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Kangwook Lee
May 6, 2024

Through his CAREER award, Kangwook Lee is looking for ways to make AI more adaptable

The reason generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT or Gemini can fix computer code in just seconds, compose a sonnet in the style of Shakespeare, or explain the physics of…

Image of gear mesh with a tangled element
May 1, 2024

A game-changing solution to a knotty problem in computational engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a remarkably easy-to-implement solution for handling tangled computational meshes—a major computational engineering challenge that can garble an object’s shape. To predict how various structures…

Megan McClean and Zack Harmer
May 1, 2024

Machine learning illuminates experimental design for synthetic biology

When Zack Harmer’s advisor and lab leader, Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Megan McClean, suggested he explore a potential collaboration with Chemical Engineering Professor Victor Zavala’s computational group, the University of…

Graphic of a highly magnified surface of a water filtration membrane as a mountainous landscape
April 11, 2024

Nothing is everything: How hidden emptiness can define the usefulness of filtration materials

Voids, or empty spaces, exist within matter at all scales, from the astronomical to the microscopic. In a new study, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of…

Kangwook Lee talking with students
April 9, 2024

Data ethics course teaches undergrads how to reduce bias in AI

Large language models like ChatGPT and other forms of artificial intelligence are quickly reshaping the world. But in many cases, these systems are imposing a viewpoint based on the biases…

PhD student Jack West and Assistant Professor Kassem Fawaz use Instagram’s vision model
April 2, 2024

Popular social media mobile apps extract data from photos on your phone, introducing both bias and errors

Digital privacy and security engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that both TikTok and Instagram extract different levels of personal and demographic data from user images, but can…

Qiaomin Xie
April 1, 2024

Xie hopes to advance reinforcement learning with NSF CAREER Award

As requests flood a data center, the computer network must match those requests to servers in a way that balances completing each job quickly with managing overall system performance. Qiaomin…

Simar Tathgir using her computer
March 18, 2024

Inspired by grand challenges, undergrad Simar Tathgir seeks to create positive change

Simar Tathgir, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has crammed more into her first two years of school than some students do their entire college careers. Tathgir is a…

Students in ISyE 604: Supply Chain Modeling: Logistics
March 18, 2024

Supply chain modeling course puts students in charge

The hours are flying by while Helen Bartels, Isha Bhamani, Katherine Chuei and Catee Herrick look at their laptops, waiting for class to begin. Demand for their company’s products has…

Network of neurons
March 11, 2024

Reverse engineering the brain’s connections from fuzzy data

By better understanding the connections among different parts of the brain—from individual neurons all the way up to whole regions—neuroscientists could glean insights about how the brain works and what…