Tag: modeling

Designing an Interactive Glimpse into the Past

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by David Hill, an associate professor of architecture at NC State, about the unveiling of a digital humanities project to create three-dimensional visual and acoustic models of the courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral in 17th century London. The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project recreates the reading of a sermon

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How Computer Models Help Keep the Lights On In Kenya

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

In Kenya, water is power. Literally. And to keep the lights on, Kenyan authorities want to know how much water they can expect in upcoming rainy seasons. That’s where computer models come in. Fifty-eight percent of Kenya’s power supply stems from the country’s hydropower system in the Tana River basin. That system will shut down

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Wide Left: Study Shows that Holders Play Key Role in Field Goal Accuracy

Monday, September 9th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

NFL and college football teams are back in action, and their success often hinges on the accuracy of their field goal kickers. When the field goals are made, kickers are heroes. When they miss, they’re goats. But a study by aerospace researchers shows that kickers aren’t always at fault – the way the ball is

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The Big Picture: Helping Companies Make Products We Actually Want

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Researchers have developed a model that will, hopefully, help companies develop innovative products that people actually want to use. The model is a first step towards capturing the behavior of both companies and consumers, so that we end up with more iPods and fewer Edsels. This concept may sound obvious, but companies have difficulty grasping

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In Particulate Matter, the Particulars Matter

Monday, October 29th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

When statisticians start talking about PM, they aren’t referring to political leadership. PM stands for particulate matter, and it’s important because it has a direct effect on the health and well-being of anyone who breathes. Statistician Montserrat Fuentes has built a career on looking at the effects of PM 2.5 (the 2.5 means that the

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