07/01/2014 12:19:52
Douglas Smith
Frederick Burtis Thompson, professor of applied philosophy and computer science, emeritus, passed away on May 27, 2014. The research that Thompson began in the 1960s helped pave the way for today's "expert systems" such as IBM's supercomputer Jeopardy! champ Watson and the interactive databases used in the medical profession. His work provided quick and easy access to the information stored in such systems by teaching the computer to understand human language, rather than forcing the casual user to learn a programming language.
Caltech Professor of Applied Science and Philosophy Frederick B. Thompson
04/30/2014 12:36:07
Cynthia Eller
Three professors at Caltech—Gregory Fu, Fiona Harrison, and John Preskill—have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
05/10/2013 10:07:58
Douglas Smith
John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, is hooked on quanta.
04/02/2013 09:36:04
Douglas Smith
John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, is himself deeply entangled in the quantum world. Different rules apply there, and objects that obey them are now being made in our world, as he explains at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Admission is free.
03/07/2013 13:42:29
Douglas Smith
Francis H. Clauser (BS '34, MS '35, PhD '37), the Clark Blanchard Millikan Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, passed away on March 3, 2013, at age 99. Born in the decade following the Wright Brothers' first powered flight, he was a founder of modern aeronautics and helped usher in the Space Age.
12/19/2012 06:24:16
Marcus Woo
Quantum computers have been touted as the next leap in technology. Although useful quantum-computing technology is probably years—and possibly decades—away, physicists like Jason Alicea are working hard to make it a reality.
12/03/2012 08:00:00
Marcus Woo
Caltech's Shuki Bruck says that by understanding and mimicking the brain, he says, we can design computers that can better access and manage information.
photo of Shuki Bruck
11/21/2012 18:51:05
Marcus Woo
Physicists led Caltech have smashed yet another series of records for data-transfer speed. The international team of high-energy physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers reached a transfer rate of 339 gigabits per second.
11/08/2012 19:09:17
Ann Motrunich
Recent Caltech grads Cole Hershkowitz (BS '11) and Ka Suen (BS '12) are among many students and young alumni taking advantage of opportunities at Caltech that prepare young entrepreneurs to succeed.
12/13/2011 08:00:00
Marcus Woo

Researchers have set a new world record for data transfer, helping to usher in the next generation of high-speed network technology. The international team was able to transfer data in opposite directions at a combined rate of 186 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a wide-area network circuit. The rate is equivalent to moving two million gigabytes per day, fast enough to transfer nearly 100,000 full Blu-ray disks—each with a complete movie and all the extras—in a day.

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