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Call It Multiplicity: How Humans and Machines Can Work Together

By Eugene Pang | June 12, 2017

In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal today, IEOR Professor Ken Goldberg argues that humans and machines are most powerful when working together. When the world’s top-ranked Go player lost to Google’s AlphaGo last month, many saw it as another step in the inevitable march toward robot and artificial intelligence (AI) systems becoming so human-like that they will soon reach…

Burak Kazaz featured in Forbes for work on Wine Futures

By Eugene Pang | April 25, 2017

IEOR visiting scholar and Syracuse University Professor Burak Kazaz’s research on wine analytics was recently featured in a Forbes. In Kazaz’s paper, Wine Analytics: Fine Wine Pricing and Selection under Weather and Market Uncertainty, he argues that distributors that carefully invest in the wine futures market, “could improve profits as much as 21%.” Most wine distributors today…

IEOR Researchers Lead Efforts To Address Environmental Challenges In Energy, Pollution And Global Warming

By Keith McAleer | February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 IEOR professors Max Shen, Shmuel Oren, Xin Guo, Ilan Adler, and Javad Lavaei are working on some of the most pressing problems of our time as lead researchers for the Environmental Science and New Energy Technology Research Center at the two-year-old Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). The center brings together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers…

Ken Goldberg investigates robot-assisted precision irrigation to help address global water demand

By Berkeley IEOR | January 24, 2017

While the drought seems to flow away with recent California rains, the demand for water in agriculture remains a problem. However, California is not the only place with this issue: all over the world, agriculture consumes at least 70% of the world’s freshwater.  To help address this problem, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided University of…

Can fitness apps make us fit?

By Keith McAleer | January 4, 2017

Right now if you have a smartphone and an interest in living a more active lifestyle there are literally tens of thousands of fitness apps available that can help you track every step, set activity goals, and even play (or compete) with a friend. Surprisingly, despite the popularity and wide range of fitness apps —…

Aswani Investigates How Data Can Personalize Mobile Health

By Eugene Pang | August 10, 2016

With the proliferation of mobile devices and rising awareness that proper diet and exercise can prevent disease and lead to better overall health outcomes, mobile health (or mHealth) applications have become an increasingly popular way to track every step, heartbeat, and calorie with the idea that awareness of activity and calorie intake can help individuals change their…

Sutardja Center Alums Create “Prynt”, A Polaroid Printing Smartphone Case

By Eugene Pang | December 18, 2015

Prynt, a San Francisco-based startup founded by two graduates of a Berkeley Engineering entrepreneurship program, is bringing instant print photography to smartphones. The grads designed a smartphone case equipped with a built-in mini-printer, for printing digital photos on the go. The founders, Clément Perrot and David Zhang, were schoolmates at École Polytechnique, France’s premier science…