreneurship success stories abound in Duke’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Look at Advanced Liquid Logic: founded in 2004 by ECE graduate students Vamsee Pamula and Michael Pollack, the company was acquired in July 2013 by Illumina, Inc., which develops life science tools [...]

July 10, 2013

Teaching machines to watch TV

Watching TV is one of the things that computers cannot do better than humans. They’re terrible at it, in fact. But Leslie Collins’ signal processing group in ECE is working to change that. The “big data” potential is vast: Turning a moving picture into data that could be analyzed statistically in [...]

July 10, 2013

Shaping data

It doesn’t tick, but biology keeps excellent time. Mathematician and computer science/ECE professor John Harer and his collaborators want to unwind the variety of biological clocks found in cells, looking closely at their timepieces to see how they work individually and how they work together. He’s [...]

July 10, 2013

Probability, not certainty

David Dunson is a statistician who helps neuroscientists and physicians to better diagnose illnesses. “Right now, if you combine data from different brain imaging modes—fMRI, structural MRI and other variants of the scan—there are billions of data points on that one patient. Making sense of all of [...]

July 10, 2013

The art of analysis

You wouldn’t think that art from the 14th century could be a subject for big data. But Duke professor of mathematics and of electrical and computer engineering Ingrid Daubechies has been collecting information about artworks, trying to understand the differences between originals and copies and how [...]

July 10, 2013

Geometries of data, from molecules to threat detection

We’re used to objects having a certain length, width and depth. They usually exist in time as well, giving them four dimensions. But to Mauro Maggioni, a professor of mathematics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at Duke, four dimensions aren’t enough to understand how [...]

July 10, 2013

Data-based detective work

Precisely planting electrodes in the most delicate regions of a patient’s brain to still the tremors of Parkinson’s. Compressing images taken by rovers on Mars to speed them down to earth. Tracing the outer contours of the flu virus to find new footholds for vaccines. Changing the background in a [...]