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Capitol Connections Blog

Event Brief: Big Insights into Little People

December 09, 2014
Grad student Jordan Hashemi demonstrates expression recognition software during the panel discussion.

700 synapses a second.  That is the rate at which the brain develops new neural pathways in the first few years of life. In fact, science has shown that this early time period is so critical for proper development, that Read More...

Big Data to Big Insights: Transforming Early Childhood Mental Health

December 02, 2014

"Big Data" is all around us: in social media click-throughs, in security camera feeds, and now - in a toddler's facial expressions? Read More...

Duke Election Discussion Series Ends By Looking Ahead to 2016

November 18, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections constituted a Republican wave — a wave that was hard to stop and allowed Republicans to show they “learned their lesson” from the loss in the 2012 Presidential campaign. But what impact will these elections have on the Read More...


Research Spotlight

Dr. Mary "Missy" Cummings

Human-Computer Interactions - Drones

Missy Cummings, Associate Professor, Duke University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, the Duke Institute of Brain Sciences, and the Duke Electrical and Computer Engineering Department