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Articles by Jesse Polhemus

An Unexpected Phenomenon


Last summer, I interned at Brown University’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) with Professor Ritambhara Singh. The work I was doing, in computational genetics, was fascinating. And the office space was modern and light-filled. But most importantly, the lab was filled with welcoming grad students and amazing professors who worked right next to me.

The Cybersecurity Risks Of Generative AI


In 2022, generative AI went mainstream. Mere months ago, it still seemed exclusively the province of the ML research community and of Twitter, where meme accounts like @weirddalle shared the results of feeding text-to-image generation models off-the-wall prompts like "a bottle of ranch dressing testifying in court."  

Cut to the present, where generative AI startups like Stability AI and Jasper are raising $100 million rounds of funding, big players like Microsoft have announced upcoming integrations of text-to-image generation, and perhaps all of us have used OpenAI's DALL-E 2 to create create something delightful like this "chicken nugget dressed as a …

Sorin Istrail Reflects On The History Of His ESA Test-Of-Time Award-Winning Research


The 30th European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA) last month awarded the ESA 2021 Test-of-Time Award to Brown CS Professor Sorin Istrail and his collaborators for their ESA 2001 paper called “SNPs Problems, Complexity, and Algorithms.” The award recognizes “excellent papers in algorithm research that were published … 19-21 years ago and which are still influential and stimulating for the field today,” according to the ESA.

From Novices To Subject Matter Experts: How 2952-O Blurred The Boundaries Between Robotics, CV, And ML

With recent advancements in artificial intelligence and breakthroughs in semiconductor industries, are we really that far away from reaching our wildest dreams — living in harmony with robots we created and being liberated from the daily mundane chores? This is the answer we are trying to find in CSCI 2952-O A Practical Introduction to Advanced 3D Robot Perception.

A Look Into A Missing Piece In The Global Digital Divide Puzzle

Recent studies show that, in developing regions (e.g. Africa and Southeast Asia), fast internet connectivity lifted approximately 2.5 million people out of extreme poverty [1] and techniques to improve web performance (e.g. Google’s AMP) improved profit by 20% [2]. Given these studies, it is unsurprising that significant work and effort have gone into improving connectivity in these regions. These efforts range from improving the mobile networks (from 2G to 4G and now 5G) and improving networking infrastructure to reducing the cost of mobile data rates and increasing the amount of local language content. Although these efforts offer tremendous benefits, a …

Bot Quite Sure


My name is Madeline Greenberg and I am the Project Manager for ‘Choreorobotics 0101’ – the first course to be cross-listed across the TAPS and CS departments. I have been organizing the Choreorobotics Initiative at Brown for the past 6 months, corralling teams of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff as we work to develop the course’s curriculum. 

Choreorobotics is novel. What that means is that we don’t know what we’re doing. We are each experts, incredibly competent and hard working in various fields including but not limited to choreographics and robotics, but we’re entirely making this up as …

Why Choreorobotics

My name is Megan and I belong to a weird cohort of highly-specific nerds who are artists but also techies but also care about humanity but also think about the philosophical and ethical implications of their work. I am a professional dancer/choreographer who is finishing up a Master's in computer science. Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to bridge the gap between dance and computer science in a variety of projects – using a Kinect sensor and Unity to make a really hacky version of Just Dance, building a 3D convolutional neural network to recognize tap dance steps …