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Computer approaches human skill for first time in brain challenge

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Ji Shuiwang
Shuiwang

PULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks — a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry. » More …

Knowledge transfer: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

MatthewTaylorPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact.

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HRS training at your convenience

If you miss a professional development session coordinated by Human Resource Services, there’s a good chance you can view the video on your computer at your convenience.

 

HRS coordinates nearly 400 professional development workshops each year. More than one-third are provided in collaboration with AMS/WECN videoconferencing services.

 

Employees outside Pullman can participate via live, interactive videoconference connections. Find the schedule ONLINE @ www.hrs.wsu.edu/Videoconferenced%20Training%20Schedule. To view an earlier recorded session, go ONLINE @ www.hrs.wsu.edu/Video+Streamed+Training.

Supplemental budget request itemized

Following is an overview of the WSU Supplemental Budget Request for 2008, approved Sept. 28 by the WSU Board of Regents.


Operating Budget

• Under funding of salary increases               $1,388,000
The 2007 Legislature mandated special salary increases for state employees.  Systems or formatting problems with our data caused many of our job titles for bargaining unit, civil service and other employees to be excluded from or miscalculated by the new OFM salary model and subsequently  underfunded. The total cost of these increases is $1,388,000.   Several of the miscalculations were identified during the legislative session and discussed at that time with legislative and OFM … » More …

Prof’s expertise gives new life

Brett Atwood, clinical professor of journalism, knew he was in an alternate universe when he showed up to interview for a consulting job last spring and got teleported to an undisclosed and secure location.

Well, he didn’t get teleported; his avatar, or online persona, in Second Life, an online 3-D digital world with 9 million registered users and counting, got teleported.

Appropriately dressed in a business suit and tie that Atwood had purchased in Second Life for the occasion, his avatar swooshed through cyberspace and joined three or four Second Life executives in a digitally created conference room for … » More …

Hansen steps down as WSU police chief

PULLMAN – Washington State University Police Chief Steve Hansen will step down from that position, which he has held since 2000 and become a lieutenant on the force.The announcement comes at the conclusion of a WSU internal auditor’s investigation into a complaint of improper computer use in the police department. According to the auditor’s report, Hansen viewed e-mails that were sent to him containing inappropriate material, forwarded such e-mails to Assistant Chief Scott West and invited other members of the department to view them.University policy forbids use of university time and computers for such activity.“That was a mistake on my part and I want to … » More …