https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/vorobeychik-named-senior-member-of-aaai.aspx985Vorobeychik named senior member of AAAI<img alt="Yevgeniy Vorobeychik" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Eugene%20Vorobeychik.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, associate professor computer science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).  </p><p>A new faculty member within the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Vorobeychik was recognized for his achievements in the field of artificial intelligence and for his long-term participation in the AAAI.  </p>Founded in 1979, the AAAI aims to advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. <p><br/></p>Danielle Lacey2018-12-07T06:00:00ZYevgeniy Vorobeychik, associate professor computer science, has been recognized for his achievements in the field of artificial intelligence and his contributions to the AAAI.
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/WashU-Expert-Work-vs-private-email-even-at-the-White-House.aspx968WashU Expert: Work vs. private email — even at the White House<img alt="" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Crowley_Patrick.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>​Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee plan to  investigate the use of private email services at the White House, in the wake of news regarding Ivanka Trump’s email trail, and it  may have some people asking, What’s the big deal?</p>Maybe you’ve intentionally or accidentally sent an email containing work information from your Yahoo or Gmail account. To a Washington University in St. Louis cybersecurity expert, there is a reason many companies’ workplace rules forbid employees from sending work-related emails from a private account: security risks.  <br/><br/>And the consequences of breaking the rules intentionally or accidentally can be all the more perilous when that employee works for the federal government.<div><br/>“The security risk is really a loss of control over who has access to that info,” according to <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Patrick-Crowley.aspx?_ga=2.154460095.645756809.1543251135-757045394.1533662676">Patrick Crowley</a>, professor of computer science & engineering at the Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science. </div><div><br/>Crowley, who is also the founder and chief technology officer of a cybersecurity firm, said there is always a risk that an employee can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system. When a person sends an email using Yahoo, for instance, the email is first sent to a Yahoo server before being delivered to the intended recipient. </div><div><br/><blockquote>“If that third-party service got hacked and some criminal broke into their system and started stealing attachments, or an employee abusing privileges and sifting through emails, that would be bad,” Crowley said.<br/></blockquote></div><div>“We only want to share information that’s appropriate to share,” Crowley said. “When someone is using a personal email account to share personal news or information, it is up to that person to decide what’s appropriate.”</div><div><br/>At work, however, an employee typically agrees to adhere to the rules about who owns what information, what can be shared outside of the company and what information must remain internal. There also is usually technology in place to detect when sensitive information has been wrongfully shared.</div><div><br/>In contrast to a personal email account, Crowley said, “when you’re using work email and sharing work information, it’s generally subject to rules beyond your own personal judgement.”<div><br/>For the the extremely special and sensitive case of federal employees and officials — particularly those who have access to or work with defense or intelligence operations — “the rules, expectations and indeed the laws around classification and who can share what information are very, very real.”<div><br/>Crowley may be reached for further comment at <a href="mailto:pcrowley@wustl.edu">pcrowley@wustl.edu</a>.</div><div><br/><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p></div></div></div>CrowleyBrandie Jeffersonhttps://source.wustl.edu/2018/11/washu-expert-work-vs-private-email-even-at-the-white-house/2018-11-26T06:00:00ZEmployees can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system<p>​Employees can lose control over who has access to their information if it’s not sent over a secure email system<br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Uber-report-looks-to-rebuild-goodwill-with-regulators.aspx959In the media: Uber report looks to rebuild goodwill with regulators<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/http---com.ft.imagepublish.upp-prod-us.s3.amazonaws.com-428cd508-e02e-11e8-a8a0-99b2e340ffeb.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Uber has taken its biggest step yet towards the resumption of testing autonomous cars after a deadly crash, publishing a lengthy new report about its safety efforts that it hopes will rebuild goodwill with regulators. </p><p>But some critics say that the ride-hailing company still has a long way to go before its self-driving cars are ready to share roads with human drivers.  </p><p>...<br/></p><p>The increasing number of self-driving cars on public roads could accelerate demand for more systematic regulation, said Sanjoy Baruah, an engineering professor at Washington University in St Louis. </p><p>“There is a strong likelihood that if testing on public infrastructure continues and other bad things happen there will be a strong consensus for developing some standardisation or documentation for safe practices in the industry,” he said. </p><p>Public road testing under the right conditions will ultimately improve the safety of autonomous technology, Prof Baruah said, pointing to Waymo’s plans to begin testing fully driverless cars near its Silicon Valley headquarters. </p><p>“Google has done a lot of mapping and data gathering of the areas around their offices. These are cars that are going out in driverless mode in what is a relatively safe environment . . . because there is so much data. The risks are considerably lower, therefore they are able to do more testing and the more experiments they do the more effective these systems are.” <br/></p><p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/59b0af3a-df10-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c">>> Read the full article on Financial Times</a><br/></p><span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>Sanjoy Baruah<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Baruah_Sanjoy.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: left;"><ul style="padding-left: 20px; caret-color: #343434; color: #343434;"><li>Professor</li><li>Research: scheduling theory; real-time and safety-critical system design; computer networks; resource allocation and sharing in distributed computing environments<br/></li></ul></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Sanjoy-Baruah.aspx">>> ​View Bio</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"> <br/> </div><div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://cse.wustl.edu/Pages/default.aspx">>> Computer Science & Engineering</a>​<br/></div></div></span><br/>© Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesTim Bradshaw and Shannon Bond, Financial Timeshttps://www.ft.com/content/59b0af3a-df10-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c2018-11-08T06:00:00ZCritics say company still has a long way to go with self-driving car safety<p>​Critics say company still has a long way to go with self-driving car safety<br/><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/59b0af3a-df10-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c">>> Read the full article on Financial Times</a><br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-held-for-James-M-McKelvey-Sr-Hall.aspx957Groundbreaking held for James M. McKelvey Sr. Hall<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/180928_jaa_mckelvey_groundbreaking_0238.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Dean Aaron Bobick of the School of Engineering & Applied Science joined faculty, staff and friends for a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off construction of James M. McKelvey Sr. Hall.  The event took place Sept. 28.<br/><br/><div>“I’m grateful for all that Dean Emeritus McKelvey has done to advance the stature and the impact of this school. For decades, he and his wife, Judy, have been deeply involved in the life of the university. Now, Jim McKelvey Jr., through his extraordinary support and dedication, is adding to this great family legacy,” Wrighton said.<br/><br/></div><div>McKelvey Sr., a Washington University alumnus who served as dean for 27 years, led the effort to transform the School of Engineering & Applied Science from a regional school to a nationally recognized research institution. McKelvey Hall will be located south of Preston M. Green Hall. While it will house the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, it also will include faculty spaces and labs from each of the school’s five departments, promoting collaboration.<br/><br/></div><div>The building was made possible by <a href="https://source.wustl.edu/2016/10/new-engineering-building-named-schools-former-dean/">a $15 million lead gift</a> from McKelvey’s son Jim Jr., who along with his father and family attended the event. McKelvey Jr. is an accomplished engineer, artist and entrepreneur, as well as a Washington University alumnus and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees.<br/><br/></div><div>“The investment in this facility is an investment for the entire university,” said Bobick, who is also the James M. McKelvey Professor. “As we continue to advance engineering, it is fitting that a building bearing Jim McKelvey Sr.’s name will be part of this magnificent new entrance to the Danforth Campus.”<br/><br/></div><div>Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.<br/></div>Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science Dean Emeritus James McKelvey (right) and his son James McKelvey Jr. attended the ceremonial groundbreaking for McKelvey Hall. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)Erika Ebsworth-Gooldhttps://source.wustl.edu/2018/11/groundbreaking-held-for-james-m-mckelvey-sr-hall/2018-11-07T06:00:00ZEngineering building is final piece of the east end transformation<p>​Engineering building is final piece of the east end transformation<br/></p>
https://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Charting-a-Course.aspx943Charting a Course<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Josh%20Tyler.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>Josh Tyler wants to help you graduate.</p><p>As executive vice president of engineering at Redwood City, Calif.-based Course Hero, he and his team develop a platform to share crowd-sourced lecture notes, study guides, practice problems, videos <g class="gr_ gr_58 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="58" data-gr-id="58">and</g> other digital resources to supplement classroom instruction and learning. And as their in-house capabilities and technical expertise have expanded, so has the company's mission.</p><p>"We are moving way beyond helping students with homework," Tyler says. "I think we will be able to materially improve graduation <g class="gr_ gr_55 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="55" data-gr-id="55">rates,</g> and to work on something where that is the outcome is really exciting to me."</p><p>As the adage goes, there are only two options in Silicon Valley: You are growing or dying. Course Hero is in a high-growth mode, moving from a handful of employees a few years ago to about 140 today. It is hiring more senior-level managers, building richer products and investing in artificial intelligence and machine learning to complement its software development. It also recently expanded a fellowship program to support eight outstanding university faculty with a "genius grant."</p><p>Tyler, too, has embraced change and growth in his own life since graduating from Washington University nearly 20 years ago. He made the move from the Midwest to northern California, jumped from robotics startups to a company focused on education and, most recently, took a turn as Course Hero's chief people officer — in charge of human resources and strategic planning  — before returning to lead its software engineering department.</p><p>Tyler joined Course Hero in 2014 as vice president of engineering. He built upon his experience in management and sharpened the people skills necessary to lead a large group of developers. The following year he even wrote a book on the subject, "Building Great Software Engineering Teams: Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Your Team from Startup to Success."</p><p>When offered the opportunity in 2016 to become the company's first chief people officer, Tyler saw a way to influence not only a team of employees but the whole enterprise. He stepped into the role for about a year, and although he realized he thrived best as an engineer on the technical side of things, he has been able to apply many lessons of that HR experience to his current role.</p><blockquote>"As I helped other people develop their departments and figure out what was and wasn't working, I learned I needed to do the same thing within engineering in terms of developing our team's portfolio of technical skills, people management skills, communication and recruiting," Tyler says.</blockquote><p>"At one time I thought building out the next level of leadership would involve finding other people like me because my skill set worked for me. But I've learned I need people who challenge me and make us a better team together. Finding the right balance in the core leadership team is important."</p><p>Tyler says much of his adaptability traces back to the rigorous and entrepreneurial approach to <g class="gr_ gr_54 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="54" data-gr-id="54">problem solving</g> he first developed as a student at Washington University.</p><p>Tyler left his home state of Michigan to attend college in St. Louis after visiting the WashU campus and finding the faculty and staff to be remarkably accessible. He had an interest in hard science and intended to major in physics. But with some faculty encouragement, he took Computer Science 101 and quickly changed course. He earned a bachelor of science degree in applied science with a major in computer science in 1999.</p><p>"I loved learning the math that goes into how computers work and the systems that connect them," Tyler says. "Computer science puts interesting things to immediate use doing things that are very powerful."</p><p>Tyler credits former professors Kenneth and Sally Goldman — now both at Google — and Professor Ron Cytron among those who inspired him along the way.</p><p>"For a whole generation of young computer scientists, they were extremely influential," Tyler says. "They were brilliant and showed the power of the field. Today computers are so ingrained in the modern world that almost any device that isn't made of wood has a computer in it. Understanding computer software is almost required to understand the world as it is being built now."</p><p>WashU alumnus Steve Cousins, founder <g class="gr_ gr_59 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="59" data-gr-id="59">and</g> chief executive of Silicon Valley robotics firm Savioke and former CEO of Willow Garage Inc., was also instrumental in Tyler's career. Cousins recruited Tyler for his first internship, which prompted Tyler's migration to the San Francisco Bay area where he earned a master's degree, also in computer science, from Stanford University in 2002.</p><p>"Washington University really prepared me for my career," Tyler says. "There was tremendous accessibility to professors and mentorship, and that encouraged a level of creativity and entrepreneurialism that has translated well in a place like Silicon Valley that has a similar culture. And along the way, I have happened to work with a lot more people from WashU than you might expect, and they have all been great. It's a school that encourages people to come into their own with support."</p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p>Josh Tyler (courtesy photo)Christopher Tritto2018-10-09T05:00:00ZAlumnus Josh Tyler at his team at Course Hero are working to improve graduation rates through innovative tools.<p>Course Hero executive Josh Tyler (BS '99) engineers tools to navigate educational journeys<br/></p>

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