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A Beautiful Algorithm? The Risks of Automating Online Transactions

  Denis Nekipelov’s research on the multibillion-dollar online advertising industry won top honors at a recent computer sciences conference.  (Photo: Dan Addison)

The online ad that led you to your new favorite pair of shoes might seem innocuous, but according to University of Virginia Associate Professor of Economics and Computer Science Denis Nekipelov, the algorithms behind such ads could lead to an unforeseen financial crash – something he hopes his research will prevent.

New Agreement With Navy Guides Diverse Research to U.Va.

US Navy Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan

The University of Virginia’s Applied Research Institute has signed an agreement with the Navy Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to support a variety of research efforts, including work in the area of cyber security and big data analytics, and to provide executive education to military and civilian leaders working with the agency.

U.Va. Cell Biologist to Lead Microsoft Founder’s $100 Million Cell Science Institute

  U.Va. cell biologist Rick Horwitz has been named executive director of the new Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle.  (Photo: Dan Addison)

University of Virginia cell biologist Rick Horwitz has been named executive director of a new $100 million institute created by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to investigate and model the complex living machinery of cells. The ultimate goal is to advance understanding, at the cellular level, of a range of diseases and regenerative strategies, from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.


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