computer and information technology

Stopping online child predators with the study and application of language

Tatiana Ringenberg, a Purdue Polytechnic doctoral student, researches how online predators communicate with their victims, including children, through language, and how those communications may be different when the victim is actually a law enforcement officer posing as a child. She’s working to improve law enforcement training and effectiveness by identifying differences in communication between decoys, victims and law enforcement in online grooming conversations.

SMARTBoat 5 unmanned surface vehicle removes harmful algae from waterways

Purdue Polytechnic’s Byung-Cheol “B.C.” Min is leading a team designing SMARTBoat 5, an unmanned surface vehicle that removes harmful algae blooms from shorelines and waterways. The vehicle’s lightweight frame was built from 3D-printed parts and can be used in a variety of environments, from small, shallow ponds to large lakes.

Purdue partnership leads to improved response to domestic violence by South Korean police

Eric Dietz, professor of computer and information technology, was working to provide new opportunities for graduate students when he hosted Hyun Gun Song, the superintendent of South Korean police, in Greater Lafayette. This evolved into a partnership that has helped agencies in South Korea improve how they handle domestic violence calls.