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Arafat Kazi

Things I love: tech convergence, the singularity, cats.


Engineering, UMass news

ECE alumna at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dragana Perkovic-Martin, who earned her Ph.D. from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department in 2008, is currently leading DopplerScatt (for Doppler Scatterometer), a NASA Instrument Incubator Project in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. DopplerScatt was featured in the NASA Earth Science Technology Office’s 2016…

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UMass news

Low-cost silicon-based memristors as computing systems building blocks

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst leads a multi-institutional group of researchers who have invented a new kind of memristor entirely based on silicon materials, which could act as a promising building block for the next generation of memory and neuromorphic computing systems. “The…

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Engineering

The future is autonomous.

Tesla announced, hours ago, that its Model 3 cars would be rolling off their $11 billion Gigafactory conveyor belts on Friday, July 7. The Model 3 is their consumer-friendly car. At $35,000, the Model 3 is projected to help Tesla sell 500,000 cars in 2018. This will have far-reaching consequences not just in the auto…

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Field Degree, International Programs

Overview of the ECE Field Degree curriculum

While you’re learning how to engineer solutions for the future, you’ll also be using the most advanced technology ever employed to deliver live, interactive lectures with top-notch faculty from UMass Amherst. Here’s a brief overview of your program course structure. Security Engineering An introduction to computer security and the challenges security engineers face. The course…

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Careers, Financial Technology

Four ways artificial intelligence is shaking up the finance world

From MetroMile’s pay-per-mile auto insurance business model to how SoFI is incorporating data science to revolutionize student loan refinancing, fintech startups are changing the way the finance world works. Using big data, deep learning, and most importantly, artificial intelligence, these services will change how consumers approach financial products. Advances in financial technology are enabling companies…

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UMass news

UMass Dartmouth’s power-efficient, solar-powered computer system

At the 2017 HPC (High Performance Computing) Day, UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Scientific Computing & Visualization Research (CSCVR) debuted a small prototype GPGPU computing system, that is powered purely using solar panels. The unique feature of this system is its extremely high power efficiency—an order-of-magnitude larger than traditional systems, made possible by leveraging highly-efficient consumer…

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Field Degree, International Programs

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and rocking out

Almost a hundred years ago, Leon Theremin created the eponymous theremin, the first mass-produced electronic musical instrument. Since then, music and technology have had a mostly symbiotic, sometimes conflicting, relationship. As The Buggles famously sang in “Video Killed the Radio Star”: They took the credit for your second symphony Rewritten by machine on new technology…

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UMass Lowell’s Fabric Innovation Center will create intelligent materials

UMass Lowell’s Innovation Hub is home to a $10 million Fabric Innovation Center (FIC). Sponsored by the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), which will focus on creating advanced, technology-enabled, internet-connected fabrics and intelligent materials. Malcolm J. Thompson, Executive Director of NextFlex, said, “The opportunity to work together marks an important milestone in the advancement…

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