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#STEMnow heats up the summer for hundreds of NYC students and teachers

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Middle school students learn smart-cities technology at #STEMnow at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering
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Hundreds of New York City students and teachers from diverse backgrounds and all five boroughs and beyond are gathering in Downtown Brooklyn for NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s seventh summer #STEMnow initiative, one of the largest and most comprehensive university-based programs of free summer workshops, classes, and labs.

This year the teachers and young students will explore the same exciting fields for which NYU Tandon is known: cybersecuritywireless technologiessmart citiesrobotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Altogether, more than two dozen summer programs will cover these topics and more, bringing high school students into laboratories for advanced research while engaging students and teachers – many from less financially advantaged communities – in hands-on learning.

#STEMnow will give some 500 middle and high school students — from a record 2,000 applicants citywide — and more than 80 teachers opportunities to tackle real-world problems while learning in-demand STEM skills. At least 140 NYUfaculty members (including a quarter of all NYU Tandon tenure and tenure-track faculty), doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students will participate as teachers and mentors, demonstrating that NYU Tandon’s commitment to the community is not merely an extracurricular activity, but a central strategic pillar.

#STEMnow, with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), vastly increases its effectiveness by teaching not just students, but middle and high-school teachers. Eight programs are funded by NSF grants that provide stipends allowing #STEMnow to attract outstanding high school teachers, each of whom will pass along their newly acquired knowledge to hundreds or even thousands of students during their careers.

“The Center for K12 STEM Education is pleased to welcome hundreds of young students and teachers to the Tandon School of Engineering campus again this summer,” said Ben Esner, director of the Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon. “Our programs serve more people every year, and we are grateful for the outstanding commitment of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to  provide a high quality educational experience, and to the support of corporate, foundation and philanthropic partners.”

A recent study by the New York Equity Coalition reported that underserved schools lack sufficient STEM gateway courses and opportunities. For the past six years, #STEMnow, under NYU Tandon’s Center for K12 STEM Education, has worked to change that. Highlights of this seventh summer include:

#STEMnow helps solve NYC’s greatest sustainability and livability challenges

SONYC (Sounds of New York City) – mitigating noise pollution, the No. 1 complaint of New Yorkers

  • Middle school students will learn the science of sound as part of this city-funded project involving nearly two dozen researchers and scientists at NYU Tandon and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Participants will conduct field and lab work, including “sound walks” in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to record ambient noises and analyze them in the audio lab of Luke Dubois, a professor and co-director of NYU Tandon’s Integrated and Digital Media program.
  • Middle school teachers will get two weeks of professional training in the technologies behind SONYC, followed by two weeks of classroom work alongside the students.
  • Teachers and students work together to complete an intensive curriculum developed by the Music, Audio, and Research Laboratory at NYU Steinhardt.

COSMOS

This immersion in cutting-edge wireless technology gives middle and high school teachers a unique opportunity to become part of the Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment (COSMOS), one of the first and largest testbeds for 5G and advanced wireless communications in the country. This summer, with the support of NSF funding, 10 New York teachers arrive at NYU Tandon and Columbia Engineering to design and develop web-based curricula and experiments that they will take back to their classrooms in the fall. Students will learn basic electrical engineering principles, such as the physics of radio waves, then test their knowledge with hands-on experiments such as weather monitoring and smart transportation sensors. Through the support of AT&T, master’s students will give classroom support this fall via mentoring and technical expertise.

C2SMART

As part of the seven-week ARISE (Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering) program, in which 62 high-school students do authentic research in 31 NYU labs, a cohort of students will explore  transportation systems and urban mobility at NYU Tandon’s C2SMART, a U.S. Department of Transportation–funded Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The high schoolers, working with Ph.D. students, will learn new computer programs, including transportation-specific software, and how to deploy such technologies as commercial drones while participating on active research projects including: development of a bicycle sensor to study cycling safety; urban parking research; a study of how wearable sensors can improve safety in work zones; and research on how anonymous data from devices, satellite imagery, and social media can predict population-level public health problems.

NYU WIRELESS

Another ARISE program gives students an opportunity to help develop the next generation of Internet technologies in Professor Shivendra Panwar’s laboratory at NYU WIRELESS, an international leader in research of advanced wireless communication.

Smart Cities

A five-week intensive program for middle school students, Science of Smart Cities (SoSC) will explore energy delivery and the grid, urban infrastructure, transportation and wireless communications, and more, all focused on making cities livable, efficient, sustainable, and safer.
For high school students, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC) gives participants, many of whom completed SoSC, a taste of the fast-paced, high-stakes world of smart-city technology startups through hands-on projects, instruction, and activities that apply coding/computer science, engineering, and technology skills.

  • Students participating in SoSC and ieSoSC will demonstrate their projects during a Smart Cities Day at NYU Tandon, open to the public, on Friday August 2, 2019.

#STEMnow teaches cybersecurity and AI

Cybersecurity and AI are fields projected to grow at a blistering pace over the next few years. NYU Tandon brings its reputation, expertise, and influence in both to bear on its STEM courses for NYC high schoolers.

  • CS4CS(Computer Science for Cybersecurity) is a three-week full-day program that introduces a diverse group of high schoolers (80% of whom are young women) to programming, virtuous hacking, and digital forensics during an intensive and supportive three-week program designed to encourage them to pursue educational opportunities in cybersecurity.
  • High school is not too early to dip a toe into artificial intelligence. One ARISE opportunity gives intrepid scholars an introduction to machine learning with artificial intelligence researcher Professor Anna Choromanska.

#STEMnow brings robotics, mechatronics, and electrical engineering to NYC classrooms

For the past six years, #STEMnow robotics and mechatronics programs have enhanced science and math curricula in dozens of middle and high schools across New York City through NSF-funded programs. This year, these innovative workshops include:

  • CrEST (Creativity in Engineering, Science, and Technology): This summer, a group of high school students who this spring learned circuitry, electronics, mechanical systems, physical computing, robotics and other STEM disciplines from NYU engineering students, are putting their skills to the test. They will run week-long workshops for middle school students from partner nonprofit organization’s summer programs and from the NYC community. Workshops follow fun themes such as Arduino and TinkerCAD, the Internet of things, and 3D printing and basic electronics.
  • Discovery Research for Teachers: NYU Tandon experts help teachers take robotics to their middle school science and math classrooms. This comprehensive, year-round STEM professional development program includes intensive two-day sessions this summer on using robotics to support math and science curricula and in-classroom support by NYU Tandon graduate students during the school year. This summer, for the first time, three teachers who previously completed the program will return to teach a two-day curriculum they developed using LEGO EV3 robots.
  • ITEST Robotics and Entrepreneurship: Robotics and engineering drive professional development for high school teachers and educational enrichment for their students. Teachers, each joined by two of their students, will learn about business planning, new-product development, intellectual property, and fundraising. Included are Shark Tank-style pitching competitions for students and kits of robotics equipment for teachers to use back at their schools.
  • SMARTeR (Science and Mechatronics-Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship Experience): This program gives teachers, almost all from public schools, a chance to enhance their STEM curricula with a hands-on exploration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics. Participants also learn such entrepreneurship skills as new-product development, intellectual property, and fundraising. Teachers conduct engineering research alongside graduate and undergraduate researchers and faculty.

Why STEM matters at NYU Tandon

A 2018 study by the Pew Research Center reported that STEM employment has grown 79% since 1990, and computer jobs saw a 338% increase over the same period.

But diversity in STEM professions is not keeping pace: African Americans represent just 9% of STEM workers, and Hispanics just 7%. But 85% percent of students who are ultimately served by #STEMnow — thanks in part to teachers who participate in its teacher training programs — come from communities historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

Women constitute only 13% of the engineering workforce, a quarter of computer science occupations, and only 11%  of global cybersecurity positions; but young women constitute half of this year’s #STEMnow participants, a reflection of NYU Tandon’s efforts to decrease gender disparity among undergraduate engineers. Over the last decade, NYU Tandon has more than quadrupled the percentage of women entering its freshman class, and the most recent cohort of women represent more than double the national undergraduate average.

#STEMnow receives generous support from the ADB Foundation for Human Advancement, AT&TCon EdisonDTCCExpandED Schools, the Lily Auchincloss FoundationNational GridNSF,  Northrop Grumman, the OATH FoundationThe Pinkerton Foundation, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the Siegel Family Endowment.

For more information on #STEMnow, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/k12stem. For information on summer courses, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/highschoolsummer. To register for Tech Kids Unlimited, visit http://www.techkidsunlimited.org/register. Join the conversation at #STEMnow.

 

SOURCE NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab Convenes Top Researchers for Second Annual AI Research Week

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The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab (NYSE: IBM) is hosting its second annual AI Research WeekSeptember 16-20, in Cambridge, MA. The five-day conference will explore leading themes in today’s field of AI including neurosymbolic computing and semantic reasoning in machine learning, AI security and safety, inclusive design of AI for all communities, trustworthy and explainable AI, and industry applications of AI.

The MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab is a joint research effort to drive fundamental advances in artificial intelligence. Since its founding in 2017, the lab has become an integral component of IBM’s AI Research strategy and is spearheading 48 AI-related research projects.

WHO:
Dario Gil (Director, IBM Research), joined by top AI researchers:

  • Yoshua Bengio (A.M. Turing Award Winner and Pioneer of AI and Deep Learning)
  • Josh Tenenbaum (Professor, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT)
  • Laura Shulz (Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Primary Investigator of the MIT Early Childhood Cognition Lab)
  • Roger Levy (Associate Professor, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Director of the Computational Psycholinguistics Laboratory)

Additional discussions will feature David Cox (IBM Director, MIT-IBM AI Watson Lab), Lisa Amini (Director, IBM Research Cambridge), and Antonio Torralba (MIT Director, MIT-IBM AI Watson Lab), addressing key topics including: progress of the MIT-IBM AI Watson Lab to date and future goals; transitioning AI research to industry; and self-supervised learning of AI.

The conference will also showcase research and thought leadership from scientists and students affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of California, San Diego; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignBoston UniversityRensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University of Montreal; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and the Cambridge and Boston community.

WHAT:
AI Research Week is a technical conference featuring top AI thought leaders from around the world sharing the latest insights on the field of AI. The five-day gathering will also consist of panels, workshops, networking and mentorship all geared towards forging new ideas and discussion around advancements in AI.

WHEN & WHERE: 
September 16-20, 2019, times for events vary. AI Research Week events will be held at MIT and IBM in Cambridge, MA. While many events will occur at the MIT Samberg Conference Center, 50 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02142, it is best to check the schedule for specific event locations and times.

Conference highlights:

Monday, September 16: Kick-off the week with a poster and networking session where researchers from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and IBM’s AI Horizons Network of university collaborators will showcase projects underway that are shaping the future of AI.

The afternoon will feature a round robin event designed to help match various student communities in the Boston area with a mentor, specifically those in Latinx, BlackinAI, Women in Machine Learning, and LGBTQ. This session will include 15 tables, each with a different topic, and mentors from IBM, as well as other speakers from AI Research Week, designed to connect students with a mentor.

Tuesday, September 17: Yoshua Bengio, full professor and head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA), University of Montreal, and Dario Gil, Director of IBM Research, begin the AI Horizons Colloquium with a Welcome Address, followed by a full day of talks and discussion featuring AI experts from academia and industry.

NOTE: The Colloquium (all day) will be livestreamed here.

Other Colloquium speakers include:

  • Saska Mojsilovic, head of AI Foundations, IBM Research and Co-Director of IBM Science for Social Good, will discuss how people can begin to trust AI.
  • Collin Stult, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and MIT faculty at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Cardiologist, will discuss whether useful machine learning will be used clinically in the near future.

Wednesday, September 18: The NASA ISS Program Science Office and the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, along with IBM Research, will launch a unique opportunity to learn about the International Space Station. Guests will be able to speak with representatives and researchers about the future of AI intersecting with the future of research in space. The event also includes a competition and special session where researchers and students can pitch “ISS meets AI” project ideas to a panel of space experts from NASA, the ISS, IBM, and MIT.

 

SOURCE IBM

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AI Operations Leader, ThroughPut.AI, chosen to present at the esteemed Plug and Play Japan Summit for IOT and Mobility in Tokyo on September 19th, 2019

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ThroughPut Inc., the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Supply Chain pioneer that enables operations to increase output, quality, throughput, profitability and safety through automated bottleneck elimination, today announced their presentation and participation of their COO and CTO at the Plug and Play Japan IoT and Mobility Summit and EXPO in Tokyo, Japan on September 19, 2019. As a Plug and Play portfolio company, ThroughPut has been one of the most active global members of the Plug and Play ecosystem, being awarded to participate in multiple cohorts and events at Plug and Play Sunnyvale, BerlinMilanFrankfurtClevelandJapan, and elsewhere, spanning diverse topics including application of AI, Data and Analytics to Industrial Manufacturing, Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, Mobility, Industry 4.0, Oil and Gas, Food and Agriculture, and more.

“As the leading AI platform for Operations using existing data systems, ThroughPut is honored to be an active contributor to the Plug and Play Japan Mobility Batch 3 cohort,” noted Ali Raza, CEO of ThroughPut. “Our executive team is excited to present to over 1,500 Japanese corporate executives, resellers and partnership leaders at the IoT and Mobility Summit next week in Tokyo on September 19th, as well as consequent meetings that week.”

Plug and Play runs 15 industry themes across more than 50 accelerator programs a year in cities across the world. Plug and Play’s Japanese arm has accelerated four leading-edge industry programs,  and awarded participation to 69 pioneering technology start-ups and 31 corporate leaders, including MUFG, Tokyu Land, Sompo, Nissan, Hitachi, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Fujikura, DENSO, NipponLife, Dentsu, ADK, Nittsu, Norinchukin Bank, Orix, Macnica, Sumitomo, J-Power, Suzuki, SMFG, NEC Solution Innovators, Aflac, Asahi HD, Coca Cola Japan, AISIN, Kyocera MKI, Tanabe, Toshiba Tec, JXTG Energy and Shimadzu. This year’s Summer / Fall Summit is expected to receive an even greater response from startups and corporations across JapanAsia and even further overseas.

“We are very excited to continue building upon our strong client and partner relationships in Japan“, responded Seth Page, COO of ThroughPut and eight-time entrepreneur, while adding, “Plug and Play has opened up unique opportunities for collaboration with corporate partners, clients and investors around the world, bringing together the brightest minds in the industry on a single business platform. In Japan, we are showcasing our unique capabilities to a host of reputed industrial and global corporate titans, while also acquiring valuable insights from other fellow global thought leaders through participation in the Japense Mobility program and event. We look forward to continuing business discussions with market leaders in Japan next week and especially at the IOT and Mobility Summit in Tokyo on September 19th, as well as the Smart EXPO in Nagoya on September 18th.”

Bhaskar Ballapragada, CTO of ThroughPut, commented as well, “The time is ripe for industries to leverage the value of Artificial Intelligence on top of the decades of disaggregated data they’ve been collecting in-house. ThroughPut’s ELI Kaizen-AI product gives unprecedented power to a firm’s own operations managers. AI-enabled, data-driven analysis and executable insights to eliminate bottlenecks in real-time now enable the management of seamless operations across their end-to-end supply chains. In our mission to eliminate the $10 Trillion dollars of annual global industrial waste, we are reaching out to as many industries and companies to test for themselves our ELI product and enable them to experience firsthand the power of their own data with AI, and realize the quick ROI that comes with freeing-up working capital from operations by investing in ThroughPut’s ELI.”

 

SOURCE ThroughPut Inc.

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CAIR ‘Appalled’ by Appointment of Trump’s New Acting National Security Adviser Who Served on Board of Anti-Muslim Hate Group

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it is “appalled” by the appointment of Charles M. Kupperman as acting national security adviser following the resignation of John Bolton.

SEE: NSC official criticized by civil rights groups named acting national security adviser
https://tinyurl.com/CAIRKupperman
 
Trump fires national security adviser John Bolton
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-10/trump-fires-john-bolton-twitter

From 2001 to 2010, Kupperman served on the board of the Center for Security Policy (CSP), an organization headed by notorious Islamophobe and conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified Gaffney as an anti-Muslim extremist and designated the CSP as a hate group, calling the latter “a conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”

CSP is famous for promoting the conspiracy theory that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated all levels of the U.S. government and that Sharia law is on the rise in America.

SEE: Backgrounder on CSP
http://www.islamophobia.org/islamophobic-organizations/57-center-for-security-policy-csp.html 
SEE: SPLC Designated Hate Groups: Center for Security Policy
https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/anti-muslim

“While we welcome the resignation of John Bolton, who has a long track record of promoting anti-Muslim policies and associating with hate groups, we cannot simply replace one Islamophobe with another,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “CSP has continuously promoted Islamophobic conspiracy theories, and anyone, like Mr. Kupperman, who has so closely associated with them for so long is — at the very least — complicit in their brand of anti-Muslim bigotry and should not be entrusted with one of the highest ranking security roles in the United States.”

In January, CAIR opposed Kupperman’s appointment as Deputy National Security Adviser, citing the same concerns.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Trump Administration to Drop Security Adviser Who Served on Board of Anti-Muslim Hate Group
https://www.cair.com/cair_calls_on_trump_administration_to_drop_security_adviser_who_served_on_board_of_anti_muslim_hate_group

Backgrounder on Frank Gaffney:

Gaffney is a notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who has claimed that “most of the Muslim-American groups of any prominence in America are now known to be, as a matter of fact, hostile to the United States and its Constitution.”

He is a key promoter of the bizarre conspiracy theory that Muslims in public service are infiltrating the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gaffney has questioned “whether Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States,” claimed the Missile Defense Agency logo is part of a “worrying pattern of official U.S. submission to Islam,” claimed an aide to Hillary Clinton was a secret Muslim Brotherhood operative, was a key witness for the plaintiffs in a controversial lawsuit seeking to block construction of a Tennessee mosque, promoted the debunked claim that Dearborn, Mich., is a “ghetto enclave in which it’s Muslim-only,” and hosted “white supremacist” Jared Taylor on his “Secure Freedom” radio program.

He has in the past:

  • Suggested that Saddam Hussein was behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • Claimed Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was submitting to Islamic law when he condemned the burning of a Quran by a Florida pastor.
  • Objected to Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.) serving on the House Intelligence Committee because they are Muslim.
  • Accused Pope Francis of having “rabidly anti-American” views after the pope said it is “not Christian” to urge the deportation of undocumented immigrants and to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Gaffney was banned from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011 after accusing fellow Republicans of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer, cited Gaffney in his anti-Muslim manifesto.
Gaffney’s staff attorney, David Yerushalmi, has advocated outlawing the practice of Islam in America and is the key promoter of anti-Islam bills in state legislatures nationwide.
White supremacist and White House senior adviser Steve Bannon hosted Gaffney on his Sirius XM radio show “Breitbart News Daily” 29 times.

On November 9, CAIR will hold its 25th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C.

SEE: CAIR’S 25th Annual Gala
https://www.cair.com/25th_anniversary_banquet

NOTE: Use #CAIRSnapshots on Twitter to view all the short videos highlighting CAIR’s important work over the past quarter century. The #CAIRSnapshots campaign is just one of many activities and initiatives leading up to CAIR’s 25th anniversary gala.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

 

SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

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