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'It Feels Like I'm Talking into a Void': How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

June 17, 2021

'It Feels Like I'm Talking into a Void': How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

Researchers in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) wanted to look beyond the anecdotal evidence to better understand where remote education fell short and how we might improve it. In a study presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the team examined faculty and student attitudes towards virtual classrooms and proposed several technological refinements that could improve their experience, such as flexible distribution of student video feeds and enhanced chat functions.   Full Story


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June 17, 2021

AI predicts how patients with viral infections, including COVID-19, will fare

Debashis Sahoo, a professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering and of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, along with other researchers at the School of Medicine have used an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to sift through terabytes of gene expression data — which genes are “on” or “off” during infection — to look for shared patterns in patients with past pandemic viral infections, including SARS, MERS and swine flu. Full Story


Researchers translate a bird's brain activity into song

June 16, 2021

Researchers translate a bird's brain activity into song

It is possible to re-create a bird’s song by reading only its brain activity, shows a first proof-of-concept study from the University of California San Diego. The study is an early step toward building vocal prostheses for humans who have lost the ability to speak.  Full Story