Mining for gold in a mountain of data

Lehigh University participates in workshop on new developments in big data optimization algorithms, theory, applications and systems

After shopping at your favorite grocery store week after week, you finally earned a free turkey.

The cashier scanned your loyalty card at every checkout, rewarding you with points toward a holiday turkey or ham - while at the same time sending an itemization of everything you bought to a database.

Rooting out Ebola’s biomechanical enabler

Lehigh University wins NIH grant to unlock mystery of the virus’ interaction with host cells

In some ways, the Ebola virus operates like a vampire; only after it is politely invited in to a host cell does it take up the task of destroying everything in its path.

The virus uses the everyday function of endocytosis—the taking in of matter by a living cell—to gain entry, first attaching to the outer wall before a vesicle forms to draw it into the cell.

Emeritus professor authors books on numerical algorithms

William E. Schiesser, emeritus professor at Lehigh University, recently authored several books on computer-based solutions to model real-life phenomena, such as the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Schiesser is the Emeritus McCann Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department as well as a former professor in the mathematics department.

His recent books include the following four titles:

Kothare joins editorial board of IEEE journal

Mayuresh Kothare, the R. L. McCann Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Lehigh University, has been appointed to the editorial board of an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) society journal.

Kothare will serve as an associate editor of Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC): Systems. The IEEE publication is one of five journals published by the IEEE SMC Society.

Mending materials

Kelly Schultz receives NSF CAREER award to study stem cell-mediated engineering of their microenvironments

Few creatures, aside from humans, have the ability to reshape the world in which they live.

The humble earthworm is one such example. As a "terrestrial engineer," it tunnels through and aerates the soil, incorporating organic matter along the way and benefiting nearby plants.

A summer of machine learning

NSF-funded grant to provide students with experience in scalable computer systems and algorithms

Your rideshare app says your driver will show up in 10 minutes. No, make that 20 minutes. There's a detour along her route and traffic is backing up.

While you wait, you upload some photos to Facebook, and the service recognizes your friends and suggests names for you to tag.

Still waiting, you surf over to Amazon and buy that slow cooker that's been sitting in your cart. How about a recipe book and some storage containers with that?