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Avery Faller

Alumni Profile | Making Autonomous Vehicles A Little More Human

August 2, 2018

Autonomous vehicles have a problem. Without a human driver behind the wheel, a self-driving car could miss some of the subtle and subjective nuances from pedestrians that enable motorists to avoid potentially fatal accidents.

But instead of expecting pedestrians to change their behavior to accommodate self-driving vehicles, why not program the vehicles to behave a little more like human beings?

Avery Faller, S.M. ’16, is exploring that question as senior machine learning engineer at Perceptive Automata, a Boston and...

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WiDS Collaborators

Leading the charge | Harvard SEAS

March 16, 2018

Data science is transforming many industries, from health care to banking to heavy manufacturing, and women are leading the charge.

That was the crux of the Cambridge Women in Data Science Conference, held March 5 as part of a global event launched by Stanford University in 2015 to educate, inspire, and connect women in tech. The local conference, now in its second year, was hosted by the Institute of Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and...

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Harvard & UChile Students

Computational problems of cosmic proportions | Harvard SEAS

March 12, 2018

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Chinese astronomers recorded what historians believe to be the first documented sighting of a supernova, a star that “dies” in a catastrophic explosion. Technological advances, from the simple telescopes of the early 1600s to the first computer-controlled supernova search in the 1960s, offered new insights into these dramatic astronomical events.

Now, students in the computational science and engineering master’s program offered by the...

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