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Brandon Sim

CSE Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Sim, A.B./S.M. ’15 | Harvard SEAS

August 1, 2017
In a way, alumnus Brandon Sim’s decision to pursue a master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering was written in the stars. Sim, who earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard in statistics and physics, enrolled in the master’s program, offered by the Institute of Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), after working on independent astronomy research projects alongside Pavlos Protopapas, IACS Scientific Program Director. By using machine learning... Read more about CSE Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Sim, A.B./S.M. ’15 | Harvard SEAS
Andrew Petschek

CSE Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16 | Harvard SEAS

July 19, 2017

At Amazon Marketing Services, Andrew Petschek, A.B. ’12, S.M. ’16, is part of a team that offers advertising solutions to help Amazon vendors reach new customers and drive sales at Amazon.com.  Petschek, who serves as Senior Marketing Program Manager, oversees the development of tools and analytics that support Amazon’s internal marketing teams, which include elements like automation and prediction modeling using historical datasets.

Petschek, who pursued an applied...

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Rebecca Perry

At Wayfair, this alumna uses computer vision to re-imagine home goods e-commerce | Harvard SEAS

July 13, 2017

The dilemma: you haul your beautiful new coffee table up three flights of stairs into the living room of your apartment, only to realize it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of your furniture.

Alumna Rebecca Perry, software engineer at Wayfair, works on a team that is developing computer vision tools to help customers avoid such quandaries. The augmented reality app that the “Wayfair Next” team recently completed enables users to place a virtual, three-dimensional furniture item in a room, to see how it looks from all sides...

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data science master's

Harvard launches data science master’s degree program | Harvard SEAS

June 21, 2017

Harvard will offer a Master of Science (SM) degree in Data Science beginning in fall of 2018. The new degree, under the joint academic leadership of the faculties of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and of Statistics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), will train students in the rapidly growing field of data science.

Prospective students will apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for admission to the program, which will be administered through the Institute for Applied Computational...

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Lake Como

Destination Data | Harvard SEAS

June 20, 2017

With its 28-mile-long azure lake, framed by the snow-capped Alps, the picturesque city of Como, Italy, is a popular vacation destination for entertainment royalty, including George Clooney, Madonna, and Sting.

Paparazzi keep track of these famous visitors, but how can municipal officials monitor the way the other 1 million tourists who visit Como each year travel among the districts and attractions in this medieval city?

To help Como’s tourism office answer that question, a team of students in Computational Science and Engineering Capstone Project (...

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MBTA

En Route To A Data-driven Solution | Harvard SEAS

June 14, 2017

Getting around Boston can be tricky. For many people, hopping onto one of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) buses that crisscross the metro area is often the easiest way to get from point A to point B. For the MBTA, effectively forecasting revenue is not quite so simple.

A team of students in the computational science and engineering master’s program offered by the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at the Harvard John A. Paulson...

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Neurons

Predicting Alzheimer’s | Student-developed algorithm takes aim at neurodegenerative disease | Harvard SEAS

June 5, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death among U.S. adults, yet the chronic neurodegenerative disease has no cure or effective treatment. The key to developing successful therapies likely lies in early detection, since Alzheimer’s causes neurons and synapses to deteriorate slowly and irreversibly.

With that problem in mind, a team of students in Computational Science and Engineering Capstone Project (APCOMP 297R) joined forces with Biogen to design a computational model that can predict whether a patient will develop Alzheimer’s. ...

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WiDS Participants

Pushing boundaries | Harvard SEAS

February 13, 2017

"Be the smart girl. . .The best way to fight implicit bias is through hard work.”

That was the advice Margo Seltzer, Hershel Smith Professor of Computer Science, offered to more than 100 female technologists, researchers, and students who gathered in Cambridge, Mass., for the global Women in Data Science Conference (WiDS), a daylong event to inspire, connect, and educate women in tech. ...

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IACS Welcomes Manju Manjunathaiah

IACS Welcomes Manju Manjunathaiah

January 24, 2017

The Institute for Applied Computational Science, located at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is proud to welcome Dr. Manju Manjunathaiah as a visiting Assistant Professor of Computational Science.  This spring, he will teach CS 205: Computing Foundations for Computational Science.

Professor Manjunathaiah holds an academic staff position in the School of Mathematical, Physical, and Computational Sciences at the University of Reading in the U.K.  His research interests span theoretical and practical computer science in parallel and...

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