Professor Tony Jebara speaks to WNYC on the topic of never having too much data. The discussion included news that Verizon is providing the government with data about its customers on a daily basis and how it has reignited the debate between balancing individual privacy and national security.
WNYC's blog New Tech City states, "As data sets grow larger and more complex in the digital age, Columbia University is forming an institute to train the next generation of technologists — a group you might call "big data crunchers." Starting in fall 2013, the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering will offer a four-course certification program where professionals with quantitative backgrounds can study topics like algorithms in data, machine learning and data visualization."
In The USA Today, Maria Feng, a civil engineering professor at Columbia University, discussed the priority of maintaining our bridge infrastructure. She said, "It's time we rethink the way we manage our massive infrastructure assets."
She researches new tools and technology to care for aging infrastructure. She says there's obviously a need for more funding, but she says its not very realistic to expect more. "We need to make this a national priority," she says of tackling the problem of aging bridges, roadways and waterways.
Written in NY Daily News, "Universities across the city are spending millions to give themselves digital makeovers into hotbeds of high-tech innovation and creativity. Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University and others are all building new academic programs targeted at the city’s burgeoning tech scene."